A boutique by any other name

I decided, in a finals induced fit of craziness, to just tell ya’ll the name of the store where i work..

the name of it, that is, about ten years ago.

It used to be called Veronica’s Attic (not to be confused with Veronica’s Closet, a fairly funny sitcom starring the Jenny Craig using Miss Kirstie Alley).  There were 2 of them, and one still remains in Sandy Springs.

A lot of things haven’t changed about our boutique though.

One of my coworkers has been working there since before the store changed names (that’s over a decade in retail, baby, and that takes balls…)

Our lovely manager has been there for ten  years, and knows most of the regulars by name. 

One of our jewelry designers has been around the store since high school/college.

We have so much history, there’s even a ghost.  Our manager is pretty sure it’s a teenaged boy; he moves items around sometimes to random places. We’ll close the store, and the next morning a picture frame that was on the top shelf of a very high cabinet will have been perfectly placed in the middle of the room.  Or a little tiny pile of pens and paperclips will have been deposited neatly upon the top of the computer.  Needless to say, i hate closing alone at like 11pm.  Although, our manager swears that while he messed with her a lot when she first started working there, he eventually lightened up.

So here are some final clues to help wrap up this contest:

1.  We’ve been around a lot longer than your average boutique in ATL.

2.  There is only one of us.

3.  We sell only women’s clothing.

4. We rarely sell shoes.

5. We have Mindy Apple designs, and also Ayuda Barr.

6.  Frenzi is one of our most popular brands.

7. Emory kids love shopping here.

8.  We do custom-designed jewelry.

9.  Sarah Mclaughlin, President Carter’s daughter Amy, and Paula Abdul have all shopped there, although not together, b/c that would be one weird shopping date.

10.  It is in intown Atlanta.  Not a suburb, not downtown Decatur. 

And hey, should an out of towner guess correctly, instead of mailing you a gift certificate as originally planned, i will mail you a small token (prolly earrings, unless you hate earrings, and then we’ll discuss…) for being such a good Nancy Drew type sleuth.

Happy shopping (and hunting!)



August 30, 2007. Contest. 1 comment.

Check out the new link!

So back in March, a really nice reporter from the AJC interviewed my friend of a friend, Chris Smoak, about his website, Shoutfit.

Chris, who lives in California, recommended that she talk to me as i

live in the atl

obsessively shop

will not shut up.

So Nedra, the reporter, called, and we had a great interview, in that she laughed at all my jokes and made me feel super important and cool. So, when i ran across the shopping blog that she did for the AJC, Shoptalk, i had to share (link over on blogroll, i’ll fix it later when i’m not on this stupid school computer…).

I would show you the article too, but the AJC wants me to pay $5.95 for the archives.

Perhaps you could just call me mom, b/c i bet she saved a couple (how often does your baby say something that ends up in the paper???)

August 28, 2007. Shoptalk, shoutfit. 2 comments.

RIP Jane Magazine and Bras for Fabulous Small Breasts

Jane is dead.

She is not the first fashion magazine i loved and lost.

When i was younger (early college), it was Mademoiselle.  She was smart, sassy, and had the most amazingly fun fashion layouts.  She was like the cool older sister that i never had (the rebellious, sophisticated kind that would smoke in the bathroom and sneak boyfriends in, then eventually move to NY to live in a loft in the Village).  But, my sophmore year, Conde Naste didn’t feel the need to publish her anymore, and let Glamour take her over.

I never felt that kind of connection with a magazine again, until last year when i got really into Jane.  Jane was like the laid-back hipster girl that  worked in your favorite coffee shop in college–the one you wanted to hang out with, she was just THAT cool. 

And may i add, the one thing that both of these magazines had in common: They both were aimed at the twenty-thirty something woman with a limited budget but a need for awesome clothes.  Unlike Vogue and Elle, the clothes in the spreads were actually within my reach.

They also enouraged women to think, to have an opinion, to do things that made people nervous.  Instead of encouraging us to spend all our time worrying about our thighs/frizzy hair/noncommital boyfriend, they wanted us to spare a couple of brain cells on politics, women’s rights, the environment, and our careers.   Try finding that in Cosmo (Cosmo deserves to DIE…how is that being published, but not Jane???).

To contribute to the losses of the weekend, it turns out Victoria’s Secret doesn’t feel the need to carry a variety of A-sized bras anymore.  Oh, sure, they have a couple here and there, but as i scoured the website and store this weekend for a little something something for quarter break, there was hardly anything to choose from.  Oh sure, if i was a B and above, i could choose from any collection they have.  But apparently, if you have A cups, you’re only going to get a nice sensible cotton number.  News flash, Vicki!!:  Listen, for A cups, a bra is purely an accessory.   We don’t need support, we need something that looks bad-ass.  So give me lace, give me details–but don’t give me something that looks like a thirteen year old’s training bra.

One of my friends recommended Fredrick’s of Hollywood as being cheaper and having a better range of sizes.  I personally have always had a bad view of that company…they just have always seemed like the trailer trashy version of Victoria’s Secret.  But i gave it a look this weekend, and i actually found one or two bras that were really cute and CRAZY cheap ($20!!!).  I would share what i bought, but hey, i have to see some of you in class tomorrow, so let’s just let you look for yourself, k?

Sorry for more weekend ranting, and as soon as i find an awesome replacement for Jane mag, i promise to share : )

happy shopping!


August 27, 2007. Uncategorized. 7 comments.

Fifth Hint in Contest, $10 Festivity sale, and things you don’t do..

Another Friday, another night at the store.

I’m lonely, as i was supposed to be out with lovely people drinking beer, but because a certain coworker who will remain unnamed called in, i’m closing instead.

So as i eat my sad little box of chinese food and stare at an empty store (it’s raining here, buckets, so nobody’s in shopping), i decided to make a list of things you don’t do in small boutiques, if you don’t won’t to make the lovely shopgirls lividly angry:

You Don’t:

try on eighteen million dresses, and then leave them in a pile on the floor.  this is not macy’s.

stay in the dressing room long enough to read the entire sunday paper; there’s only two babe, so keep it moving.

bring all six of your kids in on a friday to touch everything in the store with their sticky little jam hands. i love kids, a lot, but unless they have their lovely swiss nanny along to keep them from acting like crazed maniacs, leave them at home (or learn to control them…geeez.).

ream me out for how expensive stuff is. i know it’s expensive, that’s how come they can afford to pay me $10/hour. and as i have bills to pay, i can’t really complain with you.

snap your fingers at me to get my attention; i’m not a dog

And now, things you do want to do.


bring in your very sweet little boys who want to pick out a necklace for their mom.

do tell me  your life story; if i’m not busy, i’m genuinely interested.

do ask me how this dress looks on you–i know we can’t always have our shopping buddies with us when indecision hits, and that’s why i’m here.

do bring in your friends and have a good time–i love getting to hang out with a happy crowd of girls trying on clothes, it make it feel less like work  and more like fun.

Ok, nuff venting. Sorry, it’s been a long day..and a long week.  So it’s too stormy to be out hunting for bargain babe tonight, but if you are, bring an umbrella and look for the  yummy gelato place.  It’s the only one (authentic anyways) in the ATL, and if you can find it, you are right across the street from where i work.  What happened to all the guesses, i want guesses : )

Oh, and p.s. Festivity in the Highlands has a $10 dress sale going on in front of its Virginia Highland location; there was some cute stuff, especially for only $10.

August 24, 2007. Contest, Sale!. Leave a comment.

I take it back, Sugar…

Sugar Britches got in new stuff, and a lot of it was awesome.

There is a great pale blue silky little slip dress that i crave, at only $32.

And may i add that the entire PC blogging class all found something to ooh and ah over in there… although they loved Pieces of Adrene too. 

So my apologies to Sugar Britches, and seriously, go check out East Atlanta!


i meant to post this last week, but here’s my new “pretty pink princess” topdscn08500001.jpg from Rag-a-Rama.  More proof that yes, you may have to dig through a lot, but there are great, barely worn tops from places like Charlotte Russe and Forever 21 just waiting to be found.  This shirt looks as new as if i just bought it fresh, and it was $8.

Oh, and they’re having their annual $1 sale on sept. 1 and 2….even i have to wonder what a $1 gets you : )>

August 24, 2007. east atlanta shopping, Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Shoutfit of the Week

This week, may i present Raych.

 I loved her style so much, i’m posting her even though she has her own fashion blog that is quite entertaining (check it out on her profile).  But it’s all about solidarity right? 

The thing i love about her style is that she rocks her Gucci with a little old navy, her Chanel with a little Forever 21.  Sure, she obviously has a higher credit card limit than me : ) , but she’s an equal opportunity fashionista, trying both the expensive and the cheap.

Plus, her style is just so cheekily elegant.  Everything is perfectly put together and lady-like, but with just enough of a twist to make it fun and young (i.e. a long pearl necklace with sassy tailored shorts, or a punky tee with sweet straight leg jeans and pretty flats).

Oh, and speaking of straight leg jeans, i finally found the perfect pair at Target.  Yeah, i’m not shopping in the same price bracket as Raych.  But i can still take pointers : )

August 22, 2007. Uncategorized. 2 comments.

East Atlanta and Fourth Hint in Contest

So, after beating a hasty retreat from my job (we are now referring to it as a sweatshop, my god, it was 100 degrees in there today…) i headed over to East Atlanta.

The main shopping in East Atlanta is near Glenwood, around The Earl and Joe’s coffee.  The three shops i wandered into were Pieces of Adrene, Sugar Britches, and Girlfriends.

These shops each seem to be trying to reflect the neighborhood, and only one really gets it right.  East Atlanta, to my mind anyways, is indie meets ghetto fabulous (i.e. lots of bling on the clothes, which sometimes looked cool and sometimes was tacky. pretty hit or miss).  It’s mostly club type clothing, things you would wear out in the ATL.  It’s not vintage like little five, and it’s definitely not designer like the Highlands.  But out of all three shops, the selection was very slim.  Girlfriends is not really worth even stopping in, hardly any selection.  Sugar Britches is promising, but it’s still a little too high end (think jeans for $200) .  They had more low end stuff (like a $60 top) but it still wasn’t really worth it.  They’re web site had some great stuff on it (seriously, i was all excited looking at the selection), but the inventory in the store was a total let-down.  There weren’t any really amazing things that i would want to splurge on. 

But then i walked into Pieces of Adrene.  The look of the clothes there can best be described by this cd cover: dscn08550001.jpga rainbow world.  It had the vibe of asian school girl style meets ghetto.  Really fun crazy bright colors.  Everything, for a boutique, was pretty reasonable.  For example, this dress that i was in love with but too small for, was marked down to $40.  I had a really great picture of it, but my evil camera deleted it, so let’s just imagine, shall we:  kelly green and white halter dress with white puffy heart beneath the v-neckline.  All of their longer halter dresses were amazing, just crazy colors with fun patterns.  Not for everybody, but one of those things that if you could pull it off, you’d look awesome and totally unique.

  There was a lot of selection and the owner is sweet and friendly.  I’ll definitely go back to check it out.

Oh, and fourth hint in the “Wear I Work” contest: I work at the boutique that sells LEM jewelry.  LEM is a local Atlanta jewlery designer, and she  does beautiful, vintage-y looking necklaces, earrings, and braclets.  Me likee.

August 22, 2007. Contest, east atlanta shopping. Leave a comment.

Tagged again.

The cheap chica has graciously added me and tagged me, so here’s seven more random facts about moi

1. i live with five guys in a loft, and we only have one bathroom.  Life is interesting, to say the least…

2. my hair is naturally really curly, but i straighten it religiously.  it also acts as an excellent barometer for when it’s going to rain ; )

3.  Before working in retail, i was a barista all through undergrad.  i make a damn good cappucinno.

4.  I love old black and white movies and secretly wish i lived in one, b/c they always had great clothes. favorite: Bringing up Baby.

5.  I eat ice cream or chocolate every day, without fail.  i had an ice cream two seconds after i got out of bed this morning.

6. i hate winter.  my perfect temperature is eighty degrees.

7. i’m a total obsessive neurotic. i worry whether i have left the stove on, or if i locked the door.

8. i kind of want to get a tattoo.

August 19, 2007. about me. 6 comments.

Third clue

i am writing from the store, b/c they abandoned me and made me work all alone, on a saturday, and oh yeah, the a/c is broken.

 this is a cry for help. come save bargain babe.

here is today’s hint:

we are the store with the really cute polka dot and stripes bags.  keep your eyes out, if you’re shopping in  the right hood (see clues one and two), you’ll spot one eventually.

happy shopping!


August 18, 2007. Contest. Leave a comment.

Post-it, on my t-shirt


Ty said my t-shirt had to go in the blog, when he saw it in class.

 And it’s true, i “will work for shoes”, or dresses, or skirts, or really good jeans that give good ass, or maybe purses (little known fact, i’m not really a “bag” girl).

Now who’s going to pay me??? ; )


August 17, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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