Archives for: July 2012


07/25/12 | by Shareen [mail] | Categories: downtown girls

I am having a quiet and long early morning.
This is how to begin the day.
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and
Instagram are nothing compared with
this silent exploration of my own heart.
Here is beauty.
Here are my memories.
And here is the source of my greatest inspiration.
It isn’t easy to confront the deeper layers of myself.
Much comes up.
Thoughts on a slide projector arrive one by one
in living color and profound sentiment.

I have been working very hard since
Joanie’s departure, and Erika V took
four days off and Dora is off on tour for
three weeks and for days now it has been
me and me and more me on my floor and
you know what?…… I have been so generously
reminded of how very much I love my work.
I love my work, I love my clients and I love
my search to please and provide.
I am at my red desk, meeting
and greeting, sharing on life truths and taking in
the need and the question.
Thank you for the privilege of serving you.


07/11/12 | by Shareen [mail] | Categories: downtown girls

On Monday morning at 5am
in the back of a taxi, on my way to
Logan Airport, I loaded my emails
and found there a letter of resignation
from Joanie.

I shook my head, took a deep breath,
and stared out across the Atlantic Ocean.
The sun was rising.
The sky was a deep pink.
The sea was calm.
And I rested back in my seat.

On my flight to LA, I wrote to Joanie.
I accepted her resignation with love and understanding
and compassion.
There comes a time in life when one must
surrender the drive of the personality to the yearning of
the spirit.
Joanie is doing just this.
It takes courage and faith and the kind of attention
that inspires true growth.

I know that you all love Joanie.
Well, none of you more than I.
Joanie came to me when she was still
in college and for the two years and seven
months since, she has served me with
such dedication and focus, joy and laughter,
delight and depth.
From her first day she stole my heart with
her positive can do energy, her wit and
She has been my hardworking sidekick and
my dear friend.
She has changed my mind and my life.

I have looked upon her with concern the last
few months. I know things. I know things about
the young women I love and employ. I can see them
growing and I can feel their needs changing.
Joanie’s needs were changing and changing
differently than mine as well.
I had thought to push her out of the nest.
I wanted, out of love, to see her
spread her wings a bit.
But I waited to let her find her flight and
now that she has lifted, I won’t pretend that
it doesn’t break my heart.

This all said, I know where ever she lands
will be made better by her arrival and I know
too that she will send me postcards and
visit often.
The staff and I are going to the Thirsty Crow in Silverlake this Sunday
at 7 pm, (2939 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026) and we will
be there for the duration celebrating and honoring Joanie. We’d love for
any and all of you who would like to give her your well wishes to join
us. It is sure to be a riot.


07/03/12 | by Shareen [mail] | Categories: downtown girls

I think back NINE years.
On July 3rd, 2003, I pitched a tent
for the first time in a parking lot on Fairfax and Melrose.
I was nervous and I felt so vulnerable.
I didn’t know what to expect.
I put my wares out and you all showed up and
you still do.
Nine years later, two vintage stores are thriving and
a new baby is born to great support and reviews and
I thank you. You have made this possible.
You have delivered me.
I know it.
It matters.
And I am grateful.

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