Friday, June 6, 2008

Classic Catalogs From The Seventies & Beyond


When I was a young girl in the olden days of the 1970s I would love to thumb through my mother’s “high fashion” catalogs, which invariably meant Sears, J.C. Penney, and maybe, MAYBE Montgomery Ward. The Sears Catalog of course ruled; it was twice as thick as a phone book and chock fulls of Dorothy Hamill-coiffed cuties in shimmery fuchsia disco frocks and little girls much like me in pigtails and denim pantsuits. I was in love...until a somewhat swankier glossy arrived on our doorstep, namely the Ross Simons jewelry catalog.

My heart raced as I pored over its diamond-studded pages, each ring, bracelet, and necklace grander than the last. I’d mark it up with a wish list of goodies, including the engagement ring that I would undoubtedly receive once Jack Tripper met and fell in love with me. We’d of course wed on the beach in Santa Monica followed by a low-key, yet tasteful reception at the Regal Beagle and then live happily ever after.

But I digress.

Last night, among the usual pile of bills and trashy gossip rags, there it was – the latest Ross Simons catalog and like a shiny beacon to my past I couldn’t help but be drawn into its lustrous fold.

Imagine my surprise when I didn’t gag. Sure there’s still a fair share of craptastic fantastic goodies like this Chocolate Diamond Monkey Ring which will set you back $2500:


But nestled among the duds were li’l gems like this I-know-I-should-hate-this sterling cuff (which is far cuter in the catalog, btw):


What about these puffy silver Italian hoops which are so timeless and wearable:


Or consider these pave diamond drop earrings which adds subtle bling to any wedding day frock:


Celebrate the entire Ross Simons catalog here ladies…and have a wonderful weekend!


MR style said...

the monkey ring is so geek !! so pharell no §§§,,§§!!

fashion herald said...

i can't help but love that crazy monkey ring.
and we have the same childhood crush!

Fashion Addict said...

Love the monkey ring!!!

BTW, I love your blog and the banner you have is really great. I was wondering if you would like to do a link exchange with my blog, so please contact me later about it.

Fashion Ivy said...

love the monkey ring

The Clothes Horse said...

I want that monkey ring! So awesome!!!

Siljesfashion said...

Love the last earrings! Love your blog, do you want to exchange links? I will put you up, and hope you do the same. Have a great weekend!

Always In Style said...

Ha ha, looks like I am in the minority over the monkey ring -- who knew?! I guess it's the $2500 price tag that made me bristle a bit.

Fashion Herald - Was Jack not the dreamiest guy to ever grace terry cloth?!

Danz said...

The monkey ring is awesome! wait...$2500?!...maybe not.

chloe van paris said...

Cute monkey.
I didn't knew this website with vintage jewellery.
This king of big ring is now popular with Boucheron check their website.
and Dior

Always In Style said...

Thanks for your comments ladies --

Fashion Addict and Silje's Fashion, I'm happy to add you both as stylish friends...hope you will do the same!