Family Jewels

14 Sep

Growing up, I had the most bizarre fashion choices.

Neon zip-up jacket from the 1980s, on school picture day?  Check.

Metal t-shirts with photographed mutilated bunnies heads?  Check check.

Poodle skirt to homecoming, instead of a homecoming dress?  Check check check.

As a kid, other people’s thoughts about my fashion didn’t really occur to me!  It wasn’t until someone in high school laughed at my poodle skirt that I realized it was kind of a strange choice for a suburban school’s dance.

Uh, oops!

Thank goodness my fashion has evolved and matured over the years, despite my never-ending love for all things bizarre.  As I’ve grown, I’ve become surprisingly sentimental about collecting and holding on to my family’s heirloom jewelry.

In the last few years, I’ve managed to be given almost all my great-grandmothers’  wedding rings!  I always wear my size 3 (right?!) great-grandmother’s ring on my pinkie, and a ring my father gave my mother.  I feel incredibly proud to be wearing the jewelry of such great women.

The butterfly clip in the photo is a vintage heirloom from my great-grandmother, and I remember her giving it to me when I was a kid.  Her bedroom had a table full of perfumes with atomizers attached to each.  I would escape from family dinner and spritz myself until my nostrils were overloaded with memories of great-grandma.

When she passed, my family gifted me her wedding rings, which I plan to use someday.  That is, if I ever take the plunge myself.

It’s humbling and a little overwhelming to carry a piece of your family with you wherever you go.  It’s not hard to remember where you come from, when you have evidence all over your hands, hair, ears, and wrists.

Thank goodness my fashion evolved, and my jewelry evolved right along with it.

Details::  tree wrap dress {Rachel by Rachel Roy, gift}; tank {Target, $4}; golden heels {Aldo; $40}; jewelry {vintage, gifts}; belt {thrifted, $3}


2 Responses to “Family Jewels”

  1. Mel P September 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    You’re so fabulous. I love how you can be funky and feminine at the same time. I, too, think it is SO important to remember where one comes from and to remember the importance of family. Heirloom jewelry is a great way to remember.

    • KB September 15, 2011 at 8:17 am #

      Thank you! I’d like to think that I can still be professional, without succumbing to suits and sweater sets 🙂

      It’s so funny, because I’ve only gotten really appreciative of familial “stuff” in the last few years. Now I’m all about, “wait! We can’t get rid of that! It has to stay in the family!”. Future pack rat? Yikes…

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