Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Parachute Top with Chartreuse, and His Lordship

I was so excited to wear this new-to-me top today - I blathered on about it to everyone who listen, and was able to squee with three of my coworkers who actually had heard of the designer.
 As it's a browny-green shade, I went with a tonal match and pulled out this old skirt that I've been meaning to wear. New-to-me clothes are always a great excuse to make new outfits out of old pieces.


  • Blouse - Dries Van Noten, thrifted; purchased here for $29.95
  • Skirt - Noa Noa; last seen here in July layered under denim Armani
  • Shoes - Eject; last worn here in May with second-hand Chloe and Fendi
  • Jacket (below) - Lazy Susan's; last seen here all last weekend to see Tool in Vancouver

 The top is a different shape, isn't it? It's like a balloon! The polyester is very fine, almost like silk, and it actually rustles. It reminded me very much of a parachute.

The back stays puffed out like this due to a wide strap that goes across my upper back, connected to the back of each sleeve. And every seam in it, except for serging around the sleeves, is a French seam. No edges anywhere. I showed this to some of my sewing friends and they were boggled. So much work!
 The skirt is a sample Noa Noa piece that I bought in October 2011 (here, enjoy the flashback to one of my favourite outfits) and was a Winesday gift for my birthday (hurray for gift certificates!). I love the chartreuse colour and that the gold flowers painted all over it are actually...painted!

Rumour has it that summer starts tomorrow. I double-dog-dare you, Mother Nature! Bring it on!
 Much as I love this jacket, I would like to not be cold in the mornings. Just wait, though - I'll be whining about the heat soon. Why do we go on so much about the weather?

The stuff:
 Every time I wear these shoes, I have to demonstrate that are NOT high! It's all platforms and an illusion heel. These are about a 1.5" heel overall - easy to wear all day!

Gold bling:
 I like chartreuse with gold. It just feels right.


  • Bracelet - Lia Sophia, thrifted - first wearing, paid $5.95 for it
  • Ring - some junky store in the late 90s
  • Earrings - thrifted


One of the places that Vizzini and I cuddle in the morning is The Gold Chair (L and I say it like that). After our quick cuddle (where he bites on pieces of my outfit), he'll often stay there, keeping the warm spot.
"Oh, I thought you'd left already."
We bought this chair second-hand (it's by Bombay Company), and the lovely woven cotton pillow is by Past Times, a catalogue company that L and I used to order from back in the late 90s. I found the pillow in a thrift store when shopping for L - in addition to the woven replica of a real crown, it says, "His Lordship" in scrolling writing at the bottom. It was $3.95 - I washed the inside form and steamed the cover, and gave it to L for his birthday!

8 comments:

  1. That sounds like such a fun top to wear and it's so nice with that skirt.

    As my nearing the end of my 6 months without shopping I'm really finding what you mentioned - new pieces give us good reason to pull out and rewear some of our old pieces. It's like being inspired by our own shopping! The inspiration and ideas from new pieces has been what I've missed the most - more than the shopping, as with the two boys shopping hasn't been the relaxing pursuit it used to be!

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    1. It was really fun! It is true - and I know you've been struggling a bit lately with your ban. This is why I don't do shopping bans! You do have to be really strict with yourself about getting rid of things that don't work, though. It also helps that I rarely pay full price for anything, so even a "haul" of a lot of thrift items is still less than one full-price regular retail item.

      I hope you get your shopping mojo back!

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  2. Oh I love seeing those garments that have that much craftmanship and detailed work and I think that Vizzini feels the pillow is his... I can tell by his pose.
    BTW I love that chair.

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    1. Same here - it's just so amazing to see the art and work that goes into a designer piece.

      Vizzini has claimed most of the furniture as "his", ha ha! We love Bombay Company furniture - we have a lot of it, some second-hand, and a bunch new too.

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  3. Very appropriate for L - and Vizzini!

    I thought the blouse was a jacket in your previous post - sorry! I like how you've paired it with the gold skirts and shoes. The bracelet looks fab btw.

    xx

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    1. Yes, very! Ha!

      No worries - it sort of looks like a jacket. Thank you so much!

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  4. 10/10 for this look. I'm in love with the whole lot. It's just a bit edgy, a bit different and those shoes wow me every time you wear them. Hand it over, all of it!

    Anna x

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    1. Aw, thank you, Anna! I love pushing the style envelope. Hands off, you!

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