Wednesday, 28 December 2011

LIFE: Christmas Gifts


Yeap FIVE books about vintage powder compacts - I'm determined to know everything I can about my little addiction! There probably aren't that many books left to get hold of now and Joe wanted to replace the one I had to leave back in the UK because it was just too heavy to do anything with - now I have so many! I've started reading Compacts; Powder and Paint [book on the top] which is full of details and photographs - so good.
Three vintage powder compacts which are actually rather rare and interesting ones and all appear in the above reference books. The Chicago one is from 1933 and marks the World Fair held in the city - Joe actually gave me this compact as an early Christmas present just after we got back from our honeymoon. The red gazelle compact is huge and made from leather [brand escapes me currently] and the envelope style is a famous Coty compact. I'll post more detailed individually about them all soon once I've cleaned them up a little.
The kitty PJS I picked out from Soma [a posh La Senza like shop] when we were in Chicago and they are so so comfy and soft to wear, additionally there is a copy of the original manufacturers guide to using my vintage 1942 Kenmore sewing machine that Joe brought me for my birthday, and just missing out on the top of the photograph is a collection book of some of Daphne du Maurier's work.

Me and Joe where just buying for each other this year and as you can see I'm easily pleased - that and my boy knows me well enough to know what I love. When I left the UK I had to leave a lot of my books behind so my boy's being helping me to replace the ones I had to leave and I've reached the geeky point when I want to know everything about vintage compacts - hence all the books. I also got the Vivian Maier photograph book which I blogged about its one of the most gorgeous books I've ever owned but it missed out on being photographed somehow. Compared to some we didn't have a huge Christmas gift giving, it was just lovely for us to have our first proper Christmas physically together - that was enough for me.

16 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have a lovely boy XO

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  2. He's definitely for keeps that's for sure x

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  3. Sounds like life, and Joe, are treating you well! I was wondering....what do you do with your collection? Are they on display or neatly packed away? Would love to see
    ROBIN

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  4. It looks like you had an absolutely lovely Christmas with your lovely fella, so glad you were able to spend it together - it must have been so sad being without him before.

    Jem xXx

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  5. Robin - at the moment my compacts are just on an old computer table, I have some of the tiny plate stands/easels to stand some of them up - the rest just lay down. It's in a development process when it comes to displaying them really and I need to get some more stands and somewhere proper to put them.

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  6. I never would have thought of compact collecting!! What a fun hobby, and a great collection of books to go along with it. So glad you had such a wonderful first Christmas, here's to many more!

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  7. Yeah it was a random thing to start and I never imagined I would! But there's sooooo many different ones out there that it's worth doing it because everyone is so different either by colour, size, shape, style. Well to me it is anyway lol

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  8. Ok so im totally jealous of your amazing books and compacts - awesome! What a star your fella is. I hope you had an amazing christmas and have a very happy new year :o) Scarlett x

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  9. Wow you're going to almost be an expert with all those helpful books. I so want that Vivian book I'm off to search for it.

    xx

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  10. Great post.
    Happy New year!

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  11. So cute pieces, girl, congrats. I love all the vibrant ones. Happy new year. :)

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  12. That was so sweet of Joe to replace them!! Seems like you both had a wonderful Christmas! :)

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  13. Lovely gifts, I hope you had a good christmas and have a good new years eve :)

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