Thursday, July 2, 2009

Suits Me Fine

After I picked up this fab suit in a consignment store for $45 the other day, I felt like wearing it for my first day back to work after my holiday:
Inigo loved it. He's actually in a sunny spot, but I've had to draw the curtain so that I don't have glarey sections in my picture. Aw, so cute.

The suit is black with tone-on-tone micro polka dots! I love polka dots.

The belt is one of my new obi style belts that I got this last weekend. I have been looking for one of these for ages! It's by local clothing company Smoking Lily (blog here). They are known for using lots of natural fibres (the belt is silk) like cotton and hemp, recycled fabrics, and all the designs are one-of-a-kind and hand silk-screened. I have a groovy bug scarf by them. The design on this belt is gold monkeys and trees, and black map fragments of Clayquot Sound. One side is magenta; the other side is plain gunmetal grey silk.
My fab shoes went perfectly!

My accessory stuff:
The earrings are vintage, bought by me over 10 years ago.

That's my dad's ring. He had two rings he wore all the time: this one and a dragon one which I'll have to get a photo of it next time my brother wears it. When Dad was in a coma, my mom said she wanted us kids to have his rings. The dragon is bigger and fit my brother (although I like it a lot more, style-wise), and this one is mine. Dad had a heart attack and never came out of the coma; we took him off life support after a week and his body finally died. I think of my dad when I wear this ring - it's like he's with me.

The ring is 10K gold and is from the late 50s/early 60s - the jewelry store that made it is still in existence in my town. I don't know what the stone is.

Maybe our resident jeweler knows: Lain? It's not amethyst. The back of the stone is open and unpainted (like rhinestones have gold or silver painted on the backs). It's quite hard (no scratches even though I used to wear it every day). I was told at one time that it was Alexandrite, but that seems to be pretty rare. It is deep pink in artificial light (like the above pic), but in natural sunlight it is almost a bright blue with a purple tint. It totally changes colour.

Tina asked me to show what pieces I get rid of when I get new-to-me clothes - I have the "One In, One Out" rule in effect. This is going bye-bye:
It's the World's Loudest Suit (also worn here)! Much as I love the look of it, it is so loud when I wear it that...I never wear it. I am now even at jackets, but getting rid of the pants gives me a further pant credit. I still have a credit in skirts, even with the new black skirt suit.

Suit (Jacob, consignment), cami (RW & Co.), obi belt (Smoking Lily, consignment), shoes (Poetic License, gift from L), earrings (vintage), ring (Dad's, vintage).


  1. I love that dress - and the shoes, and the earrings and the ring. So pretty!

  2. Great belt...I am going to make some of those when I get back from my big trip.

    And the ring...dont you love when you have a piece that brings the memory of someone/or sometime to your heart? I have a pin that was my mother-in-laws, and everytime I wear it, I think about what a wonderful woman she was.


  3. Love the Obi, it's beautiful and looks really good with your new suit.

  4. Christy, what dress do you mean? That's a suit I'm wearing. :) Thanks!

    Erin, power to you! I am hopeless at sewing. Yes, I love pieces like this ring. That's so nice that you have that memory of your mother-in-law.

    Nurmisur, thanks!

  5. I've been wanting an obi recently. And after seeing you with this one over your new sit, I'm even more determined to find one for me.

    That's so special that you have your dad's ring to keep a bit of him with you. I really like things like that. You made me smile.

    Also - thanks for the in and out pics. I LOVE IT!!!!!

  6. I love the look of the wide fabric of obis, Tina - you can find one!

    I like things like that, too. I like pieces that are special.

    Glad you liked the pics!


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