21.2.10

lightbulb moment


You may recognize this jacket.  It is seen in the close up photo of my blog header.  I LOVE this jacket so much but for some reason could never figure out how to wear it properly until just now.  It was given to me by the most beautiful (spiritually and physically) woman.  She runs an artisan shop in Big Pine, CA called Art From The Heart .  Spending even just 30 minutes with this woman is enough to completely realign your priorities to love and selfless giving.  She makes you want to become a better person.  She has just GIVEN me so many beautiful things, with out any conditions.  While I was shopping at Beacon's Closet last week, Mel and I found a full length version of this jacket and both gasped at how beautiful it was.  For more than $200 it was actually very appropriately priced, but I have to say, this jacket is worth SO much more to me.  And one day, I know I will GIVE it away, not anytime soon, but when the time is right.  The woman who gave it to me always says we should give things away freely while we still love them, that way they carry our love to the next owner. Thank you Victorina for your lesson.

I am not sure what it was that turned the lightbulb on for figuring out this outfit. I think I have always tried to mix the color of the things under the jacket and ended up feeling overwhelmed by the bulk and pattern of it.  It seems so obvious to me now that a slim silhouette in monochrome, and a matching scarf make it work. The boots felt like just the right touch to keep things casual in all that black. And now that I think of it, I am sure that skinny black jeans would work too.  Hmm.  So happy to have learned the key.

COMMENT OF THE DAY:  Again, So many really heartfelt comments yesterday.  I am always so moved by how inspiring your comments are.  This one really got to me!  Wow, thank you so much D. Just, wow, thanks.

D. said...

I always feel so amazing after reading your posts. You talk so much about the positive people who have influenced your life but I don't think you look at yourself in the same light. You are one of those positive people that leave imprints on others. I've never met you but I can tell by the feelings of peace that I get after your inspiring words.

47 comments:

Lara said...

It is definitely a statement jacket. It is very beautiful. I am such a fan of giving away items for others to enjoy. A few of my friends and I barter our stuff off. We bring it all together and just swap it. Swapping is such a fun way to get new items without spending a dime (well maybe shipping if it through blog circles). I always feel that if I have a peice someone will love or has talked about finding on their blog and it is something I dont wear anymore or dont need, I sometimes just send them an email saying ill pass it along. Its such gratification to give!

tess said...

love the jacket

Kristie said...

It's a beautiful and I love the story behind it!

Charlie said...

the jacket is so beautiful, and that outfit is just perfect!

Jill said...

i am in love with this jacket!

Seval said...

It is a wonderful jacket. I think everyone needs 1 jacket like this, to wear with neutral colors... To add the last beautiful touch... An you wore it in a definetely gorgeous way! The boots look great! Love you!

The Daily Fashionista said...

The jacket is definitely one of the prettier things that have come out of your closet. It's absolutely amazing in details and it's color palette seems so warm. I love how you paired the boots with it too!

The Closet of Kim (ShopKim) said...

That is a gorgeous jacket with a wonderful story. You did a great job of styling it here.

Amanda said...

Well, I think you certainly came up with a wonderful outfit!
I love how so many of your clothes have such an amazing story behind them...it makes things so much more meaningful than just thinking "oh yeah I bought this a few months ago...don't remember from where".

amanda said...

very inspiring story. it makes sense, to give something away while you still love it. it also helps you to realize that they are just things and that we aren't guaranteed anything in this life and we can't take anything with us when we die. wow, that's totally heavy, but i think i get caught up a lot in acquiring material possessions, and that's not what we are in this world to do. you look beautiful and i love your boots. i want some ankle boots for the summer, you know, speaking of not getting carried away with buying stuff:)

girlxoxo said...

It works beautifully in the outfit - the jacket is so lovely.

Jennifer said...

I ADORE that jacket!!!!

Jen said...

You definitely worked it out! This jacket is fabulous.

Fabulocity in Amish Country said...

You totally rocked this jacket out! :)

megan said...

Seriously thank you for the reality check, it is so easy to get caught up in obtaining "things". The spiritual balance you have really shows through in your blog. You are inspirational in that you can share those types of personal reflections in a post and know that complete strangers will be reading them.. I really admire you and am an avid fan!

~ megan ~

sandyb said...

Christina, I love that you have a back story to this jacket. Whenever I meet someone new and they have a great story about something they're wearing or eating or doing, it helps me feel more connected to their experience. I love when people, like you, do this with fashion. Statement pieces really do have something to say, don't they? Style is a wonderful storyteller.

RETRO REVA said...

The best "things" we own always seem to come from love ! This woman seems like such a treasure. I believe certain people are in our lives for a reason- some ground us, some inspire us, some make us question things and so on! The jacket is truly a treasure, but I believe She is the real treasure. Seems like N.Y. gave you some creative juice ! Don't you just love that ! And the Jacket---WOW!

J. said...

Lovely story!

ejessop said...

I'm so glad you figured out a lovely way to wear that amazing jacket, because it deserves it! (also, thanks for sharing...I think I can definitely try this technique myself with a couple of jackets I'm having a hard time with).

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Sidewalk Chalk said...

What a great story and lesson behind such a statement piece. You look beautiful in it and I've always loved your header!

- JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

Alyssa said...

This jacket is definitely a treasure, and what a great story. What great advice, too! The colors are especially striking and remind me instantly of some carpet in my grandma's house... in a good way though, you see. :D

D. said...

I always feel so amazing after reading your posts. You talk so much about the positive people who have influenced your life but I don't think you look at yourself in the same light. You are one of those positive people that leave imprints on others. I've never met you but I can tell by the feelings of peace that I get after your inspiring words.

D. said...

AND, that coat is truly amazing. The detail on it is wonderful and the colors are stunning,

junebabie said...

you really made it work. :o)

La Historiadora de Moda said...

The jacket is so beautiful and it sounds like the woman who gave it to you is too! That's such a wonderful piece of advice that she gave you. I will have to remember it myself.

myedit said...

The close-up of that jacket just made my heart speed up.
And the idea of giving away what you love is something I'm going to take away and really ponder. Thanks!

Martini said...

What great advice about giving away belongings that you love. I often do that with jewelery and clothes. They are great piece that go on loan, or make the circuit of friends. In the end, I know that they will eventually come back to me. I figure, if museums can do this, why can't me and my friends?!

Leproust Vintage said...

Ohhhh I always wondered what the full version of this jacket looked like from your banner!! It is soooo beautiful!

alissa said...

i just wanted to say hello:) i discoverd your blog right before you left for nyc and loved hearing about your adventure - your ensembles are wonderful!

June Paski said...

love ur jacket, is so beautiful

xxx

kate said...

this combination totally works! You look lovely and that jacket is beautiful!

Annebeth said...

Aaaah i immediately recognized the jacket! it's like a seventies bathroom thing but in the best possible way, love it! :)

Madame Bovary said...

this jacket seems wall paper of seventies!!
you look very nice!!
xoxo

Girl from the North Country said...

If I had to pick one item in your closet that screams you this coat would be! Amazing details and classic! I really love this look, I would have never thougth to pair it that way!

Brittany said...

I love how you allowed the jacket to be the showcase item in this outfit! The color is just gorgeous, and it looks super soft which gains the coat about a hundred more cool points in my book.. how many times have we found really beautiful coats that are pretty much useless because they aren't warm?! Anyways.. I love what that woman told you.. about giving things away while you still love them. Wow, that really hit the spot for me. I'm going to be thinking about that all day.

what dia like said...

i love your jacket and your shoes.
www.whatdialike.com

crowdedcloset said...

GREAT FIND! xo, Kim www.crowded-closet.com

Erin said...

i love the way the lady put it. that things should be given away while you still love them, so that the love carries over. i have always felt that way, just never knew how to put it into words. thank you for the inspiration!

Clare said...

I love your commentary about giving away things that you love. And this jacket truly is amazing. You styled it beautifully!

catherine_sr. said...

I love your jacket! From a distance it looks like crewel embroidery, which I adore.
the renegade bean

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

Absolutely adore this coat!

what i would have worn... said...

I think this is one of my absolute favorite outfits! And it’s always more special to wear something with its own narrative. The idea of infusing an object with love to pass on is just so beautiful! xo

WendyB said...

Adorable jacket.

LarsJohnson said...

what an amazing lesson. i think i am going to put that one to use more frequently in my own life. thanks for sharing.

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

The jacket is absolutely gorgeous!! love it!

thejoyoffashion@blogspot.com

A Nerd Like Me said...

I love how bright this is! Way to welcome in the spring (even if it is a bit early).

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