Thursday, January 27, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Hey guys! One of my sweet friends Amanda suggested that from time to time I do a blog on what I am wearing. I took this as such a compliment. I thought it was so precious that she thought enough of my style to compliment me in this way. Thanks, love! So, I wanted to show a quick picture of myself and what I wore yesterday. I was dressed up for Judicial Board. This outfit is a quick suggestion for business wear. Simply choose a dress pant, funky heel, button down shirt, and jacket. Don't forget your accessories (jewelry, etc.) With these pieces you can make endless outfit combinations and always maintain a classic look. For this ensemble, I liked the idea of doing neutral colors with this bright jacket. This is THE time of year to be on the lookout for business clothes because many stores are trying to get rid of last year's items. Each item I am wearing came from the clearance rack and some I have had for several years. No matter what age you are or what career you have, you can always find pieces similar to these.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I LOVE LOVE LOVE antiquing, especially with my Mom. It is one of our favorite things to do together. My mom has such an eye for the value in something and I am happy to say I have learned that lesson well. We enjoy spending weekend after weekend prowling any and every antique store we can find. There is so much joy in finding something old that is new to me. I grew up antiquing all over the south. Seriously, what else is a southern belle to do? :) When I was younger, I sometimes felt bored by looking at old things because I did not understand the worth and story in each and every item. As I got older, I grew more and more in love with this hobby. What I love the most about digging through these places is that you can find gems for your home that are exactly like those on the current retail market. A couple of weeks ago, my mom and I were visiting an antique store in Sheffield, Alabama. All of the sudden, I looked over in a dark dusty corner and found THE perfect pair of candlesticks for my kitchen table. I just HAD to have them. Besides the fact that they were in perfect condition, excellently priced, and ah, vintage, they had an almost identical look to some that I had seen in Anthropologie just a few months earlier. Although I awed over the ones at Anthropologie, I did not buy them. When I saw these at the antique store, I was thrilled. The thought of taking something else that has a history of its own and giving it a sort of "life" in my own home is wonderful. As many of you know, I love history. History itself is a drive that keeps me prowling those crammed and cramped booths.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Hello! Hope all of you had a blessed holiday season. Mine has been quite a roller-coaster experience to say the least. Over my holidays, there have been many ideas and suggestions for blog posts. It is quite a blessing to have so many avid readers. THANK YOU!! It was wonderful to have face to face encouragement as I saw numerous familiar faces. I am going to try to get to all of them as quickly as possible.
Today, lets stop, take a deep, deep breath, and pause. Pause to remember who we really are and what we really want the world to know about us. I want all of you to think about the impression you are giving off to the world, especially your physical impression. If you value yourself, why would you not try your best to show it? Remember, we are all one of a kind. We each have something to offer that belongs to no one else in the world. How many chances will any of us get to be 15, 21, 30, 42, 55, 72, or 89 ever again? The inner reward gained from self-respect is something we should all try to wholly achieve. By putting your best foot forward, you become the best version of yourself. People often forget themselves, which, makes others around them suffer. If you do not take care of yourself, how much are you REALLY living? Take the best care of yourself that your life will allow. TRY, TRY, TRY, this is often my mantra!
I was urged to write about this due to a recent occurance. Upon enjoying a romantic anniversary dinner at Dale’s in Florence, Alabama, one of the city’s premier dining attractions, I was in one of my particular observant modes. Now, do not get me wrong, I understand that all people do not place the same importance on fashion and their appearance as others. Nevertheless, refer to the soapbox paragraph above for my encouragement. Although I was having a splendid time with my wonderful boyfriend of seven years, I could not help but be somewhat distracted thinking of the others around me on New Year’s Eve. At the table, we even engaged in a deep discussion about the importance of the I and of the us. Sure, these people around us were enjoying a nice dinner, which is a blessing, but how in the moment were they? Did they leave their homes believing that they were truly valuable? Was their last look in the mirror filled with a pleasant thought? Did they think that the time they were spending with whomever was a moment to cherish? Do you?