//Natural Life//

hello friends! sorry for the absence lately, worked the retail market downtown at America’s Mart ((three skyscrapers filled with everything retailers need to fill their shops!! aka, a fashionista’s dream!!)) and have been exhausted. also helped celebrate a friend’s birthday, which lasted 2.75 days, haha!
so now i’m back…full force…and wanted to share a little bit of my market adventure! i’m actually kinda bummed because i only snapped photos on the last day…but really liked all the outfits i wore on the other days ((4 total working days, 10+ hours each!)) oh well, here is the showroom for Natural Life: a line of fun gifts, accessories, kitchenware && more all with a bohemian flare. my friend liz hooked me up with the position as showroom sales ((she works for the company over in Florida)) assisting women pick && choose their next shipment for their small businesses. i got to meet ladies from boutiques, hospital && college gift shops, tea rooms, card shops and other small businesses. pretty neat experience!
take a peak///
from afar///
the pomPOM key rings//flare were my favs! got to take a couple home!! :))
my fellow temp, Quentin
ps//i got a haircut, cut off A LOT actually but this day i did nothing to it, let it 1/2 air dry so it’s not a good representation of how it normally looks, because i often curl, but legit photos coming soon!
there are many crafty ladies behind the small company, i had the pleasure of meeting && working with Patti-the mastermind behind Natural Life. v.e.r.y. sweet lady indeed!
loved all the vintage props, not pictured is a really great vintage suitcase with a flower painted on it..may have to ‘borrow’ that idea :))
should have kept count, but my guess is that i heard the word “CUTE” 3,024,015 times. no joke.
this display was the best, the pomPOMS added with the collage tops-adorbs!!
the bags in the bottom right corner are a new item, created after Patti’s inspiration trip to India, they are perfect for all sorts of uses.
a little bit about our friendship…we actually went to high school in Maryland and were the best best of friends. when together we were so goofy && shared so many adventures, but after my parents moved from MD my freshman year of college and she went off to school we didn’t see one another for nearly 4 or so years, but kept in touch. well when she found out about market in ATL and asked if i wanted in we got to reunite! it really was like we picked up where we left off, no awkwardness..just back to the old Jess && Liz ways. ((haha, making this so cheesy but it really is a fun story and a wonderful experience for me, esp bc i’ve been in a military family and so often have to leave my friends…never to see them again…so this was AWESOME!)) now we are planning the next trip because this is one chick i def want in my life for good!
i am so getting one of those bike horns, although they annoyed the hell out of us, it would be soooo cute on my vintage road bike i’m beginning to fix up!
natural liiiiiiife!
the last day was “the hangover” day, as liz and i went to an inaugural ball awarding such retailers such as the ladies behind Anthropologie, owner of Kirklands, and others…after a performance by Michael McDonald-from the Doobie Brothers!! we then we hit up the Graveyard tavern for Down&&Dirty, needless to say-utterly pooped….so i sported my comfy vintage mexi-tunic w/Free People legging shorts. felt like i was wearing a night gown!
still playing catch-up on sleep//rest//sobriety, but i have so much more to share so keep checking back!

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  • Reply
    AsianCajuns (Cath)
    July 22, 2010 at 4:00 am

    What a wonderful crazy couple of days you’ve had! I’m so jealous you got to work at the Mart! I love the Natural Life look – those ladies are super talented.

    And you look so pulled together in your hangover outfit! I need a tunic like that – or better yet, a mumu!

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    July 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    So lovely shop!!
    I like your blog and style. :)

    Now! I’m your follower!


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    Emma Key
    July 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    JESS! WHERE is your HAIR??

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    The Jazzy Belle
    July 22, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Cool post Love! I bet you are exhausted but what a cool experience and the ball was too I bet. I watch “Man Shops Globe” all the time which is based on Anthro. One of my fave stores fo sho! My mom goes to market a lot w/ a friend and i always get fun stuff when she returns :) Natural Life looks AWESOME!! I’ll have to look into it more. Hope you have a great weekend and get some rest.

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    July 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    //emma key//

    it’s NOT as short as it looks, the long layers are tucked away. but she DEF textured it and took off a bunch of weight, needed it to be lighter all this dancing in the South! love yous :))


    they give out SO MUCH freebies at market, im sure your mommah racked uppp :)) and yes, NL has a great selection on there website-check.it.out!

    thanks everyone else for the kind words, always puts a smile on my face!

    -jess s

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