Sunday, October 21, 2018

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: PANK and New Fluevogs; Voting Denim; Birthday Shopping

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! We're still having sunny crisp days - it can stay like this for the next 6 months and I would be fine with that. 

Here's Friday's outfit - it's the return of the PANK dress! 
 It's so pink, it's PANK. All caps. It's blindingly pink PANK in person.

I'm linking up to Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style. Go, get your PANK on!

  • Dress - Essentiel Antwerp, consignment; last worn here in February
  • Shoes - Lena Parfait Luxury Freeze, Fluevog; purchased here last weekend with birthday money! 
  • Sleeveless coat (below) - Only, thrifted; last seen here

This outfit got a lot of love on Friday at work.
"Did someone say "love"?"

I'd forgotten that we had an all-day management meeting in the glass/frosted-glass walled boardroom next to my desk.

They were all treated to my bouncing bright shoes and PANK blur of my dress for the day.
"Are you finished with that Other Cat?"

L and I chilled out with Baxter on Friday night, after I got home from my hair appointment.
"The Man is still in bed. I should go jump on him."

I knew as soon as I bought these boots that I'd wear them with this dress. It's PANK synergy.

Outerwear - still chilly in the mornings and evenings.
"Or I could stay here and ignore you." 

I went for a walk at lunch without this sleeveless coat - it felt like such a treat! I'm wearing a half-slip under the dress for additional coverage.

  • Wool/fur gloves - thrifted

Vizzini, we are going to give you lots and lots of time with us, this weekend, so just simmer down.
"I should smell your finger?" 

He has been alternately VERY cuddly and VERY bitey and/or meowy.

The stuff:
 These shoes were glorious to wear, and my coworkers loved them, as did Sophia at the salon. I did a fair bit of walking (lunch, to/from bus stops), so ended up doing a 10-hour day before I took them off. My feet were tired, but they were very comfy overall.

Silver bling:
 The silk sash is a tie (belt?) off some piece of clothing that I've long forgotten. My coworker Emily said, "That makes the outfit!"

  • Earrings - Brenda Schoenfeld, vintage 1992, vintage mall
  • Spider ring - c. 1986, gift from Mom & Dad, Mexico
  • Snake ring - BC Museum Gift Shop, c. 1985

We're done with our Baxter-care now (Sunday), and I stayed home on Saturday to be with Vizzini.
"This is me not caring."

What a liar. He totally loves us being around. There were a lot of naps on and under blankets.

On Saturday, L and I were up early to go line up to vote in the civic/municipal elections (things like the mayor, city council, that sort of stuff). Gotta get our vote on!
 A couple of comfy new-to-me items, but mostly an outfit I'd be warm enough in for standing around.

  • Sweater - Dex, thrifted; purchased here for $6.95
  • Skirt - U Dare, thrifted; purchased here for $6.95
  • Shoes - Down To Earth Hadfield, Fluevog; last seen here in August with the jelly-deer sweater
  • Leather coat - Boutique of Leathers, thrifted; first worn here 

Not a very exciting black sweater, but it has a nice knitted texture and I like the fit. I have a camisole on under it for warmth.

Spoiler alert! I found another black sweater that I prefer to this one (you will see it shortly). so this one is going to go into my wear-around-the-house clothes collection.

The denim skirt (with grommets!) was fine to wear. I like the generous slit in the back for walking.
 Always a nice feature. It doesn't fill my heart with love, though, and really...everything I wear should! Off to the giveaway pile you go!

Being silly and showing the grommets!
 Hee hee!

Outerwear - I'm always cold, so I wear a lot of layers.
We did some shopping for L's Hallowe'en costume after brunch at Floyd's, and L bought me a pair of burgundy wool finger-gloves at Roberta's Hats. You'll see them at some point soon.

  • Gloves - Parkhurst
  • Silk scarf - Ralph Lauren, consignment

I shed and put stuff back on depending on the external and internal temperatures.
 I live in fingerless gloves this time of year. I like having my fingertips free when I'm shopping.

The stuff:
 Some of my favourite fall things - these shoes are awesome for several hours of walking and standing and shopping.

Brass bling:
 I just realized most of this jewelry is from L - what good taste he has!

  • Heart pendant - Defy, local, gift from L
  • Cuff - Jezebel Charms, gift from L
  • Gold hoops - 5th anniversary gift from L
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl

Last night, we chilled out and played board games till the wee hours. Today, groceries and some consignment store shopping for me!
 My weekend outfits are often based around walking and shopping requirements.

  • Jacket - Julie Haus, thrifted; last worn here in January with plaid pants
  • Sweater - no label, consignment
  • Skirt - TKStyle, thrifted; last seen here in October 2017 with Dries van Noten
  • Shoes - Matisse; last worn here in August with vintage Versace mom jeans

I'm a fan of this architectural jacket. More asymmetrical lapels!
A small zipper and two big snaps to do it up.

A little zipper in the back, and more contrasting fabric on the sides.
The skirt is really unusual. It has a big fin on one side.

See? And a slit for walking.
 I really like the thick knit. It's a snuggly piece.

Just waving my fin at you.
 Don't mind me.

Accessorized for being outside.
 A thick velvet scarf, and thin vintage leather gloves.

  • Scarf - Dolce & Gabbana, thrifted
  • Gloves - vintage, thrifted

The stuff:
 I can always count on these shoes. I walked and shopped for four hours in them.

Wooden bling:
 Such a great shape.

  • Earrings - second-hand, Powell River

My mother-in-law Louise sent me a cheque for my birthday, and that money was burning a hole in my pocket! I had to go shopping! I strolled down to My Sister's Closet for a browse.
 I always check every single thing in the store very carefully - must find all the good stuff. How about two pairs of tights? The Club Monaco ones were $15.00 (regular price of $30.00 still on them), and the Eddie Bauer ones were $10.00 (regular price of $22.00 on them).

I found an olive-green camisole.
 The tag has been cut out, but I recognize the label remnants as InWear. It was $5.98.

This soft red lace top was $16.98. It will be a nice layering piece.
 It's by VanessaVirginia (an Anthropologie brand), and originally retailed for $98.00.

These thin polyester trousers will be stored away until spring/summer 2019, but how cute!
 They are pull-on with a draw-string elasticated waistband, and elasticated cuffs. And pockets! Yay for pockets!

Why I always look at all the sizes in a consignment/thrift/second-hand store. This is by UK2LA and is an XL that fits like a medium.
 They were $14.98 which feels about right - they aren't great fabric, but will be fun to wear a few times.

This is the new-to-me black sweater that I found. It's awesome - my arms look like a gorilla's in it!
 The tops of the arms are faux fur! The body is snug, which keeps me from actually looking like I have the entire build of a gorilla.

It was $32.98, and it's by Club Monaco. The content is wool, nylon, angora and cashmere.

I LOVE this sweater. I didn't think I would, but I love how it fits, and it makes me feel giggly inside.
 That it is a fitted sweater helps - a bulky sweater in this patchwork of knits would overwhelm me. You may admire the tassels.

The brand is Artisan de Luxe, which is another Anthropologie brand.
 It was $26.98.

It's a mix of a lot of different wools and knits.
 Dry clean? Please, it'll get handwashed.

Just as I was deciding I was "over" jumpsuits, I found another one.
 It looked so good on, I had to have it. I waffled at $29.98 for Zara, but then Louise's birthday money convinced me.

I love the pattern!
 This is also being set aside for spring/summer 2019. Seems so far away!

Louise also bought me these amazing loafers, which I completely love.
 They were brand new, never worn (the shop even had the original receipt for them - $142.00).

They are covered with slightly iridescent crystals.
 They're by Aerosoles. They have "memory foam" insoles, and are completely synthetic.

They were $58.98, so thank you again, Louise, for the lovely shoes!
I can't wait to wear them!

I hope y'all enjoyed my new purchases. Thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pheasant Skirt, and Special Guest Cat, Baxter!

Meet Baxter.
"Who are these people?"
L and I are doing cat care for our good pals Cat and Ross while they're traveling.

Today, I had both morning and evening feeding and visiting duties, so I had to get up extra early. No time for the stair picture (it was darkish out).
 I've had this outfit in mind since I snatched the skirt out of the vintage section at WIN a few months ago. It has PHEASANTS on it.

  • Jacket - Simon Chang, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in December 2017 with purple sequins
  • Skirt - Ralph Lauren, vintage late 70s/early 80s, thrifted; purchased here in July for $13.95
  • Boots - Clarks; last seen here (5th outfit) in December 2017

The skirt demanded a dramatic top. Double peplum action, ready to go! I love this pretty vintage jacket. I had lots of compliments on the colour.
The skirt is a 100% wool print, unlined, but made with care. It has a paper/cardboard (!) tag on one seam inside with the model number stamped on it. It's old Ralph Lauren, and it's in amazing condition (only a couple of very small moth-holes) for its age - it's probably late 70s.

As my day went on, my appreciation for the perfect cut of it grew. It fastens closed by only two hooks at the waist, and yet it rarely gaped open. I did wear a full vintage red nylon slip under it for coverage, just in case.
First wearing of L's new Fluevogs - he did an orange shirt, a blue suit and a blue/lavender/orange tie - what style!
I experienced some rotation while walking to and from work, but that was due to my two bags. Otherwise, thumbs up!

Outerwear - my extra piece that I really wanted in this outfit was this gorgeous vintage silk Pierre Balmain scarf.
"I know you're going to see that Other Cat."
Vizzini's been in a snit all week due to our Baxter-care. We plan to give him lots of love this weekend, don't worry.

  • Silk scarf - Pierre Balmain, vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Cashmere/leather gloves - Club Monaco, consignment

The stuff:
 Happy to have these boots back in rotation - they are super comfy for a full day. I love the colour and the "Siamese cat" toning of the toes.

Matchy bling:
 This is the first time I've belted the jacket - I'd actually forgotten that I owned this lovely belt. I bought it new at Club Monaco maybe 7 years ago?

  • Belt - Club Monaco
  • Link bracelet - J. Crew, thrifted
  • Snakeskin bangle - faux Gucci, gift from Mom and Dad from Italy, c. 1986
  • Tri-colour bracelet - thrifted
  • Earrings - thrifted

Look at this gorgeous thing.
 It's the most slippery silk. The edges are all hand-rolled!

I'll be back this Sunday with my wrap-up, but here are some more cat and Baxter pictures for you to enjoy. Have a lovely weekend, my friends. Thank you as always for reading!

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Last night, L and I strolled through our neighbourhood; we only live a few blocks from Cat and Ross and Baxter. This street is one of our favourites, as it's guarded by a gang of cats. There's three of them now!
"People coming! Places, everyone!"
That telephone pole features portraits of all of the cats.

Two of them ran for cover.
"Scaredy cats."
 That black kitty was having none of us.

We were on his turf.
"Damned straight."
 I always thank them for safe passage. They guard this street.
"Move along, Lady."
 We never pet them, but I always talk to them. Yes, I'm that person.

L and Baxter have a discussion.
"You feed me. I like you."
 Baxter is deaf, and about 13 years old, but he is a really sweet cat.

He has the loudest purr I've ever heard.
"Is he doing that again? With the fingers?"
 We feed him, pet him and watch a bit of Netflix while we hang out with him.
"Rub my tummy. Go on..."
 Not a tummy cat.

Danger! Danger!
"No, really, nothing will happen..."
 He's a bit of a sly thing.

Then he goes full splay. Vizzini does not do this.
"I'm a sexy kitt-ay..."
 What a cutie-patootie!

This morning, I was treated to a different view of the Castle as the sun came up.
 You can see the trees all turning colours. The leaves are starting to fall.

But someone had things to say to me.
"Feed meeeeee..."
 His meows sound like whalesong. It's very odd.

I sat with him for a while before I walked to work.
"If she made it past the cat gang, I might be able to trust her."
 He sat across my leg and kneaded my lap. Aw...

We hung out again tonight for a while after I got home from work.
"This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
I ate my dinner and read a book, with him curled up against me, head on my hand. TCB...Takin' Care of Baxter.