Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Feb 28th - Outfit #25 - Red and Amber

One more day! I'm pretty excited.

I planned today's outfit around the shoes, which, sadly, have only been worn once this month, here.
I'm not going to write them off (no way!), but I shouldn't have put two pairs of caramel-coloured shoes in this capsule. (Hint, I'll be wearing the other pair tomorrow for the Last Day).

One last time, here is the red jacket, the caramel skirt and the taupe sweater/tank:
That's my mom's 60s gold chain belt too.

A close-up of the necklace and earrings:
I don't know if I've ever worn these on the blog; I bought the set (the necklace and a bracelet, not shown) from an antique store around 10 years ago to celebrate getting a job (it was a crappy job, turned out). I think I paid $60 for them - I was told the beads were Bakelite. I don't think the metal is gold as it's a bit tarnished, but it's well-crafted and I like it. I actually took two end pieces off the necklace and put them on hooks to make the earrings.


Jacket (French Connection, thrifted), tank (Ellen Tracy, swap from Caro), skirt (Precis Petites, thrifted), shoes (Lauren by Ralph Lauren), belt (vintage 60s, Mom's), necklace (vintage ??).

15 comments:

  1. Sheila, I love this outfit, especially the jacket and necklace - no way I could have gone that long without wearing it! :)

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  2. Woohoo! One day left! Congrats on an awesome month of remixing. That caramel shade and red has got to be the all time chic-est color combination in my opinion.

    Also I love all the stories behind your jewelry. I hope to have many sentimental pieces like yours in my life.

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  3. I love your diagonal seated pose. It's so good!

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! When you find a good pose, you have to stick with it (as you well know!).

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  4. I agree with Megan, this color combination is so chic. The pointy toe heels make it very ladylike and dressy, in a cool way. And your mom's chain belt is awesome!

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  5. What a great color combination! You carry off that longer skirt so well.

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  6. Wendy is so right - I LOVE that pose. So sassy!

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  7. Gorgeous color combo!!! I LOVE the necklace!! I'm anxious to see what you come up with next month!

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  8. Very colorful and very cheerful! At the end of winter there is such hunger for color. Your outfit is like a candy for eyes.

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  9. That necklace is very pretty and the skirt is the perfect length for you. Lovely!

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  10. I'm going to pick my 30 pieces for March tonight! I'm so excited. LOVE the red jacket.

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  11. Hi Sheila,

    Here are a couple of thoughts about your lovely vintage jewelry: the beads could very well be bakelite; it was frequently used to imitate amber and tortoiseshell. You can test for it in a way that won't hurt the beads -- get some Dow Scrubbing Bubbles cleaner and use it to swipe a Q-Tip over the beads. If you get a rich yellow color, that indicates the item is phenolic resin (bakelite).

    Second, the metal in your pieces is probably brass, which was a very typical material for findings in bakelite jewelry in the earlier half of the 20th century. It was used a lot in items that were made in Czechoslovakia, including pieces made with Czech glass that also were very popular.

    Enjoy!

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    1. Ru, thank you so much for the information - I think you are right about the metal being brass (it has that smell). I will test the beads as you suggest.

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