Every Friday deserves good laughs. Here are some recent
WTF moments I had when out on shopping adventures.
wait? which is the front?
A local dress shop was having a sale, thinking a new darling gown would be a fun new find. We headed in to see what we could find. After several worthy contestants were plucked from the racks, a hung in a well lite mirrored dressing room, it was time to try them on. Although dress after dress, nothing felt right. Losing spirit, I tried on my last pick. I half-open the door quickly quietly, saying, " yep, nope, this isn't the one," As we were looking over, agreeing that it just seemed a little funny on me, a woman walks by and informs us that I have the dress on backward. Rosy red color starts to burn on my cheeks as I, the fashionista, owner, and operator of her whole retail store, put a dress on backward. I found comfort in knowing that, apparently, it happens to many women. Even so, I couldn't believe I put it on backward. Once she helped rotate the dress, it looked quite a bit better. I didn't purchase it, but there is no denying it was quite a grand dress now filled with a hilarious moment of confusion.
Disarray loses a sale
Sales or clearance rack are everywhere. In my opinion, it is rare not to encounter one on a shopping trip. A few weeks ago, we were out shopping when I came across this dashing little white and gold embroidered Calvin Klein dress. It was absolutely beautiful, and even though it wasn't the right size when I tried it on,
I fell in love with it.
It was the kind of immediate love that I couldn't just accept it wasn't meant to be and walk away from. So I took my find as asked if there were any in my size in another location. I was cheerfully greeted with a yes and a few locations to choose from; they were, however, all out of state. My next question was to then as if I could have the dress shipped to my house. Confused and disheartened, I was told no. The reason was that the company keeps its clearance section so cluttered, so disorganized, and in such chaos. That they did not want to have an employee use up their valuable time scrounging through there clearance section looking for it. I can not lie to you about how distorted my face got when I was explained why I couldn't buy the dress. At this company, what I was asking for used to be typical practice. One that they would push upon your time and time again in order to make a sale. So when I was told no, you can't, our retail space is in such disarray that we are willing to lose the sale to save an employee from having to scavenge for it, I was baffled. I have never had a retail experience like that, nor have I ever been met with a reply like that, it was a rather hilariously frustrating encounter.
WTF moments happen all of the time for me, here are a few that
happened during my shopping adventures.
Share your with us @ThavinMarcob
Growing pains. It happens to us all numerous times throughout our lifetime.
Whether it is physically, emotionally, or some other form, it is nearly impossible to escape the pains and aches that naturally occur when you grow.
With that said, take a look at the retail industry. It is no secret ladies and gentlemen that retail as an entirety has experienced some serious change and growth in the last decade or two. The entire shopping experience of what your grandparents knew, to what your parents knew, to what you know, to what your children know are so vastly different they are practically worlds apart. Even though in reality, these shopping eras are separated by mere years.
Do any Seattle natives remember Frederick & Nelson? As a teen, my friends and I would go and sip tea as we watched the newest fashions strut right before our eyes. My children don't and won't know Frederick & Nelson like I did because retail, when I was 16 and retail when youngest was 16, have grown worlds apart.
Retail has changed, and retail has grown. While I firmly believe that all change in some way or another is good. Sometimes in the moments when your first letting go of what was and settling into a new reality can cause frustration. Especially when it feels like the trip in-between point A to point B takes copious amounts of time.
Here are a few moments that stood out to me as a consumer where I felt
retail left me high and dry during its years of growth and change.
Don't forget to share yours with us @ThavinMarcob
Fast Fashion Conquers
Fast fashion has hooked its claws in and has slowly crept its way into the retail game, virtually taking over and making quality goods harder to find. Leaving us always hunting for that latest, fabulous fashion must-haves. More times then not, we are settling on something that isn't really what we are looking for, and while we love it. Let's be real; it leaves us wanting something different before it even makes its way into our closets.
Five Personalities Five wardrobes
Having five children with five uniquely different personalities made shopping days dreadful. They all have their own fashion sense and want to express themselves in various ways, whether it be through green hair, hats, baggy pants, or silly graphic tees. As a young mom, it was extremely difficult to find the needs of each individual child in any one retail location. As they have grown older, the challenges of shopping for them has only increased over time. While I no longer help to maintain their everyday wardrobe. I do still like to buy them clothes or similar goods as gifts. However, they are all still so vastly different that typically in order for me to find a gift that their personalities will value above all means that I have to make a trip to more than just one or two stores.
For reference, some of my kids love eco-friendly goods, some of them love made in the USA products, some of them love handcrafted goods, and some don't always really care. Since my children seek out goods that are tremendously different from one another, I typically do have to visit more than one retail establishment.
Walking Out feeling less than fashionable
As retail has continued its shift, I have found myself time and time again walking into a store looking for a boast-worthy fashion find only to search through racks and shelves of options that didn't fit within my personality. So time and time again, I left stores feeling less than fashionable and more uncertain if it was the store, if it was the stock, or it was me who was at fault. The explanations are endless, and I am never sure if the quality I long for always seems to be lacking, or the stitching is off, or it's just the styles that are in that season.
Retail has been going through some change. As a result, I have experienced some growing pains as a consumer. While the retail space will never be what it used to be, and while I do miss it. I am optimistic that retail as an entirety will eventually settle into an atmosphere that every fashionista will love. Until then, ill reminisce over what was and recount the moments where I started to feel the change in the retail game.
Share the moments where you felt retails shift and were left
feeling like it had turned on you with us @ThavinMarcob.
What are your passions in life?
Do they find their way into your professional life?
When you discover a passion in life it is truly is a remarkable moment of wonder. You passion holds even greater magic with the more aspects of life it sneaks it's way into. Thavin & Marcob formed it's foundation on passion. Luck has granted us the fortune of working along side our passions.
Here are some of our passions,
don't forget to share yours
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I grew up climbing trees, running around the woods, and sitting lake side chatting with friends. I love the outdoors, I believe a huge portion of that love stems from all of my fond childhood memories. Exploring nature is a peaceful activity. It's one that provides happy reassurance and joyous excitement every time I step out on a trail.
Giving People A Voice
I truly feel exited when others not only find their voice but also utilize their induvial personality to share their voice. This is one of the reasons why I not only love ethically manufactured clothing, I feel like everyone should own a few pieces within their capsule wardrobes. I enjoy wearing fashions that allowed others to be more then they thought they could, to do more then they thought they could, and well I truly enjoy the idea of knowing that my purchase made a difference. Plus I feel cute as fuck so it's a win, win for all!
What are your passions in life?
Do they find their way into your professional life?
Don't Forget To Share
We express who we are, what we are feeling, and what we value through what we choose to dress our bodies in. This however has not always been the case. Discovering fashion as an outlet for more than just function and style came about for both of us in different ways.
When did fashion become more than just clothes for you?
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January is the month dedicated to change. Change your bad habits, exchange them for good ones, make a life change so that you may lead a better, more healthy, and prosperous life. We are all here for a happy, healthy, productive, positive lifestyle. Which is why 2020 is going to be our year! It is going to be the year we will our dreams into existence and work towards our goals daily so that come the years end we will have embarked on a grand personal growth journey.
Join us this year as we dream up our wildest dreams, create goals to will into existence, and experience personal growth beyond imagination.
I would not consider myself a spontaneous person, but perhaps that is a greater part of my personality than I accredit. I can create a schedule daily, weekly, or monthly, and leniently speaking follow what I have guided my future self to do. However at some point along the way, I loose my way. On some occasions if it to take part in an exciting adventure, others it is because I grew board and found much more enticing entertainment, and on some occasions it is because I uncover a treasure of unstoppable creative inspiration that I feel compelled to follow no matter how astray from my scheduled path it might lead me.
I do appreciate the parts of my personality and character that call out to my impulsive, spontaneous, creative side. I do however grow frustrated with such characteristics when I find myself unable to complete a menial task or instead completely forgetting about the task all together. That is until I am reminded embarrassingly so that I was supposed to have accomplished it some time ago.
A goal that I have for myself in 2020 is to not lose or neglect the spontaneous , impulsive, creative side of myself, but rather to strengthen and improve upon my skills of following through with all that I start my day wanting to accomplish.
I am fully equipped with a 2020 month/day planner, a new notebook, pens, sticky notes, and a can do attitude in order to get myself started onto the path of office accomplishment fiery.
A mix of wisdom, life experience, and a kick-ass personality creates the entirety of my fearless nature. Failure is not something I am afraid of or ashamed of. We are all human; we all fuck up time and time again; there is no way to avoid it. So instead, I embrace it, I invite it in with welcoming arms because for every failure, there is a valuable lesson to be learned.
For most of my entire existence, this has been my way about new beginnings, adventures, and every curveballs, life throws at you. Although 2019 was a rather fickle year for myself where I aired on the side of caution more than I would have ever before. I didn't take the chances or those miraculous leaps of faith like I usually would. That woman in 2019 who cared more about the feathers she would ruffle is not who I am.
2020 is my year; the year I rediscover my fearless nature. To take all things new and old with a mindset that I seem to have misplaced in 2019. My focus, my goal for 2020 is to embrace the journey, the adventue, the new beginings, and the curveballs. All of it, the good, the bad, the scary,so that I am able to live fully and freely. I not only want to be a force to reckon with in my personal life but also in business with Thavin & Marcob. I will give everything I have failure or not to create a life that is beyod the limits of fear and caution.
New goals for the new year?
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We play a variety of games each year, so of them are silly seasonal themed ones, while others are the good old classics like charades. Here are some of the fun-filled games we will be playing this year. Make sure to share your family's tear-filled laughter with us @ThavinMarcob if you also play these games over the holidays.
Paper written with drawable actions, places, or things.
Pencil + Paper or Whiteboard + Marker.
How To Play;
Divide into even groups, once there pick which team goes first and which member will draw first. Have them select a piece of paper, read it, then quickly start the time. The team has a minute to call out correctly what the slip of paper says. Once it's guessed and if there is enough time left, the team member drawing picks up another paper and starts again until time runs out. Teams go back and forth until all of the slips of paper have been called out, the team with the most points wins.
Written down action, animals, people, or things.
Pen+Paper for score count
How To Play;
Divide into teams; have the group pick a member to go first. The player must then, in a minute, silently act out until their team had made the correct guess. If the player has time, they keep going. Teams go back and forth until all have been guessed; the highest score wins.
Who Am I
Headband or two
Cardboard cards of holiday figures
How To Play;
Once divided into teams and the first up member is chosen. Have that member using a headband place a card atop their forehead for everyone else to see, but not themselves. Without saying who it is, the other member must give hints as to who the fist up member is. Once the correct guess is made, they pick up another card and start the process over again until the time has run out. The highest score wins.
Roll To Draw
Enough dice for everyone
Pencils and Paper
How To Play;
Pick an object or figure for the player to draw. Assign parts of that figure to a corresponding number. For instance, if you were to pick a snowman.
Players must roll the dice over and over again until they can build the figure completely, first one done wins. If you want, you can add in more numbers either with more parts or have empty numbers that correspond to nothing. Have players work in teams, each member must roll and draw before they can pass it off to another, or have some distance separate the rolling station and drawing station. This way, your players have to run one way to roll and the other way to draw, creating hilarious chaos.
Prebaked cookies of any kind or shape
Frosting + Sprinkles
Plastic bags for piping or knives/spoons for spreading
How To Play;
Choose whether or not this is a timed event. Give each player a cookie and access to frosting and sprinkles. Then simply say go and watch everyone creatively decorate their cookie. Once everyone is completed judge who is the most festive, visually appealing, or unique, it's up to you. Whomever you choose is the proud cookie decorating winner.
If you make it at home, this game is only as tricky as you want it to be.
Paper for trivia questions + score count
How To Play;
Play as a group where everyone is an individual team or play in groups. Once that is decided, read off the trivia questions and start the timer. The player has a minute to answer as many as possible correctly if they do; they get the point; if not, the card goes back in the stack. The highest score wins the game.
Here are some of the games my family and I will be playing this holiday season.
If your family plays or you have any game recommendations for us.
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We can all agree that during the holiday season, there are key colors that just immediately scream seasons joy. I love a little holiday cheer as much as the next woman, but in most circumstances, I don't want my fashions screaming at you. I would rather they twinkle and shine dusting you in a magical glow haze of wonder. In my eyes, no two more magnificent colors to style for that classic elegant holiday feel are green and gold.
Sneak In The Seasonal Spark
Our Gather In Green & Gold Mood Board is all about fashions for your home or yourself that are perfect matches to the holidays but keep the holiday screams to a lovable level of classic elegance. Whether it is a green fuzzy jacket, a melted gold metal jumpsuit, or a beautifully blended wool throw, you'll be fit to celebrate the holidays in spectacular style.
Build on our mood board and share your ideas
It's the season for parties, get-togethers, hangouts, catch up sessions, and errands galore. It is also the season for tired moms of all ages doing their humanly best to make the holiday season a splash for their loved ones. Knowing all the spectacular stresses that come with the season invited thoughts of a mood board filled with the praise and wow factor of fashions that are both basic at their core, but still astounding when under sparkling, glowing lights.
Just A T-Shirt You Are Not
Simple Turned Sexy
A Beautiful Blend Of Ease & Elegance
is basically astounding.
All of these styles of fashion are perfect for errands around town, kid's holiday pageants, family get-togethers, and even a chill day spent at home. They may be basic at first glance, but if you know where to look, you'll see just how basically astounding they are.
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Always Growing is our motto!
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