Monday, April 22, 2024

One and Done Monday in 80s Blue, Plus Katie Pruit Concert in Pink and Adidas

This week is a busy one - we have concerts to go to both Monday and Tuesday! 

But first, work.
Another "One and Done" outfit - this dress is not staying in my closet. 

  • Dress - Albert Nipon, vintage 80s, thrifted; purchased here for $9.00
  • Shoes - Sam Edelman, thrifted; purchased here for $24.00
  • Coat (below) - L'Atiste, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here earlier this month

Don't get me wrong - it's lovely - but it's not my style these days. It's also too big on me.
I felt a little "grandma" in this, despite my best efforts to punk it up with black accessories. 

Boxy, long, oversized. The top-stitched pleating on the bodice and hips is very intricate, and the skirt billowed nicely.
Someone's going to love this heart-printed cerulean blue dress......but it won't be me. 

I'm still glad I gave it a shot.
Into the wash it goes (I sweated a bit in it, but it's polyester - good ol' 80s poly!). 

Incognito! In my most 80s coat.
Oh, that's far too excited for a Monday morning. 

There we go.
Resting Monday Face. 

The stuff: 
It was also the debut of the suede shoes - they were lovely, no pain, no rubbing. Hooray! 

Black bling: 
These accessories make almost any outfit badass. Almost.

  • Belt - gift from Ruth
  • Leather studded cuff - vintage 90s
  • Fang bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
  • Silver/obsidian ring - consignment
  • Silver/onyx ring - Tocara, vintage fair
  • Anneke & Lars ring - vintage mall
  • Chain ring - Mexican, consignment
  • Earrings - thrifted

I'd done some outfit planning on the weekend, once L and I remembered we had concerts to go to. We actually just bought the tickets a few days ago to see Katie Pruitt on her "Mantras" tour - thanks to Casey for the head's up. If you're not familiar with her, she's in a singer-songwriter, a la Brandi Carlile. L reviewed her album here (5 stars!), and you can listen to that full album here (YouTube links 'cause I love), or just listen to my favourite song of the last year, "It's Always Been You" (here). Unfortunately, she didn't play that particular song, but I was happy with the mix of her two albums.

I was happy to style up a couple more new-to-me items for my nightclub outfit. 
Finally getting to this cropped Adidas hoodie - it's not just something you can just throw on! That's some challenging proportions there. 

  • Hoodie - Adidas, consignment; purchased here for $30.00
  • Mesh top - Concept, consignment; purchased here for $25.00
  • Trousers - Joie, consignment; first worn here (2nd outfit) to hang out in the park earlier this month
  • Sneakers - Converse, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in the same outfit as the pants

Here's how I looked walking to and from Capital Ballroom, and in the dark for the evening. 
"Hang on, this is a school night."

I loved wearing the hoodie - the inside of it is fleece.
"Better leave me extra food."

I loved this athleisure vibe. 

Without the hoodie, since the top is also new-to-me. 
I never took it off - it was freezing in the club! 

The stuff: 
Comfy shoes for walking to town and back (at 11pm). 

Swear bling: 
F#@! - that's me and crowds. 

  • Belt - gift from Ruth
  • Purse - Rebecca Minkoff, consignment
  • Swear rings - Wendy Brandes
  • Silver/amethyst ring - vintage mall
  • Silver earrings - gift from Petra

We met up with Casey and Nick, after L and I got to the club and grabbed some seats in the back.
We had a view over the bar of the main stage. 

This is Jack van Cleaf, the opening act (link here, 'cause I love). 
He was pretty solid, although he didn't sell CDs (only vinyl pre-order, roll my eyes). 

However, at least he had merch - L bought one of his t-shirts. 
So I took a picture of them. Thanks, Jack! 

Katie Pruitt was amazing - what a voice! But no merch, not a single tee! No cassettes (snort, don't laugh, they're back), no vinyl, no stickers, no posters, nothing! 
But I'm still so glad we were able to catch that show.

And now, of to bed! I have a full day of work before...another concert, and this one's a doozy.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Neon Orange Friday in Stella Pebbles; Brunch Leopard and a Wee Shop; Personal Jesus Dress at Craft

Greetings, my friends! I'm ever so grateful to see you, and for my life in general. I feel very lucky to have had another wonderful weekend full of good people, good times and good outfits. Sit down and join me, won't you? 

Here's Fridays 'Fit - a mix of colour, texture and pattern. 
I missed "shiny", ha ha! What an oversight! 

  • Bomber jacket - Maison Scotch, consignment, Vancouver; purchased here for $59.99
  • Top - Le Chateau, thrifted; first worn here in November 2023
  • Silk trousers - Stella McCartney, consignment, Vancouver; purchased here for $75.99
  • Shoes - Down to Earth Hadfield, Fluevog; last seen here in September 2023 with jeans

As I cast my eyes about my closet for Things To Go With The New Things, I realized these two new-to-me items actually went very well together. 
The bomber jacket and the trousers have two colours in common - cream and dark green. 

I added a little "cake" to all that "icing", in the form of this dark green top. 
I wore the jacket open for most of the day.

I would wear this combo again! 
I fixed the ripped out hem on the trousers last night, which took 10 minutes. 

Pockets galore! 
I loved the pebbled-patterned trousers - they looked even more waft-y after I'd steamed out all the wrinkles. 

I didn't take the jacket off, but I like this look too.
I layered a light sweater-y cami under the green top. 

Incognito, and protecting my neck from cool breezes. 
"I see you left a window open - off to smell."

I had a haircut after work and walked to my appointment like this, then met L at the "Winchester" (aka the Fernwood Inn) for dinner afterward. 

The stuff: 
I walked to work in these floral beauties - they are almost 10 years old! I would have also worn my neon orange shoes with this outfit - next time! 

Orange and gold bling: 
In retrospect, I missed my gold Brutalist necklace with this, and bracelets. This felt a little too minimal for my Stuff As Armour. 

  • Scarf - Smoking Lily, 1996, gift from Janet
  • Purse - consignment
  • Steel/Lucite ring - Calvin Klein, thrifted
  • Plastic ring - Italian, vintage 60s, vintage mall
  • Brutalist earrings - vintage 70s, vintage mall 

I took some pictures of the lush gardens in the Fernwood neighbourhood, as I walked to my haircut. 
Best garden I saw - what a beautiful selection of blooms! 

I love the old Victorian-era houses. Most of these are from the 1890s.
The wild colours are actually typical of how they were originally painted. I spy an oval "Heritage" designation plaque near the front door, so this home retains some of the original construction/interior. 

Tulips and bluebells through a wrought-iron fence. 
This 'hood is full of giant trees and old houses. 

An Arts and Crafts home. 
With the most beautiful purple azalea I've ever seen! 

I stopped in the middle of the roundabout on Gladstone Avenue to take a picture of the cherry trees. 
They are heavy with blossoms - so beautiful. I see the moon up there (it's gibbous). 

After dinner, L and I walked home.
More cherry blossoms, another Victorian home, and the moon again. Yawn, seen it. 

L and I had a couple of rousing games of Ark Nova (a zoo-building/conservation game, very fun). 
"Ahem, I would like to sit on you now."

Our own little animal needed some attention! 

We were up early on Saturday, and headed down to John's Place for brunch - awesome server Deborah treated us for our anniversary, as favourite customers. We tipped her appropriately! So sweet. 
I put this leopard skirt into my fall/winter wardrobe after this one wearing - as noted when I bought it, I have a similar version of this for spring/summer (this one here). 

  • Crinkle top - Baden Baden, consignment; first worn here in March with a Chanel-esque jacket
  • Skirt - Esqualo; purchased here at Dots for $29.99
  • Booties - Truths Suzie, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in December 2023 with mint stripes
  • Leather moto jacket (below) - Banana Republic, consignment; last worn here in February

I only had the jacket off while we ate. 
It's spring, so still chilly enough to need underlayers - I have a camisole and nylons on. 

I love a long "column" look with a maxi skirt and a sleeveless top.
The skirt was excellent - it's bias-cut so swooshed and billowed but still had lots of room for striding about, crouching and trying things on while I shopped after lunch. 

Rear view. Yup.
I like having seasonal "pairs" of pieces that are basics in my a leopard skirt. 

I'd hoped it would be warm and sunny enough to skip a jacket, but no such luck.
It got progressively windier and cloudier as the afternoon went on. 

Feeling snazzy.
This leather jacket has lots of pockets, and the colour is a very tomato-y, orange-y red.

My outfit got a lot of love from strangers. 

Yeah, this is just how I dress. 
Nothing to see here. 

The stuff: 
Comfy shoes for a 3-hour shop, followed by a walk home in spitty rain. 

Bold bling: 
I love being able to tell folks that every single thing I'm wearing is second-hand. 

  • Purse - Rebecca Minkoff, consignment
  • Snake belt - vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Fang bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
  • Red enamel/silver ring - antique shop, Sidney
  • Silver/onyx ring - Tocara, vintage fair
  • Bracelet - consignment
  • Earrings - thrifted, Seattle

I did my usual 5-minute shop in the Beacon Ave Thrift Store, but only found wacky CDs for L (did not take pictures). L and I also did a massive shop to replace his underwear, undershirts, workout pants, and running shoes at the mall. Ugh. 

To cleanse my palate from all the plastic-smelling clothing at the mall, I had a thorough go-through of the big WIN (Women in Need) store on Pandora Ave. 
I'll never say no to cheap nylons - $1.95 is fantastic. They are ridiculously expensive new - $8.50 is cheaper than I've seen in stores. 

Same with good quality white t-shirts - I go through one every couple of years. 
I like the "girly" cut of this one. 

It's by Denver Hayes and was $3.95.
That's $24.95 at Mark's Work Wear House. 

I recognized this shoe vibe - I have these pink shoes (here) from House of Savoy that I paid $65 for last summer.
I've been on the lookout for an upgrade from my other studded flats (these here) which are not leather and are wearing out. Always Be Upgrading! 

Aren't they lovely? These are suede with metal studs.
They're nicely padded inside. 

By Sam Edelman, and for only $24.95.
That's a great deal! There is a little wear on the soles, but they are otherwise in very good condition. 

This was my gasp-worthy find of the day. 
The fabric is a very soft and silky nylon, with pockets on the front and a metal zipper. 

There are nice folds on the backs of the sleeves so that it hangs well. 
It's a little sheer - you can see the hanger through the back fabric. 

Whoa! It's Adidas! 
When I showed the jacket to L, he said, "Where's all the Adidas sh*t?" Ha ha! 

I noted that the pockets are double-duty. 
You can put stuff/your hands in the side...

...or in the top! 
I love pockets like that! 

There are little elasticated pulls at the neck and at the dropped waist. 
Very nice hardware overall. 

It's from 2010 - I found the same one on a resale site for $300! 
That's close to the original retail price. 

It's my second Adidas X Stella McCartney piece - I also have this daisy bomber jacket here (enjoy the Flashback)
That's the rubber patch on the upper back. 

I certainly scored with this - that heart punch on the WIN tags means it was half price. 
So I paid $13.47 for it. Deal! 

After I got home, as I was uploading and editing my photos (an ongoing blogging thing), I felt someone's eyes upon me. 

I got right on that, as Vizzini was 2 minutes away from knocking everything off the desk! 

And then I dressed for our evening event, our pal Mac's birthday party! 
I had to wear this new-to-me dress before the weather turns for the hot.

  • Dress - Alessandro de Benedetti, "Gothic Western" dress, consignment, Vancouver; purchased here for $79.99
  • Coat (below) - River Island, consignment; last seen here last week
  • Boots - Coach, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here in February with black and blue

Since I saw very few of our usual circle of friends, now I need to wear it AGAIN so my besties can experience it in person. 
I hadn't check on pricing for Alessandro de Benedetti's clothes when I was hunting for this gown - his long dresses retail for between 790 and 980 Euros, which is $1,150.00 and $1,430.00 CAD. 

Zoiks, that is a lot of money for a dress! 
I felt like a ROCK STAR in this outfit, and L was very appreciative of it. 

Note the cream-black patterned "fin" or train on the side/back.
Hee, I love that the print is Depeche Mode lyrics (to "Personal Jesus", YouTube link here, enjoy, link 'cause I love, as always).

It was blustery and windy - we hopped a bus to town and walked a couple of blocks to Craft Brewery. 
This coat gets another wearing soon after the last - there is a very narrow window for it, as it doesn't have any front fastener/buttons/snaps/zipper (just the sash tie belt), and it doesn't breathe. It can't be too cold or too hot out or I'll freeze/sweat.

I missed taking a pic of my scarf, oops. 

  • Purse - Rebecca Minkoff, consignment
  • Scarf - fake Louis (Lewis!) Vuitton, thrifted
  • Gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff: 
I thought I'd style the outfit as...Gothic these boots worked perfectly. 

Silver and turquoise bling: 
I did a few bits of turquoise (including changing to my aqua glasses) to enhance the Western feel. 

  • Steel cuff - Lakeland Metal, thrifted
  • Lucite/silver cuff - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Vancouver
  • Tall turquoise ring - Karen's
  • Silver/onyx ring - Tocara, vintage mall
  • Silver/turquoise ring - Glee, local
  • Silver/obsidian ring - consignment
  • Earrings - consignment

The earrings whipped around in the wind. Ouch, they're pointy! 

After a few hours, L and I had both eaten and were feeling tired out from a long day, and from socializing with a lot of folks we see infrequently. As we walked out of Craft, we were right on the Inner Harbour. 
Masted sailing ships! Get out the phone and take some pictures! 

We were not the only ones - there were two of these beautiful ships. 
Lots of cloud drama, as they scudded across the sky. 

The Johnson Street Bridge was illuminated for the dark - I love the deep blue lights. 
The little white spot in the sky is the moon! Hello again, moon! 

L called us a cab. I see Petra up in the right side window (the blonde hair). 
L looked snazzy as well, but I didn't catch a picture of him. 

And then we arrived home and settled in for what ended up being a late night of gaming. 
"I hope you're done with all this social stuff now, Man."

Well...not quite! This coming week has a couple of events, sorry, Vizzini! We'll be out again! 

Thank you, Gentle Reader, for reading my post, and for visiting! I know I'm behind on visiting/commenting on your blogs, so I really appreciate seeing you.