It's been a fun-filled weekend - I wish I had tomorrow off, but ah, well.
Late last week, we put out an impromptu call to our friends to join us at the Fernwood Inn for an afternoon of carousing (one of our favourite pastimes).
- Dress - handmade, thrifted; last seen here in July 2014 with a pair of Shoes My Husband Hates
- Shoes - Fiel; purchased back here in January for $60 new (regular $250)
It's leather weather!
- Belt - Plum
- Fabric rose - Le Chateau
- Orange leather cuff - thrifted
- Red leather cuff - Rimanchik
- Earrings - made in Vancouver
- Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
- Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop
- Coral ring - gift from Cindy
- Shield ring - Nine West
L and I spent a quiet evening playing games after our afternoon of good times - more good times! On Saturday morning, we met up with Nick for brunch.
- Sweater - Banana Republic; last worn here (2nd outfit) with suede for a shopping expedition in January
- Pleated leather skirt - no tags, consignment; last seen here in January with mustard
- Cowboy boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in March with grey lace
- Ring - consignment
- Earrings - thrifted
My first stop was at the St. Vincent de Paul. I was on a mission for tops and layering pieces. I'm also finding that there's been nearly a 100% shift in colours and tones. I am craving brights, but not exactly the same brights I've always done. I want REALLY bright brights.
Like this aqua cardigan.
This top is by Tahari (a higher-end department store brand), and the cut and all the colours feel very modern to me.
I'm trying to get rid of t-shirt material tops and switch to either thin knits or blouses. Because I sweat a lot, washable is a must. I don't mind good quality polyester in my knits/blouses because it's easier to care for. In the wash you go!
I found this bright tomato orange-red top on the cheap rack for $1.50.
It's a thin knit and is by Nine West.
I scored with this gorgeous no-label blue blazer. I have removed lots of labels in my time, so no judgment if you do too! Sometimes they scratch!
That's Braemar, for sure. I think this blazer is from the 80s - it has the shoulder pads! However, it's a good cut on me...and how often do you find a blue blazer? Especially a wool one for $5.00? I plan to rock this.
From the SVdP, I meandered over to the WIN Warehouse store. I have to replace all of my white tops every spring/summer, as I stain them quite badly.
This label-less cotton shirt has great tux detailing down the front.
|"Janelle Monae would be proud," said L.|
This is one of those times when I'm glad someone cut off the label - this is a really good quality shirt, but because of the lack of brand, it was in with the "regular" clothes, so only $6.00.
I am tired of black and brown blazers. It's the season of brights! Since I ruined my last red blazer when I fell off the bus (the blood didn't come out of the cuffs), I've been looking for a replacement.
I like the slightly boxy influence of the 80s, but I need a shape that "locks and loads" my boobular region. Fit is important, so I've been fussy.
Only $8.50 (this is what you get for not being a recognizable brand, sorry Harve Benard).
I really liked the colour of this Gap cardigan.
I checked the tags - it's from Summer 2010.
Although I already have a bright blue 80s "square" top (this one), it's silk, and due to the aforementioned sweating, I have to be cautious about wearing it underneath cardigans or blazers, 'cause then it gets all pitsy. This one is polyester - it can go in the wash. It's also more of a cobalt blue, so not exactly the same!
I'm a sucker for little evening pieces. I usually resist them, but these two just called to me. First, a little change purse.
|If you are looking at this on a computer monitor vs. phone, that's close to actual size|
Right beside it was this fabulous beaded silk evening clutch.
It was only $6.50.
|"As is" means the few missing beads|
Back here in August 2014, I bought a single gold-rimmed "pineapple" mini wine glass for $2.95.
After my lovely haul from WIN I decided to go further into town, to Flavour Upstairs. Nothing really worked for me this time, but I found this amazing little suede purse for $14.99.
I strolled over to Verve, but nothing rang my bell there (plus it's really expensive consignment), but I did pop into Duchess and Duke consignment shop (FB here, linking 'cause I love; hi, Kasha!), and I'm so glad I did, because I found some awesome stuff.
I also spotted this off-white asymmetrical polyester blouse.
With all my white and off-white goals accomplished, I went back to colour. How about strawberry ice cream pink cashmere at 50% off? It says "Harrod's Cashmere Tee" on the store's tag, but as you can see, the main label's been removed. I choose to believe it's from Harrod's!
This black wool blend dress has no label either, and was also on the half-price rack.
Did I mention I'm having a coloured blazer moment? Yes, I am.
I splurged a bit on this purple leather Danier jacket.
But look at the lining!
Lime and magenta! And really, at $58.00 this was cheaper than my lime green leather jacket, right?
I was really entranced by this cherry red vintage 70s handmade gown. It looks like nothing on the hanger, so I put in on, "bare bones" to model it.
|"Where did my fun belt-toy go?"|
I spent an hour making about 20 outfits from all the new and new-to-me spring-summer clothes I've acquired lately. I'm trying out the trick of putting all your hangers backwards (then you put them back the other way once you've worn an item) to see what I actually wear. My goal is to wear every item in the closet this season, and weed through some of it. My closet feels crowded!
I had to keep kicking Vizzini out. He wants to eat things in there.
|"I only want to chew on SOME of your shoes, not ALL of them."|
|"I am a seething ball of fury!"|
I always have to dress up - it's a holiday!
- Dress - Max & Co.; last worn here in March with trout shoes
- Shoes - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) in August 2014 to Zeb's divorce party
Of course, I had to wear my new-to-me leather jacket with it.
- Belt - Nygard
- Necklace - vintage fair
Hoping you had a fun long weekend - it's back to work for me tomorrow!