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Looking Back

Last week when the weather was chilly and crisp with the suggestion of winter, I took a flight from New York home to England. I walked through midtown to the station with a head full of thoughts and retrospect and although I was only going home for a visit, the departure made me think about the past and the present. 
In 2007 I spent a year traveling round the world. It was defining and wildly exciting, and although I'd like to say the adventure left me enriched and worldly, sadly at the tender age of 23 the experience was lost on me. Finding the local bar and having a thoroughly good time was the closest to culture I got. I stayed out until 6am and watched the sunrise across tropical oceans and lived a blissful existence with only one pair of flip flops in my bag.   
Now, as 2011 appears on the horizon I don't know how to feel about letting go of 2010. This year I have lost more than I thought possible and life has changed more than I could have imagined. I lost my brother and afterwards witnessed in my mother, sister and father the incredible determination we posses as human beings to survive. I was overwhelmed by the support from people I know well and people I hardly know at all. I guess I can say my faith in humanity got stronger this year. 
Not long after I chose to move to New York with my boyfriend. Now there's a life changing experience. He arrived with a vintage suitcase and I with a case of thirty shoes which he regularly carried up five story walk ups whilst we couch hopped. Looking for somewhere permanent, we encountered showers in cupboards and baths in kitchens before finding an amazing little apartment. Whilst our kitchen inventory amounts to only two pans and a penknife, it feels like home and that's what counts. 
What have I learned from this year? Apart from the obvious and a few other bits and pieces, I can say I know one thing. If in doubt, just do it. Life is too short!

{Top, shoes & vintage fur: Beacon's Closet, skirt: Topshop, bag: Mulberry, watch: Citizen}

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Dearest Lucy,

Formal way to begin a blog comment, but! I wanted to say I adore your blog + YOU! This post was very honest + I appreciate that, as I'm sure your other readers do, as well.

Additionally...LOVE the leopard and red nails ;)

Come back safely!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteramy.

I'm so envious of your travels. That whole look is fab, by the way. Very sophisticated.

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October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNovember Grey

Wonderful post!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosaLovesDC

Wow, what incredible advice. Thank you! And this outfit is perfection.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

You look fan-tastic. I love this look. And your words are so heartening...very true, life is indeed way too short.

Envious of your travels as well :)


October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBelle de Couture

so pretty and lady! love it!

bisous from canada!


October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJustyna

Thank you for sharing! I totally agree with the last sentence!

I love the outfit too ;) Leopard print, skirt below the knee - beautiful!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGinta

That is a great reflection! Life is way too short to miss out on chances.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

you write so beautifully, thank you for sharing :)

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkendallcrow

What a beautifully honest sentiment.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlecto

Lovely post

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacie


Wonderful post, thank you for sharing your deepest thoughts and feelings. Lucy, may I suggest: Please lose the fur, vintage or not, it ill becomes a beautiful young lady.

Carry on, Luv...

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOldTymer

Love the Mulberry Bayswater and the last photo!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLela - seaseight

Such an honest and beautiful post, thank you for sharing. I'm glad you've made your apartment a home.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBre

That seems to be what happens with people who lose loved ones. I observed this in my cousins after their mother had died: They were surprisingly active and a load more successful at life then I am. Amazing outfit!!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterT.

What a poignant and beautiful post. You are an inspiration

xo from Espana

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucy at IntoCalico

Beautiful story, and I agree about the life is too short theory." rel="nofollow">

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim

A really, really touching write up Lucy :)

you look lovely but I don't like the fact that your wearing fur...

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Confessions

a leopard long sleeve shirt? i need that!!
great photos and writing

October 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpaigewinter

Hi Lucy,

I've become a recent follower of your blog and I find your outfits really inspiring. Good luck moving in and decorating the new apartment!

October 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmy

Great advice!

Love your outfit! The fur is amazing.

October 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbriannelee

This was so heartfelt and honest... to be honest myself, I felt as though I were reading a letter and not a blog post! I'm so glad you and your boyfriend are happy in N.Y.C. You truly are inspiring -- and you look very glamorous in these photos too ;)

I'm so envious because of your amazing bag!
I really like it!
you look gorgeous darling!

October 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuliet

so so true at a turning point in my life..still need to make the jump! ha!

love love your outfits, always!

have great weekend! xoxo

October 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSome Style...

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