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1950s Schreiner crab brooch, $285 at Ladybug Vintage.
1960s Kenneth Jay Lane seahorse brooch, $265 at Ladybug Vintage.
1980s Yves Saint Laurent sunflower necklace, $685 at Ladybug Vintage.
1950s Miriam Haskell pink glass beaded necklace, $665 at Ladybug Vintage.
1970s Whiting and Davis snake bracelet, $285 at Ladybug Vintage.
With so many fabulous antique markets to explore, we could spend every Saturday till October digging through trays of costume jewelry for pieces to make our summer dresses pop.
But that kind of shopping takes dedication--not to mention insider know-how--so we’re turning to Stuart Mesires of Ladybug Vintage to go treasure hunting for us.
You may recognize her from pages of society magazines like CS, where her photo frequently appears; if not, you can find Mesires among the upper crust selling their wardrobes on a new fashion site we love.
For Ladybug Vintage, Mesires scours estate sales, flea markets and private clients’ stashes for jewelry that fits her classic-with-a-twist aesthetic. Sold online and at Evanston’s Chalk, the collection just got picked up by Mag Mile boutique Space519, which now stocks a rotating assortment of about 20 pieces. (Browse vintage bling in air-conditioned comfort!)
We fell hard for a pair of shell-themed clip-on earrings by Napier, which we’d wear poolside with a chic one-piece. There are also square silver Givenchy earrings for $125 and a 1973 tribal-inspired statement necklace by Larry Vrba for $425.
For our next casual cookout, we’re pairing Ladybug’s 1940s fruit dangle earrings ($125) with a deep V-neck tee and jeans. Carmen Miranda would surely approve.
Ladybug Vintage at Space519, 900 N. Michigan Ave., 5th fl.; 312-751-1519 or space519.com
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