Lost in Drawers

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Kismet

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4 years! 4 years of marriage! It doesn’t seem long, yet we have stayed together through so much in our married life. Some we’ve shared on this little blog of ours, much we’ve kept private. But all the while, we’ve done it together, we’ve been through it together. Marriage is not easy, in the least. Its tough, and hard, and a lot of work. But it’s ever equally beautiful, and lovely and perfectly imperfect all in the same breath. In a phrase, it’s worth it. And every year, we overcome and we learn each other and the world around us. And we took forward with eyes wide open.

And all the while, we discover new things hiding in plain sight in our city. The Trinity Pillar Project took to painting the spattered and graffiti covered pillars of the Lancaster Bridge in Trinity Park this past year. And these wonderful murals did nothing but make us smile on our anniversary. Little patches of beauty among the sameness of every day life in the city.

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Jazz Shoes

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Woot, Woot Goodwill!

This is my second pair of dance shoes in mint condition that I have found there. The first pair were tap shoes and being that I’m a dancer at heart….a DANCER! You get it, yes? Okay, and while we are at it…I am an even bigger thrifter at heart. Everything you see here is thrifted being that this is an outfit post after all. And I haven’t done an “outfit post” in a long while. So here it is…what I wore today, what I danced in today, what my husband laughed at me in today. And if I can make him laugh…it is all worth it. Other than putting on clothes in the morning, we are getting our house done little by little…we have only 4 or 5 boxes left in our living room! What a feat…considering before it was like 100…so there’s that. And to cap the day off, in this house we finally have a garden flower bed. And we are planting that little thing up. Stay tuned for that! Things are getting “crazy” over at the Liles house…real. real. crazy.

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Throw Your Mittens Around Your Kittens and Away You Go

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Well, this was our last day in the Crescent City. The moments spent in the hours before we point our vehicle west towards home are always bittersweet. New Orleans is a place that is either just a place or it sinks its soul into yours and a part of you stays there no matter where you go. Our last day in the city always follows a similar pattern. We do a new thing or two, but we always return to a few favorites. This day had an event that was new and quite unexpected. We increasingly bike all around the city and this particular day, I had my first legit bicycle accident. Trying to avoid an inattentive cyclist, the crash bruised up my new bike, myself and maybe my ego a little bit. But I held my tears, and soon enough we were back at an old favorite, Salu, for a meal to cap off time well spent in the city we love.

C’est si bon,

Heather

Defying Gravity

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Well, here we are…in our new house. And if we are going to be anything, we are going to be completely honest. This whole move ordeal is a huge, not fun, and at times terrible kind of change. This was a move not by our choice, and not our dream home or dream city for our future. It’s really hard to get use to, to the point it feels as if we are ghosts in our own life. BUT, this is our season of life, and we are moving forward as we always find a way to do.

To occupy our minds through all of this, I received my Lula issue 16, we have spent quality time with our little Pomeranian peanut trying to teach him the ways of this house even though he won’t stray from our rug to walk across our hardwoods, lots of cookie baking has begun, catching up on Game of Thrones, searching for and dreaming up a new bicycle, and best of all…finally receiving after 10 years of waiting…Wicked tickets! (Bo gets the award of all good and lovely awards…he did a lot of searching, let’s just say we aren’t in the back back balcony!)

So, even when life seems its most difficult, the best thing to do is to take small joys in the little things and know that a season is just beyond the horizon.

So This Is The New Year

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A very Happy and Blessed New Year to one and to all!

We hope all of you we have known, recently met and hope to meet are having a great start to 2013 and have all the hope and joy you deserve heading into another 365. We are so so glad its a new year, and cannot wait to see all the possibility 2013 holds. This last year was one of the fullest years of our lives, with challenges deeper than ever before, adventures had, dreams begun and others fulfilled! We are beyond thankful that we made it to another wonderful year, and honestly couldn’t have done it without many of you.

From those people have found and supported us through Lost In Drawers Vintage, to every act and word of kindness shared, to those family members who have been there every step of the way, it was a year that taught us about ourselves and the lesson that every day is chance to be our best selves. We hope that in 2013 we get to spend every moment showing kindness, giving back, working hard and exploring every path set before us. We are blessed, we are honest and we are incredibly lucky to have this crazy, fun, up/down/sideways, adventure-filled, sometimes maddening but so wonderful life.

So, this is the New Year…here’s to forgiveness, grace, love, kindness and adventures!

Heather & Bo

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Fah who foraze! Dah who doraze! Welcome Christmas

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It’s almost that time! Christmas is in merely 5 whole days! And this year we will be sharing it with a certain Mouse. But really and truly what Christmas means to us is a representation of so many things. 2012 has been a year to remember for some things and to forget for others. Reflecting on these last few days of the year, it is a blessing and a miracle that we have arrived to celebrate Christmas and step into a new year. But as with years past, we have faced down every challenge and struggle and come out on the other side. Not that it is an easy or charmed life, because we are just regular people with real world lives.

But simply put, we are blessed to have found one another and to make this life together. We complement each other, and we have learned a lot on how to grow as a couple. Family is important, and this year has illustrated how much we need that wonderful support system. And how we needed it as we launched the venture we have been dreaming up for a very long time in Lost In Drawers Vintage! We are so grateful for the opportunity to begin this journey and share our passion with people all over the world. We receive so much more than business when we ship our hand wrapped packages all over the world.

So, it’s been a roller coaster of good, not so good, beautiful and not so beautiful…but here we are. Still with hearts full of dreams and plans, hopeful to find our community and our home where we can continue our path set before us. We have a lot to be thankful for and to celebrate. Christmas is a symbol of hope, and a time where one’s heart proves to be more powerful than one’s head. Embracing that is merry and bright indeed.

Take Heart

“For we do not know how to pray, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words.” (Rom8:26) #prayersfornewtown

What do we say about the events of Friday….

In one sense, words are not good enough to express our feelings about the tragedy in Newtown, CT. How do we as fellow human beings respond, how could we live our lives as if this doesn’t affect us? As the scripture above indicates, an act so horrific and debase renders us incapable of any sense of normal prayer. There are more questions than answers, and no easy way to insert God into the reality of what happened. But, the reality is that we have to continue living, even while the families’ of the victims have had their world stopped in a moment. And while this tragedy is not ours, we cannot feel anything but helpless. So, we pray, but most of all we take heart and we choose love and kindness over hate and fear. We are all given a choice, to go along with a culture that endures violence and fear OR we can choose the kingdom that has no end: where love wins every time.

There is a light It burns brighter than the sun He steals the night
And casts no shadow There is hope
Should oceans rise and mountains fall
He never fails So take heart Let His love lead us through the night Hold on to hope And take courage again

In death by love The fallen world was overcome He wears the scars of our freedom In His Name All our fears are swept away
He never fails All our troubles And all our tears
God our hope He has overcome

All our failure And all our fear God our love He has overcome All our heartache And all our pain God our healer He has overcome All our burdens And all our shame God our freedom He has overcome All our troubles And all our tears God our hope He has overcome All our failures And all our fear God our love He has overcome God our justice God our grace God our freedom He has overcome God our refuge, God our strength, God is with us
He has overcome

Here We Go

We try and keep it very, very light on the political front on our blog. We have opinions on top of opinions and thoughts aplenty. Meaning, it’s not just fashion and musings here on Lost In Drawers. But, as a rule we really try and guard our tongues as much as possible. In the same vein of trying to live out a conscientious life, Bo and I are Christians and following the Gospels, we try not to force feed any of our beliefs down peoples throats. But what we will say is that we do believe that it is important for us to take a step back and see that no matter one’s political beliefs, we are all apart of the same Creation.

So, we hope that all of us will choose kindness towards everyone, and to follow Christ’s words to love others as we love ourselves. It’s okay to step off political and religious high horses and just be human. We want to be real, and normal and accept everyone…because we too want to be accepted for who we are. It’s hard not to come off as cheesy Christian fluff, but that’s our goal. All of us can and should embrace a kinder, gentler approach towards each other. God willing, the sun is going to come up tomorrow and life will still be happening. As a couple, we just want to say that normalcy is possible. It’s going to be okay. So, in the end we hope that we can just get along with everyone everywhere.

This whole life thing might not be so hard as we make it out to be? So, are we all good? *now throw on your sequin American flag vests and cue ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’*

Heather & Bo

Ten/Eleven/Twelve

Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Really? Where is our Autumn weather, sir? As a couple, we have a little tradition of going to our local botanical garden around this same time every year. And on this October trip…we got nothing. NOTHING! You would have thought we would have got some good shots on 10/11/12. But we will just have to wait, and wait we will…because we can outlast any Indian Summer.

Weather aside, I did get some things accomplished. I got several dresses back from our seamstress. Which is always fun because I often pick dresses out that have good “bones,” but may be too long, or have too matronly sleeves. And when we get them back after alteration, the dresses now have more modern fit for a vintage dress. These turned out great and we are pretty pumped about putting them up very soon. Speaking of vintage, we are heading over to Oak Cliff this weekend to check out the Urban Street Bazaar. Which we are pretty excited, as it is our goal of goals to start doing shows (all in due time, of course)!

And while social media is running rampant after yet another debate, we are trying to keep our mind off politics. So, no matter what we believe or how we might vote…our opinions are our own and are not necessarily for broadcast. It’s easy for anyone to (over)speak opinions and lose sight that it could make others uncomfortable, etc. So, instead of wading into political arguing – our goal is to try and love others more…I think Jesus said something about that.

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Loving: These new bug-eye sunglasses? No, really these are new, and round, and huge, and lovely and very well priced! $8

Reading: Anthology Issue 8, of which I love every page. New book suggestions from friends…I need to read, something other than a glossy page.

Watching: What aren’t we watching?! Let’s be honest. We like television WAY too much in this house. And the spectrum of shows is broad and quite ridiculous. But all in all, at the end of the day, we go to our favorite Disney and kids’ movies from our youth. With a dash of Game of Thrones. Lets keep it real.

Thinking about: Family, our own daily life, starting a family, the challenge of family dynamics, frustrating(?)family members, adding fur baby family members, can you tell I am thinking about family? And of course, family road trips, because…

Anticipating: Disney World and my birthday. I think it comes up every day.

Wishing: The above was here already, road trips, that it was the holiday season, colder weather, fall/winter clothing, giving to others, volunteering, new seasons and chapters to life.

Making me happy: My family, my little tiny family of three.  And the thought of churros from Disney World.

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