Friday, January 18, 2019

Casual Friday: Monster Vest and New Boots

Friday is here, and ooh boy, am I glad. As a special treat, I am actually posting on Friday instead of saving this for Sunday, just to remove some of the time spent on the Bigass Weekend Wrap-up. 
 Another ruffled blouse, Monster Vest and my new boots. Oh, and jeans.

  • Monster Vest - Zara, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) for our trip to Vancouver in March 2018
  • Silk blouse - Emporio Armani, thrifted; first worn here with red suede in August 2018
  • Jeans - Levi Strauss bike commuter jeans, thrifted; last seen here in December 2018 with my $1,000 dollar blouse
  • Boots - Truths Teah, Fluevog; purchased here for $299.00
  • Coat (below) - Zara, gift from Dominique; last seen here in November 2018

I reassured many of my coworkers that Monster Vest was not actually made from real Muppets.
 I see these faux fur vests in thrift stores frequently - if you ever get one, be warned. They are HOT to wear. As in sweaty. Very sweaty.

Back into the wash goes my silk blouse (I sweated in it last time I wore it too).
 The colour does appear to match my hair perfectly, but the silk is actually pale grey with burgundy dots (proof here).

I still felt badass all day and strode about my office gleefully shaking my fur at my colleagues.
 Looking forward to the weekend.

Outerwear - this is one of a few coat that fits over Monster Vest. I went with this one because, did I mention? this vest is HOT to wear. Also, it's a really groovy shape.
 A snuggly fur scarf and elbow-length leather gloves and I am set.

  • Fur boa - thrifted
  • Gloves - Club Monaco, consignment

The stuff:
 First wearing of these boots, and they were fabulous. The shaft is quite stiff, but the ankle area loosened up quite a bit over the day.

Badass bling:
Nothing that would catch on the faux fur.

  • Grommet belt - gift from Ruth
  • Crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Obsidian/silver ring - gift from Mom & Dad, c. 1984
  • Earrings - Glee

And now, I am off to make dinner and chill out.
"And letting me in the hallway!"

No, buddy, you are not allowed out there.

Wishing you all a relaxing weekend!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Snazzy Plaid and Ruffles and Velvet. And Sparkles.

My outfit is all the adjectives today. 
 Velvet. Gold. Pleated. Ruffled. Paisley. Plaid. Wool. Glitter. Snazzy!

  • Blazer - Pink Tartan, consignment; purchased here for $38.98
  • Blouse - CABi, consignment; last seen here in February 2018 with Monday's velvet dress (I love that outfit)
  • Trousers - Talbots, thrifted; last worn here (5th outfit) in October 2018 - first outfit of autumn
  • Shoes - Seychelles; last seen here in December 2018 with black and shiny paisley
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here a couple of weeks ago

Today was an okay day, but I'm feeling emotionally worn out. Dealing with people is hard! I am feeling the need to introvert. So today's outfit is about faking it till you make it, and clothing as armour.
Keeping in theme this week, and starting with this lovely pleated ruffled blouse - it has pleated ruffles at the cuffs as well, although they're mostly hidden by the jacket.

Isn't this green velvet piece of amazeballs the BEST? Some of you might recall my old grass-green velvet jacket, last seen here in May 2017. It didn't make the cut and I've since given it away. This jacket is so much nicer, but the same colour. What a win!
However, like my old jacket, this one is going into my spring/summer wardrobe, where it will not ever be worn under a coat again. This much velvet and my trenchcoat? It was like wearing velcro in a room full of wool.

I wore it buttoned thusly, to allow the ruffles to escape.
 I love these fully-lined wool trousers. They have a touch of dark green in the plaid.

All buttoned up. Two of the buttons popped off near the end of the day.
 The gold buttons are really lovely - very heavy and detailed (pic here). It will be a joy sewing them back on (*snort*).

Outerwear - I did not need any of the accoutrements all day.
 I wrestled with this coat every minute I had it on - the lining was like sticky-tape on the velvet.

  • Toque/scarf/gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 So glittery! I liked the way these anchored the outfit and balanced with the bits of gold from the buttons.

Sparkly bling:
First wearing of these thrifted earrings. I declare them: Adequate!

  • Earrings - thrifted; purchased for $3.12 here - first wearing
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Autumn Mermaid

Today felt like autumn, even though it's winter. So let's dress in autumnal colours, shall we?
 It was the perfect day for my new-to-me vintage 70s mermaid skirt. And continuing my theme of ruffled-neck blouses, this blouse has a fabulous ruffle of pleats down the front that can be fanned in various positions.

  • Blouse - L'Wren Scott, A Tropical Conversation, FW2011, thrifted; last seen here in March 2018 with leopard pants
  • Mermaid skirt - vintage 70s, thrifted; purchased here for $9.00
  • Shoes - Mini QTee, Fluevog, consignment; last seen here in December 2018 with lacy legs
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather; last worn here last week

As you can tell, the red of the blouse did not photograph well indoors. It's not orange. Looks orange - but it's not. It's red.
 I built this outfit around this glorious 70s knit wool skirt. It just screams quality, and it was amazing to wear. The mermaid hem was deliciously swooshy - Swoosh Factor 8!

I showed it off and twirled for my coworkers.
 Pairing it with red was a no-brainer - there are bits of red in the pattern.

Such a cool blouse. I'm still boggled that I found L'Wren Scott for only $7.99! Really!
 I love the flattering way that a mermaid skirt looks on. Curve-a-rama!

Outerwear - brrr, it's chilly, but that's west coast chilly, not east coast, where it's -15, feels like -25. I can't even conceive of those temps! Right now at 6pm, it's 6 degrees (that's around 45 for you US folks).
 We are delicate flowers, indeed.

  • Faux fur scarf/gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 The shoes could not have been a better match. They even have red piping!

Bronze bling:
I was so pleased at how well this awesome metal belt went with the outfit. Another great gift from Mom, that she purchased while on vacation in the UK several years back - I've had this for at least 7 or 8 years.

  • Belt - gift from Mom
  • Earrings - c. 1994
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
  • Amber ring - c. 1996

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

SOUSes Meets POUSes

The last time I wore these pants, I referred to them as Pants Of Unusual Size, which is a riff off a scene in the movie"The Princess Bride", one of my favourite movies of all time. Here's the best YouTube clip of the ROUS (Rodents Of Unusual Size) scene (link) - you will note that they are pronounced "Are Oh You Esses", not rowses. 
And today we have my Ess Oh You Esses (my Shoulders Of Unusual Size) meeting my Pea Oh You Esses (my Pants of Unusual Size). Not souses and powses!

  • "Espionage" jacket - Nanette Lepore, consignment; purchased here for $75.00
  • Baby blue blouse - no label, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in September 2018 with pearls and metal
  • POUSes - Linda Lundstrom, Hazel's via Caro; last seen here in December 2018 with red and stripes
  • Shoes - Amante, vintage, thrifted; last worn here in October 2018 with snakeskin and green
  • Sleeveless coat (below) - Only, thrifted; last seen here in December 2018

I am large and in charge! Although the jacket has strong proportions, I went with my large pants. I liked how they looked together. It's different.
 Clothing as armour: there is a body under there, but I kind of just wanted to be covered, head-to-toe today.

First wearing of this new-to-me blazer - the detail on it is incredible. The shoulders are very structured - that is no ordinary 80s shoulder-pad, my friends. Check out the synchronous post at The Elle Diaries here, as Elle shows how her own vintage large-shouldered dress has come around again, trendwise. Big shoulders are here to stay!
 The back has two pleats at the shoulder, plus a full vent down the middle. Below the waist, it has two more pleats on each side, to really give it an hourglass shape. I love how the plaid is turned 45 degrees against itself too.

On the front, we have the waist banding, and double lapels, and everything has a deliberately ragged edging. The waistband does up with a claw-shaped button and one hook and eye.
 Hands in trouser pockets, but there are pleated and draped front pockets on the jacket too.

Outerwear - can you believe I didn't even wear a sleeved coat?
 This was just right for today, although rain is on the way later this week.

  • Fur scarf - thrifted
  • Wool/fur gloves - vintage, thrifted

The stuff:
 One of my best thrifted pairs of shoes - these are so comfy and elegant.

Silver bling:
 I wanted a brooch or necklace at the top of the blouse, but I ended up settling on this bold zipper rose on the lapel instead. Bold jewelry was needed with this oversized look.

  • Brooch - Victoria & Albert Museum gift shop, London
  • Silver earrings - Brenda Schoenfeld, 1992, vintage mall
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Feeling goofy this morning - here are some outtakes for you.

I must show the jacket pockets, while doing a deep knee-bend!
 I must show you how wide the legs are!

I must do a strange lunging pose!
 Clothing that inspires one to be goofy is awesome in my book. Jazz hand!

Tonight when I got home, I captured Vizzini and I in the hall mirror.
"My fans are here?? Where?"

Caught in the act of snuggling!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Velvet and Burgundy Ruffles

Hello, my friends! Another week upon us, and my mind is in a better state than last week. I spent some time yesterday/Sunday playing around in my closet, putting together outfits and getting inspired to be creative with my closet. 
 I inadvertently managed to create a theme for the week - I'll be wearing a lot of blouses, and every one of them has ruffles down the front. I may need to form a support group, ha ha!

  • Tux blouse - no label, thrifted; last worn here with chevrons in October 2017
  • Dress - Mimi Bizjak, vintage, thrifted; last seen here in February 2018 with greys
  • Boots - Baroque Velasquez, Fluevog; last worn here in October 2017?? 
  • Coat (below) - Hilary Radley, thrifted; last seen here in December 2018

This dress has a solid late 90s/early 00s vibe. I remember so many dresses having this fitted corset-y top then.
 The dress is the softest velvet, in a dark brown, and works great for layering blouses under it.

I love the bubble hem, which dips down slightly at the back.
 I did a pretty simple outfit as I knew I'd be unpacking and moving around office supplies, including big boxes of paper.

Monday face. Game on!
 It was a good day overall, but these 5 day weeks are horrendous. How can I possibly work that many days in a row?

Outerwear - we had gorgeous sunny skies again today, but of course, that translates to very chilly overnight temperatures.
 I'd rather be snuggly warm in the Unsafe Ocelot - it's such a cocoon of a coat!

  • Faux fur scarf - Parkhurst
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 These are lovely boots - I should wear them more. I thought for sure that I'd already worn them this fall/winter season, but darned if I could not find a more recent outfit with them! That's a Crime Against Shoe-manity!

Copper bling:
I pinned the brooch at the top of my blouse - a very late 80s trend.

  • Brooch - thrifted
  • Earrings - vintage fair
  • Cuff - vintage 60s, Renoir, Grandma J's

Wishing you all an awesome week ahead!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Double Gaultier and Peacocks; Silver at the Ruby; Shopping in Bark

After a not-very-restful Thursday evening, I went to work on my Friday off. Not to work (although I had a few things to deal with that put my mind more at ease), but to meet up with one of my coworkers from another city. 
 I am the office manager/receptionist of Victoria's branch of my company - and Ann, who does the same job as me in our Edmonton office, came to town with her husband for a company event. Did we meet up? Of course we did!

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

  • Men's shirt - Jean's by Jean Paul Gaultier, thrifted; purchased here for $7.99
  • Trousers - Jean's by Jean Paul Gaultier, vintage shop, Vancouver; last seen here (2nd outfit) in August 2018 with Gookey
  • Shoes - Down to Earth Hadfield, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) in October 2018 to get our vote on
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather; last seen here last week

This men's shirt was too small for L, but fit me perfectly, and it was inevitable that I would wear it with pants by the same designer.
Ann and I did some walking around the harbour, and sat and talked shop for the afternoon. We totally hit it off.

I knew I didn't want to be too casual or too dressy. It was a gorgeous day, very warm for January!
 Still a chill in the air at times, though. Leather weather!

  • Scarf - Ralph Lauren, consignment
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

I mostly looked like this.
 I'm chatting with L there, who was also getting ready to go out for lunch with a coworker. Funny, we went out with different people when we both had the day off! Ann and I went to Pagliacci's for lunch - yum!

The stuff:
 Good walking shoes!

  • Gold hoops - 5th anniversary gift from L

Being from Edmonton, Ann really wanted to go to the waterfront, and to see the world's tallest free-standing totem pole. Sure! We walked through Beacon Hill Park, where I took her picture.
 It's always so interesting to meet someone who does exactly the same job as you - it's not like we Receptionists get to travel to other offices at all, at least, not for work! Ann and I have had work contact for nearly 8 years.

It must be peacock mating season. The park was FULL of peacocks, strutting and preening.
"Dude, have you seen any ladies?" 
 No showy tailfeathers spread out, though.

They seemed to know that their pictures were being taken.
"No ladies, bro. Who are all these people taking our pictures?"

Look at this magnificent fellow!
"Don't give away my location, Dude."

No wonder they call that "peacock blue"!

We spotted the peahens.
"Shhh! Keep it down, man! They're mine!"

Quite drab, aren't they? There were peacocks (and peahens) up in trees too - they can fly!

Ann and I were mistaken as tourists with food by this gaggle of mallards and wood-ducks.
"Food? Food? Food?"

So many ducks! Even those ones in the distance came running!

We found the totem. Read about it here.
 That's carved out of a single tree! Amazing!

Of course, when you come to Victoria, you have to touch the Pacific Ocean. And you have to make it real, even if only till the tide comes in.
Sheila! Ann!

As ephemeral as we are.

We had a lovely time gabbing over coffee. I walked Ann back to her hotel, then browsed through the Velvet Crease consignment store on the way home. No luck, clothes-wise, but I did find this awesome silver and aventurine ring.
 I love the way the "branches" splay out on the top and bottom.

The aventurine is nice and clear with a pretty glow.
 The ring is a simple construction. As aventurine is native to India, I'd guess that's where this ring was made.

Handmade, obviously, but the construction is solid. There's the .925 silver stamp.
 This was $40. Worth it! I can't wait to wear it.

On Saturday, L and I met up with Nick and Casey for brunch at the Ruby, which will be our downtown diner of choice until something better comes along.
 We are creatures of habit. It's a longer walk than Floyd's was, and we had a couple of errands to do on the way home, so comfy clothes for me.

  • Sweater - J. Crew, thrifted; last worn here (4th outfit) in April 2018 for chillin' with friends
  • Pants - H&M, consignment; first worn here in December 2018 with black monkey arms and fringe
  • Shoes - Aerosoles, consignment; last seen here (6th outfit) in November 2018 for shopping with Vero
  • Coat (below) - Frank Lyman; last worn here in September 2018

I haven't worn this sweater in a while, but I love the rich blue.
 It's quite a thick wool, so perfect for a sunny, but slightly chilly day. I have a camisole on underneath as well.

Stretchy silver pants, because that's what I wear to a casual brunch.
 Doesn't everyone wear silver pants to a diner?

Outerwear - I have clip my tresses up and out of the way of the studs on this jacket, or they rip out my hair. Ouch!
L is doing his Urban Cowboy look

Fully zipped, bundled, locked and loaded.
My guy looks so cool - thumbs up!

We had a few stares as we strolled around town. We kind of stand out in a sea of leggings and beige.

The stuff:
 Good walking shoes. I wore knee-high nylons, not bare feet.

Simple bling:
 Plain stuff, but still special to me.

  • White gold earrings - 10th anniversary gift from L
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

L bought me this awesome mid-90s sweatshirt from the Patch! Thanks, love!
What?? A vintage Carolina Panthers sweatshirt! Yeah! Off to watch some football!

On Sunday, we awoke to sunny skies and warm temps - I can't believe it's January!
 Ahoy! I see blue skies!

  • Velvet blazer - Talbots, thrifted; first seen here in October 2018 with teal and dragons
  • Sweater - Lacoste, thrifted; first worn here in October 2018 with all-green
  • Skirt - Gunex, thrifted; last seen here in October 2018 with loads of textures
  • Shoes - Matisse; last worn here on another shop in December 2018

I walked to town to do groceries and to spend some of my Christmas gift cards.
I love the fine wool and the soft green colour of this wool sweater.

A scarf at my neck for warmth, and a kitten-soft blazer over that.
 I should have worn a vintage slip under this - I was a little chilly at times.

Another wearing of my bark skirt - it's a very stiff taffeta, woven in dark brown and black. It shimmers in bright light - you can see a bit of that in the stair pic above.
I like the ragged hem and the crinkled texture of the skirt. It's also a billower! You know I love that.

Outerwear - fooled you! I didn't wear a coat!
 Gloves and an angora vintage toque, and I was good to go.

  • Toque - vintage, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

This was a good shopping outfit, very easy for trying things on.

The stuff:
 I have a few go-to shoes when I go shopping - these are so comfy.

  • Earrings - consignment, Powell River

My bosses at work gave me a Fluevog gift card for Christmas, so of course, I had to spend it.
 I've had my eyes on these babies since they came out. They are the Truths Teah (link here 'cause I love), and I paid $299 for them - my bosses were generous!

They are a tall, ornate boot - I wanted a to-the-knee boot I could wear out and about and be comfortable walking in.
 But they have such lovely details. I adore the silver brushing all over.

Scalloped trim, studs and buckles, oh my!
 The calves are a bit tight, but they'll loosen up over time.

The toes remind me of suits of armour.
 That's the perfect pointy toe for this chick.

You may recognize the shape of this shoe - I also have these ones and these ones from the same family.
 They have rubber soles too - no slipping! I know I will get my money's worth out of these.

I went to Flavour Upstairs but didn't find anything that zinged, so I strolled up to the Women in Need (WIN) store, where I found two pieces that I forgot to purchase the last time I was there.
The earrings are...maybe Vendome? Or put on a Vendome card to sell them (more likely).

I did learn that Vendome was the high-end version of Coro (a name I know), and only existed until 1979.
 $25.00 would have been pretty pricey back then.

The belt buckle is a modern piece and probably sold for more then $9.95. I gave it to L (it would have been a stocking stuffer).
 Both pieces were in the sale case, so the earrings were $3.12 and the buckle was $5.00.

Sunday's sale was all vintage 50% off. I have been eyeing this autumn-toned wool skirt for a while, and that made me bite.
 I thought of Vix! This screams 1970s to me.

I love how the pattern lines up.
 It's a wool blend knit, and I couldn't find any moth-holes.

The red bits attracted me - I have plenty in my closet in tan, black, brown and red that will go with this piece.
 It's floor-length on me, and the mermaid hem is great for walking (and makes one's butt look good).

It's made in Italy and is 85% wool, 15% polyamide.
 The size 12 is equivalent to a modern size 8, so we know for sure that this is before the mid-80s Great Size Shift. Isn't that a great vintage label? The little white label is in French - possibly this was sold in a boutique in Montreal in the 70s.

It's partially lined, and has a side zip with two hook-and-eyes, but my eye was caught by the two chains at either side of the waistband, meant for holding its weight on a hanger. Nice detail.
 This was $9.00.

I only had about 45 minutes in WIN, so I just quickly went through the racks, looking for the best stuff. The drama of this robe caught my eye.
 It is a silvery-grey floral on a black sheer background. The cuffs are black satin and the ends of the ties are a black tassel.

It's by La Vie En Rose, a mall chain.
 I don't know that I would consider this vintage, but I'll take it at $5.50.

When I got home, I put away my clothes and stood up the bark skirt.
"What magic is this?"

He knocked it over trying to get under it. Such shenanigans!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Thank you so much for visiting.