It's super, crazy hot in Boston right now. I swear I have lived in New England my entire life and I just have not gotten used to our extreme and unpredictable weather! One of the trickiest parts about dressing for summer is hopping in between the hot outdoors and the chilly, air-conditioned indoors. I picked up this Tory Burch, sparsely sequined pineapple tunic at one of my favorite second hand stores last week and it is the perfect solution for that very issue. It's a light linen so you aren't burning up in the sun, but keeps you covered when the air is on full blast indoors! And how fun is this print? Simply love.
Creatively, fashion is really my sole source of inspiration these days. There was a time when I spent my free time creating DIY projects, working/volunteering on creative and event-related projects on the weekends, and filled every free moment with finding visual inspiration. The saying is true: it's not a matter of what we have time for, but what we make time for. The truth is that what I've wanted to make time for these days has been more family, work, and intellectual pursuits than any other time in my life and what's more is that I'm happy to be in that place. It feels more true in relation to where I am in my life at the moment: a place of transition and working to become healthier and happier after dealing with quite a bit of emotional and physical difficulty due to a family medical condition, my own recent health ordeal, and now, another serious family concern, all back to back to back.
One of the brightest spots in my days is getting dressed in the morning or for a night out. That sounds pretty vain, but fashion is something that I've always considered to be my choice form of personal expression. It brings me a sense of peace to express myself creatively through my clothes and my sense of personal style. It gives me a few moments to focus on myself.
I have always had a hard time with sticking within the confines of blogging labels - "wedding blogger," "fashion blogger, "lifestyle blogger" - and sometimes I get so bogged down trying to decide how I want to/should present myself and be perceived that I decide not to try at all instead. I am sure other bloggers have experienced similar slumps and "blog identity" issues, and I am hoping that admitting that my creative passion has shifted and become more specific will enable me to feel freer to write about whatever I really want to and the blog can shift and change in the same way I have. I think that a creative outlet is exactly what I need right now!
Thanks for listening & reading! xoxo
BTW: The winner of the last Essie giveaway was my good friend, Christine! Apologies for the delay!