Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Magic Minutiae: Vintage Earrings

I'm huge a sucker for details.  To me, the details in an outfit make it - tiny stud earrings, delicate necklaces, a chunky ring.  Nothing thrills me more to see a person in a cute basic outfit with lots of little touches that make it different and individual.  So I was delighted when my fellow blogger Camille, over at announced that she was starting a series called Magic Minutiae that would focus on all the little details in a person's outfit.

She's invited anybody and everybody to join - all you have to go is go to her site and put the Magic Minutiae banner on yours, then link your posts when the time comes.  If you're all detail hounds like me, you know what to do!

This week is the first call for entries and the theme is Vintage Earrings.  At this point, I have to say that I've cheated a little because although I got my earrings from Camden Market, I'm not 100% sure if they're vintage or not.  I suspect they're newly reconstituted from vintage buttons, but I thought they looked old school enough to participate anyway!

The pearlised centre and gold curlicues match with everything from jeans to a cute dress and I constantly find myself reaching for them when I'm looking for studs that don't just hide meekly under the hair.

Dress - Primark.  Necklace - Claire's.  Bracelets - H&M.
Mustard tights - Topshop.  Shoes - H&M.

I wore this to meet with some friends for a potluck dinner.  (Is there a more genius idea than potluck?)  Some people hate these mustard tights, but I'm personally a big fan of how they make any outfit pop like this £10 dress from Primark.  I love the navy colour, the print and the way the fabric falls around the shoulders and the hem.  I think the mustard tights keep it from looking too girly and precious. 

Also, I know that there's a thing called an "arm party" that's coming (back?) into vogue - that is - wearing stacks of bracelets at the same time.  I love the way it looks, but I'm a little bit timid, so I started something that's more like an "arm intimate dinner" with these H&M bracelets. 

Strangely, all the arm parties I've seen on style blogs are extortionate from little branded cord bracelets costing above £50 to massive leather or even stingray bangles that are worth much more.  That's like £500 on on arm!  I don't have the money for such an expense right now, so my bracelets cost about £8 altogether, at £1.99 a set.  Thank you, high street!  I also love how the thread bracelets have little gold buttons as fastenings. 

I hope you enjoyed this edition of Magic Minutiae!  Hop on over to Camille's post to check out all the other great looks!


Grace said...

Love it!
You look great :)

Chelsea Lane said...

this is such a cute look! I love your braid and those fun wrapped bracelets. lovely photos!


menina elegante said...

I love your yellow tights!! :) x

Cassidy said...

How cute! I just adore those tights.

Pop Champagne said...

the yellow tights go really well with the navy dotted dress!!

Anna said...

I was just going to say that your bracelets are reminiscent of Chan Luu's style. It's ridiculous to pay $500 and up for a few leather pieces and I love that your rendition was so affordable. I couldn't tell the difference even if my life depended on it.

Chari T said...

Chari T (deep fried stilettos)xx

Tanialeixo said...

OLá Shoe!!

Lindo o seu look!Essa meia calça amarela está um espetáculo, e combinou perfeitamente com o vestido azul marinho. Os bringos vintage também estão perfeitos.
Seu blog é maravilhoso adorei tudo por aqui. Voltarei sempre.
O lugar onde voc~e tirou as fotos também é lindo. Onde é?


steph said...

aww this outfit is super cute, loving the bright tights & vintage earrings. you're right, it's all about the details - though i have to say, sometimes i totally forget to accessorize...then i feel naked!

xoxo, steph

Helen said...

Loving the yellow and blue combo! And gorgeous gorgeous earrings

Camille said...

great look! i loved it! and thanks for participating in magic minutiae! btw, between you and me, i voted for you! :D

Be said...

I'm sort of guilty for not noticing the little details and going for the things which stand out more (like your yellow stockings. Which go great with your top, btw). Although I do always notice earrings, although I don't think that counts.

I love the look of an "arm party" (as you put it), I think it just looks so in harmony and nature-like, but I don't like the bangles and such, only actual bracelets and brown (like yours). If you get what I mean. Sorry if you don't, I sometimes tend to ramble and make no sense.

Sorry I’ve been away from a while. I got lazy at blogging. -.-

Winnie said...

Wow, love the bright yellow tights with that dress, definitely a striking look!

Anonymous said...

love this, I love the pop of colour in your tights!

Alice x


They're gorgeous. And as you said, they don't hide under the hair! I'm always forced to wear big earrings because studs and small ones hide onder my hair, even though I prefer smaller sophisticated earrings. I should do more updo's. Were you a nerd as teenager? I would love to have someone like you in school. People here are all the same, but that I don't like them, but noone really stands out!

El said...

You look so lovely in this dress! And I really like all the bracelets :)

classy & fabulous


Nav said...

oh what fun outfit. First of all I love the adorable dress on you and then with the mustard tights, it looks so beautiful :)

xo Nav

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