Friday, January 22, 2010

It all began when I was a girl...

This entire outfit centered around two items that I've been dying to wear lately, but haven't been sure how to sport. First are the earrings. When I was a girl, probably about 10 or 11 years old, my mother bought me these earrings. I thought that they were the most beautiful earrings that I'd ever seen. They reminded me of the early Victorian era, which I was then romanticizing after reading a biography of Queen Victoria (I know, I'm dying to see The Young Victoria!). My parents have a few pictures of me wearing them over the years on special occasions, but I never knew how to incorporate them regularly...they seemed too elegant for my everyday life. Still, I saved them and there they've sat in my jewelry box for years, treasured.

The second item is a hand-knitted, vintage Scottish sweater that I found in a church thrift store with the tags still attached. I'd seen it various times, but wasn't willing to pay the $10.00 price tag (I've become so cheap!). The last time that I visited, it was marked down to three dollars, so I decided to bring it home with me. For someone who thinks she has an aversion to pink, I've realized lately that there's a lot of it in my wardrobe...the earrings and sweater included. Well, today those earrings came out of the box and paired well with my new light pink sweater.

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Skirt: 70's Vintage
Beret: La France Vintage
Sweater: Vintage, Church Thrift Sale
Purse: Thrifted Vintage, Savers
Shoes: I Love Comfort, Sears
Tights: American Apparel
Ring: Thrifted, Goodwill
Coat: 70's Vintage
Earrings: Gift

This cream coat is one of the two that I bought yesterday. I'd planned to wear the mauve swing coat with this outfit, but decided upon dressing that the effect was a little too precious overall for my taste. The coat makes me feel like a snuggly bunny; its so warm! I love the way the collar drapes down the back--it sort of has a sailor-ish feeling, don't you think?

Does anyone else have a piece of jewelry that they've treasured since childhood? If so, I'd love to hear about it.


  1. Oh I would have loved to have seen the mauve swing too :)

    The earrings are so sweet, I can see why you wanted to wear them. I like the outfit, the sweater looks great with them. I'm really taken with your purse.

    The last pic is my fav.

  2. I love the earrings, and I think that's so great you saved them since childhood! crazy!!

    considering i pierced my ears at a very young age, i don't have jewelry that was worth keeping.

  3. I was just visiting my sister and she showed me a little shoebox full of jewelry she has kept from childhood. It made me sad because I had received most of the same things while growing up (since we are so close in age) but over the years I have lost or broken all of mine :(

  4. I love this outfit, you have such a classic, elegant style.

  5. I adore this look! Im always so excited to see what wonderful look you put together!

  6. I love that coat, the bottom pattern is wonderful

    nice find on the sweater, $3!!?

    I love remixing my great grandma's jewelry. she wore some of her necklaces only for special occasions and I wear them daily haha!

  7. you're right -- that sweater and those earrings are really divine!

    i have a cute little 'p' ring that my mother bought me when i was little. its too small for me now but too big to wear as a pinky ring. i was just thinking this morning that i should have it resized so that i can wear it on my pinky.


  8. I ALWAYS wear a silver eternity ring that belonged to my grandma and was given to her by my grandad before they both died - I don't think I've taken it off in years!

  9. I love the first picture! The light is so nice. I also really like the colors of the sweater with that of the skirt.

  10. The last pic is my fave- so pretty! I have collected charms since my childhood and still have some from junior high by James Avery, my favorite! I love, love a good vintage charm bracelet and have sooooo many.
    Happy PS Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  11. OHHH MY DEAR!!!

    I must say that this post is awesome (just when I think that I have a favorite post something amazing and beautiful!!) The sweater is gorgeous! The earrings are so beautiful!! (I tried to limit the amount of times I saw beautiful but I can not help it especially in this post!)

    about your question at the end about a piece of jewelry. It's actually quite funny that my fingers are still the same size that they were when I was in about 4th and 5th grade. I have been wearing several rings that we're given to me as a gift especially a small gold ring with 4 gemstones (ruby, diamond, sapphire, and emerald). When I first got out of the hospital my father decided to buy me a gold bracelet that has flowers engraved all around, since my father passed away I wear it everyday. I wear the bracelet everyday because I am to keep the memory of my dad close to me but Its also a lovely bracelet.

    p.s. If you would really like to watch the movie The Women I would be more than happy to send it to you and let you borrow it so you can watch it!!


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