• Tanner Clemens

WHY I STARTED A BOUTIQUE


*UPDATE Sept 2019, we are now known as Shop Bubbly Boutique!* Alright yall, I have to admit that I feel a little bit weird writing this blog post. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been MIA and haven’t written a blog post in like what… 3 months?! Sheesh. So It just feels a little unnatural? Or the fact that I haven’t really articulated (at least not on the internet) about my new business venture!

Really though, it’s my fault for being so inconsistent on here.. but when I started my blog it was meant to be just something fun that I do on the side so I never really set a specific schedule of how often I wanted to write on here. And well, we all know what happens when you don’t have a plan or a schedule or some sort of structure… we end up doing nothing lol. So that’s exactly what happened. However, in my defense, starting a new business is pretty time consuming. Go figure right? On top of my social media marketing agency, opening up a boutique basically took a lot of that free time up – especially in the beginning as we were getting the hang of things. So now that we have been up and running for a little over 5 months, I feel like I can FINALLY come up for a little bit of air. At least enough to talk about it and to try and get myself into a normal routine. Okay maybe not normal lol, but some sort of schedule is better than nothing! I’m hoping that after putting this out there, it’ll help me be more consistent with writing on here because I honestly have missed it so much.
Arite, now that I’ve made my excuses, let’s get down to the good stuff. I have had SO many questions these last few months about my new business – Bubbly Bleu Boutique. And while I’d love to go into detail and answer all of them, that might be a little heavy for a first blog post back lol. But the one question I DO want to answer in this post is – WHY.
Well, to answer that, I need to back up to last year.
Many of you know this already, but in June of 2017, my husband and I picked up the life we knew in Oklahoma and moved to the great state of Texas. Dallas had been on our hearts for a while so when the opportunity presented itself for Chas to take a job here, we didn’t even blink. We put our house up for sale, signed the lease on the first place we saw here and with the help of our families loading up a uhaul, took the leap and relocated to a place where we knew nothing and nobody.
I would say the best and also hardest part about it all was that I work from home. It’s great because I had the freedom to move without looking for a new job, but it also is a really good excuse to not get out of the house and meet new people. So I’ll admit, I spent the first few months living in Texas pretty lonely and depressed. Sure I had Chas and he’s truly the biggest blessing in my life. But when the most interaction you get in a day is with your 2 dogs, it’s pretty easy to feel like somethings missing. And to be honest, I didn’t even know I felt this way for those first few months until one day I woke up and it just hit me… I wasn’t happy here. The place that we had our hearts set on for so long had become such a let down and it took me forever to realize that it was mainly because I was bored. And I wanted to talk to and be around people more but didn’t know how or where to start when my other business keeps me behind a computer screen the majority of the time.
I voiced this to Chas and we agreed that we were ready for a new challenge. Obviously whatever it was needed to be MY project because his job wouldn’t allow for much free time for him. So when we began the hunt, it was something we both knew that I personally had to be interested in. Or else it just wouldn’t work. After another few months of discussing and searching, we finally landed on the idea of a womens clothing boutique. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am OBSESSED with fashion, shopping and literally everything clothing related. I’ve been this way since I was a teenager and the older I got, my obsession only grew. Which is eventually what sparked me getting into fashion/lifestyle blogging and ultimately planted the seed in my mind about owning my own boutique.
We started doing some research and began to figure out what it would take when the opportunity to purchase a pre-existing boutique quickly fell into our laps. It was a brick and mortar establishment that also had a small online website selection as well. I fell in love the with the idea of getting to pick out clothing for my own business and to be able to help dress other women and help them feel comfortable and beautiful too. For the next month or so, we went through the steps of bank/loan approval, meeting with the owners and a whole heck of a lot of adulting. All to have the opportunity ripped away from us when the landlord decided to pull the lease away from the owners.. leaving all of us devastated.
We didn’t stay down for too long though. Throughout this whole process, one of my best friends and business partners was there for me and talked me through it – including when it dissolved – therefore, she knew a lot of the details already. So when I said that I still wanted to own a boutique and that we should just open up something online together, her response was… “yeah I actually was thinking that along”. Lol, well alrighty then!

From there, Bubbly Bleu Boutique was born. Weeks of planning, researching, website creation, shopping for inventory, making sure the legalities were set in stone all to lead up the official launch on September 29th, 2017.

I won’t go into the details of the hows and whats that went behind launching Bubbly Bleu because there’s not even space on a blog post lol (we might release a lot of that info in the future.) However, what I will say is this… It has been a whirlwind of hard work, but one of my favorite things about it is getting to help so many women feel beautiful and comfortable in what they wear. From my mom, sisters, family, friends and people I’ve never even met but see on social media – nothing feels better than seeing them so happy and confident in our pieces that we so carefully and lovingly pick out. It truly is a blessing and I’m so humbled and grateful that this is my “job”.

In addition to starting my dream business with my best friend, it also opened a door to share my love of fashion with the people around me in Texas and has lead to new friendships that I didn’t know that I needed so badly here. And I can finally say that after 8 months of living here, it finally is starting to feel like home.
If there’s any type of point or lesson that I want to get across here, it’s this: If you’re unhappy, stuck, bored, under-stimulated, not being challenged and have been for a while… DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Do some soul searching, find out what you’re passionate about, do your due diligence and take a frickin risk. If you fail, oh well, try something else. But nothing is worth staying stuck in a rut and wallowing in self pity for. Especially when it’s a career and you have the power to do something about it. Will Bubbly Bleu Boutique be the last business start? I really don’t know. But what I do know is that between it and Social Bee Agency, I wake up every day and feel challenged, busy, happy and ultimately fulfilled. And I have several people to thank for that. My business partner Sara, our supportive husbands, family and friends, but I also have to thank me. For betting on myself and “starting over” again. I may only be 24, but I’m a firm believer in the fact that it’s NEVER too late to try something new. It’s NEVER too late to go after your dreams. And you owe it to yourself and the people you love to give it a shot.

In the mean time, if you want to do some shopping or shop any of the outfits in these pictures, you can do so at Bubbly Bleu Boutique.

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