Thursday, December 7, 2017

Sparkle Pants with Burgundy and Dove-Grey

A terribly creative title of today's post, but it's late, and I'm tired and I haven't eaten yet. 
 I loved today's outfit and got very positive reactions to it from my coworkers.

  • Blazer - Emporio Armani, thrifted; first worn here in October with paisley pants
  • Silk ruffle blouse - no label, consignment; first worn here (with this same blazer) 
  • Culottes - Michal Negrin, thrifted; purchased here for $29.95
  • Booties - Mia, consignment; first worn here in October with my 90s tube dress
  • Coat (below) - Apparence, vintage, thrifted; last seen here on Monday

Here's with just the blouse (too cold for this!), so you can see the sparkly pants. I've decided they are culottes.
 I showed off the sparkly Swarovski crystals to everyone. Sparkly pants!

With the blazer. This is how I wore it all day at work.
 I wore full tights under the pants, which ended up being a good call - they help keep the leg-line long and blend with the black edges of the fade in the pants.

Rear view.
 It's a gorgeous blazer. I love this pale dove-grey colour.

Done up - I only buttoned it for putting on my coat.
 I prefer being able to see the sparkly buttons at the front.

The Unsafe Polar Bear returns! You'll be thoroughly sick of both Unsafe coats by the end of winter.
 The coat has a very deep V front, so I was glad of the giant silk/wool scarf under it. Brrr, baby, it's cold outside!

  • Scarf - Story of Shanghai, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 These aren't really all day booties - my feet are pretty sore now after working all day, then doing my WW meeting - but they are fiiine-lookin'!

Gold and black bling:
That necklace is one of my grandmother's - I "rediscovered" it digging around in my jewelry last night.

  • Necklace - Anne Klein, vintage 80s, Grandma J's
  • Hematite earrings - gift from Mom
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage fair
  • Hematite ring - thrifted

I'll be back on Sunday with a Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up (TM) - see you then! Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Missed Day, and Two Dinners, Oops, and a Change!

I was ravaged by a stomach bug on Monday night...and all day Tuesday. No work for me yesterday - back to bed for the whole danged day. 
 I had a dinner date with Elaine last night and didn't want to skip on her. There was nothing left in my system by then and I figured if I'm going to eat, I may as well go somewhere nice and have her company. Bring out the jammy dress!

  • Dress - no label, handmade, consignment; first seen here in March (look how short my hair is!)
  • Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) in October for theatre with Mom (pewter leather skirt!)
  • Coat (below) - Vassali, consignment; last seen here in November
  • Coat (below) - Hilary Radley, thrifted; last worn here in March

If you're wondering why there are two coats listed, it's because I wore this exact outfit again today for work. It's not like anyone saw me last night and then I didn't have to think about it. No thinking.
 I did add my Star Trek communicator badge today, but other than that, all the same. I am feeling better, but I'm very dehydrated and tired. Must be good to myself.

Remembering that the neckline on this dress is really wide, I wore a black tank under it to cover my bra straps.
 I have a black half-slip under it as well, to add warmth.

Outerwear from last night. Too cold! This coat is not warm enough for 5 degrees.
 But my furry set gets lots of love from me.

  • Fur toque/scarf/leather gloves - Danier

Today's outerwear - welcome to the Unsafe Ocelot!
 Get used to it - I wore this coat to death last winter, and if it stays really chilly, I expect to wear this a ton this year too.

The stuff:
 Work was insanely busy. I was glad to have low heels on.

Gold bling:
 A few people at work noticed my communicator badge. Gotta let my nerd flag fly!

  • Star Trek badge - MoPop gift shop
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Amber ring - c. 1996

Extra bonus outfit! It's my Weight Watchers employee dinner tonight. They always expect me to be extra-glitzy (where do they get this idea? Hmmm).
 No stair picture, because it's pitch dark right now (6pm). I always try to get one wear out of this dress every holiday season.

  • Dress - Adrian, vintage 60s, thrifted; last seen here...uh oh! I wore this same dress for my WW meeting last year in December 2016! 
  • Shoes - Channi B; last worn here in November with dragons
  • Coat (below) - Forever 21, thrifted; last seen here in May 2016 over a green satin dress (I look awesome there!)

 Okay, yes, I love this dress, and I do plan to wear it this season, but I can't wear it tonight!

I will wear this coat, but not over this dress.
 I only see most of my WW colleagues once a year, at this dinner, so I totally have to change. Ack!

The stuff:
 I'm keeping the earrings on, and still wearing these fab shoes.

And keeping the pin on, but not the necklaces worn as bracelets.


  • Galaxy pin - Sarah Coventry, vintage fair
  • Earrings - first wearing, vintage fair
  • Belt (not shown) - vintage fair

Now, this is what I'm wearing for dinner! I threw on a vintage slip, grabbed this silver metal link belt, and voila!
 I like this dress, but I don't love this dress. This is it for this dress.

  • Dress - Doncaster, vintage 80s, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in January for a wrong-day theatre date with Mom
  • Shoes - as above, Channi B
  • Coat - as above, Forever 21, thrifted

Yeah, no. I look too grannyish in this (not that there's anything wrong with being grannyish, but it's not the look I'm going for).
"Is the cleaning lady done yet?"
 It feels like too much of this green fabric. Meh.

I like it with the coat, though.
And it will do. Off to catch my ride! 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Dragonscale, and the First Polar Bear

Ah, Monday, my old foe. It was a busy, busy day today. Good thing I wore my armour again - this time it's dragonscale.
 I am of course referring to my silk skirt, made up of dozens of serged circles, all a dragon's scales!

  • Sweater - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) for Winesday in November 2015 
  • Skirt - Strawberry Jill, thrifted; purchased here on the weekend for $18.95
  • Shoes - Tod's, thrifted; last worn here in March with leopard and wine
  • Coat (below) - Apparence, vintage 80s, thrifted; last seen here in March

 I'm shocked that I haven't worn this sweater in over 2 years, but also not really surprised. I wasn't into brown too much last year, so it's been languishing in my closet, waiting for my fickle favour to once again fall upon it.

It's merino wool and very fine quality. I bought it in December 2009, thrifted for around $12.00, and first wore it here in January 2010 - nearly 8 years ago! Ha, and I called it Banana Republic then, and I've also been mislabeling it as Club Monaco, when it clearly says Lord & Taylor. I should probably pay closer attention to labels.
 The skirt is the real schtar of the outfit. I realized when wearing it (it likes to rotate around my hips) that there are no seams on it, which means that all those discs were sewn to the shape of the dress - it wasn't a pattern that was cut out. Amazing.

Outerwear! You know it, you love it, the Unsafe Polar Bear has returned!
 I adore this fuzzy coat, and have had it for years. One of my friends - giggling at me crossing the street one night shortly after I first wore it - said, "Don't listen to the Unsafe Polar Bear!" And ever since then, I am the Unsafe Polar Bear when I wear it. You shouldn't listen to me - I am unsafe.

  • Fur toque/scarf/leather gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 These are very comfortable shoes for having that big of a heel.

Brass bling:
Lots of stuff to balance the visual weight of the skirt.

  • Necklace - Nygard, consignment
  • "Nevermore" cuff - Jezebel Charms, gift from L
  • Brass cuff - vintage late 60s, Mom's
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
  • Ear-balls - Dior

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Weekend Wrap-Up: Plaid Shopping Dress, Christmas Carol Sparkle, More Red for Shopping

It's been a lovely weekend, with lots of downtime, games and socialness. I also wore a lot of red, but it wasn't really on purpose. I just have a lot of red my wardrobe.
This is my Saturday brunch with L outfit, also worn for Christmas dress shopping afterwards with my coworker, Dana.

  • Dress - Naughty; last worn here in October 2016 for brunch (same boots!)
  • Boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last seen here (4th outfit) in October, worn to the Ulti field
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather; last worn here on Friday

This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Go, go, go!
 I love this dress - it's always a brunch dress (I have a collection of brunch dresses, all year round), as it's cotton flannel. A little too casual for work, but I should do it one of these days. I do adore the dress.
 L and I had a nice brunch at Floyd's Diner, then he went Christmas shopping and I met up with Dana at the WIN store downtown.

Outerwear - all easy, non-bulky things that I can shove in my purse or pockets while I shop.
 The rain stopped this weekend, which has been a treat. Rain all you want while I'm at work!

  • Fur boa - thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 Although I wasn't shopping for me, I wore simple pieces "just in case.

  • Belt - Gap, consignment
  • Cuff - Rimanchik
  • Earrings - 10th anniversary gift from L

I was a little early to meet Dana, so I stopped in at the St. Vincent de Paul. I spotted a stretch black velvet tulip-cut skirt for $2.50 and this blue tunic/dress that I thought would fit her, and since they only came to $7.50, I bought them.
"What did you buy me?"
 The skirt fit her perfectly, but this dress was way too tight.
I brought it home, thinking I could take it to work for another coworker - but I tried it on, and it fit me perfectly. The brand is Mossimo (a Target label), and the sizing is XXL. Seriously? That is some whack sizing! Anyway, this will be lovely for my summer Saturday brunches/Ulti mornings, so I'm keeping it!

 As Dana and I were shopping, I spotted this fantastic skirt. It looks like dragonscale or armour!
 It is the coolest - it really reminds me of the 1970s, with all those bronze/gold/caramel colours in it, but it's likely late 90s/early 00s.

Look at the inside - every one of those silk fabric circles was sewn on individually by hand. So much work!
 The brand is Strawberry Jill (I used to own this skirt by them). They were a local company from 10+ years ago.
 Only $18.95!

I rushed home to get ready to go out to the Belfry Theatre with Mom. We went to see "A Christmas Carol" - a favourite of mine.
 Seasonally sparkling has started!

  • Sweater - Tatyana, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) last weekend for my tattoo
  • Skirt - J Studio, thrifted; first worn here in December 2016 with heavy metal
  • Shoes - Queen of Prussia Louise, Fluevog; last worn here in October with a lot of chevrons
  • Coat (below) - Rodarte for Opening Ceremony, thrifted; first worn here in November with mad plaid

Requirements for the theatre: Sparkly, warm, easy to sit in, can walk to and from the Belfry.
 Swoosh! Done! Actually, this skirt is not swooshy at all - it's very stiff.

I wore a full-length vintage slip under this for extra warmth.
 The skirt is bands of red, gold and black.

I wore my ringmaster coat.
 Warm and still dressy.
 I loved how the tails split over the full skirt.

The stuff:
 It's quite the heel on those shoes, but they were fine for our stroll to and from the theatre. Mom and I enjoyed the sprinkle of Christmas lights in the neighbourhood, and that great big full moon!

Gold bling:
 A little bit of vintage, a little bit of modern.

  • Necklace - D'Orlan, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Bracelet - Lia Sophia, thrifted
  • Cuff - thrifted
  • Earrings - Weiss, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Ring - c. 1996

Oops, forgot to take my ring off.
 There it is.

A great shot of Mom and I.
 Statement necklaces and red shiny patterns. Like mother, like daughter.

Off to do my grocery shop today. Not much effort ensues.
 Dress and boots and coat. Minimal make-up.

  • Dress - Boo Radley, thrifted; last seen here (4th outfit) in October with Saturday's cowboy boots
  • Boots - Lucky Brand, swap from Cat; last worn here in October for Hallowe'en
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather; last worn yesterday, above

 I wandered over to the WIN Boutique as I haven't been there for a while. I was keeping an eye out for presents for L, really.
 No scarf or gloves, as it was mild and sunny.

The stuff:
 Blink and you'll miss it.

  • Earrings - Glee

I tried on a few things (and I did find something for L), and ended up with this little bit of whackadoo.
 Cropped pants! They are sort of a light denim, with shading, screenprinted design at the waist and hem and Swarovski crystals.
"They look chewable."
 Detail of the buttons and the waistband.
 I like the "sailor-style" of the front double row of buttons, but can see that it might be a pain for going to the bathroom (she said, ever practical). However, I've mastered a jumpsuit, so this is a piece of cake (she said, optimistically).

The design. It has a cherub and roses and swirly things!
 I knew the brand - Michal Negrin - as we have a Negrin store here in Victoria. These pants aren't current, but I've been in the store - it's not cheap, but the clothes are elaborate and beautiful. Check out her site (linking 'cause I love, of course!).
I paid $29.95 - these would have been over $500 new. They are all hand made, from the silkscreening to the assembly, to the embellishment with the Swarovski crystals, in Israel. Have you ever heard of Michal Negrin?