These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things.

As the title suggests, this blog is about some of my favourite girlie & sparkly things that I have acquired. Either found on jobs, Mr M has brought home for me to peruse or in the case of jewellery, items I have managed to “liberate” from his “to sort” stock – shhh don’t tell him!!

First up, my shiny, sparkly diamante cocktail clutch bag.

My party bag.
My party bag.

There is no label, so I don’t know who the manufacturer was but it is my go to party bag, it can glam up any outfit & adds that little touch of vintage charm.

If the diamante clutch is not quite right then I also have this gorgeous vintage 1950’s gold beaded clutch by French designer, Lucienne Offenthal.

IMG_5665

Both these bags are pretty dinky & can just about hold a iPhone, credit card & a lipstick, but then what more does a girl need!!

I am yet to use my next item, I absolutely love it & can’t bear to part with it. But being a statement piece, it’s a bit bigger than I usually wear & I have not found the right outfit to wear it with as yet.

Dafri Rhinestone Choker.
Dafri Rhinestone Choker.

This aquamarine, amber & diamante rhinestone choker was made by Sajen Dafri, who was making costume jewellery in Toronto, Canada in the 1940’s & 50’s.

Lastly is my favourite ring (well, technically 2nd favourite as my mum’s platinum & diamond bow engagement ring is my most prized possession but that did not come from a job)……….

Image copy 2

A diamond with sapphire’s set in 18ct white gold, this ring dates from between 1930’s – 50’s. I’m a sucker for the colour blue (see above choker!) maybe that has something to do with the three birthstones associated with my birthday in December: Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise & every girl needs diamonds right? 

A Day In The Life Of A House Clearer.

We recently worked with Mr M at a house clearance of one of the biggest hoarders he had come across. Not only did the lady have a flat & loft crammed full of her personal possessions, she also had four, I kid you not, FOUR storage units!

She acquired the first of the units when she downsized from her large house to her current flat & then continued to fill the others over the next 10 years. The units contained mainly clothes & books – every bag & box needed to be sorted.

She was also a prolific buyer of children’s soft cuddly toys, with well over 500 hidden away in black bags & locked away in the storage units.

This is what faced us when we opened unit No.1!
This is what faced us when we opened unit No.1!
Breakfast on the start of day 2 - only half way through unit 1.
Breakfast on the start of day 2 – only half way through unit 1.
Just a few bags of clothes not suitable for us but that made there way to charity.
Just a few bags of clothes not suitable for us but that made their way to charity.

But every hour spent there & every bag sorted was worth it, as this is just some of the great vintage fashion we found………….

1950's Sun Dress
1950’s Sun Dress
1950's Sun Dress
1950’s Sun Dress
Stunning John Charles evening gown / wedding dress.
Stunning John Charles evening gown / wedding dress.
1960's Global
1960’s Global “Styled in Paris” Dress
1950's Sun Dress by Fredrica Starke of London
1950’s Sun Dress by Fredrica Starke of London
1960's Dress
1960’s Dress