First things first… Happy New Year! I hope 2018 brings us joy, balance, peace, perspective, and love. I’ve taken a few weeks off from the blog more by circumstance than by choice; being away from home and keeping my four year old entertained ’round the clock doesn’t leave much time for taking photos and writing. Plus, you may remember from my last post that my favourite camera is having a 6 week repair, so (to my eyes) the photos aren’t quite their usual standard. Instead of wringing my hands over the camera and the busy holiday schedule, I decided to just chill out and enjoy my time visiting family and friends in the States… and enjoy it I have! After a week in New York (more on that in another post) we flew down to North Carolina.
My parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins scattered and moved all over the country, but eventually everyone (except for me) settled down back in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I went to high school here, so every time I go back it is a real treat to see old friends, some whom I’ve known since I was five. What always amazes me is how little we all change. We settle back into our easy time-worn ways and the roles we’ve always played with each other. The friend who has always made me laugh until my stomach hurts still does, the one who makes me feel accountable and makes me see things in a different way still does, the one who makes the funny, insightful, left-field, pithy comments still dishes those out. Everyone knows everything about everyone. We share ‘formative history’, those earlier life events that make us into who we are. I suppose lots of people take this for granted, but since I have moved around so much in my life, I don’t. Like everyone of our generation, my friends and I all stay in touch through Facebook. The house moves, the babies, the divorces, the adoptions, the graduations, and the deaths, are all threads that weave through my circle of friends as they likely do through yours. However, I do feel like there is a little fairy dust surrounding the particular crowd I grew up with. There’s something really magical about these people from my high school and the bond we have. Of course your family raises you, but I firmly believe your friends raise you too. As a teenager, there are many things you don’t share with your family, and your friends see you through those experiences. I’m fortunate to still have such special childhood friends who keep me in line and remind me of what is important. They give me balance. Or as they say, they prevent me from being too cultured and keep me a little bit dirrrty! 🙂
So, on to the outfit I chose to wear out one evening. A sequin skirt (Topshop, sold out) which, I’ll be honest, is not something one sees a lot of in Hendersonville where I’m staying. Some red sequin shoes, because what goes better with a sequin skirt than sequin shoes? And a simple black sweater, which is pretty much the first thing I put in my suitcase when I travel. I’ve worn it this trip with everything from jeans to faux-leather trousers to sequins.
Proving my theory that when you buy things you love they always magically go together, I had packed this rainbow necklace (also worn here) to wear with another outfit, but it just so happens to have the same unusual colour combination as the skirt.
My red faux fur coat (worn here) came in handy on this trip because both New York and North Carolina were unseasonably and brutally cold…WAY below freezing. On this evening, I’m wearing it at a local brewery. This part of North Carolina has recently become full of hipsters and microbreweries. Sanctuary Brewery (below) is my favourite– a totally vegan menu, an active animal rights advocate, live music, and deliciously creative craft beers (you have to try the Hop Pig). Because of the mountains and the clean water, nearly 30 craft breweries have set up shop around here in the last decade. Asheville even has the largest number of breweries per capita in the U.S.– and where craft beer goes, hipsters, good food, art, music, and artisanal everything follow.
I’m heading home to London on Friday and will be so glad to settle back into my routine. I’ll also be glad to get away from craft beers and Southern American food! I can only say no to Cheerwine and Bourbon slushies (you have no idea), fried hominy, and my mom’s cream cheese pound cake and cornbread so many times. Still, I’m pleased with how well I’ve maintained my focus on Bright Line Eating while I’ve been away. I allowed myself a couple of premeditated exceptions (back to the ‘balance’ theme of this post), and immediately resumed without much disruption. I’ve had many messages and emails from readers about Bright Line Eating, and I’m absolutely thrilled that so many of you are experiencing the same success that I’ve had. Keep me posted and let me know if I can help.
Happy New Year to you once again! xxx, Lisa