The Rosemarie Look features vintage photos of my English grandmother, Rosemarie, combined with links to similar pieces that loosely replicate her style today. The series is a celebration of my grandmother and of timeless style, but it's also a way to honor everyone who's traveled to the U.S., as she did in her 20s. It's for every foreigner, past and present, who came to this country, fell in love and stayed; who, at times, didn't feel they belonged, and yet who left an indelible impression on their loved ones and everyone they knew.
My grandmother had a beloved stuffed animal when she was a child, an elephant named Harti. She got it from a relative who lived in India (the word for "elephant" in Gujarati is similar: "Hathi") and she brought it with her when she came to the U.S. many years later. (You can see Harti in the picture above. 🐘)
I still have a few beloved stuffed animals of my own, and the other day I suddenly thought, Wait, how many 30-year-olds still have stuffed animals?! So coming across this photo of my grandmother wearing a beautiful dress (and that choker!!), with Harti on a table nearby, made me realize it's not so unusual after all... These plush creatures (maybe a little more worn down, a little less plush now) take us back to the sweet innocence of being a child. They bring us the same comfort and joy they provided back then, even if just for a moment. And as Marie Kondo says, if it brings you joy, it's worth keeping. So here's to holding your precious childhood animal friends close (and any new ones, too!), and here's to pretty dresses with even prettier chokers!
The glam chokers below will look amazing with jeans and a t-shirt—and they'll bring a trendy, modern touch to the vintage dresses in last week's Rosemarie Look.
The Elegant Choker
Hope you're having a laid-back, peaceful weekend!
P.S. You can see all the Rosemarie Look posts here. This is the last post in the series (at least for now!). Each post was such a joy to create, I only hope you got a bit of joy out of reading! xoxo