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How to Update Vintage: Accessorize (and a BIG Announcement)


It’s been an interesting week, and it’s only Wednesday.

Sunday morning, Husband and I woke up at 3:20. We thought Molly (the cat) was getting into the shower because we heard the doors rattling, but she was asleep at the foot of the bed. Knowing I had heard other strange sounds, I sent Husband to look through the house. When he got back, I asked if the kids were still in their beds – he didn’t check, so I took a flashlight to their rooms – they were fine. We laid in bed a few more minutes before Husband said, “I bet it was an earthquake.” Which, of course, it was. It obviously wasn’t strong here – most of the damage was in Napa – but we do have friends in town who had things fall from shelves and others who had water slosh around in their pool.

And now, it’s the first day of school for BB, so we’ve had tons of stuff to do. Can’t believe summer vacation is over! It was a wonderful mix of busy, relaxed, scheduled, open, visiting family and friends, hanging out on our own. I have loved having this time to be home with BB and BG, even on those days when they were driving me (and each other) crazy!

But, back to “projects” – except I still don’t have my sewing machine (fingers crossed it’s finished today or tomorrow), so today, I’m going to update vintage with some accessories.


This is basically my uniform – vintage blouse, jeans, heels or wedges, statement necklace, and a clutch.



I made this necklace from vintage beads (see project here and here).


A very oversized vintage blouse, matching necklace, skinny jeans, leopard heels, and a vintage gold clutch



This is my Rouge is Fancy necklace (see project here).


Vintage skirt, t-shirt from Target, gray wedges, vintage clutch, and chunky vintage costume jewelry



I didn’t make anything here, but these are probably my favorite vintage jewelry finds ever – bracelet and necklace set (also came with clip-on earrings).


A vintage skirt from an estate sale, Old Navy sweater, clutch, and vintage riding boots (see the story of the boots here)



I made this leather clutch from an old coat (see project here).


Speaking of accessories (fanfare here!), on Tuesday, September 2nd, I’ll be launching my Etsy shop! I’ve got lots of plans for it, but for now, I’m going to start SLOW. I’ll be selling necklaces made from vintage beads, some of my signature earrings, and a small collection of vintage finds. Once my sewing machine is up and running, I’ll be adding a few more handmade fabric pieces as well. I am really excited about what’s to come.

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Thanks so much for your support! I love reading all of your comments, both here and on Facebook. Thanks for reading and following along on this journey!

PS – Oh, and you’ll want to stop back by tomorrow. As a way of celebrating the shop opening, I’ll be giving away a few pieces starting Thursday. See you then!


6 thoughts on “How to Update Vintage: Accessorize (and a BIG Announcement)

    1. Thank you, Molly! It is a fantastic name! :) (And honestly, when it came time to name children, I was wishing we hadn’t used already used it for the cat.)

  1. I’m so excited about your shop!! Congratulations Nic! Thinking of you today and hope hope hope BB has a wonderful first day of school.


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