An end, a beginning.

by: Kayley Anne

I apologize for the unexpected hiatus. This has been the longest break I’ve taken from Sidewalk Ready since I began this blog four years ago. (On that note, I also have to apologize to SWR for not acknowledging it’s fourth birthday on September 30th. Happy belated, blog baby!) I wasn’t planning on taking this break, but it was truly a necessary and constructive time for me. After deactivating my personal Facebook page, I found myself retreating from the internet in many ways, and that meant putting Sidewalk Ready on hold as well. At the time my absence began, I decided to take some time to reflect on who I am, what I care most about, and what I have to offer. I intended to either come back at full force, or discontinue SWR completely. I have come to the conclusion that I am confidently ready to do the latter.

Sidewalk Ready began as a hobby that was born out of my passion for everyday style and a desire to inspire. It came from a natural and honest place. I no longer find myself in that place. A lot has changed over the past four years. I’ve grown in so many unexplainable ways and truly am not the same person I was when SWR began. The changes in my life are a physical representation of this, but I am also dramatically different in non-tangible ways. While I still enjoy expressing myself through what I wear, I find myself overflowing with other sources of inspiration as well. I’m constantly looking up lyrics, discovering new poets, googling movie quotes, scrolling through beautiful images, and embracing a variety of other things that bring beauty into the world. I have been seeking a way to share this with you. It began with Friday Favorites. It’s grown into something more. That’s why I’m starting something new.

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That’s Your Gold is an inspiration based blog with curated and original material. It’s a Tumblr platform, which may seem like a step in the wrong direction as I am currently using WordPress, but my primary motivation with TYG is to be a ready-to-share inspiration source. Tumblr has been able to provide this. It’s also allowed me to curate material from others while creating my own original material in a way that Sidewalk Ready hasn’t allowed. I intend to continue partnering with companies that I enjoy supporting, including “Outfit of the Day” type posts, and incorporating style alongside other sources of inspiration. I have little idea of where this new venture is going to go, but I do know that it’s making me happy and feeding my passion, which are the same reasons I began Sidewalk Ready.

So, hey – if you’re on Tumblr, follow, share, like. I want to follow you and hear your voices as well. I’m looking forward to a new sense of community and more of an ebb and flow with followers. So, please, don’t hesitate to get in touch! You can also reach me through email (kayleyvdb@gmail.com) and on Instagram (@thatsyourgold) – and if you live in the LA area and want to get together for coffee, drinks, tacos, whatever – let me know. I want to meet you.

I hope that you all are staying true to yourselves and pursuing your passions. I promise to being doing the same.

All my love,
Kayley Anne

 

 

Friday Favorites

by: Kayley Anne

This book. Always this one. “What Corrigan wanted was a fully believable God, one you could find in the grime of the everyday. The comfort he got from the hard, cold truth–the filth, the war, the poverty–was that life could be capable of small beauties. He wasn’t interested in the glorious tales of the afterlife [...]

Urban Country.

by: Kayley Anne

The last time I owned a pair of denim overalls I was 14. I am glad to see this trend come back because these pants are really, really comfortable. So far I’ve worn them with sandals, mules, and flats. I spiced things up a little bit today with a pair of heels and more styling [...]

Stitches by Sarah Bonk Giveaway!

by: Kayley Anne

I know I haven’t been doing as many giveaways on Sidewalk Ready lately but when Sarah Bonk Stitches reached out to me, I was immediately on board. I absolutely love embroideries as my mom was an avid cross stitcher when I was younger. Having just moved across country, a Michigan state shaped stitching was the perfect [...]

Friday Favorites.

by: Kayley Anne

Everything about this song has got me playing it on repeat. When I was younger my mom did a lot of cross stitching, so it holds a very dear place in my heart. When I found out about Sarah Bonk Stitches I had to have my own home state stitch to display in my room. [...]