Tuesday, May 12, 2015

spring in full bloom

The waterfront and beautiful homes (boat houses) of Skaneateles

The dinner boat - yet to try (always too busy with family)!

The pier - great to walk out to and see the fish swimming.

The walkway to the Sherwood Inn - it really was a wonderful inn to stay

The Patisserie - where I eat yummy breads and pastries - #cantstopwontstop!

Tank:  Vince Camuto  |  Blazer:  Mural  |  Jeans:  Gap (similar here)  |  Bag:  KS  |  Necklace:  TJ Maxx (similar here)  |  Heels:  Nine West  |  Earrings:  BR

This was a drizzly/blustery shoot (all photos were right after a rain shower), and a shoot on my own (see the remote in hand - I'm still trying to figure that out)!  It was my first go as summer is approaching and John/my schedules are going to get even busier so I figured I'd try it out on my own and this weekend was perfect for it!

The reason I was in Skaneateles.

Skaneateles has been a part of me since I was little.  We've been going there every summer to visit my mom's side of family.  This weekend was different.  We laid to rest a close person that was in our lives.  Someone who was too young to leave the world, but God had other plans for this person and the people they touched.  Skaneateles is still going to be a gathering place for our families, but now it will be even more meaningful to visit each year. 

I'm writing tonight, not to be preachy, but it is what I believe.  We've recently lost someone in our family recently, but today, eight years ago I also lost a close friend when I was in college.  I can't believe it's been that long, and that I've shared all of this.  As I have become a bit more reserved/private in my life since college - or so I think, but I want to open up a bit more to my readers when I could have just said it was a weekend away. 

I know what I love doing seems a bit superficial/materialistic, but my mom explains it as "I was born to love style."  It's what I love doing and what I wouldn't change, but sometimes I wish I could be simple, not shop and modest with finances, but I'm not.  I always gravitate back.  It's who I am.  I think the same goes for the people I've lost over the years.  God creates them to live a certain life as He creates the future they have as he has for me.  There's no going about that.  Enjoy your life, live it, embrace it, be with those you want to be with, don't change, be yourself. live. it. up.

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