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Nordstrom Continues To Impress April 15, 2011

Filed under: Reviews — stepheppichdaily @ 11:12 pm

So…. I look like I have a waist.

Oprah was right, again….. Nordstrom is the way to go to lift, separate, and show off your boobies!

Forget embarrassment, in my previous blog, “My Me This Week,” I shared with the masses (lol) about my bra fitting experience at Nordstrom.  Again, ladies, please, heed my advice, go get a proper bra fitting.

Please.

You won’t believe the way your clothes look.  You won’t believe the way it makes you feel.

I mean come on, what makes you feel better than a new pair of shoes, or a sexy pair of skivvies?  Seriously?

Gloating to my girlfriend at lunch today about my lingerie experience at Nordstrom, my phone rang.  Expecting a call from a client, I answered, I wouldn’t have otherwise.

Guess who it was?  My self-proclaimed “Bra-Chick” Danielle from Nordstrom.  She just wanted to call and see how my new bras were working out.  Seriously?  I told her I was in total love, she laughed in appreciation.  She also wanted to follow-up on the other bra and panty set that I had purchased.  She asked if I had received it yet.  “No,” I said, “but I’m looking forward to their arrival.”  Danielle said, “let me look in the system, they should have arrived by now.”  Waiting a second, she came back and told me “they were shipped from California yesterday, you should receive them today.”  “Fabo” I said, (is this woman really calling me about my bras, on a Friday afternoon?)  Danielle also said “Steph, I will call you when we have specials on the bra and panty sets you liked the best, if we have coupons, you will receive them to the email address that you provided to us (verified address), or in the mail.”

Danielle also thanked me for writing a blog post about my experience at Nordstrom.  She said that Nordstrom recognized her efforts in a recent company meeting, and appreciated me taking the time to express my gratitude of her service.  “Exceptional Service” I said, my boobies couldn’t be happier.

By the way, my anticipated bra and panty set arrived today – thank you!!

Again, Ladies, Please…..PLEASE….

See my Girl, My Partner In Panties, Danielle at Nordstrom.

The 411

Danielle Wilson

Certified Fit Specialist

Lingerie/Hosiery

Circle Center Mall, Indianapolis

317.636.2121 x 1240

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Every Other Friday April 8, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — stepheppichdaily @ 9:50 pm

I dread every other Friday.  Dread It!  Every other Friday means that my son Kambo, has to leave home and go out to his  Father’s house over the weekend.  I use the term Father loosely, I certainly wouldn’t call him Dad.

Waiting in the car line today to pick Kameron, I knew it.  I knew I would see the disappointment in his eyes.

His father and I have been divorced for many years.  He’s actually been in and out of Kameron’s life since he was two.  He got remarried, had a couple of kids, and has left Kameron by the way side, along with my child support.  I never really doubted whether or not he loved Kameron until the other day.  I mean he rarely shows up to Kameron’s activities, he used to get him one night during the week, (that all ended when he got remarried).  However, in our divorce decree it says that he has to carry some sort of life insurance on himself.  In the event something happens, Kameron’s college, or at least a good part, would be taken care of.  Which of course, he hasn’t done.  When we went back to court last May, because he hadn’t paid me support in over a year, he was ordered to get life insurance.  Still hasn’t.  So the other day I was on the phone with him (trust me – this does not happen often) I said “look, you haven’t gotten the life insurance you were suppose to get after we went to court.”  He said “no, I haven’t.”  Then I offered to take out (here comes the insurance girl in me) a 20 year term policy on him, make Kameron the beneficiary, and I would pay for it.  His answer – no.  Why wouldn’t you do that for your own son?

So back to the drama.  Kameron said “Mom, I don’t want to go to Dad’s this weekend, I want to stay home with you.”  I encouraged him that he needed to go, and that he will have a good time.  He said no, with big tears in his eyes, “I want to stay home with you and Kerry.”  It just broke my heart.  My son, almost 12 years old, doesn’t want to see his father.  Not that I blame him, I don’t want to see him either.  So I suggested he call his father and leave him a message to have him call back.  No answer, no phone call back.   I suggest he text his father.  No text back.  At this point, my hands are tied.  I have to take him on the 15 minute drive to meet him.

I’ve always maintained that I will never have to tell Kameron what an asshole his father is, he would figure it out on his own.  I just thought it would be a little later than 11, almost, 12 years old.

I’m so blessed to have Kerry as a “Dad” for Kameron.   He does everything a Dad should do.  I does make me miss my Dad because he was so involved in Kameron’s life.

Anyway, it’s so true kids don’t listen to what you say, they do what you do.  So if you ignore your child, and act like you don’t care, what reaction as a parent do you think you’ll get from them?  That’s a rhetorical question, by the way.

 

My “Me” This Week April 7, 2011

Filed under: Reviews — stepheppichdaily @ 3:17 am

I’m not shy.  I mean really, if you’ve ever met me, follow me on Twitter, or are a friend of mine on Facebook, the consensus is that Stephanie is not shy.

I love Oprah.  I mean really.  She rocks.  I make my best effort to make sure that I am tuned in at 4 (est) to see what she has going on for that day.  There are a few shows that really stick out in my mind.  One in-particular that struck me, a make-over show that she did.  Make-over shows have that WOW factor that people like me with self prescribed ADD can actually pay attention to.  I’ve watched a lot of make over shows, the main things that women RAVE over is not the clothes (while they are very nice), not the hair (fly as it may be), it’s the BRAS.

Bras?  I mean a staple in a woman’s wardrobe.  How can that make that much of a difference?

Oprah swore the right Bra can make a huge difference in your appearance, and your wardrobe.  Recommending Nordstrom on several shows, it peaked my interest, no doubt about it.  A name like Nordstrom, recommended by Oprah, gives a girl like me sticker shock.  I mean, Oprah gives people cars, trips, diamonds, cashmere.  If she’s recommending a store – by name – it has to be the best of the best.  Which intimidates me, a little.

Until I saw a tweet by Casey Mullins (@mooshinindy) about getting sized for a bra at Nordstrom recently.   I DM’ed her (private messaged her on Twitter) and asked her about the experience, and pricing.  As always, Casey was very light-hearted, but informative.  She made it sound less intimidating, and kinda funny, but seriously worth it.

So I decided today, after being a loyal Victoria Secret girl for MANY years to take the plunge, take Oprah’s word for it, and get myself a proper bra.

As ridiculous as it may sound, I called Nordstrom to see if I needed an appointment for a bra fitting.  I expected a grandmother type voice on the other end of the line, instead the chipper twenty something woman told me I did not need an appointment, and inquired when I might be coming in.  I told her this afternoon, she pleasantly said, I look forward to seeing you.  I hung up and froze.  Am I really going to do this?  Really?  Before I knew it I was in my car driving downtown to my Bra Destination.

As I walked into the Nordstrom Lingerie department, I felt out of sorts.  I mean I have been going to Victoria Secrets for years, even worked there as a second job years ago.  I was familiar with their products, knew where they were, and didn’t need anyone to take a look at my boobies to confirm what bra I should spend my cash on.  Oprah says Nordstrom, so after a glass of wine at Chammps, here I am.

I was greeted by a pleasant woman named Danielle Wilson, who asked if there was anything she could help me with.  Looking around for a grandma, I inquired about a bra fitting, smiling, she said sure, I can help you with that, let me get you a room.

She introduced her self to me, as Danielle, she immediately wanted to know what I was interested in.  I told her “well Oprah said a new bra would change my life so here I am.”  She laughed and said, “yes, Oprah does know what she’s talking about, why don’t you take off your shirt.”  That’s like a two or five drink suggestion for me.  So I took of my shirt.  She did the measure around my ribs, and said “OK Steph, I’ll be right back”.  I’m Steph now, so we’re fast friends.  I suppose with these kind of sales, it’s bound to happen.  Showing your boobies to a prefect stranger, that’s like a secret sisterhood. Bra off, waiting for what Danielle had in store for me.

Danielle came back with several different choices for me. Choices like the Lexus (more expensive) of Bras to the Toyota (mid price range) of Bras.   Some I totally loved, some looked like what my grandmother might wear.  The purpose is, get the fit right, the sexy comes later.  The shocker was I have been wearing the wrong size of bra for many, many, years.

While I was breaking the ice with Danielle, I said “so how does one become a Bra Specialist?”  I remember working part-time at Victoria Secret, being thrown a tape measure and being wished the best of luck.  Danielle told me the actually have to get certified through Nordstrom to work in the Lingerie Department.  You can tell, the experience is totally different,.  Surprisingly, the prices aren’t.  I would drop $48-$75 for a bra at Victoria Secrets, without even thinking about it, not including the matching panties.

At the end of the day, I got a couple of Toyota’s (mid price range) and a Lexus (more expensive), that I just couldn’t resist, panties to match.  One panty they did not have in the store that they are having shipped to me free of charge from Michigan Avenue.

I asked Danielle if she works on commission, she does. Ask for her: Danielle Wilson – at Circle Center Mall.

Try out the Bra Experience at Nordstrom, I would say it is a life changing experience, Oprah was right once again. Perky!

Danielle Wilson

Certified Fit Specialist – Lingerie/Hosiery

Circle Center Mall

317.636.2121 ext 1240

 

Pedi’s are good for you! April 3, 2011

Filed under: Stuff,Uncategorized — stepheppichdaily @ 11:25 pm

My friend Jenn Kampmeier started a company called “Ladies Evening Out” focusing on women taking time out for themselves.  In the mumbo-jumbo of every day life, we forget to stop and take care of us.  It’s important, really more than we think.  So many of us are Wives, Mothers, Daughters, Aunts, Co-Workers, Friends, Significant Others, when are we just Me?

So I took some time out today to be just “Me” with my sister Ashley.  We grabbed some sushi with Mr. D and Kameron, went to a pet shelter, but then we ditched the guys and went to get a pedicure.  Ashley and I are working on our relationship.  She’s thirteen years younger than I am, going through things that I’ve already experienced in my life.  Instead of ragging on all of those things, we just sat next to each other in our pedicure chairs and shared a couple of laughs.  The place was buzzing with talk of spring break and kids running around, we were just enjoying each others company.  It was cool.

As Women, we work our ass off.  We bring home the bacon, fry in up in the pan, and wash that sucker when dinner is over.

Even if it’s just once a month, do something for yourself!