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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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!

Blast from the Past

8/25/2016

You know how sometimes you put together lots of cute outfits, then forget to take the pictures out of your album long enough to upload them? Yeah, that’s kind of what happened to me this past January. Before we go on with the new fun in Beaumonde, here are just a few older fashion adventures for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy. ❤

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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!

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!

I’m Alive … and Wanting

12/10/2015

Well, hello there! To all the faithful readers who have browsed pages in my absence—thank you so much for supporting and believing in me. Your readership has meant a lot over the past couple of years! So much has happened that I’m not quite sure where to begin, but I’m confident that you don’t want to hear all about school, school, and school, where is where most of my time has gone. The boutique and life in general have also kept me busy-busy-busy, too busy to do more than think about the blog every once in a while. However, now that I’m officially coming back, I want to get things off to the right sort of re-start!

On that note, I suppose I’ll address the most pressing matter from the get-go: I’m thinking that it’s time to move on from sleepy little Styleville—to begin truly making my way up in the fashion world. While I love the city and all it has to offer, and I’ve made great friends here and taken amazing strides within my own career, I can’t shake the feeling that there’s something else out there—something more, that’s waiting for me. So I looked around a little, and started hearing word through the grapevine about a place called Beaumonde City.

What’s Beaumonde City, you ask? An excellent question, seeing as I hadn’t heard of it myself before just a couple of days ago. Well, apparently, it is THE place to be if you’re anyone who wants to become Anyone in the fashion world these days. Beaumonde’s passion for fashion had flagged in the past—perhaps why I hadn’t heard of the place before—but now the community is coming back steady and strong, providing openings in retail, modeling, hair styling, cosmetics, and even clothing design for up-and-coming fashionistas such as yours truly! As if that weren’t enough to tempt me, apparently my grandmother left me an inheritance there, something from years ago. I’m not sure what it might be, but I do have a feeling that it will be key to establishing my place in this brave new space.

The only complication is that Beaumonde is far—quite far—from where I’m living now. So it’s going to take me a bit of time to pack my bags and say good-bye to Styleville University, and to the people who have taught me and helped me so much over the years. On top of that, I’ll have to do what may be the hardest thing of all—that is, say good-bye to Lilac Breeze, and hand it over to the assistants who have more than proven their worth through all the times they’ve been there to lend me a helping hand.

No one said it would be easy, but I believe I’m ready for it. And one way or the other, you can be sure that new adventures in fashion await us! Check back soon for more—and know that, for the time being, I’m back for good.

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