Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Vintage Jewelry - 50s Businesswoman

I love the whole look of the 40s and 50s - I think I was born in the wrong era. Of course, if I'd been born then, I would have had no choice in having kids, so there you go. I'd rather live now and not have kids. Not that there's anything wrong with kids - they are lovely for other people to have.
I was determined to show this great blouse off to better advantage than last time I wore it (http://sheilaephemera.blogspot.com/2008/08/consignment-week-neutrals-with-pop-of.html), and there's nothing like a high-waisted pencil skirt to do that. This one is a nice stretch crepe and has shiny ("Look, shiny!" says the crow) square beads at the waist, which I just love. Add the fitted jacket, the classic black platform pumps and the lovely necklace and Bob's your uncle (I actually did have an Uncle Bob, but that's another story).

This choker is another piece that comes from Grandma J: It was filthy when I got it; I scrubbed it clean with a toothbrush and a bit of soap. I think the beads are jet - some of them are slightly chipped, unfortunately. It broke a couple of years ago, so I tromped down to the bead shop and bought all the stuff to fix it...then found another bead under the dressed months later (one side only has 4 beads). Anyway, I love the look of it and the feel of it - it's easily the vintage piece I wear the most.

I have no idea how old it is or what make it is.

Grey cotton jacket (RW & Co.), patterned grey blouse (H&M, consignment), black skirt (Kensie), black pumps (Calvin Klein), vintage necklace (Grandma J), crystal stud earrings.


  1. I love your look. I would have loved to have born in the era when I could have worn those nipped in waists and full skirts (1950s?). It would have meant I'd have had to have kids but I did anyway so win win for me!
    And I also have an Uncle Bob.

  2. Thanks!

    I love that era too. It's such a female look, that nipped in waist.

    It's odd that this is the only time in history (as far as I know) where women don't have to have kids if they don't want to - lucky for me.

  3. I've been lurking for a while on your site and almost commented on your Alice Cooper outfit(LOVED IT!) Now I just have to comment as a fellow child-free person. I love that we have the choice. Good for you for knowing what you want (or, don't want).

  4. I admire how your outfits manage to be so stylish and visually interesting with texture, and shine, etc. It's a hard mix to get right, but you always nail it. :)

    That being said, I also admire women who choose not to have children...a lot of my friends are already going down that road, and I spend a lot of time waffling about whether it's something I want for myself, or something I want just because it seems like the accepted path.

  5. Welcome Alison, and thanks, Erica for your kind compliments.

    I have always known that I didn't want to have kids - and it's been a tough thing to live with. I know my mom wanted me to have kids, and it's been broken at least one relationship that I had. I am fortunate in that I found a partner who feels the same.

    And just to be clear, I totally respect and admire those who choose to have kids. Power to ya! Thanks for bringing some pretty cool new people into the world.


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