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!

Of course, Adelaide wasn’t ready to be impressed immediately… adelaide_23 But even she had to admit that clothes aren’t just clothes after getting a major confidence boost thanks to her newest outfit. adelaide_28
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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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.

Count it Down!

1/1/2016

Happy New Year to you lovers of all things stylish! The last year has been good to me (I mean, I restarted the blog, and that’s been great!). I spent my New Years and New Year’s Day mostly helping out around the store. Even with my awesome assistants around to help run the place, the demands of the fashion world never cease!

It was fun, yes, but I was also just the tiniest bit disappointed when Michaela and Emmylou didn’t stop by to invite me out for fireworks, like they have in the past.

Remember? It was great, right?

However, I have been getting a whole lot of new customers, people who’ve never visited the boutique before in their lives, and that’s very exciting!

It means I get to spread my love of great fashion even farther and wider.

Oh, and Philip asked me to go to the Photo Studio with him, so that’s worth something, I’m sure!

Oh, and Philip asked me to go to the Photo Studio with him, so that’s worth something, I’m sure!

I also met a couple of girls at the Station Plaza, so I guess that counts as getting out, too!

They couldn’t stop talking about this guy who sings in a tank top around that time of day…

They couldn’t stop talking about this guy who sings in a tank top around that time of day…

And I wondered, could it be…this guy? Because, him? I sold him that tank top!!

And I wondered, could it be…this guy? Because, him? I sold him that tank top!!

I even splurged on some new furniture, and did some redecorating…

I even splurged on some new furniture, and did some redecorating…

Looks like I wasn’t the only one with that idea!

Looks like I wasn’t the only one with that idea!

And Daisy told me that, if my color of the day is purple…

Purple for wealth—my wallet is purple! And people love having you around.

Purple for wealth—my wallet is purple! And people love having you around.

So, all in all—a great start to 2016!

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!

Get Your Solstice On

12/22/2015

Happy Winter Solstice, everybody! The day was so short that I hardly wanted to get out of bed… 

Lounging around the house sounds pretty appealing on a day like this!

Lounging around the house sounds pretty appealing on a day like this!

…but I had to get myself downtown. I’d promised a customer from the day before that I’d meet her at the amusement park before the morning ended!

"I can ride the merry-go-round in just about any weather, y’know?"

“I can ride the merry-go-round in just about any weather, y’know?”

And when I got back to the store, once again, outfits were just flying off that popular mannequin of mine.

Can you say “adorable”?

That evening—which really felt like nighttime the moment the sun started to set—I headed over to the contest hall to try my hand at the International Contest’s cash prize. Guess my model and I weren’t quite up to snuff, though, since we only came in second…

Maybe it wasn’t “wintery” enough?

Maybe it wasn’t “wintery” enough?

Oh, and let’s not forget who got featured in today’s StreetSnaps digest…

That’s right, yours truly!

That’s right, yours truly!

So all in all, aside from it being pretty dark and cold out all day, my Solstice rocked!

Mannequin Mania

12/12/2015

I was going to get back into blogging with some much-needed recapping of my memories and photos that have gone begging over the past year or so, but then something else came up, as things tend to do. It’s just this—once I got back to the store and started switching things around… 

I changed the interior, too—do you like it?

I changed the interior, too—do you like it?

…people started coming up to me and asking about the clothes being displayed by my mannequin.

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A lot of these gals were first-time visitors to the boutique, which was pretty exciting in and of itself! After a couple of years, I thought I’d come to know everyone in town, but I guess that’s not the case quite yet.

How was I supposed to say no to so much enthusiasm?

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately—restocking the back room, and selling my mannequin out of ensembles just as fast as I can put them together! Can’t say I have a problem with it, though…

Especially since these gals–and guys–really know how to rock my outfits!

A Snowy Victory

12/31/13

First things first: I bought some new furniture today!

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Squee!!!

 Seriously, this is a huge deal for me. I never have the saving powers to put together the money for one of these bad boys.

Anyway, after rearranging my apartment, I headed off into the world for a surprisingly fun and fulfilling day. In the morning, I met Kayley in the park to watch the flurries falling…

“I thought there’d be more snow!”

“I thought there’d be more snow!”

…and also got yet another feature from Teagan.

“That outfit is just too cute to let it pass me by!”

“That outfit is just too cute to let it pass me by!”

So, with those words of encouragement still ringing in my ears, I headed to the boutique…where I proceeded to sell outfit after outfit after outfit. Business was booming! But I did manage to slip away for a sec—just long enough to bump into a friendly customer doing some browsing downtown.

"You know what I could really go for right about now…?”

“You know what I could really go for right about now…?”

 

“Blueberries! And how about smothered in chocolate! Drool…”

“Blueberries! And how about smothered in chocolate! Drool…”

Then it was time to close up for a minute and make my way over to the contest hall. I threw something together for the bold theme, totally not expecting to win…but then I did! And what better way to spend Christmas Eve than watching fireworks from the hotel’s ultra-posh after-party?

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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.

And A Very Merry Christmas to All!

12/25/13

What a fun, fabulous Christmas day! The Buyer’s Center had special hours just for boutique owners in the area, so I stopped by briefly and found a couple of really cute pieces. You can never strike out there! While I was stocking the back room at the store, a couple of people came by, and I really couldn’t turn them away…

…especially with a request as simple as finding some longer sleeves!

…especially with a request as simple as finding some longer sleeves!

 

Much better, no?

Much better, no?

 

And then Daisy’s brother Reed asked for some new jeans…

And then Daisy’s brother Reed asked for some new jeans…

 

…and told me an embarrassing story about getting splashed on a water ride! Oh, Reed…

…and told me an embarrassing story about getting splashed on a water ride! Oh, Reed…

 

I hope everyone out there was able to enjoy their Christmas just as much as I enjoyed mine!

I hope everyone out there was able to enjoy their Christmas just as much as I enjoyed mine!

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