Yesterday was the first day of fall. Did I drink a pumpkin spice latte and wear a heavy sweater, scarf, and knee high boots while crunching leaves under foot? I did not. I did go ahead and throw on a fall-like outfit because why the hell not? Sure the sun my not recognize the first day of fall when it sees it, but I sure do. If the calendar says it’s fall, I’m dressing like it. (Summer sun, you can stay a little while longer but only because you’re pretty.)
Yesterday was also the 3rd anniversary — or would be — the 3rd anniversary of my shop Bloom. (Our building we leased sold in the spring and we were vacated for a few months. You can read more here.) One of my very favorite days in my memory bank. We worked until 2 am the night before making sure everything was ready to open the next day. Every piece was steamed and ready and I had no clue what to expect. Would anyone know we were open? Would we even have a customer or a sale? It was the most thrilling mix of anxiety and excitement I’ve ever experienced. Especially when our first customer walked in. It all became real. I’ll always celebrate September 23rd, even though bloom is now closed. It was my first day as a shop owner; the start of some of my best days. 
Today is September 24th. And just minutes ago I got the keys to our new shop, West & Lou. We are still in downtown McKinney, still located on the square but in a new building with a new name and concept. The website is up and going (no products for sale online just yet, hopefully late October!) and we are working our tails off to get things launched as quickly as possible. Once we have more to share, I’ll share it but for now a website will just have to do. Hope you’re ready for shopgirl 2.0 because I am more than ready.
(Oh and if you are local and wondering our new address it’s 203 West Louisiana, right when you drive into the square!And yes, that’s where West & Lou came from. *winks*)
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  1. Congratulations, I'm so happy to hear the news! I dream of opening my own little shop someday, so it's very exciting and inspiring to see you opening up shop again. Looking forward to hearing all the details!

  2. I absolutely love your blog and the clothes that you wear! The story that you have with your store opening/closing & then re opening a brand new store is great motivation! One day I hope to be able to take the leap and open my own store! Good luck on the new store opening!!

  3. Congratulations on the new store! Very cute name. Cute outfit, too. I just love your blog and clothes. Thank you for the daily inspiration.

  4. Wow, this is all such exciting stuff! The website looks great, and I can't wait to see more. It's too bad I don't like near you at all, or I'd have to check it out. I guess a website will have to do! πŸ™‚

    xo Jackie

    Something About That

  5. Did you know Starbucks is adding new spice flavors this year? πŸ˜‰ I had to share this because A) it's funny B) since you mentioned PSL and scarves. Happy Fall! this outfit is gorgeous and congrats on your new shop! Judging from the website it will be absolutely beautiful.
    Wishing you all the best.
    Lauren Jade
    Make it a Double

  6. I love this look! Specially the sweater and the shoes. I normally wear just basic pumps but I'm trying to expore more outside the basic pump. These shoes are great. Thanks for sharing the link of the similar shoe!

  7. How exciting! Really loved the website. Very cleverly designed! Now I'm off to check if I've got some mustard to team with my blush, a la your Color Code post on West & Lou!

  8. I go to work in a jacket and when I leave at 5 it's warm out. Quit teasing me fall! Congrats on your shop and I love the new name and concept. Fresh starts are just the best!

  9. Such a gorgeous look, girl! That skirt is so lovely. And how awesome to be in the process of creating and building towards a new goal! Congrats on all your hard work! SO excited for ya!

  10. I'm so excited that you will have a new shop. I have been following your blog for about 4 years. I live in Fort Worth and am grateful that got to go to Bloom in February. I'm looking forward to seeing your new store when it's up and running.

  11. Beautiful new website Kendi!! And I LOVE the shop name! Congrats, I can't wait to shop! πŸ™‚

  12. The website looks great! I can't wait to check out the new store when I'm in the McKinney (the K is cap right? I can never remember….) area this Christmas! PS I feel lucky to have made it to Bloom (and purchased one of my favorite shirts!) last year while visiting!

  13. Your shop site looks incredible! WOW! Congrats on the new shop…you are an inspiration! πŸ™‚

  14. The skirt is great. I've been wanting one like this in black, but the blue is perfect.

  15. So excited for you! You're an inspiration, not letting up on your dreams. πŸ™‚

  16. Congratulations! I'm so excited that you are opening another store, I love hearing about it!

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