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Where I’ve Been, and Thoughts of Gratitude

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Hello world!

This is my first time writing a post in nearly 2 years, and i’m terrified, excited, and hope you’re all eager to continue to join me on this journey.

I imagine everyone still following along is wondering where i’ve been. Well, since my last post i’ve: met a wonderful boy, moved in with him, had a scary medical experience (more on that below), gotten engaged and married. Phew! It’s been quite the 24 months.

I’d like to start out slow, putting one post in front of the other, seeing how I feel. This is a space i’ve loved for nearly five years, and i’m excited to be back to it, and to you.

But, before that, I want to share some words that I wrote just weeks after the most terrifying medical experience of my young life. Not to scare anyone or garner sympathy, but mostly because I want to remember my mindset and my thinking during that time. The words below are entirely unedited. They were composed during a time of recovery, when all I craved was to create. I never published these words or have shared them with anyone, until now.

I’m back ladies. Let’s do this.
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Date: May 29, 2015

Today, I felt the urge to create. To write, to publish, to share and to get my feelings out on paper. Mostly, I felt the strongest urge to come back to this space, to share with you where life has taken me in the last year.

The biggest change is the one i’m currently in. I write now from inside a home, on a Friday at 1030am. I write with a terrible headache, with a stomach full of nerves and fear in my heart. But all the while, a great fullness to be typing and breathing and living.
3 weeks ago I suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage. I woke up in the middle of the night with a head pain unlike any i’d ever experienced. My loving, caring boyfriend rushed me to the ER and life changed forever. I was immediately admitted to the hospital and so began weeks of pain, recovery, doctors and terror. As one that has never so much as suffered from a broken bone, this level of medical intervention was, to say the least, terrifying.
I sit now 2 weeks into recovery, out of the hospital. I am walking, I am talking, I am thinking, I am loving and I am breathing. For all of these things I am eternally grateful. I will work again, I will travel again, I will get my day-to-day life back again, in due time.
For that I am eternally grateful.
For this space, I am grateful.
For the ability to create, I am grateful.
For you, I am grateful.

This space has given me so much in the last 3 years. It’s a place that allows me to feel ownership over something, to share what I wish to share with the world, to grow a passion i’ve always had, to find people like me, to relate. Thank you for that, thank you for being here.

ThePearShape Turns 2

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A couldn’t imagine a more appropriate picture: how I blog. Naturally, no makeup, in yoga pants. #reallife

Today is our birthday! It’s kind of crazy how much has happened not only in the two years since I started this little blog of mine, but even in the last 12 months. If you read back to our 1st birthday post, you’ll know that I was living in SF by that time and I was just about to begin a new job. When I think about where my life is now, I don’t kid when I say that 90% of it is a direct result of ThePearShape. My closest friends, my roommate, 90% of my social activity in the city are all a direct result of the amazing people i’ve been connected to through blogging. I am so in love with this community, the outlet this space provides to not only share tips with all of you, but document the major moments in my own life.

Thank you for coming back here each day. Thank you for your endless emails, kind comments and unwavering support. It isn’t easy to put yourself on the internet and willingly discuss body issues. But your generosity has made it an absolute pleasure. I’m forever grateful.

Chanel Giveaway Winner!

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winner announced

Hi Ladies! As you can see above, the winner for the Chanel scarf has been chosen! Alison, I will be emailing you shortly for your shipping address and the scarf will be on your way to you today.

From the bottom of my heart thank you so much to everyone that entered. I was entirely blown away by the response and the sweet comments I received. I absolutely loved reading about how each of you would style the scarf and seriously got some style tips of my own. Thank you again for reading and stay tuned for another year of ThePearShape fashion! xo

Styling a Chanel Scarf, Part 2

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Chanel scarf via LXR&Co, Express skirt, Calvin Klein blazer

Today is the last day to enter the Chanel scarf giveaway in honor of ThePearShape’s 1st birthday. Thank you so much to everyone that has entered so far, I am completely overwhelmed by the response and am so glad everyone loved this particular gift I picked out. I wanted to show another very different way to style this scarf for a dressier evening out, proving just how versatile this accessory is.

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Worn with all black, I draped the scarf around my neck and tucked it just inside my blazer lapels to allow the color to peak out. This gave a beautiful flush to my face and compliments red lipstick beautifully. With loose hair and basic eye makeup, this is a stunning dinner or night out look.

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Another more cheeky way to style the scarf is to tie it around the neck. This slightly Parisian style is reminiscent of flight attendants but I think is absolutely stunning and regal.

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Rules of entry are as follows:

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY (Closes June 18 at Midnight PST):

1. “Like” ThePearShape on Facebook, or “Follow” us on Twitter (double entry if both are done!)

2. Leave a Comment on the post linked HERE telling me how you would style this scarf

I will ship anywhere in the world, international readers are welcome to enter! A winner will be chosen at random and contacted for your shipping information.

Thank you so much for your continued support of this blog. It is absolutely my pride and joy, and true privilege to have each of you visit every day. xo

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