Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chrysanthemums and Brocade

Crazy day, gotta rush.
Pow! In your face, Autumn, you rusty wench! I'm still gasping at summer's straws.

I love this cream jacket. The brocade texture is just gorgeous. I still marvel that it's Le Chateau (a Canadian mall store, very trendy, been around forever). I last wore it here (way down at the bottom, with the fur hat) in April. It's been too hot for most of the summer to wear jackets, but they are good on the "shoulder" seasons of late spring/early fall.
I keep this jacket in rotation all year long. The little yellow top is a thrifted sleeveless sweater/tank. I last wore it here (3rd outfit) in July with my splatter skirt. It also stays out all year round.

I know, the skirt is amazing, like UH-MAY-ZING.
"I like it too! I'd like to bite that zipper on the back"
I've had it for a few years, and I just love it. My coworkers always rave about it, but come on, yellow, pink and purple chrysanthemums on deep magenta satin? Winner! I don't wear it a ton (I'm worried about wrecking it! It's too pretty to wreck!), so last time was here in April with my chicken blouse. It gets packed away for fall/winter.

The stuff:
I have to put it all back on shortly, and go to my other job at WW, so I didn't unpin the flower brooch from my jacket. The shoes are getting a little worn, but lavender shoes must never leave me! I last wore them here in August.

Girly bling:
Nothing special, but everything special to me. I'm loving my new pinky spinner ring.

Jacket (Le Chateau, consignment), top (Cable & Gauge, thrifted), skirt (Vivienne Tam, consignment), shoes (Camper), flower (Roberta's Hats), earrings (Le Chateau), spinner ring (local), amethyst ring (gift from Mom & Dad, mid-80s).

I nearly forgot - Shoe Shine is on this Friday!  
See you there!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Chartreuse Rockin' Monday

This coming weekend is my Big Closet Changeover for the season! I'm excited - it's a full-day epic clean-out (I even get out the vacuum and get the far reaches of my closet clean!). 
This will be the last wear of the season for this dress - the short cuffed sleeves mean that I can't layer a jacket or cardigan over it, and it doesn't work with a shirt layered under it...so it's limited to spring/summer.

I love the colour of this dress - it pops really well with black, burgundy, leopard and cobalt blue. I last wore it here (3rd outfit) in June with weekend hair.
You might have noticed me "saving" some of my new-to-me purchases - it's still too darned hot to wear jackets and thick fabrics! I did want to wear this thrifted silk scarf, though.
I liked how it popped off the chartreuse of the dress.

The stuff:
And if I was doing a bit of yellow in the scarf and gold in the mixed metal on the belt, then yeah, I'm going to do yellow shoes! Also, my ankles are still achy from my collision on the field on Saturday. I last wore these Kraft Dinner shoes here to kick off a fun party weekend in August. They always get packed away for fall/winter.

Rockin' bling:
Must wear all the studs!

Oops, forgot to take my earrings out.
There they are. I also wore all of my spinner rings today!

Dress (CiCi), shoes (Tsubo), belt (BCBG Max Azria, consignment), studded cuff (homegrown vintage), leather cuff (Guess, thrifted), scarf (Oscar de la Renta, thrifted), rings/earrings (all local).

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mondo Weekend Wrap-Up: Origami Thursday, Pants Friday, Kerchief Saturday and Chartreuse Sunday

Whoa! Miss me? It's been a hectic week, leading into a hectic month. My blog posting may slow down somewhat, but never fear! I'm not going anywhere.
Bam! In your face, Thursday! I loved how all these colours looked together.

Linking up to "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Get your butts over there!

The dress is a little too lightweight for this ensemble, but eh, whatever, we're still having lovely warm summer weather. I last wore it here in June (I prefer that outfit) with cowboy boots.
This is the second wear of this magenta shirt here in August when I was plowed into by a cyclist.
Such a dramatic back! The pleating is so cool.

The stuff:
I love these awesome shoes! I last wore them here in July with cherry and polka dots.

Pointy bling:
The necklace is aluminum - it weighs nothing. It rattles nicely.

Dress (Orgami Dress, Bodybag by Jude), shirt (Banana Republic, consignment), shoes (Garden of Enjoyment Rita, Fluevog), obi (Smoking Lily, consignment), necklace (the Bay), earrings (local), lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring (Wendy Brandes).

After work on Thursday, we had a "Women of" dinner for women in my company. I work in IT, and most of the 200+ people in my office are men. It's nice to get away from all the testosterone once in a while.

Before we met up, I popped into the WIN store downtown and found a couple of cool things.
I'm a complete sucker for velvets and other rich textures. This is a gorgeous soft purple cotton velvet, lined with coloured satin (vines and flowers). 

Real mother-of-pearl buttons:
I love the pretty carving on them. The jacket is by Dex and was $17.50.

Added to my collection of obis with a nice dark green one for $3.00.
The lighter side is silk and has a slight shine to it; the darker side is cotton.

I love the golden yellow, medium grey and black strip of this scarf. It has a chevron texture in the weave.
It's by Oscar de la Renta, is likely from the 80s and is silk. it was $6.50.

Friday felt like not-a-dress day - time for pants!
I adore these red polka dot pants - they're so fun to wear.

The blouse is semi-sheer (I have a black camisole on under it), and was last seen here in March layered under a dress.
The pants were last seen here in June with my sweet vintage leather and crochet top.
I rarely wear pants, but I like these ones.

It threatened to rain on Friday, so I broke out my bowler for the season.
The lovely black and white coats makes another appearance. The weather cleared up and it was sunny by the end of the day.

The stuff:
These shoes are just getting softer and softer. I am very tempted by the purple ones. I last wore these here in August with my barnyard skirt.

Blouse (Lida Baday, consignment), pants (Tara Jarmon, consignment), shoes (Half Truth Tanya, Fluevog), earrings (local).

Officer Vizzini is usually on the prowl in the mornings, watching for falling acorns and supervising the squirrels, but I caught him in an odd nap spot on Friday morning.
"You're wearing that?"
Yes, and I wore it out for dinner with L after work. We had Thai food - yum! We walked home and played board games all evening.

Saturday was gorgeous but windy - not good for Ultimate! This dress was also not a good choice - it kept blowing up and threatening to expose my pantaloons!
I loved the dress overall, though - it was very light and swooshy.

Ulty was a hard game - I had a couple of collisions, including a foot-stomp from a 200-lb man in cleats. Yow! My ankle was pretty sore all evening.
I last wore this dress here (2nd outfit) in August for Zeb's divorce party.
We had lunch at the diner afterwards, then ran a few errands in town. I had a much-needed nap and then we played "Arkham Horror" for the evening and hung out with Vizzini.

The stuff:
My favourite go-to sandal of the summer! Love these Borns! I last wore them here (2nd outfit, for Ulty again) a whole week ago.

Simple bling:
I'm loving the one-earring trend! So easy.

Dress (Nine West, consignment), shoes (Born, consignment), necklace (thrifted), earrings (both local).

My ankle felt a lot better today, so I risked walking to town to get groceries.
My "don't mess with me" face.
I'm having fun picking some of my lesser-worn clothes and getting another wear out of them. Having a deadline on how long I wear my seasonal clothes helps me decide what I'm going to keep and what's getting passed along. If I don't make the effort to wear it, why have it?

When I look at this jacket I think, "Meh", but when I wear it, I love it. The colour is just spectacular, isn't it? And there I am in velvet again. I last wore this jacket here (2nd outfit) in April with a light tropical skirt.
Although twice a season isn't a lot, I am keeping the jacket.

I'm just wearing a black camisole (with sequins at the top) underneath. Nothing to see here - I never took the jacket off.
I love the puffy shape of this skirt. It would only be better if it had pockets! I last wore it here in April  - also not worn that often this season, but still a keeper.

The stuff:
I managed to walk around for about 4 hours this afternoon, as well as walking home, with only a tiny blister on one toe, but these shoes are in the buh-bye pile. I last wore them here a couple of weeks ago with ruffly leopard.

We've got a man down!
I'm sure that could be replaced, but since the suede bows on these are also Vizzini-ravaged, I'm just going to let them go. I thrifted them and didn't pay much - they have served me well. Black kitten heels are pretty easy to find.

Jacket (Alison Wonderland, consignment), skirt (Bedo, thrifted), shoes (Town Shoes, thrifted), earrings (local). 

After getting groceries, I meandered down to Hemp & Co. to spend a $25.00 gift card. I'm not really into knits too much but I liked the neckline and the colour of this dress.
Hemp & Co. only carries ethically-sourced clothing, so it's a good place for me to shop new. I bought slippers there last year.

They're moving locations, so they were having a big sale. The dress was regular $79.00, marked down to $59.00 with an extra 20% off. With all the taxes, I only ended up paying $27.00 for it after the gift card. Nice.
Organic cotton and made in the US. Love it.

I meandered through the Bastion Square public market, and found these pretty blush and sparkle earrings.
They're nice and light. They were $10.00.

From there, I wandered over to Flavour Upstairs. This was the first item I found, as I walked in, and was the only item I bought.
It's a gorgeous thick red skirt with pockets, in the "new" midi length.

Of course, it's not new. I was thrilled to see the tags. Wool and cashmere, handmade in Ireland.
"Made in the Republic of Ireland by Jimmy Hourihan of Dublin." According to their website (here), they've been around for 50 years. They seem to only make capes and coats now, but I guess they were into skirts in the 80s (this is definitely 80s - very high waist, pre-Great Size Change size 12).

And only $17.99 - that feels like a score. This skirt is incredibly soft. It came with a crappy vinyl belt, which I let the store keep - I'm sure it was not original.

A nice stroll through town, over to the Patch. I liked the feel of this denim blazer - it's a very dark green and blue plaid.
It doesn't look like much on the hanger, but it's got a nice peplum at the waist and the back is a little longer than the front. Very equestrian-feeling.

It's by Ralph Lauren, and was $24.95.
I found the original tag in the pocket (it has 4 real pockets), from Macy's. The original price was $179.00, then marked down to $89.50. As L pointed out, "That means no one liked it." Lucky for me!

My wonderful mother-in-law sent me a very generous cheque for my birthday (which is coming in a couple of weeks!). I had seen this ring in Leka last week and drooled over it.
It's sterling silver, with a band of copper, silver and brass, which all spin. Yes, it's my third spinner ring.

But I have really thin fingers, so it's rare to find one that fits my pinky!
Happy early Birthday to me!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spreading My Sunshine

Although I'm not doing a dress week, I've been wearing a lot of dresses this week! 
Here we are with yet another dress with a layer under it. It's like a theme or something.

I've worn this yellow dress several times since I bought it just over 3 years ago. I last wore it here in July with Shoes My Husband Hates. This is probably the last wear before it's packed away.
Glorious colour, isn't it? It was grey and gloomy today, although warm - the sun tried to peek out, but sprinklings of rain did appear. It's not autumn yet!

Today, I layered this grey and white blouse under it. I am liking the menswear/androgynous look that's "in" for fall - since I have an uber-girly figure, it plays nicely on me. Plus, I have edgy hair!
The blouse was last seen here in August layered under my denim bustier. I'll keep it out for layering in cool weather - it's great under jackets.

The return of outer wear that isn't my jean jacket! It's slightly chilly in the mornings, so out come my fall coats.
This one was thrifted last year. I love the classic windowpane plaid (lined up beautifully), and the contrast of the sideways fabric at the empire waist. Plus pockets - gotta have pockets! It was really too warm for it, but it was nice to be "finished."

The stuff:
First wearing of these new-to-me shoes I picked up on the weekend, here, for $35.00. Verdict: surprisingly good! I was fearing that crackly-creaky feeling in my feet after wearing them all day - that's a pretty high heel for me these days (said granny). However, the pitch is good, and the chunky heel gave me good stability, and having them tie across my foot kept them from feeling precarious. The sole also bent, so they weren't too rigid. Yay!

Shiny bling:
I bought the belt buckle because "SW" are my initials. Imagine my surprise when the shop owner told me it stood for "Smith & Wesson"!

Dress (Calvin Klein), blouse (CAbi, consignment), shoes (Libby Edelmann, consignment), belt/buckle (Leather World), brooch (The Bay, 90s), ring (Stone Roses), earrings (don't remember).