Monday, January 20, 2020

Mixed Foxy Blues

Although it's starting to stay lighter longer in the evenings, it's still dark out when I take my morning stair picture.
I'm hoping another couple of weeks and then I'll have "normal" light again.

  • Sweater - Gap, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in November 2019 for brunch
  • Skirt - Andre Courreges, vintage 80s, thrifted; last seen here in November 2018 with a whack of colour
  • Shoes - Modern Living Slant, Fluevog; purchased here for $169.99 with gift cards
  • Coat (below) - Sfizio, consignment; last worn here a couple of weeks ago

I had a different top planned for this, but didn't like it on - this fun foxy sweater rang my bells and worked well with the rest of the outfit, even the jewelry!
 The little bits of blue in the fox's eyes picked up the mixed blues in my outfit.

Isn't this skirt amazing? It's wool and cashmere and is incredibly thick.
I don't wear it too often, but as it's one of my "real designer" pieces, it's a forever-keeper. Can you believe I paid $5.00 for it? For Andre Courreges??

I like how this longer length suddenly looks current, as longer mid-calf skirts are on-trend.
How fickle fashion is!

Outerwear - we're back to our usual winter of rain, clouds and wind.
It's very mild out, so I didn't even need a scarf.

  • Beret - consignment
  • Gloves - Danier

The stuff:
These shoes were very good for about 6 hours. When I did my decorating for Chinese New Year at the end of the day, I switched over to my Docs for climbing up and down ladders.

Blue bling:
I liked all these blues - it's a good mix.

  • Necklace/earrings - Sherman, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Fulvia Ring/lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

And how was your Monday?

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Tiger Fleece and Fringe, Family Brunch

Hello, my friends! It's been a lovely and relaxing weekend, as I surrounded myself with friends and family to help soothe my Rage and get me back on an even keel. 
On Friday, I covered myself in thick fleece and a tiger (just to let everyone know I was still a little Rage-y (rar!).

  • Fleece dress - Kenzo, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in December 2018 for brunch
  • Boots - Minnetonka, thrifted; last seen here in February 2019 with my PANK dress
  • Coat (below) - L'Atiste, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here in December 2019

I adore this dress - it's the thickest fleece I've ever felt. Several of my coworkers felt it and were suitably impressed.
 Guess who it's by? Can you tell by the giant KENZO emblazoned across my stomach?

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

The tiger itself is embroidered and is rather rigid - several people who saw me sitting asked me to stand up so that they could admire him (rar!).
 The "skater dress" shape of this is...questionable for me, so I have to be in the right mood for it, but I love the statement it makes. I'm here and in your face!

Pockets! I am also wearing a short skirt-slip under it due to the open, short, flared shape.
The dress is really tight, with no stretch (it has a side zipper), so I have to be feeling good about my weight before I'll wear it. It's also really WARM, so I can only wear it on really cold days. It was just right on Friday. I have worn it once a year (5 times now) since I bought it for $24.95 in 2016.

Outerwear - in retrospect, not the most insulating coat I own, but because of the flared skirt on the dress, I needed something with room for that. I usually wear a cropped or short jacket with this.
All my pink pieces for warmth and colour.

  • Cashmere toque - Club Monaco, thrifted
  • Cashmere pashmina - Portolano, thrifted
  • Leather gloves - consignment

The stuff:
Although I love, adore, am delighted by these boots, they are not staying with me. This is only their 3rd wearing and the wedge heel is just too high, and they are a size too big (even with insoles). If they were flat, I'd wear them constantly. However, they are going to my colleague Camille, who is super-excited to get them.

  • Earrings - consignment

After work on Friday, L and I trekked down to Outlooks for Men where he bought two new suits for work, and then we went for Thai food for dinner. We spent the evening playing boardgames and listening to music. It was heaven.

On Saturday, I passed on Mental Health Walking on black ice near the water (no, thank you!), and instead of brunch, L and I caught the bus and met up with my family at Montana's restaurant to celebrate my brother Dave's 50th birthday.
Being warm, comfortable and suitably Aunt-Sheila-is-wacky for my nieces and nephew.

  • Vest - Pink Martini, consignment; first worn here in December 2019
  • Dress - Karen Millen, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in October 2019 for dinner at Mac and Petra's
  • Boots - Truths Teah, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) for brunch in December 2019
  • Coat (below) - Vassali, consignment; last seen here in October 2019

A nice stretchy stripey wool dress, and then the layered light grey knit vest/duster over it.
 Unfortunately, all the decorations, buckles and gewgaws of my boots snagged the vest really badly when I was walking, and destroyed the bottom 4 inches of it. Despite my (sort of) patient gentle pulls and repairs, the vest is not worth all that effort and is now in the giveaway pile.

I felt badly about it until I saw that I'd only paid $12.50 for it and wore it twice. I'm good with $6.25 per wear.
 A bummer, though.

I like this look, so I'll probably keep my eyes peeled for another long grey vest for layering.
After lunch, we bussed back to town to pick up groceries for Winesday (my evening event with the gals) and MANday (L's evening music-listening group).

Outerwear - it's quite a lot warmer and most of the snow is in dirty, slushy piles. It even started to rain.
I've never been so glad to see rain. I'm done with snow - bring on spring!

  • Fur boa - thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst
  • Leather purse - Danier, thrifted

The stuff:
Knits + boot decorations = bad things. Sigh. Live and learn!

Silver bling:
Easy stuff.

  • Necklace - Dots
  • Earrings - gift from Lise
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

I took a few pictures of my brother - Happy Birthday, Cowboy! I did a tribute to my little brother for his 40th birthday, 10 years ago (here, including why I call him Cowboy)

Montana's is a steakhouse-themed restaurant - note the deer head behind Dave.
Can't believe my little brother is 50!

Dave and his two youngest daughters.
That's Hannah in the middle (17) and Sydney (10).

My nephew Matt is 25 and the oldest of Dave's kids.
I love this pic of him and L.

All three girls - Zoe (on the right, 21) arrived late.
She was over from the mainland (Vancouver) - she goes to university there.

All of us.
 Syd looks fearful - it's okay, honey, wackiness doesn't run in the family (yes, it does).

And with me.
The restaurant does brown paper on the table and supplies crayons, and we all got a little colouring in.

I wrote "Happy Birthday, Dave" at my spot.
"Really. More pictures."

The server noticed and brought Dave a bowl of ice cream, a chocolate cookie and caramel sauce all over it.
"If I give it to you, you have to share the cookie."

All the best to my dear bro!
It was great to see everyone!

As I wore the same outfit for Winesday (minus the vest), and I spent Sunday watching the NFL football playoffs, that's it for outfits! I really needed a quiet weekend, and this was just right.

Thank you so much for dropping by!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Two-Fer: Snow Day Sweater and Evening at Hermann's; Raging and Needing Sunshine

My apologies for the absence, my friends - we had a major snowstorm! 
View from our deck on Tuesday night of the street below

It snowed 30 cm (about 1 foot) of snow over night on Tuesday. I read a good metaphor for Victoria's weather - it's like dog years, where -4 here is like -30 anywhere else, and a foot of snow is like 6 feet in other parts of the country. That's about right. Snow and cold is rare here.

The trees outside the house were starting to coat with the white stuff.
The streetlamp was growing icicles.
And the snow was coming down sideways!

So on Wednesday, I bundled up for a Snow Day. All schools and the university were shut down. People were advised not to drive.
Now, it's not a secret that I am 52 and starting to go through menopause, but I have been having intense hot flashes this week and to add to my grief, my hormones have decided that "Rage" is my default emotion. Little things have been frustrating me.

Like the lack of keys in that picture. Sigh. I locked myself out and had to go down these stairs and buzz up to L to let me in (thank goodness he was still home).

I did get a good shot of the Castle, covered in snow.
I love how spooky it looks - you can see it from all over town.

Anyway, due to the -4 temperatures, I layered up.
Maybe too many layers.

  • Sweater - Banana Republic, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) for an October 2019 brunch
  • Turtleneck (under) - Bossini, thrifted; last seen here in December 2019 for our Dots marathon
  • Flocked velvet jeans - L'Wren Scott for Banana Republic, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in December 2019 to see Matt Patershuk
  • Boots - Prepare Steady, Fluevog; last seen here (3rd outfit) for brunch with Simona in December 2019

I roasted in this, absolutely died. I was so hot, I took the light grey sweater off and just wore the dark grey turtleneck all day.
 The scarf didn't even last an hour.
There was hardly anyone in the office - maybe 20 people (out of 250) in the morning, and up to 50 by afternoon.
As L and I had concert plans that night, I had planned to look relatively chic in my Unsafe Ocelot and Doc Martens (consignment, not tracked but literally worn hundreds of times).
I was sweating buckets in this, walking to and from work, despite the low temperatures. I ended up changing to my Donna Karan down coat (this one, last worn here for Christmas 2019) but didn't have time to take a picture.

  • Fur toque/scarf - Danier
  • Gloves - Cejon, thrifted

The stuff:
It's not much - I was feeling the Rage. I did not want to go to work.

  • Scarf - thrifted
  • Earrings - gift from Mom

My walk to town in the morning was slow and careful.
Dear L was up at 6am, shoveling our front sidewalk. The street is entirely under snow.

I was only the second person to walk on this sidewalk.
On the right is a major artery into town. Road? What road?

This is also purportedly a sidewalk.
It was slippery and side-y. My legs were aching from the babysteps and muscle tenseness and fear of falling. It took me nearly twice a long to get to work as normal (a 20 minute walk).

After a frustrating day at work, I hiked home in melting snow (hurray!) but also very high winds, cursing and sweating and really not feeling like going to a concert. I so wanted to stay home and hide from the world.

But L and I trudged down the shoveled and unshoveled (grrr! Rage!) sidewalks, back to town to see David Francey (link here, 'cause I love) at Hermann's Jazz Club, a Victoria institution (link here).
That's David in the middle and those are our water bottles in the foreground - we were close!

We met up with our dear friend Casey and his teen daughters Jacquie and Maddie, and enjoyed dinner before the show. We arrived just in time to catch David doing his sound check, which is when I took these few pictures.
I didn't catch the names of either of the local gents who accompanied him on fiddle and acoustic guitar, but L's review will be up shortly on his blog (here). David is a folk singer, born in Scotland, grew up in Canada. His songs are short and simple, but full of emotion - he has a very gravely voice. You can listen to his full albums on his site here (I love his sound).

After the show and the visit with Casey, both of which were lovely and helped the Rage subside, we walked home. By then, it had warmed up, creating massive puddles - and winds gusting 90 km/hour! I'd slipped and fallen on our street on the way downtown (it was another Rage incident), and sprained my wrist slightly, so I slept poorly last night. More Rage. RAR.

I threw a few things together before bed that I knew would work.
I know better than to tax my "getting dressed" brain and awaken the Rage further.

  • Sweater - Artisan de Luxe, consignment; last worn here (4th outfit) to visit my family in October 2019
  • Goldenrod skirt - handmade, vintage, thrifted; last seen here in March with pixelated print
  • Shoes - Camper; purchased here for $75.00
  • Coat (below) - Apparence, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here for brunch last weekend

I could have done a jammy dress, but what I really needed was some sunshine. If the weather doesn't cooperate, wear your own! 

I had a couple of people at work today tell me how much they liked seeing my yellow - it really is important for me not to pack away all bright colours for the winter.

I also had oodles of fans of this "patchwork" sweater.
It made me realize that the light grey one above is not in the same league - I'm going to move it into my "wear around the house" category of clothes.

I wore a support brace on my wrist for the day at work - L had it from when he had physiotherapy a few years ago - and that helped. I told folks at work about my Rage - they need to know!
But I what I really, REALLY need is a weekend. I am done.

Outerwear - the Unsafe Polar Bear is a snuggly friend. That deep V opening helps me control my temperature and it is not as thick as the Unsafe Ocelot.
L is wearing long underwear with his suit and snow pants

  • Toque - Danier, thrifted
  • Scarf - V. Fraas, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
My feet were very happy in these shoes all day, and they had several admirers (the shoes did, not my feet).

Plain bling:
A few solid pieces.

  • Leather/steel cuff - Rimanchik
  • Earrings - Tania Gleave, Vancouver
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

By the end of the day, there were patches of blue sky, and although there's still a lot of snow out there, it's rapidly melting. There was even a bit of real sunshine!

And...I've made it. The Rage has calmed a bit. My wrist is sore, but it's nothing major. The weekend is nearly here, and the couch (and a kitty) is calling. Thank you for listening - I don't usually have a Major Rant here but it's just been a rough couple of days. I'll be back on Sunday, so until then, a very happy weekend to you all.