Thursday, January 26, 2012

Inspiration All Around.

As of late, a fairly frequent topic of conversation in and amongst our lovely English contingent here in Detroit has been the fact that so few Americans, especially we Generation Y'ers, seem to be capable of holding - let alone drumming up - a conversation with strangers. 

Case in point: I cannot tell you how many times my born and bred English husband has rocked up as my better half to a social gathering here and there and has gone the entire evening without being engaged by a single person.  He having to forever be the engager. 

As the lone dual citizen in our group of beautiful accents (i.e the lone American) and therefore someone who overly feels the need to wave my American flag, I tried with jubilant zeal to defend my American brethren.  However, I fear that my arsenal of rebuttals were weak to say the least.  The most I could muster, which I admit was rather pathetic, was: "but you see we don't grow up having drinks parties and the sort.  We are never taught how to mingle and converse with others outside our immediate family and friend group. We do potlucks and BBQ's, not mingle socials over some bubbly (although I motion that we should!)..."  To which I was given no sympathy what so ever, and I must say I had none left to give even myself. 

Instead I have to agree with them.  Why do we American Generation Y'ers seem to have such a hard time engaging in meaningful (or heck, I would even settle for non-meaningful at this point) conversation with a stranger?  Why do we go to parties and only stay handcuffed by some invisible tie to our comfort zone? Why don't we care enough about a total stranger to engage them, ask them questions, LEARN from them....?  I think the English may have a point on this one. 

I for one want to be the type of person I want to meet. 
And that begins by me looking outside myself for the beauty this world has to offer me, whether they come in packages of comfort and ease or ones of barrier breaking and stepping out into the big bad (but STUNNING!) unknown. 

So go get 'em.  

Be intentional in all that you do. 
I promise, its worth it. 

And dressing like this on top of it will always bring you extra credit from your fashion headmaster, me ;)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Inspiration All Around.

Who knew Willy Wonka could be so profound and so true. 

Pure Imagination 
Come with me and you'll be
In a world of pure imagination
Take a look and you'll see
Into your imagination

We'll begin with a spin
Trav'ling in the world of my creation
What we'll see will defy

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world, there's nothing to it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there, you'll be free
If you truly wish to be

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world, there's nothing to it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there, you'll be free
If you truly wish to be

And a wee little treat today,  some of my favorite fashion imagination creations. Pulled straight from the CJ archives, just for you! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Inspiration All Around.

A dear friend of mine drew my attention to this extraordinary article about the city of West Yorkshire (can I get an amen for the beauty that is the UK!). This model of a city has endeavored to bring a little bit of heaven down to earth through the CONTAGIOUS gift of giving and food self-sufficiency. I love people that love. Bring on the feel good.
Have a gander.....


And I also must add that TopShop makes this world a better place with its Tumblr fashion inspirations!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Inspiration All Around.

"I will show you fear in a handful of dust."
-- T.S. Eliot, The Wasteland

I once heard that faith is not the absence of fear. No. That would be too limiting. Too unachievable. Too burdensome of a qualification. Instead, faith's only requirement is that it out weigh the fear that eats away at us, even if by only the smallest of quantities. 
In those moments, the impossible IS possible. 
And suddenly I know, that THAT I can do. 
Fear becomes dust. 

Meanderings = compliments of a lovely Sunday Roast, fine company and Mr. Merlot. 

Cynthia McBride we have our eye on you and your breathtaking creations!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Inspiration All Around.

I stand beside you.
I'm all around you.
And though you feel I'm far away,
I'm closer than your breath.
I am with you.
More than you know.

Getting wrecked by some Jenn Johnson, COME TO ME - The Loft Sessions

Quite a multi-faceted chick and I'm loving her! 

AND! Some Christian Dior happy happy joy joy to make my heart race yet again.
Pre-Fall 2012.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Inspiration All Around.

"Losing my life doesn't scare me...wasting it does"

Daring, yet stunningly profound, Aussie fashion.
Thank you Brigadeiro for your mad crazy blogging skills. 

Inspiration All Around.

"When the days grow cold, know that I am here. I am your safety. I am your fortress. I bring comfort and joy. Ever increasing and washing joy. I'm your true party. I'm all that you've ever wanted and all that you need. Jump on this train. I will open doors you've never imagined. Nothing is lost, only truth remains."

Thank the heavens when Zara has a sale!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Inspiration All Around.

"Hope is not lost. Hope is never lost. 
Hope is the very ticket into any dream."