It's Official: Shoestring Sally is on Blogging Hiatus

After a couple months of keeping mum, I decided that I need to step away from the blog officially for a bit. To be honest, I'm not quite sure if I will resume it or in what form. I just know right now my heart's not in it, my time and resources are wrapped up in other projects, and I feel I've lost a firm grasp on what I want this blog to be or where I want it to go. It's all up for analysis, repurposing and reinvention at this point. Perhaps I just need to step away temporarily. We'll see! Best to all who have read and supported me over the years.

xoxo Sally

#Prayers May Not Be the Solution --But They're Not the Problem Either!

Mind if I vent? I gotta vent! I like to keep it light on here generally so I apologize to my regular readers who come here for easy fare about books, clothes, decor and what-not but I'm kind of irritated by the whole "quit sending prayers" thing and I just need to vent a little.

Prayer Backlash in the Wake of Yet Another Shooting Following yesterday's San Bernardino shooting there has been a lot of press about prayer backlash. The Atlantic just published a rather interesting analysis of the politics involved and makes some worthwhile arguments. But I'd like to take a moment to address the issue from a more personal angle and here's my two cents: this whole prayer beef is bull. Oh I get it. People are angry. People want action. Specifically people want to see tighter gun legislation and better homeland security. People want to see results and above all they want to feel safe. But getting your knickers in a twist over people typing things like #PrayforSanBerna…

Healing Colors: Living in the Pink!

It's been a little over two weeks since I recounted my stylish adventure at Club Monaco and I have really been struggling during this time: I hurt my foot, or rather I re-injured my foot, for this is a sudden recurrance of an old problem. Pain management has dominated my days and unfortunately a recent cortisone shot from my doctor has had little effect. I have to wear a terribly unfashionable night splint and I am clomping about the house in Birkenstocks as it is the only footwear that isn't aggravating things. In short, it has been a bother! Coupled with the tragic events that have been playing out on the news lately it's been hard for me to keep my chin up. But one must, and I've been thinking a lot about how we can hold on to health and happiness.

Ever since last week's horrible attacks in Paris and Beirut, I've been reflecting a lot on the power of color and what colors I instinctively turn to in dark, disheartening times. Overwhelmingly I have been gravit…

Love x Style x Life: Sally Meets Garance Doré!

November is already shaping up to be crazy busy. In retaliation I've been indulging in an especially lazy weekend away from the city the last couple days, but I'd be remiss if I didn't take a few moments to recount one of the week's highlights: meeting fashion blogger, illustrator, and photographer Garance Doré!
Thursday evening I ventured to the Club Monaco store at the Boston Prudential Center, where Ms. Doré was signing copies of her new book Love Style Life. The book is a must-have for fans of Garance and she was just as warm and inviting in person as she comes across on her blog and in interviews... Yes! Rest assured, GD-devotees, she does not disappoint. 

Love Style Life is an artfully rendered, luxe-to-the-touch paperback containing a pleasing hodge podge of photographs, style tips, celebrity profiles, humorous musings about life, and more. In short, it's packed with plenty of wit for your brain and beauty for your coffee table.
The book signing event itself…

A Belated Halloween Treat: Barbara's Vintage Costume

Dearest Shoestringers, I wish I had discovered this picture in time to to post it for Halloween but I only noticed it today! My father's dear cousin Barbara posted this snap on her Facebook page this past All Hallow's Eve and it is so adorable I simply must share it with you. After all, us Shoestringers love vintage fashions and hand-me-down treasures! Luckily Barbara is a loyal fan of my little blog and gave me her full blessing to share it with you today:

This picture was taken around the time Barbara was in 6th grade, either 1946 or 1947 by her estimation. She told me she thinks the dress was her grandmother's, late Victorian or early Edwardian would be my best guess though the daring peep-toe pumps look a tad more contemporary! Looking at this photograph I do so envy that Barbara grew up at a time when her family hand-me-downs were so beautifully and intricately made, elegant and full of history. But that's quite a saucy pose young lady! I doubt…

Shoestring Musings: When Going After It All = Getting Nothing

Stephanie German's article You Can’t Do It All: Live a Purposeful, Prioritized Life struck a cord with me today. I do not have children so I can't relate to that particular ball in Ms. German's juggling act but my arms ache in sympathy nonetheless. We've been saying ease up on the pressure for awhile now, haven't we? Over the last decade there's been much public flouting of second wave feminism's "have it all" mantra and many have been clamoring for a more balanced, less oppressive paradigm but are we just paying lip service to the middle path but not walking it? I think I am. I may acknowledge that doing it all and having it all is unrealistic but that doesn't seem to keep me from unconsciously striving for it, and in the end I fear I'm accomplishing even less than if I didn't try to be so accomplished. My life feels more multi-tasked out of existence than purpose-driven. Too many newly-acquired skills. Too many projects. Too much da…

Let's Go On An Adventure: My Fall Color Palette

Let's go on an adventure this fall. Let's not see autumn as the dying of summer's light but the sparking of winter's fires! Let's start new projects and enliven old ones this blog! Remember when I used to write every day, Shoestringers? I don't blame you if you can't. It has been a long time since those days! But I would like to kick production up a notch or two again. This October I'm thinking I need to let the excuses fall by the wayside with the turning leaves, and this puckish greeting card I found the other day at Trader Joe's has provided me with a new mantra. I can definitely relate to that sweet autumnal miss taking the world by storm on her trike with friends in tow. The artwork by Sabine Reinhart also beautifully encapsulates the colors of fall that are stirring up my creative imagination. (An aside to all stationery lovers on a shoestring budget, I urge you to check out the 99 cent cards at TJ's. Doesn't it look like some…