“I wish I had a twin so I could see what I would look like without plastic surgery.”-Joan Rivers

As you can all see, this week Shabby went under the knife. As we have talked about before, change can be hard but in this case it was long overdue. Shabby Yet Chic can now be found under her very own domain name (!!!), she has a more modern appearance and is far more user friendly! Huzzah! On the right hand side of the page you will see a search box where you can search key words and all of the posts containing those words will pop up (how great is that?). There are also links to Shabby’s Instagram and Facebook pages as well as a “follow me” button for easy access and notifications to weekly posts. The menu items across the top link you directly to all of the posts containing those specific tags (ie. muffin recipes, wine, coffee and all of the things I love to eat/serve/cook or bake can be found under the “food” heading…Let’s face it, I have never met a muffin or a cup of coffee that I didn’t like). Easy eh? On the right hand side of the page you will also find archived posts, most recent posts and a list of most recent comments. Please feel free to follow the new and improved Shabby and as always, comments, suggestions and ideas for post topics are always welcome!

Anyway, onward and upward. Last evening I met with a very dear friend who I haven’t had the pleasure of catching up with in a while. Career changes and everything else life has thrown our way in the last year has made meeting up a bit of a logistical nightmare. A three hour tea-date in our old stomping grounds was just what we needed (you see, we started work together and lived exceptionally close until we purchased homes on opposite sides of the bridges). For my 30th birthday, she wrote me a letter detailing 30 things I had “taught” her over the years. Well this letter simultaneously made me tear up and laugh out loud like an idiot in Starbucks and it meant so much to me, especially coming from her (a woman who I have always looked up to for her abundant amount of resilience, adaptability, her big heart and her ability to be a truly unconditional friend, the kind of friend that will last a lifetime). Experiences like this make me very aware of how fortunate I am to have so many wonderful people in my life and they also remind me that sometimes I take those same people and what they add to my life for granted. I thought I would share a few of the “pearls of wisdom” she included in her list of things that I taught her without really knowing I was…..

  • Nearly anyone can be your friend if you let them.
  • Baking a pie from scratch is really quite simple.
  • Wearing a dress isn’t dressing up (unless it is and you want it to be).
  • You never need an excuse to wear heels.
  • Likewise, you also don’t need one to wear red lipstick.
  • It’s good to be busy (most of the time).
  • The words “Beautiful” and “F*ck” can and should be used daily (sorry nanny!). Also on the same note, sometime you just have to say “F*ck it”.
  • Coffee is always a good idea.
  • It however, is never a good idea to drink wine on an empty stomach, post night shift. Unless that is, you want a bad case of esophagitis (this happened years ago and it still makes me laugh).
  • Red dirt is beautiful.
  • Owning a home should be fun and paint goes a long way.
  • Fresh flowers are a necessity, not an indulgence.
  • It is important to explore every nook and cranny of the city you live in.
  • It is nice to soak your feet in the tub after having a meltdown in heels.
  • Compassion can be tangible.
  • Cards can speak so much more than the words they contain and they should always be sent through “snail mail”.
  • Calling someone an a**hole isn’t always a bad thing (if I love you, you know this is true).
  • Farmer’s markets aren’t only for the “tragically hip”.
  • Hard work usually pays off.
  • Not all relationships need defining.
  • You don’t have to be old to be wise.

Happy October everyone,


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