Wednesday, November 25, 2015

All The Colours!

I'm back! Back to colours, that is! I know, you hardly recognized me yesterday in all my black. 
A very summery-feeling wintery outfit!

  • Cardigan - Jacob, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) with yellows in August
  • Top - Cable and Gauge; thrifted; last seen here in the exact same outfit (I'm so original)
  • Skirt - Andre Courreges, thrifted; last worn here in August with more cashmere
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog; last seen here earlier this month with mod morange

 I basically just pulled out a bunch of colours that sort of matched the necklace. Good thing I have All The Colours!
After a 10.5 hour day, I am beat. Tomorrow, I'm off for our traditional yes-we're-Canadian-but-we-take-US-Thanksgiving-off-to-watch-football day. That needs a shorter and catchier name. I'm open to suggestions.

The stuff:
Woo! Those are bright shoes!

  • Earrings - Stella and Dot, consignment
  • Necklace - consignment

Note that the earrings are actually bright green - not a colour in the necklace. They don't have to match...they just have to go!

A very happy Thanksgiving to my US friends and readers - I am thankful to know such a lovely group of like-minded folks. You all rock, in the best way! I'll be back on Sunday - and I'll have a party outfit to show off!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Basically Black - Sequins, Locks and Keys

Wait a minute! Who is that woman in black? What have you done with Sheila?
Let's all just settle down - sometimes I do wear black. It's not always "all colour, all the time" in my world, you know.

  • Blouse - Elite International, vintage early 80s, thrifted; purchased here for $10.95 a couple of weeks ago
  • Trousers - Talbots, thrifted; last seen here in September with flame
  • Shoes - Guess; last worn here in June with a crazy leather top

I liked this outfit overall, but this is really too much black for me. I felt a little blah (and I definitely didn't get many comments on my outfit), and I did miss the colour.
Today was the first wearing of this outrageous 80s blouse - it was wonderful. Next time, I'll wear it with colour.

The stuff:
Probably the most boring shoes I own, but they are pretty sweet. I love the shape.

Shiny bling:
One more week to December - nearly time to bust out the glittery stuff!

  • Earrings - Jacob
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop
  • Death Star ring - Soul Flower

And one more day for me, and then it's a long weekend! L and I always take the US Thanksgiving off to watch football with friends.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Rolling in the Seventies, and Are We Ready for Mom Jeans?

I had a frustrating day full of annoyances, and I was supposed to go to the gym today, but by the time I got home and considered a) how wet I was from the rain and b) how much I did not want to deal with my purple hair "bleeding" down my neck at the gym, I was all "Screw it!" 
This is my "Screw it!" outfit.

  • Blouse - handmade, vintage 70s/early 80s; thrifted here yesterday for $9.95 (but free with other stuff purchased)
  • Skirt - vintage 70s, no label, gift from Elaine; last seen here in February with shades of wine
  • Boots - Libby Smith Bellevues, Fluevog; last seen here in April for a Casual Friday

The blouse was nice to wear - it's the softest fabric I've worn in a long time. I am sure it's silk.
I love this ginormous heavy skirt! It's so thick and flappy! I sound like thunder in it.

The stuff:
My funky purple and tan boots! The buttons are the same shade as the skirt - I love a good match!

Lacy bling:
Yup, seen these before.

  • Belt - gift from Mom
  • Earrings - Plum

So...I went back to the Patch quickly today. I'd planned to buy a dress and two other items that I tried on yesterday (and then regretted not buying). I told L about one of these items and he flipped out - "Why didn't you buy them!?"

Unfortunately, the dress had a big rip in the fabric that I'd missed, so I didn't get the "one free" and only bought two. Eh, I'm all right with that.

First, I re-grabbed this vintage wool Lacoste sweater.
I love the divot neckline, the slim fit and the almost bracelet-length sleeves. It's really thick and lovely to feel.

Made in France! I'm pretty sure most Lacoste is not made in France anymore.
And there's the croc. we go. These are probably one of the craziest things I've bought in a long time.
You're looking at a 9" zipper right there
They are super-high-waisted Mom jeans. Zoiks! In bright blue, and covered with shiny gold - even the thread is metallic gold.

Every spot that could have their classic Medusa head button, has a shiny gold button, trimmed with crystals (yes!).
The name is everywhere.
My jeans are a bright blue cotton, and have the Versace Jeans Couture piece number on them (it's 632526, if you care).
 A large leather patch on the back.
 A big patch inside.
Blurry, but it says, "Si certifica che questo capo e stato realizzato dagli stabilimenti ITTIERRE S.p.A. Nel rispetto dells immagine voluta dallo Stilista VERSACE. Il presente attestato e a garanzia dell'authenticita del capo.  ITTIERRE S.p.A."

Which means, "This is to certify that this garment was made ​​by the establishments ITTIERRE SpA In respect dells wanted image stylist VERSACE . This attestation and guarantee dell'authenticita head . ITTIERRE SpA ". Um, sure, okay. Ittierre SpA seems to be a manufacturing company (very high-end).
 All authentic looking.
Interesting that there's what seems to be a date on the back of this tag "26-11-1973". I'm pretty sure that these are from the early 90s. I better get out my bodysuit!

And what did I pay for these pants of insanity?
Yeah, $24,95. I'm happy! I have seen the younger generation wearing these on the street - forget those bell-bottoms and get on the "Mom Jean" train!

Are you in? Or is this a little too hard to revisit? I have to admit, my butt looks amazing in these! Can't wait to wear them.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Extended Weekend Wrap-Up: Ruffled Thursday, Violet Friday, Blue Leopard Winesday and Karen's Fan

Hello, my friends! The end of last week was a hectic whirl of Book Club and then Friday and then Winesday, so lots of catching up to do. 

Without further ado, we have some craziness for Thursday. 
I wore this for my WW group and for my Book Club babes - such a fun and flashy outfit! I love getting more dressed up for the holiday season.

This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - go, run, now!

  • Coat - thrifted, Aldo; last seen here in December 2014 with a denim maxi skirt
  • Lace shirt - vintage fair; last worn here (6th outfit) in October in a major Victorian outfit
  • Dress - Danier Leather, vintage, late 90s, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in March for a house party
  • Shoes - Almafi by Rangoni for Ingledews, vintage 80s; thrifted here for $14.95

"I like your leg."
I always get huge reactions when I wear this dress. Yes, it's leather. I loved it with the lace blouse under it.
"You're boring me."
Why not go to 11 with a shiny brocade coat?

The stuff:
I freakin' LOVE these shoes. They are so soft and easy to walk in - just gorgeously made, too.

Bold bling:
These earrings get double-takes.

  • Earrings - Dior, consignment
  • Necklace - consignment

I went straight to Book Club from my WW meeting, ate yummy food, drank yummy wine and tottered home late. To bed!

I wore my hair product-less (colouring it that night) and did everyone's favourite thing at work.
I matched my hair and my clothes. People flip out, it's crazy.

  • Blouse - Guess, consignment; purchased here last weekend for $9.50
  • Skirt - Nicole Miller, vintage 80s; last seen here in August with a furry shirt
  • Shoes - Camper; last worn here in June with more magenta matchy

I liked the looseness of this shirt quite a lot - it's semi-sheer, so I wore a black vintage camisole under it. Unfortunately, the camisole would not stay in place, and I spent the day adjusting my straps and neckline. Into the donation pile the cami goes!
I did a sewing repair job on the back slit of this skirt recently - it's a tight skirt for walking in and it had pulled apart a bit. It's denim with some stretch.

The stuff:
Sweet pink spattery pumps!

Silver bling:
Feeling the boho vibe a bit.

  • Bracelet - Ellandemm, thrifted
  • Stacking rings - thrifted
  • Shield ring - Nine West
  • Death Star ring - Soul Flower
  • Earrings - gift from Lise

I dyed my hair after work, then chilled with L and Vizzini, playing boardgames. My favourite thing in the world to do.
"Who dares disturb my slumber?"
Comfy clothes for brunch out. Freshy-dyed hair.
 I wore this all day and into the late evening for Winesday.

  • Jacket - Live a Little, consignment; purchased here last weekend for $20.95
  • Sweater - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here in February
  • Skirt - Theo Miles, thrifted; first seen here in September for Casual Friday
  • Booties - Bad Laundry, thrifted; first worn here last Friday with all the textures

I just loved how the blue tone in the shirt went with the blue wool wrap skirt. This was a very cozy outfit to wear.
I adore those silver booties.

Bundled up for the chill.
Gloves, scarf and purse, let's go!

The stuff:
So shiny!

  • Earrings - Glee

At Winesday, I gave Karen her fan, which I finished on Saturday afternoon. Here it is all finished.
If you're interested, I have a huge number of "in progress" shots below. Karen really loved it. Aw! Hugs!

I sat near the deck doors and worked on the fan for about 3 hours. It was lovely natural light.
"It would be better on the deck." 
Winesday was wonderful, as always.
Any party with 11 packages of chocolate is a good party! At least our chips were baked.

Today, I strolled to town for groceries, and quickly popped into the Patch. I scored on this amazing handmade silk "secretary" blouse.
It was $9.99, but was free (buy 2, get 1 deal - I bought a couple of things for L).

This entire blouse does up with tiny snap fasteners! All down the front, and on the sleeves.
Don't you just love the red and lavender flowers? And the ribbon texture? So very 70s/early 80s.

Anyway, that was my weekend - long and full of good things. And I hope yours was too!

Speaking of good things, here are the progress pictures for Karen's fan. Scroll on if you dare!

I started with a blank paper and bamboo fan (less than $2.00 at the Chinatown Trading Company). I'd asked Karen what she wanted on her fan, and she sent me some of Rainier Maria Rilke's poetry that she loved.
She also loves ravens.

And taking pictures.
Camera aperture desisgns.

I sketched out where I wanted everything to go and started inking.
On my first session, I outlined everything, did the borders of the unreeled film, completed the aperture shape, and got one of the ravens done.
Karen is a fan of First Nations (Indian) art, so I wanted to use similar forms for the birds' feathers.

I used the same feather forms on the right as the left raven. The central raven was done then too.

I made him a bit darker and played with different patterns to separate his wing, head and belly. 

On this session, I thickened up the lettering and started working on the individual frames on the film strip.
I did each frame differently, playing with shapes and different Zentangles.  
It was fun doing them.
 Yesterday, I finished the film strips.
Then I outlined it in a thick black line.
I felt it made it pop more.
I used my watercolour pencils to add just a touch of colour around the words. This is before I've added water.
Karen is a fan of steampunk and I wanted her fan to have a weathered look, with a strong sepia tone.
I emphasized a few words with green, which fitted the quote.
Vizzini supervised.
"I would like to bite that."
He's actually looking at my paintbrush tip there - he attacked it the whole time I was using it. Time to get the water out and get the background filled in!

Here's the finished fan.
This is several layers of watered-down India ink.

It was a present from Mom.
 I really like how it gives it sort of a tea-stained look.
Overall, I was really happy with how this fan turned out.
My good friend Elaine is up next for a fan. I'm excited to try something different!