A pair of off-white boots were just the thing as our weather couldn't decide if it was spring or winter. I had boots like these in the 80's (didn't everyone?) but didn't think to hang onto them. Thanks to pack rats donating their 80's boots to the Goodwill, I'm happily reunited with what is turning out to be very practical footwear. Leather, $5.99 Goodwill
Uh oh, there's a spot on my boot. There's a family story about my uncle, aged about three stopping still on the street and crying because there was a spot on his new, white shoes. He wouldn't budge until my poor grandmother got down on her knees and wiped it off with a handkerchief. When I bought the boots they were filthy, but in otherwise good shape. As my nan is no longer around, I had to clean them off myself. I did a rather good job-they look like new.
This dress is gigantic (the bust must be at least 50 inches) but rather than do alterations, I stuck a blouse beneath it and wore it like a pinafore. It has an Italian Label, and I would place it either late 60's or early 70's by the print and colours (in the US anyway, that sort of thing persisted into the mid-70's, but I suspect the Italians were ahead of us fashion/design wise). It is a very casual dress made of barkcloth, and was probably intended for wear at home, or possibly on holiday. How it ended up in Council Bluffs, Iowa is interesting to imagine.
Vintage Italian dress-Goodwill
Vintage leather boots-Goodwill
Vintage Act III blouse-Goodwill
Handbag-Jenerations (in the abandoned mall) Omaha
Vintage woven metal and enamel earrings-Hand-Me-Ups
Bangles (2 Bakelite, 1 brown not)-All Goodwill
1970's Enamel brooch on cardigan-Goodwill
For the days when the weather behaves, I have a lovely pair of vintage Selby shoes to get me between seasons. These are " Old Lady Shoes" but perfectly appropriate as I am an old lady.
I don't ordinarily bother with back and side views of a pair of shoes, but the details on these were just too nice, and I had to share.
These shoes set me back two dollars at Sequels Thrift Store (in the Dairy Queen) in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I do love that place.
One of my other favourite haunts for a good bargain is New Life Thrift. I found this set of lucite bangles (there's a red one too) and the quartz bangle sitting there in the case unnoticed, and unloved. You know what a soft-touch I am, so rather than feel bad about the lonely bangles wondering why they were abandoned in a thrift store, I took them home. I should stop anthropomorphising my vintage.
Anyone care to place a bet how long the bangle lasts before it slips from my wrist and crashes to the ground in a million pieces? I lost a nice glass bangle that way, and it is the reason I don't own any jade-I am too careless for anything that delicate.
This necklace? Plastic. So much less nerve-wracking to wear.
Oh would you look at that? No, really I have no idea what I was looking at. This must be my day for, "Glancing downward photo."
Hey, how about that bag?
It was falling apart, and it could still use some serious repair, but for a dollar I thought it was a good purchase, flaws and all.
Some patience and a bag of assorted seed beads will take care of that.
Home sewn (not by me) skirt-Goodwill
1980'sBill Blass jacket-Hand-Me-Ups
Silk novelty top-Goodwill
Vintage Selby shoes-Sequels
Caron of Houston vintage handbag-Fairytail Costumes, Omaha
Vintage Lucite and quartz bangles-New Life Thrift
1960's clip earrings-Hand-Me-Ups
Fragrance-Annick Goutal Eau d' Hadrien (for that fresh lemon scent that says, "I just washed up the dinner dishes!)
We're due for more snow tonight (I promise, no singing) so I'd better go cover the garden with the fleeces. I harvested a large bowl of spinach, sorrel, and pea shoots to serve with tonight's salmon salad. I'm sure by this time tomorrow, we'll be eating hot soup.
P.S. My first Gladiola is pushing up through the ground.