Thrifted and Gifted

February 1, 2014

thrifted and gifted Feda and me

Amidst the drama of the past week, there were many miracles as well.  First of all, I was able to be with my parents when several health challenges presented themselves quite suddenly.  My trip had been planned for awhile so it was such a blessing to be able to lend assistance at this time.  My stay was prolonged by the crisis in Atlanta but this too was a miracle for me.  My dad came home from the hospital with a good report, only to return to the emergency room shortly thereafter with an injury to his arm.  I’m so very glad my return home was delayed.  He is okay and I can take a deep breath now.

Additionally, because of the delay returning home, my much anticipated meeting with Feda actually took place!!

thrifted and gifted Feda

Feda is a photographer and artist, a deeply creative soul whose blog I’d stumbled upon awhile back. Her writing resonated, and her images were compelling and lovely, playful and thoughtful.  When I found out she lived in the same general area as my parents, I asked if we could arrange a blogger meet-up.  Given all the unanticipated events, it’s a miracle we met, but given our uncanny connection, it’s also not a surprise.

thrifted and gifted indian dress full thrifted and gifted indian dress

She gave me several gifts, one of which is this amazing dress/tunic.  The paisley fabric is a wonderful dense cotton, and the embellishment is rich.  I can envision styling it in a myriad of ways!!  You will definitely see it here on Dross; stay tuned!

thrifted and gifted shoes

I also have to mention the Stuart Weitzman shoes recently given to me by my Instagram friend Stefanie @steffwatts.  It’s fascinating how our connection to each other is facilitated by technology, and clothes just happen to be the catalyst.  She is another person who understands that the more you give, the more you have.  Thank you Stefanie!!!  These will be making some cameo appearances soon!

Thrifted and Giftedthrifted and gifted dress

As I get ready to upcycle this thrifted dress,  I reflect on the way we all intertwine.  The individual beads shine brightly, but it’s the combination of pattern and color that make it extraordinary, a work of art to be preserved and worn, a conversation piece if you will.  I expect to meet many people as a result, creating new connections.  Miraculous how it works.

P.S. Another wonderful connection was meeting Judith at Style Crone.  She’s now hosting Hat Attack so please stop by and join in! 





17 Responses to Thrifted and Gifted

  1. Feda on February 1, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    aww this is so lovely Jean! I really love the pictures you captured. I’m so happy we were able to meet up given the circumstances. It was so refreshing to meet such a beautiful soul and I resonated with you on so many levels. Thank you for being YOU!!!! Looking forward to your posts as always. I can’t wait to wear the beautiful gifts you gave me!! XOXO

    • Jean on February 1, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      I can’t wait to see you in them. :-) XXOO

  2. Stefanie Watts on February 1, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks Jean!

    It’s a blessing to be a blessing. Beyond thrilled the shoes are a perfect fit.

    It is my belief, a spirit recognizes a spirit. What is so wonderful about social media, is how your world expands in an instance. I have complete gratitude we met on IG.

    Anxiously awaiting the transformation of the gorgeous dress featured in this post. Can not wait to see how you make it yours.


    • Jean on February 1, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      I’ll make sure I post it on IG. XXOO

  3. Connie* on February 1, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Oh Jean. So glad that your parents are okay…and that you can travel to see them. And thank you for the introduction to Feda. I can see why the two of you get along. Lots of beauty.

  4. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas on February 2, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Treasures! Both Feda and Stephanie! And the way your stay at your parents’ played out sounds like sweet serendipity.

    You’ve been gifted some very special things, very Jean, and I look forward to seeing them fashioned in your lovely and unique personal style.

  5. Vix on February 2, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Oh, I know exactly how you feel. I’m in a constant state of holding my breath and skipping a heartbeat whenever the phone rings or the mobile beeps with a text message. So glad your Dad’s back home, order is restored and you can meet up with beautiful Frida. You both look gorgeous and the dress is utterly wonderful. xxxxx

  6. Curtise on February 2, 2014 at 9:59 am

    It’s good that you were able to be with your parents while their health issues played out; sometimes, things happen as they need to, and we can but be grateful.
    And how delightful for you and Feda to meet up; I just took a peek at her blog, she’s beautiful, and her photography is stunning. I often reflect on how amazing it is that we find others with whom we make connections through the use of technology, it’s brought such a lot to my life.
    Gorgeous gifts, so very right for you, and I am looking forward to seeing how you upcycle the dress. xxxx

  7. Rosalind on February 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Beautiful observations on intertwining, just as you were able to intertwine with your parents’ needs while you were with them. Uncanny connections embellish our experiences so richly; how great to have the opportunity to meet up with Feda. And ah, I wish that the dream you had of me also being at your blogger meet had been real!. yes, I hope one day too.

  8. Forest City Fashionista on February 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how the universe orders itself even though we don’t understand what’s going on at the time? Not only were you able to be there for your parents, but also have a blogger meetup! Thanks for introducing me to Feda’s blog; her photography is quite lovely, as is the dress she gave you.

  9. Kezzie on February 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Lovely pair of hats and how exciting to have met blogger friends! I popped over from hat attack too!x

  10. sandra on February 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I’m so happy your Dad is finally home and well, it is a deep breathed relief for you, it’s impossible to relax during times when there is illness, but relax well now.
    Your gifts are beautiful as is Feda’s blog and I can’t wait to see you in your gifted items x x x

  11. Melanie on February 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Life seems to be unfolding in a wonderful way for you – your father, your meetup with Feda. It’s the best thing when something that seems to go wrong is actually right. Your blog title says it so well. I don’t mind being spam but I hope you find this comment. I wasn’t worried though! (laugh)

  12. The Style Crone on February 2, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I am fascinated by the connections that occur through social media, creating relationships that would not otherwise happen. The magic of creative spirits drawn to one another! Feda and her blog are gorgeous, as are you in the photo of the two of you. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack! And I look forward to the beauty that you create with your thrifted and gifted pieces.

  13. Veshoevius on February 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    How fortunate events turned out so that you could be with your parents. It’s wonderful how life works out like that sometimes. The paisley dress is gorgeous! Look forward to see what you do with it.

  14. Jan Graham-McMillen on February 3, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Darling Jean! So sorry to hear about your parent’s difficulties … not easy on anyone, but especially as we age. I know they were SO much better because you were there. You are all in my thoughts!
    So good that you got to meet your lovely friend. What a treat after a difficult week … no one deserves it like you.
    You are looking beautiful, the both of you! Must have been a charged creative atmosphere!

  15. Dawn @ AlterEgoFashionista on February 5, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    It’s wonderful to see all the good things that come out of a scary situation…there almost always are some! So glad that your Dad is doing well and that you were there to be there to help out. Such a nice bonus to meet up with a new friend! I adore the bohemian look of your new pieces and look forward to seeing their transformations!

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