Style-Diet Shot – Gwendolyn

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

 – Thomas Jefferson

My Grandmother Gwen Stephens in 1958, looking stylish as ever the Goldstream Berry Paradise Farm, dressed in white with a broom in her hands.  Granny sewed her own clothes (and would have gotten a big kick out of being on the blog.)


The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.

2 thoughts on “Style-Diet Shot – Gwendolyn

  1. Arran Stephens

    Dear Deepi,

    I’m pretty sure that photo was taken at a semi-abandoned cabin that we stayed in for one night on the big island of Hawaii. You, Mum, Granny Gwen and me. I think you came with us, but maybe you were too young to remember. Didn’t you come to Hawaii with us when you were about 2 or 3? Memory fails me, but anyway, whether you were with us or not, we were guests of a hippy avocado farmer in Kona. I think it was called Ataraxia Farms. To get to this isolated cabin perched on a very steep hillside above the town of Kona, we had a four wheel drive and almost didn’t make it up the very steep grade. I remember skidding and fishtailing up the crumbly volcanic “road” with huge potholes, and stalling a couple of times.

    The cabin was fairly clean on the inside, no electric light, running water or any other amenities. It did have an outhouse. The view from the cabin was amazing,! But there was a giant spider in the cabin which freaked the girls out, so we left in the morning for a clean hotel room with clean sheets and pillows! Granny Gwen always longed to return to Hawaii, which she visited on her way back from New Zealand about a year or two after the huge earthquake in Napier, NZ, and an abusive first husband. She loved the clean warm water, sun and the amazing colorful foliage, the polyglot Hawaiian peoples, and the dramatic crenelated volcanic mountains. It fulfilled one of her last deep wishes. But she was in very poor health and had trouble breathing due to her emphysema. In her youth, she was a great swimmer, but a 40 year cigarette habit took their inevitable toll. She stopped smoking around in her mid-sixties, but by then it was too late. For me, I loved Hawaii too. I spent every day there exploring and surfing, and almost got killed bodysurfing a huge 20 wave near Sunset Beach, Oahu. But that’s another tale for another time. Love, dad

    Arran Stephens


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