Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Olive Flapper and Yes, More Cat Pictures

Today is a bit of a different look for me - I tend to favour figure-conscious outfits that highlight my hourglass shape. However, I fell in love with this dress:
I know it looks like a big rectangle of blah, but wait! First I have to smell these flowers that L bought me:
Okay, now let's look at the dress. It's long and lean with a dropped waist (the black vinyl "belt" is sewn on and has long fringed ends). It has a high neckline and is sleeveless...yet it's made of wool and is super thick, like a nice blanket for TV-watching.

It also has a wrap-around bottom half:
Showing my navy blue full-length slip and my funky brown lace-net tights. I like the granny boot-ish Oxfords with this ensemble.

I was concerned about being chilled so I took a thin scarf to work:
But wait, there's more! Check out the lovely detail on the bottom:
With my hand underneath to show the cut-out bits. It's sewn in a dark brown. The edging is just stitched (not wrapped over) and all of the seams are totally invisible. I showed them to someone at work who sews and she was VERY impressed.

It was only $26.95 and still had the tags on it!
I couldnt' find much on the brand online, but from an image search, they seem to have been making dresses since the '70s. As this one is size 10, I am wondering if it's actually from the mid- to late-80s (since I am a size 6 in today's sizes, generally). Either way, doesn't look like it's ever been worn!

The stuff:
I've had the shoes for a while (seen here and here) - not sure how much longer I'll keep them as they rub my feet a bit.

The accessories:
Airplanes and swirly patterns. Happy!

Dress (Kenar, thrifted), tights (Silks by Phantom), shoes (Max Studio, consignment), earrings (Plum, gift from L), cuff (Catalyst Reaction Leather).

Did I mention cat pictures? Someone has been playing in boxes a lot lately:
The upside-down box with the red on it has been Inigo's favourite toy for about a month, but last night, he decide to sit inside this box...which is a smidge too small for him.

We had a bunch of friends over - we were all laughing at him:
He looks like a fuzzy gumdrop.

Later on, he just lounged about:
"My box!"

18 comments:

  1. yes- a different look for you- but i do like it - is very flattering on you with the olive color and cut of the dress.

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  2. I got a good laugh over Indigo with his box, possibly just a bit of a tight fit? Perhaps he should come to Weight Watchers with you for a few weeks.

    The ever so casual paw over the edge of the box is so cute too. He must be a real character!

    PS Nice dress too.

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  3. I think you're making this dress work, regardless of its dropped waist. You've got the bod to pull it off! It's a beautifully detailed find, to be sure.

    Now, about the cat in the box. It's freaking hilarious that he's got a new toy to replace the red-top box, and it's another box. It was nice of Inigo to entertain while you had company!

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  4. Flowers! How nice!

    The detail on this dress is amazing!

    Kitty looks squished in there! Too funny. We had a cat that used to hang out in a paper bag, and when there was company, he'd scrunch about or jump out to scare people. Couldn't leave out a box. He'd use it for something else...

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  5. That dress is a dream! And I'm so glad you posted closeups- the cutout embroidery is amazing. I'm so jealous... and those tights and shoes really funk it up

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  6. I love the dropped waist! I think it hits you in the best place for a dropped waist. The lace tights really take it up a notch.

    Boxkitty! Inigo is cute enough to contend with Maru and his boxes.

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  7. Have you tried Dr. Scholl's Moleskin for the shoe rubbing?

    I love seeing a cat in a too-small box.

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  8. LOVE that dress's detailing, Sheila--beautiful. What a score!

    And very nice blog. I followed you over here from You Look Fab. Okay if I stick around? :-)

    Velma

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  9. Very pretty dress, I really like the details. Fun find for a great price. Lovely flowers, I'm sure they smell wonderful...

    I love that Inigo doesn't quite fit in the box, that is so cute. He's seems like such a ham, showing everybody he can fit in the box.

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  10. Fab! Way to mix up your silhouette.

    And there's nothing quite as funny as a huge cat in a tiny box.

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  11. Inigo looks SO much like my Mosquito in that box...he always tried smooshing into too-small boxes too. Awwwww cute overload, and kitty longing.

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  12. ah!! o o ohhh!! oooo...ahhhh! blkdfjslkemrt

    (i'm officcially incoherent over that whole outfit, PARTICULARLY the dress.....ah, oo ok...just be glad i don't have a passport) steph

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  13. OHHH Inigo !! He is soooooo cute.
    You got a great deal on that dress. It's like chin, chin chin! winning at the casino-
    I am loving those tights.... nice.

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  14. Thanks, Alecia! I was really taken with the different shape. And I seem to be addicted to olive green lately.

    Northmoon, isn't he adorable? Yes, he's overflowing somewhat! And would you believe he's lost weight? Yeah, he's a real character - a very funny cat. Thanks!

    A-Dubs, thanks! I was happy with it. Heh, I know, but he's still in love with the red box (we play "chase the stick" under it, which is VERY exciting). He's always a ham when people are around.

    Jen, I'm so lucky, L is great like that - just buys me flowers every so often for no reason. :) Thanks! Hee, that's hilarious! Inigo is not a jump-out kind of kitty, but he can't stay away from boxes.

    'Doll, thank you! I love details like that.

    Megan, me too, but it's really not my usual thing (esp. now that I HAVE a waist!). I know...but that Maru is the best.

    Wendy, not yet, but thank you for the suggestion. I know, isn't he cute??

    Thanks for commenting and visiting, Velma - I'm glad you came by! Thanks so much - I hope you'll enjoy it. :)

    Alison, thanks! Actually, the flowers don't smell at all (mostly Gerber daisies and sallal for filler). Inigo is totally squished in there - I didn't think he would fit.

    Thanks, Sal! Agreed, hee!

    Sherylyn, aw, you can "borrow" Inigo anytime if you need some cuddle time with a kitty. See you tonight.

    Steph, dang, woman, I've driven you to incoherence! So glad you like!

    Thanks, Lorena, isn't he? Yeah, I hit the thrift jackpot!

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  15. My eight-year old son would be so impressed if I wore that aeroplane cuff! He is obsessed with anything relating to flight.

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  16. Mervat, that's so funny. I just love that cuff.

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  17. When you are a long tall glass of water such as you are, you should show that asset off from time to time. I love this look on you, with a nice unbroken line and some fun detail at the bottom.

    Inigo is just the silliest cat. He loves his boxes!

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  18. Aw, thank you! It's all an illusion, I assure you (I'm 5'4")! I know, Inigo is such a clown.

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