Hello! I'm Heather, the founder of Aryll Cole.
If you're like most people, you're probably wondering where in the heck we got our name. Well, to answer that you're going to need to know a little bit more about me.
Ready? Buckle up.
My husband Logan is a bit into video games. And by a bit I mean a ton. Half of our children share names with video game characters. Following that theme, Aryll has always been Logan's top pick for our little girl's name.
If you happen to be a legit being who knows who Aryll is, shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll hook you up with some loyalty points to use in the store.
Aryll Colleen. That's the name we had potentially waiting for our little girl. Colleen is my middle name, which I share with my amazing grandma. I loved the idea of handing down our name to my mini me.
And yet here we are, eight years and six kids later with no little girl to name Aryll. Did you just re-read that last sentence wondering if it really meant what you thought it meant? It's true.
We have SIX little boys and our oldest will be turning eight this fall (2017). Yes, life at our house is always on the crazy side, but we love our little boys so much that I guess we'll just keep them and deal with the crazy.
That's a lot of boys...
And no, none of them are twins.
Those six little men are the reason the Aryll Cole symbol is a hexagon and also why you'll soon see the hexagon show up all over our shop.
Throw in the fact that even our dogs are boys and it's safe to say that I am more than a little out numbered at home.
As my life filled more and more with little men who needed me to do everything for them, I started to feel like I was losing so much of myself to motherhood.
Mamas you know what I mean, right?
I'm crazy about my little boys and I wouldn't trade them for anything, but at the same time I wasn't feeling like me anymore.
In my quest to find myself again I realized I really missed spending time with grown ups. But my days were consumed by diapers and little people and I noticed my social skills had pretty much died. I was more awkward than ever.
I longed to hang out with friends again, but even when I got the chance I felt so out of practice and awkward. Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels that way.
To top it off, I was feeling pretty awful about myself physically. Eight years of pregnancy and nursing can really do a number on a girl's hormones and body. I hated getting dressed because nothing fit right anymore. The things I felt most comfortable in were my husbands oversized shirts, but whenever I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror I would cringe and pray that no one came over and saw me like that.
All that anxiety and depression mixed with my crazy hormones on top of money issues and other life stress became the perfect storm for a breakdown. Thankfully, before I was too far gone, my amazing husband helped me out. He made an appointment for me to talk to the doctor, drove me, and even did most of the talking because he knew I wouldn't own up to how bad things were. Then he called his sisters and arranged a ladies day out. It was all exactly what I needed.
As I started to get help and pull myself out of my funk, I realized that I desperately wanted to help other people while I was helping me. One of the first things I needed was new clothes. Ones that actually fit, managed to somehow flatter my post babies body, and were comfortable.
I knew there had to be other women out there like me who were struggling. So that's when the idea of starting this shop really started to take off. I had wanted to open an online store for a while, and had even done TONS of research, but hadn't quite figured out what I wanted to sell. This settled it. I wanted to sell clothes that women could love. I wanted to help women feel better about themselves. I wanted women to start their day off on the right foot when they looked in their closets instead of being filled with dread. I had known that feeling all too well and it is definitely not how I wanted anyone to start the day.
Aryll Cole has become my escape. It's my chance to be me again. To be silly. To be girly. To interact with other women again.
My hope is that it can be that for you as well.
I hope you can come here and not only find clothes you love, but that you'll also have a good time and perhaps even giggle aloud on occasion.
If I haven't scared you off yet, and you think you'd like some new online besties too, stop by and like the Aryll Cole Facebook Page. Not only will you have access to special deals, giveaways, and first dibs on new items, but you'll also find a new batch of like minded homies so you can continue the good times even when you're not shopping.