After a great adventure in the Pacific Northwest, I’m home. I’m back to my closet, my routine, and my beloved husband. Did I have fun? Let’s just say I’m planning my next trip.
I miss my son and grandson tremendously. My daughter-in-law Lynzee (Lynx) was out of town so I went to pinch hit, dropping Sol off at school and picking him up. I also had the pleasure of spending time with Lynzee’s parents, plus seeing my brother. It was a whirlwind of activity.
In addition, I was able to connect with some members of my blogging family. Talk about exhilarating!
So, in chronological order, I first had the immense pleasure of hanging out with Gracey. Her blog Fashion For Giants is a treat. Gracey is stylish, unpretentious, smart, and adorable. We spent the better part of three hours eating and drinking at the Sapphire Hotel in Portland. I highly recommend it. A word of caution: your face will hurt from smiling after hanging out with her. That smile is genuine and infectious; I instantly felt comfortable with her, like family. Also, she’s not a giant, at least not to me. But then again, I’m not small. It’s all relative…like family.
Next came Krista of Peetee’s Palace. With a tiny amount of time, we managed to squeeze in a latte while talking a mile a minute. Krista RADIATES kindness, and her colorful appearance is pure exuberance, amazing in it’s generosity of joy. Of course we had to talk about the time she spent with Vix (!!) and Curtise (!!). I’m feeling like I’m one of the cool kids now, since I know it’s “Curtis” not “Curteese”. Krista, I’m totally enamored and I wish we could’ve spent more time together. I’ll definitely be back in Portland and look forward to seeing you. HUGS!!!! XXOO
On Friday afternoon Lenny, Sol, and I drove up to Seattle, home of artist Joni James. Joni used to have a style blog that I loved but when all her posts were lost, she decided to concentrate on her art/business site. (Check it out; she’s the real deal.) She went out of her way to come downtown where I was staying, and despite my exhaustion, I was totally energized by her presence. Joni is HOT, and looked amazing in her skinny jeans and moto-inspired jacket (love the blonde streaks too). She’s one of those people who’s not trying to be cool, she IS cool. I loved her energy, which is relaxed, generous, and open, and with that quick smile she was completely endearing. Joni, THANK YOU!!!!
No trip to Seattle would be complete (especially for us older style bloggers) without a glimpse of Bella, the Citizen Rosebud. Bella is the embodiment of the word “feisty” with all it’s positive connotations. We met for breakfast, laughing and crying over eggs benedict and strawberry waffles. We talked about the challenges of living with artistic integrity in a commercial world, juggling passion and practicality, and striving for balance. Not to mention trying to have some fun along the way!! Did I get this right Bella? That’s what I remember the most, along with your extraordinary gorgeousness. Y’all, Bella has the best haircut and most expressive, beautiful eyebrows EVER. Beautiful Bella, I love you.
On Saturday afternoon we got back in the car and headed for Vancouver B.C. It was raining and cold, and I was totally enchanted. It felt surreal, a large, clean city with snow-capped mountains visible as you gaze down the streets. Plus, it’s where Melanie lives.
When I was in the 5th grade I had a best friend named Elaine. She was brilliant, silly, and I loved her. We took acting classes together and created our own irreverent newspaper. Then she moved away and became a casualty of the 60’s. Hanging out with Melanie felt like a reunion in a way, just meant to be.
She brought her camera and showed me some great places to thrift. I met the amazing Sandra, who just happened to pop into the iconic coffee shop where Melanie watches the parade of fashionable Vancouverites as she sketches. I even saw the magic loupe that O made for her!! What did I learn? If you’re hanging out with Mel, expect all eyes to be on her. Her charisma is electric and even though she says she likes to watch people, people love to watch her, including me!! Wear your best platforms, comfortable but providing height, since you’ll be striding and jumping to keep up.
Mel, thank you for all your time and kindness. The cakes were much appreciated, especially by Sol, and I really hope we can embark on a creative joint-venture. I think Miz Bagg would approve.
So what did I learn on this trip? There’s no place like home and you always take your baggage with you, for one. Secondly, don’t count on hats to see you through. You might lose them, like I did. Two of them, to be exact, so take the hairdryer/diffuser/whatever. Try to pack something you love that’s wildly impractical; inevitably that’s what you’ll want to wear. Also, if you’re a style blogger, NEVER meet another blogger without your signature stuff. I didn’t take my silver bracelets because of the hassle of airport security. I was running to get Sol to school when I left the house so I didn’t have my Mojo on when I saw Krista and I regret it. Same thing when I saw Melanie; practical shoes be damned. Fortunately it’s not a contest.
I also learned that bloggers are some of the most generous people that I’ve ever met. I was showered with gifts and I’m deeply grateful. In every instance, the thoughtfulness and creativity touched me profoundly. Thank you!! I’ll be enjoying each and every gift.
I can’t wait to be back out that way. In the meantime, the doors are open and I’ll keep the light on. XXOO
P.S. I’m linking this to Patti’s Visible Monday. Please stop by!!