January 29, 2010

Five for Friday: January 29, 2010


...Sunshine, delicate as spun sugar encircles the air, yet its presence is a mask for the bitingly cold temperature that accompanies the light outside, pale as home churned butter. Still, so long as one is indoors, it’s nearly impossible not to feel invigorated by the much needed dose of vitamin D that the sun delivers – and certainly, sweet little Stella, loves the having a spot of light to nap in peacefully. As the weekend approaches my mind shifts to thoughts of tranquility levels equaling that of a sleeping cat. We’re still in the thick of winter and there’s no reason why a spot of good old fashioned hibernation can’t be on the agenda. Curl up with your favourite warm drink, a snugly blanket and some thick, comfy socks to fend off the chill, and settle back for a few minutes of fun with this week’s edition of Five for Friday...


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{Delicate petals of burgundy vintage satin and velvet swirl together with tiny rhinestones in this charming handmade fascinator style headband. Can’t you just picture this pretty piece paired with a cream hued wool coat or a faux fur stole during the winter, then as an accompaniment to your favourite flirty summer dresses and skirts. “Penelope” vintage millinery blossom headband, $25.00 (US) from etsy seller Katrina Pinka.}

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{Writing letters is one of my favourite activities no matter the season, but I find that the natural fact winter tends to equate to spending more time indoors means I’m able to zip off even more quick notes and long correspondence alike. I’m continually on the prowl for beautiful and/or adorable stationery, and this charming set of two notepads (50 pages each) of lined paper and delightfully cute plastic quill pen fit the bill perfectly! “Lines Birdie Note Pads and Plume Pen Set”, $22.00 (US) from Plasticland.}

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{If ever there was a scent that was aptly named to appeal to fans of the past like us, “Vintage Soul” from Liz Clairborne is it! Not only does this eau de parfum have a lovely moniker, it comes in an immensely beautiful bottle (and box) that calls to minds thoughts of the Moulin Rouge in its heyday, and is packed with a garden full of floral notes such as lilies, freesia, cactus flower, jasmine, gardenia, and tuberose. 3.4oz bottle of Vintage Soul, $22.61 (Cnd) from overstock.com}

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{Put the kettle on and pair your favourite cuppa with these fantastically cute Tiny Cherry and Almond Tea Cakes (which look both rustically playful and deeply sophisticated at the same time) made with sweet binge cherries and kirsch for oodles of appealing fruit and flavour. Image from, and recipe on, marthastewart.com.}

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{Rich, regally elegant jewel tones always seem to go hand-in-hand with the colder months (in my mind at least) and work so well to bolster one’s spirits. What better way to infuse a royal hit of passionately deep eggplant into your wardrobe then with this stunning 1940s reproduction frock? “Lula” wiggle dress with fish tail hem, available in sixes small-XL, £100.00 (UK) from The Pin-up Emporium.}

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Bundles of thanks, everyone, for your wonderfully lovely comments this week! At the risk of sounding like a broken record (but for the sake of Chronically Vintage’s newest followers), I will do my best over the course of the next couple of days to catch up on my visits to your own splendid sites. I love hearing from you so, so much and appreciate every one of your shared thoughts.

Wishing you all an amazing, warm and relaxing weekend – and last two days of the first month of 2010!

9 comments:

  1. Ooh wonderful grouping! I love the color theme you chose and those cakes look so good!!

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  2. Hi Jessica. I love this post! Firstly the letter writing set with the pen is gorgeous, and im dying to smell that vintage scent. I adore the black dress, i have seen a pattern for sale very similar to this which I would just love to make for myself.
    Hope you have a nice weekend.

    Rose

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  3. I love everything vintage... your blog just reminds me that I'm not alone with my love affair of everything old... just beautiful! keep up the good work!

    http://www.ijustwanttobethere.blogspot.com

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  4. Oh everything looks so beautiful & delicious, fabulous finds!! The cherry stems - oh Martha detailing, of course!! Love Posie

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  5. Oh I adore the pen and notepaper and the perfume. So lovely my dear.
    xoxo

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  6. I think this is my newest favorite of your fives! :D Those cupcakes are darling and I must track down that perfume and smell it for myself! (Although I fear I may always be a Coco Chanel girl! lol).

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  7. I love it all!!!! The perfume, so lovely! and those little cakes, yummy!! ok and Id take the dress too, such a lovely cut to show off the curves!!! :) Happy weekend!!!

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  8. I woke up this morning and the sun was streaming through the windows. I'm usually a winter girl but i couldn't help but smile. Then i went outside and ended up running back indoors straight away!
    Those cakes looks very nice, and i have had my eye on that Lulu dress for a while now, great choice! xx

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