Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ouray Necklace

In my last post I spoke of the necklace that I purchased at an odd little boutique in Ouray, Colorado.  The shop had quite an array of funky jewelry and I was having a very difficult time deciding which piece would come home with me as my Ouray souvenir.  But when I spotted this one, the only one of it's kind that I saw, the price hardly mattered.  It was the one.  I justified the price knowing I could bring it back to Minnesota for my crafty friends to see it, love it, perhaps gain some jewelry-making inspiration from it (coughGirlyMusecoughcough).


The sweet, quirky lady at the cash register told me the maker of this necklace had seen a designer piece just like it in a high-end fashion magazine (Vogue perhaps) that retailed for over $1,000 or something crazy like that.  So she made her own.  My favorite part is the zipper tab that hangs down from the large zipper flower. 



The lace blouse I'm wearing here was purchased to possibly go over my wedding dress.  I was very particular about the modesty and style of my dress - 2 criteria:  tea length and not strapless.  Of course, the only even remotely worthy tea length dress I found was indeed strapless.  So I determined to find a lace blouse to wear over the dress, tucked into the sash in hopes that it would all look like one-piece.  This blouse was my first attempt...it failed.  Instead of returning the blouse, I kept it, only to put it in a storage bin that would not be thought of again for about 4 years.  When I spotted her (the blouse), I thought she deserved a second chance. 

Glimpses of the wedding dress end result here and here.

Necklace:  Boutique in Ouray, CO
Cardigan:  Ann Taylor, thrifted
Blouse:  The Limited
Skirt:  BCBG, thrifted
Shoes:  InStyle via Macy's
Purse:  Target

13 comments:

Anna said...

Oh my goodness! That necklace is divine! So much greatness...
And I LOVE that bag, Target, really?

I've seen your wedding dress in pics and I never would have guessed it was a strapless dress with a blouse over it. Nice work!

Lesa said...

That necklace is so beautiful and unique. I love it! Even though i have been married about a million years, my daughters and I watch that show "Say Yes to the Dress" everything is strapless and waaaaay low cut. We always cheer when someone has a little jacket or at least sleeves on the dress.

NoGuiltFashion said...

I love that necklace. You made a very Good choice.

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Kimberly said...

That necklace is marvelous!! I love it when you can find unique pieces while on vacation - it makes them that much more special!

Kate said...

Fantastic necklace, even better shoes.

Shopaholic said...

thank you for popping by my blog...

Love your necklace, so unusual. It looks really great around the neckline of a blouse like that, fab find indeed!

Girly Muse said...

Love the necklace~ it is WONDERFUL. Hmmmm. :)

The lace blouse is SO very pretty too. Love the whole look.

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Arielle

Melissa said...

Oh my goodness...I am in LOVE with that necklace. What a fantastic find! Will you please shop for me? :)

I love that you paired it with leopard heels too! Sweet and primal. :)

KT said...

This whole outfit is stellar, and I really, really love the necklace. What a great find.
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Tamara said...

OK, so if **cough girlymuse cough cough** makes this necklace, I have to say dibs on one of them!!! GORGEOUS!!!!

christa said...

so gorgeous, i love this entire ensemble but besides that i too fell in love with the little zipper hanging down- love!

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gina said...

Love that necklace!