Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Be A Siren Shoppe

This is my friend Serena. 


Isn't she gorgeous? Can you handle her impeccable style and her amazing long hair? Not only is she beautiful; she is also smart, kind, and a master stylist with her own boutique, The Be A Siren Shoppe in downtown Great Falls. I love this place! I always stay for at least an hour, chatting with Serena, trying on everything she has available, and sorting through the jewelry and scarves and soaps and home decor. There's so much to look at, and if I could, I would buy one of everything. I'm inspired by this space, by Serena and her outlook on life, and her fashion philosophy, so I was thrilled when she let me run amok in her shoppe for an afternoon. 

I have a nice little collection of dresses and tops from the shop, including this man in the moon halter dress. I am unashamed to admit that I bought this dress to copy a friend of mine who wore a similar dress to one of my dinner theater shows. 


I already thought I was having the best day ever when I found bangle bracelets that didn't slide off my tiny wrists and a red garnet choker that didn't actually choke me, but it did get better. My friend Pam showed up out of nowhere!



She's wearing clothes under that umbrella, I promise!

It was pretty cool to bump into Pam, but even better that she happened to be dressed appropriately for a photo shoot. She's pretty much the best ever, so she jumped right in like a champ.


I don't know what to do with my hands!

She even did an outfit change and got her husband, Tim involved! Side note: I love Tim's t-shirt, which he actually bought from the shoppe that day. I wanted one for myself, but unfortunately, my size was nowhere to be found. Le sigh. 


Awww! So sweet, it will make you barf. ;)
Most of the clothes in The Be A Siren Shoppe are vintage inspired, like this sheer floral top and beige circle skirt. It was Serena's idea to put the leopard print bag with this outfit. I tend to shy away from animal prints, but I have to admit, I really love the mix of the floral and the leopard. It seems to bring a little bit of badassedness to an otherwise sweet outfit.  I might have to buy one of these bags now...






I've never been to Hawaii, but I did wear a Hawaii print once...isn't that kind of the same thing? Again, the leopard print does great things to floral, and I question my whole stance on animal prints. I feel like I can really embrace a hot pink leopard print without a hint of irony.


I love that Serena has these little fans. It's such an unexpected accessory with a strong vintage feel, and best of all, they are under ten dollars! As for the rest of this outfit, I have been eyeing this octopus-pocket skirt for months, and I might have to go back for it. How can I not?



This dress was by far my favorite of the day. Serena showed me pictures before it arrived in her store, and I thought it was really nice, but I wasn't prepared for how incredibly nice it really is. I put it on, and I heard an hallelujah chorus; it fit perfectly, and it felt like butter on my skin. It's also lined, so it has a substantial feel to it, like it won't fall apart if I dare to wash it. I loved this dress so much, I didn't just buy it, I wore it out of the store. Same goes for the black heels, which hearken back to my days as a 90's kid.



I told myself I wasn't going to buy anything during my photo shoot, but I ended up buying a lot of great pieces. That's how it goes for me at The Be A Siren Shoppe, and I'm not even a little upset about it. I always find things here that I don't see anywhere else, and I love supporting a local business and my friend. Just look at this place; I always want to be able to visit!


















If you live in Great Falls, please stop by and say hi to Serena! The boutique is located at 413 Suite A on Central Avenue, and as of this writing, her hours are Thursday 11:30 - 5:30, Friday 11:30 - 6:00, and Saturday 11:30 -5:00. Like Be A Siren on Facebook or check it out online, and don't forget to tell Serena that I sent you!

For the curious: Every single thing in every single photo can be found at the shoppe, and every single photo was taken by Joe, who busted his butt following me around for several hours. Thanks, Joe!

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