The first time I ever met Cydney was when she asked for a tampon on the first day we moved into our boarding school dorm in the 10th grade. We were both new students and didn’t really know anyone. And you know the friends who are real with you from the beginning… well, it’s my experience that they are the ones who remain that way forever. And it’s true of us and our friendship over the past 18 years.
We’re different, me and Cyd , but we’re somehow the same too. She’s a true free spirit…and I LOVE that about her. She’s the friend I haven’t seen in a couple of years who almost came with me when I got my tattoo recently. And we laughed about that…a friendship that remains over years and marriage and children and distances…and can still plan to meet up for honest bonding somewhere as random as a tattoo parlor. That’s the nature of our relationship…and it’s always been a fun one!
So I couldn’t be prouder and more excited to share with all of you today this perfectly fitting and fabulously awesome new business venture that Cyd and her lifelong friend Jenni have started together.
They tell their story best, so here’s a little bit of what they have to say about it:
“It’s one of those stories that starts out with two lifelong friends and a shared interest in wild, wonderful experiences and ends with a Federal tax ID #.
Cydney and Jenni have been friends since the eighth grade, born and raised in West Virginia, and have been with each other through most of life’s hardest lessons, as well as those that are infinitely more fun to learn.
As the girls grew, they moved away from each other to follow their passions. Jenni worked as an artist and designer, Cydney worked as an entrepreneur and master network marketer, but they never lost touch. They married men and had baby boys, but still talked about dreams left unfulfilled. One fateful day, while Jenni was crying in a thrift shop about her wasted talent, Cydney called.
“Girl, I just miss the days when we were outlaws!”
Cyd, sitting in the preschool pickup line, turned down Copperhead Road and responded with absolute understanding of the pain in this statement…
“And now were driving Suburbans.”
A heavy pause…
“Screw it. Let’s do somethin’!! You and I. Let’s start somethin’!!”
Oh, and start something they did. An RV trip to Texas later, you couldn’t lasso the inspiration they felt for this company, The Suburban Outlaws. It grew and bloomed and changed their lives. Just like Louise said, “You’ve always been crazy, you’ve just never had the chance to express yourself.” Well, they are expressing alright, these girls are making their own rules now!
The style of The Suburban Outlaws works seamlessly in a variety of wardrobes. Constantly seeking, collecting, designing, and dreaming the next talisman for a bolder life, The Suburban Outlaw style reflects the earth that we stand on and the air that we breathe…the water that rushes and crashes around our feet and the fire in our soul. Our shirts, jewelry and accessories can “cowgirl up” an urban or classic style or nicely ground a floral or vintage style. These are the items you put on when you want to feel fearless, feisty and bold.”
I’m so proud of my friend, and so excited to share with you the awesomeness they have brought together in their online store! Seriously….LOVING this stuff! Super unique, vintagey awesomeness, creative freedom, and really really fun!
Cyd and Jen are offering a 15% discount to Life for Dessert readers when you purchase between now and February 14th (Valentine’s Day!) So get online and pick out a little bit of love for yourself or for someone else! Use the coupon code LIFEFORDESSERT when you check out to activate your discount.
And…even more fun, they’re offering a chance to win up to a $50 store credit and FREE Shipping towards your favorite Suburban Outlaws item!
Here’s how to enter to win (this giveaway is open to US residents only and will end at midnight this Friday, February 3rd ):
Mandatory Entry: Check out The Suburban Outlaws store and leave a comment below with the item you’d most want to win!
For extra entries leave separate comments detailing each action: You can earn 1 extra entry for any action taken, for a total of SIX extra entries…
- Like The Suburban Outlaws on facebook
- Subscribe to receive The Suburban Outlaws newsletter (at the very bottom of their site)
- Subscribe to receive the Life For Dessert feed (it’s in the sidebar on the top right.)
- Like Life for Dessert on Facebook
- Share this link on your own Facebook wall
- Tweet this link to all of your followers.
Don’t forget that the contest ends at midnight this Friday night, Feb 3rd!
Come on friends….be fearless…be bold….be a Suburban Outlaw!