Thank you all! I am blushing.
It's been a strange year for me. I lost two friends -- one close, one less so -- in March. One right before my 37th birthday and one right after. Both were close to my age. It's been a stark reminder of how temporary it all is, and how unpredictable. Coupled with deepening climate anxiety, it's been a recipe for stepping back from buying and embracing what I already have.
LJP -- It means so much to hear this, thank you. <3
Jaime -- When I was working at three (!!) different schools, thrifting took a backseat, but during the pandemic I cut way back on my classroom obligations, and have finally achieved a work-life balance that allows me to browse thrift stores once again. It's great to get back to a hobby that had taken a backseat for a few years.
Debbie -- Thank you!
Elizabeth P -- Longer hair was one of my pandemic projects! It's been really fun growing it out. I took about an inch off in March, and sometimes contemplate going back to a short style, but am enjoying the wide range of options too much for the time being.
Bijou -- both the dress and the jacket have had another outing since I took the photo. First to kiddo's piano recital, and then to a birthday brunch.
jussie -- thank you! Never expected to move towards warmer colours, but it's happened very intuitively and organically.
Olive Green -- pinterest-worthy is high praise indeed!
kkards -- I've definitely been craving lighter browns to go with all my navy.
CarolS -- I'm so pleased that these come across as authentic to folks!
Joy -- thank you!
Bonnie -- thank you. I had a lot of fun wearing both of those.
Jenn -- Thank you! A big part of personal style, for me, is figuring out how I relate to environmental norms, and maintaining my sense of place and community. Every once in a while I feel like I've nailed it.
Angie -- That linen scarf is a spring/fall superhero! The colours and pattern are just right.
Roberta -- I find warm reddish-browns totally irresistible.
Nikki -- Team Vest all the way!
slim cat -- I'm really enjoying both the dress and moto, and I'm going to make an effort to play around with them more over the next couple of weeks while the weather is perfect for them.
Dee -- Texture has been a big focus for me for a while; I'm glad it's working!
Val -- thank you.