‘It’s never too late to be who you might have been.’ George Elliot

When I reflect on my past year, it’s hard to believe that so much as happened.

In 1 year I,

1. Became engaged.

2. Graduated with my bachelors degree (yay!).

3. Opened a store.

4. Broke off my engagement (don’t be sad, this is a good thing).

5. Closed my store (bittersweet, but for the best).

6. Last but not least, took some much needed time for myself.

And I have never been happier.

Looking at my list, it’s no surprise that blogging took a back seat, but it’s really no excuse. Having “me” time is just as important as everything else that you do in your day.  This past year was full (to the brim!) with lessons, some learned the hard way.  By far, the most important lesson was that I needed to slow down and enjoy the present; stop looking to the past, and focusing too hard on the future. There’s so much beauty in the simplicity of life, and I’m happy to say that for the first time in years, I have spent many evenings just watching the sunset that’s in my backyard, feeling grateful for where I am today.

My new favorite sport: Dune Frisbee

My new favorite sport: Dune Frisbee

Shell Beach sunset

Shell Beach sunset

Edna Valley fog fighting with the sun

Edna Valley fog fighting with the sun

RIP my beautiful store, so much love

RIP my beautiful store, so much love

“NYC: Tolerant of your beliefs, judgmental of your shoes.”

While New Yorkers are dying of heat, I must say that us Californians are enjoying some wonderful (and in some areas cooler than normal) weather.  One of my dear friends made a pit stop in New York for a week before heading out of the country, and she was kind enough to send me some beautiful pictures of her sweaty vacation.  And if you are curious about the title of this post, zoom in on the sign in the last picture.

 

 

 

 

 

LA Fashion Market 2012

Too much has happened over the past few weeks for me to write about in detail (without going off on random tangents).  So here’s a quick summary: Graduated from college, check.  Made a career choice to open my own retail store, check.  Signed the lease for my new store, check.  Went to LA Fashion Market less than 24 hours after graduating to buy for my store, check.  Currently spending every waking moment on something store related, check check.  And now here’s a few photos that can explain the past few weeks better than I can.

Tassel switch!

Beautiful showrooms, Ocean, Park, etc…

Our lunchtime spot right across the street from the CMC, Nature Leaf Cafe.

Just a little reminder…

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It’s easy to forget one of the golden rules of fashion: Fashion should be fun!  Too often I hear people complain as if it’s a chore, that he or she (*sighneeeeeds to buy new clothes for work or a formal dress for an event.  Or there is the person who neeeeeds to only wear the current season, as if a jacket that hasn’t even had its one year birthday is now a fashion no-no.  Today, as a girlfriend and I wandered into one of the local downtown boutiques, we came across an array of quirky stuffed animals from the UK (mixed in with designer dresses and scented candles) which reminded me that even the most serious fashionistas shouldn’t take themselves too seriously.  Fashion should be fun!

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