Personal Reflections: Passions and Vanities

Recently I was contacted by the organizers

of Chicago’s lovely

Randolph Street Market

(quality vintage finds in a chic setting)

to explore this year’s winter theme which is

Passions & Vanities.

It’s true I’m a simple girl with a passion

for simple things, but they aren’t small things…



Not just my own.

I worked with kids for a decade as an academic tutor

and before that I taught preschool and cared for infants.

Children (and dogs!) are the best teachers ever.



Whether it’s a card, a fuzzy wool sweater, or jewelry.



Of encouragement, of faith, of humor, of truth.

Ya know?


Beauty in the everyday.

When you actively seek it out, it’s surprising

how much you can collect.


Snuggly Linens

Okay, I know we’re getting out of passion territory

now, but fresh white sheets and and duvets

are a little of heaven on earth for me.

 my photo


Feminine Accessories

*Cue Carly Simon*
More vanity!
Little touches of sparkle and

shine (even if it’s simply lip gloss!)

are a mini celebration of woman-ness.

my photo



The most important passion of all because with it:

we find wings to fly us over rough patches.

We find meaning in every corner of the universe.

We can get over ourselves in order to see…

my panel, my photo

that which is truly lovely.

Be sure to bring your passions, vanities,
and cash to the Randolph Street Market

February 4-5, 2012!

Feelin saucy enough to share your own passions & vanities?

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. January 27, 2012 / 9:32 pm

    They are beautiful things and they are why I love coming to visit you and getting to know you. You have a pure heart with a flare for fun and beauty.

  2. January 27, 2012 / 11:09 pm

    The first photo is truly magnificent.

  3. January 28, 2012 / 12:07 am

    Passion is one word that others would use to describe me…passionate about fairness, keeping things simple, our planet earth, family, faith.

  4. January 28, 2012 / 4:22 am

    This is a beautiful post, and that first image is deeply moving. Have a great weekend!

  5. January 28, 2012 / 11:39 am

    Feeling inspired. Yes.

    What a beautiful post Michele. And I love your style of writing. Its so crisp and has so much impact. Love reading you.

  6. January 28, 2012 / 12:09 pm

    That first photo is so cute! And like you it's white linens for me all the way. Love this post and you, you make me smile!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  7. January 28, 2012 / 1:37 pm

    Lots of things stir me up too~great post! I love that Carly song..

  8. January 28, 2012 / 9:04 pm

    OK…that first photo convinced me NOT to have a "hand lift"…..:) Because I want my hands to tell a story. Not my face though…….Love this post and if I lived in Chicago, I would definitely go.

  9. January 29, 2012 / 12:39 am

    Great post Michele… i love the photo of the hands… very powerful, i have my blingy sparkley pin you sent me, right smack in the middle of a straw hat i wear all the time… and i have about a gagillion pearls too…
    i love the "you can", and the "no to bad things" I'll have to burn the "you can" in my brain when i'm having a panic attack and think i can't keep driving…
    that photo of you is sooooo great, looks like you're surrounded in a white aura…


  10. January 29, 2012 / 12:04 pm

    Thank you for dropping by Fussy French.
    Jill McDowell

  11. January 29, 2012 / 9:17 pm

    had no idea there was an upcoming show, will definitely be there!
    love and share many of your passions

  12. January 31, 2012 / 2:04 pm

    It would seem, my lovely, that we have EVERYTHING in common! My passions are the same 🙂

    P.S. – Your Snuggly Linens photo looks like its out of a glossy magazine advert!

    Meera xx

  13. February 1, 2012 / 5:44 pm

    You are awesome.
    Loved those sweet

    xx Suzanne

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