Hey gorgeous lovely beautiful sexy tall things!
(Too much?) Okay, I am just mega sorry that I have neglected your long-length fashion needs for the last week.
June and July were already set to be busy months for me work-wise, but then I got a new job. So juggling that with my prior work engagements — while also covering the occasional bout of sick-leave, has meant some seriously long days. Luckily I am loving every minute of it, but leaving for work at 10am and arriving back at 4am on a couple of days this week has meant that my blog time (not to mention the slightly less important sleep time) has had to take a back seat. And I’ve been experiencing constant blog-guilt and withdrawal symptoms. (Honestly, I hope when I have a child I love it as much as I do All the Tall things…)
The good news though? When things calm down, this new job is 3-4 days a week. Which is exactly the kind of work that I’ve been after since I launched All the Tall things. Now I’ve got a good chunk of spare time to focus my energies on building this blog into a successful, recognisable brand for tall women. (Hey, we can but dream eh?). I’ll still be taking on bits of freelance work (modelling/ presenting fashion shows… it’s all blog research at the end of the day!) but now I get to really focus on you lovely ladies.
Those of you who read the blog every day (I ruddy love you!) will know that I’ve had a freakin’ rubbish start to 2012. My gorgeous hubby suffered a brain tumour, had to endure some rather horrific surgery and post-op complications, and boy has it changed my perspective on life. I’m not any closer to jumping out of a plane, but I am hell-bent now on only doing the things that make my little stone-cold heart sing.
That doesn’t mean I have to behave like a grown-up though.
A few weeks ago I went to meet Judy Rich, the founder of Long Tall Sally. (You may remember that I interviewed her last year for this very blog). This time, our conversation was more about, um… me. And what I want to do with my business. (It’s very strange referring to All the Tall things as a business. It’s just me, on my laptop, sitting in my slippers and having a good old rant). While she’s unable to mentor me (due to an ever so GLARINGLY OBVIOUS conflict of interest), I have to say that I’ve never met anyone so completely inspiring, so wonderful to be in a room with. She blooming rocks. And as I was sitting in her North London house, surrounded by pretty persian rugs, antique coffee tables and old club chairs, I realised that I just want to actually be her. But also be me.
So whether that’s turning the blog into a huge success, developing my own clothing range or becoming a mentor for tall women struggling to cope with their beautiful height, I’ve now got the space to do it. I’ve got the fire in my belly and I can’t blooming wait.
Obviously I’ve also been having a lot of fun too. I’ve had to squeeze in a little bit of play time. On Friday my friends and I threw a surprise party at mine for our newly engaged pals Katy and James. (You wanna see the sapphire and diamonds on that girl’s finger… seriously blingin’).
And more excitingly, over the last few weeks I’ve been gradually decorating the All the Tall things office in my house. If I’m going to turn this blog into a brand, then I need a work-space that reflects my vision. Here’s a little sneak preview. (It may need a blog post all of its own once decorating is complete…)
So how have you all been? Any new long-length purchases you’d like to share? Got some gorgeous new shoes on your feet? I’ve missed ya.
P.S. I promise that tomorrow I’ll be talking FASHION, what with this being a fashion blog and all…
P.P.S. Hubby is doing very well now… back at work full-time and slowly getting his face moving again. He’s a proper little trooper.