Today's blog comes to you in Question and Answer format:
1) So, how are those SWAG bags coming along?
Overall, they seem to be coming together nicely. We have some fabulous items including a mini Inslee by Design calendar, the Haughty Cosmetics Lip Gloss, Scarves from Velvet (huge thanks to them for sending these to me!), and a postcard for a discount on a future purchase. What hasn't gone well? Getting the Essie Nail Polish. Who would have thought this would be so painful?? Trying to find a distribution chain for nail polish that retails at $8 has been almost impossible.
I knew I was in trouble when I called the number that one of my clothing wholesale showrooms had provided to me as a possible resource. Honestly, it was if I had called a convenience store. When the woman who answered the phone asked me to spell my FIRST name and told me they would call me back in 15 minutes, I knew it was a lost cause. (And no, they did not call me back).
It is possible that I found a resource for the nail polish but I am not sure if it is going to arrive on time for FNO. Finger(nail)s crossed!
2) How are you getting the word out?
All the usual suspects (Facebook, Twitter, local newspaper ad, email list) plus a new method - postcard mailing! As I type, I have 1 postcard sitting on the cash wrap waiting to be handed out/mailed. The other 199 are (hopefully) in the hands of people who will want to attend the most fun fashion event of Fall!
The thanks for these amazing postcards goes to my dear friend and talented graphic designer Cori. I had sent her an email saying that I needed 3 postcards created (One for the FNO mailing and two for other purposes) - could she help? I only had to describe what I was trying to do with each one and she sent me drafts that were perfect. I did not change one thing! Plus, she negotiated a fantastic rate with the printer and had them deliver to me at the store.
Oh, and did you know it almost impossible to find postcard stamps these days? It took me raiding 3 post offices in the Alexandria area to get enough to do the mailing!
3) What are you wearing for FNO?
Of course, this is something that I've given a lot of thought. It is going to be a long day for me - actually the same as Black Friday last year - 12+ hours. I'll have several people helping me that evening and I thought it would be good if our guests could identify who is representing Zoe. With that in mind, we are all wearing the FNO Alexandria T-shirt with black pants or black denim. I had already bought a range of sizes to sell in the store so it is the perfect solution.
4) How else is Zoe being highlighted for FNO?
Zoe had her first radio experience (that we know of) on Monday when the morning team from FreshFM (94.7) told listeners that Zoe was an FNO participant and gave away a $100 gift card to the store. I must confess that I did not hear the radio "shout out" because I was busy doing my normal "day off" things but I was told by others that Zoe made the show that day!
The previous Friday, stylist Kathryn Martin came by the store to pull several looks for the FNO Alexandria Fashion Show scheduled for 8 pm at the Torpedo Factory. Those items will be dropped off for the model fitting by this upcoming Wednesday!
And, Zoe hits the TV airwaves again on Tuesday morning when FOX 5 broadcasts segments from The Torpedo Factory. A complete outfit from Zoe will be shown and described on air. Sarabeth and I got to work with the model yesterday to pick her look and she was stunning! I have a picture but I'm not going to share it - you'll have to watch! The segment on the Fashion portion of the the FNO event should take place at around 7:40 am. I won't be on camera but will be there to observe.
We've also provided information and photos to bloggers and look forward to posts in the upcoming few days.
5) What else? Why is the event at Zoe going to be so much fun?
We will have Prosecco, Sparkling Lemonade and Cake Pops. My friend Sally of Sally Brewer Photography will be taking photos on Zoe's red carpet from 6 - 8 pm. And, in addition to the SWAG bags (with purchase), we'll be doing a drawing at the end of the evening for some fabulous prizes including a $200 Zoe Boutique gift card, a Chan Luu bracelet, a Tru Tru classic tote, and a package of great fashion films! Plus, you'll get a postcard for a future discount on all the great Fall Fashions you'll be seeing that night!
Next up: The FOX 5 Segment experience