This was my first Rohonda paying customer who also happens to be my best friend, Lori. When the Rohonda dresses arrived at my house she was the first one over to take a look and try on and bring the enthusiasm. Lori always brings the enthusiasm. She brings the enthusiasm, the encouragement, the box of candy to your house when you're in a rough spot, the wisdom and the continual fun. Her amount of support is immeasurable and never ending. I told her to take which ever dress or dresses that she wanted but she wanted to be a customer. When she was on a family trip out of state, she ordered online her Rohonda. I think she may have at least used a coupon! The purchase of this dress was not however about the dress. It was about friendship of over 30 years. It was about being there in all kinds of life moments whether they are great, good or down right bad. It's about her patience for me because sometimes I must really drive her crazy.
Today happens to be her birthday and even though she is a bit younger than I am, (a little) it's from her that so many of my important life skills have been learned. Her priority of her faith, her family, her friends, her generosity has never wavered and I've observed her through a lot. From the top of her head with the cute blonde/purple hair to the toe of her cool leopard print shoes, I just haven't found the flaw.
At Lori's house, outside on her patio is where I would guess is one of her most favorite places to be. Her son built a large, beautiful table where there's room enough for everyone. The whole family, Scott and Lori, their kids, kids in law, grand kids can all be in one spot laughing and eating and sharing. She has traveled many places in this world but I know that when she sits at this table and looks around and breathes it all in, that she wouldn't choose to be any place else. It's while seated there on the patio she would tell you she has the most loveliest view.
I've got the best seat in the house
I've got the most beautiful view
You can't imagine how it feels
Just sitting here looking at you
That's what I love to do
I've got the best seat in the house
Happy birthday Lori, I can't imagine my life without you! Love you tons.
The presence of Ruby is much larger than her little physical self. Her heart is huge and her personality is that of several rolled all into one.
Ruby arrived somewhat surprisingly and miraculously after quite a time of loss. Her parents weren't too sure there would be a Ruby but then.....there was. Her entrance into this world was met with so much love and fanfare and deep thankfulness. The wait for her, worth it. Ruby does not like to be left out, and why would we want to ever leave her out? She brings the fun, the excitement and the song. She sings, most all the time. It's somehow fitting that one of her most favorite songs is Roar by Katy Perry. Ruby's personality roars. She throws her little arms tightly around your neck and smacks you right on the lips and tells you she loves you to the moon and back.
Oh Ruby from your incredible ability of encouragement that you offer to everyone, your jokes, your talent of convincing me that chocolate is good for your body and that spot of the back of your arm that is made of marshmallow cream, my dear Rublicious you are delicious!
It's a little confusing. The Olive dress comes in purple or black, not green. Perhaps I should have thought that through a bit more and probably in the future there will be a "Green Olive" dress. Color wasn't on my mind when I named the dress. A little person was on my mind and of course her name is Olive. She is my fourth and youngest granddaughter. She makes silly magical faces with voices to match. She is very smart and cute and loves to sing. I took her to story time one day at the library that is near her house. During the story she was somewhat interested but when the teacher started singing she not only paid attention but left where we were seated and stood next to the teacher and sang as loud as she could. It's so fun when you recognize in little people what speaks to them.
While shopping on Ebay one day for vintage dresses I found what became the further inspiration for the Olive dress. The dress is cute but I wanted to have sleeves and most importantly, fabric with a little give. We are all so spoiled to stretch in our clothing and we like it. I was quickly reminded of that when I was climbing up into my SUV and I heard a pop. The dress isn't too snug but there's just not give and I popped a button from stepping up. So there another reason for stretchy fabric other than usual girl fluctuations.
All this to say.......The Olive Dress which isn't green is cute as a button and pretty, just like it's namesake.
There's a lot of talk right now about capsule wardrobe. When I started reading articles and blogs about this concept it fit in my brain rather well. I guess I have a capsule mindset and didn't even realize. At least now there's a name to how my brain functions. The idea being that with minimal articles of clothing you can create a lovely wardrobe. No clutter or complication. That's how I prefer my brain, my life and even my wardrobe, uncluttered and uncomplicated. It's not always attainable but a worthy goal of how to live your life. It's probably a great time to mention that the Ruby dress by Rohonda is a great piece for your capsule wardrobe. Classic, comfortable and capsule worthy.
The capsule wardrobe theory also fits my disdain of cleaning out my closet. As I have mentioned before, I really don't like cleaning out my closet. I make every excuse possible to not clean my closet. There have been times when my sliding closet doors wouldn't even open all the way because of things on the floor. So two feet of clothing on each end of the closet was all I had immediate access to. Guess what, it worked. I had plenty to wear. Ta-Dah, capsule wardrobe!
I was invited so speak at a Fashion/Merchandising class at a community college in my city. My friend is the instructor of the class and asked if I would come and share my experience. I love doing that sort of thing so of course my answer was yes. I even got my very own STAFF temporary parking pass. I didn't quite make it into the staff lounge, but the parking lot has got to be the next best thing.
Other than just enjoying fashion I really don't have a fashion background. But what I felt I could bring most to the students in the class were my wins and mistakes, what I've learned this far and where I'm headed. Mostly, I wanted to encourage. I wanted to tell these young creatives to pursue their passion and find that thing that makes it all tick in their heart, soul and mind and move on it. The only question that I sort of dreaded getting (and was asked) was how much had it cost to fund this venture. I prefaced my answer by reminding them that I was in a complete different chapter of life than they are. If I were sitting where they are and heard someone like me telling them what I had invested, they might just give up. I'm not an independently wealthy person but was able to fund this adventure. I encouraged them to start where they are. They are schooled in making their own patterns and sewing and pretty much experts at social media. I reminded them to start right there. The main point I expressed was that nothing happens over night. At my age you really understand that and hold on for the ride. You work hard during the ride but you just know that that's what it entails. Did they hear that part? Would I have at their age?
As the questions wrapped up and my time was coming to a close, I felt so encouraged by them. I do my best to learn from so many in my life no matter which generation they are in. People all around me have knowledge and experience that I can learn from. As I was packing up one young lady commented that she was beginning to think that what she wanted to design wouldn't work because it wasn't like everyone else. With a big smile she told me she felt re-inspired! Yay!