There are sooooo many things I have to be thankful for this year that it's hard to narrow it down, but I'm going to limit it to just three.
1I'm incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to show my appreciation for the men and women of our armed services by performing for them across the Mediterranean and North Africa (more pix soon!) with Capitol Movement, a local DC dance company that I'm proud to say I've danced with for four years. We traveled through Germany, Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Egypt and saw incredible places and spaces, but my favorite part of the trip by far was the people.
I found a new family in my fellow company members and our director, and I will never forget the soldiers and local folks that I met at each base. We all saw firsthand that dance can cross almost any boundary, whether cultural or political or linguistic, but I had one experience in which-- believe it or not-- fashion was the bridge that led to a new friendship.
I met a beautiful Libyan woman on a dinner cruise down the Nile. She was honeymooning with her new husband and I was struck by her beauty and impeccable style. Her headscarf was black woven with gold and she was carrying a black clutch with Alexander McQueen-esque skull detailing, and I couldn't help but compliment her style. Almost immediately we after began chatting, she GAVE ME HER BAG.
I tried to refuse, I really did, but there comes a point when you realize that someone genuinely wants you to have something, and it feels right to say "thank you" and really mean it from the bottom of your heart. And then maybe cry a little in public. Thank you, my new friend.
2The second thing I am thankful for is CapFABB (and yes, you may recall me saying as much on Refinery29 yesterday, but it bears repeating a bajillion million times). I started this here blog at the end of June, and even though I was brand spanking new at my first meetup, I was welcomed with open arms by these gracious, warm women. Liz and Lacey have built a network of ladies in DC who are incredibly supportive of one another, and is a beautiful thing. The fact that I have a huge group of new friends who also love fashion is just icing on the cake! Thank you, women of CapFABB, for rocking my socks off.
3And last but most certainly not least, I am so so so sososososo grateful for YOU, my fair readers! I am overcome with disbelief and gratitude every time I hear someone say "oh hey, I read your blog!"
Thank you so much for continuing to come back to see what I've cooked up for you, and for helping me to find new designers and retailers who are kind to the earth and the people on it. I love you lots and lots, and I promise I have lots more in store for you as the holiday shopping season gets in gear.
Until then, happy thanksgiving!