On growing up…

Good afternoon!  Lauren here.  Some of you may remember from last summer when I was an intern.  As I write to you now, though, I’m proud to say that I am a full-fledged Matilda Jane employee!  For the past few weeks I’ve been back at 435, assisting Sam with day-to-day details and helping out over at Platinum when I can.  Let me just say that it feels great to be back!  I’m glad to be back not just because I missed this place, but also because this is my first “real” job.  Okay, I know it sounds silly to say that…  My summer jobs in the past weren’t “fake” jobs or anything.  I guess what I mean is that this is the first job that has made me feel like my adult life is beginning.  It looks a little scary to see that written out, but it’s true!

When I say that this is my first “real” job I don’t just mean that this is the first time I’ve worked 9 to 5.  I think your first “real” job is the one that you care about even when you’re not at work.  You know what I mean?  I think it’s the one that makes good ideas pop into your head on some idle Saturday afternoon.  I also think it’s the one that makes you feel proud at the end of the day, no matter what you worked on.  Even though each person here has specific things they need to get done, we have a pretty strong team spirit, and it’s not uncommon to see any one of us filling in wherever we’re needed.  I love that about Matilda Jane.  Not only does this keep us on our toes–I think it also means that we have a sense of respect for what everyone else does.  So lately I’ve been finding that whether I’m working on emails, organizing samples, packing, or sewing buttons, I feel like I’ve really accomplished something when I drive away from 435 at the end of the day. And I guess if that feeling is a sign that my REAL ADULT LIFE is beginning, it’s not so bad after all, is it?

Even though I’ve been doing all this talking about feeling like an adult, I have to say that some of the Easter photos you shared on Facebook made me really want to be a kid again!  My family used to have the coolest Easter egg hunt where each egg held a clue that led you to the next one and you only got your basket if could figure all of them out.  Those were the days!  Anyhow, thank you to everyone that shared pictures of your sweet little guys and gals!  We loved seeing them all.

One more thing before I go:  Last week I was unpacking some Serendipity photo shoot samples–this was the first chance that I had to see any of the pieces up close.  I was blown away by all of the beautiful details!  Even though it’s been out for a few months now, I can’t get over how completely enamored I am with the whole collection.  Did Sam and Denise knock themselves out, or what?  This is just one more thing that makes me wish I was a kid, again.  I know if I was about fifteen years younger I would LIVE in that Laverne dress!  Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming lookbook–it might just make you see Serendipity in a whole new way!



Gran - April 11, 2012 - 6:30 am

Enjoyed your introductory post. Looking forward to hearing from you again. You are part of such a wonderful company and of course the people who are there with you make up the wonderful. I cannot imagine a better job!!!

Loretta - April 10, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Loved your post Lauren! And, congrats on your first “real” job. I’m a new MJC fan, but have fallen in love with the message behind the clothes, my TK and, of course, the clothes themselves. I am so excited about the wonderful things to come for you and us gals outside of 435 who can’t wait to see more!

Kate - April 10, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Adorable and goosbumping post, Miss Lauren…the whole time I read this, I head my 4 year old in my head sining “Ohhhh darling don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow, just stay this simple…” You got it, girl!

andrea kaupp - April 10, 2012 - 1:51 pm

The line is beautiful! Thanks for the blog posts- I love reading them 🙂