Truth be told, Mini-me is a bit of a party-pooper these days. This was the second year in a row that she outright refused to dress up for Halloween. This came as a great disappointment to her mother (moi), who LOVES to come up with pretty costumes each year. I suppose it was inevitable, but nonetheless, a bit disappointing. It would actually have been completely devastating if not for the fact that I still have my Mini-mini-me - through whom I can continue to live out all my tulle-festooned fantasies. Ballerinas, brides, and princesses - we've done them all over the years. This year Mini-mini decided that she would like to dress up as Audrey Hepburn. I had contemplated making a costume for her and then I found a gorgeous vintage prom dress on Etsy.
It was a stunning shade of Tiffany Blue, tea length, and sized in something like a double zero. It was perfect...and with a few alterations, fit her beautifully!
We accessorized with some large Tiffany Blue pearls and some sparkly earrings...
Then we piled her long hair high up on her head and, as a finishing touch, added a rhinestone tiara.
I am so happy that Mini-mini-me loved her costume and that I had one more year to indulge in frothy layers of tulle. It all goes by way too quickly, but I remain hopeful that Mini-me will once again someday rediscover her inner princess.
I have several pretty and thrifty finds to share with you this week. First up, these two pastel confections from Forever 21. I just love the beautiful colors of this bracelet ($10.80)...
And this necklace ($8.80) is so lovely...
I have always been a huge fan of J.R. Watkins' cleaning products, but I just recently discovered their line of beauty items. The Raspberry Framboise Lip Balm smells so delicious and it is a major bargain at only $2.99!
And finally, I just adore little flowery clips for your hair, don't you? These pretty pink and cream ones from H & M were only $4.95 for a set of three!
Located in downtown L.A., California Millinery is a jewel of a shop. It is one of those rare places that seems to be fixed in another time - a time when millinery flowers were hand-made petal by petal, where hats were decorated with exotic, colorful plumes of feathers, and vintage silk ribbons from France were a must for any garment.
This past visit, I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with the owner, Irene Arroyo. Irene is such a lovely, lovely person and she's an expert when it comes to her stock. Whether you are in need of some delicate veiling, a very specific color of vintage grosgrain ribbon, or a buckram hat frame, Irene is there with friendly help and advice.
The shop itself is incredible. Just the sheer amount of inventory (much of it vintage) is not to be believed...
Digging through the treasure trove of boxes and bins will be rewarded with a bounty of beautiful velvet bows, tiny millinery fruits, and silk flowers.
There are fabrics and feathers and trims everywhere you look.
And you don't need to be a professional milliner to appreciate this shop. Anyone who loves vintage trims, fashion, costume design, or crafts will find something wonderful here. If you do get a chance to stop by California Millinery Supply, give yourself plenty of time to explore...after all, that's the best part. :-)
I have always had a special love of vintage handbags. It began as a young girl when my grandmother gave me some of her beautiful old beaded evening bags. Hers were the kind that were so delicate and so intricately woven with teeny, tiny beads that they resembled a tapestry fabric. I will have to get them out and show them to you sometime, but today I am sharing these lovelies with you.
They actually belong to "Mini-Me" and she, too, has been collecting them since she was a very little girl.
She has amassed quite a collection over the years and I just love how they all go together so beautifully. Quite a sophisticated color palette, don't you think?
Many of them are from the 1950's and 1960's. The Italian beaded ones are my favorites. This one came from our recent trip to the Paris flea markets.
I've found that having a child start a collection of their own is a wonderful way to get them involved in antiquing trips. It gives them a way to participate in the activity and they also get to learn from an early age how exciting and thrilling "the hunt" can be!
I especially love the handle on this gold and white one and, if I'm lucky, "Mini-Me" may let me borrow it. :-)
For the first time this summer, the girls are actually both in camp at the same time. So, I am enjoying having a few hours each day for a little grown-up time all to myself - working out at the gym, meeting friends for coffee, and SHOPPING! If truth be told, sometimes I like nothing better than to spend an hour or two strolling around the mall all by myself. I can actually take the time to try things on, I don't have to stop every 20 minutes to get someone a soft pretzel or Dippin' Dots, and I can leisurely look around at all my favorite shops. Forever 21 is one of my guilty pleasures. It's fun, cheap, and, yes, maybe a little too young for me. :-) But I love it nonetheless. Especially the jewelry and accessories. I like to challenge myself to find the most expensive looking bargains - all in my favorite colors, of course. So, today, I thought I'd share some of my recent finds with you. Like this gorgeous faux-gem encrusted bracelet...
This ring is so completely fabulous - opaque aqua faceted stones and crystal rhinestones!
These pastel earrings are stunning. And under $5!
I had to get this pair of blingy earrings for Mini-mini-me - she doesn't have pierced ears yet and these are clip-ons! Perfect for her next dress-up party!
When I was a very little girl, my Nana was a huge fan of the designer Pucci. She had the coolest mini-dresses in wildly graphic prints, colorful silk scarves, and even Pucci-patterned towels in her powder room. All that beautiful color and design made a big impression on me and I still love Pucci to this day. So, when I saw these beyond fabulous limited-edition make-up brushes at Target, they immediately went right into my shopping cart.
They are are actually designed by Sonia Kashuk, but they are clearly "Pucci-inspired"...
And I absolutely LOVE them!
The entire five-piece set is only $14.99 and would make an incredible gift for any fashionista, don't ya think?