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!

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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!

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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Stickin’ with It

12/19/13

No apologies, no excuses—I know I’ve been gone a while, but there’s too much to catch up on! I don’t have words to waste! The fall rush got particularly bad in November, so much so that I hardly got any time off for Thanksgiving. But that’s all behind us now, and with Christmas fast approaching, I’m stocking up on winter styles, listening to holiday songs, and trying to find a way to bring mittens back into style.

I’m telling you, there’s nothing worse than chapped hands!

I’m telling you, there’s nothing worse than chapped hands!

Today, I got my hair done as well…

Aah, I haven’t done this in so long!

Aah, I haven’t done this in so long!

 …and then went for a walk in the chilly park air.

But not too chilly!

But not too chilly!

And to dress my place up for the holidays, I even stopped downtown and bought myself a pot of poinsettias.

Nothing says "festive" quite like flowers!

Nothing says “festive” quite like flowers!

Happy Birthday to Me…♬

7/23/13

So far, my birthday has been fantastic. It started bright and early when I got up, got dressed, and walked down to the boutique. I was expecting, you know, maybe my assistants to say something. I certainly wasn’t expecting this!

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Once everyone had said hello, Michaela and Emmylou gave me a couple of costume pieces from Teatro Amare, and of course I had to go wear them around town. I mean, who wouldn’t want to show off such cool, comfortable, stylish clothes?

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After that, I had just enough time to dash home and change—

into an even more summery outfit!

…into an even more summery outfit!

—before dashing back out and up to meet a friend at the Starry Hill.

“Happy birthday, by the way!”

“Happy birthday, by the way!”

And even though it was pretty late by the time I got done…well, what’s a birthday without cake? Off to the pastry shop! I hope everyone’s day was just as wonderful as mine.

Let’s Hit the Beach!

7/14/13

Summer officially started today when I stopped by the local beach this morning. The sun was just coming up, so it wasn’t too hot. The best part was, I got to wear a swimsuit!

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You wouldn’t believe how many of these things I have in my closet…

 After that, I spent some time around the store, and met a gal dressed up in a fully traditional kimono! That was something special.

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You don’t see clothes like this very often!

 In the evening, I tried my hand at a boho-chic-themed contest … and won, of course.

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Not that my score mattered—the weather alone was enough to make today fantastic. Well, that and my newly decked-out apartment!

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According to a magazine I read the other day, orange is in this season, so…

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I went pinky-orange for some summertime fun!

 

Back to Beet-Red Business

6/30/13

It’s been so hot out lately—my face turns bright red as soon as I step out into the sunlight. I’d need some seriously intense blush to replicate the effect indoors, but I like this weather a whole lot more than the January doldrums, that’s for sure! Here’s a recap of my adventures from the past week: enjoy. And then get outside and get some sun!

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Why, Hello, The Internet

6/24/13

I bet you’re all wondering what happened during my overly-prolonged hiatus, huh? Well, not having Internet access will do that to a person. My service died at the beginning of the month, and it took them two whole weeks to get out here and fix it! I ask you, taking that much time to service my home … I’m practically a local celebrity. Come on, guys.

I do have some pictures from earlier in the month, but I wasn’t able to upload them until now. I hope you’ll be willing to overlook the delay and just enjoy the slideshow below! From now on, updates will happen once a week … Well, so long as my Internet doesn’t give out again.

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