Squash Blossom

I’m sure that many of you have noticed the recent uptick in western and Mexican inspired wardrobe choices that I’ve been posting lately. As mentioned in my wardrobe woes post, I have been gravitating towards these looks more and more, which has led me to drooling over the beautiful pieces made of sterling silver and turquoise, among them, the coveted squash blossom necklace and figural clamper bracelets. I was oh’ing and aw’ing over a clamper on Ebay, then fell madly in love with a squash blossom at a local vintage shop not too long ago. Patrick knew how much I loved them both, but they both carried hefty price tags, like Christmas or birthday present kinds of price tags. With my birthday looming Patrick asked me which one I loved more, the clamper or the necklace, and openly admitted to having plans to purchase the clamper for my birthday. While surprises are always nice, I like the fact that Patrick was considerate enough to ask me to make sure which item I’d be the happiest with. I chose the squash blossom.

I couldn’t be more happier with it! It’s absolutely perfect in every way. I’m greatly looking forward to integrating it with my wardrobe.

As for my actual birthday, it was spent driving. Yeah, driving. Why? Because Patrick and I bought a car! As our car has to be delivered from a different dealership, my mother came up to visit me for my birthday and was nice enough to go out with us using her car to practice driving, as Patrick and I haven’t really driven a whole lot in recent years. In high school I lived just four houses and across the street from our school, and Patrick enjoyed riding his bike. Meanwhile in college nearly everywhere we needed to go was twenty minutes or less by bike, and the same on transit, which was free, as we were university students. When we moved to Portland our proximity to a transit center, where once again nearly everything was twenty minutes away, left us not really needing a car. However, more frequent trips to Fabric Depot (quite possibly the one very unpleasant place to get to on transit) as well as some future plans (that will remain under wraps until things get settled) have made us desiring a car more and more. We settled upon a new Ford Fusion, and I can’t wait for it to arrive.

I’ll still have a bit of a party, this weekend, as we plan to take our new car out to the drive-in and see whatever happens to playing, pending weather, with some friends. Otherwise…I guess we’ll just go out to dinner or something!

Patio Dress: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Belt: Expo
Necklace: Birthday gift from Patrick, but from Magpie, Portland, Oregon
Bracelet: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Earrings: Antique Alley, I think…
Shoes: Re-Mix Pleated Toe Wedges, via a rummage sale!

18 thoughts on “Squash Blossom

  1. That is such a fantastic necklace! I love silver and turquoises pieces, too. It was very thoughtful of Patrick to ask of front which of the two you’d prefer. I’ve had Tony do similar things before and don’t mind in the slightest if I know in advance what I’m getting when it’s something I know I’m going to madly love, as you do this beautiful necklace.

    Huge congrats to you both on your new car!!! Tony and I didn’t have one for the first eight years of our life together, and having had one for the past two now, I can tell you that (for us at least) it was truly life changing and really allowed me to get out more (as doing so via public transit, taxis or on foot wasn’t always feasible because of my health).

    ♥ Jessica

  2. Holy moly Janey!!! A squash blossom necklace is on my list of “must have” for someday as well….. that’s a beautiful one 🙂 LOVE!

  3. Happy Birthday!!
    and Congratulations on your new car!

    As always, you look so beautiful in these photos. And you’re new jewelry looks perfect with your look.


  4. Happy birthday! I’ve been enjoying seeing your western/mexican clothing featured more- while it isn’t quite my personal style at this point, it’s fun to live vicariously! 😉

  5. Oh I love everything! Your skin tone is a beautiful compliment to turqoise. Did Patrick end up getting you both, I see your wearing a clamper bracelet also. Very nice.

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