Here at HEUCY, we still have travel on the mind – literally and figuratively. At our launch party a few weeks ago, we asked some of you to name and describe your geographic “happy place.” HEUCY Gal Sarah – an incredibly organized, chic, witty and socially conscious mother of 4 – said that her “happy place” is her home in Brooklyn.
We can see why. Sarah had a few ladies over last night for a really lovely dinner. I saw friends whom I hadn’t seen in years, and we all reminisced about our days in New York City as chubby wanderers, right after college…wearing bad, chunky heels and spending money we didn’t have on waxes and highlights. We would go to our entry-level jobs by day, and smoke cigs and drink Two Buck Chuck at night, often crying about our mean bosses/bad relationships/lack of funds…or whatever else we could complain about. We lacked the perspective we now have in our late thirties and forties. And I can say, definitively, that my apartment in my twenties was not my “happy place” – mostly because I was always trying to get somewhere else. (Disclaimer: women in their twenties now seem to have it much more “together” than we did…fortunately people evolve).
My oh my, how times have changed for me and my friends. All of us are now successful, in our own ways and on our own terms. Some have zoomed up the corporate ladder and are “head of [insert impressive title here]” at really cool companies. They’re also juggling the demands of work and family life, which is very difficult a lot of the time. But worth it. Some are on their “second acts” and pursuing new careers, which is daunting. And a few are just “in it” – with young kids – and enjoying every minute, even the times when it seems sort of unbearable. Tantrums (their own and their children’s), diapers, et al. The biggest change I noticed, regardless of all these things: everyone seemed much happier in her own skin.
I really do think that women get better every year they get older, and last night’s dinner just reinforced that opinion. Extracting yourself from a bad relationship or two, having an epiphany about your professional calling, acquiring more confidence…a lot of that comes with a little personal seasoning. (Side note: I was wearing the Alter Ego jumpsuit last night, a choice/risk I never would have made ten years ago. I mean, a jumpsuit?!). Also, I meant to take a selfie, but completely forgot — another thing that comes with age. We’re restocking Smalls and Mediums soon, since we’ve just SOLD OUT of the Alter Ego in those sizes!
My wardrobe choices now reflect a sophistication I did not have in my much younger years. I didn’t really care about how my clothes were made, and how long they would last. Versatility and “timelessness” weren’t as important to me. I didn’t really know how to dress for my body, and I didn’t realize the importance of dressing my age.
Now back to Sarah. She is a true HEUCY Gal and an amazing hostess. She had an awesome, eclectic and mellow playlist last night. I’ve included a similar one here, from “Food & Wine” magazine, with links to purchase on iTunes.
The HEUCY Team