Monday, January 23, 2012

Lingerie Shower

She was sitting at her kitchen table staring at the invitation in front of her.  She had put this off for long enough; she had to buy a lingerie shower gift for her cousin and the shower was 24 hours away.  What was she going to do?  On her way home from work yesterday she had stopped by the only lingerie store she knew about.  However, she found the secret was nothing but a waste of money.  She couldn't give her cousin something from that place; she had to find something cute and special.  After staring blankly for ten minutes she ran out of time.  She was going to be late for her hair appointment if she didn't leave then. 

It turns out she wasn't late at all.  When told that her stylist was running behind, she picked up a copy of Flower magazine and sat down.  As she was casually flipping through the pages her eye fell onto an ad for The Lingerie Shoppe.  Her eyes grew big and her heart skipped a beat.  How did she not know about this boutique?  She smiled in anticipation as her name was called to go get her hair washed.  She couldn't wait to check out The Lingerie Shoppe after her appointment.

Entering The Lingerie Shoppe her face flushed; it was beautiful.  Where to start?  She began browsing through the gowns when she heard a voice, "May I help you?"  It was the owner, Brenda.  She explained to her that she needed a shower gift and that she had no idea where to even start.  Brenda smiled; this is what she loves to do. 

After five minutes she had found exactly what she knew her cousin would love and keep forever:

She was so happy to have found this beautiful chemise and robe and thanked Brenda profusely.  The owner told her that it was a pleasure and asked her if she would like it wrapped.  Again, her eyes grew big and her heart skipped a beat; she simply assumed she would give it to her unwrapped because she knew she wasn't going to wrap it herself.  She jumped at the offer and Brenda set to wrapping. 

The wrapping was just as beautiful as the whole experience had been.  To top everything off, Brenda slipped a blue lace garter under the bow of the gift and explained that this was something the shop did for all lingerie shower and bridal gifts.  She thanked the proprietor and went on her way.  What was dread in her stomach quickly changed to excitement.  She was so glad she found The Lingerie Shoppe and was going to tell everyone she knew about it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mood Changer

"That's not good enough!" she screamed as she hung up her phone and walked out of Another Broken Egg in Mountain Brook Village.  Her day had not gotten off to a great start.  She woke up late this morning, so the rush that was getting two sleepy, irritable six year old boys to school was all she could take and her mood and attitude showed it.  She had planned to meet her best friend for breakfast this morning, but as the waitress was pouring her coffee her phone rang...she was to eat alone.  Her frustration became fire within her stomach; this was not going to be a great day.  She had been awake less than two hours and already wanted to climb back underneath her plush comforter and drift away.  She ate her breakfast in silent thought, attempting to calm herself and think positively.  Just as she exhaled what she thought was the last of her bad attitude her phone rang for the second was work.  There was a problem with the drapes for a client.  She knew that she was cutting it close with this client; this was the third shipment of these particular drapes and they had to be perfect.  Her reputation as a decorator was at stake.  The news that there was a problem coursed through her veins like hot lava and she exploded...the attitude was back. She fumed out of the restaurant and crossed the street to her car.  As she was stomping up the sidewalk towards her car, something sparkled out of the corner of her eye.  It stopped her in her tracks.

The vibrancy of the color, the gorgeous fabric and the amazing scarf all worked together to draw her inside for a closer look, which lead her to a dressing room and finally to the counter to take it home.  As she left this chic boutique she realized her mood had changed.  It happened without notice.  Later that day, when all was settled and it was time to go home, she thought about The Lingerie Shoppe and how, if she hadn't gone in, the obstacles of the day would surely have overwhelmed her.  She went home, tucked in her boys and slipped into her new On Gossamer chemise confident that tomorrow would be a better day.