What’s going on in The Glamour Girl Home

Hello!  Sorry, I am a little late this month, but I didn’t forget I needed to update you on our home renovation for this past month.

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Besides us breaking our screen on our balcony and fixing that and the nozzle in our shower breaking (in the midst of fixing), we really have not done anything.  We still need to do our walk in closets, replace all the doors, add some light fixtures, put in a sliding glass door in the entry way, buy furniture and decorate of course.  However, the good news is none of these are urgent, we are just doing things little by little now as our home is completely livable and we love living here.  It is really cool to look around and see all the changes we have made.  It reflects us as we have made every decision.  By the time this home is completely done, we will have renovated every inch.

Here are just some snapshots from this past month:

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So what have we been doing all month??  Working and Playing Hard – it’s summer!  This is our crazy season for both of our jobs, but if we are not working we are spending it with friends or out eating, drinking, and exploring.  We went to The Rolling Stones in Milwaukee with our family in June, and took a day trip to Geneva this past weekend.

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What happened to The Glamour Girl Shop online store?  Well, it didn’t take me long to realize that everything sells about 500% faster in the shop than online.  Time is money and by the time I would take pictures and get product up on the website, I would sell the items off the shop floor and then have to yank it off my online store.  Is that a problem? No, it’s selling! However, unless I have a good quantity of something it doesn’t make sense for me to list it on the online store.  Usually I have about 6 pieces of something and by the time I reorder it, it’s not made anymore.  My clients love that I have unique items, which is great, but for an online store, it doesn’t make the most sense unless I can buy in larger bulk.  But then the $$$ gets in the way, I don’t want a lot of the same product just sitting in my back room when I can put that $$ into new product on the shop floor.   I run a small, but successful business, but I have to keep everything tightly run for it to be successful.  I am not sure what the online store’s future will be.  I have not closed it as I will give it another fall/winter- my slow in-store season but busier online season and see how the online does again then.  Regardless, I would not change my decision for starting an online store, I always wanted to do one, now that I have one I know how it works and more importantly how it works with my business. …AND with all these experiences and ventures I do, I am learning and I will continue to learn.  :)

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Well I hope you all had a great June and enjoy July!   I will touch base with you all again in August!   Otherwise, you can always follow The Glamour Girl Home on FACEBOOK and glamourgirlchicago on Instagram to see what I am up to.   :)

Have a wonderful day! xoxo, RIane

June 1st Condo Renovation Update

Happy June 1st everyone!   I told you even though blog posts will be few and far between, I would still update you with our condo renovation until it’s a little more finished.  So here it is!

We really have not done much at all, we tweak things here and there but for the most part we are working, playing, celebrating, and relaxing.  :)

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Mark spray painted the inside of our fireplace black.

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Next time I’ll light the fireplace for the picture. These are just quick snaps. :)

We took the Sputnik out of the kitchen even though it looked great.  If you remember though we originally bought it for above our dining table. We don’t have a dining table yet, but hopefully in the next few months.  In the mean time, we needed to figure out new kitchen lighting.  We really could not find anything we loved, so we just put up a simple inexpensive track that works for the space.  The kitchen feels bigger and highlights our shelving more.

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This looks like we have fluorescent light bulbs, but it’s just the picture, it’s much warmer light than this.

We also added a piece of stainless behind the stove to tie in both sides of our kitchen better.

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We are loving our house more every week and it is starting to feel like home.

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Wishing you a great month!   Happy June Everyone!

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xx, Riane

Finding Balance

Happy Tuesday Everyone!  I hope your week started off on a good note.  I went to the dentist yesterday and only had one cavity which I already knew of, but other than that I was good.  Score!  So I treated myself and picked up two donuts on the way back (one for me, one for Mark).  I also treated Mark to my new dental floss.  :) An electric toothbrush and mouthwash are the only things somewhat saving me;  why can’t I like to floss.

Anyway, my topic today…Finding Balance.  My posts have been scarce lately and that’s not on accident or because I was way too busy to post this time.  I just realized I have so much going on, all good too, but I got to the point if I wasn’t working on my business, this blog, or something with our condo during any downtime I felt guilty.  I set out to do my business, this blog, and our home renovation since they are all things I wanted and made me happy, but I never want to feel guilty when I am not “working” on one of them.  I realized something had to give and I knew it was the blog.  I did fewer posts to see if I would miss doing it and it may sound horrible but I don’t.  I am relieved I made a conscious decision to cut back on it.

The word workaholic is a blurry word for me since I own a small business so obviously I have to work hard at it for it to stay successful and I do, but I never aspire to be a workaholic.  I LOVE what I do and my hard work pays off, but I also love my days off and free time to enjoy life even more.  I only go into work around 40 hours a week, but I am still working from home with emails, out networking, doing retail orders, and everything else that comes along with owning my business outside of those hours.  I can handle all of that fairly well, but then I added on this blog as a creative outlet and the more I did it, the more I wanted it to be a successful blog.   The time it takes to dedicate to a blog is mind blowing and when I wouldn’t do a post it weighed heavy on me since I felt guilty not doing one.  I don’t want to feel guilty about not working on something when I’m out enjoying life!

The hardest part for me is not blogging for you dedicated readers out there.  This super tiny blog averaged 2300 views each month over the past 5 months.  In the blog world I don’t even make it on the map, but to me that’s a lot of people to be speaking out to.   I am thankful for every single one of you that has listened to me ramble on this last year and a half.   I am not ending the blog all-together, I will still leave it up and post here and there but posts will be few and far between.  I will still try and show you updates of our condo as we slowly make more changes.

I hope you take away this:  Life is way too short and you can’t take it for granted.  You need to LIVE in this lifetime and be present in the moment as hard as it may be.  It is important to have balance in your life and I know it’s easier said than done.   My husband works in the car business besides us owning Glamour Girl and finishing up our condo, so we will always have to work hard and sometimes more than we wish to, but when we are able to step away and enjoy life we should make the best of that time.  After all, we only have one shot at this.

xx, Riane

Bentley is ready for this blog post to get rapped up so mom can take him on a walk and pay attention to him.  :)

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Tea at The Peninsula Chicago

This weekend I had a whirlwind of fun.   If you follow me on Instagram @glamourgirlchicago or Facebook -The Glamour Girl Home, you saw I had a lot packed into one weekend and an overload of good food and drinks.  One thing was a first for me this weekend though – Traditional Afternoon Tea.  My girlfriend treated me to this late birthday gift and it was so much fun!   She chose Tea at The Lobby in The Peninsula Chicago and I highly recommend you go if you ever have the chance.  It’s something fun to do with your girlfriends for a special occasion.  If anyone says you’ll go hungry, there is no chance at The Peninsula.  We were overstuffed and couldn’t finish everything.  Plus, they were more than happy to give us extra of anything.

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Enjoy your week!

xx Riane

Party Ready

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  We celebrated Easter at our place this weekend with friends.  Even though it was a laid back day with close friends, I always try and make everything a little special when I have the time.

To get “party ready” I buy fresh flowers, have the music going, candles lit, table set, drinks ready to go, appetizers out, and above all I clean the house.

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Beer Flights for the Boys

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photo 1(16)When you go a little out of your way to do these things, it shows you are excited for your friends/family to come over.  I guarantee they’ll be a little excited when they walk through that door.   No lagging here, an instant party will happen.  :)

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I used a scarf out of my closet for our tablecloth. :)

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I used our china to “fancy” up the table.  If you have it, use it!

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We were lucky with weather and were able to open up the balcony.

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Bentley enjoyed the outdoor appetizers too.

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I can thank my mother for my party ready ways.  I grew up in a house that had a party for everything!  My parents still have way more parties than us!  :)

Wishing you inspiration for YOUR next party!

xx, Riane