Trash and Treasure finds: Beauty case, red dress + brooches

Trash and Treasure finds

A couple of weeks ago I went to my local Trash and Treasure Market, and I have to say I found some amazing things.

I found this amazing blue 70s Samsonite beauty case. It came with its original key and removable tray, I had to have it as you don’t find many beauty cases with their original fittings and with this beautiful blue shade, it cost me $8.

Samsonite beauty case

Samsonite beauty case

Samsonite beauty case, with tray

Samsonite beauty case

I also found this vibrant red and floral polyester Myer Sutherland Melbourne 70s dress. I’m loving the chiffon like floral dresses at the moment, and I’m building a good collection of them. The dress has ruffles along the collar and at the end of the long sheer sleeves. I payed just $5 for it! And I wore it for the first time at my friends 21st.

Myer Sutherland 70s dress

I also bought two brooches from two different vendors. The amazingly glamourous rhinestone brooch was $3. I have never seen a design like this before, it reminds me of the brooches royalty would wear or something that Elizabeth Taylor would wear, although in diamonds instead of rhinestones. The flower brooch is made of polymer clay and I payed $1 for it. I love how fun and pretty this brooch is, it would look great pinned on floral dresses or it could stand out on its own on a plain top. It also reminds me of the hand made brooches created in the 1940s. I think it’s a fun piece, I love unique jewellery pieces and these two brooches fit the bill!

Fabulous brooches

I also bought two fabulous vintage coats at an unbelievable price. But the coats deserve their own post, so I’ll post about them in the future.


DIY shorten earrings

diy shorten earrings

These are the earrings I showed you in the last post. And I said I would do a post on how I shortened them. They were a bit to long for my face and I thought they would look perfect if they were shorter.

What you need

What you will need:

  • A pair of earrings
  • Wire cutters
  • E-6000 glue or a strong hold glue for metal

I just have to say I love the E-6000 glue! I tried so hard to find this stuff and when I did you can believe me I grabbed it as quick as I could.

cut the earrings

If you have rhinestone earrings like mine, cut in between the rhinestones where you want to make it shorter. If you have chain earrings you can easily cut the chain loop instead.

earring cutting

I had a rhinestone missing in the main part of the earring (see if you can spot it) so I just took a rectangle from the off cut, and glued it in to the empty space. I also cut off the purple rhinestone and glued it to the main earring part to complete the shortened look. And as always read the instructions on the glue and follow as instructed.

earrings close-up

And here is the final product! I really love them, and they were really easy to do.

If you try to shorten your earrings or any of your accessories, tell me about it, I would love to see the results!

Jewellery finds

New jewellery

Here are some new jewellery pieces that I purchased in January. I love my vintage and second hand accessories, but sometimes I do buy from retail stores, especially if something has a vintage vibe about it.

I bought a cobalt blue bead necklace from Colette, the necklace just called out to me and will make a great statement piece. The sparkly beaded collar and rhinestone earrings were bought from Diva. I needed some bold sparkly earrings for a Christening I was going to, and these were perfect. I did alter the earrings though, I will have a post on that in the future.

The best bit was that I spent under $10 on all three pieces. Which makes me a happy girl!

New jewellery

Colette necklace

Necklace close-up

Collar and earrings

Earrings close-up



Marie Antoinette Costume

I went to a friends costume birthday party last friday and I decided to go as Marie Antoinette. I loved how people tried to guess who I was, some said ghost one person said Marilyn Monroe …..yes I think he was drunk.

It was a fun night, filled with friends, music and food!

I’m wearing the white cotton top I bought the other day, a white and blue stripped skirt which is actually a dress (I tucked the top bit under neath). A blue mesh shawl. A white rhinestone belt I’ve had lying about from Forever New, on sale! A white wig I styled. A small hat, that I attached a bird too. Some thrifted rhinestone and pearl necklaces. My thrifted gold and rhinestone bracelets. And the gold shoes I thrifted awhile ago, to which I attached some shoe clips, that I made.

For people who want to know how I did my make up and hair keep reading:

For the white powdered look, I used some water activated face/body paint and put it all over my face and neck. I used some lipstick as a blusher, which I dabbed on my cheeks and blended until it looked smooth. Then I shaped my lips into a cupids bow. I thought my eyes needed something extra so I placed some blue eyeshadow on the lids, to bring out the blue stripes in my skirt. I finished off the eyes with some white mascara, and white eyeliner on my waterline. And I drew on a cute love heart beauty mark on my cheek. 

With my hair, I created a bun and slipped the wig on top of it. I sliced the crown of the wig so I could pop the bun through. I then grabbed sections of the wig and pinned them all over the bun with bobby pins, until all of my bun was covered by the wig.  I think it worked quite well! I used lots of hairspray, both on my hair and the wig. I then pinned the hat on.

I’m really happy with how it turned out! And it was really fun getting dressed up and gathering the bits and pieces for the costume.

And like any good party we left early in the morning, the next day!

Marie Antoinette costume

Oriental bag + shoes

Last Saturday I went op shopping and bought a couple of things. I purchased a pretty oriental bag, bronze 1930s style T-strap shoes, red wooden round earrings made in West Germany, a white bead necklace and an amazing Avon pendant necklace.

I love the chain of the pendant necklace, and how it has an art deco style to it. It’s very interesting and love the painted flower design on the ceramic pendant.

Hope you had fun shopping this week!