If you have stopped by the blog during the last week, you know how excited I was for the eclipse. Although I am in an area that had only 80% coverage, it was a truly amazing sight to behold. My daughter and I watched it from beginning to end. We already have plans for 2024 when we are directly in the path of totality. This year’s eclipse though, was more than a breathtaking natural spectacle…
…For a moment in time, it brought the majority of us back together again as a country, as one people. And we certainly needed that right now, probably more than any time in recent history.
The individual currently occupying the Oval Office has no qualms about dividing us. As a matter of fact, he seems to thrive on it. Speaking for myself, the more time goes on, the more our government becomes nothing more than a sleazy reality show but with life and death consequences, the harder and harder it gets for me to understand those who support him. The ugly and painful events that unfolded a few weeks ago were a golden moment to unite us all again, and I prayed that would happen. But as the world knows, it didn’t.
But the eclipse? It did what our leader was unable (and unwilling) to do. Will it last? I’m not being a pessimist, I’m being a realist. I doubt it. But…for the few hours that the eclipse was happening, we were all on the same page. Our collective attention was on one single beautiful event that we could all be a part of regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or political affiliation. The camaraderie that happened where large groups were gathered was palpable. We were one.
To me, that proves that we still have it in us. We aren’t that far gone. We need to carry that feeling forward. We need to live our lives like every day is a total eclipse of the sun.
This is the first kimono that I ever owned. I bought it at JCPenney about four years ago. Since then my collection has grown substantially. I never really loved this print, so this kimono doesn’t get out much. The other day I decided to try something different with it, so I belted it and made it into a top. I’m really kind of loving how it turned out and plan on trying it with my other kimonos too. I did add a hidden safety pin since although my lace bralette is pretty, I didn’t necessarily feel the need to share it with the world.
The ankle boots are the black version of my brown Birkenstock ankle boots that I’m currently crushing on. Just like their brown counterpart, they have a removable Birk footbed and are perfectly soft and slouchy. I will repeat what I said previously though just FYI, many online reviewers say that they were unable to get their foot into the boot due to the angle of the shaft. I personally can slide my foot right in, but I did want you to be aware of that.
Get creative. Think of different ways to wear pieces in your wardrobe; they aren’t necessarily locked in to their intended use. For example, I have worn a vest as a scarf, a duster as a dress, and a dress as a duster/jacket. Today by simply adding a belt (and a safety pin) I turned a kimono into a top and I could just as easily turn one of my long kimonos into a dress the same way.
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