Thursday, 19 November 2015

Adorable accessories with Chronically Vintage + WIN your own collection

ChronicallyVintage Etsy shop - packaging close-up

I am so excited to share today's post because not only do I get to support a very dear friend, I'm also bringing you my first giveaway - and I might be biased, but I think the prize is fab. (You all know I'm now going to waffle for a while, so skip to the end if you want to go straight to how to enter.)

I was so thrilled when Jessica of Chronically Vintage - who so many of you will already know and love - suggested we work together on this post in aid of her Etsy shop, ChronicallyVintage. This lady is so tireless in her support of others in the vintage community generally and she's been such a caring friend of mine in particular, I leapt at the chance to feature her awesome shop here.

It surprised me to learn that Jessica suspects many of her readers aren't aware that she has a shop, or come to learn about it after some time of reading her blog. I can only think this is due to her mindfulness of never 'sales-pitching' her readers, which is incredibly admirable as it comes from a sincere place of wanting to provide the best content at all times. I, however, have no such qualms - Jessica works tirelessly to source and list cute vintage pieces with particularly fab ranges of jewellery and scarves and everything is very reasonably priced too. Incredibly, she's got well over 1,000 items listed currently - a huge range for any vintage shop, but all the more impressive for a one-woman operation! Her shop specialises in accessories as that's largely what's available in her part of the world - you will find the odd piece of clothing and certainly bags too though. But anyway, I don't need to tell you about how much is on offer, as much as I'm enjoying myself (what can I say, I'm a marketer by day), when I can show you a snapshot!

This is what a good mail day looks like from Jessica's shop:

ChronicallyVintage Etsy shop - a bundle of packages

All beautifully wrapped and securely packaged, as you can see. I'd like to add that Jessica had told me she'd send some things and asked for some of my preferences to pick them out - but I had no idea that she'd be this generous! It was one of the best mail days of my life, let me tell you! This picture above neatly demonstrates the immense care she puts into everything, even wrapping the smallest gift box - and you can't even see how secure everything was padded on the inside, but believe me it was. And we all want that from a vintage seller, right?

Anyway, you all want to know what treasures she picked out for me now, don't you! Here they are in all their glory...

ChronicallyVintage Etsy shop - a range of goodies

ChronicallyVintage Etsy shop - beautiful brooches

ChronicallyVintage Etsy shop - earrings, bracelets and a necklace

ChronicallyVintage Etsy shop - 50s style floral sparkly necklace

Now let me be frank, I am an abysmal accessory wearer. By abysmal, I mean incredibly lazy. Ok, I've got a few bags and hats now, but I don't really buy jewellery and don't wear what I do have enough - although I've been slightly changing my bad attitude starting with brooches this year (hence the odd one or two have been popping up here lately). Two years ago, I didn't own a single brooch! The worst sin, though, is that I have 9 holes pierced in my ears and yet I wear the same 9 earrings all the time. I know, why did I even bother?

The good news is that since this package of joy arrived I am changing my bad ways! And the biggest change has been with earrings - Jessica sent me so many cute pairs that I had to up my ear decor game rapidly. And I have to say, I am really enjoying it so far - and so much more than I thought I would!

ChronicallyVintage Etsy shop - red diamond earrings and a matching headscarf

ChronicallyVintage Etsy shop - red diamond earrings and a matching headscarf

ChronicallyVintage Etsy shop - yellow earrings and bangles

ChronicallyVintage Etsy shop - yellow earrings and bangles

I find it very hard to pick a favourite piece from all she sent to me, but I have to pick out this stunning necklace. The photos haven't captured how sparkly and intricate it is. I immediately started plotting what I could wear to show it off for its proper debut and this may or may not have provoked a winter wedding outfit c choice (remember a and b?). Unprecedented, but such is my love for this necklace! (The wedding is tomorrow actually and the dress I may or may not have bought for this unexpected third option is about to be delivered today, so we shall see...)

ChronicallyVintage Etsy shop - 1950s style floral necklace

ChronicallyVintage Etsy shop - 1950s style floral necklace

Anyway, you'll be seeing lots more of these pieces in the near future in upcoming outfit posts, so meanwhile what you all want to know is how you can have your own mini collection from Jessica's shop too, right? I might just be able to help you with that, as Jessica has kindly offered to giveaway $75 (USD) store credit - roundabout £50 - to one lucky winner, which could buy you very many treats (this credit can be used to pay shipping and taxes incurred at checkout, the latter only applying if you're in Canada). Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and I'll pick a winner at random in a week's time (and all the terms of the prize are found via the widget).


a Rafflecopter giveaway

And if you don't win, or don't want to take your chances, or really want to snap up something you've got your eye on before the winner snaffles it, Jessica has kindly also offered my readers 25% off all items in her shop via the discount code CiCi25 valid until 10 December 2015. This code will apply to the total before shipping (and taxes if you're in Canada), there's no minimum order value and Jessica's determination to offer low combined shipping costs means that should Etsy's calculations overcharge for this, she will refund differences of over $1.00 post-purchase.

Finally, if you haven't already, do enter Jessica's Vintage Secret Santa - if you buy your gift from her shop (use the code, use the code!) and drop her a note she will even gift wrap it and throw in a holiday gift card for your lucky giftee.

Good luck everyone!



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55 comments:

  1. How gorgeous is this? Two such lovely bloggers and a lovely competition, too. :-) Good luck, everybody! xxx

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    1. That's so kind, again, Lucy! Good luck! xx

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  2. The packaging is so lovely, and Jessica chose some absolutely gorgeous pieces for you! I'm just the same with accessories - I own plenty but always forget or am too lazy to change them up. I also plan to focus on brooches too - I spotted some beautiful ones in an antique shop recently and am planning a return trip to purchase a few!

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    1. She really did :) I never realised how good value vintage brooches can be - definitely a good way to start embracing accessories.

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  3. Oh my goodness, Christmas came early!!! I really love you in earrings, you suit them, and what a fab selection you now have. Jessica is just so lovely, what a generous lady. You are going to be accessorizing fabulously over the next few months, I look forward to seeing all of these items pop up in blog posts. There's some great stuff in her shop at the moment too, though I am sad the 1930s black and white slip gown thing is an XS, and I'm most definitely a M-L. Sigh.

    Anyway, thanks to you and Jessica for running this prize draw, and I hope those accessories brighten the dark winter months for you xx

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    1. That's exactly what I thought when I got the huge package!! I always thought I didn't suit earrings, but I actually really love them :) and yep, some good accessorising is surely coming. Ooh, I should check out that gown (although I'm probably not an XS)! xx

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  4. Just in case the lovely pictures of this post weren't enough, I have just come back from a browse around CronicallyVintage Etsy shop... WOW! Now I REALLY want to enter the giveaway! That necklace is gorgeous and looks lovely on you. I can't wait to see option c featuring The Necklace... If its anything as good as a and b it will make the choice even harder!

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    1. So glad to bring it to your attention :) Option c is coming together - the dress is now here and it's beautiful... I think it's going to be c!

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  5. I love both your blogs. I have followed Jessica by email for several years & have found several other vintage blogs because of her mentioning them ( possibly yours). I love both your blogs. I love Jessica's shop too but have fibromyalgia which seems to be causing a lot more problems the past year. I've already decided that after a couple hospitalizations & a few more diagnosises that once all Med bills are paid I'm going to start treating myself every once in a while. Jessica's shop will be the one I will use most. I have so much respect for all she does, I'd love to shop with her. Debharris723@comcast.net

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    1. That's so lovely to hear :) So sorry that your condition has meant you can't treat yourself as much - fingers crossed the bills will be paid off soon so you can. Jessica certainly has tonnes of bargains!

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  6. What a great selection! Jessica has chosen well for you. Now you have no excuse not to be perfectly accessorised for every occasion.

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  7. Wow! Such amazing looking accessories! I love the necklaces the most. I can't wait to see you in them!

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    1. I think my favourites are the earrings, but it's very hard to choose! And I do love that sparkly necklace <3

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  8. Wow, these accessories are wonderful, so beautiful and delicate, lovey selection dear. Jessica has selected some lovely pieces for you. You look so beautiful in all pics <3 Kisses <3
    http://www.rakhshanda-chamberofbeauty.com/

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    1. Yes, she's a gem :) and thank you xx

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  9. I actually discovered her only recently through your blog! I have my eye on some gloves on there, her shop is so extensive. I love the colours in what you've received, it's perfect.

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    1. Hooray, that's good to hear :) she finds some amazing gloves! There's just so much to choose from, it's so difficult!

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  10. I love Jessica's blog AND her shop, and I have to agree that her prices are super reasonable, quickly shipped, and so lovingly packaged. I always have some of her things favorited on etsy, and I'd love to put that $75 to use!

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    1. They really are - glad you agree. I'm so in awe of what she does and I'm glad to hear there's others out there that are fans too!

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  11. Wow it's all so gorgeous! I especially love the headband with the earrings!!

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    1. That was my favourite look here too - and it was such fun putting them together :)

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  12. Sweet CiCi, thank you from the bottom of my heart for what is truly one of the sweetest, kindest and by far more touching write ups anyone has ever penned about me (and my Etsy shop). I can't begin to adequately convey just how incredibly moved I am by everything that you said and how elated I feel that you're pleased as much with your surprise presents.

    You've styled the ones highlighted here superbly and really given them your own stunning stamp of stylistic approval.

    It was - and is - a joy to team up with you and to offer one lucky blog reader of yours the chance to score a $75.00 store credit to my shop.

    This is an awesome collaboration and again, with all my heart, thank you so much for holding it!

    And, to all of CiCi's fabulous readers, thank you as well for beyond making my day with your terrifically nice comments and compliment.

    Giant hugs and best of luck to everyone!!!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. I'm so happy you like the post :) I meant every word, of course and it's such a pleasure working with you on this. Glad you like the way I've styled things here too :)

      You're truly at the heart of what made this collaboration so great and your gifts, as you know, blew me away :) xx

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  13. What a lovely selection of things to receive! Good going on the earring wearing. I bought a couple of pairs or earrings and some knitting patterns from Jessica a few weeks ago. It arrived so beautifully packaged, it was a great post day. Going to visit her shop again right now!

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    1. Yay, glad to hear of a fellow Jessica shop fan! The packaging is lovely indeed.

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  14. What a beautiful selection of accessories and they look fabulous on you. Jessica has such a wonderful Esty shop - loving this collaboration! x

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    1. She really does, I'm so happy to feature it :) x

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  15. What gorgeous packaging! I've been thinking about investing in some of Jessica's jewellery for a while, but the discount code definitely seals the deal.

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    1. I almost didn't want to open the boxes... almost! I did so so carefully that it was easy to photograph them all ;)

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  16. I am loving that yellow purse!! I hope to win I have been meaning to buy from Jessica's shop for quite some time all the items she sent over are so lovely:)

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    1. I know, it's gorgeous right?! I told Jessica I loved the colour mustard and I'm absolutely thrilled with this little gem.

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  17. I love reading both of you ladies' blogs and Jessicas shop is a treasure trove for vintage brooches.

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    1. It sure is :) great to hear from you, Melanie!

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  18. I already have Jessica's shop in my Etsy favourites! I'm definitely entering this giveaway. I hadn't realised either of you were Tweeters too, though...

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    1. I have to say, I'm a pretty poor Tweeter - definitely more active on Instagram. Never feel witty enough for Twitter ;)

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  19. A adore Jessica! She has such a lovely blog and awesome items in her shop. I always find something amazing. :)
    -Emily

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    1. It's hard not to adore Jessica :)

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  20. I love Jessica's Etsy shop (and blog!) and have had it saved as a favourite for a while now. I was really tempted by a gorgeous pair of purple suede gloves but just knew they'd be too small for me.

    Will definitely add you to my reader in Wordpress so I can follow you there!

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    1. Ah that's a shame! Although perhaps they would stretch... But don't listen to me as that's the kind of mad logic that means I end up with tonnes of things I can't fit into ;)

      And thank you for adding me!

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  21. That necklace is divine! It caught my eye straight away. I can hardly wait to see dress C, though your stripped Audrey inspiration is super cute! I thoroughly enjoy reading Jessica's posts, though hardly ever comment. She is a delightful writer.

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    1. Dress C is coming later this week! I'm glad you specifically liked dress A though - it didn't get quite as much love but I still adored it all the same. I'm sure you'll make Jessica's day with this comment :)

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  22. The red earrings look really nice on you! I hope you continue to wear strong colors in jewelry because it shows off your pretty face.

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    1. That's such a lovely comment, thank you! I'm definitely growing more used to 'statement' earrings - there's no denying they're not fun to wear.

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  23. Ah, these accessories are all so lovely! I do need to accessorize more, and what better way to do it than with Jessica's lovely selection?

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    1. Exactly! I definitely think that being given a random selection of pieces - some of which that were in my favourite colours to wear generally - has been the kick I needed to get into it. There's a lot to be said for getting something and challenging yourself to style it :)

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  24. What an awesome giveaway! I love seeing two of my favorite bloggers paired up for something so fun. I'm crossing all of my fingers and toes because I'd love to win!

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  25. So excited! I do "know" Jessica and follow her on all platforms and joined in on the secret Santa...and now have a code too...yippee!

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    1. The Secret Santa is brilliant - such a great idea and I know it takes Jessica a tonne of work, so it's amazing that she's doing it for a second year :)

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  26. What a fun surprise! I love the mittens. :)

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  27. It would be really interesting to see a post about how you organize your closet/accessories because mine are always a total mess

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  28. What a great collaboration! You're both awesome and thanks for the fun giveaway.

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  29. What a lovely giveaway! Hoping I win some of that lovely vintage jewelry :)

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  30. Thanks for the giveaway! I love both of your guys blogs and all the pieces of jewellery are gorgeous!! Love how you styled the headband! :)

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