Woman Like Cars Too

Woman Like Cars Too

Over the years I’ve bought many cars and they all have one thing in common…I made the decision on my own of what/where I was going to purchase.  My First car was a 1988 Honda Civic Hatchback that I found in a newspaper article that I searched out and went to purchase on my own (I actually bought my first car before I turned 16)!  My Dad, of course went with me and made sure that I wasn’t getting a Lemon.  That car got totaled and I went on to buy two more cars in high school one of which was also in an accident…my nickname became crash, lol!  I have purchased 3 used cars as an adult woman and 3 new cars,  I won’t claim to be an expert but I have learned a thing or two.

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I will never forget the time I went to a certain dealer here in Columbus (Im not going to call them out by name) to purchase a minivan and had a horrible experience. I had a Used Mercedes R350 that I had purchased from the Toy Barn in Dublin which I LOVED and was the perfect car for 2 kiddos.  The kicker was when I got pregnant with Jaden I knew with the size of a large stroller, 3 car seats, and whatever else needed to be in my car I had to move to a MiniVan.  I will stress that the absolute only reason I was changing was due to size.  I had Identified that I really wanted to get a minivan for at least the years when Jaden and Cameron were in a carseat because I didn’t want to climb in and out of a big SUV to buckle everyone in.  Toy Barn didn’t have any so I just decided to go with a new one to get all the bells and whistles that they had in 2013.  Well I go into this dealership to see what would compare to my Mercedes, and If you know me at all I am a jokester usually. I tell the salesman, I need something as pretty as my Mercedes so in other words,  I want most souped up van that you have.  Now Greg, my husband was with me but he knows that I’m an independant woman and that I have always done the car buying on my own so he went more just to be with me then anything else.  The salesman takes us to their “most souped up” version of a van that they had.  I looked at him and said, “This is nice but I was really wanting something that had a luxurious feel to it like my R350.  Are there any other available options?”  Let me remind you this is the 3rd time now that I have told him what I need, this time more descriptively.  He looks at me then turns to Greg and says “Why does it need to be pretty, this is the best van on the market mechanically.”  Greg tried to help the guy, bless his heart and said, “Don’t talk to me, my wife is buying this car, its her money, her car, her decision.”  So at this point I’m annoyed because this guy obviously doesn’t respect me but I really wanted this car I just needed to know if it could upgraded. I asked him one more question and honestly its blurry as to what it was because I got so mad with his response I essentially told him that he had made a mistake because I was going to buy from them but now I Im going to go to their competitor. You remember Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman? Vivian: “You people work on commission, right?” Shop assistant: “Yeah.” Vivian: “Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now.”

I recently asked the question on Instagram, Whats your worst Car buying experience? and got a ton of responses.  I heard all kinds of things from women like: “I went in to buy a particular car for a price and when I went back it was so different.”  “Very misleading!!!!!!!”  “I hate when they assume I know nothing because Im a girl!” “I got harassed by the manager and left crying” “I haven’t felt confident to buy a car alone because of a situation that happened…” “The guy would only talk to my husband.”  and the list goes on and on.  My Photographer/Friend, Chad Diblasio shared the question and got an overwhelming response as well.  WHY IS THIS!?!?  The car buying experience needs to change or we all need to go where what we are asking for gets shown and we are not treated as if we can’t make the decision on our own.

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I mentioned that I have purchased one car from the Toy Barn (My husband Greg has purchased two sports cars from them).  Our experience has always been an amazing one.  When I decided to write about the car buying experience as a woman I knew that I wanted to highlight The Toy Barn.  This is not a sponsored post, although it would be cool if I got a car out of it, lol!!!  I spoke with Marc Snyder, The Operations Manager and he said that The Toy Barn really wants customers to have an experience with their car.

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They don’t just have expensive toys either, they just added a lot dedicated to cars that are priced under $30,000.

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They search out specific cars with low miles and have a lot of referral business and repeat customers. In my mind that is the key to their continued success! I can personally attest to the experience with my R350 purchase and my husbands Jaguar and Corvette Purchase.  Another thing that he said that was very interesting is that they want the cars that they sell to have an emotional draw. I remember the sales manager Greg calling us when he got in a Bumble Bee Camaro back when Christian was 4 so that he could come over and check it out.  He knew that he was into Transformers and would love to see it and sit in it.  Every time I come across those pictures i remember how excited he was and how Greg almost wanted to buy it just because Christian thought it was the coolest thing ever!

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Here are 3 4 Tips for Buying a Car

  1.  Understand your goal.  Sometimes shiny objects get the better of us.  Know in advance what you need.  Do you have kids and need space?  Is this a fun car?  Can you get away with One large car and one sedan?  You don’t want to get a car and then realize it doesn’t meet all of your needs.
  2. Count the Cost. If you are going to by a foreign vehicle sometimes sticker shock can set in on the maintenance. Is the dealership full service and stand by their vehicles.  Is it a large SUV that is going to take premium gas and/or fuel efficiency.
  3. Do your research.  Know what you should pay for the car, stand your ground and don’t be afraid to walk away.  I spoke with a single client at my practice once who said the deal went bad quickly when the price was more then she was given on the phone, the color was wrong but he pressured her so bad that she bought the car anyway.
  4. Bonus- Sleep on it.  I really believe if a car is meant to be then, it will be there the next day.

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My Inner Animal

My Inner Animal

I have two animal print looks that I shot last week, but what I’m going to write about has nothing to with them so this will be a two for one. I’ve mentioned before that my 5 year old, Jaden has sensory issues as well as adhd…well this morning I thought he was going to get out of the door fine. We got him up, he took his supplement (Vayarin) that helps him focus and stay somewhat under control, he got dressed…no problem. Then as we were leaving he got cold and all heck broke loss because he remembered that they only let them wear school approved uniform jackets or sweaters in class and he went all animal (nice way of putting it). We managed to put him in the car and I start to back up as he is ripping his seat belt off and screaming “you were never my best friend” (that’s the current insult of choice and it lasted for the 7 minute drive). I pull up to the school drop Christian off, go to the other line and to drop off Cameron and him, by this point he’s sobbing because my response to him screaming at me was “well then I’ll go home and take back all the stuff I’ve ever given you since we aren’t friends.” He and Cameron go to get out and I hand him his lunch, he then throws it at me so I throw it out of the car onto the sidewalk. Mom of the year right here! Why am I telling you all this? Because it’s hard being a mom sometimes and I constantly beat myself up but I know deep down that we all have days like this and I never want to be that person to pretend like I have it all together because I most certainly do not! I hadn’t gotten ready yet so I cried all the way home pulled myself together and went back to the school to make sure he was ok. As he was walking down to the office he smiled at me and I told the lady walking him down that we had a bad morning and I didn’t want his day to go poorly. He looked at me and said I’m fine and gave me a big hug. I needed that hug.

Now for some cute clothes. Pink lemons.

I styled two animal print looks at Thread while I was there. (My readers still have a 15% off discount with the code Pinklemons15).

This outfit is a little more of a date night look. I like putting leggings with lightweight fabrics in the fall for the wide range of temps we can see in one day.

The L’agence maxi is available online and in store. I’m kinda obsessed with this brand right now. The leggings are a little mush on their own for me but work perfect with the maxi. Both shoes and hat are new arrivals at Thread and are available in store!

Booties give the dress more of an easy vibe.

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I recently got to go in to the amazing Thread store in the Short North that just opened. I have to say this area of High Street has really become a happening place here in Columbus. There are so many shops that you could really spend a whole afternoon meandering around.

Walking up to the Short North Thread location you can immediately see that lots of thought went into the overall esthetic of the store. It’s modern but has very trendy industrial accents. I think they are definitely living up to the mission of “delivering a remarkable experience by being a presence in the community”. I just love a cool local story and going into a store that feels like an experience.

Shopping should be fun, it shouldn’t be dreading the way things are going to fit or going to the same old place and buying the same old thing that you have always worn. I really went into the store thinking I’m going to try on at least one outfit that isn’t necessarily “me”. I sure did do that with this Red Skirt by Staci Snider. Peter, the sales associate at Thread did a great job of describing the designer and what her inspiration is.

I didn’t walk away with the skirt but I am seriously considering going back to pick it up because it was just so beautiful and interesting. I tried it on with a long sleeved cropped tee first by David Lerner that can be purchased directly online or in store at Thread.

I also had to try it styled sporty with a simple ruched top. There aren’t many stores where you can have this much fun with high end fashion in town so the couple that I found I will be highlighting in the coming months on my blog!

Fashion is kind of an art, its what we use to say who we are. When I was reading the about section on Threads site I loved how it said that Miranda really takes time to find designers to make her boutique carefully curated. Miranda and I got to chat for a little bit and she is as lovely as her store.

More on this gorgeous wine colored top later but, it is a new arrival so here is the link.

Every couple of years I invest in a couple of staple pieces and one that I have been searching for is a BLAZER. I am not very tall (5’4″) and I have a short torso so I have been on the lookout for one that makes me appear taller. Well I found it!!! This blazer by L’Agence had me as soon as I saw it on the rack. The darts on the front pull the eye in and create an amazing illusion.

The pockets are also at a slant which adds to the slimming lines. The sleeves have a really nice slit detail or you can roll them up as well. The blue coated jeans by L’Agence as amazingly soft and stretchy. I am a hippy girl so it’s nice to find jeans that fit my hips but don’t gap in the waist. The Navy are almost sold out online but they have them in store and they also come in this rich chestnut color. My Gucci belt dresses it up even more. The belt was a gift from my Hubby from my trip to Venice a couple of weeks ago but one trick I have for getting pricey accessories is buy using credit card rewards, those things add up if you put everything on them (and pay off the card every month of course).

This silk top is also by L’Agence and is just divine! It’s sold out on their site but hey that’s another reason to visit the store in Grandview or at their new Short North Location. I really need an excuse to get over to the store again, although this store could seriously get me in a lot of trouble. Thread has generously supplied you all with a 15% off code Pinklemons15. Have fun shopping and tell your friends!

Photography by the amazing Chad DiBlasio, Makeup and Hair Provided By Mukha Spa