Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jeans Week: Purple Velvet and Birds - and 2,500 Posts

This Jeans Week thing is weird. I don't feel like me in these outfits very much, and it's odd to be dressing so ultra-casual for a workday for me. I supposed that's why most people like Jeans Weeks! But for me, I'm really looking forward to putting a dress or skirt on again.
 Today, I'm showing off my super-stretchy purple velvet jeans. These are mostly "wear around the house" pants (I'm still wearing them now as I write this, only now they are covered in cat hair due to someone needing some cuddle time when I got home).

  • Blouse - Tory Burch, consignment; last worn here in September 2016 with pink and yellow
  • Jeans - DG2, thrifted; last seen here (4th outfit) with a rocker tee after a long, busy weekend this month
  • Shoes - Miista; last worn here in April (3rd outfit) for a stroll to town for groceries
  • Bomber jacket (below) - Lazy Susan's; last seen here (2nd outfit) to take Mom out for her birthday this month

 I love this blouse - it's a wonderfully soft silk. The jeans are super-comfy (better than yesterday's pants).
 There's just...nothing to this outfit. It bores me.

Outerwear. Still chilly in the mornings.
 I'm a fan of the bomber. Not boring!

The stuff:
The shoes got the most compliments of anything I wore. I love my "trout" shoes!

  • Earrings - don't remember, some time in the 90s

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So. There is a large NUMBER in the title of today's post, and round numbers are always nice. This marks my 2,500th post since I started blogging back in March 2008 (so long ago!). I am also less than 100 comments away from 30,000 comments (yes, you read that right), but many of those are mine, since I usually reply to all comments, so that's not so much of a milestone. Still, another nice round number.

So hurray, congrats to me, but really, I just want to say THANK YOU.

Thank you for visiting Ephemera
Thank you for your comments. 
Thank you for giving your opinions (good and bad). 
Thank you for the time that you take from your lives to read about mine. 
Thank you for seeing me, as I forge my visible, pushing 50, tattooed, purple-haired way through my life. 
Thank you to L for not grumbling about the time I spend on the computer, or the fact that I have to "do my pictures!" before we go anywhere. 
Thank you to my mom, my auntie Lois, and all my real-life friends who read this little slice that I share. 
Thank you to my virtual blogger friends (some that I've met, some that I never will). You know who you are. 

Thank YOU.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Jeans Week: Blue Tips and Jungle Toes

My company is doing Jeans Week this week for fundraising and elevating awareness of mental health issues. I usually don't participate, since wearing jeans is a step down for me, sartorially; alternately, I do a "Sparkle Week" version, like I did last December. 

This time, I decided to play along (since it's a short week). Although I do not own a pair of traditional denim jeans, I do own a few pairs of non-traditional jeans-like pants. 
 First up, these "boyfriend" cut baby blue heavy cotton pants.

  • Sweater - Lord & Taylor, consignment; last seen here in September 2016 with dots and these same shoes
  • Pants - Talbots, thrifted; purchased here for $6.25
  • Shoes - Joe Fresh, thrifted; last worn here in September 2016, the same time as this sweater
  • Jacket (below) - Allison Wonderland, consignment; last seen here in April 2016 with plaid pants

 These pants are very stretchy. I am not used to wearing pants - period - and the amount of Lyrca in these is...a lot. Over the course of the day, the waistline bagged out (probably didn't help that I hooked my key/access card on a belt loop), and I kept having to hike them up.

The sweater is a very thin, fine cashmere - I'm wearing a vintage camisole under it for coverage (and to hide my blue bra). You can see a bit of my back tattoos through it.
 I love the t-shirt cut of the sweater - it makes it very luxuriously slouchy.

Outerwear. Today was hugely windy, and I had to stash my hat after work.
 I haven't worn this jacket in over a year...but it's a handmade (local) chartreuse green velvet. When am I going to find another one like it? This is why I end up with things...but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The jacket has clean lines, it fits well, it's got pockets. It just doesn't get worn a lot. And I'm okay with that.

The stuff:
 I love the jungle print on these flats - there is a bit of blue in it, a bit of green, a bit of orange and red...they go with a lot.

Blue bling:
 All the blue! The "stones" in the vintage pieces are all thermoset, which is a synthetic that hardens as it cures. These shapes would all be formed hot (the "therm" part) in moulds, most likely, then glued into the settings. A very trendy thing in the late 50s/early 60s.

  • Necklace - vintage fair
  • Bracelet - Coro, vintage fair
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

I did my toes and my nails last night.
This is Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri in "Set Sail" - I quite like this lovely blue.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bigass Long Weekend Wrap-Up: Friday Sack Dress, Cat Pictures, Ultimate Orange and Spanish Ladies, Gregarious Green, and Movie Culottes

Well, that was a weekend! And I still have some precious time left, so must do the blog, then enjoy these last few hours! 

First of all, linking up to:

Thank you to both ladies for hosting these link-ups! Please take the time to visit and check out the other stylish participants. 

Let's cast our minds back to Friday. This is my Casual Friday outfit - another black and white dress!
Since the sack shape is quite casual, I usually wear this dress on weekends.

  • Dress - Joe Fresh, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in August 2016 with 
  • Shoes - Feet First; last worn here with all silks and dots in April
  • Coat (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last seen here on May 4th

 For work, I layered a black tank under it (for bra strap coverage; it's quite a wide neckline), and wore a simple heel.
 It was a quiet day at work, being the last day before the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada. I hosted a paper airplane contest in one of the main boardrooms at lunchtime, because why not?

Outerwear. Only barely needed - it's started to clear up! Fewer clouds, warmer temps, glimpses of sun! Could it be...?
 Spring? Is that you?

The stuff:
Love these blue suede shoes. They are totally basic, but I've had them for years - nearly the entire time I've been blogging!

Silver and blue bling:
 With a simple shape like the dress, very clean lines on the jewelry is called for.

  • Cuff - Fossil, gift from L
  • Bangle - Glee
  • Earrings - local 
  • Vine ring - purchased in Scotland in 1996, made there
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

On Friday night, L and I chilled and played a couple of games of Arkham Horror. Vizzini helps.
"I keep track of the elastic bands." 
 He is not allowed near them. He can't be trusted.

He does sulk when we play.
"Fine. If you don't want me to sleep on your lap, I will sleep here."
 He completely mushes his face down into the cushions. I think he imagines that he is a fierce crocodile.

It started getting warm as the sun went down.
"I'm exhausted."
 Above is my view. This is L's.
"Woman, perhaps you should feed me some more kitty treats."
 He's looking at me, waiting to ambush me when I go to the kitchen.

He also helped us get ready for Ultimate Frisbee on Saturday morning.
"The Man will never be able to pack! He'll have to stay home with me."
Despite his assistance, we made it to the field on time - a fun game with a total of 7 on each team!
 It was lovely and hot and sunny, so I debuted my orange hat - first wearing of the season.

  • Dress - Lirub; last seen here with the same cardi, in September 2016 for Ultimate again
  • Shoes - Franco Sarto, consignment; last worn here in August 2016 with shiny greens
  • Cardigan (below) - Gap, thrifted; last seen here in April over Etro

 My beloved Spanish Ladies dress, purchased many years ago in Camden Market in London - I'm sure a few of you remember it!
 After lunch downtown, L and I got a few groceries and walked home.

I was covered up whenever I was in the sun.
 I thrifted the hat back in late March - it's by Sun 'N' Sand - here for $4.00.

The stuff:
Easy shoes for walking. I picked up a couple of pairs of sunglasses at The Patch a few months ago when I bought my contact lenses. Now that it's sunny and we're playing Ulti again, I do contacts plus sunglasses. Voila!

  • Earrings - vintage expo

 We hung out at home for the afternoon, had a nap, read for a while, then headed over to Cat & Ross' place to play more board games and meet their new kitty, Baxter.
"I am all the kitty you need right here, Woman."
 Baxter was very sweet, and we had fun playing with him - he's an indeterminate-age rescue cat.
"He couldn't possibly be as fun as me."
 He didn't chew on our shoes or destroy my purse or bite either of us randomly.
"These are very high criteria. You are much too fussy about such things."
After a late night, both L and I slept in. In the early afternoon on Sunday, we strolled down to the Inner Harbour to an open patio pub for some drinks and hanging with the gang.
 I was going to wear something more complicated, but it felt like it was going to be a warm day, so I went with a loose and easy dress.

  • Click by Color Me Cotton, thrifted; purchased here in March after the last vintage fair for $22.95
  • Sandals - Born, consignment; last seen here for our trip to Powell River in August 2016
  • Cardigan - Reitman's, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) last June 2016 for L's birthday weekend

 I gave this dress a good steam before we went out - it had wrinkled badly while being folded away after I bought it. It ended up being a good choice for the day!
 I like the long uneven layers.

L was blasting music while I was getting ready, so I couldn't hear the camera timer. Did it go off or not?
 No, not quite.

Contact and sunglasses again. I need a bigass round pair of Sophia Loren-style sunglasses, I think.
 All my exposed skin areas were fully sunblocked. Wear sunblock!

The stuff:
 I've had these sandals for a few years, and they are heaven to wear. I dislike the thong piece between my toes on most shoes, but I can handle it on these for some reason.

Green bling:
 I do like a nice cat's eye pair of sunglasses. That's my mom's green glass necklace.

  • Glass bangle - thrifted
  • Necklace - Mom's, vintage 70s
  • Earrings - Stella and Dot, consignment

I took my camera out for the afternoon, so forgive my personal indulgence of a few pictures.
 In front of the Legislature, aka the Parliament Buildings, there were groups of marching bands practicing for the Monday Victoria Day parade. Most of those come up from the US. So many people! I hurried past this section. Tourists everywhere!

We passed this hotel where we spotted some bridesmaids getting a bride into a car.
I used to hate the big granite avocado, but now I kind of like it.

We had about 16 friends show up over the next few hours. What a wonderful bunch of friends we have!
 Alison and Chris, Randall, Ross, L, Cat and Yvonne.

Me and Yvonne.
 Not bad for a selfie on an old-fashioned phone!

It was so bright, it was hard to see with the sun behind us.
 Cat and Linda, looking gorgeous.

Yvonne and Vero.
 Vero and Justin biked down, as did Linda, and Caro and Ron.

Karen and Casey, two of my oldest friends.
 I met Casey before I met L. Karen is our oldest friend who didn't come to our wedding (she and Nick started dating around then).

Ross and L can always be counted on to ham it up.
 The coolest dudes in the bar, for sure.

After a few hours, it was time to move on.
 Ron and Caro as we stroll around the harbour. That's the Empress Hotel.

Wandering down the street, repeating, "We're not tourists," to the street vendors.
I see my shadow!

We move with energy, and a jump in our steps!
 L is decked out in his Boston Bruins regalia.

Looking back.
 Caro, Casey and Nick.

The Inner Harbour area is so full of tourists - this is the first big weekend of the season! It only gets more crowded over the summer - a good place to avoid if you're local.
 Casey, Nick, Caro and Cat.

We went to the Churchill Pub for dinner and a few more bevvies, and it was still light when we left.
 Looking down Government Street (I can see the Olympic Mountain range in Washington State there at the end!). L and I stayed up and played more board games before we crashed. What a long lovely day!

Today/Monday, L and I had a quiet morning, then walked to town for a quick lunch bite followed by the new "Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 2)" movie.
 It was okay, not as good as the first one. It was gorgeously hot out, but we mistimed things and got caught in the onslaught of cars and people leaving downtown after the parade. Gah! People everywhere!

  • Kimono jacket - Urban Renewal; last worn here in September 2016 for a tattoo session
  • Blouse - Abercrombie & Fitch, thrifted; last seen here in April under lavender
  • Culottes - Jones New York, thrifted; last worn here (5th outfit) in March with copper leather
  • Sandals - Ecote, consignment; purchased here for $10.50

 Things I haven't worn yet for spring/summer. I love this kimono topper, but it's tricky to wear.
 It provided good coverage from the sun (physical sunblock is the best), and was comfy for sitting in the reclining movie chairs.

Culottes never photograph well. Alternate stair pose!
 Yes, they are really pants!

The stuff:
 Not perhaps the most attractive shoes on the foot with this outfit, but I liked wearing these fringed flats just fine. No rubbing, no soreness, just completely comfy. My toes did get cold in the movie A/C, though!

  • Belt - Mimi Di N, thrifted
  • Earrings - Joyce's, vintage 80s

And here we are, trying to write this post while someone bugs me for his dinner.
"You need to pay me more attention, Woman."
I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! I'm off to enjoy what's left.