Lighten Up

August 22, 2016

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The heat is on…relentless, suffocating, and enervating.  It’s August in the South.  When you factor in the thunderstorms that come almost every evening with their resulting humidity, it’s hard to move.  Never mind the fact that I have sloth-like tendencies to begin with.

So what’s a girl to do?  Hibernate in the AC, if she’s lucky.

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The problem is that I feel guilty.  Crazy, I know.  Guilty because I’m not being as productive as I “should” be.  I have Very Important Things to do!!  You know, producing things.

Recently, when I was feeling particularly unproductive, I gave myself the challenge of making three hats in one evening.  I figured they’d provide more bang for the buck, style-wise.  I made two.  Not bad.


I’d been wanting to use more upcycled denim, and I enjoyed the way it handled for these pieces.  Of course, I second-guessed them after they were done.  Oh, they’re not good enough, they aren’t “special” enough etc.  Amazing what those little voices in your head can come up with.

I almost didn’t post this picture on my Instagram feed for the same reasons.  Oh, it’s a selfie, it’s not really showing that skirt I made, it’s not a great picture, etc.  But I kinda liked it anyway, so I put it up.


Because of the lovely response I got from this picture, I was inspired to pull out more white linen today.  Note to self: wonderful energy will come back to you when you’re authentic.

It’s hot, and I don’t have a clue other than trying my best to be loving and supportive to those who need me, make something I respect, and believe that my small efforts will somehow make a difference in this world.

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The ripple effect is a powerful force: it just takes a little willingness to let go with love, and the rest will follow.  Maybe that’s the lesson in this Summer heat!  Ease up, chill out, lighten up!!  Okay, OKAY I get it.

So, when will Fall be here?


Details: White linen duster- thrifted and upcycled, skirt- made by me, t-shirt- Target.  Jewelry from my 35+ years of collecting. Hats made from thrifted jeans.







12 Responses to Lighten Up

  1. Vix on August 23, 2016 at 3:24 am

    You look so beautiful in that top photo with your hair in a top knot and all that glorious silver jewellery, dear Jean.
    I love your experimentation and that selfie with you in the linen shirt.
    I’ve almost forgotten what being that hot is like. Send some over here and I’ll let you have our wet weather. xxx

    • Jean on August 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      I always think of you when I wear my hair this way!! Perfect for this weather, too. I wish I could send some your way. Sounds like you just need the heat and sun though, not the rain. xoxoxo

  2. Sarah Webb on August 23, 2016 at 4:47 am

    White linen and silver-light and shining. Beautiful!

    • Jean on August 24, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you!!! I always wear silver, but rarely white. Might have to change that a bit. I appreciate your comment. :-) xoxoxo

  3. The Style Crone on August 23, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I adore the denim hats. Your creativity and skill are divinely demonstrated. They’re very unique, and you wear them beautifully. Looks like a line of headwear to me!

    Loving the white linen! Your signature silver jewelry looks gorgeous against the white background.

    Hoping the weather will lift soon and it will be more comfortable. In the meantime, your hair looks magnificent. xoxo

    • Jean on August 24, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      As you know, I like hats that have a bit of “stuff” hanging down. :-) Thanks for the hair compliment. I’m a little frustrated because there’s still so much left that hasn’t grown out, so the color still doesn’t read as white/gray most of the time, unless I pull it back like this. Oh well…I’m not going to change up now. PATIENCE is the mantra. xo

  4. Elizabeth g. Arthur on August 24, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Jean, what a beautiful post. I absolutely agree with your comment “wonderful energy will come back when you’re authentic”. Your beauty is authentic, and so is your style. The denim headwear is fabulous (but do you actually wear it in the summer heat? I can’t bear anything except a straw hat – and even that’s too hot – in the summer)I can only do scarves in cooler weather too. I love all the silver bangles with white. Gorgeous. Look forward to more fabulous posts. xx

    • Jean on August 24, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Elizabeth, thank you so much!! Yes, the denim is heavy for this heat. I’ll save them for when the temps come down a bit. Typically I wear straw hats all summer, and scarves occasionally. Another change I’ll make in the heat is to occasionally put aside my silver bracelets (!!) and wear woven or straw ones. They can add some color and texture when the layering options are minimal. :-)

      So nice to see you here! Sending love. xoxo

  5. Linda Davis on August 26, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    White is my favorite color.You are a vision in white.You should wear it more often. Have a fabulous week.

    • Jean on September 6, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      I love it too, but you’re right I rarely wear it! I like the way these pictures turned out so I think I can be persuaded. Hope your Summer has been a good one. Can you believe Fall is actually here, at least technically? I’m glad, but shaking my head at the way time is moving. xoxoxo

  6. Jane Milburn on September 4, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Love the denim hat Jean, you wear it so well :)

    • Jean on September 6, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      That was an “Oh what the hell!” project, as I was desperate to create something in the midst of madness. I love the way it turned out too. I really want to do more with upcycled denim since it’s everywhere!!!!!! xoxo

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