When stress strikes, I try really hard to focus on all the positive things in my life.
Easier said than done.
Today I am taking a mental health day and reflecting on some things that happened this week that make my crazy life well worth living.
look at this face! one of the cutest ones i have ever seen!
Spending a few hours playing with my niece Vera.
She makes my heart sing.
A few quiet moments snuggling with my hubby.
No kids or dogs invited!
My daughter's hysterrical Jersey Shore impersonation.
"It's a Jersey thing!"
Finding a real Fendi bag while thrifting!
For only $7!!!
And finally, tweeting with this lovely lady and dreaming about the day when I will fly to Sydney or her to the US so we can drink loads of wine, indulge in tons of "girl talk" and listen to some mighty fine music together.
I'm not lying when I tell you I drove to the thrift store today to drop off two bags of clothing.
Once there, I decided to have a poke around, even though I skipped thrifting last week and had initially intended to do the same.
I had promised myself that the only things I would purchase were ones I knew I could never live without and not be seduced by thrift store prices.
The first treasure I found was this vintage linen jacket in the most gorgeous blue.
The lining has an amazing pattern, almost ikat~ish!
I then headed over to handbags and lost my breath when I saw the magical "F" of Fendi dangling behind some cheap, faux leather bags.
I snatched it up immediately after a quick inspection to see if it seemed authentic.
Upon first glances it looked promising, but a find like this, you NEVER LET OUT OF YOUR CLUTCHES!
And I'm not referring to those adorable flat, handheld bags that I happen to be loving right now.
I mean your grubby paws.
You must hang on to it til the moment of truth at the register when you decided to buy it or not.
The bag was priced at $7.00!
Moving on, a gorgeous yellow and navy striping caught my eye.
A JCrew tote bag!
New with tags!
I checked out the skirts next...
and scored this perfect fitting mid length skirt in a gorgeous shade of red.
Oh, the blue stripes I can wear with you....
Dresses come next, and I always take a peek at the "fancy" dress section.
Those of you that have been around here for a while know how much I love finding myself a Dynasty~ish or Dallas~y style 80's dress!
Mid length with such a relaxed, slouchy 70's vibe to it.
I would have worn this to Studio 54 back in the day had I not been born too late...
I made my way to the fitting room with the sole intent of turning the Fendi bag inside out to see if I can authenticate it.
I found enough positive things to make the purchase and further investigate once home.
Since being raised in a huge (my nanny was the baby of 14!) Irish family, we don't make a big deal out of the day.
We celebrate our roots all year long, whether be in the laughter and drink we share, the storytelling, or simply the warmth and love that comes from being a tightknit, big (I am the oldest of 4 ~ big by today's standards!), and boisterous family (we can talk your ears off!).
Of course that didn't stop me from wearing a bit o' green in some form or another.
p.s. even our dog is irish ~ bailey is a soft coated wheaten terrier, a breed originated in ireland!