Wearing: 1970's Autumn Leaves

Saturday, January 1, 2011

On this, the first day of Twenty-Eleven, I decided to go back...40 years back.
I'm wearing a vintage dress from the 1970's that I bought from Emily at her amazing Etsy store, El Vintage.
My mother can hardly handle this...the polyester, I mean.
Of course, she did live in it for an entire decade, so I guess I sorta get the nauseous look that comes over her face at the mere mention of polyester. I have to concede that if I had nothing but double knit to wear, I'd probably tire of it, too...but I have lots of options, so I really don't mind it now and again...and actually, I've worn this dress three times since I bought it last month.

Anyone who knows me knows I'm a little bit flighty.
Actually I'm a lot bit flighty, but anyways...
Instead of making a New Year's Resolution this year,
I decided to focus on one word that could improve every area of my life.

My goal for 2011 is to be PRESENT...
as in focused, tuned-in to what's going on in the moment, mentally available in conversations and activities.
Creativity is great, but if my head's always in the clouds when I'm playing with my children or talking to the husbie, then I'm not really engaged, now am I? It would be a real shame to stay at home with my children and realize years from now that I was only really present in body, but not in mind and heart.

I want to put all my energy and focus into what I'm doing in the moment:
whether it is designing, sewing, playing, loving, praying, or conversing.

So, if I'm ever talking to you and start to stare out into space, lost in thought, you have my permission to slap me upside the head and say, "Be present, Kristina!"
OK, maybe you could just snap your fingers or something... =D

Happy New Year!

(El Vintage dress, LOFT fur vest and belt, Anthro Renssalaur t-straps, UO tights)


  1. Love the outfit. I bought those Mia shoes because of the versatility you showed in your posts!

  2. oh that's a great resolution! Nicely put- something we all do but think no one notices...

  3. Aww, that is an inspirational NY resolution! Happy new year to you! you look lovely and very 1970s.

  4. What a fantastic goal!

    Happy New Year!

  5. love your outfit!! thanks for visiting my blog darling!


  6. Wow is that snow on the ground? I would be cold. haha I hope you achieve your 2011 goal! All the best and happy new year : )

    xx The Little Dust Princess

  7. That's a great 2011 goal. I wish you much luck. As for this outfit it is adorable. I generally eschew polyester myself, but you may be on to something with this lovely dress.

  8. This dress is so boho, I love it! It doesn't look polyester at all, and I love the length of the sleeves. You are probably the most stylish mom I've ever known! Your kids (and husbie) are so lucky!


  9. WOW!! Love this look! It's amazingggg, very creative and yes, vintage! So glad it's back in style!!!

    Thanks for your comments... let's follow eachother :)



  10. i really like the vest!!!

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  11. E.L. Vintage LOVES YOU!!!! :-) The outfit is fabulous!! Thanks for shopping at EL Vintage and being such an incredible person!

    I will be seeing you soon I hope!!

    Doing a giveaway again this coming week.

    Stop by, say hi...XXXX to you- Emily from EL Vintage

  12. Wow...fabulousness!!! You totally remind me of Carrie from Sex and The City...hair and a figure that can rock ANY outfit...nevermind that this one is completely awesome and unique! Cheers!

  13. I'm also trying to fully recognize the importance of being present in my life. It is so easy for me to space out and miss valuable moments, and life is just too precious to let it slip by!

    Thanks so much for this helpful reminder to be truly engaged, every second of our lives!

  14. Goodness I adore your shoes so much and they look perfect with that dress.

  15. I too am trying to master the art of being present. You look lovely in that dress!

  16. Sooo, I'm just minding YOUR business... catching up on your blog after way to long and low and behold we are resolution/goal twinsies!!! I'm hoping that I will be WAY more "present" in 2011 too. How's it going for you so far?

    A Foreign Land


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