I set out to do a blog about fashion from the Roaring 20’s, inspired by my recent viewing of this Spring’s “The Great Gatsby” film. I wanted to talk about how the 20’s were a time of women breaking free from their corsets, and embracing modern freedoms. I intended to discuss how that era brought new opportunities for women, like voting as equal citizens, and – gasp! – driving motor vehicles!
But then I fell in love with a necklace. I know, so girly of me, right? But it wasn’t just the necklace, pictured here in these photos by the amazingly-talented Nena Earl. It was the women behind the necklace, and her journey, that I wanted to share with you today…
Do you know a woman with “Awesome Sauce,” that something special that brews deep within her, and makes her stand out in this world? Sure, Oprah has it, Martha Stewart has it, Lauren Conrad has it, Gwenyth Paltrow, … Successful women who inspire us, and make us wonder, “What could I do in this life, if I had awesome sauce like her?”
I went to a women’s business class last week and listened to speaker Kim Flynn, who insisted that every woman has Awesome Sauce. Seriously! I have Awesome Sauce, YOU have Awesome Sauce… I looked around at the other women in that room, some of them my friends, and thought “It’s true! All these ladies are full of Awesome!” Sitting next to me was my friend Denise Vesecka, the founder of Unigon Specialties, who made the necklace in these photos…
I think Denise’s work is amazing, and this particular piece captivated me. Perhaps it’s more Cleopatra than Great Gatsby, but it’s beautiful and unique, a true work of art! And through it, I can see Denise’s Awesome Sauce. Some days, she’s not sure she has the Sauce, working hard to sell her handmade pieces at fairs and expos. But I see it. I see it when she custom designs something for someone she cares about (Like my favorite “Style” necklace!). I see it, when she creates things that move beyond jewelry, and become works of art that transcend an outfit or fashion trend.
Denise has Awesome Sauce, and i think this necklace is one of her most Saucy creations yet. I am watching for the day that Hollywood comes knocking on Denise’s door, and we start to see her designs in blockbuster summer movies!
Denise helps me believe in my own Awesome Sauce. Do you believe in yours? What does your Awesome Sauce look like? What would you do or change about your life, if you could truly live into that Sauce inside you?
Find it. Live it! YOU have Awesome Sauce.
Photography by Nena Earl
If you love this Gatsby-esque look, check out my Gatsby On A Budget fashion set on Polyvore!