you guys, i have some unbelievable news. are you ready? think you can handle it?
|photo credit, keely yount|
… you are looking at the new owner of [my all time f-a-v-o-r-i-t-e women's shop] lola boutique!! [pinch me] the past few months have been a complete whirlwind in which i have relocated all the way from manhattan to my hometown in arkansas, have gained an amazing business partner, and attended my first market as a store owner! [bonus: i have most recently been playing the fun role of subcontractor]
background: my dear friend jade and her sister lisa opened the doors of lola 9+ years ago, and have successfully built such a beautiful brand as a contemporary women's boutique specializing in luxury basics, premium denim, and one-of-a-kind event pieces. bragging rights: lola is known as one of the top fashion destinations in the state, having been named one of the 50 Best Boutiques in 2009 by Lucky Magazine and Best Boutique in Arkansas in 2012 by ELLE.com. in a nutshell, i have some pretty big shoes to fill…
|[left to right] anna, jade, lisa // photo credit, maura dawn|
we are really excited to focus on expanding our online readership and growing our e-commerce presence [YAY! that means you guys can follow along + shop here] while ensuring that the in-store experience is exceptional. we have been diligently working to source cool new designers to compliment all the familiar lines that die-hard lola shoppers expect [i.e. elizabeth & james, vince, haute hippie, equipment, current / elliott, a.l.c, joie, j.brand, etc]! we are particularly excited about all of the new jewelry, accessory, shoe and handbag lines we will be introducing this fall, many being exclusive to lola in arkansas… think clare vivier [beautiful everyday clutches + handbags], innovative shoes from brazil-based schutz, chandelier earrings by suzanna dai, chic and sophisticated watches from sweden-based daniel wellington and specialty pieces by VEDA [consider your hunt for the perfect leather jacket over]
now, this story wouldn't be complete without mention of my favorite sidekick, voice of reason, and buying buddy… mrs. lauren pruitt! this lady keeps me on task, and has helped to ensure that everything we will be offering at lola is going to blow you away. her taste is impeccable, and i couldn't ask for a better person to walk through this crazy/fun experience with… thank you for everything, la! i mean, this is basically our relationship:
throwback to 1. that time i wore a crop top // 2. that time i got a bad spray tan.your truly-