Category Archives: Vintage wedding

Pearls are Perfect Presents

Pearls are Perfect Presents

Here we have a gorgeous pair of signed Napier faux pearl earrings.

They are lush.
With a luxury luminous lustre.

Pearls are the oldest known gems.
They can be traced back to 520BC; a fragment of jewellery was found in the tomb of a Persian Princess.

Known as the Susa necklace, it is now on display in the Louvre:

 

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To the Ancient Persians, pearls symbolised the moon and its magical powers, alluding to purity and perfection.

 

In December 2011 La Peregrina famously sold for a record price of £7 million at Christies, New York. Once owned by Queen Mary I of England, the pearl was bought in 1969 by Richard Burton, as a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife Elizabeth Taylor.

 

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Here she recounts the story of losing the pearl during a stay at Caesar’s Palace, Nevada:

“At one point I reached down to touch La Peregrina and it wasn’t there! I glanced over at Richard and thank God he wasn’t looking at me, and I went into the bedroom and threw myself on the bed, buried my head into the pillow and screamed. Very slowly and very carefully, I retraced all my steps in the bedroom. I took my slippers off, took my socks off, and got down on my hands and knees, looking everywhere for the pearl. Nothing. I thought, It’s got to be in the living room in front of Richard. What am I going to do. He’ll kill me! Because he loved the piece.

After few minutes of mental anguish, Taylor looked at their puppies. One of them was apparently chewing on a bone, but nobody gave bones to the puppies. She continues:

I just casually opened the puppy’s mouth and inside his mouth was the most perfect pearl in the world. It was—thank God—not scratched.”

That story makes me hyperventilate just thinking about it.

Have you ever done that?

LOST A PIECE OF PRECIOUS JEWELLERY?

I have, frequently.

Returned to the sock drawer, or sugar bowl, or mattress cover, and felt that hot tide flow over me with the horrid, dreadful realisation/paralysis that what was a certainty, what I was so sure about, is no longer.

And then the panic, the anxiety, the STRESS!

Is it behind the boiler? In the freezer? At the bottom of the cotton wool ball bag?

Followed by the relief. It was in my dressing gown pocket. Of course it was. Der.

 

These pearl earrings won’t cost you millions, and I doubt they’ll find their way into the Louvre, but they are very beautiful, and would make a fabulous gift.

Put them in a safe place. One you can remember!

Click on the photo, and they can be yours!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 11, 2014 · 10:20 am

Another Shawl. You wait for hours, and then two come along at once…

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This stunning vintage cape is sprinkled with sequins and sparkles.

Seductive starfish scattered at random.

Starfish have no blood, and no brains, did you know that?

It’s very pretty, and perfect for weddings, or christenings, or festivals, or garden parties at the palace.

Poshpedlar loves parties at the palace.

Click on the cape and it can be yours!

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April 28, 2014 · 7:33 am

It was a Bright Cold Day in April, and the Clocks were Striking Thirteen

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Well, not quite, I mean it is a bright, cold day in April, but this beautiful wedding gown is the antithesis of 1984 dystopia.

Much more a utopian dress; blissful, heavenly, idyllic even.

1930’s Glamour springs to mind.
Elegance and femininity, think Jean Harlow and Greta Garbo. Ivory silk and chiffon.

It’s a couture dress by an English designer called Sophie English.

All very patriotic that.

It’s never been worn, but worry not, nothing awful befell the bride to be, it was made as a sample, and for a smidgeon of the cost you can look like a Hollywood Star on your Wedding Day.

Incidentally, the blog title is a favourite opening line of mine.

Along with… you know what I’m going to say don’t you…. #predictable:

‘it is a truth universally acknowledged….’

Fellow bloggers, what’s your favourite opening line?

 

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April 7, 2014 · 11:32 am

If you want to get AHEAD, get A HAT

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As a follow on to an earlier post, this item of loveliness is also trending due to the popularity of a TV series.

Anybody heard of Downton Abbey?

Hats are in.

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Susannah Buxton, the former fashion designer for Downton, was nominated for an Emmy for costume design. The department is now run by her former assistant, Caroline McCall. According to Buxton, Downton Abbey clothes don’t strictly adhere to the period, but use the same aesthetic while trying to make Downton style attractive to modern audiences. She says it’s more a translation than historically accurate.

Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2012 show opened with the theme song of Downton Abbey. Models wore skinny plaid trousers and narrow cut blazers. Lauren’s spring show was more of a flouncy pastel affair suited to garden parties and formal dinners. And of course, where Mr Lauren leads, PoshPedlar follows.

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The hat I offer here is more Lady Mary than Dowager Countess, it is absolutely gorgeous.

Vintage caramel straw, with a faded rose corsage and delicate net to finish. Top quality, super condition.

Perfect for that summer wedding with cream trouser suit, in fact any shade of pastel will do.

Each episode of Downton costs £1 million to make. You can buy PoshPedlar’s hat for a lot less here.

 

 

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April 5, 2014 · 5:58 pm

A Tad Mad Men – Cocktails and Curves

A Tad Mad Men - Cocktails and Curves

Vintage clip on earrings. About 60 years old. From the 1950’s – 1960’s.

The good old days.

Beautifully made with cream and crystal clear glass bugle beads.

So if you’re a would-be Betty Draper, or maybe you just enjoy the nostalgia of vintage, and hanker after a time when drinking, smoking, misogynist bigots roamed the streets, these lovely earrings are for you.

“In May 2010, Miss Hendricks was voted “The Sexiest Woman Alive” by female readers of Esquire magazine. Two months later the size-14 actress, who plays the feisty secretary Joan Harris in Mad Men, was declared a role model by Lynne Featherstone, the UK Equalities Minister.
Criticising the “overexposure” of skinny models, which she said was causing a crisis in “body confidence” among young women, the Liberal Democrat minister declared: “Christina Hendricks is absolutely fabulous.
“We need more of these role models. There is such a sensation when there is a curvy role model. It shouldn’t be so unusual.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8290407/Mad-Men-star-Christina-Hendricks-sparks-rush-for-breast-implants.html

Cocktails and curves, and you can buy them by clicking on them!

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April 4, 2014 · 5:36 pm