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