From India To Me


I love to shop Etsy for one of a kind pieces. I especially love embroidered pieces. But I am not picky. I’ll know it when I see it.

And I saw it.

But it was sold out, so I contacted Lisa from Madame Hall on Etsy to see if she would be making any more of the dresses I had seen on her site in a size medium. She did not have any but she sent me a few pictures of this dress laying flat.

And, of course, I loved it.


I bought it (with the help of a gift card from the sweetest lady ever. Thank you B!) and anxiously awaited its arrival.

It came in the coolest package about two weeks later. She sewed the package up with my address on the cloth. Inside of the initial package, the dress was wrapped in another gorgeous embroidered simple cloth bag. And she even sent me a beautiful embroidered scarf as a gift. Truly exceptional service. I would not hesitate to order from her again and to recommend her shop to others.


I was not planning on pairing it with brown boots. In fact, I was going to wear it with my black fringed booties. But the snow would have ruined those. I did need to quickly grab a slip for underneath this because of the length. It is almost more of a tunic than a dress but because it is made from wool, I would only wear this with tights and leggings in the wintertime any way.


The bright cheerful colors just make me so happy.


I feel like this dress was meant to be mine. Or I was meant for it. It only needed to find me half way across the world. From India to me.


Do you buy clothing items from Etsy? Do you ever feel a personal connection to an item of clothing? Does it speak to you?


Mine does.

I’m not gonna tell you what it says.


All right.

Just this once. I’ll spill the beans. Or beads as it were…


With a shimmer. A glimmer. A whisper, it breathes, “OHHHHHH YEAAAAAAHHHHHH.”

Or maybe that’s just me.

Mexican Blanket Skirt


I love the creativity and color that symbolizes Mexico in my soul. There is so much to inspire: The Talavera, the Otomi embroidery, the Huichol beadwork, handblown glass, beautiful silver jewelry, intricate leather purses, embroidered dresses and woven blankets. I love it all.

We have Talavera tile all over our house. Even in our pool. I layer with Otomi blankets on couches and beds in our house. Each time we visit Mexico, I never ever leave enough room in my suitcase. I want to bring it all home. The lively spirit of Mexico has my heart in its grasp.


So, when I saw this vintage Mexican Blanket Skirt (similar not vintage item from Modcloth here and vintage item here and here and here) being sold from Effina Vintage, I knew my pocketbook did not stand a chance. Especially since it was exactly my size. And also, the seller was selling it very reasonably and her commentary on her items is fun.

I paired the skirt with my Anthropologie Cloth and Stone Denim Daydrifter Tee from last year (similar tee here) and my Anthropologie Almanac Sandals.


The necklaces are Free People’s Coin Necklace (given to me as a participant of Free People Me. Similar here) and Simply Livly’s Turquoise Necklace.

The Mexican Blanket was brought back from one of our trips. I thought it would be a fun prop with the skirt. I did not carry this blanket to Costco with me later in the day. Although, with all of the samples they give away, wouldn’t it be funny if I plopped this blanket down in the middle of the store and had myself a free little picnic?

That wouldn’t anger anyone.


Speaking of free samples, did you know that Trader Joe’s gives out free wine samples?!?! I also learned that on this day when I ran in there for Peonies. And walked out with Peonies and wine. Well played, Trader Joe’s! But next time, I’m bringin’ my blanket. You won’t even see me comin’.


The bracelet is Free People’s Hammered Stacked Multi Cuff


If my spirit was a skirt, this would be it. Wearing this skirt makes me feel more like “me.” Does that make sense?


What piece of clothing would your spirit inhabit? Do you own it? Do you feel more like yourself when you are wearing it? Do you think I would be able to finish my free samples of wine before I was asked to leave the store with my blanket? A curious girl would like to know.

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Reading: “Eleanor & Park”


Our book club pick last month was “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell. It was picked by the lovely Holli. Holli and I generally have the same taste in books, so I had high expectations. This book did not disappoint. I really enjoyed it.

The book is a teenage romance set in the 1980s. I will say that although the book is about teenagers, I probably would not let my daughter read this until she is sixteen. It does have some explicit language and phrases that might offend some. It did not offend me. I did not even notice the language until it was brought up at book club.

Eleanor and Park are both sixteen. Eleanor is a tall, voluptuous red-head who feels self conscience and does not fit in. Park is a half-Korean half-American boy who also feels set apart as the only Korean kid in his school. They meet on the school bus. And their slow friendship is so beautifully written, you will feel the moments that turn into sparks between them.

The book centers around their romance. And all that love can endure. I think maybe love might be even harder as a teenager.


I had never heard of Rainbow Rowell before. But I enjoyed her writing so much I ordered her other book, “Fan Girl.” It is coming on Monday. Unlike the book I picked this month for book club (more on that soon), this author makes you really feel with the characters. It is what makes a good author a great one. Rainbow has that ability. She produces beautiful words.

As in any book, this book would be incredibly dull without some angst. Or some drama. And show me a teenager who does not have both of those situations occurring on a regular basis and I will lend you my pet unicorn for the day. Of course, Eleanor and Park have to endure all of that. I read it in two days. It is an easy worthwhile read. I would give the book a nine out of ten.


The Good:

The characters. Eleanor and Park became living, breathing friends of mine. They made me cry. They made me angry. But the secondary characters were equally solidly built. Park’s parents, well, you are going to love them. Eleanor’s parents made me want to kick and scream. And the kids on the bus will bring back every teenage anxiety you have ever felt.

The writing was easy. I enjoy easy. Life is hard enough. I want to read a book smooth as pudding. With a glass of ice cold flow. The sweetness tickled the back of my throat as it went down.

The Bad:

The ending. It is kind of a cliff hanger. I do not know if it will make you angry. I think it was the perfect ending. I did not find it to be such a cliff hanger as others have felt it was. The author has also hinted that this might not be the last we see of Eleanor and Park.

Poverty. I sometimes forget in my little bubble how incredibly hard some children have it. And this leads me to feel immensely guilty and grateful all at once. There is a part in the book that centers around hygiene. And it broke my heart in two. I made myself put the book down for a good hour so my soul could give it the attention it deserved. And reflect on what I could do more of as a human being to help end moments like that for other children.

“Eleanor & Park” is a small book that will make you feel big things.

Have you read this book? What book/books are you reading this month?

Jenni’s Multicolored Dreamvest


Oh yes. A rainbow vest. A crocheted rainbow vest. A rainbow fest.

I digress.

What a mess. (Don’t drink and blog.)

I purchased this 1960s multicolored vest off of Etsy. Can you believe it had been posted for a year and nobody had purchased it? I think it was waiting for me.

I wore it to the Rose Bowl Flea Market last Sunday. I ended up wearing it with the yellow dress below. I wanted to wear something vintage. But also something cool. As in, “not hot.” Of course, I believe this fits both labels. I also wanted my husband to be able to quickly find me in a crowd. I think this was pretty hard to miss.




First, I paired it with my Free People dress that I got from The Nordstrom Rack. The necklace was gifted to me from Simply Livly. It is perfectly bohemian. The shoes are my favorite. They are Deirdre Lace Wedges. I bought them during Anthropologie’s additional 20% off sale. Making these 52% off. Not my best discount, but I love them. They have actual crocheted looking lace on the sides of the shoes. The lace is very well incorporated.

I did not wear these shoes to the dusty flea market.

I wore my tried and true everyday ten year old sandals. The shoes I can run in. From zombies. Different story. (Please see don’t drink and blog above.)


I took a nap before these pictures. Hence the lines on my arm.


The other way I styled this vest was with my yellow Target dress that was $25. The necklace is an Anthropologie layering necklace. It is on sale. I purchased mine during the additional 20% off sale for $12. But it is still a good price at the $15 it currently is. It is called Bijouterie Layering Necklace in Medium. It is sold out online. My local store had ten in stock last week. If you cannot find one, maybe, just maybe, I have a couple for a giveaway in a few months. ; ). Anyway, I know they are in the stores. I have worn this necklace four times this week. Great find!

Do you have a piece of clothing that makes you smile?