What I Wore on Saturday, February 13, 2016

by mary February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

On February 13, the day before Valentine's Day, I wore this fabulous vintage red suit jacket from the 1950s that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago.

The jacket actually has a skirt that goes with it, but it was really cold Saturday, so I decided to wear pants.  The label on the jacket is "A Fine Original", which made it really hard to check on-line for more information about the maker.  I love this jacket, though, especially the cloth-covered buttons, interesting lapels, & detailed pockets!  I'm also carrying a fun vintage red ribbed clutch that I also got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago.

With my Valentine's Day outfit, I wore 3 pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry.

I made the necklace using a vintage textured heart pendant, vintage rosary chain & red crystal beads.

This bracelet features vintage charms of female saints, as well as red & cream coral gemstone beads.

Coral is said to provide protective qualities.

Finally, I wore a pair of earrings I made out of discs that I cut out of vintage lithograph tin, plus red crystal beads.

To see 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://paulinesjewelryshop.com.

Thanks for reading, & have a Happy Valentine's Day!

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What I Wore on Saturday, February 6, 2016

by mary February 7, 2016

On Saturday, February 6, I wore this fabulous 1940s jacket that I got recently at Dorothea's Closet Vintage, using a gift certificate I got for Christmas from my mother-in-law & father-in-law.  I carried a 1940s wool purse with a lucite pull that belonged to my mother.

The jacket has large padded shoulders, dolman sleeves, & a cinched waist & peplum.  According to the Encyclopedia of Fashion, dolman sleeves are often called batwing sleeves since they are very wide at the shoulder & taper to the wrists & look like a wing when your arms are held out.  They have been used in women's clothing since 1910 & peaked in popularity in the 1940s.

The labels on the jacket say it came from the Unity store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; & was "designed by Kell of Tropicaleen".  I tried to find out more about the Unity store, but couldn't find anything on-line.  I even e-mailed a question to the Milwaukee Historical Society, but haven't heard back from them yet.  I was especially interested in learning more about the shop, since I grew up in Menomonee Falls & have many positive memories about going into Milwaukee occasionally with my mother to shop downtown.

With my outfit, I wore a necklace I made last year & pair of earrings I made recently. 

I made the necklace out of miniature bakelite dominoes that I found at an antique mall in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. 

I also wore a pair of earrings I made using mahjong tiles from a broken vintage bracelet, silvertone wire, & black crystal beads.

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 Saturday, January 30, 2016

by mary February 2, 2016

On Saturday, January 30, I wore this fabulous gabardine 1940's jacket that I got several years ago at Dorothea's Closet Vintage, & a hat I got recently from a friend who also loves vintage & makes jewelry!

I love the cut of the jacket & it has great pockets!  The label on the jacket looks like "Sandy Ray Junior", although it's really hard to read.

(Steve took this picture after I got home at the end of the day, & Belle -- our beagle -- just had to check me out!)

I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I made this last year with my outfit.

I made this necklace out of a broken vintage fur clip, that I wire-wrapped with silvertone wire.

I also used new old stock (NOS) beads & pieces from 2 vintage broken seed bead rosaries.

And, I wore these earrings that I made from vintage bakelite game chips that I got at an antique mall here in Des Moines.

I love the way the game chips pick up the color of the jacket.

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.

Thanks for reading!

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What I Wore on Saturday, January 23, 2016

by mary January 24, 2016

On Saturday, January 23, I wore this really fun 1940s/1950s green corduroy vest with wooden buttons, tan 1960s sweater, & a 1940s green corduroy & wood purse.  All 3 came from Dorotheas' Closet Vintage.

The label on the vest says "College Teens"; I tried looking this up on the Internet, but all I could find was a dress from the 1950s with the same label.  I really like how the vest & purse go together, even though they didn't really come that way.

I wore several pieces of my jewelry with my outfit.  The first is a necklace I made a year or so ago.  I fabricated this necklace using copper, 2 gemstones (agate & ocean jasper) & a moss agate gemstone bead.  The agate is set with a partial bezel & 2 prongs; the ocean jasper is bezel set.  I hammered the copper base & patinated it with liver of sulfur.

I also wore a pair of earrings I fabricated earlier in the week out of copper & keys from a vintage portable typewriter that I got at a garage sale & moss agate gemstone beads.

The base is copper that I ran through a rollermill with wire screen & then patinated with liver of sulfur.  The keys are bezel set.

I really like the way the copper & gemstones in the jewelry complement the green corduroy & wood in the vest & purse.

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 & for supporting small businesses!

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What I Wore on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

by mary January 20, 2016

On Tuesday, January 19, I wore this warm & cuddly 1950s wool sweater with mink collar & rhinestone & pearl closure.  The sweater also has little pearl & rhinestone "buttons" at the ends of the sleeves.

With my vintage sweater, I wore a necklace I made recently in a class at the Des Moines Art Center.

I love this stone, but unfortunately, cannot remember its name right now.  I prong-set it in sterling silver on a base of 14 guage square sterling silver wire, & used 2 small pieces of round sterling tubes for the bails.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made quite some time ago.

The gemstones are amethyst & tiger eye.  I was especially intrigued by the shape of the tiger eye stones, & so far, have not been able to part with the earrings primarily because of them!

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

And thanks for looking!

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What I Wore on Thursday, January 14, 2016

by mary January 14, 2016

On the 2nd Thursday of every month, I dress in vintage clothes & help out at the Calvin Community health center monthly birthday party for residents.  To celebrate the new year, for January's party I wore this really fun 1960s Judy Bond lurex skirt & blouse, plus a feathered tilt hat from the 1940s.

I looked up Judy Bond on the internet, & found a somewhat similar lurex outfit from the 60s.

I also found a photo & article that tallked about union workers striking at Judy Bond for unfair labor practices in Connecticut & Alabama in the 60s.  Apparently, at one time, "Don't buy Judy Bond blouses" was a common slogan.  I'm generally pro-union, so I was a disappointed to read that.  On the other hand, it reminds me how important labor unions were to garment workers & other workers. 

With my vintage outfit, I wore 2 pieces of silver & rose quartz colored jewelry that I made this last year. 

The first is a necklace I made from an old key chain fob that I picked up at the What Cheer flea market.

I also used pieces of vintage rosary chain & an old key to complement the colors in the fob & the key theme.

And, I wore a pair of earrings I made from vintage rosary centers, black & rose quartz crystal beads.

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

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

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What I Wore on Friday, January 8, 2016

by mary January 8, 2016

On Friday, January 8, I wore this really fun 1950s Paddle & Saddle Sportswear vest that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage recently.

Paddle & Saddle Sportswear vests in the '50s were often part of 2 piece separate outfits.  I found an ad from 1953 on-line that showed a vest very similar to mine worn with matching pedal pushers.

To complement my vest, I wore a necklace I made using vintage watch parts.

I also used several different kinds of vintage chain for the necklace, including watch fob & rosary.

And, I wore a pair of asymmetrical earrings I made out of vintage watch parts & watch fob clasps.

I really like working with old watch parts & old watch fobs -- I love all the detailed gears & parts.

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

Thanks for reading!

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What I Wore on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

by mary December 30, 2015

On Wednesday, December 30, the day before New Year's Eve, I wore this festive 1950s beaded sweater that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago. 

The rhinestones, pearls & gelatin sequins beading is really spectacular -- here's a close-up . . .

I wore 2 pieces of black & silver jewelry I've made to pick up the colors in the sweater.  The first is a necklace made with a black obsidian gemstone, prong-set in sterling silver.

I especially love the shape & patter of the stone & the way the prong-setting sets it off.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made with silver link chainmail & black teardrop gemstone beads.

The chainmail pattern was a bit tricky on these, but I like how it turned out.

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.

Thanks for looking & Happy New Year!

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What I Wore on Friday, December 18, 2015

by mary December 18, 2015

On Friday, December 18, I wore this fabulous 1960s red velvet dress & patent leather Kelly-style bag. 

Both the dress & bag make me think of Audrey Hepburn.

With my dress & bag, I wore a not-so-vintage hat, & 2 pieces of my Christmas jewelry.

The first is a charm bracelet I made recently.

I especially like the little record "Christmas Party" album charm, & the "Merry Christmas" stamp that I think would actually work!

I also wore a pair of Christmas earrings I made recently.

I made these out of vintage lithograph tin & brass that I cut into circles & domed.

With it being just a week until Christmas, what better time to wear red velvet & Christmas jewelry!

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!

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What I Wore on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

by mary December 3, 2015

On Wednesday, December 2, I wore this really fun 1970s Miss JoAnn of California crochet knit midi that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago. 

I especially love the see-through cut-out detailing, the full skirt, & the hippie boho look to this dress!  I looked up Miss JoAnn of California on the internet & wasn't able to find out much information about "her".  From what I did see, the company specialized in crochet knit dresses during the 70s.

With my fun hippie dress, I wore a necklace I made with vintage silver & rosary chain, as well as vintage findings & a broken vintage pin.

And I wore this fun pair of earrings I made recently.

I made the earrings from vintage snaps & copper jump rings.  I like how light they are, the contrast between the silver snaps & copper rings, & the way they move with you.

I thought both the necklace & earrings fit the boho look of the dress!

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage, 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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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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