My day began at 6:30 am and I am finally sitting down and relaxing for a moment. Greyson had a bad dream and wound up in our bed around 4 am this morning, Andrew crept out of bed and left for work very early, and I tried to sneak out of bed this morning to go to the bathroom without waking our little boy, but that didn’t happen. He stretched, looked up at me, and smiled. I cleaned, organized, and took care of my indoor animals all before 7 am this morning. I’m currently finishing up my first course, Fashion Merchandising in my Fashion Business Certification course at Parsons School of Design-The New School, and I just began my second course today. I found myself doing school work from 7:30 am until around 3:30 pm, which was exhausting, but I accomplished so much today, which made my manic Monday worth it. I did two quizzes, read six chapters, did two writing assignments, planned ahead, and for the one creative discussion we had to create something with materials found in our space, so I made an ivy headband from a real, live ivy plant, because that represents who I am as a boho babe who loves headpieces (and nature). I’m sitting there today, intertwining ivy together to make a wreath shape, while my active two-year-old was running back and forth from his bedroom to my bedroom, and I just felt very proud of myself. I manage to do so much as a busy mama and to never neglect my needs or passions. Whether it’s pet sitting, dog walking, school, or ballroom dancing, I always make time for myself and I crush my goals. It’s important to give yourself a pat on the back when you’ve accomplished something and to never doubt yourself. You are way stronger than you’ll ever know. Trust me, I’ve proven that to myself more than once.
I also really enjoyed reading about 1820s-1880s fashion history today in Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume & Style, which is a must-have for anyone interested in Fashion History. It’s expensive, but I highly recommend it. It’s a great coffee table book, as well. It’s heavy and the pages are gorgeous, colored with fashion throughout history. It takes you through each time period and shows you the designs worn by women (and men) of each period, which is really interesting and some of the designs are breathtaking. It got me thinking, if I had to live in a time period other than this one, what time period would it be? Well, as a boho babe I would love to live during the sixties or seventies, when bohemian fashion came into play, wearing flowers in my hair and living as a total hippie, driving a pastel-colored VW Bus, but I also adore the 1920s and flapper dresses. I wouldn’t mind partying it up Great Gatsby style during Prohibition, wearing feathers and crystals. I also love the movement of flapper dresses and the comfort level. There’s no way I would’ve been able to wear a corset and layers of fabric with no air conditioning during the summer months. I would die. But, despite the heat and the uncomfortable layers, I’ll always love Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (one of my favorite movies) and her famous red gown that she wears to the party at Ashley’s house, when she’s trying to win his love and affection. Also, the dress she wears made from the drapes she rips down from her great windows in her Deep South estate. She’s such a fashion icon. I adore Vivien Leigh (the actress who played Scarlett O’Hara).
I’m ending my day with writing, yoga, spending some time with my farm animals (I need to cuddle our new baby Easter-egger chicks), and actually…watching Gone with the Wind. Sometimes, the craziest of days bring the most inspiration and for some reason despite how exhausting and busy my day was, I’m wide awake and ready for more creativity. I wish everyone a productive, inspirational Tuesday.