doughnuts! (and the power of a cheerful outfit)



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!)



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 🙂 )


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



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!!


  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. 🙂


    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!

      On Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 3:49 AM, Dressing With Class wrote:




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