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.

What goes through my mind as a daily blogger

Y’all, I am really tired. Like spent, waiting to pass out. I was going to curl up in bed and watch more episodes of American Horror Story: Hotel and probably fall asleep. But then I realized I had to write a blog post. These are the things that go through my head when that happens.

I’m so tired. Like eyes about to shut at any minute tired. But I made a commitment! To the blog! OK, really to myself! But, what if I skip today’s post? What?! I can’t skip it. I’m only a month in. I can’t quit when I have ELEVEN more months to go. What am I? A failure? Maybe I am a failure. Maybe I can just go ahead and fail at this project, just like every project I try. No, I can’t fail! Because what will I learn if I just give up? I can’t give up!

But who’s going to read this? Only 150 people come here every day and mostly for old posts about Lush. If I had known I’d get so many Lush hits, I probably would’ve never written about them. Because, oh, I don’t like Lush anymore. I dislike them so much that I private-ed my most popular post that caused too much controversy with Lush fans because it was anti-Lush. Maybe with that post I’ve be getting 200 hits a day. Maybe I should un-private it. No, that’s stupid. I hate that post.

So what am I going to write about today? I’m tired. Do I have a photo for this post? Do I need a photo for this post? Will people read it without a photo? Do I need to link to things? I’m lazy, but I know that helps with SEO. SEO is good. SEO will get me more hits.

Caring about hits is stupid. I shouldn’t care about hits. But Jet Pack shows me them every day, so obviously I should care a little about hits. Maybe 10%. Hits are stupid. This blog is probably stupid. What am I doing with my life? When can I go to bed? Shouldn’t I be doing some “real” work? Probably. I should always be working. OK, not always but at least most of the time.

But first a blog post.

The Fine Goods Pop Up – Holiday Edition

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Y’all know that I’m a huge fan of Austin’s own The Distillery Market, which is run by my friend Catelyn and her brother Clif. On December 9th, they’ll be hosting the second iteration of The Fine Goods Pop Up. The first one was a smashing success, so if you’re looking for holiday gifts, you’ll want to add this one to your calendar.

To make the whole thing even more enticing, it’s being held at The Paper Craft Pantry, which opens next week! There must be something in the water in Austin. There’s so many women doing so many cool things!