My Excellent Adventure

March 25, 2014

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After a great adventure in the Pacific Northwest, I’m home.  I’m back to my closet, my routine, and my beloved husband.  Did I have fun?  Let’s just say I’m planning my next trip.

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I miss my son and grandson tremendously.  My daughter-in-law Lynzee (Lynx) was out of town so I went to pinch hit, dropping Sol off at school and picking him up.  I also had the pleasure of spending time with Lynzee’s parents, plus seeing my brother.  It was a whirlwind of activity.

In addition, I was able to connect with some members of my blogging family.  Talk about exhilarating!

Trip Gracey

So, in chronological order, I first had the immense pleasure of hanging out with Gracey.  Her blog Fashion For Giants is a treat.  Gracey is stylish, unpretentious, smart, and adorable. We spent the better part of three hours eating and drinking at the Sapphire Hotel in Portland.  I highly recommend it.  A word of caution:  your face will hurt from smiling after hanging out with her.  That smile is genuine and infectious; I instantly felt comfortable with her, like family.  Also, she’s not a giant, at least not to me.  But then again, I’m not small.  It’s all relative…like family.

trip Krista

Next came Krista of Peetee’s Palace.  With a tiny amount of time, we managed to squeeze in a latte while talking a mile a minute.  Krista RADIATES kindness, and her colorful appearance is pure exuberance, amazing in it’s generosity of joy.  Of course we had to talk about the time she spent with Vix (!!) and Curtise (!!).  I’m feeling like I’m one of the cool kids now, since I know it’s “Curtis” not “Curteese”.  Krista, I’m totally enamored and I wish we could’ve spent more time together.  I’ll definitely be back in Portland and look forward to seeing you.  HUGS!!!!  XXOO

trip Joni

On Friday afternoon Lenny, Sol, and I drove up to Seattle, home of artist Joni James.  Joni used to have a style blog that I loved but when all her posts were lost, she decided to concentrate on her art/business site.  (Check it out; she’s the real deal.)  She went out of her way to come downtown where I was staying, and despite my exhaustion, I was totally energized by her presence.  Joni is HOT, and looked amazing in her skinny jeans and moto-inspired jacket (love the blonde streaks too).  She’s one of those people who’s not trying to be cool, she IS cool.  I loved her energy, which is relaxed, generous, and open, and with that quick smile she was completely endearing.  Joni, THANK YOU!!!!

trip Bella

No trip to Seattle would be complete (especially for us older style bloggers) without a glimpse of Bella, the Citizen Rosebud.  Bella is the embodiment of the word “feisty” with all it’s positive connotations.  We met for breakfast, laughing and crying over eggs benedict and strawberry waffles.  We talked about the challenges of living with artistic integrity in a commercial world, juggling passion and practicality, and striving for balance.  Not to mention trying to have some fun along the way!!  Did I get this right Bella?  That’s what I remember the most, along with your extraordinary gorgeousness.  Y’all, Bella has the best haircut and most expressive, beautiful eyebrows EVER.  Beautiful Bella, I love you.

trip Vancouver trip cityscape

On Saturday afternoon we got back in the car and headed for Vancouver B.C.  It was raining and cold, and I was totally enchanted.  It felt surreal, a large, clean city with snow-capped mountains visible as you gaze down the streets.  Plus, it’s where Melanie lives.

jeanandme1 trip Melanie and me

When I was in the 5th grade I had a best friend named Elaine.  She was brilliant, silly, and I loved her.  We took acting classes together and created our own irreverent newspaper.  Then she moved away and became a casualty of the 60’s.  Hanging out with Melanie felt like a reunion in a way, just meant to be.

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She brought her camera and showed me some great places to thrift.  I met the amazing Sandra, who just happened to pop into the iconic coffee shop where Melanie watches the parade of fashionable Vancouverites as she sketches.  I even saw the magic loupe that O made for her!!  What did I learn?  If you’re hanging out with Mel, expect all eyes to be on her.  Her charisma is electric and even though she says she likes to watch people, people love to watch her, including me!!  Wear your best platforms, comfortable but providing height, since you’ll be striding and jumping to keep up.

Mel, thank you for all your time and kindness.  The cakes were much appreciated, especially by Sol, and I really hope we can embark on a creative joint-venture.  I think Miz Bagg would approve.

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So what did I learn on this trip?  There’s no place like home and you always take your baggage with you, for one.  Secondly, don’t count on hats to see you through.  You might lose them, like I did.  Two of them, to be exact, so take the hairdryer/diffuser/whatever.  Try to pack something you love that’s wildly impractical; inevitably that’s what you’ll want to wear.  Also, if you’re a style blogger, NEVER meet another blogger without your signature stuff.  I didn’t take my silver bracelets because of the hassle of airport security.  I was running to get Sol to school when I left the house so  I didn’t have my Mojo on when I saw Krista and I regret it.  Same thing when I saw Melanie; practical shoes be damned.  Fortunately it’s not a contest.

I also learned that bloggers are some of the most generous people that I’ve ever met.  I was showered with gifts and I’m deeply grateful.  In every instance, the thoughtfulness and creativity touched me profoundly.  Thank you!!  I’ll be enjoying each and every gift.

I can’t wait to be back out that way.  In the meantime, the doors are open and I’ll keep the light on.  XXOO

P.S.  I’m linking this to Patti’s Visible Monday.  Please stop by!!









52 Responses to My Excellent Adventure

  1. Vix on March 27, 2014 at 3:08 am

    The post I’ve been dying to read! Krista and I were chatting about you and her meeting up only last night and I knew she’d love you as much as I do. Thank goodness we started blogging and found so many kindred spirits. Hopefully we’ll get to meet soon – ‘cos I’m jealous! Love you! xxxx

    • Jean on March 27, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Now it’s only one degree of separation! I agree about blogging. Who knew?!! Krista is pure joy and she has excellent taste in friends. I know I’ll see you at some point. XXXOOO

  2. Amber of Butane Anvil on March 27, 2014 at 7:20 am

    OH ALL OF THESE DEAR FACES!!!!!!!!!! How utterly lovely, my heart just bursts. Big love, dear friend(s!), xoxoxo

    • Jean on March 27, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      It’s pretty surreal, really. It was wonderfully intense, trying to get maximize the short time together. I’m thinking this is just the intro. The next time I come to Toledo/Detroit we’ll HAVE to connect. You were missed. XXOO

  3. Joni on March 27, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Jean, what a wonderful post! I’ve been waiting with anticipation to see the pictures from your trip. I just loved reading each description of your meet up. Jealous!

    I’ll never forget my first glance as those elevator doors opened into the lobby and we hugged. It was like meeting a celebrity but WAY better! You are warm, creative, live an inspiring life, and I was amazed at the parallels in our past. You make me want to learn to sew, wear more jewelry, grow my hair out, but most importantly you beam with authenticity and life! Thank you so much for connecting!

    • Jean on March 27, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      JONI!!! All I can say is that the people in your life are beyond lucky to have you in it. You are everything you said about me (and thank you), including the warm, creative, authenticity stuff. I’ll add that I basked in your ease and generosity, so fabulous to be around. Thank YOU for connecting. I’ll be back. :-)

  4. PinkCheetahVintage on March 27, 2014 at 10:24 am

    omggggggggg!! Woweee those are some incredible meet-ups!! What an amazing dream trip of family & friends :)

    • Jean on March 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Pretty incredible, right? I can only imagine what it would be like to have a convocation with all of us. What’s your schedule like?

  5. pao on March 27, 2014 at 11:52 am

    omg x a zillion!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot believe my eyes! I must be hallucinating as parallel universes collide. This is beyond coolness itself. All that rolled into one excellent adventure. Oh, oh, oh, let’s all do a tour, like the yellow skirt, but with ourselves instead. Thanks so much for sharing your good fortune and make-it-happen ability.

    • Jean on March 27, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Pao, it was crazy. It’s like characters out of a picture book coming to life. It takes a while to digest the gestalt, to adjust to the reality of time and place. It was so cool. Looking forward to seeing you sometime!!!!

  6. Curtise on March 27, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Jean! You met all these wonderful women, how amazing! I love all the photos, seeing bloggers who I know and love together is such a treat. What a great trip you’ve had. Oh, don’t worry about not wearing your bangles or having the right shoes or losing your hats; you met Gracey, and Krista, and Joni, and Bella, and Mel!
    Oh yes, and family too, can’t ignore your gorgeous son and grandson!
    Good to have you home, I bet you have a truck load of brilliant memories.
    PS. Yes, Curtis it is, not Curtees. I’m odd like that! Get yourself over to the UK, and hang out with me and Vix, we’re not at all cool but I promise we’ll get you drunk and make you laugh! xxxx

    • Jean on March 27, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      You’re absolutely right. I did meet all these amazing women and I’m still blown away. AND, I can’t wait to get to the UK. I’ll need more time, though. I’ll need a moment of recovery time from all the laughter and festivities so I can keep it going…and going and going. Something to look forward to!!!

  7. Glenda @ So What to Twenty on March 27, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Oh wow Jean that trip sounds like so much fun!! I felt like I was with you. I loved the pictures of the other bloggers, and you have a beautiful family. They obviously get their great looks from you :)

    • Jean on March 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      It’s rare that I get a chance to hang out like that. I took a real vacation which, when you’re self employed, almost never happens. Glad you enjoyed the post!!

  8. Grunge Queen on March 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    You are the QUEEN of blogger meetups, Jean! So wonderful to see and hear of all your adventures, blogger and otherwise. If you ever come to southeast France, you let me know! Xoxo

    • Jean on March 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      I’d be on a plane this weekend if I could!!! You have no idea how much I’d love to see you and that region.

  9. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas on March 27, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    It’s a little dream of mine to motor down the west coast meeting some of my favourite bloggers! In fact, it’s a little dream of mine to meet Melanie, LOL. It looks like you had such a fabulous time….Please add me to the list next time you do the cross-country trek!

    • Jean on March 28, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      I will. Where are you? I was thinking you were pretty far north? Next time!! But don’t wait to make the trek, it’s so much fun.

      • Sue @ A Colourful Canvas on March 28, 2014 at 5:50 pm

        I’m in Vancouver too! So next time!!! And you are so right about not waiting. It would be such a fun road trip!

  10. Melanie on March 27, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Jean, I had such a great time with you. Thank you so much for making it up to Vancouver. It was a real treat to meet your son and grandson as well. And I am jealous of all the other women you met on this trip! I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of each other. Massive bear hugs. xo M (I hope you’re getting my emails)

    • Jean on March 28, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      We’ll have to do a West Coast weekend somewhere fun, hopefully centrally located for all the other bloggers in the region. Can you imagine trooping into the thrift stores all together? They won’t know what hit ’em.

      I didn’t get one email, but I got the second one, apparently. I didn’t see it in my junk folder either…odd.


  11. Connie* on March 27, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    How fun was this!!!!???? It must be Blogger Meet-Up season because I just got together with Anne of Spygirl! And Jean, your grandson is so cute. Hmmmm..I don’t remember grandmothers being as beautiful as you are.

    • Jean on March 28, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      You must have had a great time with Anne; I can totally picture the two of you together having fun. Thanks for the compliments, too. :-)

  12. Krista on March 27, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Jean seeing you having so much fun in all these photos is just so dam wonderful! It was my pleasure getting a chance to exchange a few stories, laugh a little, relate a lot and be happy together sharing a coffee. You are a real genuine beauty inside and out and I hope to see you again, for much longer. Your words about me and all the women you met are so insightful and sweet. Thank you for you.

    • Jean on March 28, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      It was fun to reflect on each person, trying to capture the essence of them in that moment, because everyone was so cool!! I will definitely let you know when I come back that way and hopefully my dance card won’t be quite so full, you know? In the meantime, take good care. I’ll be thinking of you and your Dad. XXXOOO

  13. Val S on March 28, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Wow, what an amazing trip, and so many blogger meet-ups! Here I am in the Pacific Northwest, and I never get out to meet these wonderful people! I need to get out more.

    • Jean on March 28, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Another Pacific Northwesterner!! Fabulous!! Let’s make it happen. XXOO

  14. Natalia on March 28, 2014 at 2:07 am

    That is some AMAZING trip! How have you even managed to meet so many wonderful women in such a short period of time? Just a miracle! You found so many kindest sincere words about each of them, you are such a sweetheart, Jean! Now, I know I am a new kid on the block. Who knows what sorta writer she is in her closet. :) But I am in the Seattle area too. I’d love to meet! For breakfast, or a walk in a park, or thrifting/antiquing, or just for a chat! Maybe next time, some day! :)

    Your family is so beautiful. And so are you! And so talented and warmhearted! And everyone on your photos is just so beautiful and glowing. I only read Bella’s blog. I’m going to explore others too. Thank you for such an inspiring post!

    • Jean on March 28, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      I’m so glad I’m able to introduce you to some cool blogs! It WAS pretty much of a miracle to see everyone, which is a real testament to them because they went out of their way to accommodate my schedule. I try to get out that way once a year, but who knows, maybe I’ll be fortunate with more visits in the coming months. I’ll definitely make it known and would love to see you. XXOO

  15. Aya in Couturgatory on March 28, 2014 at 5:21 am

    #1) I sat up in bed with my laptop and exclaimed “Oh my god, that thing is *amazing*!” at your blue drape/cape.

    #2) Now I know how Curtise’s name is pronounced, too. SO THANKFUL for the education.

    #3) Blogging worlds collide! I love the photos of amazing you with so many of the amazing women I also read. I am so happy you had what sounds like an amazing whirlwind trip with family and friends.

    • Jean on March 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      #1) I realize I didn’t make any notes on the outfit. I made the drape/cape (like that name too!) out of thrifted sweaters. Glad you like it, thank you!!

      #2) Who knew? But as soon as I said it to myself with a British accent, it made sense.

      #3) It was amazing. I know you’ve recently moved but are you still in the Bay area? You never know…!!

  16. sandra on March 28, 2014 at 6:49 am

    I love this! it certainly was a most wonderful adventure, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your post and it’s amazing seeing you with other awesome bloggers! and of course, your beautiful family x x x

    • Jean on March 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Glad I was able to share a bit of the fun. Thanks for joining us. :-) XXOO

  17. The Style Crone on March 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Excellent adventure is an understatement! How wonderful to hang out with your family and meet so many bloggers that share the same values and are as gorgeous and creative as you. The smiling faces leap off the page! So happy that your time in the Pacific Northwest was glorious!

  18. Jean on March 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Joey’s negotiating another show in Denver. I’ll keep you posted. XXOO

  19. Louisa on March 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    What???? You came to Vancouver and you didn’t tell me? Or maybe I just can’t keep up with everything and don’t flow with the right currents. (You can tell by how late this comment is! Sniff.) So sorry I missed you, Jean, but at least you got to hang with the fabulous Melanie!

    • Jean on March 29, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Louisa, I confess I didn’t remember you were there!!! That just means I’m definitely coming back, you know? If you’d let me, I’d love to see your creative space. Do you still have your loom set up? As for flowing with the right currents, you flow perfectly. This was just a tiny little tributary. XXOO

  20. Rosalind on March 29, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    What a joyful post: family AND adventures with gorgeous bloggers. What a huge treat; I’m especially envious of your get-togethers with Mel and Bella, two of my long time favorites of blogland. But the whole trip looks brim-filled with vibrancy and conversation and generosity and the beauty of connection.

    • Jean on March 29, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Yes, it was everything you mention. Someday you’ll join us, I hope. In the meantime, I’m so glad to see you on IG. XO

  21. Señora Allnut on March 30, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    wouuu, this post contains so much fabulousness than it would explode and spread the world with it!!, ohhhh, so delightful lady bloggers meeting and chatting!! you rock!!

    • Jean on March 30, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      I’m still trying to recover. XXOO

  22. Forest City Fashionista on March 31, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Jean, that is the blogger meet up to end all blogger meet ups – I can’t believe you got to hang out with so many members of our blogging family in one trip! I am tres envious 😉 What a wonderful trip, but I do understand how nice it feels to get home to the people and surroundings we love.

    • Jean on April 1, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      Since returning, I’ve spent the last week cleaning out a year’s worth of clutter. I can finally breathe again, so yes, NOW it’s good to be home. Plus, I’m totally jealous of you with your NY connections. Next time we’ll have to switch places.

  23. Tamera the Menopausal Supermodel on March 31, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I am totally jealous you were able to meet all of these awesome bloggers!!! Someday I hope to meet some!!!

    Your grandson is quite a handsome fella!!!

    • Jean on April 1, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Tamera, I would LOVE to see that smile in person!!! Hope you’re feeling well. XXOO

  24. Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud on April 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Jean! I thought I had already commented, but see I have not. It was so amazing to meet you- you are truly a grand beauty, inside and out, and a powerful shamaness to boot! I loved meeting you and ADORE you. You are such a creative sould, fashionable spirit and true blue belle of the ball. I am honored to say I’ve met you and can’t wait to see you again. Thank you for your time, your love and affections! MUAHZ. xo. Bella

    • Jean on April 1, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Beautiful Bella, back at ya! You are a whirlwind of creativity and life-energy!! Amazing. Looking forward to seeing you again, too. Thank you for going out of your way to meet me. XXOO

  25. Gracey the Giant on April 6, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I’m so glad you got to see Krista while you were in town! And I’m forever envious of your meetings with all these other gorgeous wonderful women. Thank you so much for hanging out with me; I look forward to doing it again someday (soon)!

  26. Jan Graham-McMillen on April 7, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Your post made me so homesick I was almost weeping … but if anyone should go besides me, it would be you! So glad you had fun and got to meet up with all the amazing women in the PNW! You’re such a beauty, and you look lovely in every single photo!

    • Jean on April 9, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      It is such a beautiful region, isn’t it? Where were you and for how long? It’s hard to leave a place you love.

  27. Sheila (of Ephemera) on April 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Hi, Jean, I had to pop in for your “orange you glad” post, but of course, this is the one I poured over! Next time you’re up this way, we must meet up!

    • Jean on April 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      I would love that!

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