Welcome to February


Hey, my first entry of the new month—rabbits, everybody! …Yeah, nevermind. Anyway, my day went much as you might imagine—I put together an outfit and styled my hair to match, and then met a couple of people around town. Later I hit the photo studio and did my first solo shoot, which yielded a really cool batch of pictures. Totally worth the money!


And because I had a huge mess of laundry clogging my apartment floor—I mean, who wouldn’t, with that many clothes?—I decided to put in a load at the complex’s Laundromat. I did my sheets and bedding, too! Man, it’ll be nice to have a clean bed, but my room still needs some serious dusting.  What with all that activity and a (very expensive—over $3,000 blown at just one store!) trip to the Buyer’s Center, I didn’t even have a chance to visit my shop today! It was all good, though, because yesterday I appointed this new guy Danny to take over as my assistant when I can’t make it in. Hopefully tomorrow will be a little more low-key and will involve a few less chores…

February in Photos


Some leftover bits ‘n’ pieces from my visits to Teagan’s photo studio over the course of the month. (Toward the end, I got really hooked on this short-hair style…) Enjoy!

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Photo-Album Style


After a lot of rather word-heavy posts, I think it might be time to change the style of the blog, if you catch my drift. Just as there are distinct styles in the fashion world, so too are there distinct styles in the ways of the blog. And with schoolwork starting to get heavy and the boutique in Dierdee’s (or, y’know, Shea’s) somewhat-capable hands, I think I’d like to start off on a new foot. Starting sometime next month, posts are going to go from wordy to streamlined, without all that chunky prose to look through. Instead of telling a story in so many words, I’ll tell it in more pictures and captions. Don’t worry, there’ll still be plenty of text to look at—just not quite so much as there has been. I promise it’ll be great for everyone—less work for me, less reading for you, with the same story being told and the fun-levels remaining constant. Hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am!

My Personal Premiere


About ten billion things happened today, so I’m going to try to get through them in as smooth a manner as possible. Ready? Go!

First things first: when I walked into the boutique in the morning, Dierdee said she had sold a Leopard-Print Scarf to a customer for $29.40.  That 100% commission rate I mentioned? Well, Dierdee, expect to see $29.40 in your paycheck this month.

Next, tons of customers! One of them was India, and after I made an outfit for her, she mentioned the new photo studio that just opened up. Apparently you can go there alone or with a friend to get pictures taken by professional photographer Teagen, the one who’s always getting photo-ops of me after contest wins and around town.  I met India there during my lunch break, and we took a really cute picture together.

Another customer told me she’d put together a winter-themed menu for the posh restaurant that’s at the top floor of the posh hotel downtown, and asked if I’d like to meet her for dinner. I said yes, of course, and added it to my schedule. But then these two gals came in, Grace and Renee.

Hi there, can I help you?

Hi there, can I help you?

After I’d styled an outfit for Grace, she asked if maybe I’d be interested in working at her boutique, Strata, which is located in a neighboring town. Fortunately, Renee pointed out that I have my hands full already, so I didn’t have to decline. But when they invited me to join them at the café that evening, what, other than yes, was I supposed to say to a fellow fashionable boutique owner?

Isn't that outfit just lovely on her?

Isn’t that outfit just lovely on her?

Feelin’ Flirty?


I started my day by playing around with a bold outfit. Naturally, and because it was pouring snow outside, I kept it to a toned-down sort of look, without too much exposed skin. 

Whatever the style, I love prints!

Whatever the style, I love prints!

On my way to work I walked through downtown, where I saw a couple of ladies snapping pictures.

Excuse me, but aren't you freezing in that?

Excuse me, but aren’t you freezing in that?

 They looked vaguely familiar, and then I realized why—I helped them in the store just the other day when I put together a flirty-stle outfit for the girl posing in the pictures. I guess Avalon, with the camera, is working to make her shy and yet undisputedly gorgeous pal June into an Internet fashion sensation.
I spent a little time at the store and browsed through the cosmetics selection before lunch, and that evening I hit the Buyer’s Center once the shop closed up. While I was over on that side of town, I figured I might as well stop by the new furniture store which recently opened up.

Hi, Harris!

Hi, Harris!

It looks great, and I was able to get some new apartment furnishings. I’ve been dying to expand my furniture collection, but once those pieces get delivered, the question becomes not what my living room looks like, but where I’m going to store all this spare furniture when it’s not in use.

New Snow!


It snowed again overnight, and the whole town looked gorgeous with the fresh blanket of white everywhere. I bundled up against the cold in a cute Le Spark-inspired look, but then I decided to go with something a little more basic. After all, that’s really closest to my personal style (although I like to think I can pull off the other styles without a hitch, if I want to).

Here's the flirty outfit...

Here’s the flirty outfit…

...and another, more laid-back look.

…and another, more laid-back look.

 In the store today, I was a little surprised to see Daphne again, but I didn’t have a problem when she announced the upcoming opening of Kanakoi, a brand with looks inspired by fashion from Asia/the Far East. Their stuff just looks too cute to resist, so naturally I ran over there as soon as I could get away. 

Seriously, isn't that adorable?

Seriously, isn’t that adorable?

When I got back to the boutique, India, the waitress at the café, asked if I had any basic-style tights in stock. She’d been in and out a couple of times over the course of the week with the same request, but I hadn’t been able to grant it. This time, though, I was prepared, and India left happy, but not before dropping  a couple of comments about my manager being out and how it must be pretty hard for an assistant like myself to be running the store all by my lonesome. Personally, I found that a little bit offensive—what, was I not managerish enough for her? But Michaela breezed in just as India was leaving, and announced that she was going down to the café a little later in the day. I met her there expecting to share a cuppa, but instead she ended up introducing me to India, who was all, “Whaaaat? You’re managing the boutique now?” 

No way, right!?

No way, right!?

Um, ya think? Look around you, girlfriend—who’s the name on everyone’s lips? It’s not Michaela anymore, is it?

Anyway. Michaela pronounced India and I as being on the way to becoming great friends, and, well, I’ll make an effort for her sake, but it would help if my to-be friend would open her eyes a little bit more. I don’t have anything against her, I’m just—still—a little bit peeved. Once I got over that, though, I looked at my watch and tossed aside all ideas of chillin’ in my apartment or browsing at the Buyer’s Center. It was nighttime, the boutique was going to close up soon, and the Contest Hall was just opening. I squeezed into a preppy-themed contest and gleaned another award to add to my closet.

They give out pieces from a larger overall ensemble as prizes—right now I have two things from the “flight attendant” costume, and a lot more still to go. But with a little luck (and a few more wins!), maybe the next level in the contests will open up to me soon? It’s too bad I can only do one per day…

My Second Contest


My day started out with some low-key closet browsing. Because, let’s face it—for the past almost-month I’ve been in Styleville, I’ve done a ton of shopping, and I have a whole mess of stuff. Honestly, where the heck do I even keep it all, and more importantly, how do I keep it straight? Answer: Hours spent organizing, and the fact that I turned my apartment’s dining room into a closet. I just wish the Buyer’s Center provided free hangers along with the things I purchase…After putting together an outfit to match my hair, I headed out. Then, you know, hit the store, hit the Buyer’s Center, all that good stuff. I popped by the park mid-day and ran into one of my customers, who was busy snapping some pictures—she got a great one of us!



 Later Daphne stopped by Lilac Breeze and asked for my opinion in picking out a new brand to come to Styleville’s Buyer’s Center. Of course, I was more than happy to help, and as a result, [] opened its doors today! [photos]
I also got a new assistant—her name’s Dierdee, and while she gets about as much done as Shea (aka nothing), it’s nice to have a fresh face around in the store. 

And, y'know, it's fun not having to check everyone out myself...

And, y’know, it’s fun not having to ring up everyone myself…

After hiring a new employee and working in the store all day, I was ready to do something fun for myself. Once it got dark out, I headed home, changed into an up-scale Zhade outfit, and hit the contest hall, where…wait for it…I swept the competition! Check out my photos…

…pretty sweet, huh? The after-party was fun, too, and the éclairs were absolutely to die for. I mean, they were just sitting out there, practically asking to be eaten…

Me, Matchmaker?


Today was one of the days I’ve always wanted to have since I arrived in Styleville—I took it easy. All day. Well, okay, not really. I styled an outfit, and then I hit the Buyer’s Center bright and early, where I found this gorgeous sleeveless dress by Zhade. I wanted it so badly, but I’d already bought up a bunch of items from other brands and didn’t have the funds. So, the natural thing to do? I headed back to the shop and sold a bunch of outfits and items, including a necklace that was snapped up by a dude and his sister. I didn’t really think anything of it until later, when the guy’s girlfriend came by and asked if I’d seen him and his date around town. I almost cracked up, honestly—she thought he was cheating on her!

Girl, stop with the long face...

Girl, stop with the long face…

 Him, one of the nicest dudes around (well, I don’t know that many, but in my opinion anyway…). So I told her it was just his sister, and she calmed down and said thanks and headed out. I helped a couple more people and then hit the hair salon and cosmetics studio before making a dash for the Buyer’s Center. I snatched up that dress just before they closed! Now all I have to do is win a contest so I can wear the thing around at an after-party…that shouldn’t be too hard, though, right? 

So what do you think? This color has definitely grown on me!

So what do you think? This color has definitely grown on me!

I’ve Got Style


Today I tried something I’ve never done before—I dressed in the outfit I was wearing outside of Styleville.

Pretty nice, no? No?

Pretty nice, no? No?

 And the best part was, when I wore it out and about, everyone noticed! I got a bunch of complements from my customers (and I even managed to sell similar ensembles to a couple of them). After working the shop for a little while (and selling outfits off of mannequins left and right), I decided to pop by downtown. It was the middle of the day, and I ran into Michaela and Ruby, whose grandmother founded Zhade, taking a stroll after getting lunch. Ruby even complemented my outfit, and promised that a Zhade branch would be opening soon at Styleville’s Buyer’s Center. I, for one, was pretty excited, because a lot of customers have been asking for luxury items lately. As soon as I heard that the branch was officially open, I headed over to pick up some things, and to get their brand rep, Kenna, to give me a taste of Zhade’s style.

That's me, in the lap of luxury!

That’s me, in the lap of luxury!

 I also stopped by Le Spark, another new storefront at the Center, and played it up with their fun, flirty style.

So much pink! Seriously though, Le Spark is the man.

So much pink! Seriously though, Le Spark is the man.

 On my way home, I popped into the hair salon and cosmetics studio to grab a couple of things, and I noticed that a new store had opened up across the street from the Buyer’s Center. Wonder what it is? Well, the important thing is that I got my picture taken downtown and my face in the Street Snaps section of Nuances e-zine, which put a grin on my face when I finally crashed into bed.

Whose Assistant?


When I opened up shop this morning, one of my first customers was this gal Tristain, who asked me to find her a feminine, mature-looking coat or piece of outerwear.

No wonder, right? She’s got to be cold in that outfit!

No wonder, right? She’s got to be cold in that outfit!

 She snapped up the first thing I suggested, and then told me she was planning to apply for an assistant position at Ingrid’s cosmetics studio! As soon as I had a free minute, I told Shea to watch out for the shop and ran over to see how things turned out for Tristain. Answer? Ingrid has a new assistant! 

It's so cool to see our businesses expanding like this!

It’s so cool to see our businesses expanding like this!

Later that same day, a girl who came in told me that she got her hair done by Celeste’s new assistant.  I had just gotten a brand-new hairstyle that I picked out myself…

Pretty cute, right? Oh, and do you like Tristain's makeup job?

Pretty cute, right? Oh, and do you like Tristain’s makeup job? And that’s Xander in the background.

 …but it was worth getting a new ‘do to meet this guy. He’s super-nice, really outgoing and friendly, and he did my hair in the cutest style! 

Matches my makeup perfectly, doesn’t it?

Matches my makeup perfectly, doesn’t it?

I headed back to the shop then, and while I was going through the back room, I found a bunch of options for interior and exterior remodeling. I’d been getting a bit bored of the same-old-same-old inside the store, so I mixed things up a bit with a new interior and a completely restyled exterior, as well as a new men’s mannequin. The theme for the interior and exterior pieces I picked was “simple,” but my customers kept asking me for “pop” clothes…maybe I’ll have to remodel again soon? (Oh, good!) On my way out later that night, I saw a guy admiring the mannequin I’d put together, but I didn’t have time to help him because it was past closing time and Shea and I both had to get home. 

You’re welcome to come back tomorrow, of course!

You’re welcome to come back tomorrow, of course!

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