Wishing you all a very Happy New Year for 2018! I'll be back after New Year's Eve for an outfit recap, but that will be a short post and then I'm back to my daily-ish schedule. It's been nice, being away from the computer, but it's also good to reconnect and respond to all your comments and visit all your blogs. I hope you're all enjoying your time off and having a good time.
Let's get caught up now, shall we? Got a mug of tea, and a cat on your lap? Me too!
Merry Christmas! L and I spent Christmas Eve day watching football and playing board games into the evening. We were up bright and early for our stockings!
- Sweater - Tatyana, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) earlier this month with shiny taffeta and gold for "A Christmas Carol" with Mom
- Skirt - Joy Nilsson, vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here in December 2016 with blue cashmere for shopping and drinking
- Boots - Lucky Brand, swap from Cat; last seen here (3rd outfit) a few weeks ago for a trek to town for groceries
- Coat (below) - Apparence, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) last week
We were invited to my brother's ex-wife's house for Christmas afternoon and dinner, but we woke up to a real treat...
|Craigdarroch Castle: I see wreaths around the tower!|
L and I took the bus to Cynthia's, where we hung out with my brother Dave, his four kids, my eldest niece Zoe's two friends from university, and my mom. It was a lovely day! We played "Cards Against Humanity" which was hilarious.
I wore gold accessories for extra seasonal sparkle.
Dig that colour.
Outerwear: I bundled up with the Unsafe Polar Bear. Strictly speaking, I should be wearing the Unsafe Polar Bear when it's NOT snowy out, as it provides camouflage.
- Beret - consignment
- Scarf - gift from L
- Gloves - Danier Leather
- Belt - vintage 80s, thrifted
- Cuff - Lia Sophia, thrifted
- Christmas tree pins - gifts from Ev, 90s
- Amber ring - c. 1996
- Gold amethyst ring - Dad's, c. 1965, Frances Jewellers
- Earrings - Metropolitan Museum of Art gift shop
When L and I did our stockings on Christmas morning, we looked and looked for Mr. Vizzini - he was nowhere to be found!
|"Right under your nose, Woman."|
|"Are these all mine?"|
One of my favourite gifts is this Wonder Woman mug.
L and I spent Boxing Day holed up at home, reading and listening to music. I am in the middle of a monstrous novel (Dan Simmons' "The Abominable"), which I'm hoping to finish by the end of the year. Then I have to dive into our next Book Club book, but then...
On Wednesday, we spent the entire day out and about, being social. And so I dressed up - why not!?
here, and I think you will agree that I made the right call with going with the acid yellow skirt instead.
- Sweater - Lacoste, thrifted; last seen here (4th outfit, way down) in February with red, blue and Lacroix
- Skirt - Club Monaco, consignment; last worn here in November 2016 with burgundy and lame (lah-MAY!)
- Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) a couple of weeks ago with a real green dress (with feathers!)
- Coat (below) - Danier Leather, thrifted; last worn here in November over PANK
L and I were up early (we've mostly avoided sleeping in, giving us extra chill time), and walked to town to visit the Fluevog store. With me having two gift certificates, and L's much-desired cowboy boots on sale (here, all forthcoming Fluevogs links are because I love - I get nothing from them, and pay them for all my purchases!), we just had to go!
The skirt just delights me. I should wear it more!
This is how most people saw me while we were out and about.
- Fur scarf - Danier, thrifted
- Gloves - Parkhurst
- Pin - thrifted
- Both bracelets - Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair and thrifted
- Earrings - vintage fair
I had the Fluevog gift card from my boss and the VPs, plus a card from L, so I had quite a bit of credit to play with at the Fluevog store. I bought these...
Here's the page if you want to treat yourself! They are the Ishshoes Chatterbox and they are truly gorgeous on. I can't wait to wear them (but not in the rain!).
The sole is shaped like an iron and says, "Iron out your Ishshoes". Ha!
I also bought myself another pair of shoes from the Big Presence family, the Earhart, in papaya and lilac (link here - a steal at $169.99!). You may recall that I also have the Big Presence Desmond in three colours (waxed yellow, waxed orange, and copper).
The amoeba shapes are embossed and have red brushed on the raised parts.
And as you can see from the attached sale tag, I got the last pair in my size.
Vizzini, what do you think of my new shoes and boots?
|"Bored. Nothing to chew on."|
I found a few things, but we have the most fun trying all the wacky stuff on (a 70s cossack-y jumpsuit, green lame (lah-MAY!) knit pants). I wish the distressed waist brand-new Helmut Lang pants had fit but no such luck!
I did find this cool thick red t-shirt knit top. I like the quilted faux leather sleeves.
I like the zippers on the cuffs.
I recognized the brand of this top, so had to try it on. It was insanely flattering, so I had to have it!
Obakki is an excellent brand (read about them here, linking 'cause I love) - I used to have a coat (this one) by them.
MSC had a deal on - buy a regular price item, get a scarf for half price. This silk fringed one caught my eye.
I have to store it away from Vizzini.
My Sister's Closet doesn't sell menswear, but every so often they have something. I saw this and snagged it right away for L.
But no - it's by Etro!
And all the buttons are Etro too.
And because I am generous like this, here's the armpit. You sewers out there will be gasping.
I went for drinks after shopping, then when I got home, L and I dashed to town to meet more friends for the movie. I loved it - if a love story between a merman and a mute woman sounds good, then go see it. It's visually stunning (as all Guilermo del Toro movies are). We walked home under clear skies.
On Thursday, I needed a non-social day. Nope, don't want to talk to anyone for a while. Time to go shopping. Forget Boxing Day sales - I'm going to the second-hand stores!
- Top - Edit by Jeanne Bekker, consignment; last seen here in November with more leather
- Skirt - Danier Leather, thrifted in Powell River; last worn here in October with pink suede
- Shoes - Sperry, thrifted; last seen here in October with jeans and velvet
- Rain coat - Thermal-Slicks, consignment; last worn here in November
I went to a ton of stores, and had some good luck. I got soaked (it rained a lot), and my feet were very tired by the time I walked home in the dark, but I felt nicely restored.
The pleather top helped keep me warm (I had another camisole on under it), and the grey tights kept my legs from getting too wet.
In my rain gear.
- Scarf - gift from L
- Gloves - Parkhurst
- Earrings - Glee
- Necklace - Robert Larin, vintage 70s, gift from L
I stopped in at the Velvet Crease, a consignment store I used to frequent; however, since they've moved, I find that their selection is not as good, and the prices are higher. That didn't stop me from finding a couple of things that I loved, though!
It's by BCBG Max Azria, and was $20.00.
I also found this brand new pair of hot pink leather gloves for $20.00.
Real, genuine leather.
From there, I went to the St. Vincent de Paul and found a couple of things.
The brand is Linea Domani, and this skirt was sold at Melanie Lyne (a now-gone mall store). Looks like it was never worn.
I also found this great wool tank sweater.
Only $6.00 for Eileen Fisher.
After the St V de P, I walked to the Patch - they have a "Buy 2, get 1 free" deal on, so time for a good rummage through everything. I spotted this fabulous jacket pretty quickly.
It's by Kenzo! I don't know what a size 36 is.
And check out the striped lining in the sleeves! I love that gorgeous detail.
This jacket caught my eye in a sea of boring jean jackets. Baby blue! Studs! I am in love!
Ooh, it's a Dolce & Gabbana jacket! And the tag is still attached, so this was likely never worn! It was $32.95, so as my cheapest thing of the 3 items I found, this was FREE.
I spotted my third and most expensive item near the end of my Patch expedition. I've been looking for a puffer jacket for a while. Our winters have been getting colder (or I'm less tolerant of the same ol' cold??), and I wanted it for warmth. I didn't want black, so I was excited to see this lovely T Tahari down-filled coat in a nice taupe.
The coat is sized a large, which is good for layering underneath it - I want to be able to wear blazers to work and have my coats fit over them.
Strap securing the hood. This coat was $69.95, but it originally sold for $370.00, so I'm happy with my deal.
One last stop on my shopping trip before I walked home - the WIN store.
Only $9.95, marked down from $19.95 - still a score, as these sold for over $125.00 new!
L and I have been hunkered down, staying indoors, playing games, watching movies, and giving Vizzini lots of love. I adore this picture of my two guys.
|That's our favourite board game, Arkham Horror, in the foreground|
He also tried to check out our stockings. Sorry his face is a blur - he is a quick cat!
|"Are the humans looking??"|
|"I spy my biteable target."|
|*chomp!* "Mmm...a fine vintage of whatever this thing is that I'm eating."|
But, like me, he needs to be alone sometimes too.
|"I'm totally safe here under this pillow."|