WIW 9/29 Swan Song

So it is with a very heavy heart  I write this. I found youlookfab in either 2007 or 2008,
while I was on my externship in The Bronx. I moved to Seattle in 2008, still
following the blog and lurking in the forum. It was a time of big change for
me. I finally got a good job, lost a significant amount of weight and was ready
for a new me. I started commenting in the forum. I did not post a pic until
2009. I remember my first outfit, it was leather legging, a white loose t-shirt
dress, True Religion denim jacket with rhinestone buttons and Stewart Weitzman
heeled mule clogs. It got a Killer from Angie. It took another year for me to
show my face. But it was fun. You’ve seen the whackadoodle, trendy, and
provactive.

I know I haven’t been the perfectly polite forum member at
times, probably even a bit abrasive. But you have been wonderfully tolerant of
my foibles.

I thought with all the changes in my life, that my dating
life would also fall into place. It hasn’t. I’ve given up on that. But more
pressing, my father is getting older, a lot older. I am an only child, my
mother died about twelve years ago. I am finding I need to focus my priorities
elsewhere. I want to take my dad back to Australia to see his family before he
is too old to handle the long flight. To show him Uluru, which he has never
seen. I need to spend more time with him, a lot more time. I want to see the
snows of Kilimanjaro before they only exist in a Hemingway story. To see the
Galapagos. Take up the offer of my college friend and go back to Paris and
visit him and go on a French wine tour. Something has to give. Unfortunately,
it is fashion and this amazing place.

I decided my last hurrah would be the fantastic over-the-top
Shoptember Inge-fest meet-up. To see, and converse with forum members from all
over the world. I was so touched when there was a line of people wanting to hug
me at dinner Friday night. I was very glad I was able to help Angie in some of
the events. The weekend flew by, so much talking and laughing. I’ve made some
fantastic memories. But that is true of every meet-up I’ve ever been to. I’m
grateful for each real-life encounter.

I am not deleting my account, nor my blog. I will however no
longer being posting outfits and interacting on the forum. If you want to stay
in contact, please PM me. I am most active on Facebook; my posts are mostly bus
stories (which I have been told are very entertaining), random musings, wine
reviews and photos. I am much snarkier and there is some swearing. I do not
post religious things and the most political I get are some posts on global
warming. Email, I am not as consistent communicator. I also am on Twitter, but
am not truly active and generally limit it to very short bus quips.

I will remain open to meeting any and all of you again. If
you ever come to Seattle, I will happily take you out for our amazing seafood
and Washington state wine. I may even give you some Theo chocolate. If you want
to go hiking, of course I am always up for that.

You all have been an amazing group of women.  I hope that this is not forever, but
for now adieu.

So with that, I give you my final outfit for the Shoptember
Inge-fest Meet-up cocktail party. Piers Atkinson cherry headpiece, DVF drapey
dress and jeweled heel Miu Miu ankle boots. 

Stay Fab!

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89 Comments

  • K. Period. replied 2 years ago

    DARN IT, ANNA!  You rascal.  Okay.  Expect a Facebook invite, and you know what that means from me.  :)   See you soon--we have many a wine date in our future.  

    ETA: And I totally expected you to be wearing a Bjork dress based on your title.  

  • catgirl replied 2 years ago

    Anna, I'm PMing you right now. 

  • thimblelina replied 2 years ago

    Oh Anna... You will be missed around these parts! Happy travels old soul in new clothes! xo

  • viva replied 2 years ago

    What a bittersweet read, Anna. I'm sitting in a hotel bar after a long day feeling a little weepy, to tell you the truth. I will miss you on the forum -- as you know, I think your presence adds something so important -- but even more than that, I am so touched by this shift you are feeling in your life. I don't believe you will ever regret turning your attention to these important things. Plus, you know you will look great in all the important adventures awaiting you. Happy trails, Anna. xxx

  • Traci replied 2 years ago

    Everybody sing!
    Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
    Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
    Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
    Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
    Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.

    Some trails are happy ones,
    Others are blue.
    It's the way you ride the trail that counts,
    Here's a happy one for you.

    Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.

    In all seriousness... I remember my jubilation that first time you showed us your face.  You're a fixture here and you will be missed, but I can't argue a bit with your reasoning.

  • clearlyclaire replied 2 years ago

    Anna, you're making me cry! I never realized how eloquent you are; this is the longest post of yours I've ever read. It seems like you have indeed been planning this, but I can't help but wonder if there was something else that caused you to want to leave. I hope not! If not, I understand that fashion can take up a lot of money and the forum can take up a lot of time. It sounds like you have some wonderful, meaningful plans and I truly wish you the best. Maybe you can pop in from time to time? 

  • columbine replied 2 years ago

    Anna, you've been one of my favorite people to watch ever since I joined YLF. I'm going to sorely miss your posts but your focus is commendable.

  • Shirley replied 2 years ago

    Thank you and good luck. I know I will miss you're outfit posts.

  • Diana replied 2 years ago

    Anna, I'll miss you and your fab outfits more than I can say. I'm so glad I got to meet you in Seattle this past summer and I'll be sure to look you up if I'm ever out there again. I am sad you're leaving but I understand completely. Best of luck with everything. :)

  • Runcarla replied 2 years ago

    Oh! Anna! I am so going to miss you on the forum, but certainly understand your motivations. I wish you only the best!

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Anna, you're a beauty, inside, outside, and every which way. 

    I will miss you like crazy. You have added so much to our community with your verve and daring. 

    But, like the others, I cannot argue with your choice or your priorities, which are deep and sound. 

    Stay fab. 

  • Karie replied 2 years ago

    You will be extremely missed, and should you decide to start posting again, you will be welcomed with open arms. I will miss your honest and to-the-point responses, and your expert eye for fashion. 

  • Sal replied 2 years ago

    Your travel plans sound exciting and interesting, and your priorities are right.
    Wishing you all the best for this stage of your adventures.  

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful looks.  I am newish here, but I have very much enjoyed reading your posts.

  • ironkurtin replied 2 years ago

    Wishing you the best, Anna.  Good luck now and always.

  • Greyscale replied 2 years ago

    I'll miss seeing your posts here. They're inspirational! I love that you got to wear that cherry headpiece to the cocktail party. Wishing you fabulous adventures wherever life takes you.

  • Zibbets replied 2 years ago

    You will be so very much missed, Anna. 
    I'm sorry we didn't get to know each other better because you are a delight. I admire your dedication to caring for your dad. I can relate, as I quit my last job, (a dream job) to take my own darling dad back to Argentina where he died eight weeks after we arrived. I wouldn't trade the time we had together for any amount of money. Nobody shapes a woman's life the way a loving father does. I hope you and your dad can make so many happy, wonderful memories in the years to come.

  • Lucy replied 2 years ago

    Oh Anna, we will really miss you, both as a person and a fashion inspiration. With many best wishes for your travels, and for many adventures to come. And if you ever feel the itch to come back, there will be open arms! 

  • UmmLila replied 2 years ago

    Travel. See the world. Be happy. Enjoy having a great dad. Wear the cherry headpiece as often as possible.

  • Cerinda replied 2 years ago

    Off you go.  You take my very best wishes with you, as well as my keen appreciation of your sharpening my thinking and honing my perception.   

  • Janet replied 2 years ago

    Well, my selfish little self says it just won't be the same without you posting here, but I'm glad we're in touch on FB, so I will definitely still be seeing you! And I WILL get out to Seattle one of these days and when I do, I'm going to try to connect with you.

    I understand. I've been through a similar point in life, and I am glad I made the changes I did to spend more time with my mother. It turned out we had less time together than I imagined, so it was absolutely worth it. You are a wonderful daughter.

    See you soon. Mwah!

  • DonnaF replied 2 years ago

    I write this with such a lump in my throat.  I hope you can drop by when you can; maybe post a WIW or show us some beautiful scenery; hey, even leave a snarky comment, lol.  Your dad is blessed to have you as his daughter.

    I rarely use FB.  You are giving me motivation. . .

  • greenglove replied 2 years ago

    A heartfelt and beautifully written post, so generous of you.
    I admire your kindeness towards your Dad, you will not regret a minute of it.
    For now Anna, be well.
    You will be missed.

  • Windchime replied 2 years ago

    Anna, I've only been reading your posts for a little more than a year, but there's a consistent theme of your wanting to travel. I think it's essential to our growth that we pay attention to these recurring desires. It seems you are about to embark on a significant and meaningful next chapter in your life. You will never regret spending more time with your Father. I wish you all the best!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 2 years ago

    Dearest Anna - you will be so incredibly missed by everyone here and it truly won't be the same. But to want to spend more time with your father and see the world - well no one can argue with that. Life is about experiences - go and enjoy :)

  • marianna replied 2 years ago

    Best of luck to you. You will be missed on the forum!

  • Tanya replied 2 years ago

    OMG Anna, you will be so, so missed.  I am missing you already :(

  • Aubergine replied 2 years ago

    Oh, no! Will miss you and your ability to make the cutting-edge and the whackadoodle just a little more accessible. But I hope you can enjoy every minute with your dad -- I understand how important that is.

    And a little part of me always hoped I'd get the chance to enjoy wine and seafood and snarkiness with you IRL one day.

  • Niki Lea replied 2 years ago

    Your dad is blessed to have a special spirit like you in his life. How wonderful that you are making him your priority at this time. Sending you much love and respect as you embark on your new journey. I will miss your quirkiness and sweet personality. :)

  • dianne replied 2 years ago

    Your posting was so eloquent and beautiful! I have not yet posted a WIW so you do not know me but I feel like I know a little of you and I really liked your style. You are brave and daring in your choices and always fun to follow and I know I will really miss your postings. You are a wonderful Daughter and your Dad is a very lucky man! Enjoy !!!

  • shevia replied 2 years ago

    I can't argue with your reasons as much as I will miss your posts. I am so glad I had the chance to meet you in Seattle and send you my warmest wishes. I hope to meet you again!

  • Gaylene replied 2 years ago

    Nothing is forever. Take care of yourself, Anna; it has been fun knowing you. :)

  • carambola replied 2 years ago

    I will miss your posts so much. Your choices are inspiring, in fashion and more broadly. Wishing you all the best in your travels and time with your dad.

  • Caro in Oz replied 2 years ago

    Sorry you can't see your way to being here part time, we will miss you. 
    Enjoy the time with your dad. Kindest thoughts, take care of yourself.  Hope you have a great life :) :) Maybe a snap or two from Uluru??

  • Joyce B replied 2 years ago

    My best wishes to you. You will be missed. Maybe when the time is right you can come to the forum once in a while.

  • anne replied 2 years ago

    Oh, I am feeling a bit teary!!  Anna I will miss you here so much but I do think your reasons are sound. Hope you had a wonderful last night out at the cocktail party - you look fab. Do let me know if the Australian trip includes the West Coast as I'd love to meet!

  • SarahTheWhite replied 2 years ago

    I echo the others, that you will be so missed! But I do know that you will never regret spending this time with your dad. I would give anything to have had more time with mine.... What a gift you are giving to both of you! May you make memories that last forever.

  • Zapotee replied 2 years ago

    Hi there, I hear you. Life has taken me in a different direction too. How do I find you in FB? Better yet, let me PM you my full name, would you look for me? Hope to meet you in person one day too. Best of luck to you ;)

  • jackiec replied 2 years ago

    I've never met you in person, but you and your creativity are inspirational to me. You are beautiful inside and out.

    Be well. Stay true to yourself always. Safe travels. Hope to see you back someday.

  • claire (aka crackers) replied 2 years ago

    Anna, you are a true class act. With a whole lotta style!

  • Hil replied 2 years ago

    Wishing you all the best on your journeys Anna... You never know what's waiting out there until you go out there and grab it.

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    Anna, I'm stunned and sad, reading your post. Your longing to spend this precious time with your dad really strikes home to me (also an only child). I hope to stay in touch and hope you'll be back here on the forum some, too. Best wishes!

  • Gigi replied 2 years ago

    Anna, I will miss you lots on the forum! You have an incredible fashion sense, and your whackadoodle outfits always brightened my day. As much as we'll miss you, spending time with your dad is more important. Best wishes to you.

  • Ginkgo replied 2 years ago

    I'll miss your presence here, and hope you'll post a photo of you and your dad in Australia, but this the right thing to do. Am visiting my own dad right now, and he seems much older and more frail than he did just a couple of months ago.

    Good luck to you!

  • MsMary replied 2 years ago

    WHAT??  Yikes!  I will miss your posts like crazy but I will be seeing you on Facebook for sure!

    I have to say that getting to meet you and hug you and hang out with you was absolutely one of the very best parts of SSIF!!  You are as awesome in person as you are online!  And I was SO THRILLED to see the cherry fascinator live and in person!  You are so fab, inside and out, and I am honored to count you as a friend!!  Mwah!!  <3

    P.S. I am totally in love with Seattle and I will definitely be back!  :)

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Anna, our shared tears today speak louder than my words in this comment. You know how I feel. I know how you feel.

    You will be sorely missed in this community, and know that you are always welcome on YLF. Pop in when you feel like it - and cut back when it feels like it's too much. I love that you've chosen to prioritize your Dad, and wish you many more beautiful memories together. You are blessed to have each other. 

    I won't say goodbye. See you soon. Much love. xo

  • Eliza replied 2 years ago

    Wow- I was hoping the swan song referred to the cocktail party or some end of the weekend event. I understand shifting focus and appreciate you filling us in on your exit and current priorities.

    Your contributions have added much to my experience of the forum and knowledge of fashion. You are appreciated and will be deeply missed. Pop in when it works for you, perhaps with some photos of your destinations.

    All the best with everything that lies ahead.

  • goldenpig replied 2 years ago

    Anna,
    I'm so happy I got to meet you in person at SSIF! Wish we could have had more time together. And so bummed I missed the cherry headpiece--you look stunning in it! I will really miss seeing your super stylish, fashion forward, and one of a kind wackadoodle outfits. Good luck with your dad and your travels--sounds like you've got great adventures in store! I hope after you get back you'll pop in from time to time...you'll always be welcome here! I'll PM you so we can keep in touch via FB in the meantime.
    Love, Natalie

  • AJ replied 2 years ago

    Well, I just got home from a horribly epic 12 hour travel day back from Seattle and now reading this has made me all the more miserable.  :(

    At the cocktail party, I noticed your eyes looked watery, but I assumed you might have been having an allergic reaction to pet hair or something. Now, I'm kicking myself for not asking you about it.

    I'm very sad for your absence here, but I find you all the more endearing for taking care of your dad and wanting to make awesome memories with him.  You are beautiful both inside and out, Anna.  I'm so glad I went to this meet-up and got to see you again.  You did a great job with organizing lunch at the oyster place and now I have a new chocolate desire...Theo's!!

    When I turned around at Ann's house and there you were in your DVF dress with the amazing cherry headpiece, I just had to gasp and smile big time!  That's what I appreciate about you, Anna...unexpected visual delights and laughter.

    Thank you so much for all your contributions this weekend.  Thank you for your friendship here on the forum and in person.  Maybe send a pic or two of your travels in Off Topic?

    Godspeed Anna!

    XOXO

  • Neel replied 2 years ago

    Why am I teary reading this? I only know you through the forum and haven't met you in person ever! But you are surely one of those posters whose WIWs I wait to open :). You will be missed. And I will wait for an Anna post .... Whenever that is :)

    Have a fantastic travel time with your dad. You are a wonderful daughter :). God bless!

  • Sveta replied 2 years ago

    Anna, this makes me sad and happy in the same time. Sad because YLF won't be the same without you, your trendy , fun and provocative outfits and your posts and coments. Happy because I was able to meet you this weekend and got to know you a little bit better . Thank you for sharing this swan song day with me today, for fun shopping together, for teaching me to eat first oyster ever! I will miss you but I understand completely why you made this decision.
    I wish you all hapiness in the world! Enjoy spending time with your Dad and friends, enjoy seeing a bit of the world and please come back here when you are ready. I will miss you!

  • Jeanie replied 2 years ago

    Wow, I am stunned and saddened for selfish reasons.  It just won't be the same around here without you.  I look forward to opening your posts and have learned so much from you.  You bring fashion to a new level and have an amazing way of finding such killer pieces for you and for others on the forum.  Your new travel adventures sound like the adventure of a lifetime.  How wonderful to spend this time with your dad.  Maybe send us a travel pic here and there.  Best wishes and we will see you soon (I am with Angie and not saying goodbye).  Hugs you sweet lady :)

  • O. replied 2 years ago

    Anna, it's my deepest wish that in time to come you'll see that whatever did not wok out in the past was the best for you, so you could do what you wanted to do with your Father. It's a rare privilege to be in position to create memories with a parent at this stage of both of your lives. The determination and heart with which you are taking this next step in your life is no surprising. I'll miss you so much and wait for your next post. And every time I pass the Nuremberg Opera I'll keep thinking "What would Anna wear?" 

  • gryffin replied 2 years ago

    Anna - life takes us in so many directions.  I will miss your amazing presence on the forum!!  But I wish you the very best in everything!!  You have so many amazing plans in the works - travel safe, be well and may life gift you with every unexpected delight and happiness!!  Hugs and wishes for safe and amazing journeys!!  Enjoy every moment with your dad!!

  • Aquamarine replied 2 years ago

    What a sad post to read early this morning! I will miss your presence here but understand and respect your priorities. There is never enough time with the ones we love on this earth...enjoy the time with your Dad and I hope you check in with the forum occasionally.

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 2 years ago

    Anna, my blue leather puffer twin, I will miss your posts and comments.  You have such confidence in your fashion choices that you inspire others to break out of their self-imposed mold.  

    I wish you well and hope you are able to experience everything you plan and much more that you haven't even thought to plan.

    Good luck.  I hope you stop back in once in a while to shake us out of our complacency and share your fabness.

  • JamC replied 2 years ago

    Best wishes and happy travels. As others have said, you will be missed. Missed for your unique outfits, fashion knowledge and sense, and direct feedback! I hope this decision takes your life where you want it to go!

  • frannieb replied 2 years ago

    You will be missed. Enjoy the new focus of your life. As the great Auntie Mame said 
    "Life is a banquet and most poor fools are starving to death"
    Go enjoy your banquet!

  • EveningMood replied 2 years ago

    Dear Anna, this humble semi-lurker will miss your posts too. You are a sassy, lovely lady and your outfits always filled me with surprise, delight and awe. But you are lucky to have this opportunity to travel and spend time with family and very smart to seize it. Enjoy!

  • Diane G replied 2 years ago

    OMG Anna! I was flying back home and full of jet lag to see this post till now and of course I couldn't get to the cocktail party to say a proper goodbye. I'm so glad I got to hug you in person, even though I didn't get to really chat to you. Your reasons for a change of tack are very understandable and valid, and you are a very loving daughter to your dear dad. I know you will stay fab, and good luck and enjoy your travels.

  • bella replied 2 years ago

    Your future plans sound amazing and I wish you all the best in accomplishing them. Maybe we will catch up sometime on this side of the Atlantic! Cheers!!!

  • Sterling replied 2 years ago

    Best wishes on your future adventures.  

  • christy replied 2 years ago

    You will be greatly missed on the forum - that much is obvious! :) But as someone whose life direction has also taken me away from participating much in the forum for the past year, I can certainly understand. Best wishes to you and your dad. You are an amazing daughter to recognize and truly seize this time you have with him to create lasting memories. Hope you'll check in periodically. I love seeing your creative take on fun with fashion. 

  • Sara L. replied 2 years ago

    I will miss your posts and comments, but your reasons for leaving are so sound that I can't argue with them.  I hope you pop back in occasionally and I might look you up on Facebook (I'll certainly enjoy reading your posts but you probably won't get much out of pictures of my kids playing soccer).  Best of luck and safe travels!

  • shedev replied 2 years ago

    All the travel sounds really exciting. I took time off to spend with my dad after he had the big stroke and I don't regret a minute of it. Enjoy this time to the fullest. You will be missed.

  • Sheila replied 2 years ago

    I echo everyone else's sentiments: you are a true inspiration and we will miss you. Big Time. But you are making the right choice. Bravo, safe travels.

  • Jen W replied 2 years ago

    I've only joined the forum in the last 6 months, but had to say how much I've enjoyed your writing, your outfits, and the part of yourself that you share here. Thank you for pushing the envelope, for being brave in your self expression, for asking the disruptive questions. You've helped me to see my style differently and to take bigger (for me) risks. I admire your unique combination of tenderness, boldness, and flair.

    In my experience, we must listen to those longings and answer the call to a new life. May you have the journey of a lifetime with your father, and deepen the bond between you. May you be lifted and transformed by all of the adventures to come. Life is taking you in an exciting new direction and I wish you all the blessings you deserve!

  • AviaMariah replied 2 years ago

    Like everyone else I will miss your posts and your comments but I'm glad for you that you will be able to focus on your Dad and travelling.  One of these days I will make it over to Seattle for a fun weekend and hopefully you can teach me to like oysters.  :)  

  • JenA replied 2 years ago

    Your amazing outfits and insights will be missed. Good luck and best wishes!

    Jen

  • Kari replied 2 years ago

    Anna, you've been so generous in letting me into your life even during seasons (like most of the past 2 years) when life took me to places where it wasn't possible (or my interest waned) in participating in YLF. I'm so glad for your online and offline friendship, and that this won't be a goodbye.

    I very much understand needing to prioritize your life, as I've done the same thing; formerly during frustrating periods, YLF and creative personal style were what helped me hold it together. Then I've had busy periods more recently where I simply don't have time to do more than browse occasionally and comment once in a while-I'm writing this standing on a bus, which seems appropriate for you since we share our bus stories so often! I've also said goodbye to other activities and hobbies that no longer fit my life, some of which I hope to return to when it's fun again for me rather than feeling like a chore that I'm failing at.

    Bottom line is you are going out on a high note after being an incredible hostess and organizer this weekend, and I hope you know how much we all appreciated your efforts. I am glad you are going to be spending time with your dad, and hope that what you do fill your time with is uplifting and reviving for you. I look forward to spending more time with you in real life!

  • kkards replied 2 years ago

    anna--so sorry to read that you will not be posting and commenting anymore. i will miss your passion for fashion and your envelope pushing outfits. i hope the next chapter of your life is everything you want and deserve.

  • Astrid replied 2 years ago

    I understand the need to put your focus elsewhere and I wish you all the best going forward. I'm going to miss your posts... :)

  • amiable replied 2 years ago

    We'll miss you here, but your priorities are in the right spot.  I hope this next phase of your life is completely wonderful in every way.

  • rebekahphoto replied 2 years ago

    Anna, I will miss seeing your creative outfits when I have minute to check online! alas, I have yet to be involved much more than commenting on the blog, but know your adventurous spirit with fashion has been a great inspiration! I came to ylf 3 years ago & shortly after life hit us hard. There were times when nothing was better than just looking at the great fashions here for a little life break.

    I'm glad you were able to attend out party in "real" life & will keep in touch with fb! I too have tried to spend more time with my aging parents, and took my first solo trip with my dad a couple of years ago that I will always remember. I know that the time spent with our parents while they are still here, is time that will never be regretted. Bon Voyage!

    ciao! RR

  • CocoLion replied 2 years ago

    I absolutely loved meeting you in person, you are even cooler than I had imagined.  I hope I didn't get too personal at the Sunday night cocktail party -- I guess I felt comfortable.  Thank you for taking us to the Bell neighborhood in Seattle where I had the best coffee ever and met your friend at the consignment store.  She told me how much she adores you for being a kind person and for having the best things to consign.  

    I understand needing to take a break from Fashion and wanting to spend your resources -- time and money -- elsewhere.  However you will be deeply missed on the forum, your style and your comments which have helped me develop a better fashion eye over the years.

  • milehighstyle (Linda) replied 2 years ago

    Anna - I, too, will miss your posts.  But I am happy for you for being able to spend time with your Dad and to go on some great adventures.  Take care of yourself and him and make wonderful memories. 

  • Alana in Canada replied 2 years ago

    I will miss you. I am glad I got to know you if only briefly. You're doing the right thing, absolutely. Enjoy your time with your Dad. You are lucky to have each other.

  • Missey replied 2 years ago

    I will miss your posts as they are one of the highlights of this forum!  Enjoy time with your dad...as a daddy's girl myself I know where you are coming from. Enjoy your adventures...your frequent presence, fierce fashion, and eye for detail will be missed.  All of the best to you!

  • Debora replied 2 years ago

    Take care, Anna. You will be missed.

  • annagybe replied 2 years ago

    I'm totally crying right now. I didn't read the responses until tonight.
    Thanks for all the understanding. Maybe I'll post a WIW from Uluru.
    Off to respond to the PM's.

  • Deborah replied 2 years ago

    Anna, I must confess I am shedding a tear as I type:)  I will miss you a great deal.  I have enjoyed your online friendship immensely.  You mention being a little abrasive and direct which makes me smile.  Both my husband and one of my best girlfriends are similar to your temperament, and you always remind me of them and I think that's one of the reasons I felt somewhat of a positive connection to you. I appreciate so much how you have shared your knowledge of fashion, designers etc and I have learnt much from you.  Your style individuality has been a great inspiration to me to just wear what I want to wear regardless if it's on trend or not. 

    Please do feel free to keep in touch and I would love to meet up if you come to Melbourne when you do visit Australia.

    Your dad is a blessed man to have such a wonderful daughter.  This time you plan to spend with him, sharing adventures together will for a very special part of your life.

    xxxDeborah

  • La Belle Demimondaine replied 2 years ago

    Anna, wow!   We are going to miss you!   I always look forward to seeing what sort of crazy, awesome outfit you're wearing, and I LOVE your sharpness and wry wit.   But I totally get what you're saying.   Sometimes you have to re-prioritize and make room for the really important stuff, and it doesn't get more important than family!

    But I feel like someone has just taken all the brightly-colored sprinkles and the cherry-hat off of the YLF cake!    I will send you a PM with my FB page link, please add me!   (since I realized I don't know your name to add you).

  • abc replied 2 years ago

    Anna, I never had the pleasure of meeting you but I hope someday that may change. Though I've never expressed it I feel like we have a lot in common in both life experiences (weigh loss, parent stuff, being single longer than we'd like, interest in wine) and of course, fashion. I love seeing your whackadoodle outfits and they bring inspiration in my sometimes dare I say boring life. I read this post with a tear in my eye. I am sending a PM now because I don't want to lose the connection to you. Thanks for always inspiring us to push the fashion envelope. I wish you nothing but love and happiness. Xoxo

  • rachylou replied 2 years ago

    I will miss you and your outfits here, bien sur. You stay fab. Enjoy your time with your dad... and let's be friends on FB... which admittedly, I'm not much on... but hey!

  • Aida replied 2 years ago

    Oh blast, I wish I'd seen this before Monday so I could've hugged you extra when you dropped me off!! I had to step outside for a few minutes after reading just now. I didn't realize how big of a overarching thing your future Aussie trip was when you were telling me about it, but I should have. I know the two of you will have an amazing time! Do take care of yourself, Anna. You are an awesome woman, person, daughter, and friend. I know we'll see each other around. PMing you <3

    PS: You looked smashing at the cocktail party. That head piece is even more fun in person, I'm glad I got to see it!

  • Vicki replied 2 years ago

    Say it isn't so.  But, I know, even if I added, please, that it is true, because you are a sincere, direct and incredible writer who is sharing your YLF-and-beyond journey with us.

    Anna, I loved meeting you more than these simple words can express and I do hope our paths cross again one day.  I will look you up on Facebook and would love to read your bus posts.  You are an honest, forthright and beautiful soul with a big heart and a world agenda that sounds so amazing.  Have fun with your father and your college friend in Paris.  You will really be missed.

  • alohakitty replied 2 years ago

    Awww, but I just joined. I am glad we got a chance to meet in person. Hope we can keep in touch on FB? Sending you a big hug. Safe and fun travels!

  • LACeleste replied 2 years ago

    Man.  How the heck did I miss this announcement?  This is big news.  Sad for me but good for you.

    I've been missing your style and wit and hoping everything was OK.    Wishing you the best!

  • claracluck replied 2 years ago

    my fashion pedestal is gone... didn't see your earlier post and was wondering what happened but wish you well in you adventures with your dear dad.

  • Lyn D. replied 2 years ago

    I somehow missed this too :(

    Wishing you all the best Anna!
    Spending time with your Dad absolutely outweighs spending time elsewhere, and I know you will be looking Fab as you do so!
    An Aussie meet-up would be extra special if it unfolds that way, otherwise know that the Fabbers from Oz will be thinking of you whilst you are here, and with fond memories of your presence on YLF :) :)

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