A Happy April Giveaway!

To wish you a very happy April, and perchance brighten a dismal case of the Mondays, I am giving away a pair of sparkly, vintage shoe/dress clips.  They have an art deco flair and may be from the 20s or anywhere up to the 60s.  They are unsigned and a few of the crystals have been replaced by craft rhinestones.

To enter, simply comment under this post with a link to your favorite vintage dress (either on a starlet from the past, in a museum, on Etsy, or on your blog/a blog somewhere, etc.) by midnight (pst) on Monday, April 2.  Your dress choice will have absolutely nothing to do with winning the contest – I just like to ogle pretty dresses.   Oohing and ahhing is a passion of mine.

At noon (3pm est) on Tuesday, April 3rd, I’ll put all of the eligible names into a cloche, draw a lucky name, and announce the winner in a post.  Good luck, vintage lovers!

Vintage Rhinestone Shoe Dress Clips

Anjou's Happy April Giveaway: vintage rhinestone shoe/dress clips


I just realized that I’m posting this on April Fool’s Day.  That would be far too cruel for the likes of me, so instead, here’s my all-time favorite hoax:

Sawing off of Manhattan


“The sawing off of Manhattan Island is an old New York City story that is largely unverified. It describes a practical joke allegedly perpetrated in 1824 by a retired ship carpenter named Lozier. According to the story, in the 1820s a rumor began circulating among city merchants that southern Manhattan Island was sinking near the Battery due to the weight of the urban district. It was believed that by cutting the island, towing it out, rotating it 180 degrees, and putting it back in place that Manhattan would be stabilized, and that the thin part of the island could be condemned. Surprisingly the main concern was not the futility of the idea but of Long Island being in the way. Lozier finally assembled a large workforce and logistical support. At a massive groundbreaking ceremony, Lozier did not show up but hid in Brooklyn and did not return for months.

The story did not appear in any known newspapers (although the press supposedly did not report on such pranks in that era) and no records have been found to confirm the existence of the individuals involved. This has led to speculation that the incident never occurred and that the original report of the hoax was itself a hoax…”

A very real bisou, bisou!



  1. If you would like to sparkle in these vintage shoe clips, send me a message at <3

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