Men’s Wear!

1/10/13

Today started out with a bang when I got up bright and early and headed to the park to meet a couple of my customers, Avalon and June, who had come by the store yesterday. I guess Avalon posted a picture of June on her blog to help increase her friend’s confidence, and it seems like my outfit got a great reception from the Internet—hooray! Maybe this will mean more business for us at Mira Luna? 

I mean, come on. Is is a pretty cute outfit.

I mean, come on. Is is a pretty cute outfit.

After that little run-in, I stopped at the Buyer’s Center, where men’s fashions have recently become available! The clothes they offer are really neat, and it was fun meeting the reps for Aeronf and Men’s Wear Ueber Cloth, the only two male brands currently available. Of course, not being able to try on the clothes made me a little bummed, but they still got a model to show me the “look” of the different brands, which made it all worthwhile. 

The rep of the men's contemporary-style brand Aeronef!

The rep of the men’s contemporary-style brand Aéronef!

So once I’d purchased some men’s wear, I headed over to Lilac Breeze, where Michaela met me to tell me about options for clearing out my storeroom by having sales and things. And when she left, this guy Phillip showed up. He’s a friend of Emmylou’s, and we’d met once before, but now he was asking me if I could put together an outfit for a job interview for him! I said yes, of course, and had a lot of fun picking things for him to wear.

The finished product!

The finished product!

 Later in the day, I met him and his interviewer at the café, where he was quickly offered the job.

No doubt partly thanks to my marvelous outfit!

No doubt partly thanks to my marvelous outfit!

I was really happy for him, and I’m definitely looking forward to helping more men dress their best in the future! Honestly, I think men’s fashion is more interesting than women’s fashion sometimes…

A Slow Week in Styleville

1/24/12

…Because it’s that time of year again, my friends! That’s right—finals time at ol’ Styleville Central. I’ve had so many projects to finish and tests to study for, I haven’t made it down to Lilac Breeze since this past weekend. Thank goodness for my trusty store assistants, who are able to keep things going smoothly without me breathing down their necks or anything. Once I get these last couple of finals out of the way, I promise I’ll get back to the store—and posts some of the older posts that’ve been waiting around for a while. Anyway, best of luck to those working on their own finals!

I was even working on finals before heading out to my first-ever contest...that, and some blogging and stuff. You know. The Internet.

I was even working on finals before heading out to my first-ever contest last week…that, and some blogging and stuff. You know. The Internet at large.

Try It On For Size

1/6/13

The other day I got my hair done at Celeste’s Salon for the very first time. Today, my face got a turn being pampered when I stopped into Ingrid’s cosmetics store, which had its grand re-opening yesterday!

Let's hear it for cosmetics!

Let’s hear it for cosmetics!

I tried on a bunch of things and then got my hair done (again–see above).

A couple of days ago I also swung by the café, where I met this guy Cecil, and I ran into him again downtown today, where he complimented my outfit! 

Aw, that's really sweet of you!

Aw, that’s really sweet of you!

On a later stop downtown, I also met this guy Rocco, who speaks about himself in the third person and is apparently the son of the Phoenix of Fashion, whoever that is…

The fashion-fabulous Rocco.

The fashion-fabulous Rocco.

Michaela stopped by my shop to tell me about a cell phone app which lets me access the Online Fashion Plaza. She also gave me a mannequin, which I’m letting Shea take care of dressing (once I’ve coordinated the outfit, of course). Those things creep me out. Still, right after we put it up in the window, someone stopped by and snatched the clothes off it! Seriously, like one second later. It was awesome.

 

The brands SoyMilk and Marble Lily also arrived at the Buyer’s Center today, after Daphne came by and asked which brand I’d like to see next. Once they were set up, I popped in and said hello and bought a lot of stuff from reps Marigold and Lisa—shopping is just too much fun to resist!

A luxury brand called Zhade is also going to be setting up shop in town soon—I met the granddaughter of the company’s founder downtown, where she was talking to Michaela about how Zhade would help make our fashionable town even more fashionable. 

Cutting-edge luxury--the perfect addition to any wardrobe!

Cutting-edge luxury fashions–I can’t wait!

I even found this coat that looks almost like my favorite coat outside of Styleville—I love it!! 

Warm, elegant, and best of all, fashionable!

Warm, elegant, and best of all, fashionable!

Plus, I opened up shop in the Fashion Plaza! My code is S53B45B28, so feel free to drop by and say hi.

To top it all off, Michaela called later and told me to meet her at the dome that’s been constructed in town in the evening. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but when I arrived, Michaela and Avery announced that this was the first of many fashion contests the town will be experiencing! Emmylou was entering, so I went backstage to say hi. And, get this—her outfit won! Once the contest was over, I followed everyone to the hottest ritzy-n-glitzy downtown hotel for the after party, where I got to talk to Emmylou and her model.

All in all, I had an awesome day here in Styleville, and I can’t wait until the contests open up to anyone who’s interested, because guess who is interested? That’s right—me. I can’t wait to win!

Like My New ‘Do?

1/4/12

I started the day off with a bang by sleeping in. Sleeping way, way in. With the grand re-opening of Mira Luna as Lilac Breeze yesterday, I was on my toes from early morning until after midnight. Shea and I were too excited and having way too much fun to close up shop, and besides, we just kept getting customers, even after two a.m. Um, yeah, I was up that late. When my alarm went off at eight this morning, I hit the snooze button, sent Shea a text telling her to open the shop by herself today, and then rolled over and went back to sleep for a while. When I finally woke up, it was after noon. Like, late afternoon. I felt a little bad about asking Shea to take care of things so much today, but it didn’t stop me from taking a long shower, making oatmeal for breakfast (more like dinner), and lounging around in pajamas for another good hour before finally getting dressed and heading out. 

My first stop today was the Buyer’s Center, because I had a message on my phone letting me know that a new storefront for Marzipan Sky would be opening up today! It’s managed by Karly, who promptly outfitted me in their trademarked girly style.

Cute!

Cute!

I bought a bunch of things, because they were all too cute to resist! After visiting Cantata Modo as well, I stopped at the park, where I met Daisy, who runs a flower booth and was all too happy to tell my fortune based on my favorite color. I said blue because I was wearing a lot of it that day, and she said that made me a constant, a person to be relied upon and trusted, a person who’s always there for friends and family who need her. Hearing that put me in the perfect mood for helping some customers, so I thanked her and finally headed on over to the shop. Shea wouldn’t hear my apologies, and honestly, she’d done a great job of taking care of things while I lazed around during the morning. I jumped in and helped a few customers, and then I noticed a couple of girls standing around outside. When I went out to talk to them, they told me that Celeste’s hair salon was up and running! It was already close to eight, so we closed up in time for me to make one more before heading home.

Thanks for the intel, girls!

Thanks for the intel, girls!

The salon looks so, so good. And, it being the first time I’ve gotten my hair done properly in months, I had to go for the whole works. I’d been craving a bit of blue in my ‘do, so I tried it out…and decided I didn’t like it. So I went back to change my highlights, and back again to change the style, and back again to browse eyebrow options. I think I blew over $600 today on having Celeste wave her magic scissors and make my hair grow longer in seconds, but it was so worth it. Can’t wait until the new styles start coming in and I have even more hair options to blow my hard-earned cash on!

 

And when I got home, Deliveryman Brad made another perfectly-timed appearance to deliver my latest Buyer’s Center purchases. Honestly, how does he do it?

A Quick Note…

1/10/13

While it seems like only a few days have passed since the blog’s inception, really it’s been weeks and weeks here in Styleville. And since Holiday Break doesn’t last weeks and weeks, I’m going to be headed back to school soon. While homework may distract from my posting, I promise it won’t detract from it! However, posts for the next month or two might be a little slower in coming. This is partly why I’ve delayed some posts and waited a few days before putting them up—it gives me a bit of a buffer, and contributes to a regular update schedule. Anyway, I hope you’ll be able to bear with me and continue reading. Thanks for sticking around so far!

First Time on Style Trial

1/4/13

Today, in addition to hanging out in Styleville, I also decided to give the new Style Trial a try. In fact, I even got my brother to join in, and get this! He beat me at my own game–his outfit got about 17% more stars than mine. It was awesome! And, especially fun having him comment on the ridiculously beautiful bodies of the girls here in Styleville, and on the comfort-level of the clothes and the weird hair on the model he chose. At one point as he started creating his outfit, he said something like, “This feels wrong. Dressing a girl.” I love that dude. Anyway, enjoy the fruits of our labors in the photos below!

Mira Luna is…Mine?!

1/3/13

So, so much has happened lately here in Styleville. It all started when Celeste, who did Emmylou’s hair the other day, came in asking for a bold outfit. I put one together for her, and then we made plans to meet at the café later on. 

Bold is so perfect for both of them!

Bold is so perfect for both of them!

When I arrived, Celeste’s friend Ingrid happened to be passing by, and the two of them told me that they’re planning on opening hair and makeup salons here in town! I was thrilled to hear it, and even more happy that they’re letting me in on their plans. It’ll be the group of us—me and Michaela at Mira Luna, Celeste at the hair salon, and Ingrid at the makeup store—helping the entire community become more fashionable. I can’t wait! 

After our meeting, I headed back to Mira Luna, where we were having a rare slow moment. Michaela suggested I put together an outfit for her, which was really fun.

Isn't it cute? It's so perfect for her!

Isn’t it cute?

 She loved it, and talked about how fast I’d grown and stuff.

And then.

She asked if I maybe wanted to run the boutique.

As in, did I maybe want to take over the management of Mira Luna.

Before I could say no, or talk about how my homework keeps me busy, Michaela made up her mind and Mira Luna became mine! Honestly, I can’t say I’m upset—I was kind of hoping for this sort of career-advancement in the fashion world when I took the job at Mira Luna, but I never expected such a big break to come so soon! Next, Michaela called up this guy Harris, and together the three of us picked out a new interior for the boutique. We also renamed it Lilac Breeze, which I think goes very well with the “elegant” -themed interior I chose.

The renovation took a couple of days, and in that time we also had our first snowfall. It looks so nice outside, and plus, it’s a great excuse to wear a cute coat! Emmylou came over first thing on the day of my grand re-opening day to say hi and wish me good luck. The boutique had a super-successful first day, and I even met one of the customers for tea at the café after work.


I also have Shea working as my part-time assistant now, so I’m confident that when my studies call me away from fashion for a little while, she’ll be able to hold down the fort.

My new assistant! She's not Emmylou, but she's still great to have around.

My new assistant! She’s not Emmylou, but she’s still great to have around.

And to end on a high note, Celeste said the hair salon will be opening soon—finally, a chance for me to play around with some layers and highlights!

All About Emmylou

1/2/13

Today was full of all sorts of new styles—punk, princess, feminine, and more. But first things first: let’s start where I started my day—at the Buyer’s Center! In the morning I got a notice on my phone saying that there were two new stores opening at the Buyer’s Center, namely Über Cloth and Stage Dive. So I checked them out on my way to work, and reps Penny and Ginger lost no time putting together outfits for me to try on.

After that, I made a quick stop at the café before going to Mira Luna, where the first thing I noticed was Emmylou’s new hairstyle! Apparently she got it done by Celeste, who’s planning to open a hair salon in town soon. Michaela dressed Emmylou in a princess-style outfit to match her new hair, and then got to help out the first couple I’ve seen come into the store!

Aren't they perfect together? <3

Aren’t they perfect together? ❤

And when I stopped at my apartment later, deliveryman Brad was there with my new stuff from the Buyer’s Center.

Back at Mira Luna, Emmylou asked me for a “feminine” outfit, which I tried to match to her hairstyle, and then we went out for a walk in the park.

Isn't that a cute look for her?

Such a cute look for her!

I helped a couple more customers, using a new “try it on right away!” suggestion that Michaela introduced me to, and then it was time to close up. My boss pulled me aside before we left, and she and Emmylou explained that my co-worker is going to be moving on in the world of style to work as a full-time stylist. I can’t say I won’t miss her, but I am happy for her—best of luck, Emmylou!

Welcome to the Buyer’s Center!

1/1/13

Happy New Year! My New Year’s Day was absolutely packed, and I wasn’t exactly at full energy thanks to the fireworks that kept going off between midnight and two in the morning. As I was brushing my teeth and getting ready for the day, Emmylou stopped by and dropped off a package of clothes! It was a gift from Michaela, who encourages us, as walking representatives of Mira Luna, to always look our best. Of course, I already had a modest selection of items from my time in town, but it was nice to get some new additions to my wardrobe! There were pieces from a bunch of different brands, so I played around with my outfit for a while. I was also able to redesign my apartment interior—my options are pretty limited, but I at least swapped out the wallpaper before heading to the boutique.

See? Purple!

See? Purple!

My shift started with a request for a “pop” style skirt from a new customer, but unfortunately we were all out. However, Daphne, another of Michaela’s fashion-world comrades, stepped in right around then, and she offered to give me an intro to the process of restocking. The two of us headed over to the Buyer’s Center, where Daphne works and where Michaela, Emmylou or I can go to purchase new clothes if our stock starts getting low.

My first look at the Buyer's Center.

My first look at the Buyer’s Center.

I was only looking for one specific item, so we went to the Mint Sprinkles store, where Connie, the brand representative, outfitted me in an all-pop ensemble. It was…um…bright. And yellow. And really freakin’ adorable.

I love pop!

Me and Connie! I love Mint Sprinkles.

Anyway, once I’d purchased the items I needed, I went back to Mira Luna and served a couple of customers before it was time to close up shop. But Emmylou didn’t have a key and neither did I, and Michaela had just stepped out to go meet Avery. Fortunately, I found them at the café right around the corner, and then Avery started talking about—contests?

Avery and Michaela, but more importantly, the way-adorable cafe!

Avery and Michaela, but more importantly, the way-adorable cafe!

She left before I could really ask what she meant, and by then it was pretty late, so I headed on home, where, as I was brushing my teeth and getting ready for bed, I had one last surprise. This guy Brad stopped by to deliver my purchases from the Buyer’s Center, because every time I shop there, I get the items I bought delivered to my personal closet! After a minute spent browsing the new arrivals, I hit the hay. All in all, an awesome first day of 2013.

First Day at Mira Luna

12/31/12

My first day on the job was certainly interesting. The day started out with me meeting Emmylou, Michaela’s other part-time sales assistant. She also works as a freelance stylist a few days a week, and I like her already—she’s so friendly and fun to be around.

My new co-worker, Emmylou!

My new co-worker, Emmylou!

She let me help most of the customers who came in, even though I am, as I was reminded several times today, the “newbie.” Still, a newbie can please customers, too, especially with people as knowledgeable as Michaela and Emmylou to offer background advice!

My first customer...

My first customer…

...and the casual dress I chose for her.

…and the casual dress I chose for her.

With some tips from my more experienced coworkers, I got an introduction to layering tops and matching different “tastes” by looking at the brands that went with them. I filled in some new Style Index items on my phone as well—what a handy little thing to have! With this app, I can always check if I forget which brand is which taste, etc. Toward the end of my shift, Avery, a former model, stopped in to say hi. Apparently she and Michaela go way back, and according to Emmylou, she’s really picky and hard to please, but she liked the bag I chose for her! That made my day, and Michaela closed up shop on a high note. I headed back to my apartment, heated up some vegetable soup for dinner, took a quick shower, and crashed.

Yum, soup!

Yum, soup!

I love working at Mira Luna, though—even if it’s tiring, there are so many new faces, and I’ve already met some higher-ups in the fashion industry. Just on day one! Why didn’t I look around for this kind of job opportunity last year?

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