I have been really enamored with gold statement jewelry lately, particularly a great pair of earrings. It looks so elegant with a sleek black outfit like some of the ones above. I often stare at these earrings on Net-a-Porter and wish they were mine. Sadly I do not even have pierced ears! Any that you see me wearing are clip-ons. I think this weekend I’m going to go with a friend to finally get them pierced. Life is too short to miss out on wearing gorgeous earrings.

 

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These beautiful 1930s/1940s patchwork jeans are a prized possession of mine. They come from my friends at Desert Vintage, naturally! There are so many hand-done repairs on these jeans, you can get lost in the intricacies of them. Well-worn and patched denim is a lifelong obsession of mine, I get it from my mom. She always had a stack of Levi’s 501s in her closet and on the weekends we’d go to thrift stores to hunt for rare and beautiful pairs. I remember one time we encountered a Japanese denim picker who was taking a load of denim back to Tokyo. He asked my mom if she wanted to sell any of hers, and we met him at the same thrift store the next day and she sold him some  of her orange tab Levi’s. What a funny occurence in the middle of North Texas! Certainly those experiences taught me to put a high value on denim. It’s probably why today my jean drawer takes up half my wardrobe. I can never say no to a pair of beautiful old jeans!

Wearing vintage denim patchwork jeans with a StyleNanda blouse, a 70s Bill Blass tweed duster coat, and shoes from Chloe’s spring 2008 collection.

 

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This skirt is an extremely special piece I bought recently by designer Catherine Buckley. Catherine Buckley is best known for designing Joanna Lumley’s costumes in the New Avengers in 1976, but she also made stunning Belle Epoque inspired clothes that often were made of delicate antique jacquard lace fabrics. This skirt is one of those pieces-it’s tag notes that the skirt is very delicate and made of lace fabrics dating from 1900’s-1920’s. Needless to say I feel like a very lucky girl to have snagged this incredibly unique skirt by such an innovative designer. I rarely wear clothing older than the 1940’s. It just feels too precious for me to wear out in the world, but I will make an exception for this skirt. I am also wearing a 1920s piano shawl here, so I am double-breaking my rule!

I am wearing a Catherine Buckley skirt with a 1970s Chessa David blouse, a 1920s piano shawl, and Dorateymur patent pink mod boots.

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