Okay, this is going to be a big post, both for me to write and for you to read. Skim as you like!
Let's start with Friday, which was decidedly NOT casual for me.here (2015) and here (2014) and here (2013) for past year's outfits and adventures. They tend to coincide with my September closet clean-outs, so feel free to get lost down that rabbit hole.
- Jacket - Simon Chang, vintage 80s, thrifted; purchased here in June for $3.00 (yes, you read that right)
- Blouse (underneath) - Michael Kors, thrifted; last worn here in November 2015 with cream and a pouffy skirt
- Skirt - Lida Baday, thrifted; purchased here for $16.95
- Shoes - Sencha Teapot, Fluevog; last worn here earlier this month with a plethora of colours
And here's the full ensemble:
I loved wearing this gorgeous vintage 80s jacket, ginormous shoulder pads and all.
With my little vintage-y purse.
Nope, he was cool with it. I even look relatively normal without the jacket on!
A shot of the chapeau.
The hat is by Sylvia of New York and St. Louis.
here in February 2014 with more vintage for the Victoria Film Festival gala opening.
This little purse is by Liz Claiborne.
- Gloves - thrifted
- Fur stick pin (added to hat) - thrifted
- Earrings - Joyce's, vintage 80s
- Shield ring - Nine West
- Death Star ring - Soul Flower
Cat, Elaine and I met up to browse the Expo - we also connected with Yvonne and Randall, and Randall's dad (hello, Larry!), step-mom (hi, Sherri!), and sister (hello, Caroline!), and had a glass of wine with them.
I felt that this show was a bit of a let-down compared to past shows. Too many non-vintage vendors, and the crowds were much sparser. I still managed to find a couple of things.
I spotted the unusual pattern and colours of this dress.
I was happy to see Desigual embroidered on the back of the dress.
Still, it was $30, which is a steal.
At the same booth, I actually found one of my own (donated dresses) - this one (image link here or go here and scroll down to the black velvet dress with big crazy sleeves), from my Closet Archive series in 2010. It was marked up to about $60.
I found another item that was the same as an item I own, but we'll get to that in a bit - it was also NOT vintage!
I stopped by the booth of my favourite ladies to see what copper stuff they had.
We went out for dinner afterwards and compared purchases, then home for an early evening. On Saturday, L and I went for brunch with Nick.
This is the official Last Outfit of Summer! I had to get one more wear of this cute dress in, just to make sure I really wanted to keep it.
- Dress - H&M, thrifted; last seen here
- Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last worn here
- Jacket (below) - L.N. Studio, thrifted; purchased in April 2014 (here) for $19.50
I did discover that it's definitely a summer piece. It did not like tights, and kept trying to creep up to my crotchal region!
This is my first wearing of these Betsy Johnson tights - I bought them on consignment, new in packaging. They're a very vivid red!
I really liked how cute the jacket looked with this outfit, with the white cuffs and collar peeking out. This jacket is the parallel of that fluffy-flowered cream coat that I've been wearing so much this past spring/summer - this is the start of fall/end of winter version.
- Earrings - Stella and Dot, consignment
After lunch, L and Nick went for a browse in the CD shops, so I went to the St. Vincent de Paul, followed by the WIN Warehouse Store. I had a budget that I'd set for the Vintage Expo, and I didn't hit anywhere near it, so I felt justified in giving some of that allocated cash to my local charitable organizations.
At the St V de P, I scored on these sweet shoes!
A cute t-strap, and a slight platform to make that heel even easier to wear.
I also found this crazy dress. I was drawn to the colours, and the fabric, a very soft, very bouncy jersey fabric.
But what is this crazyass thing here?
Then I noticed that there was a name on the fabric.
And yes, indeed, this is an Etro Milano dress, made in Italy.
For your enjoyment, I tried it on at home to see if I could figure out how it worked.
I also found this amazing thick knitted wool skirt.
And it's olive green.
I strolled over to the WIN Warehouse Store next. Since I was just there with Jodi recently (here, two weeks ago), I wasn't sure if I'd find anything, but I planned to just enjoy the experience regardless. On my way there, I ran into Caroline, a reader of Ephemera from Ontario! Another reader encounter! How completely awesome! Thank you so much for reading, Caroline!
I started in the accessories section at WIN and found this lovely blue felted hat.
This one was $8.95 and is by Le Chateau.
I also found these amazing leather booties!
They have a great "Beatle boot" look about them.
Each buckle is adjustable to the wearer's foot, and then snaps to the shoe - there are nice little brass levers for popping the snaps open.
These are by Aldo and were $27.95, the most expensive thing I bought.
I found a grey cowl-necked cashmere sweater!
I did well with blazers, and fell hard for this teal velvet jacket.
This is by Jacob, it's fully lined, and is a gorgeous teal.
I was enamoured of this ginormous flame-orange sweater.
I love this military-inspired plaid jacket.
I don't even know if it was ever worn - no one took the stitch out of the back split.
I am in total love with these black velvet pants!
Wonderful vintage labels. Tan Jay, made in Canada! And that's a union label, so this is easily very early 80s or even late 70s.
There is confirmation of the date as earlier than the mid-80s - these are a size 12.
When I got home, Vizzini was being a spaz.
|"I am a seething ball of fury!"|
|"I will not stand for this disturbance in my world."|
On Saturday night, L and I chilled out with some wine and played a couple of games of Arkham Horror. My favourite thing ever!
And today, I headed to town to get groceries, and then turned my attention to the closet.
All right, are you ready for the closet swap-over? Go here to see how things have changed since the end of March when I swapped out my fall/winter for spring/summer.
This is the right side of my closet.
This is the left side.
I started by pulling out all my spring/summer clothes and shoes, and folding them ready for storage. I do everything up: zippers, buttons, cuffs. It makes it easier to hang them back up again in 6 months.
Here are the clothes that didn't get worn over the past 6 months. How do I know? Because the hangers weren't turned around! I hang all my clothes with the hanger hooks backwards, then turn them around as I wear them.
This peach dress is spectacular, but we just didn't have that many fancy parties this past half-year.
Joyce's pink dress didn't get worn.
Neither did this beaded cocktail dress.
A lot of my gowns stay in my closet but get worn about once every 3-4 years or more.
My "stormy" dress didn't get worn.
I keep this for sentimental reasons.
I fully intended to keep this wonderful green dress that I wore for New Year's last year, and my company Christmas party, but sadly, one of the seams, right at the bust, had shredded.
My origami dress didn't get worn, and frankly, I didn't want to wear it.
My Betsey Johnson dress was last worn a year ago for my birthday party.
A gorgeous navy blue lace saw no love in 6 months.
I am not sure about this dress. It's a little too "hey, Sailor" for me.
I love this dress.
I don't have much call for sequins in warm weather but you never know.
This wonderful cotton striped frock coat is still a keeper, even though it's been about a year or more since I wore it.
This white eyelet skirt didn't pass the test.
I saw this exact same skirt at the Vintage Expo!
Here's what's left on the long-hang section (on the left) after all the summer dresses have been taken out.
Removed dresses, folded and ready for storage.
Only a few tops left.
Only a few long skirts left.
Four sad little pairs of trousers. Actually, that should be five - the camo-pants were in the wash.
On the right side of the closet, there is one small shelf up near the ceiling - I store my 1950s shoes there, and a couple of vintage hats.
Here are all the springs/summer shoes that got packed away.
And here are all the clothes that were put away for 6 months.
I lined up all my fall/winter shoes and boots.
Unpacking all the shoes, and deciding which ones stay out.
All the way down the hall!
Another shot of the shoes down the hall.
Hiding under my clothes over the past 6 months was this massive pile.
Three more flat tubs were hauled out from under the bed.
And then I load it all in, hanging everything up. I also wipe down all of the wooden shelves, and dust my mirror and chandelier.
Top left shelf, closer to the door.
One of two sweater shelves below that.
And one more below that.
The blouse/long skirt/pant section.
Looking at that section again from the back of the closet.
My long-hang dress section is nicely filled up.
And here are my skirts, all hung up.
And my jackets filled up, plus all the fall/winter clothes I've bought over the past 6 months, and haven't worn yet.
On the right side of my closet, closest to the door, is my double-stack "Tower of Power" - my shoes!
Here we go, starting at the very top, at the ceiling.
Next to them, on the right.
Shelf #2: Higher heels that I love, but don't wear on a daily basis.
To the right:
Shelf #3: I can wear these to work.
Shelf #4 is taller, so I store my mid-calf boots here, away from Vizzini.
More short boots beside them.
Shelf #6 (it gets darker, as we get closer to the floor - sorry).
Next door to those.
And beside those, my flat/kitten heels.
On the floor, I actually had room for some of my purses.
My boots are stored along the floor, with one in front and one behind.
And in the centre, under the mirror are 3 velvet hatboxes with my belts. I sort these and pull out ones that are more spring/summer-y. I had a bunch stored away over the past 6 months too.
On the right side, more boots.
I'm excited to start wearing these again!
But we're not finished yet. Scarves get weeded through too.
Darker, more autumnal colours.
And I swapped out my jewelry, which I store in our bedroom on my dresser.
This is my "modern jewelry" box.
How it normally looks.
I had a helper in all of this.
|"What is this thing that looks very tasty?"|
|"What do you mean, I can't go in your closet? It's wide open!"|
|"I will bite you in the foot!"|
|"I want in there! Let me in! There are things I want to see!"|
I let him back inside as soon as I was done, but he was not happy with me.
|"I am going to bite you when you least expect it."|
|"Nothing to see here. Go away."|
|"I'm just a cool cat, chilling in this awesome closet full of things to chew on. Nothing to see here."|
|"If you laugh at me, I will eat another pair of Fluevogs. This is not an idle threat."|
|"This is a very fine place to have a sit-down, I think."|
|"Are we done yet?"|
Linking up to:
And I'm off!