Thursday, May 18, 2017

Greys and Soft Shoes

Ah, I'm glad today is over. Although I am mostly chipper on the blog, stuff goes on in my real life that I don't discuss. This has been an emotionally heavy-lifting week, and now I need some downtime. 
 Tomorrow will be a quiet day at work (this weekend is a long weekend in Canada), and then I have lovely plans to recuperate with L, my friends (in small and large groups) and by myself. That's the best for an introvert like me, who works in two extroverted jobs!

  • Jacket - Boden, thrifted; first worn here in April with all silks
  • Dress - Elie Tahari, consignment; last seen here in August 2016 with pops of yellow
  • Shoes - Sofft, thrifted; purchased here for $25.15

 This dress is so spectacular (look how that pattern lines up!), but this outfit is really not doing it justice by covering it up and wearing dark shoes with it.

However, I didn't shave my 'pits this morning, and so I needed a jacket, and this one is soft and comfy.
 I also wanted to wear these shoes, so I needed a neutral jacket.

The stuff:
 I loved wearing these shoes, although I've had a long day (regular work, plus my WW meeting) and my feet are tired now. However, I think I'll put these shoes away for fall/winter - the colour is more suited to that seasonal wardrobe, and they look too visually heavy for bare legs. I think they'll be awesome with grey or black tights, don't you?

Silver bling:
Simple pieces.

  • Earrings - gift from Megan Mae
  • Ring - Nine West

I will be back on Monday to regale you with tales of adventure! Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Charlie Brown Snag-Monster

I have a bunch of my lovely literary ladies arriving for Book Club in about an hour, so gotta write fast, and then go prep the food. 
I made jalapeno chicken corn chowder, which I'll be serving with focaccia bread, veggies and hummous, chips and tzatziki, followed by ice cream cones and lots of chocolate. Oh, and wine, of course! We're discussing Henry Rollins' "Black Coffee Blues", which was my pick. I hope everyone liked it. Here's a link to his page where he sells his books. After L and I saw him in January (here), I was so impressed that I wanted to share him with my group.

  • Dress - Talbots, thrifted; first worn here in June 2016 with blue accents
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog; last seen here in April with lavender and houndstooth
  • Coat (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last seen here last week over my mixed up dress

 I only wore this dress once all last summer? That's a fashion crime! It was wonderful to wear again - I suspect it was too hot for most of last summer to wear it, but still. This tells me I have too many dresses.
 No fear, though - this one's staying. I love the "Charlie Brown" zigzag pattern, but I'm always leery of very open-work fabrics (this one's very complicated lace) in case they snag on my keyboard tray or something else at work. It happens...but I was lucky today. No snagging.

Outerwear. Still too darned cold!
 I had many compliments on the dress today from coworkers, and one of them asked me where I put the batteries, "because your shoes are so bright!" Har har, I work with comedians...

The stuff:
 Deja shoe! I wore the yellow version of these yesterday!

Silver and orange bling:
I like clean lines in my jewelry.

  • Cuff - thrifted
  • Bangle - Glee 
  • Earrings - vintage expo
  • Ring - Soul Flower

Off to get ready!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Grey Faux Lace and Yellow

I own several black and white and grey dresses - I've accumulated many neutrals to set off this purple hair thing I have going. 
 I'm wearing all of them this week, to see if I really need and love them all. This one is on the chopping block.

  • Dress - Banana Republic, thrifted; last seen here (twice) in June 2016, once with yellow and once with orange
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog via the Fluemarket; last worn here in September 2016 with pink and birds
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather

 Reasons why I like this dress:

  • Great cut
  • Nice pattern (it's not real lace, just woven to look like it)

Reasons why I don't like this dress:

  • It doesn't fit right in the neckline (see my gaping expanse of bra hanging out in the stair pic)
  • It has no pockets
  • It has no stretch

 In addition to today, I wore it:

  • Twice on the same day (once with yellow accessories, once with orange stuff) in June 2016, here, as noted above.
  • In May 2015, for my purple hair launch here, with yellow and black accents.
  • In March 2015, here (2nd outfit), with burgundy stuff and red cowboy boots.
  • In November 2014, here, with green and gold accessories.
  • In July 2014, here, with pink and purple accents.
  • In June 2014, here, with yellow and black stuff.
  • In February 2014, here, with a favourite pair of shoes, for Dress Week.
  • Briefly in January 2014, here, with plain ol' black (I was sick).

It was purchased here in January at The Patch for $38.98 (discounted further with a buy-one/get-one deal). I've worn it 10 times in over 3 years, so that's under $4.00/wear, which I am good with. Off you go, into the wash, then to the giveaway pile!

Outerwear. It was freezing this morning, so out comes the leather. I regretted not wearing gloves and a scarf, but didn't need them by the time I walked home.
"Hmm, what is this interesting yellow thing on your foot? Oh, are you taking a picture?"
 Vizzini is so helpful in the mornings.

The stuff:
All these things are yellow! This pleases me greatly. I miss these wonderful shoes when they are packed away over the winter.

Yellow bling:
 I am fond of "sets" of jewelry, especially when I have matching shoes and belt. Matchy!

This week's nail polish is one of the older ones in the collection. This is a Jet-Set quick dry polish by L'Oreal, called Dive Bomb. It's a grey with a greeny/yellow iridescent.
A quick dig around the interwebz reveals that this line and colour came out in September 1998! Yup, it's an oldie! I did two coats, and while it's quite thin, it went on beautifully without a smudge, wrinkle or line (no imprinted hair from me sleeping either). No wearing off on the tips, and my nails look great today. It's a keeper!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Back in Black Pleather

According to the approximately 50 billion emails that Fluevog likes to send me, today is Fluevog Day! A couple of friends and coworkers excitedly noted to me that...

Victoria is getting a Fluevog store! Eeee!!! This is very exciting, but very bad for my wallet.

Anyway, very cool, and yes, I did wear Fluevogs today.

  • Dress - no label, thrifted; first worn here in March with fruital arms
  • Blouse - Violet + Claire, thrifted; last seen here (way down) in March on our trip to Vancouver
  • Boots - Effortless Sophia, Fluevog; last worn here in April with indigo and crackle
  • Coat (below) - Parkhurst, thrifted

 Second wearing of this groovy mod pleather dress - I love the gingham lining of it, even though you can't see any of it when I'm wearing it. I know it's there.
 I'm not sure how much longer I will keep this dress - there aren't many other ways to wear it. Layer blouse under it: check, done it. Jacket over it? Nope, not with that neckline. Wear it bare? Maybe, but not really likely.

Outerwear. I'm not feeling this coat anymore. It's not weather-proof, it's loud and crackly and it annoyed me today.
 Still, it's not in the giveaway pile just yet. I just can't commit to that right now.

The stuff:
 Lovely boots! I had no issues with these. It was cold and rainy today, so a good day to wear them.

Pink bling:
Nothing terribly exciting.
  • Ear-balls - Mango's
  • Ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Weekend Wrap-Up: Stripes and Pants, Pink and Floral, Casual Dress, and Some Shopping

Hey, I'm back! Much gratitude and affection to all of you for your very kind comments on my weight-loss anniversary post - you all rock, in the best way! 
 Casting our minds all the way back to Thursday - and wishing my mom a very "Happy Birthday!"

  • Top - Zara, consignment; purchased here for $10.00
  • Pants - Banana Republic, thrifted; last seen here in February for a 70s flashback
  • Shoes - Aldo, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in April with a grey dress
  • Jacket (below) - Vero Moda, thrifted; last seen here in that exact outfit in April (here, 2nd outfit)

 I built this outfit around this new-to-me top, and although I liked it, I don't think I will keep it much past this summer. I wore a black tank under it, which filled in the gaps (underarms, tummy), but it's just not a terribly versatile piece. Wear it with red, baby blue, white or black (possibly navy), and then you're done. Still, for $10.00, I'm good with that.
 I also needed a skinny pair of pants to wear on Thursday night to my WW meeting so that I could pull my old jeans on over top of them.

Outerwear. It rained most of the time that I was outside, so I was glad I'd worn the hat. I also like how well it goes with the jungle print.
 I felt very chic.

The stuff:
 These shoes got quite soaked, but they are still holding up pretty well for a cheap non-leather shoe.

Silver bling.
 Just simple pieces.

  • Bangle - Glee
  • Earrings - Lazy Susan's
  • Shield ring - Nine West
  • Coral ring - gift from Cindy

On Friday, L and I took Mom out for dinner after work.
 An early Happy Mother's Day! Although I don't have kids, one of the people at work wished me a happy Mother's Day. "You have a whole office full of us that you "mom.""

  • Shirt - Warehouse, consignment; last seen here (4th outfit) in June 2016 over a pink dress 
  • Skirt - H&M, consignment; purchased here for $9.50
  • Shoes - Wonders; first worn here with Herb Tarlek's blazer in April
  • Jacket (below) - Lazy Susan's; first worn last weekend for my shopping trip with Judy here (2nd outfit)

 This skirt was deliciously swooshy and pockety - I enjoyed wearing it all day. The colours are not all that versatile, but good enough.
 One of my few denim pieces is this shirt - I usually have a denim shirt every season.

With the jacket, which is rapidly becoming one of my favourite wardrobe pieces.
 I felt perfectly ladylike.

The stuff:
 I love these fabulous shiny pink shoes!

Pink bling:
The necklace and earring set are one of my best vintage finds - I paid $25.00 and they are worth several hundred dollars.

  • Necklace/earrings - Sherman, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Ring - Soul Flower

 We had enough people for an Ulti game this Saturday, so up bright and early, pop in my contacts, and throw on a dress.
 Walking boots are needed, because my feet are always sore after running around in soccer cleats for hours.

  • Dress - Boo Radley, thrifted; first worn here in April with another pair of red boots
  • Boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last seen here in March with pleather

 Not much to it! We had a fun game - I scored on a couple of really difficult catches to the cheers of my team. Lunch after, then L and I bought some snacks for board gaming that night with our friends Cat and Ross. Good times.
 It was a bit sunnier, so I didn't wear a jacket. Very daring of me!

With my morning gear.
 Sunglasses and my travel mug full of coffee. All ready for a game!

The stuff:
We were both exhausted by the time we walked home, so we napped for a while. Forgive the blurriness.
  • Cuff - vintage fair
  • Earrings - Lazy Susan's

Today, I was up early to head to town for groceries. L's birthday is coming so I also started shopping for his birthday. 
 Cloudy, sunny, windy. Better wear my favourite jacket again!

  • Top - La Vie 89, thrifted; last seen here in September 2016 with jungle and polka dots
  • Skirt - Tribal, consignment; last worn here in March with the yeti coat
  • Shoes - Born, consignment; last seen here in April for my to-the-field Ulti outfit
  • Jacket - Lazy Susan's; worn just two days ago - twice in one weekend!

 No one saw me like this, but I'd wear this for a casual day.

I love that the back of the jacket has embroidery too.
 I even changed to my little new-to-me Club Monaco leather purse for this outing!
 I liked how the chartreuse popped with the pink and green on the jacket.

The stuff:
 Easy walking shoes.

  • Earrings - don't remember, more than 20 years old

I went to the WIN Warehouse store and the WIN Boutique. I found a few things at the former, nothing at the latter. However, shopping on Mother's Day was awesome - both stores were dead, and were offering 10% to everyone even if you weren't a mom. Gotta like that!

I found these lovely baby blue cropped cotton pants.
 They're a boyfriend cut by Talbots, and were $6.95 + 10% so $6.25.

I lucked out and found two pairs of shoes. I love the bright turquoise of these suede and leather flats.
 They're by Aldo and were $22.95 or $20.65 with the discount.
 Barely any wear. Looking forward to wearing these.

I really liked these burgundy shoes.
 A lovely suede trimmed with patent leather.

A cute peep-toe and a sturdy heel.
 They were only $27.95 or $25.15 with the discount.
 The brand is Sofft and these were also barely worn.

Vizzini, what do you think of all of this?
"I think you should make the sun come back out, Woman."
 Silly kitty, I can't control that!
"Well, you're not much use, are you?"
What a cranky guy! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Don't forget to check out "Visible Monday" at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style!