Hello, I'm linking up with Bella's ShoeShine party, and this time around I'm modeling a pair of unusual black beaded flower thong sandals I got out of a Chadwick's catalog several years ago. If you've ever seen a Chadwick's catalog you know they have fairly conservative stuff, but these thongs were an anomaly, and they were on clearance, so I couldn't resist.
Its always a gamble buying shoes without trying them on first, but these fit perfectly.
Sticking with the black color scheme, I thought I'd share this magnificent Victorian mourning brooch that my good friend gifted to me. First off, it seems to depict a dashing man, which is fabulous, and secondly, its huge! I do believe its black glass with an ebonite (also called vulcanite, which is a hardened rubber) bust.
You can see here that it has a classic C clasp pinback that extends beyond the brooch. Quite the gift indeed!