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2012 November 13
by elizabeth_admin

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I have been in a little funk the past couple of weeks.  I am really missing NYC, my friends there and the Garment District.  With all of the news of Sandy’s devastation, wondering whether my family and friends and their homes were ok and just generally missing New York City.  It was so amazing (and inspiring) to see a lot of my friends organizing relief efforts (I’m looking at you Paul T!!!)

But on a more personal level, I really miss the life I had in NYC.  As much as I am excited about the opportunities I will have here in San Diego, I do miss some aspects of my life in NYC:

  • Having a work life, a regularity to my schedule that I could count on day in and day out.
  • Work wardrobe.  I am a more formal dresser at heart I guess.  I don’t like wearing casual clothes every day.  I feel more myself and attractive in dresses rather than capri pants and t-shirt or jeans.
  • My NYC friends (no explanation needed there).  I am meeting some really cool people here in San Diego, people I know will be in my life for years to come, but I still miss my NYC friends.
  • The Garment District.  *SIGH*  Oh how I miss thee, Garment District.  I miss your proximity, the joyful step in my walk as I would catch a taxi to walk your hallowed streets.  The ease of sourcing fabric, whatever kind I wanted, whenever I wanted.  How I took you for granted, I know and regret that now.  I should have visited you every week while I lived there.  *sob*  Now all I access to are polyester double knits and polyester that.

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I am going through full on NYC withdrawal people.

Excuse me while I go pet my fabrics from Mood NYC, Elliott Berman Textile and Metro Textile.  I need a moment to pull myself together.

9 Responses leave one →
  1. November 13, 2012

    NYC isn’t going anywhere! You can always move back. 🙂

    And you can start wearing casual dresses? More flowy cuts with flat shoes? I sometimes even wear a pencil skirt with a t-shirt and flat shoes, and it feels very casual to me.

  2. November 13, 2012

    Well better, Elizabeth. I know it will take some time to get used to your new surroundings. But take advantage of this opportunity to create a new wardrobe. A less formal wardrobe can include dresses and skirts. Dress up for dinner, shows, any outing that you want to look extra special.

  3. Carolyn permalink
    November 13, 2012

    Im with Janice! Cause I miss you everyday!

  4. November 14, 2012

    Even change you choose is difficult and you’re at that time frame when the excitement has worn off, reality is settling in, and you have to find a new way of being. It’s hard and you’ll get there. Take care of yourself. Maybe you could order a yummy piece of something.

  5. November 15, 2012

    You know, I think that reality is what you make it. If you want to be dressy every day, then that’s what you should do. I don’t see any defined rules or regulations here except for the ones that you might impose on yourself. You’re living in RSF where moms are toting Birkin bags to school. Nobody would blink if you wore a dress. Don’t impose Capri pants on yourself unless you want to!

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      November 15, 2012

      Yes, but it feels funny to wear a dress when you don’t have meetings to go to and you’re just puttering about the house or picking up your kid from school and going on playdates. Maybe I should become a person who lunches. What’s a birkin bag anyway? 😉

  6. November 16, 2012

    Now you’re starting to sound like a housewife!

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      November 16, 2012

      Minus the husband.

  7. Teresa permalink
    November 17, 2012

    I know how you feel, kind of, I think. I grew up in San Diego and have always missed it so much. I’d visit and cry when I had to leave. I’ve been living in Delaware, of all places :), for a while now and I hop on a day bus to NYC and shop for 8 hours in the garment district. It really is a good thing and makes me very happy. I used to hop on the train to LA’s garment district, but I will admit NYC is soooo much better.

    I work from home and at first it was really hard because I used to travel and make my own suits. I love wearing structured garments. Most people I know who work from home don’t even bother to dress for the day. I just can’t do it, I have kids too and run them all over for this, that and the other thing. Finding my own ‘style’ has been difficult because when you don’t need to dress nicely most people don’t get why you would. So once you find a style you have to believe in it so you are confident looking in it. Or you may seem like you are trying to hard.

    I like easy dresses and skirts in the summer and pants and lightly structured jactets for layering in the winter. Yes, I put on my dress, do my hair, get my kids on the bus and go to my home office and work. Lately my kids have been saying they are glad I don’t look like some moms that show up in sweats and PJ bottoms. Makes me feel like I might have figured out my style.

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