Monday, May 26, 2014

She Sells Seashells

black and green floral sundress, turquoise and pink shell necklace

When in doubt, wear Mom's jewelry! Being able to raid her collection of pendants and brooches is a perk of living at home. This bold handmade necklace features turquoise beads and a sunset-colored shell.

During the early '80s, before my parents met, my dad worked as a land-use planner on the Hopi Reservation. He bought this necklace from some locals who were selling artisan goods out of the back of a pickup truck. I don't know if he intended it to be a gift for his future wife, or if that just happened.

Three decades later, I'm styling the necklace with a thrifted Target-brand sundress. The tag says it was manufactured in Guatemala. Items with very different origins can come together in a person's closet--I wouldn't be surprised if my makeup and shoes traveled from Asia.

Globalization is cool, but it's also a vastly complex process that raises ethical, environmental, and economic concerns. Anyone who's interested in that should totally read The Windup Girl. And please suggest more good dystopian sci-fi books to me!

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  1. It's great to have access to Mom's closet!

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  2. That necklace meshes perfectly with your dress. You're making me miss living with my mama!

    Ok, so I recently wrote an essay on dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction (as you may recall) and my recommendations post-that are: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep; The Handmaid's Tale, The Road and The Passion of New Eve!

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    1. Moms are great, aren't they? And thank you for the suggestions! I must add them to my library list.

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  3. Jewelry from family members always seems to have better stories. Hooray for raiding mom's closet! You look beautiful.

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  4. That last shot works really well. Nice composition and pose.

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  5. Pretty :-) I lve raiding things. Dungeons, mostly, but the loot in mothers'/grandmothers' jewelery boxes is never to be underestimated! Of course, you usually have to give those pieces back eventually ;-)

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    1. Mothers and grandmothers can be more fearsome than dragons!

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  6. Such a neat necklace! I love the dress, small floral prints may be one of my favorites. By the way, there's something about these photos that seem perfect, the lighting, the focus.. Whatever it is I really enjoyed looking at them!

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    1. Thank you! That makes me so happy to hear :) I'm literally beaming.

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  7. I love this look! It's very summery.
    Dystopian sci-fi is one of my favorite genres. I haven't been reading as much as I would like to lately, but I've taken advantage of my expanded free time and am catching up on all the movies that I've had on my list for a while while I simultaneously craft. I saw Gravity last night. While it's not specifically that genre, it stuck out to me because of the intensity of having to survive in space.

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    1. I've heard that movie is amazing. I should probably watch it eventually.

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  8. So late seeing this post but you look adorable and I love how unique your necklace is. I love wearing jewelry with a story. And being able to wear my mom's jewelry since I'm at home too is wonderful.

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