‘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

The end of street style…says who?

Lately I’ve seen several articles that claim that they end of style blogging is near.  Now, normally  I don’t try to dissect people’s articles, because everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I felt so strongly (and a bit confused) about this one that I had to speak my mind.

For those who don’t know, IFB (Independent Fashion Bloggers) is a website and community where bloggers can meet, discuss, and support other fashion bloggers.  They often post articles about new and upcoming bloggers, blog related how-to’s, and words of advice for newbies.  However, when they posted an article suggesting that street style blogging is over-saturated and losing its “cool factor,” I was baffled.  I may be wrong, but I would assume that a large amount of their readers and subscribers are street style bloggers.  Suggesting that their love (and possibly career) may be fading away, could seem like a little slap in the face to some people.  Now I may be a little biased because I love street style, and I obviously write a blog that focuses on style in general, so in order to stay somewhat objective, I will point out that I agree with IFB  on a few things:

IFB says that there are countless style blogs out there today, and that number continues to grow.  I concur.  There are many many many more style blogs today than there were even a few years ago, nobody can ignore that fact.  The article also states that trends, especially fashion trends, are cyclical.  Absolutely!  Remember the Chanel clogs from 2010?  Did I just have a 70’s flashback?  Yea, I will admit that I have expressed a lack of admiration for clogs in previous years..but those Chanels were looking pretty good after a while…

With the growing number of style blogs out there, people will have to figure out a way to differentiate their site from others, otherwise risk becoming lost in the sea of style.  But in my opinion (and that’s all this really is, just my own personal ramblings), street style will only become more popular as time goes on.  It may fade for a little while, but will only come back stronger in future years.  Won’t it be cool for future generations, or even our future children and future grandchildren, to be able to look at countless photos of us during our “stylish” years.  They will get to see not only our style, but the style evolution and cycle of so many other “fashionistas” who were kind enough to share themselves with the world.  I only wish that blogs existed back when my grandparents and great-grandparents lived so I could check out street style from a time period that I have only glimpsed at through books, or a few yellowed family photos.

Cork in the “Cloffice”

So as you may already know, I am forever working on my “Cloffice” (which by the way I discovered that I’m not a genius who invented this word, many people have already used it, but usually in regards to making a hall closet into an office.  But in my case, since I made a spare bedroom into a closet/office combo, I’ll take partial credit).  I was writing a French paper last Thursday and realized that I needed to do something about the big empty wall above my desk.  Sooo drab, sooo plain, sooo blah.  I immediately marched down to my local craft store, picked up some cork tiles of various sizes, and set to work creating a little inspiration wall.  Although this wall is far from complete, I took some before and after pictures so I could see my progress.  Here are the steps:

Step 1: Take some before pictures so you can compare them with the finished project when you’re done.  Preferably using the Camera+ app on your iPhone so you can fade the color and convince yourself that the transformation is even more drastic.  Look at that silly mess all over my desk and that plain wall.  Papers everywhere, not acceptable!

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Step 2: Open your boxes of thumb tacks and mmediately spill both containers all over the desk.

Step 3: Use wall mount tape (it comes with the cork tiles), and arrange a pattern that you like along the wall.  Try not to push too hard when sticking the cork to the wall in case you need to rearrange (that tape is STICKY).

Step 4: Start posting!  For me, I like to stick things to the inspiration board that inspire me, or that I would lose if they weren’t there.  For example, I hate having business cards in my wallet, so I stick some of the more important ones on this board (and by important I mean the shoe salesman at Nordstroms and the manager of the Louboutin store in Las Vegas).  I also like to post articles from magazines, inspirational quotes, and photo booth photos that never fit correctly in frames.

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Step 5: Don’t worry if you don’t fill up every available space, it’s better to leave some room for future cork-board-worthy finds.

P.S.  Did you notice the Paris and London pin boards that got demoted?  I was raving about them a couple months ago and was originally planning on mounting them above my desk but they are quite heavy!  Cork board is way easier, so I will  have to find a new home for these ones.

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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