Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cranes and Goldenrod

Another day of being slammed by work. At least the days go by fast. Zoom, there they go.
A favourite top from last year makes its first appearance, with a new-to-me skirt today.

  • Top - H&M, consignment; last seen here in July 2016 with black and yellow
  • Skirt - no label, handmade, thrifted; purchased here for $14.99
  • Shoes - Gentle Souls; last worn here in March with a strapless dress
  • Coat (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted 

I was quite happy with this outfit - I have done this top (the pattern is flying cranes, by the way) with a yellow skirt before (here), but this skirt is shorter and a smaller size. I still have the other yellow skirt - it's such nice quality, and because vintage wool skirts don't have any stretch, it's handy to have them in a few sizes.

One of my coworkers called this "goldenrod" today. Sure, that will do - I need a name for this skirt so that I can search for it (to do those "last worn here" links). Henceforth, it shall be the goldenrod skirt.
The top has a slight trapeze shape, normally a shape I steer clear of (doesn't work well with boobs), but I love the wrinkly fabric and the pattern so much.

Outerwear. Getting close to not needing a jacket, but I'll always need a layer for physical sunblock.
 I sweated through my top on the brisk walk home, though, so in the wash it goes.

The stuff:
Hurray for comfy shoes! I was pleased with how nicely this grey suede went with the top.

Bold bling:
Favourite cuffs, and classic earrings (all the way from Nashville!).

  • Cuffs - both thrifted
  • Earrings - gift from Megan Mae
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

 You might have noticed that I didn't have my nails done yesterday, but don't fret - I did them last night. I am gradually weeding through what I've come to realize is a 20-year-old collection of nail polish. That teal one I wore back here in January? I strongly suspect that's the polish I wore for my wedding 20 years ago!
This one's another Rimmel, called "Climax" (oh, I don't get it, whatever do they mean?? har har). Another 60 Second one. I believe this is from the late 90s, based on the colour, which reminds me very strongly of grad/prom gowns from that era. I love this nice rich purple, though - it's slightly matte texture with a pearl finish. Pretty!

Who is super not impressed?
We had a cuddle here this morning, and he curled right up. Wish I could have stayed home too, bud!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Lavender, Lace, Houndstooth and...Orange!

I know, right? Orange shoes with this outfit?
Hint: the necklace has orange in it. And of course you can wear lavender and orange together! I've done it before (here)!

  • Jacket - H&M, thrifted; last worn here in September 2016 with sheer dots
  • Lace shirt - Abercrombie & Fitch, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) just a week or so ago for weekend shopping
  • Skirt - Bianca Nygard, consignment; last worn here in October 2016 with a once-worn sweater
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February in the snow and rain for the VFF Gala event 
  • Coat (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted

This is basically a variation on a theme, swapping the black culottes for a black-and-white houndstooth skirt. I had created this ensemble for theatre with Mom on the weekend, but ended up going with a dress instead - this outfit felt too "worky" for me for going out.

I have mixed feelings about this lavender blazer, though. I'm not a fan of the one-button stance, being gifted in the boobular region.
 However, I'm a fan of this skirt, which I kept out for spring/summer, as it's such a nice pattern. It will be too hot for summer, but good for these slightly chilly days.

Outerwear. Still required, as the day called for rain, but it ended up lovely and sunny.
Spring is so changeable here, but it's so fresh and bright this evening. Love!

The stuff:
I adore these shoes so much I have them in three colours - and you know I so rarely do that!

Purple and orange bling:
See, orange! It totally all goes together.

  • Necklace - thrifted
  • Earrings - local

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weekend Wrap-Up: Mom Stuff - Brunch, Theatre and Movie

Not much left in this weekend, but here's a quick post before I run off and enjoy the rest of it. And has it been fun so far? You bet it has! 
Let's kick it off with Friday's brunch outfit, featuring my DIY harem pants.

  • Jacket - Helmut Lang, thrifted; last worn here in March for Women's Day with leather pants
  • Sweater - Ralph Lauren, thrifted; last seen here in December 2016 with glitter and shine
  • Pants - Design Lab by Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last worn and DIY'ed here (2nd outfit) in August 2016
  • Shoes - Modern Vintage, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in September 2016 with Spanish ladies 

A bit of cover, a bit of bare ankles. These pants are gloriously billowy when I walk.
L and I strolled to town and met Nick for lunch, grabbed a few things on the way home, and then had a nice long nap.
Outerwear - surprise! I just did my jacket up!
However, it did rain, especially on the way home. I was dripping purple from my hair.

The stuff:
I noted last time I wore these those that it was time to get them re-heeled, and lo and behold! I actually did it!

Boho bling:
This triple chain necklace tangles a lot.

  • Necklace/earrings - Mango's
  • Ring - local
  • Cuff - vintage 60s, Mom's

Mom found this in her jewelry box and thought I would like it - I do! It's a bronze cuff lined with leather that she bought when she and Dad (possibly me, but she can't remember) went to a craft/artisan fair at the Bay Street Armoury in the late 60s. She said she paid about $10 for it then.
I think it's a look out a window at the sun, moon and stars, mountains in the background, and waves on the ocean in the middle, with stairs leading down. No idea what it's actually supposed to be, though - any other guesses?

It's signed.
That's the alchemical symbol for Jupiter, bit in the late 60s, that could have meant anything! Anyway, a very cool piece. Thanks, Mom!

After our nap, L went to the memorial for our neighbour Murray, and I got dressed to go to the final play of the Belfry Theatre season, "Alice Munro Stories " (about it here).
Theatre always means dress-up for me.

This is my entry for Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style. Go, go, go!

  • Blouse - no label, vintage, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in March for a weekend with the inlaws
  • Dress - Tangerine Jill, consignment; last worn here in December 2016 with this same blouse
  • Shoes - Effortless Vivian, Fluevog; last seen here in April with rainy pleats
  • Coat (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here in February with plaid pants and leopard

"My paw is so much more interesting than you."
We both enjoyed the play (actually, two short stories performed, so more like two plays), and then went for dinner at the local pub afterwards.
"I express my disdain for this by standing on three legs."
I have "nap hair" - that's what you get for sleeping on wet hair.
I love how the ruffled cuffs of the baby blue blouse poke out of the big bell sleeves of this thin coat.

Obligatory Wonder Woman pose!
Take that!

The stuff:
A comfy low shoe for walking to and from the theatre.

Silver bling:
I wore the pin at the throat of the blouse.

  • Pin - thrifted
  • Earrings - Brighton, furniture store
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

L and I stayed up late playing boardgames and drinking wine! After a nice long sleep-in, I headed off to town to get groceries.
Hard to tell what the weather's going to do, so my clothes are all over the place with warmth.

  • Sweater - Gap, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in March with my tulle ballet skirt
  • Skirt - Mario Serrani, thrifted; last worn here in September 2016 with green sleeves
  • Shoes - Miista; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February with that rainy floral pleated skirt again
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather, consignment 

I met up with Mom again in the afternoon and we went to see "Beauty and the Beast" - it was such a treat to have fancy reclining seats in the theatre!
We both enjoyed the movie (seriously, what is all the fuss about Lefou? it's NOTHING), especially the spectacular visuals (the costumes were amazing).

Outerwear was called for.
It was rainy, cloudy and sunny. Make up your mind, weather!

The stuff:
Simple earrings, easy shoes.

  • Earrings - Stella and Dot, consignment

 I had an hour to kill between getting the groceries and meeting Mom, so I popped into the WIN Warehouse store.

Success! Check it out, Wolford!
I don't wear knee-highs that often, but I still do sometimes.

My cheapie drug store ones will be replaced with these uber-high-quality ones.
Regular price $34.00 at Holt Renfrew, but for me, only $1.95. Seriously, that's less than 6% of the original price.

I also found this wonderful silk and viscose dark grey velvet blazer in the thrift section.
It is so soft!

I can only conclude that they've never heard of Boden...
Or this would have been more than $8.95! A little Interwebz digging reveals this is from 2011-2012, and probably would have been around $250.00 new. Score!

I was drawn to the pattern on this dress.
"I am drawn to this loose thread."
This is a dress, by H&M, and it's a dark green with pale pink and chartreuse yellow flowers on it. The side are slit about 12" and it has a deep slit in the back of the neck (you can see a bit of this below).
It was only $9.95. It's also labeled a size 12, but fit me perfectly in the shoulders, so I just ignored that. Should be fun to wear! 

...And how was your weekend? Up to any shenanigans?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Psychedelic Friday - Purple, Orange and Yellow

Today was an exhausting day, mentally, with a huge task assigned to me by my boss, requested by corporate. I spent the day with my head down, trying to get as much of it done as I could. I'm used to quick, multiple tasks over my day, so changing to a deep-focus, large task was tough. I did a big chunk of it, though, and now, time to relax! It's the weekend!
Kicking some colour into gear - we had a glorious, sunny and warm day (15 degrees!), and my colours felt perfectly right.

  • Cardigan - Gap, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in September 2016 with the Spanish ladies dress
  • Dress - Etro, thrifted; first worn here (3rd outfit, past the concert pictures) in October 2016 with orange under it
  • Shoes - Nine West, thrifted; purchased here for $18.95
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather

Freshly re-purpled hair as of last night. Thank goodness with my hair longer, I can hide the splatty edges!

I loved wearing this gorgeous dress again - the colours and the giant paisley patterns are so fun. There's even tiny little "Etro" signatures all over it. Yes, it's really Etro Milano, made in Italy, and is probably from the 90s. Can you believe I paid $6.00 for it in the St. Vincent de Paul?? Check out their current line of dresses here* - they certainly love pattern! Etro was founded in 1968 and is still a family business (Etro is their last name) - they are known for their use of paisley.
*linking 'cause I love! 

We visited an Etro store in Florence a few years ago, and had a wonderful experience there (bought L an awesome pair of trousers), and this is the second Etro piece I've found second-hand in Victoria, along with this blazer.

I wore a mustard cami underneath it - it's a bit boobtastic otherwise.
I covered up with this cheery citrus orange cardigan - the perfect weight. I wore it outside to grab my lunch on its own - the first non-coat outing of the year! Woo!

Outerwear. It was too chilly this morning not to have a coat on.
I do love my yellow leather.

The stuff:
First wearing of these shoes, and they were...a B+. I love the look of them, and while they didn't rub anywhere (I had nylons on), they do cause the toes to pinch on one foot. The curse of the 80s pointy-toe shoes comes back to haunt me. I now regret walking miles in stilettos after dancing for hours when I was younger! No, wait, I don't, ha! But my feet pay the price. I will probably hang onto these shoes for another wear or two, but I might have to pass them along.

Colourful bling:
I love this necklace and earring set - I really liked how they worked with the outfit.

  • Earrings/necklace - Murano glass from Venice, gift from L
  • Lapis lazuli/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

I have a few fun events planned for this weekend - see you Sunday for the wrap-up!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tunic and Polka Dotted Pants

Today was a busy day! Tons of clients at work, much running around, and general "ah! must get this done now!" moments. 
Maybe not the best day to wear some of my higher heels, but hey, if you're going to run around, do it in style, I say!

  • Tunic - Allison Wonderland, thrifted; purchased here for $5.00
  • Trousers - Tara Jarmon, consignment; last worn here in September 2016 with jungle cashmere
  • Shoes - Celestial Communication Andromeda, Fluevog; purchased and first worn here on our anniversary trip to Vancouver in March 
  • Coat (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted

First wearing of this tunic, and I really liked it, although it wrinkled like mad. It must contain metal! Ha!

I really built this outfit around the shoes, which I wanted to wear for my WW group (I always save the good shoes for them), and didn't really consider how much of my ink would be showing at work.

So when the clients just kept coming...and coming...I thought, "Maybe I shouldn't have so much of this exposed?" but my company supports my look, so I shrugged and moved on from that negative thought.
I like my look - purple hair, aqua glasses, loads of ink, and polka dotted pants, oh my! - and no one said boo. Our clients get a kick out of it.

Outerwear. Where I look more respectable, as befits a lady who's going on 50.
Hee! It's strange how we can second-guess ourselves, isn't it? I don't usually have these crises of appearance - I am pretty well-settled in my skin.

The stuff:
Oh, sweet beautiful shoes! My feet are tired now, especially after two hours of standing for WW. Flats tomorrow, feet, I promise!

Delicate bling:
I liked how the pearls and lace contrasted with the space-age shoes and the bold lines of the tunic and the dotty pants.

Cuff - Nashville, made locally
Ring - vintage fair
Earrings - thrifted