Working the Summer Bling

June 20th

New bling

Diane made me this beautiful necklace. It looks so pretty with my favorite summer color to wear — turquoise. The charms read, “dream” and “inspire.” With tiny pearl beads by the clasp, and the certainty no African had his/her arm chopped off in the process, I’ve deemed it absolutely perfect bling. Ah, guilt free jewelry. As Martie would say, “It’s a good thing.”

I saw Jack Johnson in concert a couple of summers ago. He told this story about how growing up in Hawaii, he wasn’t as exposed to American culture as most kids. As an adult, when his also-sheltered parents listened to his music, he had to explain a lyric that included the word, “bling.” Later on, his mom heard some rapper using the same word and scoffed to her son, “He’s stolen your word!”


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  1. love that…jack johnson stole the bling. nice. nice neckalce!

  2. What a pretty necklace! I love the Jack Johnson story, it’s just like a mother to say something like that!

  3. That necklace is sooo beautiful!

  4. That necklace is perfect for you. What a sweet friend to make it for you, and it looks great with the turqouis. Your right, that is the perfect summer color.

  5. The necklace is fabulous and looks so wonderful with your beautiful turquoise sweater.

  6. hi kelli. i have been following your trip to africa. what an adventure! i was envious and excited for you at the same time. it really hits close to home this feeling you have for i still have family there. i too, have trouble everyday reconciling with the poverty there and often feel guilty for the wonderful little life that i have had the pleasure of living since leaving my home in eritrea at the age of three. thank you for sharing.

  7. Very nice necklace, and the others on Diane blog are so nice as well. How kind of her to give you this, the writing is a perfect match for you.

  8. I love your necklace. That is so beautiful.

  9. Oh, and I had to be schooled in what “bling” was, too, about eight years ago. I teach in a pretty urban school, and I felt I was pretty hip to everything…but a girl had written in her journal about someone wearing a lot of “bling bling”. I remember writing in the margin, in big letters and with lots of question marks, “What does this mean??!!” lol

  10. I’m looking for chains… Where can I find them here, cara Kelli… 🙂

  11. words to live by and keep close to the heart!

  12. Ah. You always “inspire” me Kelli to follow my dreams.

  13. i think it’s funny when people over 55 use the word bling. but they usually say “bling bling.” ach!