This has been a perfect weekend. Just the right amount of socializing and just the right amount of downtime. I might even be able to get in another nap.
- Jacket - Etro, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) last Hallowe'en weekend in October
- Dress - Land's End, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in April for a Winesday
- Shoes - Half-Truth Veda, Fluevog; last worn here a few weeks ago for thd 40+ Blogger Meet-Up
We cleaned the house when we got home after brunch. Guess who doesn't like the vacuum cleaner?
|"I was cold."|
I finally finished my dear friend Cat's Zentangle fan. It's taken me since June (I started it here when Mom and I went Zentangling in Beacon Hill Park).
I started with a paper fan from Chinatown.
I outlined the flowers again to make them stand out against the background.
Cat also loves simple geometric designs, so I worked a repeating pattern as background behind the main flowers.
I added stylized suns and flower bud flourishes across the top.
Then I started in on the colour.
She was over one night and checked out the progress.
Bold greens for the leaves and stems.
There, that will stand out.
Next up, that background.
I used most of the same colour palette to do yellow and red tulips.
Saturday afternoon, I added the last colour and finished it.
The watercolour pencils add subtle colour.
I also coloured the sunbursts and buds with felt pens.
Cat really loved it. Now, onto one for Karen!
Last night I had a few of the original Winesday ladies over for a clothing swap (mostly my clothing being given away), while our guys had a MANsday. We were up till the wee hours, but what a wonderfully relaxing time.
This morning I slept in a bit, then got groceries and had a small shop downtown.
- Dress - Coldwater Creek, thrifted; last seen here in May to the Ulty field
- Shoes - Born, consignment; last worn here (3rd outfit) just last weekend to shop with Yvonne
- Earrings - Stella and Dot, consignment
First wear of those earrings. I love the vivid colour.
I had a leisurely browse for about an hour and a half. I observed one poor woman who wanted to shop and her husband/partner and kid whined constantly the whole time. Jeez.
Flavour Upstairs has a good mix of new and vintage at very reasonable prices. They also mark stuff down over time, so you can end up with great deals.
A better look at the pattern.
The chartreuse satin lining was amazing, probably silk. The cut of the jacket is very 50s/60s, and the quality is insane. No exposed inner seams anywhere.
I have two parties to go to in late August/early September and I found dresses for both of them! This one will be for Vero's birthday, since I promised to wear these boots for her.
The pattern is fans with scenes on them, all outlined in silver!
The back is open.
I've been frustrated in my attempts to find a good t-shirt-ish top, as well as a good orange top. One of my early-summer purchases (this Jaeger sweater) got spots on it when I washed it, and I didn't like the cut of this orange top on me.
100% cashmere by Lord & Taylor. I saw these in the Bay department store on the way downtown for $89.00 each.
I am a sucker for a nice obi.
I'm usually "leather only" but this is really soft - it fooled me for a few minutes!
I really liked these 3 silver and amethyst stacking rings.
I found two more dresses, and I'm going to use them to show my madd vintage detective skillz.
|"I want my dinner."|
However, it's marked vintage. It has no label on it.
|"Vintage!" with a heart dotting the i.|
How do I know it's not vintage? A vintage fabric like this will get its pattern from the weave, the same as that yellow jacket above does. This pattern is printed on the fabric.
In contrast, check out this piece of magnificence!
|Lilies and berries - but these are like no plants in nature|
Not labeled vintage, but look at this zipper in contrast to the one above.
This dress has no label either - it might have been handmade or the label might have fallen off, but either way, I only paid $19.99 for this dress as well. I can't wait to wear it!
And now...time for dinner and hanging with L - I hope you all had a lovely weekend!