Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Last Fall/Winter Outfit: Floral and Yellow

I worked today - again, only 4 of us in the entire 3-floor office of 250 - and found out that I'll be working just a half day on Friday this week. So you know what that means...!

Or maybe you don't. But I will note that this is indeed the last outfit from my fall/winter wardrobe, and y'all seem pretty smart, so you can probably figure out what I'll be doing over the next 2 days. 
I chose my favourite "power colour", yellow, to build this outfit around. I just needed to wear yellow.


  • Cashmere sweater - Talbots, thrifted; last worn here in December 2019 with my bark skirt
  • Goldenrod skirt - no label, vintage, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) during our snow daze in January
  • Shoes - Napoleoni, thrifted; last worn here earlier this month with leopard and orange
  • Leather coat (below) - Jeno de Paris, vintage 70s, thrifted; last seen here a couple of weeks ago


The sweater is cashmere and will be carefully packed away to keep moths from eating it over the next six months.
 I love the pinks, browns and bits of red and yellow in the pattern. It's so lush.

It was the perfect match for this glorious goldenrod skirt. The skirt will also be hidden from the moths (I have a summer-weight yellow skirt that shall emerge soon).
 I've seen that colour in the hyacinths blooming right now - so very springy!

This morning was a VERY early one. Give me coffee!
These sporadic work weeks are very discombobulating. I have no idea what days I'll be working next week, but I'd guess Tuesdays and Fridays for the foreseeable future. It doesn't seem like my office is going to be full of people again any time soon. At least I do have actual work to do when I'm there.

Outerwear - it was chilly this morning, with ice on the puddles. Brrr.
I love the transitional season when I can start to wear my lighter coats. There are a few that have languished for months!


  • Scarf - Pierre Balmain, vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst



The stuff:
These deep browny-red shoes will also be packed away - they are a very autumnal palette.

Pale bling:
I wore the necklace wrapped around my wrist.


  • Necklace - Aldo Accessories
  • Ring - c. 1996
  • Ear-balls - Dior


I've been opening the deck door in the mornings just enough for Vizzini to go out. This morning, the windows of the deck fogged up due to the chill.
"Too cold for this cat."

He carefully inspected both doors.
"I want it to be warm."

Me too, buddy! It'll happen, I promise.

My friends, I will be back on Thursday with...my closet swap-over! If you haven't seen this happen in my closet before, here's when I last did it, at the end of September 2019 (ha, I wore that same necklace as today in my final outfit of summer). Enjoy, and I will see you soon.

Stay healthy, and be kind to yourself.

34 comments:

  1. Vizzini and you both look great! At least you'll have no problem social distancing at the office. The swap over! Your wardrobe organization is absolutely magnificent!

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    1. Thank you! No, it's very dead in the office right now. Yes, it's the swap-over, happening very soon!

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  2. Loving that cheery pop of yellow and, of course, my favourite leather coat!
    That must be really strange, so few of you in that big office. At least you're adhering to safe distancing.
    Hello, Vizzini!! I had to persuade the boys to go for a run out this morning, it's bitterly cold and they're such pampered beasts.
    Enjoy the great wardrobe swapover, I hope you rediscover some forgotten treasure.
    xxx

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    1. Thanks, Vix! Colour is a real balm to me in these gloomy times. It's very strange to have all that space to myself.

      Vizzini is spoiled too. Aw, poor boys, get out while you can!

      I always do - so excited!

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  3. A pretty mix of colors. Life is abnormal right now so your unpredictable work-schedule is par for the course. Hang in there. We have to ride the wave of chaos, not be drowned by it.

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    1. Thanks, Ally! Yes, for sure - I can see this being "the norm" for a while, at least until they start opening our office back up.

      I'm surfing away, baby!

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  4. Can't believe it's time for the Closet Swap-Over again? It seems like you just did it! It's still too cold here to put away winter stuff. That sweater is absolutely perfect with that skirt.

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    1. I know, it goes so fast, doesn't it? I always wait till the end of March, as mid-March feels too soon. Thanks so much!

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  5. What a sunshine on a cloudy day outfit! Such a cheerful colour combination.

    It must be disconcerting to be so alone at the office. I hope you have music or talk radio to keep you company.

    I love your organized approach to your wardrobe. I switch out mine too, but traditionally I leave it a bit late and end up pulling random items from the storage bins and making a mess before I actually get it together and do it properly. My mother always made us pack a bar of unwrapped, plain soap with the clothing to keep out the moths. When swapping back next season she would keep all the soap bars and replace them with new ones. The stored soap would be hard and last longer in the shower.

    I hope your workday goes by quickly and you can get back to Vizzini and his antics.

    Keep well.

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    1. Wearing my sunshine always helps, Nana, thank you!

      No, it's totally quiet, but that helps me concentrate on the finance stuff I've been doing.

      I'm a pretty organized person, so this is just an extension of that. I like the momentous event-like feeling I get from having a "new" closet available every 6 months. I LOVE the soap idea! I have a moth problem, and I always mean to do something and then it just slips by the wayside.

      Thanks so much, my dear!

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  6. Wardrobe rotation time! That's a big task. I usually do a mothproofing session around this time of year; maybe that should be my weekend task. Aren't they horrible little creatures?

    Aaaah it must be great getting out of the house, even if it is only for a couple of days a week.

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    1. You got it, Mim! It's a huge task. Gah, the f**king moths drive me insane. Every year I lose a few things to the little buggers.

      It's wonderful to get outside. Mental Health Walk planned for tomorrow!

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  7. You look amazing. You always look amazing. Thank you for being a bright, fun, inspiring part of my day. You rock Woman!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! I'm glad I can be a bright part of your day.

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  8. That goldenrod skirt is such a gorgeous, uplifting colour and the floral cashmere jumper is perfect with it. And then you take it up to the next level by wearing your wonderful green leather trench! In haven't a set date for my wardrobe changeover, but one thing is for sure: I will have oodles of time to do it, instead of a couple of hours divided over several weekends. I too will only be working 2 days a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays. It feels weird, but I'm also looking forward to the free time. The last couple of weeks were utterly exhausting, so my days off will also include lots of rest. Not that I'm very good at that ... Enjoy the switch-over, my friend. It will be so exciting to see all your Spring/Summer clothes again! xxx

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    1. It never fails to lift my spirits, Ann! I love yellow for that. This green trench was such a good purchase - it's going to get a lot of wear, I predict.

      It's nice to know we have the time to do it, instead of worrying about "wasting" a weekend, isn't it? I like knowing my schedule, and I really like having the extra time - my work is still paying me full-time which is really generous of them.

      Try to rest, be calm...hugs to you, my dear friend.

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  9. A truly Autumnal palette today, Sheila, gorgeous blooms and cashmere too! Wow! The big switch over is so exciting..... Hopeful for all the places we'll go when the world turns. Enjoy the organising.

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    1. I hope I won't be wearing my whole spring/summer wardrobe just for me, Juliana! I do enjoy the massive undertaking, and it's worth it in the end. Thank you!

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  10. Love the cheery, springy outfit! It's overcast and really windy here today so the yellow and the flowers are a great mood lifter. Can't wait for the closet swap-over!! I need to put mine in order. Take care

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    1. Thank you, Cheryene! We have the same weather right now - brr! But we get everything at this time of the year, and I know it can change quickly.

      I hope you enjoy it - almost done!

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  11. Aren't you very early with the swapover? Have you got a heat wave on the way? Our weather is improving at the weekend...

    Lovely outfit; they yellow skirt is so cheering. Damn those moths!

    It must be very strange to have so few work colleagues now; do you feel ok being so isolated at work?

    Vizzini, you're a scaredy cat!
    xxxx

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    1. No, I do it for spring/summer - we're already more than a week into spring, so this is on the nose for me. My spring stuff does include sweaters and lots of jackets, as well as hot-weather clothes for the summer.

      Thank you - yes, gah, the moths are the worst.

      Yes, I feel fine - the cleaners and the security guy both check on me, and all the doors are kept locked.

      He totally is!

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  12. Just 4 people from a 250 person staff - I am reading it and still cannot believe we are living through this.
    Looking on to brighter things I am all for that closet swap!

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    1. I know, it's so weird to be at work and have an entire office building floor to myself. It's such a bizarre thing.

      You got it!

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  13. I love that yellow skirt! I also really like the floral blouse and the coloured coat. Pretty shoes as well.

    It's odd with work these days, isn't it. I feel like I'm working a never ending shift.

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    1. Thanks, Ivana! I liked the bright colours - so fun.

      It really is! I never know when I'm going to be working.

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  14. Yellow is such a power (and happiness bolstering) colour and it looks marvelous on you, my friend. Of all the colours in the rainbow, red is the one I find resonates most with me as a power colour. It's been my signature colour for many years, too, though I do wear a bit less of it (as I own far less of it) these days. Still, no matter what, it's my beloved go-to colour and the one that I know slipping into will help me feel like I'm wearing a suit of armour.

    Huge hugs & many wishes for a serene first week of April,
    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

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    1. Thank you - both yellow and red are power colours for me, Autumn. Pink has also lately been a very uplifting colour.

      Here's to April - may it be better than March!

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  15. Love the yellow skirt!

    I was wondering… how do you protect your cashmere sweater from moths? I know you can freeze items for a few days to kill off moths and I do that when I buy any wooly secondhand items, but how do you protect your pieces over 6 months? I’d be interested to know.

    Looking forward to your wardrobe swap over! Take care. X


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    1. Thanks so much, Jess!

      I don't actually do anything - I'm really lazy when it comes to protecting my clothes. I try to pack the cashmere stuff in between non-moth-attractant clothes, so that they can't get at them.

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  16. love the yellow skirt and how nicely it goes with the floral sweater, such a fab combo!. And loving your leather coat everytime I see it!
    besos

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  17. I love this outfit. So cheerful, so elegant, so lush as you said. This is an outfit I cannot wear. I haven't got enough curves. And you have Dior earrings.. wow.
    Greetje

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    1. Thanks, Greetje! Aw, but you have those great legs! We always want what we haven't got.

      I've had those ear-balls for YEARS. They weren't that expensive, around $30?

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