Sunday, March 17, 2019

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Black and White (and Red); Marvel-ous Betsey and Jeans; Cat Pictures and a Skirt

Hello, my friends! It's not much of a bigass wrap-up this weekend, as I've been taking it easy and being chill. I need quiet weekends to restore my mental energy - we introverts get our mojo back from being alone. Ahhhh....
 I had fun with Friday's outfit - I adore black and white combinations, and loved how these two items looked together.

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

  • Sweater - Club Monaco, thrifted; first worn here with yellow in January
  • Trousers - Alexander McQueen, Fall 2003 collection, thrifted; last seen here in December 2018 with bells on
  • Shoes - Marc; last worn here in November 2018 with pink and grey
  • Coat (below) - Denny Rose, consignment; last seen here in January

Getting another wearing out of my cute winged- shoulder sweater - I really enjoyed how the simple shape and details bounced off the very busy pattern in the trousers.
 The trousers always get most of the love - they are rather bold.

However, they are Alexander McQueen - real McQueen!
 I get a kick out of the looks on people's faces (who know fashion) when I tell them.

The youngsters at the hair salon after work were properly impressed.
 I note that wider-legs/flares are coming back, and I am all over that.

Outerwear - I was pleased with how well this wool coat went with the checkers.
 After my post-work haircut, I met up with L and we bused home together.

  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 My feet were very tired after a long day, but I need some height for the length of the trousers.

Black and white (and red) bling:
 Hurray for the black and white cuff!

  • Cuff - vintage fair
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Earrings - Tania Gleave, Vancouver

After a fun evening of board games, L and I had a lazy morning before walking to town for lunch at the Pink Bicycle burger joint.
 We went to see Captain Marvel at the movie theatre in town afterwards. Needed to be comfy, but also look badass like Carol Danvers!

  • Velvet dress - Betsey Johnson, vintage 90s; purchased here for $32.95
  • Jeans - Levi Strauss, thrifted; last seen here in January with Monster Vest and ruffles
  • Boots - Ash; last worn here (2nd outfit) in February for snowy shopping
  • Coat (below) Vassali, consignment; last seen here in February

I really enjoyed the movie and found it very empowering for women and female friendship - take your girlfriends/daughters/grandkids (there were plenty of kids at our showing).
 I also really enjoyed wearing this fabulous Betsey Johnson mini dress - it's definitely of that era where we wore Lycra bike shorts under our dresses (I did!) but that's not a look I go for now, so skinny jeans filled the same need.

I was also really comfortable for sitting in my cushy recliner for the movie.
 I wish the pattern of the dress was more symmetrically lined up, but eh, whatever.

Close enough.
 The stretch velvet has a shine to it - it's a very dark tan/bronzy shade with black pattern.

Coated up - I did forget the first rule of wearing velvet, though.
 Don't wear other velvets with it! The dress and coat started fighting and riding up on me immediately.

Fortunately, it was a lovely sunny day, so I was able to walk with the coat unbuttoned.
 Better badassery that way, anyway, right?

The stuff:
 These boots mean business! They are great for walking. I love the excessive studs on them.

Badass bling:
 Yeah, I went full-on badass!

  • Leather cuff - thrifted, Guess
  • Studded cuff - vintage 80s
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy
  • Obsidian/silver ring - gift from Mom & Dad, Mexico, c. 1986
  • Snake ring - BC Museum Gift Shop, 1986
  • White gold earrings - gift from L, 10th anniversary

When we got up Saturday morning, I went looking for Vizzini.
"No, Woman, go away."

He was sleeping in his house!
"I suppose this means I'll have to get up for some cuddles."

He hopped out and listened to us getting ready.
"You better not be out for long!"
Do you see my reflection in the round mirror?

I grabbed him for a quick selfie.
"Make sure you get my good side for my fans."

What a cutie!

Today, I shuffled down to town for my grocery shopping. I may have stopped in briefly at Rich Rags consignment to see if anything had been marked down further. I tend to stalk things there as they go on 50% off after a month.
 I was in luck! This lovely turquoise, brown and purple neoprene long skirt was half off, for only $35.00.

It reminds me of tie-dye.
 It's got pockets!

The brand is Silvian Heach, which I've never heard of (about them here; they apparently are mostly a European-focused business). Their skirts range from $100-150 Canadian, so not too shabby.
 A bit of digging around reveals that this is from their Fall/Winter 2015 collection.

Vizzini's shedding his winter coat (and getting lots of brushing), and waiting for the deck to be warm enough.
"This door should be open immediately, Woman!"

Today, I put his post out there (it will come in when the sun goes down).
"This spot keeps slipping out of my grasp." 
He's chasing the sun-spot reflecting from my ring.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Sending you warm breezes, wherever you are!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Spring Neon and the Fuzzy Flamingo

I'm just returned from working my double-shift (job #1, followed by job #2), and going for pizza with L afterwards. I'm tired and full of pizza and the couch calls. 
This was my Monday outfit that I didn't get to wear - I was really stoked to show it off, and loved it overall. I felt very springy!

  • Blazer - Brooks Brothers, thrifted; last worn here in January with the same shoes and a tiger
  • Silk blouse - Kate Spade, thrifted; purchased here for $24.95
  • Skirt - J. Crew, thrifted; purchased here for $19.95
  • Shoes - Big Presence Earhart, Fluevog; last seen here in January with this same blazer
  • Coat (below) - Auckie Sanft, vintage 50s, thrifted; purchased here at the vintage fair a week ago for $49.95

My internal furnace was stoked as well. I spent the day with the jacket off...and on...and off...and on...
 Isn't the neon yellow blouse pretty? I gave it a good steaming before wearing it, and the lovely bias-cut ruffled shoulders just fell into place.

I was very bright - I warned people at work by hollering, "Put your sunglasses on!" As one is wont to do in an office. Heh heh.
The skirt was also lovely to wear - one of the little loopy tweedy bits pulled a bit on the way to work, but I just snipped it off. It's a weave; it won't run.

Jacket on! When I wore it, it was open like this.
 The skirt's tweed has little flecks of this dusty pinky-lavender colour in it. So handy for colour-matching.

I liked how the muted tone of the jacket reined in all the bright yellow.
I knew I'd be wearing it unbuttoned most of the time, so I pulled the tie belt out of the belt loops. No belt for you!

Done up and looking kickass (if I do say so myself).
I may be bright but I mean business.

Someone was lurking around while I took pictures - he didn't get close enough to actually be in the backgrounds, though.
"I just wanted to see if you were paying attention."

Dang, my butt looks good in that skirt.

Outerwear - the debut of the Fuzzy Flamingo! I showed this off to many of my colleagues.
Gasps of admiration! Awed petting of the soft wool! Looks of incredulity at a nearly 70-year-old coat for fifty bucks!

No accoutrements needed today. The pockets are half wool and half acetate lining; very soft and snuggly.

The stuff:
I thought the shoes really made the outfit. Why not go lavender and mango?

Gold bling:
What kind of bling does one wear with all that colour? Solid gold, baby. And of course, when in doubt, go Givenchy.

  • Necklace - Givenchy, vintage 80s, vintage fair
  • Earrings - thrifted

Happy almost-weekend from me and the Vizzmeister.
"I better get treats for all this cuddling, Woman."

I'll be back on Sunday with tales of adventure. Thanks for reading, my friends.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tattooed Lady Dress

Today, I just felt like not overthinking my outfit. Dress time! 
 I've been wanting to wear this lovely dark floral dress since I bought it only a few days ago!

  • Dress - Nanette Lepore, thrifted; purchased here new with tags for $26.95
  • Shoes - Mini Qtee, Fluevog, consignment; last seen here in January in an autumn mermaid outfit
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather; last worn here in February

I twirled for a few of my coworkers - it was a delight to wear. No static, Swoosh Factor 8.
 Aside from this being another example of a Jammy Dress (i.e. like pajamas), I refer to this covered up style as a Tattooed Lady Dress.

Me? Tattoos? Nah...
 That lady looks too Klassy for that!

Heh, I know better. Spring is coming - and out comes the ink. My newer colleagues will be shocked.
 I did wear a full vintage black slip under this in case it was see-through (it was not!), and for warmth in the morning.

Outerwear - leather weather!
 I carried my scarf and gloves home in my bag and happily opened my coat up on my walk home. Ah, spring!

  • Fur scarf - thrifted
  • Leather gloves - thrifted

The stuff:
 I went with comfy but funky shoes, but I could wear so many different shoes with this dress! The possibilities...Hmmm...maybe I should keep the dress out for early spring/early autumn?

Simple bling:
I know my Fendi belt will look great with this, but I chose to go with this fuzzy pony-hair red belt instead.

  • Belt - Gap, consignment
  • Aventurine/silver ring - consignment
  • Silver snake ring - 1986, BC Museum Gift Shop
  • Earrings - thrifted; purchased here for $2.95 - first wearing

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Green and Gold Waiting in the Wings

Hello, my friends! Sorry I missed you yesterday, but a nasty bout of food poisoning struck me late Sunday night (it was either the pizza or the soup), and I was a wreck yesterday. I called in sick to work, and slunk back to bed where I slept all day. I'm feeling better now, but a little weak and shaky. 

This is not the outfit I had planned for yesterday (that one will show up on Thursday), but it was what I was going to wear to the Vintage Fair on Friday. 
I only had to put the accessories together and I was ready to go. I just didn't feel like doing anything too difficult. It's always nice to have a fully-put-together outfit waiting in the wings for days like this.

  • Velvet jacket - Pink Tartan, consignment; first worn here in January with ruffles, plaid and sparkles
  • Blouse - H&M, thrifted; last seen here in February with Etro and plaid 
  • Skirt (part of a suit) - Precis Petite; last worn here in October 2018 in an all-green look
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog; last seen here in January in a Wonder Woman outfit

I was overheated by the time I got to work - walking is hard when you haven't eaten more than a cup of broth in 36 hours.
I wore just the blouse for a few hours, until my body temps returned to normal. I love the rich turmeric colour of this one, but bemoan its shoddy material (snaggerific!) and construction.

The skirt is a very old piece in my wardrobe, bought pre-blog, now close to 12 years ago.
 I also own the jacket (last worn here with the skirt, but without its detachable faux fur collar), and used to own matching trousers, but they were too short so they left my closet nearly a decade ago.

With the jacket on. I wore it loose like this all day.
 I loved how the rich grass green of the velvet went with the marled silk and wool tweed of the skirt.

The skirt is a little longer than most of my pencil skirts, but I like a) how it makes my bum look and b)  those little kick-pleats in the back. So sweet.
 I do need to wear a heel with it, though, or my proportions get all out of whack. I am only 5'4"!

Bundled up - yes! I have NO COAT on! It was sunny and bright this morning, and we had double digit temps today! 10-12 degrees! It feels amazing.
 Of course, by the time I walked home, I was pelted by hail and rain, and looked like a drowned rat. Sigh. Victoria in the spring!

  • Fur scarf - thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 Shiny shoes! While these are very comfy for a day at work, I was not up to wearing them all day + Vintage Fair + walking to dinner on Friday.

Gold bling:
I now wish I'd worn my new gold fan earrings, but it's not like they will languish unworn, ha ha!

  • Belt - thrifted
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Ring - c. 1996