Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Treasury Tuesday – December's Last Breath

Well this is it, ladies and gentlemen, the end of December and the end of another year. I don't know about all of you, but I thoroughly enjoyed 2013 and hope the new year is half as good as this one! I had my 10 year anniversary, turned 31 years old, celebrated my first full year as ChatterBlossom with my shop and blog, and saw the first year of my vintage fashion fling bloom into a full blown love affair. December was just grand with holidays and time with family and I'm ready to welcome in January tomorrow.

This treasury is an official send off for December, the month of turquoise. Cristina, from Lettera p Sy, curated this lovely grouping of pretty bits of turquoise and blue daisies. My wee blue daisy hair pin, "Blue Skies", even got to be at the top with that lovely 1950s ceramic lady! To me, the simple beauty of this collection seemed perfectly suited to give the farewell to 2013. 

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Turquoise Gift Guide #turquoise #vintage #winter #gifts
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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday Snag – Autumn & Winter Snags: Part One

Outfit #1 of My Vintage Autumn Recap #vintage #fashion #1940s #plaid

Can you believe it?! This year is already coming to a close! I usually get stuck in time somewhere back in September and it's always a shock to see the new year come so quickly. Back in August I did a recap series of all the vintage outfits I wore during the summer months (see Part One here and Part Two here). Now it's time to share a recap of the cooler months! I really enjoy looking back to see how my style and tastes change and remembering how I felt when I wore each outfit. These clothes are so special to me and I love that new memories are being added to their already long history. Once again I'm sharing it in two parts so as not to overload you with photos. 

I would love to get your thoughts on which outfits or pieces are your favorites and why. I love hearing which details and aspects of an ensemble catch your attention and tug at your heartstrings. 

You can view the entire post of any outfit by clicking on the titles.

Outfit #2 of My Vintage Autumn Recap #1950s #fashion #vintage #style

Outfit #3 of My Vintage Autumn Recap #1940s #fashion #40s #dress #swing

Outfit #4 of My Vintage Autumn Recap #1940s #style #vintage #fashion #plaid

Outfit #5 of My Vintage Autumn Recap #1940s #lace #dress #vintage #fashion

Outfit #6 of My Vintage Autumn Recap #1930s #fashion #40s #style #vintage #clothing

Outfit #7 of My Vintage Autumn Recap #1950s #fashion #kimono #midcentury #style

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Saturday Shop Talk – The Divine Sarah

Antique Cameo Ring #bernhardt #jewelry #antique #ring

Personality: The Larger than Life
Places you'll find yourself: Capturing the hearts and captivating the souls of all who see you

Antique Sarah Bernhardt Ring #antique #ring #theatre #jewelry
 This piece is one of my more unusual I think. Or at least it's more specific anyway. I made this ring from an antique button (which is what my shop is best known for), but typically the buttons are more general in their designs. Things like flowers and birds tend to be the most common designs in antique buttons. However, this button is definitely an exception. This one is of a specific person who actually lived during the time the button would have been made. The cameo is of Sarah Bernhardt, a renowned theater actress in France during the Belle Epoque. It's funny to think of it this way, but I imagine having your face on a button would be somewhat akin to having a celebrity's face on a t-shirt now. She was known the world over and would have been a recognizable figure among theatre lovers at that time (late 1800s). The button itself is beautiful. It was created in the late 1800s/early 1900s with a brass bust atop a deep navy blue tinting. 
Antique Cameo Ring of Theatre Actress Sarah Bernhardt #antique #jewelry

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday Photo Swoon – It's Almost Time!

1940s New Year #1940s #party #new #year #vintage
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The New Year is almost here! Any one have any plans for the Eve? I've never really done resolutions, but I do try to do something with family and friends each year. This year my sister and her husband are taking me and the hubs out for a Christmas/Birthday/New Year's dinner at a nice restaurant! So excited! We do all three as me and my sister have birthdays over the holiday. I have a pretty little frock to wear too! Ooooh! 1950s silk party dress with gold heels!

1920s New Year! #1920s #new #year #vintage #party
Myrna Loy and the New Year's Baby #vintage #new #year
1930s New Year's Eve! #1930s #bette #davis #vintage #party
1940s New Year!! with Donna Reed #1940s #new #year #vintage
40s Pinup New Year #vintage #new #years #eve #1940s
Vintage New Year's Eve #vintage #new #year #1940s #1950s

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Thursday Thrill – Guess Who's on Instagram?!

Sheer giddy delight! #vintage #photograph #laughter

It's me, it's me!!! And I'm so excited!! I have entered the 21st century for Christmas, folks! My sister gave me the gift of a smart phone and it is my very first one. The above photo is pretty much what I looked like when I got my gift! Sheer giddy delight! Now I just have to figure out how the heck to work the thing...

One of the first things I did though was to get my booty on over to instagram! I'm not usually too excited about tech stuff, but instagram is wonderful! Now I get to stalk all my favorite bloggers and vintage sellers/wearers/lovers! I only have a few photos up of my own so far but I would love for you to stalk me too! ;-)

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Sunday Snag – Ultimate Snag Wishlist

1930s Silk Velvet Dress #1930s #dress #vintage #fashion
1930s Silk Velvet Dress from Dear Golden

The list of vintage beauties that I would love to have in my closet is never-ending. There are just so many gorgeous items to find and my haunts on the interwebs are frequently adding fuel to the fire with sumptuous dresses, delicate jewelry, flirty shoes, whimsical hats, and imaginative handbags. I know I'm getting an Etsy giftcard from part of my family as a present and oh my goodness, what to choose, what to choose?!

 Here is a list I would gladly give Santa! Any here that you wouldn't mind under your tree?

1920s Deco Bracelet #deco #jewelry #1920s #bracelet
1920s Art Deco Bracelet from Erin Antiques

1940s Floral Print Wedges #vintage #shoes #40s #wedges
1940s Floral Print Wedges from Raleigh Vintage

1940s Beaded Peacock Clutch #40s #accessory #1940s #purse #vintage
1940s Beaded Peacock Bag from 1919 Vintage
Amazing 1940s Suit #1940s #suit #blue #vintage #40s
1940s Beaded Pocket Suit from Rococo Vintage

Devastatingly beautiful opera necklace #antique #jewelry #opera #necklace #1900s
Early 1900s Graduated Opera Necklace from The Hidden Chamber

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saturday Shop Talk – Love Amongst Brambles

Personality: The Stalwart and Brave
Places you'll find yourself: Fighting for those you love at all costs

Antique Filigree Hair Clip #antique #hair #thistle #nouveau

I love this! I made a few new hair clips recently and this is one of them. This pretty hair accent was made using a beautiful antique button depicting a thistle in an Art Nouveau design. It is set on a brass filigree clip and ready to add some old world glamour to your next hairstyle! There are three different versions of this piece in my shop right now. Be sure to check them out!

Thistle Filigree Hair Clip #antique #thistle #hair #accessory

Art Nouveau Hair Clip #nouveau #hair #thistle #scottish

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