Blue bling

Friday, February 21, 2014

Went to the consignment store this week, and found this bling-y blue number. Statement necklaces are in, so why not? Like I always say, sparkle is good for the soul.


And, wow, does this sparkle.


The saleslady looked doubtful. "What are you going to wear it with?" she asked me. "Jeans," I replied. She didn't say anything, only raised her eyebrows ever so slightly.


Here's some more vintage bling. It was originally a brooch, but someone added beads and a clasp.






On another note, this is how I usually feel about getting my picture taken . . . 


So you probably won't see pictures of me on this blog. Today was an anomaly. Just in case you were wondering . . . 

Consignment and antique stores are great places for vintage jewelry. Check carefully for any missing rhinestones, and make sure all clasps and pins are in good working order. I learned this the hard way. Sales are usually final. Another great source of vintage gems is your grandmother's or great-aunt's jewelry box. I think that vintage jewelry has much more character than something you might buy at J. Crew, for example, is a lot less expensive, and will definitely be one of a kind. (J. Crew's statement necklaces currently range from $55 to $248.)

 I say, take advantage of the trend and hop on the bandwagon. Enjoy the sparkles and bling. Give those baubles another day in the sun. Like all trends, it will run its course, and grandmother's jewelry will once more be retired. We'll be back to small, demure jewelry soon enough. And probably ready for it by then.

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15 comments :

  1. You look fabulous!
    Love that bright blue necklace too....my comment would have been the same as yours..."jeans."

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  2. What a cool necklace...who says it shouldn't be worn with jeans! That is exactly what I would be wearing it with...I gave up dress clothes when I retired.
    Have a great weekend, Deborah.

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  3. Stunning. Absolutely, gorgeous. The necklaces- and you! Your goodies are on their way, Deborah. Enjoy them! Lori

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  4. Deborah: I like wearing very fancy jewelry with more casual clothes, too. Otherwise, it is overkill, I think. I inherited a set of earrings with a brooch very much like your necklace from my mother. It has been a lot of fun to wear at times. BTW, I really appreciated your post on mascara reviews. As soon as I see it, I am going to pick up the Telescopic Mascara that you recommended. I will let you know how I like it.

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  5. Absolutely beautiful! I love the pretty sparkle and shine.

    I wanted to thank you for visiting my blog the other day and letting me know who the author of the quote was - I truly appreciate it :)

    Your blog is simply lovely and I am a happy new follower. Looking forward to future visits! Hugs to you!

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  6. Thanks for your visit to my blog. I think you will have fun with the app. If you know Rhondi's blog she's have another "party" to show a picture this Wednesday. I enjoyed visiting your blog and see we have a lot in common. Your valentine post -- I could have written it! :-)

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  7. Hi Elizabeth,

    Both pieces are very striking. I love the way you've styled them, both around the floral plate and on the pretty 'model'!:))

    Have a lovely week!

    Poppy

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  8. Both those pieces are gorgeous, and the first one especially, I think! Good for you! And it's lovely to wear it with jeans and a blousy, feminine top. Thanks for the photos of you -- you're beautiful! I don't often post pics of me either, or if I do, it's with my hubby :) I do check out jewelry in our local thrift stores. Many items are donated by our many retired folks. But I have so much jewelry already, it seems crazy to accumulate more! Still ... I do look!

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    1. I just donated a ton of costume jewelry, and still have lots.

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  9. Both those necklaces are lovely. It's a rare find these days around here. In the past I would find lovely bling-y vintage regularly. I guess shoppers are more savvy these days. Must get my collection out and wear the pieces more often. :)

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    1. Most of my clothing choices are pretty classic (boring), so it's fun to add something a little out of the ordinary as an accessory.

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  10. Love them!!! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2014/02/anything-blue-friday-week-48.html Hope to see you again at the little blue soiree! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  11. You're lovely, Deborah. The photos are truly beautiful, oh, and the necklaces too! I love that you wear them with jeans and a shirt (chic jeans and shirt of course). Your vibrancy and kindness shine out from your face - and your hair is fabulous.

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    1. oh Fiona, what a lovely compliment, esp. coming from you, my chic friend!

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