Happy Easter, my friends! I hope you're enjoying your long weekend (if you get one). I am back to work tomorrow (Easter Monday is not a stat holiday here, boo!), so here's my weekend recap - it has been really busy, so don't say you weren't warned!
Starting with Thursday night - I changed out of my work clothes (the blue dress), quickly made dinner for L and I, and then hung out with 8 of our good friends at our house till the wee hours.
- Top - Gap, thrift; last seen here (4th outfit) in March with moth-eaten grey
- Pants - Talbots, consignment; first worn here in March with a badass bowtie
- Earrings - Tania Gleave
Friday was reserved all day for my twice-a-year closet swap-over. You can go here to see the last one, in September 2017. Ready for a peek in my closet?
I swap out about 30% of my wardrobe every 6 months. I pull out things that are too warm, too heavy or just feel of that season. Here's my long skirts and pants, after the first pass-through.
After I'd done the whole closet, not including shoes.
The boots and shoes that get packed away for 6 months.
All the shoes I planned to keep out, I lined up down the hallway outside the den (where my closet is).
Some more boots and as-yet-unworn shoes in the hall outside the bathroom.
And then I counted them all, because I wanted to give myself a heart attack. I have ninety (90) pairs of shoes in total. Don't judge me!
You can see a cord snaking through my shoes above - that's the vacuum cleaner.
Once I've pulled everything out of the closet, I give it a good vacuum to get all the bits of things and cat hair out. I also give all the wooden shelves a clean as I go. Sometimes when I'm feeling ambitious, I clean the chandelier.
As you may recall, I keep track of what gets worn in my closet by turning the hangers backwards on all my hung items, then turning the hanger the "right" way when I've worn the garment. I did really well this year, and wore all of my skirts, jackets, pants, blouses and dresses - or I got rid of them. There is always a selection of about a dozen fancy party dresses that I don't wear in a season - I did not feel like photographing them yet again.
I did notice that there were two regular items that did not get worn, and weirdly, they were both long kimono-style toppers.
This is a boho rocker kimono with fringe.
I love both of these pieces, but I've realized that they don't work at all in cold weather. Why? They are super-awkward to wear with an extra outerwear piece; they bunch up like crazy or look weird hanging out under a coat. Simple reason! And now I know - and I'm extra-motivated to wear them when they can be my sole topper piece!
Back to my storage. I have 3 flat tubs (they live under our bed) and one deeper one for clothes, and then I use a bunch of shopping bags and shoe bags to store my boots/shoes.
Shoes all ready to go - spring/summer clothes ready to come out and play!
Since my closet is teeny, I can't take a very good picture of it as a whole, so here is a little tour of it. Starting on the left/top, these are my fancy party hats, fascinators and purses.
The third shelf down holds my large sweaters and funky tops, cardigans/shrugs, and specialty tops (like vests and corsets), and my ORANGE LEATHER SHORTS (sorry, they insist on being capitalized).
The fourth shelf is right above my long-hang section where I keep blouses, long skirts and pants.
And here's the long-hang.
The next section on the left side has a larger storage shelf on top. I keep costumey things here, and there are 3 storage bins with some sentimental items, like purses and my dad's sweaters.
A shot of the dress section before I loaded all the spring/summer dresses in there. If you compare this picture with the one above, you'll notice that the PANK dress is missing, as is the black long-sleeved dress with tan leaves. I needed hangers, so I packed both away for the season.
Moving along, here is the right side of my closet, opposite the dress/costume section. I have a small shelf above a large double-hang section for skirts and jackets.
Below that is my short skirt collection.
And my jackets below that.
And finally, my shoe "Tower of Power". This is two columns of shelving that go from the ceiling to the floor. I can fit 3 pairs of shoes in each cubby and there are 8 shelves per column, so it's storage for 48 pairs of shoes (although I can squeeze in an extra pair here or there).
Top shelf, second column:
Looking up at the shoe shelves.
So many pretties!
As I unpack these, I have a little dialogue in my head. "Oh, hello! So nice to see you! I'm so happy to have you back! I really missed you!"
All these open toes remind me to give myself a pedicure.
I also do a swap-over of a small selection of purses, belts and obis.
I store my flats on the floor. There are stored items behind them.
I use the spaces on the floor under/behind the blouses/skirts/pants/dresses/jackets for the large bin and all of the bags of shoes and boots. They keep Vizzini from hiding in there.
Because I shop all year round for every season, I usually have a treasure trove of things I've stuffed on the shelf behind my short skirts during the current season. It was quite a bonanza this year!
- 2 x pants
- 7 x tops/blouses
- 1 x cardigan
- 10 x dresses (did I mention I have a dress thing?)
- 1 x jacket
- 5 x skirts
Oh, and some shoes too!
Here's my completed closet area, uncropped. I do my indoor poses right there beside the door.
I wasn't feeling terribly motivated to take a ton of pictures this time around, so I didn't record my scarf swap-over, or my jewelry box swap-over, but I did do them. The whole process takes about 5 hours in total, and when I was done I needed a nap! So I napped!
L and I hung out Friday evening, and were up bright and early to go for breakfast at Floyd's. What would I wear?? L helpfully pointed out that I shouldn't be wearing my spring/summer items as it was still March then, but pfft, rules are meant to be broken! Besides, I technically didn't have any parts of this outfit packed away.
Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Go, go, go!
- Suede jacket - Holt Renfrew, thrifted; first worn here a couple of weeks ago with a puffy skirt
- Dress - Amelia, thrifted; purchased here for $19.99
- Shoes - Down to Earth Hadfield, Fluevog; last seen here in January with green and brocade
However, this dress and I did not get along.
|I always like it when L gets in the picture!|
Ready for walkin' with my scarf and the jacket over it.
- Silk scarf - Ralph Lauren, consignment
- Cuff - Catalyst Reaction Leather, thrifted
- Earrings - gift from Sherri
Both the scarf and the cuff had been packed away. Welcome back!
After brunch, I browsed the WIN Boutique but nothing rang my bell. L and I changed (as one does!), and readied ourselves for a walk through town (again) to meet up with our besties at Lure at the Delta Ocean Pointe hotel. I made my outfit out of all new-to-me things - how thrilling!
- Sweater - Jones New York, thrifted; purchased here for $13.95
- Cotton pants - Jean-Paul Gaultier, vintage late 90s/early 00s, vintage shop in Vancouver; purchased here for $55.00
- Shoes - Tsubo, thrifted; purchased here for $9.95
- Leather jacket (below) - Danier Leather, consignment; last worn here in March
Of course I built the outfit around these wonderfully thick and velvety cotton pants. Jean-Paul Gaultier! They were a pleasure to wear.
I really liked the nautical look of this top with the pants, and the shorter hem helped show off the pant detail. I mean, if you're going to wear these pants, they must be seen!
Outerwear - matchy for the win!
- Wooden earrings - vintage expo
- Ring - Nine West
Here's L looking rather grumpy.
The trees are still blooming.
The City of Victoria held a huge open house on Saturday to say goodbye to the old Johnson Street Bridge (aka "The Blue Bridge"), and officially open the new bridge.
Musicians, picnic tables, a disco ball.
Change is good.
I've always liked crossing it, even though I only use it maybe 3-4 times a year.
There were so many people around.
Coming home, as the sun was setting, the lights from the disco ball spun all over the rusted iron.
Time to go!
Looking across the harbour. Tugboats, float planes, ferries, old buildings, new buildings.
Today, L and I bused out to Mom's and back for Easter lunch with my family.
- Top - Dex, consignment; first worn here in January with work armour
- Pants - H&M, consignment; last seen here in September 2017 with blues
- Shoes - Clarks, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in a whackadoo outfit in March
- Coat (below) - Denny Rose, consignment; last seen here in March
I like these pants quite a bit - they are the same kind of slouchy as the grey plaid ones I wore at the start of the weekend.
Outerwear - sneaking in another wear of this coat before it's too warm.
- Gloves - Parkhurst
- Earrings - 10th anniversary gift from L
- Ring - Nine West
We moved Vizzini's main scratching post out onto the desk this weekend.
|"I'm not so sure about this."|