Which brings me to the topic of my first post. (named Una, my girl's middle name. Literally: the first.) Roles. I have played and filled many rolls up to this point in my life, but new mom is definitely the biggest change! Let's flash back a bit to get a feel for the past 5 years or so evolution of my life. (It will be quick, I promise!)
Here is my husband Phill and I on our first date,
Aren't we cute? Phill is 25 here and I am 22 about to turn 23. This upcoming Easter is our 5 year anniversary. I am so glad that in the tangle of white russians and awkward "I like you" small talk I thought to set my little camera down on the bar in Brooklyn that night and snap this photo. Phill had just played a show with his band Knife Crazy and we were shying hanging out and non stop talking into the late night. Moments later I would spill a sticky sweet drink all over my bare legs, we would laugh it off, order another, and eventually share our first kiss. I will have to admit I thought of myself as quite the "bad ass" when we met. I was a foul mouthed, whiskey drinking young lady. Of course we all know I was pink and squishy on the inside, but the years leading up to meeting this man had hardened me a bit and it took some time and a lot of trust to get me to mellow out and wear my heart on my sleeve.
Here we are now,
the rounded out little family of three. It's been a long time coming, and I can barely believe that the youngin's Phill and I were in that red lit photo turned into these responsible adults that balance "real life" (you know, the boring stuff, paying the bills etc.) with being as creative, supportive and loving as possible. No one has ever believed in me as much or as fully as he has and honestly I would not be the person I am today without him. After a few months of long distance dating I relocated to Buffalo, NY, we got married, I cooked in a diner for a few years, started the shoe business, got pregnant and now I am a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. (I told you this was the quick version!)
Now, back to roles.
Lisa Zain on Etsy. (my maiden name.)
Lisa the cellist. (18 years and counting - Phill and I have a project called Red Tag Rummage Sale.)
Lisa Freedenberg. (Wife of Phillip.)
and now... Lisa the mom to Saffron.
Now I promise my next post will be 99% more about shoes, and less about myself but I thought that a proper introduction was neccessary, and that a little more depth and background about me was also good to throw in. I didn't always have a newborn to obsess about, and I haven't even always had a vintage shoe shop (2 and a half year running!) to be proud of, but that is the place that I am happily in right now, and that I have worked really hard to get to.
Some quick goals for the blog:
Buffalo events music/fashion/art related
family updates (with lots of cute husbands, cats & babies)
outfit photos. yes! outfit photos! from me! queen of photobooth. real ones! no! i swear!
& of course just my thoughts and findings.
Pressing "publish" is a big step for me I wanted this to be perfect, but I realize getting it out there is more important than never starting. Here goes!
&& thank you so much for reading & do follow if you please!