My Clothes are Working Overtime

My Baccarat crystal heart

It has been a difficult week for me as I have learned of the tragic passing of a young 14 year-old girl. I did not know her personally but I was connected to her through my work. My heart has been very, very heavy. And my clothes have been my best friends. They have had to work overtime, carrying me into my day and pushing me forward, even when all I have wanted to do is crawl back into my bed with my pi’s. They have been my armor, giving me strength when I feel weak. I started to wear my red crystal heart every day – something I bought my brides maides and me when I got married 22 years ago, because I felt an overwhelming need to wear the one thing that is a reminder of what we all need  today- LOVE.

And now, I pull out the outfit that I may or may not be wearing to a funeral service. I am not sure if I will attend, but I know what I will wear if I do. This dress will do what I have needed my clothes to do all week – to stand up for me and to be there for me, when it is a struggle just to be there for myself.

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Facing Fears with Fashion

Jeneane, aboard her cruiser

Jeneane, aboard her cruiser, wearing her vest

Sitting down with Jeneane I was reminded of an important life lesson: we all feel fear – but it’s what we do to push beyond our fears that matters. This inspiring story is about Jeneane, her partner Bill, the ocean, and a leopard-print vest. Because clothing can affect us on a deep, emotional level. And because, of course, nothing bad ever happens when you are wearing leopard. Jeneane tells her story …

“My partner Bill wanted a boat. He grew up in New Jersey and had been around water his entire life. He felt that it was a good time to have a boating experience and for us to set sail to new places. I, on the other hand, grew up in Colorado. For the first 23 years of my life I had no exposure to water whatsoever. I have a tremendous fear of the ocean; I love to look at it from a distance but I could never go near it. Continue reading

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When My Clothes Speak for Me

Optimized-P1050762Sometimes our clothes can do the talking for us. When we feel pain or sadness or when we may not have the words, we can simply get up and get dressed and let the clothing speak for us. To those who say that fashion is frivolous, I say clothing is a necessity and one of life’s basics – just like food, water, and shelter. And that is why our clothes say so much about us and will forever connect us to each other.

I found this stand-out necklace of Paris’s Eiffel Tower (by Zenzii) and when I put it on, I feel better. It speaks volumes, even when I cannot. This is the power of clothing.

Shop local! My Zenzii necklace was purchased locally at the boutique, d.j. crater.

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