...the kind you find in a secondhand store.
And I did indeed find this slightly knackered old angora beret in a charity shop.
50p? Oh, go on then.
Don't let the sunshine fool you - these October mornings are chilly.
1960s Arnel dress - Second to None (bought on a bloggers' day out to Walsall in 2013)
Denim jacket, tights, beret, bag, necklace and bangles - charity shopped
Boots - retail
How funny, I always assumed this dress was homemade, but I have just found a label lurking under the armpit. It's one of my favourite long sleeved frocks for cooler weather.
Now; look what lovely Yvonne sent in the post, as part of her All Hallows Read spooky book giveaway.
How kind of you to send a few extra goodies too; thanks, Yvonne!
It's been a bits'n'bobs sort of week. Featuring some jewellery, which is always good.
I'm sticking to my Spend Wisely pledge; during my perusal of the charity shops this week, I spent little, but found two vintage necklaces, a modern-but-cool ring, and a brooch which caught my eye because of the iridescent peacock blue background. Only £1 a piece.
I was curious about the brooch, because the fastening is quite unusual, and I could see there was something stamped on the back; without a magnifying glass, I couldn't make out what it said until I got it home.
Turns out it says Made in England, a patent number, and the setting is sterling silver. A bit of research revealed that this is an Art Deco butterfly wing brooch, made by Shipton and Co of Birmingham, awarded the patent for this kind of design in 1923. (The firm is still in business today.)
The Morpho butterfly wings were imported from South America; brooches, rings, pendants and compacts were produced with the wings providing the distinctive colour for the background, while a reverse painted image on glass was attached to the front. The best examples are set in silver. There are all sorts of designs, often tropical scenes, but also crinoline ladies, birds, flowers and fairies.
I didn't know any of this until today; I just liked the colour and sheen! But I love learning about design, and I'm happy to have found a little piece of silver Deco jewellery for a quid.
What else has been happening?
I did my first full day at St Luke's, which was great. It's curiously satisfying to see items I selected from the stock room to fill the rails being snapped up immediately, and things which have only just been donated selling on the same day.
I managed to ring up a £1 sale on the till as £100, but we'll gloss over that... The manager laughed and said not to worry when I 'fessed up. Oops - Must Do Better, and concentrate.
And I've been to see my lovely hairdresser today, and talked her into a photo;
Kirsty, at Hair at St Paul's.
Where the chat and the laughs are as good as the cut and colour.
Half term next week, and the kids are off to stay with my sis and her man for a long weekend before I go up to the north east to join them.
And while they're gone? Hmm, Mama might take the opportunity to walk in through the out door - just for devilment!