Looking Back And Moving Forward

February 10th, 2013

The SC has been undertaking her own personal excavation over the past month.  I’m finally to the point of going through every item in my inventory, and choosing whether a piece stays or goes.  I seldom look back on previous posts and enjoy the process of moving forward.  However, in preparation for this post I recalled that last year at this time I was going through Nelson’s belongings HERE.  It took a year to get serious about my own.

It must be something about this time of year that encourages new beginnings.  After the holidays. After the beginning of the new year.  After most of the renovation of my home has been completed. New goals have emerged and organizational energy has been thriving.  Letting go of what no longer serves me and making space for the new. The bonus for me is that it’s been fun discovering hidden treasures and becoming fully aware that I only want to keep that which I truly love, along with a few sentimental favorites.

Also, I’m unearthing pieces that have never been worn, at least by me.  In this photo, all elements of my outfit have been taken for an outing for the first time, except the jacket.  It’s as though I have a new wardrobe! This should keep me away from the estate sales for awhile, unless, of course, I get word of an irresistible collection of hats or vintage.  Some things never change, nor do I want them to.  The delicious thrill of the hunt makes life fun and interesting.

Photos by Diana

Vintage multicolored fabric Neusteters beret with yarn trim, vintage multicolored silk scarf and vintage pink leather gloves – estate sales, pink vintage earrings – vintage store, purple Marc Jacobs jacket – consignment store, multicolored cuff – Debra Rapoport, skinny jeans and plum booties – retail sales last year.

Accessories Displayed On Jeans

The SC is linking up with Patti for Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style!

43 Responses to “Looking Back And Moving Forward”

  1. Helga

    O, purple is YOUR colour!!!
    You look wamr, snuggly and classy! Perfect.
    X

  2. déjà pseu

    That beret is a work of art!

    I’m curious, how do you organize your closet? Do you store items by color or season, or item type, or some other way? I’d love to see a post on this!

  3. Jean

    What a gorgeous use of color!! The backdrop is outstanding for this vision of delicious purple and pink, anchored by the jeans and boots. The hat and accessories are so unique, perfect in their artful quirkiness with the design elements of the jacket. A joy all the way around.

    I’m glad to hear you’re not totally giving up on the hunt. Something that brings so much excitement and joy should never be given up entirely. I just can’t wait until I can join you again!!

  4. Judith Boyd

    Thank you for your question, Pseu. Great idea for a post, especially as I’m making it up as I go. It is yet to be revealed, but a system is developing in process.

  5. Val Sparkle

    What lovely colors, and not an inch of black! I like black as much as the next person, but other neutrals (like the jeans) can fill in and add so much warmth to an outfit. That’s such a gorgeous jacket, but the hat, gloves, and boots are making me jealous, too!

  6. SizzleandZoom

    This is a wonderful setting for your beautiful outfit. The color is gorgeous on you.

  7. PinkCheetahVintage

    Gorgeous hat, gloves, jacket!! It is a nice feeling to let go of things you don’t need. Have fun spring cleaning your closet!
    Becky :)

  8. Chicatanyage

    Love the jacket and great colour combination. I am working up to a car boot sale in a couple of weeks when I will have a big clear out.

  9. Veshoevius

    Sounds like the sorting process is going well! What a wonderful coat! I love that colour on you! It must be lovely to discover new pieces to play with.

  10. Vix

    I love you in purple, Judith! That jacket is gorgeous & I’m in love with that exquisite hat.
    I do love a good sort out, it’s the first thing I do when I return from India, it banishes the post-travel blues! xxx

  11. Anne-Marie Bruun

    An interesting project – the sorting process. Projects of this kind give me energy.
    A very creative and beautiful hat and a work of art in the background to match your clothes.

  12. Chris

    Outstanding!!

  13. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

    How I’d love to be there helping you sort, SC! You have such wonderful treasures. This combination of neutrals and purple is stunning.

  14. Marla

    Lovely, lovely coat. I love that wonderful color. Fabulous vintage beret.

  15. SACRAMENTO

    You are always outstanding, dear Judith, but even more in purple. Not an easy colour to wear with such a panache.
    Much love, dear friend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  16. Lynn Mally

    I love your inspiring use of color!

  17. Pam@over50feeling40

    I am so glad you unearthed this!! The hat and coat are fabulous and the photo with the wall…just perfect. Love it, Judith!! I think I am cleaning out this weekend, but know I would not discover such great pieces as these.

  18. Emalina

    Such incredible colours and textures Judith, you’re a wonderful work of art in that outfit against the painted wall! Delightful.

  19. Trina Grandinetti

    The entire post is a great work of art. Only you could pull off so much purple and still look amazing. It just lifts the spirit. And, I totally agree, the thrill of the hunt does make life more fun and interesting.

  20. Tamera

    Oh my how gorgeous are you in your purple coat!! I love the bright colors you’ve accessorized it with!!

  21. Rosemary Murphy

    I love every item in this outfit AND you found the perfect backdrop! The beret looks amazing and you look so joyful. I applaud your great style and attitude in moving forward, it’s not always the easiest thing to do.

  22. Rosemary Murphy

    I love everything about this outfit AND you found the perfect backdrop! Wonderful beret and
    joyful photos. I so applaud the spirit of your moving forward, it’s not always the easiest thing to do.

  23. Ana

    Wow. This is just fabulous in every aspect.

  24. Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell

    How perfect you look in that first picture. You are always perfection from the hat to the tips of your toes. Your coat is stunning in both color and design.

  25. Spashionista (Alicia)

    I am in love with this color palette! I love purple and pink together and with your skin and hair the combination is nothing short of divine.
    I recently discovered your blog and this is my first comment here. I’m no stranger to overcoming adversity and I’m gratified to see someone else handle herself with grace and resilience through difficult times. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

    Spashionista (Alicia)

  26. pastcaring

    You look beautiful in these shades of plum and purple, Judith, and do those sexy skinnies have a hint of snakeskin about them? I can’t quite tell from the photos, but I can see that they fit you perfectly and work brilliantly with the warm berry colours.
    As always, your hat is perfection.
    Yes, moving things on has a way of helping us to move on too. I agree about this time of year – New Year itself is never a time for me to get going on changes, it takes a while for me to rev up and get myself ready for action! I know you will never stop looking for beauty though, and selecting those unique pieces of deliciousness which deserve to share your life! xxxxx

  27. Practical Paralegalism

    Judith, all of these pictures are gorgeous, but the first one looks like a professional portrait – so lovely! You look about 25 years old in these super-flattering skinny jeans and booties – you are rocking trends, a neat departure from your usual vintage/couture pieces, although I love how you incorporated some of those here. Still, I love how you’re proving that we ladies of a certain age can certainly give those skinny jean wearing sweet young things a run for their money :)

    You must be feeling more energized, I can never organize anything unless I’m at the tip-top of my game, mentally and physically.

    Much love, peace, & grace,
    Lynne

  28. Jeannie@gracefully50

    Honestly, what do you do to look so youthful?! You wear skinnys better than 20 something. Wowza! The purple looks absolutely gorgeous on you! One of my fav colors!

  29. Diane @ HauteFlashion

    I absolutely LOVE the first two pictures. You look so fresh and vibrant in this outfit. And the background is so perfect that it seems almost as though the art has come to life through you!

    I admire you for embracing your future with an optomistic spirit while holding onto the best parts of the past. Not an easy task. But you do it with style and grace!

  30. Joni

    What gorgeous accessories Judith. I can see getting a lot of use from that jacket too. Very cute. You have such a youthful figure and energy!

  31. Jan Graham-McMillen

    Really glorious in purples, pinks and neutral slims to ground it all. Again, and as always, beautiful!
    When going through the … ahem! …. archives, I sometimes find old items that take on a surprising, new potential. Usually this happens when they’ve been stored a long time. When unearthed, they suddenly want to go with my newest items! These things have been kept because they really define a permanent element in my style considerations, it seems. I’ve never felt I have a signature look, but there are some of these elements that never seem to change. Does that make even a little sense!
    Or … it’s a good excuse to keep everything. Just saying ….

  32. Amber of Butane Anvil

    So many things to love about this post, from the wonderful construction and buttons of your jacket to the gorgeous colours and textures of your accessories, to the perfect backdrop, your joy in the process of sorting, and being in motion. What fabulous treasures you have!

  33. josep-maria

    A lovely outfit. I love the color of your jacket and also design.

  34. pao

    What can I say that hasn’t already been said? I love it all. You look great. The painting and you are one. You are so vivacious. Yay, purple and brown!

  35. Cindy

    My favorite color is being worn by you today! That purple jacket is gorgeous and it all looks wonderful on you! Thank you for sharing with us!

  36. Serene

    That purple is so becoming on you! You wear color so well!! I’m like you….I just love the thrill of the hunt! Much love to you Judith! Serene

  37. Rose

    You’re looking stunning, my dear! The colours suit you so well. It is marvellous that you have arrived at this stage, now coming to terms with what stays and what goes in your environment. I sort of envy you that, but at this point I am still ridiculously attached to everything I have. All I seem to want is more, instead of sorting through what I have and making the cull.

    Do you think it is because our birthdays are coming up that we are “starting a new year”?!

    Much love from England (as always),
    Rosemary from http://www.forever on the catwalk of life.blogspot.com

  38. Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud

    No matter what you wear, you look great- and seem to always look like you. Cleaning out closets are hard when you’re a lover of clothes- I realize that I don’t dress just for the day- for practicality and I want to hang on to some things simply because they are beautiful. I can imagine that culling through your estate finds and shopping scores will be both difficult and easy- keep what you love, and release the rest for others to enjoy. xo.

  39. Kaffesoester

    Fabulous outfit Judith! The jacket is amazing and the leather gloves made my fingers itch – I need those gloves!

    Culling is like a milestone, you take stock, plan for the future and organize what’s left of the past into neat boxes and shelves. After you’ve organized things, everything is so much clearer and easier. Then you’re ready for the coming season!

    I can’t wait to see what treasures you’re finding – I’m already looking forward to your posts!

  40. Paula

    Ive been shopping my closet a lot lately too.

    Love these colors and love the background in the top photo!

    Be well~xoxo

  41. Fabulous Misfit

    Oh you are exquisite in these beautiful colours! I love the gorgeous hat especially. And your smile.

    Sarah xxx

  42. Sylvia @ 40PlusStyle

    What a beautiful outfit. You wear skinnies so well. And that hat is divine!

  43. Jaimee Byron

    I am so excited i came across your blog. You are completely inspiring and not to mention fabulous!!

    -jaimee

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