Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christmas in July, and Cat-Bombed

Merry Christmas! Five months from today - coincidentally - is Christmas Eve, and here I am in my festive skirt.
I can't help counting down Christmas - after all, I did work in a Christmas store for 11 years.

Many of my coworkers scoped out my skirt today - it is quite amazingly shiny in person.One just saw my white top when I was sitting at my desk, and had to check to see if "something crazy" was going on below the waist, because the top half was plain.

Heh, if you call a stand-up ruffled collar plain. I had to reduce my number of white tops - I have a thing about them, although not as much as Lorena! - and this one made the cut. I last wore this ruffly wonder here in March with loads of brown.
"Officer Vizzini, checking out this suspicious amount of skirt, ma'am."
You can see the nice drape of the skirt there, actually - it's not stiff at all.
"Must check out this side."
I last wore this gorgeous brocade velvet roses and gold lame (lah-MAY!) skirt here in June with a denim shirt.

The stuff:
The second wear for my 70s-inspired red sandals - last seen here in June with red and marigold. They were very comfy.

Golden bling:
Such a cool belt! It's quite heavy.

Top (Uno Due, thrifted), skirt (handmade, vintage 70s, thrifted), belt (thrifted), shoes (Liz Claiborne, antique store), ring (90s), earrings (gold, gift from L). 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Frozen Leopard with Leather

This week is just dragging - and I have such fun things planned for the weekend that's it's just torture. Why is it not Friday yet?
Meow! Leopard is probably my favourite pattern of all time. And I'm pretty sure y'all know I have a thing for leather, especially skirts.

This is the second wear of this leopard top, which was first seen here in May, layered under a jacket.
I belted it so that I'd have something to hang my access cards and keys from for work (always a factor in my outfits - I loathe wearing a fricking lanyard), but now you can see it in all its glory.

Full confession: I wore a jean jacket over this for half the day. I was freezing (we've gone from roasty-toasty weather to rain and chilly temps), and I did feel a little too "boobalicious" in it without a jacket or cover. Don't get my wrong, I like my boobs, but I sit at a desk where people stand over me - here, would you like a better view of my cleavage?
I'm never self-conscious about my ink, though!

My glorious black leather skirt has had multiple wears, last time here in April in an outfit I ended up hating.

The stuff:
I decided against the extra va-va-voom factor of heels, and went with flats. I am glad I did, as I ended up working an hour of overtime tonight. I last wore these studded flats here a couple of Fridays ago with a long dress.

Dragon bling!
My awesome dragon necklace and bracelet, and some simple aqua studs. Oh, and a belt.

Top (Express, thrifted), skirt (Hemingway, vintage 80s, consignment), shoes (Modern Vintage, thrifted), belt (Plum), necklace/earrings (gift from L, vintage 30s?), earrings (local).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Postively Dotty

I'm practically neutral after yesterday's whackadoo dress.
Dots, here, get your dots here!

I realized today that I'm over this dress.
I love the shape, but I'm just tired of it. I've layered it lots of ways, and I still like it, but it's time for it to go to a new home. I've had it since 2012, and I've worn it four times since then, the last time a full year ago here in July 2013 with these same shoes.
I have a blue camisole and a sheer blue underskirt (you can see a bit peeking out at the hem) as my layers underneath. A definite must with a wraparound dress!

I feel a bit of a shift in my style over the past few months - many of my summer clothes will be purged at the end of September ("Woo hoo!" say all my friends and coworkers). Of course, that means more shopping for new-to-me things!

The stuff:
Beautiful classic pumps. I see that snakeskin pattern and texture are big for fall. Look at me, surfing the trend wave out in front, ha ha. I last wore these here in June with punk-y blue.

Sparkly bling:
I am a fan of mixed metals.

Dress (Banana Republic, thrifted), shoes (Ralph Lauren, thrifted), rhinestone cuff (vintage 60s, Mom's), brooch (vintage 60s), earrings (Renoir, vintage 60s), Fulvia Ring (Wendy Brandes).

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bold as Heck Monday

And let's jump into the deep end with both feet - after all, it's Monday!
This might have been a little bright for work - yes, I wore this to work! - but my company's quarterly meeting was this evening and it was beachy-themed, so I though, "What the heck!"

It's quite the dress, isn't it?
I last wore it here in September 2013 for a Winesday weekend.
I played some Frisbee in this at the event - my coworkers were amused that I was hopping around on the grass in my "heels" and a long dress!

The stuff:
I really don't count these shoes as heels! I last wore them here in June with lame and roses.

Blue bling:
I like how you can see the depth in the glass beads of the earrings there.

Dress (Tori Richard of Honolulu for Andrade of Honolulu), shoes (Enzo Angiolini, consignment), earrings (local), lapis lazuli ring (Wendy Brandes).

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up: Winesday, Vintage-ing and Pink Sparkle

Hello! I hope everyone's been having a fun weekend! I sure have! And I feel like I've barely seen L all weekend, so forgive me but here we go.

Saturday! This is my pre- and post-Ultimate Frisbee game outfit. I take all of this off at the field and get dressed in my workout pants, t-shirt, soccer cleats and a Carolina Panthers ball cap. I even change my classes, and of course, all the jewelry is off.
I do play with make-up on, though. I wear much lighter make-up: cover-up, powder, eyeliner, mascara, a bit of eyeshadow, blush and lip gloss - ha, I guess that is actually quite a bit, but I do it very quickly! I like to put my best foot forward, even during the game!

No stair shot that morning, as the ratty carpeting in the stairwell is getting replaced. How exciting!

This pink top was last seen here with bark in June. I love the cowl neckline - and it actually managed to look good with my sports bra on under it (not always a given).
My parachute skirt is so comfy. I've had it for ages, and I keep stepping on the edges, which cause some of the little seams that gather it to rip, so it's getting even longer. It's only worn on weekends - in fact, the last time I wore it was here in May, when I wore it to Ultimate and to Winesday.

After Ulty, I did a small grocery shop, cleaned the house, showered had a nap and got ready to host Winesday - L headed off for a night with the menfolk. I made white wine sangria, and put on a massive spread of cheeses, and my awesome girlfriends also brought food and wine. We hung out until the wee hours. It was wonderful!

The stuff:
Simple shiny pieces. I quite like these Born shoes. They are like wearing slippers. I last wore them here (2nd outfit) earlier this month with clamdiggers.

Top (Liz Claiborne, thrifted), skirt (Cute Options), shoes (Born, thrifted), necklace (consignment), earrings (real gold, gift from L).

I was good and interspersed water with my wine, so even after a 2am bedtime I was able to drag my butt out of bed and get ready to meet up with Cat and Elaine for a Vintage Fair at Point Ellice House.
Boo-yah! None more orange than that dress.

You can see the sections of the stairs still waiting for carpet. I might have to wait until after work to do a stair shot tomorrow, if the workers are there early.
I would have had a better hairdo, but I ran out of hairspray.

I last wore this crazy dress here in April with silver and turquoise.
I belted it this time, which made it slightly more flattering, but it may be time to pass this craziness on to someone else. It's a novelty dress, and it doesn't do wonderful things for my figure, I know. 

The stuff: 
Another pair of shoes that I don't 100% love but perform a useful function (that of the white walkable shoe) in my wardrobe. The silver insides are starting to come off on my feet when I wear them, but I'll see if I can stretch them until the summer is over. They were last seen here (2nd outfit), in yet another outfit I wore to the Ulty field. Ha, I sense a theme!

Vintage bling: 
I love wearing my mom's belt. 

I actually wore a white cardigan over all of this business, but I was rushing for the bus and forgot to take an outfit shot of it. Fear not, there's another shot of me coming.

Dress (Berkertex, thrifted), belt (vintage 60s, Mom's), shoes (Aerosoles, thrifted), earrings (thrifted). 

Cat, Elaine and I all met up on the bus to go to the Vintage Market on the grounds of Point Ellice House*. 
 *links 'cause I love, of course!
It's an old heritage house filled with the family's Victorian-era belongings. I've done an audio tour in the past, and you can have English tea on the lawns. It's a cool location but it's right in the middle of one of the biggest industrial areas on Victoria's Inner Harbour waterway.

The house:
Many of the roses and the collection in the hollyhock garden are the original plants from the late 19th century.

Overall, it was warm but overcast, so many of the vendors had white tents up in case of rain. We lucked out and it even got sunny for a bit.
 There was a LOT of this repurposed non-vintage housewares stuff. Not really my cup of tea.

I admire the attempt, but yeah...
Really not my taste.

We got there quite early, before it got really crowded.
 The grounds are very pretty, and vendors were set  up all over.
There were huge fava beans growing in this garden.

Around the other side of the house were more booths and tents.
We stayed for about an hour and checked everything out.
It started to get busy and we were getting hungry.

I loved these masses of colourful bouquets.
I made Elaine and Cat pose. We all had orange our outfits!

They insisted I sit next to this bed of nasturtiums.
See? White cardigan.

I really liked the label on this old steamer trunk.
Dr. Troup traveled First Class, and left this trunk in the cargo hold - "Not Wanted on the Voyage".

I meandered away from the crowds to look at the waterfront.
That twisty tree is an arbutus - they are native to this area. That waterway is the Gorge, where I did dragonboating a few years ago (check it out, 2009, yo).

Looking south, to the Bay Street Bridge.
There's a lot of new development, particularly condos going up in this area.

And looking north:
Little "pickle-boats" ferry people around from dock to dock for about the same cost as a cab. Point Ellice House has a dock.

However, caught the bus back to town. Looking towards town.
The Point Hope Shipyards and some very unattractive gravel pits.

Cat is an adventurous woman!
We were having so much fun clowning around that we nearly missed the bus.

We had caesars and mimosas with our delicious breakfast. I am obsessed with this painting in the restaurant.
I am convinced that this painting - and it is a paint-by-numbers, by the way - is the one that hung in our house when I was a kid. Mom, I need to know about this! The painting fascinated me as a kid, and I love seeing it again. The whole restaurant is decorated with a collection of paint-by-numbers pieces.

I did buy one awesome thing at the Vintage Market:
Well, I also bought a 50 cent amber glass but it's not very exciting. This? Exciting!

Let's look at it again:
SO. SPARKLY. I think my heart is going to explode from pink sparkly crystals! I have a clear crystal necklace that belonged to my mother-in-law (rarely worn, last time here, in 2011), but this is The Empress of Crystal Necklaces. And with earrings! I spotted it in a box with some other items, but no price on it. I inquired, and was told...$22.00. That's a bargain! The necklaces sell for around $100.00 - 250.00!

And to have the earrings...
Hurray! They're stamped "Sherman"! I didn't even realize this until we were having lunch! I got a great deal on this set. I can't wait to wear it.

Phew! Well, there you go. My exciting weekend.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sheila's Shoe Shine #6

Shoe Shine is on!
Get your kicks by showing your kicks!
After doing a full week of "Shoes My Husband Hates", it's only appropriate that I feature a pair of shoes that my husband loves - my leopard pony-hair Steve Madden pumps.
Sexy. Leopard. Classic.

These are the perfect leopard pump, and I can see why L likes them. They are a typical "guy" shoe (if I may stereotype, noting that plenty of women love this shape too - me included!) with that stiletto, pointed toe and lovely scooped vamp and sides.

These are one of my few pairs of shoes that are pre-blog. If not the first, they are close to being the first-ever pair of "good" shoes I'd ever owned, meaning they cost more than $40.00. I bought them in October 2006, in the DSW in downtown San Francisco. L and I flew down for a short birthday weekend for me (my 39th); I was midway through losing my 50 lbs. I didn't want to buy any clothes, so I bought these.
I've had the leopard Dr. Scholl's in them since I got them!
I think they were around $70 - okay for Steve Madden. I first wore them here in April 2008 on the blog. They are too high for me to be a regularly-worn shoe (they were last seen here in February), but I do wear them a couple of times a year.

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