It still stands vivid in my mind -- that exact moment the summer of 1987, standing in front of a magazine stand longing for something truly wonderful to browse through -- when I spotted it ... the gorgeous cover of a brand new magazine.
And I sighed ... for I knew a little heart desire had been heard and answered.
From the front cover to the last page, and every page in between, it was exactly what my feminine heart had been longing for. A magazine that spoke to the softer, gentler side of life; a magazine that celebrated the creativity and originality of women who followed their dreams; a magazine that recognized the importance of Beauty and its place in our lives.
These magazines continue to be a great treasure for me; even years later, whenever I need a pick me up or some creative inspiration, I often reach for my Victoria's. It's balm for a soul -- you know, "just take two issues with tea and call me in the morning."
What amazes me is that, here in Blogland, I have met dozens upon dozens of other readers who have been just as smitten as I am. I realize just how populated the world is with kindred spirits. Women, like me... like you... who also share a love of beauty, nature, art, books, and craftsmanship. It's a beautiful circle.
With so many disasters happening around us in our world, one time I wondered what I would take from my home if I had to make an emergency exit. I don't know if I should admit it out loud...but I'd take my Victoria's if I could. My Bible, journal, toothbrush, Miss Kitty...and my Victoria's. I figure if I'd have to live in a school gym for a while, I could do it with more finesse if I had a little beauty in my hands to help 'steady the nerves'.
I'll always be grateful to Nancy Lindemeyer and all her editorial team for the beautiful gift they gave to the world when Victoria was born. It's a legacy that still speaks deeply to me... all these years later.