What I Wore on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

by mary October 29, 2015

In honor of it being Halloween week, I wore this really fun 1920s Halloween party costume/dress that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage a couple of years ago.

This is one of 4 Halloween outfits/costumes I have from the 1920s.  I picked up this other dress just this last spring on one of the Facebook vintage groups I belong to. 

One of the things I found really interesting is how similar the material is on both dresses in both texture & colors.

Here's a picture of one of the costumes, a clown . . .

I got it from a woman that has a little shop in this funky antique mall in Valley Junction.  She knew I collected vintage Halloween & set it back for me.  Interestingly, the material seems very similar to the 2 dresses I have.  The costume seems to be a child's medium to large size.

My final costume from the 20s is a devil . . .

I got this costume at an antique show.  It appears to be an adult size.

But back to what I wore . . . with my 20's Halloween party dress/costume, I wore 4 pieces of Halloween jewelry I've made, including this necklace . . .

The charms are celluloid; I picked them up at the September Fairgrounds Flea Market.  I also wore this charm bracelet I made with vintage Cracker Jack/gumball charms, including a rat, bat, witch & cat!

And, I wore this pair of earrings with Cracker Jack/gumball skull charms . . .

And, finally, I wore this skull ring I made in a lost wax casting class last year at the Des Moines Art Center.

He was a lot of work to carve, & then to clean up after the casting, but I've grown really fond of him!

Well, that's it for today's post . . . To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.  Thanks!

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What I Wore on Friday, October 23, 2015

by mary October 23, 2015

Today's vintage outfit is this really fun 1960s/1970s hippie dress with bright embroidery on the sleeves & down the front.

I love the bright colors on this dress & the butterfly wing sleeves.  The maxi dress traces its history to Oscar de la Renta creation in 1968.  By the 1970s, it was a "must-have" fashion item; however, by the end of the 70s it was no longer popular.  I picked up this dress recently at Dorothea's Closet Vintage.  It reminds me very much of dresses I wore in the 1970s!

With my maxi, I wore 3 pieces of jewelry I've made, including this necklace that I made out of old catalin game pieces I got at a garage sale & red plastic beads.

I also wore this brightly colored bracelet that I made out of old bakelite (?) game pieces I found at an antique mall here in Des Moines.

And, finally, I wore this pair of earrings I made with vintage buttons.

It pretty much rained all day today, so it was nice to be wearing a brightly colored dress & jewelry to offset how gloomy it was outside!

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.

Thanks!

 

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What I Wore on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

by mary October 18, 2015

On Wednesday, October 14, I wore this fun 1940s dress that I picked up at Dorothea's Closet earlier this spring!

It's made by Hattie Leeds.  I tried to find out more about brand, but when I googled it, all I got were other Hattie Leeds dresses on Etsy.

With the dress, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I'd made earlier this year, including this necklace.

I made the necklace out of vintage wood beads from a broken bracelet that I picked up at an antique mall just outside Manitowoc, Wisconsin this summer.

I also wore this pair of earrings.

I made these from vintage tin lithograph from an old tray.  I cut out the discs & then domed them.

To see more 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.

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What I Wore on Saturday, Octobr 3, 2015

by mary October 3, 2015

On Saturday, October 3, I wore this fabulous 1950s rayon jacket by Jean Lang that I picked up recently at Dorothea's Closet Vintage, a 1940s raffia hat I got at an Inn in Cedarburg earlier this summer, & a 1960s black patent leather purse by Garay that I got some time ago at Dorothea's Closet Vintage. 

The jacket has good sized shoulder pads, a peplum (which I love), & big bows with rhinestones on both sides of the collar!  I believe it once had a matching skirt, as there is "2 pieces" is hand-written on the back label. I tried to find out more information about Jean Lang & Garay as designers, as I've heard of both before (in fact, I think I may have other Garay purses), but couldn't find anything on the internet about them other than other fashion items on Pinterest or for sale on Etsy.

With my vintage outfit, I wore 2 pieces of my jewelry. 

I used a broken rhinestone fur clip for the pendant for this necklace.  For the chain, I used crystal beads, rhinestone rondelles, & chain from a couple of broken necklaces.  I chose this necklace to complement the rhinestones on the jacket.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made from black crystal beads & silver pieces from a broken necklace.  I chose these earrings to complement the black jacket & the silver in the necklace.

The jacket was perfect for this fall day with temps in the 60s.  I love the big brim of the hat, although I had to hang onto it at times with our windy Iowa weather!

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

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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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