The calm before the storm

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Jeans: F21.  Boots: Topshop.  Army jacket: Zara

This is an instagram photo taken last Sunday morning.

Michael and I decided to take Oliver for one last walk before Hurricane Sandy was due to hit here.   When we got home I was glued to the television, curled up on the sofa and switching from channel to channel watching each report on how bad Sandy was predicted to hit.

Even though I watched the news for hours that day, I will admit.  I was skeptical.  I was here for Hurricane Irene last year which turned out to be less powerful than was expected and it had many of us (myself included) running out to get emergency supplies that weren’t needed.  After that incident, many locals said the same thing: “yeah see” we all scoffed, “it wasn’t that bad.”

It gave a lot of us a false and very foolish sense of security.

We have all now seen what happened. The results are worse than what many expected.  As I write this many residential streets, subways and tunnels are still flooded by several feet.  It is getting dark and millions are without power.

Thankfully Michael and I are fine.  We are one of the lucky ones that only have a broken fence to fix.

I cannot tell you how shocked I am to hear of those who have lost so much.  We took a drive around our neighbourhood and saw old oak trees uprooted and lying across roads and resting on cars.  I have seen people on the local news who have lost their homes and everything inside.  Some lost even more. When seeing those who have lost it all I wonder how I would react to only leaving with the clothes on my back.

Fashion aside, it often takes something this sobering to make us realize how fortunate we really are.

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“Imagine no possessions.  I wonder if you can.”

John Lennon


  1. Felicity says:

    So glad you’re okay, it was so shocking seeing the footage on the news, I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to be caught up in it, especially for those who’ve lost everything. Felicity xx

  2. FJ says:

    Great post. It’s good to know you’re fine.

  3. Forever Fashion says:

    Inspirational John Lennon quote, I seriously just got chills… Im so sorry for all the people up there in NY, I have family up in NJ where the hurricane hit really hard. It’s horrible to not know from them (because of the power outage)
    I wish everyone the best.

  4. Angela says:

    Glad to hear that you guys are ok! I had to call my cousin today and make sure that she was ok too, we had to facetime as her phone was ringing my end but not hers. The news in London is constantly giving us updates as to what is happening, so sad about the loss of lives and property. Stay well and keep safe!

  5. Anonymous says:

    It’s not 60% people with power in NY state or NYC. Does that even sound right?? That’s almost everyone. Come on, girl. Please check facts before posting things like that all willy-nilly.

  6. Mom (Míriam) says:

    Good to know that you’re ok. And Lindsey? Is she well?

  7. Rory says:

    Love your boots! We are really fortunate. I’m in Jersey and lots of trees fell in our yard but none of them were serious. I heard about the fires in queens that ruined almost 100 homes. It’s awful. This is SO much worse than Irene was! I’m lucky that all I lost was power.
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  8. Mouthwash says:

    I have family in New York, and I am so shocked and dumbfounded at what this hurricane did. It’s sobering.

  9. Teresia Newton says:

    Soooo happy to hear you guys are okay. Being in Georgia made it hard for us to picture what might be going on during Sandy. We got a little bit of wind here but nothing else so while many here were going about their day people further north were wading in water. They quote you ended with summed it up perfectly.

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