What I Wore on Wednesday - July 22, 2015

by mary July 31, 2015

I spent 12 days in July in Wisconsin, & on July 22, I wore this fabulous 1940s peasant blouse when my friend, Pam, & I went to Red's Pub & Grill, just south of Algoma, Wisconsin.

Peasant blouses were popular in the 1940s thanks to Hollywood film star, Carmen Miranda.  They were loose-fitting, with short puffy sleeves & a scooped (or square) neckline; pieces of ribbon were often gathered around the neck & sleeves like they are in this blouse. 

Red's Pub & Grill has open mic on Wednesdays, & is a regular stop on my annual visits to Pam.  Here's a picture of Pam & Mick playing & singing; Pam plays rhythm & Mick plays base.

With my 40s peasant blouse, I wore a necklace made out of tagua nut beads that I got earlier that day, as well as 2 pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry.

The first is a good luck bracelet that I made recently.  All of the charms & gemstones are symbols of good luck.

I also wore a pair of chain-mail earrings I made with silver jump rings & black onyx beads.

I love going to Red's whenever I visit Pam.  The music is great & it's been fun getting to know the musicians that play there!

To see more fabulous vintage clothing, check out Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

As always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

 

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What I Wore on Wednesday - July 15, 2015

by mary July 16, 2015

On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, I wore this very fun 1940s wraparound dress, 1940s hat, & 1950s mesh purse.  The dress & hat are courtesy of Dorothea's Closet Vintage.

While wrap-around dresses were popularized by Diane Von Furstenberg in the 1970s, they were designed as early as the 1930s by Elsa Schiaparelli & in the 1940s by Claire McCardell.  I especially love the colors & "ship porthole" print on this one, as well as the white v-neck bodice.  The light material & butterfly sleeves make this a perfect dress for a hot summer day!

With my vintage outfit, I wore 3 pieces of my jewelry, including this necklace.

I used an old micro-mosaic pin for the pendant, & lapis gemstones & faux pearls on the chain, as well as vintage seed rosary beads to complement the colors in the pendant.

I also wore this bracelet made with vintage starburst buttons & sewing-related charms (scissors, thimble & iron).

And, finally, I wore a pair of earrings I made from broken vintage rosary medals & blue glass crystal beads.

I especially like the way the 2 different rosary charms complement each other.

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

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What I Wore on Wednesday - July 8, 2015

by mary July 8, 2015

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a 1940's red & black dress with bright red buttons!

Clothes in the 1940s were often very bright & colorful, like the skirt & buttons on this dress.  Zippers on dresses were still on the side, like the one in this dress.

With my dress, I wore a hat from the 1940s/1950s that I got through the Ooh La La Vintage Clothing Facebook group, as well as a 1950s red necklace & a 1920s red rhinestone & celluloid bracelet that I also got from Dorothea's Closet. 

I also wore one of my newest doggie charm bracelets , , ,

The bracelet features Cracker Jack/gumball charms of various breeds of dogs, including great dane, collie, scottie, pekinese, & bulldog; as well as a fire hydrant charm & a small heart-shaped locket with a dog on the front!

One of my favorite color combinations is red & black -- I love it in this dress & in the bracelet!

To see more of Dorotheas Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

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Good Guys 24th Heartland Nationals -- Rat Fink Sightings!

by mary July 5, 2015

On Friday, July 3, Steve & I attended the 24th annual Good Guys Heartland Nationals at the Iowa State Fairground.

The weather was perfect & we saw some really great hot rods, custom cars & rat rods!

We also spotted several Rat Finks! Rat Fink was created by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, who built custom cars starting in the late 1950's.  He also designed & created drawings of cars & monsters, & spray paining t-shirts with his designs.  When he painted monsters driving custom cars, people lined up at his booth.  His most famous creation was Rat Fink; by 1963 teenagers across the country were buying Rat Fink models & t-shirts!

The first Rat Fink we spotted was this Surf Rat on the back wondow of a rat rod truck.

This next one was on the engine hood of a rat rod.

This next one was on the ignition key of a rat rod.

And this last one was on the back of a rat rod.

Of course, we also stopped at our favorite booth inside the Varied Industries Building!

There I found another Rat Fink t-shirt to add to my collection & another Rat Fink charm in a color I didn't have (he's sitting on my hat in the picture)!

Here's a close-up of my new charm . . .

And, of course, I wore my Rat Fink jewelry to the show, including a necklace I made with an official Rat Fink charm that I picked up at the Good Guys show last year . . .

Charm bracelet made with official Rat Fink charms, as well as record, dice, tiki doll, & 8-ball charms . . .

And earrings made with official Rat Fink charms . . .

We sure do love those hot rods, custom cars, rat rods & of course, Rat Fink!

To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

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What I Wore on Wednesday - July 1, 2015

by mary July 1, 2015

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit, in honor of July 4 this Saturday, is this really fun vintage red,white & blue dress -- I especially love the blue & white gingham "apron" & the bright red buttons!

Gingham was originally imported into Europe from Malaysia by the Dutch.  Initially it was a striped fabric, but by the mid 18th century it was characterized by it's checkered pattern.  A number of movie stars have appeared in gingham, including Katherine Hepburn in "The Philadelphia Story", Bridgette Bardot at her wedding to Jacques Charrier, Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells) in "Gilligan's Island", & Jane Fonda in "Cat Ballou".  Most famous probably was Judy Garland in "Wizard of Oz". 

With my red, white & blue dress, I wore 3 pieces of my jewelry that feature bright red to go with the dress's buttons & belt!

First, I wore this necklace made from a vintage pin, red beads, & vintage chain.

I also wore a charm bracelet I made recently, featuring patriotic charms (statue of liberty, capital, eagle, liberty bell, & Uncle Sam), & red, white & blue beads.

And, finally, I wore a pair of earrings I made with vintage red & brass beads, brass rings, & red & brass parts of a pair of vintage broken cufflinks.

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

As always, thanks for reading and for supporting small businesses!

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Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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