Let’s talk about pants…

It seemed for a while, that all we saw on women was yoga clothes, or athletic wear, and skinny jeans.  Funny how we get used to a look and even adapt to it ourselves.  (By the way, BIG tip-Look at yourself from the back before you leave the house in all those tight pants.  Unless you are actually going to work out, you might want to wear a longer sweater or jacket to cover your butt-not always our best asset).

Anyway—I have come to like all these styles, but find I need to modify it to have it work.  I almost always need a longer top or tunic to make it work.  If you are a stick, you can pull off anything, but if you are like the rest of us–you have to make adjustments to achieve a look.

Practice in front of a full length mirror.  If you love a look, be honest with yourself and keep working with it until you like.  You can do it!  Believe it or not, today’s styles require more work!  Take care, Brenda

The dying bunny…

This was so sad and yet, part of the circle of life.  I am glad we were here to help, even though I cried for two days.

Bob and I noticed an old, frail rabbit sort of laying under our bird feeder eating sunflower seeds one evening.  You could see he was fading.  He was still there when we went to bed.  In the morning we looked out and he had moved about four feet into the flower bed.  He was laying stretched out on his stomach, like he was flying.

We thought he was gone, so Bob went out to bury him. When he touched him, he lifted up his head, just his head.  I’m crying  and Bob came in and we decided to move him to a more secluded spot (I couldn’t stand the thought of a hawk standing over him). Bob covered the bunny with a dish towel so he stayed quiet and carried him to a green fern bed in the back behind a stone wall. He laid him down and took off the towel.  His eyes were open, but he was still.  I watched as Bob gently stroked him for a minute or two, and then satisfied that he was okay, Bob came in and went to work.

I could not go to check on him -what could I do? In the evening, he had passed, but was still resting peacefully.  Bob buried him.  Just sad.  Life is so fragile…

Brain break!

Shopping with us is a mental exercise.  Shopping requires all your attention, so your mind enters a quiet focused zone.  It’s stress relief, quiet time.  It’s fun, very creative and ultimately sooo rewarding!

We’re happy to let you shop in peace for as long as you like—after all–it requires total concentration since it is a hunt!!

Besides, we love seeing you!  xoxo, Brenda

We are a family business…

We are local, in your town, your neighborhood, for 14 years!!  We have provided you with great customer service, and wonderful ever-changing products. We donate to over four women’s charities on a weekly basis.  We donate gift cards and purchase ads to any church, temple, school or organization that asks us.  We are here seven days a week.  We know you and you know us. We care about you.  We are invested in Needham!!

We are also a part of a dying breed.  We need your support to survive.  “Shop Local” is not just a phrase–it makes sense. Shop where you live! Help your downtown to thrive!  Give us a chance to take care of you!  We can give you what you want or need with a smile, a great price and you didn’t have to leave town!!

Thank you for your support! xoxo, Brenda

How to make that full jacket or sweater work.

If you’re topping off your outfit with a long sweater or a swing coat, belt what’s underneath.  All that’s visible will be the buckle and that’s enough to finish the look- polish it.   It keeps any bulk from the underneath pieces narrow and close to your body,   No one will know if there’s a little back fat or edges and you will look long, sleek, slim and polished!! practice this…xo

Big, oversized winter coats are in this year!

They’re cut big enough to fit over a blazer or a giant fisherman knit sweater! This can be very practical, since they’ll fit over anything, but they can also overwhelm you.  They are not fitted.  If you wear dainty shoes, you will look totally out of proportion.  A big coat, in most cases, needs pants, heavier shoes or boots.

I wouldn’t invest a huge amount- unless you are buying a classic like a Max Mara camel hair ( been around for 30 years!). Your mom might have one you could borrow!  Still classy!  If you’re going to try it- remember, wear it like you own it!

At any rate, be prepared, it’s a look you’re going to see.  Some women will pull off beautifully!  If you’e tempted to try, study them first and try on in front of full length mirrors,

It’s tricky sometimes!?  xoxo, Brenda

Tools to maintain your stuff-shoes polish sponges.

People notice your shoes. They need to look well maintained, not dusty and dirty with water stains. They hold up better if you polish them.  These little sponges are the size of the palm of your hand–self contained with sponge and polish!  Available in black, brown and clear.  Takes off dust, dirt, and water marks and leaves a shine!! Available at CVS, Walgreens, and Target.


xoxo, Brenda

Tools to maintain your stuff- sweater stone.

The sweater stone is a fabulous light weight brick of pumice.  We use it on all our cashmere and flat wool sweaters if they’re pilled.  You just gently stroke the stone over your sweater and the pills are gently removed.  It does not snag or pull or make holes-better than anything we have tried!  They are availabe at our 906 store for $10.  It will last for a couple of years.  If you have cashmere sweatrs, you absolutely need one of these!

xoxo, Brenda

Do you shop both sides of the street? You should!!!

We have had stores on both sides of the street for years! If you don’t go to all of our stores when you are here, then you’re missing out on half of what makes us special!! You have missed hundreds of things you would have loved, simply because you couldn’t cross the street!!

It’s not about price–it’s about making the shopping easier for you,  It would be overwhelming if everything was all in one store.  We have a clearance store and an intake store, but the other two stores are new inventory every day!!  One is what we all wear everyday–brands we know and love.  The other store is the smaller labels…items that are more unusual, a little funkier, more boutique, things that make you feel special!  Still everyday clothes, just with a little something extra!  Always worth a look!

Pricing is the same in both stores.  There are always markdowns and always new things!!  All you have to do is walk across the street. You already paid the meter, get you quarter’s worth!  You’ll be glad you did.  Trust me- try it once and you’s get it!  You’ll be glad you did, especially when your friend asks you where you got that amazing top!!

There’s a reason we’ve been voted best in the region for 11 years…love you, Brenda

Tools to maintain your stuff- silver clothes.

We use these on all our sterling silver jewelry.  It’s a little cloth treated with silver polish.  It comes in it’s own plastic tube to keep it from drying out.  Buff your jewelry with this and it removes the tarnish! buff again with an old washcloth to remove any residue and your jewelry will always look like new and not leave those black marks on your skin and clothes.  Store in a zip lock bag or it’s own tube to keep from drying out.Available at our 906 stores for $5.  Small things make a difference!!

xoxo, Brenda