My first real job was at a little boutique women’s clothing store, just minutes from my house. The pay was pretty awful and so was my manager, but I learned a lot, and that’s how first jobs are, right? I remember spending hours folding lace camisoles (remember those!), cleaning out dressing rooms, and counting change at the end of the night.
Actually, that’s exactly when I started reading blogs! I was 17 and bored out of my mind– we often had only a few customers in a night. So I’d sneak on the internet and escape. The first blog I ever read was written by the sweet Aura Joon, who has since stopped blogging and removed her page. So sad! I loved her writing. She talked about gardening and beauty, living in a small town in Oklahoma and all of the places they traveled and camped. Basically, I wanted to be her.
Anyway, as much as I loved leaving that little boutique in the past, it set me up pretty beautifully to work at Nordstrom seasonally while I was in college. I’d head home for summer break and spend a few months selling blankets and candles and wedding gifts in their home department. I learned how to talk to anyone, how to sell without being obnoxious, and how to create my own personal style. There’s nothing like working in a department store to teach you a little bit about style– you’re surrounded by it!
Before that job, I had previously never been a big Nordstrom shopper, but working there converted me to a Nordstrom lover forever. It still goes down as one of my favorite jobs.
Once again, it’s time for Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, which I have so many fond memories of. This is not just any sale, people, this is the best. sale. ever. But clearly I’m a little biased. ;)
P.S. Just in case you’re curious, here are a few things currently in my shopping cart:
Hydrocotton towels (the best I’ve ever come across, I swear!)
A pretty and practical new bra.
This cheeky tumbler, for my essential iced coffees.
A flattering tank top, for working out.
And finally, if LA ever got cold enough to justify it, I’d add this beauty.
Image c/o Vancity Buzz