The Creative Connection Event!

The Biz and Shop Girl Says

Hello!!!! Oh my how I've missed this little place in the world and hearing from all of you lovelies! I do not, however, regret taking a really lovely vacation with my really lovely husband. I needed it, he needed it...we needed it, and according to my credit card statement, the state of California needed it too! sheeesh! Pennies well spent in my opinion though.

I am getting caught up and getting in the saddle of my fall schedule. I would like to personally lobby for there to be an additional week added to each month. In fact, while we are at it, let's go ahead and add a couple hours to each day too. Can that be arranged? Somebody out there has to be that well-connected!  (I have a suspicion that her name starts with an 'M' and ends with an 'artha Stewart' ...)

Time crunch aside, one of my all-time favorite event weekends of the year is RIGHT around the corner and I wanted to give it one last pitch. If there is any possibility at all of you joining me there, please do! You will not be sorry! The Creative Connection Event is held in St. Paul, Minnesota, Sept. 15-17th 2011. The list of incredible presenters, teachers, panelists (including yours truly) and sponsors is simply too long and amazing to list here, but take a gander at their website to get the gist.

(see me geeking out last year when I met The Pioneer Woman!?)

No matter what facet of creativity and/or business you are involved or interested in, there is something for you here. The connecting and networking alone would be worth it, but there is so much fun to be had! Incredible and beautifully curated meals and presenters, fun fun fun classes (I made some insane jewelry last year!) a marketplace where you can find all sorts of treasures (including Curly Girl products) and tons more! This year there is a whole food component too for all of you foodies out there (ahem, I may or may not be taking a cheese making class.... right!?)! I mean, I could go on, but the table-decor alone last year was worth the trip (not to mention the swag!)! Do not pass go, do not make other plans. Sign up today if you can!!

Also, if you are local or looking for a way to budget, they are still looking for volunteers!! (Those interested should get in touch with Lacy Young:

If you are going to be there let me know!!


By Leigh 08.30.2011 – 2:46 pm


Marmalade is on the Move!

The Biz and Shop Girl Says

I know it's Saturday, but I have a big announcement that I didn't get to tell you this week! It's official!! Marmalade is moving to Main Street (this is where you hear the theme song to 'The Jeffersons"...)! Our little shop has been just upstairs from our warehouse and offices for it's three years and we are busting at the seams ready to take on the world!

We are not moving far, 1.3 miles to be exact, but we are moving to Belmont Center, which is the main street of our little town. This is a pretty big deal for me personally, as it means we are growing (my word!), we are going to be able to build even more of a community around Curly Girl and it's retail manifestation: Marmalade, I will be a visible presence in my own community (I live there!) and most importantly, we will have TWO TIMES THE SPACE!! Can't wait to make this little/big shop sparkle and meet our new neighbors (which include a Starbucks and the best ice cream shop in town...just sayin'). We also will have workshop space in the lower level...perfect for bringing in our clever friends in to do small classes! Yeep!

Little Marmalade will close at the end of Feb. with the big moving sale already in progress and we are pushing for an opening of April Fool's Day for Big Marmalade (we are still gonna call it just Marmalade, but until then...). I will be posting photos of the whole is guaranteed to be an adventure. So glad you are along for the ride!


By Leigh 01.29.2011 – 9:00 am


Photos © 2010Curly Girl Design, Inc./Leigh Standley. all rights reserved.

Shop Girl Says: Something ladylike

Shop Girl Says

For those of you who have had the great pleasure of meeting me, you already know: I’m not…girly, per se.  I wear a lot of black.  My normal outfit includes skinny jeans (dark), boots (dark, with hardware), and some sort of billowy, body-morphing, nearly-making-me-unrecognizable-as-a-human, shirt.  For the first year of my being back at Marmalade (after a short stint away) I had a fauxhawk.  And terrifyingly, at our first Halloween party ever, early this October – I dressed in my finest “Seattle 1994” outfit, complete with smudged eyeliner, dramatically messy hair, flannel and a babydoll dress.

And customers didn’t realize I was in costume.  Oy.

Which is why I need Marmalade in my life.

I mean, c’mon.  The walls are, like, neon red and orange!  There are chandeliers hanging above my head at the front counter!  There are candles, perfumes, fancy papers – frankly, there is just about everything here – and it gives me that burst of ‘lady-ness’ that I reject in my normal daily life.  Marmalade is more than just a shop, it’s like a lifestyle choice. 

“Live like a Marmalade girl” I tell myself while trying to find something to wear at work that would be even a fraction as cute as what Leigh rolls out of bed in.  “What would Marmalade do?” I say when dealing with particularly relentless delivery people or cold calls from some phone company.  And while you read this you may think, well, what the heck IS a Marmalade girl, and what DOES she do?!  The answer, after so many years being here, appallingly simple:

She’s You!

And me! I didn’t need to horde half a dozen Pumpkin candles on my mantle at home to be a Marmalade girl (though, I would do it no matter what – holy moly is that candle amazing)!  I didn’t need to buy the vintage wall art (the second I opened the box when it came to the shop) to be more like Marmalade, and I didn’t need to sport the unbelievable scent that is “paper and cotton” to be what Marmalade needed me to be.  I already was!  I like to think that just as I need Marmalade in my life to give me that girly-street-cred, maybe Marmalade needed me and my edge just as much.

So here’s to celebrating the wide range of Marmalade-ettes that support my second home, and Leigh’s pride and joy.  To the whacky artists that will talk with me about Rococo pattern work!  The shy women who prefer not to chit chat and I desperately try to oblige! To the kids that come in after school and fill me in on the latest gossip!  To my chatty-Cathy’s that visit me just to talk about the weather, the Olympics or what was on tv last night!  To the business women who zoom in and out, on a mission, and say ‘thank you!’ while flying out the door!  I salute you!


Note: Our website for the shop is still under construction and will hopefully be functioning in mere days. Until then, if you have questions about any of the products featured in these posts contact Lauren at:


Lauren is our superior shop manager at Marmalade, but she is also an art and pop-culture critic at large currently putting the finishing touches on her Masters of Arts Administration from SCAD. To hear more from her check out her blog:

By Lauren 10.28.2010 – 6:17 pm


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‘Shop Girl Says’ coming this week!

The Biz and Brick & Mortar and Shop Girl Says

This week I will introduce you to my little retail shop called: Marmalade. It began as a retail showroom for all things Curly Girl but soon my shopping problem turned into another career. In it's (almost) three years and (almost) 600 square feet this little shop has grown to be a neighborhood jewel box. Chalk-full of fancy and functional treasures that are "truth and beauty for the heart and home". Our tagline was admittedly inspired by Moulin Rouge's bohemian mantra but I will have you know that "Marmalade" is NOT courtesy of it's most famous sountrack title.

Marmalade is both a utilitarian condiment and a special treat. That is what I hope our collection of goodies is like. Useful, beautiful things that are also special treats!

Later this week Lauren, our shop manager will bring you the first installment of "Shop Girl Says" , a periodic update on products, events and all the fun stuff going on in our little shop.

Stay tuned!


By Leigh 10.26.2010 – 7:22 am