This One’s For You, Dad

May 28, 2014

pink and orange 3:4pink and orange bracelets

One of the main reasons I started my blog was to stay in touch with my parents.  Although I visit them as often as I can, it’s still hard to be so far away at this stage of our lives.  I’m aware that every moment is precious, and I want them to know I’m thinking of them.

pink and orange post Mom

At 91, my mom still gives the best hugs ever and can make me laugh so hard.  I get my love for textiles, clothes, and words from her.  Her passion for reading and gardening enrich my life, as I share that legacy.  Now she likes to play solitaire on the computer, and my dad will pull up Dross into Gold to show her the “artsy” outfits I’m wearing.  I’m so glad I was able to spend Mother’s Day with her!

pink and orange post Alex

When I returned home, my father-in-law was here for his 65th college reunion.  Alex joined us for some of the festivities at the house, culminating in a party with family and friends.

pink and orange tea

I also went to tea with my friends, something I look forward to as an annual event.  (Check out last year here.)  Although the group was a little smaller this year, it was a delightful way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

pink and orange festivalpink and orange post train

Later that same day I went to the jazz festival at the park.  I was happy to find that my Dross into Gold outfit worked for both events.  All I did was change my hat.

pink and orange detailpink and orange post Feda

While I was in Boston for Mother’s Day, I also saw Feda again!  We went thrifting together, and in between talking non-stop through the racks, we managed to find some great stuff.  She found this cross-body bag for me that I haven’t stopped wearing.

pink and orange

So Dad, that’s what I’ve been up to!  I can’t wait to get back up there at the beginning of June, and then again towards the end of the month to celebrate your birthday…91?  Hard to believe, but you know I never could add or subtract!!  Unfortunately I didn’t get that gift from you, but I appreciate those long legs you passed on to me.

I love you.

Outfit details: Pink top and gold sandals by Loft-Goodwill, linen skirt-consignment shop, woven bag-Goodwill in Boston, hat-DSW, jewelry-thrifted and gifted

Refashioned top also seen here.

P.S. Thank you all so much for hanging with me!  I think of Dross as being “a journal of transformation-clothing and otherwise”.  I’m continually blown away by the changes we all encounter, the crucible we  must experience, as life continues to unfold.  Getting older is not for the faint of heart, which makes me even more appreciative of all my parents…you guys are amazing!!

Thank you.



40 Responses to This One’s For You, Dad

  1. Melanie on May 28, 2014 at 2:59 am

    Jean, I am moved by your writing here. Of course I always expect something special when I visit but these words seem to spring straight from your heart onto my screen. Thanks for sharing these photos of you with family. Your mum remains at beauty at 91. And I love the photo of your father-in-law with Alex. Then there are your friends… What can I say but WOW! Everyone is not only Dressed but is wearing a hat. You don’t see that here – as you know. Good to see Feda again. Hi! to your dad. Hugs. xo I love you in these colours, Jean.

    • Jean on May 30, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      This was one of those outfits that felt good in the moment…I wanted the color and flow. So thank you! I’ll probably revisit some of these elements in the future. And yes, it’s an emotional time and I’m so grateful I can express some of what I feel here. So glad we’re friends, too!!!

  2. Vix on May 28, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Your Mum is stunning, I can see she loves her textiles from that beautiful blouse she’s wearing. It must be wonderful for your parents to be able to see you on the internet and admire your outfits and inherited style.
    You look like a rock star at your jazz festival and the pink and orange colour combo of the second outfit is a joy to behold.
    Your father in law looks such fun – that smile is so warm!
    Love you! xxxxx

    • Jean on May 30, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      A rock star you say? Coming from the Queen of Rock Stardom, I accept my anointing. Enjoy peddling your wares and carousing…wish I could join you. Love you back. XXOO

  3. PinkCheetahVintage on May 28, 2014 at 8:32 am

    So cool that your parents read your blog. I love all your ‘artsy’ outfits! My favorite kind of outfits are the ones that are right for multiple events :)

    • Jean on May 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      It is cool, isn’t it? Of course, that means I have to be on behavior but that’s probably a good thing. After all, once it’s in the blogo-sphere, it doesn’t go away, you know, that comment you make after one or two glasses of wine? Thank you Dad!!

  4. Curtise on May 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    How great that your parents can follow your blog – my mum has no idea what a blog is! Your mum is so lovely, your dad-in-law looks really cool (love that pic with Alex) and as for the ladies all be-hatted and beautiful? Wow!
    Pink and orange are a great combination, and as always, you look stunning, beautiful Jean! xxx

    • Jean on May 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      I hope you’re enjoying your Summer so far!! I was reflecting recently that having kids at home keeps you flexible and mobile…might have to “adopt” some, kinda like yours! I always enjoy seeing what you guys have been up to. I’ll be by your blog soon to catch up. XXOO

  5. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas on May 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Jean! And a big hello to your Mom and Dad both! Boy, your Mom sure does exude passion! You can see it in her face, along with a twinkle in her eye!

    I love seeing you in pink and orange! The combination always makes me think of India, and I love the two shades together! You look fabulous, tip to toe!

    • Jean on May 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Somehow I think you’d rock this color combination too!! In fact, I think I’ve seen you!! I’m ready to take notes from my fellow Type 1. :-)

  6. Sis on May 28, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    We looked at the pictures together as I read your post aloud.
    Their smiles lit up the room.
    Love you!

    • Jean on May 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      I tried. Wish I’d been there. :-)

  7. Shawna on May 28, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I love your outfit, the drape, the colours, the casual elegance of it all. What a great idea, to stay connected with your family through your blog and so wonderful that you have a special relationship with your parents. I do too but am lucky that we only live a few blocks apart. I enjoy your blog and your style, which I call elegant bohemian. I hope that is acceptable. 😉

    • Jean on May 30, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Oooohh…I LIKE THAT! Elegant bohemian. Yes, I tried that on for size, and it felt just right. Thank you. You’re right about being lucky, too. I often think that families really are meant to live near each other, and sadly that often hasn’t been the case in our western society.

  8. Tiina L on May 29, 2014 at 10:18 am

    It seems that you have a wonderful family, and I must admit I’m a bit envious: what a wonderfully supportive dad…
    And now we know where you got your fabulous sense of style.

    • Jean on May 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you Tiina! I know I’m very fortunate. XXOO

  9. Krista on May 29, 2014 at 11:19 am

    What a sweet post for your folks! I adore seeing your beautiful Mom and knowing that your dad loves seeing you play dress up. You and your girlfriends are looking mighty fine, I love that you all dressed up! This pink and orange combo has me drooling! Your look gorgeous…always!

    • Jean on May 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      I wish I’d worn that necklace you gave me!!!! It would’ve been PERFECT!! One of these days it’ll be more than grab ‘n go.

  10. The Style Crone on May 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Your Mom is beautiful, and she definitely passed that onto you, along with all of her talents and skills. Your post focuses on family and friends, which is much of what life is about. The grounding from which we spring forward. No wonder why your smile is so radiant.

    One of my favorite combos is orange and pink, which you do beautifully with this ensemble. And it’s amazing what a change of hat can do!

    • Jean on May 30, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      I didn’t anticipate going from the tea to the park, but when Joey asked me, I said sure! Just bring me that hat. You’re right! It changed the whole attitude of the ensemble. xxoo

  11. Feda on May 31, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    You are haut beautiful inside and out! Totally adore this post. I’m sad you are so far from them but happy you can come visit and I can see you! I had such a good time thrifting with you! I haven’t been thrifting since you left and I’m starting to feel the urge! Unfortunately my wallet can’t relate to that urge hehe.

    This pink and orange outfit is fab and the hats are always so in point. Your style is always so inspiring and makes me want to dress up!! Love you!! And so glad you love that bag!!!

    • Jean on June 1, 2014 at 10:04 am

      The bag is downright magical! :-) It seems to go with everything. I love the fact that it’s handwoven and worn. Looking forward to hanging out again. XXOO

  12. Glenda on June 1, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I stopped by to comment on how pretty you look in pink and orange, but got caught up in your lovely post. You are blessed to still have your mom and dad.

    • Jean on June 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      You are so right! I’m tremendously grateful. XXOO

  13. Trina on June 2, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Wonderful post, Jean. It’s always fun to see what my blogging fashion friends are creatively wearing for the week but its so much better to see into their real lives. Thank you for sharing a bit of your family time and friends with us, it truly touched my heart. This is the best part of blogging.

    • Jean on June 2, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      I agree. I love it when I get to know my favorite bloggers a little better. Thank you for your sweet comment!! XXOO

  14. Veshoevius on June 2, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Very moving post. How wonderful to meet your inspirational mother! I can relate to the problems of being far away from parents – mine live on the other side of the world to me and I miss them very much. They don’t know about my blog though. Always been a bit embarrassed to show them but maybe I should!
    I love your floaty festival outfit! You wear hats so well. And I love pink and orange together for summer.

    • Jean on June 2, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Your comment about the floaty festival outfit made me smile from ear to ear!! I hadn’t thought of it that way, but that pretty much sums it up. I think I gravitate to “festival” wear more than anything else, since I have virtually no boundaries on what I can wear at any given time. The heat here definitely makes it’s mark, too. Sometimes I fantasize about being in a northern/cooler cosmopolitan city with a “real” job (creative, of course) and I wonder how I would look. Hopefully more cutting edge, or so I love to think. Someday I’ll have to embrace that vision. When it cools off a little. XXOO

  15. Elsie on June 2, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Hi Jean, thank you so much for visiting my blog today. Love the idea of staying in touch with your family via the blog. Its great and this post is super special. Your mum is such a beauty too. You look amazing in the pink and orange. Fab!!!

    • Jean on June 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      I enjoyed visiting your blog and thank you for your comment here!! I’m looking forward to staying in touch. :-)

  16. Patti on June 2, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Beautiful family – I love the smile on your Mom’s face. You look lovely as always, and colorful, and happy. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

    • Jean on June 2, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      It’s been killing me that I’ve been missing your Mondays!! It’s such a highlight for so many of us. I’m going to be AWOL a little longer but hopefully I can jump right back in with the rest of the wonderful participants. Thank you Patti!!!

  17. Dawn Lucy on June 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Love the pink and orange together. And yes, every moment with your folks is precious for sure.

    • Jean on June 2, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      Agreed! I’m packing now to go spend some more time with them. :-)

  18. Olga on June 3, 2014 at 1:29 am

    What a touching post, Jean! Your mom is such a lovely lady and isn’t it wonderful that your parents read your blog! Love the orange-fuchsia combination in your outfit. As always, you look beautiful and stylish.

    • Jean on June 3, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Thank you so much! Hope all’s well with you and yours. :-)

  19. Jan Graham-McMillen on June 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Wow! What a charming, most intimate post to share with us, and how appropriate. Kind of you to invite us all along to meet your family, friends and tea-party ladies! Lovely mum, as well. Your dad is surely very proud of his lovely daughter.
    Glorious you in pink and tangerine!
    You’re so right … growing old is not for sissies.
    I heard Sharon Stone say that the best advice about ageing she got from Jackie Collins. ” Never get on top, and never wave goodby!” Ha!

  20. cherie james on June 6, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Love your sense of style- very playful and fun. Found you on Visible Mondays. I just started my own style blog and I’m really enjoying the blog world! cherie at

  21. Gigi on June 22, 2014 at 6:57 am

    This post is so heart touching. Your parents must be very proud of you. Beautiful mother. Enjoy the precious moments with them.

    Much love,

    • Jean on June 24, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      I am so appreciative, believe me. Thank you for your comment. Love you.

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