Even before our London trip, blogland was abuzz with news of the Liberty for Target collection. There was a lot of anticipation in the air, and sadly -- sadly -- I gave in.
It was the first weekend after returning from London. I got up early and hightailed it over to the local Target. They were still putting up the displays! But I managed to nab a couple of items.
Later, I went to a couple other Targets, 'just to see what they have.'
By the end of the day, here's what I'd collected: a couple of dresses, garden gloves, notebooks, a canister, a couple of girls dresses. Oh, and a pair of rain boots that I'd asked my brother to pick up, 'just to see.'
And when I looked at all that I'd 'scored,' I realized that I didn't need nearly any of it. I'd just got sucked into the hoopla. And it really bothered me because I like to think that I'm cool and utilitarian and minimalist and above the hype. When, really, I'm much more easily influenced.
Which kinda got me thinking how the blog world is incredibly inspiring, but is, simultaneously, incredibly consumer- and collection-driven. At least for someone like me, who is like a naive little sponge when it comes to all that visual stimulation. I love looking at it, but it remains a cyber-world that I haven't yet been able to bridge with reality (despite all the 'normal people' photos and home tours).
So... I went back to the reality of my Liberty loot, chose a few items that I knew I'd like and wear, and returned the rest. I ended up with one dress, one girl's dress (which, in XL, fits me like a tunic, or a very very short dress, if I am so daring), garden gloves, and a tie for DC. Oh, and a random recent rainy day made me keep those rain boots after all. And it was delightful to run up to my office, nearly late, without fear of getting wet or slipping. So: worth it!
These days I have also limited my blog intake, especially as I try to find my voice again as well as my own inspiration. There's a place for it on the screen that I appreciate greatly, but with SoCal weather and, more importantly, the right attitude, inspiration abounds all over the place. And I'm out to get me some!