Hello, my friends! It's been a lovely weekend with no obligations, and so I did what I often do on those weekends: a wee bit of shopping.
But before we get to the fun things I found, here's Friday's outfit. April weather - and heading into May - tends to be very changeable and erratic. One day could be like summer, the next, break out your sweaters.
This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Despite my drift towards neutrals lately, I'll always love lots of colour!
- Burnout velvet silk duster - Emporio Armani, thrifted; last seen here (5th outfit) in August 2017 over a whale of a top
- Sleeveless top - Jacob, thrifted; last worn here (5th outfit) in February for the first day at the new office
- Silk pants - Pinkerton, consignment; purchased here for $22.98
- Shoes - Wonders; last seen here in August 2017 with a silk kimono dress
I felt awesome in this outfit all day - the pants were ultra-swooshy and the long duster billowed majestically behind me like Darth Vader's cape.
First wearing of these new-to-me pants, purchased way back in November 2017 and saved until appropriate weather. They were the perfect length - no risk of Danger Pants in these!
I went out for lunch with a colleague, and strode down the street like the Queen of Flowy Clothing.
- Earrings - local
- Lapis lazuli/silver ring and Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
L and I went for dinner with our hairdresser, Sofia, and her husband Shane (we both had appointments with Sofia), then bused home and hung out with Mr. Vizzini and played boardgames.
|"Care to join me in a lounge on the cuddle-benches?"|
|"Tummy rubs for all!"|
- Leather jacket - Burberry, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in early April for a baby shower
- Sleeveless sweater - Eileen Fisher, thrifted; last seen here in April with green and orange jungle
- Skirt - Tribal, consignment; last worn here in July 2017 with cranes and disco Dutch shoes
- Shoes - Matisse; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February with my dragonscale skirt
As I'd planned to shop after eating, I wore easy pieces with maximum impact. Shopping is an endurance sport, and you have to be prepared.
It was also nice and warm on a slightly chilly day of walking all over downtown.
Fully geared up for the weather. The hat is my only real concession to the rain. My hair looked hilarious when I took it off - hat head! - but I didn't have to deal with an umbrella in all the stores.
- Scarf - faux Louis (Lewis) Vuitton, thrifted
- Leather studded gloves - Danier Leather
- Hat - Dex, Saanich Fair, many years ago
- Earrings - thrifted
I started at the WIN Warehouse store, where I scooped a couple of things that were on the extra 50% off sale.
First up, this white linen swing coat. I think this is going to be wonderful in the hot weather.
It's by Club Monaco, and I didn't find any spots on it. I'll hit 'em with Folex when I spill things on this (which is inevitable).
It's beautifully made too. Bear with me while I drool over the nice details, like the covered button placket down the front.
The front pockets are two-way accessible.
Did I mention I'm having a long, flowy moment? Here's a burgundy velvet long, flowy blazer.
I'm going to sneak one wear in of this Vero Moda piece into my spring wardrobe and then pack it away for autumn.
From WIN, I walked down to Flavour Upstairs. It was hoppin' busy - tourist season has started! - and I only found one thing, but it's a doozy.
The black leafy bits are hand-embroidered.
Look at the detail.
The sweater is HEAVY, at least 4 pounds. I tried to balance the sweater and Vizzini to judge it, but he didn't enjoy that. He does weigh more than the sweater, though.
link to their site). Holy smokes. That's a really good score!
The back is just as lavishly decorated.
It's J. Crew Collection, and it came with this stuff in a bag with it.
The large card gives more detail on the beading and detail on the sweater.
From Flavour, I still had a couple of hours before I had to get home for dinner, so I wandered down Government Street to Duchess & Duke, a consignment/vintage shop that I don't visit very often. "Just a few minutes, a quick peek, not going through every item," I told myself.
Well, I didn't go through every item, but a few things leapt out at me, and I had to take them! Look at this fuzzy sweater! You would buy it too!
It's fully lined in a polyester satin (the whole thing is washable), and it's by...
It was only $15.00 - I had to have it, right?
My eye is always caught by the unusual, so I had to pull this blazer out.
It's a new blazer that's been remade out of two other blazers (one grey pinstripe, one fine plaid) and a wool sweater.
The brand is Handcut by Preloved, a Canadian company dedicated to making new garments out of vintage, reclaimed and fabric overruns. I love it! Here's their story (link).
So, did I tell you how I'm totally into long, flowy things? Here's another one - this time, it's a cardigan!
It's by Ports International, it's made in Hong Kong, and it's 100% pure wool. I checked it carefully for moth holes, because I think this has some age on it.
Of course, by the time I finished at Duchess & Duke, I was only a few blocks from Verve, a high-end consignment store (danger! I can't go to consignment stores too often, or I spend too much money).
I don't know this brand: Maccs the Label, but they are from Vancouver (linking here, 'cause I love - as all my links always are!).
Designed in Vancouver, nice.
This piece of craziness also came home with me. In addition to long and flowy, I'm also having a weird, asymmetrical, lopsided craving. I'm not sure what that's all about, but I'm just going to see where it takes me.
The bottom is totally uneven, see?
Another new-with-tags piece. It's 100% made in Italy, which is always classy.
Because after a wonderful evening of hanging out with L and Vizzini, playing more boardgames, I got up, walked to town to get groceries, and then walked over to My Sister's Closet to fully investigate their 50% off sale. I was there with Dar and Ally a couple of weeks ago, but that was just a taste!
- Cardigan - Reitmans, thrifted; last seen here in June 2017 over a vintage strapless dress
- Cami - Esprit, not tracked, at least 10 years old
- Skirt - LA Hearts, thrifted; first worn here in March with dark wine velvet
- Shoes - Fly London, consignment; purchased here for $69.98
Again, easy clothes for shopping, easy shoes for walking.
My skirt swirled about in a most pleasant way.
- Leather/steel cuff - Rimanchik
- Studs - don't remember
I picked a sprig of white lilac on the way home.
Okay, I did well, and everything I bought was half price (except for one), so I don't feel like I went overboard. I did have to do a cull in my closet when I got home - I'm reminded when I buy these new things that I don't pay much, so I can't feel bad or guilty when I need to let them go. I have to get rid of clothes that don't resonate with me in order to have new clothes come in. Things that I loved a season (or two, or three) ago...I don't love now. Gotta make room!
Anyway. I found these fabulous leather studded sneakers.
They will be a nice addition to my weekend wardrobe.
They're by BCBGeneration.
Vizzini was hanging around while I took pictures of everything this afternoon.
|"Those laces look tasty."|
It's by Baraschi, which is sold at Anthropologie. I'm beginning to be glad that there is no Anthro in Victoria...
Vizzini had his "unhappy ears" on.
|"You should stop this and come and cuddle with me."|
The only full-price item I bought were these bright red silk pants.
They're by J. Crew, and were $29.98, a bit of a savings from the $268.00 they originally sold for.
I'm always on the lookout for cute nice(r) camis to layer under outfits.
It's by American Eagle Outfitters, a brand I have never, ever bought before.
H&M continues to surprise me with another great-fitting interesting top.
|"As soon as you look away, that ribbon is mine."|
It's cotton with a touch of spandex, and fits me perfectly.
And last, but not least, I found a new wool sweater to replace one that's getting worn out.
It's by Judith & Charles and was $10.50.
Vizzini gave up pestering me after I finally fed him.
|"It's about time."|