MY NAME IS ELIZABETH but A LOT of YOU call me LA CONTESSA or CONTESSA which I Adore!
HOW ON EARTH DID THAT NAME COME ABOUT YOU ASK?
WE lived in ITALY for three years and a REAL CONTESSA lived below us on a hill. Her name was DIAMANTE which means DIAMOND!She had the CASA COLONICA HOME and LIFE I had always dreamed of even at a YOUNG AGE.A FALLING DOWN FARMHOUSE made of STONE with dogs and animals everywhere!
AS I APPROACH 59 I realize THAT DREAM will NEVER COME TO FRUITION.
I would NOT have the ENERGY to RUN it nor did I EVER!
BUT I DO HAVE THE STRENGTH TO ADORN MYSELF FROM HEAD TO TOE WITH ACCESSORIES!
FUNNY HOW THAT WORKS!
(I recently read the below bit AND SO WANT TO SHARE!)
“I THINK EVERYTHING IN LIFE IS ART.
What you do.
How you dress.
The way you LOVE someone, and how you talk.
Your smile and your personality.
What you believe in, and all your dreams.
The way you drink your tea.
HOW YOU DECORATE YOUR HOME.
Your grocery list.
The FOOD YOU MAKE.
How your writing looks.
And the way you feel.
LIFE IS ART.”
HELENA BONHAM CARTER
NEEDLESS, to say this RESONATED DEEPLY WITH ME…………..it’s VERY VERY TRUE!
I CANNOT DRAW A PICTURE
but I CAN add things and color to myself and make a walking piece of ART!
I WAS STRUCK BY THIS LONG NECKLACE IN THIS SHOP.
YOU see I ADORE TORTOISE.
Plus its by THAT ITALIAN designer called Angela Caputi!
IT’s MINE NOW!
THE TWO NECKLACE TRICK!
ME WITH MY SONS!
I WANT HIS RUFFLE!
PLUS ARE THOSE SHORTS?
I NEED MY BUDDY NICK AT PERIOD PORTRAITS TO EXPLAIN THIS OUTFIT TO ME!
IF YOU are in NEED of SPENDING MONEY FOR A PORTRAIT CLICK YOUR KEYBOARD HERE!
THERE ARE A FEW I’m LUSTING AFTER!
Have I ever mentioned I want to cover MY KITCHEN walls in FINE PORTRAITS?
As THE ITALIAN and I dine we can pretend we have GUESTS!
Each MAN or WOMAN would have a NAME and a STORY!
CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW GRAND THAT COULD BE?
I think you may need to be a bit of a DREAMER to GRASP this idea!
It’s OKAY if you do not get it………just let it PERCOLATE for awhile!
WE ALL NEED SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TOO and MY DREAM IS THE ARRIVAL OF EUROPEAN HOUSEGUESTS ON THE WALLS!
THE 18th century TYPE!
A PIN ON A HAT……………thats easy!
Thank YOU RAE I LOVE THIS PIN!
Earrings found at a Flea Market the selling PITCH was they LOOK VERY CHANEL!
That’s all it TOOK!
I then used them on a DRESS I had made for BUTTONS!
They are NOW back in MY STOCK PILE AS EARRINGS!
THRIFT SHOP FIND IN ENGLAND!!!!
THE HAT THAT IS……………I think it was $15.00 American dollars!!!!!!
I had just mailed a BOX back to myself as I couldn’t carry it all.
This was a NO BRAINER I could WEAR IT.
Headed out with youngest SON to the FALL ANTIQUE SHOW in San Francisco last OCTOBER.
THE theme was STARS, MOON and SUN………….I found keychains at the LAZY K NURSERY GIFT SHOP and had my neighbor THE EYE DOCTORESSA make them into EARRINGS for me!
AS I said I’m NOT ARTISTIC!!
I HAVE VISION but cannot make it COME TO LIFE!
A moon and a STAR which you cannot see!
I WAS VERY PROUD OF MY VISION!
HAT sent to me by a lovely LADY I met in ENGLAND!
NECKLACE MADE BY ME out of THE VINTAGE PINS I had collected for YEARS!
OVER THE TOP with PEARLS for the ADVANCED STYLE SHOOT in my backyard!
With a bit of cleavage showing
AND DOUBLE CHIN!
Sorry about THAT!
A LITTLE BIRDIE told me to wear these!
OLD, PASTE, PARISIAN FROM ANOTHER ERA OR LIFE TIME AGO!
They have screw backs on them!
HOLIDAY TIME with a BROOCH attached to a NECKLACE.
IT JUST ADDS MORE DEPTH!
YOU KNOW I ADORED TONY DUQUETTE and his saying MORE is MORE!
This is the perfect example of taking what YOU own and Hitting it out of the BALLPARK!
MY TWO NECKLACE’s together as ONE LOOK!
WE were headed to CIRQUE du SOLEIL!
THAT WOULD BE an EVENT IN A TENT!
My husband and I were recognized by a woman who use to work with us over 30 years ago!
I guess my style has not changed much!!
I have NOT CHANGED MUCH!
The NECKLACE that takes the place of a scarf!
MY ABSOLUTE favorite BEADS TWINE together to MAKE ONE STATEMENT PIECE
with another Brooch attached.
The two strands of beads together cost about $40.00.
NO they are NOT HEAVY!
Does make you sit up tall!
Looks like MORE than costume jewels!
Would YOU agree?
THE LONG GLITTER STRAND IS FROM THE CHRISTMAS TREE DECOR!
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX……….as it will put a SMILE on YOUR FACE and others TOO!
THAT JUNE PARTY this YEAR that required a CAFTAN that looked like a SUNSET!
A bit SHEER for this GAL to wear so she added a sequin UNDERSHIRT!
Even a MAN complimented me on this TRICK and he was NOT FLIRTING!
MY EVER SO BIG COCKTAIL DIAMOND that made its way to me VIA LONDON from THE SEQUINISTA!
Once Again TWO NECKLACES as ONE!
With an ARM LOADED UP!
THAT RED LIPSTICK bleeding a bit!
I didNOT wear lipstick when the LIPS were wrinkle FREE and SMOOTH!
That desire came later in LIFE TO ME!
SO BE IT!
BUILD THE ARM UP WITH BANGLES!
THE NOISE gives you a smile and a reason to look down!
ADD an OLD FUR CLIP to ADD that DASH of SPARKLE!
OR SHOE BUCKLES of another ERA on a wide elastic band make GREAT CUFFS!
Tis important to have a scarf that compliments what you’re wearing!
IT needs to POP with the Outfit!
I have found in this last decade of my life THE SCARF is a needed accessory for the warmth it provides!
TWO SCARVES on a chilly DAY…………..
Makes me LOOK like MY DOG SIR WINSTON!
They do say WE look like OUR DOGS!
Have you heard that?
Or our DOGS look like US!
START noticing PEOPLE and the DOGS THEY OWN!
YOU WILL BE SHOCKED!
ANOTHER ARTISTIC THING TO LOOK FOR IN DAY TO DAY LIVING!
A GIFT from my BASKET LADY in ITALY!
Very Light weight and it ADDS SO MUCH to this simple outfit that was worn on an errand DAY!
HAVE FUN WITH WHAT YOU WEAR!
There is NO REASON to have it ALL SITTING in a DRAWER AT HOME!
NOW DO POP OVER TO THESE OTHER BLOGGERS AND SEE WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ACCESSORIES!But first grab a cuppa of TEA or Coffee or a Glass of wine and a NOTEPAD!YOU might want to scribble down some ideas!Just a thought; I of course have NOT seen the other BLOGGERS articles but plan to do the same thing!
IT is ALWAYS FUN to learn how to do something differently!
I hope YOU enjoyed this POST and will send on to A FRIEND OR TWO!
ALL US BLOGGERS APPRECIATE YOUR TIME HERE AND WOULD LOVE TO RECEIVE A COMMENT ON YOUR THOUGHTS.
Whether you like something or NOT!
It gives us the MOMENTUM to KEEP WRITING and SNAPPING PHOTOS!
PLEASE VISIT the FOLLOWING BLOGS FOR MORE ACCESSORY TIPS!
YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED as these TWO GALS are just a few of MY BEST BUDDIES!