Monday, September 12, 2011

Coasts and Clutter

"Without clutter, I think more clearly than I ever have"
~Blake Mycoskie

Outfit Details: Dress (altered): Topshop//Shirt: Target//Hat: UO//Floral Crown (around hat): DIY//Shoes: Thrifted





Before I begin, I just wanted to say how very thankful I am to be part of such a supportive and uplifting blogging community.  As it was quite a tough week to get through with the passing of my grandmother, the condolences many of you sent through comments and emails really shed sunshine upon my dreary days.  I appreciate each and every one of you dear blogger friends so very much, despite the fact that we may live miles apart.  You are simply the sweetest and really know how to make a gal like me feel good.

After taking a short break, it is nice to be back and in the swing of things again.  The photos above are from my recent vacation to Hilton Head Island, SC.  If there is one thing I've realized time and time again vacationing on this tiny little island off the coast, it is that I could most definitely make my home here.  There really is something quaint and enchanting about this lush and tranquil little beach town.  I guess the next best thing would be moving to a lush green valley under an open sky and amongst tall green mountains...which is exactly where I am moving (once I actually get there).  Yes...our closing date has been moved back again due all the flooding PA has received from the recent hurricane.  Keeping my fingers crossed it all happens before Christmas...ha!

Anyhow, all this extra time on my hands has given me plenty of time to start cleaning out my closet, which feels very good.  I haven't been buying anything new either (for months now)...except for the occasional thrift purchase or gift from my hubby:)  Seems that having less stuff is somehow less stressful.  Here's to simplicity.

Well that's all for now folks.  I just thought I'd stop in and say hello and finally get caught up on your loverly blogs as I am way behind...please forgive me.

Until then, have a delightful week!



  1. I've been on a bit of a blogosphere hiatus so I didn't realise your grandmother had sorry to hear it but delighted that you're feeling better and getting back into a routine. There's nothing better than some spring cleaning to help you declutter both your life and your head. I came back from five months backpacking last summer and it felt great carrying everything I needed around in one bag - like a turtle with their house on their back! It didn't take long though for me to start amassing and hoarding stuff afresh :) Your pics are gorgeous too as always :)

  2. So good to hear from you again :) Tough times indeed, and I love how supportive the blogging community can be! You look lovely as always, the print on the dress is so pretty! I really need to clean out my closet again- I'm so sentimental I hold onto too much stuff! xx

  3. really nice photos, and really wonderful hat, so romantic!!! Come back soon to visit my blog, I'll be waiting for you!!

    Cosa mi metto???

  4. i'm glad u feel better marisa :) i miss your post and i keep check your blog everyday. silly me, i forget that i follow your blog already ;)good luck for everything, my prayer with you. and as always, i love your outfit and anby with your hat collections :D have great day!

  5. You really are in my thoughts, and if you need to talk, you know my email.

    Aside, I'm glad you're feeling better.

  6. B E A U T I F U L !

    Your husband did a great job on the photographing as always!

    I'm happy you are feeling comforted at this difficult time :S

  7. I'm very sorry to hear about your grandmother :( But now you have another wonderful guardian angel taking care of you from heaven :)

    I know it isn't the same, but my dog that I've had for 11 years passed away 2 weeks ago. I couldn't even bring myself to blog about it. And I know it's not the same as losing a person, but it's the same in the way that it feels like something is now missing.

    Keep smiling, pretty girl!


  8. So glad to hear from you, you're looking beautiful as always! I hope you're doing well. Let me know if there's anything I can do from all the way over here in Sydney :)

  9. Dear Marisa ,

    i am truly sorry to hear about your loss. I have been away and i did not mean to bring it up. But my prayers and all my best thoughts goes to you.

  10. I always feel thankful too for how lovely the blogger community is :) I'm glad they helped you get through your hard time.

    Your dress is beautiful btw!

  11. now that's a kind of a day i'd like to get my arms around and hug it out with! you are lovely Marisa, beach breezes really help to blow some troubles from our cavernous minds hey?! i hope you are feeling a bit better and that your family bond is holding you up in the face of all that's happened.

    i could so see you making your life by the shoreline. it would be a magnificent place to live, agreed! sorry to hear about the bump back again for your new home, geesh...somethings gotta give! happy clean-outs, that is something proactive and will surly make you feel less cluttered in all aspects. cheers and thanks so much for the words you left me. my heart touches your heart - xoox ♥

  12. Aww, pretty sunny beach images :) A perfect dress to wear by the sea x

  13. <3333333 We love you!
    Hilton Head Island is definitely a place that I would love to visit. It looks SO gorgeous there! But mountains are just as great to me since I live in them :). Well, hills.. not mountains. Or does Georgia have mountains?! :S

    Anyways, you look amazing and I LOVE that tied denim shirt. Gorgeously/amazing/<3333
    lyndsey of hellolyndsey

  14. Hey Love,

    I am so sorry to read this, and my heart and hugs go out to you. You can have my shoulder anytime you know, and I'd hope you know she is in a happy place, watching over you.

    You look gorgeous on this windswept beach, your clothes always make you look so gorgeous and whimsical at the same time. <3

    BTW I think my guest post might have gone a bit wonky, my photo hosting site has failed me, and I am now manually shifting all my photos to a new one. Such a pain. :(

    The Cat Hag

  15. Hello !
    I love these beautiful pictures and your long flowered dress !

  16. Good to hear you are a bit better now ! I do understand, cleaning out your closet makes you feel good. Thats what i also did when my dad died. i found tons of old clothes i didnt need anymore... And after giving them away i felt a bit better.

    Love your dress and your flower hat ! Fits you soooo good !

    Looking forward to read more of you soon ! XOXO

  17. Hey lady, I am really sorry to hear about your grandmother. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts this week. Sending lots of warm wishes your way :-)

  18. I missed this news about your grandmother, so let me say now how sorry I am to hear it. I lost mine last summer and am still unbelievably sad whenever I think about it. You're in my thoughts. xo

  19. i'm glad you're back :) goodbyes are always tough but that's life.

    lovely photos my dear! i love your dress :)

    jos xx

  20. Thanks so much for letting me know about Modcloth! I had no idea!
    And you look so lovely here! That dress is absolutely gorgeous!

  21. beautiful peaceful photos, I'm so sorry for your loss xox

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  23. oh boy marisa your dress is so gorgous!!! when i look at your pictures i want the summer back!!! what a beautiful setting!!! and i love the flowers on your hat!!! you are really a little style fairy;) i´m glad to read a new post of you, already missed you here and i wish you all the best and all energy you need!!! a big hug, love and kiss from austria, mary

  24. my marisa, i gave you "you're amazing" award. please check my blog :)

  25. I ma new to your blog .Sorry to hear about your grand mother .May she rest in the way, love the post .So touched.Pics are awesome.

    Follow each other .

  26. Oh my. I want ur hat! haha.. There is a store who sell that kind of hat which I want the most, but I havent had any appropriate occasion to use it.

    great panoramas anyw (:

  27. I'm following you now, I love your blog! I love how you write a lot as well as photo posts, so glad I stumbled across your blog! :) Check out my blog if you like? Much appreciated if you do!:)


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