Saturday, November 14, 2009

A day perfect for hunting....

So, oddly, as my last post spoke of frost on the lawn when I woke up, today was quite the opposite.  It was an amazing 68 degrees today; sunny and beautiful.  My husband was out helping a friend move so I decided it would be a perfect day for thrift stores and antique shops.

 not sure why the camera was so unfocused today!

Dress: thrifted
Jersey Cardigan: Francesca's Boutique
Necklace: Francesca's Boutique
Leggings: Target
Boots: Madden Girl
Ring: Leonard Spencer with Sacred Buffalo turquoise

I was also on the hunt today.  I acquired a fantastic pair of Ed Hardy sparrow hairclips.  The problem is that they are red, black and yellow.  I own a lot of black but really no red or yellow.  So I really wanted to try and find something to wear with them other than black.  Luckily, the Goodwill was lucky because I found a beautiful yellow, red and blue floral blouse for $2.  There is a small hole on the shoulder but I just fell in love with it.  I also picked up a fantastic day dress.  Its oddly a size 0 but totally fits me (I'm a 4).  The best pair is the sleeves roll up and button so you can wear it short sleeved or 3/4 length.  I am so excited to hem it (its just passed knee length), belt it and put on my brown boots!

Ed Hardy Hairclips

Thrifted Blouse

Thrifted dress

As I mentioned, I also went to the historic district of a local town to shop on Beacon Hill, which is their antique and craft district (I'll take a picture of it one of these days, it is precious).  I found a lot I wanted to buy but due to financial constraints, I only picked up two items: a book for my father for Christmas on the 1933 Chicago Exposition: A Century of Progress and a set of 30s postcards of the Chicago Watertower and the Wrigley Building which I want to frame and put in our office (my husband is an architect).  I am especially excited about the Official Photographs book of the 1933 Chicago Exposition.  My grandfather actually went to it in 1933 and it is amazing to see the pictures of all that was built for it!  And none of the buildings (save about 5) exist anymore.  They were all temporary for the Exposition.

Chicago Water Works Tower and Wrigley Building postcards

 1933 Official Photographs book from Century of Progress Chicago Exposition: Cover, Cover Page, two photos from inside (wish I could post them all!)


Leilani said...

How neat, I love buying items that connect to local history, it's especially interesting that your grandfather went to the fair (I suspect my grandmother and grandfather did too... they grew up in Winnetka and Park Ridge respectively) so would have been around then!

Elegance Personified said...

I ADORE YOUR LOVE FOR VINTAGE ANYTHING. You look beautiful and I love those postcards. Chicago has always been a claccic, chic, polished, grand city. ;-)