Monday, December 16, 2013

Sentimental Jewelry and a Looser Wave

I tried a different pin curl set to get a looser wave this time, and I like it. Sometimes my pin curls can be a little too curly for what I want that day. So, I let my hair dry almost completely after washing and rolled them much bigger. To make bigger pin curls you wrap them around either a larger finger or fingers. (If you still want to try pin curls and don't know how to do them, click here for a great tutorial.) Then, I tried to roll them back and forth facing opposite ways depending on the row of curls. I'm terrible still at doing specific pin curl sets and at following directions for them, but I keep trying anyway. I think it turned out okay and I will probably try to reproduce this again, but I know it won't turn out exactly the same. *Sigh* I hope one day I get good enough at pin curls to be able to reproduce the styles I like.

I also got a new brooch lately from eBay. It's one that is somewhat sentimental to me and it includes a guitar, which I've been looking for good guitar brooches for a while. I play guitar and grew up playing lots of music, so I just like guitar brooches. It's sentimental, because my husband and I love Mexican food and ate it A LOT while we were dating and after we were first married. The restaurant we ate at most always played mariachi music, so this reminds me of those sweet days when we and love were both young. Thankfully, all of our children like Mexican food, too, we just don't eat it as often. 

I wore a brown turtleneck and my new navy circle skirt with it, along with three bakelite bangles. 

I also wore some vintage lucite clip on earrings that I had to have, because they remind me of some buttons I remember being on a brown corduroy sport coat my dad wore when I was little. I was definitely a daddy's girl and I suppose I will always be one. These earrings remind me of my him and just make me smile. I didn't know I had so many sentimental reasons for buying certain jewelry. 

And one of the three little'uns caught me taking pictures and couldn't stand to not be involved and show off the new gap in her mouth where she just lost one of her front teeth. So, here's the cutest little girl in the whole wide world (as her mother, I'm entitled to say that, lol). 

I'm starting to think that many of my preferences and likes have more to do with my family and childhood memories than anything else. It's amazing how much our families, our parents, our spouses, and memories can affect even what we buy and it's value to us. These are definitely reasons why I've always liked antiques and vintage fashion, but it's also a way to connect with those in the past. To be able to connect to my grandparents who have all passed on, to relate to historical events and time periods, and to connect with people throughout history who have and do inspire us. I think wearing and buying vintage/antique items also give us more of an appreciation not only for what those who have gone before us have endured or accomplished, but also can show us that even though we tend to think that our day and age of technological advances and social changes is superior to everyone who came before us just how foolish and arrogant we are. 

There's a verse from the Bible in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that says, "there is no new thing under the sun." I think we would do well today to remember that even though we can look back and see the errors of the past, we are blind to our own errors. The saying, "Hindsight is always 20/20" comes to mind. There is nothing that we feel or face that is really that different from those in the past. Times change, technology changes, fashion changes, culture changes, but people don't change, and I love to be able to feel that connection with the past, even if it is only through their fashions. I end up feeling like I know them and myself a little better because of it. 

And I'll leave you with a song my dad used to sing and play all the time. I hope you enjoy it!

Do you buy vintage or clothing or accessories for sentimental reasons?


  1. Absolutely!!! I am constantly drawn to pieces that remind of people, places, and moments in my life that I hold near and dear to my heart. Case in point, I've been on the prowl for an Italian themed novelty print 50s skirt for years now (in my size and price range) because my darling husband is a native son of Italy, and I think it would be so awesome to honour his homeland with a vintage garment.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Rag curls are awesome, too, for helping create a wide array of sets. In my pre-wig days, I used to do them more often than I did pin curl sets.

    1. I've been meaning to try rag curls, especially for my little girl, who occasionally likes to have her hair curled. Right now I use sponge rollers, but they are hard to wind and unwind with her long hair without a lot of tangling.
      I will keep an eye out for an Italian theme 50s skirt, and let you know if I find any. I think that is such a sweet way to honour your husband.