Sunday, December 17, 2017

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Red Swoosh with Grey, Feathered Green Fete, Pink Shopping Tiger, Posh Party Purple

A lovely weekend over here on Canada's west coast - cold, rainy, but with lots of fun things to do! I hope your holiday plans are underway, and wish everyone a very Happy Holidays and a happy and healthy New Year!

Let's start 'er going with Friday's work outfit. Comfort and ease with a dress and cardigan, a totally simple outfit. 
 Make it a long swooshy red dress, and wear that beaded cardigan! It's time to break out all the special sparkly clothes!

  • Cardigan - Cable & Gauge, consignment; first seen here in September with white perforated pleather
  • Dress - Talbots, consignment; last worn here (3rd outfit) in November 2016 for a theatre outing with Mom
  • Shoes - Almafi, vintage 80s, thrifted; last seen here in August with a faux flapper dress
  • Coat (below) - Denny Rose, consignment; last worn here in November

 I love this beaded cardigan - a few of my coworkers were shocked that it's not a vintage piece.

Showing off the bias-cut swoosh of the dress' skirt portion.
 This wide! It also has pockets, for the win!

Because I carry a photo ID, two access cards and a ring of keys at work, I actually belted the dress under the cardigan to clip all my clattery stuff to.
 I did a lot of running around on Friday (literally! but never with scissors, hee hee) and this skirt swooshed and flowed around me.

Outerwear - I walked to and from work and felt nice and visible. As you might have noticed from the stair picture, it's pretty dark out in the morning and early afternoon right now!
 It was warm enough to just do a little scarf and fingerless gloves.

  • Fur scarf - Danier, thrifted
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 These shoes are such a comfy height, and so classy-looking!

Shiny bling:
 The vintage rhinestone necklace was more visible in real life than in these pictures.

  • Necklace - vintage late 50s/early 60s, gift from L
  • Earrings - don't remember

I rushed home after work, and got changed - ready to go to my coworker's house holiday party!
 L just got a new tattoo started on Friday, so he stayed home taking care of himself. I took the opportunity to bust out this dress that I've owned for nearly 20 years. That's maribou feathers on the cuffs! So Klassy!

  • Dress - handmade, no label, vintage 60s, modified by me; last seen here for Christmas Day 2014
  • Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last worn here a couple of weeks ago with a mustard patterned dress
  • Coat - BCBG Max Azria, thrifted; last seen here in November

I chopped about 6 inches off it, hemmed it, and removed the giant fabric-covered buttons that marched down the front of this dress, soon after I bought it, sometime around 1996-7. I still have the buttons.
 I keep this dress in my "Vintage closet" (near my coat collection). It's pretty specifically a holiday dress, so I keep it in rotation like my gowns and other vintage dresses. I like to space out my wearing of my specialty items so that I can keep wearing them and shopping my closet, instead of buying a new party dress. But of course, that's never stopped me from buying another party dress!

Bundled up - I walked to Terry's house, then got a ride home after a few hours.
 My practical walking boots. I save these for quick trips outside - I no longer track them on the blog.

  • Wool gloves - vintage, thrifted

The stuff:
 Comfy shoes for standing around chatting! These are starting to wear out a bit, but I still have lots of mileage in them.

Seasonal bling:
 The tree brooches were gifts from my old boss Evelyn, from when I worked in a year-round Christmas store in the 80s/90s (story here from 2009).

  • Brooches - gift from Ev, c. 1996
  • Earrings - thrifted

On Saturday, L and I were up early to do tattoo care, and to get a jump on the hordes of Christmas shoppers downtown. Off to breakfast!
 It was very chilly that day, so I wore my thickest, warmest dress. Tiger Dress!

  • Sweatshirt dress - Kenzo, thrifted; last seen here in December 2016
  • Boots - BCBC Max Azria; last worn here in November with a PANK dress
  • Leather coat (below) - Danier Leather; last seen here (3rd outfit) in October

This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Rar! I have a tiger on my chest - I was definitely visible!

Only the Floyd's Diner staff and patrons saw me like this. Guess who the dress is by?
I don't usually like to advertise brands (I'd rather brag about them and show off the inside label), but I love this awesome tiger with the "Kenzo, Paris" on it. This dress is the thickest, fleeciest sweatshirt material ever. It's REALLY warm. I didn't even feel the cold.

And it has pockets! Best dress ever!
 I adore the short "skater" style of it - every time I've worn it has been with these boots, to give me leg coverage. I also have a short black half-slip under it for full bum coverage.
 This is the second time I've worn it with these purple tights, too! There is purple in the heavy embroidery of the tiger.

And a bit of yellow in there too, so that drove my selection of outerwear - the first time I wore this dress, I also wore it with this jacket. Hey, why mess with a winning combination, right?
 I added purple accessories.

  • Beret - consignment
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst

I went shopping after breakfast, getting the last couple of things for L and my mom, mostly stocking stuffers. It was nice to stroll around town and enjoy the atmosphere. While in one store, an older lady came up to me and told me how much she loved all my colours - we were both very colourful in a sea of beige blandness. I thanked her, complimented all her colour and told her to rock on with her bad self. I hope she took that as a compliment - it was!

The stuff:
 I finally put some non-slip grippers on the ball of the foot area of these leather-soled boots. No more slipping!

  • Earrings - vintage fair

I had a quick poke in a couple of my favourite stores and may have found a couple of things for myself...

I found this long black and lame (lah-MAY!) sweater vest in Flavour Upstairs. I thought it was a dress at first.
 It's not much until you realize that it's split to the waist on both sides. Cool!
 I do love a long front and back flap. I can't wait to swan about in this.

I didn't know this brand, Limited Edition. Well, that's rather...generic.
 But it was only $14.99.

And then I found the M&S (Marks & Spencer) tag in the inside lining.
 Oh, I know "Marks & Sparks"! We used to have one here in Victoria until the late 80s. I don't think this is that old, though, although I can't find the same vest/gillet online.

I've seen that the 90s are having a resurgence, so it's fun looking for actual 90s items or the modern reinterpretations in thrift stores. I also found this silk slip dress in Flavour Upstairs.
 This is a modern version - I love the pale gold satin and the abstract black "dry paintbrush" design. I plan to wear this in a winterized version at some point.
 The back is also quite nice.

The brand is Huanba, designed in Italy, but made in China.
 It was $19.99 - it's not a top-line item (the seams are just serged), but it does have a side zip and the fit is really nice (no pockets, though!). I can't find anything online at all about this company, but I'm still good with $20 for a nice dress.

I ventured over to the WIN Warehouse store for a quick peek around. I spotted this necklace right away. It was only $4.00!
 It's so pretty! I love the big bold domed-shape pendant, and that is an original chain with it.

I checked immediately for a stamp and was thrilled to find "Trifari" on it.
 I have a few Trifari pieces that I've found over the years (picture links):

I think the bottom of the pendant used to have an additional piece on it, that perhaps broke off or was removed.
 I see darker spots at the tips there, and can feel that they are rough, not smoothed out like the rest of the pendant. Ah, yes, I am correct, this is what it would have originally looked like:
My piece is missing those bottom 3 sections. Eh, I still like how mine looks, and if you didn't know it was broken, you'd be none the wiser!

I also found this sparkly necklace that called to the crow in me.
 The beads are not glass, but they alternate with a dark and light brownish shade. This was $5.95.

They had a glass of hematite rings for $1.00 each, so I bought another one.
 I'll stack it with my other hematite ring.

I spotted this stripey bit of goodness in with the scarves.
 Biggest scarf I've ever seen! It's black and a light tan, and is made of modal, so it's super-soft.
It was only $7.95 and is by the Masai Clothing Company. I played around with this, and can use it like a wrap or sarong, but I'll probably mostly wear it as a scarf. Most of Masai's scarves on their site retail for $39 Euros, which is about $60 Canadian, but this one is much larger.

I had time for a nap and a quick dinner before L and I got ready to go to our friends Nick and Karen's annual Christmas party.
 I am a Glamourous Grape Goddess in my new-to-me purple vintage dress!

  • Dress - Missy House of Canada, vintage 60s, thrifted; purchased here for $11.50
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog; last seen here in October with my Prusa dress
  • Coat (below) - Forever 21, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) a couple of weeks ago

This dress is a completely non-breathable 100% polyester. I stayed well away from all the candles! I'm flammable!
 I did my easy accessorizing with all gold stuff, to highlight this gorgeous rich violet purple.
 It was comfortable for an evening of standing around, noshing on good food, sipping tasty beverages and generally carousing with all my favourite people.
 Trying to show off the front slit - not an easy thing to do. Gotta really work that posing!

Outerwear - Nick and Karen only live a few blocks from us, so L and I walked both ways.
 I'm laughing here because as I set the timer on the camera, I took a deep breath and POP! goes the snap on my coat. My boobs have so much power, ha ha!

There we go, all Klassy again.
 My dress was so warm, that I didn't need more than this.

  • Fur toque/scarf - Danier
  • Wool gloves - vintage, thrifted

I walked there in my silver booties.

The stuff:
 I totally forgot to do a picture with my sequined purse with my dress, oops! I managed to stand in my shoes until 1am, when I finally kicked them off.

Gold bling:
 I shortened up the chain of my new-to-me necklace so that it sat nicely in the circular neckline of the dress.

  • Belt - gift from mother-in-law, purchased in a thrift store in Powell River
  • Necklace - Trifari, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Cuff - Lia Sophia, thrifted
  • Earrings - vintage fair
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Silver/amethyst ring - Dad's, vintage 60s, Frances Jewellers
  • Purse - Accessorize, thrifted for $5.50 here new with tags on it over a year ago

I'd forgotten about this purse in my wardrobe, so was happy to break it out at the party. I put it on and tried to keep Cat's hands off it (she covets it).
 The back of it is thickly covered with pink sequins.

Which match the pink satin lining!
I must make more of an effort to wear my own sparkly things!

I'll be posting regularly all this week, but then will be off for the holidays! I can't wait, but I have lots more exciting things on the horizon ahead, including loads of shiny and sparkly outfits planned this week.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Amazing Greys and Shoddy Sparkle

Another slammin' busy day - I thought it was supposed to be quieter around the holidays? 
 My first outfit built around these grey satin pants, and I went with...all grey. I had good reactions to the outfit overall, and felt good wearing it. It's not my usual thing, but still felt like me, even in solid grey.

  • Cardigan - Tommy Hilfiger, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in November 2016 with loads of grey again
  • Sleeveless sweater - INC, thrifted; last worn here in September with red flowers
  • Pants - Rongsheng, thrifted; purchased here for $19.95
  • Shoes - Diesel, consignment, Vancouver; last seen here almost exactly a year ago, in December 2016 with iridescent orange 
  • Men's coat (below) - Borgeoiis, thrifted; last worn here over Monster Vest

 I haven't worn this cardigan in ages, but it was lovely and soft, and even though it's thin, it's still wool. It might move to a "wear around the house" piece, though, as it's not getting much wear in my regular wardrobe.
My goal with the outfit was not to have these satin pants make me look like a Cossack - it's more tricky than you might think, as you put a jacket with them and BAM. You are a Cossack. Boots? Oh, no, totally Cossack-land. Bare leg? So Cossacky.

I have a bone to pick with these black metallic sparkly knee highs by Kate Spade. I bought them in the drug store on super-clearance at $4.95/pair, regular $22.00/pair, in this black, a light silvery grey, and a pale gold, all metallic (pic of them here). When I took them out of the package, they are totally long, like they would go all the way up to mid-thigh, but when I put them on, they have very little stretch, and bunch up just under my knee (they only would fit over my knee if I had no kneecap). They sag around the ankle and the shaped heel slouched down towards my toes all day. They are very tight in the calf, and one popped a run. And they're scratchy!

Ms. Spade, these are shoddy knee-highs. I was really excited about them, and expected better from you. I wish they were better! I want to wear them, but they drove me crazy. Sigh!
 I'm not really whining (she said), but he pants are unfortunately really quite poor quality - I did know that when I bought them that they were fast fashion, but they underwhelmed me, even though I like the idea of these pants. The side seams are puckery, and the ties on the sides of the legs aren't really sure where they want to do up on the leg. I tied them above my calf and ballooned the hem, but you could tie them below the calf as well...although that leaves a big gap on the side, as they are also a stingy in the fabric. They could use pockets and a bit more billow to them. I don't see these lasting long in my wardrobe.

Outerwear. Grey, you say? Why, yes, I do own a grey scarf, gloves and coat. Must wear them!
 Cozy and warm!

  • Fur boa - thrifted
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 I loved the shoes, and I loved wearing all of my hematite jewelry. They go so well together!

Black bling:
 That's some heavy metal right there! The chain cuff is actually metal; hematite is the mineral form of iron oxide, and was popular in the Victorian era.

  • Chain cuff - thrifted
  • Earrings and graduated bead necklace (far right) - gifts from Mom
  • Bracelets/necklace/ring - thrifted (first wear of the bottom left bracelet with gold beads)

I'm off for now and will be back on Sunday. I have many adventures planned, but a slight tickle in my throat that I'm hoping is the residual effect of all the facial freezing wearing off. Fingers crossed!
The Castle this morning, surrounded by pink hazy clouds.

Wishing you all a very peaceful weekend, as we roll into the holiday season!