Wearing Vintage

Rainbow T-shirtYesterday was a day for unexpected compliments.

I happened to be walking through Target and this HAPPY t-shirt caught my attention. While it is not the style I normally wear, it did make me FEEL happy!

I went to investigate. The first thing I liked was the soft cotton. I find it hard to wear those t-shirts that feel like cardboard. The second thing I liked was the price, it was cheap and third, the color looked good on me. So, I decided to buy it.

Puget Sound Lighthouse

I admit as I was paying for it, I was having second thoughts. It reminded me of Berkeley, and I am not an earthy type of dresser preferring a preppy kind of look, but that little voice said, “you’re going to like it.”

I decided to go hiking at Discovery Park in Seattle. Of course, I put on my NEW Happy t-shirt for the occasion.

Do you know I received five compliments on the walking trail regarding my Happy t-shirt from various aged people. One younger lady even asked me if it was “vintage,” she liked the t-shirt / straw hat combo and wanted to buy it herself.

I smiled, while my mind went into entrepreneurial mode.

I immediately thought I could buy the t-shirts at Target for $12.99 and sell them for $49.95 claiming the vintage inspired look.

My dad always said “profit is not a dirty word!”

Puget Sound view of Mount Rainier

Lighthouse view of Mount Rainier

Moral of the story is to go out of our “comfort zone.”

Who knew I was capable of wearing vintage?

THIS t-shirt made people HAPPY.

So, it’s a keeper that’s for sure!

Italy’s Mille Miglia 2015

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2015 Cars on display around town.

Last year, I came across Jay Leno’s Garage 2014 youtube video on his participation in Italy’s yearly Mille Miglia vintage car race. First of all, Jay Leno has a great sense of humor, we know he loves cars and then put him in Italy and you want to join the fun!

Map of Race Route

Map of Race Route

So, this year, I came to Brescia, May 14-17, 2015 where the Mille Miglia race starts. There are approximately 430 vintage car owners from around the world who gather here every year to enter the race. It’s a spectacular event to behold. Just look at the cars I am seeing. Really beautiful!

Photographers and journalists are everywhere. The road race starts in Brescia goes to Rome and then back to Brescia. You can view a map of the race. It’s a tough race, especially for those coming from abroad who are not familiar with the small and winding roads of Italy. Normally, an Italian wins the race, but maybe a foreigner will surprise us this year.

Wednesday the Italian Military had an Air Show, similar to our Blue Angles Air Show in the U.S., in honor of the Mille Miglia. Many of the vintage cars were on display at the air field. There were about 7,000 people viewing the show.

2015 Cars on display.

2015 Cars on display.

Around Brescia, the media was setting up, cars were being driven in to be put on display, people were at cafes, walking, taking picture – having fun!

If you are ever in Italy on vacation at this time, you will enjoy seeing the race.

Whether you are in Brescia for the start or end of the race OR you see the cars driving through one of the towns, you’ll share in the excitement for sure!