I was definitely a bit of a tom-boy as a kid.

Eating dirt, racing my bike with streamer handlebars and preferring Lincoln Logs to barbie dolls was the way I rolled.  I remember in kindergarten having a crush on the man doing our home remodel.  I nicknamed him “Corbin the Cutie” and tried to copy his everyday outfit: beat-up jeans and a forest green sweatshirt. My dad only had daughters so I happily took on the role of duck hunting with him and playing catch in the backyard.

It may be surprising, but I feel most myself dressed like this rather than some fancy dress or in high heels.  Don’t get me wrong, I love dressing like a foxy woman, but this is more of my essence; boyish and a bit artsy.

I bought this amazing handbag in Greece in 1999!!!  Sadly, I recently lost one of the closing clasps (insert tear).  I had a moment of brilliance and looked up the brand to discover that after 34 years, they are still hand-crafting these bags in Athens! Yay!! Now I have a way to fetch myself a new clasp for this timeless and adored handbag.

This commission painting from 2013 was chosen to accompany this post for the obvious color similarities and autumn vibe.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!! Let’s celebrate all the people and things in life we are thankful for.  Cheers friends! Much love to you, xoxo.

Val's signature in black, followed by a small red kissprint to the right, all against a transparent background.

Button-up Shirt: Gap | Sweater Vest: J.Crew | Trousers: Gap | Boots: Steve Madden | Driving Cap: Dorfman Pacific Co. | Faux Leather Jacket: A.N.A. | Handbag: Kouros | Sunnies: ASOS

Painting: A Good Path, oil on canvas, 24×30″ © Valerie Ann Lindberg 2013, SOLD

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