Day of Reckoning

April 2, 2014

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In so many ways, it’s That Time, time to organize, to get healthier, to establish a better routine.  Additionally, it’s time to re-evaluate the general trajectory of life and establish some goals.  The past year has been a surreal watercolor of time and place, a wash of emotions.  Although this year will undoubtedly present challenges, I’d like to think that with some focus and diligence I’ll be able to replenish my emotional and physical reserves, and be more proactive vs reactive.

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I spent this past week cleaning out closets, my work space, and mulling over the next phase of things.  One of my contracts for work is finished at the beginning of May, changing my financial landscape but also freeing me up enormously time-wise.  I’m extremely excited about that aspect.

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Since I fundamentally believe “do what you love, the money will follow” (also a great book by that title), I’m considering this as I think about ways to create more abundance and joy.  What do I love, in addition to doing voice over?  Thrifting and sewing, decorating on a dime and taking cool photos for instagram (@drossintogold), for one.  Plus eating Thai and Indian food, however that’s one of the reasons I need to address the healthier-habits issue; NONE of my clothes from last Summer fit.  Not acceptable, since my knees are killing me and I don’t want a new wardrobe.  Seriously, though.

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I think Vix may have it right, and I’m taking notes.  I’ll keep you posted. (Yes, I know this is cryptic but hopefully that means you’ll check back.)

In the meantime, good things come to those who clean!!  I’d been unable to find this amazing hat that Judith gave me last year.  It made no sense and I was really upset.  However, when I started cleaning out my sewing room (oops-I’m supposed to call it my DESIGN STUDIO- thank you, LaJuandrea!) it showed up behind a cabinet.  It could’ve been there for years if I hadn’t been motivated to clean up and rearrange, one more reason to just DO IT.

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I’m sorry I don’t have a good picture of the hat with all the detail.  It’s a combination of velvet and silk faille, a true vintage beauty.  I had to show it off for this month’s Hat Attack at Style Crone.  I decided to wear it with an upcycled piece that I recently finished.  It started off as a silk wrap dress, way too small. I added panels of silk from thrifted robes to the front and along the bottom.  Lo and behold, it worked, even better than I had imagined it would.

Yeah, that could be a metaphor for life, I suppose.  All those unexpected pieces coming together to create a unique thing of beauty.  But you still gotta WEAR IT!!  Thank you Gracey, Bella, Joni, Krista, Melanie, and Judith among others, for the reminder!!  It’s gonna be a good year.

Outfit details: Velvet vintage hat-gift from Judith the Style Crone, silver and abalone jewelry-thrifted and gifted, necklace-on sale at consignment shop, tin earrings-purchased in the ’80’s, silk robe-thrifted and upcycled, black dress-can’t remember (inexpensive of course!)

P.S.  Although a few days have passed, I’m linking up with Not Dead Yet Style’s Visible Monday.  C’mon by!



55 Responses to Day of Reckoning

  1. Glenda on April 3, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Yes, good things come to those who clean. I recently cleaned out my accessories and found a neclace that I purchased over twenty years ago! Im glad you found the hat. That is very frustrating isnt it? You look divine :)

    • Jean on April 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      I know you were happy to find that necklace! I hate it when I lose stuff.

  2. Shawna on April 3, 2014 at 2:03 am

    I love your upcycled silk robe! It’s just gorgeous and the whole outfit is fantastic. I love your positive vibe and I will indeed keep checking back to find out what Vix is right about!

    • Jean on April 3, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      So glad you’ll be back! I love making new friends.

  3. Vix on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 am

    That silk robe is making my knees go weak – and that’s not the arthritis, it’s pure joy! The hat looks wonderful and obviously I love the jewellery.
    I forgot about my black nail paint obsession until I saw your feet, it looks so good, I may have to dig mine out.
    Looking forward to hearing what your life changing plans are, you know I’m behind you every step of the way.
    Loads of love. xxxxx

    • Jean on April 3, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you so much. I’ll definitely keep you posted. :-) The polish is actually a very dark navy, a moot point really. It’s been fun. Love you too!!!

  4. Curtise on April 3, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Hmm, you are both contemplative and full of action, Jean – a killer combination! Love your silk robe and all the jewellery, and of course, the magnificent hat from Judith.
    Oh if only it were true that we could all do what we love and make money out of it! I know some people can and do make it work (Vix for one) and have a blast and a lovely lifestyle as a result, so I wish you much luck with your plans and schemes and dreams!
    I know what you mean about clearing out/tidying up; I seem to have “lost” several things which I’m sure will reveal themselves if I make the effort to sort the house out a bit mote often! xxx

    • Jean on April 3, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      As an empty-nester, I now have the luxury of a little more time; I’m hoping to enjoy it and use it wisely. It also gives me an opportunity to clean, if in fact cleaning is a “luxury”. :-)

  5. pao on April 3, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Oh, oh, I luv that dress you remade to fit. Right up my alley. I’m sure it looks much better than it ever would have before your intervention. You inspire me to get back at it. Your whole ensemble shimmers with a creative aura. The hat just tops it off! And the cleaning of your studio. What a cleansing experience that can be. I procrastinate like crazy, but once it’s accomplished, is there anything better?! I look forward to your next installment, Jean.

    • Jean on April 3, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      I took some before pictures of the space but I couldn’t capture the magnificent awfulness of it. All I know is that I couldn’t think or move when I was in there. Now I can breathe again. It feels sooo good. Glad I could offer some inspiration. Now we’re even.

  6. sandra on April 3, 2014 at 9:44 am

    wow! you look amazing! and I’m intrigued to know what your plans are! much as I loathe, loathe cleaning and emptying spaces I completely understand the feeling afterwards, I feel lighter and more focused, and I also find things too! btw your hat is sensational x x x

    • Jean on April 3, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      I’ve always had the same pattern: I clean my space up beautifully and maintain it for a short while. Then I start to backslide until it is utter chaos. I live like that longer than I should until I can’t stand it, and the cycle begins all over again. I love it while it lasts though.

  7. The Style Crone on April 3, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I am so excited about your new plans for your life. I’m sure that you will be a raving success with your creative endeavors! Just look at you and how you shine in that silk wrap dress, upcycled to perfection. Pure royalty!

    So happy to see you wearing the hat that was found during a cleaning spree. A very familiar experience for me. Sometimes I think that hidden pieces are found at the ideal moment. You wear it with elegance! Thank you so much for sharing it and you with Hat Attack! XO

    • Jean on April 3, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      I was beside myself when I couldn’t find the hat!! I looked everywhere, multiple times. You’re right, too. I think it showed up at the perfect time, Hat Attack time. XXOO

  8. Shelley@ForestCityFashionista on April 3, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Being more proactive instead of reactive is an ongoing mission for me! Why does so much of life end up being about having time vs. money? I never seem to have enough of either, but I realize that is related to my lifestyle choices. I think you are focussing on all the right things, and I can’t wait to see all the wonderfully creative projects that result from you having the extra time. It would be a more peaceful and contented world if we could all do what we love and make enough to have a comfortable life from it. I admire Vix and Jon for the kind of life they have chosen to lead.

    The silk dress/coat is really beautiful – what a great idea to add extra panels. So glad you found that fabulous hat, especially as it was gifted from the lovely Judith. It looks so cool on you!

    • Jean on April 3, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you for the vote of confidence. I feel so lucky that I can even contemplate these kinds of questions, and I don’t want to squander the possibilities. Thanks, Shelley!!

  9. Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud on April 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I can’t wait to see what you’ve got perculating on the horizon. I know it’s something amazing.

    • Jean on April 3, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      I’m not even sure what it is, but I’ve been brainstorming with my daughter. I think we may collaborate, which would be so much fun. Stay tuned.

  10. Jan Graham-McMillen on April 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Oh, Jean. I know what you mean. I never found much that I loved to do that anyone wanted to pay me for, so I just have always done what I could. We are unlikely to be able to retire with any cushion, so I’m dusting off old sewing skills to help augment my need for fresh looking silhouettes now and in the future!
    You are looking spectacular, and if it means anything, you don’t look like you’ve gained an ounce. Again, though, I identify. I’m happy to hear you approach it so positively. You rock, as always!

    • Jean on April 3, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      I sew for exactly the same reason. I love clothes, and the only way I can satisfy that itch is to make them. I started upcycling/refashioning again because the raw materials are cheap. I’m scared to cut into expensive fabric. BTW, I LOVE that skirt you made!!

  11. Melanie on April 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Jean, I think this is one of my all-time favourites of your upcycled projects. The silk robe is royal in its colours and patterns and texture. I know that it would billow like mad when you stroll down a sidewalk and we’d hear cameras clicking in your wake. And the hat tops it all off, it adds another dimension. Truly gorgeous.
    What an exciting time of renewal for you. I heard so much positive feedback about you (and your clothes) while you were in town, I just know that you’ll slip into a winning groove.

    • Jean on April 3, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      I should’ve brought this to Vancouver!!! I can see us walking together, silk robes rippling as we stride past the paparazzi. I wish, at least the walking-together part!! In the meantime, I can treasure the picture. Sending much love to you!!!

  12. Ann on April 3, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Oh my this is a outstanding up cycled piece! I think you could sell these, have you done this before? Sounds like an exciting time., so many changes. I went through these types of changes before I started blogging last year. I’m looking forward to hearing what your future brings!

    blue hue wonderland

    • Jean on April 4, 2014 at 12:05 am

      This is one of a kind, due to what I started off with. I’ll probably be on the lookout for more wrap dresses, though. It was a fun project. Early on I sold a few things that were commissioned, but it was tremendously stressful. I find upcycling/refashioning very unpredictable and deadlines are difficult as a result. However, I have a few things that are basics and easier to turn around, so we’ll see.

  13. Joni on April 4, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Funny, cleaning can be so inspiring. I was thinking the other day while redecorating a corner of my living room how much fun it would be to be on a show like Trading Spaces. I love decorating but there’s only so much we can do in our own homes and mine is so small.

    You have so many talents and passions Jean. You’ll be off on a new project in no time!

    • Jean on April 4, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      I love the image of you redecorating a corner of your living room!! I’ll often shift things around to make new vignettes. Keeps my eye happy. Guess that’s what some of us artists need, right? XXOO

  14. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas on April 4, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I find my creativity gets stuck and cluttered when my space around me becomes cluttered and disorganized. There’s nothing like a good physical cleaning to get the creative juices flowing. Your upcycle will have me scouting wrap dresses in the thrift stores; that and a kimino as inspired by Tamera.

    PS For me, it’s my ‘sewing atelier’, LOL. In other words, my dining room.

    • Jean on April 4, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      I like that name!!! Given the amazing quality of the work you produce, i think it’s very apropos.

  15. Natalia on April 5, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Jean, you are such a gorgeous beauty – and so amazingly talented! I have a feeling that you are gifted in many areas. :) I am with you 100% about “do what you love, and the money will follow”. I know that for me, they follow when I play and when I am relaxed and happy. I am not yet at that point right now, but I am getting there. Money is just another matter of life which needs love. I think we’ll get there, so just keep swimming! :)

    I totally understand about deadline pressure. It would probably suit you better to be a designer, an idea person – not the one who actually produces stuff. Just a vibe I get from you. :)

    I am astonished with this piece. It is truly breathtaking! I believe that all the best things in life come like this – unexpectedly, freely, spontaneously. When we just play and have good fun. :)

    • Jean on April 7, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Yes, agreed! I find that a certain level of relaxation is essential for my creative process. I try to sit quietly for a short while every morning and if I have a little extra time, I have a notebook where I keep notes and sketches of possible designs to make in the future. That way, I typically have something I can work on. Perhaps at some point I will focus on the design aspect. Deadlines are not friends of the creative process, in my experience.

      Thank you for your comment, and the encouragement. :-)

  16. Señora Allnut on April 6, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    you’re gorgeous and inspiring, love your upcycled robe, so pretty prints and colors!!, and your hat is awesome. Also love that you’re sharing all those fabulous attitude!

  17. Trina on April 7, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Jean, you seem to make anything you touch a piece of beauty. I, too, love your optimistic attitude. Life is just way too short to wake up each morning without that kind of attitiude. Life is also way too short to not do what we love, so I’m with you in thinking that the money will follow. Thank you dearly for always sharing your beautiful gifts and talents with us.

    • Jean on April 9, 2014 at 1:49 am

      The older we get, the shorter it seems, too. Thank YOU for the lovely comment. XXOO

  18. Rachel G on April 7, 2014 at 8:21 am

    That robe is quite fantastic, and I love your phrase “Good things come to those who clean.”
    It’s so often true!

    • Jean on April 9, 2014 at 1:45 am

      I’d been thinking of doing a post by that title but I couldn’t resist using that idea here. It’s IS true!

  19. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style on April 7, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I know your inspiration is bubbling up right at this moment, Jean. So much creativity in you, and you’ll find the right avenue to take it. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, you look gorgeous in your silk dress!

    • Jean on April 9, 2014 at 1:46 am

      Thanks Patti!! I’m not sure where it’s all going but I’m looking forward to the journey.

  20. Tamera the Menopausal Supermodel on April 7, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Whatever you get into I know you will be be fabulously successful!!! The DIY jacket is amazing!!

    • Jean on April 9, 2014 at 1:07 am

      Thank you so much!! I glimpsed your blog today on my phone but didn’t have time to leave a comment. Hang in there!!!!

  21. Veshoevius on April 7, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Oh I love this flowing bohemian silk dress! Wow Jean, this could be the opportunity to finally do the creative things you always wanted to do – how exciting! This post really resonated, I’m often feeling frustrated at the lack of time I’ve had recently to dedicate to creative pursuits and would welcome a break. I too am attempting big clear outs of clutter including clothes. And I too had the same little problem of not fitting into clothes anymore and not wanting to buy a new wardrobe. I did actually reassess my health and habits. Six months later of battling an addiction to bacon sandwiches and hitting pilates classes three times a week and I am only just starting to reap results, but those zippers are finally closing and I’m feeling all the better for it!

    • Jean on April 9, 2014 at 1:11 am

      V, I have to say I’m sitting here trying NOT to think about food and here you come with the mention of bacon sandwiches!! Bacon is it’s own food group, kind of like chocolate, as far as I’m concerned. Oh well. It’s temporary. Are you still dancing? I loved the clip you posted at the fashion show. XXOO

  22. Suzanne on April 7, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    That silk robe is gorgeous! All the prints together are so lovely.

    You wear the hat with great panache.


    • Jean on April 9, 2014 at 1:12 am

      I think it’s one of those hats that create the panache. Some things are magical like that.

  23. Olga on April 8, 2014 at 12:47 am

    You have such a unique style, Jean! This silk robe worn over the black dress – looks fantastic. And all those jewelry pieces, love them all!

    • Jean on April 9, 2014 at 1:13 am

      I think we like similar pieces!! Your jewelry always makes me happy. :-)

  24. JTwisdom on April 8, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Your outfit is beautiful on you and the hat tops it off. I was cleaning out my closets also and its so cool finding pieces that I hadn’t seen in a while and all of the sudden it’s new to me again.

    • Jean on April 9, 2014 at 1:15 am

      Yes!! That’s one of the major rewards of finally doing it, a whole “new” wardrobe. :-)

  25. Feda on April 8, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Jean I’m in love with this outfit! stunning! I’m glad you took the time to declutter and re organize. I do think our surroundings get messier when we get “messier”. I’m also reallyyyy excited that you have extra time to do more creative things. Looking forward to seeing your new outfits and creations! XO LOVE YOU!

    • Jean on April 9, 2014 at 1:15 am

      Looking forward to sharing them. XO

  26. Val S on April 8, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Beautiful robe, and sheer (pun!) genius! I’ve been pulling out odds and ends and thinking of doing similar things, so this is really an inspiration.

    It’s funny how you said the last year has caused you to re-evaluate your life. My husband and I have started talking more about the future and where we’ll eventually live, and that’s giving me a much better sense of purpose, and of myself. I usually can’t think that far ahead, but it’s comforting to have something planned.

    • Jean on April 9, 2014 at 1:18 am

      Joey and I have also begun to have that conversation, and I agree, it does feel good. Have a plan and then be flexible, right?

  27. Krista on April 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

    You look like a Goddess in this amazing up cycled robe dress. I love hearing that you have some new free time and that you are thinking about what direction to move into next. I’m guessing by the veiled Vix comment that she means something like dress for the person you are now:) I find that when life gets difficult, like now, my clothes can help keep me happy and feeling joy. Just because I’m a mess inside doesn’t mean I want the world to know:)
    I think you are so beautiful!~

    • Jean on April 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      I like your guess and I’m taking notes, but that wasn’t what I was hinting at. Things are still in the early brainstorming phase so I’m reticent. Hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll have more clarity.

      Your clothes bring joy wherever you go. XXOO

  28. Roberta on April 12, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I love the silk piece you have on..great thrift idea.I hate to pay retail for anything anymore ,since discovering thrifting years ago .

    • Jean on April 13, 2014 at 11:45 am

      I can’t pay retail either. I don’t even go in those stores anymore. Lucky us, right?

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