Well there’s been quite a lot to do since I arrived back in Florida. So I have been waaaay behind in my blogging. But, hey, I’m doing the best I can without making myself too stressed out. Not too long ago I used to stay up until all hours, for days on end, trying to keep up with everything. But that kind of schedule proved an unhealthy way to live. So no more! If some things fall behind, then so be it. And my brain and body thank me.
There were quite a large pile of boxes when I got back that had been delivered before I got home, including new stock and all the vintage from my various buying trips this past summer that I had mailed back. It’s fun opening all the boxes because half the time I can’t remember what I bought months before, so it’s like Christmas every time! But then comes the photo shoots, photo editing, cleaning, measuring, writing descriptions, etc, etc.
And instead of freaking out about all the stuff I have to do, I take a deep breath and make a Polyvore set! For some people it’s coloring books, for me it’s Polyvore as a fun, relaxing way to take a mental break. So when I start to feel the least bit overwhelmed, I stop what I’m doing, go make a cup of tea and create a little outfit collage. It’s my own personal form of active meditation.
These particular pauses for Polyvore resulted in five looks featuring dresses from my site that would be perfect for upcoming holiday events.
The one at the very top is so feminine and in a gorgeous rich shade of burgundy. It’s made of a soft mesh tulle and has a pleated sweetheart bodice. And what I really love about it is it has two floating panels attached at the waist front and back for styling the gown different ways. It also has detachable straps in case you don’t want to go strapless. You can find it here.
The silver gray right above has a voluminous chiffon skirt that will look fantastic floating along as you walk or dance. And that “cold shoulder” design of the lace bodice is extremely flattering. The bejeweled waistline adds just the right touch of glitter without being too flashy. Find it here. This style also comes in burgundy.
This one screams 50s Hollywood starlet, what I think of as a “bombshell” gown. Curve hugging, halter neck, flared trumpet/mermaid hem, it’s got all the hallmarks of a classic glamour look. The mesh overlay is completely covered in a chiffon ribbon embroidery that’s embellished with tiny gold sequins. It’s really quite unique and eyecatching. Great for a posh New Year’s party. Find it here. And this gown comes in burgundy as well.
This cute little number has a burgundy chiffon skirt with lace cutaway bodice. Not quite as dressy as the others, so would work for a more casual cocktail or dinner party. And this one is on sale for only $58! Check it out here.
Last, but certainly not least, a fabulous emerald green chiffon and lace dress that reminds me of those classy cocktail dresses from the 50s and 60s. I am seriously tempted to make this my Christmas Eve dress. Champagne satin sweetheart bodice overlaid by beaded lace. Nice full flared chiffon midi length skirt and satin ribbon waistband. So festive! Find it here.
So what are your favorite things to do for a mental break during a busy work day?
Till next time….