What's this? A Saturday post? How unlike me! As you may have surmised from the title, Friday was a special kind of day off: I met up with Melanie (of A Bag and a Beret* fame), and Shelly of Forest City Fashionista!
I've known and met Mel for years, but when Shelley (who I've never met, but have also known for several years) told me she was coming out to the west coast from her native southern Ontario, I considered for about two seconds before saying, "YES!" to a day-trip to Vancouver.
*all links in my posts are because I love!
What to wear?? I needed to be able to walk all day, try things on, and also look suitably bloggery.
- Dress - JG Hook, thrifted; last worn here in September 2018
- Shoes - Half Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last seen here in March with green and black/gold
- Cardigan (below) - not tracked/no label, thrifted
I've worn this shoe-dress combo before, here exactly a year ago in June (wow, my hair has changed a lot!).
|"What's the ruckus in here, Woman?"|
As I didn't want to run the risk of any blisters from being barefooted in my shoes, I wore little pale pink nylon socklets.
Vizzini came in for a visit while I took my pictures - it seemed like a regular work day to him, since I was up at the same time.
|"And I'm wearing my white socks."|
But instead of going to work, I hopped a bus to town, and walked down to the float plane docks.
I had to have a snuggle with my furry boy before I left.
|"Wait, are you leaving me? I require more cuddles."|
Okay, full confession: I took these pictures so I could show them to Shelley (we compared pictures of Vizzini and Sylvester). Kitty love!
- Glass earrings - local
- Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
- Onyx/silver ring - Tocara, vintage fair
One more cuddle with Vizzini before I left...where is that darned cat?
|"What, you're still here?"|
We call that his "Blanket of Shame" - when we put him out on the deck in the early morning (when he starts bothering us for food around 4am), it's somewhere soft for him to sleep.
He never sits still for long.
|"If you're waking me up, there'd better be food coming."|
That little pink tongue!
He went for a flop instead.
|"It's exhausting being a cat."|
Tummy rubs were needed.
|"These pictures could damage my reputation."|
He's not a "Venus-fly-cat" - the tum is good for rubbing without fear of bitey repercussions.
The day started bright and sunny in the Victoria harbour.
|Top: Seaplane terminal; Bottom: Port Angeles/Olympic Mountains in Washington State, USA|
Inside the plane.
|There were only 6 of us on the flight.|
Winging out over Victoria, and the Gulf Islands, and arriving in Vancouver harbour 35 minutes later.
|Clockwise, from top left: Victoria; Gulf Islands; Vancouver harbour/downtown; ferries are for chumps!|
|Photo by Melanie|
Yay!! We had such a fun time hanging out together. We are all just exactly as you imagine us: funny, silly, fabulous and great shoppers. We got along perfectly, like we'd all been friends for years (which we have).
I loved this Dali statue outside Canada Place, so Mel took a picture of me being fabulous in front of it.
|Right photo by Melanie|
We walked over to My Sister's Closet thrift store (link, not related to Victoria's consignment store of the same name), where Mel and Shelley both found some goodies.
|Photo courtesy of Melanie|
On our way to the Sea-Bus docks.
We took the little cycle/pedestrian Sea-Bus over to Granville Island.
|Clockwise from top left: mussels at high tide; Aquabus!; Burrard St. Bridge; Granville St. Bridge|
What do bloggers do when they are together?
A quick lunch at Granville Island and then we escaped the crowds and walked to upper Granville for some consignment store shopping. We popped into one or two consignment shops, but it was mostly second-hand for us.
|I love this art below the overpass - it's so much better than graffiti|
On our way to Turnabout and Turnabout Luxe (link here), I dragged Melanie and Shelley into Lord's Shoes (link here). I hadn't been in there since our 2016 anniversary weekend trip (here) and how very exciting: this pair of shoes that I had lusted over three years ago was still there!
They are by Prophecy - see why I like them?
My usual size - wonderful detailing on them. I will have to pick up a thick insole to wear in them, though, as the sizing is a bit wonky.
Last pair...for $25.00.
It was 91% reduced from the original price.
Part of the reason why they were still there and unsold after 3 years is that one of the shoes was in a window display and faded a bit in the sun. You can see the difference between the left and right in this picture.
I dabbed lip balm on the spots, then gently tapped eyeshadow on it.
Before on the top.
We checked out the new swanky Turnabout Luxe, which was full of high-end haute couture consignment designer clothes and shoes. I didn't buy anything there, but Shelley found this amazing iridescent dress/topper.
At the "regular" Turnabout, we all did really well, with Shelley getting a big bag of goodies, and Mel also finding a few treasures. I tried on oodles of things, but I'm really fussy (and was thinking of my one-bag limit!).
I got this awesome Lucite and silver hinged bangle.
The Lucite is all carved by hand.
I was not familiar with the name Alexis Bittar (about him here), but I know quality when I see it!
I also fell hard for this wonderful plaid coat.
Also, I cannot resist any kind of gew-gaws, and this one is gew-gawed all over!
It still had the original retail price on it.
It's a bit hard to see, but this is a patch pocket (there's one on each side) with a flap.
It's hard to see in pictures but the entire coat (including the lining) is backed with sheer black netting which extends out beyond the edges.
OMG, I am on bling overload.
Mel and Shelley generously let me have their Turnabout "points", so I got a $9.88 discount off my purchase.
The bracelet was originally $69.99, on sale for $44.79, but under $40 with points redeemed (let's call it $39.79). The coat was $89.99, reduced to $36.00, and then $31.00 with the points knocked off. What scores! I am excited to wear the coat...in the fall. I wore the bangle home.
As the day was growing longer, we cabbed back to the downtown harbour for a quick bite before I had to catch my plane home.
Can you tell we're worn out from all this shopping?
It was an exhausting but exhilarating day.
|Photo by Mel|
Thank you, dear friends, for spending such a wonderful day with me! Hugs to both of you!
The clouds had cleared and it was time to go.
|Clockwise from top left: Seaplane; plane landing with the Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park in the background; ferry in the Gulf Islands; goodbye to Vancouver|
Views headed home.
|Clockwise from top left: A Gulf Island ferry (very small); banking over the islands; looking east (the arrow is pointing at Mount Baker in the far distance); the Saanich Peninsula|
And almost home. The top picture is looking down at Victoria - the blue arrow is where I live.
I arrived home to much fanfare.
|"Oh, you're home already."|
I hope you enjoyed my day-trip! I am lucky to live in such a beautiful place!