The moment hit me like a brick – like a very large, bright red brick, smacking me in the face. I was standing at my job, flipping through an issue of Bloomberg Weekly. I did not normally read Bloomberg, but it was sitting at the Welcome Desk and beckoned to me with an article on women in the workplace. It was also better than flipping through the inventory catalog for the millionth time.
My manager came up to me and gave The Look. The one that says, “You need to be doing something productive right now.” Although the store was closed and the vacuum was put away for the evening, reading a magazine was not an appropriate work activity. I placed the magazine down and walked over to a rack of dresses, to straighten for the third time.
A coworker came to the front of the store and exclaimed, with much excitement, that she had just heard the new Young Jeezy song. Manager and Coworker began discussing the song, the artist, the new concert, his sex appeal, his girlfriend, his lifestyle choices, while I straightened a rack of dresses for the third time.
This was the moment I knew I was not made for this world that I lived in. The brick smacked me right across the cheek.
From this moment, I vowed to be a force of elegance in this world. Using Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge as my ultimate role model, I strive to remind young ladies about the value of being just that – a lady. While I do not live in London, and have never set foot in the British Empire, I always feel like an American Girl in London. Like a displaced Sloane Ranger, I live out my days asking for tea, weak and milky, while my counterparts order a venti mocha Frappuccino with whip and drizzle.
After a few months of tweeting my ideas on my account, @PrincesssPrep, I was inspired to join the fabulous team at What Would Kate Do, promising to add elegance to your everyday life.
xo, The Heiress
I’d like to dedicate this first post to SDW,
for being the Pippa to my Kate, derriere and all.