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Friday Five :: Social

It has been just over three months since my last blog post. In that time, my husband and I welcomed our first baby to the world. And then spent three months getting adjusted to this amazing, but totally different, world called parenthood.

In the days that I did nothing but change diapers, feed the baby, and answer his cries, I felt so unproductive, compared to my previous life. I won’t lie, it was a struggle. But, sometimes we need those dormant times in our life to think, to recharge, to grow, to find new ideas.

In this dormant season, I thought a lot about B. Whimsy and how to share all of the new and exciting things at the store with all of you. It seems that social media sites are making it increasingly hard for small businesses to communicate – or at least increasingly more expensive as they monetize and practically require sponsored content.

As I rocked my baby to sleep in the wee hours of the night, I thought about how it makes more sense to reward you guys, who have been so supportive and loyal to B. Whimsy for over a decade, rather than send that money off to a company for advertising.

For my first Friday Five back from maternity leave, here are some of the new things we’ll be doing online! We hope you guys enjoy it and have fun. And please, let us know what you like, what you don’t like, and what you want to see more of.

Weekly Winners

Every week, we’re giving something away on Facebook. Each time that you like, comment, and share one of our posts, you’ll be entered into the weekly giveaway. It might be a t-shirt, or a pair of earrings, or a gift card, or a coupon. We will announce what we are giving away when we announce the winner.

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Pre-Orders & Pre-Sales

We are giving our Facebook and Instagram friends the chance to shop our clothes section first – and at a discount! Whenever we place a new order or new clothes come in, we will post for you guys to reserve your size first, with a 20% discount. But, you’ll have to act fast, as the discount will only be valid for a couple of days.

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OOTD

Before having a baby, I loved clothes and would spend quite a bit of time trying to put together the most flattering and creative outfit (even if I did usually end up in all black!) Now, I feel accomplished if I change out of pajama pants into yoga pants! Needless to say, my relationship with clothes has changed. So, I’m excited about the B. Whimsy Outfit of the Day (OOTD) simply for all of the outfit inspiration and ideas. Check our Instagram for OOTD inspiration.

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#shopbwhimsy

We love seeing how you use B. Whimsy items in your life. We want to see how you style your home, the outfits you put together, or how a special gift made your day. Be sure to tag us in the photo and use #shopbwhimsy – and if we repost one of your photos, you’ll get a gift card!

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Tips and Inspiration

One of my favorite things about working at B. Whimsy has been learning some of Kari’s and Ashley’s decorating tricks, as well as keeping up with the latest trends they see at Market. I so admire that they genuinely want to help people add some beauty, comfort, and functionality to their home and closet – it’s not just about selling products. So, I’m excited to tap into the creativity and years of experience that they have and share some of their tips and inspiration.

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We so appreciate you for following us on social media, reading our blog, joining our mobile community, and shopping with us in the store! Leave a comment and let us know what you most want to see on social media!

Friday Five :: Five Things I Learned at B. Whimsy

Hi everyone – Julia here. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the currently pregnant blonde you see at the store and I do most of B. Whimsy’s social media, website, marketing, etc.

It’s hard to believe I’ve worked at the store for about three years now – and today is one of my last days before taking a break for maternity leave. I’ve learned a ton while working at B. Whimsy, as my personal and home decor style haves changed and developed and while picking up on some of Kari’s and Ashley’s expert tips!

So, for my last blog before baby comes, I’m sharing 5 things I’ve learned about dressing yourself or your home.

Trust your gut.

Over the last three years, I’ve talked with hundreds of you as you’ve shopped for your home, your closet, or your jewelry. Most people know what they like and what they don’t. Some just have a harder time hearing what their gut is telling them and trusting it.

But if you walk into a store and you’re drawn to something – there’s probably a reason. Even if what you’re loving is totally different than what you’d normally go for, there’s usually a way to work into your life and your existing style. So don’t be afraid to listen to yourself and be confident in your choices. I really think attitude and confidence is at least 75% of pulling something off!

For example, I walked into a store, saw this foot stool, and fell in love. It admittedly didn’t go with the colors in my living room (mustard and gray vs. greens and blues). But I loved it. So, I had B. Whimsy order it for me, and I added a few other mustard and gold touches to my living room to help tie it in.  Art, accessories, pillows all can go a long way toward blending colors and styles! And, to this day, that stool that didn’t match anything in my house is one of my favorite things in my living room.

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Don’t be afraid of change.

B. Whimsy’s motto is “Always Changing, Always Different.” And, if you go a month or two between visits to the store, you’ll definitely notice that that’s true! The store is constantly changing, as new and different items arrive or as Kari and Ashley feel ready for a change.

It’s so interesting to watch this process, because sometimes it’s a huge change – like rearranging all of the furniture. And other time’s it’s a simple change – like swapping out rugs. Sometimes it will even feel like a new space when we just burn a different candle. It’s amazing how new a space feels when something is just a little different.

Empowered by this philosophy – and much to my husband’s chagrin – I’ve rearranged my main living areas about a hundred times in the last three years. Between decorating for parties or showers, decorating for Christmas, or just wanting a change, things move around pretty regularly in my house. When people come over, they often ask if Kari has been here decorating again?! (And, let’s be honest, sometimes she has!) But it’s usually just that I’ve moved one or two things – the couch in a new position, a floral arrangement in a new spot, or some paintings that I’ve rotated. Sometimes things stay like that for just a few days because it wasn’t such a good change, and other times they stay for months. But whatever the change is and for however long it stays like that, it’s always feels refreshed and new.

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And so on, times 100.

Invest in staples.

Last year, we did a blog series on Kari’s decorating all-stars; the items that make a room really shine. Interesting pieces of furniture, rugs, lamps, pillows, and art. (We will be re-visiting some of those all-stars on the blog in coming weeks, so stay tuned!) As I’ve seen her decorate numerous spaces and continually redecorate the store, I’ve seen just how important these staples are – and how much they deserve our investment to get exactly what we want. They are worth the time investment to get it just right, as well as the financial investment in items that stand the test of time.

In my own home, I can point to a few examples – my living room rug and these paintings, to name a few. As I’ve rearranged my living room time and time again, these items have always stayed in the same spot. They serve as the backdrop upon which I can layer the other furniture and accessories to achieve the change I want.

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Save on trends.

Trendy items, whether we’re talking about clothes or home decor, are key to making us feel current. They bring an element of change, excitement, interest.

But, they’re also fleeting. Trends come and go. They are the things you see everywhere (and, admittedly, love) that in a year or two, you’ll be tired of looking at.

For me, an example of that is chevron. (My friends and family laughed at me when my nursery theme included “NO CHEVRON” – a hard rule to follow in the baby world these days!) I have a few chevron things from when it was so popular a few years ago – this book box for example – and they’re sitting in a closet now. I loved these items for the pattern they brought to my life for a few seasons – but, thankfully, I didn’t spend much on them so it’s not a travesty that they’re in a spare closet for now.

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Add some color. And some sparkle.

I remember when Kari first walked into my house to help me decorate for the Christmas Tour of Homes a few years ago. I had lived in my house for only a few months – and I knew I needed help! She walked in, looked around, and said “well, I see you haven’t committed to a color scheme yet!” I still laugh about this, because I thought I was pretty solidly in the green and brown color scheme. But, she helped me find ways to add pops of color to my neutral tendencies to make the space a little more interesting and dynamic.

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Likewise, working at B. Whimsy has definitely changed how I dress and accessorize. When I started working at B. Whimsy, you were most likely to find me in solid black and no jewelry. (And, pretty often, that’s still how you’ll find me!) But, B. Whimsy taught me to add in some color, some pattern, and some sparkle every now and then. It’s amazing how far it goes to add a little joy to your day.

So, put on your Mariana – even if it’s with a t-shirt and a messy bun – and conquer the day!

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Friday Five :: Photo Round Up

TGIF, am I right?!

We’ve had an amazing (and exhausting!) week of celebrations with y’all during our annual anniversary event and in preparation for Mother’s Day. Thank you all, so much, for joining us!

We so appreciate this wonderful community and the support you show us time and time again. We truly love that we get to help make your house a home, find the perfect gift (for you and your loved ones!), and put together a fun new outfit.

And, we really love getting photos of how you use our decor in your home or style our clothes. We’ve gotten a lot of photos from y’all lately, so we’re sharing a few of them for our Friday Five this week!

(Keep the photos coming! Tag us on social media, e-mail them, or text us!)

1. We love how colorful and inviting this is! This customer found this amazing console and needed some accessories to go with it. Painting, arrangement, and lamps from B. Whimsy!

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2. This customer was on a mission to update her decor a little before a big party this year. She needed something BIG to fill this wall – so we custom ordered this pair of paintings. The texture and movement they provide is so intriguing!
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4. Malorie’s blog is so fun to read! We loved spotting some B. Whimsy decor and kitchen items in this blog post – Our Nest Finds. The saddle painting has always been one of our favorites!

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5. We recently got to decorate this customer’s living room after she moved into a new house. She had her eyes on this mirror for a while – and got it to complete her entryway! Looks lovely!

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