Sasha Darling & The BellJar Blog — personal

Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.

CoCo spoke a lot in her memoirs about style not being reserved for the wealthy. Style is something that come from within. I had one of those kinda of topsy turvey upbringings where sometimes I got a big wad of cash to go clothes shopping and other times it was food stamps and $75 for new school clothes. Despite my often limited budget, I refused to ever turn my back on my personal style. I found out from a very young age that being wealthy does not buy you class, and, thanks to Thrift Town, Salvation Army and discount stores, my $75 dollar wardrobe far surpassed many of the other girls wardrobes.

Here's me at 15 in an all thrift store score outfit! And a group shot of all the thrift store girls! Sasha Center Stage about 22.
And I'll tell you what, my Mom proved that with some nice china and good lighting, every meal is a glamorous event.

These days thrift stores are shopped out and vintage is as expensive as new apparel, so I try really hard to have beautiful, well made clothes at every price point at BellJar. I want all the glamour girls to walk in and find something that makes them look and feel amazing and confident. So imagine how excited I was when I found Eryn Brinie. Nothing retails for over  $150 and the fabrics are beautiful, high quality silks and cottons. The cuts are sophisticated and fashion forward. I know you all are going to fall in love with this line, so please make sure you come in and check it out this weekend! What better time to come in then for our art opening on Friday.

“A women who doesn't wear perfume has no future.”

As I have already posted that we are steadily working towards the launch of our website and have been shooting product and doing the oh so fabulous and exciting data entry portion of the job almost everyday. We really are close and I'm  starting to get excited. Next week Jasmine and I take off to Vegas for Pool, Project, ENK and Magic for five days. It just so happens that this years events fall during Valentines day which really put a damper on our trip. We had a special hook-up to stay at the
Wyyn Hotel for $20 a night but since it fell over a holiday week we were out of luck. The rooms were going to be $250 a night!!! The reason we go to Vegas and not Coterie in New Work is because it's more affordable! Well $250 a night is not more affordable! So now we are staying at the lovely and fabulous Greek Isles off the strip! Since we are fans of both the low and the high brow here at BellJar, we are going to embrace our stay at this fine establishment and do it old school, brat pack style! Someday we will look back on all this with the fondest of memories as we sip champagne, eat caviar and stay in the finest resorts. Look forward to some glamorous shenanigan, video posts next week!

We have the Valentines show next Friday that we posted yesterday so please come by and say hello before we take off ! Expect love, glamour and excitement! Me and Jasmine promise to flirt with all the singles and to inspire all to feel special.

On the romance front, I am readjusting my earlier post about wanting to fall in love this instead say, maybe I want to fall in love later this year. Or maybe I just want to be like CoCo Chanel and just have many glamorous love affairs throughout the span of my life.  As she so wisely said, "There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time!" I feel the pressure of that fact everyday. A life with out romance is an empty futile existence, but balancing the two leaves me with little time to sleep. So for now, let's stick with the light affairs, dinner and a few nights dancing till after the website goes live. Then we will see what level of love I have time and or patience for. 

That gives me a great idea....for the rest of the month I include wise words from CoCo in each of my posts!

Also a few weeks ago a few of my old rockabilly girlfriends and I got decked out and went dancing and I had such a fabulous time. I forgot how much I enjoy dancing...and by dancing, I mean with a partner. I have never grown used to the single style of dancing. I mean I do it, when needed, but I feel flailing and lonely on the dance floor. There is nothing like having a tall guy, hold you, while you dance and lead your body in to the proper moves. It breaks my precious little heart that I live in day and age where so many of these glamorous art forms are nearly dead. As you have all heard me say, too many times, "I was born in the wrong era."

So go fourth my friends and wear a pretty dress, some perfume and maybe even some eyelashes, expect a boy open the door for you and take you to a nice dinner, as you deserve it, you are a lady!!!

Had a mini girls night.

Mandy Darling and I had dinner at Maverick, which is so amazing if you have not been please go! WE had a few glasses of wine with dinner and an amazing cheese plate for dessert and then promptly ran out of the shop to fetch the Pig and head home. There was a monsoon outside and we had the tiniest of all tiny umbrellas and by the time we made it back to BellJar we were soaking wet. I had this scratchy throat all week and I woke up this morning with what appears to be a full blown cold. Damn you weather! So much to do! I was planning the BellJar Valentines Day window and it must be installed today! So in honor of getting motivated to do my window with this nasty cold here is some inspiration!

It may be a flats day!!! GASP!

We had super busy week. We finished shooting all the new spring to upload to our new e-commerce site, which we hope to launch next month (I'll keep you posted). We also went to Cala which is a mini trade show held down town at the St Francis to order fabulous new apparel and accessories for summer! We picked up a new jewelery line that is so amazing and some super cute flirty summer dresses! stay tuned! So on top of all the work things going on, I have been feeling really under the weather...I was so exhausted on Tuesday that I literally fell asleep at like 7. So after work last night the Darling gang felt like blowing off some steam and we went to have a drink, and it turned in to many drinks, which lead to me waking up in my fake eyelashes again! So I'm feeling a bit too groggy to worry about stilettos...but I can post a few sneak previews of the up and coming website shots? How's that for an exciting and amazing blog post?

You Guys™

Recently one of my amazing girlfriends had a Mid-Century themed potluck party. If you are asking yourself what this is, invite all your friends over, and have them cook food that looks like this. In usual form, I got dressed to the nines and had 11 glasses of champagne (not really) but had been working so much that I sat down on her perfect 1950's couch and promptly fell asleep. Having grown up with hippie parents who drug me to about a million rock concerts, I can sleep just about anywhere at a moments notice. After an hour or so kitten nap I woke up to a dance party happening around me. I propped myself up, re-applied my lipstick and joined in. My Little nap energized me so much I was one of the last attendees at the party and of course entertaining everyone with all my fabulous and exciting stories...and this is when I found out that I have a key phrase.

SOOOO apparently whenever I'm about to either tell a very important story or am about to make a statement that is life changing, I preface it with..."yoooou guuyyys..." Supposedly even if I'm only talking to one other person.

It goes something like this:

"Yoooou guuyyys my hair looks really cute today!"

"Yoooou guuyyys, Why am I so pretty?!"

"Yoooou guuyyys, the first time I had sex.....(then all the important details)"
"Yoooou guuyyys, I love you, and I'm not just saying that cuz I'm drunk."

So next time you are graced with my charming presence look out for this gentle reminder that something VERY important is soon going to be shared by the ever fascinating Sasha Darling!

why am I sooooo Cute!!! from BellJar on Vimeo.

almost as cute as these two!!!