Sunday, May 20, 2012

Returning to Visuals - The Florida Keys!

 As some of you may know, I got laid off from JCPenney. I see it as me been "one in the hundreds" that the company decided to part ways with. So, now what do I do? Prior to becoming a Shoe Supervisor with them, I worked for JCPenney as a Visual Merchandiser for 7 years and I absolutely loved it. Not only do I have a degree in the field, I simply enjoyed the thought process of deciding "what goes where and why"; "what will best work for your audience" and then the placement begins.

Samples of what I did over the years:
Training: Handbag Associate on the placement of aisle merchandise

Visuals: product placement
Clearance Merchandise: Making sure that the product is placed for the customer

I also loved interviewing fashion industry players on the Red Carpet when I lived just outside of Los Angeles.

LA Fashion Awards: Fred Segal 
California Market Center - Sourcing New Lines

So why the Keys?
Initially, I was going to move back to LA.
But after my first visit to Key West, I knew that I could live there. The living expense in LA is extremely high and so it is in Key West. There are a lot of similarities between these two cities and since Key West is closer to me, I've decided to go there. I will be one more person who has decided to make the Keys their home. If I was able to make it in LA, I should be fine in Key West. I'll keep you all posted on how I market myself as a Visual Merchandiser for my new location. Greetings, V.
Mannequins - are an intricate part of visuals - I donated mine when I left LA - what do  you know,  I'll be needing them again - 

She's no longer a bride/wife (1997 - 2012) - all the more reason for me and a change in location -  - 
Pretty and scenic in the Keys
And yes, bikes and more bikes in the Keys.

Till my next post everyone, V. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Yesterday - Gram's Place

Yesterday, I decided to go to Gram's Place to listen to some music. In photo above, you can see the green ring that I wore to complement my outfit. As is true to Gram"s Place, they had music there last night. Steve Vaclavik and the Woeful Ones delighted us with their unique sound.

While I was listening to the music, these wooden chairs caught my eye. The style of the chairs reminded me on the ones during my early years at school. Next I went to view the creative flow of Resident Artist, Leigh Rose's, work in the Amsterdam Room.
True to form, tulips made the list as she continues to leave a feel of Amsterdam on the walls of the space. It's a wrap - now onto focusing on my life and the things that need my attention, V.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Long Dresses

Recently, I got two long dresses to add to my wardrobe. It turns out that I love the flow of the fabric and the ease that a long dress offers.
While in the Keys a few days ago, I got these fun, skimmery sandals. They are gladiator styled shoes with three ankle straps and they turn out to be extremely comfortable.
See this bird that came by my back porch this morning.
Readers have a great weekend and enjoy Mother's Day - V.