It’s… been a rocky few weeks over here. Nazi salutes in the capitol and talks of a Muslim Registry do not make for good times in the APW office. But, last week Maddie and I got to visit the new BHLDN wedding dress boutique in the new Anthropologie store in Palo Alto, and it was magical. I mean, first, the new Anthropologie super store is something truly magical, and I’d like to just move into it. (I didn’t do that, but I did move OUT a large selection of their merchandise and move it into my closet. You know, in case of… speaking engagements?)
But as great as the store was, the BHLDN boutique feels like something out of my wildest feminist wedding dreams, back when I was planning my wedding in ’08 and ’09. It’s a place where you can go in and try on everything from a wedding jumpsuit, to a gorgeous wedding ball gown, to a non-white wedding dress… all while getting zero sales pressure and having a huge range of price points (with most of their stuff coming in under $1,000, and the stuff that costs more being amazing value for the quality that you’re getting). Unlike…. every wedding dress store ever… their salespeople don’t work on commission and are instead focused on customer service. So they genuinely just want you to walk away feeling happy. (Oh, plus, you can buy things like these Plum Pretty Sugar robes for you or your bridesmaids. They gave me this one, and I’m wearing it every day.)
Long story short, as dark as the world has seemed over here, it was amazing to have a day where I remembered that I really do love and believe in what I do, whether it’s promoting diverse images of joy or empowering people to get married in whatever the hell they feel like.
So I’m adding gratitude to my job to the list of things I’m grateful for tomorrow at Thanksgiving. Given that this week our baby girl had the worst case of hand, foot, and mouth disease that the childcare has seen in years… I can use all the gratitude I can get.
Johnny Depp need not ruin “Fantastic Beasts 2.” PLEASE J.K. FIX IT.
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