Sunday, September 18, 2011

Getting my Funk Back with Fluevogs!

First up, an apology to my mom: I know, I am a bad daughter who should have phoned you instead of you reading about my life on my blog. (I am also a bad auntie, and a bad sister, who never calls). I'm sorry.

Let's move on. On Thursday night, I did another fill-in for one of my fellow WW leaders. We are now getting autumn weather, so I'm having to prepare by doing layers. I got this new dress and wanted to wear it, mostly: That's my Leia jacket by local designer Bonspiel (last worn with the same belt and booties), layered over the dress, which in turn is layered over my navy net underskirt.

I wore the above outfit all day at work (it's rather cool in the new office too), but by the time I got to my WW meeting, the sun was out and it was a big meeting (45 people), so I took the jacket and belt off. Here's a better look at the dress itself.
It's hard to see because I'm looking down at Vizzini, but the neck has high ruffles all around. The material is cotton thin-wale cordury, and it's a deep navy blue. Very soft, and with a bit of stretch.

This is another Smoking Lily find that I was very excited to snag - it was $49.99 on consignment, which is a bit high, but still well under the regular retail for a Smoking Lily dress (I couldn't find anything online about this dress, but here's a recent cord dress by them for $180).

It's a slight mullet dress (just like my skirt):
The back has a bit of a bustle; it's gathered and then poofs out at the small of my back, and the hem hangs down a few inches lower than the front. You can see the ruffle detail at the neck better here too.

I think Vizzini was going for the laces on my booties!

The stuff:
I wore short sport socks with these booties so that my toes wouldn't rub. I love that it's nearly boot weather. Time to clean out my closet and remind myself of what I have! Yay!

Here's a close-up of another special detail on the dress:
That's a huge flower (about 8 x 10" across) that's silkscreened on the back bottom of the dress in a slightly lighter blue. You can just see the ruffly neck folded down above it too (even the button is awesome - it's irridescent and fastens with a loop of purple velvet ribbon).

Jacket ("Leia" by Bonspiel, consignment), dress (Smoking Lily, consignment), belt (Landes, thrifted), booties (Inez Sexton Bellevues, Fluevog).

On Friday, it was back to cloudy, so I busted out one of my thrift finds from a few months ago. I shop for all seasons, all year round, and have a bunch of amazing sweaters and jackets that have been languishing in my closet waiting for cool weather. I'm patient - I know it will come!

This is a 100% cashmere sweater:
Isn't it great? I love the rugby stripes and styling. It's snug but still a bit sexy and sporty. It was all of $14.95 in the thrift store (again, a little high for thrift, but for cashmere? Um, yeah, okay!).

I wore my suede jacket over top of it (it was only $7 back in January 2009), so that kind of ameliorates the dissatisfaction over the sweater, right?
Of course, the real star of the show is the shoes! I usually buy my Fluevogs new, but once in a while I see a pair in a consignment shop...these called to me! They were much pricier than what I'll usually pay for something that is essentially second-hand ($99), but considering that Fluevogs new are usually in the $200-$350 range, I think I did well.

They're from the Minis family, which has been around since 2001, and are called the Qtee. And hey, they sell for $265! I don't feel bad at all about $99 now. Mine are a different colour mix than what is currently available, so they are probably a few years old.

They were insanely comfortable (I ran a block in them!), and the thick soles were sturdy and nicely gripped the sidewalk.

Some details:
Oh yes! The sweater is Juicy Couture, and it seems to be authentic. This link is by eBay on how to tell if it's a fake or not - this cashmere sweater appears to be from pre-2006 - there's even a picture of this label down at the bottom. I'm pretty sure it would have sold for more than $14.95 new. Hee!

Here are the Qtees:
They were in very good shape - a few scuffs and some wear on the soles, but otherwise nicely broken in. Check out the wonderful hourglass heel! I love the red piping too.

Of course, they are signed by John Fluevog:
Classic.

And the soles:
F is for fun!


Jacket (B.U.M. Equipment, thrifted), sweater (Juicy Couture, thrifted), skirt (Smart Set, thrifted), shoes (Mini Qtee, Fluevog, consignment), belt (Plum).

9 comments:

  1. Wonderful finds, Sheila! I am still looking for my first Fluevogs -- these are so cute. love the Juicy sweater too, and that killer navy dress.

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  2. I really, REALLY love your Fluevog collection! I have been looking for some(in US) at the thrift shops with no luck yet.

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  3. Hooray for fluevog! I love your new dress and that awesome jacket. They look great with those booties. I love the bellevue heels.

    And hooray for thrifted cashmere and consigned Vogs! Minis typically go for at least 75-100$USD on ebay in worse shape than those look. So I say - Wowza! Good deal. I like the classy colorway. I like the slimmer colorful vogs and classic colored funky shaped vogs. And you're rocking them so hard!

    Hope all is going well for you. It's definitely the busy time of year. Maybe that's why all the holidays are coming up soon? Forces us to slow down and talk to our families I think.

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  4. Thank you, Patti!

    Ponchmor, thanks! I hope you find a pair - they are amazing.

    Megan, thanks, hon. I was so stoked about the 'Vogs and the cashmere! I'm good...better now!

    Thanks, Lorena!

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  5. I will definitely keep an eye out for Fluevogs and Smoking Lily - I like so many of yours!

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  6. 'Doll, you would love Fluevogs. I don't think you'll find any Smoking Lily - they are made locally and not sold in many places.

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  7. Both outfits are killer; love that first jacket most of all.

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Cheers,
Sheila