Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mad Mix and New Boots

Although it's been a short week for me, it's felt very long. I consoled myself by wearing an old-ish favourite dress, and my new-to-me boots. 
I've been wearing beige fishnet nylons as my transition to bare legs - it's not quite warm enough yet!

  • Dress - I'M by Isola Marras, Florence, Italy; last seen here (3rd outfit) in September 2017 when we got home from vacation
  • Boots -  Vog Together, Fluevog; purchased here for $82.50
  • Coat (below) - BCBG Max Azria, thrifted; last seen here last week

Look at the gorgeous view I had of the castle this morning!
The tourists will be flocking there soon, I expect. There are usually tour buses parked all along one of the streets near us in high season (the buses are not allowed all the way to the castle as it's in a residential neighbourhood).

When I don't feel like putting together an outfit, I usually default to a dress, but I actually just really wanted to wear this dress. It was pulled out and put into my "wear soon" area of my closet, with some of my loosey-goosey semi-planned outfits.
I love all the mad patterns in this. It's by an Italian designer, Antonio Marras, from his spring/summer 2013 collection, and I bought it in Florence, Italy in 2014 (here, enjoy more of my vacation pictures!). It's featured in this Vimeo link here. Here's a screen cap of my dress - it's worn over shorts!
Ooh, what a good idea - I should wear this over a skirt or pants! I think I may need turquoise cowboy boots too...better put 'em on the wishlist!

I like how my dress' patterns/fabric are exactly like the dress in the show - it's a very deliberate choice by the designer.
The unexpected pouf of the back always catches people by surprise - it's a very unusual piece. I had many comments on it from coworkers and my WW group.

Outerwear - yup, no gloves needed. I see sun out there!
This coat was just the right weight for the weather.

The stuff:
First wearing of these gorgeous espresso-brown leather Fluevog boots - oh, wow, they were FABULOUS to wear. Comfiness all over the place. Easy to walk in.

Green bling:
It's hard to see this bling in my outfit with the patterns of the dress, but it was very noticeable in person - I had comments on every single piece I had on!

  • Necklace - J. Crew, thrifted
  • Glass bracelet - thrifted
  • Jade/bronze ring - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Turquoise/silver ring - local
  • Earrings - Stella & Dot, consignment, Vancouver

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Winning Combinations

I love when I find a winning combination of pieces - when I get a new item of clothing, I can take one of my old combos, and voila - new outfit.
 I've worn everything but the skirt in a combination before - in fact, here's a variation of this outfit exactly 2 years ago.

  • Leather jacket - Danier Couture, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in December 2017 to see "Chicago" with Mom
  • Baby blue blouse - vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in October 2017 layered under the eyeball dress
  • Skirt - Pink Martini, consignment; purchased here for $11.50
  • Shoes - Effortless Vivian, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in August 2017 to hang out with my cousin
  • Coat (below) - Zara, gift from Dominique; last worn here in March

The day I bought these shoes (here), I wore the jacket and blouse together!
 I even wore the jacket and blouse with a different gold skirt, here. Winning combinations galore!

But today was the first wearing of this skirt - I liked it, but I think it might be a fall/winter piece more than a summery piece.
 I like how the texture of the skirt has a single panel down the front and back. More than your ordinary skirt! It's also a very cool fabric - the sheer parts are a wide mesh.

Outerwear - snuggly in the morning; boiling hot in the afternoon. It's supposed to get warmer over the next week!
 I'm getting down to the last wears of my gloves for the season. 

  • Leather gloves - Danier

The stuff:
 These shoes are one of my favourite pairs. I love the bright, clean colour (it's pearlized too), the blocky heel, the navy buckle. They are super comfy too - that's why I have another pair of shoes and a pair of boots with this same heel/toe.

Sparkly bling:
Something about spring makes me want to be extra-sparkly!

  • Necklace - Banana Republic, consignment
  • Earrings - consignment
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Big Blue Blazer

What in the blue blazes? It's a blue blazer! 
 I had to wear this funky blazer right away - it's too fun to languish in my closet.

  • Blazer - KL by Karl Lagerfeld, vintage late 80s, consignment; purchased here for $45.00
  • Sleeveless sweater - Gap, thrifted; last seen here in January with plaid and mustard
  • Skirt - BCBG Max Azria, consignment; last worn here in January with these same shoes
  • Shoes - Gentle Souls; last seen here with this same skirt in January
  • Sleeveless coat (below) - Only, thrifted; last worn here on the weekend

Vix of Vintage Vixen helpfully pointed out when I first posted about this KL by Karl Lagerfeld blazer that, since it's made in West Germany, it has to be older than I thought, since West Germany officially ended in late 1990. This is likely a late 80s blazer.
 I was partly fooled by the lack of ginormous shoulder-pads, since that era is right around when they were really excessive (our camis had them, then our blouses, and our blazers, and our jackets - no wonder we looked like linebackers!).

I'd forgotten that quality designers didn't do quite the damage that those mall knock-off brands did!
 The jacket is a beautiful piece, and was a treasure to wear.

I love how it's cut - it's just so different. I can see this with a tux-style pair of trousers, or a long flowy skirt. How would you wear it?
 The pockets aren't very deep - I wouldn't keep anything more than a bus ticket in them.

Outerwear - it's becoming a regular thing, where I get all bundled up like this in the morning, then carry it all home after work because it's too warm to have a scarf and gloves on.
 That's promising! It means warmer weather soon!

  • Pashmina - Portolano, thrifted
  • Leather gloves - consignment

The stuff: 
 I played it safe and did the same shoes as last time I wore the skirt.

Vintage bling:
The colour of the blazer is tricky - it veers into turquoise territory (best seen in the stair pic), but I opted for baby blue accessories.

  • Earrings - Sherman, vintage 60s, vintage fair (I have the matching 2-strand necklace)
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Silver bracelet - Coro, vintage 60s, Mom's
  • Thermoset bracelet - Coro, vintage 60s, vintage fair

Monday, April 16, 2018

Blogger Meet-Up: Ally in Town!

Hello, my friends! I'm back following a wonderfully fun weekend. Look who I got to hang out with for three days! 
 It's Ally of Shybiker! Ah! [Kermit hands] This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style.

Ally and I have met before, at the 2015 International Vancouver 40+ Blogger Meet-Up, which I wrote about here, and clicked really well then. We have known each other through blogging for almost our entire blog careers, nearly 10 years.

Ally came out to Victoria, BC, Canada, to see me and another blog-friend of hers, Dar. It's a bit of an effort to get here: not only is Victoria on the opposite coast to New York, where Ally's from, but it's on a freakin' island. I was understandably excited to be hosting Ally here, and of course, one of my big concerns was, "What will I wear??"
 I took Friday off work (Ally arrived on Thursday night), and semi-planned the full weekend for us to maximize our time together. My outfits were all driven by the weather, which promised to be...RAIN.

  • Leather vest - CABi, consignment; last seen here in September 2015 (yes, you read that right!) over lace
  • Sweater - Jean-Paul Gaultier, consignment; last worn here (5th outfit) in March with long leather for Winesday
  • Jeans - Levi Strauss Commuter, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February for my office move
  • Boots - Matisse, consignment; last worn here in February with a red dress and 6 pockets
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last seen here a couple of weeks ago

I didn't want to look too "fashion-y" or be intimidating (although Dar's been reading my blog for a little while). I can person.
 I'm shocked that I haven't worn this leather vest in 3 years! Wow, where does the time go?

As noted, it rained off and on all day, so layers were needed. My sweater is fine, but warm.
 Jeans and easy walking boots for the win!

My best rain coat is my leather trench.
I hate carrying an umbrella, so my hat was definitely needed!

  • Hat - Edward Mann, vintage, thrifted
  • Scarf - Smoking Lily, 1997, gift from Janet
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 I kept this pair of boots out for spring/summer just for days like this.

Simple bling:
 Rarely-worn earrings, but I like the mix of wood, silver and crystal.

  • Earrings - Plum
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy

I got up early and walked to Ally's hotel. It was my first time over the new Johnson Street Bridge.
 Check out the warning sign - you don't see too many like that!

I liked the nice wide walkways. This shelter below is for waiting in when the bridge is up.
 Very thoughtful to have a couple of benches.

Always know where you're going.
 First steps on the bridge.

On the other side, there is still a little remnant of the original train tracks.
 I have walked across that a few times in my day.

Ally and I went for lunch at John's Place, an old Victoria restaurant, then we walked all over town, including up to Beacon Hill Park, where we were captivated (along with a few other tourists) by some peacocks.
 Ally getting a shot of this lovely fellow.

The females (peahens) are a muddy white colour.
 Such a gorgeous display.

We were surprised to see one way up in that tree.
 See him?

 Peacocks can't fly too far, but apparently they can get up a few branches in trees!

From Beacon Hill, we walked down to Dallas Road. That's Port Angeles, Washington, in the distance.
 We clambered over driftwood and rocks, so that we could stick our hands in the Pacific Ocean.

We were here!
 That's clear proof.

We walked back to town from there, and met up with Dar for lunch at the Tapas Bar (our original choice, Pagliacci's, was closed for renovations). After a lovely lunch and spirited conversation, Dar drove us over to My Sister's Closet for a peek around. I may have bought something...
 It's a thick black knit, covered with "tags" of acid orange and hot pink silk, trimmed in black thread.

It's a wonderful Tangerine Jill piece.
 I can't help but shimmy in it! It was $44.95. Dar and Ally didn't get anything, but I think you should go back and get that gorgeous Danier leather coat, Dar!

From there, we drove over to House of Savoy. Ally found a purple striped shirt and a chartreusey-yellow patterned Ted Baker tie. I dug around on the sale racks and in the half price shoe bins.
 My heart leaped at these
 These were $82.50 on half price, but they are in pristine condition.

The label hasn't even been removed from the sole. I bet they've been worn maybe once.
 I can't find the exact model online, but they are from the "Vog Together" family and of course, they are by Fluevog.

I also found this really interesting blue blazer.
 The odd lapels appealed to me, as did the rounded hem and angled pockets.

KL by Karl Lagerfeld.
 It has some age on it - I'd guess it's from the 90s based on the label, here (my label resource is the Vintage Fashion Guild, a wonderful site for digging up info on thrifted designer items, here).

KL on the buttons too.
 The label has aged - this is wool, cashmere and polyamide.
 Made in West Germany.
 It was marked down to $45.00. I'm excited to wear it.

From our shopping adventures, we all went back to my house, where Dar and Ally got to see the infamous stairs of my stair pose (a trip highlight, for Ally, ha!), my closet and Vizzini.

Ally, L and I went for dinner at our local pub, the Fernwood Inn, and then the three of us hung out at our place, drank scotch and listened to music until I started nodding off and called Ally a cab to go back to her hotel.

Another early morning on Saturday! It was somewhat brighter and less rainy so I risked a lighter outfit.
 This outfit features two new-to-me items: the blouse and the cardigan.

  • Cardigan - Kenzo, consignment; purchased here for $26.98
  • Blouse - Sanctuary, thrifted; purchased here for $5.95
  • Pants - Tara Jarmon, consignment; last seen here in July 2017 with a Hawaiian shirt
  • Shoes - Truths Makena, Fluevog; last worn here (4th outfit) in March for brunch
  • Sleeveless coat (below) - Only, thrifted; last seen here in March

I wore Ally out on Friday - too much walking! It quickly went from 5 miles to about a hundred miles in her descriptions, lol. Yes, I walk a lot! Anyway, Saturday was the "tourist day" where we did all the best touristy things. Victoria is a tourist town (it's the main industry here), but it helps to know which things the locals recommend. We walked by the Legislature building (aka the Parliament Buildings), where I took a group shot for some tourists on the steps, then onto the Royal BC Museum. I've been going there since I was a kid - my first job was volunteering in the gift shop before it was "Royal".
 Layers and comfy shoes. This long cardigan was wonderful for warmth and coverage during the day.

Longer in front.
 I could also flip the sleeve cuffs down for extra length.

All zipped up.
 From the Museum, we strolled through the Empress Hotel, then wandered over to Johnson Street to poke in a few stores. Finally, we met up with a big group of my and L's friends (the Winesday/MANsday crew) at the Garrick's Head Pub, and people-watched, chatted and generally mingled. My friends were charmed by Ally and she with them. It was a lovely afternoon.

The new-to-me top solo.
 It was too cold to take the cardi off at any point. Stupid weather!

I do like how the underneath part shows through the top layer and creates another level of pattern.
 These polka dot pants are a favourite pair of mine.

For outerwear, I layered my sleeveless coat over the whole shebang.
 And added my studded gloves. Cuffs down on the cardi there.

  • Leather gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 These shoes were awesome for a day walking - this is the first time (I think) that I've worn them barefoot.

  • Shield ring - Nine West
  • Death Star ring - Soul Flower
  • Earrings - thrifted

I'm glad that so much was in bloom while Ally was here, despite the rainy and grey weather.
 Plum trees at the Delta Hotel.

And orange and pink and yellow tulips at the Empress.
 They match the Tangerine Jill dress I bought!

Ally and I both took Saturday night off (even good friends can use time off from each other), but met up again on Sunday for brunch with L - of course, we had to go to Floyd's Diner! It's tradition!
 I decided to give Ally a "Day in the Life of Sheila" - and Floyd's is as classic as it gets for me and L.

  • Shirt - Dept, consignment; last seen here in January for a mall shop with Elaine
  • Skirt - Mackage, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in October 2017 for a Saturday brunch
  • Boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last seen here (4th outfit)last weekend for shopping
  • Leather coat (below) - Danier Leather; last worn here on Thursday

Easy walking stuff again, plus I planned to take us to a couple of thrift stores, so easy off/on things for trying on clothes.
"You can't leave. We haven't had sufficient cuddle time."
 Vizzini was quite cranky about me being gone most of the weekend.
 From brunch, Ally and I did my weekly grocery shop - I'm such a classy host, ha! I don't know, is it interesting to see a Canadian grocery store when you live in the US? I get my groceries delivered, so it was over quickly at least.

Outerwear - the rain held off for the day, fortunately. We browsed in the Patch and the WIN Store, then went for tea and macarons at Fol Epi Bakery, and chatted the afternoon away.
 Rainy gear again.

  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 Comfiest boots ever.

Turquoise bling:
 Happy to have these pieces back in rotation.

  • Earrings - vintage furniture store
  • Ring - local

Ally found a couple of things at WIN and I lucked out on these fun suede and rubber runners.
 The white soles are quite thick.

I love the fun look of them.
 These are by Camper, and are called the Vintar (not available anymore).

They are hugely comfortable.
 There is some discolouration on the soles and a bit on the sides of the white platforms, but not much.
 These were only $34.95 - their runners are around 150 Euros, which is about $225 Canadian. Pretty good!

You might have noticed that I actually didn't take a lot of pictures, and if you've visited Ally's posts about her trip (here and here, so far), neither did she. Both of us really wanted to enjoy our time together and not get wrapped up in recording the entire thing.
 L took our picture while we were waiting in line at Floyd's - I'll treasure this, the memories and our time together, Ally. Thank you for everything, especially for YOU, for coming all the way out here to see me!

Vizzini also sends hugs.
"My love is like this cloth bag that smells like the Woman, that I rake when I want attention."
 He sniffed Ally's hair and let her pet him.
"There may have been some interaction."
 He was his typical self, in other words.
"I rake this bag, I -- wait, must lick my toes."
Here's to weekends with friends, new and old!