Thursday, August 16, 2018

Lace, Velvet and the Queen of Matchy-Town

Well, we made it - the week is nearly at an end. Thursday calls for a stylish but comfy outfit. 
 Jammy dress! This lovely velour (KLASSY) dress is heaven to wear.

  • Dress - Ichi; last worn here in February for Valentine's Day with matchy burgundies
  • Shoes - Nanette Lepore, thrifted; last seen here in July with lace and sparkles
  • Jacket (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last worn here on Monday

Does velvet or velour work for summer? Yes, when it's done with white/cream/lace accessories, why not?
"I spot some tasty tassels."
 Just like the last time I wore this dress, my accessories match - and so does my hair, noted one of my colleagues. "I'm the Queen of Matchy-Town," I declared.

You may have noticed my hair's getting lighter - I'm going a lighter shade of purple as I grow out my white. Yes, I have white hair under least in parts.
"I'm miffed that you won't let me chew on your shoes."
The plan is to have it allover light lavender. It will take a while as the old colour fades/grows out. It may end up not to my satisfaction, but it's just hair and I can colour it again if I feel like it. I'm never afraid to change my hair!

Outerwear - didn't really need it.
"You could let me in the hall to make up for lack of tassel-chewing."
Of course, the velvet velcroed itself to the jacket immediately. Annoying.

The stuff:
 These shoes have been pretty good this summer - I'm inclined to forgive any small fit issues (a bit scratchy) because they are so pretty.

Gold and white bling.
Pieces I love to wear. I'd forgotten about these earrings - Mom, you might recognize them, since I "liberated" them from your jewelry box along with that cuff and the gold belt (not this one) back in 1985ish. Hee. I wish I had pictures of some of my old outfits from high school...

  • Belt - Mom's, vintage 70s
  • Cuff - Mom's, vintage '70
  • Bracelet - Lia Sophia, thrifted
  • Earrings - Mom's, vintage 70s

I'll be back on Sunday with a party outfit! Have a wonderful weekend, my friends! Thank you so much for visiting!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Two-Fer: Gookey and Pilgrims

This is going to be brief, as I am off to see "The Gospel According to Andre" tonight with Elaine. Gotta catch the bus!
 Finally wearing this vintage strapless prom dress from the 80s.

  • Jacket - fake Gucci (Gookey!), thrifted; last seen here in April with houndstooth
  • Dress - AJ Bari for Neiman Marcus, vintage 80s; last worn here in June 2017 with aqua
  • Shoes - Truths Pilgrim, Fluevog; first worn here earlier this month with patterns galore

Yes, this is a strapless dress! If you check out the "last seen" link above, there's a picture of it "au naturel."
 It doesn't stay up very well, so I always wear a cardigan or jacket over it. I loved how this green lace one looked - it's my Gucci/Gookey! So totally fake!

I had a lot of compliments on this outfit, and the colours, and the patterns.

I always show the underskirt of the dress:
 Sheer polka dots! When is the last time you saw a sweet detail like that?

Oh, and here we are again - this is what I am wearing to the theatre.
 Presto! Add a red cami, and change to trousers.

  • Cami - Ricki's, but not tracked
  • Trousers - Jean's by Jean Paul Gaultier, vintage 90s, vintage store, Vancouver; last seen here in May for Star Wars Day

My alternate "Pants on Stairs" pose.
 Can I made the bus?

I felt quite clever, figuring out this look - it was very last-minute.
"My dinner is late! Stop with your pictures, Woman!"
 I like how these shoes work with the pants.

They're a little odd, like me.
 I kinda have to wear something goofy to a movie about a fashion industry icon, don't I?

I'm even wearing a real purse!
A pop of neon! Is that still a trend? Do I care? (Answer: NO).

  • Bag - Club Monaco, thrifted

The stuff:
 Second wearing, and these are stretching out nicely. I have a feeling these will last a long time in my wardrobe.

Gold bling:
The earrings are real gold, bought by L in 2002 for our 5th wedding anniversary.

  • Earrings - gift from L, 5th anniversary
  • Bracelet - thrifted - first wearing

The bracelet was a perfect match for the Gookey jacket!

And....6 minutes to spare! Off to catch the bus! Edit: YES! I made the bus. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Leaves and Leather

Nothing terribly exciting today. It's hot but hazy from the 600+ forest fires in the province. 
 Here's a new-to-me blouse - that's sort of exciting.

  • Blouse - Ralph Lauren, thrifted; purchased here for $12.95
  • Skirt - Mackage, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in April during Ally's visit
  • Shoes - Chi Mihara; last worn here in July with brights
  • Jacket (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last seen here in June

The pattern of the blouse is large flowers, but they look like leaves to me and the blouse overall has a very autumnal feel. I had many comments on the masses of ruffles down the front of it.
 Yes, I am wearing a leather skirt on a hot summer day. To be fair, I'm in air conditioning for 90% of my work day.

I haven't worn this skirt to work in a couple of years - it's been a weekend piece for a while. That needed to change!
 I love the cut of it, although I did have to wear a half-slip under it to avoid gaping. I'm also wearing a camisole under the blouse.

Outerwear - not really needed, but I like having my arms covered up.
 I like how the ruffled exploded out - I'm looking forward to layering this blouse in fall. For now, though, it's sweaty and in the wash.

The stuff:
 One of my best shoe purchases this year. I love how comfy these shoes are, and I love the extra height they give me without the pain of high heels.

Copper bling:
Some favourites - I wonder if copper will ever have a renaissance? I can't think of a modern era where it's been popular.

  • Necklace/bracelet - vintage 70s, vintage expo
  • Earrings - vintage expo

Monday, August 13, 2018

Neoprene and Silk

Monday, blerg. Let's distract ourselves with clothes! Weee!
 I built the outfit around this new-to-me neoprene top. Gotta wear the new stuff!

  • Top - Club Monaco, thrifted; purchased here for $12.99 (new, with the bead bag still attached)
  • Trousers - J. Crew, consignment; last seen here (4th outfit) in July with black and white
  • Shoes - Prepare Hi Steady, Fluevog; last worn here in May with purple tigers
  • Jacket (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last seen here in June

The shape of the top is slightly trapezey, so I wanted a slim bottom to balance the wideness. I wore a black camisole under the main top to avoid any flashes of belly skin in the office. I'm fine with arms up to my 'pits showing, but not my stomach.
"My stomach is far nicer than yours."
 I liked how the regular floral "dots" on these silk pants echoed the beaded floral shapes on the top.

I also showed a fair bit of my back ink today. Overall, I liked this top, although it did snag a bit and the beaded parts were somewhat pokey on my bare arms.
"My claws are also somewhat pokey."
It probably will not last the summer with me - top, you're hereby on probation.

Outerwear - it's forest fire season here in BC, and we're starting to see the same haze we had last year. It looks cloudy out, but the light is more orangey.
 This light jacket is more for sunblock. I was getting tired of the white linen one!

The stuff:
 My "Disco Dutch" shoes! Sturdy, comfortable, and non-injurious to my leg.

Gold bling:
None of which is actual gold.

  • Mesh cuff - vintage 60s, Mom's
  • Cuff - thrifted
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Earrings - Biko, consignment

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Friday Wrap, Saturday Swoosh, Designer Connections and Cat Pictures

This felt like a very short weekend, didn't it? Friday feels like only yesterday!
 Going through my as-yet-unworn clothes for spring/summer and what do you mean, I haven't worn this dress yet? That's an oversight!

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

  • Dress - Diane Von Furstenberg, thrifted; last seen here in August 2017 looking very familiar
  • Shoes - Effortless Bebe, Fluevog; last worn here (3rd outfit) in July with the eyeball dress for theatre with Mom
  • Jacket (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last seen here on Thursday

Or maybe I just have a lot of dresses...Yeah, I have a lot of dresses.
 I will try to get one more wearing out of this one before the summer is over - I just loved wearing it. It does have the usual issue that wrap dresses have: it gapes open when you sit down or if a breeze hits. As you can see from the top picture, I either have to hold it shut or rely on my trusty camisole and vintage slip to keep me covered.

After work on Friday, I treated my dear friend Elaine to a swanky dinner and movie for her going away gift - she's moving to Hamilton, Ontario, and wow, am I going to miss my "Artner in Crime"! Elaine and I have done so many fun artsy things over the years!
We went to see "McQueen," (link to the site, and here's a good review - all links because I love!) an amazing documentary about the late Alexander McQueen. Highly recommended, if you are interested in fashion, design, and the art of creating clothes. It was quite tragic, as he killed himself, but seeing so many beautiful outfits and finding out more about his life and the business of fashion was very insightful.

 And OH, the clothes! I spotted Isabella Blow wearing the matching jacket to my pants in a clip. If you've never heard of her (I hadn't until I saw the film), check out this article here about an exhibit about her that I wish I could have seen! The first picture is her and Alexander McQueen, and in the second picture, there she is in the jacket!
It was a late night, and I was glad of my own jacket as it got quite chilly. I'm certainly getting my money's worth out of it.

The stuff:
 I love these shoes - so comfy!

Gold bling:
 I liked how the pink and gold worked with the colours in the dress.

  • Bracelet - Lia Sophia, thrifted
  • Cuff - vintage fair
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's

Late night - L caught Vizzini sleeping right behind my head.
"I thought this was just between us."
 It's hard to catch him being cute - he's still 75% monster, even though he's a middle-aged kitty of 7 years old now.

On Saturday, we played Ultimate Frisbee.
 What I wear to the field - I change into my gear there - and out to lunch after.

  • Top - INC, thrifted; first worn here in June with much sparkliness
  • Skirt - LA Hearts, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in April for a shopping expedition
  • Shoes - Rivers Tambo, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) last weekend
  • Jean jacket - Ann Taylor Loft, NYC, 2007; last seen here in May

My leg was still bothering me, so I didn't push myself into sprinting as much as I usually do - it is sore today, but not too bad. 

 It was muggy in the morning, and started raining while we were eating lunch. We need the rain - can't complain! - but the hem of my skirt dragged along the sidewalk and got soaked, even though I'd rolled the waist.

Ah, well, into the wash it goes!
 I love the dark "rainy" look of this maxi skirt.

My jean jacket is a classic.
 11 years old! It's lasted a long time with me.

The stuff:
 You can see that my wet feet left footprints in my new Fluevogs (which were lovely on second wear). Arg.

Turquoise bling:
I am glad I remembered that I own this wonderful 80s leather belt. 

  • Belt - thrifted, vintage 80s
  • Cuff - thrifted
  • Earrings - used furniture store
  • Ring - local

Vizzini got up to his usual monkey-business this weekend. 
"I attack this shopping bag with vigour!"
What a silly thing.

After my grocery shop today, I wandered into Rich Rags for a poke around - just to look! (Famous last words).  
 Yes, it's a big sack of a dress with really long arms. It's grey wool, very thick, very luxe - it felt VERY expensive. I could tell immediately it was quality.

Romeo Gigli: I actually recognized this name from the "McQueen" documentary! Alexander McQueen worked for Romeo Gigli as an assistant in the 90s - there is a funny anecdote about him in the movie from Mr. Gigli.
 I didn't know much about him as a designer, though, until I starte doing some research this afternoon - he would have been up there with 90s designers like Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada if not for some bad financial issues. He was revolutionary for being counter to the big shoulder-pad/heavily made-up look of the 80s, instead focusing on cocoon-like shapes and soft draping that showed off a woman's neck and shoulders - all qualities of this dress I found. A couple of good bios here and here, if you're so inclined.

My dress was in with the XLs in the shop (it pays to look through every size!) and is labeled a size 46, which is about a modern size 10. I'm 100% sure it's wool (the content/made in tag is missing), and most likely made in Italy. I think this is probably from the late 80s or early 90s.
 It's a very drapey fit on top, and the sleeves are crazy-long, which I actually really like, and it's fitted through the hips and ends at the calf - a really amazing silhouette! It was half-price at $27.50.

Okay, I still have some weekend time left, and I'm going to spend it with my two guys.
"Me, and the Man."
That's right, bud! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and wishing you all the best for the week ahead!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

All the Buttons, a Major Flashback

I felt pretty good in today's outfit, but when I looked at the pictures I thought, "Holy smokes, I look damn great for 50-going-on-51."
 Full of myself? Probably. Is that a bad thing?

  • Dress - Desigual, 2010, London; last worn here for New Year's Eve 2017 (one of my favourite posts - full of anniversary links!)
  • Shoes - Lucky Brand, consignment, Powell River; first worn here in July with pink and leopard
  • Jacket (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last seen yesterday here

This is about as simple as outfits get for me: just a dress and a pair of shoes. This particular dress is me actively searching for the not-yet-worn items in my closet - there are fewer and fewer backwards hangers every week!
 I had a ton of compliments on this dress - it's really an incredible piece in person, with gorgeous, varied fabrics (it has purple lining!) and fabulous attention to details. It was purchased and first worn here in May 2010. I have gradually been transforming it into my own work of art. I've had it for 8 years and I've worn it a bunch.

Enjoy a major retrospective!

  • December 31, 2007, for New Year's Eve, as above, here
  • June 2017, here with an added underskirt
  • March 2017, here with boots, tights and a blouse under it
  • September 2016, here with that same blouse and red shoes
  • December 2015, here with an orange blouse underneath
  • July 2015, here for the International Vancouver 40+ Blogger Meet-Up
  • May 2015, here with the same underskirt
  • September 2015, here making my "I've got my eye on you" joke, har har (and my orange shoes before they were worn out!)
  • June 2014, here with a white shirt and cowboy boots
  • July 2013, here with yellow shoes 
  • January 2013, here for Megan Mae's birthday being silly with a lampshade
  • 3 x March 2012, here for our anniversary trip to Vancouver, worn twice in one weekend, and here (I can't read that post without tearing up - it's when we found out Inigo, our dear kitty, was sick)
  • September 2011, here with a long black cardi
  • June 2011, here with some spectacular red shoes
  • February 2011, here with layers, including a scarf
  • And I noted there that I'd worn it four times previously, but my linking wasn't that consistent, and I can't be bothered to search.
  • Plus the first time here in May 2010.

Wow, I've worn it 22 times! I'm at $11.78 per wear, and totally worth it.

I've got my eye on you.
 Yes, I say that to someone every time I wear it.

Spoiler alert! It's hot out.
 I need a bigass linen poncho to just cover me. This coat will do.

The stuff:
 Surprisingly comfy shoes - that's real cork, and the rest is leather.

Mostly silver bling:
 I got the silver cuff on the same day in London as I bought the dress. It was time they were reunited.

  • Cuff - St. Paul's Cathedral gift shop
  • Snakeskin bracelet - thrifted, vintage 1986 (probably mine, refound) - first wearing
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Turquoise/silver ring - local
  • Shield ring - Nine West

I took some close-up pictures of the dress. I am all about details, and this dress goes to 11. Also, I wore all the buttons today. All of them!
 This is the front panel of the dress, with some of my own pin collection on the left side, and the dress' actual buttons on the right. Look at that gorgeous fabric.

From the top! My top button says "Stay Strange" and that orange thing is a silhouette of Vancouver Island - my city, Victoria, is on the bottom tip of it.
 The bottom button is one of many Fluevog buttons I have. They give them to you free! There is an alternate one that says, "Know You're Weird." The linguist in me loves that.

10 points if you know what the symbol in the "O" is. One of our friends made these for his birthday.
 My Pride button, and Fluevog's "Holiday Button." The Desigual buttons are amazing, aren't they?

"Embrace Peculiarity" and "I'm the Bossy One." None of the Desigual buttons are duplicates.
 I can stare at all the fabrics all day.

"I [heart] Vintage" and more Fluevog, with "LOVE" spelled out vertically.
All the fabric pieces are so beautiful.

The bottom side panel. I like all the embroidery.
 I knew when I first laid eyes on this that I would have to have it - it cost $259 Canadian in 2010. That was very expensive to me (and still is), but now I would not hesitate, whereas then, L had to talk me into it (it didn't take long!).

Everyone sees the eye, but I always have to point out the zebras.
 That band has black beads in the centre of each silver embroidered oval. Amazing.

Shiny squares.
 And orange and pink flowers!

And a parrot? Rooster?
 And another random aqua fabric with swirls. Yes, yes, yes!

My friends, enjoy your weekend - I will be back on Sunday with tales of adventure.
"And cat pictures. My fans need them."
Yes, possibly cat pictures.