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I still have my aunt's dressing table. I don't recall it ever having flowers on it though. When I saw this image on Roseline's blog, This Is Glamorous, it brought back great memories.
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As a child, I loved going into her walk-in closet. There was an amazing assortment of handbags. And beautiful cardboard hatboxes lined the shelves. She had pretty fancy stuff.
I was named after my Aunt Muriel. I guess I'm a little fancy too. Because when I started taking French in junior high, I began spelling my name M-ur-i-e-l-l-e.
My older cousins couldn't pronounce Muriel. So they just called her Aunt Mimi. I got her name and the nickname.
I loved going into her closet. The mirrored tray with all her fancy bottles of perfume. The ornate hairbrush and comb. I guess that's why I love vintage ladies stuff so much.
My mom had some of this stuff too, but since Aunt Mimi didn't have 4 daughters she could keep it all out on display.
I recall the wonderful scent in that closet.The beautiful old suitcases.
She had a little stool at her dressing table. But I didn't want that. Just the table.
Our table has elegantly carved wooden legs. It's been painted many times since I loaned it to my daughter. She thinks it's hers now. But not yet.
We used to re-decorate her bedroom every 6 months. But now, at the ripe old age of nearly 17, she has returned the table to its original splendor.
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Gone are the neon picture frames, stenciled graphics and multi-colored pencils. Mirrored trays and dainty dishes of earrings have replaced them. Colognes, pearls, and vintage-style jewelry now take center stage on this family heirloom. It's come full circle.
Every once in a while, I place a small cluster of pale pink carnations (her favorite) in a little vintage vase on the dressing table to surprise her. I smuggle them in from the flower shop.
Soon that dressing table will officially be mine again. And there will be a constant parade of the biggest, palest and most beautiful pink and white roses you've ever seen gracing it.
But for now, pink carnations will do.
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