Sure, the three of us spend a lot of our time digging up treasures for all of you to enjoy, but we also have some favorite vintage pieces of our own -- they're hung in our closets, decorating our homes, piling up on our bookshelves and mixed in amongst our record collections. And every now and then, we can't help but show them off.
Here are Jen's picks, including a tiger's eye necklace, a silk patterned robe, and a 1945 Esquire Varga Girl Calendar:
#1 Tiger's Eye Layered Necklace
So my stepmom, Mary, found this gem of....gems...at a jewelry store that had recently acquired it -- along with a selection of other vintage pieces -- from an estate, and though there was no occasion for giving it to me, she said that when she saw it, she knew I had to have it. For some reason, this necklace gives me such comfort. I don't know if it's because it's from my family, or because it hits at just the right spot, or maybe because its versatile color allows it to go with just about anything, or maybe it's because it's bold enough to make any outfit pop, whether I'm looking casual or dressing up. I think it's a combination of all those factors, really. It's become a bit of a crutch piece for me; if I'm feeling 'blah' about an outfit, I can usually add this to the mix and feel much, much better.
#2 Silk robe
Here's a little secret: always check the lingerie section at the thrift store! I can't suggest it enough. A lot of times all things lacy and flowy are shoved into that section, which is where I found this silk reversible robe. The fabrics are so lovely and it adds such great texture and shape to simpler silhouettes. It's great for both going out and stay in and really every occasion in between. Because when isn't a robe appropriate?
#3 1945 Esquire Varga Girl Calendar
Holy mackerel; this one is like the holy grail for me. I'm a big ol' fan of pin-up art, and since my uncles Don and Mahlon gave me this fully intact 1945 Esquire calendar a few years ago, it's easily become one of my most prized possessions. And even better -- it was apparently distributed/used as advertisement by a small business in Harrisburg, Sam Spurrier Club Supplies and Equipment, which was located just a handful of blocks from where I now live. This world is wild.