Chief Cook and Bottlewasher

April 20, 2014

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Sometimes doing a personal style blog seems a little crazy.  I mean, you gotta get dressed and that alone can take forever sometimes.  Theoretically you wear the clothes somewhere (I did wear this out today, although I wasn’t going much of anywhere) and you manage to take a few pictures.  In my case that means setting up the tripod, figuring out the best spot, and doing a couple of test shots to see if it’s even worth it.

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I don’t have a remote yet, so I run back and forth for each one, jumping in and trying to look oh-so relaxed as I wait for the timer.  It’s comical.  Sometimes I’m smiling because I’m aware of the sheer hilarity of the scene.

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I change clothes in order to take the still-life shots, trying to style them just so.  After that I manage to get my pictures out of the camera and onto my computer.  Then the most arduous task takes place, due to my uncooperative laptop.  After painstakingly editing and cropping my shots, I upload them with varying degrees of speed and success.

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After that comes the writing part, which I love. When I think about it, I’m the designer, stylist, photographer, model, makeup artist, tech person, copy writer, AND I clean up after the shoot.

But you know what?  I like it.  Plus, I’ve met amazing people through blogging.

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Here’s a glimpse of the stylist on the shoot.  Fortunately, she was pretty easy to work with today.

Hope you had fun with us on this one, too.  XXOO

Outfit details: Patterned jacket-thrifted for $10 (still had the $485 price tag on it), hat-DSW, striped dress- thrifted, scarf-H&M, a threadbare black vest that you can hardly see-can’t remember, rings-thrifted and gifted (I made the earrings), bracelets-from my 30+ year collection, one of a kind bag-consignment shop, a steal at $30.  (Saw a similar one by the same artist for $575.)

The stylist is wearing a thrifted shirt, and upcycled skirt and vest by Dross into Gold. :-)  Please join us at Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday!

ADDENDUM: I created this post mid-week because I knew this weekend would be busy.

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It wasn’t TOO busy, however.  To preserve our mental and physical health, we’ve been trying to walk more, de-stress more, and enjoy more.  A stroll along the river this afternoon accomplished all of these goals.

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I’m beginning to start my warm weather sewing.

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Plus, I’m pulling out Summer clothes, and  playing with my bracelet collection, gold tones this time (thrifted and gifted, of course).

The stylist likes this stack.  XXOO




52 Responses to Chief Cook and Bottlewasher

  1. Vix on April 21, 2014 at 7:03 am

    I love that glorious pink outfit and that photo of you and Joey is so sweet. As usual I’m lusting after your rings and that spectacular stack of bangles adorning your wrist.
    The stylist is hot!
    Remotes and tripods? I don’t think I’d ever get a blog post done if I had to work with such technology! Luckily I have a man who can! xxx

    • Jean on April 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      You know I was thinking of you as I layered up my wrist! I still need to devise a cool way of storing them, similar to your drawer where they’re categorized. Right now mine are mostly jumbled on a large platter.

      Joey used to take a lot of my pictures but he tends to be finished more quickly than I am, if you know what I mean. :-) XXOO

  2. Grunge Queen on April 21, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Jean, such gorgeous outfits! And that blazer in the first shot drew me in immediately! It is so gorgeous and very you – it looks almost Kilim-inspired, and the colours are so Easter-y. Your bracelet collection looks divine. Would you do a bling show-and-tell one day? Xoxo

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

      I meant to post a closeup of the jacket. It reminds me of African fabric, which it may be. The jacket was made in “England” and judging from the cut, I’m guessing early 90’s. It doesn’t really fit particularly well but the fabric was too gorgeous to leave behind, plus it’s beautifully made.

      Show and tell? Why not! Sounds like fun.

  3. Pam@over50feeling40 on April 21, 2014 at 8:13 am

    This is such a joyful post, Jean…from jewelry, to jacket, to hat, to your smiles!!! Love it! (Thanks for your sweet comments)

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 10:53 am

      This was a fun post to create. Sometimes they just happen a little more organically!

  4. Ann on April 21, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I know what you mean about the time it takes to get a post up and going. I love the patterned jacket, it is fantastic! I like lik how you styled it especially with the stripe and scarf. You are one excellent thrifter. I’m impressed! Leather bag is a beauty. Looking forward to seeing you style some of beautiful kimonos this spring.

    blue hue wonderland

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 11:33 am

      How did you know? I have two yukata, one larger than the other. I was trying them on yesterday with different belts and pants or skirts underneath. Layering the prints and colors is so much fun!

  5. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style on April 21, 2014 at 8:56 am

    You show your joy in every picture, Jean. And you’re a fabulous stylist! Love the armful of bracelets. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Glad I could join in! It’s really something to look forward to.

  6. pao on April 21, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Yes, a woman of many hats, with style to match. You can really put one together and be so nonchalant about it. Now we now your secret – there’s a whole crew working for you behind the scenes. Nevertheless, I’m still impressed!

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Yeah, it can get a little crazy working with so many divas, but you know, art is worth it.

  7. Val S on April 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Well, you have an excellent stylist, who’s pretty stylish herself! I know what you mean about smiling at the silliness of taking selfies – but at least the smile is genuine then and not faked. I finally got a remote, and I do enjoy using it.

    I love all those patterns, especially the shirt the stylist is wearing. But the hat is really the crowning glory!

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 11:37 am

      I’m looking forward to getting one. I had one ready to use, but apparently it wasn’t suited to my camera. Oh well.

  8. Louisa on April 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    These are the very reasons why I rarely have photos of ME in my blog. Too much work! And I don’t really photograph well at the best of times. I have no idea how to pose naturally. Also my camera is just a point-and-shoot on its last legs and although I do have a tripod there is no remote. Getting DH to be the photographer is even worse because he has no idea what makes a good fashion photo. He thinks I look great in every shot! (Even if my hem is folded up, there’s lint on my collar, a stupid expression on my face and my hair is blowing around…)

    You, on the other hand, always look good no matter what the circumstances, Jean! How do you do that?

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 11:40 am

      You only see the edited version, that’s how! :-) I’m very particular and take a lot of pictures before I get something I’m happy with. Another reason it takes forever!!

  9. Natalia on April 21, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I had a good fun with this post! :) You are such a gorgeous stylist, Jean! And a photographer. And an editor. And a model. And a writer. Blogging is amusing for so many reasons. Glad we all look at it in a similar way. :)

    I am amazed with the deals you were able to find thrifting! What a fantastic jacket, and your bracelet collection is beyond words.

    You are a very handsome couple too! :)

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Thank you Natalia!! It was fun to “produce” this post…oh yes, add producer to the list. Things seem to find me when I’m thrifting. I always look for pattern and color, good fabrics, and odd details. I go through different phases, too, where certain categories are on my radar. It helps narrow down the hunt a little. XXOO

  10. Glenda @ So What to Twenty on April 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Fortunately I have my husband involved with my blogging and he takes the shots. The patterned jacket is too cool. I could imagine it being worn in a variety of ways. What a great piece to own! I’m an admirer of your Southwestern jewelry. Simply beautiful.

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 11:47 am

      With your husband taking those gorgeous shots, no wonder you have that gleam in your eye! :-)

  11. Tamera the Menopausal Supermodel on April 21, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    You are always stunning in any incarnation. I’m anxious to see what you’ll create for spring and summer!!!

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Can I quote you on that? :-) I’m dying to get into my sewing!! I just wish I could take a week to dive in!!

  12. Curtise on April 21, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    It’s complicated, this blogging lark, and we’re not even paid for it! But you do it so beautifully, Jean, whether stylist, model, technician, designer, photographer, or writer!
    I am struck by that fabulous jacket, what a find, and I love that you paired it with your old faithful striped skirt; don’t they look brilliant together?
    Gorgeous pic of you and Joey, such a very good-looking couple, and that final photo of the armful of bangles makes me smile, so rich and colourful! xxx

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 11:51 am

      I’m continually amazed at how much I love that dress(and similar skirt) with almost everything! I recently thrifted some striped pants but they don’t have the same effect. They look almost cartoonish, but I’m guessing it’s the wider width of the stripes. I’m sure they’ll work someway, though.

  13. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas on April 21, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Oh, your post makes me smile! You are indeed worth the effort, and worthy of so many assistants at your beck and call. :) Your words are so true. I do always wear my outfits, but most of the time I take my photos on a different day, and then there’s the staging, and styling, and all the fuss!

    Your bracelet stack is fantastic! Just fantastic! And that jacket!!!! What a deal! I thought it might be one of your upcycles…it’s so very you! Great, great find!

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 11:53 am

      I thought about upcycling it because the proportions/cut aren’t ideal for me, but I was afraid of ruining the integrity of the piece. It’s really well made and sometimes you just have to respect that, right? Especially if you sew!!

  14. Jan Graham-McMillen on April 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    The work was all worth it, ’cause your photos are great … pretty you in all cases! Your stylist isn’t any slouch either. You look so much alike …
    Yes, I do the timer thing sometimes, and it’s rarely successful. Dan and I take a few shots on the way to town, and if we don’t get it then, it’s hard to make up!
    I’ve nominated you for a Wonderful Team Readership Award … it’s not one you have to figure out a bunch of trivia … its about your fabulousness as a great reader! You’re always so supportive and clear in your writing. Hope you have fun with it!

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 11:56 am

      You are so right about the hard to make up part!! Somedays I want to capture an OOTD but the right moment just doesn’t come. I rarely go back to recreate the outfit.

      I’m coming over to check out the award-thingy. Thank you so much!! Sounds like fun. :-)

  15. Jennifer on April 21, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of work to be a fashion blogger. You look terrific through it all. I love bracelet stacks as well.

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      You know it! Your blog must also have a huge staff working on it! :-) I loved the hand photo from your trip. Are those bracelets Tamera’s design? So pretty.

  16. The Style Crone on April 21, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Blogging can seem like a full time job sometimes, but your finished product is sublime. The patterned jacket was quite the find and love how you mixed patterns.

    Love the photo of you and Joey! And of course the stack of bracelets. Your collection must be a sight to behold!

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Wanna trade some hats for some bracelets? :-) XXXOOO!!!

  17. Sheila (of Ephemera) on April 22, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Ha, I use the timer as well – I do my “stuff” shot when I’m home after work and changing out of my work outfit.

    Am in love with all your rings and all those beautiful bangles/bracelets! So fabulous, Jean!

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      I admire your system! Your consistency is impressive. My life is so very unpredictable, precluding anything even approaching that. I always love looking at your outfit details, and the Fluevogs!! Someday….!

  18. Melanie on April 22, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Wow, that’s the colour you were talking about. I just love it, probably because it seems to resonate so well with you right now. The jacket and hat, love, and the fabrics. Yes, the weirdness and satisfaction of style blogging, smiling into the void of watchful eyes. And all that running, and jumping in our case. Heh. Your team is clearly professional.
    The fresh air down by the river with Joey must have blown in some new and exciting ideas. I’m glad you catch these moments together. I knew Vix would be lusting after your jewels. Ha!

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      I remember a post of yours where you said something about the inanity of smiling at nothing/no one. So now I always think of you when I’m doing just that!!! Wait, that means I’m smiling at you, there ya go. Here’s looking at you, kid. :-)

  19. Jayne @ Northernmumdownsouth on April 22, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I loved this post and reading about your photo-shoot made me smile.

    The styling of that fabulous jacket is inspired – hire that stylist!

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Glad I made you smile! It really is pretty silly when you think about it, but having fun often looks silly, hopefully.

  20. Suzanne on April 22, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    That jacket is lovely!

    I know the whole series of steps putting together a blog post. It is well worth the big bucks I’m making though.

    ; )

    ha ha!


    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Big bucks, right?!! Double ha ha, but having fun is priceless. I know you know. XXOO

  21. Shawna on April 22, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Your photography methods are just like mine! I didn’t dare call my blog a style blog as I had some serious doubts I would both put on clothes worth sharing and get them photographed on a regular basis.

    I love the colours and pattern mixes in your outfits and your accessories are lovely. I love the bangles!

    Lastly, I always enjoy your photos so thanks for sharing them and taking the time to create the blog post!

  22. Rosalind on April 23, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Hilarious description of the process of creating those effortless-looking, ‘relaxed’ images. I too enjoy getting to be stylist and model and director and picture editor and copy-writer. I do generally rope in someone else to wield the camera though.
    Your stylist did a stunning job putting together this particular look – she’s especially good at accessories with that perfectly chosen hat!

    • Jean on April 23, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Whoever takes your pictures does an amazing job! I think I remember reading that it’s your dad much of the time? Now that you’re at school I imagine that’s changed, though. My only complaint about my stylist is that she can be indecisive sometimes. Oh, those creative types!

  23. Señora Allnut on April 29, 2014 at 7:20 am

    mwahaha, dear lady, you’re pretty funny explaining how you take your pics and make all the work!, sometimes I also smile meanwhile taking my pics, because it’s hilarious! (I usually take my pics putting my camera on a bank)
    And you look gorgeous (as usual). Love how the mixed patterns and textures work together!, fabulous!!
    Obviously, your stylist is cool indeed!
    Your warm weather sewing looks really interesting!

  24. Feda on May 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Read this with a big smile on my face!!! love everything about this post! You play all your roles beautifully with kindness, love, and creativity. and you know I FEEEL YOU!! It takes me forever to do a post! The remotes are really inexpensive…get yourself one and you’ll reduce the running back and forth a bit! love ya! XOOXO

    • Jean on May 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Yes, MUST GET REMOTE! Thank you for the reminder. XXOO

  25. Feda on May 1, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    and your outfit is AMAZING! one of my favorites of yours! The scarf and blazer are so unique and the combination is fun to look at. Beautiful as always :)

    • Jean on May 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      I usually gravitate to dark colors so this was fun for a change.

  26. Dusk Devi on May 18, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Your stylist is very lucky… You are glorious.

    ps. yes, tripod and remote, that’s how I do it too, in my studio at home [but my husband enjoys taking the photos ‘on location’ 😀 ]

    pps. you bear a striking similarity to Faye Dunaway

    • Dusk Devi on May 19, 2014 at 1:32 am

      ps. just re reading my comment… it sounds like I don’t know who your stylist is… 😉

      Jean… you ARE the Sensual Goddess archetype and I hope you can see and feel that.

      • Jean on May 19, 2014 at 4:44 pm

        R.e. ps: No, I didn’t think that! I always re-read and second-guess everything. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one!! I did that with the email I sent you, thinking I might have sounded ridiculous. Now I see you got it. :-)

    • Jean on May 19, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      R.e. pps: No one has said that before but it crossed my mind years ago. Funny you should see it now.

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