Did you wait until the last minute to find a gift?! Well, you're in luck. All of our jewelry will be 30% off on December 22nd. We have some great pieces by Satya, David Aubrey, Love Heals, and Pieces of a Girl. Shop early for the best selection!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
This article was in the Free Press today:
The holiday season is also the shopping season, and retailers rely on December to hoist revenues that may languish in other parts of the year.
It’s clear they need the boost. Taxable retail sales sagged $380 million — 7.2 percent — statewide from 2008 to 2009. Double-digit percentage declines dogged five of the top 10 municipalities for retail revenue.
Essex, bolstered in February by the arrival of a new Lowe’s home improvement store, was the only municipality among the top 10 — and among the few statewide — to show a year-over-year increase.
Taxable retail sales are the most reliable set of sales data to examine, according to the state Tax Department . The sales figures do not include clothing or footwear purchases since those items are no longer taxed.
|2. South Burlington||$323,522,125||$335,966,213||-3.7%|
|4. Rutland City||$232,003,034||$242,309,832||-4.3%|
|7. Rutland Town||$115,515,934||$134,389,543||-14.0%|
|9. Barre City||$101,765,600||$105,624,318||-3.7%|
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 3:50 PM
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
A message from our friends at Love Heals...
Each year bring new challenges and opportunities. This past year brought deep changes and yet, we have been able to continue to create and share beauty with the world. With your help and understanding we are now starting to support two new incredible non profit organizations - in addition to continuing the tree planting work that we do routinely with every piece of jewelry sold. We want you to know that we have thoroughly researched these organizations for low bureaucracy, integrity in following their vision and general accountability.
With your help, you have directly helped us free 50 children from slavery in Sudan, protect 5032 at-risk children from blindness and support planting over 35,837 trees in just 3 months. We look forward to another year of partnership with you in sharing beauty and doing good in the world.
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 4:22 PM
Thursday, December 3, 2009
If you've been nice, maybe you would like:
-leather tote bag by Monserat de Lucca
-angora and sequin sweater by Free People
-warm winter coat by Tulle
-a gold vermeil lotus necklace by Satya
-cozy wrap scarf from Paula Bianco
-warm sweater tights
-an alphabet fortune necklace from Pieces of a Girl
-a gift card from Sweet Lady Jane!
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 11:56 AM
Friday, November 20, 2009
Have you been naughty or nice this year? If you've been naughty, you may like:
-skeleton cashmere wrap from Yarnz
-black leather mini skirt from BB Dakota
-printed leggings from French Connection
-cropped black sweaters from Free People
-black leather driving gloves
-patent leather Hobo clutch
-denim leggings from James Jeans
-black diamond necklace from JL Walsh
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 4:58 PM
Monday, November 16, 2009
One day back in October, Marie Claire was in town and spied Alison (top right corner) from Cynthea's Spa wearing accessories from Sweet Lady Jane. She looks amazing!
I was a little distressed with some of the other choices. Crocs?! Vermont has a tough enough time dealing with the hippie label. My husband just said that crocs are for people that "have given up on life."
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 5:18 PM
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
It's almost time for our annual Free People sale! This year we have more than sweaters and some sweet deals. Treat yourself! Treat a loved one! Start your holiday shopping!
Don't forget to bring in a gently worn sweater, to benefit the Clothes Exchange.
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 6:57 PM
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Brett Lupfer, a local photographer, approached us with a plea to help him build his fashion photography portfolio. We lent him a few dresses and this is one of the shots that resulted. Brett also shot the pictures at our French Connection fashion show.
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 4:40 PM
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Tim Kavanagh and Mayor Kiss honored Lois Bodoky (the Hot Dog Lady) for 30 years of service on the Church Street Marketplace. Lois would be out on the bricks, rain or shine and with never a hair out of place. She served up those hot dogs in style!
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 4:19 PM
Monday, November 2, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Its fall again in Vermont so its time to bust out your favorite pair of Frye boots and finally use all those scarfs you have been collecting over the past year. Erica here and if there is anything that has become an essential part of my fall wardrobe it would have to be the convertible sweater. It layers with everything, travels well, and keeps you oh so warm during the cold days and nights! Layer it up and keep it casual.
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 5:40 PM
Saturday, October 3, 2009
On Thursday, October 1st The girls of Sweet Lady Jane put on a fashion show of French Connection clothing. I am a new worker and intern at the store and it was so exciting to contribute to the show. We put together gift bags and had a fun time getting the looks for the show put together. Having Amy there, (a sales representative for French Connection) was lovely, she was a huge help. Sam, Lola, and I were the models for the show. We got our hair and make-up done at Rapunzel's Hair Salon. The girls there did a great job with it. We looked like we were right out of a Grease musical.The Fashion show was fabulous! The outfits were very 80's and also stunning. A local jewelry maker named Elizabeth Mead Sightler came with her one of a kind pieces for us to wear in the show, all her pieces were very beautiful. Everyone that attended the fashion show seemed to really enjoy. I know I had a great time!
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 2:58 PM
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
We're having a fashion show! Come and see all the beautiful French Connection holiday pieces. They will only be here for the weekend, October 1-3rd, so don't miss out. We'll have food, drinks, and fashion! What more could a girl ask for? (besides shoes...)
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 5:56 PM
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
The only way to describe this leather bag is delicious! Monserat de Lucca is from Los Angeles and we are in love with them. We got this particular bag in camel, bone, and black. The lighter colors show the woven details better than the black and they all come with a shoulder strap.
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 4:56 PM
Friday, August 7, 2009
This is the first year that we didn't win a daysie for the best woman's casual clothing/sportswear store. The Outdoor Gear Exchange stole our crown! I guess that Vermonter's don't know the meaning of sportswear.
Here I am with the lovely ladies; Sareet and Kirstin. Even though I only got runner up for the "Best Dress Shop" and "Best Woman's Casual Clothing", we had a great time!
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 3:31 PM
Monday, August 3, 2009
So this wasn't the best show and I think this lace skirt from Free People says it all. The eighties are back and not in a good way. I have to say though, this is the hardest delivery for our store - holiday and early spring. The weather is brutal and the clothes are skimpy, not a good mix for us.
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 8:35 PM
Saturday, July 11, 2009
We got in another shipment of the sequin tunic dresses from Free People. Come and get them because they went like wild fire last time! Your color choices are white gold, midnight, black or silver.
The fashion stroll was canceled today due to general lack of interest. Hmm...maybe Caitlin was right (see fashion stroll week 3 comments).
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 3:42 PM
Friday, July 10, 2009
Look who made it into Vogue Japan - Kate! She was in NYC, visiting friends and was spotted for her great style. She always finds clever and creative ways of mixing fabrics and textures. Kate is also responsible for our weekly fashion walk styling and most of our window displays.
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 1:34 PM
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The fashion stroll seems to be taking off. There were a number of new additions this week: Steez, upstairs "something or other" (a new vintage clothing shop), Monelle, and Old Navy (!).
Sam is modeling a top by Free People and and James Jeans mini.
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 6:24 PM
Friday, June 26, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Well, they mixed up a little this week. Instead of strolling through the restaurants, the ladies took it to the streets. Right in the middle of Jazz Fest and on the mall block, the lovely models strutted their stuff.
Here is Sam and Lauren (modeling for tribeca). Sam is wearing a French Connection chiffon dress. I only have one wedding to attend to this year and it's super casual. Bummer, because I would have snagged this dress for it.
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 6:58 PM
Friday, June 12, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
We had our first Saturday lunch fashion show on the Marketplace today. This is our model Sam with Mary Jo, one of our newest employees. The models strolled Church Street and then toured some of the local restaurants. Many of the diners enjoyed the scene and one even complimented Sam on her Corey Lynn Calter dress, "you look smoking hot!". Nice job Sam.
We'll be at it again next Saturday. Hope to see you there...
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 9:12 PM
Friday, May 29, 2009
Back in March, I was telling you that sequins were on the way and they arrived today! We got in these great Free People sequin tunics in champagne, truffle, and purple. I'm encouraging you to wear them during the day - try the champagne with white jeans under a sheer white tee. How about the truffle with destroyed jeans and ratty gray tee shirt? The purple will probably be best with black motocross jeans and a hoodie. "Sequins", explains Alexander Wang, "lies in the way you slip them on like T-shirts, but still get this hard-edged kind of glamour.”
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 23, 2009
"OMG! Thank you so much for helping me find some cute things. They make me feel awesome, and chic. I forgot I have these awesome earrings from Stella from like two years ago that are that pink colour of the dot, and I picked up adorable brown shoes from TJ Maxx on my way home.I'm ready to go!"
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 6:17 PM
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
We were mentioned on one of my favorite web sites today - design*sponge. They did a great write up of Church Street and the surrounding area.
Reading design*sponge is one of my favorite lunchtime activities. It's always very inspiring and I especially love the d.i.y. projects. I'm dying to make some felted rocks!
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 5:39 PM
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
I back in NYC looking for more fall looks for you all. It's rained everyday and I think its starting to affect my outlook. I'm not really excited about most of what I've seen at the shows but check out this French Connection sequin top! Love it!
I did get to meet someone interesting today. I was at Free People which looked amazing and I met Meg, the president of Free People. Meg was the woman who thought up the concept of Anthropologie. Super nice.
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 6:12 PM
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Nothing says summer like a crisp pair of white jeans. They go with everything!
I've found that our customers hesitate to buy them because they're worried about keeping them white. I have two pairs and have found that a little "spray 'n wash" has taken care of most of my dirt issues. I even wore a pair to the dog park!
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 10:46 AM
Saturday, March 21, 2009
It's almost time for The Clothes Exchange! The date has been set for May 7th and now is the time to clean out your closet. Clear out all of the sweaters that you never wore this winter, try on all of your jeans, and evaluate what you need to purchase this spring to complete your wardrobe. The rule is if you haven't worn it in over a year, why are you keeping it? It won't come back in style- trust me!
This is a photo from last year- get there early or better yet, purchase an "early bird" pass!
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 5:38 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Check these lovely little bags...okay a few are really not so little. Pictured on the top shelf is a woven bag from French Connection. It's thick wooden handle gives the straw body and edgy feel. Next to it is a vintage leather bag from Hobo.
On the bottom shelf is another vintage leather bag from Hobo, in the luscious mogano color. But check out the fringe tote from French Connection! Prairie chic has arrived.
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 11:27 AM
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Here we are in the middle of winter and I'm thinking of next fall. Here's a sampling of what you can expect to see:
-plaid- it was all over New York, especially in unusual color combinations
-leggings- thought they were over- nope. I would invest in a good quality pair.
-sequins- wear them during the day or with jeans
-boyfriend tees- oversize tops are here to stay
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 12:14 PM
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I took this on my way into work this morning. This is lower Church Street, the block that tribeca is on. It was a really cold walk- I think it was 12 degrees and with the windchill, it was definitely below zero. The Mardi Gras parade is this afternoon and I wonder if it will affect attendance.
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 11:08 AM
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Winters can be long in Vermont...sometimes it helps to attend the "Winter is a Drag Ball." Sara was inspired by the event and decided to wear her wig at work. Sometimes all you need is a colorful accessory and everything is good.
By the way have you checked out our latest venture- trinket?
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 8:12 PM
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Oh Prada...you kill me. This is from the fall RTW collection and it looks like fall will be simple but luxe. This look is familiar and fresh at the same time. We've seen the monoglian fur before but is that a tassel hanging from her hat?
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 9:22 PM
Friday, February 6, 2009
We got in some cute jackets from Tulle and it gives us hope that spring weather will eventually come our way. We also got in a fresh batch of James Jeans. There are some great basic cuts in dark washes. Here is another sweet email testimonial from a customer:
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 4:55 PM
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I left for the NY Gift Show on Tuesday and while I was away, I got the sweetest email from a customer. I would like to share it with you. Oh by the way the picture is of downtown Burlington and Lake Champlain.
Hi Sweet Lady Jane,
I just wanted to let you know that I recently bought a handbag from you, a black shoulder bag by Industry, and I am so happy! After searching high and low and literally every store in Boston you ladies had exactly what I was looking for. Plus, when I bought the bag, the woman who helped me was so nice. I think you have found the perfect "touch" of helping the customer-- a little breathing room, but being present and helpful at the same time.
So, thanks again! Keep up the great work.
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 6:27 PM
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Where did this month go? We've been busy sprucing up the store and receiving spring merchandise. Pictured to the left is a small sampling. The watercolor tee shirt is by Free People and made in the U.S.! The sweaters are from French Connection. We love the heart sweater with a high waist pencil skirt. A lot of the pieces we have in right now will transition nicely into the warmer months. It has to get warmer, right?!
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 9:05 AM
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Okay- I'm feeling it today- my feet hurt, none of my shoes seem to fit, my bag seems to weigh a hundred pounds, and I tried to get some extra sleep today but that didn't work out. Am I whining?
I wrapped up most of my work today. Now comes the scary process of adding up the orders. I spent how much...?????? Oh- here is a birds eye view of the Intermezzo trade show.
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 9:31 PM
Monday, January 5, 2009
After a long day at the shows, Stephanie, Brooke, Tom and I all went to visit Mint Julep. This is the latest edition to the Mint Julep stores, the other two are located in Boston. It's a great boutique- chock full of a great finds and if you're in NYC, you have to check it out. I was in there for 10 minutes and found two "must have" dresses!
Afterward, we went to the Stanton Social for dinner.
Posted by Sweet Lady Jane at 10:51 PM