Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Lady Garden of Delight Skirt

I loved today's outfit. I always feel good in red - it's my power colour!
I also had to really showcase this fabulous skirt, which I've decided to call the Lady Garden of Delight skirt. Thank you to Melanie for the snazzy name!

  • Sweater - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in September with painty poppies 
  • Skirt - no label, vintage 80s, thrifted; purchased here last Friday for $19.99
  • Shoes - Marc; last seen here in March with a lot of dots
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather

I stuck to a red palette as a background - the skirt is definitely the star. It's a Garden! It's a Lady Garden! It's the Lady Garden of Delight!

Over the day, the elasticized sides of the skirt (go look at the pictures of it from when I bought it to see them better) gave way, which actually gave me a lot of comfort in the waistband. We don't need no stinking elastic!

Other than that, it was lovely to wear, although the length did limit my stride length somewhat.
I totally lucked out on the fit of this - I couldn't try it on! This is why I shop with a tape measure.

I look so mysterious! I'm doing one of my usual glove/scarf combos (in grey), with a real fur scarf and wool fingerless gloves. The hat is vintage and kept the rain off me while I was out and about. I worked in this, then bused to the dentist for a cleaning, then bused back to town for a haircut. And now I'm home and I'm hungry!

The stuff:
I just adore these shoes - they are pretty comfortable for a full day on my feet. I've had them since October 2013 and have worn them at least 20 times.

Big ol' bling:
I grabbed the necklace at the last minute this morning - I felt like I needed something bigass at the top of my outfit.

  • Earrings - vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Necklace - Nygard, consignment

 I caught Vizzini napping on the "cuddle benches" this morning.
"Zzzz...kitty to chew..."
I had to get a little closer.
"Mmm...Woman, must you do this? Let me nap."
He's giving me a look. Better run!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tan, Purple and Paisley and Cat Pictures

I totally forgot to take my stair picture this morning, so I took it when I got home. It's been really dark in the mornings, so I've been trying to remember (without coffee!) to take them just before I leave. 
Sure. That will work.

  • Blouse - INC, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in August for a picnic in the park
  • Skirt - Valentino (part of a suit), vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here with magenta fringe in July
  • Boots - Libby Smith Bellevues, Fluevog; last seen here in December 2015 with all the colours
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted

Not a terribly exciting outfit - all my outfits this week are based around keeping my hands away from my now-flaking tattoo. Do. Not. Pick.

However, this silk blouse is a dream to wear - look how the pattern on the back is so perfectly centred!
And oh, this? This is my Valentino suit skirt. 100% wool, with pockets, made in Italy. Quality.

Sure, you can totally do hot pink with caramel.
Love it! I didn't need these fuzzy angora gloves or scarf by the end of the day, but they were very welcome in the morning.

The stuff:
My wonderful Winesday women bought me a gift certificate to Fluevog for my birthday, and I spent it tonight. There might be a new pair of purple Fluevogs in my future!

Bold bling:
Yup, a big necklace. It's so 3 years ago. 

  • Earrings - don't remember
  • Necklace - Banana Republic, consignment

Vizzini was being Captain Underfoot while I was digging around in my closet after work.  
"You're taking my picture? How dare you, Woman!"
He is lying near the closet door (where I stand for most of my pictures), lurking and hoping to get in the closet where he can wreak some havoc.
"I deny these accusations!"
He tries to fool me that he's not interested by being all cute and such.
"Look at this magnificent tum! You should pet me."
And when I do pet him, I get Lovey Eyes.
"Your petting is adequate."
You still can't go in my closet, bud.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Winged Leopard

I'm so predictable - the first Monday after my tattoo and - what a shocker - I'm wearing this blouse again!
It's really the best thing I own for not touching the fresh ink, and also for showing the new tattoo off to my coworkers. When I have my "wings" on, I've probably had new work done.

  • Blouse - Alfani, thrifted; last seen here in September...for the first Monday after my last tattoo work!
  • Skirt - Lord & Taylor; first worn here in June with a fluffy sweater
  • Shoes - Miista; first worn here (2nd outfit) with a purple dress earlier this month
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted

I probably should have tucked the top in - that blouse-y effect isn't the best (the bottom of the blouse is elasticated).

How much do I care?
Yeah, not much. I did love wearing this wonderful fuzzy leopard skirt again, though. It's like wearing a stuffed animal.

It was chilly this morning and I hate being cold. More furry accessories!
The toque and circle scarf are woven rabbit fur - I got them on clearance at Danier Leather last year. I love them! So soft and warm.

The stuff:
Great golden shoes of goodness!

Simple bling:
I loved wearing this bracelet all day - this is the first wearing of it.

  • Bracelet - J. Crew
  • Earrings (mismatched) - various gifts from L

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Weekend Wrap-Up: Urban Gorilla, New Ink, Autumn Camo, Muppet Blue

The weekends go so fast! I need an extra day! 

Saturday kicked off with an early pre-tattoo breakfast at Floyd's with L.
Nothing overly fancy about this outfit - I went for warmth and comfort for a 3-hour tattoo session, followed by a long nap, followed by a boisterous Winesday.

  • Cardigan - Jacob, thrifted; last seen here in March with black leather
  • T-shirt - Smoking Lily; no longer tracked (I sleep in this now)
  • Camo pants - Gap, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in September for day-after tattoo work
  • Boots - Doc Martens, consignment; last seen here in the same outfit
  • Grape Ape coat (below) - Forever 21, thrifted

Observant readers will note that this is a repeat outfit, but I didn't care.
It was comfy as heck to wear for over 16 hours!

I wore the Grape Ape coat:
L is looking very dapper
The coat (and matching fingerless gloves) kept me snuggly warm when I needed it.

The stuff:
I made a bit of effort with accessories. Gawd, I love these boots.

Brassy bling:
Those earrings are old favourites, at least 9 years old.

  • Cuff - Jezebel Charms
  • Chain cuff - thrifted
  • Earrings - Plum

Mason enthusiastically suggested we do the whole tattoo in one sitting. No thanks! I'm done with marathon tattoos that kill me afterwards. I'll take my 3 hours now and 2 hours for the colour in a couple of weeks. All bandaged up for 12-ish hours:
"What kind of animal has fur this colour?"
Speaking of fur, Anna of Anna's Island Style was surprised that my fluffy scarf the other day (here) was real fur. I also have 2 real fur hats (vintage), a fur toque and matching scarf, and another fur neckscarf, all pieces that have been purchased second hand or with gift money. I don't have issues with wearing second hand fur, and I wear plenty of leather...and fur is just leather with hair. I would be a hypocrite for forgoing one and not the other. I don't know how others feel about it, but that's where I am.

Well, enough of that, let's see what I've done to myself this time.
"I am the captain of my soul." Ta-dah!

This arm is intended to be complimentary to (but not matching/mirroring) the other arm.
It's sore today, and my arm is puffy, but I'm washing it and keeping it as immobile as I can.

Today, I headed to town to get groceries. It has been sunny off and on, and fairly mild for this time of year.
I didn't even wear a coat - just this!

  • Sweater - Satellite Drive, vintage, thrifted; purchased here for $10.95
  • Skirt - Animale, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in the first outfit of the year in January
  • Boots - Matisse, consignment; last worn here in September with purple and mixed metals

I have a t-shirt underneath the sweater to keep my fresh ink from rubbing. The sweater is angora, wool and nylon and was wonderful to wear. As I strolled past all the trees in their autumn-hued foliage, I noted how matchy I was for the season.
This wool skirt was rescued from the giveaway pile recently and added to my weekend ultra-casual wear-around-the-house collection. It's warm and comfy, not itchy at all.

The stuff:
Awesome boots!

  • Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L

I stopped in at the local consignment furniture place, Charmaine's, and found...earrings! Because that's what one always finds in furniture stores.
These are just a fun turquoise pair - the beads are real, but the other pieces are synthetic. These were $6.00.

These earrings were $20.00 but they are much higher quality.
Real crystals and etched glass in the centres. I suspect that they are not silver (no stamp anywhere), but they do have a stamp on them.

Anyone know what this brand is?
A bunch of hearts with a scrolly B.

Tonight, we've been invited to our friends' place for dinner. I'm not so sure about socializing on a Sunday night (what about "The Walking Dead"??), but I aim to be comfy for this too.
Muppet sweater to the rescue!

  • Sweater - Topshop, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in June with a huge denim skirt
  • Skirt - Tribal, consignment; last worn here in July for a half-day with cranes 
  • Booties - Dirty Laundry, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) with purple suede a couple of weeks ago

I'm wearing this around the house now, since I don't feel like changing again. The groceries should be here soon, but I might have time for a wee nap.
This lovely big sweater is a showstopper (and also very comfy - sensing a theme this weekend?). It's also nice and loose so that I can wash my arm.

The stuff:
I haven't photographed my outerwear, but I'll be wearing something...comfy! I love these booties for walking in.

Seasonal bling:
Hallowe'en is just around the corner, and I still don't have a costume put together.

  • Spider earrings - don't remember
  • Spider ring - gift from Mom & Dad, c. 1986

Vizzini has been mad at us all weekend, for being out so much.
"I'm going to eat that foot if you poke me in the tum, Woman."
He wouldn't even sit still for pictures.
"I'm just going to sit here all alone. Just me and Mousie."
I hope you all had a great weekend!

Linking up to "Visible Monday" at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Funky Friday: Stripes and Buckles

Ah, the weekend, finally! It's been an awfully weird and long week, and I am looking forward to a) more tattoo work tomorrow and b) Winesday tomorrow night. 
Today was about the Funky Friday - in stripes and buckles.

  • Sweater - Jones New York, consignment; purchased way back here in July for $42.98 (new with tags on with original price of $129.00, though!) 
  • Suede skirt - Leifsdottir; first worn here in April when it crocked the heck out of my tights
  • Booties - Aldo, thrifted; first worn here (6th outfit) for Thanksgiving with all the colours
  • Coat (below) - Vassalli, thrifted

First wearing of this sweater and I loved it, as I knew I would. Thank goodness it's finally cool enough to wear it.

I was less enamoured of the skirt (again), as it rode up, picked up various stains and generally was a nuisance.
But I love the colour, so it stays. It also has buckles on the waist. I like buckles.

It's been dim and foggy in the mornings, and then clearing up for the rest of the day. I have to wear fairly light outerwear and scarf/gloves that can be stowed in my purse if needed.
The studded Danier gloves again; the scarf is my beloved real fur thing that I thrifted for cheap ($9.50?) a few years ago. I have to hide it from Vizzini, as he wants to lick it a lot.

The stuff:
I think of these as my Beatle boots. I need to take them to get re-heeled (along with a couple of summer pairs of shoes).

  • Leather/chain cuff - local
  • Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L

Oops, forgot to do a "bling-only" picture. Oh, well, they aren't that exciting.

After work, I met up with Elaine for a drink and a little shop. I had about 20 minutes before I met her, so I popped into the WIN store. Can you believe I left the matching white/decorated leather vest behind in the store??
I sure did. I may be an adventurous dresser, but I know which piece is a keeper and which one is just dated and weird!

Yes, this is a white leather skirt, with sewn-on leather shapes to make some really bizarre-looking flowers.
And they are sewn on with gold thread. Look at the hemline! Can you believe this was $19.99? Depending on where you stand on adventurous dressing, that's either a bargain or money wasted (hee hee). No brand name (it was on the vest and I didn't write it down), so I need a name for this crazy skirt. Any ideas?

I'm off now till Sunday, when I will be back to show off my new tattoo!