What to Wear to a Bonfire?

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Bonfires and Stilettos in the Woods?

What to wear to a bonfire, especially, if you’re travelling in a pickup truck? My choice would be flat boots, warm down jacket, wool hat and gloves. When my friend, who lives in the middle of Ohio was invited to a  bonfire, she was so excited.  She was told to wear comfy clothes.

 

She is a beautiful blonde woman, classsy with great taste and I pictured her in Frye cowboy boots, tan leather jacket and a cream handknit scarf,  right out of a Ralph Lauren catalogue. I described this to her and her first response was, “heck, no- I don’t go anywhere without my stilettos and best jewelry”.  Makes no sense.  I presented reasons for her to dress more practically as she was going to be in  woods (in case she didn’t realize that) and yet again, my friend told me that this is what she always does wherever she goes, but will modify just a bit, “Yes, but in my old jeans and stilettos from Macy’s. Just sayin”.

I thought, some things just go together like peanut butter and jelly.  And, I like to think it’s that way with jewelry, clothes and places too. Isn’t it that way with what you wear to different types of venues, events, settings, parties, outings?  Magazines and advertisements tell us what to wear, what is stylish, what others wore, what the ‘look’ is. Women will even ask google search: what do you wear to a bonfire?

How marvelous that someone knows just what SHE does.  I couldn’t imagine tromping in the woods in heels and stiletto ones no less. But for her, no problem and it made sense.

 

My friend  opened my eyes to something new.  Putting two things together that are surprising can sometimes express who you are as a unique individual and actually make brilliant sense!  I am not recommending you wear heels on your next trek in the woods, but I do see the point she makes. We have seen many gals wearing pearls with jeans and denim . Historically pearls were reserved for ‘that little black dress’, formals, Sunday best. Now, pearls  can go with everything. So, be bold and  go for it and mix it up!

 

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Roslyn
I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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      Terri, It wasn’t mine until I started exploring ideas. I would choose a more organic stone necklace with jeans. But earls are no longer dainty white strands.

  1. What great ideas to accessorize your most casual clothes with. It’s always nice to add a feminine touch even when you are opting to wear jeans. Thank you for sharing. The photos you have offer beautiful ideas!

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      Thanks Meryl. One of my intentions is to expand the way women think about accessorizing, what they can wear with what they have, what to buy that coordinates with much in their wardrobe and yet creates a new look. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Your photos of your jewelry are gorgeous! One can see all the love you put into every piece. I have a couple of favorite pieces that I wear…whether I am dressed up or in my jeans. It makes me feel beautiful. Thanks for sharing this post.

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      Alexandra, my daughter does the photographs as well as many of the necklaces. So glad you get that when you wear your favorite pieces it only makes you look even more beautiful.

  3. If I feel like wearing a lovely Murano glass bead necklace, I’ll have it on until I’m ready to take it off. I’m adorning me. Meanwhile, I might powerwalk (as I do each morning), meet a friend at the beach for coffee and work at home in my boxer shorts. Same goes with pearls, or whatever else moves me. Somewhere along the line I detached the “appropriate” use with “my” use of jewelry. And I love the odd juxtapositions! So while I might not wear stilettos in the woods, I WILL wear pearls with boxer shorts … 😉 And your pieces, Roz, exude that same “I want to wear this all the time” magic!

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      Love your enthusiasm Sharon for the ‘odd juxtapositions”. You are emphasing one of my main intentions which is to look and feel beautiful by being you. Accessoring is the icing on your cake. Thanks for your personal response.

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  4. Love this! This is definitely me! I am very outdoorsy and I love pick up trucks and bonfires. I tend to wear some jeans and some boots as well as a simple shirt and either jean jacket or a light coat. Love the jewelry as well! Definitely would fit into my ensemble!

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  5. My daughter Kristy is such a lady. She always gets dressed up no matter the occasion and I love it. When she went on a ride along with my nephew who’s a police officer, she was dressed like she was going to a job interview! lol I agree that you can always accessorize no matter where you’re going. Your jewelry is so lovely and I adore my bracelet!!!

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      Thanks Diana for sharing about your daughter. Love seeing young women growing up with pride about their appearance and looking ‘put together’. So glad you love your bracelet. I was really happy to make it for you. I feel extra flattered when a fellow artist admires our work.

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  6. Your designs are so beautiful, Roslyn. I love them. With regards to your friend…I am with her, don’t leave home without my stilettos; as a matter of fact, I wear them in the snow, too. Those heels dig right in. 🙂 Maybe it’s because I’m short, but I always wear heels. My mom, does too…even though she’s in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank!

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      Ana Maria Verruso- you are one special gal. In fact, the only one I know (except for my Ohio friend) who won’t leave home without her stilettos and in the snow. And we sure are getting lots of snow in NJ and NY. Please be careful- you must hear that so often. Thanks for complimenting our jewelry.

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  8. I love the idea of wearing whatever makes you feel good regardless of where you’re going. While there’s not a chance in hell I’d choose stiletto’s for a bonfire, I appreciate your friend’s attitude – it speaks to how comfortable she is in her own skin. After all, that is what makes us beautiful 🙂 Really enjoyed your post Roz (and of course the jewelry)! Thanks.

    1. Dawn, Yes, we should wear what makes us feel good. That goes for fashion and Jewelry. Tonight was a perfect example for me. Donned 3 necklaces before doing a 7sec video for a group promo. Kept all 3 on when we went out for dinner. Prior to this blog, I would have removed 2 necklaces but it felt good being over accessorized.

  9. While reading your article I was reminded of the time I wore a pair of my favorite earrings cross country skiing. When we stopped skiing at the end of the day I realized I had lost an earring. Lesson: either don’t wear jewelry when you are participating in an active sport or make sure the jewelry is securing fastened. By the way, I love the look of your jewelry with the jean jacket… very classy and very me!

    1. So upsetting Pat to lose a favorite earring or any favorite jewelry. It can happen anywhere, which is why the type of clasp or earring back is so important. Thanks for your compliment.

  10. I am that girl who would wear Frye boots, jeans, expensive scarf, earrings, turquoise bracelet, and necklace. Every casual outfit needs some bling – but understated for a bonfire (which I would probably never go to anyway) Oh, and a cool cowboy hat! I love jewelry but since I am not a big person, and in my former life I was in fashion, I like to think I always look tasteful and overdone. Everyone expresses their individuality differently! Nice post.

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      Hi Laurie, Thanks so much for your comment. Love the complete description of your outfit to that hypothetical bonfire. Not many women are comfortable with being ‘overdone’ nor know what is tasteful. Clearly your background in fashion guides you as you navigate day to day. Loved your post, your ‘diet’ analogy and social media.

  11. Roslyn, your article reminded me of the song from the musical, Annie, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile.” I actually never feel fully dressed without my favorite earrings and necklace whether I am wearing jeans or going out on the town. I love the look of your jewelry with the jean jacket, too! Very inspiring post!

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      Thanks Robin for your comment. Most of us don’t feel fully dressed without our earrings on. I’m aiming to empower women to also think, necklace. And to try new styles, looks and variety. This includes me too.

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      I’m with you Holly. I haven’t worn high heels in a very long time, but now that I have seen pearls and jeans together, I like too. Thanks for your comment.

      1. Oh yes this is me….scratch the stilettos,,,I am a boots girl! I actually collect them. The last pair I bought in Sept.was a pair of OLD Gringo,,,,beautiful..$575.00 anyway my husband said what the heck are they made of…I said, tuffness, beauty, the scent of leather and a pinch of sassy!
        I love the blue jean jacket, let me I think I have a least 6 different ones. A Ralph Lauren being the last one I got at Christmastime. I think your jewelry would fit well very well with many things us lady’s wear! Already have my eye on something…..

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          Of course you are a boots gal. Love your shopping gene- You know what you like and you go for it. Thanks so much for your amazing personal response to this blog. So glad it was right up your alley.

  12. I just love the idea of sitting on the tailgate of a pickup truck and watching a bonfire. I am a country girl at heart who now lives on the bustling east coast so I miss small things like this.

    I also agree that we can find inspiration in life where we would never expect it, and sometimes it’s the unexpected things, that end up being the most beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing this. I also love that even as a jewelry designer, you told a story that made us all FEEL and connect to you and your brand. Amazing job!

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    Ah Angie, your comment touches me deeply. This blog was quite a stretch for me in many ways, and I’m so glad to know it reached you. I think many of us, whether we grew up in city, burbs or country, can connect to the outdoors. I was a summer tent campfire gal for 40 years of my life. That’s what we did for family vacations starting taking our childrenas infants, but no stilettos and no pickup truck tail gates, just buried in nature. Now, at age 75, I want a roof and private bath but lstill ove walking in the woods.

  14. Roslyn,

    I love the title of your blog. Your title alone hooked me. 😉 I’ve never worn a lot of jewelry. Growing up and being an athlete, I rarely had time for earrings and necklaces. Now, that I do I never know how to match outfits with jewelry. For example, what necklace to wear with certain necklines? I love your point about letting your fashion represent yourself but when it comes to jewelry I’m lost. I know I could use some pointers. Thanks for a great article Roslyn. 🙂

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      Christine King, Would love to help you learn what necklaces to pair with which necklines, and will write a blog on this in near future. If you have the time, would love it if you send me a few photos of tops that you would love coordinate a necklace or visa versa- some photos of necklaces you own and Ill select some tops.

  15. Roslyn
    Your creations are beautiful. As a fellow designer I share your love and passion. It’s amazing when your creations are all over the world , your an inspiration. I’m glad I opened your post and read more about you. Keep up the amazing work.
    Darlene

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      Darlene- Thanks for your words. When they come from another fellow designer, it is extra special and inspires me to keep going. Thanks also for reading about me. Looking forward to our connection.

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