Charmed, I’m Sure

I’ve always loved charm bracelets. I have a vintage one, the one I started when I was a child and a newer one I started a few years ago. That’s not to say I wouldn’t want more. And when I recently spotted the charm collection at Fossil, I started dreaming. The charms look well-made and feature fun icons, both vintage and contemporary. My favorite was a mint green typewriter they had in the shop but is sold out on the web site.

Fossil Charm Bracelet

But what I find truly delightful was the charm necklace! What a great way to go from glam to goofy, just by swapping out the charms on your necklace. Or wear them all at once for a Mr. T vibe.

Fossil Charm Necklace

Now if only there was a little ball of yarn and needles charm!


Sailor Patriot

I would have posted yesterday but I had a run-in with some toxic vitamins. In an effort to reduce my habit of bruising, I started taking some vitamins this weekend only to discover after two days of stomach cramps that my vitamins were laced with GREEN PEPPERS! Green peppers are my personal Kryptonite. They make me so sick so to discover that the vitamins I thought were going to make me more healthy were poisoning me was just heart-wrenching. Anyway, I am slowly feeling better so… on with the photos!

This is my most patriotic outfit which seemed fitting to show you since yesterday was Independence Day.

I have always wanted a sailor-esque dress and this one completely fit the bill with a little polka dot collar in the back and a tie to match at the front. Its made of fairly lightweight cotton, a bit like a chambray. Long ago, it lost its belt so I made do with a coordinating red patent belt and added a few pins.

My Coventry-era pin is from the 60s I think and the “I Like Pie” pin is new — a birthday gift from my pie-making friends.

The dress comes a little below the knee and has those loose-fitting pockets specific to the 30s and 40s. The buttons are flower-shaped! What’s not to love?

Hope everyone had a lovely Fourth of July!


Vintage Jewels from Van Cleef & Arpels

Princess Grace of Monaco wearing a Van Cleef & Arpels engagement set, 1956.

I can’t afford them but it doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy looking at them. I got an email informing me that the Cooper-Hewitt is having an exhibition of Van Cleef & Arpels jewels. The online catalog featured wonderful photos of Princess Grace and Marlene Dietrich. And oh, those jewels! Amazing!

Ruby, platinum and diamond bracelet from 1937 owned by Marlene Deitrich

From some research, it seems the NY Times gave the show a biting review calling it a glorified sales campaign. Poo.