December 20, 2013

Special Christmas 2013 edition of Vintage Fashionista Friday

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{Bows are a must at this time of the year, not only on parcels and packages, but in your festive seasonal attire as well. Slip this charming little vintage rhodium plated rhinestone bow barrette into your locks for an instant dose of stylish cheer all through the holiday season. $22.00 from etsy seller Ready Made Jewelry.}

{Help keep your lips looking picture perfect smooth and pretty while also enjoying one of the best, and most iconic, scents of the season thanks to this lovely little tube of handmade peppermint lip balm. $4.00 (for a 4.44g/0.15oz tube), from etsy seller Peculiar Potions.}

{Whether indoors or out, keep fight off some of winter's rough chill with this sophisticated, timelessly gorgeous white faux mink fur scrunch stole. It's perfect for everything from tossing over a coat on a sleigh ride in the snow to wearing atop a ladylike cocktail dress at the company Christmas party. Available in modern ladies sizes small/medium and large/extra large, $89.00, from Blue Velvet Vintage.}

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{As it is for many people the world over, the classic holiday song Silver Bells has long been one of mine and my mother's favourites, so when I saw this immensely lovely vintage sterling silver bell dangle brooch recently, I knew it just had to appear in today's post. $32.00 from etsy seller Boudoir Barbie.}

{Hit two big holiday notes in one go, with this fantastic 1950s red Carole King holiday dress featuring red ribbed faille with velvet bow detailing, velvet cummerbund buttons at the back, and a wonderfully full skirt. Fits up to a 36" bust, 26" waist, $140.00 from etsy seller Dalena Vintage.}

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{No need for doorways, just dangle your hand adorned with these whimsical, sweetly pretty mistletoe decals above your holiday honey and a smooch is sure to ensue! Set of 40 water slide mistletoe nail decals, $3.95 from etsy seller Nail Pretties.}

{Let these beautiful ruby red NOS 1950s kid gloves do double duty this season: warding off winter's icy wrath and helping you look fabulously stylish in any setting. Fits size 6.5 hand, $85.00, from etsy seller Road Less Traveled Vintage.}

{If ever there is a time of the year for glittery handbags, this is most definitely it! Add some tinsel approved sheen to favourite holidays looks with this classic mid-century silver sparkle evening clutch with chain strap. $8.00 from etsy seller C Style Vintage.}

{If you're on the hunt festively hued shoes that will see you through this Christmas season and all others for as long as they last, this timelessly pretty 1940s red leather pair is your answer! Fits approximately a modern size 8/8.5, $98.00, from etsy seller Bloomers & Frocks.}


Five more days, just five more magical, snowflake and sugar cookie filled days until Christmas arrives! Isn't it amazing how, no matter how long the year up until this point may have seemed, December 25th always seems to get here faster than Santa's sleigh zooming across the frosty night sky?

What still seemed so far off to most as we tucked away the Halloween decor less than two months ago, is now barreling down on us at the speed of light and all the world is aglow with its beauty and excitement.

I love dressing up all year round, but few times suit it better or call for it more fittingly than during the holiday season. There's parties, dinners, functions, plays, pageants, services, photo shoots, and of course the big day itself all in need of our most festive finery.

This is a time of the year when glitz isn't just good, it's grand! When more is often better, sparkle no knows bounds, lux is the name of the game, and everyone suddenly seems to remember just how much red and green they really do have in their closet.

Our stylish gal today is named Noel, the French word for Christmas itself, and she comes sporting the sartorial spirit of the season in full force. Much like myself, she rarely goes for an understated approach this time of year, preferring instead to take a cue from the nearest Christmas tree and deck herself out in holiday loveliness from head to stylish toe.

Follow her lead as you continue to dress up during these last few wonderful days of 2013. Before we know it, the twinkling lights, bubbly music piped over loudspeakers near and far, and the season of sequins will be behind us again. Revel in the chance to go big or go home, as they say, whether you interpret that literally, or just see it as a way of giving yourself permission to sport those kinds of special garments and accessories you rarely, if ever, bring out of your closet during the other eleven months of the year. 

This season is one of profound and meaningful beauty, just as your outfit choices should be. Celebrate December 24th and 25th, Boxing Day and New Years with what you wear, and it will be next to impossible not to have a holly, jolly Christmas. It is after all, as the classic song says, the best time of the year! 


  1. I just love the white stole. Perfect for cold winter days ♥

  2. Yes, I do so love this time of year, so festive and bright, a time to dress up and shine.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend, dear Jessica!

  3. Oh, goodies! Beautiful items. I'd steal that stole. And the Carole King dress is a dream. I plan to see the new musical based on her life and songs ("Beautiful") this Winter.

  4. I love the red shoes. :) I have a similar pair. I'm think I need to put together a Holiday outfit based around them. :)

    Emily's Vintage Visions

  5. You've a pretty nice wish list yourself, Jessica! Hope you have the best holidays ever and I want to wish you all the luck for 2014! Hugs, Liz

  6. What a wonderful array! The bell broach is positively adorable!

  7. Oh Jessica! What a wonderful post! I love it all. :) The silver bell brooch i covet, and i will look for one for my very own, pronto! I love the song as well, and would love to waltz through the city streets to the music, wearing that wonderful red dress and whit faux fur stole! Happy sigh. Everything here is so very festive! Hugs and Merry Christmas to you and Tony!

  8. Oh that bow dress! I just love the ideas of bows. I'd love to find a nice vintage novelty print dress with bows. Something about them brings joy:)

  9. These are some truly beautiful and festive items. I love the vintage red shoes and white stole!

  10. That dress is gorgeous, so classic. I would have the stole in an instant too. This has inspired me to wear a bow brooch today, luckily I have a couple in my collection!

  11. Great photos! Im feeling very into red and green lately, I have my current favorite outfit on my blog today and its red and green. The gloves are super cute, a lovely shade of red, and the nails are adorable too

    retro rover

  12. Let me first write how adorable your choice in items for Noel is. As a fan of brooches, I must say I'm quite dazzled by the one hanging from faux mink fur shawl.
    And, now.. season of festivities is right in front of us. Next week, most of you and most of my friends are going to enjoy a Christmas Eve (we'll be waiting for ours a little bit longer) - that does not mean my house is not already decorated.. nor does it mean I won't be getting any presents on December 24th.. (you got to love this multy-national society with two of every holiday)
    The tree is set.
    The lights are on.
    The kids are more then ready to get their presents.
    Let the Joy begin!

  13. It is amazing how close we are to Christmas! Thank you for all this lovely inspiration. As always I want it all. I also go all in for Christmas, from dress to jools. Tonight, DH and I will wrap the gifts. Wishing you a very merry Christmas. :)

  14. Oh what lovely items, I wouldn't mind any of those under the tree ;)
    I wish you a peaceful, lovely Christmas, enjoy the holidays!

  15. Mmmm, this list is just dreamy! I especially love those little mistletoe nail decals. They're so sweet.

  16. As I scrolled down the page I started to put together an outfit from these gorgeous finds. That dress is a dream, and of course, that stole is the epitome of glamour! What a beautiful snapshot of this festive season you've captured here!

  17. Some seriously cute goodies! I want that clutch!

  18. oh gosh that red dress with the velvet bow is a dream!!! and also that stole!
    love and kiss,mary

  19. That stole reminds me of a jacket my grandmother used to own. It was jade green and had the most luxurious white fox fur collar (now I recoil at the idea of real fur, but it was truly beautiful). It was her fancy coat and on the odd occasion I was allowed to touch it I can still remember the lightness and softness of the fur. Thanks you for bringing back that memory. I hope you and Tony have a lovely Christmas xx

  20. I can totally see you in that beautiful red gown !

  21. That bow barrette had me at hello…I'm a sucker for a sparkly bow!


  22. I love this yuletide version for this edition of Friday Fashionista. Simply lovely! I definitely want that bow brooch.