06 August 2011

25 Years Later

"Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated."
~ Erma Bombeck


Is there life after high school? Yes, it seems that there is!

Paul and I are off enjoying our 25th class reunion this weekend (yes, we graduated together). We had a wonderful night last night at a local bar, and so many more people I was not expecting to see showed up! Tonight we are getting ready for a little more formal affair with a few new faces popping up, including some of our teachers from back in the day. There will be more food, fun and fondness and I hear there will be an awesome slide show with all the 80s music we loved.

It is a funny thing to see the people that you spent your formative high school years all grown up.

We have all changed. Our hair is a little gray around the edges, or missing completely. We have gained a few pounds and added lines. We have kids and special pets and jobs that take us far and wide. We have traveled and lived a lot of life in these past 25 years. We had much to share and much to celebrate and reminisce about.


Remember this dress?


And these shoes?

Well, they look pretty smokin' hot. I can't promise that I look like that model, but I am going to rock it out, even if I might be the most dressed up person there (fashion tip from me: it is always better to be overdressed, than underdressed.)

And this is the necklace that I whipped up just today to wear with it. (To be fair, the pieces have been sitting on my table for more than a week, I just completed it today, lest you think that I can pull something like this out of thin air. I can't. ;-).


It didn't turn out exactly as I had in mind. The toggle clasp was supposed to sit in front, but it flips around because of the weight of the beads, but that is okay. I still like it! I wanted it to be a bit edgy, and a little mysterious and in neutral tones that will work with everything, but especially the fire engine red of this dress.

I used some dark chocolate faceted glass beads that remind me of smoky quartz, silver daisy spacers, rope twist jump rings in my favorite love knot shape, upcycled chain from various defunct necklaces, some cool cone ends that I picked up at my friend Michelle's store, Beadalotta (I wanted to make cool earrings with these, so now I need to go back and buy more!). But the best part is the Green Girl Studios pewter heart and key toggle clasp and the incredible Basha bead that I picked up from my friend Andrew at the Bead & Button show. The flash in that Basha bead is incredible and will be a perfect touch for the red dress.(If you haven't seen what he has, you must go see them now. And they are worth every penny. I promise!)

I think that no matter what I will feel strong and sexy and confident in this dress, those shoes and that bling. So I am calling this necklace "Unlocking Inner Confidence."

Oh, and before I forget, we have winners! That's right! Winners - plural! I had so much fun reading all your sweet thoughts on what it means to 'live what you love' that I decided that there would be three winners, each receiving one of the limited edition 'simple truths' pendants from the cover of Stringing.

And the random winners who told us what it means to 'live what you love'...

CraftyHope who said, "To me, this means simply to work, play, and go about the tasks of life doing what truly makes you happy. I hope to be there someday."

Eleanor Snare who said, "'Live what you love' means a lot to me. Being a young student, I've only ever worked in boring, under-paid, dead end retail jobs for nearly the last 10 years. In September I graduate from my MA with a dissertation about a subject I love (fashion) and have just been offered a full time job as an online editor. The offer of the job has proved to me that all through my studies, when I've been writing and editing and doing lots of work for free and because I loved it, everything I've done has been worth it. Hard work has paid off - and will continue to pay off as I continue to do everything I love doing, but with the added security of a wage to help along the way. It'll mean I can experiment more with my jewellery making hobbies, as I will have the funds (and still some time) to do it, and allow me space in which I can do things like approach magazines and shops about my work. So 'live what you love' means just that - do everything, everyday, that you enjoy - but also that doing things you love will eventually pay off and improve your life for the better."

Cristi Baxter Clothier who said, "To me "live what you love" means that you are doing what makes your heart feel good and leaves you at peace at the end of each day."

Congrats ladies! Please email me at enjoytheday@tesoritrovati.com with your mailing address for your prize!

And stay tuned next week. My birthday is coming and I feel some more giveaways coming on!

28 comments:

moonlitfantaseas said...

I love the necklace! I hope you have a blast at your reunion!I have two years till my OMG........40th reunion, I can't beleive I am old enough to have graduated almost 40 years ago....

Palimpa Lim said...

I know you will look incredible in your dress and shoes and with this divine necklace on!!! It is sooooo beautiful!!!!

Regina said...

As you would say..... Enjoy the day! I love the necklace you have made for yourself. Have fun!

sasha and max said...

You will be fabulous in that dress, the shoes and the necklace is a knockout - enjoy your reunion, Erin! Vicki

TorqueStory said...

I love the necklace, and I love the name you chose for it. You will turn heads.

Cillaw said...

Great Outfit and Necklace!!
Since you will feel so good you will look good.
Congrats to the winners too!
Cilla

Rebecca said...

I bet you will look absolutely gorgeous! You have the colouring to carry of hot red. And the necklace will add that final, special touch - I *love* the Basha bead you've included, they are stunners. I've got 3 now and I haven't dared to use any of them as yet!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

You will look FABU, Erin. Hope you're evening is fun. I worked on my reunion committees for our 10th, 15th, 20th and a little bit on our 25th. The 25th was bittersweet as we had lost our beautiful son the year before. We skipped our 30th last year (my husband and I began dating in Junior High), I'm not exactly sure why but we didn't really feel like going. Maybe for our 40th we'll go again!

Penny said...

Wohoo!!! I know that you are one sexy lady. Enjoy your night and your necklace is fabulous. You are sure to be a showstopper.

rosebud101 said...

Love the dress, shoes and jewelry. You will be stunning wearing them! Of course, you are a lovely young woman inside and out!

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

I've got a couple of years on you girl! My 25th was 2 years ago last month.

Wowza! That's what comes to mind when I see that necklace and those fab shoes. I'm sure you'll WOW them all.

I'm so stoked that I won the giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win! I'll email you my address.

Off the Beadin' Path said...

Wowza! You have put together an eye-popping ensemble, and the necklace is the kind you gaze at in speechless awe, except for the drooling that you're not aware of! Have fun and wear it all again soon!

Judy said...

You will be totally rockin it sista! Lady in Red...a perfect choice. The necklace is gorgeous and everyone will wonder where you got it...ha!
Have fun and I can't wait to hear all about it.

Kim Stevens said...

Love the beautiful bling! I'm impressed that you can walk in those shoes!! haha

Since I'm on the beach so much, I rarely wear shoes let alone heals - but those are smokin' hot!

JeannieK said...

You will for sure be turning heads with that sexy red dress, shoes and bling. You have a great time and stay out of trouble.

bicocacolors said...

I looooove colors on the last collage!!!

a big hug from Spain,
elena

maryharding said...

Hope you had a fun night. I am sure you looked beautiful. Love the new necklace!!

Malin de Koning said...

What a beautiful necklace Erin! Goes so well with that dress. And the shoes! Have fun at your reunion!

Congrats to the winners! I also really enjoyed reading everyones thoughts on that post.

Michelle said...

Ok...love the outfit. You will me a total Hottie! LOL Have a great time at the reunion. It would be my 20th this year...but alas, I cannot afford to travel to HI for that one!
Michelle

Mellisa said...

Will we get to see a picture of you looking all smokin' hot? I'd love to see that necklace with the dress, it looks like a perfect match :)

riorita said...

I love this blog. Erma Bombeck's quote made me laugh!

Cheeseboy said...

Glad you had a good time and are exhausted. I have no desire to ever go to a high school reunion.

steufel said...

You will totally rock! What a dress and a pair of shoes - and the necklace - divine!

Holly said...

Okay, so I don't know what I like more, that dress, the shoes or the necklace! ;) Anyway, I hope you had a wonderful time! :)

Jenners said...

I think you put together the PERFECT outfit for a 25 year reunion! Have fun!

Brandi said...

I'm loving that dress!! Where'd you get it? :) Hope you had a fantastic time!

CraftyHope said...

I'm sorry I missed this post somehow, but I'm SO EXCITED about winning one of those FAB pendants! I can't wait to play with it! :D

Shaiha said...

I sure hope that you will show up a pic of how hot you looked in the outfit!

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