Sunday, July 22, 2018

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Friday Checkers, Ulti Silk, Dress Regrets Undone, Yellow Dinner and Casual Shopping

Summer has arrived here (it only took an extra month) and it's hot, hot, HOT now. This weekend has been all about trying to deal with the weather (and an injury from Ulti, boo). 

Here's Friday. 
 The circles in the top remind me of checkers, and the trousers are totally checkerboard. Getting dressed is literally a game!

This my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style - I was really out there for a Casual Friday, and got tons of comments from my coworkers (and random people in public) on this outfit.

  • Top - Talbots, thrifted; first worn here with the Lady Garden of Delight skirt in May
  • Trousers - Alexander McQueen, Fall 2003, thrifted; first worn here in May with chartreuse and blue
  • Sandals - Dr. Scholl's, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in June with Marimekko print

As I noted on Thursday's post, I found the amazing fashion resource which is Vogue's collection of all runway looks, searchable by show, season and designer, here (linking 'cause I love!). With a bit of time and patience, I was able to find what season these Alexander McQueen trousers are!
There was no doubt for me that these were authentic McQueen - they are amazing in person (I make everyone feel the wool fabric, and point out the incredible seams) - but I really wanted to know WHEN they were from.

With a bit of time and patience, I found it! Fall Ready-to-Wear 2003, here, and if you look here, and go down to look #24 here (pic), that's the exact same fabric.
These pants are not shown in a runway look, but not 100% of every capsule is always shown. It's likely that these were offered in the ready-to-wear collection as an alternative to the skirt for that suit. The cut of these pants (here) are very similar, right down to the cuffed hems.

In the summary for the collection (here), Vogue notes (my bolding):

Fantastic details were lavished on dramatic structured carapaces, embroidered, painted and mind-blowingly embellished to look like antique samurai armor, Russian lacquered dolls and tribal ceremonial dress. Somewhere along the line, the stiff pleated skirts segued into molded suits, done in jigsaws of two-tone checkerboard—the better to show off the designer’s devilishly accurate cutting skills.

 So cool! I giggled with excitement when I found that!

The stuff:
I have to wear a pretty high heel and/or platform with those trousers and these Dr. Scholl's worked beautifully.

Steel bling:
Simple, bold shapes. Not too distracting.

  • O cuff - vintage fair
  • Steel cuff - thrifted
  • Ring - Nine West
  • Earrings - gift from Megan Mae

I met up with L for dinner after work on Friday, followed by a quiet night at home. We were up early for a hot day ahead - and a game of Ultimate Frisbee!
My crappy and old camera doesn't like the heat and is giving my pictures a haze, sorry. I wore this thin silk dress to be as cool as possible.

  • Dress - All Saints, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in August 2017 for Ulti again
  • Shoes - Truths Makena, Fluevog; last worn here in May with a schmozzle of pattern and metal

It was too hot to wear my usual slip under this.
I need some flat shoes that will work with cool tones - these didn't look right with the outfit, but I was glad to have some loose comfy shoes to slip into after the game.
I ended up tweaking something in my calf, and not being able to run during the game (in a game where sprinting is frequent, that's not a good thing), so I hobbled a bit, but managed to make it through the game (my team won!). My calf is better after resting it a bit this weekend, but I'm taking care of it.

The stuff:
Comfy shoes.

  • Earrings - local

Back to Friday - before I met up with L, I spent over an hour browsing through the Patch (I was late for dinner, oops), and found two beautiful dresses that I really loved. I got inside my head a bit, though, and overthought things. An issue I have is that I've become spoiled by uber-cheap thrift prices, and so I don't buy things I love if I think they are too expensive (even though they are still WAY cheaper than regular retail).

It drives L crazy - it's not like I have any other hobbies and I don't spend money on anything other than eating out (infrequent, L pays for meals we have together) or groceries. After he reminded me of this - I vowed to go back to the Patch after brunch and see if the dresses were still there. Phew! They were!

This is the first one - I was drawn to the colours and pattern.
It's a linen and cotton blend, unlined, and it's quite short.

The back.
It's a really cool fabric - I love this pattern.

It's by Derek Lam for DesigNation, and was sold at Kohl's in 2013. The pattern is called "Graphic Surf Parrot" and it was originally intended to sell for $70 (but went on sale 25% off almost immediately). It was $24.95.
Celeb Emmy Rossum wore it (here, link 'cause I love), and you can see what I mean about SHORT if you look at that pic! Zoiks! I will probably wear it over pants or a skirt, or with tights.

I also remembered that we have a wedding vow renewal event to go to soon, as well as a wedding coming. This dress will be perfect.
I love this gorgeous shade of blue! This dress is a slip-over-the-head, bias-cut (extra Swoosh Factor), and is silk satin. It's lined in the same fabric.

The back goes down to a V.
It's so nice on!

It was new - one of the original tags is still on it (no price tags, though).
You can get a better idea of the dress there, at least until I wear it. I actually like the sashes knotted for a more dramatic trailing scarf effect down one leg. Drama!

Yes, I balked at $49.95. Too expensive!
But this probably would have been in the $300-500 range new, possibly more, since it is silk vs. polyester. So I guess that's not too bad after all. Lesson learned!

My uncle and his wife are visiting Canada from Australia, so L and I had them and my mom over for a visit on Saturday afternoon, followed by dinner at the local pub (the Fernwood Inn), and followed by our friends coming over for board games later that night. Busy!
Special occasion - I definitely wanted to wear a dress! This lovely floaty dress has been a favourite for many years.

  • Dress - Calvin Klein, thrifted; last seen here in August in an "armour" outfit
  • Shoes - Born, consignment; last worn here

Someone was prowling around, trying to get attention while I was doing my pics. Gotcha!
"So undignified! Put me down,Woman!"
My cat loves me. Really!

I was happy to hear that yellow is poised to make a comeback as a trendy colour - yes! I have always been a fan of yellow.
I've had this dress for 3 years (first seen here in 2015 - that feels so long ago!), and I still love it, although I don't wear it much.

So many dresses, so little time!
"I think I"ll just sit here and lick my toes."
It was just right for a day like this.

I'd scrubbed off all my sunblock for the morning, so I carried my coverage instead.
I do love a parasol!

A big HELLO! to reader, Dawn, who spotted me at the pub and told me she loved my blog. Thank you so much for reading, Dawn! Aw, that really made my day. *smile*

  • Paper parasol - Chinatown

The stuff:
We did a very leisurely stroll down to the pub and back, so I was able to stretch out my calf. My comfiest shoes steered all my accessories towards gold.

Gold bling:
Mom liked seeing her bracelet and belt again.

  • Belt - vintage 70s (modified by me in the 80s), Mom's
  • Hinged cuff - vintage fair
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Strap bracelet - vintage 60s, Mom's
  • Purse (not shown) - Reiss, thrifted

Oops, missed my earrings too.
When in doubt, go matchy!

  • Earrings - Venice, gift from L

Mom had a couple of gifts for me - woo! She found these never-worn black long suede gloves that are probably close to 20 years old, and thought, "Who so I know who would wear these??"
I tried to blow out the colour so that you can see the row of suede buttons on each glove.

Le Chateau.
Still with the "don't remove this" tag attached. I'll be removing that.

Mom just returned from a European river-barge cruise, and brought me back this gorgeous silk/cashmere/viscose scarf.
It's folded in half there. I love the metallic-looking sheen and all the gorgeous rich neutral colours. This will go with a lot!

That's all woven, not printed.
It's from Dusseldorf!

I would have liked to have slept in today/Sunday but I had a full day ahead! Off to town to get groceries, then meet-up with my coworker Lada for lunch and a shop.
Super casual for me, and dressed for the heat.

  • Cardigan - Gap, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in September 2016 over the Spanish ladies dress
  • Tank - Gap, thrifted; not tracked
  • Clam-diggers - Contrast, thrifted; no longer tracked
  • Shoes - Down to Earth Hadfield, Fluevog menswear; last worn here in May with creeping velvet

I did not love this outfit, and I'm done with this cardigan.
As I also vow not to wear these white things in public again. I will stick to wearing them around the house.
They're not awful. I just didn't feel like me.

The stuff:
I'm happy with the accessories, though! I love the hat (confession, forgot about it) and the shoes.

  • Hat - Anthropologie, Portland
  • Earrings - gift from Sherri

Lada and I went to My Sister's Closet after a light lunch at Shine Cafe. Neither of us did that well, sadly, but we had a good time anyway!

I found this lovely silk top/tunic. It was in with the dresses but is WAY too short to be worn as a dress.
It's a goldy-coloured background, with deep teal pattern. It was $13.50 (all pink tags were half price).

A nice band of complimentary fabric at the waist.
Gorgeous detailing on it.

The little wrap pieces on the straps have snap-fasteners on them so that they open.
This perplexed me until I realized that it's for holding your bra strap in place. Wow, what a thoughtful detail!

Of course, it had to be a Designer! My favourite, Dries Van Noten. Look at that edging detail. For $13.50!
I spent a long time looking through all the collections of his that Vogue has, but I didn't find this or any of my other Dries pieces that I've scavenged over the years, but I think I did find my "pirate" skirt here (on me here), from his Fall 2007 Ready to Wear collection. Not all that surprising not to find older pieces, though, especially for a designer who's done over 100 runway shows!

Lada and I popped into Lazy Susan's for a quick peek, and we both spotted this fabulous skirt on the sale rack.
It was too big on Lada, but perfect on me! Sorry, my dear!

A nice gold back zip.
 I love the pattern of sunshine brollies!

The brand is SP.
 Sure, whatever. It was $30.00 and it has pockets! I'm happy.

Who else is happy?
"Is it me?"
It is! Enjoy the summer heat, Vizzini! I hope everyone else is having a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Long Life in Red and Copper

In addition to getting a wear per season (or more) for my clothing items, I also try to get a wear out of my shoes. No new-to-me clothes here, this outfit was purely built to showcase two not-yet-worn things. 
 The top and the shoes are both now worn! I've had them forever - well, forever in blog years!

  • Top - Le Chateau, consignment; last worn here in July 2017 for Canada Day - same shoes! 
  • Skirt - L.A.M.B., fall 2005, consignment, Vancouver; first worn here in April with more drape
  • Shoes - Faith Low Reumah, Fluevog; last seen here in the same outfit as the top, last July
  • Jacket (below) - Helmut Lang, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in June for a wee shop
I love this top on me - it's such a great fit. I've had it since October 2010 (first worn here). 

"I don't know who you're talking to, but it's not me."
 Although it's not in heavy rotation, I'm never tempted to get rid of it. It's just so nicely made (in Canada!).

This is the second wearing of the skirt. I've been poking around in Vogue's runway archives (link here, 'cause I love!). Any brand in the last 20+ years that's had a runway show has pictures of every single look that went down the runway - by clicking on the "Collection" link, you can view thumbnails of all the outfits. The waistband label of this skirt actually says "Fall 2005" (I only just noticed it today!) but LAMB only goes back to Spring 2006 (here).

Pretty cool to have that resource! I find a lot of "name" brands, and I love to be able to pinpoint when my pieces were made. Knowing that I have a Fall 2005 piece, I found this page here, showing my skirt in the 6th picture down. Pretty cool! This piece is 13 years old.
"You are incorrect, Woman, I am only 7 years old."
 My skirt is older than Vizzini!

He was being cranky, so I gave him a cuddle. Say hello to your fans, Vizzini.
"Hello to your fans."
 Anyway, rambling...I'm tired, and I haven't had dinner yet.

Outerwear! It was chilly this morning, so I grabbed this jacket at the last second. Not needed later.
 And the black is to heavy for the overall look. Eh, whatever.

The stuff:
 I wasn't feeling these shoes, but then I got so many compliments at them at work and at WW that
they've earned a reprieve! I first wore them here in May 2013, but bought them here in October 2012 for $54.00 (cheapest Fluevogs ever).

Green bling:
One of my Chinese coworkers confirmed that this symbol is sort of a "long life" character, and that the beads are probably jade. Cool! Thanks, Cindy!

  • Necklace - vintage 60s, Grandma J
  • Glass bangle - thrifted
  • Jade ring - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Earrings - Stella & Dot, consignment, Vancouver

Wishing you all a lovely weekend! I'll be back on Sunday with my Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Jammie Paisley

It's no secret that I am a fan of "jammie dresses" aka dresses that you can just throw on and instantly look great but also feel like you're wearing pajamas. 
 This dress is one of those. No thinking, lots of compliments.

  • Dress - Etro, vintage 90s, thrifted; last worn here in August 2017 with blue and silver shoes
  • Cami - not tracked
  • Shoes - Big Presence Earhart, Fluevog; last seen here earlier this month for Pride Week
  • Jacket (below) - Jacob, thrifted; last worn here in May with blue and McQueen

I work with a lot of Canadians who are from India, and they love all the colour that I wear on a daily basis. I'm a big fan of traditional Indian clothing - it's so colourful!
 They used to be shy about commenting on my clothes, but now they come to my desk to see what I'm wearing.

I love showing off my clothes!
 Especially to an appreciative audience.

More colour in my outerwear.
 Acid yellow goes perfectly.

The stuff:
 I've done different shoes with this dress every single time I've worn it. I was thrilled at how well these went with all the colours in it.

Circular bling:
My "jello shot" necklace always gets a few "wow"s too - not bad for a $5.00 purchase a couple of years ago.

  • Necklace - Banana Republic, consignment
  • Ear-balls - Dior, consignment
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes