I am in heaven. Our little gingerbread bungalow is covered in snow + is cozy from inside out. I am content + feeling reflective. Two + a half months into our move to Winston-Salem + it is everything I hoped it would be + more. Everyone has been so welcoming + there are myriad exciting loyale developments for 2010! Even better, my mind is less congested here + my creativity is back on track, which is going to be of great benefit to loyale in the months to come. ‘Tis the season – I feel a compulsion to contemplate the year that is coming to a close + the plans that lie ahead…It has been a fantastic year for loyale with celebrities of all kinds wearing loyale on multiple occasions + our one page feature in Vogue (a dream come true). I am now exploring new angles for green production down South; I will be meeting with local sewers in the coming weeks + with the community eager to support loyale’s eco-endeavors, we hope to open a retail store or pop-up shop downtown by mid-next year. There are also plans of collaborating with several universities in the region + adding a consulting branch to loyale to encourage green living ; in early April there will be a big event at Wake Forest University + I will begin consulting for the River Run International Film Fest in January. Plus other plans in 2010 consist of getting a little puppy this coming summer; my dream dog is a Mal-Shi, can you see why?
I have also been focusing my energies on home life. We are so in love with our home! Slowly but surely we are furnishing it with vintage finds from all the antique malls that are abundant here – it is truly incredible + I am in heaven sorting through all the yesteryear bounty! I have been gardening a ton, refinishing furniture (much harder than I thought, a class for instruction is necessary!) + cooking up a storm in our roomy kitchen. My hubby + I have also been enjoying the outdoors tremendously – five minutes away is Salem Lake, which has a lovely 7 mile loop – I have taken to running the full trail once or twice a week. We are getting to know our neighbors who are conscientious + kind. We love downtown, as it is lively + fun with restaurants, bars, shops + galleries. The surrounding area is wonderfully scenic too – a few weekends ago we drove to Boone + cut our own Christmas tree amidst a lovely snow storm. I could go on + on, but suffice it to say we are happy! And I hope the same for you as the holidays approach + the year 2009 ends…cheers to you!
Eco-chic peace! xoxo, Jenny