hi. i’m that souchi dress you bought a year ago.
i’ve been patiently waiting in your closet ever since. every time you swing the closet door open with your hair wrapped in a towel and a cup of coffee in your hand, i hold my breath and wait. and wait.
i see you text your love and tell them that you’re running late. i see you pawing through the same clothes that you always wear. i watch you try them on, change, sigh, try them on again, and, after growling at the mirror, strip, throw them on the floor, and sulk out.
i see you. but you don’t see me. i would shake my head at you…but i don’t have a head. i’m....just....a dress.
just a dress that you saw that made you stop in your tracks.
i remember when you first laid eyes on me and touched my lovely fabric. you gently took me off the rack and walked up to the mirror, tentatively. held me up and immediately your eyes widened. you saw all of the fun we would have together. i saw it too.
i saw the dinner parties that we would host, the look that would be on your love's face when they saw us for the first time, and the compliments that your girlfriends would give us at lunch. i saw us being a team.
i was a little insulted when you handed me back and said, “i have to think about it.”
i tried not to take it personally. i accepted it.
however, i wasn’t surprised when i saw you come through the door a few hours later. i knew you’d come back. as suzi rang me up a few hours later and wrapped me in tissue and put me in a bag, i saw our future together. and, i was excited.
you hung me up in your closet so lovingly. put me on one of those fancy hangers and gazed at me for a few moments before shutting the door. i waited. and waited.
we almost went out for tapas that one night, but then you wore jeans instead. we almost went on a weekend in palm springs, but then you left with your weekender bag...(filled with jeans) and never said goodbye. i forgive you. but, i love palm springs too.
i overheard you on the phone with suzi. she was telling you about some new dress that had come in. i heard you mention me...
“i still haven't worn the dress i got last time. yes, i love it. it's so pretty that i am waiting for an occasion to wear it.'
i overheard her say, “um, the occasion is that you own it!”
i saw you nod. i always liked her. she took good care of me in the store. my vote is that we wear your turquoise suede heels with the tassels and go get us a cocktail. it’s our first night out together, after all.
from the amazing piece sitting in your closet
next time you think you need an 'occasion' think of these two fashion ladies. i am in awe of their style and LOVE that their occasion is it's in my closet! ladies, wear your clothes because they are meant to be enjoyed.
top row: the incredible jane aldridge from sea of shoes
bottom row: the amazing giovanna englebert w magazine fashion editor
Shop dresses that will love you back here:
these are my favorite dresses available at souchi aspen and on souchi.com
everyone travels for different reasons. for some, it’s escape. for others, it’s wanderlust. for me, my only intention: inspiration.
an old adage states that “the world is a book, and those who do not travel only read a page.” can you imagine understanding everything, let alone, getting what an author says by reading one page?
i, often find myself driving the same route to work, going to the same place for lunch (even eating the same thing....yes i do this often!) and driving the same route home. don’t get me wrong, i am grateful for where i live and what i do, but i know that routine can stifle creativity. my immediate surroundings are absolutely breathtaking but they are just one page of the book i want to write.
in my mind, input defines output. in order to remain inspired, i prioritize taking a few trips each year that take me out of my usual surroundings and allow me to become immersed in an environment drastically different from my home.
last summer, i went to greece. in santorini, the stunning juxtaposition of the sapphire and stark white of the architecture never ceased to inspire. the landscape is breathtaking, the air rejuvenating, the sights and smells exquisite.
some like to plan out their vacations down to the hour. i like to keep my daysopen, and allow myself to wander, to experience a new place without an itinerary. i like to walk through the city early in the morning and lose myself in people-watching. i like to get the locals recommendations on where to go, eat & what to experience. the feeling of sitting in a café that isn't listed in a travel guide so far away from home is perfection.
there’s no “goal” for me when i travel – i never set out to get a certain photograph or accomplish a designated amount of sightseeing. in fact, i have been known to not see the 'sights'. instead, for me, the journey is the destination.
every night when i get back to my hotel, i look through all the pictures i took throughout the day, arrange whatever trinkets i’ve picked up along the way, gaze out the window, and allow myself some reflective creative time. i grab my journal/sketch book & write notes on the colors, photos, textiles, etc that i saw & quick brainstorm of what they make me think of. sitting with pencil, pen & cocktail on a deck (ideal but sometimes indoors) and just sketch to see what happens. later these sketches & notes will either become something else or exist as i first envisioned them. shifting my perspective while in a new place will forever influence my work. i work a ton but when 80% of your work week is creative.........that's perfect balance to me.
inspiration comes from every direction when traveling.
Shop what’s in my suitcase:
these are pieces that can pretty much take me to any destination..... add bikini for beach.... add a leather jacket for rome.... add heels for NYC.... but the elements can remain the same for a summer trip.
a timeless casual look
a gorgeous cjw cashmere wrap that is featherweight and not bulky
the perfect leather clutch with minimal, yet awesome details.
a cool brass cuff
an awesome wood bangle with turquoise. *turquoise always makes me happy
cashmere fringe tank....day to evening
beautiful necklace with earthy neutrals and pops of gold
walking shoes that are sexy, fun and can keep me on my feet for hours.
what I love about aspen & the roaring fork valley the most is the air. cool, crisp, almost sweet from the flowers, grasses, animals, etc. you always want to be outdoors when you're here.
i have a crazy, fast paced life which means a chaotic schedule & never enough time in the day. i KNOW i need to meditate to take it down a notch and live in the moment. it's against my nature to relax, sit and just breathe. crazy, i know!
i figured i could ease into meditation which is why i call it my 'chill time'. it's not quite meditation yet, but it will be. i love my mornings and don't mind getting up very early to get my workout in, some play time with jack, healthy breakfast and now my 'chill time'.
our upper backyard near the tall grasses & aspen trees is my favorite spot because i can hear the wind move through the leaves. learning to take the time to enjoy sitting, deep breaths and the sounds of nature. the crisp morning air means i get to wrap myself in a cashmere poncho.
it's not about having the time – it’s about making the time. i am always busy with the store, knitting all the stock & high season always arrives too quickly. soon enough long nights turn into early mornings and mornings become afternoons and the cycle continues to fly by.
it’s easy to allow myself to get swept up in stress and exhaustion, but in order to stay happy & fun under pressure, to remain laser-focused on my goals, I find that this new chill time helps clear the mental stuff that can clutter my thoughts and stand in my way.
the plan is to go to that space outside at least a few mornings a week to sit & breathe in the lovely aspen air, and try to turn my focus inward. inhale & exhale focusing on the moment & being grateful for it. i can appreciate the silence, the stillness, and allow my racing thoughts to slow down. i keep breathing and soon the moments are pure bliss leaving me feeling relaxed and happy.
i find i’m always smiling afterwards. which makes me more willing to take time to notice the colors around me, wrap myself a little tighter in my souchi, and appreciate the quiet before the days adventure begins. soon enough, jack is up and licking my feet with wet kisses, my peaceful moment replaced with sloppy expressions of love from my sweet boy.
it's the perfect way to start the day and then as i head back inside to make breakfast everything seems easier and i think “let’s go see about this day”
shop my favorite 'meditation' outfits below & use code: xo10
to receive 10% off
souchi fringe poncho cozy cashmere and big enough to really wrap yourself up
commando control legging the best leggings you will ever own
enza costa bold long sleeve crew truly the softest cotton and long body
krewe du optic conti sunglasses so light weight that you don't know they are on
fiji water - my favorite
assorted mexican sarape blankets - love love love the colors
the lovely jane aldridge of sea of shoes blog...
if you haven't seen her blog...go now...
incredible styling and inspiration.
so here i love the simplicity of this look and thought our super sale
leather zingara belt looks like this.
and, it's on sale for $80! if you purchase by january 17 then you can get an additional 40% off which makes it $48!! use code: celebrate
at check out.
you can get a similar look with this corey lynn calter joan dress $100 less 40% if bought by january 17.
or the catia flannel dress with the zingara belt would be great.
sometimes you can want, want, WANT something and you can't have it....such was the case with this insanely beautiful dress from valentino. i LOVE the simplicity of this dress. so minimal yet so cool. the price was out of reach....and the neckline for me too high (though scissors & an awesome tailor could have fixed that). i have many pics of this dress on my computer. the inspiration for so many things....
in typical fashion i watered it down to something for the masses....
yes, gift wrapping....love the simplicity and crafty look
now if only santa delivers me some valentino......
a girl can dream!