To Browse, Perchance to Buy

Ah Monday evenings. Usually the time to catch up on the weekends paperwork, work on the schedules, and after 7pm, process the weekly markdowns. It’s quiet. I get a lot done.

Quiet night = lots of “just lookings”.

Can I say how much I hate that phrase. It’s like we’ve been programmed to respond to say that the SECOND we come in the store. Of course you’re just looking. At our bright lights, adorable outfits, funky new arrivals….and oh, I digress.

Here’s the thing: when the salesperson says “Hi!”

We KNOW you’re just looking. And WE are just saying Hello!

Letting you know that we are aware of your presence, and we value the fact that you chose to come into our store to possibly purchase a new happy item with your hard earned money.

So don’t be alarmed or immediately blurt “Just looking”…..we don’t bite.

Often.

 

By the way. Fall is coming. The colours are already arriving… warm wine tones, deep olives, rich purples and sharp emerald greens are the go-tos for this Fall!

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photo courtesy of pantone.com

Feminine structured jackets, for office wear paired with  the printed pant in subtle tone on tone is what will set the gossip goin’ at the watercooler! And DON’T forget to accessorize….mock croc handbags, and longer multi-tone necklaces are must-haves.

Thigh Gap?

This is quite possibly the most ridiculous trend I’ve ever heard of.

Thigh gap. Puh-leease.
Maybe, if you’re born with that body type.
For the rest of us… it is what it is. Spanx type shapers and baby powder. Oh yeah.

 

Love the skin you’re in. Be fabulous, because you are.

On being 40, a size 14, and….fabulous!

I’m 40. There. I said it.

I’m still processing how I got to be here, 40.

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Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy. I’m content…I’ve been there, done that, and am fine where I am.

After years of struggling with weight gain, weight loss (Thank you, thyroid) I have settled into a comfy size either 12 or 14, and honestly, I’m okay with that. I mean, that cheesecake  isn’t gonna finish itself now, is it. No.

I work in women’s fashions, specifically fashions for the over 25 set.

A wonderful Canadian company, moderately priced, great quality pieces that mix and match well together.

I love my job.  I get to shop and play with clothing all day. And dress women of all shapes and sizes.

I’ve always loved to shop, and dress my friends. I even make my own clothes (sometimes) and know how garments should fit, and be worn.

(Yes, Barbie was my favourite toy – because she could do anything. Wear anything, do everything, perfectly coiffed and accessorized. And she had like, 5 horses.)

This blog is my view on things I see everyday. Women. Their body issues. Fashions. Accessorizing. Life. And maybe snippets of my former life as a touring performer. Maybe. If you’re good.

I hope that my writing helps you, makes you laugh, or at least, gives you something to read whilst you’re doing…whatever you’re doing.

Best,

Shannyn

“Accessorizing …

“Accessorizing is what separates us from the animals” -Steel Magnolias

It’s true. Nothing completes a look like the final touches.

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A necklace adds a bit of flair and interest, earrings frame the face.

Rings and bracelets accent, and a scarf adds a chic edge on a jacket or handbag.

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So there. Do it.

Often at work when I’m offering accessories to complete an outfit I hear: “I never remember/I never wear” Blah blah blah EXCUSES!!!!hanger2

Get a nice jewelry box!                   Hang up a nice frame for your necklaces!

Match up your outfit the night before AND hang the jewelry over the hangers!! Just do it!

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Two Make your own frames, if you’re a DIY kinda gal.

The next time you see someone  and you think “Wow. She looks great. I wish I could…” First off; stop the negative thoughts. YOU CAN. You WILL!!

Secondly; notice what sets her apart. Is it her confidence ? (Yes!)   Is it her outfit, nicely co-ordinated? (Yes!) Are her shoes neat (YES!)  and …does she accessorize her outfit? Again, YES!

So do it.  Just do it. Have I said it enough yet….just do it.

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