Nostalgic Place in Time

NY & Company Sleeveless Blouse  Vintage Gingham Skirt (similar here)  Gold Studded Pearl Earrings (similar here)  Vintage Wicker Straw Handbag (Roberta Alexander, similar here)  Vintage White Cotton Gloves (similar here) Dolce Vita Kalila Pumps

How could an era such as the 1940’s that consisted of a number of wartime shortages and difficulties achieve a lasting display of elegance? With the feminine touch of pin curls, bright ruby red lips and a narrow hip kept a woman’s silhouette anything but austere. The question might be how these simple yet practical garment choices had managed to look sumptuous; it’s the stylization not the garment itself. A classic pattern that made for casual daywear is the checked pattern of Gingham. This distinguished piebald of even-sized checks, made up with horizontal and vertical stripes crossing one another to form even checks. This popular pattern also known as genggang which means striped, had its debut in the 17th century. Shortly after the gingham pattern became reproduced in the mills of Manchester, England in the color combination of blue and white.
Despite the beginning in which you may reference gingham, I have always found this timeless pattern to symbolize a nostalgic place in time. A popular representation of gingham was showcased in 1939 with The Wizard of Oz in which Judy Garland’s character Dorothy wears an iconic blue gingham dress. The connection from her pitch line of youth, ‘there is no place like home’ gave a visual effect of homespun utilitarian glamour.
Today you will discover gingham will effortlessly be associated in the form of two aver symbolic standards; nostalgic yet youthful.

A Reflection of Adornment | Shiny Little Blessings

Vince Camuto Fitted Velvet Sheath  Gold Crystal Pearl Statement Earrings c/o Shiny Little Blessings  Vintage Mink Fur Stole (similar here)  Vintage Leather Gold Chained Clutch (similar here)

For more than seven years, Sabine Schoepke of Shiny Little Blessings, a sought-after jewelry designer specializing in an arrangement of personalized and bespoke jewelry which celebrates the blessings in one’s life. The Redondo Beach, mother of two began to make use of her unoccupied time with the introduction of her own jewelry line while her boys attended school. “It has been an exhilarating journey seeing ‘Shiny Little Blessings’ blossom into an exciting ‘from Moms for Moms’ store. The jewelry is all about celebrating the blessings in our lives, while expressing ourselves with the items we wear or lovingly gift to others,” explains Schoepke.
In creating Shiny Little Blessings Schoepke took it upon herself to embrace a guideline of three rules during the production of each piece. All designs are matters of the heart – they are a reflection of her love and passion for jewelry making and design, they have meaning which reflects a presence of joy and passion with each piece produced. “My inspirations come from life, I am very spiritual. I love to meditate and I am trying to live a very conscious life, appreciating all the wonderful things which I hold dear. I create from my heart, my heart and soul goes into every piece I make,” says Schoepke, who is known as a definien of new ideas.

To balance between possessing a passionate career path which would also allow for Schoepke to attend to her two children, she formed a workplace for fabulous mothers holding an adverse skill. In return Schoepke has managed to keep her children as her number one priority as well as providing employment for working mothers alike. With a strategic approach to contribute with a non-profit organization, Schoepke is ideally seeking to support single mothers in need. A passion is seen through not only the designs produced but through her inspiring words written on her personal blog.
Shiny Little BlessingsSince Schoepke’s launch in 2009, her wide range of personalized jewelry among wedding collection pieces which offers a subtle touch to nuptial bliss with an expressive meaning. With the combination of pearls and rhinestones together geminating an impressive sparkle, a timeless silhouette which plays off the soft touch of velvet. “My pieces are simply about feeling beautiful,” Schoepke states. The balance between the miniature diamonds that surround a pearl of true essence drops to a leaf motif which again surrounded with two precious gems. Despite which design chosen one thing remains the same, wear it close to your heart, live it, love it and pass it on to the ones you love.


A Trademark of Fondest

7-20- MiddleTatyana Secretary Pencil Dress  (similar here)  Vintage Cartwheel Hat (similar here)  Rope Pearl Necklace & Double Drop Earrings (Vintage Heirloom, Theresa Fisher, similar herehere)  Vintage Gloves (similar here)  Vintage Leather Clutch (similar here)  Kate Spade Black Patent ‘Licorice Too’ Pumps

As the heat of the day radiates through the afternoon and summer slowly becoming a memory, I find this the perfect time to embrace the 1940’s with a Cartwheel designed hat. For those not familiar with the term Cartwheel, these hats were typically manufactured using straw and an over-sized stiff brim. While this particular style of hat was proven to slim ones silhouette, it was designed to balance a narrow hip.

From bespoke designs to quality craftsmanship I’ve grown fond of millinery designs of the 1940’s. Details of which defined an era having possessed a presence of wealth, class and panache. For example, utilized from the late 1940’s these wide brimmed hat’s had been designed with an inner cap or platform which sat atop the head, which in return held the brim up above ones forehead. While many designs of this era where fitted to sit straight across I personally find a sixty percent degree angle to clepe the curve of the brim to meet ones taste, rather than being worn at the rear of one’s head in the manner of a Halo Hat. These hats unfortunately are no longer an essential accessory for daily wear, they have become vintage collectibles.I have written multiple times in the past of my ambitious desire regarding Dior’s “New Look” of 1947, which became the new form for a woman’s ensemble. Once again, the Cartwheel hat in the autumn of 1955 particularly found itself associated with Dior’s Y-line Collection. A trademark of Dior’s sumptuous Y-Collection can be viewed as I’ve reinvented such a look utilizing the vintage Cartwheel hat, heirloom roped pearls and a broad shoulder pencil dress garnished with a causal pair of daywear gloves.




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