Sunday, October 22, 2017

Weekend Wrap-Up: Leather Lunch, and Ladies in Leather for the Theatre

It's been a nice quiet weekend, and as soon as I'm done here, I'm off for some couch-time and football-watching. 

On Saturday morning, both L and I slept in, so we had to rush a bit to head down to Floyd's Diner for a late lunch. I needed an easy outfit for a rainy day.
 Leather! This is one of my three leather dresses - this fifty-year-old will wear what she wants. Leather is not for the faint of heart.

Linking up to "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style!

  • Blouse - Ralph Lauren, consignment; last worn here in February with turquoise fringed suede
  • Dress - Danier, vintage 90s, thrifted; last seen here in January with a fluffy sweater
  • Boots - BCBG Max Azria; last worn here in February with gold wings
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather; last seen here (3rd outfit) on my birthday weekend with the picador skirt

This style of slip dress is back in fashion now - my 15-year-old niece wore a dress like this to my birthday party! How things come around!  I refer to this as my Buffy dress, since this style was last big when Buffy the Vampire Slayer was airing back in the late 90s. Mine is a butter-soft leather...and it's really short, so I always wear tights with it.
 I should have pulled down the back of the blouse before I took this pic, oops! I always tuck my shirts into my tights to keep them in place.

Bundled up for the rain! We had to turn around and retrieve our umbrellas for the walk to town.
 Wearing my new-to-me toque and scarf for the first time. I put the matching gloves into the donate pile, as they are set up as "texting gloves" and are not suitable for me (since I don't have a phone).

  • Toque/scarf - Calvin Klein, thrifted for $10.95 for the set
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 I put some non-slip thingies on the soles of my boots, but of course, they didn't have time to fully adhere to the boots, and got mushed in the rain. I'll buy another set and try again.

  • Earrings - Lazy Susan's
  • Spider ring (not shown) - gift from Mom & Dad, c. 1986
  • Snake ring (not shown) - BC Museum Gift Shop, c. 1986

We raced home after lunch, just in time for Mom to arrive. Time to go to the Belfry Theatre's production of "Onegin", a musical based on Pushkin's poem and Tchaikovsky's opera. Link here to the Belfry's description, and here to the local paper's rave review.
 For a rainy evening, some more leather was in order! This lovely pewter metallic skirt is a long-time favourite in my wardrobe.

  • Beaded sweater - Adrienne Vittadini, vintage 80s, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in December 2015 for the theatre in my pink Muppet skirt
  • Skirt - BCBG Max Azria, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in September 2016 to see Spamalot (again, theatre with Mom!)
  • Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last seen here in September with many red flowers
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather; last worn above

 I've worn this top/bottom combo before, the first time I wore this sweater (the day I thrifted it for $8.00), here in September 2013. I wore the sweater backwards this time - not as much ink showing.

I had many compliments on the top from the theatre-going crowd.
"I pose like the Woman."
 And since the production had some stellar Russian-inspired outfits (embroidered dresses, coats and boots), I fit right in!

I wore black wool gloves with a fur rosette.
 Showing off my new earrings - I finally have a pair of hematite ones to match all my jewelry!

Outerwear - same as above, sans toque.
"I'm your best accessory."
It was really pouring most of the afternoon/evening. Mom and I both carried umbrellas.

The stuff:
 My metal purse was the source of much curiosity. Good shoes for walking in the rain to and from the theatre. I really couldn't go fancy.

  • Purse - gift from Megan Mae
  • Gloves - thrifted

Black bling:
 All my black stuff - it is October, after all!

  • Necklace - Mom's (from Skidegate, Alaska)
  • Bracelet - thrifted
  • Earrings - gift from Mom
  • Chain cuff - thrifted
  • Spider ring - gift from Mom & Dad, c. 1986
  • Snake ring - BC Museum gift shop, c. 1986

Mom looked fabulous, so we had to do the mother-daughter shot.
 Posing the same, ha!

And I definitely get my love of drama (and leather!) from my mom, who is rocking this look in her early 70s.
 I bought her that beautiful Nygard leather jacket in the WIN Warehouse thrift store (I bought her the skirt on consignment several years ago). Rock on, Mom! You look awesome!

I got my birthday presents from Mom, and yes, one of them was the hematite earrings.
 My usual shopping gift card will come in handy soon! And look at those lovely bronze carved wood earrings - so pretty! I love the jigsaw box too!

We had a blast at the show - they gave out vodka shots, which Mom and I sipped at during the first act.
 We got into the spirit(s)!

The actor who played the main character in the musical was so familiar to me...
Then I remembered: Alessandro Juliani (link) was Felix Gaeta in Battlestar Galactica! How cool!

Seen any celebrities lately?

Friday, October 20, 2017

Casual Friday: Velvet and Loafers, and a Cat Chat

Made it to the weekend! Phew! I didn't feel like making much of an effort today, as I decorated the office for Hallowe'en. 
 Wearing this new-to-me velvet top for the first time, but I'll be wearing it again soon!

  • Jacket - CABi, consignment; last seen here (4th outfit) in June for a casual weekend look
  • Top - Beechers Brook, thrifted; purchased here for $2.00
  • Jeans - Levi Strauss, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) earlier this month to see The New Pornographers in concert
  • Loafers - Sperry, thrifted; last seen here in March for International Women's Day
  • Coat (below) - Zara, gift from Dominique

 It was very dark and gloomy this morning, so I experimented with my photos by aiming the task light on the desk (where my camera sits for my timer pictures) at me. A little too bright!

At least you can see everything! I love this cotton jacket, but it did not work over the velvet top - the two fabrics fought all day.
 I love my jeans - so fabulously stretchy. Again, the light is too bright there.

I was all chill like this all day. I aimed the light up at the ceiling this time and it worked much better. Hurray, we will have decently-lit photos all winter!
 Yeah, just chillin'.

I wore my new-to-me coat for the first time today - look how fabulous it is!
 I love it!

  • Scarf - Danier, thrifted for $6.95, first wear
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

These pictures were taken a few minutes ago after work - it got sunny out in the afternoon, and I took the jacket off in the office. So here's the top without.
"Woman, cover yourself." 
 I love the nice shape of the top. I'll be wearing it again next week to meet up with my old boss from Fairweather (where we both worked, back in 1999-2000). We both owned this top, both in black/grey, I think. Mine was, anyway. I know she'll get a kick out of it. I'll dress it up more.

I loved the look of outrage on Vizzini's face.
"You could at least feed me."
 L was sitting at the computer, trying to get him to look at the camera while I timed these pics.
"Hello, Vizzini, I see you there."
 He is the funniest cat we have ever had.
"Curses, the Man made me look!"
 The stuff:
 Oh, good golly, I adore these shoes. Apparently, preppy is in, according to the cool kids, and these are right in that pocket. These are very comfortable and have a good grip on the soles.

Silver bling:
I thought it appropriate to wear my spider and snake rings.

  • Earrings - Lazy Susan's
  • Spider ring - gift from Mom & Dad, c. 1986
  • Snake ring - BC Museum Gift Shop, c. 1986

I've got a fairly quiet weekend ahead, but will be back on Sunday for the wrap-up. Have a good one!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Blue, Olive and a Double Blouse

As I often do, I saved a funky outfit for my Thursday WW meeting, but it was my daytime colleagues who literally gasped at this outfit. That took me aback, as I really didn't think this would ring people's bells. 
 My total score of a blouse is featured, layered over another new-to-me blouse. And I have a fin.

  • Digital print beaded blouse - Dries Van Noten,thrifted; purchased here on the weekend for $4.00
  • Underneath blouse - H&M, thrifted; purchased here for $6.95
  • Skirt - TKStyle, thrifted; last seen here in December 2016
  • Shoes - Marc Jacob, thrifted; first worn here with Etro in August
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last seen here a few days ago

 I layered the cream blouse under the Dries cotton top for coverage and warmth - I do love a good layering top. This Dries Van Noten top was fabulous to wear, but it may be more of a warm weather piece...although I do have a blue cashmere turtleneck that would be fabulous under it!

Showing off the fin on my skirt. This skirt is really thick but very comfy.
 I liked how the olive green went with the creams and olives in the top's pattern.

Long and lean - I am liking this layered look (and I'm alliterating all over the place!). I'm again not focusing on the waist, but letting the clothes do the talkin'.
 Seriously, those shoes were so perfect with the outfit! They are the best out of my 95 pairs, I'm sure!

Outerwear. The rain has calmed down to just a drizzle, so I risked just wearing a fur toque. I was in luck - it only rained when I wasn't outside.
 And I remembered my lovely silk scarf this time. Go, me!

  • Toque - Danier Leather
  • Silk scarf - Story of Shanghai, thrifted for $14.95, first wear
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 These shoes were lovely again. They give me pleasure just to look at them.

Blue and black bling:
Some old, some new.

  • Onyx/silver ring - Mexico, c. 1984, gift from Mom & Dad
  • Earrings - the Cobbler
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Waistless Neutrals with Bark

Do not adjust your screen! I am indeed wearing all neutrals. 
 And I'm totally okay with that!

  • Jacket - Julie Haus, thrifted; purchased here for $34.95
  • Sleeveless sweater (underneath) - Dana Buchman, thrifted; last seen here in December 2016 with Helmut and Avon
  • Skirt - Gunex, thrifted; last worn here in October 2016 with orange brocade
  • Shoes - Matisse; last seen here in August with a whale of a sweater
  • Raincoat (below) - Thermal-Slicks, consignment; last worn a couple of weeks ago here

Do you remember when I was so challenged by neutrals that I did two full months of them? Just for fun, here's November 2012's recap of my all-neutral month during my year-long 30-items-for-30-days challenge.
 There was also a time that I would never "surrender the waist" and not always dress in the most absolutely flattering way according how women are "supposed to" look. I'm not against dressing to show off my figure, but it's not always how I want to present myself. Sometimes I want to wear things that are a little off, a bit shapeless or more challenging to the eye.

But enough of my pontificating, let's talk clothes! This jacket was all kinds of awesome to wear today and I am now totally spoiled by wearing silk-lined wool - it breathed so wonderfully!
I undid a bit of the back zipper so that the full, stiff (yet swooshy) skirt could move - this is my infamous "bark" skirt - it's perma-textured to be crinkled. I wore a full vintage slip under this as well.

Oh, it rained today. I got soaked both ways going to and from work, but the worst of it was prevented by my PINK raincoat here. I was also super-visible in the gloom - safety first!
 I wore the hood done up fully, right around my face. My hair stayed dry! And not a bit of me that was covered by coat got wet - the bark skirt was soaked from the coat-line down (it's drying now). Of course, I'm not wearing my good shoes out in this - my white floral Doc Martens get worn in this weather - they are totally waterproof.

The stuff:
I wore plain ol' neutral nylons, all the better to show off these marvelous shoes. My feet are very happy with me. Must wear heels tomorrow, ha ha!

Gold bling:
 I considered doing a necklace with this outfit, but it fought too much with the jacket neckline. Bracelets and finger-candy instead.

  • Chain/leather bracelet - thrifted
  • Gold cuff - thrifted
  • Snakeskin "Gucci" bangle - gift from Mom and Dad, c. 1987, Italy
  • Floral ring - Sarah Coventry, vintage 70s, Powell River antique shop
  • Amber ring - c. 1997
  • Earrings - Weiss, vintage 60s, vintage fair

Allow me to sum up how I feel about the weather.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Genuine GooKey Gucci Lace Bomber

I had a fun time all day, showing my colleagues the label in my lace bomber jacket: Gucci!
 As I mentioned when I bought it on the weekend, it's not really Goo-chee Gucci. It's a fake, ergo GooKey Gucci.

  • Jacket - fake Gucci, thrifted; purchased here for $5.00
  • Skirt - Eddie Bauer, thrifted; first worn here in February with green peplum (a grape outfit!)
  • Shoes - Coffee Sumatra, Fluevog; last seen here in January with red and ruffles
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here last Friday

 I still had a lot of fun with the styling on this sweet green jacket. I wore a plain black t-shirt underneath it, and matched the dark green and red in the elastic trim to the green and red in the plaid of the skirt (it also has purple in it).

I loved this skirt last time I wore it, and loved it anew this time. The jacket + skirt together cost me all of $10.00.

We woke up to "the big dark" - a series of storms is predicted for the next few days. It was raining like crazy this morning, so out came my trusty leather trenchcoat and red hat. I hate carrying an umbrella and will always opt for a hat when I can.
 I kicked myself later when I remembered I had bought a new floral silk scarf that would have gone great with this look (this one). Ah well. Next time!

  • Hat - vintage, thrifted in Vancouver
  • Gloves - Parkhurst
  • Fur scarf - Danier

The stuff:
 I only wore these shoes twice last fall/winter, so I'm off to a good start! They are from Fluevog 2010/2011, do I'm still doing well on my cost-per-wear.

Pearly bling:
Inspired the gorgeous and amazingly stylish Elle at The Elle Diaries (linking 'cause I love - go check her out!), I busted out my pearls with my faux GooKey.

  • Necklace/Earrings - Aldo Accessories
  • Hematite ring - thrifted
  • Silver/stone ring - thrifted

Monday, October 16, 2017

Queen of the Chevrons, and Sweet Karma Clothes

I am loving digging into my "new" fall wardrobe - I get such a thrill out of revisiting pieces. 
 This skirt is new-to-me, and I'm happy to bring these shoes back.

  • Jacket - Danier Leather Couture, consignment; last worn here in May over my leather peplum
  • Tux blouse - no label, consignment; first worn here a couple of weeks ago in a million dollar outfit
  • Skirt - Hucke, vintage, thrifted; purchased here (in May!) for $17.99
  • Shoes - Queen of Prussia Louise, Fluevog: last seen here (3rd outfit) in February for Caro and Ron's Sweetheart Party

Loving this rich port-coloured tux blouse so much - burgundy is this fall's colour for me.
 I liked how the ruffles went with the big chevrons in this skirt. Those are a lot of chevrons. I realized halfway through the day that I had the skirt on sideways - zipper at the side, not the back. It's so hard to tell sometimes!

First wearing of this skirt and it was...fine. I like it, it's a nice shape and length, but I don't love it, so maybe one more wear and it can head off to a new home. It doesn't have pockets, and although I do like black and grey (and chevrons!), I had a hard time making an outfit.
"Any solid colour!" I hear you all thinking (right?), but blah, that just feels boring to me. Been there, done that, bought the skirt! I liked the burgundy tones, but I'm not sure what else would really ring my bell with this.

I do prefer this outfit with the jacket, but it was too warm to wear it all day in the office.
 Check out the cuffs, and how nicely the collar goes with the jacket.

It rained today, so look how cute my grey hat went with this!
 Anyway, no hasty decisions on the skirt right now!

  • Hat - vintage, Jones New York, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 For such a high heel, these are fabulously comfy on - they are balanced just right, and all that squishiness under the ball of the foot is wonderful. I had a pretty quiet day, not much running around, so these were great.

Blurry bling:
 Guilty! I only take 1-2 pictures.

  • Belt - Nygard
  • Necklace - Robert Larin, vintage 70s, gift from L
  • Earrings - Glee
  • Spider ring - homegrown vintage c. 1986, gift from Mom & Dad
  • Snake ring - homegrown vintage c. 1986, BC Museum Gift Shop

I've bonded with one of my coworkers over clothes - she has a very pared-down aesthetic that I like, and she likes all the whackitude in my clothes. Today, Dominique brought me two items from her giveaway pile that she thought I would like.

Like? I love! Thank you, honey!
 This is a fluffy cotton skirt - sorry about the lighting, but it's actually black and white.

The hemline is pulled up and sewn under to make it flouncy. It's quite high in places, so I might have to put a floofy underskirt under this.
 Sort of a lily-of-the-valley pattern.

And it's by All Saints! How cool!
 Ha, there are a lot of eBay pictures of this skirt in different patterns, but no pictures of anyone wearing it! It must be tricky to style - I do love a challenge!

Dominique also gave me this amazing coat.
 As you can see, it matches the walls exactly. This will be so cute with long leather gloves!

It's a cocoon style, nicely woven, with black florals.
There are little bits of brown and burgundy in the flowers too. It's by Zara - the content tags are cut out, but it's cotton/acrylic/polyester blend (spotted one online).

And this is why I give my own clothes away! It feels so good to see someone else getting pleasure from your things - and good karma brings new pieces back to you. Sweet!