dressed up like a lady: The novelty remains.

Apr 22, 2009

The novelty remains.

The color/light came out strangely in the pics of this outfit, so my grey tights look black. But I'm posting it anyway, just to point out how a wool sweater can, in fact, be part of a celebratory, spring ensemble -- if you're still gobsmacked just that you don't have to wear a coat.

Besides, the real star of the outfit is this leather bookbag I saved from the Goodwill. It just needed the clasp replaced!


Additionally, for some reason this felt like a good day to showcase a couple of my vintage compacts. It's sort of fun (dare I say, novel) to pull out a trinket with its own history and character when you need to do something as mundane as powdering your nose. Plus, um, they're pretty.



This brass and enamel one was my grandma's. She received it as a bridesmaid gift when she stood up in her cousin's wedding in 1928. But, not being much of a girly girl, she never used it! (She was and remains a devoted Coty gal.)


This made it particularly easy to clean, but well-used compacts aren't much harder. Just remove all the marks and deposits with a damp cloth, then polish it up with a little alcohol -- but don't use the alcohol on any enamel parts, only on shiny metal. Anyway, loose powder vintage compacts are especially useful if you wear mineral makeup; just fill up the powder compartment with your dusting of choice.


There are other uses, though. This 20's compact featuring a gamine chick emerging from a big red flower (?) makes a lovely container for stowing my extensive stash of pills while I'm on the go.



Very Valley of the Dolls, but they're all over-the-counter. A girl can't let her allergies get the best of her.

24 comments :

  1. How fun! I love that bag. And those compacts are lovely. I collect vintage cigarette cases. I don't smoke, but like you, I use them for other things, like business cards. There's something so glamorous and classy about old compacts/cigarette cases. It makes me nostalgic for an era I never knew...

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  2. Oh your bag is definitely a star! And I like your vintage stuff? :)

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  3. Love your look and the pretty pillboxes! And your Lady Gaga idea is fab!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  4. What a super bag! I have a fetish for pretty compacts. I swear, when I'm your age (gosh that makes you sound old but you're really not) I expect I'll have a make-up bag full of compacts, a wide range of lip glosses, and nothing else!

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  5. It's great having things with history, especially when it's from your own family! Your compacts are loveley!
    The bag and the skirt are also amazing:)

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  6. omg that bag and those compacts.. SO FANTASTIC!

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  7. Vintage compacts? LOVE.
    Gorgeous Vintage Bag? CHECK.
    Wool Sweater? ADORABLE.
    Sweet Comment on Morena's blog? CHECK.
    Forgetting to answer Morena's email again? CHECK. (Haha I completely forgot about it too. So it's okay. It's just that I was cleaning out my inbox today and noticed.)

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  9. i love vintage compacts too! they have such an elegant look to them.

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  10. my mom has a very small collection of antique compacts, i was always fascinated by them!

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  11. I love your bookbag. It's so vintage-ish. Your vintage comptacts are beautiful. *Sighs wistfully.*

    Your posts are always so witty. :)

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  12. I love your brown/gray/pink color scheme there! And those compacts are amazing. I've never thought of actually reusing them when I saw them in thrift stores- you're a genius!

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  13. i love the idea of stashing pills in a little vintage pill box! too bad all mine have to be taken in a certain order lol.

    annnd i LOVE that skirt!

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  14. what a great outfit and that bag is amazing. that compact mirror is just what i need, i too need a place to put my medicine..especially for my allergies.

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  15. Very cute outfit, but I can't stop admiring your compacts collection..so pretty and classy!

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  16. I have a fascination with old compacts too, but the kind where the mirrors on both sides. But I haven't been able to find one!

    & I love your bag! :]

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  17. i adore those vintage compacts. i use a lot of makeup and its boring seeing all that normal packaging. where did you find those cases?

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  18. I hate to sound like a complete fashion twat, but I'm loving coral this season, and your jumper is the perfect shade. Those trinkets are to die for - I love vintage tid-bits. LUSH. x

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  19. oh i love all the vintage compacts. i can only imagine your grandma in her young years. wow! she must be a real beauty! hihi

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  20. Small metal containers for the win.

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  21. I love your vintage compacts!

    I also love your outfit, you always menage to mix and match and look really amazing!

    Have a great weekend,
    Rebecca

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  22. I love the Valley of the Dolls reference! (So deliciously indulgent and naughty!)

    And the book bag is quite the find, it's got just the right amount of details, but I like how pared down and rugged it is.

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  23. Your blog was linked in another blog I read (it slips my mind as to which one it was!), and I'm loving your posts. Scrolling along, I zeroed in on that wonderful bag. I'm sort of a bag and jewelry nut, and I love anything with a story. Your grandmother's compact is wonderful!

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