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Silk Christmas scarf, Anne Klein cable knit cashmere sweater, Russian enamel flower belt buckle, DIY belt, Vince Camuta cable knit midi skirt, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own)

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Merry Christmas to all my readers

First I want to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas! I hope you have a great relaxing time whatever you do on this day. Having a cup of choco and sitting in front of the tree, watching the snow falling outside while munching cookies or eating stollen, or even watching the aurora dancing in the sky. Just have a great, peaceful, wonderful day with your loved ones.

I don’t know about your family’s traditions, but we tell stories about awesome, happy situations from the past. Thus, I will share one with you.

#styleover 50 fashion blogger in all black with seasonal scarf outfit

Nicole in puffer coat, blanket scarf, gloves and beret standing in a mall
Vince Camuto skirt, Pavlovo printed wool scarf, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves and beret, DIY brooch, jade earrings, Longchamp bag, tall boots with DIY statement heels and barrette (all own) and camel puffer coat c/o Happy Goat Lucky

A genius gift

In my post on why the Grinch loved being sick at Christmas I promised to lift the secret about the gift I loved the most when I was a teenager. We never wrote gift lists back then. Typically my mom asked what we would like to have. We were allowed to pick one item. All other pieces were clothing or other “everyday” things that had to be replaced anyhow.

I don’t recall what I had chosen back then. It doesn’t play a role as the unexpected gift was the best Christmas gift I ever got from my parents when I was a teenager. It was a big box with different tongs, a pair of metal scissors, silver colored wire, beads and an instruction how to make fashion jewelry.

I immediately started being my own jewelry designer in my head. When we were allowed to leave the family table, I started immediately making my ideas reality. I was hooked. I loved making fashion jewelry so much that I ran out of material before the New Year started!

over 50 years old style book author in black sweater and midi skirt, upcycled boots, belt and holiday print scarf
Vince Camuto cable knit midi skirt, Anne Klein sweater, statement belt, silk holiday print scarf, upcycled old boots (all own)

Where did all the childhood things go?

I would love to show you a piece I made back then. I hope that’s not as bad as the lack of water that killed the Christmas spirit. Unfortunately, I don’t have any of the jewelry anymore. Like the dolls, stuffed animals, clothing, bags, watches and other things I had in my childhood, also the things I had as a teenager, the fashion jewelry pieces were just gone one day. Why is that? However, below is a sketch of the very first piece I made.

design of my first self-made necklace
Computer drawing of the design of the first necklace I made with my jewelry tool box as a teenager

What pieces of your childhood or that you had as a teenager do you remember and have no idea where they went? What was the best gift you got as a child, teenager, or lately? Just curious.

fashionista looking cozy in a downcoat styled with Russian scarf, knit midiskirt, statement boots and beret
Back view of outerwear look with Vince Camuto knit skirt, remade footwear, Kate Moss for Longchamp satchel, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, LeatherCoatsEtc beret, Pavlovo Russian scarf (all own) and Grace hooded down coat c/o Happy Goat Lucky

What I wire with my a silk Christmas scarf

I am wearing an all black knit outfit with a bell, twigs and other festive ornament print silk holiday scarf. I belted the look to add shape. The buckle is a find where I scored high on ebay a couple of years ago. The heels on the boots are actually a repair. See the post at the link how I upcycled my boots to look trendy.

As the temps droped in the double negative digits, I added a wool blanket scarf over my tan new puffer jacket. You can read the review at I never thought I would love a downcoat .

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Again, Merry Christmas.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Nicole Mölders

    What an awesome story! Happy New Year to you and yours.

  2. shelbeeontheedge1

    Nicole, I love this story! What a special gift! My best Christmas gift as a child was a green velvet comforter that my mother made for me. I have loved green velvet for as long as I can remember. In the months leading up to Christmas, my mother would sit at her sewing machine making the most beautiful blanket I had ever seen. It was a deep green velvet and the underside was gold satin. I was dying over this blanket and wanted it to so badly. But mom kept telling me it was a gift for someone else. Of course, I believed her because what was a 12 year old going to do with such luxurious bedding? But I was heartbroken nonetheless. Little did I know, the blanket was for me all the while. I was so surprised on Christmas morning when she presented it to me! I no longer have that blanket because I literally used it until it fell completely apart in shreds! Wishing you a very Happy New Year, my friend!


  3. Nicole Mölders

    That’s an awesome story. Congrats! I bet your grandmother would be so pleased and proud of you!

  4. Josephine

    My best “present” was a bequest. Unaccountably my grandmother left me her complete works of Shakespeare in her will. I was five. It was “my book” and I read the plays long before I could possibly have understood them. Many of the stories were familiar to me before Snow White and Cinderella. Life took over, but as I approached 60 I started studying Shakespeare formally. At 60 I got a BA, then an MA and I was awarded my PhD just before my 70th birthday. That book was definitely my best present.

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