Opening Day

How was your weekend, friends? Mine was filled with you guessed it — all things West & Lou. It has been so exciting this time around getting everything ready. We work morning to night but it’s not exhausting, it’s energizing somehow. In fact, I have to say the second time around might be more fun. I’ve got a post brewing in my head about doing things the second time around that hopefully will come out into a post this week. I say hopefully because words in my head can be stubborn sometimes. I make no promises about these thoughts in my head.
Speaking of the shop, after a lot of drama with permits and construction we now have an opening date! October 30th we will open our doors and we will launch online — AKA next Thursday. Just three days after my 30th birthday. Don’t worry, I’ve already got my birthday presents from the shop picked out and waiting for me. (I’m sure you were losing a lot of sleep over what I’d buy myself for my birthday.) And if you are a townie or live close by (*cough* Dallas) you are invited to a preview event the evening before, October 29th from 5:30 to 8:30! 
Okay now onto this dress. Like a moth to the flame, I was drawn to this shift dress when I saw it on the rack. Lord knows I love a dress with sleeves and this one was in my current color obsession of black and white. Or lack of color, I guess I should say. Also, it matches our windows at the shop. Done deal. 
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  1. kendall says:

    love the dress! so chic! x

    dipped in yellow

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  2. Congrats, Kendi! Can't wait to hear more about the store and adore this dress!

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  3. batman says:

    Kendi you are just sooo pretty! I love your blog ad your style! Congrats of the pending opening..Its gonna be great!

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  4. Krista says:

    Great dress! Congrats on the store opening date! So exciting!

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  5. Sasa Zoe says:

    Love your dress<3

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  6. Elizabeth Hawn says:

    what a perfect dress! its adorable

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  7. Adore this dress. A shift in black and white and grid pattern!?? Moth to the flame πŸ˜‰
    Congrats on a scheduled opening date.

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  8. Congrats on the opening date! Love the dress, too!

    Liz @
    A sweater giveaway on the blog from Mickey & Jenny (2 winners will be announced!)

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  9. Kelsey Wilburn says:

    you look lovely! what a great outfit

    ladies in navy

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  10. wow this dress is amazing! love it! and goodluck with the store opening! πŸ™‚

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  11. lavieenliz says:

    love that dress

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  12. Melisa A. says:

    Kendi on a new shop opening. Can’t wait to hear more J

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  13. Gorgeous Dress! Love the hair!


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  14. Anita says:

    I'm really loving black and white right now, too! Can't wait to see more about West & Lou.

    Always, Anita

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  15. I'm so excited to hear more about the store–sounds like it's all coming together beautifully! If I lived nearby I would definitely come say hello πŸ™‚

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  16. Sarah H. says:

    A million congrats on the new shop, the new dress, and the new decade of your life πŸ™‚

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

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  17. Iris Klaver says:

    Beautiful dress!

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  18. Love the print on this dress! Congrats on opening your store!

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  19. Lovin this simple dress with the contrast sleeves πŸ˜‰

    xo Jenny

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  20. Lisa Griffin says:

    Congratulations! I can't wait to see everything with the new store, and you look adorable as well!
    In Dramatic Fashion

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  21. Marina says:
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  22. Jessica says:

    This dress is just my style. I can't wait to peek at the online shop! Good luck with the last minute details this week πŸ™‚

    26 and Not Counting

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  23. Courtney says:

    Love that dress! πŸ™‚ I'll definitely have to check out the new store

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  24. love this look, so simple but chic! excited for you on the second-time-around opening!!

    xo mk

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  25. Diana says:

    Awesome dress!!
    xoxo, Diana

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  26. Natali says:

    You are so beautiful and this outfit couldn't be more lovely and stylish!

    Also, good luck with the reopening of your store, I'm so happy for you!

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  27. fashiondiariesbyk says:

    Love the outfit!!

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  28. Congrats on the new store – can't wait until its opening next week – how exciting!

    Lisa @ Daily Style Finds

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  29. MARTA says:

    Gorgeous dress and shoes!

    β™₯ β™₯

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  30. Anett says:

    I also love windowpane in balck and white, but both my pieces are for summer and it's getting really cold here now. The best of luck in getting ready for the shop opening – exciting times!

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  31. Keeley says:

    What is the story behind the new shop name?

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  32. Keeley says:

    also, I desperately need those exact shoes! Any tips on finding them?

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  33. Keeley says:

    Do you know the style name?

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  34. Adore this dress! So perfect. And can't wait to hear more about West & Lou!

    xo Jessica

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  35. This is so exciting! A rockin' dress, a new store opening, AND some birthday anticipation all in one post…talk about an awesome Monday!

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  36. Elisa Taviti says:

    Very nice dress!



    My Fantabulous World

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  37. Sarah says:

    Love all of these patterns – and so obsessed with the shoes!

    x Sarah

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  38. Pearl says:

    Great dress! West&Lou sounds exciting. Best of luck with the launch. We have the same birthday BTW! πŸ™‚

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  39. kate says:

    love this dress!!

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  40. Dana Mannarino says:

    Congrats, Kendi! Can't wait to hear more about the store! PS: That dress is beautiful!

    Pink Champagne Problems

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  41. Erika says:

    Congratulations! and Lovely outfit! πŸ™‚


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  42. Androbel says:

    so cute. congratulations!! I can't believe you got everything figured out πŸ™‚

    Xo, Belen from A Hint of Life

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  43. Tish Baily says:

    Wow love this outfit!

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  44. You keep getting more and more chic! So excited for the new shop!
    xo Adri

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  45. Jenny says:

    Love the windowpane print πŸ™‚


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  46. Jackie says:

    You are absolutely adorable in that last shot!! I am so excited just reading about how excited you are for the new shop to open!! SO SOON! πŸ™‚

    xo Jackie

    Something About That

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  47. Madeline Mihaly says:

    congrats! can't wait to shop online! and that dress is gorgeous!

    xo, Maddy

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  48. Mel says:

    Congrats on the new shop! Love your dress

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  49. Erica Bell says:

    So happy for you and the shop! I am planning on visiting when I visit my brother in Texas soon!! Also, did you find if the dress ran small, large or true to size?

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  50. Kimi says:

    Woohoo, congrats lady! I'm loving the grid print and especially the contrasting sleeves. πŸ™‚

    xo Kimi

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  51. Congratulations! Totally loving this pattern.

    xx Indya

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  52. Mica says:

    That is such a pretty dress! So exciting that everything is coming together in the store for you! Good luck with your opening, I'm sure it will be fantastic! πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue

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  53. That dress is amazing, I love the print


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  54. T. says:

    Wow, Kendi! I think it takes a lot of bravery to open up your own shop! (Because you have so much responsibility and you might loose a lot of money and everything) And you are only 30 and open up your own buisiness for the second time already! I'm impressed!

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  56. Teighlor says:

    Love the dress!! I eye it up every time I go into work! Such a great piece for A/w!

    Check out my blog if you want πŸ™‚

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  57. Shoshana says:

    So simple but not boring. Classic & Chic, you look great.

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  58. Yay a dress with sleeves. My flabby arm dream πŸ™‚

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  59. donna bailey says:

    What a lovely dress having here! Love black and white combo. You look great!
    Hampstead carpet cleaners

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  60. Rach says:

    Love the window pane dress! So excited for the store opening and I can't wait to shop online πŸ™‚

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  61. YAY!!! Congrats on the new shop Kendi! You look adorable in your new dress and your new store looks amazing already! If you're interested in collaborating for a little advertising on my blog and I'd LOVE to work with you or just celebrate and share about West & Lou!

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  62. Kimberly says:

    I absolutely adore everything about your style! Unfortunately I live in New York and wont be able to make it to your opening, but Congratulations! I wish you all the best. πŸ™‚

    xx- Kim

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  63. Congratulations on the opening!!! Can't wait to see pictures from the event. Thisshift dress is gorg – and I especially love those heels.

    xoxo, Elena Michelle

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  64. Great look! Absolutely love this dress.

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  66. Christina says:

    so happy for you! I hope it's a smashing success!

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  67. sopranomom2 says:

    Kendi, I'm sorry to be negative but this dress is not for you. You have an adorable figure and this dress makes you look wider than you are with no waist definition. I love reading your blog and look forward to news about your new store. Best of luck with the opening.

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  68. ahealthier fitterme says:

    Super cute! Looks super comfortable ;o)

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  69. Bunmi Afuye says:

    simple and chic!

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  70. nikki says:

    your hair looks amazing!

    xx nikki

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  71. Kendi Lea says:

    Yes, they are the Ivanka Trump 'Kippy' Pumps! I don't know why they didn't stay stocked for very long — they were in store for just a blip! Best of luck finding them — they are the best! πŸ™‚

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  72. Kendi Lea says:

    I can post a longer explanation in a future post, but basically once we closed bloom from the sell of the building last spring we decided that the store concept and name worked best in that location and that we both wanted to move in a different direction if we were to open a new shop. When we found this new location, I was writing the address down (203 West Louisiana) and immediately thought of the name 'west & lou'. We both agreed this gave us a broader range of concept and style in moving forward with a new shop. (bloom felt a bit younger, a bit more inclusive of a certain, lots of local people thought we were a floral shop, ha!) So that's it in a nutshell! πŸ™‚

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