What I Wore on Wednesday -- August 13, 2014

by mary August 13, 2014

This will be a bit of a different "What I Wore on Wednesday".  Today, instead of spending the afternoon at Dorothea's Closet Vintage, I was "Madame Zena, Fortune Teller" for Calvin Community's State Fair Day for residents.

Here I am as "Madame Zena" -- wearing a gauzy black dress with off-white embroidery, gelatin sequins & yellow beads from the 1920s over a black lace dress from the 1930s. I picked both up at Dorothea's Closet Vintage when Angie was having one of her "wounded bird" sales (i.e., very vintage items with character that have very visible &/or significant damage that she just couldn't bear to throw out).  My gypsy head-scarf is a vintage black croched belt studded with black sequins; & my bag is black crochet over a multi-colored lining with a lucite handle from the 1920s -- both these pieces are also from Dorothea's Closet Vintage.

 

Here's my crystal ball -- Steve made it for me out of a small clear glass gazing ball we had in the yard & a plastic base that he painted black.  The "cosmic energy" inside is cotton that he spray-painted pink & yellow.

And here are my fortune-telling cards -- I got them last summer at an antique shop in Cedarburg during one of my camping trips to Wisconsin.

While my jewelry is a mix of vintage & modern, to keep with the "What I Wore on Wednesday" theme, I also wore one of my hand-crafted necklaces & one of my charm bracelets.

The necklace is made from vintage crystal chandelier pieces, pearl beads & vintage silver chain.  I picked this necklace because crystals are said to channel positive energy, which seemed appropriate for a fortune-teller.

I chose one of my dice & card charm bracelets because it's said that dice can be used for divination, the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or unknown by supernatural means, & because I use cards to tell fortunes.

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.shopify.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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What I Wore on Wednesday -- August 6, 2014

by mary August 6, 2014

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a 1970's black maxi jumpsuit with embroidered rainbow trim around the neckline & full collar -- love this jumpsuit!  Rainbows were a very popular theme for clothing, album covers & posters, etc. in the 1970's.

With it, I've paired one of my Cracker Jack/gumball charm bracelets & a pair of lucite rainbow earrings to complement the rainbow pattern in the jumpsuit. 

The charms in the bracelet were given to me by a dear friend that buys & sells antiques/vintage because she knew I liked Cracker Jack/gumball charms.  I decided to use them all in a bracelet for myself, & think about her every time I wear it.

I got the rainbow pieces for the earrings in a lot of vintage lucite I picked up on eBay.  The brass rings come from a vintage chain.

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 & supporting small businesses!

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What I Wore on Wednesday -- July 23, 2014

by mary July 30, 2014

On Wednesday July 23rd, I was in Wisconsin visiting my good friend, Pam.  After spending a day shopping in Sturgeon Bay, we went out for the evening to Red's Pub & Grill, where it was "Open Mic" night. 

Here we are before the musicians begin.  My Dorothea's Closet vintage outfit is a 1970's gauzy cotton top with crocheted trim along the neckline & at the cuffs that was made in India.  This shirt is so something I would have worn back in the 1970's & I love it!  These tops always required hand-washing -- I remember once putting one in the washing machine & it came out about the size that a doll would wear!

Here's Pam playing her guitar & singing -- later I joined her for "Blowin' in the Wind" & "Leaving on a Jet Plane".

With my 1970's top, I'm wearing 3 pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry. 

The necklace is made with an African trade bead, bone, brass & vintage chain.

The charm bracelet features 4 religious medals -- 3 dedicated to female saints & 2 of the Virgin Mary -- as well as coral gemstone beads.  Both the religious medals & the coral gemstones are said to provide a feeling of protection.

Lastly, the earrings are made from vintage buttons & chain.

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

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What I Wore on Wednesday -- July 16, 2014

by mary July 16, 2014

Today's vintage outfit for Dorothea's Closet Vintage is from the 1950's -- another of my favorite decades!  The 50s were dominated by 2 main looks -- the full skirt introduced by Christian Dior in 1947 (think poodle skirt) & the straight or "wiggle" skirt.  This outfit, of course, fits in the first category.  The tucked-in blouse features a lace collar & lace trim down the front, with clear lucite & rhinestone buttons.  The pink & white striped circle skirt is made of satin & would be perfect with a crinoline underneath & saddle shoes for a sock hop/rock-&-roll look!

I've paired one of my repurposed Paris-themed charm bracelets & pink poodle earrings with my outfit.  Poodles were an especially popular emblem of the 1950's.

I made the charm bracelet with a link from a old broken souvenir bracelet, 2 vintage French coins that I drilled, several French charms (fleur de lis, Eiffel tower, wine bottle, & french poodle), as well as pink crystal & agate gemstones.  The little link to the poodle has "Paris" stamped in it.

I made the earrings from Cracker Jack/gumball charms from the 1950s/1960s & pink quartz gemstone beads.  I think they're kind of fun.

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 & for supporting small businesses!

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What I Wore On Wednesday -- July 9, 2014

by mary July 9, 2014

Today's vintage outfit for Dorothea's Closet Vintage is from the 1960's -- one of my favoriate decades!  It's a linen weave rayon sheath dress in a bright floral print that zips up the front & has 2 great hip pockets in the front, plus slits on each side of the hemline & a cord sash.  Like the 1920s, the "hourglass" figure of the earlier decade (in this case, the 1950s) was out & the "Twiggy" shape was in -- with A-line & straight boxy cut dresses.  Bright floral patterns, like the one on this dress, were also "in".  I picked this dress up at Dorothea's Closet Vintage here in Des Moines a month or so ago.

With my 1960s dress, I'm wearing 2 pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry -- a necklace & a charm bracelet.

I made the pendant for the necklace by wire-wrapping an African brade bead, bone bead, & brass piece.  The necklace is made from other brass pieces, chain from broken jewelry I've found at flea markets & garage sales, etc. (including cable, double link cable, & elongated cable); as well as black/gray marble & African bloodstone gemstones, bone, & African trade beads that I've wire-wrapped & interspersed throughout the chain.

The charm bracelet features 5 gemstones & 5 animal charms that represent the 5 elements/7 chakras of life force -- rhodonite & elephant for the earth element for grounding (root chakra), labradorite & bird for the air element to open the path to the spirit realm (third eye & crown chakras), tiger eye & lion for the fire element for energy (sacred hara & solar plexus chakras), aquamarine & dolphin for the water element for emotional balance (heart & throat chakras) & turquoise & butterfly for the storm element for transformation.

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

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

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What I Wore on Wednesday -- July 2, 2014

by mary July 2, 2014

I thought I'd try something different this week -- What I Wore on Wednesday.

I love vintage clothes & on Wednesdays I help out a friend who owns a vintage clothing shop -- Dorothea's Closet Vintage.  I always wear something vintage that I got from the shop when I'm there, & over the last year, have been posting "selfies" of what I wear on Facebook.

So today, I'm experimenting with a new blog post category - What I Wore on Wednesday.  In it, I'll post a picture & description of the vintage outfit I wore that day, as well as the piece of my jewelry that I wore to go with the vintage outfit.

In honor of the 4th of July being this week, I chose something red, white & blue to wear today -- this Wednesday's outfit is a fabulous dark blue & white polka dot silk faille dress with red lining & trim from the 1940s.  1940s fashion was influened heavily by the military with wider shoulders & shoulder padding introduced as women stepped into male roles in the workplace.

This next picture shows the wonderful red lining.

To go with this outfit, I've worn one of my necklaces that features red crystal beads & pearls.

I got the pendant for this necklace at a flea market -- I was attracted by both the image(s) & the patina.  For the chain, I used small sections of broken rosary & other chain, as well as vintage beads that I wire-wrapped & dangles from other necklaces that I'd picked up here & there.  One of the fun things about this necklace is that it can be worn with either side of the pendant showing.

Here's a shot of the entire necklace, as well as a close-up of the back side of the pendant.

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheas-closet-vintage.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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