Monday, May 27, 2024

Red Jammy and Groovy Boots

Nothing new in today's 'fit - I suddenly realized I've been neglecting my dresses! I have so many of them - it really does take a lot of planning to wear them all at the appropriate time of the year. 
While the weather's still a little cold, it's the perfect opportunity to pair these groovy boots with one of my red dresses. 

  • Dress - Diane Von Furstenberg, consignment; last worn here (3rd outfit) in October 2023 for a long weekend hangout
  • Boots - Warhol F-Trip, Fluevog; last seen here (3rd outfit) in March to go dancing in a sequin dress
  • Coat (below) - L'Atiste, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here here in April
I love the dark red stretch silk. 
And I liked how that matched the dark red in the boots. 

Which are a good match for my tri-colour necklace and earring set. 
This outfit just created itself. 

Surprises in the back. 
Ink, snaps and black boots. 

Incognito.
A dreary day, weather-wise, but not that bad overall. 

Accoutrements: 
This butterfly makes me happy. 

  • Silk scarf - vintage, consignment
  • Gloves - consignment

The stuff: 
Colleague Lesley stopped in her tracks to admire these gorgeous boots. I know, right? 

Orange and gold bling:
All favourites. 

  • Gold bangle - thrifted
  • Orange bangle - consignment, Sidney
  • Steel/Lucite ring - Calvin Klein, thrifted
  • Plastic ring - Italian, vintage 60s, vintage mall
  • Necklace/earrings - Robert Lee Morris, consignment, Vancouver


Sunday, May 26, 2024

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Flubbed Friday; Red, Black and White Brunch (and a 5-Minute Shop); Black and White Book Club

Welcome back, my friends! I hope you've had a lovely weekend. 

I spaced on Friday morning - about 10 seconds after taking all of my pics, I popped out the camera battery to charge it, but caffeine-less me went on auto-pilot and deleted all my pictures first. I didn't realize I'd done this until I'd gotten home after shopping at Dots with coworker Zeudy and was already settled in my house-clothes and stripped off all my make-up.

D'oh! 

It's all for the best, though, as I didn't end up liking the outfit much. If you want to imagine it, it's this t-shirt:
G-Star Raw thrifted for $9.95.

...and this skirt...
Faithfull the Brand, consignment

...and these shoes...
Steve Madden, thrifted

...with a bunch of copper jewelry, with this white leather jacket over it all. 
The tee was too big and baggy (it's a men's), the skirt wrinkled like mad, and the jacket is too big to be worn as a light topper (it's better over thicker garments like sweaters or hoodies, as above). I'm letting go of the tee (I've offered it to L) and the skirt. 

I was so frustrated and annoyed at myself for doing that - I've accidentally deleted my photos before, but I've had the energy to get dressed again and redo the photos...But, I'm going to not beat myself up for it, as it doesn't happen that often, maybe 3 or 4 times in 16+ years. 

ANYWAY. 

Moving on! I did take my lovely colleague Zeudy shopping at Dots and we found her two Jammy Dresses, which she was thrilled with (both were on sale), so that was a win. I enjoyed a quiet Friday evening to myself until L got home from dinner with one of his friends, and then we played music and games until we got dozy.

I was up early on Saturday morning to dye my hair. And when I've had a Bad Outfit Day previously, I always get back on that horse and do an outfit I know I will love and feel great in. 
Like this one! I felt very me, very rock and roll. 

  • Jacket - Smashed Lemon; last worn here solo here in September 2021 (same skirt!), last seen here in December 2023 with the matching jeans
  • Denim vest - Chiqle, thrifted; last worn here all weekend in Vancouver in April 
  • T-shirt - Celia Birtwell X Uniqlo, thrifted; purchased here for $9.95
  • Skirt - Tatum & Olivia, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in April 2023 for another Saturday brunch
  • Boots - Stuart Weizmann, consignment; purchased here for $130.50

If I ever had to narrow down my closet, I would go with black, white and red as my colour palette. 
Incorporating my new-to-me Celia Birtwell X Uniqlo thrifted tee and my OTK (over the knee) leather boots into an outfit. 

This skirt is way too big on me - I have it safety-pinned on each side seam to pull it in, but it has zero stretch (100% silk), so I'm good with that.
All of those stripes are woven strips of fabric. 

I love this red leopard denim blazer - I usually wear it with the matching jeans (because who doesn't love a red leopard denim suit??).
The boots were fabulous, although I might put some thin insoles in them to make them a bit comfier - they have plenty of room. 

Without the blazer, which I took off while we had a delicious brunch at John's Place. 
Deb, our regular server, thought I looked sexy in this. 

Thanks, honey!
L said I was, "A bit of all right," (oh, damn me with faint praise).

All done up. 
I had time for a 5-minute shop next door at the Beacon Ave Thrift Shop before L texted me that we'd been seated. 

Incognito! 
I didn't really need the sunnies, as it was blustery and cloudy. Brrr! Bring back the warm weather! 

The stuff: 
These boots stayed up well (the curse of elasticated and/or tall boots). Yay! 

Silvery bling: 
My little purse was stuffed with shopping bags - we did our weekly grocery shop after brunch due to me having Book Club on Sunday.

  • Purse - Rebecca Minkoff, thrifted
  • Enameled cuff - thrifted
  • Silver bangle - consignment
  • Silver/obsidian ring - consignment
  • Silver/red enamel ring - antique shop, Sidney
  • Silver/onyx ring - Tocara, vintage fair
  • Anneke & Lars silver ring - vintage mall
  • Celtic S pendant - gift from Mom & Dad, mid-90s
  • Silver earrings - consignment

I discovered a stash of buttons, so added these two to my blazer lapels.
Perogy Cat (link here, 'cause I love, and Gareth is a friend) in his litterbox, and an "F-This, F-That" from the Fluevog store (these are freebies, I always grab the new buttons). 

I did have one spectacular find at the thrift shop: 
I literally gasped when I saw it in with the ugly 90s floral dresses. It's a jumpsuit! 

Lavender, hot pink and aqua crinkly inserts at the crossover front neckline. 
The previous owner sewed a snap-fastener at the cleavage - very handy! 

Ooh, that is one very old tag. The CA number points me to Linda Lingerie Manufacturing Ltd, of Montreal - this is meant as a "house-jumpsuit"...like a house-coat, only a jumpsuit. 
Made in Canada! Bonus! It's the silkiest polyester jersey - it feels OLD. 

It's by Oscar de la Renta, back when he only had two stores, in New York and Montreal. This is from sometime in the mid-70s to early 80s (I suspect the latter), based on the style and colours. 
It was $38.50, which is rather pricey for a thrift store (the volunteer clerk was shocked at the tag), but for a vintage silky poly jumpsuit, I think you could add another 0 to that for resale. 

To make it up to you, for missing my Friday 'fit, Gentle Reader, here's the jumpsuit on. 
It has a tie at the front (no pockets, dagnabbit!), and it fits me perfectly. I think I have to wear it at least once, right? 

After a relaxing evening of Arkham Horror (board game) and music, I was up early-ish to make Big Breakfast for L and I and then get ready to head to Yvonne's house for Book Club.
Time to wear some more of my new-to-me sporty/casual things. 

  • Jacket - Dolce & Gabbana menswear, consignment; last worn here in April
  • T-shirt - thrifted; purchased here for $12.95
  • Trousers - G-Star Raw X Pharrell Williams, thrifted; purchased here NWT for $19.95
  • Sneakers - L'intervalle, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) to see Ice Cube in concert in April

I could wear this 'fit for a casual Friday at work, but it's fun to play with new things as I redefine my weekend style. 
Black and white, my favourite go-to! 

It was a chilly day - I walked to Yvonne's and home again. 
This thin nylon jacket was just the right weight for the weather - there was a bit of spitty rain on my way there. 

I loved the pants - they softened up over the afternoon, but they have no Lycra in them!
I do love a good houndstooth, don't you? 

Without the jacket - I was glowy when I arrived and never needed to put it back on. 
I like the cutoff-look of the sleeves of this soft tee. 

The longer back is welcome. 
No crack-a-lackin' here! 

Incognito and ready for my walk. 
Adding some bright colour in my accoutrements. 

Speaking of...
Hot pink goes so well with black. I picked out the scarf first, and then went from there. 

  • Purse - Michael Kors, consignment
  • Hat - Delux, Saanich Fair, c. 2008
  • Silk scarf - vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Leather gloves - thrifted

I walked briskly both ways and was toasty warm. 

The stuff:
Comfy shoes for 40 minutes of walking. 

  • Belt - gift from Ruth
  • Studded leather cuff - vintage 90s
  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Silver earrings - Israeli, consignment
  • Anneke & Lars silver ring - vintage mall
  • Silver chain ring - Mexican, consignment

And now, off to spend the waning weekend hours with my two favourite beings. 
Looks like some cuddling is going on here! 

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Mom-Day Adventure at Blenkinsop Lake in a Maxi-Bomber, and a Wee Shop

Welcome back, my friends, to Mom-Day Adventures! Today, Mom and I returned to Blenkinsop Lake ("let's go visit Roy," as Mom puts it), last experienced here in January on a gloomy wet day.

I spotted Mom pulling into our driveway and went out to meet her. 
I missed you last week, Mom! 

I've been saving my maxi-bomber jacket for Mom - I knew she would appreciate the satin floral, although she's not much of a purple fan. 
Tsk, my sport socks' logos are showing. I should probably get some shorter socks to wear with my sneakers. 

  • Maxi-bomber - AMT Above Mediocre Taste, consignment; purchased here for $79.99
  • Elton John tour shirt - thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in April for a shop with Jessica
  • Jeans - Articles of Society, thrifted; last worn here in earlier this month with jungle Adidas
  • Sneakers - Converse, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) on a Mom-Day at Rithet's Bog a few weeks ago

I adore this satin jacket - from the pattern, to the colours, to the purple satin lining!
And it's silky soft. The only downside - and it's a major one - no forking pockets!!

Seriously, put pockets in clothes! These white jeans don't have front pockets - can you imagine if they did that to men's jeans? No, because it would never happen. 
Thank goodness the rear pockets are real - I stashed my phone in one and my camera in the other. 

Isn't this magnificent? 
It's not easy to style - it's a massive piece of icing, so it needs a lot of cake, if you catch my drift. 

But it's so swooshy! It was very breezy out and it billowed and swooped magnificently as we strolled along. 
I like the sporty striped trim too. Many people admired it over the course of the day.

Without the maxi-bomber - I wore my Elton John t-shirt because it matched so well. 
It's also a nod to his famous baseball uniform, with the bomber style. 

Incognito - this is how most of the world saw me. 
I did up the top four snaps thusly to keep this slippery jacket from blowing right off me.

The stuff: 
Comfy shoes with the same athletic vibe as the jacket. 

  • Purse - Michael Kors, consignment
  • Belt - gift from Ruth

The bag adds a hit of bright pink - it matched my lipstick. 

Purple bling: 
Some old, some new. 

  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Leather/metal cuff - thrifted
  • Silver/amethyst ring - vintage mall
  • Gold/amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's
  • Earrings - thrifted, Seattle
  • Amethyst pendant - gift from Mom and Dad, c. early 90s

Vizzini! Where are you, buddy? Are you still hiding from the cleaners? 
"Do you mind, Woman? I was napping!"


Of course! Totally unrelated things. 

Mom wore one of the new tops I got her for her birthday, along with a lovely cobalt blue jacket (another gift from me, from many years back). 
We had a bright and blustery day but it was warm when we were out of the wind. 

The poplar trees were shedding their fluffs and the air was full of it. 
This is a busy trail, with lots of wheeled and foot traffic. 

We walk slowly due to Mom's disability, which allows us to see so much flora and fauna. 
This robin was trilling away - another answered every time. 

The pine trees are growing cones. 
These were huge - they looked like brown bananas. 

A glimpse of Howard the Gnome through the trees. 
PKOLS (aka Mt. Doug) in the background. 

The trees towered over us, their leaves rustling. 
At times, it sounded like the crashing of waves. 

A long tunnel. 
We shared this path with cyclists, runners and folks with e-bikes and scooters. 

Out of the dozens of wheeled conveyances that zoomed past us, only four rang bells or warned us they were coming. 
Some of them were going as fast as cars. We loudly thanked anyone who dinged their bells - always reward good behaviour! 

This little bird was hopping around in front of us. 
Her nest is probably nearby. 

Another robin, with a worm in his beak. 
A dog has been spotted! 

Meet Tuna. 
A Very Good Dog! 

His owner had trained him well. 
He was very happy to get scritches from Mom. 

Hey, Mom, there's your boyfriend. 
Did you tell him you were coming? 

Roy, nice to see you. 
"Is Helen here?"

"Right behind you, handsome!"
Mom, you're such a flirt. 

Okay, one for the Christmas cards.
Such a reliable guy. He never changes.

This is our prime duckling viewing area, but it was either too early or too windy. 
Probably a combination of both. 

What about on this side of the trestle? 
A few ravens and crows circling in the far distance. 

We could hear redwing blackbirds. 
I finally spotted him! 

Oh, and he's spotted me.
Disconcerting! 

But something else caught his attention. 
A flurry of squawks from some Canada Geese honking overhead?

No, something on the other side of the lake.
The waterlilies are looking very lush, aren't they? 

Oh, my goodness, it's a bald eagle! 
Is she...standing on something? I can't see her feet but she's not floating - there must be something underwater there, like a stump or log or a pillar. 

The redwing blackbirds did NOT like the eagle being in their area.
Full red spots on! Dive bomb attack! 

Get the fork out of here, eagle! 
Would an eagle eat blackbird eggs or young?

Their diet is 70-90% fish (source here, all links 'cause I love), but they are opportunistic eaters.
Blackbird, you are probably getting wrought up over nothing. 

She's just fishing! Just taking a break from watching over her own eggs to get some dinner.
That is a MASSIVE bird, by the way. When she took off, her wings were between 6-7 feet from tip to tip. 

Time to head back and go to the Monkey Tree Pub for lunch.
Au revoir, Roy! 

We were cradled in sunlight and leaves. 
We were so grateful just to be outside together. 

My favourite sculpture. 
I bet Vizzini would sleep in it. 

A great picture of Mom. 
Thank you for such a lovely day - I love you, Mom! 

I hopped a bus after lunch, and had a quick browse in the WIN Boutique on Cook Street. 
I found this cool glass and metal necklace. 

I'm sure it's handmade. It is a choker and it lays well. 
It has a bit of a Renaissance Fair vibe to it - the lengthener links remind me of chainmail. 

The glass beads have a blue sail in them. The metal is roughly shaped around each bead, with the linking chain also pinched and melded into the square frame. 
I like the gunmetal colour - unfortunately, the piece has no marks on it at all. It will go well with my other Brutalist jewelry. It was $10.95, which I was fine with. 

L remembered seeing this shirt in the merch booth when we went to Rifflandia this past summer (here and here), but he didn't like the style of the sleeves or the cut at the bottom - it's not a masculine style. 
I like it fine! It says, "Rifflandia, Victoria, BC" and it's a boa constrictor strangling the Legislature building (this thing)

A festival-wear producer, Bella + Canvas, and this is from their Flowy Collection. 
For $12.95 I'm up for feeling flowy. These sold for $45.00 each at the festival! 

I liked the pattern on these leggings. 
That's a good colour mix for me, although I'll probably wear them around the house more. 

Glitter tiger heads, butterflies, stars, gemstones, crystal bugs and arrows, so cool. 
I'm showing the pocket that's built into the back waistband, a very nice detail. 

They're by Running Bare, an Australian company, and these are actually made in Australia! 
Plain black leggings by them (here) that are made in Australia are $99.99AUD (about $90 CAD), so I got a great deal at $11.95. They look barely worn and fit me perfectly. 

I bought this for L as an early birthday present. 
It's a pirate shirt, obviously!

Look at this front piece, with the brass buttons!
Oh, my goodness! This piece is entirely removable, and those are metal buttons. 

It buttons up underneath with coconut husk buttons. 
Such great detail! This is probably going to be too big on L (it's an XL) but no one minds a puffy pirate shirt.

It feels really nice - it's a high quality garment. Cotton, rayon and linen, nice. 
Even pirates deserve good quality clothes.  

The Pirate Dressing is the brand. I'm swooning over the label! 
This sells for $53.95, so $19.95 is solid. 

Of course these trousers caught my eye! 
I couldn't try them on (no fitting rooms) but they seemed worth the risk. 

For one thing, they have FIVE pockets. I'm showing the change pocket and one of the angled side pockets.
And a fancy matching tag that blends in! 

The fabric is very thick and the print is black, white and a pale tan. There's Pocket #3.
Black button and rivets. A mysterious tag...

Pockets #4 and 5. 
There are three rear belt loops. These are very solidly made. 

Let's look at another tag and this exciting graphic for the Elwood Mid Boyfriend Fit pants. 
They are by G-Star Raw - spoiler! These are women's pants - they now make these only for men. 

Fancy details noted! Knee panels...shaping...
And an ankle panel. Well, these are made to last for when I'm playing outside with my friends! 

They are the G-Star Elwood X52, in the Houndstooth Print, curated by Pharrell Williams...who now designs for Louis Vuitton (here)
Williams has been a co-owner of G-Star Raw since 2016 (here) - he showed these pants in 25 prints in his first collection in 2017 (some awesome prints shown in the article here). As these are one of 52, they're post-2017.

And I know that white paper tag! 
These were sold in Winners, and I bet they were marked down well below the current prices of $190.00 from their website. 

However, $19.95 was a good risk for me. 
Even if they had not fit me perfectly (which they do), I would easily get my money back. 

Same for this dress - I tried it on over my t-shirt and jeans in the store. 
It's a classic dress that you could wear to a party or wedding. 

The colour is a tomato-y red, and the bottom is semi-pleated. 
Cat-approved! No pockets, though. 

Never worn, or did they tuck this tag under a belt and then try to return it? 
I used to work in a store that sold dresses - there were always customers who would try to return obviously worn dresses. 

This is a very good quality dress - but because they didn't recognize a brand from another country (hello again, Australia!), it gets marked with a blue Thrift tag instead of a cream Boutique tag.
It's made by Ever New of Melbourne, and was $14.95 - it would have retailed for $179 - 189.00.

And now, my friends, I'm off to enjoy the weekend! 
"Be chill."

Good advice, Vizzini!

Thank you so much for dropping by - please swing by again soon for more tales of adventure!