Saturday, January 14, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I took these pictures several weeks ago, but thought what better way to jump back into blogging. Every time I am away from blogging, it’s never an intentional break….. it’s just life! We are in the cold weather/short daylight struggles of outfit pictures right now, as well as getting through the busy holiday season, as well as technical (camera) issues. But, I am determined to get back into it….. I’ve missed it.

While on hiatus from the blog, I took time to reflect on things I had done in the past. When you are in the middle of doing something you enjoy, you might think to yourself it’s something you will ALWAYS do. For instance, will I ever want to completely quit blogging? As much as I missed it, it was also nice to not have the pressure (I put on myself) to do it. Then I got to thinking about bloggers who I really enjoyed following who all of a sudden, one day, just fell off the face of the planet. What happened to them? When you follow someone for a while (or even meet them in person), you feel a connection. You look forward to their next post…. What they have to say…… Even though my blog is still small, I hope there are people who feel that way about it. I don’t think I would ever leave it without at least saying “goodbye”.

One thing that made me think about this, was something that I hadn’t yet announced here. My friend and I ended the lease of our booth at The Antique Mercantile at the beginning of November. We were in business for a full year, but realized with our busy lives that we just couldn’t keep up like we wanted to. We had fun doing it, and know it might be something to revisit in the future. Same with jewelry making – when I was deeply into it, I never thought there would be an end. After doing shows for a while, I pushed myself to get published. Once published, my next goal was to get on a cover. As time went on, I started to see the decline in “paper” magazines and then kids came along and the next thing I knew I wasn’t making jewelry anymore. Again, I know I probably will in the future but it just doesn’t fit right now. 

Anyway, let’s get on to the clothes! There seems to be a connection for me between jackets and The Potting Shed store in Chelsea. This was another I feel in love with – when I was an hour away, not 10 minutes away (so over 2 years ago) – that I saw on their Facebook page. I called to inquire about the price (over $200) and knew there was no way I could justify it. But once I knew the brand, I could get to searching, just like the other jacket I posted about. That Joules raincoat was a pretty quick find, but this one really did take years of patience. I found it this Summer on eBay for about $30!!! What drew me to it? First, the bold print which I’d never seen anywhere else. Then, the fact that it was velvet and a “swing” style which so cute. The faceted buttons are pretty fun too.

Aunt Wanda Jacket - eBay
a.n.a. High Rise Flare Jeans - JC Penney
HD in Paris "Lace Meadows Blouse" - Anthropologie
Tahari Sunglasses - TJ Maxx
dv "Jameson" Double Side Zip Booties - Target