What is your Theme?

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I”m aware that it’s almost mid January, how in the world did that happen? But we’re going to talk about resolutions or lack there of. I’ve never been big into making resolutions, in fact, for many years the new year came and went, and that was that.

A few years ago, when I wasn’t feeling so inspired to teach, but I needed to teach, I started selecting a theme for the year. The purpose of the theme was to get me inspired, focused, and give me some kind of goal. And IT WORKED.

This year, I decided that I wasn’t just going to pick a theme for my teaching,  I wanted to pick a theme that could carry into everything that I do, that could give all my life focus and direction, and give me something clear to track.

Here’s why I like theme’s way more than resolutions.

So often when we make a resolution, we’re setting ourselves up to fail. We’re acting like if we make this resolution everything is just going to fall inline and we’re going to be able to do this thing.

Here’s an example. For years my husband and I worked out together ( we actually met at the gym, he was the personal trainer), so it’s fitting that exercise has always been a part of our lives and our relationship. Then three years ago, when I decided that I was going to quit my job, which set whole lot of things into motion, I stopped working out, because there just wasn’t time.

Fast forward to now, life has settled down a bit, I’ve realized that I’ve gotten a lot weaker, and I don’t like. I don’t like asking for help to carry things or open jars. While I love that my husband is here to help, I like to feel like I do things if he weren’t around.  So I asked if we could start working out again, 15 minutes a day, short and simple. So we started, and we were doing great, having fun, making progress. ( I went from doing 2 push ups to 3… I told you, I got weak). And then I got sick and just wasn’t feeling like getting out of bed to work out 6am, and out the window it went. If working out was a resolution, I’d already feel like a failure. Because the thing is, life happens, it gets in the way of our best intentions, and when we feel like a failure, it’s harder to restart.

So I pick a theme, because you can’t really fail at your theme. You’re taking steps towards it everyday, just some days those steps are bigger than others.

My theme for the year is communication. You may be thinking, how in the world does that relate to style, and I”m thinking , ” OH MY GOODNESS IT RELATES IN SO MANY WAYS. ”

Here’s the deal, your clothes, they speak. In fact they speak for you, before you have a chance to utter a word, and it’s pretty darn powerful when your clothes are saying, what you actually want them to be saying.

I want my clothes to say “

I’m strong

I’m independent

I’m creative

I’m playful and fun

I’m in charge

What we want our clothes to say changes can change by the day and situation ( I’m not trying to send all of the above messages at once), but it’s fun and empowering way to get ready in the morning.

You’re style impacts how you are treated. It communicates.

Today I have two questions for you. 

  1. What is your style saying right now?
  2.  What do you want your style to say?

Share your answers with me + stay tuned to learn how to make your style say what you want it to say.

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Sophie Stargazer Trunk Show

Are you coming to the party?

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Sophie Stargazer Trunk Show

I took this year off from doing shows, and loved it so much, that it’s unlikely that I’m going to be doing any in the near future. But I still want to get to see you, hang out with you, and help you to pick out the perfect scarf ( or perfect scarves;)

Saturday Nov 19th, I’m loading the Subaru with scarves, and heading over to Sophie Stargazer ( 149 E King St Lancaster). We’ll be there from 10 am- 1 pm. You’ll be the first to get your hands on some brand new designs, I”ll help you learn how to style your new scarf, and we can even put together the perfect outfit.

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Not as exciting, but still important details.

Parking: There is paid street parking all along King St, if that happens to be full, or you’re parallel parking skills are lacking. ( don’t feel bad, so are mine), there are several parking garages within walking distance.

  • Prince St Parking Garage: 111 North Prince St
  • Or Park in the Central Market Parking Lot ( on Prince St)
  • Hagar Parking Lots : 40 N Market St

If you want to grab some food, here are a few of my favorites that are close by and within walking distance. 

  • Saturday is a Market Day, so I’d recommend checking out Central Market.
  • Barberet: is a bakery and bistro, and the sweets are not only beautiful, but they also taste amazing as well. ( 26 E King St)
  • Sprout : 58 N Prince St
  • Prince St Cafe: 15 N Prince St

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Make sure to head over the facebook page, and RSVP so that you get a special gift when you arrive.

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Walking with heels on uneven sidewalks.

I was about 20 feet outside of the building, and crack. I hit some uneven sidewalk, my ankle turned, turned even farther because of course I wasn’t wearing flats, and then I heard that horrible crack/pop, that let’s you know that you REALLY twisted your ankle.

At this point I was still a mile away from home, and when I walk, I like to walk fast and with confidence, giving off the don’t mess with me vibe. This seemed like it might be a challenge, as a hobbled down the street. But I got my act together, and walked like I wasn’t wearing wedges with a twisted ankle.

As my husband watched me limp around the house, I was embarrassed to recount that this happened because of an uneven sidewalk, not because I was scaling a fence, saving a child from oncoming traffic, or doing an amazing dance move.

It made me feel old. I don’t usually think a lot about my age, it’s just a number…. right?

It is, but it’s a pretty great number when I put a percentage sign behind it, and then tell you that that’s the discount that you’re going to get.

Because it’s my party, and I can’t dance with a twisted ankle, but I can give you 32% off of your entire order.

This is a one day sale on April 18th. I’ll be adding a few more pieces, but wanted to give you a heads up so that you don’t miss out.

PS: I’ve started making scarves for walls, which some people call wall hangings. These are great for your home and office. If you’d like one in your choice of colors, hit reply and let me know.

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The Giant Yarn ball that you never knew you needed

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A giant pile of yarn…. because I had an idea…..

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The happiest cats are those that have textile designers as parents. #gaintyarnball #catsdreamcometrue

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Style tip: How to add contrast to your outfit

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What’s your creative process?

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How to dress for your body

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