Spring (And Love) Is In The Air

Spring (And Love) Is In The Air

Helmut Lang white shirt

Yves Saint Laurent distressed jeans
$605 – net-a-porter.com

Converse summer shoes
$62 – coggles.com

Love Moschino handbag
$205 – moschino.com

Party glasses

Step into Spring with an edge from Krave Collection and Black Pearl Creations!

Step into Spring with an edge from Krave Collection and Black Pearl Creations!

Jean Paul Gaultier moto jacket
$520 – vestiairecollective.com

Valentino black bag
$2,035 – valentino.com

Go Into Spring with an Edge With Krave Collection and Black Pearl Creations

Go Into Spring with an Edge With Krave Collection and Black Pearl Creations

Jean Paul Gaultier leather biker jacket
$520 – vestiairecollective.com

Valentino black studded purse
$2,035 – valentino.com

EMV Compliance and the Small (and Micro) Business Owner

Good morning!

EMV compliance. Ugh!

This is really for those who vend at events and use mobile payment processors.  I know some B & Ms do as well and this pertains to you.

Later this year,  credit cards will have chips instead of magnetic stripes.  This means you will have to have new equipment.  The equipment does NOT attach to your phone.  It is a small box.

October 1 is the date to remember.  If you do not have the new equipment,  fraud liability transfers to the merchant.  Read that again.  YOU will be responsible for any fraudulent transactions.  And trust me,  the thieves are going to look to see who is compliant.

1. Don’t panic.

2. Etsy is supposed to be on top of it but there is no information.  Just my opinion- I see why Etsy went public.  This change is very expensive and going public gave them the cash to become compliant. I’ve asked about it here, page 41:  https://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/discussions/discuss/15487786/page/41?post_id=282953973

3. Square has a reader for $49. You get back your processing fees (up to $49) in the first 3 months you accept payments.

4. Paypal has not issued their reader as of yet, that I’ve been able to find.

I’m just sharing what I’ve found.  I don’t know anymore than you.  I’m a small business that had online stores and I vend at several events per year.

I hope this at least puts it in the back of your head. October starts the shopping season so be prepared.

http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/13/paypal-here-adds-windows-support-will-launch-a-free-emv-card-reader-later-this-year/Square-contactless-NFC-EMV-reader screen-shot-2015-01-13-at-4-26-38-pm


Bell Bottoms the Black Pearl Way!

Growing up,  I was awkward.  I had no butt (still don’t). I want cute short but I wasn’t tall and slender either.  As a result, I rarely wrote jeans.  They just weren’t me.

A friend of mine posted that bell bottoms are back in style on Facebook.  I had to chuckle at some of the responses.

“I loved them! ”


Everyone has their opinion but at Black Pearl,  we LOVE them! And now that curves are in, the bell bottoms of today are made with this in mind.

Bell Bottoms with Fringe Necklaces by Black Pearl PhotoGrid_1433512985144 PhotoGrid_1433512957694

I visited Minnesota in April and raided my girlfriend’s closet. I got a ton of jeans, including bell bottoms and am awesome military green khaki jacket but that’s another post. I tried them all on and couldn’t believe how I looked!

I think I have found one of my “go to” outfits for the summer!

See more of my outfit here.

What do you think of bell bottoms?  Are you going to get some?

Unleashing inner hippies one stitch at a time since 2001


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