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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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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Turning Over a New Leaf

7/20/13

I needed something productive to put my free time toward this summer, and I decided a videogame would be the best way to fill that space. My new cartridge arrived in the mail today, and since I had this piece in my closet, I got a little dressed up for the occasion.

Animal Crossing New Leaf

On to adventure in the wild world of Animal Crossing!

Hey There, New Face!

5/22/13

I got a new assistant yesterday—Gordon, the man to fill my sixth and final opening. 

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Welcome aboard!

I guess I’m full-up now—sorry to all the hopefuls out there, but Lilac Breeze is no longer the best place to hunt for an in on the fashion scene. I hear the photo studio might have some internship opportunities…? On a related note, Michaela stopped by, too!

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And don’t you just love her in that outfit?

 

Five Slots Filled

5/20/13

When I got to the boutique today, I had a couple of people waiting for me outside the store: Hazel and Trevor, who had both been in yesterday and who, apparently, were both interested in working in the boutique! 

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“If you need us…”

I’m thrilled to welcome them aboard, so I set them up with some shifts.

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Hazel got to start right away, and she fits in perfectly!

Now to fill my last opening…

Cosplay for Ani-MAY!

5/11/13

In case you haven’t heard, the month of May is a time to celebrate Japanese animé. For my celebration, I’m thinking of attempting some cosplays. What do you think of these?

1. Adorabeezle Winterpop from Wreck-it Ralph (Okay, not technically an animé, but she’s just so, well, adorable!)

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Image credit the Wreck-It Ralph wiki page.

2. Mavis from Hotel Transylvania

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Image from a cgw.com article about the movie.

3. Hatsune Miku, because I love her

4. Micaiah from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

5. Zelda from The Legend of Zelda

6. The female character from Pokémon Black and White

Hilda.

From her page on Bulbapedia, the Pokémon wikia.

Yeah, okay, so none of these really come from animés, but they’ll still be lots of fun to cosplay. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments!

Let’s See if I Can Sew

4/9/13

So for the end of the year and graduation and all that, of course there are going to be a bunch of parties and things, and of course, being the trendsetter that I am, I’m going to be invited to a whole bunch of them. Naturally, I could just wear any old thing, but I was kind of thinking about designing a dress for myself and then trying my hand at making it…or not. We’ll see what happens, right? But I wear so many clothes that someone else designed for me—I just think it would be cool to dig out some of my old paper dolls and make one of those ideas a reality. Unfortunately, I don’t own a sewing machine, and the one time I used one at a friend’s house in college, it managed to tie the thread into a massive knot that wouldn’t budge for a week or two.

…Yeah, we’ll see what happens this time.

Welcome to the Waterfront

4/6/13

Okay, so it wasn’t really the waterfront. I picked out a simple yet chic outfit for India and then met her in the park a little later in the day, and we went over to the photo studio to get some snaps taken!

Here’s to more gorgeous spring weather!

Here’s to more gorgeous spring weather!

Out at the Opera

2/5/13

More like here, in the opera! Avery’s organizing a soap opera to come to town soon, and she asked me to coordinate costumes for her.

"Would you mind..." "Of course not, Avery!"

“Would you mind…?” “Of course not, Avery!”

 I got to dress Phillip up as a punk bad boy…

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…this gal Delores as an über-preppy college student…

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…and none other than MC Mode, the host of our local contests, as a smooth-talking good-side twin.

Mellow.

Mellow. What else is there to say?

 Best day I’ve had in the store in a long time.

Photo-Album Style

1/27/13

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!

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