Thursday, November 14, 2019

Autumn Camo and a Vintage Pin

As I did not get home from Book Club last night until close to 11pm, I had to quickly put an outfit together before I crashed into bed. Time to visit an old favourite and pull a repeat - jammy dress to the rescue!
I adore this "autumn camo" dress. Bam, outfit done.


  • Dress - Dept, thrifted; last worn here in March to clean out Yvonne's closet
  • Boots - Clarks; last seen here (2nd outfit) with a cool Kenzo dress
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather, thrifted; last worn here in October


This is the 12th wearing of the dress, since I purchased it for $8.00 back here in October 2014.
It's been rescued from the giveaway pile, a few years ago. Disaster averted!

Since I bought the belt, it's been worn with the boots constantly. Real Fendi!
The boots are feeling a little high, but they were good for my quiet day.

Ready for the weekend!
 I'm wearing a full navy blue vintage slip under the dress (which is unlined) - that's what you're seeing peeking out at the hem.

I had to rouse Vizzini out from one of his hiding spots to pose with me.
"I did not consent to this, Woman!"

Lies, those are happy paws.

Outerwear - it's been overcast but not too cold this week, still Leather Weather!
I love the rich blue of this blazer-style coat.


  • Fur scarf - thrifted
  • Long leather/cashmere gloves - Club Monaco, consignment


The stuff:
My boots are getting a nice crackly texture. I love worn-in leather.

Bracelet-heavy bling:
The Fendi belt is truly a treasure.


  • Belt - Fendi, thrifted
  • Faux tortoiseshell bracelet - J. Crew, thrifted
  • Faux tortoiseshell earrings - local, Hamilton
  • Blue eelskin/gold bangle - vintage 80s, thrifted (possibly my old one!)
  • Tricolour/gold bangle - thrifted
  • Brown eelskin/gold bangle - faux Gucci, gift from Mom & Dad, Italy, c. 1987


So, last night, Book Club friend Mindy gave me a pin that she found in a box of stuff belonging to her mom and dad (her dad is 94!).
 It's kind of hard to tell, but it's two interlocked W's, with 3 little stones.

Here's the back: it's from Weight Watchers! As you may know, I worked for them for 9 years (all the stuff here) and Mindy thought of me when she found it.
"Weight Watchers (R) | Weight Watchers Inc. founded 1963 by Jean Neidich"

I did some digging around online and I'm pretty sure it's from at least 1972 (via a very entertaining post on a now-defunct blog here, linking 'cause I love). It's a "reward" pin for hitting a weight loss milestone. Although that blog was the best source of info in one place that I found, I also read that these were gold-plated and that the stones on the front are diamond chips. Since these are given away, I find that hard to believe, but it could be electroplated gold (very thin) and those are probably rhinestones. The rhinestones seem to correspond with each 10 pounds loss - I noted pictures of up to 4 or 5 stones in some of them, so 40 or 50 lbs - so this was given to someone who lost 30 pounds. These came in plastic cases, which I saw listed for under $15.00. So, sorry, Mindy, this isn't worth much, but what a cool piece of memorabilia! Thank you!

And thank you, my friends for stopping by.
"What, there are people out there?"

I will return on Sunday with the Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up and regale you all with tales of adventure. Have a wonderful weekend!

28 comments:

  1. What a cute pin and I'm impressed you were able to dig up the history on it! You always manage to do that on all your finds, thrifting or given to you! I rarely find anything super special in opshops that I feel the need to read up on, haha! Lots of high street store stuff! I know there are some opshops that do "vintage" and "label" sections, but someone else has done all the hard work and identified what it is and raised the price accordingly ;)

    I do love this dress every time you wear it!

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    1. I love the hunt for the background on anything that I come across! Aw, I bet there are still some good things out there, Mica. Thanks so much!

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  2. That dress is gorgeous, what a great print. I love the navy blue slip peeking out under it, making it even more interesting and quirky. The blue leather is divine - we seem to have suddenly gone into coat weather, too chilly for my suede coat, boo!
    How interesting about that WW badge, what a great incentive to keep on the straight and narrow.
    Hope you, L and Vizzini have a fab weekend. xxx

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    1. Thanks, Vix, it's the easiest dress ever. I'm wearing as much leather as I can until the weather changes. Yes, that's some pretty swanky WW swag!

      Thank you, same to you!

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  3. Such a fabulous dress - how could you even think of putting it in the give away pile? It looks lovely with the boots and the big belt and what fab jewellery!

    The WW brooch was very interesting and how nice of your friend to think of you.

    Have a great weekend!
    xxx

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    1. Oh, I know, Vronni! Sometimes I get overly ruthless with my clothes. Sigh. Thank you so much! Happy weekend to you!

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  4. Where I live there's isn't second hand stores!!
    You always find such interesting items!! Love your belt with that dress, and I impressed about that pin's story!!
    xoox

    marisasclosetblog.com

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    1. No way, Marisa! I can't even imagine that - where does everyone donate their clothes?

      Thank you so much!

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  5. Have a fabulous weekend! Your Dept dress is wonderful. I once had a grey Dept that I adored. I worn it to pieces!

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    1. I have had a couple of really nice Dept pieces over the years, Nancy. Thanks!

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  6. I love your colourful military dress. It fits you so well and it looks fantastic worn with a belt and those gorgeous brown boots. I also really like the blue coat. You look fabulously stylish and very chic.

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  7. Jammy dresses are the best, especially one as fabulous as yours! And doesn't it look fantastic with that massive belt and those awesome boots! How wonderful that your friend Mindy gave you that vintage WW pin. And aww, look at Vizzini's face! Hope you're having a lovely weekend! xxx

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    1. They really are, Ann! Thank you so much. I know, what generous friends I have. Vizzini has been very cranky lately.

      Happy weekend to you!

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  8. That blue leather coat with the dress is a real wow. (And for some reason my brain now has 'Happy paws' to the tune of 'happy talk' on loop.'

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    1. Thanks so much, Mim! I have a big collection of amazing leather coats. Ha ha! Sorry for the earworm.

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  9. Oh how I love to see this camo dress. It doesn't lose its charm does it? And the Fendi belt is very envy worthy and perfect for this low key ensemble. Hope you had a great weekend sweetheart xxx

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    1. No, it really doesn't, Anna! It's a classic. I love the belt so much. Happy weekend to you, my dear!

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  10. what a lovely dress and how fabulous it looks with the big belt and the blue coat/jacket, that's a gorgeous color combo!. Love the blue lace poking out and adding a touch of matchy sassiness!
    besos

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad I didn't get rid of it - it's been a great piece for so long.

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  11. The colours in that dress are lovely, and the belt and boots always go beautifully with it. The Weight Watchers pin is very cool.

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  12. Oh great combination and you know I am a fan of your Fendi belt. The blue jacket is stunning.
    I love that your friend gave you that WW vintage brooch, what a great piece to own, specially for you.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lorena - I know you love the belt. I miss the coat - now it's too cold to wear it!

      I know, wasn't that sweet of her?

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