What a difference a year makes! Last May, I was working for a very large retailer where I was losing myself, my passion, and perhaps even my mind! Without realizing it, I was burned out and when said retailer (let’s call it the Canadian Woodpecker) closed the brand that I was most inspired and passionate about, the writing was suddenly all over the wall. I was happy to say adieu and the Canadian Woodpecker was likely thrilled to see me go. I didn’t fit in…. if you feel like a square peg, well you probably are one. I was a rabble rouser, a trouble maker, and had an entrepreneurial spirit that was not so much appreciated at this Fortune 1000 company.
In the end, it wasn’t them though, it was me. I was done with corporate America and knew that something else was out there which I had to explore. So in the past 12 months, I left my job and that secure career path, went on a life changing trip to Turkey, found my sanity, re-realized that my husband is the man of my dreams and my reality, got pregnant, miscarried, turned 30, went to Panama and wrote a business plan around my passions for retail and lingerie, became successfully pregnant , and actually got the idea for the business plan off the ground. Now, I am on the cusp of both motherhood and launching an online boutique. It’s been a big year.
All that has happened in the year came from asking myself the big question “what kind of woman do I want to be”? This blog, new business, and impending daughter are all the answers to that big question. It’s not pretty or perfect all the time so this is the real stuff… a life that I have decided is my direction and wouldn’t change for all of the tea in China!
This blog is centered around a passion for lounge and lingerie and the online boutique we are opening in September, byLangley.com . What is lounge? It is what we awesome 20/30 somethings are living our lives in, no matter where we live or what we do. It is our relaxed American style. What is lingerie? Well, that is something very special, ideal, beautiful, and should be more accessible. It’s not so American, definitely French, but once you start to get why it’s so awesome, you’ll never be intimidated again by that amazing chemise (what’s a chemise you ask… we’ll tell you!) or sexy bra and knicker set. Lingerie is also not just for your man, but for you. If you don’t get it yet, just wait!
byLangley.com is more than just a store. It is my personal vision for that girl who a year ago asked the question, “What kind of woman do I want to be?” It is about looking and feeling great at home and in our everyday life with the people that matter most, our family and friends. It is about deciding now, that we want to keep the flame alive with gorgeous lingerie. It is about not putting yourself last because priorities of life, career, and family suck everything out of you. It is about the type of woman, wife, mother, friends that we really want to be – relaxed, cool, fun, smart, and dare I say sexy!
You’ll meet some interesting characters via this blog. Liz, our contributing editor, is my opposite on so many levels. She is 28, single, free spirited, amazingly creative and talented. Liz is responsible for byLangley’s merchandise and creative direction. Tom, my husband, won’t be writing that much, but he’s definitely part of this wild ride and the voice of reason. There will be others like Annie and Charles and of course, once this baby arrives she will have a presence in the insanity. So, we hope you enjoy what we’re about to present to you! Who knows, maybe we’ll even become friends!