What I Wore on Sunday, May 31, 2015

by mary June 2, 2015

On Sunday, my husband Steve & I went to see the musical "The Addams Family" at the Des Moines Playhouse.  For the play, I wore this lovely vintage silk oriental jacket with frog fasteners that I got via the Ooh La La Vintage Swap & Sell Facebook group several months ago.

The silk really shimmers in the camera flash!  Frog closures, like those on this blouse/jacket, originated in China, & were introduced to the west in the early 19th century through the military.  Frog closures are designed to add ornamental design to a garment, in addition to serving as a way to close it.

With my silk blouse/jacket, I wore a necklace & pair of earrings I made recently using vintage confetti lucite pieces.

For the necklace, I wore-wrapped the lucite pendant with round copper wire.  I used copper chain & added mother-of-pearl beads to complement the confetti pattern in the lucite.

For the earrings, I used similarly patterned confetti lucite pieces & wire-wrapped them with square copper wire.

I love the look of confetti lucite & thought it complemented the oriental jacket nicely!

To see more vintage clothing, check out Dorothea's Closet Vintage'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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What Wore on Thursday - May 21, 2015

by mary May 22, 2015

The third Thursday of the month is bookclub, & for that I wore this super fun 1950/1960s bowling shirt.

Here's a pic of the back of the shirt . . .

According to the Bowling League website, bowling shirts have been around as long as bowling, & were originally designed to resemble Hawaiian shirts, with the same boxy structure & top-to-bottom buttons.  Like this shirt, bowling shirts often had the name of the bowler on the left side above the pocket.  This style was popular during the 50s & 60s, but over time became outdated & the style changed to polo shirts.

When I googled Golden Bowl - Spring Valley, I got an article about moonlight bowling there in 1989!  I also found a picture of the big sign out front on Flickr that looked like the place was no longer open.

With my bowling shirt, I wore this fun bowling charm bracelet that I made.

The bowling dice are from an old bar game, while the little bowling ball & pins charms are celluloid Cracker Jack/gumball charms from the 40s & 50s.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made out of old buttons.

Although I don't bowl anymore, I really enjoy wearing my bowling shirts & bowling charm bracelet!

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 Saturday - May 16

by mary May 17, 2015

On Saturday I helped my mother-in-law with her garage sale & wore this really fun vintage tropical-themed blouse -- another of my wonderful finds through the Facebook group Ooh La La Vintage!  Lately, I've become especially fond of tropical-themed tops & dresses!

The weather was great for the garage sale & we had lots of traffic, so it was a fun day!

With my outfit, I wore one of my newest "On the Road" charm bracelets.

I made this bracelet using Cracker Jack/gumball charms of US highway signs from several different states (including Pennsylvania, California, Massachusetts, etc.), a Mobil pegasus, a Mobil oil can, a stop-&-go light, & several cars.  I like the way the colors in the bracelet complement the colors in the blouse.

I also wore a pair of wire-wrapped earrings I made recently.

I made these with vintage wooden beads from 2 different broken necklaces & silver-tone beads from a 3rd necklace.  The wooden beads make these earrings really light to wear!

I'll have both the charm bracelet & the earrings at ArtFest Midwest out at the Iowa State Fairgrounds June 27 & 28. 

To see more vintage clothing, check out Dorothea's Closet Vintage -- either at the shop here in Des Moines or on 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 Friday - May 8

by mary May 8, 2015

Today's vintage outfit is a fabulous 1950's blouse with this amazing hibiscus print!

I found this blouse through a Facebook group I belong to -- Ooh La La Vintage Swap & Sell.  OLL focuses on "Bakelite, mid-century, 50s, Rockabilly, Pin-Up, Burlesque, Lucite, Tiki, 40s, Swing, Western" fashion.

With this fun blouse, I wore several pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry, including one of my newest charm bracelets.

The theme for this bracelet is Big Band music -- it includes record charms & musical instruments from the Big Band era (saxophone, trumpet, piano, etc.).

The other bracelet I wore is one I made in a Sculptural Jewelry class at the Des Moines Art Center this spring. 

The bracelet is an anaclastic form, meaning it's curved in opposite ways in 2 directions.  It's made out of copper sheet & nickel silver wire, & was really fun to form.

I also wore one of my newest pairs of earrings.

I made the earrings out of vintage plastic pieces from a broken necklace & agate gemstone beads.

Finally, I wore a necklace I made in an Open Studio class at the Des Moines Art Center several years ago.

The necklace is made out of sterling silver & a Colorado fire opal that I picked up at the Des Moines Lapidary Show.  I love the way the opal almost glows against the background!

If you're interested in seeing more great vintage clothing, check out the website for Dorothea's Closet Vintage at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.my shopify.  And 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 Thursday - April 30, 2015

by mary April 30, 2015

This week, I'm writing about What I Wore On Thursday, rather than what I wore on Wednesday. 

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is this really fun 1960's blue & white jersey dress & jacket from "Shelton's Strollers".  The purse is also from the 1960's & has a built in mirror as well as a little change purse connected by a chain.

Jersey was first produced during medieval times on the Island of Jersey in the Channel Islands.  According to The Fashion Guild, jersey is the simplest knit fabric & can be made with any natural or manufactured fabric.

With my dress, I wore one of my bracelets & a pair of earrings I made recently.

I made the bracelet using white beads that came from broken vintage jewelry I'd picked up at flea markets & garage sales, etc.

I made the earrings out of old lithograph tin pieces that I cut from scraps that my husband's cousin, Ken Keiran, gave me.  Ken uses pieces of old lithograph tin to make wings for Barn Birds that he sells at craft fairs & farmers markets, etc.  The gemstone beads are sodalite.  I love the pattern on these little tin pieces!

That's it for this week!  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 - April 22, 2015

by mary April 23, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is one of my favorite 1940's/1950's "little black dresses" that I picked up at the shop years ago, with a 1950s black & white purse that I just got recently, & a Diane Harty hat!

Diane Harty is a one-person millinary.  She makes her hats using an antique straw machine & an antique chain-stitch sewing machine.  I picked this hat up at the 2014 Art Fair here is Des Moines.  I have 4 of her hats & this is one of my favorites -- I absolutely love the design; it reminds me of a 1920s cloche!

I also wore 2 pieces of jewelry that I made just recently.  The first is a black, red & white charm doggy bracelet.

In addition to little Cracker Jack/gumball doggy charms, the bracelet includes a fire hydrant charm & a little locket with a doggy on the front!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made out of old snaps.

I think old snaps make really fun & light earrings!

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.my shopify.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 Wednesday - April 15, 2015

by mary April 15, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit was this perfect for spring 1980's dress by Diane Von Furstenberg!

As noted in earlier blogs, Diane Von Furstenberg is best known for her "ubiquitous cotton jersey wrap dress" in the 1970's.  This dress, however, is neither a wrap dress or made of cotton jersey; instead it's made of silk.  Also, unlike all my other Diane Von Furstenberg dresses, this dress has a novelty flower print rather than a geometric design.

This dress is also interesting because it has not only a Diane Von Furstenberg label, but below that a Lord & Taylor label.  According to the Fashion Guild, Lord & Taylor is one of the oldest department stores in the US.  Lord & Taylor is noted for being one of the first to promote American designers by name; prior to that, many of the best US designers were anonymous, as Paris designers were more favored.

With this dress, I wore 3 pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry.  The necklace features a locket with a floral design.

The neckace has an assymetrical design, with vintage & gemstone beads that pick up the colors in the floral design on the locket.  Inside the locket, I added a vintage photo & excerpt of a poem from a vintage book.

I made the bracelet with a tropical island theme in mind.

The tropical coins come from a coin shop here in Des Moines.  I especially love the little Treasure Island Cracker Jack/gumball book charm.  I think these are really cute, but very hard to find!

I made the earrings out of vintage buttons.

I love the patina that vintage buttons acquire over time!

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the store'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 - April 8, 2015

by mary April 8, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit was this fabulous 1970's wrap dress by Diane Von Furstenberg!

According to the Fashion Guild, Diane Von Furstenberg was born in Brussels & moved to New York City where she became best known for her "ubiquitous cotton jersey wrap dress" in the 1970's.  Like this dress, many had long sleeves & french cuffs.  I especially love the geometric print on this dress!

With this very fun dress, I wore one of my newest doggy charm bracelets -- made with silver, copper & gold colored vintage Cracker Jack/gumball doggie charms, as well as a fire hydrant & 1970 dog license from Cedar Rapids, Iowa!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made using vintage buttons with little flowers inside & beads from an old broken necklace I picked up at a garage sale!

I thought it was fun that the dog license on the charm bracelet comes from the same time period as the dress!

To see more of Dorothea's Closet 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 & for supporting small businesses!

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What I Wore on Wednesday - April 1, 2015

by mary April 1, 2015

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit was this really fun peasant dress from the 1970's (parden the blurry picture -- my husband forgot to focus the camera!).

I especially love the fringe along the bottom hem!  The free-flowing peasant dress is a great example of the influence of the hippie style, representing an anti-war, peaceful, loving state of mind!

With this really fun dress, I wore one of my African-themed bracelets.

I thought the colors & charms really complemented the peasant style of the dress.

I also wore a pair of Arican-themed earrings that I'd made awhile back.

I especially like the little masks!

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 Wednesday - March 25, 2015

by mary March 25, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage Outfit was a fabulous gray & black velvet 1940s Lilli Ann jacket!

According to the Fashion Guild, Adolph Schuman started Lilli Ann in 1933 & named the company after his wife.  Lilli Ann was noted for beautifully designed jackets, such as this one.  Lilli Ann suits & jackets are very desirable among vintage clothing collectors.  I suspect this jacket may have originally been part of a suit with a matching skirt.

With my jacket, I wore a necklace I made recently, using a vintage rhinestone studded fur clip as the pendant.

I also used vintage crystal beads, rhinestone rondelles & vintage chain for this necklace.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made from old tintype photos.

I love these old tintypes!  (Tintypes were especially popular in the 1860s & 1870s, & were common through the early 20th century.)  For these earrings, I added crystal beads, as well as heart & key charms to dangle from the tintypes. 

I thought both the necklace & earrings were a nice complement for my Lilli Ann 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.

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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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