I took my son to the city this morning, by his request. We live near Richmond, VA and one of our favorite streets to stroll here is Cary Street.
Always amazing inspiration here – always!
This town was shattered during the Civil War but the original remaining buildings downtown are really something to see.
There is an artisan feel to this town along with some deep roots in our nation’s history.
Every time we visit the city I feel so inspired to express myself in my own unique way – only a little more creatively.
All the bravely painted exterior brick, fun colors, creative shop names, along with an enormous diversity in the human population here make me feel like I can be any way I want to be and it’s all OK.
I don’t have to conform to anything! Neither do my kids.
I think that is what draws me and my family to this part of the country. For some reason, we can be whomever we please.
I admit that I am no fashionista when it comes to my clothing, certainly because most of what I wear becomes “paint clothes” in no time at all. However, when I see these vintage shops and trending styles in clothing I want to reinvent my wardrobe and personal style too.
How I wish I were 21 again.
Fancy, formal mirrors, flowing long skirts, vintage tops and bright pink rain boots sound great to me today! I feel like I could put any or all of that together and I would be flamboyantly expressing my mood.
You know I am a black, white and khaki girl through and through but some days – it feels good to imagine a funkier side of myself.
If I owned my own shop, would it be purple? Probably not, but I so appreciate the shop owner that is the purple and green girl on the block.
Me? No, but does it make me hungry? Yes!
Me? Not so much but it does make me want to add color to my black and white pallet – yes it does!
Yoga? No, but I will pause and drool over the industrial entrance to this fitness center.
Will I become a gaming fan? No, but I will let my son spend an hour or more checking out poker cards at this shop so I can buy myself time for hunting at the Goodwill Store on this street on our way out.
Since I am coming clean with some of my inner-style-fantasies today – can I tell you that I absolutely love black painted brick?
I really wanted a black house this go around. A real consideration! Check out my VA Build 2017 Pinterest Board (link HERE)- BLACK HOUSES! Yup! I love them!
I may have told you before but my wedding colors were black, off white and khaki green. Yes, that was even in the 90’s when a peach and teal wedding may have been quite a bit more on trend.
So, I am the same today as I always have been but I love a little inspiration to drive my style in a different direction…
If only for a Sunday morning in the city.
In honesty – I love what comes to my mind and spirit after a trip to a new place. I am thankful for all of the places I have been and lived.
I feel fortunate that I have finally found a place that gives me the permission to be myself – no certain ways that I have to conform to, no stigma to keep up with and for a time – the freedom to live as we see fit for our own family.
Drawing inspiration from where we are is a gift.
Tomorrow I pick out our wood flooring for our new house. I don’t feel like I have to follow a certain trend really.
I hope you find inspiration and freedom to express your style where you are. I will not take that for granted in my life again.