Monday, October 4, 2010

Purple Pops and Some Catching Up (and a Book Blurb)

Okay. The Dolphins are playing right now, so this is going to be fast! My birthday is this week (Saturday!), and so I'm going to be wearing some of the my favourite things this week, as well as some gifts.

Today, I wanted to wear these purple shoes that L got me for my birthday last year (well, a gift certificate - I bought them):
Eeee, purple goodness! I'm also wearing a new purple cami under this wrap top - it's getting its second wear (last seen here, also with purple - ha!). And I do love this skirt.
I've worn the skirt a couple of times since I got it (here and here). Both it and the top were thrift store finds - a total of $20 for them.

The stuff:
A bit of a drool over the shoes when I first got them here (have you been doing your push-ups?).

Top (Talbots, thrifted), skirt (Bedo, thrifted), cami (InWear), shoes (Friis and Co., gift from L), earrings and bracelet (Fossil, gift from L).

What I wore to Weight Watchers:
The belt weighs a ton - it's glass beads and is all hand-sewn. Of course, I took it off before I got weighed! It velcros together in the back so you can adjust the length. I paid $20 for it on consignment in Feb '09.

L and I had a memorial service to go to for a gentleman whom we were acquainted with, so I wore a jacket so that my sparkly belt wouldn't be too much:
L wore a suit. When we went to our usual diner for brunch after WW (but before the memorial), our waitress was stunned to see us in "grown-up clothes". Heh, I love messing with peoples' perceptions, don't you?

Very sombre here.
There was a "no snivelling" request in place (the gentleman was quite a funny guy), but of course, I cried. I always cry.

A close-up of the belt:
Pretty awesome.

Dress (BCBG Max Azria, gift from Ruth), jacket (Mac & Jac), shoes (Fluevog), belt (Birks, consignment).

And I finished a book a couple of weekends ago! It's "The Crazy Years" by Spider Robinson:
I've been a fan of Spider's science fiction novels for years (he's a huge Robert A. Heinlein fan, as am I). I've read most of his Callahan novels - they're a lot of fun.

Stats: 294 pages. Started July 12, 2010, finished September 25, 3010.

Blurb: As you can see, this one took me a long time to finish. It's a collection of Spider's short essays that he wrote for Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper from 1996 - 2004. The essays are grouped by theme (there's a chapter on computers, one on Canada, one on space), and are nice and short - good bedtime reading. Spider is a "small l" liberal, which I like. Although I enjoyed reading these, I read them very slowly, to let them sink in. Hence, the long time period.

I don't read a lot of non-fiction - I like my books to be escapist - but since I love his novels, I thought I'd give his non-novel a shot. I'm glad I did.

My copy is a publisher's advance copy, before the book was for sale. It has a letter in it from the publisher. Cool.


  1. I'm so ashamed... I'm working from home, so there is no fear of being caught. Yet, I haven't done a single pushup since the school year started. Time to get my biceps in gear! Thanks for the reminder!

    I love the purple shoes... I'm currently on the hunt for the perfect sexy purple shoe for my wedding!

    Sorry to hear about your acquaintance. I too am always guilty of "sniveling" at funerals.

  2. I am obsessed with purple shoes, and your pair is one of the cutest I've seen! Not to mention, the outfit you paired it with is adorable.


  3. I'm sorry for you loss, Sheila. I always cry at those types of services, too.

    The belt is seriously amazing!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous purple pumps. The beaded belt is really fabulous.

    It sounds like the memorial was really sweet. My condolences.

  5. Fabulous outfits, both days! I love how versatile the one for WW/Brunch/memorial service was. Sorry about your friend.

  6. Those purple shoes are awesome! I think I'm adding something like them to my wish list :)

  7. Those purple pumps are to die for!

  8. Happy Birthday week! Your Purple Pumps certainly Pop! - as I hope your week does!

    That's a great belt, too! (I'm working at reducing my waistline a bit so that I can wear some of MY belts again soon.)

  9. Cara, you bad girl. ;) Get on those push-ups! You don't want to have little puny upper arms, do you? I know, these are the best purple. Thanks for the condolences - I didn't know him very well.

    Thanks, Marianne!

    LaHdM, thanks, but as I said, I didn't really know him, maybe met him 3 times. Thanks!

    Thanks, Megan! I love the beaded belt too. It was a nice memorial, the kind I'd like to have for me.

    Thanks, Kristen! Yes, very careful planning for my events wardrobes.

    Iris, thank you! I believe Friis still sells them - I saw them in the store just the other day.

    Thanks, Sal!

    Thanks, Rebecca! Good for you! I love that you're so determined. :)

  10. i love ur outfit with that purple shoes! its jus chic and simple.

    and happy bday in advance!! :)


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