and on ongoing source of style inspiration.
I was thinking of her when I put together this fall outfit from elements I already had in my closet. Jessica is adept at blending eras, and often wears 1980s does 40s and 50s looks with great success, and also looks gorgeous in a pinafore. The outfit I am wearing here consists of a 1940s repro blouse and pinafore from Jitterbuggin and a 1970s tweed jacket I found at the Salvation Army a decade ago, so it is a very Jessica look
(though I'd never presume to do a pinafore, or indeed, any vintage look as week as Jessica can.) Like me Jessica prefers a covered up look a
and is a lover of tweed, fall, novelty brooches, and bakelite. All elements in this outfit.
My favorite part of this outfit though is the necklace.
The reason I have been thinking of Jessica particularly a lot lately is that she and her husband Tony have endured a terrible tragedy. Their condo was destroyed in a massive fire that was started in arson incident in a neighboring condo. Thankfully Jessica, her husband and their dog Annie escaped, but tragically their beloved cat, Stella, is missing and not presumed to have survived. All of their possessions: momentos, photographs, clothes, a lifetime of vintage collecting, and the wares from Jessica's online Etsy shop have been destroyed.
Jessica's sister has set up a You Caring link so that friends of Jessica can help her and Tony out. If you know Jessica and how kind and supportive she is of her online friends please considering donating in her time of need. Thank you.