A Meditation

June 24, 2014

A happy accident goodA happy Accident jewelry

In order to stay healthy and age well, we’re told to exercise, eat properly, and unplug periodically.  Meditation is often recommended as a way to relax, lower our blood pressure, and increase our sense of well-being.  Back in the 70’s I practiced TM (Transcendental Meditation as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi) and I still utilize the technique I was taught all those years ago, although not as frequently as I could.

A Happy Accident detail

Today I was reminded of the Style Crone‘s notion of adornment as a form of art and meditation.  As I got dressed, I was drawn to color, texture, and memories.  The Guatemalan bag came from a flea market in Denver when I was hanging out with Judith, a joyous uplifting time.

A Happy Accident topA Happy Accident hat

The crocheted top was a recent Goodwill find on a beautiful and poignant trip to Vermont, one of the places I lived when my children were small.  The vintage hat came to mind as I thought about the beauty of handmade things, which this hat clearly was.

A happy Accident 2 A Happy Accident

I recently found these earrings when I cleaned out my bathroom cabinet.  I’ve had them so long I can’t remember where they came from, although they were undoubtedly thrifted.  Today they were singing their siren song from long ago.

A happy accident handsA happy Accident sofa

After layering my rings and bracelets a few times, I emerged from a lovely reverie, feeling relaxed and ready to move on to the tasks at hand.  Seems to me that’s how I used to feel when I meditated.  Now I’m dressed, too.

Multi-tasking isn’t all bad.

Outfit details: Tank dress, crocheted top, earrings-thrifted, bracelets and rings-thrifted and gifted, Kenneth Cole Reaction flip flops-outlet sale years ago, embroidered bag-Denver flea market, vintage hat…can’t remember!!!  :-(

happy colors

On another note, because I decided to use my limited free time to sew instead of being on-line (hence you haven’t seen much of me around), I’m happy to announce that I’ll be posting an Ode post in the next few weeks with an upcycled creation.  I’m very excited as I loved doing this series!

What is an Ode post?  Early on, I wanted to acknowledge personal style bloggers that blew me away with their creativity.  I tried to create pieces and outfits that reflected some of their aesthetic, as they informed mine.  You can see each of them here: #1 Judith of Style Crone, #2 Melanie of Bag and a Beret, #3 Vix of Vintage Vixen, #4 Tamera of Tamera Beardsley, and #5 Amber of Butane Anvil .  (When you click on their Ode there will be a link to their website)  There are so many others I’ve wanted to celebrate too!

As I was sewing this past week, I realized that there’s a blogger who stands out in my mind as an exemplar, and I think the piece I’ve been working on captures her spirit.  So hang in with me…it might be another couple of weeks before I have time for the unveiling of a new Ode, but I hope you’ll enjoy seeing it as much as I am enjoying creating it..  XXOO

P.S.  The last picture is a tease and NOT part of the Ode.  I wore my upcycled belt with a thrifted tunic this past week.  The colors made me happy. :-)








17 Responses to A Meditation

  1. Melanie on June 24, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I love seeing you wrapped in all these lacy bits and pieces, all hand-made and given new love and life on you. And the bag you bought when you were out with Judith is a perfect accent. I bet you swished fantastically when you walked in this. I’m glad to see that you are revisiting your Ode series – I love seeing how you play with inspiration.
    Meditation, I would benefit from that now that this city is Wide Awake and revving in high gear for summer. LOUD! I’ll look for my inner quiet space.

  2. Jan Graham-McMillen on June 24, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Oh, lovely idea. It’s such a wonderful event when one is able to be completely present in an every day occupation as getting dressed. It’s art when so many of you do it. You, especially, lovely Jean.
    I’m having such a hard time getting around to say hello, but i persevere. You have my empathy!
    You little Ode Creatrix, you!

  3. Curtise on June 25, 2014 at 2:11 am

    I enjoyed following along on your dressing journey, Jean! I loved Judith’s post about adornment too, and I adore this thoughtful, creative, flowing outfit. The crochet top compliments the hat beautifully, and the dress is such a lovely colour on you. As always, your jewellery is enviable, and this time I am coveting that Guatemalan bag too. I love too appreciate wearing/using pieces either given as gifts by fellow bloggers or bought with them on a day out – I like the sense if connectedness and community that brings.
    Enjoy your sewing, and I look forward to your next Ode post, bloggers are such an inspiring bunch! xxx

  4. Veshoevius on June 25, 2014 at 3:27 am

    I practiced TM as a kid – but my parents made me do it and I was always a bit too fidgety to take it seriously. Perhaps as an adult I would get more out of it.
    I love this boho look with the blue of your maxi dress peeking through the cream crochet and that is a wonderful hat – I had a similiar open work cardigan that I wore to death when I was younger.
    It is impossible to be online all the time I find, but I think people are mature enough to realise that we all have lives and loves to attend to – what would we all have in terms of life experience to post about if we spent all our time online?
    Look forward to your ode series!

  5. Veshoevius on June 25, 2014 at 3:27 am

    And by the way I thought the dress you gave Vix that she wore to the awards was soooo stunning! Was very nice to see her wearing something from you!

  6. The Style Crone on June 25, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Visiting your world is always inspiring, but the hat that you chose for todays’s ensemble drew me in immediately. What a beauty, and it flows perfectly with the pieces that added to your meditation. I too practiced TM. Seems as though it follows us through life in one form or another.

    I remember the Guatemalan bag well, along with the thrill of the hunt! Thank you so much for the mention and am looking forward to your next creative Ode.

  7. sandra on June 25, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    The Ode’s sound wonderful, what a beautiful celebration! I look forward to seeing your creation! I haven’t read The Style Crone’s post about adornment, it does sound fascinating! your outfit is divine, your hat is just beautiful and I think it’s so lovely to be wearing pieces that hold such beautiful memories x x x

  8. joni on June 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Jean, I was so into that transcendental meditation back in the day too. It gave me a good reason to sit all alone near my favorite cherry tree in the neighborhood where nobody would ask what I was up to.

    You look fabulous as always! I’ve been so inspired by watching the StyleLikeU you tube videos. I think it’s really made me want to sew kimonos even more!

  9. Shawna on June 25, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    There you are, the epitome of elegant bohemian style! I love it all and you look so beautiful I could just stare at you endlessly. I love the way you thought about every item you put on, where it came from, how long you’d had it, who you associated it with. I used to do that in my garden. Every evening I walked around my garden and examined everything, taking in the changes, sniffing and touching and listening to the birds and the bees. I could point to hundreds of plants and tell you where they came from as not only did I always recall where I bought something, many of my plants came from the gardens of friends and family and many more were gifts for my birthday or Christmas, usually from my parents.

    I no longer have a garden, but as you point out in your post, this can be done with many other things in our lives and quite often with clothing and accessories too. Thank you for this beautiful post and for being such a jaw dropping style inspiration.

  10. pao on June 25, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    So glad to see you again Jean, and so very lovely too. As everyone else has said, I too was a TM devotee. I guess it was all of us from a certain age. Mindful dressing is a very good thing as you have definitely shown us. But doesn’t it make all the difference when we can actually do it, be mindful, consciously aware, at the moment, in whatever we are doing? Yes. You have given me the most gentle reminder to come back to now whenever I might slip away. Just as one comes back to the breath or the mantra when one strays during meditation. Thanks for that. peace out.

  11. Krista on June 26, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Jean can I just tell you how wonderfully beautiful you look in this outfit! As you described the process of getting dressed I found myself relaxing into it. I think sometimes we rush to get out the door, hurry when getting dressed and miss this very perfect opportunity for refraction and relaxation. I am so trying this! I also love your Ode series I just had a quick look at Vix’s, stunning, as was the dress she wore of yours to the awards.
    That bag you are carrying in stunning!

  12. PamMarie on June 26, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Meditating on scripture is how I manage the ups and downs of my life. Trusting in His word gives me hope and other methods don’t come close for me. Of course, your outfit is great, esp that hat. But I have to say, I love how your white couch is styled. The pops of color add so much pizazz!

  13. Feda on June 26, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Jean you look absolutely radiant in this ensemble!! I love everything about it but you must know by now how alike we are with colors and styling! absolutely makes me want to bust out my florals and teals and dress up!

    I love the Ode series! What a great idea to both mix and match style and inspiration through other beautiful stylish women. looking through your old posts I’m still in awe of your styling and ability to express yourself through color and fabric! woweee! so much love!!! xoxoxo

  14. Rose on June 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    So that’s why you’re so gorgeous! Meditation. Now I know what to do. Om, om,…..

    Much love from England,
    Rose from http://www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

  15. Señora Allnut on June 30, 2014 at 7:37 am

    dear lady, you’ve got talent to create something comfy and cool and feel magnificent wearing it!!, it’s a joyful pleasure to see it!
    obviously, I’m loving every accessory you wear, and that turquoise color is so cheerful, one of my favorites!!, and so pretty crochet top!!, gorgeous!!

  16. Vix on July 1, 2014 at 10:10 am

    You look so beautiful in that outfit, if I was half as intelligent as you I’d create an ode in your honour. The turban is a triumph and the turquoise dress and masses of bangles just wonderful.
    I tried meditation once and was surprised how much I enjoyed it – my inability to stay calm and sit still are legendary amongst my friends. xxx

  17. The Style Crone on July 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I was so happy to see your gorgeous hat and smiling face pop up on Hat Attack. Your sense of style is always a great pleasure. Thank you for sharing! XOXO

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