When I was younger—before I was a Santa Barbara Jewelry Designer—a friend invited me to fly to Oregon with her to march for peace with her favorite organization. She said to bring a sleeping bag and comfy clothes. We were young and we wouldn’t be staying at the Ritz.
The march was great, but I have to admit…after a while, I wanted to do something more interesting. I asked the organizers if there was something else I could do. Please! Put me to work! No more marching!
Behind the Scenes with the Movers and Shakers for Peace
They gave me odd jobs and liked my enthusiasm. The next day they asked if I could drive to the airport to pick up a dignitary sympathetic to the cause. The media would be there to interview him.
Unfortunately, all I had to wear were jeans and tee-shirts. Since the press would be there recording everything, they wanted someone who looked sharp and fashionable in front of the camera. They had to choose someone else to make the run to the airport. Bummer!
It Was an Early Life Lesson
What did I learn? I learned to always bring a nice outfit or two—including jewelry!—when I travel. No matter where I’m going.
Later, I learned that this lesson doesn’t only apply to traveling. It applies to everyday life. It pays to look nice, especially Monday through Friday.
Being Well Dressed Has Brought me Surprising Opportunities
You might be pressed into service on the spur of the moment. I’ve given impromptu talks when the scheduled speaker couldn’t make it. I’ve MCed events when the regular host came down with a sudden illness.
Jewelry, it’s Like the Chrome on Your Car!
It pays to look nice. As a jewelry writer, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that jewelry compliments any outfit and makes it better. Jewelry is like the icing on a cake, like the chrome on a classic car. Jewelry can elevate an outfit from “ho-hum” to “oh-yeah!”
Here’s the Hiking Part:
I was hiking with my husband one hot summer afternoon in the mountains behind Santa Barbara when we encountered a group trying to find their way to “The Meadow” above Rattlesnake Canyon.
While my husband gave directions to the group leader, I chatted with another hiker. I was wearing shorts, a tee-shirt, hiking boots, a hat, and of course… my jewelry! I told the guy I was a jeweler and gave him my name and never thought I’d ever see him again.
Five years later he called me to make a custom wedding ring for his bride! He had remembered my name and the jewelry I had been wearing. It just goes to show… Right?