Summer has arrived here (it only took an extra month) and it's hot, hot, HOT now. This weekend has been all about trying to deal with the weather (and an injury from Ulti, boo).
This my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style - I was really out there for a Casual Friday, and got tons of comments from my coworkers (and random people in public) on this outfit.
- Top - Talbots, thrifted; first worn here with the Lady Garden of Delight skirt in May
- Trousers - Alexander McQueen, Fall 2003, thrifted; first worn here in May with chartreuse and blue
- Sandals - Dr. Scholl's, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in June with Marimekko print
As I noted on Thursday's post, I found the amazing fashion resource which is Vogue's collection of all runway looks, searchable by show, season and designer, here (linking 'cause I love!). With a bit of time and patience, I was able to find what season these Alexander McQueen trousers are!
With a bit of time and patience, I found it! Fall Ready-to-Wear 2003, here, and if you look here, and go down to look #24 here (pic), that's the exact same fabric.
here) are very similar, right down to the cuffed hems.
In the summary for the collection (here), Vogue notes (my bolding):
Fantastic details were lavished on dramatic structured carapaces, embroidered, painted and mind-blowingly embellished to look like antique samurai armor, Russian lacquered dolls and tribal ceremonial dress. Somewhere along the line, the stiff pleated skirts segued into molded suits, done in jigsaws of two-tone checkerboard—the better to show off the designer’s devilishly accurate cutting skills.
So cool! I giggled with excitement when I found that!
- O cuff - vintage fair
- Steel cuff - thrifted
- Ring - Nine West
- Earrings - gift from Megan Mae
I met up with L for dinner after work on Friday, followed by a quiet night at home. We were up early for a hot day ahead - and a game of Ultimate Frisbee!
- Dress - All Saints, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in August 2017 for Ulti again
- Shoes - Truths Makena, Fluevog; last worn here in May with a schmozzle of pattern and metal
It was too hot to wear my usual slip under this.
- Earrings - local
Back to Friday - before I met up with L, I spent over an hour browsing through the Patch (I was late for dinner, oops), and found two beautiful dresses that I really loved. I got inside my head a bit, though, and overthought things. An issue I have is that I've become spoiled by uber-cheap thrift prices, and so I don't buy things I love if I think they are too expensive (even though they are still WAY cheaper than regular retail).
It drives L crazy - it's not like I have any other hobbies and I don't spend money on anything other than eating out (infrequent, L pays for meals we have together) or groceries. After he reminded me of this - I vowed to go back to the Patch after brunch and see if the dresses were still there. Phew! They were!
This is the first one - I was drawn to the colours and pattern.
It's by Derek Lam for DesigNation, and was sold at Kohl's in 2013. The pattern is called "Graphic Surf Parrot" and it was originally intended to sell for $70 (but went on sale 25% off almost immediately). It was $24.95.
here, link 'cause I love), and you can see what I mean about SHORT if you look at that pic! Zoiks! I will probably wear it over pants or a skirt, or with tights.
I also remembered that we have a wedding vow renewal event to go to soon, as well as a wedding coming. This dress will be perfect.
The back goes down to a V.
It was new - one of the original tags is still on it (no price tags, though).
Yes, I balked at $49.95. Too expensive!
My uncle and his wife are visiting Canada from Australia, so L and I had them and my mom over for a visit on Saturday afternoon, followed by dinner at the local pub (the Fernwood Inn), and followed by our friends coming over for board games later that night. Busy!
- Dress - Calvin Klein, thrifted; last seen here in August in an "armour" outfit
- Shoes - Born, consignment; last worn here
Someone was prowling around, trying to get attention while I was doing my pics. Gotcha!
|"So undignified! Put me down,Woman!"|
I was happy to hear that yellow is poised to make a comeback as a trendy colour - yes! I have always been a fan of yellow.
here in 2015 - that feels so long ago!), and I still love it, although I don't wear it much.
So many dresses, so little time!
|"I think I"ll just sit here and lick my toes."|
I'd scrubbed off all my sunblock for the morning, so I carried my coverage instead.
A big HELLO! to reader, Dawn, who spotted me at the pub and told me she loved my blog. Thank you so much for reading, Dawn! Aw, that really made my day. *smile*
- Paper parasol - Chinatown
- Belt - vintage 70s (modified by me in the 80s), Mom's
- Hinged cuff - vintage fair
- Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence
- Amber ring - c. 1996
- Strap bracelet - vintage 60s, Mom's
- Purse (not shown) - Reiss, thrifted
Oops, missed my earrings too.
- Earrings - Venice, gift from L
Mom had a couple of gifts for me - woo! She found these never-worn black long suede gloves that are probably close to 20 years old, and thought, "Who so I know who would wear these??"
Mom just returned from a European river-barge cruise, and brought me back this gorgeous silk/cashmere/viscose scarf.
That's all woven, not printed.
I would have liked to have slept in today/Sunday but I had a full day ahead! Off to town to get groceries, then meet-up with my coworker Lada for lunch and a shop.
- Cardigan - Gap, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in September 2016 over the Spanish ladies dress
- Tank - Gap, thrifted; not tracked
- Clam-diggers - Contrast, thrifted; no longer tracked
- Shoes - Down to Earth Hadfield, Fluevog menswear; last worn here in May with creeping velvet
I did not love this outfit, and I'm done with this cardigan.
- Hat - Anthropologie, Portland
- Earrings - gift from Sherri
Lada and I went to My Sister's Closet after a light lunch at Shine Cafe. Neither of us did that well, sadly, but we had a good time anyway!
I found this lovely silk top/tunic. It was in with the dresses but is WAY too short to be worn as a dress.
A nice band of complimentary fabric at the waist.
The little wrap pieces on the straps have snap-fasteners on them so that they open.
Of course, it had to be a Designer! My favourite, Dries Van Noten. Look at that edging detail. For $13.50!
here (on me here), from his Fall 2007 Ready to Wear collection. Not all that surprising not to find older pieces, though, especially for a designer who's done over 100 runway shows!
Lada and I popped into Lazy Susan's for a quick peek, and we both spotted this fabulous skirt on the sale rack.
A nice gold back zip.
The brand is SP.
Who else is happy?
|"Is it me?"|