Thursday, February 17, 2011

I Shop JR

Hello WARM weather!! Does this mean that winter is over? I sure hope so... The forecast predicted such high temps today that I ditched the tights and went bare-legged with my fryes and skirt today (and not just because I got spray-tanned this morning and couldn't wear anything tight on  my legs...) but because IT'S WARM!! As the weather turns, most of you will be looking beyond your winter clothes and onto your spring wardrobe, assessing what you have, what you need and what you need to get rid of..and that's where I come in! Some of you may know that I've started a little closet cleaning/wardrobe consulting business on the side, but if this is news to you, then take note!! Now is the perfect time to start digging through your spring and summer items and really assessing what you should keep and how you can reinvent what you already have. Cleaning out your closet can be a daunting and biased task, and that's exactly why you need me: I will help you narrow down what you want and what you need. I'll even make an appointment at Clementine and take your stuff ( and drop the rest  off at Goodwill!! These services are affordable too:
$35/hour for basic closet cleaning/wardrobe consultation
$100 for closet cleaning with Clementine/Goodwill drop
So PLEASE feel free to contact me with any questions- or at 804-335-5651.
I hope to see you all this spring!!


Friday, February 11, 2011


    How do I love Thailand?? Let me count the ways...actually, let me not because if I did, this blog would last for DAYS! Three years ago I was fortunate enough to spend 3 months over in Southeast Asia, traveling through Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.  Aside from a few 3-week vacations here and there, this was the first time that I was away from home for such an extended period of time- those of you that know me now may be laughing to yourselves because it seems like 3 months is the minimum for  my trips these days, but back then, this was a big deal! So I borrowed my friends backpack and somehow figured out how to pack enough clothes for 3 months, and off I went. As my 18-hour direct flight took off, I left behind the cold January weather and an (extremely) nervous mother..I'll admit now that I was also a little unraveled at the thought of stepping off the plane literally halfway around the world, but in hindsight it was the best thing that I've done. I'll never forget the first night in Bangkok, sitting at dinner and looking down the street only to see a man walking an ELEPHANT, like it was a dog! That's when I knew I was far, far away from my home.
     Anyways, to make a long story short (see, I told you I could go on for days..) I found my way through Cambodia, saw Angkor Wat, then on to Vietnam (where I ate the best spring rolls I've ever had), and finally landed in Thailand, on the island of Koh Phi Phi, where the movie The Beach was filmed. Basically I ended up in paradise. And I still don't know why I ever left! The five or so weeks I spent on the island were pure bliss- I learned to scuba dive, made some great friends and worked on my tan (relentlessly!). Sadly though, the day came when I had to bid adieu. One last night in Bangkok and I was scheduled to take off, on that 18 hour direct flight back, halfway around the world, to my home.  Deborah had been to Thailand three times before and highly recommended that I hit the Chatuchak Market before I left, so I changed my return date to accommodate the market hours on the weekend ( And let me tell you- I STILL have dreams about this place! It's SO, so would take multiple weekends to sift through all of the stalls. I spent all day there, buying pretty much everything I could get my hands on- but still, it wasn't enough! People were selling the most beautiful fabrics, scarves and jewels...I just wish that I had had more time, and more of a sense of what I wanted! It was overwhelming to look at all the goods and I was worried about having space in my backpack. So I left as all the vendors were closing up shop, knowing that one day I would return- with an extra suitcase in hand!
   What's the reason for this whole Thailand rant you ask? Well, I'm sure you noticed the photos above- these are new accessories and bags from a company called JADEtribe and they are all handmade in, where else, Thailand! They are beautifully crafted and very functional. I have the smaller pouchette and I've used it for everything from a wallet when traveling abroad to a lip gloss/makeup case. The larger pouches can be used as clutches and make great gifts (hint hint Valentine's day!) and the bags are AWESOME! They are all messenger bags, thus can be worn across the body, and have plenty of room. The pictures don't do them justice- you have to see this handwork detail up close and personal, it really is amazing.
   I hope you can come in a see for yourself..and I hope that every single one of you has a chance to travel to Thailand. It truly is an amazingly, magical place! And if/when you do go, make sure to take a trip to Koh Phi Phi for some scuba diving- it's mesmerizing! Until then...


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mothers are ALWAYS right!

Last Thursday night I went out with some girlfriends for a Girls Night Out. We were a beautiful group dressed in clothing and accessories from where else, but Pink! Three out of the five of us are Moms, sharing our latest and greatest kid dramas that actually included vomiting on Mommy's newly purchased Monrow dress, as she was walking out the door for our evening out! Luckily, the belt of the dress was removed and the outfit was spared.

Sitting at the bar at Bellytimber Tavern (, I was admiring said friends' gorgeous navy leather Marc by Marc Jacobs envelope clutch. She opens it up and I see her phone, lipgloss and a rectangular pack of baby wipes?! Now that is a true fashionable Mother! Here's the tip she gave me:
*Use the baby wipe pack to fill out the envelope clutch!

Moral of the story: If you are a mother, you can still dress well, go out with your girlfriends AND give advice without talking like a 2 year old!



Saturday, February 5, 2011

Virginia is for Lovers

Talk about state pride! This *just in* Nashelle necklace is almost too cute for words, however I had to think of something to say about it! It's a perfect little pick-me-up for upcoming Valentine's Day or something to have just because you love your state!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

"Give me a museum and I'll fill it." - Pablo Picasso

As some of you may have noticed in the past, Pink's window displays can be pretty unreal- all thanks to our main man, Ken! It seems like he outdoes himself every time- no detail goes unnoticed. Personally, I love being in store after hours while he's working because I LOVE watching his creative process and sometimes he even lets me help :) You know that saying "the grass is always greener"? Well, that is surely the case for me when I see him execute his brilliant ideas- like, "why can't I think of that?!" At least I can appreciate it!

Ken will spend however long it takes to get it just right. If that means 120 hours (like our Marie Antoinette-inspired Christmas window 3 years ago did) or a mere 6 hours, he gets it done. Our display room, for lack of a better term, has multiplied in size over the years, but luckily Ken knows how to recycle as well! We have wigs from 10 years ago down there that have been known to make an appearance or two on a particularly "silly" day aka an event we've hosted that involved adult beverages :) Not that we're lushes or anything...(right Rebecca?! ala CanCan..)

Anyways, I couldn't let this window go unnoticed- it's Picasso inspired in preparation for the exhibit  opening here at the VMFA later this month ( I like to call our window his "Pink Period" hehe. Ken did the drawings(with chalk) after researching Picasso's work and then sketching his own versions. He styled the girls to the max, right down to their stockings- and no, those tights are not available in the store! In fact, you can make your own- just take two different pair, cut them in half and put one half on each leg and voila!

So, the moral to all my ranting here is if you live in Richmond, come by and check out Ken's latest and greatest masterpiece! And stop in a say hello when you do. I did my best to take some photos for you out-of-towners,but alas, pictures only capture a portion..nor am I  the world's best photographer! Enjoy nonetheless and hope to see y'all soon.