Friday, September 18, 2009

Not Even Close

In an effort to borrow some chic I tried tying my onyx beads like this last week. I was either doing it wrong, or this particular insouciance is only good for standing still. I kept coming undone.

27 comments:

Emma Ladoux said...

This is only good for standing still. You, on the other hand, don't come undone. You are always so together.

Karena said...

Oh, I know, I tried this with a long strand of amethyst beads and finally had them designed into a double strand choker.

pve design said...

I am so delighted to know I am not the only one that happens to. DV, she really was a rare bird.
pve

Heather @ what's blooming this week said...

I think the blue beads in your profile pic are just as stylist as the knotted onyx.

Style Court said...

Is there a picture of you at one of the events? I think I've seen one but don't remember onyx beads.

kmack said...

Mrs. B,

you are as chic as they come! no need to borrow...her beads kept coming undone too. why else would she have that expression on her face?

lol!
Kathy

Mrs. Blandings said...

I'm going to try it again. I'm determined. And, Courtney, we had a small gathering at my big city friend's for people who have helped me out with the blog over the last couple of years. We did not take pictures.

Greet said...

I wish I could take a picture of you (in the same pose as that woman) with your beads tied as you like to, and I am sure you will look so MUCH MORE GORGEOUS than she does!!

Greet

little augury said...

Mrs B. I wonder if she thru them round her very slender neck (doubled over) and then in front dropped one looped end thru the other-If my slightly confusing "how to" makes any sense it gives the illusion- that's what we are all after-Good luck. GT

Anonymous said...

Mrs. V certainly understood the difference between a photograph and real life, and she was all about the photo.

Mrs. Blandings said...

LA - perfect sense. I think that is sort of what I did. It kept slipping. I'm now startled to realize I've cut my hair somewhat like this. SWF.

Anon. - at least she did it well. Always that slightly up-angled chin.

Ashfield Hansen Design Inc. said...

How serendipitous to see the pic of DV on your blog today -- not only am I re-reading her bio as we speak, but I was too was struggling with my rope of beads only recently!

Barbara @ Ashfield Hansen Design

Alexis Ceule said...

insouciance is a 75 point word in my book!

Kwana said...

I really love that look. Not sure I have IT to pull it off but so chic.

style chronicle said...

She had effortless style. Why is it so easy for some to look so put together?

Millie said...

Forget the onyx beads Patricia, the only accessory you need is the ever-so-suave Mr. B!
Millie ^_^

mary said...

To be DV and still strike a pose at that age--amazing! She knew that in her world (not mine) image is everything. Have a super week-end.

Thea Beasley said...

I believe itt was just one of those sartorial talents well mastered by women of that time.
My Mother was of her generation, and she could knot her beads, wrap a sash, dash about in heels and stockings --WITH GARTERS, GIRLS-- most definitely not panty hose! Hats, gloves, stoles, worn with ease. Etc, Etc,.....
You can only imagine how maddening it was for her to have a daughter whose hair never stayed combed, and shirt never stayed tucked. And, I mean as a ADULT!!!

susan said...

Mrs. B, the bead necklace must be extremely long. What she has done is double up the strand and wear it as a lariat. I tried it with a 86 inch string of pearls - they are about a foot too short, but I achieved the same look. Cheers!

mb said...

This is what I know, beads move. You move, they do too, unless you have them secretly harnessed. You do what you need to do for the required effect.
I have been known to harness.

It was said earlier, your turquoise (?) beads in your side pics are so lovely. You have have the look mastered.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Thea - believe me, I know what you mean.

Susan - I am envying those pearls from here and am off to measure the onyx.

mb - I think you are right. Try try again.

Amber from Brisbane, Australia said...

My vintage jet beads do the same thing...and leaving them long leads to that dreadful lassoo (spelling?!) effect around the "girls". Mrs Vreeland would not approve!

In the glorious 80's I had the same problem with an 8ft strand of pearls, and managed to fix them in place with an oversized vintage celluloid brooch 'pearlised' with Revlon nail polish. Effective, but to think I ruined the celluloid! I blame Madonna, of course!

soodie :: said...

I tried as well. Didn't work. Then I tried to use a bread tie -- you know that paper coated metal thing. What a mess.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, I can't get past that face.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Anon - but look at how she is wearing her hair. Completely off her face. That is very powerful. Think of all those beauties hiding behind their masses of hair and glasses. It take a lot of confidence to sweep your locks back like that. I think it's stunning.

Liz.Photo said...

Mrs. V is the most incredibly chic person ever!

Joanna Goddard said...

what a beautiful photo!!! xo