Monday, June 21, 2021

Jungle Dress and Chartreuse

Ah, Monday! It was hard to get going this morning - we're in for a really hot day (up to 31 degrees!), and even though I worked in an air-conditioned office all day, those hot temps still creep inside. It's a shock to the system when I leave the building at the end of the day. 
I chose this feather-weight 100% cotton dress mostly for that walk home. I knew I'd be dripping with sweat after several blocks! 

  • Dress - Apanage; last worn here in October 2020 as my last outfit of the summer season
  • Shoes - Eject; last seen here in May with neon yellow and flouncy green

As you can see, I re-lavendered my hair on the weekend. It will fade out (one side is currently slightly more purple than the other), but I like the tint of colour. 
I love the cut of this dress - the waistband angles downward from my waist to just below one hip. 
The skirt portion is a wrap, with the front higher than the back. 
I have bare legs today, so that means I need to wear layers underneath.

I'm wearing my thin petit-pants to prevent my thighs from rubbing (I loathe that feeling), and a full nylon slip to keep the dress from clinging to itself and to keep it from being too sheer (it is a very thin cotton). 

Masked up. 
Very few folks around in the office - our company is still encouraging employees to stay home, as they work out a plan for return to work in the fall. 

I dug out my other straw hat, this marled cream/black fedora. 
I was glad of it by the end of the day. 

My fedora is actually made of paper, not straw! 

  • Hat - Delux
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
I completely love these fun shoes - they are practically flats, once you take the Shoe Math (platforms) into account. 

Minimal bling: 
I really didn't feel like wearing a lot of jewelry - I do tend to wear less when the weather is hot. 

  • Brass, sandalwood, amber choker - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Bangles - vintage, Lazy Susan's; purchased here for $5.00
  • Silver/crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy
  • Wood ring - Dots
  • Earrings - thrifted, Sidney

How's the weather in your neck of the woods? Happy Summer Solstice! 

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Weekend Wrap-Up: JCDC Jumpsuit Flashback; Deck Denizens

Welcome back, my friends! I hope you've all had a stellar weekend, whether it was chill or social. We had a nice mix of quiet and busy ourselves, with a brunch, a small park gather and People In Our House (exciting!). I also discovered a wee spider on my deck, so you've been warned. 

On Friday night, L was out with friends, so I hung out with Vizzini and watched the Great Canadian Baking Challenge - very soothing, but I did eat all the chocolate I'd purchased for Saturday night (oops). On Saturday, we were up mid-morning to meet up with Nick for brunch at the Ruby. 
The forecast was for hot temps and bright sunny skies. I had to break out my JC de Castelbajac jumpsuit! 

  • Jumpsuit - Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, vintage 90s, thrifted; last worn here in July 2020 with chartreuse
  • Shoes - Wonders; last seen here (2nd outfit) in June 2020 with a long floral gown (Flashback on the shoe there)

I'll be doing a short Flashback on my jumpsuit in a bit - if you've never heard of JC (Jean-Charles) de Castelbajac, don't feel bad. I'd never heard of him before I read about my blog-pal Wendy Brandes' love for his designs (link here to her posts on him, link 'cause I love, of course). 
You know I love to dig deep when I find something that's real designer! You can read about him here, You might not know the name, but you might remember Lady Gaga wearing his coat made up of Kermit the Frog stuffed animals in December 2018 (link here). 

My jumpsuit is linen and predates JCDC (how he's often referred to) online, so I suspect this is from the late 90s or early 00s. I spotted two more of this same jumpsuit online when I searched around recently: one was 350 Euros (about $725), and the other was listed at over $600. 
Isn't the print glorious? I love the deep blue - if you look closely, you'll see that the drawstring waist has little red, white and blue pony-beads on the ties. 

I let my bra straps hang out. Clutch your pearls! 
I'm sure that most people who saw me thought I was wearing a maxi dress, but no....

It's most definitely a jumpsuit! 
The legs are ABBA-esque, with three giant flounced tiers. I have it tailored after I bought it to remove about six inches off the hem so that I could actually wear this. It was made for someone 5'10" or taller! 

My cover-up is my pink cashmere/silk pashmina. 
I was in a hurry, so some of my pics are blurry, sorry! 

Hark, is this brunch I see in my future? 
The Movie Star Wrap for our quick drive to town, followed by some errands (erm, replacing the chocolate that I ate). 

Masked up - I love the bold pink and white of this one, to go with my pink shoes and wrap. 
L is doing an ode to Frank Bonner, the actor who played the loudly-dressed salesman Herb Tarlek on TV's WKRP in Cincinnati back in the 70s80s. Sadly, he died this past week, so L decided to break out his Etro plaid wool pants to commemorate him. 

I wore my straw hat to the park, as the clouds cleared by afternoon. 
Must keep covered! I am fully sunblocked up here too. 

I couldn't resist giving my new-to-me Enid Collins bag a whirl. It holds more than I thought it would.

  • Mask - by Mom
  • Bag - Enid Collins "Roadrunner", vintage 70s, consignment; purchased here for $25.00
  • Pashmina - Portolano, thrifted

The stuff: 
I walked (slowly) to the park in these pink leather shoes - they are super comfy. Yes, that is a wooden last. 

Blue and silver bling: 
First wearing of my new blue bangle. 

  • Cage cuff - Bauxo
  • Silver earrings - consignment
  • Dragon bangle - Lazy Susan's
  • Lucite bangle - Lazy Susan's; purchased here for $4.00
  • Shield ring - Nine West
  • Silver/lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

Speaking of, when I was in Lazy Susan's on Friday night, I noticed that they had a bag that looked very much like my Enid Collins purse, above - it was marked at $89.00 and they told me that it was from one of her kits (a "make your own" thing) from back in the 60s/70s. When I told her that I'd only paid $25.00 for my signed Collins bag, she noted that I'd gotten a "real deal."

Flashback: JC de Castelbajac Jumpsuit

I purchased this jumpsuit here in May 2019 - I spotted it hanging in with the long floral dresses at Flavour Upstairs and immediately could tell by the pattern and the fabric that it was special. 
Such a wonderful textile! 

There's the nice label, with the size tag in the colours of the French flag. 
It's 100% linen and light as a breeze. 
I like when the ink prints right through the fabric - it's a good sign of quality (I loathe when the backside is solid white). 

Yes, I paid $37.95 for this. 
It's a total steal. 

I wore it right away to work on a Casual Friday in May 2019.
I paired white shoes with my red cardigan, and did silver accessories. 

I always have to show off...
"It's really a jumpsuit!"

Again in July 2019, for the Canada Day long weekend. 
That's the first time I dyed my hair blue-ish. I did orange accessories this time, with rust-brown platform sandals. 

I wore my orange cardigan as cover-up. 
The obligatory shot - "Look, it has legs!"

And this is the last time I wore it, in July 2020 to go for brunch with L. 
I added my long chartreuse cardigan and sandals. 

"Reach for the stars!"
I hope you can truly appreciate what massive, swooshy legs it has! It's so fun to wear. As I stood in the breeze at the park this weekend, the legs flapped like sails. 

Mathy stuff: I haven't really had the chance to wear it all that much - stoopid pandemic! - but it's not going anywhere. I'm only on the 4th wearing of it, so I'll have to update my Flashback in a few years. We're at a decent $9.75 per wear right now. 

How you do feel about jumpsuits? What would you wear with it? 

I didn't take my camera to the park - we did a small gathering for Nick as we are coming up on a year since our dear Karen died. Instead, we just focused on being with each other. Cat and Ross came over to our place later (Vizzini was ecstatic - more visitors!) and we played board games until the wee hours. 

Trigger Warning: Spider Pics

I noticed a tiny white blob on the plug of one of the strings of lights on the deck this weekend. 
At first, I thought it was a piece of fluff, but when I got in close I realized it was a tiny spider. I am NOT a fan of spiders. No, no, nope, nope, spiders begone! 

However, this one was SO tiny, that I got right in close and had a good look. I thought he was dead
"Buzz off, Lady."

But he moved a leg when I gingerly poked a pen at him, and he was gone a few hours later. I did some research and discovered he is a Goldenrod Crab Spider (source here). 

Vizzini, are you cool with company out there on the deck, another denizen sharing your space?
"You heard what he said: Buzz off, Lady."

And with that, I guess I will buzz off! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I'm going to go soak up some sun. 

Friday, June 18, 2021

Fancy Friday: Bronze and Baby Blue, and a Jungle Bridge

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Happy Friday, my friends, and welcome to the weekend! I hope your lives are (somewhat) returning to normal.
I've been saving this outfit for a Fancy Friday look - I kept this wonderful bronze pleated skirt out from my fall/winter wardrobe just because I love it so much. 

  • Blazer - Zara, consignment; last worn here in an all-pink outfit in April
  • Baby blue blouse - no label, vintage 80s, thrifted; last seen and Flashbacked here in April
  • Skirt - Ralph Lauren, consignment; last worn here in March in a power outfit
  • Shoes - Effortless Vivian, Fluevog; last seen here in April with a dropped waist

Since I don't have a ton of browns/bronze colours in my spring/summer wardrobe, I poked around in my closet to see what I had to go with it.
This jungle-print blazer was perfect, with its mix of cream, olive, blue and pink. 

That led me to my favourite baby blue blouse. 
Seriously, it goes with everything. Check out the Flashback here if you don't believe me! 

Due to the hot weather today (up in the mid-20s), I spent part of my day with my jacket off.
I put it back on whenever I was slightly chilled. Off, on. Off, on. 

The jacket is the bridge between the solid baby blue and the bronze. 
It ties the two pieces together. 
I tried to take a picture of me twirling in the skirt (it's a full circle), but it was rather blurry.  

Masked up - I chose a pink one to go with the jungle print. 
I matched my glasses to the pink too. 

  • Mask - by Mom

I remembered that I have summer hats! 
Time to break out my straw one to help protect my face from the sun. 

  • Hat - thrifted

The stuff: 
These are the 3rd pair of shoes I have in this family; the others are the three-toned boots from last weekend, and my shiny pink shoes from my "outfit salad" earlier this week. 

  • Belt - vintage 60s, Mom's
  • Earrings - thrifted, Sidney
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

I picked white to go with the shoes. 

On my way home from work, I stopped in at Lazy Susan's and found a couple of Lucite bangles: 
The pair on the left are a rusty-brown and were $5.00 for the pair; the clear blue one was $4.00.

I have really small wrists, so whenever I find small bangles I buy them. Most bracelets fall off me.  
A close-up so you can see that the brown ones have vertical seams - they are two U-shapes that have been joined to make the O. I didn't find any mold seams on the blue one - the inside is a matte finish. 

Wishing you all a weekend full of sunshine. 
"And hugs and kitty treats."

Good advice, Vizzini! Hugs and human treats for all! Stay cool, my friends! I'll be back on Sunday with tales of adventure. Thank you all so much for dropping by! 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Toile Tiers and Talking to Lucy

Hello, my friends! I had a special Zoom call date today, so after my grocery shop and my Mental Health Walk, I dug in my closet for something special to wear.
That glowing ball in the sky felt so good today - we're in for some temps in the mid- to high-20s. Summer weather! Break out the flowy clothes!

  • Toile dress - PartTwo, consignment; last worn here 
  • Shoes - Wonders, consignment; last seen here

I'm having fun playing with my new haircut - it's less a mullet and more of an aggressive shag, but I like it. 
I also like this wonderful tiered toile-patterned dress. 

All those tiers! It's ruffle-licious! 
I like to shake up my usual silhouettes - I am a fan of the flapper-ish up-and-down styling of waist-less dresses. My red dress (when not belted) is also like this. 

It's a comfortable non-constrictive style. 
This is a total jammy dress - one and done! 

The stuff: 
I don't feel properly dressed up without my shoes, even if I'm sitting a chair for a Zoom call. These are awesomely comfy, but still give me some height. I clomped around the house in these. 

  • Cage cuff - Bauxo
  • Filigree cuff - St. Paul's Cathedral gift shop
  • Shield ring - Nine West
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Silver earrings (not shown) - consignment
  • Brooch - Pastelli, vintage 60s, Grandma S?

I took my "stuff" picture while I was still wearing the dress, and I didn't feel like taking my brooch off and then fussing with it again. I also forgot to photograph my earrings - oops!
It's by Pastelli and belonged to my Gram (Mom's mom). It's from around 1963 - and how do I know that? 

From this blog post (here, link 'cause I love), which notes that Pastelli started advertising their brooches in 1963...
And there's my brooch, second one from the bottom! Those are some, um...interesting make-up and hair choices, aren't they, hee hee?

Vizzini, aren't you impressed with my detective skills?
"Are you interrupting my nap again, Woman?"

Yes, I am! 

So, my Zoom call today was with the FABULOUS Lucy Bertoldi of Confessions of a Montreal Styling Diva. 
We have a SUPER-COOL SECRET COLLABORATION coming up! I'll let y'all know about it when it happens (stay tuned!), but you should all check Lucy out anyway - we discovered very quickly that we have a large style/taste overlap - especially if you enjoy bright colours and vintage clothes. 

I was dancing with joy when we finished our call - I think we could have kept on chatting for another hour! It's so much fun talking fashion with someone who shares your passion.
Gettin' my 80s dancing on, baby! 

Come on, Vizzini, dance with me! 
"I'll pass."

Your loss!