This was the era of Sun-Ripened Raspberry and Sweet Pea. When shower gel was just becoming a THING and bar soap was falling by the wayside. And this was a momentous summer job for many reasons, actually...
|I stocked a lot of these hand sanitizers on the shelves. A LOT.|
|Ohhhh, Moonlight Path. How I love you.|
|The famed purple lipstick summer.|
But here's the BEST reason for my summer job at Bath & Body Works being one of my best ever. I met a lifelong friend! My manager was a girl named Steph, who had graduated recently from Bowling Green State University with a degree in journalism. I thought Steph was THE COOLEST PERSON EVER. Not only did she have a degree in the same field as me, but she was super pretty, really fun and was also into theater. Basically, she was my spirit animal.
|Steph and me! This was during a trip she took to NYC in 2012, when we enjoyed cupcake and wine pairings at one of my favorite dessert spots, Sweet Revenge.|
Now, here's the thing. I always liked my coworkers at my summer jobs, but we rarely stayed in touch. To be honest, I don't even remember the names of my managers from my subsequent jobs at Victoria's Secret or Afterthoughts (that was the summer I pierced ears, which was the most terrifying and worst job I've ever had). But Steph and I just struck up a friendship immediately -- and we're actually still friends today! She even stayed with me in New York a couple times. I'm extremely grateful for our lasting friendship, which would never have happened if I hadn't worked at Bath & Body Works that fateful summer!
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go and stock up on Warm Vanilla Sugar Foaming Hand Soap.