Thursday, December 5, 2019

Just Call Me Vanna

I see a lot of client "regulars" on a weekly or monthly basis, but we've had some new folks coming in lately who've never met me. It's fun to see how they react - today, one of the gents said, "You're your office's Vanna White, aren't you?"
 I totally am! I loved that comment.

  • Sweater - Dalkeith, vintage 60s, thrifted; last worn here in April with a salamander
  • Skirt - Zara, consignment; purchased here for $23.39
  • Shoes - Channi B; last seen here for Diwali in October with orange and gold
  • Coat (below) - Hilary Radley, thrifted; last worn here in November with mostly matching mauves

If you don't know who I'm talking about, Vanna is on the game show "Wheel of Fortune", and she's famous for looking fancy (she wears gorgeous gowns) and turning the letters around, presenting them with a wave of her hand. That's totally me.
I read her whole Wiki page (link here), and was amused to find out we also have crocheting in common. I learned how to crochet when I was quite young - my Mom taught all the neighbourhood kids how - and I've made oodles of blankets and an entire runway line of clothes for Barbie dolls about 15 years ago. I've since gotten away from it; one does tend to accumulate wool, and I already have enough hobbies. But, funny coincidence.

So just call me Vanna.

Wearing one of my favourite vintage wool sweaters (not a single moth-hole - it's a miracle) that I've had for ages. I love the fit of it.
I liked how this new-to-me skirt looks bronze-copper in the pictures. It was delightfully swooshy and billowed when I walked down the stairs. I twirled in it for Fiona.

Outerwear - swaggin' in the Unsafe Ocelot.
I was picking up some things at the drug store on the way home, and one of the workers there gushed over it.
 It is a pretty awesome coat. Very snuggly and warm.

  • Faux fur scarf/wool gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
The hidden platform in these shoes make them a wonderful height. These are one of the most comfy pairs I own.

Copper bling:
Vintage jewelry always feels right to me during the holiday season. I am looking forward to wearing sparkle!

  • Necklace - Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Cuff/earrings - Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Ball cuff - vintage 70s, vintage expo

I'm off for the weekend now and it's looking to be very busy. Vizzini knows that when we start bustling around that we're going out, and he hides under the bed.
"I do not approve of your plans."

I'll be back on Sunday with tales of adventure! Have a great weekend, and thank you so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Faux Fur and Real Leather

Now that we're in December, I'll be busting out some of my fancier, sparklier and glitter...ier things.
Black and white - so retro!

  • Silk tweed jacket (part of a suit) - Precis Petite; last worn here with the matching skirt in October 2018; last worn with the faux fur collar here in November 2017
  • Top - no label, thrifted; can't find when I last wore it
  • Leather skirt - H&M, consignment; purchased here for $32.00
  • Boots - Rockport, thrifted; last seen here in November with cashmere and leather
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here a week ago

This is how I looked for most of the day - we had a lot of clients onsite today, so I didn't want to be too wacky.
I can't believe it's been two years since I last wore this jacket with the faux fur collar attached! The fur is quite snuggly - I didn't need a scarf.

I really love the shape of this new-to-me skirt - it's a bonus that it's real leather.
I'm not a huge fan of fake leather - it's plastic! Have you seen how gross it gets after a few years? *Shudder*

I overheated many times during the day. Our building is having HVAC issues, so I was not just hot-flashing. Off comes the jacket - out comes my ink!
I like how this black and copper sparkle sweater reads as dark brown. It makes it quite versatile for layering.

All buttoned up - that one bright green button is a replacement, as the original square one popped off many years ago. I've had the suit (including pants, long-gone) since 2007 - it's well on its way to becoming homegrown vintage.
I only wore it done up like this under my trenchcoat, for walking to and from work.

Outerwear - it was supposed to rain today, but not a drop hit me in the morning or evening.
Case in point for real leather - this trenchcoat is close to 50 years old, and it's still butter-soft. I'd be surprised if a faux leather version lasted 5 years.

  • Fedora - Edward Mann, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
I'm getting a lot of wears out of these leather boots - they are insanely comfy, and I like the illusion of a heel even though they are only 1" high.

Copper bling:
I wore the pin on my lapel, nestled into the faux fur.

  • Pin/earrings - Matisse by Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Bracelet - Renoir, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Cuff - vintage fair
  • Jade/bronze ring - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage expo

Do you have a preference for faux or real when it comes to fur or leather?

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Jammy Dress and De-Oiled Boots

I am mentally gearing up for a really busy holiday season, kicking off this weekend. I don't feel like making exciting outfits, and you know what that means! 
Jammy dress time! I tweaked the colour right out of the stair picture, as it was just sh*te. These dark mornings kill me.

  • Dress - Nanette Lepore, thrifted; last worn here in September for some vintage fair shopping
  • Boots - Coffee Kope Tiam, Fluevog; last seen here with a ball of sunshine in October
  • Coat (below) - Topshop, consignment; purchased here on the weekend for $35.00

Here we are, all in colour. 

I knew that I'd be putting up the office Christmas tree today, and so I also needed something that wouldn't snag and would keep my arms covered from scratchy branches.

This dress is all kinds of comfy: it pulls on over the head, and the neck, waist and wrists are all smocked with elastic.
I love the high-low hem on it too. It is missing pockets, or it would be an A+. It's one of the few dresses in my closet that I kept out from the summer.

I layered this dark red vintage slip under it for extra warmth; you can see a bit of it peeking out two pictures above.
The slip is by Suzette Lingerie and it has a metal zipper on the side (it's a size 36), so I suspect it is from the 50s or early 60s. For a fun flashback, check out the first time I wore it, here in 2010 - nearly 10 years ago!

I had many compliments on this dress - Emily said it looked "very Ted" (as in Ted Baker).
I like the branch pattern on it; it looks modern and has lots of good colours for accessorizing. It was nice and cozy and just what I needed. And I did get the danged tree up and decorated!

Outerwear - I had to wear my new-to-me badass jacket today.
On the way home, I was so warm, I wore it open like this, even with the freezing rain pelting me in the face.

I did it up in the morning for my walk to work, and discovered that all that faux fur is like velvet on a larger scale.
 I was pulling down my skirts all the way to work. Gah!

  • Gloves - Cejon, thrifted

The stuff:
The last time I wore these boots, I spilled oily dip on the toe (picture here and here), which left a big oily smear and a dark oil spot on the side. After sitting for approximately six weeks with cornstarch on them in my closet, I'm happy to say that every bit of the oil came out!

Brown bling:
I honestly thought these boots were ruined, and when I pulled them down last night and brushed the cornstarch off, I was amazed to see them so clean. I am so happy that it worked - they're de-oiled!

  • Belt - Club Monaco
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
  • Feather ring - Fossil, thrifted
  • Earrings - LA Express, c. 1994

The belt is a lovely embossed leather, and my earrings are rapidly becoming vintage (ack).

Monday, December 2, 2019

Blues, Greys and a Giant Vest

Going back to work after a 4-day weekend was not fun - I had to get up so early! 
I chose to wrap myself in soft blues and greys, thinking of the late autumn skies (which are mostly grey, and only a bit of blue now).

  • Vest - Pink Martini, consignment; purchased here for $12.50
  • Blouse - Bird by Juicy Couture, thrifted; first worn here in September with funky Philip Lim
  • Trousers - Linda Lundstrom, swap from Caro; last seen here in January with a jacket with ginormous shoulders
  • Shoes - Gentle Souls; last worn here a few weeks ago in November, on another Monday
  • Coat (below) - Auckie Sanft, vintage 60s, thrifted; last seen here a week ago

I built the outfit around this new-to-me knit vest.
 I enjoyed swooshing about in it.

I like the patterns in the knit.
 Enjoying my high-waisted giant-legged trousers.

I've had these since August of 2017 - they felt weird to me then, very oversized and baggy.
 Now, they feel totally normal. I just had to wait for fashion to catch up to them!

Outerwear - bundled up in the Fuzzy Flamingo.
I didn't really like the vest hanging out the bottom, but I don't have a coat long enough to hide it completely. Ah, whatever.

The stuff:
Comfy shoes after a weekend in slippers!

Simple bling:
I had no energy to do more!

  • Earrings - Brenda Schoenfeld, 1992, vintage mall
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

How many more days till the weekend??

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Bigass Long Weekend Wrap-Up: Thankful Kitty; Black Friday Second-Hand Shop; Finned Skirt for Brunch; Fuzzy Wool Brunch

First of all, I hope all my US friends had a very Happy Thanksgiving. Here's a lovey Vizzini face for you. 
"I appreciate my fans."

We've had a wonderful quiet weekend, which I'm sure I will look back upon fondly and longingly as we roll into heavy-duty party/event season over the next five weeks. We've played tons of board games, had several naps, and watched a lot of football, and Vizzini has been very happy to have us at home. 

We spent our Thursday off watching US Thanksgiving NFL, eating chili (there might have been naps and doziness at various points during games), and hanging out with long-time best friends Nick and Casey.

I was up early on Friday and off to check out the Black Friday deals at local consignment stores Turnabout and House of Savoy (check out my favourite local shops here). I'd always rather shop local and second-hand. 
I dressed for a chilly day (it's very bright, but very cold) and for shopping.

  • Wool dress - Club Monaco, thrifted; first worn here (3rd outfit) in March for Winesday
  • Shoes - Matisse; last seen here in September with a bunch of pattern-mixing
  • Coat (below) - Donna Karan, consignment; first worn here last weekend, the day I bought it

It's a pretty basic black dress - I'll have my coat on while I shop, so functionality is key.
Funky thick tights for warmth and visual interest. I tossed these at the end of the day - I realized that they'd faded to a weird greeny colour.

I owned a cocoon-shaped sweater dress like this back in the 80s (in yellow!).
 It's such an easy piece to wear.
Getting myself caffeinated up to face the world, and interact with people after a day of just my closest friends.

Outerwear - there we are, all bundled up.
I washed this coat a few days ago, and let it air-dry - I was terrified that the little hard pockets of feathers wouldn't re-fluff, but they have expanded perfectly (with a 10-minute pouff in the dryer to help, when things were still a bit damp).

My angora toque is from the 90s, complete with the little fabric and plastic flower. By the way, "toque" is the name for these hats - it's pronounced to rhyme with "kook." How has this word not caught on? I hear/have read of these hats referred to as "knitted caps", but "toque" is so much easier. And it's only one word!
My big scarf is silk on one side and wool/cashmere on the other.

  • Toque - vintage 90s, thrifted
  • Scarf - thrifted
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst

I was snuggly warm without being too sweaty.

The stuff:
 Good walking/standing shoes. I spent two hours in Turnabout and about an hour in House of Savoy, going through every single thing in the store. Phew, shopping is hard work!

  • Earrings - consignment

I did have to remove my earrings while at Turnabout: they were catching on clothes, so I just zipped them away for the duration.

At Turnabout, I found these lovely patent leather loafers.
I've been on the lookout for a flat solid blue shoe for a while - these have that nice "special" element (the patent) that I wanted.

They have a good heel - not too flat, which can also be painful - and a nice profile.
These will look good with skirts and trousers.

Not a lot of wear on the soles.
They look like they've been worn maybe 4 or 5 times.

My guess at leather was confirmed by the content tag (leather inners and uppers, synthetic sole), and they're by Shoe the Bear, a brand I've seen at select boutiques around town.
These probably would have been around $200 new - they were $53.99 (an extra 10% off the marked $59.99). I know I'll wear these a lot, so I'm good with paying a bit more.

I really liked the asymmetrical hemline of this wrap skirt, although the pattern plays games with my eyes. To me, in this picture, it looks like brown shapes on a tan background, outlined in red or rust.
But in this picture, I can see that there's no red.
 And here, it looks like dark blue on tan, outlined in black...which is what it is! Tricky, tricky Zara!
This was $23.39 (extra 10% off $25.99). It was probably around $70 new. I did "test-stride" it, taking wide, fast strides around to see if it would open up on me, and it stayed put. Wrap skirts can be a pain that way. Fingers crossed on this one!

This skirt made me gasp and giggle when I put it on - I even came out of the fitting room and twirled for the staff.
It's a ginormous 4-layer tulle maxi skirt!

It's a fine, soft mesh with black "dots" (they are more like blobs) all over it.
It has an elastic waist - no pockets, though.

It's by Twinset and was new with tags. It's marked at $515.00, which (viewing their site) is about right. Wow, I'm glad I didn't pay that much.
This was a "Black Friday" item, marked down 50% - it was originally $155.99, so only $78.00...which is still expensive, but I do really love it. I can't wait to swoosh around in it!

I might have to wear it with this piece of badassery!
"I'm assuming you're talking about me."

I had to get the skirt far away from that little monster, who wanted to chew on it.

Anyway, the coat! Check this out: red faux fur, faux leather, and all the straps and buckles a girl could possibly want. And pockets.
 The whole thing is lined with faux fur, right down the sleeves too.
 It's the most snuggly thing ever.

It's by Topshop and would have been around $200 new.
I got this for a STEAL - it was another 50% off item, marked down to $35.00 from $69.99.

I had to put it on.
I am looking forward to wearing this!

From my successful haul at Turnabout, I crossed the street to House of Savoy, where I found a couple of things that I really liked.
The rust colour and A-line shape appealed to me with this skirt. It's also real leather and was only $32.00, marked down 50% from $64.00.

A nice big side zip and a snap at the top.
It's fully lined.

I was a bit surprised that it was H&M...
 ...until I remembered my black peplum top (this one), which even has the same bigass zipper up the back. I bet they are the same season!

I spotted these green earrings - the mod shapes really appealed to me.
I think they are cut out from a flat sheet of acrylic vs. molded in that shape.

I like that they are not symmetrically shaped.
 It's easier to see when the backside of one is turned over (it's also slightly darker). These are super-light to wear - also a nice bonus. They were $12.00.

Vizzini, which is your favourite?
"My choice is made." 

My favourite is the bigass black tulle skirt - what's yours?

On Saturday, I was up early for my Mental Health Walk - it was -3 this morning, with lots of frost, and it was COLD down near the ocean! I was very happy to jump in a hot shower after that!
As you can see, it's really bright and sunny out! I'm bundled up for a walk to Pluto's and then to get groceries.

  • Teddy faux fur top - H&M, consignment; last worn here in December 2018 with my Christmas tree skirt
  • Grey turtleneck - Bossini, thrifted; purchased here for $7.95
  • Skirt - TKStyle, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February for a snowy shop
  • Boots - Truths Teah, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) in October for a closet clean-out
  • Coat (below) - Donna Karan, consignment; last worn above

I layered my new-to-me grey cotton top under this faux fur top. 
I dressed to be snuggly warm!

I'm a fan of this olive green pull-on sweater knit skirt. Why?
It has a fin! It's one piece of fabric that wraps around, then is sewn together with the leftover fabric flapping. I love fun details like that.

I have thick grey tights on under this.
 And there's that snuggly down-filled coat again.
No scarf (I regretted this on the way home, with the cold breeze in our faces!), just gloves.

  • Wool/faux fur gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
These are fabulous boots for walking. I love the steampunk vibe.

Heavily-ringed bling:
Load it all on!

  • Silver/gold cuff - JPL, vintage fair
  • Bracelet - POLY, thrifted
  • Necklace - POLY, thrifted
  • Steel earrings - gift from Lise
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, c. 1970, vintage expo
  • POLY rings from two vintage fairs and the Hamilton Art Museum gift shop
  • Two-stone silver ring - vintage mall

Vizzini was in a snit this morning, stubbornly sleeping on the top of his post in the living room, between the deck doors. Our deck is not insulated; this is NOT the warmest spot!
"I'm staying here until it gets warmer, and that's that."

He's going to be disappointed and cranky when he wakes up and it's even colder.

I happened to notice something on the trees from the bedroom window.
"Buzz off, lady."

Great Scott! It's a squirrel!

He looks cold, doesn't he?
"Nah, I have a fur coat on."

We have quite a few squirrels in our neighbourhood, along with raccoons and urban deer.

On Sunday, my colleague Simona picked me up and we went for brunch at The Village, as a thank you from her to me for my shopping expertise. Aw, that's so sweet.
Simona was impressed that I was dressed up: "You're even wearing jewelry!" Not many people dress for brunch, especially when it's chilly out.

  • Mohair sweater - thrifted; last worn here in September with autumn pastels
  • Wool dress - Dolce & Gabbana, vintage 90s, thrifted; last seen here in June with loads of bling
  • Boots - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last worn here for a snowy day in February with my Muppet skirt
  • Suede coat (below) - Prosper & Devine, vintage mall; last seen here in March

I dressed for warmth - it was still pretty early too (10am!), so the fuzziness of all of my pieces was soothing.
 From my fuzzy pink mohair sweater (layered with a pink cami under it)... my fuzzy wool vintage D&G lingerie-strap dress.

 Dressed for more fuzziness (the fur boa) and only being outside for a few seconds.

I refer to this suede jacket as my Tentacle Coat.
 It's very fringe-y! I get a lot of side-eye when I wear this.

  • Fur boa - thrifted
  • Leather gloves - Danier

The stuff:
Behold, my fuzzy wool boots. They are lined in leather, but all that grey is wool. They are getting a bit moth-eaten; Vizzini is a very poor moth-killer.

Colourful bling:
Brunch deserves a bigass necklace, don't you think?

  • Necklace - thrifted
  • Earrings - can't remember
  • Lapis lazuli ring/ Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

I'll be joining Patti over at Not Dead Yet Style once "Visible Monday" is up! See you there!