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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tamra Shops At Pink Ice

Article and from Pink Ice Blog.

Photo: Pink Ice
Hey everyone it’s Genna! Many of you know me as a hair/makeup artist, but I also am the manager of one of our Orange County locations – Pinkywear – in Laguna Niguel, CA. Orange County is famous for being featured on shows such as “Laguna Beach”, “The O.C.”, and most popular, “The Real Housewives of Orange County”. It’s funny whenever I go to a different city or state, people immediately ask when they hear I’m from Orange County, “Do you know any of them from the shows?” It’s quite hilarious when I am asked that because behind all the lights and cameras is a real, family city, where real (well, maybe not real when you’re talking cosmetically), down to earth people live. Seeing celebrities in this town is a normal occurrence, and people rarely get starstruck easily. Even when I go to LA where I am bound to see a celebrity sitting at the table next to me, I’m not the type to barge into their leisure time by bombarding them with questions or asking for their signature or a photo. Maybe I’m a little too modest? Or maybe I just feel like they get enough of that already so when their trying to enjoy their time relaxing, I leave it alone.

So you can imagine how I felt when I saw Tamra Barney from “The Real Housewives of Orange County” standing outside my store when I got there yesterday morning.

Even though she was wearing sunglasses, I had a hunch it was her. It’s funny how a TV show can skew your opinion about someone’s character, without even really meeting them or getting the chance to talk to them. But I don’t go off of stereotypes, I’d much rather hear straight from the source.

Right when she came in, she went straight for the sunglasses rack and picked out these super trendy “Tortoise Rhine Sunglasses”:

I then helped Tamra find a brown wool fedora hat which she had said her friend bought from us and she loved, because of it’s short brim. I agreed with her, and jokingly told her that some fedoras look like Peter Pan hats hahaha. Here’s a similar one on our website, “Ribbon Slick Fedora” :

Tamra quietly kept to herself like any other customer would. From the show, you’d think she’s a diva – but I did not get that impression at all. She browsed our shoe section and picked out our newest pair of fall heels that definitely suited her, our Buckle Plat Heels”:

I got her a fitting room and she was so sweet the whole time. I even asked her a few times while she was in the fitting room, “How’s everything going? Can I get you any other sizes in anything?” and she said, “Nope! I’m great!” WOW! Totally not a diva. When she had finished trying everything on, she needed help finding a tank to wear under this awesome studded vest she wanted to buy:

Since the vest is so embellished, we both agreed that something a little more understated and comfortable would be best since she’s a mom on the go. So she decided one two different options that would both work great under the vest: Our “Simply Tank” in white, with a racer back cut is versatile and form fitting:

And our “Basic Cami” in nude:

Tamra also bought this awesome “FDL Tag Necklace” with a fleur-de-lis design on it. It’s so her!

She bought this flowy, floral patterned “Hawaiian Ruffle Dress” for an upcoming talk show appearance:

I love Tamra’s style, it rocks! I couldn’t help but stare at her as I was ringing her up. She probably thought I was weird hahaha. I then did something so totally out of my comfort zone….I asked if she was indeed Tamra Barney from “The Real Housewives of Orange County”, in which she smiled and responded “Yes”. It was so not like me to ask such a favor, but I knew all our fans would be so excited to see a pic of her shopping at our stores, so I asked her if I could take a photo on my phone. She was so cool and allowed me to take a photo “in the new sunglasses I just bought, cuz I look like crap” (which she didn’t – she always looks AMAZING and even more gorgeous in person!), but I agreed. BUT TO MY DISMAY, of course when I need my cameraphone to work, IT DOESN’T WORK! I don’t even know what was wrong with it, but it wouldnt let me take a photo. Soo embarrassing! Tamra was so sweet and offered to take it on her phone, and she would text it to me. I snapped the shot, and gave her my number but she had to get going to a conference call. After she left, I never got the picture message and I was so bummed, but determined to retrieve it from her.

I was on a mission like a crazy stalker fan (though I am NOT!) and posted on her facebook fan page and her website contact form in hopes of obtaining that sacred photo for you all! I thought all hope was lost as I received a “message send failure” email from her website host, and I was among 53,000 facebook fans. But to my surprise, the REAL TAMRA added me on facebook a few hours later, and was so sweet enough to email the photo to me!

She even told me to keep her posted on any new cute stuff we get in stock. WOW! Such an awesome woman, gorgeous inside and out, loves her kids – what more could you ask for? Even despite her nasty and public divorce, she is down to earth, loves her fans, and cares about people. Can’t wait for the new season to air!!!


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