Thursday, October 17, 2019

Twirly Brick and Velvet

Ah, Thursday, practically the weekend! 
A classic fall palette for today's outfit, built around the twirly skirt.


  • Leather jacket - Danier Couture, consignment; last worn here in April over colour-blocking
  • Velvet top - Beechers Brook, thrifted; last seen here in December 2018 in professional armour
  • Skirt - Club Monaco, thrifted; purchased here for $17.99
  • Shoes - Chie Mihara, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in January with stripes and leopard


When I bought this lovely skirt, I struggled with what colour to call it. It's not quite burgundy and not quite brown. Let's call it brick.
It was so swooshy to wear - the fabric is fairly thin, so it doesn't add too much bulk, even with the pleats from the waist. When I moved, it moved.

I had a lot of compliments on this overall outfit at work, and much cooing over this fabulous leather jacket.
I've had it for 6 years, and I'm still not tired of it. It's butter-soft, made in Canada. I've definitely gotten my $70's worth out of it.

I wish I'd taken a picture of the outfit without the jacket - I was hot-flashing all day and taking it off and putting it on again, and taking it off...etc. You get the idea.
The little velvet sleeveless embroidered top is a sentimental piece for me - I worked in the store (Fairweather) where it was sold back in 1999-2000, and owned the black/grey version. It buttons up the back - the buttons tend to pop open, which tested my flexibility today.

Check it out, the skirt has a slit! Ooh!
It billowed marvelously when I was walking. I found a safety pin inside when I was steaming it last night - someone had tried to pin the lining together as it is much more sparse around the slit. You can sort of see how sheer the fabric is over my thigh. Scandalous!

Done up and ready for the weather. The jacket is a snug fit - it has two small pockets in the lining, good for making me forget whatever I put in them.
A little bit of faux fur on my scarf and gloves for a classy look. I have a large collection of wool gloves (and this one scarf) by Parkhurst - they are all made in Canada, and I buy them locally when I need a new colour or style. This duo was purchased nearly 8 years ago when I lost the glove of my previous brown faux fur set.


  • Scarf/gloves - Parkhurst


The stuff:
I've been having shoe challenges lately, with foot pain, and was worried that these shoes would be too high for me, but they are so perfectly balanced that they were fine for a day in the office. Aren't they pretty? I love the sparkly copper finish on the leather.

Copper bling:
My Grandma J's set, given to me in 1985-86. I used to stop in and visit her on my way home from university, and she sometimes showed me her jewelry. I love that she personally gave these to me, and I have never stopped wearing them for all these years.


  • Cuff/necklace/earrings - Renoir, vintage 60s, Grandma J's
  • Edgar Allen Poe cuff - Jezebel Charms, gift from L


And now, my friends, I shall leave you for the weekend with a picture of a sleeping cat.
"Go away, Woman."
I'll be back on Sunday with the Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up. Thanks so much for reading.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Roasty-Toasty Tweeds

I was so fired up to wear some of my seasonal tweeds that I totally forgot how...toasty...they can be. 
I was way too warm in this today! Phew! Get me a fan! 

  • Blazer - Julie Haus, thrifted; last worn here with olives and tans in March
  • Turtleneck - Wanko, thrifted; purchased here for $7.95
  • Skirt (part of a suit) - Precis Petite; last seen here in March with more green and gold
  • Shoes - History Sandy, Fluevog, consignment; purchased here for $40.00
  • Sleeveless coat (below) - Only, thrifted; last worn here last week


This lovely jacket is wool, with silk lining. 
I love asymmetrical lapels - so funky! 

I wore the back unzipped today. The rear of the jacket dips down lower than the front. I usually don't like boxy styles, but I'll happily make an exception for this lovely piece. 
This skirt is pre-blog - I bought it back in 2007! It does wonderful things for my rear profile. 

It's a wool and silk blend tweed, and is snuggly warm. The turtleneck, which is new-to-me, is also a wool blend. It was not quite opaque and I don't like my bra showing through, so I left the jacket on all day - ah, the things we do for fashion! 
 Although today was rainy, it was not cold. I was roasty-toasty in this ensemble.

Coated - at least I had the good sense to wear my sleeveless coat over this.
I really didn't need it either.

I did need my cream felted wool hat, though!
 It's better than an umbrella for keeping the rain off my hair and face.


  • Hat - Edward Mann, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Scarf - gift from Mom
  • Leather/cashmere gloves - Club Monaco, consignment


The stuff:
First wearing of these wonderful shoes and I am sold - loved them. Hooray for flats!

Vintage bling:
Another new item: the silver and amber necklace that I got for my birthday from L. It perfectly matches the very first gift he ever gave me, this silver/amber ring from Past Times. Remember them? I used to love poring over their catalogues, in the days before the Internet.


  • Necklace - vintage 30s, vintage mall, gift from L
  • Ring - Past Times, c. 1996, gift from L
  • Silver/Mexican obsidian cuff/earrings - vintage 50s, Grandma J's


I found a mark on the necklace! It is so tiny, and this is the best I could photograph it.
I can barely make out the numbers 926, which means it is silver (not sterling). Cool.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Ball of Sunshine and Leopard Repeat

Oh, these short weeks following long weekends can be brutal. Today was really busy, but it flew by, and nothing terrible happened. Win!
My mood was helped by this ball of sunshine dress, that's for sure!


  • Dress - Lida Baday, vintage 90s, thrifted; first worn here in August with gold shoes
  • Boots - Coffee Kope Tiam, Fluevog; last seen here in May with my lettuce dress
  • Cerulean coat (below) - no label, vintage, thrifted; purchased here for $19.99

The dress is rather bright - you could see me coming! 

I might style this next with a roll-neck/turtleneck sweater and tall boots. 

Yellow is such a good colour for these grey months. 
I had to wear the leopard footless tights again - a hosiery repeat of Sunday. 

Are patterned tights a thing? Is this the face of a woman who cares? 
Nope, not really. I care more about having pockets in my dress.

Outerwear - the wide sleeves of the dress had me reaching for this oversized cerulean blue wool coat.
 I have been dying to wear this since I bought it back in May - finally!

Isn't it awesome? I had a bunch of compliments on it while I was getting groceries after work.
 It's not lined, but it's a great fall coat.


  • Scarf - fake Louis (Lewis!) Vuitton, thrifted
  • Leather studded gloves - Danier


The stuff:
Oof, these booties have gotten higher on me. My feet are tired! I also spilled some veggie dip on the toe at lunch. They're getting the cornstarch treatment right now - I'll let the cornstarch absorb the oil and then I'll put some weather protector on them, and they'll be right as rain.

Brassy bling:
My leopard scarf is 20 years old! I bought it when I worked at Fairweather back in 1999-2000, when it was trendy to have a jaunty scarf at one's throat.


  • Scarf - Fairweather, c. 1999
  • Brass strip cuff - Midzo, vintage expo
  • Brass/leather-lined cuff - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Feather ring - Fossil, thrifted
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Earrings - LA Express, c. 1994


I'm wearing a lot of vintage accessories today, and a bunch of it is homegrown.

I finished another Zentangle last night, this one for my coworker, Judy.
J is for Judy. She really liked it, but didn't realize I actually drew it freehand.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Bigass Long Weekend Wrap-Up: Double-Plaid Office Punk; Closet Superhero; Safety Pins and Leather; Patchwork and Tulle

I'm back! I hope all my Canadian friends had a lovely Thanksgiving and/or enjoyed your long weekend. I certainly did!

Let's start with Friday, shall we? My office was dead, as many people took an extra day off. 
I love plaids, any kind of plaids, and they just seem to go so well with red. Classic!


  • Sweater - RW & Co., consignment; purchased here for $15.98
  • Trousers - Talbots, thrifted; last seen here in February with Etro
  • Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last worn here (as my walking shoes) to meet John Fluevog in September
  • Coat (below) - L'Atiste, consignment, Vancouver; purchased here for $31.00


Plaid always make me think of punk.
I think I'm punk at heart. A bit of a rebel, loud, opinionated?

Sounds nothing like me...
These lovely trousers are wool and are fully-lined.

I used an old jewelry gift bag with the top draw-string part cut off as my backer for the ginormous brooch I'm wearing on my new-to-me sweater.
I also had a black tank on under the sweater to give me an extra layer, and for tucking into the trousers.

My last red sweater died from moth attacks. Vizzini is terrible at killing moths.
"Slander! Lies! They are just less tasty than shoelaces."

This sweater is a blend with about 20% wool content, so not itchy and not a moth-attractant- and I like the length of it.

I built my outfit around this wonderful coat that I was super-jazzed to wear.
 Oh, yeah, double plaid!

I showed it off to tons of my colleagues - for a close-up of the pattern and the assorted gewgaws on the front, go here.
I might have done a little 80s dancing in this - it reminds me heavily of the late 80s when this oversized cloth coat look was a thing.
It's not a warm coat, so it won't be worn in the dead of winter, but it was perfect for a crisp early fall day.

The stuff:
I had a busy day, and was glad I'd worn easy shoes. I walked home in these after work.

Black bling:
Monster Brooch is one of my favourites. Such a statement.


  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Spider ring - gift from Mom & Dad, c. 1986
  • Onyx/silver ring - Tocarra, vintage fair
  • Earrings - Glee
  • Brooch - vintage fair

L and I spent our evening playing board games on Friday night - I was up early for my shifted Mental Health Walk on Saturday morning. Now that our Ulti season is over for another year, I prefer to do my MHWs during daylight hours instead of after work, when it's dark.
Fresh from my walk, I changed into practical clothes for brunch with L. We did our advance voting (national election), then went to Pluto's for brunch.


  • Sweater - Jay Jays, thrifted; last worn here in March for our anniversary trip to Vancouver
  • Skirt - Peter Pilotto x Target 2013, consignment; first worn here in August with mixed patterns
  • Boots - Truths Teah, Fluevog; last worn here in February for a Futurist Ubanite outfit for the Art Gallery
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather; last seen here (2nd outfit) last weekend


We walked home from there, and then I walked over to Yvonne's and we did her fall/winter closet swap-over.
These were easy clothes for bending, stretching, hanging, folding...doing a closet overhaul is hard work!

I should have steamed out this sweater - it's still quite wrinkled from being packed away.
Randall thought I looked like a superhero. I was Yvonne's closet superhero - we had a blast pulling out all her winter stuff.

I was much happier with this very short skirt worn with tights.
Did you notice that my tights have a diamond optic pattern in them? You can see it in the stair picture.

Outerwear - it was threatening to rain and we got a bit of a drizzle in the morning, so I had to wear my hat.
I left it at home in the afternoon as it got sunny out.

Bundled up and ready for any weather.
My scarf and glove are easily tucked away in my purse if I don't require them.


  • Hat - vintage, thrifted
  • Scarf - c. 2006, San Francisco
  • Studded gloves - Danier Leather


The stuff:
I bought these wonderful boots after Christmas last year, and only got to wear them a few times before I packed them away for the season - this is their fourth outing, and they are softening up nicely. I walked to town and back in them, then to Yvonne/Randall's and back in the evening, so probably racked up close to 4 kilometers, and my feet felt great.

Minimal bling:
 Just simple things that won't get in the way.


  • Earrings - Tania Gleave, Vancouver
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes


The closet swap-over took about 5 hours (with a break for fortifying snacks!), and that plus my 8K walk that morning just wiped me out. I crashed on the couch on Saturday night.

We had a bit of a sleep in on Sunday morning, and just puttered around the house. I'd spent some time the night before putting together an outfit to wear to our long weekend get-together with our group of friends: the Family That We Choose.
Ah, the sun felt so good...

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

I had helped Yvonne style two outfits for her week, and realized that I need to put that kind of thought and care into my own outfits. Taking the time to "test drive" an outfit for a special event really pays off.
It's faster to get ready, and you know your outfit is going to look good and feel good. Planning my outfits is self-care for me.


  • Jacket - Gianfranco Ferre, Spring 2003, consignment; purchased here for $185.00
  • Blouse - Planet, consignment; last seen here in February with lemon on a snowy day
  • Suede skirt - Ann Taylor, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in January with this same shirt worn under stripes
  • Boots - Vog Together, Fluevog, consignment; last seen here (4th outfit) in November for Winesday at Ali's

I was prepared for all the temperatures that our days hit this time of year, from sunny to chilly to brr! cold!

This is my first wearing of this spectacular designer jacket - I modeled my styling close to the Vogue runway shot (picture here), with the cuffs unzipped and flipped all the way back.

I felt like a pirate, although one covered in safety pins (really, check out this pic here from when I bought it). This is covered in bronze safety pins.
 The back of it is also covered in safety pins, which hold the seams together.
 Isn't it amazing? I was showing it to my friends all afternoon. It weighs a ton.

I took my jacket off a few times, so this version of my outfit did get seen.The blouse is quite old for me - I first wore it here in September 2010 and paid $30 for it on consignment.
Counting back, I've worn it 20 times, so I'm at $1.50 per wear.

It's been rescued a few times from the giveaway pile, but I've never found a better leopard blouse.
 No upgrades needed here! 

The leopard footless tights are also over 9 years old.
I bought them on super-mark-down at Le Chateau way back in the day and they're still holding up (and staying up) well.

The jacket zipped all the way up - it's rather snug and boob-mash-y when fully zipped.
Just showing you what it looks like. The cuffs are also zipped - they're too long like this for my taste.

I prefer the bottom and top zip partially opened, again, as it was styled on the runway. Flip those cuffs back out!
 The leather - which is buffalo leather - is quite stiff, but softened up as I wore it.

I really enjoyed this piece.
I'm looking forward to styling it up for a work look (although I'd happily wear this outfit to work - you know me!).

Done up and ready to head out.
A brown fur scarf tucked into the neckline, and long brown leather (cashmere-lined) gloves to keep my hands and forearms warm.


  • Scarf - thrifted
  • Gloves - Club Monaco, consignment
  • Purse - Roots, thrifted


The stuff:
A fully brown-toned neutral outfit, top to bottom. We bused to town, but walked home, which is about right for these boots.

Bronze bling:
Some of my favourite fall items are back in circulation!


  • Chain/leather bracelet - thrifted
  • Eelskin/gold bangle - faux Gucci, gift from Mom & Dad, Italy, c. 1986
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
  • Feather ring - Fossil, thrifted
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage expo
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Chain bracelet - Club Monaco


Vizzini has been very cranky with us, both because we've been out a lot, and because he misses the warm weather.
"If you stayed home, I could sit on your warm laps."

He's found a sunny spot to glare at us from.
"You're going to leave me again?"

Sorry, buddy!

L and I played boardgames on Sunday night, which felt very decadent. I do love a long weekend!

Today/Monday, we went out to my mom's to have a birthday/Thanksgiving lunch and to see all of our extended family: my brother, Dave, our nieces Sydney and Zoe (and Zoe's boyfriend, and her roommate and her boyfriend), and our nephew Matt. We had a lovely time - our Thanksgiving is very non-traditional (no turkey!). We had a bagel bar and deviled eggs (my favourite). Yum!
I like to dress up when I see my family.


  • Sweater - Artisan de Luxe, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in March for brunch with L
  • Tulle skirt - Trina Turk, consignment; last seen here in December 2018 with layers of cosmic jewelry
  • Boots - Prepare Map, Fluevog; last worn here in February with double brown down (both of those items were culled last year)
  • Leather coat (below) - Danier Leather, thrifted; last seen here in April


I love the fit on this patchwork sweater - I often find thick sweaters are too bulky on my small frame.
By the way, aren't you impressed with my brightness and colour in these pictures? I found this awesome link here* on how to change settings on one's camera to take better/brighter pictures, and I experimented a bit with my point & shoot camera.
*linking 'cause I love, of course!

My colours are a lot more accurate, and my pictures are much brighter.
 I do have to take a few more pictures, because blurry photos are now more frequent due to the settings and my shaky hands.

I'd rather have better colour and a slight blur on a few pictures, though.
I am pleased to be taking my pictures up a notch, especially as we go into "no daylight" season. I take all of them with a timer, always have!

I'm also happy to be delving into my leather collection. Sept/Oct and March/April are the best "leather weather" months.
Blues and bits of purple/burgundies. I like my outerwear and accessories to all be coordinated with my outfit.


  • Velvet scarf - thrifted
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst


The stuff:
The boots look a little on the pink side here, but they are more like the purple in the stair picture. Super-comfy and I'm really tall in them due to the hidden platforms.

Oops, forgot to do a "bling" picture.

  • Bronze cuff - c. 1970, Mom's
  • Raven cuff - Jezebel Charms, gift from L
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy
  • Jade/brass ring - c. 70s, Mom's
  • Earrings - c. 1994, LA Express


Mom gave me a lovely birthday card.
 And a shopping gift card (I'll restock my make-up at the MAC store).

And these lovely gold studs.
 I like the beveled detail - they sparkle! Thanks, Mom!

When we got home, Vizzini was completely ignoring us.
"Oh, me? I've been fine, I suppose." 

He sulked a bit, but got excited when L sat down to read for a while.
"There's a blanket out! I see a lap that needs a cat!"

He's stretched out on L like a super-kitty right now.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Thank you so much for stopping by.