Twenty (two) Years Later

by Erin on October 10, 2011

So a couple of weeks ago I was at the Carmel Authors Festival. It was really lovely — I had a marvelous time and met some really cool folks. 

And I re-met Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who I had met in a scholarship program back in high school (SPOILER: I did not become a public-policy wonk of any flavor, despite what this picture seems to indicate): 


Unfortunately, I couldn't do a Ze Frank "Young Me Now Me" style picture, because I couldn't find a replacement for the platter-collar blouse (because Tweeds — "The Anthropologie of the 1980s" —  went out of business ages ago), but Justice O'Connor was nice enough to take another picture with me: 


We meet again

Many thanks to Justice O'Connor, who was kind enough to let me re-live my youth.

(Yes, the dress I'm wearing is Vogue 8728 in an alphabet print. Expect more details shortly. Sorry for the drastic hair differences from the vintage-dress-photo to this one; haircut occured after Carmel trip. I'm totally messing with the timestream!)

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen O October 10, 2011 at 8:14 am

Of course, you look exactly the same, but what pops out for me is how much better the Justice looks now. Couldn’t have the pressure of her job at the time, do you think?


Erin October 10, 2011 at 8:47 am

She looks a lot better now, but when the first picture was taken she had cancer …


Kristen October 10, 2011 at 11:49 am



drMolly October 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Looking so-so-so good! A wonderful memory, too.


Lynn October 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Oh my gosh, Tweeds. I loved that stuff.


MB@YarnUiPhoneAppv1.7 October 11, 2011 at 6:48 am

How fun to have two different sets of photos with a famous person…decades apart? Btw, I love the newer longer hairdo, Erin. I have Vogue 8728 in my collection. Must make soon. I’ve some ideas on what to do with it. What can I do to reward myself for a) buying the pattern to make the dress b) actually cutting out the pattern c) sewing the pattern? Three separate rounds of Guinness might work. I think.


Tea October 11, 2011 at 7:05 am

I was thinking the same thing: Justice O’Connor looks fabulous now! So glad to see that genuine smile.


the doodler October 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Ohmigosh this is liek so totally awesome that I’m unfortunately reduced to netspeak.


Liz F October 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm

yes, my first thought when I saw that wig was: cancer. Glad she’s still here, looking feisty and fun!


Sara October 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Neato! (And, I remember Tweeds!!!!!)


Sara October 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Neato! (And, I remember Tweeds!!!!)


Beth Vandemore October 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm



Tracy Wood October 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I must tell you how much I enjoy your blog… I stumbled upon it a few months ago and look forward to each post…. my only experience with sewing is to mend hems, iron on patches and re-attach buttons, but I do love fabric…. Just a quick hello from a friend in Michigan. :)


Erin October 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Thanks Tracey — so nice of you! And we’ll get you sewing yet. :-)


Jan Deibert October 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Wow – you were so lucky – twice!


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