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Monday, February 9, 2015

3:11 PM

It doesn't take much to get me excited about fashion.  I remember sitting in class at ISU (probably retail math or something super exciting like that), drooling over the latest issue of Vogue.  Especially if it was one of those great big, juicy, fall issues. 

I've evolved from drooling over Vogue to drooling over the more realistic fashion magazines, like Lucky and People Stylewatch :-)  I've also evolved from that girl who went to her hometown University, maaaaybe thinking {dreaming} she would end up in a big city working for a fashion magazine, to the more realistic, and exactly what was meant for me, dream of owning my own shop.  Guess where?  In my hometown.  Because our town needs boutiques.  And because I saw that need for our Downtown to continue to grow.  And because there is not one place in our mall for women to shop.  AND because I believe you don't have to drive an hour and a half to find great fashion. 

So here I am, nearly two years in, and loving every minute of it.  One of the best parts of my day are the people that come into my shop.  I've worked retail since I was 16, and managed retail since I was 19.  You guys, that's almost 20 years!  But, one of the reasons I've always enjoyed retail is the people you meet and the connections (I'll get to "connections" in a later post) you make along the way.  What drives me to get in there and open the store everyday isn't just that I get to order new clothes that I think will make women feel happy and beautiful.  It isn't just that I get to run my business the way I want, not having to answer to anyone but myself.  It's my customers.  You. 

When some of my most loyal customers started sending me pictures of themselves in Millie & Maude outfits they have put together, I knew that this is exactly where I'm supposed to be and exactly what I'm supposed to be doing.  This is what makes me excited about fashion!  My amazing, beautiful, fashionable, did I say amazing(?), customers wearing the merchandise I have picked out for my little boutique.  So here's what I'm asking:  send me your pics of YOU (my amazing, beautiful, fashionable customers!) wearing Millie & Maude!  This blog will about street style, celebrity style,  YOUR style, annnnnd sometimes my random thoughts :-)