Just a quick note to wish all my readers a Happy New Year!
2012 was an amazing year and I’m so excited for all that 2013 has to bring.
Looking back on the events of the past year has made me so grateful for all that’s
happened in the last 365 days. God has taught me a lot and showered me with so many
blessings. I really can’t complain.
Sorry for my lack of regular posting. I’m in the midst of cranking out two final
essays, but due on January 14th. It’s been a somewhat of a slow, laborious process.
Especially considering that these papers are final grades for two classes. Eep!
I’m just trying to do my best work while juggling a lot of other things over here in
But don’t worry, I’ll be back soon!
Okay, so ever since moving to England, I’ve seen nothing but gorgeous leather jackets.
And trust me, these aren’t your leather biker jackets that middle age men wear.
No, these specimens are structured, tailored, and chic as anything!
I’ve definitely had my eye on a couple and saving my spare change to get one. Hopefully, soon!
And the rules are totally different with leather. You can go with basic black or subtle brown,
even punching up your wardrobe with a fun color, like red.
And if you’re lucky enough to already have a leather jacket, make sure you add different textures to keep your look fresh and stylish. I recommend pairing it with chiffon fabrics or even lace! Get creative!
(Image sourced by Polyvore)
For the past week or so, I’ve been seeing just about everybody sporting a poppy on their lapel or outfit. I asked my British friends what all the fuss was about with these red flowers and learned something very significant about UK culture. On November 11th is called Remembrance Day, a day much like Veterans Day in the US. A way that many UK citizens show support and solidarity with their troops is to wear paper or fabric poppy. Many people buy them at shops or street corners for a small donation, the proceeds go to wounded vets and their families.
Remembrance Day is also marked by two minutes of silence at 11:00am. It happened to fall during our church service on Sunday, so the entire congregation stood and soberly paid their respects. In the UK, Remembrance Day is celebrated with sobriety, not outright celebration. While I think it’s important to honor the members of the armed forces with food, drink, and gratitude, a level of seriousness for those that have given their lives and livelihoods for our freedoms is also extremely appropriate. And during WWII, England suffered in ways that the US will never really be able to understand. I mean, entire cities and historical buildings were bombed relentlessly. Many people lived in fear every time they heard planes flying overhead. Fortunately, that’s not the case today. But the memory of what happened is not out of the public’s consciousness.
As an American participating in Remembrance Day, I found myself thankful for our allies. I’m grateful for these men and women that fought alongside us and continue to do so. In the spirit of the day and in honor of the troops that protect the UK and her interests, I bought myself a poppy and proudly wore it on my lapel.
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