I had a grand time at the Tag sale. Got to spend time with my awesome friend, Maggie, was lucky to run into cute AudreyBella for a quick second, met another local blogger- (Shawna from Styleberry- who is the most darling thing ever!), gabbed and chatted with our awesome SA’s, and munched on muffins and cookies. Left with one sale item and not 1, but 3 new arrivals. No regrets. It’s been over 24 hours now, and still…no regrets.
True story. I went to Anthro at 9 a.m. and yes….there were TONS of items…..just none that I really wanted. Nothing made my pulse race or my heart go a-flutter. I walked through the racks several times to make sure. On my third go around, I came face to face with a blast from the past. I spied it from the corner of my eye. I’m pretty sure it winked at me. I couldn’t shake the feeling that I knew this pretty lady from somewhere. I’d never noticed her online, and I sure had never tried her on. I LITERALLY couldn’t stop staring at her. How did I know this fine woman?
Perennial Awakenings Blouse
Suddenly it hit me. (Enter: flashback). My quirky, spunky, hilarious Grandma Helen, whom I saw not often enough growing up, yet cherished the time we did get to spend together. This lady was the bomb. She had gumption, and I mean like REAL gumption. She LOVED to shop, buying all sorts of curiosities and kitsch. She once bought a genuine old pink carousel horse from a random flea market and stuck it straight into the ground in her front yard just because she liked it. She owned this one pair of pants that I would die to have in my possession. They were bright yellow, and had embroidered bumblebees all over them, I kid you not. They were so darn cool. She used to buy boxes of See’s Candies for my family when she came to visit, yet by the end of the night, most of the candies would have a tiny bite taken out of them, courtesy of Grandma Helen. She only liked the Mint creme-filled ones, and rather than looking at the picture chart, she’d sample ‘em all to try to find the minty cremes. Drove us CRAZY, but now it’s one of the fondest memories I have of her.
The country house in upstate New York was her favorite home and place to be. I spent a few golden weeks there throughout my childhood, making “bug juice”, shucking fresh corn on the stoop, “rolling” the tennis court, swimming, taking off for hours in the forest, and playing hide and seek in the giant old house, with bedrooms right out of a storybook, all stocked with piles and piles of embroidered pillows. A-ha. That was it!! Nostalgia solved. It was the pillows. The colors and print on the blouse were both dead ringers for Grandma Helen’s pillows.
Quite honestly, I wouldn’t have purchased this top if I weren’t pregnant. For now, it will serve me well, with it’s forgiving middle and length. For the future, I can see it easily being one of those super unique pieces I’m happy to bust out with skinny jeans when my ace-a-roo can fit back into them post pregos. Especially postpartum. I can’t wait to wear it, rock it, and channel my awesome Granny as I go.
So what about you? Have you ever bought an item simply because it evoked an impressive memory? Or captured a loved-one’s personality? Was it Anthro?
Today I’m wearing one of my new purchases, the Harrington Sound Dress. Note to self: Will.Live.In.All.Summer. Insanely comfortable.
Wearing: Dress-Anthropologie Harrington Sound Dress, Cardi-Anthropologie Parted Petals, Earrings-Anthropologie, Shoes-DolceVita Tami Espadrilles
My Dolce Vita Tami Espadrilles are also rocking my world and tipping it slightly on it’s axis with love. They are truly, completely 100% comfortable ALL day long.
What other two items did I buy, did you ask? This Missoni-ish piece I couldn’t bear to walk away from:
Expanding Diamonds Belt
And this ridiculously cool ‘party in the middle’ waiting to happen:
Braided Finery Belt
It’s a tad heavy, but coolifies anything you pair with it. For reals. I’ll show you soon. Pinky Promise.
Hope you all weren’t too terribly disappointed in the sale…and if you bought something, tell me! (I’m nosey…can’t help it. Want to know. Indulge me.)
P.S. I had a little appointment the other day where MacGyver and I went to see what flavor bun is bakin’ in the oven….
Do you want to know?