What I Wore on Thursday - August 27, 2015

by mary August 27, 2015

On Thursday, August 27, I wore this fun 1970s Mystic Beach, SC cropped t-shirt that I picked up recently through the Ooh La La Frocking 1962 & Onwards Facebook group. 

I love the colors & scene on this t-shirt.  According to the website, Tee Fetch, the t-shirt first appeared in the US sometime around the Spanish American War, when they were issued by the US Navy.  By the 1920s, the word t-shirt appeared in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  The first printed t-shirt appeared in 1942 on the cover of Life magazine; & by the late 1960s, t-shirts sported commercial advertising, souvenir messages, protests & other forms of self-expression.

With my fun t-shirt, I wore one of my tropical-themed charm bracelets.

This charm bracelet includes Cracker Jack/gumball charms, as well as tropical coins & a mother-of-pearl gemstone.  I especially like the little blue glass fish & the vintage Treasure Island charm.

I also wore a pair of earrings that I made from vintage pinwheel buttons & silver beads.

I like the way the yellow in the buttons matches the yellow in the t-shirt.

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 Thursday - August 13, 2015

by mary August 14, 2015

On Thursday, August 13, I wore this lovely lavendar 1940s seersucker dress with rhinestone buttons, as well as a fun 1960s hat & woven wicker purse!   I got all 3 at Dorothea's Closet Vintage over the last couple of years.

Seersucker is a "puckered" fabric.  According to the Fashion Guild, the name "seersucker" is derived from the Persian word for "milk & sugar" - shir o shakar.  I especially love seersucker for it's lightness in the summer.

With my summery dress, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I've made recently.  I made this necklace using a broken part of an old necklace, as well as beads & chain (including rosary chain) that I've picked up at various flea markets, antique shows & garage sales.

I chose the beads & chain that I thought best complemented the pearlized stone & rhinestone in the pendant.

I also wore a pair of coneflower earrings I made out of old tin lithograph scraps & beads that matched the purple in the coneflowers.

I thought the necklace complemented the rhinestone buttons on the dress, while the earrings complemented the lavendar color.

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 29, 2015

by mary August 6, 2015

On Wednesday, July 29, I arrived home from Wisconsin after spending 12 wonderful days there visiting family & friends & camping up in Door County!  For my trip home, I wore this really fun 1960's paisley shirt!

I found the shirt the day before at this really fun vintage clothing store in Madison, Good Style Shop.  I actually ended up picking up 4 other vintage blouses (including one covered in sequins from the 1940s), & 2 vintage purses!

According to the Fashion Guild, paisley has a long history in Asia & the Middle East, & dates to the 18th century in Europe.  The 1960s saw a resurgence of its popularity in conjunction with interest in Eastern culture & belief. 

With my fun shirt, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I'd made recently.  The first is a fabricated necklace made our of copper & a stone a friend gave me that she found a couple of years ago when we were camping in Peninsula State Park in Door County, Wisconsin.

Here's a close-up of the stone/pendant.

I also wore a pair of fabricated earrings I made out of copper & vintage lucite "cabochons".

For both the pendant & the earrings, I used liver of sulfur to add patina to the copper.

I had a fabulous time while I was in Wisconsin, but I must admit it also felt good to be home!

To see more vintage clothing, check out Dorothea's Closet Vintage 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 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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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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What I Wore on Sunday, June 21, 2015

by mary June 21, 2015

On Sunday, I wore this fabulous dress that I found yesterday at a garage sale while Steve & I were out walking with Belle!

This dress is from the 1930s.  1930s fashion featured defined waistlines (in contrast to the 1920s), butterfly sleeves like those in this dress, and were generally calf-length in the daytime.  Floral patterns like the one in this dress were very popular.

I didn't buy the dress at first because it's a bit big for me, but thankfully, Steve talked me into going back for it after we got home from our walk & it was still there!

With my new dress, I wore one of my newest charm bracelets.

The charms on this bracelet are Cracker Jack/gumball charms & are focused on the theme of Big Band music, including a Glenn Miller album & musical instruments that were common in Big Bands.

I also wore one of the pairs of earrings I made recently.

I made these with vintage lithograph tin discs that I domed with a dapping block. 

I'm in love with my new 1930s dress -- I'm sure it's going to become one of my favorites!

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 Sunday, June 21, 2015

by mary June 21, 2015

On Sunday, I wore this fabulous dress that I found yesterday at a garage sale while Steve & I were out walking with Belle!

This dress is from the 1930s.  1930s fashion featured defined waistlines (in contrast to the 1920s), butterfly sleeves like those in this dress, and were generally calf-length in the daytime.  Floral patterns like the one in this dress were very popular.

I didn't buy the dress at first because it's a bit big for me, but thankfully, Steve talked me into going back for it after we got home from our walk & it was still there!

With my new dress, I wore one of my newest charm bracelets.

The charms on this bracelet are Cracker Jack/gumball charms & are focused on the theme of Big Band music, including a Glenn Miller album & musical instruments that were common in Big Bands.

I also wore one of the pairs of earrings I made recently.

I made these with vintage lithograph tin discs that I domed with a dapping block. 

I'm in love with my new 1930s dress -- I'm sure it's going to become one of my favorites!

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 Friday, June 5, 2015

by mary June 5, 2015

On Friday, I wore this really fun 1960's midi/maxi that I got earlier this spring from Dorothea's Closet Vintage!

I love the print & I especially love the butterfly wing or hanging sleeves!

With my midi/maxi, I wore 3 of my newer pieces of jewelry . . . I made this necklace out of a vintage lucite "cabichon", copper, & lucite beads.

I made the matching pair of earrings from 2 more of the lucite cabichons. 

For both pieces, I soldered the bezels for the lucite cabs, & hammered & patinated the copper with liver of sulfer.

I also wore this charm bracelet I made recently.

I used vintage metallic Cracker Jack/gumball charms of various types of dogs & a fire hydrant, plus an old dog license from Cedar Rapids for this bracelet.

I'll have the doggie charm bracelet at Sunday's Annual Garden Art Show & Sale here in Beaverdale; & the necklace & earrings at ArtFest Midwest here in Des Moines on June 27 & 28.

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.

Until next time . . .

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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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