Sweater: Ron Leal
Pants: Ann Taylor

I love things that you can modify, change or use in some other way.  I've started to post on another blog, The Bespoke Lifestyle, about all the other interests in my life, and over there you can see the latest piece of furniture which I'm using in a new way.  This scarf is another example.  It's a cheap, little, give-away which I got at Ulta over a year ago.  I've had it in a drawer, but on my recent closet purging, I pulled it out and saw the buttons.  Why I wondered, does this scarf have buttons.  Then I read the little attached tag which described different ways to drape and button it.  Honestly, most of them didn't require buttons but were just your standard ways of draping a scarf, but it did show how to style it the way I've done it here as sleeves or as a cape which intrigued me.

Thank you to everyone who left kind words about my work situation.  I'm still employed.  My staff of 40 people was split into four groups.  Three of them went with me, and we have been joined by 14 others where we will be forming a new department.  I hate to admit to being a glass half empty kind of person right now (and I'm really working on trying to be more positive with my thinking - you should see my bedtime reading to prove it!), but every time someone tells me how exciting this is for me, I cringe.  If I had this opportunity five years ago, I would have pounced on it.  Now I keep second guessing myself and waiting for it to blow up in my face, to get the call that they've changed their minds.  A lot of it has to do with not feeling like I have the greatest support network at work right now.  It is so true that under times of stress you find out who your real friends are.  I'm plugging along though.  I have so much to be thankful for, and when I look around at the challenges that others are facing, it feels really selfish to complain.  I have my healthy family, and we have a home and more luxuries than I can count.  We decided to take a new dog into our family this week who my wonderful niece has rescued.  He has some health problems, but we got great news today that he could be ours much sooner than expected.  We've decided to name him Seamus, and I'll introduce him when he arrives.

Linked to: Lipgloss and Crayons and Two Thirty Five Designs

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