For the past few days it’s been almost 100 degrees where I live. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m glad summer’s finally here, but this heat wave has just been too much to handle (not to mention the havoc it’s wreaked on my hair and skin). Thus, I’ve bought some Simply Lemonade and found all my Bob Marley on my Zune, for some lazy day jammin. I recommend you do the same, when you get a chance!
The first thing that drew me to the book was the title. I mean, who doesn’t want to be seen as classy and well put together? The book is divided up into sections that mostly cover all the things a classy girl needs to know: how to throw a party, travel, dress, be a good friend, etc. I loved most (not all) of the sections and felt that despite his connections and experience in the fashion industry, author Blasberg came across as humble and grateful for his mid-western upbringing and experiences. There are many suggestions of good movies to see, music to download for different occasions, books to read while traveling (no more gossip magazines!), and even a list of famous artists with whom a classy girl must become familiar. Throughout the book, Blasberg quotes just about everyone, from Plato to Chanel to Daniel in the Bible, which was very unexpected, but nevertheless, refreshing. Thus, I would recommend borrowing this book from a friend. Every time I re-read a section, I learn something new; like how to be a better hostess or things to look for when shopping for wardrobe staples. However, I wish it were a hardback.
So, I got my first normal job! I started working in retail this summer, which has taught me many things, but I’ll only share a few:
1. How to be a cleaner customer. I’m constantly picking up clothing and debris during my job, so I tend to find myself picking up after other shoppers when I’m out with friends. Then I remind myself to stop, but I realize how annoying it is when shoppers don’t clean up after themselves.
2. How to be a nicer customer. Let’s face it, sales associates have a hard job. I’ve had some very odd customers, and others which seemed like they need to be tranquilized. Being on the other side of shopping has shown me to kinder and more sympathetic to sales people, and in fact, anyone in customer service (waiters and waitresses, etc). There are the long hours spent standing up and the smile we must put on when new customers arrive. It’s all no easy feat. Going through it myself has taught me to be more appreciative. They’re trying their best.
3. Never buy things full price. Well, everyone knows this, but observing how quickly prices change, on sale one day, full price the next, I am more aware of how the prices of pieces designed by my favorite labels change, which helps me to be a better consumer. More money for me =)
Have you or your friends had any life-changing experiences working in retail?
I’ve been computer-less since school ended (I’m in the process of getting it fixed!!), and super busy with my new summer jobs that I haven’t had time to shop…or make a new post. But I’m back, in a new city and will post much more frequently! And I will write that review on Classy. It’s been a month =(