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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Does the Post Office Hate Me?

Some days, it feels like the Post Office hates me. They are causing a bit of extra work.

We use a lot of US Postal Service Priority Mail. It's supposed to be 1-3 days. So if your in California and order a dress from us, you should get it the next shipping day.  Please note the use of the word shipping day. If your in the East Coast, usually 3 days. Sometimes 2 days, but usually 3 days.

But some genius in the Post Office decided they need to print the estimated time on the shipping label. So Priority Mail to PA for today's headache, shows

Priority Mail 2-Day

And the order shipped out on the 23rd, Monday. The order was placed on Saturday. So today, I get an E-Mail asking where is my order? And that the person paid for 2 days.

And of course, the tracking has not been updated since Monday!

The person actually paid for 1-3 days Priority Mail. The time is an estimate. May be I should add usually at the end of the shipping type. I already did that for Express Mail 1-2 days usually. I got tired of getting beat up when the shipment did not arrive the next day.

I am noticing with the snow storms back East and other areas of the US, I am seeing some delays in shipping times.

If your counting days for shipping, please remember the following:

1. If you place your order after 10 AM on a weekday, it won't ship to the next day. Specifically, I have had customers order a dress Friday night I think it was 7:20 p.m. and wonder why they don't have it Monday morning. We don't work weekends, and we leave at 4:30 p.m. If you call before we leave, we may be able to ship your package if ordered after 10 a.m.PST.

2. Weather does affect delivery times, especially for USPS which we use for Priority Mail.

3. For priority mail, it's not a guaranteed time. If you really need it within 3 days, and you use priority mail, your gambling.

4. We don't work holiday! And the USPS does not either.

5. The USPS usually delivers / works Monday through Saturday.

6. The FedEx option on our site does not include Saturday delivery.

There is a rather long page all about shipping on elitedresses, and their is a Frequency Asked Questions Section (FAQ) at the end.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Tips for getting a Girls Dress that Fits

How to Get A Girls Dress That fits

Girls Dresses vary depending on the style. A size 12 in one style, may be a size 10 in another. Just like Women's sizes vary, so do girls sizes. Unfortunately, there is no standard for dress sizes in the US, for girls or for Women.

What we have done, is create different size charts for each dress. Yes, that was a lot of measuring, since most of our suppliers don't give size charts.

I have the measurements, but I still Need help!

Send us the measurements along with the product code of the dress you like, and we will actually measure the actual dress to be shipped. Dresses are not 100% exactly the same even if the same style and size, they vary a little bit.

Tips for Getting The Right Size:


  1. The most important measurement for dresses, is around the chest. Nobody wants to have to do, what Carrie Fisher did to play Princess Leia.
  2. Note the size your daughter usually wears. Ordering a size 2, when your daughter usually wears a size 6 will not end well. 
  3. Leave room for under garments.
  4. It's always better to go larger, than smaller in sizing. Most of the dresses I sell, have a bow in the back, that gives some adjustment.
  5. Give room for growth. Growth spurts do happen.
  6. If you can't get actual measurements, use a dress that fits your little one and measure that.
  7. If a dress is listed on elitedresses as a 3/4 for example, it's a size 4. It's the size the manufacturer puts on the label.




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Saturday, February 14, 2015

What is the difference between Rio's Carnaval and Mardi Gras?

I just saw this:

Party time! Carnival opens in Rio - Yahoo

So my dumb question, what is the difference between carnival and Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras refers to Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

And carnival starts on the day of the Feast of Epiphany. Epiphany, celebrated by the Catholic Church on January 6,is the day the visit of the Magi to Jesus (the three wise men).

Both are Catholic areas, Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese, and New  Orleans was run by the French, till the US bought it after Andrew Jackson kicked out the British.

So Carnival is more Spanish, where Mardi Gras is French. My understanding, is Portuguese and Spanish are very similar, and a person who speaks Portoguese can usually understand a Spanish speaking one..

The traditional colors in New Orleans for Mardi Gras are:

Meaning of Colors
     Justice (purple)
     Power (gold)
     Faith (green)

And some cute dresses for Carnival:

Girls Lavander Sequined Bodice with Layered Mesh Skirt
 Girl's Lavender Sequined Bodice with Layered Mesh Skirt
Retail Price: $84.99
Our Price: $49.99
You Save: $35.00
 


Retail Price: $99.99
Our Price: $59.99
You Save: $40.00

Girl's Lime Green Sequined Bodice with Layered Mesh Skirt
Girl's Lime Green Sequined Bodice with Layered Mesh Skirt

Retail Price: $84.99
Our Price: $49.99
You Save: $35.00


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

eBola Nurse Visited Bridal Shop Closes

The Akron Bridal Shop, after 30 years in business, is closing due to what happened after Amber Vinson visited it. The claim in the article, was people were scared to visit it. And the business lost of $100,000 in business and related clean up costs.

And then there was the faux pa, where Amber Vinson through a lawyer, demanded a refund for the dresses she has special ordered, and wanted to return that generated unfavorable press..

The stores webpage is so so:
http://www.cabridal.com/

Hint - Never have a ticker tape across the top.

And their reviews are not that great:

Google Reviews, so so.

Yelp - Only 2 reviews! And 2 stars.

Wow, 6065 Likes on Facebook

36 reviews on Wedding Wire, 5 stars.

My previous post on this:
Bride to be at center of Ebola Scare

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wedding Dance Classes

What a great idea! The studio is located in Orange County, California. Yes, I know, there is another Orange County in Florida :-)

I just saw this Groupon for:
One or Two Wedding-Dance Classes for a Couple at Your Perfect Wedding Dance (Up to 51% Off) - Groupon

And a link to their website:
https://www.yourperfectweddingdance.com/

And their Yelp reviews are very nice:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/your-perfect-wedding-dance-newport-beach


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Vandalized Ferguson bakery receives nearly $100K in online donations

I am so glad for the bakery owner! I was very sad when I read about how hard she had worked to get enough money to open her bakery. Selling at flea markets. And then to have her dream burned down.

Vandalized Ferguson bakery receives nearly $100K in online donations - Washington Times

Ferguson looting: My bakery's window is busted - CNN

I just liked their FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cose-Dolci-Bakery/255581581133872


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Bride-to-be at center of Ebola scare wants refund for bridesmaids

I have very mixed feelings on this, especially being a a small business owner.

Bridal Store's Side:

  • The small business had to stay closed for 21 days and had it cleaned using UV.
  • Many customer canceled orders
  • The store lost a lot of money (tens of thousands of dollars)
  • No phone call from the nurse, just an attorney's letter!
  • Looks like everything is custom ordered, limited stock
  • Refund policy is none
Nurses Side:
  • Wants to get back to a regular life
  • Found another store to use
  • Wants her $480 back
Reality:
The store owner should just refund the $480 and move on. The danger of a negative hit to the stores' reputation is not worth the $480. The store is already getting hit by a negative review. It seems the store owner does not understand online reviews, and how powerful they are. Her Yelp reviews are not good.




Bride-to-be at center of Ebola scare wants refund for bridesmaids - Local Ohio


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Silver and Red Dress Sale

I noticed a lot of recent purchases are Silver and Red. The silver sequin dress is a favorite.

Silver and Red Girls Dress Sale


Red Girls' Polysatin Party Dress Black Velvet Short Sleeve Top, Silver Taffeta Flocked Skirt Taffeta Red Bubble Dress
Red Girls' Polysatin Party Dress
Retail Price: $84.99
Our Price: $49.99
Sale Price: $44.99
You Save: $40.00
Black Velvet Short Sleeve Top, Silver Taffeta Flocked Skirt
Retail Price: $84.99
Our Price: $49.99
Sale Price: $39.99
You Save: $45.00
Taffeta Red Bubble Dress with Interchangeable Sash
Retail Price: $59.99
Our Price: $34.99
Sale Price: $29.99
You Save: $30.00
 
(2 reviews)
Red Girls Party Dress with Lace Bodice Beautiful Silver Shiny Chiffon Dress with Three Chiffon Flower trim Girls Capped Sleeve Red Lace Dress
Red Girls' Party Dress with Lace Bodice
Retail Price: $74.99
Our Price: $44.99
Sale Price: $39.99
You Save: $35.00
 
(1 review)
Beautiful Silver Shiny Chiffon Dress with Three Chiffon Flower trim
Retail Price: $69.99
Our Price: $44.99
Sale Price: $39.99
You Save: $30.00
Girls Capped Sleeve Red Lace Dress
Retail Price: $74.99
Our Price: $54.99
Sale Price: $49.99
You Save: $25.00
Girl's Sleeveless Silver Zebra Printed Party Dress Silver Sleeveless Bodice with Silver Double Satin Skirt Red Girls Sequined Bodice Bubble Dress
Girl's Sleeveless Silver Zebra Printed Party Dress
Retail Price: $84.99
Our Price: $49.99
Sale Price: $44.99
You Save: $40.00
Silver Sleeveless Bodice with Silver Double Satin Skirt
Retail Price: $84.99
Our Price: $49.99
Sale Price: $44.99
You Save: $40.00
Red Girl's Sequined Bodice Bubble Dress
Retail Price: $74.99
Our Price: $44.99
Sale Price: $44.99
You Save: $30.00
 
(1 review)
Red Taffeta Bubble Girls Party Dress Silver Sleeveless Bodice with Silver Satin Skirt Silver Girls Sequined Bodice Bubble Dress
Red Taffeta Bubble Girls Party Dress
Retail Price: $91.99
Our Price: $54.99
Sale Price: $49.99
You Save: $42.00
Silver Sleeveless Bodice with Silver Satin Skirt
Retail Price: $84.99
Our Price: $49.99
Sale Price: $44.99
You Save: $40.00
Silver Girls Sequined Bodice Bubble Dress
Retail Price: $74.99
Our Price: $44.99
Sale Price: $39.99
You Save: $35.00
 
(5 reviews)

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Custom Dresses - Why We Don't Do It

I have gotten several requests for us doing a custom dress.

What I have seen is custom dresses are very expensive, do to all the labor required. When a dress is made by a manufacturer, it goes through several steps. The usual steps in making a dress in the US.

1. Design the dress
2. Buy the fabric, it's often imported to get the right fabric, which hopefully has not changed since last bought.
3. Cut the fabric for several different sizes, in a large enough quantity. Usually a couple of hundred pieces per size. Cutting is done to minimize wasted fabric.
4. Have the pieces sewn together
5. Reseller buys from manufacturer
6. Customer buys!

With the example above, getting one dress made for us, just does not make sense economically.

My customers request:

Hi,
I looked at your website, and was impressed with the dresses and your philosophy.
I am hoping that you will be able to help me.
We have an event in 2 months.
WE ordered a dress for my 12 year old daughter on line, and now the manufacturer can't supply the dress we want.
I am enclosing a photo of the dress below, which is similar to something you have on your webpage.
I was wondering if you might be able to make something like this for us.
Please let me know.

Thanks so much.

My Response:

I actually forwarded this to somebody on my staff, and we made a suggestion on a dress that was similar.

A response to another similar request:

I am just a reseller, I don't actually have a factory make the clothes.  And the manufacturers I buy from, they do big lots when they manufacturer.

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COD - Why We Don't Do It

I just got a request for doing COD. The problem with doing COD is the cost. UPS COD costs $12. Plus UPS is usually more expensive than USPS for shipping.

Is there cash on delivery option in ur website..???

And my answer:

I believe you can do e-check using PayPal.
There is a COD charge, I believe it's $10 by a customer, so it has not been requested before. Plus the shipping would be more expensive.

Since the dresses don't cost that much, I am not sure it makes sense.
Apologies,

Ray
www.elitedresses.com
Girls Dress Boutique



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