Summer Style Inspo for Tank Top Haters

I have a confession; I hate tank tops. So much. There, I said it…
The freakin’ closet staple of summer makes me cringe.
I hate tank tops for two reasons;

  1. I have terrible skin. Acne, scars, easy bruising, eczema…. I don’t feel like showing that off (yes I know a lot of people have flaws like these, and I should just get over it and feel comfortable in my own sh*t skin, but I’m not there yet, okay?)
  2. Armpits… I don’t like armpits. I don’t want them just, out, you know? Free to the world, free for everyone to judge if I lift my arms and my deodorant decided to ball up or I forgot to shave my spider legs. I don’t neeeeed that in my liiiiife.

So summer is a struggle for me. In the style department, that is. Short sleeves are as close as I get, and I honestly don’t even love those. I rounded up some of my summer outfits that aren’t tank top based, and I think you’ll enjoy them even if you are one of those freaks that bears their shoulders.

L O N G  S L E E V E  &  J E A N  S H O R T S

 

C R E W N E C K   &  H I G H  W A I S T E D  J E A N S

 

T E E  S H I R T  D R E S S  &  A C C E S S O R I E S

 

J U M P S U I T S  &  F L O P P Y  H A T S

 

P A T T E R N E D  J O G G E R S  &  B O Y F R I E N D   T E E S

 

C L O S E T   S T A P L E S

Summer Closet Staples

I really like neutrals and simple staple pieces. Camel, black, white, olive & denim pretty much consume my closet.

I’m honestly really simple (and pretty dang lazy) when it comes to style, if I’m being honest. Throw on a wide brimmed hat or a trendy head scarf when you’re on day 5 of dry shampoo. Rock oversized sunnies all day when you don’t feel like putting mascara or brows on. Hide beneath a frumpy tshirt dress and a cross body bag when you’re too lazy to plan out a multiple piece outfit. Buy staple items that you know you’ll love to wear all the time – it makes life a lot easier.

There are tons of ways to avoid wearing tank tops, trust me. So if you’re anything like me, I hope these suggestions helped you a little bit. And just keep in mind, there’s only a month and a half until Fall. (;

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Merchandising, My New Love!

I was recently promoted to “Head of Merchandising and Inventory” at The Montana Scene.
I have been “head of inventory” for quite a while (making sure all the stores get the product they need on a regular basis), but with my new job I get to spend a lot of time reaching out to all 5 Montana Scene locations, making sure their stores and windows look top notch. It’s been a blast so far, and it’s really sparked in me a love and passion for Visual Merchandising!

For the past few years, I have been casually working on displays and prettying up the Flathead Valley stores each time I worked at them. But now it’s my DUTY to make sure each store looks good. And while I’m really loving it, it has made me realize that I have a lot of learning and growing to do when it comes to my Merchandising skills.  I can’t wait to keep learning and growing and getting better.

Here are a few shots of the Kalispell store merchandising that I’ve done so far!

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Another aspect of my ‘new job’ that I’m absolutely loving is getting the opportunity to style and direct photo shoots once a month. It’s literally like, a dream come true. This is another thing that’s fairly new to me, but styling outfits is already my thing, so the styling aspect of the shoot is a breeze! It’s the directing that’s hard;  Getting models into different outfits, different poses, and ensuring that you can see the logo on each product in every shot, all at the same time, can be pretty stressful! Especially when it’s 17 fricking degrees. 

It’s such a fun thing to do though, and the creative aspect of it really and truly fulfills me. I get to work with the amazing J. Vigil Photography (Jaci, mah girrrlll) once a month, and she’s the absolute shit, guys.

It’s such a blast, too. Not only is Jaci amazing, but the models have all been fun to work with.. And when I’m directing shoots I feel like I can be my true, weird self.
I’ve kind of become “known” for the erratic noises I make in order to get models to laugh, so you can always count on me to do something weird as hell to get the perfect shot.

(all of the following photos were taken by J. Vigil Photography unless otherwise noted.)

Here are some shots from the few photo shoots I’ve directed and styled over the past few months!

Montana 1889 Retro Raglans from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

MONTANA ALL DAY Tee Collection from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

Life is Better in Glacier Mug from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

Life is Better in Montana Flowy Tee from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

Home is where the Mountains Are Flowy Tee from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

Montana Vibes Unisex T from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

Life is Better on the Trail Knit Cowl from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | Eric Matt Photography
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MT Scene Logo V Neck from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | Eric Matt Photography
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Car Hang in Montana Scene Apparel | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

Montana 1889 Retro Raglan from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

You guys recognize those floppy hats & shades? Ehh?

Aren’t those great? The clothes, the photography, the styling.. It’s all amazing, if I do say so myself!

I love making things look pretty ; and I get to make stores & photo shoots look pretty all the time now!

And if you’re interested in modeling for The Montana Scene, email us with 3 pics of yourself and explain WHY you want to!  >  hello@themontanascene.com

What’s your creative outlet? Do you ever get to use your creativity at work? Let me know in the comments!

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Pluviophiles & Petrichor

Say It Dont Spray It

Don’t you find it odd that some people view rain as dreary and depressing, while others are completely enamored by it?

Nothing brings me more bliss than gazing out the window on a rainy day, listening to The Postal Service Radio on Pandora, and sipping on coffee or tea.
Cliche, I know… It’s just the place I’m most content.
Also, side note – Pluviophile is not a dictionary word, so don’t judge me..

While I’d love to lay around and stare out windows all day, I must be a productive member of society, meaning: pants.
Well, other clothes too. Cute ones! I think anyway..

While I would love to be an Urban Outfitters, Anthropology, Bloomingdale’s kind of girl… I am stuck being a TJ Maxx and Target girl for now.
Which, honestly, I’m not horribly upset about… Neither is my bank account.

Jeans: Target, HUNTER boots: Amazon, Cream ELEMENT Long Sleeve: TJ Maxx, Flowy Cardigan: Target, Hat: Target

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I had to add a photo of my hot ass photographer, sorry babe.

Also, you know that intoxicating smell that fills the air when it’s raining? That’s called petrichor.
Some scientists believe that people inherited their affection for the scent of rain from ancestors who relied on rainy weather for their survival.
But mostly it’s a certain chemical that plants release when it rains, and a bacteria the ground produces when it gets wet. SCIENCE!

Anyway, while I didn’t get to spend my day vegging out and watching it drizzle, I did enjoy my short time spent time outside, taking pictures and laughing.

I hope you all had a really, really good 4/20.

And to all of you pluviophiles and petrichor lovers; keep praying for rain.
We need it & we love it.

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How I Spend 35.7% of my Awake-Time

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I spend it at my amazing job, duh! I’m talking about my job guys.
Confession: I actually had to like, do an equation to figure that out! Oops, should’ve paid more attention in Algebra. Anyway, I am awake approximately 112 hours each week, and 40 of those hours are spent at my job. That equates to 35.7% of my WOKE hours spent working. (and you thought you wouldn’t learn anything new today)

But let’s get serious, I love my job (97% of the time). Seems unreal, huh? Here’s what I do, for those of you who don’t already know.
My official unofficial title is : Operations and Marketing Manager at the most absolutely BA Montana business out there – The Montana Scene.
What that means is: I currently manage multiple employees, including my dad (just kidding, kind of, HI DAD!) at 3 (soon to be 4, shhh) different stores and 1 Operations HQ Warehouse.
I also do tons of other tasks such as fulfilling web and wholesale orders, occasional design assistance (fave), pulling and running product for the stores, training and staying in constant contact with employees, and also some occasional (let’s be real, more than occasional) site modeling (also fave).

There are so many more things I do on a daily basis but I really don’t want make anyone any more jealous than they already are.  The important part is that I seriously, seriously love it.

It’s almost as if having an un-accomplishable (I know, not a word) task list is my calling. Constantly running out of time to finish projects, writing unrealistically long check-lists in my planner and answering endless, I mean endless emails, just kind of feels like what I was born to do.

So cheers to Melissa and Sean (the owners) for giving me the opportunity of a life time. I will forever look back on this time in my life, and be astounded at the trust and faith they put into me to help them on this awesome journey. The invaluable knowledge and experience I’m gaining from this job will greatly impact the rest of my life. (Melissa, if you’re reading this, I hope you’re shaking your head at all the sappy shit you just had to read).

I’m coming up on one year of working here, and am proud to say I’ve only had one or two stress-induced “I’m quitting and becoming a house wife” meltdowns.
Both were talked down by my amazingly supportive husband who said “woah, woah woah I know your personality type and you would go on a rampage if you had to be a housewife”. Hah, yeah, that’s how it happened.

(Both meltdowns, I’m sure, occurred sometime around Black Friday / Cyber Monday : you guys are monsters I tell you, MONSTERS. Totally kidding I was absolutely at Target on Black Friday, I wont lie to you)

Anyway,  I’m glad I am where I am. It feels really, really good.

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