Perhaps the hair flowers weren't such a great idea. All afternoon I found myself being swiped past by wasps. They're smart enough to figure out the flowers are fake, but perhaps I'm cruel to confuse them so. I really don't want to tempt fate with wasps so close to my face.
Making good on my promise to show a bit more of my handbag collection, here's a rather well done Collins-esque bag.
It wasn't in very good shape when I found it for $2.99. There are a couple missing gems, the handle has ben (poorly) repaired, and it had decades of nicotine grime all over the vinyl trim and handles. I'm sure the cloth was ten shades lighter originally as well, but other than a good vacuuming with the hand-vac, there isn't much to be done for that. Once the old cigarette odours were aired out, it was starting to look like a use a bag I could use. I cleaned the vinyl with Dawn detergent which is my go-to product for grime. They use it to clean oil off of birds and animals after oil spills, so
40 years of nicotine stains on a handbag were no match. I'm not being compensated by the makers of Dawn, I do use and like the product for cleaning vinyl. On dishes I use something milder. Anyway, the vinyl cleaned up nicely (inside and out) and I now have a bargain bag that goes with most of my wardrobe. Nifty, eh? I will probably have the handle fixed properly at some point.
Peasant blouse-K Mart (a few years ago)
Jones New York cardigan-Hand-Me-Ups
Necklace-Sarpy County Historical Society Yard Sale
Brooch-Thrift store in Seward, NE
Banana Republic skirt-Hand-Me-Ups
Shoes-Goodwil or Hand-Me-Ups (can't remember)
Vintage earrings-Salvation Army
Hair flowers-Tiff and Tam
Lippy-Revlon Wine With Everything
Fragrance-Bvlgari Omnia Coral ( a blind buy from Marshalls that turned out to be an addictive fruity/floral summery fragrance that I never would have bought had I read the notes. A great and wonderful surprise).
Yep, that skirt is a damn sausage casing.
Sausages. Sausages! Sausages are...gooooood.