HAVE YOU EVER MET SOMEONE AND KNOWN IMMEDIATELY YOU HAVE CONNECTED?
THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I WENT TO THE BLOOMINGDALE’S POP-UP SHOP IN THE OLD DIOR BOUTIQUE in San Francisco.
This is where I met JOY VENTURINI BIANCHI 77 years of age and still WORKING HARDER THAN MOST!
She has dedicated HER life to HELPING the DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED.
What a GIFT SHE HAS BEEN FOR THESE PEOPLE .
She has run a THRIFT SHOP in GHIRARDELLI SQUARE for the LAST 50 YEARS!
People from ALL over THE WORLD donate to SUPPORT HER CAUSE.
in one of HER favorite PRINTS
Then she has A HOUSE.
CHALK FULL OF DESIGNER GOODS…………..TWO STORIES FULL.
Let me tell YOU on SUNDAY morning; I thought I had WALKED into a PIRATES TREASURE!!!
I do not know what I was expecting as the POP- UP shop in SAN FRANCISCO was BETTER then one could IMAGINE so I should have known to EXPECT THE BEST.I can HONESTLY say my MOUTH dropped to my knees…….I did not STOP LOOKING ALL DAY!
I was there for SEVEN HOURS!
Lets GO SHOPPING!!!!!!!!!!
TONS of VINTAGE JEWELS……
JUST waiting to find a GOOD HOME.
TIARA’s and COLLARS ABOUND.
A great place to shop for wedding earrings and ACCESSORIES!
BOLERO jacket that looked like a HYDRANGEA!
I LOVED THIS…
Each ROOM was SO TASTEFULLY displayed.
If YOU have NECKLACE FEVER like ME you would be SWOONING……….
CHANEL SLEEVE DETAIL.
There is an entire ROOM DEVOTED to CHANEL……..
For the MEN in your LIFE!
There were a couple of SMOKING JACKETS I forgot to try on!
I adore MEN’s SMOKING JACKETS to wear with JEANS.
IT JUST ADDS SO MUCH to a PLAIN outfit!
On the LEFT is the room with MEN’S clothing.
On the RIGHT is the CHANEL ROOM.
SHOES lined the staircase……
I tried the black one’s on here but ALAS they were TOO big a SIZE 10 I do believe.
I am ALWAYS looking for a GREAT FLAT EVEING SHOE!
Not that I go anywhere to wear them but ONE never knows.
This is JO-JO………I hope I am spelling his name correctly!
He is a HELPERS helping hand.
I ADORED his denim shirt……..
Had we been on the same floor I would have found out MORE about it!
He was upstairs and I was DOWNSTAIRS
advising on a new piece that had just come in.
SEE that room behind HER?
Price tags from $10.00 to $100.00.
Then there was the BREAKFAST NOOK with dishes, silver and stemware.
THE JEWELRY ROOM.
DO you understand WHY I was SO HAPPY!?
ANTIQUE bags also adorned MY ROOM.
The petite bag had a ring on a chain for one to hold on her finger.
What did they put in there?
A dance card is what I have come up with but I think that was even TOO BIG.
ANY of this SPEAKING TO YOU??
BELTS………. this purple stone could even be worn as a NECKLACE!
CARTIER Inspiration here.
There was a time when these reptiles were in FASHION.
What an EXQUISITE piece.
WAVES of WONDERMENT!
The Black and Yellow is a BAKELITE bit from the 1960’s.
I tried it on THREE TIMES.
Let’s just say it LOOKED SWELL with my ANGELA CAPUTI Tortoise.
The GREEN was either VALENTINO or OSCAR de LA RENTA.
A SMALL SIZE
I thought immediately of my dear friend JENNY!
This paired with BLACK VELVET LEGGINGS for the HOLIDAYS!!!
A HEAD TURNER.
THEY TOO were IN MY ROOM!
I couldNOT resist.
SO SIMPLE but OH so CHIC!
This my FRIENDS belonged to a GRAND DAME ESTATE.
I loved that some of HER tags said, “GRAND DAME ESTATE.”
I found out that there is MORE then ONE GRAND DAME who donates to
HELPER’s HOUSE of COUTURE.
This HAT actually came from the YSL RUNWAY SHOW!
I actually SAT behind this GRAND DAME who DONATED at the FALL ANTIQUE SHOW!!
This gives you an IDEA.
I had to sit on the GROUND and STUDY
JOY VENTURINI BIANCHI
Has been FEATURED in ARI SETH COHEN’s new book.
ADVANCED STYLE Older & Wiser.
A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WHO HAS GIVEN A WHOLE LOT OF HERSELF OVER THE YEARS.
I hope you will comment and CONGRATULATE HER.
Her shop in GHIRARDELLI is celebrating 50 years.
see invitation below
YES, to answer your BURNING QUESTIONS I did BUY something!
Dodie Rosekrans ankle boots.
They are a half size too small but I can get that narrow foot into them if need be.
as I told JOY
I think I will find the perfect glass CLOCHE and display them in my LIVING ROOM.
THESE SHOES were owned BY A GRANDE DAME OF SAN FRANCISCO, who did SO MUCH for SO MANY!
I WILL CHERISH THEM
as a piece of history until I perish.
they JUST GO with MY STUFF!