Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Epitome of California Cool

This past weekend marked the annual Crook family reunion.
This is my father's mother's family.  My Grandmother, who passed away in 2010, was the youngest of 11 siblings.  At 95 years of age, she was the last of the siblings to pass.  As you can probably imagine, this brings a lot of people together at one time, which is so much fun.  We lost loved ones over this past year, and we remember them in our hearts as we celebrate this special family time together.  We also had two of our newest members join the reunion this year.  It is hard to believe there is a new generation at the helm.  Below is a group shot, which is always fun to try and get.  I would say this is only about half of the group, perhaps less, but it's a good showing.  I love being with each and every one of you!

So... onto the fashion!  My cousin, Leslie, who I consider to be more of a big sister to me has always had THE coolest style.  A Columbia, SC native, after college, Leslie moved to California to pursue a career in the film industry.  While the majority of her time was spent behind the camera, she's made a few appearances on the front side.  My favorite, of course, is in the movie Shag.  I couldn't find a clip on-line where you can see Leslie, but she was in this incredible scene that gives me goosebumps every time I watch.  
Best. Movie. Ever.

Leslie has always had the most chilled out, relaxed, casual cool style, and now that she is a California girl, I call her the Epitome of California Cool.  Befitting, right?  The icing on top... guess her age?  Forty three next week.  Can you believe it?  Happy Birthday my dear!  You look amazing!!

Leslie's Outfit:
Shirt: Nordstrom, here's a cute one, Shorts: Old Navy, or similar hereWrap Bracelet: SundanceSilver Bracelet: Gift from husband for birth of son, Lois Hill at Nordstrom, here's one or here, Belt: Lucky, Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana, Flops: Havaianas, Earrings: handmade of vintage buttons and guitar strings, Northern California designer. Rings: Custom by LA designer.
My Outfit: 
Dress: Mossimo Supply Co. at Target (old), similar here and here, Shoes: fibi & clo, Sunglasses: Kate Spade (old), here's the current version, Earrings: World Market ($5 score!), but I adore these, Bracelet: old, but love this one, Ring: Tiffany.

For the love of being with family, in great style,
Happy Monday, Y'all!  Whitley


  1. Shag is my favorite movie too!! Thats so cool your cousin was in it... how fun!

    1. Allison--Really, could there BE a better, more fun movie?! Thanks for taking the time to comment! Whitley

  2. Oh, that is so funny! You should've asked Leslie if she remembers her. ...or does your cousin remember Sam, Sarah, Sy, or Matt? Which scene was she in? We'll ask Barry and Pat. AnnaBeth stayed with them during filming.

    1. Hey Girl, LOVED seeing you Thurs night! I hope it will be a more regular thing. Leslie had a 50's style pony tail and a yellow top or dress. She was in the line dance scene and was screaming and yelling and Bob and Jane Jacobs (don't remember their character names) were dancing. I've asked Dad if that movie was a fabrication, and he said it was not! Hitch hiking to the beach to get to the Pawley's Pavilion. Can you imagine the fun?! You and Jason do a pretty good job keeping it real!

  3. So cool that you are close to your cousins, too! And shag is the best movie ever.

  4. She doesn't look that old at all! Yeah, when you said Shag, I was like, wow, that movie is old, how could she have been in it?!

  5. Ha! Thank goodness we don't have to hitch a ride to the beach! I so wish you'd come to Nationals last year, my "Shagging with the Stars" partner was Tyrone Power, Jr, but you'll know him better as Harley Ralston (Carson's fiancee') from Shag. What a hoot!!

  6. It looks like you have a wonderful time girl! I can definitely tell you are related. At first glance I thought the pictures were of you! Your cuz does have great style (runs in the family I see;) and it's funny she's from Cola. We were a few years apart in age but I went to Dreher High School which she's probably familiar with. And Shag? One of my favorites!


  7. Shag is the best kmovie ever and the fact that a family member was in it is insane! what a lucky lady!
    @Holly {CookClickDanceBaby} you got to dance with Harley Ralston? I die~!

  8. Hello! Pretty fun stuff, right? Thanks for taking the time to comment, and have a great weekend!


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