To all the lovelies out there… welcome. I used to be the voice of Clarabella NYC. I started the blog back at the end of 2006. It began as a way to keep my friends and family updated on the progress of shop renovations and continued on as a means of commuting with my shop’s clients. I shared news of emerging designers, fresh merch in the shop, a little press here and there, and of course stories of the things that I loved and the people who inspired me.
Clarabella was a thriving accessories boutique in NY’s Lower East Side for 2 1/2 years before I closed her doors. That said, the retail market was struggling and I was getting tired. As I’m sure you would imagine, running a business on your own is a tough gig. Not an impossible one, but the challenges are never-ending. I loved the day to day, but was having a hard time envisioning my future… I wasn’t sure that it was what I wanted for myself for years to come. I thought about family and about love and made a very important decision. Not only would I close the shop – my long-time dream realized – I would also move to Portland, ME.
It all seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. I first started to consider it all in April, met and fell in love with a wonderful man in May, closed up shop at the end of August and found myself seated in the drivers seat of a moving van with my life packed inside by September 1st. As I type, I can look out my bedroom window to view the ocean on the East End in Portland. I have a perfect little 1bdrm with a deck allowing plenty of daydreaming about BBQs and cocktail hours in the Spring/Summer. I live 15 minutes away from my sister and her family, 20 minutes away from my dad and step-mom, an hour away from my mom and step-dad and get to see the love of my life at least 4 nights a week. Do I miss New York and the life I had there? Absolutely. Am I unbelievably happy here with my fresh start? Incredibly. (More on all of that later;))
So, here I am. This once entrepreneur is trying a new blog on for size. Gone are my days of boutique-dom and music business saturation. I wasn’t sure what to do with the old blog when I came here. I continued posting, not wanting to let my forum go. Whether anyone actually read along, it had become a part of me… my own space to share whatever came to mind. I thought about it long and hard and finally decided to break my ties with the old site and begin again right here.
And so… I say goodbye to Clarabella and hello to ‘just plain lovely’.