doughnuts! (and the power of a cheerful outfit)

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This past weekend, Dave and I headed down to NJ to be with my family.  Instead of celebrating a joyous event, sadly we were together because my paternal grandfather passed away.

His passing has greatly affected me.  He is the first of my grandparents to pass away, and I had difficulty coping with the news (as anyone would!).  However, I feel so fortunate to have had so much time with him – he was 94! – and I have amazing memories to look back on. (including some recent photos from my cousin’s engagement party!)

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On the drive down, we stopped by Lakeside Diner in Stamford, CT to grab some doughnuts to share once we arrived in New Jersey.  They are so delicious, and I knew my family would love them!

It was also nice to temporarily set aside my emotions and take the time to joyfully pose in a brightly colored outfit near a scenic (albeit murky looking?) lake.  It was just the therapy I needed!

Isn’t it amazing how something as seemingly trivial as clothes can help to change your mood?!

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(FYI, that is in fact a doughnut box, and not a quirky doughnut box-shaped purse!  When it comes to my accessories, sometimes it’s hard to tell 🙂 )

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Grandpa, I love you so much and you will be missed!

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Dress: ModCloth Folks and Dreams Dress
Pin:  Forever 21 Ice Cream Enamel Pin
Belt:  made by me 🙂
Shoes:  Old Navy
Sunglasses:  Charming Charlie
Headband:  Claire’s

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3 thoughts on “doughnuts! (and the power of a cheerful outfit)

  1. SaraLily

    Aww Jen, I’m sorry about your grandfather. It’s so tough when they go. These donuts look delightful and yes, I wondered if the box was your purse!! I also would never have thought to pair the teal belt on this dress but man, the color pops so awesomely!!! Can’t wait to see you and Dave on Sunday!!

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  2. Lindsey Puls (@HavClothWilTrav)

    Oh gosh, I am sorry to hear about your Grandfather, Jen. That is hard no matter the age. And what a wonderful idea to bring donuts…also, thank you for clarifying that it was indeed just a donut box. Haha. I totally would’ve thought it was a purse too! And I believe in the healing power of cheerful clothing too – it can definitely help brighten a mood. 🙂

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    1. jenniferrzasa Post author

      Thank you Lindsey. Isn’t it great how clothes can lift our spirits! I think all too often when people are in a bad mood they throw on sweatpants and sweatshirts, yet for me I try to do the opposite. It always helps, even if only a little!

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