A friend of mine (Scarlett) came down from Sultan this weekend. I wanted to take her to some of the local shops — Hip N’ Humble, a hair salon, Book N’ Brush (previously mentioned) and some of the cute sewing shops in downtown Chehalis. A couple of things got in the way, however, and events transpired so we ended up in Downtown Oly instead.
I have to say, I love Downtown Oly. Shops like Archibald Sisters and Wind Up Here introduced me to local merchants and cemented my strong affection for independent stores. On Sunday, I took Scarlett to Archibald Sisters and Wind Up Here specifically because I love them. At Archibald Sisters, I even bought some stuff — a card for my little sister, who’s on a mission for her church; a personal library kit; a journal; and a magnetic chore pad.
Well, that was just because it was awesome. You can’t look at that and tell me that’s not awesome. Also, I’m a bit tired of compiling the necessary information before lending out a book: home and work address, home, work and cell phones, birth dates and school year of any children, etc. etc. You know, so I can hunt down whatever person stole my book. By whatever means necessary.
I have had four books stolen from me though, however unintentionally, so I do like this kit.
Anyway, then Scarlett and I wandered about looking in the other shops and chatting. She found this one shop, I think it was Radiance. It’s in the right place on Google Maps. She bought some incense, which she was very pleased about. Then we wandered on a bit until we found Hot Toddy. How do I best describe this store? Hmmmm.
It is how I want to dress always and ever. It is awesome. It is the personal wardrobe of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn combined — casual elegance, classy and timeless. It’s beautiful. I almost wept at how perfect everything was. I just . . . I want.
Hot Toddy is now on my List of Rewards. You know: “When I Get A Job and Need New Business-Like Outfits” or “When I Lost 15 Lbs and Allow Myself Awesome Shiny New Clothes.”