Friday's outfit. My company's golf tournament event was Friday afternoon so the office was dead by mid-afternoon. I do not golf.
- Cardigan - Reitmans, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) a few weeks ago over a one-sided dress
- Dress - A.J. Bari for Neiman Marcus, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in June 2016 with pre-scrunched blue
- Sandals - Dr. Scholl's, consignment; last seen here in May with leather and leopard
Here's the dress without the cardigan, with the belt over it. I only wore it like this for dinner with L, where I got recognized by one of the readers of Ephemera. Hello! Thank you for reading!
here back in January 2013 for $10.00 at the Patch, then paid another $40 for a new zipper and to have it taken in so that it would fit me - it is a vintage size 14, which is about a modern size 10 (that's still a bit big on me, as I am in the 6-8 size range). Worth it, though!
This was how I looked to my work colleagues.
a delicate f**king flower, so this is good news, hee hee.
Wanna see the little dotty built-in crinoline of the dress?
Blue and silver bling:
- Belt - Mimi Di N, thrifted
- Earrings - thrifted
- Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
I had a quick browse in the Patch and found this lovely silk sundress.
It's by Kate Moss for Topshop, so I know that's UK sizing there.
So, a couple of weeks ago, I got a box in the mail - it was a present from John Fluevog!
Cat and Elaine and I already had plans to go out to Sidney by the sea, a little town north of Victoria (about a 45 minute drive) on store opening day, but we quickly amended our plans to "meet at Fluevog!" (I think that's going to be a standard meeting place!).
I had another outfit planned (same shoes, though), but it was WAY too hot to wear a sweater, so I threw this together at the last minute in the morning.
Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style. Get yourself over there! I was certainly visible in this and had my picture taken many times at Fluevog.
- Dress - Desigual, 2010; last worn here (3rd outfit) over a weekend in March with the inlaws
- Floofy sheer underskirt - Noa Noa; last seen here (3rd outfit) in August 2015 under a teal strapless dress
- Shoes - Half Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last seen here in May with green and purple
I fully sunblocked up and reapplied many times over the day.
It really helps to check the rear view before you leave the house...
I added my paper parasol (purchased in Chinatown many years ago) for physical sunblock.
And my sunglasses - I am ready to roll!
If you look at my row of buttons on my dress, you can see that there are a few extras: I added my collection of Fluevog buttons!
The Desigual actual buttons are really pretty.
And down at the bottom...
The "Shoe Person of the Year" button and the "45 Years" anniversary button. The Fluevog staff were very impressed.
The dress doesn't require much more.
- Silver bangle - Glee
- Glass bangle - thrifted
- Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
Store opening time was 10am, so we met at 9:30ish. Apparently some people were there as early as 7:30! This picture is from the VictoriaBuzz article about the opening here.
Well, looky there! Who's that on the right side?
It's me and Cat!
|The guy behind us in the yellow won the free pair of shoes! Aw! I wanted them!|
As I arrived at 9:30. The store windows were papered over, and the line had formed. We were down about half a block from here.
The sign and a wooden shoe form.
From my spot in line, looking up the block.
This is the other side of the street. Johnson Street was revitalized back in the 70s - these buildings are all late 1880s/90s, from the Gold Rush era when Victoria was a stop for miners on the way to the Yukon.
Looking up the line.
One of the staff had a Fluevog box on his head and was being led up and down the line.
John Fluevog's car was there!
Cat took a picture of me standing beside it.
This lovely lady was handing out cupcakes.
Getting closer to the store, I could read the lettering on the window and see that the paper had been removed.
Here we are, two old friends, sitting down 40 years later. When I left Victoria in the 70s, it seemed at the time, the right and only thing to do. Back then, it seemed that I and our store [something like "we were not the right fit for this"] beautifully classic and historic city. A teal rose in a garden of red ones. Still at it, still trying, but now with a gentler [hmmm..."outlook"? "this city has]...changed so much, yet not at all, kind of like ["me"?]. I return to see that lo and behold, what once seemed purely timeless shines with an ever-changing glow.You're mostly the same, yet so very different. Thank you Victoria. You gave me a good start and now...It's true. I'M BACK. Old friends are good friends. John Fluevog.
I like that: a teal rose in a garden of red ones. Their limited edition shoes for the Victoria store (men's and ladies') are teal and red. No coincidence, I'm sure!
And we're inside!
It was total chaos - so many people! I will go back another time and take more pictures (they welcome photography in their stores). I might buy something...
Lovely west coast-looking displays:
Near the front window.
|"Souls Rejoice!" in neon|
There were people sitting on the floor trying on shoes.
Boxes everywhere! L and Nick stopped by later and reported it was still super-busy. I bet they had a great opening day!
A 2017/2018 calendar (meh), a sticker ("Embrace Peculiarity" - thank you, I do!), a button ("No, You're Weird" - the companion button is "Know You're Weird"), a pair of blue shoelaces, and a mirror that says "You Look GREAT". And my pair of socks, reunited again!
We hopped on the bus to Sidney, and sat on the top deck (many of our buses are double-deckers) for the view.
Looking east, across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. You can just see Mount Baker (a dormant volcano, same chain as Mt. St. Helen's) in Washington State in the distance.
Coming along Lochside Drive, with the Anacortes ferry up ahead and Sidney in the distance.
We shopped for a couple of hours, then went for lunch at the pub on the water.
This is what I found on our visits to several thrift stores, a few boutiques and a consignment store.
The same thrift store where I scored my vintage Valentino suit for $12.00 (here's the link to last summer's trip) brought all of us good luck again.
It's by Rachel Roy.
I'm sure that these earrings are vintage early 60s and are Bakelite.
I bought these napkins at a boutique for the next Winesday, which I am hosting.
I found these amazing shoes in another boutique.
They are by Matisse.
And only $74.00, marked down from $185.00.
A consignment store yielded this fabulous yellow and purple polyester blouse.
Look! The pattern is a purple tiger!
At another consignment store, I spotted this pink suede jacket top.
It was $69.00 and is by Danier Leather.
And it has split sleeves with a drapey bit.
We bused home, stopping in town to buy a few groceries, then went our separate ways. After all that Saturday excitement, I had a nap and then hung out with L and Vizzini in the heat with the curtains drawn for the evening, to prevent our place from getting overheated from the setting sun.
Today, I walked to town to get groceries. It's HOT.
- Kimono top - Diane Gilman, thrifted; purchased here for $17.99
- Blouse - Violet & Claire, thrifted; last worn here in May with yellow and roses
- Skirt - no label, thrifted; first worn here in April for a weekend chillout with friends
- Shoes - Born, thrifted; purchased here for $14.95
And the hat covered my face.
- Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L
I went to London Drugs after grocery shopping and bought a few things. I spotted these in the hosiery aisle.
Vizzini, what do think of this weekend?
|"Too hot for this Flop Cat."|
I hope you all had a wonderful relaxing weekend!