‘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.

Memorial memories

I’ve been struggling to get back to real life after my too-short holiday weekend, but I figure it’s now or never if I want to compile a Memorial weekend photo diary.  My boyfriend and I decided to spend the weekend in Las Vegas, but the 1 hour plane ride that we are so familiar with, turned into a 9 hour car ride (thanks holiday traffic) when our flight was cancelled.  The drive to Las Vegas is really not that bad seeing as how California and Nevada are neighbors, but when you combine normal LA traffic with a holiday, things are about to get messy.  Regardless, I came back with a few items that made the trip well worth the drive.

The beginning of every trip starts with me saying goodbye to this little face, which is one of the hardest things to do.

My view for too many hours…desert…and more desert.

Finally the Las Vegas view we all love.  My view from the Encore Hotel, one of my favorites.

And my favorite part of Las Vegas, hands down…the shopping!  I stared at these Charlotte Olympia shoes for longer than necessary.

While I couldn’t bring those beautiful shoes home, I did pick up some classic nude YSL Tributes.

Now for the trip home…

Finally some ocean.

And a little Memorial Day pool time to finish off the weekend.

White denim and blue wings

Today was a reminder of why I love living in California.  Sunny.  80 degrees.  And more convertibles on the road than I have seen in a long time.  I finally had a reason to put away my dark denim for a light pair that I picked up in Spain last summer.  I’ve discovered that I’m a big fan of taking pictures about an hour or two before sunset when it’s a little bit cooler outside (and of course this may also be a procrastination technique for school-related reading).  However, sunset photos mean that I get to battle the wind since I live on the top of a hill.  Thanks to the combination of the wind and the bat-wing sleeves of this Velvet top, I may look like I’m about to take flight in a few of these pictures.  But rest assured, I was inside shortly after, trying to find another way to avoid reading French literature for class tomorrow.

I’m wearing a pair of mystery jeans that I picked up in Spain last year, a Velvet top, Sam Edelman wedges, a vintage Rolex, and Burberry sunglasses.