What's in Your Bag?

Vintage bags Hold Secrets of a Past Life

My grandmother had the best style and the best time. She always told me she lived a life in which no one could say she did not have a good time. This evening bag I now own is not only vintage, but it belonged to my grandmother. Part of the joy of owning vintage pieces is imagining all the fun they saw and wondering which kindred spirit loved it before you. Though, with this evening bag I already know some of the secrets it holds. My grandmother loved a good party, a cigarette, a card game and a cocktail with a maraschino cherry. I'd say this bag stayed out late many evenings and took home lots of card game winnings. 

It seems the last time she used it was right before I was born. Inside there was still a ticket from a political dinner in 1979 to support a mayoral candidate in our town. What I do know is that they served steak and the candidate's name was "Bubba" !!! The rest I have to imagine. I imagine she pulled this bag out of the custom made closets my grandfather built for her to finish off her fabulous look. She gossiped with the other fine ladies of Eunice and made a date for their next card game. 

This vintage black patent leather frame bag is my bag of the moment as it's the season for cocktail bags and the season to be with family. My grandmother passed on to me the spirit of fun and left me with the perfect accessory to "carry" it out. 

Vintage Shopping in New Orleans at Lili's

vintage clothing, new orlenas A few summers ago I read an amazing hot pink book called Eccentric Glamour by Simon Doonan. It left me not only entertained, but well fashion advised. Though, I will never forget Chapter 5 when Simon seems to cringe at the thought of Vintage Clothes because he is afraid of ghosts. You see, I love Vintage Clothing and know that a wardrobe is not truly complete with out a few pieces. So if you are an "Existentialist or Gypsie" like me, as Simon points out, then "your whole point of view is contingent upon augmenting your wardrobe with the kind of unique and eccentric pieces that can be found only at vintage emporiums."

While Shopping in New Orleans, Louisiana a few weeks ago I found my new favorite Vintage Boutique - Lili. It is extremely well merchandised (which means the buyer has amazing taste), and it does not smell vintage (she has all items cleaned and repaired). I found some serious Cocktail dresses and dresses that make me want to get married again!

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and now, for the grande finale ... a Gorgeous, Wintery, Vintage Wedding dress

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take my word for it....
Lili Vintage Boutique
3329 Magazine St.
New Orleans, Louisiana