Mainly just from being inspired by other bloggers! I love photography, I love fashion and beauty and most of all I love helping people by giving product reviews, sharing hints and tips etc. My blog has been a little neglected due to uni pressures so I’m really hoping to get it back up to a top standard very soon.
Brand name is such a massive thing to choose! You can’t just decide over night, I definitely thought about mine over a long period of time. I got the inspiration from my beloved pet Doberman, she’s literally my world. I know she isn’t going to be around forever so since she’s has such an impact on my life I thought it would be fitting to somehow make her apart of my business that can go on way after her time, in her memory effectively. Gosh, I sound like she’s already gone!!! But you know, I just wanted to dedicate something to her, basically!! Her name is Roxy Roo but her Kennel Club name is Magical Matilda – I think it’s the name she uses in shows etc. I think Matilda is a really lovely name and does make people question it. “BAY” simply came after, I needed to add something to Matilda. Needed to be something summery, but also all year round suitable, and perhaps reflect where I’m from? I live in a coastal town, where there are beach bays and harbours around every corner, hence where the name first came from. I was also quite inspired by Beyonce’s Ivy Park – after some synonym searches, Bay also appeared which sealed the deal for me.
I get a lot of questions about sizing. Sizing is actually a very hard thing to accurately calculate as one shops’ size 10 could be another shop’s size 8! Even if I match a bikini exactly to the measurements of a customer’s body, there’s a chance the item still won’t fit due to body shapes being so different! So I can only offer estimates and give advice on how the bikini fits myself and other customers – 9/10 it’s a perfect fit!
That’s a hard one! There have been so many. Every time someone says “I love your shop”, “I love this bikini” I get a happy little feeling! Even more so when customers tell me how pleased they are with their purchase AND share it with their followers – it’s such a good feeling! I’m also really proud of the bloggers and companies I’ve worked with so far, I’d never of thought something I sell would be on these fabulous websites.
It usually consists of taking orders, placing stock orders, stock checks, taking photographs of stock, looking for inspiration for new packaging or stock, making new packaging or labels and updating admit bits and pieces. Matilda Bay is currently working on a website too!
I am so inspired by people who have set up online shops. For example, an instagrammer named Taylor set up Hot Mess Clothing by herself and her brand is huge now! Similarly a YouTuber started her own business by printing her own slogan tee’s. I adore reading success stories like these, they are so inspiring and give me a great lift when I’m feeling less confident about the whole thing! And of course, Pinterest is my heaven for picking up ideas and inspiration for everything from stock to packaging!
My favourite at the moment are the new Fleur high waist bikinis! They come in both pink and orange are so vibrant! I’m still very much a fan of the high waist bikini, they’re so flattering on all shapes and sizes. Second, I’d probably have to have the Roseline Flamingo Neoprene, it’s my signature piece and I couldn’t be with out it myself!
I believe most customers are fashion conscious and looking for something a little bit special for their holiday this year. I can suit all budgets, have a wide range of patterns and styles which are bound to take someone’s fancy!
Ooooh…Hmm… Somebody British I think, for a start. Just because here is where MB is based. I’d love to see them on someone like Michelle Keegan. Charlotte Crosby is another who would look fab. I know both of these ladies are involved with fashion brands so that’s really fitting too. Although if it had to be a US celeb, it would have to be my all time favourite celebrity, Angelina Jolie! It would be great to have MB seen to look fabulous on all ages!
At the moment it’s filled with very neutral, plain colours nothing with too much print. I’m really loving the minimalist look right now.
I’m thinking of bringing in some new items such as hand bags and back backs. I’m also thinking of switching the bikini range to lounge wear for A/W. So, lounge pants, PJs, slippers, dressing gowns all that cute stuff. I’m returning my own hand made two piece coordinates to MB next month, so maybe I could create winter versions with long trousers rather than shorts. Lots more trialling and planning is going to be going on over summer!
Well we can’t wait to see what’s to come from you and your gorgeous collection over at Matilda Bay. You have such a great eye for style and we just know the future is looking utterly #FashionDujourable for you! Thank you for sitting down with us for a good old natter. So fillies, if you after gloriously pin-able AND pin-up worthy swimwear, bikini’s, holiday wear and more be sure to head over to Matilda Bay’s Insta now to shop the collection. Why not head over to Beth’s personal Insta, BethSugarBlur, for serious #Instagoals too and pop to her blog, www.sugarblur.co.uk, for a wonderful read.
Until next time fillies,
Nicky and Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x
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