I love Toast. No, not the culinary kind, though I do love that too, especially Piercen's homemade kind with a large dollop of peach jam or slathered with butter and honey. . . I digress. No, I love the british clothing company Toast. First of all, it's from the land of tea with milk and sugar, Downton Abbey, and Top Gear. Second, they occasionally use models that do not necessarily confirm to the rigid and ridiculous age/looks standards of the clothing industry. Third, did I mention they're british? Fourth, I like their ethical standards and support of local and handmade artists. And fifth, they always have lovely items. These pics are from their early fall collection. Their full fall collection is already out, but I can't bring myself to look at it yet since it still feels like, and technically is, summer.
On another topic, despite all the drama (and when is there not drama?), the 40th Anniversary of Undergraduate Women at Lehigh University events of the past weekend (mentioned here), went really well. I think everyone who attended had a wonderful time reconnecting with Lehigh and really appreciated the fact that we are celebrating this milestone in such an big way.
And I feel that I would be remiss if I did not address the global elephant in the room. Ten years ago yesterday I was sitting in AP English when Mrs. Terry knocked on our classroom door to say that airplanes had crashed into the World Trade Center. Ten years ago yesterday, I sat in AP Biology,and with eyes glued to the television, watched both towers crumble to the ground. Ten years ago yesterday, I sat in AP Calculus and watched our 80+ year old teacher, Mr. Quarles, try to find a news station on his equally aged transistor radio, so that we could still hear what was going on while finding derivatives. Ten years ago yesterday, I couldn't think of anyone I knew who had actually been to New York City, much less lived or worked there; today I have close friends who watched the towers fall from their office windows. In the past ten years, I have graduated from high school and college and graduate school, gotten married, moved to a different region of the country, learned to deal with winter, adopted real pets (not just beta fish) and made lifelong friends. A lot of things have happened in the last ten years, and I think that's the point. That life goes on despite what others may do to try and stop it.