Friday, February 15, 2019

Two-Fer: PANK Love and Half Right

Whether you're into Valentine's Day or not, I wish all my family, friends, readers (including you lurkers!) a big ol' mushy bunch of love. Love yourself first! 

I experienced much love for my PANK dress on Thursday, I tell ya. 
 "What kind of era is this?" I was asked at my WW meeting.

  • Dress - Essentiel Antwerp, consignment; last worn here in December 2018 - recognize the tights/shoes/necklace combo? I wore it on Tuesday!
  • Boots - Minnetonka, thrifted; first worn here in December 2018 with silver pants
  • Coat - Apparence, vintage, thrifted; last seen here earlier this week

"It's modern," said I. I refuse to stick to an era or look. I'm everything! I will not be boxed in.
 I always wear pink or red for Valentine's Day, even though L and I don't really celebrate it anymore. We had pizza and watched "Shakespeare in Love" (L is a romantic guy!) and bits of "The Princess Bride".

Thursday was still snowy - and it started snowing more near the end of the workday. Zoiks!
 Fortunately, it didn't last or stick.

Hands in PANK pockets. What's "PANK"?
 My dress is so pink, it's PANK. The colour in the stair picture up there is actual - this is a neon pink. It's Bright with a capital B!

B also stands for "blurry".
 Trying to show off my fringed boots.

Outerwear - the Unsafe Polar Bear is in high rotation right now.
 The temps were getting warmer, for sure.

  • Cashmere beret - Club Monaco, thrifted
  • Fur scarf - Danier Leather, thrifted
  • Leather gloves - consignment

The stuff:
 These boots were so fun to wear, the fringe thwapping as I walked.

Blue love bling:
 I pinned my fur brooch at the top of the buttons.

  • Earrings - vintage fair
  • Brooch - Catawumpus Fudge & Funk
  • Fulvia Ring/lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

Special effect filter for the Castle shot that morning.
 The snow is melting!

Today, it's the Friday before a long weekend! Woo! Monday is Family Day for most of Canada!
 I liked half of this outfit. Guess which half.

  • Denim sleeveless dress - Only, thrifted; last worn here in November 2018 
  • Top - Jean Paul Gaultier, consignment; last seen here in a cosmically-dazzling outfit in December 2018
  • Wool trousers - Talbots, thrifted; first worn here in November 2018 with pink and red
  • Shoes - Aerosoles, thrifted; last seen here in January with silver jeans
  • Coat (below) - Vassali, consignment; last worn here in January

It's the top half - I got the top half right. I belongs on another outfit.
I disliked the bottom half, and by the end of the day I loathed it with a consuming passion. Must go! Begone!

I like layering this dress open over other clothes. It's warm, plus Drama! as it swooshes behind me when I walk. I'm a fan of cape-like swooshing, from capes, dusters and flowy things. Movement in my clothes is important to me.
 I should wear it as a dress again soon.

Pockets! Yessss!
I scored on these pants when I got them - they were only $6.95. They are 99% wool (1% Lycra), they are fully-lined, and they are lovely quality, plus just the right length. But they are weird in the crotch and they read very frumpy to me.

This woman? Not frumpy. These are now in the giveaway pile. I wore them twice, and at $3.50 per wear I'm happy.
"Hey, I'm just doing a drive-by rubbing. This post needed more cat."

I did the dress up when I had my coat on - it has two snaps plus the tie belt.

Outerwear - it rained overnight, melting a lot of the snow, and it warmed up considerably today, with flashes of blue sky and sun!
 I did not need my furry boa scarf or my wooly gloves by end day. Huzzah!

  • Fur scarf - thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
These shoes are everything I like: comfy, sparkly...SPARKLY. But they just do not work for me. Maybe it's the shape, I don't know. I can't quite pinpoint it, but NOPE. They're gone. Looking back, they were just an "okay" element in most of the outfits I put them in:

  • Not too bad with silver pants in January (here, 2nd outfit)
  • In an okay outfit here (6th outfit) in November 2018
  • In a shopping outfit here (5th outfit) in November 2018 with grey tights (ugh)
  • With jeans in a sparkly casual outfit here in October 2018

I paid $58.98 for them, and have worn them 5 times. Not the greatest cost-per-wear, but hopefully, they will go to a good home.

Silver bling:
Round shapes! I wore this chain belt as a necklace, looped once around my neck like a choker. I actually built this outfit around it.

  • Belt - thrifted; purchased here for $4.95 - first wear
  • Silver/gold cuff - JPL, vintage fair
  • Cuff - POLY, thrifted
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower

Happy weekend, my friends! As it's a long weekend, I shall be back on Monday with tales of adventure.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Lace Duster, Wallpaper Pants

The snow is turning to slush, the sun was out today, and whew, it nearly feels over. Winter, that is. I am quite fine for winter to be over. 
 So fine, I wore my springy lace duster today, even though it wasn't really season-appropriate.

  • Duster - Lysse; purchased here for $19.99
  • Sweater -Banana Republic, thrifted; last seen here in November 2018 under a denim dress
  • Trousers - Noa Noa; last worn here in October 2018 with a blue blazer
  • Shoes - Matisse; last seen here (3rd outfit) in January with the bark skirt
  • Coat (below) - Hilary Radley, thrifted; last worn here a week ago

I've decided that this lace thing is a duster. Even though it buttons up, it's not a jacket, not a cardigan. It's not a shirt and it's not a tunic either. So, duster it is.
 I layered it over this fine brown merino wool sweater (a useful but not terribly exciting item), which made it slightly too tight in the arms. Yes, definitely more of a warm-weather item.

I had many admirers of the duster - wearing darker colours under it really helped the pattern pop.
 I liked the mix with my "wallpaper" pants, so-called because the weave (not a print!) reminds me of the flocked velvet 60s wallpaper my grandparents had in their apartment when I was a kid.

Hands in pockets.
 The deep slits up either side of the duster make this a natural pose for me.

Outerwear - the Unsafe Ocelot was perfect this morning.
 After work, I browsed around downtown until it was time to meet my Book Club cohorts at a local restaurant for dinner and a spirited discussion around our last book. A lovely time!

  • Fur toque/scarf - Danier Leather
  • Gloves - Cejon, thrifted

The stuff:
 Wet weather shoes - I did not change into my Doc Martens after work, as the restaurant was only a block away. After Book Club in a Pub, I hopped the bus home and gingerly walked around the mounds of freezing slush.

Gold bling:
Echoing the shaped in the pants' and duster's patterns.

  • Necklace - Trifari, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Earrings - Vintage fair
  • Ring - c. 1996

As tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and I'll be working late, followed by a nice dinner with L, I'll be back on Friday to show you my V-Day colours. Will you be in red and/or pink tomorrow?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Nineties Vintage and More Snow

Brr! It stopped snowing today, but we have nearly 12 inches of snow on the ground. By afternoon, it was starting to melt away in big slushy puddles. Good! I am done with this winter business!
 I'm going through my warmest items in my closet right now - like this fabulous vintage 90s wool slip dress.

  • Sweater - Judith & Charles, consignment; last seen here in December 2018 with a beautiful embroidered coat
  • Dress - Dolce & Gabbana, vintage 90s, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in December 2018 for our last time at Floyd's
  • Shoes - Room 502 Entrance, Fluevog; last seen here in December 2018 for Christmas at Mom's
  • Coat (below) - Apparence, vintage, thrifted; last worn here a week ago

A sleeping bag ginormous sweater over this would have been welcome, but I stayed klassy. A simple cream wool sweater under it, just like Jennifer Aniston wore on "Friends." I was having a major 90s flashback all day.
 Out office was dead today - barely 40 people made it in - so made up cubicle signs for the stalwart few that said, "Snow Day? No Way! I made it to work on Feb 12, 2019." My colleagues loved them and posted them on their cubicles.

Of course, lots of people HAD to stay home; the schools were closed/people live on hills/people live in remote areas, I get that. One of the "bonuses" of living close to my work is that I never get a snow day. There's no excuse for me, ha! 
 Anyway, no one around to admire my outfit, and that was fine too.

Outerwear - the Unsafe Polar Bear was introduced to two of my 20+ years younger coworkers who had invited me out for a walk around the block in the snow.
 They were amazed, as one is when first meeting the Polar Bear.

  • Fur head wrap - thrifted
  • Fur boa - Danier Leather, thrifted
  • Gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 I would never subject my lovely shoes to this weather - I changed into my Doc Martens whenever I went outside.

Sparkly bling:
 All my favourite colours.

  • Necklace - thrifted
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy
  • Gold/amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's

A few last pictures of the snow!
 View of the trees, cars and parking lot. Very exciting.

The Castle, all snowed up.
Hopefully it won't get too cold tonight or all that slush will freeze and be very dangerous. Send me warm vibes!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Lemon and Leopard in the Snow

We are in the middle of a snowstorm! Batten down the hatches! 

And wear a bright colour, so that you are visible.
 Yes, even though we have had about 8 inches of snow so far, I am wearing my spring cords. I can't wait to wear new things, even if they are out of season.

  • Blazer - Helmut Lang, thrifted; last worn here in November 2018 with plaid pants
  • Blouse - Planet, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in January, layered under a sweater
  • Cords - Banana Republic, consignment; purchased here on the weekend for $10.00
  • Shoes - Hispanitas; last seen here in January with black and white and yellow
  • Coat (below) - Tahari, thrifted; last worn on Saturday here

A couple of readers have asked me about our "Castle view" - our condo has an external, but sheltered, staircase on the side where I take my stair picture. I zoom in on the Castle, which is about a 5-minute walk away.
 It's not really that close. Check it out here - it's a tourist trap attraction. I did a photo-shoot up there a few years ago when I hosted the Traveling Yellow Skirt in November 2013 (here). 

Back to my outfit! But beware, I have more snow pictures for you.
 I was happy enough with this outfit - I love the olive green with the bright acid-lemon yellow of the cords, and how the leopard goes with that. I have an olive cami on under the leopard blouse.

Our office was so cold today at work - they had HVAC issues over the weekend, and were trying to get the heat pumping. Only about 1/3 of my office showed up - all the schools were closed today.
 We are just not cut out for this weather in Victoria.

Looking at the snow falling.
 Thank goodness for pockets to keep my hands warm. I drank a lot of tea at work to warm up!

Outerwear - this is as bundled-up as I get.
 It did its job keeping me snuggly warm, although all the pieces are drying out after walking home with snow blasting in my face.

  • Fur toque/scarf - Danier Leather
  • Gloves - Cejon, thrifted

The stuff:
 I'm glad I went with flats today. It's supposed to snow more overnight, with rain and slightly warmer temps later this week.

Green and brown bling:
 All harmonious.

  • Necklace - Plum, c. 2011
  • Earrings - thrifted, Powell River
  • Feather ring - Fossil, thrifted
  • Pearl ring - Erth, consignment

I took this picture from our bedroom Sunday afternoon - this is pretty much our view. A parking lot and another apartment building to the right, through our bare-branched Gary Oaks out front. In clear weather, we can see office buildings and more condos downtown in the distance.
 Note how dry the road and sidewalks are.

And this is the same view this morning, just before I left for work, around 8am.
 Much more snow!

I amused myself today at work by taking pictures from the 6th floor of our office building. This is the roof of the parkade next to the building, looking in the direction of home (east).
 Condos and cranes. The spire is a Catholic church downtown.

And here's the same view at 2:30pm.
 Snowing hard! The parkade was empty most of the day - usually, it is completely full.

Looking up View Street in the morning. The streets are pretty clear.
 My city has one snowplow.

And here's almost the same view later this afternoon.
 Uh-oh, the snow is sticking to the roads, even the main ones. Everyone go home!

My coworkers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Montreal all laugh at us.
 This is looking north in the morning. I like seeing the backs of the buildings. Many of these are over 100 years old.

Looking south in the afternoon. On a clear day, we can see the mountains in Washington State and the Pacific Ocean.
 This afternoon? Can't see more than two blocks!

Looking north across town this afternoon.
No reason to be out in that! I hope this goes away soon.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Muppet Armour; Snow-Day Shopping; Kitty Shenanigans

Welcome back, my friends! It has been a thoroughly relaxing and chill - and CHILLY! - weekend. I'm eager to burrow back under some blankets with my tea, so let's get to it! 

Friday's outfit was for the predicted weather - the Muppet Skirt! 
 I'm also clad in my shiny chainmail armour sweater. It started snowing overnight and we woke up to a bitterly-cold winter wonderland.

This is my outfit for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - I was very visible in the snow!

  • Sweater - Jay Jays, thrifted; first worn here in December 2018 with red suede
  • Skirt - Joy Nilsson, vintage, thrifted; last seen here in December 2017 for Christmas Day
  • Boots - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) in December 2018 for my WW dinner
  • Coat (below) - Rodarte for Opening Ceremony, consignment; last seen here in December 2018

My view of the Castle - the trees are a slight blur in the wind that was light in the morning, but gusting up to 90 kilometers an hour by evening. Brr!
 I love the spooky branches of the Gary Oak trees.

I layered a tank top under this sweater for extra warmth, but overall, I was quite well-insulated over the day.
 Isn't the skirt astounding? The bright neon in the stair picture is the most accurate representation of its colour.

It's very, very thick, 100% mohair knit, and it's HEAVY.
 But it's still very soft and snuggly to wear! I layered a half-slip under this and also wore thick grey tights.

I overheated a few times in the office, and had to hike the skirt up around my thighs to cool off.
 However, I adore this skirt, and I'm always happy when it's cold enough to wear it.

Outerwear - I rode the bus to and from work (my Friday treat) and also ventured out into the wind and snow to pick up my lunch (another Friday treat).
 People loved this look - I had several shouted comments on the street and from people in stores (not shouted), as well as big smiles on the bus. I did need to gather up the skirt away from the wet ground when I was outside - the skirt sucks up water (and collects sticks and garbage).

  • Fur toque/scarf - Danier Leather
  • Leather gloves - consignment

The Ringmaster Coat is such a perfect finishing piece. It really wasn't warm enough for being outside longer than 15-20 minutes, though. I was always happy to get back indoors!

The stuff:
 Because the skirt is so long, I have to wear a good platform. I love the woolly texture of these grey boots.

Shiny bling:
 A pop of bright pink in the earrings to match the skirt, and a few simple shiny bits.

  • Earrings - consignment, Vancouver
  • Silver/gold cuff - JPL, vintage fair
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
  • Amethyst/gold ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's

When I got home, I quickly stepped back out and took a picture looking down our street.
 Most of the neighbourhood has been really good at salting/clearing their sidewalks - thank you!

On Friday night, L and I hung out and played board games for the evening. Vizzini was happy to have us around.

We were up early on Saturday, ready to go for breakfast. It was even colder and windier!
 Pretty sure my teeth are chattering there! I was meeting up with Winesday girlfriend Sarah for a thrift-shopping expedition afterwards, so I needed to be warm, fashionable and also dressed to try things on. A tall order when it's -10!

  • Sweater - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here in December 2018 with silver pants
  • Skirt - TKStyle, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in October 2018 for a weekend shopping trip
  • Boots - Ash; last worn here (2nd outfit) in December 2018 for our last brunch at Floyd's Diner
  • Coat (below) - Tahari, thrifted; last seen here last week

Vizzini has been very vocal about not enjoying this cold. He ventures out from the closed-off, heated bedroom to the rest of the house to meow at us.
"See how cold my ears and toes are, Woman? I'm licking them just to warm up!"

This is my "monkey arm" sweater (note the strip of faux fur along the tops of the arms) - it's thick and woolly (I also have a cami on under it), but not too bulky.
"Yes, look at me when I am talking to you."

The skirt is nice and stretchy, and also thick and snuggly.

Giving my chilly kitty a warm hug.
"Are my fans out there?"

These tights are thick - I'm always surprised at how warm a lacy tight can be.

Fortifying myself to face the world.
 Thanks to L for keeping his "little dragon" happy. A peek at my white sport sock (KLASSY!) inside my boot.

Outerwear - bundled up for icy winds!
 My hair is clipped up and secured under my cashmere toque. All of my accessories easily fit into my bag or pockets while I was shopping. I hate bulky stuff.

  • Toque - Club Monaco, thrifted
  • Fur boa - Danier Leather, thrifted
  • Gloves - Cejon, thrifted

The stuff:
 Our new photo-editing software has some fun filters that often improve on my own craptastic photos. This one nicely shows the artfully battered look of my studded boots. I love these.

  • Earrings - Glee

As L was lacing his boots up, someone decided to investigate.
"There were rumours of kitty spaghetti."

L's boots are Fluevog - excellent in the snow and ice!

Vizzini loves to go after shoelaces.
"Just waiting for the right moment..."

He's eaten many - we have to hide our guests' shoes from him.

Fortunately, L and I are skilled at keeping him from chewing on them.
"Curses! The hand again!"

We gently, but firmly, push him away.
"Lunge! Bite! Claw!"

But he is a very fast cat.

We lost power a few minutes after I took the above pictures! Good thing we'd already planned to eat out! Our restaurant of choice had also lost power (we saw people inside hurriedly eating in the dark), so we ventured further into town, looking for another spot. The power was out for about 4 blocks! We ended up at a placed called Artisan Bistro (I think) that had just opened - we had a wonderful breakfast and then parted ways.

I headed down to Dots for a good look around. I don't really shop retail anymore, but Dots is a clearing store for wholesale samples and store clearances - there are often unusual brands there, including ones that are made in Canada, the US and Italy, so I don't feel too bad about buying one or two things once in a while.

I found this lovely white lace/embroidered tunic jacket.
 It's slit up the sides to the cuff level; the cuffs, collar and front button placket are solid fabric.

Although the pattern isn't fully symmetrical, it's not wildly off either.
 I'm looking forward to wearing this open in spring and summer, but I will give it a go once for winter before I stash it for warmer months.

It's by Lysse, and was marked down to $19.99.
 It's an Australian company, and yes, $125.00 is the retail price.

After Dots, I walked over to the big WIN store to meet up with Sarah. She's going back to work after mat leave, and needed a blazer and some work clothes. We found her a bunch of stuff, including a blazer and a fabulous jumpsuit.

I found myself this felted fur hat!
 It's very Mad Hatter, shaped like a rounded-top top hat with a slightly curved brim. It's very wacky.

The wool felt stamp inside. I can just make out "Canada" in the small banner at the bottom.
 Mousse HB? Sure. An image search reveals oodles of similarly furry-textured vintage hats, not surprisingly.

The hattery is Boutique of New York and Montreal.
 I like the added gold vintage rick-rack trim. This was only $4.95. A steal!

On the way home, I stopped in a Rich Rags for a quick peek. I spotted these acid yellow fine-wale corduroy cropped pants on the $10 sale rack.
 They are super-stretchy.

And are by Banana Republic. They are the Avery cut, and these are from Fall 2017, according to the tag.
 $124-110 regular price. These are also very spring/summer, but again, I'm going to style them once for winter.

I am always on the lookout for a good gown for holiday parties and special events. A leopard gown that looks amazing on? YUP.
 It's a strapless, ruched front (very well-boned and supportive), with a bias-cut flowy skirt, fully-lined in black. And it has a matching long scarf for DRAMA.

Big swooshy skirt - it doesn't look very impressive when it's hanging, but trust me, it is Swoosh Factor 8.
It's 100% silk. The price was $99.00 - Rich Rags marks down to 50% once items have been in the store for a month, and this would have gotten knocked down next Friday. However, I know I would have kicked myself if I missed out on it, and with Valentine's Day looming, I think there's a good chance that this would have sold.

So I went for it - and the lovely lady there gave me 30% off, so it was $69.00 after all. Totally worth it!

It's by Chetta B Evening by Sherri Bloom and Peter Noviello.
 I think this is probably from the late 90s or early 00s. The sizing is modern. This probably would have been $200+ new, easy!

After another quiet evening in on Saturday, and a brief foray out into the gusty winds today, it's time for me to spend more time with my guys.
"Wishing all my fans a warm snuggle."

Thanks so much for stopping by!