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.