As the news sinks in around the world about the passing of Kate Valentine, the founder of Kate Spade New York, I hope everyone takes a moment to hug your loved ones. Life is short, and this mornings news was a powerful reminder.
As I was not a personal friend, and I do not know the family, I don’t want to make comments or say anything that may be taken that way. My heart and prayers are with her family as they navigate this very personal tragedy on a very public stage. I hope as you comment or discuss, you remember she has a family she left behind, a young daughter on the cusp of womanhood, and one day may look back and see what the online world said about her mother. I would hope she reads positive memories and how her mother’s dream to create a simple handbag that was classic, functional, and fashionable launched a lifestyle brand that is beloved all over the world today.
I owe my love of color and whimsical wardrobe to the woman who created that simple bag I fell in love with back in the 1990’s. Thank you Kate Spade (later Valentine) for your ideas, your love of color, and your dream to bring beautiful treasures to the world. You will be missed.
June. The start of summertime, the possibilities that open up as school ends and the weather warms with long days and gorgeous sunsets.
We have started our “summer” with a bang. My oldest was hired on at Camp Kooch-I-Ching in upstate Minnesota this year and so I saw him off on Wednesday. Hard to believe he finished his first year of Junior College and flew into the sunrise the next morning! I will see him in August, when I fly him to Orlando to meet me at Walt Disney World.
If you follow my Twitter or Instagram, you’ve probably noticed the Disney “madness”. Yes, I am an adult Disney fan. I also love dresses and sparkly shoes. My husband and I went sans kids last month and had a wonderful time! For us it was like being in a “bubble”, even with insane wind, rain and lightning (we were there the day one of the resorts was hit!), it’s away from the stress of daily life and the horror that is the news. Some photos….yes, I wore dresses even in the rain! Umbrellas up! (My shoes have finally dried out)
Our first morning, after flying in on the red eye (if you can snag an upgrade, do it. We arrived rested and ready to have fun!)
The day I pretended to be Barbie in Epcot: (dress is from the Unique Vintage/Barbie collaboration)
Last photo on our way back to our resort to head to the airport. We actually started at Hollywood Studios, and ended at Hollywood Studios. The massive construction makes this park a favorable spot to visit quickly, as until Toy Story Land opens the end of this month, it doesn’t have many attractions. Tower of Terror was our first and last ride of the trip!
Lots of food, lots of rain, lots of fun! We also booked a Savor the Savannah experience, which I HIGHLY recommend. We had an extended safari ride, got to see the giraffes up close and personal, and had dinner watching the sun sink into the horizon.
Some other outfits last month:
I have committed to curbing my acquisitions of new clothes, shoes & accessories for the foreseeable future. Instead I shall be “shopping” my closet and have already unsubscribed to as many “sale site” emails possible. You know you have a problem when your mail carrier stops and asks why you haven’t been receiving packages! I did try to order some items last month, but they were swiped off my front doorstep. So much mail theft going on, it helps with the “I need to not buy things” issue I have on hand. I have been listing things on Poshmark, and as we finish up the school year I will have more time to list more things. I know, who am I? Oh, a girl who wanted something really REALLY bad and was willing to give up shopping for it!
That said, occasionally I receive emails with inquiry to purchase items I have posted. I know I have scored some incredible bargains over the years, however there is more than the “cost” of the item posted, there is travel involved to sniff out those bargains, time spent getting there, time spent (usually HOURS) scouring through racks or bins or whatever to find one piece, parking costs, and other things. So if you are inquiring about something I may or may not be willing to sell, please understand my reasoning behind a price point. Fashion can be a bit of an investment, and I’ve spent hours upon hours sourcing and shopping for treasures!
With that said, I leave you with King Arlowe, who presides over the room full of spangly treasures I should probably sell:
Until next time,