Well, what a weekend! Many adventures were had. But let's do the outfits, and then I'll reveal the big surprise!
On Saturday, I joined up with Cat and Elaine and we went to the Vintage Fair near the Village. It was chilly and raining, so of course I dressed inappropriately.here last weekend for some shopping.
Although some people wear head-to-toe vintage to the Vintage Fair, I prefer to dress practically. My acid wash skirt (last seen here - 2nd outfit - with my olive OTK boots), a nice thick pair of tights, my silk and cashmere sweater (last worn here with some brown tones and various textures), and then capped with my wonderful brocade jacket (last seen here with my pale grey dress).
I did bundle up for walking to the hall, and for strolling to the pub, and walking home after.
I think this is the first time I've worn this scarf:
Jacket (Le Chateau, consignment), sweater (Hawick, Scotland, consignment), skirt (Cache, thrifted), shoes (Two Lips, thrifted), hat (Roberta's Hats), gloves (Club Monaco, consignment), scarf (thrifted), choker (vintage, 60s, Mom's), cuff (SkinNHydez).
We all did really well at the Vintage Fair. I took a cash budget (these are usually cash only affairs), and found some wonderful treasures.
First, this amazing fox fur stole:
This is by Fosters Furriers of Victoria (Mom remembers them being in business here).
The inside lining is silk and this stole has been monogrammed:
|I'd say it's a Knock Out.|
Although these were the most expensive things I bought, for $40 I still felt like I got a good deal:
Stunning black patent leather studded pumps! They're handmade in Italy.
I love that the heel is under 3". They will make an excellent replacement for my black Tsubos.
It's not about the name...
The Fair was divided up into a hall and a church basement space. I had to dash back to the hall part before we left to get this wonderful poncho that I hid on a rack. I spotted this soon after we arrived, and hadn't quite gotten into the shopping vibe yet, so I just tucked it in beside a very ugly coat and hoped no one would see it while I thought about it. It worked!
Here's a better look at the colours and pattern.
I spotted this wonderful 70s enameled metal brooch and clip-on earring set:
I snatched up this gorgeous cuff for $7.00:
I love how it looks on.
The next 4 items I "bundled" and negotiated for $20 for all 4. I don't negotiate if I think the price is fair - these vendors need to make a living, after all - but if I think the prices are a little high, or something is overpriced or slightly damaged, I'll look for other items, add up the prices and name a lower price for all of them.
This necklace isn't stamped and has a bit of wear and tear, but I love the little two tone green heart-shaped leaves. It's probably from the 60s.
|I was tired last night when I took the pictures; sorry for the blurriness|
I was hoping to do some Christmas gift shopping (not just stuff for me!), and originally bought this belt for L:
Darn, I guess that means it's mine. Golly, what a bummer.
Pringle belts sell for close to $300 new - this one was marked at $45.00, but I bundled this belt with a couple of other Christmas gifts (one for L, one for a niece) and this bag below for $80 total.
Oh my gosh, I just looked this brand up online - they sell for $268-$397 new! Holy smokes. I got a bargain!
Today, I got dressed up:
And I'm linking this picture up to Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style. Go check out the other amazingly visible bloggers!
Okay, this is my actual capsule outfit - the poncho was counted as outerwear today.
here with black and turquoise.
here with a pop of purple) to balance out the black in it.
Okay, okay, I'm getting to the surprise! Patience...
|Vizzini loves this poncho - he wants to eat all the tassels|
Here's a good shot of the poncho in natural light. It's shiny so it has a tendency to photograph dark.
Poncho (vintage), sweater (Hawick, Scotland, consignment), skirt (Danier Leather, thrifted), shoes (Bata, vintage, consignment), choker (vintage), bracelet (Plum), earrings (locally made), rings (red/silver - Mexican, snake - vintage 80s, blue stones - Scotland, wood/picture - consignment).
So...Mom and I went painting en plein air back in September here (scroll down for pictures). A few weeks ago I got an email from an organizer of an art show, wanting to know how much my picture was going to be.
Huh? I emailed Mom. "Um, is there something you want to tell me?" She had entered a photo of my painting into a juried art show! And my painting got chosen to be in it!
Today was the reception for the artists, so Mom and I headed out to look at our art - she had 5 paintings accepted!
If you happen to live in my neighbourhood - go check it out!
Mom and I in front of my and two of her paintings:
|Mine's the bottom left one.|
Neither of us won anything, but getting into a juried show is pretty cool. They don't accept everything that gets submitted - there were probably only about 30 pieces in the show. It was fun to mingle and see all the other art.
I'd never been to the Coast Collective*, so Mom drove us out there:
|The entrance to Esquimalt Lagoon|
It was very windy and choppy - lots of waves on the ocean today!
Looking across the lagoon, where we were headed:
The Coast Collective is located in an old Victorian house:
Look at that amazing panel-work on the walls.
Looking back outside:
Mom at the staircase.
Me at the fireplace.