Europe was fun. Paris was interesting. Not the same as I used to know it. Still recovering from its wounds. Trying to go on with life. Yet not that different. I saw friends. I hung out where I used to hang out when I lived in Paris. I drank champagne. I went jogging and observed tense looking faces parade in front of me. I guess that big city makes you less smiley. Yet I now am used to smiling faces in my daily life. Just the little changes I noticed in myself as well as Paris.
I have been back to work for a week. It all went well. I love what I do. I feel there’s a purpose to my efforts. I love to inspire and encourage. Life seems very clear and clean now. I know what I want to concentrate on.
In the meantime then, I’m embracing every day. Today I’m meeting other English speakers at a Starbucks gathering that I put together every month. Summer is very much here in Canada. The dulcet evenings keep me smiling.
Spring is finding its way over here. But, spring looks very different in Canada. Yesterday was a beautiful, glistening day. I took advantage of my break in between clients, and ventured out for a long walk. I enjoyed pulling out my scarf, ear muffs and gloves. Peeling off layers is like rediscovering your body anew.
Today it’s snowing. The sky is overcast. From the look of it, it could be January as well as mid March. But I’ll take the weather as it comes. I won’t try to change anything. I’ll just open my arms and mind in acceptation. That’s the best way to go about it. I’d be ready to rock peep toe booties but it’ll have to wait. Just a little longer. I can create other pleasures. I’ll take another long stroll ending at my regular Starbucks. Taking refuge there with other snow enduring peeps gives us all a feeling of togetherness.
This look is my mid March Canadian mood. Ready for travels – New York and such – yet still finding a hiding place in black. Black is good. It’s chic and a sure value. The leather slacks give me the wanted edge.
My friend Leesa has been visiting us for the past two weeks. She’s a former California girl so of course I took her to my beach. We had a sweet day strolling by the water, and then going out for coffee and ice-cream.
Having a friend over can be such a blessing. Living side by side lets you get to know each other on a totally new level. Leesa and I have crisscrossed Quebec City, hanging out at cafes and enjoying different parks under the summery weather that just keeps on going.
G for Guess top
Welcome to Sunset Beach, New Jersey. It’s overlooking the Delaware Bay. Such a gorgeous place to welcome the falling night. I’m definitely a beach girl. I love the brushing sound of waves caressing the shore. I can get lost in the vast, open space that opens up before me. I dream of Europe, faraway on the other side. I send love to dear ones over there.
It’s super important to have those times when we can just let our spirits free. No need to carry a professional role or to figure anything out. On the beach, I can just be me. I will break into a dance, sit quietly or journal if I wish.
The memory of this time, my internal beach, will now travel with me wherever I go. I will retreat back to it when things get hectic. I will remind myself, thru these pictures as my visual aid, of that peaceful and hopeful state of internal sentiment that I was in. When I have this piece of golden sun in my memory bank, I feel yet stronger.
Arden hair rose
Quebec City shades
We visited Annapolis. It was a steaming hot, scorchingly humid afternoon that turned into a dulcet mid 80s evening. Annapolis is a cute little town. The U.S. Naval Academy dominates the city with its majestic presence. There are cute souvenir and gift shops. We ended up strolling uptown where the historical sites are, then ventures along the Naval Academy’s walls down to the waterfront.
The heat had us exhausted and so we stopped and had dinner at this famous deli that had pictures of fun times on their walls – like any Italian, family-owned business would do. They perform the “pledging allegiance to the flag” ceremony every morning. Sebastien went for crab cakes and I wanted something little – ending up with a huge plate of nachos, with all fixings imaginable, under my nose. Luckily my dinner date graciously helped me out. I wouldn’t want to waste yummy food.
Maine flop flops
Arden hair rose
My style ideology is based on chic and shock. I wear cute outfits but with an unexpected twist. That tickles my fashion buds. In this outfit, I combined my beloved Miami’s souvenir tee with otherwise traditional looking office wear. I find things to be more interesting that way. Uniqueness comes out from choices like these. I encourage you to develop your style voice. Know what your fashion is about – and then keep going to that direction.
Being back in real life after a three-week beach and city visit vacation feels quite reassuring, and well a bit same old same old’ish, too. I am making my best effort in looking at my everyday life from an appreciative angle. Routine is good, too. It gives you comfort and safety. We were made to live most of our lives in daily situations. So making them sweet by little boosts – and beginning with a positive and smiling attitude – is a gift we can give ourselves everyday. It’s not vacation time that really matters, but what you do when real life happens. I choose to get up and get out and like every small and big thing likable around me. There’s lot to heart around me and in my life.
Alvin’s Island t-shirt