Despite the chill in the air this afternoon, a stroll Downtown here in Pleasanton will greet you with unexpected finds and uncommon treasures. The pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined streets offer a vibrant blend of parks, historic buildings, specialty boutiques, service businesses, fine dining and coffee shops.
Although the historic Main Street entrance of 1894 may seem small from a distance, to walk through downtown Pleasanton a nostalgic feeling is felt with the passing of each historic building which all share a story. You’ll quickly find its esteemed recognition a symbol of the community’s history and unity.
Isn’t that what life is all about, sharing our stories, moments and memories? I find one of those ways is through dated garments with touches of modern wardrobe staples as seen here today in my grandmother’s wool wedding skirt. In a previous shared story (prior to my diagnosis as a diabetic) I provide a story of why she had chosen the rich hue of navy for such an occasion. Pairing it with a vintage J. Lerbret wool blazer and pleat silk blouse, accenting it with the daintiest gold roped bow brooch and timeless diamond earrings – you might find my garments may have a story or two to tell.
Similarly, we all have some form of a story to share which starts with our core beliefs, fond memories or even our undying purpose. Monday November 14th in recognition of World Diabetes Day, I had the honor and privilege of recording a special radio segment on 101.7 KKIQ in collaboration with Beyond Type 1. Having shared a brief synopsis of my journey as a diabetic with radio personality Mel McKay, it had me thinking of celebrity Mary Tyler Moore, and our similar challenges with the disease.
In this past television interview from 2010 she explains the beginning of her diagnosis and how she dealt with being a public figure. Each word she spoke and fear she felt was exactly in direct proportion to ones that I had as well. Stories are truly meant to be shared, and it is our responsibility to retell those moments in a way that it will benefit others. Mary Tyler Moore’s courage to share her story, among many others, has a way of changing people and refashioning communities beyond measure.
J. Lerbert BIS Paris Wool Blazer
Vince Camuto Pleat Blouse (available at Macy’s)
Garbine Wool Skirt (Family Heirloom, Doris Alexander)
Authentic Vintage Accessories (discover these & more on Etsy)
Fiore Glam Satin Top Hosiery c/o Heels & Toes Inc.
Brian Atwood Patent Pumps (similar here & here)
Marble Gloss in ‘Eartha’ c/o Ultra Vixen-Cosmetics