Archive | June, 2010

Retail Pet Peeves

29 Jun

Having worked in retail for almost a decade, I have seen it all. Celebrities in the fitting rooms, spouses fighting at the register, you name it and I have seen it. MTV should really capitalize on the drama and create a reality show about the crazy things that take place inside a retail store. If you have never worked in retail or customer service you may not understand how crazy it can be so I have put together a list of retail pet peeves. This is a list composed of co-worker mishaps, my own experiences and urban retail myths. (This list is in no specific order)

1) Throwing your form of payment at me when my hand is clearly open for you to hand it to me. “I’m no dog, I don’t fetch!”

2) Body odor in the fitting room. “Maybe Bikram yoga before shopping wasn’t such a great idea?”

3) When I greet you with a “Hello” while you stare and ignore me with no response

4) If I ask “Hi how are you?” And you respond “I’m just looking.” Good you for you, but I didn’t ask what you were looking for”

5) Asking for a discount. “This is no flea market, we don’t bargain”

6) Asking me to throw away your trash is not only gross but insulting

7) When a frequent customer shops with you they expect everything to go their way. If this doesn’t happen they give you the “I have spent thousands of dollars in this store” speech. My response, “I’m so happy for you but that money doesn’t see my pocket”

8) Please teach your child some manners, because if I ask him to stop jumping off that ladder you will be pissed and I’m not going to feel bad if he breaks his ankle

9) Don’t roll your eyes at me if I ask for an I.D. Its my job. And even if you have daddies American Express black card, I STILL need to see an I.D.

10) This is not your house so please don’t leave the fitting a mess with clothes all over the floor

11) One of the rudest things you can do when you’re at someones register is to be on the phone. The only thing more rude than being on the phone is mouthing to me “I’m sorry I’m on the phone, but my friend is getting married.” So was she getting married last week when you did the same thing?” Even worse is if you apologize to the person you are on the phone with like “Thats the girl at the register talking to me, I’m shopping.” You should be sorry for the fact that you are having another conversation while standing in front of my register.

12) My most awkward retails moments happen when its clear that the women you are helping has horrible self-esteem… How should I respond if I ask a women if she needs another size and she goes on a rant about how she spent the last 32 years trying to lose the baby weight and her husband won’t take her to the beach while she is overweight? Turns out there is no proper response! “Well now I’m just as depressed as you are ma’am!”

Who Wears The Pants?

25 Jun

Kimora Lee Simmons does! Seen here in South Africa for the opening of a new Baby Phat store (who knew Africans enjoyed Baby Phat) Kimora wore J’Brands Houlihan cargos to the event. We all know I love my cargos and apparently so do the celebs because everyone from Khloe Kardashian to Jessica Biel has been seen in these pants. The cargos retail for $228.00 and according to my trusty Anthropologie.com reviews they fit true to size, are machine washable making them worth the money.

The cargos are available on http://www.anthropologie.com but most sizes will not be available to order until early August because of their popularity.

Lyric Love

22 Jun

This weeks Lyric Love belongs to Little Dragon. Originating from Gothenburg Sweden. Little Dragon is one of my favorite groups. A mix of r&b, electronic, synthpop and soul Little Dragon gives me the same nostalgic feeling I get when listening to greats like Aretha Franklin and The Clash. The lead singer Yukimi Nagano has a voice that would make you question her tiny frame, sometimes sounding as if she were a baptist singer in a church choir from the 1950’s. I didn’t know the Swedish had so much soul. Read along and enjoy!

“Constant Surprises”

By: Little Dragon

I was walking home
Looking at the trees
Got the feeling that they
Were looking back at me

Thoughts that occurred to me
Where not of the usual kind
And I don’t take it granted no
I don’t call them mine
I don’t call them mine
‘Cause in my life things
Are built on

Constant surprises
Coming my way
Some call it coincidence
But I like to call it fate

Constant surprises
Coming my way
Some call it coincidence
But I like to call it fate

The higher forces want to connect
Last night in my dream I was talking to you
You know who you are
Were you dreaming too
‘Cause in my life
Things are built on
Are built on

Constant surprises
Coming my way
Some call it coincidence
But I like to call it fate

Then on my way home I met this guy
He was not so shy
You know not that kind
We spoke then suddenly I could read his mind
You think it’s mad
But I don’t fool myself
You think its odd
‘Cause in my life
In my life things are built on
They built on
They built on

Constant surprises
Coming my way
Some call it coincidence
But I like to call it fate

Constant surprises
Coming my way
Some call it coincidence
But I like to call it fate

The song is just to good not to include a video. Enjoy!

Photo Favorites

22 Jun

I took this Photo during Pride weekend in San Francisco during the summer of 2009. I did my best to get a picture of downtown SF with no one in the street but if you have ever been to SF you know how crowded it is, I actually like the fact that there is a man looking directly into the camera.

Dream Cadence

18 Jun

A keep a quiet tongue about this because it seems like everyone in Atlanta is a “stylist” but I styled my first photo shoot here a few months ago. Two friends of mine have a company called DREAM CADENCE  so I was asked to pull some looks together for the shoot. I decided to go for a retro vibe using gingham in both looks for consistency. I used clothes and accessories from my own closet along with a friends. I also used new and vintage pieces. I love how the pictures turned out.These are a few of the proofs but they still look amazing thanks to the photographer Chris Marley

NOH8

18 Jun

Who Wears the Pants?

10 Jun

Kelly Rowland does! I will do my best not to comment on Ms. Rowlands ever-changing lace front wig but I do adore her outfit. Seen here in London with khaki colored cargo pants, bangles, statement necklace and shoes that would make Carrie Bradshaw weep, she looks perfectly put together. I wear cargo pants at least once a week so I may be biased  but Cargos should be a staple in your summer closet, long or cropped. Kelly pulled this look off well by paring a masculine pant with a feminine and sexy shoe. Adooooores it!