This week, Sherry from Petite Over 40 is joining us in a Fab Collab. The goal of this alliance is for each generation to take a chosen style item, give a personalized story from their life regarding that item and then style it in today’s life!
The Pearl Necklace Styled by Jodie
Sherry (the 40’s generation) told her story here. We continue with Jodie’s (the 50’s generation) story presented below:
This pearl necklace was gifted to me after my dear friend passed away.
Her name was Bethany and I think about her daily. As I remember it, her mother gave me the necklace at the funeral. My recall about that actual time is fuzzy because (like many) I was in deep grief. But my recollection is that her mom, Pam, gave the necklace to me and said she wanted me to have it because it was a special necklace of Bethany’s.
Bethany and I had been neighbors and somewhat friends until my divorce. After my divorce, she contacted me and asked if we could stay in touch. I felt extremely blessed that she wanted this (because as some of you know, when you get divorced, you have to split up friends, too…and I always thought that Bethany & her husband were more my ex’s friends).
A couple years later she was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. She fought a hard battle for over 2-3 years. During this time, she was in search of a job and I hired her to be my office manager at my dental practice. It was a match made in heaven, since I needed her expertise and she needed a job with flexibility to allow her to continue with her medical care.
It’s heart wrenching to watch a loved one fight cancer…everyone will agree with me on that. When her journey first started I found a card for her that spoke to me with the message “believe.” That was my link to her through her illness—anything that said “believe” I would get for her as a remembrance that mental attitude is important and I was behind her all the way. To this day, I “believe” she is still with me in much that I do. I learned so much from her in work, life and friendship.
So I wear her necklace often—remembering such a special person and fun times.
Here’s one of my favorite pictures of the two of us. It had to be before she had started chemo since she still had her hair.
Below is a picture of Bethany wearing the necklace (it’s hard to see against her skin, but trust me–it’s there). We were out to dinner with my dental office staff, celebrating Christmas. It goes to show that she really wore the necklace for special occasions. Bethany’s the 4th one from the left—I’m the 2nd one from the left!
I really do wear this necklace around…not just for a dressy occasion, but I wear it for everyday life! I think I’ve learned that there is no sense “saving” those special items for what we consider “special” occasions. If you have it, you might as well wear it.
50’s Outfit: Thus I styled it for this post with my jeans and a hand knit sweater! I especially like wearing it with color underneath it so you can see it better than having it right against my skin. Most of the time I layer it with other necklaces, but I wanted it to stand out for this picture!
Jeans: Express-thrifted (similar here)~~Chambray Top: Halogen (similar here)~~Sweater: I knitted it (similar here)~~Shoes: Missguided (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: JTV –I won it! (here)
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Since you probably have a traditional pearl necklace, I looked for interestingly designed ones so you could imagine wearing them for any occasion: