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Can A/W 2016 Trends “do” Vintage?

Can A/W 2016 Trends “do” Vintage?

Hello and a big welcome to Gloriously Vintage. I hope you will enjoy a quick round up of the A/W 2016 Fashion Trends and start thinking about how they could work with your wardrobe.

 

 

 

I love to wear vintage style and always mix in a few new pieces as well. My favourite Era is the 1950’s and I love influences from the 1930’s and early 1960’s too.  Looking at the seasonal fashion trends is a big part of my interest in styling outfits and it always exerts some influence on my wardrobe  – even if the influence is very small.  That is the freedom of wearing vintage style – you are outside or above high fashion – but a “nod” to it adds piquancy to wardrobe choices.

 

Twice a year I do “The Big Seasonal Changeover” – S/S and A/W. Around that time I check out the fashion trends and have a long look at my wardrobe, accessories, and jewellery and shoes to see which trends will suit me and what I have in my wardrobe.  This enables me to ring the changes a little and enjoy a “nod” to what fashionistas are doing!

 

So where do I find the A/W 2016 trends?

Well dear Reader, I make sure I have bought the August copies of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and then certainly buy the copies of the key month of September. Fashion Magazines are always a month ahead.  The previews in the August issue acts as a taster for the full reveal in the big September issue.

I have been following this pattern for some years now and find it to work well and be fun at the same time.

If I am searching out a few new pieces for my wardrobe on Oxfam on line for example I may as well choose current colours or shapes that will fit in beautifully and allow me to be creative.  Also when I am in charity shops or at vintage fairs I have a clear idea of what I am looking for.  If none of the trends suit me – well dear Reader I just happily do my own thing and rejoice in my individuality!

 

I have two maxims about style:

Nothing is smart unless it suits

And

Always dress up because others will wish they had!

The first maxim is essential and came from my Grandmother who was a professional dressmaker. The second one came from a style book years ago.  It has stood me in good stead over my life and has helped to increase my confidence to dress how I want to and enjoy it immensely.

 

So dear Reader here is a quick round up of the A/W2016 Trends. I have specified which publication they are from as the two magazines have highlighted some different trends this season.  Sometimes there is a great overlap in what they present as you would expect.  However this year it is a little different because the trends have been interpreted differently.

TRENDS (Vogue)

Mini Trends

  1. Winter sandals
  2. Long gloves for evening
  3. Heavy metal handbags
  4. Shearing – worn curly side out
  5. Red boots, shoes and handbag- pop of scarlet
  6. White 1980’s style shoes
  7. Adorned sweaters
  8. Buttons down the back – reversing tops and jackets
  9. Statement belt
  10. Matchy matchy accessories

TRENDS (Vogue)

  1. Modern British – heritage tweed and clashing tartans
  2. Silk – Boudoir dressing continues from S/S 16
  3. Mood indigo – Denim
  4. Velvet
  5. Coat check – leather and Vinyl and THE CAPE
  6. Duvet coats and jackets
  7. Shearling
  8. Military
  9. Boots
  10. Glasses with embellished frames

THE 7 BIG TRENDS (Vogue)

  1. Extremely large totes
  2. Soft military
  3. Polished Punk – a strong 1980’s influence here
  4. Tweed Redux – mixing heirloom tweeds and prince of Wales checks with stylist separates or just add white accessories
  5. Tweed with Vinyl
  6. Badass Florals – clashing prints
  7. Chokers
  8. Embellished velvet and rich brocade.

TRENDS (HARPER’S BAZAAR)

10 LIKES NOW

  1. Shoulder barring top – this trend caries on from S/S 16
  2. The cape
  3. Heritage handbag – either top handle or chain handle
  4. the roll neck sweater
  5. Hiking boots – chunky boots
  6. Corset belt – worn over a winter coat to cinch the waist
  7. Re-worked trench – leather
  8. Oversize trousers
  9. Velvet puffa coat both luxe and street style
  10. Ski Pants

TRENDS (HARPER’S BAZAAR)

  1. Scotland the Brave – tartans and tweeds
  2. Victorian Luxe – black lace, ruffles and pearls
  3. Great outdoors – classic autumn colours
  4. Rich velvet
  5. Contrasting prints
  6. The nomad – free spirit with inspiration from around the world.
  7. Embellishment
  8. Brocade

TRENDS (HARPER’S BAZAAR)

10 LIKES NOW

  1. Shoulder barring top – this trend caries on from S/S 16
  2. The cape
  3. Heritage handbag – either top handle or chain handle
  4. the roll neck sweater
  5. Hiking boots – chunky boots
  6. Corset belt – worn over a winter coat to cinch the waist
  7. Re-worked trench – leather
  8. Oversize trousers
  9. Velvet puffa coat both luxe and street style
  10. Ski Pants

 

TRENDS (HARPER’S BAZAAR)

  1. Scotland the brave – tartans and tweeds
  2. Victorian Luxe – black lace, ruffles and pearls
  3. Great outdoors – classic autumn colours
  4. Rich velvet
  5. Contrasting prints
  6. The nomad – free spirit with inspiration from around the world.
  7. Embellishment
  8. Brocade

 

Style Guide A/W TRENDS (HARPER’S BAZAAR)

TAILORING

  1. Monochrome chick
  2. Long and loose trouser suits – double breasted with exaggerated slouch
  3. Evening Detail – shoes adorned with jewels
  4. New waist the paper bag waist.
  5. The Ageless icon – jacket with extended lapels over a pleated silk corset = Timeless glamour
  6. Cinched and Sleek – wide belts
  7. Modern and playful
  8. Cape – The investment piece this year
  9. Embellishment – The finishing touch
  10. Pearl adorned Trousers for evening

 

ACCESSORIES (HARPER’S BAZAAR)

  1. Heart’s Desire – Pinks, golds, rosebuds and diamonds
  2. Forbidden forest – dark jewel colours- teal, emerald , black velvet embellishes bags
  3. Folktale
  4. Moonlight magic – black velvet with night stars embellishment

 

Sumptuous jewel colours and all shades of pink into lavender are the strong colour influences this season.

 

 

Here are the trends. Can they “do” vintage?

If you take a very purist view that vintage is separate completely, then the answer to this question must be a resounding “NO!”

I think there are certain trends here that can do vintage. The companies producing reproduction vintage fashions do produce collections for each season and therefore must take their influences from somewhere.  If like me you are putting your look together from vintage, vintage appropriate and new pieces the trends are open to interpretation.

 

What will I be following this A/W2016?

I will be looking at shades of pink, from blush and nude to deeper tones, to work them into my wardrobe. Rich berry tones are always wonderful as the autumn unfolds.

The jewel colours offer a lot of scope with jewellery and accessories.  I will also be trying to work in some lavender as well.  Dear Reader I will be using my Style Book to see what worked last year and it will help me to tweak some outfits to give them the “on trend twist” that is both fun to do and a bit of a challenge!

SCOTLAND THE BRAVE/TWEED

I love British Heritage fabrics checks and tweed and Scottish influenced plaids so these will feature greatly in my choices. The pieces I own will come out really on trend.  Tweeds are so versatile depending on what they are paired with.

This trend can certainly “do” vintage and look good whatever eras you prefer. Mixing tweed and plain fabrics always works and I may add nude courts instead of darker coloured shoes too.

VELVET

I plan to work this trend into my wardrobe with evening bags and separates.

I have my eye on a number of items on the internet and have some velvet items I would like to rework with my dressmaker.

A black devore full skirt I have will come into its own this year for the Christmas season.

THE CAPE

I do not own a cape currently, but have some large wraps that ore flowing like a cape. They go over a suit or jacket and skirt adding warmth and a bit of drama to the finished look.  The silhouette is the important shape here.  Also dear reader wraps bridge the gap before really warm coats are needed as the season progresses.

SHEARLING

My heart is always glad when this is on trend as have two wonderful coats – both with the curly side out as luck would have it.

EMBELLISHMENT

Dear Reader, do check out this post from earlier this year to see how you can create your own embellishment with vintage brooches. I will be looking at ways to embellish outfits this way.  Grouping brooches is the way to add flair to many different outfits.  It is possible to emphasis eth waist, they can go on pockets and on sleeves – you can be really creative here.

 

BROCADE

A fabric that is more for the evening, but one that brings immediate glamour and luxury to your outfit.

 

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I will be wearing this jacket as my “nod” to this trend. I wore it at Christmas last year and also for my 60th Birthday Party in February.  Brocade is quite difficult because you do not want to look as though you are decked out in upholstery fabric or curtains!  (It was OK for Scarlet O’Hara, and the Von Trapp Children!)

Mini TRENDS can “do” Vintage too!

Handbags

Handbags with a top handle or chain handle are the bags to have this A/W2016. These can certainly be found in the vintage bags of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.  They can be worked into vintage style outfits easily.  I have a Laura Ashley handbag with a chain strap that I am thinking of bringing out this season.

 

Matchy Matchy Accessories

Dear Reader, I am so delighted about this mini trend because I have loved matching accessories since I was a teenager. There is nothing quite like them to really pull together the look of matching shoes and handbag.

Yes, dear Reader, I do miss-matched very happily as it enables me to use bags that it would be impossible to match the shoes.

If the handbag and shoes do not actually match – I make sure the colours are very close. Browns can vary a lot and I often get round this by wearing black shoes with a tan or brown handbag to avoid a really glaring mismatch.

Red Shoes and Handbags

This is a favourite combination that I love t wear. My personal choice is to wear them with grey, but I do pair them with blue and black too.  Reds can be very tricky to match.  What do you think? I go to where the natural light is best in my home and have a good look at the tones!

They always give a lovely shot of colour and there is something about red shoes … The Dorothy effect, I think!

 

Jewellery

HB features jewellery each season which I find interesting and helpful. I will be bringing into my outfits rich jewel colours – emerald, sapphire blue, ruby red and rich berry tones with gold.  These are lovely autumn hues that bring luxurious colour in to an outfit.

Silk

I will be working this mini trend with silk scarves and silky camisoles worn under tailored jackets. The boudoir dressing wit chemises dresses from the S/S is continuing into the autumn.

Pearls

Of course, dear Reader, I could never ignore the trend for pearls – I will be choosing pearl brooches to embellish bags and jackets and wearing pearls as much as possible.

Pearl embellishment is very to the fore this season.   I will be sporting pearls at every opportunity and feeling very happy in them.  Will you wear pearls this A/W?

 

Well I hope dear Reader you have enjoyed this quick round up and can get on with planning marvellous outfits for the coming A/W2016 season

 

I will cover beauty trends on another post soon. Certainly this post has helped me to feel rather excited about A/W2016.  Yes dear reader it is sad to say goodbye to lovely summery outfits.  However, it will be fun to wear vintage and be able to “nod to high fashion too!

 

There is very little faux fur this year. I do wear Vintage fur and faux fur collars and also leopard print is not prevalent at all. I will still wear leopard print with red and black and taupe, because I like it.  I also think of Marilyn, Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds” and Wendy Hiller in “I know where I’m going”- 2 of my all time favourite films.  How about you dear Reader? 

Do share your thoughts in the comments!

 

 

A big thank you to Glenn for taking the photographs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Treasures to Treasure – Always

Treasures to Treasure – Always

Dear Reader, welcome to Gloriously Vintage, if you are visiting for the first time do say hello!

I am excited to share with you the wonderful day at Antiques for Everyone at the National Exhibition Centre (N.E.C), near Birmingham in the UK.

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We have been going regularly to this Antiques Fair now for a number of years and look forward to meeting Exhibitors that we know and also finding out about new things.  I love to meet new people and of course for me, it is the treasure hunting that I adore so much!

 

That frisson of excitement is a wonderful feeling and definitely helps to impart a healthy “glow” to the complexion!

 

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The last post was about the outfit I wore.  It was comfortable and the colours made me feel happy and uplifted.

One of my favourite scarves tied in the “Elizabeth Drape” was the starting point for the styling.

 

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Since starting this venture with Gloriously Vintage, the 60th year of my life has just got better and better with every passing month!  Experiences are somehow sharper as I am thinking more about what I am doing, how I feel and appreciating more joy.  It has given me a “brightness” that I experienced in flashes before.  I would actually say this new decade has brought a sense of a greater engagement with each experience.   Life is good!

I decided to ask some Exhibitors if I could photograph some items on my “Wish List”.  Treasures I would buy if money were no object.   This was fun and something I will do next time we go.

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The hare was the first thing I spotted when we came in on the stand for Callaghan, Fine paintings and Contemporary Bronze.  He was cast in bronze and cost over £17,000!  I would have loved to take him home and put him on display in a large conservatory surrounded by leafy plants.

My other wish list item was this amazing gold bracelet, from Markov.

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In gold and rose gold and set with 52 diamonds I was immediately drawn to it because of the unusual shape and design.  It was so different from others displayed with it in a beautiful case.  The value was over £2,000.  It felt comfortable to wear – I so enjoyed trying it on.

 

There was also a pen and writing instruments exhibition.  This was very interesting because I enjoy writing with a fountain pen.  My journey to characterful handwriting has been hard work.  I am left handed and was not taught sympathetically at school when very young.  I taught myself cursive italic for calligraphy in 1989 and then developed the handwriting style I have now.  That experience started my love affair with fountain pens and ink.

I do not know about you, dear Reader, but for me writing with a fountain pen is a sensual experience.  The smoothness of the nib contributes to this of course and the colour of the ink makes a difference too.  My usual choice is black ink as it photocopies easily and is a strong statement and the second choice is dark blue.  Your handwriting says so much about your personality and character.  I am sad that modern life puts so much emphasis on the printed word.

 

It is another of my life goals to own a Parker Duofold Fountain pen one day.  The Duofold was first designed in 1921 and is iconic!  I sat and tried out some pens by Lamy and enjoyed them.  I actually own a Lamy Safari Pen in black and I have since got it out and started using it more!  A post on Gloriously Vintage will follow in the future about writing with vintage fountain pens.  I have a number of pens but only one is really vintage.  It is a darling Summit Ladies pen in a pink and black marbled effect that Glenn bought for me 2 years ago at Antiques for Everyone.  I use it to write my Christmas cards.

 

 

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In this jolly photograph I am with Diane Ashman and her friend Liz who was helping her on the day we went.

I met Liz at the last Fair and it was great to meet up again.  You can see from the background that Diane always has a wonderful stand.  Every Fair I look forward to seeing Diane because there is so much to explore!  Talking with her is fascinating as she has so much experience of period and vintage clothes.  She has clothes on a rail and cases full of the most marvellous items.  It is possible to come into her stand and have a really good look around.  I have bough many of the most precious pieces in my vintage handbag and jewellery collections from her.  Her stand is a treasure trove!  Drinking in all the items in the glass cases, rummaging through her vintage buttons – sheer delight!

 

I settled on a Jane Shilton handbag with an optional chain handle.

 

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As you know dear Reader, I do love clutch bags and this one is a good size and has gold coloured fittings, which is my preference.  Here is it paired with black suedette “Emie” Shoes from Dorothy Perkins.  It will look good with plain black leather courts too.

Now we are into August I am starting to prepare for A/W2 2016 – certainly thinking about it as the trends are now out in Vogue!

It is all about the matching and pairing what new items I see, with what I know I have in my wardrobe and collections, that I find so stimulating and satisfying.

 

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I found this dear necklace with pink and pearl stones and this sweet pink toned pearl bracelet, and a brooch that caught my eye.  You know I always try to make “sets” when picking out jewellery and here, dear reader is a pink one!  The stone in the centre of the brooch is very unusual.  The pearls in the brooch will match other pearl pieces I have.

I have these amazing pink gloves that I bought from Chronically Vintage Etsy Shop, and I am keen to style a summer outfit with them.  So the jewellery will go well with that outfit.  I am trying to make the most of the summertime that we have left!

 

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These pink “tweed” shoes will certainly feature!

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Of course, there is a scarf  involved.  Watch out for the outfit coming soon!

 

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Diane had an exquisite Este Lauder Art Deco style compact that was unused in its original box.  It was over my budget, so she will keep it for me for the next Fair in the Autumn.

 

 

I visited Kitty Verity, who is London based.  She was wearing the most wonderful skirt.

 

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It was made for the Portuguese Ballet.  She wore it with an Edwardian top.  It was so original and looked amazing on her.  Kitty’s stand is full of the most wonderful costume jewellery and special items.

 

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Look at my happiness looking through a large box of earings!

 

I espied these darling earings looking down in to one of her display cases.

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They are hand painted and are from the 1940’s.

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I fell in love with them because when I tried them on…

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They went so well with my Anniversary scarf!  I have a brooch that I know will go with them, so want to hurry up and wear them soon before the summer ends!

 

I also saw this marvellous 1930’s clutch bag.

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It is in dark brown, buttery soft leather.

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Kitty explained that the bag had been thought to be 1940’s , but the lining silk and small purse on a chain was definitely from the 1930’s and I agreed with her .  I have some bags that are that old and there are similarities in the linings.

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Kitty also had a most interesting observation about this handle on the back.  I thought it was another way to hold the bag.  She thought it was to put your gloves through when you took them off as they would d not fit easily into the bag.  Gloves would always be part of the ensemble in the 1930’s and it is a good idea to use this space for gloves.  I am going to try it this A/W!  Leather gloves are much heavier than the cotton gloves o the S/S!  This is a bag I will treasure, use carefully and greatly enjoy.

So I bought the two items at a good price.  It was wonderful to share with Kitty how much I loved the Schreiner demi parure and the bracelet I bought from her previously.  I had the Shreiner for my Birthday this year and the bracelet wore on Boxing day last Christmas!  Wonderful jewellery is wonderful to wear and for me enhances my life greatly.

 

 

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I visited Steven Bristow and found this Trifari bracelet and earings.  The earings are un marked but go well with the texture on the bracelet.  Trifari jewellery has a particular style that I like.  I am able to recognise it more as I am gaining experience as a collector.

 

 

We also invested in a 3 arm chandelier 1900 brass light fitting with three glass shades to put in our lounge.  It is on ongoing project to have Antique/Vintage lighting in our home and it is coming to an end as we now have three light fittings to use in the lounge!

 

Last but by no means least, we went to see Gemma Redmond Vintage.

Gemma has a wonderful website which I regularly visit.  Her stand is so elegantly set out that visiting it is an experience.  Feasting my eyes on cases filled with beautiful named costume jewellery that shines and twinkles back at you is a little piece of heaven for me!  If money were no object I would buy many, many pieces from her.  Gemma selects pieces in pristine condition for the serious collector and lover of named costume jewellery.

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One piece in a case caught my eye and really set my heart aflutter.  It was in the case behind me in this photograph.

 

You can see how beautiful everything is!  It was a very special brooch, for me , set with turquoise and diamante.  It was the original design in “a jewellery mystery” that I took to expert Lisa Lloyd at the Antiques Roadshow at Baddesley Clinton.

 

Here is my brooch by Sphinx.  I love this brooch and bought it about three years ago from Diane Ashman.  My brooch has pink, blue and diamante stones and I wear it in the A/W usually on a dark jacket.  It always makes the outfit look wonderful and works it’s magic as only lovely jewellery can.

 

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Looking on the internet as I do, researching my jewellery pieces I came across my exotic bird brooch by Marcel Boucher!  Mine is marked Sphinx.  Knowing the design was a Boucher changed everything!

Here is a quotation from the post

“My brooch is marked Sphinx but I have found on the internet the same bird brooch by Marcel Boucher with different stones marked Boucher.  Lisa confirmed that Sphinx did not make for Boucher but it is a copy of the bird design, maybe made from the same mould.  She also told me my brooch was almost too good to be by Sphinx as it is a higher quality than a lot of their pieces.”

Gemma explained that she had bought the brooch in France.   She joked with me that it was meant for me, that day.  I think it was.

When I saw it in the case,  I knew immediately what it was.   I asked to see it and put it back and walked away, but I knew in my heart it was one of those special moments when there is a choice.  Leave it, walk away, probably never see one again and always regret leaving it or go back and buy it.  So I did.   A real treasure, to treasure, always.

 

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Look how beautifully my purchase was presented to me.  All this attention to detail made this treasure hunting so special and a great pleasure.

 

I cannot show you this – yet.  My mother is going to give me some money for Christmas and yes, you guessed correctly, I am giving it to myself, with her for Christmas!  So it has been put away, until it will appear under the Christmas Tree!

 

 

I am taking time to savour these new treasures and to work them into my collections.  It is always fun to plan outfits and to create opportunities to wear the treasures too.  Thank you for joining me on this post.  Do chat in the comments, I would love to hear of your special finds.

 

The photographs in this post were all taken by Glenn, thank you.

Stylish to the End – Use it or Loose it!

Stylish to the End – Use it or Loose it!

Welcome dear Reader to Gloriously Vintage today, in the UK it has been wet and cool and now July is here we are ready for summer to warm up, please. 

I am excited to show you one of the things I purchased with my 60th Birthday money.  It is a turn of the century silver topped walking cane.  I bought it from the Antiques Fair at Chateaux Impney from The Ambulist, Christopher Galloway.

The Fair was a wonderful place for treasure hunting and when I saw all the amazing walking sticks this exhibitor had on display my eyes lit up and my heart skipped a beat, so to speak.  Why?  Well, let me explain.

 

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The cane can be carried like this.

 

For a number of years I have wanted a silver topped cane to have by me as a trusty companion for the future.  I looked very carefully at all the sticks displayed.  Having discussed the height of a walking stick with Mr Galloway, I picked out this one.  Sometimes when you are shopping the first dress or pair of shoes is the one and it does not matter how many are tried afterwards the first one is THE ONE.

So, having picked it out, I trusted my instinct and eye for quality and tried the cane.  Dear Reader it just felt right.  It was a comfortable height and balance.  I felt very elegant with it and it was comfortable to carry and to walk with.  The price was within my budget, so I invested in it.  Once it was mine I walked around the Fair stopping to look at all manner of lovely items leaning on my cane and feeling so delighted and in harmony with it.  The ferule is steel and for now, will be fine for me.

When I am much older a rubber ferule will probably be safer as it will be less likely to slip in the rain!

 

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The cane can be leant on, like this.

 

You may think it a little eccentric to be so thrilled with a silver top walking cane!  Well you see it is part of my life plan to enjoy my clothes, personal style and hair and makeup right to the end of life.  And why not?

 

A very large part of making clothes sit well on the body, therefore making an outfit look really wonderful is summed up in one word – Posture.

 

I am sure dear Reader, you have read in magazines advice about standing up straight to look thinner and to enable your figure to look its best.

My cane will enable me to practice good posture when walking, particularly when walking starts to be more of a challenge.  I will take it out now for the sheer enjoyment of having it with me.  I know the time will come when it will be my constant companion.

 

  “Use it or loose it” is a saying that rings true of many things.

 

Skills not used can fall away, forgotten.  As time passes and age gathers momentum it is essential to know what you want to keep and use it so you do not loose it.  The joy of walking is one of those essential skills to keep.

Dear Reader what do you think about the saying “use it or loose it”?

 

One of my maxims for life is:

“Invest in your future”

 

Since my late 30’s and 40’s I have been doing just that with regards to my skin, figure and posture.  The maxim has been such a help as now I am 60 years old I can see the results of the disciplined care I have taken and I am determined to redouble my efforts for the next 30 years ahead.

 

Do you look after yourself?  Would you be able to do a bit more now, so you are investing in your future life?  It only takes a small shift in the everyday things you do to achieve this investment – and it will pay dividends as time goes by.  You are never too young to start.  Generally speaking, we are all expecting to live a lot longer than our three score years and ten!

 

When you are young, thinking about old age seems so far off that it does not get much time or thought or planning.  I woke up to this when I was coming up to 40 and I could observe close hand, the aging process in my parents.  In my 50’s there was an even sharper awakening as they were getting older still.  My mother is aware of the use it or loose it rule for practically everything she does!

At almost 92 years old, she still puts on makeup each day, has her hair done often and takes great interest in her clothes, always looking beautifully turned out.  I have organised her care and support to enable this to happen.  The one area where she “could have done better “is with her posture, working on it sooner to keep it for longer.

You only have to look at HM The Queen to see her remarkable walking, without a stick.  Her ability to stand so well.  I believe she practises The Alexander Technique and has done for many years.

As a child, Nanny lived with us and died when I was 12 years old, in the 1960’s.  She lived to be 79 years old.  She always dressed well, wore suits and costumes, a dress and jacket.  She wore a hat with most of her outfits and gloves too.  With the understanding of a child I knew she was older and wiser than anyone else I knew.  I miss her still.

“Pride commeth before a fall “is so true!  It can also be the biggest reason why people stagger along holding onto furniture and people, practicing terribly bent over posture because their pride stops them using a cane or stick.  I have watched this play out in my mother’s late life and her resistance to a cane or walking stick has contributed to poor posture at the end stage of her life.

So dear Reader, my silver toped cane is a delight to own, shining in my umbrella stand in the hallway.

 

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The silver top just stood out for me, from all the other great canes on display.

 

I love the engraved pattern too.

It also promises to save me from making my mothers’ mistake – leaving it too late to use a cane and practise good posture for as long as is physically possible.

I went to a small private girl’s school where we were made to walk with our heads up, shoulders back and a straight back.  We were marked on our deportment by watchful members of staff.  Good posture was encouraged at all times as you did not know when these points were being awarded!  I have done my fair share of rebellious slouching, believe me!  However, now more than ever I am remembering these old lessons and bringing them to bear, as I wear my vintage style with great pride and the best posture I can .

 

 

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Mmm…I love this cane!

 

Outfit Details

 

Emie blush pointed court shoes   Dorothy Perkins

Silver topped cane    bought from The Ambulistat Chateaux impney Antiques Fair

Viyella taupe pleated shirt    Bought at a Dress Agency in 1999

Soft peach top    Kettlewell Colours

Vintage silk square scarf   Bought at Chateaux impney Antiques Fair

1950’s Cream framed handbag   bought at a Vintage Fair

Trifari Pearl and gold bracelet

Napier pearl twist bracelet

2 rows of Lotus pearls

Large pearl studs

 

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Lipstick Blend – Bobbi Brown Red + Revlon Red + Bobbi Brown Parisian Red

 

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A closer look at the scarf.

 

Just a quick word about the scarf – it is a first outing for this outfit and the scarf was the basis for all these individual pieces coming together.  The background colour matched the handbag which is actually a bit too cream coloured for the taupe skirt.

 

 

The coral tone in the scarf looked best on the soft peach top having tried it with 3 other cream tops.  The blush court shoes toned as I wanted to wear a closed toe court , rather than the peep toe cream shoes I often wear with that handbag.

 

Dear Reader, it has been great to share with you these thoughts about my new cane and show you another summer outfit brought together by a signature scarf.  If you have any tips on “Investing in your future” or responses to the “use it or loose it” rule, do chat in the comments.

 

Thank you to Glenn for taking the photographs in this post.

Tales from the Dressing Table – Blending Lipsticks

Tales from the Dressing Table – Blending Lipsticks

Hello and welcome to Gloriously Vintage, today dear Reader, I am sharing with you one of my pleasures in wearing makeup – Blending Lipsticks.

 

 

What do I mean by Blending Lipsticks?

There are a number of ways to blend lipsticks.  Here are three ways; some are more successful than others!

You can actually mix lipsticks together, thus creating a new colour, in a small pot.  I have tried this with the last bit of a couple of lipsticks, in the past.  It is hard to get a good colour because the outcome is practically unknown.  There is a risk you will end up with a sludgy mess!  It was not successful.  I do not do this now.

You can actually mix colours on the lips using a lip brush.  This can be very successful and allows for very interesting effects.  Using darker shades at the outer edges and outline, blending to lighter shades on the centre on the bottom and top lip, it is possible to make lips look fuller and really gorgeous.  It takes time and practice and is often referred to as advanced lipstick application in beauty books.  I do this for very special evening events.

 

 

In this post, I am sharing with you dear Reader, blending lipsticks by layering lip colour from lip pencil and lipsticks to create new colours that come very close to matching elements of your outfit.

 

I love to do this to find a match with a scarf, handbag or a piece of jewellery.

 

The principles work with all shades of lipstick.

 

I will be illustrating them here with shades of red and coral.

 

 

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In the photograph above I am wearing a lipstick blend.  It is made up of:

Lip Pencil + Base Colour +Additional Colours =  NEW (Desired) SHADE

Bobbi Brown Sangria lip pencil + Revlon Red + Max Factor Chilli + Revlon Candy Apple =

A colour that matches the colours in the scarf very well.

 

 

Why Blend Lipsticks?

Well my answer to that question is twofold.  Firstly it is fun to blend two or more lipstick colours together to create new shades that are unique.  Blending lipsticks together extends the range of the single colours and the results are extremely satisfying because of how they look and wear.  Secondly, dear Reader, if you have a colour or tone in a scarf, handbag or outfit it is fun to blend lipsticks together to get as near a match as you possibly can.  This gives a level of elegance that is not difficult to achieve.  You can then get the blusher, nail varnish and the rest of your makeup to be perfectly in tune with the total look you are creating.

Matching lip colour to tones in accessories is something we see sometimes on the Red carpet at the BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards or the Oscars.  I particularly remember Angelina Jolie Pitt wearing an elegant full length gown that was very simple, carrying a red clutch bag matched perfectly to her lipstick.  This was very striking and memorable.

 

My husband often says to me, “Your lipstick looks amazing”.  I usually reply, “It’s a blend!”

 

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 In this photograph you saw on my last post I am wearing a lipstick blend.  It is made up of:

Bobbi Brown sangria lip pencil + Revlon Red +Max Factor Mulberry =

A lipstick that complimented my party dress and would be unique at the event

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Looking very happy on my 60th Birthday, wearing a blend to match the Schreiner Demi Parure!

Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil Red + Revlon Red +Dior 999 =  A very bright, warm red that tones well with the jewellery and the scarf I am wearing.

 

 

If you are wearing vintage style clothes why not go a step further and really work on the lipstick to complete your look?

Sometimes it is possible to blend a red lipstick that is just the right shade, texture and finish so that your finished look is simply incredible.  The blending principles I am discussing here can be used with all colours to get the tone required.  I am illustrating this post with shades of red because love lipstick, especially red tones.  Blending is what I do most days. In A/W my reds are a warm red/wine base colour and moving to berry and purple, mauve tones.  I also love to blend russet, chilli tones into my red in the A/W.  At the time of writing it is May and S/S is here!  So dear Reader, let’s take a look at reds and corals to be ready for S/S!

 

 

What do you need to get started?

You need:

  1. Two or more lipsticks that you like and really know the colour. Think – is it bright, flat, pinky, bluey, does it suit me?  Does it make me happy to wear it?

  2. Lip pencils in a number of tones. When you are young lip pencils just sort out the outline of your lips, over 40 years old I think it is important to outline and full in the lips to give an excellent base to then fill in with lipstick.

  3. Good Quality quilted toilet paper for blotting. I have tried tissues, cotton handkerchiefs, blotting papers; you name it and have found this to be the best.  The quilted toilet paper sheets will take 3 or 4 blots and do not separate on the lips.

  4. A good moisturizing routine to keep your lips and the skin around your mouth well moisturized.

  5. A face flannel for exfoliating the lips regularly. I use a clean face flannel everyday to wash my face in the morning.  Then I like to use cleanser, toner and moisturiser at night with cotton makeup remover pads.  If your lips are kept well moisturised and you are following a good routine, they will look great.

 

It is worth following a disciplined skin care routine for life.  If you do not do this – start now.  I have cared for my skin religiously over my life and am keeping deep wrinkles at bay, for the moment!

 

How to get a great result

Here is my step by step guide to a great blend:

  1. Preparation of the lips is vital. Moisturise lips and then wipe away the moisturiser.

  2. I like to put a thin layer of foundation onto my lips to start.

  3. Follow this with a little powder to create a matte surface

  4. Outline lips with your chosen coloured lip pencil

  5. Fill in the outline with lip pencil.

  6. Apply the base colour.

  7. Blot on quilted toilet paper, 3 times. You will see the strong colour in the first blotting.

  8. Apply again and blot 3 times

  9. Apply another colour that will take the base colour up or down in brightness or toward coral or red. Blot again at least twice.

  10. Go on layering colours until the desired match is achieved. Blot each application at least once or twice.  Four layers, each blotted should stay on well.

  11. Use the blotting on the sheet to match with the outfit , scarf or even jewellery.

  12. Try on the finished outfit with your blend; enjoy the result – a truly individual look that is specific to that outfit. The perfect finishing touch!

Your new shades

When you practice the above is possible to create formulas or codes to enable you to collect blends that really work for you.

 

Lip Pencil + Base Colour+ Additional Colour(s) =

NEW SHADE

When blending it is very important choose a base colour.  This is the colour you apply first.

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It can be a favourite you know looks great on its own, mine is Revlon Red.  It is a staple colour and has been available for many years.  It is a red with warm tones.

Find out if you suit reds with a blue tone or a more tomato tone.  I suit the warmer reds.  Bluey ones do nothing for me at all.  Search and try out testers in shops – go outside and look at the colours in natural light.

 

Texture and Finish

It interests me greatly how the texture of lipstick goes in and out of fashion.  Now I am older I follow the beauty pages of both Vogue and Harpers Bazaar.  I love to see how the lipstick textures are going to play out each season.  Sometimes it is matte or satin finish and of course glossy lips dip in and out of fashion.  These fashions can determine what colours and types of lipstick are available to buy.  Dita Von Teese advocates stocking up on your favourites.  The most annoying thing is when marvellous colours are discontinued and are unavailable.

Last year I bought 2 Revlon HD lipsticks in Poppy and Gladiolus.  I wore them in blends all summer and had great fun with them.  Thankfully they and still available and I am just now buying them again for this year!

 

Season by Season

Once you master this blending principle, there is nothing to stop you making many, many tones from your lipstick collection.  Why should you restrict yourself?  Blotting and layering the colour makes lipstick stay on to eat and drink and to just last well through the day.

I wear a uniform to work.  So every day I practice my blends when I do not have to match anything in particular.  I try out blends and assess how they have stayed on during the morning or afternoon.  I am using that work time to prepare great lipstick looks for the outfits I am planning to wear at the weekend or to attend a special party or event.

Some Lipsticks stay on better than others due to the amount of pigment in them.  Max Factor are excellent, L’Oreal Reds are lovely , I like Blake’s and Eva’s.

This summer I am also using Dior 999 and Bobbi Brown Parisian Red.  I will enjoy them on their own but will also be experimenting with some amazing blends!

 

Here are some examples of my favourite blends:

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If I want a good warm coral I turn to:

Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Red + Revlon Red + Bourjois 10 Rouge Buzz

 

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This is one of my absolute favourite summer blends!  I wear this many times because it is bright, strong and a warm summer red that stands out well with a lot of my clothes.

Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil Red + Revlon Red + Revlon  HD Gladiolus

 

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For a bright summer blend that comes out slightly more red than the one above I use:

Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil Red + Revlon Red + Bourjois 13 Jet Set

 

 

Inspiration

You can find inspiration for your look in many places. Dear Reader, please talk to me and share some of your inspiration in the comments.  As I love lipstick and wearing it, mine starts with the classic Hollywood film stars.  I look at Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, June Alyson, Rita Hayworth, Doris Day, Cyd Charrise and Lauren Bacall to name a few.  They all looked so glamorous and beautiful.  On Facebook there are groups who share wonderful photos of these film stars.

Images in magazines are helpful as you can find looks you like.  It is possible to emulate this style and put your own personal twist on it.  When I was in my early 20’s I read the beauty pages of Vogue magazine avidly and copied some of the makeup looks, learning all the time what worked and certainly what definitely did not!.

I also find inspiration now in my jewellery and scarf collections.  Can I blend a lipstick to match or to tone really well?  I am also inspired by the colour of handbags.  I have a bright tomato red modern handbag that I always wear with a specific blend.  I have to say I feel marvellous when I wear it!

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Here I have used:

Bobbi Brown lip pencil in red + Revlon Red +MAC Lady Danger +Revlon HD Poppy = A good match to this handbag

 

 

Matching tones to a scarf will always produce a very “finished” and polished look.  If the scarf is near your face, it makes perfect sense to blend a lipstick to go with it.

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Here I have used:

Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Red + MAC Lady Danger + Revlon HD lipstick Poppy = A lovely bright colour to wear with my scarf!

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To go with this lovely silk scarf I blend:

Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Sangria + Revlon Red + Max Factor Mulberry =

A more purple tone that works for S/S because the Revlon Red base colour stops the Mulberry coming out too dark.  The Mulberry shade has little gold sparkles in it which adds an interesting finish.

 

 

A big thank you to Glenn for taking these photographs.

I hope you are thinking now about having a go at blending and creating your own blends to match your outfits.  Summer is ahead of us with plenty of opportunities to be out and about looking very glamourous. 

 

It’s been great to get together on Gloriously Vintage – drop by again soon!

Change a handbag with a brooch or two or three or more!

Change a handbag with a brooch  or two or three or more!

 

Hello dear Reader, welcome to Gloriously Vintage.  You know that treasure hunting is one of my most favourite activities.  I found a number of lovely brooches to add to my collection in Stratford upon Avon when I was there for the weekend.  When I saw them in the charity shops my first thought was that they would look good on a handbag. 

I know that ideally it would have to be a fabric handbag and possibly an evening bag for this to work.

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A selection of day and evening bags

As we are looking at brooches that pin on – let us extend our thoughts to flower corsages too.

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This corsage is pinned around one of the handles making the bag look interesting

They can make all the difference to a simple handbag especially if you have be able you match the colour to a scarf, or an element of your outfit.

You can see what I did with a scarf and a corsage as part of my outfit for the summer wedding I went to last year.

 

In writing this post, I have spent some time thinking about what it is about handbags that appeal so strongly to me.

As long as I can remember I have loved to carry a handbag.

 As a child, I would copy my mother and grandmother, who always had one when they went out, to complete their outfit.  Dressing up, using the ones that my mother gave me, or that I had found in jumblesales.  Having my own handbag was always something I had with me as a teenager, student and young adult.

It is having that secret space to keep important things you need to carry, with you.  I was always aware of how a handbag fitted into an outfit.  There are so many different styles to choose from.  My milk bottle shoulders have meant that I do not really get on with shoulder bags.  Also I do not care for the way they can pull the shoulders out of shape on a top or jacket, on me.

My choice now is the grab bag or a clutch and totes without using a shoulder strap.

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Navy blue envelope clutch with cream corsage and brooch with pearls and blue stones

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The brooch is very sweet

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All change with a contrasting corsage

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A lovely combination of pink corsage and brooch with pink stones

In fact a couple of years ago an A/W trend started that it was the height of fashion to carry two handbags!  This started me thinking about how I could best follow this trend.  So now I often carry a small clutch inside a larger tote or have a lovely vintage handbag with my essentials and also have a larger modern bag that tones, in which I can carry more essential items for myself and often my husband!   The larger tote can sometimes be adorned with one or two corsages to bring it into my outfit better.

I used this tote to attend a funeral that was held in the summer months

Your handbag of choice is also a creative expression of your personality.

The handbag you choose to wear can make your outfit really soar – and will make you feel confident and happy.  In past times I have had a very, very small selection of vastly practical handbags for S/S ad A/W.  It is only now that I am collecting vintage handbags that I have many more to choose from.  Vintage and modern, day and evening styles and of course dear Reader, my collection divided into S/S and A/W handbags.

So changing a simple handbag by pinning something to it makes perfect sense.

You will have something totally unique and memorable, that goes with what you are wearing wonderfully and that cannot be copied.

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A Liz Claibourne red beaded evening bag

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The heavy beading calls for a statement brooch

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Here I have used a chunky brooch that stands up to the beading

Those of us who delight in wearing vintage style love the fact that we stand out and our individuality is there for all to see.  This takes confidence to do and a lovely handbag is very much part of it.

Look at this handbag purchased a few years ago from a charity shop.  It is berry coloured corduroy and has an unusual closure.

There is a kiss clasp on both sides.  It is fine used as it is – but look what happens when a brooch is pinned to it.

You have changed your bag and made it into something unique and memorable.  Why stop at one brooch?  If you have a number of smaller brooches, they can be grouped together on a handbag.  2 or more larger brooches work if the styles are complimentary.

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Three brooches lift this bag tremendously – here matching coral pink

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The same two brooches and a turquoise addition with complimentary earings

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Combination changed to match green

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The three brooches from the last post, bought in Stratford on Avon

You may for example, possess more than one of a particular design.  I collect Sarah Coventry jewellery which is easy to find.  I have 2 Luna brooches.

I have the matching earings too.  They were all sourced from different places.  It is now possible to wear the brooches on a plain handbag or one brooch on a handbag and the other pinned to a jacket somewhere. So dear Reader, I say, do not worry about duplicating a design -you will be able to use it in a way that is totally unique.

Black evening bags lend themselves so much to this embellishment.

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Two evening bags looking very plain

Paying attention to texture, matte or shiny finish, shape and stones on the brooch, a plain bag can become quite a feature.

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Adorned with a diamante dress clip

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The dress clip on the left, and a Trifari Bow on the right

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Round brooch with emerald green stone on left, Attwood and Sawyer diamante on gold on the right

I have done this a number of times with evening bags.  Knowing I have made an accessory work well adds so much to the satisfaction of wearing the outfit.  It can also be a talking point when at an event, which is helpful, in a different way!

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Black evening bag with finer beading adorned with a Ecco Brooch with lovely smooth and textured effect

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The same bag with a Trifari Bow Brooch and complimentary earings

Every so often a bag comes along that is crying out for embellishment.  It may be a day or an evening bag.  My personal policy is to always unpin brooches, to enable them to be worn in other ways and to avoid damaging the bag.

However very occasionally you find a bag that that looks so good with the brooch pinned on that you are tempted to leave it.

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I have done this once with a small evening bag that looks so marvellous with the swirl brooch I have left it alone and always use it with the brooch on.

This is because the first attempt at positioning was so right I may not achieve it a second time.  I also use my style book to record what I do with brooches /corsages on bags for an outfit.   So having to remember is not a problem.

You have gathered by now dear Reader, that I always take pride in being original and by being inventive this can just go happening.  Over time I have definitely become more confident about what works for me.  It is the same for many things in life, with experience comes great skill and judgment.  Style does not have to diminish the older you are!

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Simple pale pink envelope clutch livened up wih a jolly corsage

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The same bag with a closely matching corsage

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Here a deeper pink corsage adds interest and movement with the feathers

If you own some silk corsages try them on your handbag.  This is a great way to introduce a shot of colour into you outfit.  Corsages come and go in fashion terms and this can determine their availability to buy.  I love them and have built up a collection.  Some have been found in charity shops when they have fallen out of fashion and have been donated.  Take great care with size, colour and shape and you will have fun changing a handbag in this way.  I like to add a flower to a scarf sometimes.  An evening bag that does not really go with your outfit can be changed with a corsage to work in well.  The trying out of different ways is fun.

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Two different brooches on a simple red clutch.  The cut out leaf works well as you can see the red colour coming through.

It is important to check the clasps on brooches.

Try if you can to cultivate the services of a local jeweller who will effect repairs, or make changes to your finds.  I am lucky to have a jeweller near my home that have replaced stones, fixed clasps and even remodelled a necklace into earings, necklace and bracelets for me.  They have also restrung pearls.

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I hope this post will give you some ideas and get you trying out your brooches on handbags!  Do share your successes; I would love to know what you have put together.  Shared experience is a great way to discover new ideas.

Thank you for visiting Gloriously Vintage!  I look forward to seeing you on the next post!

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