This week I am very grateful to Andrea at Fox in Flats for injecting some creativity and fun into getting dressed for the day. Andrea dared us all to be pin up girls for a week – by accessorising our every day outfits with pin-ables. Brooches, badges, clips and pins, if you can pin it you can use it! The idea is that every day for seven days you join in the dare, sharing your daring fashion with others on social media as you go.
I have had so much fun playing dress ups this week. I started on day one with zero pins. I tipped out every bit of jewellery I had stashed around the house and came up with NOTHING. Improvising on my way out the door, I grabbed three fabric covered rings that I won in a blogging comp about two years ago and used safety pins to pin them to my jacket. Pinning success!
By Day 2 I had borrowed from my beautiful mother-in-law’s jewellery collection. I feel so grateful for the gorgeous and precious pins she loaned me, so heavy with history, it felt very special to be able to wear them. For day two I chose a hand stitched fabric brooch, encased in bronze, which was made for and gifted to my MIL by her cousin many years ago. I put it together with a bronze and diamante brooch left to my MIL by her best friend’s mother. How special is that? The last addition to the cluster was a bronze stone-encrusted flower brooch, which I picked up from the Salvos ($9.99). Together they made a very pretty cluster which gave me an extra skip in my step all day.
Day 3 I wore the Salvos brooch pinned onto a rope necklace, then worn as a headband. I love this necklace, it only cost me about $4 on sale at Kmart and I have worn it non-stop – it usually has faux silver rings threaded along it and makes a fab headband.
Day 4 I pinned Paul’s Grandmother’s cameo brooch and his Mum’s initial ‘K’ pin to my $8 Kmart satchel. I love this bag so much, but it’s dying a slow death right now. The clasp is broken and the strap is almost completely unstitched. Not that you’d know it from this pic – Instagram makes everything look pretty. Just look at those gorgeous pins! If only they could talk, I’m sure they’d have some stories to tell.
On Day 5, today, I am wearing Paul’s (other) Grandmother’s art deco style brooch, pinned to my rope necklace (again!) and worn as a bracelet. The bracelet on the left was a gift from my mum, who bought it in Hong Kong recently. The bracelet on the right was a $2 op shop find.
I’m very grateful to Andrea for this awesome dare – I might never have heard the stories of these beautiful pieces of jewellery if it hadn’t been for her challenge. Thanks again to my MIL who for trusting me with her collection.
What are you grateful for this week?