Skinny jeans are the worst

Can we all agree that skinny jeans are the worst?  And by the worst, I mean the best. How is that even possible? Oh, skinny jeans, how you confound me!

These thoughts went through my mind while putting on a pair of skinny jeans this morning. The jeans in question had just come out of the dryer, which was basically my first problem.  Squeezing into a pair of freshly washed skinny jeans is a certain recipe for low self esteem.

These jeans barely buttoned. I’m pretty sure I had a muffin top, and lord knows I had to CTC. BUT THEY FIT YESTERDAY! Yet I still wore them because skinny jeans are amazing. My butt always looks good, so do my legs.

But why are they so painful?! Even when skinny jeans that fit perfectly are a pain to get on and an even bigger pain to get off. Both activities involved jumping around the room, often tripping along the way.

One of my biggest resentments about skinny jeans is that they are basically the only pants except leggings that look good with mid-calf boots. What gives, other pants styles? Skinny jeans fit perfectly into boots, no bunchy, no rolling. They are perfection. Yet they are also terrible for all the reasons I mentioned above.

So as we enter into fall, yes, OK, I am wearing skinny jeans. But only begrudgingly.

No Frills Simple Planners

I’ve begun my yearly obsession with planners. Usually I start looking in November, since that’s when they slowly start to roll out. However, I’ve found the best time to actually purchase a planner is a week or two after New Year’s. Believe me, all of this sounds terribly painful to talk about in November. To just go off on a tangent for a moment, I barely know what month it is now that I live in Texas. Today it was 72. In November. Aside from the retail cycle and people buying scarves from the shop, it might as well be June. I don’t know!

OK, so back to planners. This is a timely post because the binding on my planner busted open today. It was sad. I had a little moment of, “You almost made it, $10 planner!” However, that got me thinking about 2016 planner options. You see, I’m a bit of a simpleton when it comes to planners. I tried out the much hyped Erin Condren planner and found it to be a bit much for my planning needs. Even during my busiest weeks, the layout was overkill.

Over the years I’ve found all I need is a small-ish little block to write down what I need to remember. Sometimes I get fancy and color code things. Other times I forget to write down appointments and miss them altogether. It’s one of the drawbacks of being old school.

Simple Planners for 2016

  • Frankie Diary, 2016 ($26.95)
  • Holograph Diary, 2016 ($28.83)
  • Kate Spade Agenda ($36.00)

My Three Guiding Principles for My Online Shop

When it comes to selling clothing online, there’s a lot more that goes into it than carrying the latest trends. In fact, most of the time I try to avoid trends altogether. Why? Well, once something stops being popular then you’re trapped with a bunch of stock you can’t move! As you can see, I put a lot of thought into what I carry and why. Here are my three guiding principles for when it comes to ecommerce.

Principle One: I do not deal in irony.

This is the most important principle that I follow. I don’t deal in irony because I don’t want the items I carry to be a joke. If I pick an item up and immediately see it as ironic, I put it down.

For example, tonight I happened upon a jean vest that was clearly from the 90s. It had hand painted sparkly flowers that were outlined in classic puffy paint. And to top it all off, it also had fringe. Here’s what goes through my mind, “This is vintage from the 90s! Oh my god, so much nostalgia happening right here! Someone would wear this as a joke, though.” And then I put it down.

Principle Two: Quality above all else.

Labels come and go. Seriously. There are so many different labels out there–it’s insane. I choose items based on quality first. If something feels good, looks good and fits in with my taste, I purchase it for the shop. One of my nightmare scenarios is if a customer opens up a package, touches the item they purchased and think, “Wow, this feels cheap, what a bummer.” I stay away from buying things that feel cheap.

Principle Three: Stay true to myself.

This is a great principle for life in general, but also for deciding what to carry in my shop. I buy only things I like. It’s almost as if I imagine I’m dressing my friends. I wouldn’t say there’s one specific style for my shop. All I do is buy things I hope people would like to wear. I don’t veer off towards trends or buy things just for the labels. At the end of the day, my stock has to be true to my voice.

And oh yeah, swing by the shop!

Sunday is now a day off

I interrupt this regularly scheduled programming to say that I will be taking Sundays off from blogging, despite “daily blogging.” Why? Well, my friend Nicole that when she was daily blogging a year ago, he took Sundays off. It sounded like a good, solid idea, so I am going to  take Sunday’s off moving forward.