Vendors we Adore

Three vendors wowed us on our trip to Atlanta.  You’ll soon have access to their lovely offerings, but for now, here’s what we love about them:   BouCou Jewelry: Short for Boutique Couture, it wasn’t the booth puppy that won our hearts, or even the owner/ artists stunning blue hair.  It was their logo.  The…

Access Denied Twice- Atlanta Americasmart

Our first venture into live wholesale buying, Allison and I stumbled into Americasmart in Atlanta a lot like two toddlers crossing into Magic Kingdom.  At check-in, we received our lanyard and fully legit badges proclaiming us as buyers for Soulshine Boutique! Peeking forward, it seemed like Jenga squares of clothing booths…so many options, where to…

Comfort Zone

Surrounded by unfamiliar faces, clothing laid out in nice rows and jewelry sparkling, I want to run back into a shadowy corner and let the ladies shop unbothered.  Nervously circling the dining room table transformed into a boutique jewelry counter, fidgeting, straightening, eyes down, looking busy.  The other half of Soulshine equally unsettled taking refuge…

The Perks

Muscles wound tight and feet in knots, we rest well after every big festival event feeling hungover.  This 43-year old body is no longer geared to carry the loaded bins of clothing and assemble metal racks (which inevitably pinch fingers).  But the perks, oh the perks, they outweigh every possible negative.  This weekend we met…

Extra Small Ladies

We have heard your cries, extra small ladies.  The crusade for smaller sized apparel is upon us.  Searching far and wide for cute clothes in your unique size, we’re finding that it’s akin to finding a unicorn!  Most wholesale clothing bundles come in quantity six in sizes from Small to Large.  It’s a lottery to…

The Bar is Raised

My very first job was working the counter at my local pharmacy.  They encouraged the importance of greeting the customer with a smile and offering assistance with few boundaries.  Afterwards, I sold apparel at a local Peebles department store, restocking, making sure the racks and stacked piles were always straight as well as interacting with…

No Pants.

You won’t find pants on our website (www.soulshineboutique.com) .  Maxi skirts, dresses, and a plethora of tops, but no pants.  Here’s why…ladies know their own comfort level in one thing…pants.   We find one pair of pants that fits us just right in the length, width, and rump.  The texture and distress has to be just…

My Credentials

As Co-Owner of Soulshine Boutique, I didn’t attend some fancy fashion school, I haven’t read cover to cover editions of Vogue. I am a simple stay-at-home mom of teenagers, wife of Tim, a hard working man that opts for clothes comfy and simple. I joke that I studied Psychology and use it Every. Single. Day….

The Power of Thank You

So I often feel I have to negate a compliment.  When sweet words are spoken, I have to refute them by saying, “this is nothing”, “this old thing?”.  Why can’t ladies simply say thank you? Do we not feel worthy of the compliment? Do we not love the attention it carries? In turn, doesn’t our…

Why I Work

My make-shift office lives in the double door closet of the guest bedroom…Tim fashioned a plank desk, a little lamp and my inspiration board making it a perfect little place to hide and pound out some blog writing or apparel hunting. This week, I had a few quiet moments to print some festival applications and…