Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Oh, you pretty things (plus GIVEAWAY)



When I was much younger, my brother and I used to play a game fondly referred to as the 'Treasure Game'. I owned a little pirate's chest-style hinged box, full of odd rhinestone earrings and broken necklaces (the debris from various family members and flea markets) - the sparklier the object, the better. After emptying the contents onto the floorboards, we would proceed to play a game based mainly on a bartering system of our own devising. Once we had each taken it in turns to pick things from the glittering pile, we would make all sorts of deals to complete our desired collection.
"I'll give you this set of 'diamonds' for the 'ruby' necklace and the 'gold' ring".
"Only if I can have the blue 'sapphire' brooch"
We felt like pirates, sorting out ill-gotten gains - complete with sulks when it didn't work out.

My jewellery fascination (read obsession) has been evolving ever since. However, I doubt I could fit it all into one tiny treasure chest now - instead it is scattered all over my room, hanging from bookshelves and piled on vintage cake stands. At vintage markets I often tend to bypass the jewellery and head straight for the clothes, as I was lucky enough to inherit a sizeable cache of pretty baubles and strings of things from various family members - my collection covers everything from sixties plastic beads to bejewelled costume jewellery plus Victorian silver bangles. However, I am still a magpie at heart... 
So, you can imagine my delight when LUXXOR vintage offered to add something new to my rather extensive collection. A few days after I gratefully accepted, three items: a gorgeous brooch, ring and cameo necklace arrived. I especially love the brooch/ pin, which can be seen in the first two shots (along with the charming ring). 
I thought that the 'woman in profile' was so stylishly attired, that the only way to go was to to emulate her - using a charity shopped YSL scarf, vintage sunglasses and a family owned clip-on earring. I'm not sure if it is odd to think about an inaminate object's story, but somehow I can just imagine the woman that this brooch could represent - the scarf is there to protect her hair in an open topped car as she makes her way to meet with her fellow glamorous fifties-era friends.
Thank you Luxxor for sending the pieces, and if anyone is feeling particularly generous then I do have my eye on the amazing enamelled bee brooch on her site! (Hint, hint mum if you're reading this...) Animal accessories - especially brooches - always remind me of Wallis Simpson...

Sometimes my room resembles a weird clothing jungle - instead of vines creeping over tree trunks, I have pendants with slithering chains manifesting themselves on top of silk shirts that I really should iron. So, here is some visual evidence:



To round off a jewellery saturated post, I have a Giveaway for my lovely reader. I will be sad to part with this beautiful cameo necklace so soon after receiving it from Luxxor, but I thought someone out there might really enjoy wearing it.
So, for the rules: You must be a follower of Clothes, Cameras and Coffee. Please leave a comment describing whose face you would like to see on a cameo - I for one would love a "Twiggy" cameo, complete with her pageboy haircut! The giveaway will be live for 10 days, and will end on 9th April.



(Cameo necklace - modelled by my mum complete with my own vintage orange gloves - courtesy of Luxxor vintage).

58 comments:

Blair said...

Hmm, I would love a Sherlock Holmes cameo...would the little profile with a pipe be darling?

Indigo said...

ohh I would love an Audrey Hepburn one, very cliche but she is my idol! XX

olivia said...

I'd love a Cleopatra cameo... just to clash cultures. ;)

jrose9 said...

hate to say that (because it was mentioned in a comment before) but I'd love to own a cameo with Audrey Hepburn's face on it. She was such a gracious woman.
Other woman besides Audrey, I'd say Jane Austen because she's such an inspiration for me!
xx

Lydia said...

Easy: Barbra Streisand. That profile would be to die for.

Emzi said...

An Audrey Hepburn one would be really cool. :)

S said...

I love IT! so Elegant!

Catherine said...

I'm satisfied with the commonplace anonymous victorian woman, but your face surely would look great on a cameo. your profile is perfect, haha! and great post, naturally.

jewles said...

I follow you on bloglovin'... and I love your blog, you have such an amazing style!
Hmm... I have been reading about art history for school, so I would have to say that I would love to see one of Degas' ballerinas on a cameo, they are amazing!

Mari. said...

I adore cameos! I love how elegant and vintage they look. I'd also like to see Audrey Hepburn on a cameo, her profile is gorgeous!

My Heart Blogged said...

I follow your blog with google. I would love to see the great Marylin Monroe on a cameo necklace.
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Laura Nunes Vicente said...

i would like a cameo with my mother's profile on it, just because i think she's beautiful and it would have a personal value!

I love your blog!!!

Jenny said...

Maybe a bit weird but I'm thinking a Johnny Depp cameo with a trilby hat :)

Amoniel said...

Robin Williams :) I don't know why, but I think his nose would make for a striking cameo. I'm afraid that his eye sparkle would be hard to capture his twinkly eyes :/

Autumn said...

I follow and love your blog. But, I live in Australia so would I be able to eneter?
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Autumn

Roz G. said...

I would love a cameo with charlotte brönte without a doubt or maybe emily since her profile is a lot more romantic. Your pictures are beautiful, I'm always dreaming about wearing scarves around my head but I'm too much of a coward to do it.

AvaPilar said...

What I love about cameos is how timeless they are in the change of silhouettes throughout each decade. So, in ways of answering your question, I would love to have a 1920s cameo. From the ones I've seen their curled bobbed hair and flapper looks make a lovely silhouette.

However to narrow it down to a more specific character I would choose either Ophelia or the beautiful girl from my favourite painting La Liseuse by Jean-Jaques Henner. If you don't know it, look it up, it's breathtaking!

bestie said...

Audrey Hepburn on cameo would be lovely. (:

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Kasey said...

That cameo is divine and your collection is one to envy <3
I would love a cameo with Helen Bonman Carter's profile on it, she is just so eccentric and amazing!

Emma said...

I think Marilyn Monroe would be stunning!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

RAD. I so want to win a piece of jewelry that's been frolicking around your family's house for ages. I would like a cameo with the face of Vivienne Westwood in her earlier days. Wish me luck! -Bella Q

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PS: you look amazing. seriously like a magazine ad. in a good way.

twannywun said...

Michael Jackson
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Ginta said...

That first photo is amazing! You look amazing! So classic!

Emily Alice said...

the olsen twins, one of them or both together. i love them so much! :) X

ps great blog! :) XX

Penny Dreadful said...

I am in love with your dressing table Ros. I've just had to move mine to the spare room that is being converted into a mini-vintage boutique, so I no longer have a special little space of my own, sob! At least it will be nice to share it with others, I'm planning on using it to display hats and trinkets.

Lovely headscarf too, I should wear mine more often xx

Heidi Svømmekjær said...

No doubt about it: Greta Garbo! She had such stylish and characteristic contours to her nostrils and lips. And her life as a Hollywood/Stockholm recluse seems befitting of the introspective mood of a cameo.

LUXXOR said...

The post is great! Thanks so much Roz!

Sarah
http://www.luxxorvintage.com

Polka Princess said...

Of course I follow you dear! And I'd love one of those with a Jackie-O cameo.....complete with her oversized shades & stylish bob! Sigh!! Wasn't she just gorgeous???

Winni said...

I follow via Google RSS. I think Brigitte Bardot or Barbara Streisand would make interesting cameos.

TC said...

great giveaway! I know that this has already been said a million times but I would love to see a cameo with Audrey Hepburn's face on it.

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Kate said...

Gorgeous post, I love how you've completely captured the profile of the brooch down to the finest detail. At the moment I am completely obsessed by the sixties and I think the Beatles would look great on a necklace like this. It would add a twist to a classis piece necklace!
Can't wait for your next post!
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JosieHope said...

I'm a follower! Gladly. :)
Ohmygosh. If I could have a cameo of any Victorian looking woman, but Twiggy, Cleopatra, Audrey Hepburn, those are all fantastic ideas.

Claudia Laurel Bell said...

Loving the post, maybe Rosamund Pike as she is simply stunning, or Emanuela de Paula (the model from the Next advert) because it would be interesting to have a mixed race woman on a cameo because cameo girls are always white! So I would love to see a reverse cameo with a black woman on white! x

Maria said...

I would love to see the real Cleopatra's (a.k.a. Cleopatra VII) profile, big nose and all :)

Maria xxx

Usually Comatose said...

I'd love a Jean Harlow cameo, especially with the fingerwave detail in it :)
xx

Pearl Westwood said...

I would really like a Gonzo from the Muppets he surely has the best profile ever ;-)

Anne said...

Following you from Paris, I would love a Serge Gainsbourg cameo, as he has such an unusual profile...

Fashionistable said...

You looks so elegant in b/w in the 1st shot. It evokes an other era beautifully. Xxxx

Cloud of Secrets said...

What a wonderful idea, echoing the woman in the brooch with your own scarf, earrings, and pose! And I love the pirate treasure game -- I ant to play it right now. I'll have to teach it to my kids when they're a little older -- I have lots of careworn vintage jewelry that would make for a good trove.

Hmm...I'm a follower, and I'd love to win the cameo. Whose profile would I like to see on a cameo? Queen Elizabeth I, complete with ruff.

Prêt-à-Penser said...

I got to know your post many months ago while I was reading an article on Italian journal "D". I was really impressed by your original style, you did a great job! ;)

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Caitlin Rose said...

I would love to have something funny in a cameo, like a hedgehog : )

Ms. Sarah M. Cash said...

I would love to Tilda Swinton on a cameo. She's so androgynous and beyond talented/beautiful. Also, I must tell you how much I adore your style blog. So much inspiration to be found.

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Georgy said...

I'm totally in love with your blog. You are a real inspiration for me!

Hope Adela Pasztor said...

you are so elegant and beautiful, dear! hmmmm that's a tough question. i've always admired clara bow's vivacity and her carefree and creative style, so i'd choose her. love the pictures of your jewelry, by the way! i always find it so intriguing when people post photographs of their own clothing and accessories collection. i'm TOTALLY drooling after that sparkling blue beaded tassel necklace hanging on your mirror! let me know if you ever want to get rid of it and we can do an blogger exchange! ;)

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Tori said...

I love your blog! Personally I would like to see Audrey Hepburn on a cameo.

leasha said...

your blog is amazing! I'm not sure if I follow your blog as I don't have one myself but I have subscribed to automatic feed posts if that counts? Anyways just in case I think a cameo of Marilyn Monroe would be great because she's so iconic!

leasha said...

Your blog is amazing...I would probably like to see Marilyn Monroe on a cameo because she's so iconic. But then again there are many other people I wouldn't mind seeing on cameo like Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson! Something different than the usual...

chinadoll said...

I think for me it'd have to be someone a bit bizarre, maybe Tony Blair. Or maybe Maggie Thatcher - she's got the profile for it.
...now I'm going to have to do a quick 'personalized cameo makers' google....
xx

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Autumn said...

Julie Andrews would be awesome i think.
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Autumn

Suzanna said...

anna karina!

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Dajana said...

Kurt Cobains!
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RedRose said...

The jewelry is beautiful, but I have to say that I love those orange gloves!

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daisymay aka Chantele said...

I am a follower! And would love to win that Cameo, its beautiful. I would actually like my grandma on a cameo or if I had to choose someone famous, maybe an actress from the 20's or 30's - Louise Brooks or Marion Davies

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Elle said...

i think Kate Moss would bring a fresh approach to cameos her, very individual face shape and undeniable beauty would make an interesting statement as a cameo for sure.

love the blog xxx

DMA said...

Modern day cameos would be cool- Lady Gaga in profile!!!

polka dot said...

Came here to say thank you for your lovely thoughtful comment, and started scrolling back cause I've missed some good posts. It's great to have a peek into your 'wardrobe' - I love the shots like the shot of the dresser (and you mum posing in the orange gloves: I had a pair just like that, right around the time I first met Mr. Dot! I wore them everywhere: it was just a stage I was going thru: embracing orange).

I loved cameos as a child. I just remembered a cameo ring I had: I wonder if I still do.

Who would I want on the face? Good question. I know: just because I'm seeing her films right now: Liz Taylor. She's gorgeous. Or for a striking profile: Cher, before she had all that work done.

itsmidnight said...

Love your blog, you are a thoughtful writer and so photogenic also :) If I could have anyone on a cameo it would be my beautiful daughter of course! Keep writing, love it! Karen C