Colour blocked, anyway. I couldn't face the January bleakness this morning without a jolt of brightness. Orange, purple, and yellow might not be an obvious combination, but people kept telling me how well it worked. I wouldn't want to be quite so colourful every day, but it certainly filled a need today. Pow!
By happy coincidence, I own a cashmere polo neck in the exact same shade as my tights. Obviously, that means wear them together. As the kids say, "That's a no brainer", or "Duh." I don't do a lot of solid colours in combination, but I would definitely wear this one again-such a mood lifter.
I can't remember for certain, but I think this brooch came from an antique store in Salem Massachusetts, but it might have been Marblehead. I bought two similar pieces that day (likely from the same collection) but I can't remember what happened to the other piece, which I recall was on wood. Something made me think it was Russian at the time, but today I'm less sure. It might have been a tourist item, though at that time very few American tourists were headed to Russia.
As evidence the 80's never really dies, I have these earrings purchased a couple years ago at K Mart. I wore stuff like that in the 80's with oversized sweaters, leggings, and ankle boots. These days, I stay away from leggings, but who could resist clanging, dangling, metallic earrings. Not I!
Danny thought this scarf looked "vaguely Vera-ish" (I don't agree, but eh, whatever) and bought it as stock for his upcoming shop. As mother of the proprietor, I get to plunder the stock for free. I'll give him the buck he paid for this one, but the colours go with too many items in my wardrobe it let it go.
Cashmere polo neck-Marshall Field's Country Shop, late 80's
Cardigan-Talbot's via Goodwill
Enamel brooch-Antique store in Massachusetts, decades ago
Religious bracelets-K Mart
Rings-Purple (K Mart) Green (Hobby Lobby)
Fragrance-Guerlain Guet Apens
I stopped in at Hand-Me-Ups in their second location today and found a French tapestry that I believe was a tourist item in the 50's. I might have let out a little cry of happiness at that. I like nice things, but I loathe paying for them. If I wait long enough, I find them in the thrifts. I also found a few nice wooden bangles with mother-of-pearl inlay. I do like the way wood can look with summer clothing so perhaps it will be a good luck talisman of sorts to get us through this terrifyingly cold week we have ahead. I should be used to sub-zero cold by now, but it can get difficult to comprehend when the numbers fall too far. We have all manner of warnings in place for tonight and tomorrow, but the rest of the week doesn't look much better. That's OK-I have my chores sorted, and I don't need to leave the house for at least a week. Last evening I baked wholemeal biscuits, and if the weather keeps up like this, I'll just keep baking. Take that, Mother Nature! I also bought a few pounds of limes, so I see some marmalade making in my plans as well. That should keep the house warmed up nicely.
Update: I wrote this post late Saturday night, and it is now Sunday morning. We've reached -40 degrees F windchill which is the same as -40 degrees C. I suppose that's some sort of achievement. Oh, I know the Canadians are laughing as they get that for real temperatures, not windchill but I'm not cut out for this sort of thing. The sun's shining though, that's something.
I went outside briefly. they weren't exaggerating! Ugh. I really don't know why I'm not spending my winters in Florida. I need to look into that.