Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Double Velvet and Bag O' Shoes

You guys are the best - I so appreciate your good wishes, advice and positive vibes. I kinda feel like now I'm getting sick (like flu sick), but I'm willing myself not to be sick. NO.
Carrying on with being comfortable and cozy at work, I played the double velvet card today. Velvet everywhere!


  • Blazer - Vero Moda, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in October 2018 for some weekend shopping
  • Blouse - Renuar, thrifted; last seen here under my $1000 sweater in December 2018
  • Skirt - Yves St. Laurent Rive Gauche, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in March 2018 with a tweed vest and ruffled shirt
  • Shoes - Queen of Prussia Louise, Fluevog; last seen here in November 2018 on a discombobulated day
  • Sleeveless coat - Only, thrifted; last worn here eight days ago


Due to it being really dark out this morning (rain clouds), the colours of both velvet pieces look much gloomier than they are. The velvet "boyfriend"-cut blazer is a rich burgundy (view here for a better look at the colour).
 And the skirt is a dark purple (view here for a better look). It's also Yves St. Laurent, baby! Classy!

I had my coworkers feel both the velvet* on the jacket and the velvet on the skirt and guess which one was better quality. It's the skirt, of course! Some people gasped when they felt the skirt, it is that nice.

*Strictly speaking, the jacket is velour, since it's on a knit vs. on a weave. Velvet is like a mowed lawn. Fuzzy lawn on knit = velour. Fuzzy lawn on weave = velvet. The actual fabric can be cotton, polyester or silk (or a mix), and all of them can still be velvet.
 Ugh, I hate that bad hem on the back of this blazer. That could be a deal-breaker for me. Is velvet still trendy or is that over now? I can never keep up!

The skirt is the real "keeper" item - it's gorgeous, and it has pockets! Big ones!
 It's absolutely wonderful to wear.

Outerwear - I was overheating right and left all day. I'm not sure if it's hot flashes or feverishness.
 Our bout of warm-ish weather continues. At least there wasn't any rain today.


  • Scarf - thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst


The stuff:
 I love these shoes. They are awesome to wear.

Crystal bling:
 I have a set, and it's even by the same maker: Myka. They are very glittery under my office lights.


  • Necklace/bracelet/earrings - Myka, gifts from L
  • Brooch - c. 1999? from the Bay
  • Amethyst/gold ring - Frances Jewellers, c. 1965, Dad's


I wore the brooch pinned at the top of the blouse's neck.

Reader Cathy asked yesterday if my velvet boots held up in the rain. No way for that to happen, because I never wear them outside!

Most of my good shoes are "office only" and I am extremely careful with them - I very, very rarely wear them out on sidewalks, aside from weekends and Fridays. I might dash out for a quick errand or to grab lunch, but it's Bag O' Shoes for me otherwise.
I double-bag my shoes to make sure they stay dry (from both weather, and my drippy coffee mug), and I wear my Doc Martens leather floral boots in autumn/winter to walk to and from work. For this coming spring/summer, I'll be wearing velvet Vans that I recently thrifted (pic here) - Docs are too hot in warm weather, but they're fabulous in rain and snow.

Take care of your shoes and they will last for years!

18 comments:

  1. woww, love all these velvet and velour and the rich colours!, I'm a huge fan of velvet, particularly silk velvet which is so Luxurious!. Love your purple skirt, its fab color and texture And Pockets!!! And also love your fantastic bijouterie! so beautiful!
    Lovely to see in your 'ready to go' boots too!
    besos
    besos

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    1. Me too - I love the feel of velvet. It's very luxurious, as you say. Heh, I never mind a picture of my kickass boots!

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  2. Ooh... velvet! Not a fabric for those who dislike being touched. :)

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    1. No, ha! I like petting myself (very therapeutic, next best thing to petting Vizzini), and I allow limited patting from others.

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  3. Vvvvvelvet, darling. The names of your labels drip drama all on their own. But they look spectacular. Okay, and the velour but almost same diff. And great shoe care there. It's so sad when shoes break down. Our winters require lots of footwear TLC.

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    1. I love wearing "high end" designer names - it gives me a thrill. With the rain, the salt on the roads, and general wear-and-tear, if you don't treat your shoes well, they'll get wrecked fast.

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  4. Your velvet/velour outfit looks deliciously soft and strokable. Sometimes, that's what you need to get you through the day, don't you? I'm loving both pieces, but the skirt really exudes luxury. Thank you for the velvet/velour explanation, which I will keep in mind. I really should carry a shoe bag like you, as I tend to wear the same boots all the time for work, the other being deemed too delicate to brave the weather in. xxx

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    1. Thanks, Ann! I agree - it's like kitty therapy on the road! A shoe bag is a must for commuting in the wilds of the city!

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  5. You are so entertaining and a fabulous instigator of zero waste. I love your posts and yes I am a creeper (was that your word?) . You are an inspiration - keep thrifting people!

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    1. What a nice comment - next time, sign your name! I'd love to know who you are. :) Ha, I hope you're not a creeper, but lurkers are fine. Thrifting, yay!

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  6. That is a very classy skirt, and of course the bags are a bonus! I hope you feel better in the weekend and be able able to enjoy it!

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  7. Good tip about looking after your shoes, I've never bothered because it seems too much of a hassle, but I might do it with my prized boots. Your velvet outfit looks magnificent, by the way. X

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    1. It's such a habit for me now, I don't even think about it. Not only does it save your shoes, but your feet too! Do all your walking in the most comfy shoes.

      Thanks so much, Jess!

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  8. Oh now I want to feel that skirt !!
    Velvet on velvet/velour is something I have to try.
    Velvet will always be on trend for me.

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    1. It's as soft as a kitten. I agree, velvet never goes out of style!

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  9. She wore burgundy vel-vet....you have so many lovely tactile pieces in your wardrobe!

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    1. Touchable fabrics are actually really an important part of my clothes.

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