21 Mar 2014

Introducing Ji Ji Kiki & A Giveaway!


This month you may have noticed my large advertiser has been the adorable online shop: Ji Ji Kiki - run by the lovely Emma! Today's post is a little spotlight on Ji Ji Kiki along with a pretty exciting giveaway! If you're a lover of vintage dresses, handbags, kitsch jewellery and sweet homeware you may want to stick around until the end... but first, I came up with a few questions to ask Emma all about running Ji Ji Kiki.

1.How did you come up with the name Ji Ji Kiki?
The name Ji Ji Kiki comes from the two main characters in the Studio Ghibli film 'Kiki's Delivery Service'. I can't remember the exact point that I chose it for the business, but its unusual and I am a huge Studio Ghibli fan so it works well. The letter 'I' does suffer a bit on my keyboard though!

2. What is your favourite thing about running your own business?
The best thing is being able to decide what you do and how you do it-which at the same time can also be a negative as you have no one to blame if things go wrong!
There is the satisfaction of knowing that everything the business achieves is down to you and there's nothing like finding a new product that does really well or receiving a lovely email from a happy customer.

3. What does a typical day running Ji Ji Kiki look like?
As I am the only person in the day-to-day running of Ji Ji Kiki there isn't really a 'typical' day-which I love as there is always something new happening-it's never boring or tedious!
I deal with a lot of designers who are based in America, Canada and Australia, which makes communication difficult because of the time differences. I therefore don't tend to start work until about 8.30/9.00-but then work through until 10 at night to ensure I am online when the people I need to contact are!
On an average day the first thing I do is check my emails and reply to any questions that have come in over night.
In the morning I tend to either make up some new products or research and contact new suppliers.
After lunch I process the orders and then usually photograph products and take care of the less interesting aspects such as the financials.
I 'officially' stop work around 5.30, but do tend to continue to check emails, answer questions on Facebook and research new products in the evening (which never really feels like work!)

4. What can we look forward to in the future from ji ji kiki?
I'd love to keep building and expanding the number of indie designers we stock, to be the place to go if you want something quirky and unique.
I love getting our customers involved in the site and getting their feedback on our Facebook page, Twitter and through emails. I think the interaction between online shops and customers is so important as you don't have the face-to-face interaction you would with a bricks and mortar shop.

5. Do you have any advice for anyone wishing to start their own business? 
It can be a lot of hard work and sometimes when I'm packaging orders or making jewellery at 2 o'clock in the morning I wonder if I'm mad but then I think of my friends having to sit in rush hour traffic everyday...which makes me feel better ;)
It has to be something you are really passionate about as this is what will drive the business forward. I have no formal business training and have learnt things as I go along. I have made mistakes and done things that I would do differently but the important thing it to give it a go. I always say that it's better to regret something you have done that something you haven't done.


I think it's always so interesting hearing how people spend their day, especially when they run their own business, thank-you, Emma! :)
And now onto the giveaway! Ji Ji Kiki is kindly offering one winner a £25 voucher to their shop! all you have to do is enter below on the rafflecopter form. There is one really easy mandatory entry and the rest are some extra's for you! I would definitely put my voucher towards this amazing cobalt blue satchel

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!
P.S. The giveaway is open worldwide! 

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96 comments

  1. I would spend the voucher on the beautiful pink satchel: http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/bags/products/academic-aspirations-satchel-in-pink#sthash.Q6rSMYQ3.dpbs

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  2. http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/academic-aspirations-satchel-in-blue#sthash.EboVOUE7.dpbs

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  3. too many things I want to list them all

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  4. I like this http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/wall-art/products/dreamer-print#sthash.ZLoIDjqB.dpbs

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  5. http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/academic-aspirations-satchel-in-blue#sthash.EboVOUE7.dpbs

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  6. Lovely site, I like the Academic Aspirations Satchel in Pink

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  7. I would love to spend my money on the blue satchel since I think it is perfect for spring and summer! just love it!:)

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  8. I love the Wee Bunny Locket Necklace!

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  9. I'd put my voucher towards this amazing satchel http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/bags/products/academic-aspirations-satchel-in-pink#sthash.gOendZ63.dpbs if I was lucky enough to win! :)

    Ellis - Ellis Tuesday

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  10. It took me a while to choose since there was so many pretty things but I decided I've wanted a simple everyday black bag and thought this would be perfect if I won. http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/bags/products/day-tripper-black-white-stripe-bag#sthash.eEAAJsII.dpbs

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin'

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  11. These earrings are so cute! http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/earrings/products/eat-me-biscuit-earrings#sthash.4vYEbYSg.dpbs

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  12. Fab giveaway! I've been drooling over Ji Ji Kiki for a while now. Right now I am lusting after the sweet songbirds tote, I'd buy two with the voucher and give one to a friend :)

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  13. I would start with the cotton candy bracelet. But there is so much choice!

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  14. Colourful Cotton Candy Triple Bracelet Set

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  15. great site, i would get some of their lovely jewellery - especially the rings xx
    mollyox.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. I would definitely have to get this for one: http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/plushies/products/kawaii-raindrop-plush#sthash.6mKXUsg6.dpbs :) x

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  17. I like the dresses - I would pick one of them!

    Ashleigh

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  18. I like the Sweet Songbirds Tote Bag!

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  19. definately bags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  20. http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/sweet-songbirds-tote-bag

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  21. Love the cute necklaces, Strawberry Kawaii Cupcake Necklace is too sweet!!!!
    gertrude_gertree@hotmail.com

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  22. Love the Woodland Stag Locket Necklace

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  23. What a lovely shop! I pinned a few items that I love. They are: the Strawberry & Heart necklace, the Pink & Blue gemstone earrings, and the Purple Haze Shimmer ring. These are the items I would purchase with certificate. Thank-you!

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  24. Gosh, I love brands like this that start from a small seed and then grow! So inspiring! And love the name too- can't wait to try some of their products! Kathryne @getunsullied

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  25. I would get this dress
    http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/dresses/products/deep-blue-ocean-dress#sthash.Ssl2Zzsn.dpbs

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  26. I like the cute cat rings most, although it's all really pretty

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  27. I really love this dress:
    http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/dresses/products/field-of-flowers-red-floral-dress

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  28. http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/bags/products/lilac-mini-quilted-bag#sthash.IJSDXjmF.dpbs

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  29. Actually really like that satchel! But might go for some jewellery, some of it is so nice!

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  30. Too many cute and adorable things, I would get one of the plushies!

    Hannah
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  31. I would love to own a pink Academic Aspirations Satchel

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  32. I think I might have to make an order, love those potion and dinosaur necklaces!

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  33. The Love of Mine Heart Print Dress ♥

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  34. I'd have the Academic Aspirations Satchel in Blue.

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  35. http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/dresses/products/purple-confetti-ruffle-dress#sthash.GlLvOMQo.dpbs

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  36. I adore this! http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/red-blue-polka-dot-bunting-necklace

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  37. This is lovely http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/back-in-stock/products/woodland-hare-bracelet#sthash.o2PKoVMb.dpbs

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  38. So much to choose from, but probably a necklace :)

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  39. Charlotte Ingham23 March 2014 at 15:30

    Such cute stuff! I really like the soot sprite earrings

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  40. I'd choose the The Owl and The Pussycat Print for my son's room.

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  41. my fav is http://www.jijikiki.com/products/beach-in-a-bottle-necklace

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  42. I would get some jewellery not sure what though too much choice!

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  43. cotton candy bracelets looks pretty cool! :)

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  44. Kawaii stuff (anything with Totoro on!), love Ji Ji Kiki :-) .

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  45. http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/academic-aspirations-satchel-in-blue#sthash.EboVOUE7.dpbs

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  46. I have to agree I'd get the cobalt blue satchel! :)

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  48. I would love to try some of their jewellry!

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  49. I love the summer picnic bunting necklace and the geometric fiesta necklace

    carlahollands@hotmail.com

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  50. Feline fine brown cat print dress :) I love this!

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  51. Hello :) Aww i love the cotton candy bracelet.

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  52. Ooo their rings are gorgeous! I think I'd definitely pick up one of their Ice Crystal rings if i was lucky enough to win :) x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  53. Love this! http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/dresses/products/where-the-wild-roses-grow-dress#sthash.L8q9AH1Y.dpbs

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  54. I'd have to put it towards the Persian Perfection Paisley Dress

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  55. http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/dresses/products/moody-blues-v-neck-dress#sthash.CYNbnYye.dpbs

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  56. http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/bags/products/day-tripper-black-white-stripe-bag#sthash.vdfRLxS0.dpbs

    I LOVE THIS!!!

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  57. I would buy the love birds on a branch necklace
    http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/necklaces/products/silver-love-birds-on-branch-necklace#sthash.0Hco0elh.dpbs

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  58. I would choose the Spring Owls Clutch Bag :)

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  59. Falling Leaves Orange Shoulder Bag :D

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  60. I love the Sweet Songbirds Tote Bag :)

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  61. Such a cute shop! I would spend the voucher on either the Love Letters Postal Bag or the Falling Leaves Orange Shoulder Bag. :)

    x Giada | The Beauty Recensionist

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  62. http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/bags/products/falling-leaves-orange-shoulder-bag#sthash.RLutlMPS.dpbs

    Falling Leaves Orange Shoulder Bag

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  63. So many lovely things, I love the Day Tripper Black & White Stripe Bag

    Kel Ellen Hirst

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  64. Cotton Candy Triple Bracelet Set

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  65. My wife would like the moody blues v-neck dress

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  66. I love the vintage look of the blue cornflowers dress

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  67. I love lots but it would have to be towards satchel there lovely

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  68. So many lovely things but love this Nightfall Colour Changing Ring!!!!

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  69. Airmail Letter Necklace for my god mother in Australia

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  70. wonderful site I'd buy a satchel

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  71. Vintage Coral & Gold Tiny Cameo Necklace
    Vintage Red & Gold Bracelet

    A Grecian style bracelet, which dates from the 1970s, set with red acrylic stones.The bracelet consists of 6 gold plated oval shaped links, with de...
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    Vintage Red & Gold Bracelet
    - See more at: http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/lost-found#sthash.HFkUEf9q.dpuf

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  72. I'd never heard of this brand until I saw your blog post. Now I want everything on their website! I think I'd spend the voucher on the Summer Picnic Bunting Necklace and the Kingfisher in Bowler Hat Print. So cute!

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  73. id buy the Sweet Songbirds Tote Bag
    @zeniebeenie

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  74. I love Spring Green Crossbody Satchel

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  75. http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/shoes/products/brown-cowboy-boots#sthash.nUY6r9xr.dpbs

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  76. too many lovely things to choose from !

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  77. I'd go for the When in Ancient Greece Necklace http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/necklaces/products/when-in-ancient-greece-necklace and the Vintage Silver & Abalone Bangle Set http://www.jijikiki.com/collections/bracelets/products/vintage-silver-abalone-bangle-set They are gorgeous!

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  78. Lynsey Buchanan30 March 2014 at 23:00

    the Beach in a Bottle Necklace

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  79. The spring green cross body satchel is lovely :-)

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