A little while ago I posted an image of my Grandmothers fur stole on Instagram. My mom’s mom was a wonderful woman. She was very quiet and had an heir of comfortable elegance about her. Her creativity through the many mediums she used was intoxicating to me. She sewed, she painted ceramics, she knitted, she crocheted, she made ceramic dolls & made all the clothes for them.
Dawning beautiful clothes and jewelry (usually turquoise showing her Native American heritage), she was always a bit of a mystery to me. We visited her in Los Angeles quite often when I was young, but I never was as close as I would have liked. Just as I was coming into my own as a woman to start to have an adult conversation with her, she passed.
When this vintage fur was passed down to me, I was honored. On the other hand, I knew that I really would never have the occasion to wear it. Having things, even old sentimental things, I feel should be used or at least put on display to be able to cherish its memory.
Fur Stole: Vintage (similar faux) | Coral & Cream Stripe Knit Top: LOFT (similar) | Cheetah Belt: Target (similar) | Distressed Jeans: Chico’s via Goodwill of Orange County (similar) | Zebra Clutch: H&M via Goodwill of Orange County (similar) | Olive Heels: Payless (similar)
I took the opportunity of me having this little fashion blog and style the stole in an unconventional way to share a little love with my grandma. When I originally planned this look, I wanted to have the stole under the cheetah belt, but since my grandmother was a much smaller woman than me, it just did not work. I could get it to belt, but I literally could not move my arms, like I was in a straight jacket!
It was a fun twist taking this elegant fur and pairing it with a casual items like this coral striped knit top and distressed jeans. Although I have not worn this look out and about, I did sport it while working in the office and felt closer than ever to Grandma.
Do you have a sentimental piece of clothing, jewelry, or accessory that you like to wear? How do you style it?
Today’s Postivity Note
Each day is a gift. Don’t send it back unopened.
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