Thursday, November 15, 2018

Bounce-Back: Double Plaid Madness!

It's almost worth having a frustrating day like yesterday, just to have the bounce-back outfit. 
 Gimme some plaid madness, on the double!

  • Shirt - Ralph Lauren Sport, consignment; last seen here in September 2017 under a leather slip-dress for brunch
  • Dress - Plum; last worn here (2nd outfit) in November 2017 for brunch again
  • Shoes - Coffee Sumatra, Fluevog; last seen here in February with leather pants
  • Leather coat (below) - Danier Leather; last worn here earlier this month

This is a deep dive into some clothing I've had for YEARS. Although I love shopping and I shop often (it's my Zen-time), I do keep things I really love.
 The flannel shirt is the newest thing in the outfit. Yes, it's flannel, like sleeping bags! It's the softest thing to wear ever, like pajamas with ruffles down the front.

The dress is one of my older pieces; I've had it for a good portion of my blog, since February 2011 (first worn here - flashback!). It was purchased at Plum, a small Canadian chain that still has a few stores - the location in Victoria closed about 7 years ago. I paid $25.00 for it.

I value that it's Canadian made,  but it's unlined and starting to pill and the hem's coming undone a bit. But I can't bear to part with it just yet. Until I find a plaid pencil skirt or dress of better quality, this stays.
The fabric is cut so that the plaids all line up nicely on the seams, with offset pieces on the sides and the straps - a hallmark of quality! Did you even notice the zipper at the back?

And pockets! Yesss!
 My tights are ancient! They're close to 9 years old (a very early look with them here in 2010). I didn't want the bare leg look, and I needed something geometric to go with the two plaids - and found these in the bottom of my tights drawer! So glad I kept them - they are still in really good shape. I believe these are by Trasparenze.

Outerwear - my overall goal for vibe today in my bounce-back outfit was a punk/rock & roll feel. I'm tough!
 Clothing is armour!

  • Hat - Dex
  • Fur boa - thrifted
  • Studded leather gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 These are such lovely shoes. These were purchased new (by L) here in town, long before there was a Fluevog store. I first wore them in August 2010 here - you may recognize the outfit/pose from the framed picture in all of my indoor backgrounds. Megan Mae drew me in that outfit with my beloved Inigo kitty.

Bold bling:
Along with double plaid, I added punk-ish elements through accessories, including this new-to-me squared choker.

  • Choker - Myka, thrifted; purchased here for $23.95 - first wearing
  • Earrings - Tania Gleave, Vancouver
  • Crystal/silver ring - Soul Flower
  • Leather obi - thrifted

All pieces destined to become "homegrown vintage" - the leather obi is around 8 years old in its life with me.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Discombobulated Day

I always get mad at myself when an outfit doesn't work. I'm not really sure why that is, since I don't "test drive" every single outfit, and even a not-great outfit is still better than 90% of what I see on the streets (no diss to any of those people - but you know I like to put my best foot forward, always).
 I like this outfit, but it is not what I started out with. It's the THIRD combination. I royally messed up my morning.

  • Jacket - Tian Art, thrifted; last worn here in January with blue and black leather
  • Pants - Banana Republic, thrifted; first seen here in August with double navy
  • Shoes - Queen of Prussia Louise, Fluevog; last worn here in March with spring velvet
  • Coat (below) - Vassali, consignment; last seen here a couple of weeks ago

All the same pieces were in the first iteration (jacket, pants, shoes), but with a blue top (this one here) and the jacket worn open. I built the outfit around the new-to-me necklace and earrings I bought on the weekend at the vintage fair.

I've worn this jacket open plenty of times, so that wasn't a new thing. I thought I had this handled.
 That top was the wrong proportion with the coat, and once I saw the photos (I did a full shoot with the original outfit!), I deleted them, and waffled in a panicky way about What To Do.

So I tried a white top underneath with the jacket open (the same one I last wore with these pants, here), and did the full suite of photos again. Nope, bad, bad, bad. I resorted to taking the necklace off, and closing the jacket.
 This is actually the back shot from the other photos of the original try - I deleted all the rest. I know, I am vain! I don't want awful pictures of myself here! They just looked bad, trust me.

I was much happier with this look. See, that's not a forced smile at all!
 Okay, maybe a little.

This is definitely me getting whacky, showing off the hot pink satin lining of this lovely piece.
When I have this kind of poor reaction to how my outfit looks, I know something's off, either with me or the clothes. Both of the tops that I tried are now in the giveaway pile. I'll thrift new ones that work better.

I also have put these trousers in the giveaway pile. Much as I love them, they are a size too big, and they make my butt look dumpy. No one needs a dumpy butt! Gone! I feel better already.

Outerwear - you can tell that I'm spiraling out of control - I forgot to do my picture with my dressy shoes on! These are my walkin' boots, my wonderful Doc Martens. I wear them every day, rain or shine.
I also forgot to pour my morning coffee with my breakfast, so I was completely zoned out by the time I got to work. Gimme coffee!

  • Beret - Club Monaco, thrifted - first wear, purchased here for $14.95 - first wearing
  • Fur boa - thrifted; purchased here for $12.99 - first wearing
  • Leather gloves - consignment

I loved the Muppety fur scarf - so soft! I petted it on the way to work - closest thing I had to "pet therapy."

The stuff:
 I love these shoes - they are shockingly comfortable, although I did take the elevator a few times today to avoid doing the stairs up and down between all of the floors (my office is multiple floors in our building).

Silver and blue bling:
Only the earrings remained from the original set that I'd planned to wear...and they KILLED my ears, so they are also in the giveaway pile. I'm splitting up the set and letting them go, but keeping the necklace - at least for now.

  • Earrings - vintage fair, purchased here with matching necklace for $22.00 - first wearing
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Ah well, tomorrow means a fresh start - I'm hereby letting go of this discombobulated day! Begone!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sparkle, Leopard and Grey

Today's outfit features both a new-to-me clothing item, and a newly-acquired accessory item. 
 I bought a lot of accessories over the weekend - creating outfits around them is fun, but challenging!

  • Blazer - Vivienne Westwood Red Label, vintage, thrifted; last seen here in March with a badass bow-tie
  • T-shirt - Ted Baker, thrifted; purchased here for $16.95
  • Skirt - Banana Republic, thrifted; last seen here in November 2017 the first time I wore this blazer
  • Shoes - Camper, thrifted; last worn here in August on a casual Friday
  • Sleeveless coat (below) - Only, thrifted; last seen here last week

Ooh, it's an all-thrifted outfit! Love when that happens! I'm totally profesh, from head to toe, for less than a regular-priced pair of shoes. 
 Thrilled to be wearing this gorgeous Vivienne Westwood blazer again - it's such an amazing piece. It makes my sparkly tee and shiny mini skirt look like a classy ensemble.

I wore it open all day, thusly. It was only done up when under my coat.
First wearing of this navy blue + silver sparkle tee, and it was lovely - not scratchy, not sheer, not twisty. You will very rarely see me in a plain tee - I'll always look for a more upscale fabric/weave for my layering pieces. Tees are for sleeping in, at least in my wardrobe.

I was on the fence last year about this shiny blue leopard skirt.
 Good thing I hung onto it - I hear leopard is all trendy (I'm joking, leopard is saturating fashion right now, pretty hard to miss!).

Outerwear - I love my matchy sets of beret/gloves or gloves/scarves/hats.
"I do not approve of you leaving, Woman."

Vizzini's rather sulky-looking, isn't he? He's probably going to go chew on something I care about.

  • Beret - thrifted
  • Gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 I've found the trend of sneakers/trainers with dressy clothes...unappealing. It's not a look I gravitate to. So wearing these chunky Camper shoes is my own version of this - my grey ribbed tights worked well tonally with the deep blue of the shoes to keep my legs looking long.

Silver bling:
The abstract brooch is, of course, my newly-acquired accessory! Picked up for one whole dollar at the vintage fair last Friday.

  • Pin - vintage fair, $1.00, first wearing
  • White gold earrings - 10th anniversary gift from L
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Monday, November 12, 2018

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Vintage Fair Velvet; Brealfast and Shopping; Grey and Wine Gathering

Happy extra-long weekend! We have lots to get through, so let's get 'er done, starting with Friday's outfit for the Christmas Vintage Fair. 
 Velvet, slinky, and vintage! I won't get too many chances to wear this dress (it's a tad boobalicious for the office), so when an opportunity presents must rise to the occasion.

Linking up to "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - go, what are you waiting for?

  • Dress - Betsey Johnson, vintage 90s, thrifted; first worn here in June for dinner out
  • Shoes - Wonders Ayers, Fluevog; last worn here in an all-green outfit in October
  • Jacket (below) - Forever 21, thrifted; last seen here in December 2017 over a party dress

L and I chilled out all day together, and then I got dressed and bused to the Fair with Karen, where we met up with Cat, Yvonne and Caro. Hello to Dar, who spotted me there!
 After the fair, we strolled over to Spinnakers Pub and met up with all of our menfolk for a few bevvies and dinner.

I was glad I'd worn something simple - there are never change rooms at these fairs, so the few things I tried on I just pulled on/over/under this.
 I counted on not trying on any shoes - these double-straps are annoying to buckle and unbuckle. I have to commit to wearing them!

Outerwear - bundled up for the cold. Did not need the fur toque, which stayed in my bag all night.
 Instead of matching my coat to my outfit, I threw on this cropped fuzzy jacket.

Why not go full vamp?
 The long leather gloves are lined in cashmere - I've had them for years - and they are great for short coat sleeves.

  • Toque - Danier Leather
  • Gloves - Club Monaco, consignment

The stuff:
 Easy to walk in shoes, good for about 3 hours standing on my feet.

Autumn bling:
 All things destined to be home-grown vintage.

  • Necklace/earrings - Plum (c. 2010)
  • Bracelet - faux Gucci, gift from Mom & Dad, Italy
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy

I had quite good luck this time - I spent my budget and found some great items. In the WIN section, I was immediately drawn to this wonderful red knit skirt.
 It's quite long, to mid-calf.

It's got some age on it - I would say early 80s? N. Peal, Burlington Arcade, London. They are known for their high-quality cashmere, apparently.
 I've never heard of the store, but it's been in Burlington Arcade in London since 1936 (link here 'cause I love).

John Laing of Hawick, Scotland, is the manufacturer, and that is 100% cashmere. It's really good quality cashmere too - very thick and soft. I examined it very carefully for moth-holes - none!
 And for only $23.95 - yes, mine, hands off! It felt like a bargain!

I really liked these organic/abstract gold earrings too.
They are metal, but are really light.

I think they are actually some sort of plant/flower that's been gold-plated. Any guesses? They are not symmetrical with each other.
 Each of them has a loop on the back. Either they used to have an additional piece hanging from them, or they can be worn as pendants? I don't know...but they were $8.00. Paid! They're fun.

I have a hard time finding bracelets, because my wrists are very small. This one fit, and I like the mid-century modern look of it.
 It was $30.00 and at first I thought it was steel, but after I had a good look at it, I found stamps/marks on it.

This one says 925 JPA.
 So, sterling silver. I couldn't find anything about "JPA" online, although I did find this same cuff for sale for $59.00 and $99.00, so I feel pretty good about $30.

The 2nd mark also has "10K" - this is directly behind the gold accent on the disc.
 So...10 karat gold! Nice.

Here's how it looks.
 I am really happy with this piece.

I have a lot of big gold statement necklaces, but very few silver ones. This caught my eye.
The earrings were clipped onto the necklace, so I didn't notice them at first. I do love a set! They are clip-ons, and are not too heavy.

It has a very 70s look about it - what do you think? The texture looks like crushed rock or chunky salt crystals were used for the mould.
 There are no stamps or markings on it anywhere, so it's not high-end, but it's a fun piece.

I like the nice clasp and the chains.
 And for $22.00, I was happy.

I found a lovely blue suede purse for only $5.00.
 It is so soft, and in beautiful condition. It doesn't look like it's ever been used.

Nice detail on the closure and where the straps attach, and a little zip pocket inside (metal zipper).
 The inside lining feels like cotton, and there is plastic backing in the zippered pocket. I examined every seam - it really is suede.

At the same booth, I found this little "925" marked ring.
 It was also $5.00.

I'll wear it as a pinky ring! Like bracelets, I have really skinny fingers and have a hard time finding rings small enough.
 Yay! I love having a nice pinky ring.

Same booth again - they had a $2.00 table that I spent some time rummaging through.
 I came up with the gold danglers and these faux crystal sunflower earrings. Fun! And for less than a cup of coffee!

My big splurge of the night was this snake bracelet. I have the belt, and I needed the cuff!
 There were two at the booth; one was two coils and wider (possibly upper arm?), but I really liked this triple coil one. It was also smaller and is snug on my wrist.

It's stamped "Whiting & Davis Co", a company I was not familiar with (history link here, 'cause I love).
 I see lots of these around the interwebz and people seem to have not done their homework, listing these as 1950s - it does say in the history that the first "Cleopatra" collection came out in 1963.

This is probably from the 70s or early 80s, smack dab in the disco era. It has some wear on it - the inside colouring is a bit faded - someone loved it and wore it. I know she would be happy that I have given it a good home.
 It was marked at $75.00 but the seller kindly offered to sell it for $60.00. Thank you! I love it!

On Saturday, L and I were up early for breakfast at Floyd's, followed by grocery shopping and a wee thrift expedition for me.
 I just liked how all of these elements came together - everything is stuff I've had for years.

  • Velvet embroidered blazer - Le Chateau, consignment; last worn here in November 2017 in a full cowgirl outfit
  • Sweater - Dalkeith of Scotland, vintage early 60s, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February, hiding under my Gookey lace bomber jacket
  • Skirt - Club Monaco, consignment; last worn here in November 2017 for another shopping expedition
  • Boots - BCBG Max Azria; last seen here (4th outfit) following our September rock & roll holiday

The blazer is the star of the outfit, so I pulled colours from the embroidery out for the outfit. This vintage green sweater is such a great cut.
Win! This gold brocade skirt has pockets.

I'm wearing blue tights (in case you can't see them). I like the details that other people don't notice.
"Oh great, you're going out again."
 I just adore this blazer - it's been a favourite for a long time. The embroidery is just lovely.

We had a beautiful sunny day, so no coat was needed - what a treat!
"I wonder if I can make it into the hall?"

Easy boots for walking to town and back, plus lots of shopping.

Outerwear - I just added this silk velvet rock-star scarf...
 ...and my purple leather gloves (cashmere/wool-lined, of course).

  • Scarf - thrifted
  • Gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 Easy shoes to take off, and minimal bling.

  • Gold hoops - 5th anniversary gift from L

I went to Flavour Upstairs for good browse, but only found one thing.
 However, it is a bright pink fur boa Muppet thing, and was only $12.99, and I love it, so I'm good.

Feeling like I still had a bit of shopping karma left in me, I stopped briefly in at the WIN store. I couldn't resist this fabulous choker.
 It's brushed rhodium-plated and those are Swarovski crystals.

How do I know this? Because I have other Myka Designs jewelry!
 I'm very familiar with this company. I have a necklace and earrings set (pic here) and the matching bracelet (here)

Happy to see all the stamps.
 This would have been about $200+ new.

I spotted this fun brooch in the $1.00 bin.
 It reminds me of books tipping over.

I found this fabulous pink beret.
 So soft!

I thought $14.95 seems a bit high - although it is cashmere.
 But then I saw the Club Monaco label - this would have been about $98.00 new.

I am a sucker for a funky shoe, and I have a soft spot for white soles.
 I loved how these felt on - and they rung my bells. Oh yeah.

They don't appear to have ever been worn - not a mark on them.
 The soles have a little bit of dirt, so maybe they were worn once.
They are marked "39" (the size - I'm usually a 40, but I try everything around my size).

I did not know the brand Harpers at all, but they are in Tunbridge Wells, which is a town in the UK (I did not know this).
 Sure! There is not a single marking anywhere on the shoes, aside from the size stamped on the sole. Just the name inside...

...and this little gold logo on the ankle.
 They are sueded leather and are fully lined in leather - they feel like really good quality.

Not bad for $18.95!
 I'm sure you could add a "0" and that would be an accurate retail price.

I saved even more - these were originally $29.95 at WIN.

I quickly did a pass-through of the half-price rack at the back of the store, and I'm so glad I did.
 I totally needed a pink linen trenchcoat with a pink satin lining!

It has bias-cut ruffles around the lower lapels.
 I'll give this a good steaming and get all the "hang" wrinkles out of it. Won't this be lovely for spring?

It's by Tangerine Jill! Awesome - you may recall I have the eyeball dress, the stained glass dress, and the firecracker dress by them. They were a local company, now out of business.
This was half price, so $21.50. I'm sure it would have been a couple hundred dollars new.

Vizzini, what do you think of all of this?
"The pink muppet scarf should be mine."
He has already tried to give it a bath!

On Sunday, we had our usual long weekend get-together with our ginormous crew of 18 friends. It being Remembrance Day, I didn't want to be too colourful or garish, so went with a somewhat subdued and somber grey.
 As you can tell, it was a lovely sunny day, but that bite of fall is in the air.

  • Dress - Romeo Gigli, vintage 80s, consignment; purchased here in August for $27.50
  • Boots - Miz Mooz; last seen here in February with a velvety Valentine's Day look
  • Coat (below) - Zara, gift from Dominique; last worn here in October

I reveled in the warmth of the sun on the stucco of our building.
 Ah, I love the sun.

This dress is...a challenge. Don't get me wrong, I do love it. I mean, look at this magnificent cut.
 Long, lean and slinky. This dress is 100% wool, thick and luxurious.

I wore my Frank Tuner tour tank-top to make my exposed black bra straps look purposeful instead of accidental.
 I have my vintage Christian Dior half-slip on the bottom. The dress is unlined, but it's wonderful quality.

The dress is snug through the hips and legs, and very loose on the top. It likes to slide around a bit, which is deliberate, I believe, as that's a characteristic of Gigli's late 80s/early 90s pieces.
 It really needs a belt - without one, it's nearly a full-length dress.

But check out this amazing feature - it has really long arms!
 It's doing a bit of a "Flashdance" neckline there! Oh, what a feeling!

At first, I was not quite sure about these extra long sleeves. They are about 6 inches too long.
 What to do?

But now I kind of love them.
 They kept my hands and arms warm, but happily stayed scrunched up my arms when I wanted them to be.

Outerwear - feeling like a rock star in this funky coat.
 The baby blue coat matches our walls in the den perfectly - it has little bits of wine-coloured leaves in the pattern.

And the extra-long sleeves covered up my lower arms; I pulled them right down to the knuckles of my gloves.
"Yes, L, I am nearly ready to go."

I was even extra-klassy and changed up my bag. Ooooh...

  • Purse - Steve Madden, consignment
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 I love having matching belts and shoes/boots, don't you? They really make a style look cohesive. These boots are getting old - every time I wear them, someone tells me they used to have this pair!

Silver bling:
 Bold pieces for a simple outfit.

  • Silver/gold bracelet - vintage fair, $30 - first wearing
  • Steel bracelet - POLY, thrifted
  • Steel ring - POLY, thrifted
  • Gold/amethyst ring - Dad's, Frances Jewellers, c. 1965
  • Earrings - Brenda Schoenfeld, vintage 1992, vintage mall

I spotted Vizzini in a most unusual place this weekend.
"Curses, the Woman found me!"

He's in his house on the leopard scratching post!

He so rarely goes there (it's full of all of the unloved mousies).
"What? A cat can't nap in peace?"

He's really been feeling the sudden chill lately, and has been seeking out warm nap places, like L's tie box, and our laps.

But he hasn't gone in the house in years.
"Maybe I'm mellowing out."

Goodness knows. I've never been able to figure this cat out.

But it was the cutest thing.
"Move along! I know you're there, Woman."

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I'm off to enjoy my last day off.