What I Wore on Saturday, April 23, 2016

by mary April 28, 2016

On Saturday, April 23, 2016, I wore this fabulous 1930s dress with butterfly sleeves that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing years ago.

I especially love the flower print & the drape of this dress.  Here's a close-up of the print.

With this amazing dress, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I made last year.

The first is a Big Band era music-themed charm bracelet.  

I especially love the little Cracker Jack/gumball record & album cover charms!  They're really hard to find, but so fun!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made from discs that I cut out of vintage lithograph tin (like the stuff they used to make TV trays & other things out of).

I like the way the colors on the earrings & bracelet pick up the colors in the dress!

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

Thanks for reading & have a great evening!

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What I Wore on Saturday, April 16, 2016

by mary April 22, 2016

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, I wore this really fun 1950s/1960s jersy dress & jacket by Shelton Strollers & a 1950s platter hat labeled "The New Utica, Des Moines, Iowa -- I picked up both from Dorothea's Closet Vintage.

I looked up Shelten Stroller dresses online, & I found several for sale, as well as a August 1965 McCalls' ad that described the Shelton Stroller dress as "The Most Beautiful Practical Dress"!  I also looked up "The New Utica" shop, but all I could find was a short description & picture indicating that "The Utica" shop opened in 1904.  Someone who has lived in Des Moines all their life told me that at some point, the shop was renamed "The New Utica".

With my outfit, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I made last year.

The first is a charm bracelet made from Cracker Jack/Gumball charms.

I especially adore the little bone charm!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made from vintage lithograph tin & sodalite gemstone nuggets.

I love the pattern on the tin, & wish I had more of it!

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 for reading & have a great day!

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What I Wore on Thursday, April 14, 2016

by mary April 17, 2016

Thursday was Calvin Community's April Birthday Party, & I wore this fabulous last 1940's spring dress, & 1950's hat & gloves, & carried a fun plastic tile clutch from the 1940s.

This is probably one of my favorite 1940s dresses -- I love the neckline & the daisy trim, & the way it drapes over your body!

With my spring dress, I wore one of the necklaces I made last year.

I made the necklace from a vintage Willie WiredHand key chain that I found at the What Cheer Flea Market.  I used mother-of-pearl rosary beads, pink crystal beads, & vintage silver links for the chain, & dangled a key from the back -- all to complement the pendant.  Here's a close-up of the fun pendant.

I thought the necklace added a fun quirky touch to my outfit!

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

As always, thanks for reading, & have a great day!

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What I Wore on Sunday, April 10, 2016

by mary April 14, 2016

On Sunday, April 10, my mother-in-law & I went to the Des Moines Playhouse to see Sister Act.  I wore this super fun 60s gold jacket & carried this amazing 60's gold vinyl purse with the letter "M" for Mary on it!

I got both the jacket & purse through a Facebook vintage buy-sell-trade group I belong to.  I got the hat through the group as well -- not sure when it's from, but sure like it!

With my fun outfit, I wore 2 necklaces I made last year.  I made this first one using a vintage dragon charm for the pendant.  I don't know if it's made out of bone, or faux bone, but I loved the image.  For the chain, I used sections of vintage brass & celluloid chain, & bone beads.

I made the 2nd necklace out of a vintage key & a heart charm; for the chain, I used sections of vintage brass watch fob chain & watch parts.

We had a great time at the Playhouse -- the musical was great & the cast was fabulous!

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

Thanks for reading, & have a great day!

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What I Wore on Saturday, April 9, 2016

by mary April 11, 2016

On Saturday, April 9, 2016, I wore this fun "perfect for Spring" late 1970s/early 1980s dress by Diane Von Furstenberg.

Diane Von Furstenberg wea a Belgian born American fashion designer.  She started designing women's clothes in 1970, & is most famous for the jersey wrap dress she introduced in 1974.  I especially love the way this dress feels on, & its soft pastel flower pattern.  I picked this dress up at Dorothea's Closet Vintage about a year or so ago.

With my dress, I wore one of my newest necklaces.

I made this necklace this spring out of discs that I cut out of vintage lithograph tin that probably came from a small box or TV tray (remember those)!  I thought the flower pattern on the necklace complimented the flower print in the dress.

To see more of Dorothea's Clsoet vintage jewelry, 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 & have a great day!

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What I Wore on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016

by mary April 1, 2016

On Easter Sunday, I wore this lovely 1950s sweater & carried a fun little vinyl 60's purse -- I got both from Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago.  I especially love the big wooden buttons on the sweater & the little umbrellas on the purse!  I remember having a purse similar to this when I was a little girl, except it had butterflies instead of umbrellas under the clear vinyl; it was my favorite purse as a child!

My Easter bonnet, although not vintage, matched the color of the sweater perfectly, & felt just right for Easter!  It was a gift from my mother-in-law several years ago when we had lunch at a tea room in Valley Junction.

With my Easter outfit, I wore a pair of earrings I made from vintage wooden buttons that I picked up at the Fairgrounds Flea Market here in Des Moines.

What could be more perfect with the big wooden buttons on the sweater than wooden button earrings!

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

Thanks for reading & have a great day!

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What I Wore on Thursday, March 24, 2016

by mary March 29, 2016

Thursday, March 24, was the meeting night for the book club I belong to, & I wore this vintage 1950s sweater from Dorothea's Closet Vintage that sparks joy for me!

Wearing something that sparks joy was important because our March book was "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo.  One of the key take-aways from the book is that you should keep & surround yourself only with the things that spark joy in your life. This sweater sparks joy for me because I love the big flowers on it, the colors, & it's orlon -- one of my favorite materials!

Overall, our group liked the book, & just about all of us had followed at least some of her advice for tidying!  I've gone through most of my winter clothes & have downsized a fair amount; & today, I went through my hats & identified enought vintage hats to "move on" to fill 3 good-sized totes!

With my fun sweater, I wore a necklace I made recently out of a snake focal piece I picked up at a flea market.

I used turquoise gemstone beads to complement the snakes eyes, as well as vintage silver beads & carnelian gemstone beads.

I also wore one of my favorite pairs of earrings that I made several years ago & haven't wanted to sell.

I like the way the colors in the necklace go with the colors in the sweater.

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.

Thanks for reading & have a great evening!

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What I Wore on Saturday, March 19, 2016

by mary March 24, 2016

On Saturday, March 19, I wore this early 1900s blouse that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage recently.

I love the collar on this blouse, & am amazed to think how good a shape it's in, considering it's over 100 years old!  It did have a few issues -- the sleeves had been cut off around the elbow & there were a couple of tears, but my mother-in-law was able to fix those.  I especially like the way she covered the holes with little applicaques that look like they were made to be there!

With my early 1900s blouse, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I've made using vintage lucite.

I made this necklace with a piece of vintage lucite that had little pieces of the sea imbedded in it!  I used mother-of-pearl & seashell beads in the chain to complement the pendant.

Here's a close-up of the pendant -- I set the lucite piece in a partial copper bezel & prongs.

I made the earrings out of confetti lucite pieces that I wire-wrapped using copper wire.

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.

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What I Wore on Thursday, March 17, 2016

by mary March 20, 2016

On St. Patrick's Day this year, I wore this really fun 1950/1960s woman's bowling shirt that my husband, Steve, found for me on eBay.

Bowling shirts are box cut shirts, with contrasting colors, butto-up fronts, & a pocket.  According to the site, "History of Bowling Shirts", classic bowling shirts are never patterned in anything but solid colors with solid lines as accent.  The site also noted that the Woman's Bowling League began in 1917.

I presume the shirt belonged to a bowler named Agnes.  I adore bowling shirts, especially from the 1950s & 1960s.  This is at least my 5th or 6th bowling shirt!

With this fun shirt, I wore a necklace I made last fall out of buffalo teeth & bone beads.

I found the buffalo teeth at the fall Lapidary Show here in Des Moines.  I really liked their color & shape.  I thought the necklace added a nice accent to the block color pattern of the bowling shirt.

To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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What I Wore on Monday, March 14, 2016

by mary March 17, 2016

On Monday, March 14, I wore this really fun gauzy tie dye shirt from the 1960s/1970s that I got through one of the vintage Facebook groups I belong to.  My purse, which I found at Dorothea's Closet Vintage, is also from the 1960s.

According to "Tie-dye thru the Ages", tie-dying is considered to be a product of pre-history, & became popular in the US in the 1950s.  I remember tie-dying t-shirts in the last 1960s & early 1970s with girlfriends, although none were as well-done as the one I'm wearing here!

With my tie-dye blouse, I'm wearing 2 pieces of steampunk-style jewelry I made last year.

I made this necklace using vintage watchparts, heart charm, keys, & watch fob chain. 

I made the earrings out of vintage watch & watch fob parts as well, plus little red rhinestones. 

According to the website "History Origins - Steampunk", steampunk started out as a science-fiction sub-genre in the 1970s. 

I like combining the 2 styles -- tie-dye & steampunk -- one that represents & celebrates nature & pre-history, & the other that represents & celebrates technology.

To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.  And, as always, thanks for reading!

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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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