Getting It (Adelaide, Pt. 2)

11/19/16
After the whole Adelaide situation got started, I wasn’t quite sure where to turn next. This girl was ready to shut down something that Ricky, Sophie, Callie, myself, and a lot of other people have poured their love and effort into—something that means so much to this city. I couldn’t just stand idly by and watch as she undid all our hard work, so I turned to the first person I could think of: my dear friend and fellow fashionista, Evie. 

Of course she had an idea right away!

Of course she had the perfect idea right away!

I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before, but fashion is for everyone—including people like Adelaide, who might not yet be enlightened to that fact. In order to bring her around, Evie got in touch with some of her contacts, and yet another brand booth opened in the Exhibition Hall, catering to people with tastes just like Adelaide’s!

Boy, I can’t wait to do business with you!

Boy, I can’t say how excited I am to do business with you!

Enid Chen offers the very best in high-class fashion…

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…as my friends were quick to point out to me.

However, I appreciated their cautions against going all-out—the products are quite pricey!

However, I appreciated their cautions against going all-out—the products are quite pricey!

But worth it, naturally.

But worth it, naturally.

I even liked Kez’s outfit for me so much that I wore it to my next photoshoot!

I even liked Kez’s outfit for me so much that I wore it to my next photoshoot!

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So, with a little help from all of my friends, the fashion contests will start up again very soon. adelaide_29First, thanks to another one of Sophie’s great ideas, I just have to dress up a bunch of extra models to show off my signature style… 

and I can’t wait to get started!

…and I can’t wait to get started!

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Model, Me?!

11/16/16
Callie was the one who got me started on this path, by tipping me off to something new…

“Hey, Susan. Stop by the Photo Studio when you get a chance, why don’t ya?”

“Hey, Susan. Stop by the Photo Studio when you get a chance, why don’t ya?”

Not knowing what to expect, I walked in to find Sasha and Zoey, the two girls who run the studio, in a state of confusion. 

You can imagine my surprise at their request!

You can imagine my surprise at their request!

My first outfit was, I’ll admit it, a little rushed—I threw together a “Lively” ensemble for a photoshoot on-site at BunBun Funland, a new amusement park that’s since opened for business.

My poster was a huge success, of course!

My poster was a huge success, of course!

Yup, there I am!

Yup, there I am!

And I was pleased to keep the other pictures, too…

And I was pleased to keep the other pictures, too…

The two that didn’t quite make the cut

The two that didn’t quite make the cut.

Since then, we’ve advertised for an autumn sports-fest, a local bookstore, a princess-themed gathering, and more. 

Not to mention, we might be expanding our scope anytime now…

Not to mention, we might be expanding our scope anytime now!

It can be a little funny seeing my face all over town...but I'm getting used to it.

It can be a little funny seeing my face all over town…but I’m getting used to it.

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Oh, Adelaide…

11/15/16
Well, our first two contests went off without a hitch, so naturally something had to go wrong by now. Shortly after selling out on tickets for our third show, Ricky invited Sophie, Callie, and I to a party celebrating our first two fabulous successes.

Once I learned it was going to be hosted at the poshest restaurant in town, of course there was no way I’d say no!

Once I learned it was going to be hosted at the poshest restaurant in town, of course there was no way I’d say no!

Who doesn't love a night out with her best girlfriends?

I mean, who doesn’t love a night out with her best girlfriends? 😉

However, we were all surprised and more than a little sad when Ricky’s older sister, Adelaide, decided to crash the show.

Needless to say, this was NOT the outcome we’d planned for…

Needless to say, this was NOT the outcome we’d planned for…

Now, it seems, Adelaide will stop at nothing to see Ricky stop pursuing fashion, and that leaves the city with no place to host our shows. But not if I have anything to say about it…

I know there’s got to be a way to win this girl over, and I won’t stop trying until I do!

I know there’s got to be a way to win this girl over, and I won’t stop trying until I do!

Coming Up Contests

11/12/16

Wow, so much has happened here in Beaumonde City—in just the past few months, the place has gone from a cute little borough to a booming world of fashion, and I’ve been right there at the middle of it all. I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had the time to so much as think about writing until today. That’s because we’ve just wrapped up the second of Beaumonde’s fashion contests, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way they each turned out!

When Ricky, Sophie, and Callie first approached me about participating, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. Sophia and Callie were especially surprised when Rickey said we’d be the ones modeling!

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But with a little convincing, we were all ready to give it a try.

The most fun, of course, is trying to sell tickets…

The most fun, of course, is trying to sell tickets…

Our first contest’s theme was Girly, so I put together ensembles for Sophie, Callie, and of course myself.

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Everyone was thrilled with the way things turned out, of course!

Everyone was thrilled with the way things turned out, of course!

Then it was on me to keep counting ticket sales and working to fill that huge arena for a second time.

When I got the email, I ran straight over!

When I got the email, I ran straight over!

Words just can’t describe the thrill of walking through that door.

Words just can’t describe the thrill of walking through that door.

Our theme this time was just…cool.

Like, just be cool.

Like, just be cool.

No big deal, right?

No big deal, right?

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Once again, the contest was a huge success, and I’ve heard nothing but praise from fans and customers ever since.

What did I tell you? One day I knew I’d be on that bulletin board!

What did I tell you? One day I knew I’d be on that bulletin board!

Be Hair Now

8/29/2016

As I mentioned in my last post, there’s this girl Callie here in town, and she’s an idol to most budding fashionistas who live here. And as I discovered today, some fans will go to greater lengths than others…

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“You know, I just don’t think the pose is quite right! Why can’t I seem to capture that pure essence of cool?!”

 Such as this girl Xiaoling, a new acquaintance who quickly became a walking advertising campaign after she roped me in to helping her look like Callie! 

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“I like it, but something’s still missing…”

While she approved of the “bold” outfit I put together for her, it still wasn’t enough to get her the look she’d been dreaming of. After a chat over coffee at the neighborhood café, Xiaoling and I came to the conclusion that there’s always more to an outfit than just the clothes… 

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Of course—the hair and makeup!!

The beautician’s and hair salon here in town are fairly basic in their offerings, so when Xiaoling burst in demanding makeup that matched a photo, Arabella, the store owner, didn’t know what to do. 

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“Susan, I—I’m so sorry, but—could you handle this?!”

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Turns out I’m not too bad at doing makeup…

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Or styling hair, for that matter!

After Xiaoling’s transformation, everyone wanted to try my new services. Arabella and Noor–the owner of the hair salon–were more than happy to have me come by to take on clients. 

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And I have to say, there’s something about wielding a comb and scissors…

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…that just makes me feel alive! (New hair, anyone?!?)

How Much Can You Do in a Day?

8/24/16

A LOT, it actually turns out! Over the course of my first day in Beaumonde City, I encountered so many wonderful new friends and amazing new experiences, not least of which was the process of entering Beaumonde itself. I’ve been writing and dreaming about it all these months like it was a place I could really up and move to, but instead, it turns out to be a sort of dolls’ world, hidden in the back of a dollhouse that belonged to my grandmother. That’s right—she left me the magical key, and a couple of days ago, I decided to open the door. 

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Just go with it—after all, I didn’t see any reason not to, and look where it got me!

What I found was a beautiful, perfect little fashion-forward world full of girls just like me—the kind of young women who want to leave their mark on the world around them by expressing themselves through their own unique sense of style. Not least of these is the lovely Sophie…

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She’s the one who stepped out of the door onto my side, and offered her hand to help me through.

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I had to create a “doll” version of myself first, of course—I’d never have fit otherwise!

It seems my grandmother was at least partly responsible for creating this place—she and Sophie’s grandmother used to be close friends, and, in their time, the head fashionistas of this city. The fashion craze seems to have fallen a bit by the wayside now, but that didn’t stop me from stepping right up to the plate when Sophie asked me to become the new manager of her boutique! 

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I mean, how could I say no to working in a place like THIS?!?

The door home—to my boutique and my quiet life in Styleville—is always there for me in the back room, in case I want to step out for a minute; I’ve still got the key, of course. But for the time being, I think it’s safe to say I’ll be staying here. 

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With so much to explore, I’m not sure where to begin…

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I just know that I can’t WAIT to go along for the ride.

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And to one day become as well-renowned and gorgeous as Callie, current reigning model in this city…SIGH.

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But for the time being, it’s my home-away-from-home…

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And I love it here!

December in Photos

1/10/2016
Sorry for the delay in putting this up! Instead of my usual monthly summary of the outfits I wore (though don’t worry, that’s in here too—scroll to the bottom!), I’m going to go over all the fun things that happened to me over the course of my holidays, but that never quite made it onto the blog!

1. Reed!
There was that time when he invited me out to the Photo Studio…

Actually, it happened twice!

Actually, it happened twice!

Hmm…trying to tell me something, Reed?

Hmm…trying to tell me something, Reed?

Well, at least we made some photos and fun memories!

Well, at least we made some photos and fun memories!

Gotta say, I’m grateful to that dude. He dragged me out of the store on a day when I seriously needed some fresh air!

2. Cake!
I met a couple of customers/friends at the cake shop a while back, and enjoyed a delicious snack break with them.

“Cake is one of my favorite things, y’know! But…”

“Cake is one of my favorite things, y’know! But…”

“Well, I’m a little annoyed! Susan, he won’t buy me the 10 fruitcakes I came for.”

“Well, I’m a little annoyed! Susan, he won’t buy me the 10 fruitcakes I came for.”

Sometimes girls just gotta have their cake, and boys just don’t understand that, am I right?

3. Makeovers!
I got to spend some quality girl time with the amazingly talented gals (and guys!)

"Now just sit back..."

“Now just sit back…”

"...relax..."

“…relax…”

"...there, didn’t I tell you you’d love it?"

“…there, didn’t I tell you you’d love it?”

4. Outfits!
My favorite thing to do is put together outfits, obviously—it’s why I’m in this business!—but what tops even that is putting together outfits for the people I really care about. I got to do that a couple of times this month, for both Michaela and Daphne, two lovely ladies I look up to a whole lot. The best part was, they both could not have loved my selections any more than they did!

“I can’t wait to wear this to work!”

“I can’t wait to wear this to work!”

“Actually, it’s too cute for work. Let’s get our picture taken instead!”

“Actually, it’s too cute for work. Let’s get our picture taken instead!”

“Susan, would you believe it if I told you I have a…date…with this guy?!”

“Susan, would you believe it if I told you I have a…date, with…this guy?!”

"I knew you would!"

“I knew you’d say yes!”

“And wouldn’t you know it—your outfit made the evening!”

“And wouldn’t you know it—your outfit made the evening!”

5. Monthly slideshow!
As promised, here are some shots of my favorite outfits from last month. Enjoy!

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As always, thanks for reading. And get excited, because my move to Beaumonde city keeps getting closer and closer! Right now, it’s looking like I’ll get there sometime in May. That’s a lot of time, but also not a lot of time! And I promise to keep blogging about it right on through.

Christmastime is Here…

12/26/2015

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it! I’ve had a lovely holiday so far. Town has been pretty quiet with people away traveling and taking in the snowy slopes, so I’ve been running half-days at the boutique, dong my best to stay awake long enough to help the customers.

I didn’t even get out of my pajamas!!

Today, I didn’t even get out of my pajamas!!

But no one minded, and everyone loved my outfit…

So much that I got featured in another edition of Street Snaps! Hell-o.

So much that I got featured in another edition of Street Snaps! Hell-o.

Daphne even asked if I’d like to go out on the town together…

so of course I said YES.

So of course I said YES. Can’t beat a friend date with this gal!

After that, things slowed down a lot for the holiday proper. I mostly hung out at home, watching Christmas movies and contemplating my impending move.

Still some details to flesh out….

Still some details to flesh out….

Then, in a blitz of holiday spirit, I ended the day with a hot cup of tea and a photoshoot in the park, celebrating the season by wearing green.

I can’t believe this year is almost over, can you?!

I can’t believe this year is almost over, can you?!

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Well, at least we know it’ll go out in style!

Suddenly Stylish

12/18/2015

It’s been months since I’d attempted an entry in the International Contest, or any fashion contest here in town, for that matter. I’ve had mixed successes with the International Contest in the past, and was stuck on one particular theme for so long that I almost threw in the towel. But earlier this month, I decided to give it another shot—just one more time. And, with the perfect outfit, I…

...WON?!?

…WON?!?

Well, after that victory, you better believe I gave it another go—and another, and another after that! Putting time and care into my outfit choices seemed to really wow the judges, because they handed out trophies and prizes from the exclusive brand Teatro Amare like I was some sort of fashion prodigy. And according to Avery, that’s actually what I am…

No one has ever won all of the themes before! Girlfriend, what ARE you?!

NO ONE has EVER won ALL of the themes before! Girlfriend, what ARE you?!

I have to say, it feels pretty good to not only have won the International Contest once or twice, but to have crushed it, to have complete and utter victory over it. I got to work with some of the top models in the business…

Spec-tac-u-LAR!

…and to attend the most posh after-party that I think I’ve ever been to.

Yes, that's right--it felt FABULOUS!

Yes, that’s right–it felt FABULOUS!

Let’s Have an Adventure

12/30/13

What an interesting day I had today! In the morning, Teagan came by to photo the boutique for a feature in an online magazine, getting things off to a rolling start!

"I promise you, this is just the beginning.”

“I promise you, this is just the beginning.”

Then Daisy, from the flower stand in the park, stopped by…

"Do you think, since I talk so much, I’d smell nice if I were a flower?”

“Do you think, since I talk so much, I’d smell nice if I were a flower?”

…and asked me for a punk outfit, of all things!

“Yay, it’s perfect!”

“Yay, it’s perfect!

 A little later in the day, I bumped into her at the Amusement Park—I honestly don’t know why they’re still open in this snow, but we had fun anyway!

“Want to go on the merry-go-round?”

“Want to go on the merry-go-round?”

On my way home, I also ran into a couple of customers from earlier in the day, who were looking for a singing guy wearing a tank top?

Not sure I got all the details, but they said I’ve got to try to hear him!

Not sure I got all the details, but they said I’ve got to try to hear him!

And then—wonder of wonders—just a block or two from home, I ran into Teagan once again, and this time she photographed me for the magazine!

“Say ‘Cheddar!’”

“Say ‘Cheddar!’”

All in all, not a bad way to start bringing the year to a close.

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