Friday, October 20, 2017

Casual Friday: Velvet and Loafers, and a Cat Chat

Made it to the weekend! Phew! I didn't feel like making much of an effort today, as I decorated the office for Hallowe'en. 
 Wearing this new-to-me velvet top for the first time, but I'll be wearing it again soon!

  • Jacket - CABi, consignment; last seen here (4th outfit) in June for a casual weekend look
  • Top - Beechers Brook, thrifted; purchased here for $2.00
  • Jeans - Levi Strauss, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) earlier this month to see The New Pornographers in concert
  • Loafers - Sperry, thrifted; last seen here in March for International Women's Day
  • Coat (below) - Zara, gift from Dominique

 It was very dark and gloomy this morning, so I experimented with my photos by aiming the task light on the desk (where my camera sits for my timer pictures) at me. A little too bright!

At least you can see everything! I love this cotton jacket, but it did not work over the velvet top - the two fabrics fought all day.
 I love my jeans - so fabulously stretchy. Again, the light is too bright there.

I was all chill like this all day. I aimed the light up at the ceiling this time and it worked much better. Hurray, we will have decently-lit photos all winter!
 Yeah, just chillin'.

I wore my new-to-me coat for the first time today - look how fabulous it is!
 I love it!

  • Scarf - Danier, thrifted for $6.95, first wear
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

These pictures were taken a few minutes ago after work - it got sunny out in the afternoon, and I took the jacket off in the office. So here's the top without.
"Woman, cover yourself." 
 I love the nice shape of the top. I'll be wearing it again next week to meet up with my old boss from Fairweather (where we both worked, back in 1999-2000). We both owned this top, both in black/grey, I think. Mine was, anyway. I know she'll get a kick out of it. I'll dress it up more.

I loved the look of outrage on Vizzini's face.
"You could at least feed me."
 L was sitting at the computer, trying to get him to look at the camera while I timed these pics.
"Hello, Vizzini, I see you there."
 He is the funniest cat we have ever had.
"Curses, the Man made me look!"
 The stuff:
 Oh, good golly, I adore these shoes. Apparently, preppy is in, according to the cool kids, and these are right in that pocket. These are very comfortable and have a good grip on the soles.

Silver bling:
I thought it appropriate to wear my spider and snake rings.

  • Earrings - Lazy Susan's
  • Spider ring - gift from Mom & Dad, c. 1986
  • Snake ring - BC Museum Gift Shop, c. 1986

I've got a fairly quiet weekend ahead, but will be back on Sunday for the wrap-up. Have a good one!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Blue, Olive and a Double Blouse

As I often do, I saved a funky outfit for my Thursday WW meeting, but it was my daytime colleagues who literally gasped at this outfit. That took me aback, as I really didn't think this would ring people's bells. 
 My total score of a blouse is featured, layered over another new-to-me blouse. And I have a fin.

  • Digital print beaded blouse - Dries Van Noten,thrifted; purchased here on the weekend for $4.00
  • Underneath blouse - H&M, thrifted; purchased here for $6.95
  • Skirt - TKStyle, thrifted; last seen here in December 2016
  • Shoes - Marc Jacob, thrifted; first worn here with Etro in August
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last seen here a few days ago

 I layered the cream blouse under the Dries cotton top for coverage and warmth - I do love a good layering top. This Dries Van Noten top was fabulous to wear, but it may be more of a warm weather piece...although I do have a blue cashmere turtleneck that would be fabulous under it!

Showing off the fin on my skirt. This skirt is really thick but very comfy.
 I liked how the olive green went with the creams and olives in the top's pattern.

Long and lean - I am liking this layered look (and I'm alliterating all over the place!). I'm again not focusing on the waist, but letting the clothes do the talkin'.
 Seriously, those shoes were so perfect with the outfit! They are the best out of my 95 pairs, I'm sure!

Outerwear. The rain has calmed down to just a drizzle, so I risked just wearing a fur toque. I was in luck - it only rained when I wasn't outside.
 And I remembered my lovely silk scarf this time. Go, me!

  • Toque - Danier Leather
  • Silk scarf - Story of Shanghai, thrifted for $14.95, first wear
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 These shoes were lovely again. They give me pleasure just to look at them.

Blue and black bling:
Some old, some new.

  • Onyx/silver ring - Mexico, c. 1984, gift from Mom & Dad
  • Earrings - the Cobbler
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Waistless Neutrals with Bark

Do not adjust your screen! I am indeed wearing all neutrals. 
 And I'm totally okay with that!

  • Jacket - Julie Haus, thrifted; purchased here for $34.95
  • Sleeveless sweater (underneath) - Dana Buchman, thrifted; last seen here in December 2016 with Helmut and Avon
  • Skirt - Gunex, thrifted; last worn here in October 2016 with orange brocade
  • Shoes - Matisse; last seen here in August with a whale of a sweater
  • Raincoat (below) - Thermal-Slicks, consignment; last worn a couple of weeks ago here

Do you remember when I was so challenged by neutrals that I did two full months of them? Just for fun, here's November 2012's recap of my all-neutral month during my year-long 30-items-for-30-days challenge.
 There was also a time that I would never "surrender the waist" and not always dress in the most absolutely flattering way according how women are "supposed to" look. I'm not against dressing to show off my figure, but it's not always how I want to present myself. Sometimes I want to wear things that are a little off, a bit shapeless or more challenging to the eye.

But enough of my pontificating, let's talk clothes! This jacket was all kinds of awesome to wear today and I am now totally spoiled by wearing silk-lined wool - it breathed so wonderfully!
I undid a bit of the back zipper so that the full, stiff (yet swooshy) skirt could move - this is my infamous "bark" skirt - it's perma-textured to be crinkled. I wore a full vintage slip under this as well.

Oh, it rained today. I got soaked both ways going to and from work, but the worst of it was prevented by my PINK raincoat here. I was also super-visible in the gloom - safety first!
 I wore the hood done up fully, right around my face. My hair stayed dry! And not a bit of me that was covered by coat got wet - the bark skirt was soaked from the coat-line down (it's drying now). Of course, I'm not wearing my good shoes out in this - my white floral Doc Martens get worn in this weather - they are totally waterproof.

The stuff:
I wore plain ol' neutral nylons, all the better to show off these marvelous shoes. My feet are very happy with me. Must wear heels tomorrow, ha ha!

Gold bling:
 I considered doing a necklace with this outfit, but it fought too much with the jacket neckline. Bracelets and finger-candy instead.

  • Chain/leather bracelet - thrifted
  • Gold cuff - thrifted
  • Snakeskin "Gucci" bangle - gift from Mom and Dad, c. 1987, Italy
  • Floral ring - Sarah Coventry, vintage 70s, Powell River antique shop
  • Amber ring - c. 1997
  • Earrings - Weiss, vintage 60s, vintage fair

Allow me to sum up how I feel about the weather.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Genuine GooKey Gucci Lace Bomber

I had a fun time all day, showing my colleagues the label in my lace bomber jacket: Gucci!
 As I mentioned when I bought it on the weekend, it's not really Goo-chee Gucci. It's a fake, ergo GooKey Gucci.

  • Jacket - fake Gucci, thrifted; purchased here for $5.00
  • Skirt - Eddie Bauer, thrifted; first worn here in February with green peplum (a grape outfit!)
  • Shoes - Coffee Sumatra, Fluevog; last seen here in January with red and ruffles
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here last Friday

 I still had a lot of fun with the styling on this sweet green jacket. I wore a plain black t-shirt underneath it, and matched the dark green and red in the elastic trim to the green and red in the plaid of the skirt (it also has purple in it).

I loved this skirt last time I wore it, and loved it anew this time. The jacket + skirt together cost me all of $10.00.

We woke up to "the big dark" - a series of storms is predicted for the next few days. It was raining like crazy this morning, so out came my trusty leather trenchcoat and red hat. I hate carrying an umbrella and will always opt for a hat when I can.
 I kicked myself later when I remembered I had bought a new floral silk scarf that would have gone great with this look (this one). Ah well. Next time!

  • Hat - vintage, thrifted in Vancouver
  • Gloves - Parkhurst
  • Fur scarf - Danier

The stuff:
 I only wore these shoes twice last fall/winter, so I'm off to a good start! They are from Fluevog 2010/2011, do I'm still doing well on my cost-per-wear.

Pearly bling:
Inspired the gorgeous and amazingly stylish Elle at The Elle Diaries (linking 'cause I love - go check her out!), I busted out my pearls with my faux GooKey.

  • Necklace/Earrings - Aldo Accessories
  • Hematite ring - thrifted
  • Silver/stone ring - thrifted

Monday, October 16, 2017

Queen of the Chevrons, and Sweet Karma Clothes

I am loving digging into my "new" fall wardrobe - I get such a thrill out of revisiting pieces. 
 This skirt is new-to-me, and I'm happy to bring these shoes back.

  • Jacket - Danier Leather Couture, consignment; last worn here in May over my leather peplum
  • Tux blouse - no label, consignment; first worn here a couple of weeks ago in a million dollar outfit
  • Skirt - Hucke, vintage, thrifted; purchased here (in May!) for $17.99
  • Shoes - Queen of Prussia Louise, Fluevog: last seen here (3rd outfit) in February for Caro and Ron's Sweetheart Party

Loving this rich port-coloured tux blouse so much - burgundy is this fall's colour for me.
 I liked how the ruffles went with the big chevrons in this skirt. Those are a lot of chevrons. I realized halfway through the day that I had the skirt on sideways - zipper at the side, not the back. It's so hard to tell sometimes!

First wearing of this skirt and it was...fine. I like it, it's a nice shape and length, but I don't love it, so maybe one more wear and it can head off to a new home. It doesn't have pockets, and although I do like black and grey (and chevrons!), I had a hard time making an outfit.
"Any solid colour!" I hear you all thinking (right?), but blah, that just feels boring to me. Been there, done that, bought the skirt! I liked the burgundy tones, but I'm not sure what else would really ring my bell with this.

I do prefer this outfit with the jacket, but it was too warm to wear it all day in the office.
 Check out the cuffs, and how nicely the collar goes with the jacket.

It rained today, so look how cute my grey hat went with this!
 Anyway, no hasty decisions on the skirt right now!

  • Hat - vintage, Jones New York, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 For such a high heel, these are fabulously comfy on - they are balanced just right, and all that squishiness under the ball of the foot is wonderful. I had a pretty quiet day, not much running around, so these were great.

Blurry bling:
 Guilty! I only take 1-2 pictures.

  • Belt - Nygard
  • Necklace - Robert Larin, vintage 70s, gift from L
  • Earrings - Glee
  • Spider ring - homegrown vintage c. 1986, gift from Mom & Dad
  • Snake ring - homegrown vintage c. 1986, BC Museum Gift Shop

I've bonded with one of my coworkers over clothes - she has a very pared-down aesthetic that I like, and she likes all the whackitude in my clothes. Today, Dominique brought me two items from her giveaway pile that she thought I would like.

Like? I love! Thank you, honey!
 This is a fluffy cotton skirt - sorry about the lighting, but it's actually black and white.

The hemline is pulled up and sewn under to make it flouncy. It's quite high in places, so I might have to put a floofy underskirt under this.
 Sort of a lily-of-the-valley pattern.

And it's by All Saints! How cool!
 Ha, there are a lot of eBay pictures of this skirt in different patterns, but no pictures of anyone wearing it! It must be tricky to style - I do love a challenge!

Dominique also gave me this amazing coat.
 As you can see, it matches the walls exactly. This will be so cute with long leather gloves!

It's a cocoon style, nicely woven, with black florals.
There are little bits of brown and burgundy in the flowers too. It's by Zara - the content tags are cut out, but it's cotton/acrylic/polyester blend (spotted one online).

And this is why I give my own clothes away! It feels so good to see someone else getting pleasure from your things - and good karma brings new pieces back to you. Sweet!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Deja Blue; Leopard and Yeti; Shopping Scores; Scads of Cat Pics, Leather Feature

Get ready - it's been a busy weekend for me, and I went shopping (twice) so I have oodles of pictures to show you! Vizzini's also been making his feelings known, so lots of cat pictures too. 

We'll start it off with a bit of deja blue - I wore The Dress again on Friday night to celebrate a friend's 50th birthday party at the Royal BC Museum. 
 I'm not ashamed to say that I wore the exact same outfit as I did last week.

  • Dress - Chloe Prusa, custom-made; first worn here (2nd outfit) a week ago for my birthday party
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit)...a week ago!

 The party was in the Old Town exhibit at the Museum (my favourite part, link here - that top pic is where we were), with a bar and canapes.

My outerwear consisted of cashmere-lined leather gloves. Thank goodness it wasn't cold or rainy out! I stowed my gloves in the pockets of the peplum - you couldn't even tell they were there.
L and I were the dressiest attendees (as usual) - it was a cool venue and a fun way to celebrate Bruce's birthday.

The stuff:
 I had to do comfy shoes - we caught the bus home after. Forget being dressiest at the event - we were most definitely overdressed for a city transit bus at 10:30pm on a Friday night!

  • Gloves - Club Monaco, consignment
  • Purse - Reiss, thrifted
  • Earrings - Matisse, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Amber ring - c. 1998

Bruce very generously gave out a "party favour", this amazing limited edition portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, commissioned during her visit to Victoria in 1983.
 It was done by Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic, a Victoria artist, who died in 2007, aged 91.
 Pretty sweet - there were only 500 of these prints made. We'll have to get this properly matted and framed.

L and I were up early on Saturday morning - we're still getting enough people to play Ultimate Frisbee! I don't remember ever playing this late in the season before, and we've been playing since 1999!
 The rain held off - phew! - and once we were warmed up, the weather was great for running around. Of course, I dressed nicely for brunch afterwards.

  • Sweater - Magaschoni, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in December 2016 with a long leather skirt
  • Skirt - Lui Jo from Florence, Italy; last seen here in March with more leopard
  • Boots - Matisse, consignment; last worn here (3rd outfit) in September with green florals
  • Yeti coat (below) - Kimchi Blue; last seen here in March for our anniversary trek to Vancouver

I'm a fan of cashmere and I'm a fan of leopard - this sweater is both!
 I was happy to have this skirt back in the closet - I love the rich colour, the leather look and the length. So good with boots!
 It has micro-pleating at the waist, which becomes looser as it gets to the hem.

Add one yeti jacket and voila! An outfit that caused random strangers to holler at me, "I love your outfit!"
 It is a spectacular piece! This is my entry for "Visible Monday over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Get your stylish self over there!

The stuff:
 Comfy boots for walking after lunch.

Vizzini has been a monster since we brought his post in off the deck and locked the doors shut. Our deck isn't insulated, so it's very chilly out there.
"I have a fur coat, Woman! I demand that you open these doors!"
 But when the doors are open, he won't go out. Just meows at us and looks sad.
"Well, if you would make it warmer, I might be persuaded."
 Silly bear.

I haven't treated myself to a thrift shop in a few weeks, so I headed out to the St. Vincent de Paul after lunch.

I did so well! I found this lovely pink-lined sundress.
 I like the uneven hemline and the pattern that looks like butterfly wings.
 One side has these pretty pleats.

I knew as soon as I touched it that I was made of silk.
 Made in the USA too! Sweet! I love finding things that are actually made in North America.

The back of the tag notes a style number, which helped me discover that this is called the Raindrop Dress - it's by Nanette Lepore and was originally $260.00 Canadian.
 Yes, I paid $5.00 for it! Score! It's really lovely on, too - can't wait to wear summer. I'll give it a steam then pack it away for spring 2018. Shopping year-round has its benefits!

Speaking of summer-wear, another dress leapt into my hands. Again, I could tell this was silk shantung as soon as I touched it.
 It has a great fit, and yes, it's voluminous around the upper thighs due to the bubble hem, but pockets!

Confirmed, there's the content tag.
 100% silk.

The dress is by CoVelo Clothing Inc.
 Only $6.00. I suspect it cost more than that originally.

This was a flash from the past - I used to own the black velvet version of this top (it had grey embroidery on it)!
 It's from 1999-2000, from the era I worked at Fairweather women's clothing, a now-defunct Canadian chain store. Aw! I recall it was around $35.00 new.
This one still has the extra button bag attached, so it's never been worn. And it wasn't $4.00 - all green tags were half price, so this lovely velvet top was only $2.00.

I spotted this awesome green lace jacket right away - it was very eye-catching!
 Sweet! I love the contrast banding of the elastic cuffs.

What? This couldn't be...? Gucci??
 For $5.00?? But no, this is a FAKE Gucci. Look at those nasty serged seams - real Gucci would never leave raw edges like that. They did make a pink lace bomber jacket just like this, but the details (like the seams and the hardware) were much higher quality. So instead of Gucci, let's call this Gookey.

Another top that I spotted right away. Distinctive prints are one of the things that make good quality items stand out from the crap that's usually in the thrift stores.
 Pixelated roses/flowers and black beads sewn into a starburst pattern. That's pretty interesting.

All sewn by hand, and ooh, look at those lovely seams!
 All French seams, no exposed edges anywhere - compare those with the seams in the Gookey jacket above.

The black piping is silk.
 And yes, I have thrifted a Dries Van Noten top for FOUR DOLLARS. Two of the beads need to be resewn, but pfft! I can do that!
 Even if it hadn't fit (which it did), I would have bought it anyway. I'm not leaving a Dries piece behind at that price! This is likely pre-internet and probably sold for around $500 new.

Flush with my shopping scores (I spent a total of $22.00 at the St. VdeP), I strolled down to the Patch for a quick look-through. This quirky jacket caught my eye.
 Unusual construction! I like the exposed zipper, the tweedy plaid, the mismatched lapels, and the V of grey wool flannel. All three pockets are real, but have not been opened.

The back features a nice scoop on the sides, exposed stitching down the centre and on the arms, and another exposed zipper.
 We are in my quirky wheelhouse here!

It felt amazing. I knew it was wool.
 Two big snaps do up the lapel above the front zipper.

Oh, nice, it is wool, and made in the USA again!
 Fabulous - the lining is 100% silk.
 Gotta like that! And it looked really nice on - a little boxy, which I don't mind, and the front hangs higher than the back for a bit of a mullet.
 At $34.95, it was the priciest thing I bought all day. The brand is Julie Haus, which I've never heard of, but a little research reveals she had a brick-and-mortar store in SoHo, NYC back in 2010 (now closed, sadly). I found this article here (linking 'cause I love) that noted cropped blazers in the 2010 collection, and I see one in the picture with this same zipper on the arm - it's likely that my new blazer is from the same collection. She still collaborates with her husband (a print-maker) on collections - jackets on their site retail from $1,645 up. I feel better about spending $34.95 now, ha ha!

I can't resist a cool leather skirt, especially when it is pearlized metallic in a chartreuse-y lemon!
 It's high-waisted, and soft as butter.

Not a size 12, though. Well, not in modern sizes, at least.
 It was $26.95.

The brand is Firenze by Santa Barbara - I remember Santa Barbara from the 80s, so this is before the Great Size Shift - it's a modern size 8.
Another made in the USA piece. Gotta like that. How many of the clothes we buy are made in the US/Canada nowadays? Not many! The Patch had a pink leather skirt exactly the same as this, but I already have an awesome pink leather skirt.

Vizzini supervised me taking pictures of my purchases.
"I'm disgusted that there was nothing for me."
 He hung out with us all evening - we had Cat and Ross over to play boardgames. Look what Cat found for me!
 It's by the Indiana Glass Company and it's iridescent amber (I collect amber glass by this maker) - it's for deviled eggs, my "specialty". I will use this for our next party!

Today, I slept in, then walked to town to get groceries. Vizzini was in a mood.
"I am a seething ball of fury!"
 He whipped around on his post, scratching, biting and kicking.
"This curtain offends me!"
 He bites and grabs at the curtain, then gets distracted.
 And then he was all casual.
"What? I'm just sitting here, chilling out, Woman."
 You can tell I slept in because the sun was fully on my stairs.
 I love this faux leather-fronted dress - another piece I was really excited to have back in the wardrobe.

  • Dress - Joe Fresh, thrifted; last seen here in March for a casual Friday followed by a concert
  • Booties - Dirty Laundry, thrifted; last worn here in March for a weekend shop with Yvonne
  • Coat #1 - Cache Contour Collection, thrifted; first worn here in June 
  • Coat #2 - Danier Leather; last seen here (3rd outfit) over Etro in June

I'm also thrilled to let you all know that I was featured in a post on High Latitude Style (links 'cause I love), called "See how these midlife women look stunning in leather". Thank you very much to Nicole for featuring me (and asking me if it would be okay first!). I'm in four of my favourite leather pieces, so check it out!
 I hope this faux-leather dress meets with her approval, since she's down on leather dresses in general. Hmmm...not counting this one, I have three leather dresses...

  • This totally on-trend black slip dress style from the 90s, here.
  • This beautiful taupe one, great for layering, here.
  • This fabulous deep purple suede dress, here.
And I think I look pretty fabulous in all of them. Care to re-think your assessment of leather dresses, Nicole?

The back and sleeves of this dress are a thin knit.

 Add some tights, and I'm ready to go.

Just got to put on a jacket. This one!
 No, yuck, ugh. This is not working. Why did I buy this jacket? It's in the giveaway pile now. Thank goodness I only paid $9.95 for it.

Yes, that's more like it, right?
 Duh! I love my bright yellow leather jacket! It's a classic.

The stuff:
 I totally planned to go to the WIN Boutique on my way home. Guilty.

  • Earrings - local

Pickings were very slim, though - they must be getting ready for winter. I stocked up on layering thin tops. I wear these around the house, under big chunky sweaters and use them when it's cold to get an extra layer of warmth.
 A nice stripe.
 Land's End for only $6.95. I'll get that down to pennies per wear for sure.

A pinky-rose one.
 Adea is the brand, and it was $6.95 as well.
 I don't usually go in for leggings (I subscribe to "leggings aren't pants!" as a general rule). However, I could not resist these galactically awesome ones.
 With just a peek of them showing above some over-the-knee boots, with a long sweater over them - I could do that in public. I probably won't, though.
 They were only $4.95 - it's more likely that I will be wearing these around the house in winter a lot.

I also found this brand new set of scarf, toque and gloves by Calvin Klein for $10.95.
And a book by Nora Ephron. Excellent.

I hope you all had a great weekend! Any good scores?