In anticipation for our new store, last spring I decided it would be a good idea to attend Coterie. Coterie is a global marketplace where retailers can link up with designers and reps for clothing brands. It is a great way to actually see the product […]
Month: September 2015
My mind and wardrobe are ready for fall but the weather is telling us no. In the Philadelphia area it feels more like July and I can’t take it anymore. I mean don’t get me wrong I do love summer and the warmer it is the more outdoor activities we get to do with our little dude. But I’m done with it! All I want is a breeze that makes the fallen leaves dance as they gracefully trickle down trees. I want hot chocolate, boots, scarves and trick or treating. Mainly the trick or treating for my own selfish reasons but you get the point.
With the weather looking like it isn’t going to change anytime soon it has made it hard to get ready for work in the morning. Last night I decorated my home for the season that is nowhere to be found. Once I finished that and my home looked exactly like I had envisioned I decided to take a look at my closet. At first I felt discouraged and got a little cranky even thinking about fall. What’s a girl to do, it feels like a bad break up and all I want to do is eat a roll of cookie dough and binge watch The Walking Dead. That’s when I had an aggravated epiphany. Yes, an aggravated epiphany because I realized I was going to have to redo my wardrobe I had just redone.
After I got over the aggravation and realized it could be fun I got it done and am feeling a lot less stressed out in the morning. Here are a couple of tips that might help you if you are in the same boat as the rest of us in the Philadelphia area. Good Luck!
- Mix the seasons. Yes I know you are thinking this is going to look silly. But think about how far fashion has come over the years. Today’s fashion has become more creative than it has ever been. It is okay is try new things thanks to women like Coco Chanel and Valentina. Pairing ankle boots with a pair of shorts and a blouse or sweater not only will you feel comfortable but you can still get that fall feel without fainting.
- Color. Stick with fall colors or whatever color is “in” for this season. When shopping look for summer classics in your favorite fall colors. Cranberry, burnt orange, maybe even some deep violet tones are great options because they can transition nicely into other seasons.
- Last but not least think about Transition. When looking at your wardrobe make sure you have one or two options for when the weather finally decided it wants to cooperate and act like fall. Thick black tights or stockings and a wrap or two will keep you ready for a couple of days once the weather does change.
Today is Motivational Monday and it got me thinking. What keeps me motivated, I mean I know I’m motivated but what is the root of it all? Then I thought about the blog and how much it took to get it started. For those who know me the idea of starting a blog might have felt like it came out of no where. I never really talked about writing let along my love of writing.
I have ADHD and dyslexia. With constant testing and retesting throughout the years teachers concluded that I did have these learning disabilities. That wasn’t the hard part, what at first seemed like an answer to all my questions felt like a curse. I had always carried a secret close to me, I have always wanted to write. Maybe not for a living but growing up I always dreamt of writing a children’s book or maybe a few short stories. But I was constantly told my limitations. Writing being my main limitations. They said I would never understand and be able to fully grasp certain literary concepts. At one more I was even told that the University I wanted to attend was too hard for me and I should look into another one. The limitations were literally everywhere.
This went on for a couple of years until I entered college and things like IEP’s and leaving class to go into my own special needs classes stopped. I decided to attend the local community college. Finally, I start to feel like I was doing well in tasks I was once told my brain would never be able to do. I aced my first english class EVER and felt like I was finally proving all my teachers wrong. In the fall of my sophomore semester I decided to take a summer course on the foundations of education. I had hopes of maybe becoming an english teacher. First day of the class the teacher comes up to the front and starts in about how people with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, and basically any learning disability are just lazy. LAZY! So I got up didn’t say a word stared at him for a minute and left and again I gave up.
Until recently I have lacked confidence in my writing abilities. But it truly is amazing what having a child can do for your confidence. Having my son made me want to push myself to become the best version of myself. I don’t want him to grow up with a mother who isn’t comfortable in her own skin. I decided to turn all the negativity into positive vibes for the blog. I guess you could consider me a contradiction and laugh at my attempt to write but that’s okay. I love what I am doing and that’s really all the matters. I may not get my posts out as quickly as other bloggers and I may not always use the best grammar at the end of that day all I can do is try. I have a lot of heart and I have years of pent-up creativity ready to burst so I am ready to try!
There are so many people out there ready to tell us what we can and can’t do but please don’t let them get you down. Right now I have a 2-year-old jumping on my back and making it hard to focus and yet I am still writing. Keep pushing yourself because the only person you should ever compare yourself to is YOU! No one else matters, if you want to write well go get a pen and paper. If you want to become a painter, then go get those paint brushes and get movin’! You got this I know you can do it and I know I can to! We are all beautiful creatures and we need to remember that!