My aunt Thea, died at an age of 93 … and they told me that she died with her lipstick on and wearing her perfume. An amazing and very beautiful woman, married – but no children – and when it came to fashion and looks she was unbeatable.
So opposite my mum, that never cared for her looks in any big way.
Remember one time when Thea was going to the theater – she wore a navy blue silk dress with white dots – and with that to match she wore one navy and one white shoe of the same model.
It was Thea that learned me everything about dress sense and fashion – she started with me in a very young age, 14 or something. She made all her clothes, coat, hats .. and she even made her mink coat by hand with a matching hat.
As young woman she worked as mannequin for “NK’s Franska” in Stockholm – that meant that she showed and walked clothes for the richest in Sweden and also for our Kings mother, Princess Sybilla.
She was a fantastic hostess for dinner and cocktails parties, my uncle, Hans had a lot of entertainment events because of his job. She had a book where she made notes about every dinner and event she hostessed, who the guests were – what food was served, wines, and she took photo of the table settings … plus of course what she was wearing, so she wouldn’t repeat herself.
One rule she had – was that everything had to match. Most important was that gloves and handbag matched – during the colder months. Otherwise had the shoes and handbag at match. Something I lived by in my whole adult life.
So of course after buying my Ecco boots this season, in black patent leather – and I also had a pair of loafers from last autumn .. in black patent leather – I needed a bag to match. Plus I have a lovely pair of high heels from “GEOX” that I bought in London 4 years ago at “T.K.Maxx” in the same material – that needed a match.
First I turned to Esty to see if there was something – and I found a bag .. got it for a good price, but first of all it for some reason it was sent to Sweden in UK – plus when I finally got it (Royal Mail was witched on) it was plastic. Got my money back and could keep the bag, witch now I have given to charity.
A months before I left for Belfast .. I found on Ebay UK a brilliant bag, from “Hobbs” – all in patent leather, made in Italy and so I bid – finally price came to £35/377SEK/US$ 56/€43. So I picked now up in Belfast at my old office – looked like brand new .. and the price today is £130. Asked in their shop in Dublin how old the model can be, 2 years. Just love it, used it nearly everyday. Was a bit worried about the pink lining – not a pink lady – but it doesn’t bother me at all. So happy over my big bag.
Of course I need a pair of Ballerina to go with the bag, boots, heels and loafers … and I found them at “Mark & Spencer” in Belfast for £45/485SEK/US$74/€55.
2 weeks before I took off – I visit “Clarks” website – and saw a pair of loafers .. with mine now into their second season I need back up, so I ordered them to the Belfast shop for a fantastic price of £35/377SEK/US$ 56/€43 only. Clarks shoes comes to in Sweden around £100/110SEK/US$162/€123.
I also bought a “Russell and Bromley” handbag on Ebay UK – black in leather inside out and front in black suede. Stunning bag that must once have cost about £250/2695SEK/US$405/€308 – got it for £38/410SEK/US$61/€47. Like brand new.
Through the years I have bought shoes and handbags on Ebay and I will intruduce you to some of them.
We start with my 2 pair of shoes from “LK Bennett”, both won on Ebay UK. For the high heel red suede I found a matching bag from Ferragamo at Ebay.com and it came all the way from USA.
For a wedding I found the flowered silk shoes and the matching bag on Ebay UK, but with 2 different sellers.
Since many years have I bought shoes from the same shop in London as Lady Di did and now William’s Kate does – French Sole – did a post about my shoes and the shop last year; “royal princesses and me”.
So when I bought a pair in gold – I needed a matching bag, and of course I found it in US at Ebay.com and I won the bag. A bag, that I always get compliments for. In gold leather with crystals … so beautiful and the make is; Seareun, NYC
I love suede in both handbags and shoes – so when I found a little beautiful black Ferragamo bag on auction on Ebay.com – I just had to have it – I also bought the suede ballerina with the golden details there too .. once again USA was delivering both. The peep toe shoe is from M&S in Belfast. And my newest little addition the YSL bag in patent leather won on Ebay UK, arrived in Sweden on New Years Eve.
I really think life stinks at time … becasue I’m only able to wear one pair of shoes at the time. I don’t need any more handbags or shoes for the rest of my life and I have to remember that .. from now on, but do I want to???!!!
Never smoked a cigarette in my life – so this is my addictions and it’s not spoiling my health – but sometimes my monthly budget. But I never buy expensive shoes or handbags anymore, around $50.00/325.00SEK/£31.00/€30.00.
I found a lot of pleasure in wearing my shoes and handbag, but of course there is a bit of guilt too, because I have more than enough – if now a woman can have too many shoes and handbags.
I dedicate to and blame this post on my aunt Thea … and my walk-in-closet too.
“Kindly remove your shoes from my bullshit.
Photos from “NK’s Franska” provided by and thanks to Nordisk Museet