We’re having a real Spring Awakening around these parts :-). Check back for more regular updates. Hope you love the continual evolution of this blog’s look – Spring is the time for the blossoming of new leaves right? Missed you all… xx
I hope you’re all having lovely Christmases! I am happy to report I was able to hop skip and a jump back to the Northwest (Canada to be exact) to be with my family in the blissful winter wonderland of Whistler for the week. I’m in the land of much needed serious R&R after this crazy last month I’ve had. Plus, tearing up the slopes on my snowboard in the fresh mountain air on the daily. Does a girl good. I hope you are all enjoying the holidays with your dear kin!
Much love and Happy Holidays to you all, from me xx
Isn’t this winter wonderland pretty? I’m a lucky girl!
When my friends asked me what kind of goodbye party I wanted to have to say sayonara to SF all I could think that I really wanted to do was…. hop in a limo and spend an entire final day wine tasting in Napa with my girlfriends. Because it was that or me spending my last Saturday packing up all my shit by myself, which sounded lame. And who doesn’t love Napa? or wine tasting? or limos with your girlfriends for that matter? All my best memories have happened in a limo! That’s a lie, but you get my point. So on one of the rainiest days Northern California had yet seen (they’re such good sports, these ones), we took to Healdsburg and had a grand time.
Francis Ford Coppola, Michel-Schlumberger, Bella Vineyards
Just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the outpouring of support of my big life change! I loved all of your comments and emails – it meant a lot to know you all approved of this crazy thing I decided to do, and that I was even inspirational to some of you. Believe me when I tell you, if I can do this, anyone can. xx, Tara
“When your rooster crows at the breaks of dawn, look out your window and I’ll be gone…”
A few short weeks ago I decided to uproot my entire life on go on a big life adventure, leaving everything familiar behind me. On Saturday, December 8th I left San Francisco and the great Pacific Ocean permanently (for now) to move to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to chase after some of my dreams. Because, you know, isn’t that what life really is about? Dream job, dream of living on the East Coast for a while, dream of taking a big risk and switching it all up and seeing what happens and where life can take you. Because if not now, when? In case you have been wondering where I went on the longest break I have ever taken from this blog since I started it, it was doing (mostly executing) this. It started with giving my 2 weeks notice at my SF job and finishing up all my projects there, it went into selling my old car, and buying a new one (!), to packing up my entire apartment, sorting out everything I didn’t want anymore, including half of my wardrobe which went to either Crossroads or Goodwill, to spending time with and saying goodbye to all of my people in San Francisco, which was undoubtably the hardest part. Weirdly, I was unemotional about leaving anything in the city of SF itself – I didn’t do a leaving SF bucket list, because a) there was no time and b) I figured if I hadn’t done it in the 5 years I had lived in SF, it wasn’t that important, and c) SF would always be there, for me to come back to. Really, at the end of the day, it was all of my people/friends I love dearly in SF (and there are a lot of them, I am lucky in that way) whom I was saddest to leave. Luckily, they were all insanely supportive of me and understanding of why I wanted to do this. I guess the best you can hope for is friends who want you to grow to be the best person you can possibly be, and support you in all of your endeavors, no matter where they take you. It was surely surprising to me how many people in my life, both in and outside of work, when I told them the news, said with a big grin on their face that they were happy and excited for me, that it was perfect. That was such a sign to me that I was making the right decision, and I haven’t really looked back.
My empty Larkin Street room that I left behind – it has been good to me
My last hours in SF were spent with some of my best girlfriends at the Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, CA, looking back at the city I grew up in over the past 5 years
So here I am, one week into my adventure, hanging out in a little studio hotel room in temp housing, drinking copious amounts of California wine totally by myself and adjusting to my new, albeit in transition, life. I made it through week 1 at my new ‘dream job’ (with only one major freak out of ‘what the hell have I done?’ which I am proud to say I got over pretty quick. Just FYI to everyone out there, a dream job is still a job. Like, something they pay you to do. Friendly reminder. But on the other side is, well, we all have to work, so it might as well be everything you always imagined, right?) and have pretty much adjusted to the time change and recovered from my massive sleep deficit that occurred over the past weeks. I even made a new friend (this little lady!) whom I think I have convinced to become my new BFF. Victory? Victory. So wish me luck in this stage 2 (stage 1 = getting me here) of life uproot which includes, but is not limited to: finding an adorable little 1 bedroom apartment (no small feat), convincing many people I’m cool and friend-worthy, figuring out how to write a PO so I don’t continually embarrass myself at work, finding the perfect warm winter coat (what should that look like? I’ve got no clue.) and mastering the bus system between here and NYC. I hope you will enjoy following it all here on the blog, which I fully intend to keep up, probably with less outfit pics for the time being.
Thank you to everyone who supported me in this adventure and was there for me to make it happen! I owe ya one. xx
p.s. know anyone who lives here in Philly who might want to be real life friends with me? send um on over! email@example.com
“…don’t think twice, it’s all right.”
I hope you all are enjoying the holiday with good food/friends/family all warm and snuggly.
I most certainly am and feel so thankful to be doing so.
cheers to you all! love, tara xx
Sometimes, to take a break from the real serious business I do at my job, I like to create fun mood/trend boards for inspiration, putting to good use all of those magazines I have lying around. I love that my job is such a mix of left brain/right brain – just like me. Creative, but good at math.
Here are a few of my latest…
“Ultimately, fashion is all about gut anyway — there’s no science to what this should look like or that should look like or how many times you can redraw that or resketch that or redo that catalogue cover. The fact of the matter is, either it grabs you or it doesn’t.”