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

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

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

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

  5. 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?

  6. 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!

  7. 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! specsandwings@gmail.com

  8. 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.

  9. 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™‚

  10. 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 style.plus, lots of local people thought we were a floral shop, ha!) So that's it in a nutshell! πŸ™‚

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