my mom’s belt… it doesn’t fit!

by jani on August 24, 2012

What do you do when your sweet 88-year-old mom gives you a belt she wore in the 60s… once you get home, you try it on and it doesn’t fit around your waist? Well, after a good cry, you start to play around with it. What I came up with is wrapping it around my neck. I tried it different ways, but I like this one the best. I was at  Sundance Resort in Utah this past weekend and was pleased to receive compliments on my unusual “necklace”. I’m never afraid to wear something a bit unusual… suits my personality. So why not throw that recycled belt around my neck!

We came across a lovely Nepalese shop in our travels to Santa Fe, where I  found these tribal earrings and bangle made out of water buffalo bone. I love wearing them! The gold ring that is on my middle finger has been there since 1975… it’s my dad’s 1920 University of Notre Dame ring where he graduated in 1920. I couldn’t get it off my finger if I wanted to… it’s pretty much attached!


Straw fedora (gifted), white capris (Dillard’s), black tee (Westbound), white waffle-textured jacket (CBR Specialty boutique – Salt Lake City International), glasses (Dolce & Gabbana)

Snake skin-metallic Anne Klein flats (Macy’s), bronze-metallic Anne Klein handbag (Macy’s)

 Have you ever recycled a gift to be worn differently than its intent? I’d love to hear your ideas.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

lisa @StudioJewel August 24, 2012 at 7:40 am

Hello there new friend…coming over from Today’s Creative Blog…

I DO love your style! As for the belt, I think it rocks as a necklace. As a constant rebel, I always try to mix things up and find “new” ways to wear them!

Nice to “meet” you!


jani August 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

Well, hello Lisa! Welcome, welcome… I loved your comment and you do have uber cool hair!:)


Summer August 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Jani I think it looks great as a necklace. Your whole outfit looks so nice. Great look!


jani August 25, 2012 at 1:24 am

Thanks so much, Summer. You always have something sweet to say ! 🙂


Tanya M September 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Hi Jani,
Coming from Make and Takes!
Your style is absolutely fabulous!
Love what you did with the belt! Your mom will be proud of you!
Thanks for sharing the sources of your awesome “stuff”. 🙂
I’m your new follower.


jani September 2, 2012 at 1:00 am

Tanya, you are so sweet. Thanks for all your lovely comments. I love that you’re my new follower! 🙂


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