Ahhhhh nostalgia.   One of my most absolute favorite things to do when I was a wee one was rummaging through my grandmothers' things.  When I went to Grandma Mary Jane's house, I'd go straight back to her huge 60s-style bathroom, with blinders on---I was in search of only two things: her makeup and jewelry.  I LOVED Grandma MJ's choice in lipstick color---even at the ripe age of 10, I could pick out the biggest, brightest, and hottest pink in the bunch.  I was also in awe of her jewelry choices.  She had the coolest, most beautifully sparkling costume jewelry.  I spent hours in there---completely content on my own.

[caption id="attachment_527" align="aligncenter" width="342" caption="I wanna be like Grandma"]I wanna be like Grandma[/caption]

Next we would head over to the country to visit Grandma Lois.  I would always pay my respects and truly enjoy the warm company of a large family.  But somewhere in there, usually when no one was looking, I would sneak downstairs and get lost in Grandma's basement.  I didn't realize this until later on in my life when I actually started doing some of my own shopping, but Grandma Lois and Grandpa Luther have kept so much (awesome) stuff that their basement has racks of clothes and goodies big enough to fill a small thrift store.   And that's exactly what it has become to me throughout the years.


Over the holidays, I went back to Virginia to visit family.  You better believe that I didn't let the visit pass without a a quick flirt with Grandma's basement.  I went sorta nuts in there---finding treasures more exciting and meaningful than any extremely "valuable" thing I could find in any other store in the world.

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I picked up many awesome things that I didn't have room for in my luggage.  Recently, my mother and sister came out to visit and my awesome mama surprised me with all of the treasures I couldn't fit at the time (except for Grandaddy's old fedora which she promises to mail to me).  Grandma's skirt was one of them.  I can't even believe how well it fits and how comfortable I feel in it---not to mention, the feeling I get when remembering where it came from.

The peek-a-boo black blouse comes from a local store in North Carolina that sells my jewels (and very well, at that), Scout and Molly's.  If you're in the Chapel Hill area, I highly recommend visiting those folks.  Tell the manager, Brooke, I sent you (she's really great).

The navy blue---I know, I know, amazing color combo there---leggings come from Nordstrom.

[caption id="attachment_528" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="shoes I can believe in"]shoes I can believe in[/caption] The shoes come from a local Portland shop, Shoefly.  They were a gift from my so generous mama, when she was in town.  I'm guessing the deal time is over, but you might want to check if you're in town.  These nice shoes were nearly 75% off their original price.  That's my kinda deal.

There is nothing that can compare to the shopping and customer service I receive at Grandma's Basement.  All lipsticks and skirts aside, I'll never forget the feeling I had when visiting my special grandmothers.

They were mini museums of love.

***Song of the Moment: Little Girl Blue, by Nina Simone***

5 thoughts on Outfit of the Day: Grandma's Basement


you’re rockin’ Grandma’s outfit…i think the most stylish people can find something old and reinvent it, just as you did. very cool!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM


As I was reading this post, I kept thinking, “Where did she get those awesome shoes?” Then I saw that last photo and before I read any further, I realized that they were shoes I’d tried on myself at Shoefly that didn’t quite feel right on me. That was one rockin’ sale, no? Way to work your grandma’s pieces – her fabulous style clearly lives in you!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

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Hilde Iren:

G r e a t outfit! I remember I had some very similar shoes when I was 11 :) late 70’. No heels on mine.
Wish the tax wasnt so brutal in to Norway, then I could have bought some shoes from the great shop you got yours from… Love the skirt as well!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM


Wow what a lovely post. I to use to love rummaging threw my grandmothers jewelry box. I recently inherited most of it and am slowly up-cycling it into fabulous new pieces for myself that I can treasure foverver or maybe some day pass down. Oh and my earrings came today. They are über fabulous and I can’t wait to rock them out this weekend! Cheer!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

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