"Hmm, this wrap dress would look awesome on Eyeliah. Wish I had her figure."
You know you spend too much time thinking about blogging when during a trip to Salvation Army you catch yourself looking at clothes you wouldn't consider for yourself, and think:
"Oh! Franca would love these yellows and reds!"
"Hippyish folky blouses! Why isn't Milla here?"
As if that wasn't enough, I found myself reading this op-ed in the NYT this morning, wishing I could discuss its contents with Andrea. There are times when I wonder why I have this blog. As you probably know by now, it started out as a project to get rid of my too-many-clothes and to kick the mindless consumer out of me. It has turned into a diary of sorts, one that allowed me to meet my husband, and even though there are times when its purpose is not all that clear to me, it is because of blogging that I have developed a wonderfully strange, almost unreal connection to my fellow bloggers who come from the farthest corners of the world. We are strangers to each other, but oddly familiar, too.
I know I have written about this before, too. For some reason, my yesterday's trip to SA made it feel more real than usual. I realised that if it wasn't for my blog and the blogs of the people whose lives I spy on almost every day, I would have never bought this dress I am wearing today. The main reason I wear colours and prints now is partly because I have been inspired by countless other bloggers who do. And it is not just the way I dress. I realise that my thoughts and interests develop due to the intelligent and charming accounts on life that many bloggers record, on a daily basis. If it wasn't for Andrea, I probably wouldn't have stopped to read the op-ed, and that is just one example. I am inspired by the books you read and the movies you see, not to mention the personal stories you boldly tell. Yet, for the most part, I don't know your real names, and I don't know what your voices sound like.
I am not trying to come to any sort of a conclusion here - I just want to express to my fellow bloggers that you matter, a great deal! Anyway, in addition to the dress I am wearing today, here are my latest SA finds:
I got two skinny belts (99 cents each, and yay, finally found leather belts, not plastic ones!), the shoes ($4.99) and the star print blouse ($2.99). And no, I am not teaming the latter with red-and-white stripes. I am thinking more on the lines of a high-waisted pencil skirt and killer heels.
The dress cost $6.99. Because I can't seem to skip one post without mentioning our cats, here is yet another cat update. Cassie really insists on taking part in outfit photos, day after day:Upstairs, Masa and Illusia are getting up close and personal:
Audrey's favourite thing to do in the mornings is to prevent me from reading my paper:
And Willow is a basket case.
Also, speaking of willows, our weeping willow is in bloom! I have a bad feeling the flowers will die overnight because it is going to be close to freezing. After today, you'll be seeing me in tights and long sleeves again. It turns out the weather is going to get cold. Well, it was fun for as long as it lasted!