Happy long weekend (if you're in one of the provinces that celebrates Family Day today/Monday)! L and I front-loaded our 3 days with excitement, and then have spent the last 2 days doing not much of anything. It's so relaxing!
But back to Friday: leather and leopard!Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - get thee over there!
It's been a week of mostly blouses - I love shirts (vs. knits) and blouses because they have a nice air of formality. And when you're wearing thigh-high suede boots and an up-to-here black leather dress, you want some part of your outfit to tell the rest to just calm the f**k down.
I last wore this blouse here way, way back in March 2013.
here in December 2013 for Book Club.
It was still freakin' cold on Friday (it seems to have broken now; back to rain, the usual winter weather), so the Unsafe Polar Bear coat made an appearance.
Blouse (Planet, consignment), dress (Danier Leather, thrifted), boots (Pegabo), necklace (gift from Tina), leaf cuff (About Tine, local).
L and I rushed home to get ready for the Victoria Film Festival's Opening Night Gala! (go here for their FB pictures of the entire event - maybe I'm in some??)
I test-drove my outfit on Thursday night so that there wouldn't be any surprises with fit, condition or the state of the clothes and accessories. Highly recommended.
Style Crone's next "Hat Attack!" Want to be attacked by chapeaux? Go there!
Voila! I am head-to-toe late 50s/early 60s and yes, I did the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" theme. It's maybe my favourite movie of all time (seriously, much darker than you think), and my mom and dad's song was "Moon River". Aw, how could I not channel Audrey Hepburn?
here. I got it many years ago - maybe 17 years? - at Value Village. I last wore it for my 30th birthday party.
L and I walked downtown, so I had to wear flat shoes - I also put on this vintage 60s swing coat. I've had it since I met L, so about 18 years. It's quite big on me, but I wanted to be authentic!
|"Lookin' at you, baby."|
The pin on his lapel is a nekkid lady - I found it at the Vintage Expo last year and gave it to him for Christmas.
|"Darling, we missed you!"|
Nearly everything I wore was authentic 60s. The vintage bling:
The ring is not vintage - got it at Melanie Lynne a few years ago. The stretchy bracelet on the gloves is vintage and the rhinestone finish on it is iridescent. It's stamped "Empire Made" and is vintage.
My parure was last worn for my company's Christmas party in 2012, here.
It's stamped "Sherman" on the bracelet:
The purse isn't vintage, but it looks it:
My classic kitten heels, good for walking to town, from the theatre to the party venue, and then walking home!
here in November 2013 with rainy florals. They are getting pretty beat up, but I still love them. Not bad for $2.00.
I call this my Flying Saucer hat, of course.
here in 2010. I noted then that I got it for a couple of dollars in a thrift store (I think Value Village).
So here's a whack of pictures from the after-party. We started out with the movie premiere of "Alan Partridge" starring Steve Coogan (one of my favourite funny Brits!). After the sold-out show, the audience went to the undisclosed mystery venue, where we lined up for the red carpet.
No, we're too cool for paparazzi shots, darling! All 7 of us were also freezing, and couldn't wait to get inside, check out coats and get a drink!
The venue was an empty 3-floor office building, with each floor fully-decorated in one of the 3 themes. The main floor was the "60s Be-In", complete with beer bar (all booze was free, woo hoo!) and this awesome 60s stoner band:
The second floor was my favourite: "Andy Warhol's Factory" - the decor was amazing!
The music was Lou Reed, accompanied by this awesomely cool beatnik drummer.
We took the elevator, run by the lovely Linda, up to the 3rd floor.
Of course, the 3rd floor was "Breakfast at Tiffany's"!
Every floor had a themed cake (the lighting was quite dim, so many of my point & shoot pictures didn't turn out.
Back to the Warhol floor for more wine!
More perfect themed decor:
Groovy mid-century furniture to sit on.
Elaine and I had our Polaroid picture taken.
Karen and Elaine:
More of the Tiffany's area:
I loved the outfits of this sweet couple.
There was food everywhere, plus all kinds of fun themed items, like Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard masks.
Me in front of the poster.
A selfie in the elevator!
Nick (in a vintage smoking jacket), me and L:
Nick and Karen:
Elaine being dramatic!
I met this lovely lady - adored her dress.
I got my Warhol picture done!
We got goodie bags when we left, with these tea-loungers in them.
I used Audrey right away:
On Saturday, L and I went for brunch at our diner with our pals Caro and Ronnie. Caro and I planned to go shopping, so I dressed for it.
Blue sweater - can't find when I last wore it, but it hasn't been too long.
here in November 2013 with my crane cardigan.
here for brunch.
Light layers for warmth and not too much bulk for shopping:
Sweater (Ricki's, thrifted), skirt (EDC, consignment), boots (Aldo, consignment), cuff (Guess, thrifted), earrings (local), necklace tile (Raven's Roost Studio).
Caro loves to look in thrift stores, but gets overwhelmed. She and I have never been shopping together (an oversight!), so I took her to 3 of my favourite thrift/consignment stores within a few blocks, and showed her how to find the good stuff (my little walk-through here, for reference).
She got some amazing things, and so did I! Good luck shone on both of us.
Check it out: not a smidge of wear!
I don't usually buy things for other people when I go shopping - it's a little awkward. Do I ask them for the money? What if they don't like it? I made an exception for this sweater.
I think she will like this one too:
And if she doesn't like it?
I didn't have too much luck at the other 2 stores, but I'm very fussy about what I take home with me. After Caro headed off with her mom and her son, I had a wander through an antique store. Look what I found!
Both pieces are stamped "Renoir":
I also treated myself to a brass mid-finger ring.
L and I had a couple of fun nights playing games.
Vizzini is so cute, but mind his moustaches!
|"I'll have you know I'm a proper gentleman cat."|
|"Or an elastic band."|
But he always settles down for a snooze with one of us.
|"Let me sleep."|
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!