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LOVE FIRST, HASSLE NEVER

Posted by Shipra Bhatia-Tewani on

LOVE FIRST, HASSLE NEVER

Here at Melange Chic, our customers’ feelings, emotions and genuine interest in quality fashion, homewares and jewellery are central to our core values. Over time, we have all had to suffer numerous marketing strategies employed by the retail industry; from pesky subscription emails, advertisements playing on your innermost emotions encouraging you to buy the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, false marketing to increase sales and the illusions of bulk bargains. Have you ever walked into a store and immediately been confronted with a pushy sales person who is in essence twisting your arm to buy their product? How does this...

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Biggest Morning Tea for the Biggest Cause

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Biggest Morning Tea for the Biggest Cause

I was fortunate to be part of the Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea at The Cheltenham Rec Club. It's about time a cure is found for Cancer, a disease which can destroy families. It was heart warming to see so much support for the cause. More details at https://biggestmorningtea.com.au/

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Kantha – A stitch running in history of Indian art and craft

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Kantha – A stitch running in history of Indian art and craft

Kantha stitch is a traditional threadwork craft with its origination in western regions of India. It is a needle art expression to depict story, nature and tradition. The craftsmen draw inspiration from their surroundings.The exact time of origin of the word kantha is not accurately known but it probably had a precursor in kheta meaning "field"The earliest and most basic stitch  found in Kantha  is the running stitch, runs across the entire length of fabric and most commonly seen in quilts, is likely inspired by the fields, usual setting around the vernacular craftsmen/women. What also makes these quilts versatile is that you...

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What is Gold Vermeil ?

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What is Gold Vermeil ?

Among the many decisions designers must make when creating a piece is what metal to use.  Gold has always been viewed as a precious metal, but with raw material prices doubling from 2005 to 2009, consumers and designers increasingly sought alternatives to solid gold jewelry. Almost overnight, the fashion jewelry category was reborn and “gold vermeil” seemed to be popping up in collections everywhere. Gold vermeil, pronounced “vehr-MAY,” is sterling silver plated with gold. The initial process originated in France around 1750 and used a technique called “fire gilding”. Jewelry makers applied mercury and gold to the silver then exposed...

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