Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pheasant Skirt, and Special Guest Cat, Baxter!

Meet Baxter.
"Who are these people?"
L and I are doing cat care for our good pals Cat and Ross while they're traveling.

Today, I had both morning and evening feeding and visiting duties, so I had to get up extra early. No time for the stair picture (it was darkish out).
 I've had this outfit in mind since I snatched the skirt out of the vintage section at WIN a few months ago. It has PHEASANTS on it.

  • Jacket - Simon Chang, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in December 2017 with purple sequins
  • Skirt - Ralph Lauren, vintage late 70s/early 80s, thrifted; purchased here in July for $13.95
  • Boots - Clarks; last seen here (5th outfit) in December 2017

The skirt demanded a dramatic top. Double peplum action, ready to go! I love this pretty vintage jacket. I had lots of compliments on the colour.
The skirt is a 100% wool print, unlined, but made with care. It has a paper/cardboard (!) tag on one seam inside with the model number stamped on it. It's old Ralph Lauren, and it's in amazing condition (only a couple of very small moth-holes) for its age - it's probably late 70s.

As my day went on, my appreciation for the perfect cut of it grew. It fastens closed by only two hooks at the waist, and yet it rarely gaped open. I did wear a full vintage red nylon slip under it for coverage, just in case.
First wearing of L's new Fluevogs - he did an orange shirt, a blue suit and a blue/lavender/orange tie - what style!
I experienced some rotation while walking to and from work, but that was due to my two bags. Otherwise, thumbs up!

Outerwear - my extra piece that I really wanted in this outfit was this gorgeous vintage silk Pierre Balmain scarf.
"I know you're going to see that Other Cat."
Vizzini's been in a snit all week due to our Baxter-care. We plan to give him lots of love this weekend, don't worry.

  • Silk scarf - Pierre Balmain, vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Cashmere/leather gloves - Club Monaco, consignment

The stuff:
 Happy to have these boots back in rotation - they are super comfy for a full day. I love the colour and the "Siamese cat" toning of the toes.

Matchy bling:
 This is the first time I've belted the jacket - I'd actually forgotten that I owned this lovely belt. I bought it new at Club Monaco maybe 7 years ago?

  • Belt - Club Monaco
  • Link bracelet - J. Crew, thrifted
  • Snakeskin bangle - faux Gucci, gift from Mom and Dad from Italy, c. 1986
  • Tri-colour bracelet - thrifted
  • Earrings - thrifted

Look at this gorgeous thing.
 It's the most slippery silk. The edges are all hand-rolled!

I'll be back this Sunday with my wrap-up, but here are some more cat and Baxter pictures for you to enjoy. Have a lovely weekend, my friends. Thank you as always for reading!

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Last night, L and I strolled through our neighbourhood; we only live a few blocks from Cat and Ross and Baxter. This street is one of our favourites, as it's guarded by a gang of cats. There's three of them now!
"People coming! Places, everyone!"
That telephone pole features portraits of all of the cats.

Two of them ran for cover.
"Scaredy cats."
 That black kitty was having none of us.

We were on his turf.
"Damned straight."
 I always thank them for safe passage. They guard this street.
"Move along, Lady."
 We never pet them, but I always talk to them. Yes, I'm that person.

L and Baxter have a discussion.
"You feed me. I like you."
 Baxter is deaf, and about 13 years old, but he is a really sweet cat.

He has the loudest purr I've ever heard.
"Is he doing that again? With the fingers?"
 We feed him, pet him and watch a bit of Netflix while we hang out with him.
"Rub my tummy. Go on..."
 Not a tummy cat.

Danger! Danger!
"No, really, nothing will happen..."
 He's a bit of a sly thing.

Then he goes full splay. Vizzini does not do this.
"I'm a sexy kitt-ay..."
 What a cutie-patootie!

This morning, I was treated to a different view of the Castle as the sun came up.
 You can see the trees all turning colours. The leaves are starting to fall.

But someone had things to say to me.
"Feed meeeeee..."
 His meows sound like whalesong. It's very odd.

I sat with him for a while before I walked to work.
"If she made it past the cat gang, I might be able to trust her."
 He sat across my leg and kneaded my lap. Aw...

We hung out again tonight for a while after I got home from work.
"This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
I ate my dinner and read a book, with him curled up against me, head on my hand. TCB...Takin' Care of Baxter.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Blue Blazer and Wallpaper Pants

Nothing new in today's outfit - this is all stuff I've worn before. 
Just now noticing that a button is undone! Heavens!

I always have a stock of outfits (top/bottom/shoes) ready in my closet, so that I can decide the night before what I want to wear the next day. It saves a lot of time. I wanted comfy shoes and that decided this particular outfit. Wearing this amazing blazer again was just icing on the cake.

  • Blazer - KL for Karl Lagerfeld, vintage 80s, consignment; first seen here
  • Blouse - Jacob, thrifted; last worn here
  • Trousers - Noa Noa; last seen here
  • Shoes - Seychelles; last worn here

It is a fabulous piece of design, very early Karl Lagerfeld. Check out those lapels' asymmetry!
 I love the curvy hem too. And considering its era (pre-1989), those are pretty small shoulder pads.

Gorgeous as this garment is, it's tricky to style. It looks best done up, so that also limits it.
 I keep imagining it with black bike shorts and 18-hole Doc Martens, dancing like MC Hammer! Totally era appropriate for 1989; those were some fun days of fashion!

This is what I have on under it - I didn't take the jacket off all day, though.
 Just thought you'd like to see me just chillin' in my wallpaper pants. That pattern is woven into the fabric, not printed on it and the seams inside are all bound seams. They also have good pockets.

The blazer pockets, on the other hand, are really shallow.
 Just for show, really.

Outerwear - a nice silk and cashmere scarf and a thin pair of gloves was all I needed.
 And I carried those home.

  • Scarf - gift from Mom
  • Gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 Our office building property managers threw an Oktoberfest luncheon today for all the tenants - there was an oompah band (with two accordions!), loads of German food (potato salad and schnitzel), and caricatures. My glittery shoes went over well.

Gold bling:
One of my coworkers really liked the gold necklace. "It balances it all out."

  • Necklace - consignment
  • Earrings - Biko, consignment
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Hey, these things don't happen by accident.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Snakeskin Duo, and Cat Pictures

We're still on our run of good weather - I don't want to jinx it by mentioning the "r" word! - and I'm still able to wear some of my more summery finds as autumn looks, including this soft silk dress. 
 Grey and green isn't a typical autumn palate but I loved this combo.

  • Dress - T. Babaton, garage sale; purchased here on the weekend for $30.00
  • Skirt - Pink Tartan, thrifted; purchased here on the weekend for $16.95
  • Shoes - Amalfi, vintage 80s, thrifted; last seen here in August 2017(!) with a fake flapper dress
  • Coat (below) - Vassali, consignment; last worn here a couple of weeks ago

I've packed this dress away now for spring, but isn't it cute? Also, no way is that appropriate dress length in an office! Maybe on a hot summer weekend for a stroll to town for brunch, but not at work. I also work a cami under it for coverage.
 I could have layered a skinny pant under this, but went with this new-to-me green skirt instead. I like the idea of this with skinny jeans and tall boots - perfect for spring.

I bloused the top of the dress a little more above my belt to make sure the top and bottom were equal - the proportions make it look more like a tunic that way. 
The skirt was lovely to wear, and I'm looking forward to styling it again soon so you can properly see it.

I still love that this dress/tunic has pockets.
 Didn't use them much, but I knew they were there!

Outerwear - again, nice in the morning, unneeded by 5pm.
Vizzini was poking around in my bags

Those bags in the background are my Hallowe'en decorations - they are really heavy (I have a couple of cast-iron pieces), so I took the bus to work.

  • Scarf - gift from Mom
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

Vizzini, are you poking your nose where it doesn't belong?

"Of course not!"

A good look at the back of this beautiful coat.

I decorated my office for Hallowe'en today - I took a few pictures, so will share those with you tomorrow. Due to a certain bitey/chewy feline, I can't put decorations up at home or they will be destroyed.
"I resent your implications, Woman."

Having my personal decorations up at work means I get to share them with others and enjoy them more myself. Win!

The stuff:
 I hear snakeskin is a trend right now. Sure! Let's do shoes to match the dress. I thrifted these lovely vintage shoes for $10.00 - I always remember because the price is still written on the sole.

Brassy bling:
 I addition to grey and green, I went with brass for my accessories, instead of the more predictable silver.

  • Belt - Pringle of Scotland, vintage fair
  • Chain bracelet - Club Monaco
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Pearl ring - Erth, consignment
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, c. 1970, vintage expo
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl

Vizzini's been very discombobulated lately. L and I have been caring for our friends' cat Baxter all week, so our schedule has been disrupted. You know how cats like routine.
"I am quite put out by all your shenanigans, Woman. Come pat me."

I often have One Last Snuggle with him before I go.
"Satisfactory. You may leave now."

And now he's hiding from the vacuum cleaner. He's going to need extra lovin' tonight!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Teddy Sweater and October Skirt

After a good shopping weekend, it's always a difficult choice of which new thing I want to wear first! 
 Today, it was this loopy-textured skirt. It just screams, "October!"

  • Sweater - H&M, consignment; first worn here in April with the Pirate Skirt
  • Skirt - Kateri, garage sale; purchased here yesterday for $12.00
  • Shoes - Mini QTees, Fluevog, consignment; last seen here in October 2017 with autumn camo
  • Coat (below) - BCBG Max Azria, thrifted; last worn here in April

Here's what the skirt's texture looks like again, to refresh your memory and since it looks like a big orangey-black blur in pictures.
 Because it's a lot of texture - loops, fuzzy wool, gemstones everywhere! - I went with a solid-coloured top.

But you know I had to add texture there too! This is my teddy bear sweater - it is so soft. It has viscose in it, so the plush has a very silky feel.
 It's basically a big square top, so requires some reining in at the waist. Big Belt Time!

The skirt was lovely to wear and got a lot of comments at work. However, it has no slit, so I can't take my usual ginormous strides. It does make my bum look good though (bonus!).
 My complaints about lack of slit are offset by pockets. Pockets! Trimmed with more gemstones! Yesssss...

Outerwear - again, far too warm to wear this after work, but it was lovely in the morning against the brisk chill in the air.
 I carried the gloves home in my bag, and wore the coat open walking home, but I still ended up a sweaty mess. The top's in the wash!

  • Leather/cashmere gloves - Club Monaco, consignment

The stuff:
 I loved how well these shoes went with the skirt - the colours were just perfect. These are amazingly comfy to wear (they are the same heel/family as my gorgeous brown boots I wore on the weekend (2nd outfit here)).

Matchy bling:
Only one belt would do! A Big Belt.

  • Belt - Fendi, thrifted
  • Leather/chain wrap - local
  • Leather chain bracelet - thrifted
  • Eelskin bracelet - faux Gucci, c. 1986, gift from Mom & Dad, from Italy
  • Earrings - Plum
  • Floral ring - Sarah Coventry, vintage shop, Powell River
  • Green stone ring - consignment

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Dubious Pants; Burgundy and Brown; Luxury Fluevogs; October Shopping

I've had a lovely relaxing weekend, and hope you all are too! The couch is calling, so let's dig into my weekend, starting with Friday's kooky outfit. 

Every so often I buy something that requires trying it on with a bunch of things to figure out what the heck to wear with it. 
 These black cotton pants are a challenge, but I rose to it.

This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Go, go, go!

  • Blouse - Sanctuary, thrifted; last seen here in June with pink leather
  • Pants - See By Chloe, thrifted; purchased here for $24.99
  • Shoes - Truths Pilgrim, Fluevog; last worn here with jammy and houndstooth in September
  • Leather coat (below) - Danier Leather; last seen here last week

I'd originally intended to wear a blouse tucked into the waistband, but it didn't look right when I tried it on the night before, so I kept trying. A boxy or cropped top seemed to work the best shape-wise.
I rolled the pant-legs to deliberately create a cropped look for the shoes. They are long enough to wear unrolled.

I had doubts when I saw this picture.
 Zoiks. Some poses do not work with certain clothes!

These pants have amazing thigh-widening properties.
 I think you could probably stuff in about 3 bags of marshmallows per leg.

A little better.
These are not the most flattering pants I own, but I'm kind of feeling this weird leg shape, you know?

Yes, yes, I'm definitely on board for whackadoodle pants. Tee hee!
 I had fun showing them off to my coworkers, and salespeople when I shopped after work. They had many admirers. However, they are loose cotton, and they're going into the spring summer pile for next year, where I'll be happy and surprised to see them again.

Outerwear - chilly in the mornings and chilly in the evenings. 
 I was glad I had this coat by the time I walked home.

The stuff:
 These shoes keep getting better and better. I love this heel.

Leather bling:
 I love my leather cuffs.

  • Red cuff - Rimanchik
  • Black cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Earrings - Tania Gleave, Vancouver

I had a browse through the WIN store and the Patch after work on Friday, but nothing was really grabbing me. All the new fall stock is in, though.
 I finally found this lovely deep forest green pencil skirt.

Trust me, it's deep forest green. It's a tricky colour to photograph.
 This one is early Pink Tartan - I can tell it's early because it's made in Canada (they currently manufacture in China). The brand started in 2002, so this is probably within 2-3 years of that.

It was $16.95.
 They have a green skirt on their site for $265.00, so yay! Score!

On Saturday, L and I were up early for brunch, followed by the official Spending of the Birthday Fluevog Gift Cards shop! Very exciting.
 My outfit is built around the shoes and tights.

  • Velvet blazer - Vero Moda, thrifted; last worn here in August with the jelly-deer
  • Sweater - consignment; purchased for $10, first wear
  • Skirt - Kay Unger, thrifted; last worn here in November 2017 with these same boots
  • Boots - Babycakes Minis, Fluevog; last seen here in February with velvet and paisley (love that outfit)

If I'm going to the Fluevog store, I have to wear Fluevogs, and I have to be able to walk to town and back in them.
 These tights were next in my ongoing "wear all the tights" mission. I love the rubberized gold design on them.

The skirt is metallic brown leather, and it's butter-soft. Don't you love the little ruffle around the bottom hem?
 It was a gorgeous day out - I didn't need any outerwear at all. I love this loose, drapey velvet jacket. Perfect for jamming one's hands in to one's pockets.

The cream sweater is getting its first wear - I won't be tracking it, as it's label-less and just a plain sweater.
 With all this other stuff going on, plain neutral tops are very versatile wardrobe pieces for me.

The stuff:
 Such fabulous boots, and yes, I can really walk to town and back in them! I did!

Brassy bling:
 I tried a couple of necklaces then remembered my homegrown vintage leopard scarf. Perfect!

  • Scarf - Fairweather, c. 1999
  • Cuffs - Jezebel Charms, gifts from L
  • Earrings - thrifted

So! What did I find at Fluevog?
The one on the left says "Luxury" and the one on the right says, "Freeze"

Sweet, sweet, crazy shoes!

I tried on about 8 pairs of shoes - I always try on tons at Fluevog, and I never buy the ones I think I'm going to! Their shoes are not like other shoes...they really have to be tried on, if you can.

If you're curious, here are links to all the ones I can find/remember trying (linking 'cause I love, of course - although I'm a good customer, I don't get anything from Fluevog aside from great customer service).

  • These gorgeous green and blue boots here - they were wide in the calf and quite high
  • These fabulous striped "Beetlejuice" booties here - these were L's favourite, but I didn't love them as much
  • These gold and black booties here - again, L loved them, but they were too much for me
  • These beautiful blue ankle boots here - I will watch for these to go on sale
  • These elaborate but gorgeous boots here - amazing, but too limiting for me (also very high)
  • These pretty polka-dotted shoes here - until I remembered I already have a shoe with that purple leather (these ones) and I also have at least 3 pairs of polka-dot shoes
  • These crazy shoes that I bought, the Lena Parfait Luxury Freeze - in berry, here

After trying all those shoes and boots on, I circled back to these goofy things. Although I liked a lot of the shoes I tried, none of them really made my heart sing. And then I put these on! I was grinning like an idiot as I pranced around the store - they're squishy and comfy and make my legs look a hundred miles long.

"These fill my heart with joy!" I exclaimed to the salesperson, to her bemusement. "I am filled with glee!" And that, my friends, is how you know you have the right shoes. Try them all and see what makes your heart sing.
 The black front is a thick neoprene-like sock. The burgundy/cherry red is a patent suede (softer than patent leather).

Tabs to pull them on - I have skinny feet and ankles, and they are tight to get on and off.
 Look at those fun heels! The soles are rubber.

This pair is called the Lena Parfait Luxury Freeze, and they were $445 less $320 in gift cards - thank you to L for topping up the rest.
It says, "Cool on a hot date" on the sole. And yes, that's an ice cream cone - the Luxury Freeze was an ice cream drive-in that John Fluevog's father owned way back in the day.

The heels remind me of a jar of maraschino cherries.
 I didn't think I would like that bright pink sole, but I do! They only have these in blue on their site, so maybe the pink is a limited run. I already have an outfit picked out, so you'll be seeing these soon!

L bought himself these spectacular Toledo Gateways (link) in white and orange. 
 These will go with a lot in his wardrobe - he swapped in the alternate orange laces right away.
 Love all that detail!

Today, I walked to town to do my grocery shop (hurray for delivery!).
 I'd seen signs for a garage sale featuring vintage clothing in my neighbourhood, so I checked it out afterward.

  • Dress - Joe Fresh, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) to see a movie with Elaine
  • Shoes - Star Wars by Irregular Choice; last seen here (4th outfit) for a shopping day in August
  • Coat - Danier Leather, consignment; last worn here in April

Another nice sunny day.
 I also planned to check out the WIN Boutique on my way, so I wore clothes I could change out of easily.

I'm done with this dress. It's crappy quality.
I did pretty well on my cost-per-wear. I bought it here for $17.99 and I wore it seven times, so that's just over $2 a wear.

Outerwear - how most people saw me.
 It's October, so time to break out my seasonal clothing.

  • Skull scarf - MetroWear, San Francisco, 2007
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

All buttoned up.
 I love the cut and fit of this glorious orange leather jacket.

The stuff:
 More walking shoes! I got a few comments on these as I strolled around.

Yoda and Luke!
 And simple earrings.

  • White gold earrings - Frances Jewelers, 10th anniversary gift from L

The garage sale was fantastic! It's run by a lovely lady named Suzy, who - like me - has been vintage and thrift shopping for years, and every so often she puts all her stuff out for sale. I marveled at the selection - she has a great eye - it was like shopping in my own closet!

I had to restrain myself, but I did find some great pieces, starting with this snake-print silk dress.
 It's a lovely light silk (the bottom half is lined), with pockets. It's quite short, so good for summer, or over leggings or a skinny jean.

It's by T. Babaton. As always I pay little attention to the sizes, and just buy what fits.
 It was $30.00. This brand is sold at Aritzia, and this dress is called the Bennett, and it retails at $165.

I also found these spectacular black denim printed jeans.
 That is a wonderful wallpaper-like print in gold. I'm so in love.

They are by Seven7.
 I actually used to own a pair of jeans by this brand (here's a flashback from 2009 when I got them in a swap from my sweets Caro).
 These were $12.00. My interwebz research tells me they retailed for around $100 new.

I'm super-excited to try these!
 I have always wanted jeans like this.

I also fell hard for this awesome skirt.
 Very Hallowe'en-y! It's a shmozzle of threads felted together onto a wool backing.

Edged with bigass gems, because every skirt needs that.
 I like the rough texture of it.

Even the pockets - yes, pockets! - have gem trim.
 Super-klassy! This was $12.00 as well

The brand is Kateri, but I couldn't find anything about them online.
However, this wasn't cheap - the lining has the same K shape in their logo as on the tag. Little details...

Happy with my discoveries, I walked to the WIN Boutique. I found more useful tops, including this brushed gold metallic one.
 It's an easy care piece - machine-wash, tumble-dry.

By Calvin Klein, and was $15.95.
 I'm not usually a fan of little pre-done jewelry-like pieces on clothing (I'll accessorize it myself, thank you), but I didn't mind this gold piece.

However, I don't like wearing blatant labels, so I'll turn it around.
 Sorry, Calvin.

I really loved the fit of this navy blue sparkly top.
 I already know it's a score - it's Ted Baker!

It's not a size 2, though. That's a Medium in Ted sizing.
 Only $16.95? Get out of town. This was probably at least $100 new.

I'm always on the lookout for camis and tanks for wearing under tops and sweaters. I noted the other day that I needed a grey one.
 This one has a great cut - it fits nice and snug and the fabric is thick.

It was $5.95 and is by Propaganda.
 Good deal.

I haven't had a denim skirt for a while - I find most of them too boring for my taste.
 Nope, that is not boring at all! I love the grommets!

It also has a really high waist, so I'm hoping it won't ride up on me (I also have that issue with denim skirts).
I like that this has quite a bit of length with a back slit for walking. I must be able to stride about!

A few of the grommets are missing, but I don't care.
 Too fun!

The brand is Dare U, and it was $6.95
 Again, can't find anything about this brand online, but I like it, and that's what matters!

Vizzini, what do you think of all these purchases?
"I care nothing for your clothing, Woman!"

He is mad at us for bring his post in from the deck. Only a little gap of the deck door is open for him to go out, and we'll have to close that soon too.
"This is completely unacceptable!"

He really seems to think we can control the weather getting colder.
"You must make it warm again!"

I wish I could, bud!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!