A New Year Celebration: 5 Years of House Appeal!

January 2012-January 2017:  5 Years Of House Appeal
January 2012-January 2017: 5 Years Of House Appeal

Another milestone. 5 Years of a blog that began in January of 2012. 5 Years of sharing. Five years of compiling images. From behind my lens and sourced from the vast world of the internet.  All with the continuing goal of delving deeper into creating a greater appreciation of what surrounds. Life is a gift. Attitude is destiny.  Appreciation and gratitude is a worthy goal, indeed.

Thank you to each and every one of you that have stumbled upon this blog and have followed along on my journey of sharing and expounding on those things that comprise our world and our lives. With the intent of redefining appreciation for what surrounds us in all aspects of life.  Awaiting our focus. Perhaps it is a greater awareness that brings furthered appreciation. For certain, in every moment there is something beautiful to focus on.  Something to find appreciation for or merely gain a renewed appreciation upon connecting historical background. Renewed perspective. Life moves swiftly. What better goal in our daily lives than to look at the world closer. Ponder with appreciation what surrounds. Ponder what is beautiful, timeless and enduring…

It was in 2014 that I had deemed the word “Onward” as my mantra. In 2017 that word still holds true. A word that is defined as “In a continuing forward direction; ahead” and “going further than coming to an end or halt; moving forward”.  Since 2012 my life has changed vastly. I made personal choices and decisions in 2015 that would change my life forever. Yet change is good. Deciding to make changes, no matter how difficult the journey through them, and actually following through with those decisions, is the key. When you know without any doubts that you are forging in the right direction, it is merely owning the challenges every step of the way. Moving forward. Moving onward. Never doubting yourself. That, therein, is personal growth. Onward, indeed.

So for a blog that covers the world of fashion, interior design, nature, life’s events and city inspirations…onward with the goal of inspiring with ponderings and inspirations of living a beautiful life. Although the blog posts have lessened, the desire to share has not faded. That passion will never fade.

Thank you for being a part of the journey thus far. Onward to inspire…

Onward,

Kristin Abrahamsen


“You must do the things you think you cannot do” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Selfie.  New Years Eve, 2016
Selfie. New Years Eve, 2016

Gratitude on Thanksgiving…

Gratitudes and Thankfulness
Gratitudes and Thankfulness

“Thankfulness is the beginning of Happiness” – Anon.

Thanksgiving.  Simply stated.  Gratitude.  Perhaps there is no other moment during the year when we are urged to contemplate and find gratitude.  Thankfulness.  What a wonderful virtue and focus to find appreciation, gratitude and thankfulness for our life and the gifts within our life.  Gratitude really does turn what we have into enough.  May your Thanksgiving holiday serve as a reminder to you today, and each and every day, that thankfulness truly is the beginning of happiness. Onward in that.  Onward in appreciation, thankfulness and gratitude…

Onward,

Kristin

Mirrored Reflections: The Mirror And Its Muse

Mirrored Reflections Of Style
Mirrored Reflections Of Style

The mirror. Oh, the image that looks back upon us as we gaze upon its reflective surface! Of course, the timeless and vain quote “Mirror, Mirror, here I stand. Who is the fairest in the land?” (Wilhelm Karl Grimm, Grimm’s Fairy Tales) perhaps seems to echo in our minds when we consider the focus upon the reflection in the mirror. For certain, as an object that reflects light and images, mirrors are used not only in decoration and interior design, but first and foremost, to reflect oneself. Personal admiration, perhaps, or confirmation of grooming for appearances sake. Of interest, it is said that life is a “Reflection Of Intent”. Intent is described as having a purpose, goal, objective, object, desire, ambition. Interesting…

To appreciate the mirror and those that linger in its reflection, a tribute with images of beauty. The mirror and its muse. Unique images of individual beauty. Timeless reflections in the mirror…

Vintage Reflections In Fashion's Archives
Vintage Reflections In Fashion’s Archives
Vintage Reflections Of Elegance...
Vintage Reflections Of Elegance…
The Image In The Mirror...
The Image In The Mirror…
Mirrored Reflections Of Beauty (Kate Moss/American Vouge/Paris Ritz
Mirrored Reflections Of Beauty (Kate Moss/American Vouge/Paris Ritz
The Mirror And Its Muse
The Mirror And Its Muse
Reflected Visions Of Mirrored Display
Reflected Visions Of Mirrored Display
The Timeless Allure Of The Mirror:  Reflections
The Timeless Allure Of The Mirror: Reflections
Iconic Supermodel, Christy Turlington
Iconic Supermodel, Christy Turlington

And what does the mirror hold for us as the years march on? Perhaps the fulfilled goal of a life well lived that reflects back to us. A reflection that we have been bestowed with, either way. Alas, although we may not see the reflection of an image that earns a photo shoot on a glossy page of a fashion magazine, the image that reflects back at us is unique to each of us. Whether it is the reflection of you in the prime of your life or the evidence of years that adorns your face, it is the acceptance of the face before you that provides contentment in who you are. And of the fine lines that we earn with the passing of years? Lines of wisdom and grace. Age is beauty. Beauty, they say, is in the eyes of the beholder. That said, find the beauty within your reflection. Behold yourself as a gift. A unique gift. Distinctive beauty only you uniquely possess. Remember the quote that “Beauty is being the best possible version of yourself, inside and out”. Life is beautiful. And of life? We only have once to live it. Intent. Live a beautiful life and the inner beauty within you becomes evident outwardly to all. Reflections that the world sees. Purely ours alone.

And of the reflection of yourself in the mirror? Beautiful you, indeed…

Kristin

Elle 1952, Model, Marie-Helene Arnaud
Elle 1952, Model, Marie-Helene Arnaud

“Every man carries with him through life a mirror, as unique and impossible to get rid of as his shadow.” -W.H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand

“The mirror is not you. The mirror is you looking at yourself”- George Balanchine