On Sunday, we attended a lovely brunch for Mel’s uncle’s 75th birthday. It was held in a gorgeous historic building… and of course we took no photos. In my defense, we got a ride and I didn’t want to hold up my sister-in-law’s family while we stood there taking photos. But you’ll take a few photos of my outfit once we got back home anyway, right??
I built my outfit around the fact that I accidentally painted my nails coral on Saturday, when I meant to paint them red, so I just stuck with the coral once I realized I’d pulled out the wrong bottle. Sometimes I’ll plan an outfit around something as simple as my nail color, and this was one of those times.
To play on the nail color, I pulled out one of my favorite vintage blouses that features leaves in yellow, turquoise, and two shades of orange, paired it with a pumpkin purse, and vermillion lipstick (just the house Sephora brand lipstick, though my favorite orange-red is NARS Heat Wave). I added my tweed skirt and my recently-completed Hetty cardigan. And you’re probably sick of seeing the cardigan by now, sorry!
It was windy out, but my hair now holds up pretty well to that. This hairstyle is taking some getting used to. I love the cut, I adore how easy it is to style, but I haven’t completely decided if it feels like me. But I’m certainly having fun with it in the meantime.
It’s been over a year since I first thought I’d like to have a menswear style watch, but I never did anything about it because I couldn’t decide between stainless and gold, or size, or pretty much anything. Finally however, I got one! I even went to a real department store to purchase it (quite a novel thing for me).
I realize it’s kind of a modern trend, but I don’t mind: I just know I like the look, and I think it can slip in with my vintage style quite nicely. I folded back the cuffs of my cardigan so my watch and bracelet could be seen. Interestingly, folded cuffs were something many 1940s knitting patterns featured. (And now that I have this watch I’m super pleased that the cardigan I’m currently finishing up for the Ravellenic Games has three-quarter length sleeves!)
I love my vintage timepieces, but sometimes I prefer a modern watch for accuracy and durability, especially when I travel… and we’re going to Ireland in late spring! So it’s months away, but of course you know I’m already planning for it!
By the way, when I bought this watch a woman in her 70s or 80s was standing at the counter next to me, and she complimented me on the watch when I was trying it on. So hey, when an older woman gives the thumbs up, color me pretty pleased. Outside of my wedding set, I tend to favor plastic jewelry like Bakelite and its other cousins, but this watch is giving me a renewed zest for my metal jewelry. Here I’ve paired it with a simple bangle, a sweater clip and my grandfather’s high school class ring from 1934. And I’m already picturing it with my vintage souvenir bracelets, too. Expect to see this watch on me a lot. 🙂
Winter has been so draining, all I’ve wanted to do lately is surround myself in COLOR. Lots of it. And I’d definitely say I succeeded with this outfit.
Now, bring on spring please, thanks!
Filed: Vintage Wardrobe