When you write a blog you read blogs. Someone will make a comment on one of your posts; they have a blog so you jump over there and see what they have to say. This happens over and over until, before you know it, you’ve leapfrogged across the world.
Sometimes I stay with a blog, sometimes I don’t. Generally I’ve stayed with most and one of my favorites is Sally Evan’s Spicy Philosopher. In early December, Sally had a great photo of herself in a blue wool coat she owned for twenty-seven years and was wearing one awesome grey Fedora. I probably said,” Oh, my heavens,” (I say that a lot) because I have a similar blue coat that I wore often when I was still teaching. I don’t have an incredible grey Fedora like Sally’s, but I have a black one with lots of history. So I decided it was time to do A Style Steal.
I found my coat about ten years ago at a Florida thrift store, back in the days when I thought only Florida has great thrifts. Either Missouri’s stores got a lot better or I wasn’t looking hard enough. The wool coat (Jones of New York) was made in the USA, so that alone tells you how old it is.
The only wide brim Fedora I own is black but it was my Dad’s (the history) and he passed over twenty years ago. So I’ve taken care of it for awhile. I made the three interchangeable bands because the original one was just awful and I did want to wear his hat.
Everything else in the steal is more or less hit and miss. I added a bit of red with a scarf and don’t have have an everyday long black skirt so just went with black knee high boots. Our bags don’t have much in common. Trying a few, I ended up with what I call my Whirlwind bag by Tom Thomas.
That is my style steal. How do you think I did? Wearing this coat so much in the past, it was nice to get it on again.
Sally is also a jewelry maker. She introduced me to Sea Glass when she talked about hunting and finding it along Seaham Hall Beach in County Durham. I was smitten. I wanted something with Sea Glass in it.
Fortunately, Sally opened an ETSY shop to share and sell her creations. Needless to say, I jumped on that and now have a necklace that includes White Sea Glass and green Sea Glass earrings.
One Good Thing Deserves to be Paired With Another
I decided to pair my Sea Glass with another handmade item. This item is a wrap-around skirt designed and crafted by Michael Drummond, a St. Louis, Missouri, designer who made it pretty far on Project Runway eight years ago. I love Michael’s designs but that’s all I’m going to say about him because, quite honestly, I need to do a post on that young man (a good New Year’s resolution–one I can keep?).
I also added my “Counterpane” scarf that I designed and knitted. You can get a good view of the silk hatband that I made for Dad’s hat. It also has a vintage mother of pearl buckle that I found on eBay.
Maybe, the scarf was too much, but I do get cold when it is so cold outside.
Since I am a knitter, maybe you can understand why I really liked this wrap around skirt.
With my hair, it’s hard to see earrings, but i did have them on!
That wraps up my style steal and Sea Glass jewelry from Sally at Spicy Philosophy. I heartily recommend Sally’s blog for a great view on life. While I tend to focus only on fashion & style, Sally blends many things seamlessly into her writing. It is well worth a look.
I link up with some great blogs every week. To see who they are go HERE.
Husband Michael gets credit for the photos of me and does a bit of editing from time to time.
Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..
Time for my usual link-up blurb!
It’s time for the January’s 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup which stays open until January 31st.
Any post on a blog, Instagram, Facebook or the like can linkup to this style celebration. If you can copy and paste the URL in the Linky box, you are good to go!
One item is quite OK—a hat, skirt, pants, shoes, purse, or a piece of jewelry. That item (or items) can be from a thrift shop, eBay, consignment shop, vintage boutique, one of the online consignment shops such as RealReal–or even something a friend gave you because they didn’t want it anymore.
When you do post, I would appreciate a description about your 2nd Loved item (or items), what type of shop you found it and what drew you to it. Tell as much or as little as you want. To be featured in my collage, which I will put on Instagram along with your links, you have to say what item is second loved. That is a “have to”.
If you have never participated in a linkup before, no fear. Go to Linkup 101 guide that is found on my 2nd Loved 1st Friday linkup page (also found at the top in the tab section).
Just click the frog below to link up and join the fun!