When do I not have a busy weekend? Never, that's when. So here we go, let's get caught up!
How I do Casual Friday:
I went out for dinner after work with my former boss Tammy from Fairweather (I worked there 1997-2000 while I was at university the second time). She is quite the fashionista - no one I know (in person) talks clothes like her! She is my fashion sister. Anyway, I had to pull out the stops and look fabulous, of course.
This denim blazer was last worn to a hockey game here in March. The gold leaf pin was one that I took as a remembrance of L's Grandma W from her memorial service a few years ago. I love the idea of putting out all of someone's jewelry for people to take. It would sure increase attendance at the service (hee hee, I'm morbid).
We'll get to the red shoes in a minute - I did wear them at work for about 4 hours, but I had a flat(ter) pair that I wore to bus to work (I am not going to fall off another bus!), and to walk to meet up with Tammy.
here for a shopping expedition. Speaking of shopping, I did swing by the Smoking Lily stores after work on Friday - 20% off everything! I might have bought something...
Okay, here are the red shoes.
I never did put these into a capsule in 2012-13, but I'm keeping them. They are not an every day shoe, but I love the fit and shape of them. They live in the "party shoe" section of my shoe tower.
I first wore them here with my Spanish ladies dress that I bought in Camden Market. Here are the other times I wore them:
- September 2010: with a crazyass puffy-hemmed strapless dress. I don't have that dress or the red cardigan anymore; I should wear that big black chain necklace again soon!
- July 2010: with a funky printed dress and my "sleeves are real big" cardigan, which was sent to a fellow blogger. The dress was passed on to the great swap/donation karma pool.
- April 2011: with my ruffly leopard zip cardigan.
I'm shocked that I've only worn them 4 times total, but they aren't really a work shoe, and I guess I haven't really mentally transitioned them into the party shoe collection. Well, I will have to rectify that. We go to lots of parties, so time to get these babies back in rotation.
Jacket (Bisou Bisou, consignment), blouse (INC), skirt (Hemingway, vintage 80s, consignment), red shoes (Carvela), gold shoes (Aldo, consignment), pin (Grandma W, vintage 80s).
Tammy and I had a lovely dinner, and some great catching-up. When I got home, L showed me some pictures he'd taken. Officer Vizzini is on patrol!
After a hard few minutes of patrols, a cat needs to chill.
|"I'm relaxing over here."|
Definitely a moth.
|"If only I could get to it."|
On Saturday, Cat, Elaine and I met up for the Fairfield Vintage Fair. I scored big at this last time we went (here, in November 2012), finding Versace shoes, my lovely velvet poncho and oodles of jewelry. I probably should have read that post and reconsidered my outfit, but I felt like dressing up and wearing a vintage-y look.
However, I liked the Victorian vibe, so aside from that momentary frustration, I was happy with the outfit. I got a few compliments and one lady asked to take my picture.
I'm linking up this outfit for Patti's "Visible Monday" at Not Dead Yet Style - check out all the fabulous people!
here, while imitating a pirate), with my leather vest and purple boots (last worn together, here, with denim and floral).
here, with greys and purple boots).
I debuted my crossbody "The Trend" leather purse:
Cat and Elaine also found tons of scores, so we headed to the pub afterwards and had some beer (and whisky!) with lunch and pored over our loot, oohing and ahhing. By the time I got home, it was after 5pm and I may have been a bit tipsy (hee). I didn't take my "stuff" shots until this morning.
This is the first time I wore this little fascinator/hat/headband thing. It's locally-made.
My lovely Fluevog boots:
Top (J. Peterman, thrifted), vest (CAbi, thrifted), skirt (Y, consignment), headpiece (locally made), brooch (vintage), purse (The Trend, thrifted), boots (Libby Smith Bellevilles, Fluevog).
The copper pin that I wore at my neck:
here) with Elaine. I hunted for copper jewelry to add to my collection, but didn't find anything at all.
But I did find some other really cool things! Zenkat Vintage (Etsy shop: linking 'cause I love) had a crazy-good table with very reasonable prices. Shout out to Katherine, who was a really nice lady who was very patient with the three women who monopolized her table for 15 minutes, picking through every single thing!
I found these wonderful Bakelite hoop clip-on earrings for $18.95:
I also bought this lovely "thermo Lucite" brooch for $7.00. I didn't know this was Lucite, but I have a few pieces with "stones" like these; now I realize that's what they are. Cool.
I also got this amazing brooch and earring rhinestone set for $18.00.
this set). This set is in pristine condition - it doesn't look like the earrings have ever been worn!
I love rooting through bins of junk, looking for the treasures. This necklace was $2.00 at a different table.
The above ring was also from Zenkat:
here) and it was made in Montreal. Wow, he makes some amazing pieces! Ha, the only place in Victoria his pieces are sold is the shop in the Art Gallery. I'm sure this ring cost more than the $9.00 I paid for it - looks like they sell for around $30.00 new.
Some other interesting pieces:
this flower earrings/brooch set (not yet worn, for shame) and this amber/floral ring.
The crazy "spider" ring with the pearl in the centre was $9.00.
The silver bracelet above was found in a $1.00 bin. Check out how it expands!
I also found this bangle in the same $1.00 bin. It makes a soft shushing noise due to all the little bits hanging off it.
The other ring is stamped "Avon" (ha!) and I love the sizing feature.
The last piece of jewelry I bought was this beaded flower.
Check out the back:
I learned how to crochet when I was very young (thank you, Mom!), and I've made tons of doll clothes, blankets, pillows, scarves...you name it. I never thought of crocheting beads onto wire to make jewelry, but it totally makes sense! I bet it's not that hard, either.
I also got this cool 40s/50s vibe jacket. It was from Regalia Boutique's table - when you bought 3 things, you got 30% off. This was originally $40.00, so $28.00 with the discount.
And the sweet detailing on the sleeves.
The second item I got were these suede gloves.
The third item is actually a gift for our friend, Vero (it's really cool, and I'm pretty sure she doesn't read my blog - it's a black lace slip/dress for her burlesque persona).
Good haul, eh? I can't wait to go to the next Vintage Fair!
Today, L and I went for brunch. Remember I mentioned that Smoking Lily had a sale on? I might have purchased this dress there...
here, linking 'cause I love me some Smoking Lily). I love that neckline, and the lovely pockets.
I told L that I would point out that I have a swirly boob and a canoe boob (the blue designs are canoes).
here in March with blue and yellow).
The ring shot:
Dress (Tessroc, Smoking Lily), jacket (Banana Republic, thrifted), shoes (Prepare Guides, Fluevogs), wrist-wrap (Shi Studios), earrings (Raven's Roost Studios), bangle/turquoise ring (vintage thrifted), silver swirly ring (vintage thrifted, Avon), Fulvia ring (Wendy Brandes), lapis lazuli ring (Wendy Brandes).
More cat pictures! Vizzini was so cute when I got home last night, I had to take some more pictures.
Hee, he has 3 white eyebrows right now on one side, and none on the other.
Giving me a lovey face: