over50feeling40: Original Design: The One I Cherish
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Mar 1, 2012

Original Design: The One I Cherish




People put prized possessions on the mantle...don't they??
When Jill and Adrienne announced a blogger event to post our most cherished item, I almost said NO! After all, I do not really own anything that I absolutely cannot live without. I only own one original Louis Vuitton purse that my daughter and I found in a little, obscure resale shop years ago. My daughter carried it for a while and now it is in my closet.


I own no Chanel or Alexander McQueen or anything of great, great value. But, I happen to remember a quote from Coco Chanel, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”


First time to use the tripod...almost cut off my head!


That made me think of this tunic….because it is really different. I have told the story of this garment a couple of times over the last 18 months, but for the sake of the theme, I will tell it once again. My husband went on a business trip to Las Vegas( perhaps 15 years ago), and returned with a shirt dress for me. The dress was a great print (he knew I loved big and bold) and was quite voluminous. After many attempts, there was really no way I could make it flattering. I was large and the dress made me look really, really large! But I loved the print and his heart to bring it to me. One day when I was cleaning my closet and pondering if I should just donate it, something came over me and I grabbed a pair of scissors and began to cut! I loved the pockets on the each side, so I made sure to cut just under them which actually left a point on the sides. Then I took it to the dry cleaners and got a small hem stitched in. I loved it….as a tunic and funky jacket. I would wear it more often, but it is so distinctive that people around me would think I owned nothing else.




The end of the story is…that I cherish this garment because it was originally a gift from my husband; it was my first attempt at my own fashion design; and because I really love the print!! It is not a Chanel or McQueen…but it is an original Pamela Lutrell(e) (you have to say this with a French accent, and an implied e on the end, to get the full affect!!)


Guess Flats: Marshalls


Now, I am so pleased to announce the winner of the Marvelous March 1 Foxcroft Collection Blouse Giveaway is the beautiful PJ!!! Congratulations PJ…enjoy your new blouse…cannot wait to see which color you select. Also, thanks to Foxcroft for making this possible!!



 A final thought from Coco:


I am not young but I feel young. The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there. J'aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.


Coco Chanel



Now, go see other cherished possessions, and also check out Katie's Thursday Blog Hop!

http://katherinescorner.com/2012/03/01/thursday-favorite-things-blog-hop-linky-party-25/
What's the most cherished possession in your closet??

21 comments:

  1. Love that you turned it into a tunic and the fact that it was a thoughtful gift from the hubs makes it all that more special. Love that Coco quote! xo

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  2. I love your tunic, and the story behind it - that is the true treasure! It's grand to be loved. You look wonderful, Pam!

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  3. How smart of you to try modifying the dress before giving up on it! The sparkly flats and bold cuffs are the perfect accessories.

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  4. Pam, what a sweet story behind your tunic! Isn't that just the case with our most cherished clothes....it's not because of what they look like but because of the memories they contain! You look gorgeous in it!! Hugs! Serene Oh! BTW, I always think that if I can ever buy a Louis Vuitton purse, it's the only one I'll ever need for the rest of my life! It's soooo classic and makes even jeans and a t shirt look elegant!

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  5. That's excellent refashioning of a lovely piece. You would not want it to languish in the closet!
    I can't pin it down to one most treasured possession, but the things I love and would never part with are heirloom garments from the 1920s and some clothes I bought at the World Trade Center less than a month before it was destroyed. My treasures all have emotional attachment.

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  6. Pam i LOVE the tunic but more importantly the story behind it!!!
    I will have to take pics of my most cherished objects and post them tonite!!

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  7. I see that your most cherished possession is yourself, and I can feel it from here.
    You wouldn´t bore me if you try, my dearest Pam.
    I love your wonderful top ( coming from a dress) and the shoes with your olive green nails,ahhhhhhhhh: genious.
    You are adorable and so close to my heart.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  8. An original Pamela Lutrell(e) -- I love it! How wonderful that you rescued this garment and made it one of your wardrobe stars. Great story; beautiful print.

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  9. Pam, I love the story behind this tunic. Wow! I have never thought about reworking clothes I already have but you may have inspired me to rethink some pieces. And uh, hello wonderful Louis Vuitton Speedy! I hope you bust that beauty out and take it someplace soon! XO, Jill

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  10. I love the fact you were brave with the scissors and it worked! Yes, I also love the story behind your tunic. Yes, its great to be brave and to be over 50 and feel 40!!!!


    My Turn (for us)

    http://myturn-evelyn.blogspot.com/

    Thanks, I again so enjoyed the visit!

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  11. What a wonderful story! Isn't it touching when our husband's buy clothes for us?
    Great job on altering that dress - you are very smart to think of turning it into a tunic.

    A LV bag at a resale shop?? What a find! I almost chose my old LV tote that I have been carrying on most days since 2004. It's pretty beat up but I still cherish it immensely.

    Thank you for joining us this month...see you for colorblocking in April, I hope :)
    xo, A

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  12. The colorful tunic is gorgeous and and you are radiant as you wear it. Born of love and creativity!

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  13. I love all your things. I'm a new follower. I'm over 60 and look 40 most of the time. I don't know if there's a blog for people over 60 who blog. Until I find one I will join you at over 50. I hope you have a great week. You look great. Doylene

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  14. What a great story. I love the top, it is very visible and the colors are amazing.

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  15. cool item to pick and great story to go with it
    brett

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  16. Love the story about your cute Tunic, it makes more special. Love those flats,you have the cutest flats and I am not a flat kind o f girl.

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  17. That is such an awesome post... What a sweet and thoughtful husband. Your picture is adorable! :)

    I wanted to stop by and invite you to come participate in my Spring Giveaway Jubilee. There are several giveaways up already and more will be added throughout the month. You can enter them all and even link up one of your own, if you'd like!

    Have a great night,

    Sarah

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  18. I came from Katherine's Corner to give you a wink. I'm enjoying your blog and wont stop, I will now continue to do the hop!! Now that we met come follow me, on my..... GFC....Oh! My Heartsie


    Your friend from @Oh! My Heartsie
    Karren

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  19. Stopping by from the Thursdays Favorite Things Hop! http://queenofsavings.com

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  20. Pam my sweet bloggy friend you are a dream. I love that your husband bought that you altered it and now you share it. Coco Chanel would be proud. xo

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  21. i loved that tunic. And it's so hot trnd this spring/summer with graphics and all.I should carry my luis vuitton more often ,thanks for reminding me.

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