It's always a huge delimmma as to which outfit I will feature first because I love them all. Generally, it comes down to the theme that I am going to talk about that makes the decision easy. Such is this case this week. First of all, can we all just stop and sigh in unison over the door in the photo above? I have noticed that there are some pretty rad doors on the buildings in Ogden so I wanted to center some of my photos around those. Random? Yep! Surprised? You shouldn't be. This group of photos were shot in front of the USDA Building on the corner of Adams Avenue and 25th Street here in Ogden. Really cool building. I was so giddy when I discovered it and that door. Aw, the door. The top I am wearing is from Chic Style Utah in South Ogden, UT. It's a longtime favorite because of its simplicity and elegance. Be sure to check them out by going HERE!
For the majority of my professional life in the service industry, I've played the game of association to remember people, places, things, events, lots of things. I especially do this with clothes. I remember people by the outfit and/or shoes they were wearing when I first met them or first saw them (that secret crush....aw yes.....that day....he looked so handsomer). But, on the same hand, I also remember things with the clothing I have. My entire closet is full of memories (LOTS of them...let's not get into that subject) This outfit is substantially significant because it represents two of my dearest, longest friends who have done SO much for me in such small and simple ways. And so I submit, in true Mary Poppins form, friends ARE the spoon full of sugar that makes the bitter medicine of life go down.
A couple of years ago I served on a committee for a Great Gatsby-themed charity gala in Utah County. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life for a long list of reasons. In the midst of all the planning for my part with the decorations, I was desperately trying to find the PERFECT outfit. I went back and forth on the outfit options and what style I wanted. I had told my friend Colleen that I was stressing over the outfit (normal in Ray Land) and one day I get a text from her that says "what size shoes do you wear?" I told her and she replied, "I just found the most perfect Gatsby shoes and I am buying them and sending them in the mail tomorrow....be on the look-out. You have to have them." At this point, I hadn't decided which route I was going to take with the outfit, but was SO touched that she was on the look-out for the perfect shoes in Montana. I had no idea what they looked like, but I trusted her judgement and when the box landed on my doorstep and I opened it, I cried. Basically, the perfect shoes, perfect fit and totally my style for everyday wear, not just for the event. It may sound silly, but I treasure these shoes because of the thoughtfulness and genuine care of my friend that they represent. I can absolutely attest to how hectic my friend's life is running a business, managing a household of hooligan boys and a diva dog, but she STILL makes time for her friends and these shoes are my constant proof. How often do we take time to think outside of the box and do something for our friends that they would never ever do for themselves OR have the means to do?
And then there was the skirt. If you've been a die-hard fan of the blog, you may recognize it from a very early fashion feature that talked about my love for thrifting for things that I can transform from ugly to masterpiece. When I wear this skirt I think of my Jo. This skirt was the result of an SOS trip to Idaho to meet each other in the middle for comfort food, girl talk and thrifting....let me elaborate. Jo and I have been BEST friends for 12 years. We have gone to hell and back with each other. We talk almost daily and are sisters from other misters. Her family is my family. We became friends while I lived in Montana and one of the other quirks I have is my passionate (ok maybe a little too dramatic...maybe not) love affair with Taco Johns. It's cheap tex-mex and I HEART it. They don't have these restaurants in Utah and it is my comfort food. So silly, but the absolute truth and presents a problem when I am having a BAD day and just want to feel some normalcy again. There is a Taco Johns in Pocatello, Idaho which is bascially half way for Jo and I so one Saturday I sent her the SOS text and said, "do you have plans today, I am getting in my car and driving to Taco Johns in Pokey, can you meet me?" At this point in my life, that was a very out-of-character move and she dropped everything and got in her car and came to my rescue. Do you have those friends that the minute you see them and hug them that you feel like you're not going to implode and can continue to conquer the world? Jo is on that list. She's simply amazing. That day included a lot of shared feelings from both of us over potato oles and Diet Dew and then we found the local thrift store and laughed and laughed over how horribly ugly this dress was and how I would make it pretty and convert it to a skirt. You don't believe me? Look at the original blog post HERE. It was crazy ugly and I wasn't wearing a lick of makeup when we did the duck face photo in the store. We've since made one other SOS trip to Pocatello and it was full of laughing, eating and thrifting....our favorite. I thank God daily for the blessing of this bestie of mine. She does so many small, simple acts of kindness for everyone around her, including me. But, I have to say that I adore the fact that she is my voice of reason and consistency that keeps me moving forward in the thick of the storm.
This wouldn't be a true post about simple acts of kindness without giving accolades to Suzy from Just Be Purses. She has a really great Utah-based business called Just Be Purses. I love her ability to make seemingly "weird fabric" into GORGEOUS one-of-a-kind masterpieces. I featured her bags in my winter photo shoot and this time around I wanted to feature her clutch. Isn't it gorgeous????!! I was glad I found this one and even more grateful for her generosity in donating it for the photo shoot as well as a clutch that we are giving away (as shown below). Genuinely kind people make life bearable. Please show her some love by checking out her Facebook page HERE and go visit her booth at Logan's Summerfest next weekend!!
The moral of the story: thank GOODNESS for friends who are the spoon full of sugar as we swallow the bitter medicine that is life at times. They bring us sunshine, potato oles, and the perfect shoes...among a long long list of other things. Thank yours today. Do it. NOW.
Until next time, my lovelies!
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