These are a few pieces I pulled together this morning, after opening a completely unexpected package from someone I did a trade with for converting a trio of beloved vintage clip earrings over to dangles a few months ago, and finding a treasure capsule of assorted jewelry, vintage lace, a pair of ivory gloves with a matching clutch, a littled embroidered purse, and the loveliest note bequeathing it all to me with her compliments, for she could not bear to simply send them to the thrift store, and wanted them to go to someone who would find a loving place for them either in my own collection or someone else's, or give them a second life as part of one of my upcycled pieces.
It's kind of bizarre, actively deciding to manifest my own happiness after years of trying to balance everyone else's desires and expectations before looking to my own (perhaps I didn't even believe I could be happy, or deserve to be), and then watching as random pieces suddenly start to fall into place, or strange yet lovely surprises like the aforementioned package suddenly presenting themselves after spending much of yesterday scouring for gems at thrift and antique stores, suggesting that perhaps I am on the right path at long last. Also just secured my next NOLA flat with future flatmates @monster_owlet & @wellwellilanajanelle, and have been lining up the makings of a glorious New England summer full of working my ass off and collaborating with several members of my talented, amazing & creative family.
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Riverwalk on the Mississippi River