What I Learned from 2 Months Off

September 8, 2023

Hi Dear Readers and Friends!

I’m back after a much-needed social media and blogging break!


I learned some things from taking two months off!  First of all, I’m dedicated to making blogging a nice, relaxing hobby again. Fashion should be fun, but so should blogging about it! I’m ALL about enjoying fashion, blogging, and most importantly LIFE! And though I’ve always been choosy about my collaborations, I’m going to take a complete break from them for right now. I don’t want to be on anyone else’s schedule. I’m just going to write and share what I feel like, when I feel like it!

Second of all, I switched from dressing for photos to just dressing for me!  It was interesting to see what choices I made with that difference. In the process, I feel like I faced some typical issues that we all face getting dressed every day and I came up with some fun and useful ideas to help myself.   Originally these ideas were totally just for me, but now I’m thinking that you all  might enjoy hearing about them too eventually, in a separate post.

Taking a break from all social media for a full month was a cool experiment too. The first interesting thing about it is that I would find myself holding my phone with Instagram on the screen without even realizing what I was doing.  It was so strange.  But after about a week, that went away, and it was nice to just let the virtual world turn without me for awhile.  It was very relaxing to go somewhere and NOT think of taking pictures!  If I did take photos, they were just for me, and so they were spontaneous, silly, and oftentimes downright unflattering! If you’ve never gone on a social media “fast” and the idea sounds interesting, you might want to try it. I didn’t miss it as much as I thought I would, but I missed it enough to come back, albeit with a more detached and balanced approach.

I’ve always loved fashion and clothing, and my original idea with the blog was to let go of any rules and just have fun with fashion.   I’m definitely back to those roots, though with a little twist. As time goes by, a more minimal approach is more appealing to me. I find myself turning away from over-consumerism and making less and more careful purchases. One beautiful gift of age is caring less and less what anyone thinks of you, making choices that just suit you, including what you buy and what you wear!

As I blog with complete freedom from schedules or metrics, I hope you’ll stop by and join me on this continuing journey through fashion and aging!

Fun & Fashion,

Dawn Lucy



  • Reply Juliet September 8, 2023 at 11:30 am

    Welcome back! I really loved readying your fresh perspective on taking a much needed and well deserved break. You’ve inspired me to work harder at finding a better balance between fun and inspiring social media use and dread and drudgery. I’m going to share this on my roundup tomorrow. xo

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 8, 2023 at 1:11 pm

      Aww that’s so sweet, Juliet. I would love for you to share it! And a big yes to tuning in to the FUN parts again!!! 🙂

  • Reply Pam F September 8, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Dawn! Welcome back. Was cruising through emails, favorite sites, etc. and clicked on the link…there you were. Good to hear you enjoyed the break. I think we all need that more often than we realize. It’s too easy to get pulled in so many directions and that gets to be the norm.
    I agree that as we age it’s important to approach life with balance in mind and taking care of ourselves should be a priority.
    While you were gone I circled back to your closet cleaning posts. Boy have I been doing that! So therapeutic. And with that in mind, staying true to myself and being much more aware of any purchases. Less can be more.
    Looking forward to more tips and ideas. Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 8, 2023 at 1:13 pm

      Aww thanks Pam! I’m so happy that you took a look back on some of my older posts. My wardrobe building and closet cleaning posts are my personal favorites, mostly because I need to take my own advice! I have some new ideas to share too and will be working (slowly) on a post sharing those!

  • Reply Pamela Stansberry September 8, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Dawn, I was absolutely delighted that you are on social media again…and this time on your own terms❤️❤️👏👏 I look forward to your posts and am dying to read your words of fun, joy, fashion and whatever you choose to blog about🤗👏👏 Thank you my friend Pam

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 11, 2023 at 9:32 am

      Aww I love this reply, Pam! One of the very best things about blogging is connecting with wonderful women like you!!

  • Reply Kali September 8, 2023 at 9:46 pm

    Yay Dawn! I relate to so much of what you’re saying. Can’t wait to continue the fashion journey with you☺️

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 11, 2023 at 9:34 am

      Oh me too, Kali! I know I’ve been saying some of these things for awhile, but taking time away from it all really put it in perspective for me and made my vision clearer. Adore you my dear! 🙂

  • Reply Nicole from High Latitude Style September 9, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    Interesting insights. Thanks for sharing them.

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 11, 2023 at 9:34 am

      Thanks for reading, Nicole!

  • Reply kim September 9, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Dawn, Great you took a break and we all need this. More quality of life, and less screens. I’m so glad you enjoyed the break and felt inspired too. I have top say the days I say off social media, which is a lot of the weekdays and I feel much happier!
    Loved this photo of you. Looking forward to what you discovered on your break. xo

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 11, 2023 at 9:37 am

      Aww thanks so much for stopping by, Kimi! I’ve been doing this blog for almost ten years now and I really needed to step away for a bit for a fresher perspective. Balance is always the key, but sometimes it doesn’t come naturally! 😀

  • Reply Rosemary Davis September 10, 2023 at 5:16 am

    Hi Dawn,
    I am so happy you are back and sharing on your own terms.
    I am working on the approach of intentional living.
    Living and enjoying the process in all areas of my life. And boy is it ever a freeing process!
    I am excited to see where your new adventures and fashion will lead❣️

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 11, 2023 at 9:38 am

      Yes, exactly, intentional living for sure. Making decisions on how we spend our time and energy in ways that really feel right for ourselves. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

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