John and I are preparing to let go of the Lawrence Bombshell location to Emmalee. I know that Bombshell will be in good hands with her. Emmalee has been ingrained with us for months now… learning, growing, and training… integrating all aspects of the business into her core.
Handing off Bombshell has been a struggle for me. Bombshell is my baby! Oh, she is a baby, alright! Sometimes she kicks and screams, requiring ALL my time (ha!), wanting ALL my attention, and is constantly underfoot as she grows and develops. Can we say “growing pains?” Yes, it’s all about her! Then, just when I’m at my wits end, she is sweet as pie, smiling, cooing and looking at me with those big beautiful eyes. Sigh. My heart melts! Ah, yes, this is why I do what I do. Bombshell is so worth it all! She is growing into a beautiful Bombshell Girl!
Tonight is the night. The almighty contract signing! It’s just a little ‘ole contract, right? No biggie! Just months of preparation, months of training, months of stuff! We are talking attorneys. Meetings with Small Business Owners. Contracts. Negotiation. CPA’s. Discussions. More discussions. More contracts. Changes. Nuances, ideas, plans. Paper trails. Training manuals. Blah, blah, blah. What wardrobe pieces does Emmalee keep? Which ones do we take with us? What props? Does she get the infamous bicycle from Bombshell #14? Hmmmmmm. That bike is sentimental to me! But, girls request it often, so I should leave it behind for them. Who knew photographing beautiful girls was so complicated?!?
So… let’s talk about Emmalee! Who is she? What is she all about? Let’s define her! Why Emmalee? How does she fit into Bombshell? Well, let me tell ya! For starters, let’s talk about her appearance. She is nothing short of adorable! She is tiny. She is gorgeous, perky, funny, smart. She is little alright, but not short on the, uh… cough, cough, girls up top. So yes, she really does have it all. Too bad I actually like her so much, because I would love to hate her! She has these big gorgeous eyes, that look right at ya! Audrey. That’s who she reminds me of! So, I ask her, “Has anyone ever told you that you look like Audrey?” She giggles and says her husband calls her his little Audrey. Sigh. She is perfect!
Let’s go back to the beginning days of meeting Emmalee and negotiations, months ago, when we just considering whether or not to allow Emmalee to try and fill our shoes. Hmmmm. Do we, or don’t we? Is she the right fit? Let me dig a little deeper, let me dive into WHO she is and WHAT she is all about! I’m sure I can find SOMETHING I don’t like about this girl! After all, anyone that looks this good on the outside probably doesn’t look so good on the inside, right?
So, I ask her, “Why Bombshell?” I’m sure I can trip her up on this one! She is probably going to talk about our branding or something else generic! Right? Yeah, you know it! Nope! Instead, she says, “I love mid-century, vintage stuff. I’m big into Steam Punk too. (Really? You’ve got my attention!) My husband and I love to go antique shopping and often go to places like Good Juju or the Antique Mall to buy stuff for our house. (Good answer so far! Ugg!) So, awhile back, before you created Bombshell, I decided to try pin-up photography and dabbled in it, took some shots. It was fun! I really liked it. I put some of the images up on my website, but didn’t have time to really pursue it the way I wanted to. I even chose a name. I called it Pinned Up. (Sigh, very cute name! Shows a lot of thought). Then, Bombshell came out and I saw your stuff. It blew me away! I knew I could never compete with that! (Good move- a little kiss @ never hurts!) I just loved what you did with the whole look! I’m so excited to be working with you, it’s such an opportunity to learn from you both and grow with Bombshell and see what I can bring to the table too!!! Knowing your mission statement with the girls and how important it is for you to help other women truly like themselves and see themselves as beautiful is so special and gives the whole thing meaning!” (Ok Emmalee, you had me at Mid-Century, you drove it home at Pinned Up, and now I’m completely won over with you loving my mission statement! And yes, the compliments are gracefully accepted ☺ )
What can I say? Months later, after working with Emmalee and getting to know her… SHE’S IN! Girls, I screened her hard for each and every one of you that is yet to walk through our doors. I know you are thinking about getting Bombshelled!!! You want to do it! Well, don’t hesitate! Do it! Don’t wait, do it now! John and I are moving to Vegas, I know! But…. It’s ok! You are in the best hands. Still! Emmalee! I just know you will love her as much as we do! After all, she is a true Bombshell Girl™. Just like you. Just like me.
Xoxo, Carol Ann