HOW TO ADD SOME VINTAGE SPARKLE TO YOUR FALL OUTFIT

It is well and truly autumn.  There is certainly a nip in the air.  So as the weather has started to bit I have dusted the cobwebs off the storage drawers and taken out my autumn and winter jumpers.  I also want to make sure I can switch things up and make them feel a little more special during these cold months.

Are you like me?  I tend to get bored of the same old jumpers and cardigans but I never seem to tire of sparkly jewellery!

Here are some of my favourite pieces of vintage jewellery to tempt you.  They will certainly add some vintage glamour to your autumn outfits.

 

Vintage Dolphin Pin / Brooch

I absolutely adore this vintage pin.  It is French and from the 1960s period, gold in colour and with crystal stones to make any autumn jumper sparkle!

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1980s Vintage Bracelet

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Wow, wow and wow again!  There are some things from the 1980s that still look great and this bangle is one of them.  So much sparkle that will add glamour to your wrist any time of the day or night.

 

Vintage necklace

 

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Such a stunning necklace from my favourite period the 1950s.  You too can add some sparkle to your autumn / fall outfit with this beautiful piece of vintage jewellery.

 

Fancy changing a pin/brooch in to a unique necklace?  Why not head over to my blog post about repurposing a vintage pin/brooch in to a one of a kind vintage necklace to read more.

 

What are your favourite pieces of jewellery to add some sparkle to your autumn / winter outfits?

 

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Great ideas to add some vintage sparkle to your outfit this fall. You can also buy them in my vintage shop on Etsy.

 

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Stunning One of A Kind Vintage Jewellery Pieces

I wanted to share with you my favourite vintage brooches and my dazzling one of a kind creation necklaces made from upcycling vintage brooches and vintage beads.

 

If you want something that you can be sure no one else has, then visit my etsy store where you will find a wonderful selection of vintage pieces just for you.

What makes vintage so unique for me is that it means quality, it means it was made with care and attention that mass produced cannot match.

For me it means history. Whatever the item it has been pre loved it has been pre cherished. It is a key to the past with every item having its own history and every vintage item particular the older pieces have a beautiful romanticism about them, quite often we won’t know the history of each item, but it is easy to be swept away to past times .

For me it means individualism. Most items are one offs or limited finds. There are so many different styles and beautiful flourishes to vintage items that our modern mass produced items just cannot come close.

I do hope you find something you like in my store and you will continue to love and cherish the item as someone else did before you.

 

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This necklace was made with a selection of vintage leaf brooches and secured on to a vintage chain.  You can purchase this item here in my etsy store.

 

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This stunning one of a kind necklace has been made from a broken vintage earring and attached to a vintage chain.  You can buy this item here.

 

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This handmade earrings are made from beads that came from a broken vintage crystal necklace!  I think they look beautiful – very sparkly too.  You can purchase them here.

 

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This stunning necklace again is made from a vintage chain and a vintage brooch.  I love repurposing broken vintage items in to wearable jewellery again!  You can buy it here.

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I just love this one of a kind vintage necklace.  It is made from quite a heavy chain with a repurposed brooch in the centre to make the piece dazzle!  You can purchase it here.

I hope you love these pieces as much as I do.  Please visit my etsy store for more one of a kind pieces or other vintage jewellery from the 1950s to the 1980s.

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3 inspiring blogs you will want to start reading immediately

I am a very new blogger; in fact I never really wanted to blog.  For me I have fallen in to it as a means to highlight my love of all things vintage and to share my repurposed and reused vintage jewellery in my Etsy shop here.

Entering the world of blogging has been a scary experience for me, it wasn’t so much the newness of it all but blogging is a tightly knit community with rules and etiquette that has taken me a while to understand and get to grips with – although there is still so much I don’t understand or know!

What has helped me along this journey is those wonderful bloggers who are inspiring, fun and supportive.  So here are my top 3 blogs that everyone should be reading:

 

The must read blog for hints, tips and resources for bloggers:  Skinnedcartree  

The blog is run by Corinne.  She describes her blog as ”light hearted and sometimes amusing posts for those who are interested in fashion and life.”

But it is more than that.  I have found her blogging tips to be invaluable and written in her witty style.  How to Disclose Partnerships and How to use Buffer are just some of the excellent tips she has shared.  What has amazed me about this blog is that at such a young age (compared to me!) Corinne has wisdom and insight that is often found on the shoulders of someone older.

If you need any kind of hints or tips to do with blogging this is the first one to go to!

 

The inspiring blog for the fashionista: xloveleahx 

I’ve just started to read Leah’s blog, she describes it as one where you will find posts about “plus size fashion and radical self-love, plus occasional beauty, travel and lifestyle posts.”

Leah is truly inspiring with her fashion posts and her love of fashion comes through really strong and one can only smile at her fun, fearless and cute outfits!   I love Halloween so for her to review the CowCow Boo Halloween dress with a statement “It’s never too early for Halloween clothes” just sang to me!

A must for not just the fashionista but a must for all fashion craving women out there!

 

A parenting/lifestyle blog for the real life junkie / mummy:  Lylia Rose

The blog is run by Victoria who introduces herself as a “30 year old Mum of two, is self-employed and a stay at home mum.”

An entrepreneurial wonder woman if you ask me!  What I absolutely adore about Victoria’s blog is her willingness to share in an open fashion the ups and downs of being a mother and business owner.  As if that’s not enough she is passionate about helping and promoting small businesses and her services are extremely competitive.  I have had the pleasure of working with her recently and I can’t speak highly enough about her professionalism, friendliness and willingness to help me when I have tons of questions!

It is no wonder she has won a slew of awards for her success such as #QueenOf and the #SBS award from Theo Paphitis!

 

 

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Hello Autumn, Hello Woollie Jumpers, Hello Slipper Socks!

So today, 22nd September 2016 is the Autumn Equinox.  This is the official start of autumn when the sun passes directly over the Earth’s equator and creates a day and night that are the same length.

 

With autumn come the longer nights and shorter days that will eventually lead us in to winter time.  I personally love autumn, I love the colours that mother nature gives us as leaves turn brown and fall from the trees.  There is something so pretty and magical seeing leaves assembling on the ground and walking through them – this is fun at any age!

 

The air is so crisp and refreshing that I get an intense feeling of wanting to be snug.  So out comes those woolly jumpers, scarves, gloves and slipper socks – perfect!

 

To celebrate the Autumn Equinox I have pulled together my favourite vintage autumn jewellery finds to share with you.  Let me know what you think.  All items are now in my Etsy shop here.  So if you would like some autumn inspired vintage jewellery that is unique head on over.

 

Happy autumn.

Elf x

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A Vintage Idea: Using cloth napkins and giving paper towels the elbow!

I am forever researching vintage ways of life, vintage entertaining, vintage style  and other vintage inspiration.  It would be naive of me to think it was all wonderful in the past, but I do know that sometimes life was a lot less complicated and stressful.  So I got to thinking what small idea could I adopt that would be of benefit to me and my family.

While I was in my local charity shop recently I spotted some beautiful embroidered cloth napkins.  They were stunning so I decided to buy them.  It got me thinking about how much paper towels we as a family use.  If you are anything like me I use paper towels a lot from cleaning up food spills to shining the taps in the bathroom.  So to cut down our household budget but also in the name of being more eco-friendly I decided to try and go paperless in the kitchen.

When you think about it, it is a very vintage idea as families’ years ago didn’t have the option of having paper towels in their kitchen.  Of course as consumerism took over and convenience was the name of the game, disposable products because a mainstay of our everyday purchases.

So my little experiment has been working well.  I decided to purchase cloth napkins from a local charity shop costing me 20p each.  I purchased enough that would do four of us five times – leaving me time to put them in the washing machine ready again for use.  I also purchased a few table cloths and a few t-shirts which I cut up and have been using as cleaning cloths, for shining the taps in the bathroom and for making my vintage jewellery sparkle!

The most difficult part of the experiment was remembering to put the tea towels and napkins in a place where everyone knew where they would be but once I was in a routine it became second nature to do it.

I would encourage you to have a go, it will reduce your grocery shopping and you will be doing your bit for the environment.  I have put together some tips to help you:-

  • Visit your local charity shop and buy cheap cloth napkins, as most are vintage you will be able to buy some really stunning ones, purchase enough to do you to wash day.
  • Remember to put your items in easily accessible places and let your family know where to find them so they can join in.
  • Buy some cotton t-shirts at the charity shop for dusting and cleaning or better still if you have any at the bottom of a wardrobe gathering dust – use them!
  • If you don’t want to go full cold turkey – keep a spare roll of paper towels in the house but store them out of reach – just to be used in an emergency!

If I have inspired you to have a go at using cloth napkins let me know how you get on.  I have to say that new isn’t always better and if we can learn from times past then we need to embrace it with open arms.

Let me know how you get on.

 

Elf x

 

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