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June 20, 2017

 As a new entrepreneur i realized that i had to give up on /change ALOT of things in my life.  It has been a lonely journey and an emotional roller coaster. Here are 10 things that happened to me and i know some of you can relate to them as well... feel free to add to my list of commandments! see you at the top...

 

1/ Determined you shall be:

When I started Mila Christina Cashmere for Babies clothing line; got the inspiration, worked on the concept, it seemed like I was the only one to believe in my empire. For everyone else, I was speaking in tongues; I sucked at drawing, knew little to nothing about cashmere production and my baby was just 6 moths old. To add to that, the fashion industry is one of the hardest businesses to get into and here I was venturing into something completely unknown.

For many people, it seemed “risqué” and not the right time. It is NEVER the right time anyways. The more people told me I would never be able to figure it out, the more I was pumped up! I am stubborn indeed. It is a good thing to listen to people but it is even better to listen to yourself and go with you gut feelings! 

 

2/ Notes all over the place you shall have:

I don’t know about you, but I am old school and need to have notes to keep up with my thoughts. I have 1 note book on the kitchen counter, 1 on the dinning table, notes on my phone and one more note book next to my bed because I read somewhere that inspiration can come in dreams, hasn’t happened to me yet! Keeping it there just in case!.. the funny thing is that I have almost the same To Do list in all of them! Not sure why I need that many notebooks. At least, I am coherent. Find what works for you and stay organized!

 

  3/ Every "LIKE" shall matter:

Here we go with the social media addictions; every time I post, will be on my phone nonstop for the next hour. It is annoying to my family and to myself. I can’t help it! I don’t need Instagram insights tools to tell me how many new followers or likes I have per day. I know all of that already! I am learning to be a little more relaxed with social media. Balance in everything you do is key.

 

4/ You shall give up on your social life:

Unfortunately, I no longer get to see my friends as much  and for several reasons: I moved out of the city, I have a kid and being an entrepreneur does take a lot of time and energy. I really don’t think you can have it all to be quiet honest. You will have to give up on something: Social life, family time, personal time etc. you pick. There is not enough time in a day to fit everything and everyone, priorities matter. In my case, i had to give up on my social life, but everyone once in a while (like once every 2 months) I try to make that time and meet up with my dear friends.

 

5/ New words you shall learn:

Trademark, Registration, Patent, Design Patent, Import Duties, Sales taxe, Nexus Physical and the list goes on. I am sure I already came across some of these words; perhaps in school or while reading a book and/ or article, to be quiet honest, I don’t think I knew their real meaning until I went into business. You will probably learn or come across new terminologies based on your field of activity just make sure you learn more on their meaning before discussing them with people or seeking for legal advice.

 

6/ Free time you shall hate:

 I have a love and hate relationship with free time. I dream of free time and every time I get it, I stress even more, I get bored or feel useless. Enjoy free time and calm waters. As the saying goes; "when it rains it pours!”…

 

7/ Broke you shall be:

 That one too! Start saving…

 

8/ Annoying to others you shall become:

I feel like I am always either talking about my daughters or my businesses. Then you all tell me I am trying to sell you something! Hell yeahhhhhh go to www.milachristina.com and get a cashmere something for your baby, if you don’t have a baby, then have one! or get something for your nephew and/or niece, babies are everywhere get one as a gift! Stop playing… besides this Fall we shall have adult sizes so stay tuned! Never stop being annoying, its called passion hehe!

 

9/ Small businesses you shall support

Ever since I started my baby clothing line, I have come across a lot of talented mommies who started their own business inspired by their kids. I find myself shopping at their stores, I respect the hustle. Entrepreneurs do work hard and mommy entrepreneurs even work harder! Support small businesses when you can.

 

10/ Real Freedom you shall experience:

I will end with this one, which is probably my favorite. I am blessed to be able to decide on my work schedule. I get to spend a lot time with my daughter and enjoy every moment of it because I know she will soon grow up and eventually have her own life. Nothing can be more rewarding! The life of an entrepreneur is very challenging and not all glamorous as portrayed , but you know what… I wouldn’t trade it for anything! If you are thinking about starting your own business all I can say is: Just Do It and i will see you at the top!


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Q: How best do I care for my baby's cashmere bodysuit and/or my kid's cashmere sweater?

A: Keep the garment clean; a dirty garment will attract moths.

Your baby's cashmere bodysuit or kid's cashmere sweater should be neatly folded on a shelf, not a hanger. It should be clean and in some sort of sealable garment bag with protection against moths.

If it wrinkles, you are better off steaming than pressing to remove the wrinkles. Hand wash the onesie with cold water, using a fine washable soap.Never wring or twist. Gently press excess water out with towels.

Dry on a flat service on a fresh, dry towel until thoroughly air-dried.

Tada… your cashmere baby bodysuit and/or kid's cashmere sweater is like new again! 

 

Q: How's the fitting for baby's bodysuit?

A: Take a look at our size chart.

Size
 Height(inches)
Weight (lb)
3M 21.5 - 24 8 to 12.5
6M 24 – 26.5 12.5 to 16.5
9M 26.5 – 28.5 16.5 to 20.5
12M 28.5 – 30.5 20.5 to 24.5
18M 30.5 – 32.5 24.5 to 27.5

and for kid's sweater they fit a little bigger.

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Q: What is your policy on refunds?

A: Our policy lasts 15 days. If 15 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.


To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase.

There are certain situations where only partial refunds are granted (if applicable): Any item not in its original condition, is damaged or missing parts for reasons not due to our error, any item that is returned more than 15 days after delivery.

 

Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund.


If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days.

Q: I sent back an item and requested a refund, I do not see the refund issued yet. What is the next step?

A: If you haven’t received a refund yet, first check your bank account again.Then contact your credit card company; it may take some time before your refund is officially posted.  

Next contact your bank. There is often some processing time before a refund is posted. If you’ve done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us at orders@milachristina.us with the subject line REFUND.

Q: I want to exchange my already received order, how can I do so?

A: We only replace items if they are defective or damaged. If you need to exchange it for the same item, send us an email at orders@milachristina.us and we will let you know where to ship the item.


Q: How do you handle gift orders?


A: If the item was marked as a gift when purchased and shipped directly to you, you’ll receive a gift credit for the value of your return. Once the returned item is received, a gift certificate will be mailed to you.

If the item wasn’t marked as a gift when purchased, or the gift giver had the order shipped to themselves to give to you later, we will send a refund to the gift giver and he will find out about your return.


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To return your product please email orders@milachristina.us for  return instructions.

You will be responsible for paying shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable. If you receive a refund, the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund.

Depending on where you live, the time it may take for your exchanged product to reach you, may vary.

If you are shipping an item over $75, you should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. We don’t guarantee that we will receive your returned item.

 

Q: Does Mila Christina Cashmere for Babies  & Kids have wholesale opportunities?

A: Yes. For wholesale inquiries, please send an email to ollia@milachristina.us with the subject line WHOLESALE