I’ve been thinking about doing a post featuring my paternal grandmother’s jewelry for awhile, and when I saw that this week’s IFB challenge was all about jewelry, it felt like perfect timing. My paternal grandmother passed away when I was quite young, but I remember how creative and artistic she was, and this included making her own jewelry. Most of her costume jewelry came to me, and I remember spending hours as a child going through her collection.
I still have these delicate beaded necklaces with little rose and bird charms that she made me, and I was delighted when I realized these mirrored some of her own pieces!
Some of my grandmother’s pieces are quite flamboyant (I’m talking chunky carved elephants and parrots here), so I never wore much of it as a teen or young woman. In fact, I never really wore much jewelry at all until I lived in the Middle East, where I was certainly influenced by the mix of cultures and styles. I also started wearing scarves regularly while living in the UAE, another great style byproduct and influence of my time there.
So I started wearing more jewelry in general and slowly adding in some of my grandmother’s long necklaces and dangly earrings into my regular jewelry rotation.
I’m still incorporating more and more of her pieces into my daily style (for more outfits featuring my grandmother’s jewelry, click here, here, here, here and here), and each time I go through her jewelry collection, it feels like a rediscovery of my grandmother’s creativity and personal style. ♥
This morning, I decided to pair a couple of different shades of green, mint and a teal green, as well as a dark floral top to pull everything together.
Details: Cardigan: August Silk via Macy’s, on sale this winter / Floral top: Fall fashion swap / Jeans: Gap, curvy style, 2011 / Flats: K-mart, old / Mint skinny belt: Target, this winter / Jade earrings and ring: My grandmother’s mother’s
My mom reminded me of these jade earrings that she gave to me from my grandmother. So I gladly wore them again today to add to the mint accents.
Update from my mom (via email):
Your grandmother had the earrings and ring made for me when they were still in Okinawa.
When I was thinking about what I wanted to wear today, I shouted out something akin to, “Where is my striped dress?” And my husband’s reaction: “Which one?”
This striped dress, a random purchase from Target last year, has proved to be a closet MVP, as I wore it all throughout last spring, summer, and fall. But this is the first time I’ve worn it this winter, pairing it this time around with navy tights and my equestrian-style bow belt.
Details: Striped dress: Target, last spring / Cardigan: Gift from sister-in-law, old / Navy tights: American Apparel, last winter / Bronze flats: Kmart, old / Trench coat: Marks & Spencer, Abu Dhabi, 2008 / Bow belt: Came with cat print dress, Mango, old / Earrings: Moss Handmade Jewelry, Christmas gift from hubby.
Whew, coming out of this sinus hostage situation and in the midst of “getting it DONE” mode at work.
Today’s outfit is inspired by the latest SIA challenge over at the Animated Cardigan. I don’t know why, but I always seem to wearing jeans when the SIA challenges roll around (see here, here, here, here, and here for photographic evidence). I *do* wear jeans frequently, but if you’re a regular reader, you know there is more variety in my wardrobe. But jeans for a behind-the-scenes day at work? Yes, please. I’ll take it when I can get it.
Details: Striped blazer: Gap, on clearance and gift-carded in summer / Striped tank: Old Navy, summer / Jeans: Gap, fall 2012 / Flats: DKNY via Macy’s, fall 2012 / Earrings: Birthday gift from a friend, from an art fair in Madison, Wisconsin
I also added these earrings to add to the SIA inspiration of stripes-and-color-mixing.
And this past week, I seem to be seeing this SIA inspiration everywhere I look! Here’s a Polyvore inspiration board I put together quickly to capture this stars-and-stripes trend:
The tricks: No full outfit post today, and I did not dress up for Halloween (boo!) due to a crazy schedule today of teaching (4 hours straight!) and important meetings.
The treats: My classes went great (seriously great feedback, woo-hoo)! And a colleague had asked me to wear my cat-print dress again today, so I happily obliged, and to be a bit more festive, I added my jack-o-lantern earrings.
I did my hair in one of my usual go-to styles, twisting a couple of pieces around (online hair tutorial) on one side and then pulling it back into a ponytail. It’s interesting that when I get compliments on this hairdo, people tend to say something akin to, “I like your French braid!” But this style is so much easier than a French braid, which requires three strands of hair — this twisted look only requires two strands. Sooooo easy to do, especially on wet hair!