Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013 by Jordan Staggs
By Annie Foley
I so look forward to the first northerly wind bringing a cold snap as the Autumnal Equinox returns. This could only mean mid-fall, Thanksgiving, and Fall Break for those attending school. The ensuing dazzling display of foliage sharpens our daily sights. When I look at the trees, I feel I’m listening in on conversations—boasts and brags about their unique ensembles—between the trident maples, junipers, chestnuts, oaks, and dogwoods as they compete for the adoration of passersby. They stand imposing and majestic, as models do at a pre-photo shoot run through, dressed and decked out in the best couture ball gowns by Dior, Valentino, Chanel, Armani, and Giambattista Valli … Pinch me! How fortunate are we to call this our backyard (bien sur, our front yard being the gorgeous body of water known as the Gulf of Mexico)? I find it all inspiring!
Autumn is the most favored season for many Gulf Coast locals. It’s a time to rejoice and give thanks to the prosperous spring and summer high season. The Harvest Moon beams brilliantly, as if to highlight our bountiful area here on Scenic Highway 30-A. Indeed, we have plenty to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Let’s be thankful for the continuous, beautiful weather—from spring, through a mild summer, and onto a glorious, lingering fall (I’m hopeful for a mild winter.) so that we may praise its graces and celebrate by doing all things outdoors. In doing so and in playing, visiting, participating, smiling, laughing, eating, sharing, and enjoying nature together, we strive to keep the balance of natural and human coexistence by making conscious decisions to keep our area—especially our beaches—clean and safe for others to be thankful for as well.
Thanksgiving means turkey with all the scrumptious trimmings, college football, Black Friday shopping, movies, holiday decorating, and parades to usher in our jolly Santa Claus with family and friends. To maintain your physique during these times of revelry, intermit the feasting with activities such as a walk to the beach, a game of croquet, bocce ball, or in my case, badminton. Once you are fed, it’s time to strategize your Black Friday Op! Make your list, do your homework, plan your attack with proper wear: comfort head to toes, cross-body purse or wristlet for hands-free shopping … You will be in and out with the goods in record time—providing you stay focused on your list (most casualties don’t have a chance as the deals and temptations are plentiful). And remember to stay hydrated! Most retailers depend on this last quarter to round out the fiscal year in the black. We can do our part to keep this dream alive and save $$$ on such incredible deals!
What have I got to be thankful for this year? Everything! I will and must elaborate, yes? As a dear, wise friend said to me once regarding herself, “No one wants to hear your aches and pains.” No worries; I wouldn’t bore you with such self-pity nonsense. Needless to say, I turned to fashion as a mood enhancer this year—and will continually. It started with saying yes. “Yes, I can help with that,” or “Yes, here’s the solution for that.” This was the new outlook I took and, well, the rewards have been staggering! Soon after the affirmations, I was invited on a buying trip to New York, I got to write for VIE, and I found out I will be covering Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York this spring. Stay tuned, dear readers, we will be going places … all in the name of fashion!
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