Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Dressy go withs for that special occasion

So you found that beautiful dress for you to wear to a dance, wedding, or special date.  It needs something special, that right addition to make it memorable—to increase the wow factor.

Shoes are one way to make a great addition, and this pair by Coach fits the bill.

The great thing about this pair of slides is the fact that they are brown and tan, so they go with just about anything.  You can see this terrific pair in my eBay shop here.

Purses can also help make an outfit stand out, and one that can do this is this terrific one made by Michael Kors.

What makes this clutch stand out is the fact that it's Rattan, and it's small enough for it not to be to cumbersome.  You can see it in me eBay shop here.

Jewelry is also another area that you could make that great dress even better.  One item that you could use is this great pair of rhinestone earrings.

This wonderful pair was made by Trifari in the 1960's, and even adds a great vintage POP to your outfit.  You can see them in my Etsy shop here.

Scarves can also make an outfit, and they can also be used multiple ways.  They can be tied around the neck, or even be added to help your hair from being messed up.

This one by JOSETTE FRANCO fits the bill very well, and it's a great size also measuring 26 inches in all directions.  You can see it in my Etsy shop here.

There's quite a variety and ways to make your outfit the bell of the ball.  What items do you have for that special moment?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A little history for the 1925 Broadmoor Polo Association Foxhall Keene Trophy Pitcher

Earlier this year, I happened across this wonderful trophy in the shape of a pitcher at a local flea market.  When I first saw it on the shelf, I didn’t see the engraving on the side.  When I read what it said, I got to wondering about who Foxhall Keene and what the Broadmoor was.  I loved it, and purchased it.

The first thing to do is to look at the pitcher itself.  It was made by the Wilcox Silver plate Company, and dates to the 1910’s to 1920’s.  This helps solidify the date that’s on the pitcher, so the next thing to do is to figure out what the Broadmoor was.

Just what was or is the Broadmoor?  The Broadmoor is a hotel and resort that’s located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The original hotel is Broadmoor Main, and it was built in 1918.  The resort has had hockey and golf championships, and there’s even polo that is played there.

There’s only one question left for this trophy—just who in the world is Foxhall Keene?

Foxhall Keene was quite the competitor.  He was a golfer who competed in the U.S. Open, an amateur tennis player, and he was also a pioneer race car driver who vied for the Gordon Bennett Cup (this was a racing cup that ran from 1900 to 1905 with several clubs racing for it).

Not only did he do all this, he was also an American thoroughbred race horse owner and breeder.  To top it off, he was a world and Olympic gold medalist in polo.  Not only that, he was rated the best all-around polo player in the United States for eight consecutive years.

And that’s where the trophy comes into play.  When the Broadmoor started to play Polo at the resort, they named this trophy after Foxhall Keene because he was so accomplished in polo.

It’s always fun for me to find out what the history of a piece is, like this trophy.  You can see they trophy in my Etsy shop here.

What kinds of finds have you run across that you have found out the history of?