As I've previously mentioned-- probably a lot more than once-- my main present is a trip to glamourous New York City~! I completely can't wait, it's going to be amazing. We'll stroll through Central Park, go to the top of the Rockefeller Centre, visit the Chrysler building, see Chicago on Broadway and even take a cheeky trip to Tiffany & Co. to get something shiny... It's the city of style and I am literally counting the days until we go.
But! I am a very lucky girl indeed; I was not gift-less on the day itself. My mother who, bless her, actually does listen to all the rubbish I come out with, bought me two of the most beautiful presents I've ever received. She usually expresses distaste with the phases I go through, but she happens to share this one. So she raided Past Times and came up with these:
A Deco armoire and necklace to go in it. They're both extraordinary pieces, I adore them! The armoire is, obviously, mirrored all over (excuse the state of my room in the reflection) and has drawers, side-opening compartments with necklace hooks and a top which opens to reveal an internal mirror along with space for rings and earrings. I now want to be extremely old-school and have it shipped to New York with me, like all the proper ladies used to. I'll have to remind myself constantly that I am not in the 1930s, much to my disappointment. As for the necklace, it's classic Deco. The chain and setting are silver, with onyx and mother of pearl. The picture does not do it justice. I can't wait to wear it out somewhere. I think Chicago will probably be its debut. For now, I have to go into Dundee and get some earrings to go with it and to fill up the armoire a little. I feel like a proper, glamourous lady now, with such gorgeous, thoughtful presents.
In further news; we've had a new addition to the family.
A teeny, tiny, baby corset! Aaaw, cute, etc. etc. Again, it's a cheap one, costed at about £25. The similar What Katie Did one (which is the one I really wanted) was £128. I am a poor student, numbers like that are completely beyond me. However, it's a sturdy wee thing for the price. It's fully steel boned, two layered and with a decent busk this time. I believe it's 8.5 inches along the busk and 6.5 at the sides, meaning it really is small, but that's the exact reason I purchased it.
I wanted something small to make waist training more comfortable. I personally find it difficult to wear a full overbust laced tightly for a long period of time, being unable to breathe deeply begins to get to me after a while. But this one sits neatly under the bust, allowing perfect room for lungs to inflate, and making it easy to wear for long periods of time. I think I'll be using this one as underwear more than anything else. Though I do have a few outfits which would be very much improved by the addition of my new baby corset. I think this one's going to be a pleasure to wear in!
That's about all of note for now, but expect some dressmaking posts sometime in the not so distant future.
EDIT: I'm a very, very lucky girl indeed! Today, one of my sisters gave me a bottle of Agent Provocateur Eau Emotionnelle eau de toilette as a late birthday present. It's beautiful and smells absolutely divine~ She also got me a necklace with a little masquerade mask pendant. I'm going to be so freaking stylish hitting the streets of New York City!