Fair Isle Sweaters and Growing Up

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TFIO Photo: Patricia Saxton

TFIO Photo: Patricia Saxton

My second podcast recording with my mom, Claire, brings me back to the days as an insecure college freshman. My school was the ultimate in prep; a style that was unfamiliar to me. Here I was, having grown up trusting my sense of fashion, for the first time feeling unsure and looking to those around me to define my look. My first school break, I told my mom that I needed something called a Fair Isle Sweater and my darling mother treated me to not one or two, but several, and in different colors. By the end of my freshman year these lovely sweaters were gone from my wardrobe as I began to feel more comfortable in my own skin and see my style return (but still … how I wish I had at least of these sweaters with me now!!!). Most important, I was left with a feeling of love and gratitude for my mother that I will never forget for as long as I live.

Here is that conversation with Claire as we talk about Fair Isle Sweaters and growing up …

 

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College bound for mother

College bound

In search of a college campus …

A mother is many things: teacher, nurse, disciplinarian, cook, mentor, driver-and-overall-chauffeur-which-leads-eventually-to-driving-instructor, doctor, leader, follower. And in those rare and beautiful sun-filled moments, a mother is a friend to her child. I was a friend the last few days as my son and I ventured on to college campuses in search of a school where he could call home in a few years. First, I tried to remember the mother’s golden rule: stay quiet, let him get his bearings and don’t – under any circumstances – embarrass him! At one point, I asked him how I was doing and when I got the approval nod, I smiled. After that seemed to be going well I began to truly look around and what I saw were memories of my own college life. It brought me back to another time. And then the magic happened: I saw my son as I saw myself, and as he opened up to me and asked me questions about what I thought about the schools, what my impressions were, I realized in that moment, we were friends.

Sarah, I did look for beanies. I did look for college style. What I saw were students dressed in cool, comfortable and relaxed comfort and style –  all wrapped in the greatest fashion accessory of all – a smile of happiness and contentment.

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College Bound!

Beanies

Beanies

I’m off to college … not for me … for my son! I leave today to tour colleges with my 11th grader and I don’t mind telling you that I find the whole thing a little freaky! How is it possible, when I remember being in college as if it were yesterday? I guess time flies, though, because it really wasn’t yesterday, but actually, the late 70s/early 80s. Oh well …

My college friend Sarah tells me to be on the lookout for students – men and women – wearing beanies. According to Sarah it’s definitely a trend: a beanie, like the kind you can find at urban outfitters, is a slouchier version of the skullcap. I’m on the lookout …

Be back in a few days! Will miss you! Wish me luck!

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Sarah’s campus view

Sarah

Sarah on campus

It would seem as though throughout these dark and dreary months of winter, lazy college kids would simply roll out of bed, throw on the biggest sweatshirt they could find and huddle to class before they feel the chill of cold air tingling up their spines. This, however, is not the case. Continue reading

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Sarah’s necklace

Sarah’s necklace

Sarah is a freshman at a small, liberal arts college. While there she made a fashion discovery

“I purchased this necklace from a local woman from Allentown, PA, who brought her unique jewelry to campus to sell to the students. Each piece was individual and hand crafted. I had never seen a necklace quite like this before and I felt compelled to buy it. I walked passed her table several times, trying to resist while aware of my college budget. But I couldn’t resist. The necklace was calling me. The artist told me that the face that she had imprinted on this necklace was from a Native American tribe originally located in the area. It is said to protect the person wearing it. I decided that I had to buy it, and the necklace turned out to be affordable; only twelve dollars for this one-of-a-kind piece. I was excited about my purchase and never expected to come across such a rare and intriguing piece of jewelry.”

~ Sarah

I hope it protects you, Sarah, this year and always. xoxo Melissa

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