Theatrical Seasonings and Playful Dressings


This week has been immensely wonderful and very busy. I've also received news that the headquarters of my work may be moving later this year ... so partial excitement has been going through my veins with anticipation as well as slight hesitation. All of this energy triggered me to rummage through my things, particularly costume and jewellery boxes—that sudden feeling came of needing to dress-up, taking small captures of favourite pieces and items that I have not worn in a long time.

A costume jewel and feather mask that I molded/designed years ago.

Jewellery may not speak to everyone, but it does speak to many, especially women by pieces with precious stones or dramatic styling to the overall influence of one's attire, whether dull, dated, or elaborate. Even in scale, be it big or small jewellery has the ability to make a statement! I absolutely love jewellery and believe it to be good investment pieces.

In some cultures jewellery is displayed as a status ranking or security, others are influenced by lifestyle, religion, and geographical locations for impressions of significance amongst countless alternative elements. It's interesting to me that decades ago, and even centuries ago many women who wore jewellery were more likely to have received it as a gift.

Today, we acquire beautiful pieces that we love freely, we're able to don any type independently. We can have fun with varied pieces, integrate them into our daily styling, and create a personal new meaning despite the appearance. Less might be more at times or more just may be the less that you're seeking. Jewellery: A perfect addition or finishing touch to our clothing.

Do you have a favourite piece of jewellery or accessory whether fine pieces, costume, shells, leather or plastic, etc., that you really cherish?


The Fun Begins:

Remember this vintage necklace? Well, I did wear it with a dress, but here's me just having mobile fun with a favourite piece from the archives.
This is actually part of a side piece from my couture gown that my late friend Bruce designed, I clipped a few pieces, added an extra layer, and detached it from the gown because I wanted to wear it as a hat... and Poof!
Lastly, I know this is not jewellery, however did I ever mention that I have a few pairs of cool chopsticks? I eat so much sushi that my friends give me stylish personalised chopsticks. Here's me with my chopsticks and fashionable zebra printed box. I think even Mr. Lagerfeld would likely eat his sushi out of some fashionable box as well, no? Though his box would probably have diamonds encrusted on the handles. Hhmm...

Enjoy the weekend lovelies!


Further interests: Indian jewellery, African jewellery,
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64 comments

  1. I LOVE the hat for dress up!  Every once and awhile I have got to do some playing as well... 

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  2. Playing around with fashion is always fun! Loving your oriental-zebra box with chop sticks! lol 

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  3. Madison, you look gorgeous!  My favorite look is with the feathered mask and of course how can one not like the chopsticks : )  You look like a movie star from the 20s.  Stunning!

    You have done a great job describing how jewelry is perceived in various cultures.  Jewelry adorns a woman and hence holds special significance specific to that culture.  In India it is a sign of wealth and property.  Women buy gold and keep it for generations as an investment.  It is passed on from one generation to another.  And the way gold prices are going these days, I must say these women were smart haha!

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  4. I LOVE the mask you made! It's gorgeous!!

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  5. i need me a  zebra print noodle box too :) im a massie sushi fanas well - cant get enough :)

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  6. you're so creative. I like how you improvise and refashion to add pizzaz to your outfits. You have a unique sense of style. Like your blog, following you. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

    love~mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh Ambu, you are way too sweet, my dear! Thank you very much! Actually my initial angle was about Indian jewellery, how bazaar. It was a bit longer than I had thought so I opted out for a fun post instead. Indeed those women were clever. 
    It is so fascinating to me (about), the significance with jewellery and different cultures. 

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  8. Thank you Alexis! Yes, I felt that play-time took alot of stress from the long work week.*fun times! :)

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  9. I agree Lauren it was quite fun. This unique Asian inspired "take-out" box was gifted to me from my mother, she always seem to find the most interesting fashion related things to give me.

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  10. it's so cool that you have such a fun collection - i always keep my jewelry pretty simple so nothing too fun!

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  11. You are such an artist. I love it all.
     You look soooooooo stunning!!!
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  12. EffortlessCool02 July, 2011

    pretty! this looks like such fun! <3

    XO Sahra
    EffortlessCool

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  13. I'm new to jewelry but see its appeal and have started collecting pieces.  I now have enough to need a real jewelry box!  It's very cool that you have your own chopsticks. :)

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  14. i love the zebra box and chopsticks!! cute photos!
    xo
    MosaMuse

    MosaMuse.blogspot.com

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  15. GlamKitten8802 July, 2011

    These pieces are so pretty!!!  I'm excited that you shared these with the blogosphere.  I can see why you value them so much. 

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/Twitter: @GlamKitten88 

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  16. Ohhhh I want the zebra box!!! Love the poof you turned into a hat, Mad...so creative and fuuuuuun. You can rock that with white tee and jeans and call it a day. 

    I looooove jewelry so much that I keep a spare set of earrings in my purse for emergency, lol. Seriously. I do that. But what I love most is that it's not a place where I feel needs to "go" with your outfit. Everyday I wear pieces from my mama, my dad and my aunt (my other mama) and everyday I only have to look at my wrists to find a smile.

    LOVE YOU MAD! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Thanks Mongs for the nice words. I do like a bit of pizazz! -xxoo :)

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  18. Thanks! I love collecting jewellery. Welcome to my blog, so great that you stopped by, have a lovely weekend.  *the chopsticks are my favourite, lol.  :)

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  19. aww, my dear Sacramento thanks very much! I cannot get away from art, even if I tried to... it's in my blood!
    xx-Besos!

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  20. Thanks Faye, I'm such a sushi fanatic as well. I know, I wish I could find more of these artsy noodle boxes - *gifted from the mother. -xx 

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  21. Thank you dear! Have a great weekend. ;)

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  22. Thank you dear! I have a few more gems up my sleeve.. will share later. :)

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  23. Yeah, I love the mix of jewellery pieces, from elaborate to the simplest of items. Thanks for your comment. :)

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  24. Anna Katrina02 July, 2011

    i love the printed box! i need some for company and Chinese food!


    stop by sometime<3
    http://passportglamour.blogspot.com

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  25. I love personal chopsticks! Some are so decretive and it makes eating with them so much more fun! I would definitely consider it an accessory :)

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  26. Definitely love jewelry. I think it's the perfect heirloom and can hold so many memories. And it's the ultimate accessory. Really like that vintage necklace you're wearing and I actually do have customised chopsticks too!

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  27. Madison, I love your vintage necklace and the hat and
    you look stunning in the black and white photos!

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  28. Courtney Thomas02 July, 2011

    Wow, you've got so many elaborate and beautiful pieces!













    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  29. I love you multi-strand necklace. It is simply gorgeous. My favorite piece of jewelry is my Michael Kors watch. It is my most recent splurge item, so I wear it all the time. I so agree with you about the impact of jewelry. It's the easiest way to update your wardrobe.

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  30. oh! so much fun!

    kisses from La Mode En Rose = )

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  31. Steviatepi03 July, 2011

    the chopstick is so cool!

    thank you for visiting my blog!
    come back soon :)


    <3
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  32. Great pieces. I love that mask in the first photo.
    Daphne.
    http://fashiondivamommy.blogspot.com

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  33. Sweet Veloso03 July, 2011

    I miss your blog and your DIY tips...I always wanted to try something new but I am so caught with work my love...I hope you are absolutely doing great.  And those chopsticks are very stylish, I remember buying cool chopsticks in Bangkok and with that zebra printed box OMG!!!! fazion!!!!

    Kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens@mistytewest

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  34. what an unique hair piece! you rawwk it girl! lovely blog also ^^


    Love,Beny Ricardo Sadewohttp://www.purple-snap.com/

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  35. what a fabulous idea to wear it as a hat! it looks like a hat, no idea this is a side piece. you look amazing with a hat, it is always the finishing touch 

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  36. the mask is great for dress up! i went to a masquerade recently and wore a peacock mask!

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  37. Oh to Be a Muse03 July, 2011

    i love how you changed a dress into a hat. it's pretty awesome and looks like it was always a hat!

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  38. I love that you included your chopsticks. LOL! I'm a big believer that jewelry can make an outfit. You just need an amazing necklace over a white t-shirt and jeans or a stack of bangles with a simple black dress. I tend to buy cheap jewelry on the street in NYC or at places like H&M, but my favorite pieces are the ones I've "borrowed" from my mother's and grandmother's jewelry boxes.

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  39. Thank you Beny! Welcome to my blog. I do love this handmade headpiece as well. have a great weekend. -xo

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  40. Thank you dear! it was fun to play around with the jewellery that I have, even more fun with the zebra noodle box! *I totally have done the emergency earrings thing as well, haha! glad I'm not alone. 
    Love,
    Mad -xxoo

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  41. Thanks! I agree, it probably should be considered an accessory! -xx

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  42. Hi Anna! Isn't it fab? I love this zebra noodle box. That would be so chic for a work event. :) Thanks for visiting FASHION TALES. 

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  43. Thank you! I love customised chopsticks... such intricate detail. :)

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  44. aww, thank you Ofelia. :)

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  45. Hi Courtney, 
    This is just a small dose.. I'm wanted to crawl before I ran with the jewellery collection. lol Thanks!

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  46. Your Kors watch sounds amazing, I've seen some of his latest, all very nice. Thank you very much Karen. :)

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  47. Thanks Daphne, This mask has so many memories, especially the work that went into it, glad that you like it as well. -xo

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  48. Mother's and grandmother's items are always the best I feel, lol. Thanks for taking a peek into my collection. -xxoo

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  49. Oooh I love masquerade themes. (& peacock feathers) I've only been to a few but love the idea of dressing up in such a dramatic way. Thanks! :)

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  50. You and me - sushi, sparkly things, masks, hats - same page!  xx

    http://fashionandfrank.blogspot.com/

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  51. I'm so glad that you were able to view this post. The chopsticks are always fun to eat with. have a great day! -xo

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  52. Your post was amazing! Loved it and I love jewelry! Happy Sunday xx

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  53. I miss you too dear, I'm so happy that you are back. I've also been slightly delayed in my blogging because of work. I have so many ideas for my blog, but will have to wait a bit until everything gets less busy. I will have more DIY for you soon! Thanks so much for the lovely comment! 
    Much love,
    Madison-xxoo

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  54. Thanks Cheryl. Yes, I love hats so much that I'm always trying to turn something into a hat, lol. 

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  55. Jonna Hammarén03 July, 2011

    Nice hat :DD So different!



    Jonna xx

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  56. Thanks dear! Hey did you get my twitter message I set you. let me know. -xx Happy Sunday!

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  57. Oh I LOVE sushi! sparkly is always a fun element. :)

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  58. Thanks Jonna, it's a favourite! :)

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  59. Gah!  Accessories are my kryptonite. I can't possibly pick just one piece of jewelry from my collection.  Those chopsticks are awesome!

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  60. Thanks dear!  Hope that you enjoyed your weekend. :)

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  61. Thank you lady! yes, these chopsticks are one of many that I just love!  hope you had an amazing 4th holiday.

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