I didn't win. Let's get that over with.
The gala Unlimited Woman Awards have come and gone, and despite the super-duper strong vibes from all my friends, co-workers, co-bloggers and readers...I didn't win. I'm cool with it - sure, I was a little disappointed, but even though I wasn't THE Unlimited Woman of Style, I am still AN Unlimited Woman of Style.
I'm proud to have been a Nominee and a Finalist, and I'm thankful to my amazing group of loving friends who nominated me:
From left (front): Yvonne (in red and black), Cat (in magenta and blue), Elaine (in autumn-coloured vintage), Vero (in a tutu).
And that's me hamming it up on the far right.
So, I'm going to dive into my outfits from Wednesday, Wednesday night, then I'll chat a bit about what awesome friends I have (and their styles as well), and our fun night out at the awards.
Here's my outfit.
here (scroll down to the bottom shopping loot shoot) in June for $40.00 on consignment. It's by Planet (a very pricey brand sold at the Bay department store), and I remember this being in the store about 4 years ago for around $300.00.
I layered my black floofy underskirt and my burgundy vintage slip under it to really fluff out the skirt. My beaded red flower is pulling up the front of the skirt a bit to show the layers.
The second wear of my Tierre Joline hat, last seen here, 2nd outfit, at the Art Gallery in October.
here with a bare leg and blue and orange in July. I wore black lace tights to really pop them.
The purse is my newly-acquired piece (here, on my shop with my niece Zoe, earlier this month) by Fiveleft. It was a dream - it held a lot and just felt so good in my hand.
A mix of lady-like and rock-n-roll:
I had to wear this insane Little Drummer Boy suede jacket as my outerwear:
here in January 2012 with my snowflake skirt. I love the crazy big frog closures on it, and the not-quite-the-80s-but-still-feeling-it shoulder pads.
Jacket (Danier, thrifted), dress (Planet, consignment), slip (Suzette Lingerie, consignment), floofy underskirt (Noa Noa), shoes (Listen Up O'Hara, Fluevog), purse (Fiveleft), hat (Tierre Joline), gloves (Danier Leather), belt (locally made), earrings (loaner from Elaine, vintage 60s), necklace (Grandma J's, vintage 60s), pin (on skirt, vintage), pearl necklaces (homegrown vintage, The Bay, 80s).
I was a bit of a wreck at work on Wednesday; anxious about the awards, nervous, excited, stressed about work (trying to get 2 days' of work done in 8 hours). Aside from a small blow-up at one of the directors, a hug from one of the managers, and a near miss of tears at my desk, I made it through the day and got out of work on time. It helped that I was dressed up.
This is my fabulous pale grey suede dress, last seen in the November 2013 capsule (recap here), where I wore it twice (last here,3rd outfit).
here), in which it was worn 4 times (last here on Christmas Eve).
I bundled up in my most wonderful coat:
|Someone came in for some lovin'|
|"I pose like you!"|
here in October in one of my steampunky outfits.
I like to break out the bling - the really shiny stuff! - as we get closer to Christmas.
Dress (Danier Leather, consignment), jacket (Ricki's, consignment), shoes (Jeffrey Campbell), necklace (vintage 60s, Allain), pin (The Bay, early 00s), sparkly ring (Melanie Lynne), lapis lazuli ring (Wendy Brandes), coat (Desigual).
I rushed home after work - Tracy came over right after work too - and we had about 20 minutes to get ready for the awards. Thank goodness we'd done the big try-on last Sunday! It sure made getting dressed easier. I redid my make-up.
Tracy wore my beaded early 60s "wiggle" dress:
here in 2010 for my "Never Seen" series of posts, with a picture of me in about 2002 wearing it for a party. I've had it for 15-ish years. It fit Tracy perfectly!
|Picture from the Sunday try-ons|
All 8 of us met up at a local pub for some wine and a quick dinner, then we dashed off to the newly-rebuilt Oak Bay Beach Hotel. We arrived just before the event started.
Vero, Yvonne, Caro and Cat.
Here's Yvonne's outfit, as put together on Sunday at my place:
here (2nd outfit).
Cat's outfit try-on from Sunday:
At the event again, from left, Karen in her own brand of steampunk-y goodness, with a vintage hat (with veil), white top, black gloves and funky jewelry. She wore a black leather pencil skirt over a fluffy white skirt for an amazing look.
The woman who won in my category seemed really happy about it - there were so many amazing women at the event. It would have been nice to have won, but seriously? Look at my awesome friends. I am rich in many other ways!
I know that what I do with style, fashion and clothes affects other people in a positive way. I love helping women feel good about themselves, and their bodies, and I strive to encourage them to dress to show their personalities. I am happy to give away clothes, loan pieces, and I feel good about ethically shopping, both to support my local charities, and to give back to local artists, designers and manufacturers. I don't need an award to feel good about myself; I try to give what I want to get from the world and people around me. It works - and I love my life.
After the event, we wandered out into the lobby for pictures. A lot of these are candid (and possibly wine-influenced, heh), so forgive the blurriness.
Snap! Magazine, and I'll be watching for us in the January edition.
Woo! We're fabulous!
One of the hotel's employees noticed us climbing around on their furniture, so came over and took some pictures for us.
|Karen's biting my leg - what a tart!|
A blurry, but better look at Vero's tutu and pink shoes.
My Unlimited Women friends...
|I like the slightly disapproving look on the people in the back near the piano.|
After we finished taking pictures, I stood in front of the fireplace and gave my friends the speech I would have given if I had won.
|Lounging on the table, hee hee|
[pause for laughing]
Thank you so much to my Thick Six: Caro, Vero, Cat, Yvonne and Karen, and to my fashionable partners in crime, Elaine and Tracy. You are all incredible women to me.
Here's to women over "a certain age" not becoming invisible! Here's to you, and to all of us!"
As a finalist, I was given a flower pin, which I stuck to my hat.
And now, I am enjoying a lovely US Thanksgiving Day of football, my guy friends, Nick and Casey, and L (and Vizzini), chili, and chilling.
|My Heismann Trophy pose, with cat looking for food|
Wishing all of my US friends a happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful for all of the wonderful people in my life. Thank you again for all of your support, good vibes and friendship.