Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Feeling Vintage

Ignore the hair - it rained all day today, that fine misty rain. So my hair is asstastic.

Anyway. I suppose the reason I am feeling vintage is that I'm wearing vintage! And the reason that I'm wearing vintage is that I did the wash last night (I do my own wash of delicate things, L does all his stuff and all the sport clothes, socks, underwear, that sort of things). I tend to forget what new/once-worn things are buried in the pile, like this shirt.
Inigo's coming in for a rub: feed me!

Shirt worn here. I thought it would look cute with a high-waisted skirt, and because I knew it was going to be cooler out today, I picked pulled this vintage wool one.
I think it's from the 80s; that double front and back slit was very 1983. I've worn it lots of times since I got it: here, here, here, here and here (check out the pictures of the labels). It was $15!

The stuff:
My 6-7 year old pumps, my much-loved belt (I need to get a new buckle for that).

A close-up:
Yes, that's a flaming skull on the belt (it's upside down, just the jaw). I'm a rock and roll chick from way back!

Blouse (Esprit, consignment), cami (Esprit), skirt (Gianfranco Ferre, from Giorgio Beverly Hills, thrifted), shoes (Le Chateau), belt (no label, consignment), ring (Plum), earrings (don't remember, probably Plum).

Monday, August 30, 2010

Purple Power!

Okay, so I've been indulging in a little bit of retail therapy to salve my recent woes (job, dead Grandma).

I've tried to be good and only buy thrift or consignment, but I did go into one of my favourite stores (Jacob) that was having an extra 30% off last sale prices - and this purple skirt called to me!
As you can see, I've got the Power of the Wonder Woman bracelet going on.

Anyway, the skirt (which is a nice royal purple, not as blue as it looks here) was $39.99, so that would be $30 on sale. But it's made in Canada (not China) and it's machine washable (no lining), so I'm willing to pay a little more for those kinds of benefits.

The top is also new - it was a whopping $8 in a thrift store yesterday. It's Talbots, so the quality of the fabric is awesome. It's a thick, heavy double-knit that drapes really nicely.
But let's not kid ourselves. It's all about the shoes. Check out those babies! That's 5 inches of heel (less about an inch platform in the front of the shoe).

I really liked my accessories today, so here's a shot of my mug:
I especially like my wee ear cuff (you can see it just above the bigass pearl stud). This also shows the pattern of the top better.

The stuff:
I like that the shoes have the taupe colour, black suede AND black patent on them (the shoes aren't leather, however). I do like a mix of textures. I got them last year and have worn them a few times to work. They are tough on my feet though (I took them off when I was at my desk and even gave myself a foot massage!).

A close-up of the jewelry:
My leafy bracelet, the pendant Mom got me in Australia (real pearls and white gold), and my cheapy pearl earrings.

Top (Talbot's, thrifted), skirt (Jacob), shoes (Qupid, consignment), necklace (gift from Mom), bracelet (thrifted), earrings (Aldo Accessories).

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Weekend Outfits and an Overdose of Cuteness

Another weekend, almost over. Why are they just not long enough?

I wore another light dress to Weight Watchers on Saturday:
I was able to my quick-change at the field after Ultimate very handily in this.

The weather's been a little cooler in the mornings, so my jackets are now back into rotation:
Dress (BCBG Max Azria, gift from Ruth), jacket (Ann Taylor Loft), shoes (Expressions? something cheap), belt (Nygard), earrings (Plum).

Today, I met Elaine for lunch and then we spent four hours thrift shopping. I got a bunch of great items (some are more for autumn, so I won't be wearing them right away). I wore my usual shopping outfit: a dress that goes on and off easy (no zipper, buttons or belt), slip-on shoes, minimal accessories, and a jacket:
The dress was a thifting deal from last year ($9), previously worn here and here. Wow, I can't believe I haven't worn this in over a year! That's crazy.

My python-print leather jacket (thrifted in Vancouver over a year ago for $20):
My feet are tired!

Dress (BCBG Max Azria, thrifted), jacket (Bebe, thrifted), shoes (Kenneth Cole Reaction, gift from Cat).

Okay, I promised cuteness. Are you ready? It's awfully cute!

Last night, Inigo was in his usual crashed-on-L's-lap position:
I had to grab the camera quickly while L rubbed his tum.

The face of utter contentedness:
Moved in a little closer....
I see you!

Happy paws reached for me:
He really does this all the time. He is such a gentle, loving cat.

Full-on sex-ay kitty:
He just lays there like that. Such a funny kitty!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Casual Friday: Big Black Bling

Okay, try saying that three times fast: Big black bling!

I made you say "blig"! Hee!

This outfit came together because it was all stuff I hadn't worn for a while (or ever):
That grey coat is mine from about 4 years ago. I had given it to Vero last year, and she brought a bag of clothes to Winesday...and there it was! Well, I admit, I'd missed it. I wore it a couple of times in 2009 and 2008 on the blog.

I also wanted to wear my sailor pants again. Whoosh!

And the sparkly tank is just so darned...sparkly!

This is my last Wonder Woman pose for August. It's been a blast! Don't forget to check out In Professorial Fashion for their WW Conference!
I also wanted to wear these shoes again before I store them away for fall/winter/early spring. They just don't work with tights, and besides, only wearing them a few times a year means they'll last that much longer, right?

The stuff:
There's the big black bling! The plastic bangle tends to fly off my wrist, so kept it on with my rocker cuff. But really, look at those black chains! Sweet Mr. T goodness!

Check it out:

Here's a better shot of the necklace:
From the grossgrain ribbon (adjustable length!) to the bigass black links (they are a solid, smooth hard plastic with a matte finish), I love this. I got a few strange looks and some silly comments from my co-workers, but pshaw!

This, however, is outrageous:

Do you see that? That is the original price. Yes. $89.00. That's just insane. I think the $9 I paid is much more reasonable - that's why I always dig through the sale bins on the counters at Club Monaco.

Have a great weekend!

Jacket (Ricki's), tank (Costa Blanca, consignment), pants (Noa Noa), shoes (Qupid), necklace (Club Monaco), plastic cuff (Le Chateau), rocker cuff (80s).

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Red-Footed Yellow Booby

I pulled this outfit together last night, based on wanting to wear the shoes. Note to future self: this dress needs a camisole for work!

I do like the colours, though:
My nice soft coral-red cardigan, hiked up in front to cover my boobular region, which was in danger of being exposed. Yikes!

This dress makes me want to spin!
Just like Wonder Woman! Only I didn't end up in her outfit, sadly.

But I can pose like her!
The stuff:
My dragon shoes! I need to get the soles re-surfaced, as after 6? 7? years, they are starting to wear down. But aren't they marvellous?

A close-up:
At Grandma's memorial, there was a table spread with all her little cat tchotckes and trinkets and a couple of bowls of her costume jewelry (weeded out, mostly junky stuff). People were invited to take something to remember her by, so I took two of the brooches. The lovely leaf one above is one of them - isn't it pretty? No marks on it, but I like the shape. Thank you, Grandma.

Dress (no label, consignment), cardigan (Kersh), shoes (Aldo), pin (Grandma W), earrings (Plum), bracelet (The Bay).

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Black for Grandma, and the Funky Chicken

Yesterday, L and I spent the day going to to his grandma's memorial. It was a 3 hour drive, then over an hour on the ferry (and of course, you have to wait for the ferry) - each way! We got up at 5am and didn't get home until 10pm. I'm still exhausted.

I like to wear mostly black for memorials/funerals:
I've only worn this dress once (here) - I know, shameful. It's a wicked dress.

Because Grandma was a Wonder Woman, this one's for her!
The dress has a tie belt, which I've tied into a bigass bow. Usually, I toss such belts and use my own, but I really like the look of the bow.

I added the blue suede shoes, my Dad's scarf, and my yellow jacket in case it got chilly:
It did not, but I looked very chic carrying around my yellow jacket all day. I tied the scarf to the strap of my black bag.

Dress (Esprit), jacket (Danier Leather), shoes (Feet First), scarf (60s vintage), earrings (don't remember), cuff (St. Paul's Cathedral, London).

Today, back to work. I picked up this dress for $9.99 at Dots while I was waiting for the bus to get my hair cut on Monday night:
Classic! I am also thrilled that it does not wrinkle (and it's 100% cotton, go figure) across the bum from sitting at my desk.

I layered my floopy skirt under it (worn layered before here and here) for fun and to show off my awesome yellow boots (as previously seen here, here, here, here, and here).

It was only when I realized that I sort of resembled a chicken. Bu-kawk!
I'm a bit more Super Chicken than Wonder Woman today!

The skirt floofed out when I walked:
I felt like dancing!

The stuff:
Yep, those are yellow boots! Yellow boots!

A close-up:
The leather cuff is new too. It was $3.99 at Dots.

Dress (Coupe), skirt (no label, consignment), belt (Plum), boots (Aldo, consignment), cuff (Dots), earrings (Shi Studio).

Monday, August 23, 2010

Floofy and Poofy

Gotta be quick today - I haven't eaten dinner yet, and I have to get up really early tomorrow morning to travel to go to L's grandma's memorial.

I wasn't pleased with this outfit - both pieces are too floofy and poofy. I should have had a slim bottom (like here) or a more fitted top (like here). Ah well, live and learn.
I got my hair cut after work - pow!
Sorry about the weird light - it's later on than I usually take my pictures.

The hair:
My ultra super-power cuff!

The stuff:
Colour for my blah mood today.

Yellow is my happy colour.

Be back on Wednesday night!
Blouse (Nine West), skirt (Club Monaco), shoes (Tsubos), cuff (thrifted), earrings (Le Chateau).

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Weekend Stuff and a Book Blurb

It's been a tiring weekend, and all I want to do is nap.

What I wore to Weight Watchers:
Arms akimo, Wonder Woman! Best news I'd had all week: I only gained 0.2 pounds over the last two weeks!

Dress (no label, consignment), sweater (Jacob), shoes (Wild Diva, gift from Caro).

We had an exhausting game of 4 on 4 Ultimate on Saturday, after which I napped, then went to Winesday. Thank you, Marian, for firing up the hot tub! I really needed that soak.
I wore various bits and pieces of this outfit over the course of the evening, but back to this for the cab ride home late last night.

Cardigan (Express, thrifted), cami (Reitman's, consignment), skirt (Club Monaco, consignment), scarf (MetroWear), boots (Miz Mooz), belt (Gap).

Today, I spent 4.5 hours walking around town:
Inigo waltzed into this - I didn't even know he was there until I felt him brush my leg after the camera went off. Silly kitty!

Dress (Do & Be), shoes (Rinaldi), cardigan (Express, thrifted), belt (consignment).

I finished a book earlier this week: Stephen King's "Under the Dome":
I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a big fan of Stephen King. I used to buy his books for my Dad for birthdays and Father's Day. Dad was dyslexic, so he struggled to read entire books, but he got hooked on the plots of Stephen King novels so they were easier for him. And once he finished with them, they came back to me. Many of my King books say things like, "Happy Birthday, Dad, love, She" inside them. I have nearly every book he's written.

Stats: 1000+ pages of interesting characters getting up to no good shennanigans. Started August 8th, finished August 17th. I toted this massive lug of a hardcover up-Island and back.

Blurb: As I said, I've been a fan of Stephen King's for ages (since at least the early 80s). I have a new hardcover original of "'Salem's Lot". I expect complicated interrelationships, gory deaths, and seeing what happens to his characters (literally dozens of them in this one) when something unexpected happens to them. Like, oh, say, a dome pops up around a small town in Maine and the bizarre stuff that ensues.

If you like Stephen King, you'll like this one. It's much like "Lord of the Flies" in that it puts people in a closed environment and then sees what they do. I'd say it's in the top half of his books, but closer to the bottom of the top half, if you know what I mean. If you don't like Stephen King, don't bother.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Casual Friday - Long Demin and Caro Shoes

Last night was Book Club, so I didn't have time to do my blogging. I'm getting caught up today. My dear friend Caro gave me these amazing shoes! She ordered them online and they are huge on her (they're a size 8.5), but they fit me perfectly, so she just gave them to me. What a sweetheart! The long denim skirt is new - I got it last week while we were up visiting the in-laws. My mil insisted on paying for all the stuff I bought - this was a whopping $3, on for half price, so it was $1.50. How will I ever repay her? Ha!

I like the trend of long skirts coming back (I've always been a fan), and this one hit me right in my sweet spot: slim cut, not too low in the waist, not slit too high in the back, cool details. The waistline has no button - it's a ragged finish. I also really like the "cuff" look at the bottom. I'm pretty sure this has never been worn.

It's a little snug at the top, but that's okay - just makes me sit up straight! Wonder Woman!

I love this blouse, which I have not worn enough - just the once here (lots of close-ups of the details on it - it is amazing, check it out).

Oh, this was funny. L bought me flowers yesterday (he's sweet that way), and Inigo spotted the raffia bow while they were lying on the kitchen counter:
Rar! Kitty attack!

The stuff:
Awesome shoes! My mom's 70s necklace and my leather cuff (with airplanes!).

A close-up:
Fly away to the weekend!

Blouse (unknown, consignment) , skirt (Manager, thrifted), cami (Jacob, gift from Ruth), shoes (Wild Diva, gift from Caro), belt (Plum), cuff (Catalyst Reaction Leather), necklace (Mom's, vintage 70s).