Hello, Blogland friends! As I mentioned, my holiday season is seriously insane this year! It's now Sunday afternoon, and I have a lot to get caught up on. I'll have 3 posts today: the last outfit of the month for November and another Wild Card; Saturday's premiere of the December capsule and the first Wild Card, and my November capsule recap.
And without further ado, here's the first outfit of December:
I'm linking this outfit up to "Visible Monday" at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - go visit and check out the other fabulous bloggers!
The sweater is sleeveless and is a silk and bamboo blend; it's by August Silk. It was thrifted in July for $6.00.
HB Skirt* and it was $92.00 new (thank you, mother-in-law for the birthday money - I bought it here in October. I know that's a lot of money for an unlined cotton skirt, but it's handmade here in Victoria. As I will be taking Bella Q's Second-Hand Pledge in January, I have no issues with paying more for beautiful handmade items made in an ethical environment.
*I link because I love - and I adore Smoking Lily!
I added patterned blue lacy tights. I actually have my sheer blue underskirt on, but it didn't show due to the length of the skirt (and it rode up, arg! Mental note: wear a proper slip next time).
May capsule). I paid $199 for the boots back here in July, which I think is a great deal. They are made in Portugal, and I know that Fluevog utilizes small family-run factories in non-third-world countries, and that their products are ethically-made. I'm happy that I'll still be able to buy my Fluevogs!
*Did I mention I link because I love? I do! I love Fluevogs!
A shot of the back. Doesn't the jacket fit well?
I wore a pinky-purple brooch on the jacket.
Jacket (Ricki's, consignment), sweater (August Silk, thrifted), skirt (Smoking Lily), boots (Prepare Volunteers, Fluevog), brooch (gift from L).
Last night was my company's Christmas party, so Day 1 of December, here's the first Wild Card. As I've done in the past couple of months, I'm allowing myself to have more than one Wild Card due to the amount of social engagements and parties. It's going to be a whirlwind.
This is a chocolate brown stretchy gown. I bought it at The Bay (a big department store in Canada) on clearance for about $49.00 in late 2007. I've only worn it once on the blog, here in December 2008 for a fancy dinner we went to, put on by the whisky club I used to belong to.
I also wore it to a staff Christmas formal party at my old company, but that was pre-blog.
Oh, and um...I brought the girls out for this outfit too. Hello!
I wore my vintage fur wrap:
here a few weeks ago. It's by Foster's Furs and is about 60 years old. I don't support new fur, but I find it hypocritical to be against wearing it when I wear so much leather. I also know that faux furs are made of petroleum products and their production is very harmful to the environment - and I wonder if they will be in as good condition 60 years from now!
New Year's Eve in January 2011 for $50.00.
I don't think I've worn them very much - I can only find once here (for work!) in November 2011, so I haven't gotten very good cost-per-wear out of them. This is the kind of purchase that I will not be making any more; they were an impulse, emotional purchase because I wanted something new. They are leather, but they're made in China. However, I'm going to hang onto them in my wardrobe, because they are good special occasion shoes.
We were at the party from 5pm until just after midnight and I wore these all night, including for a couple of hours of dancing. My feet were so sore this morning! They are definitely not every day shoes!
I wore my teal Tierre Joline hat:
here to last year's company Christmas party). I've worn the hat before, to our friends' wedding here (I love that outfit).
My sparkly bits are very special. They live in this dark blue velvet box.
This is a "parure," a suite of matching jewelry. I learned that term from reading Jody's blog, Couture Allure Vintage Fashion. My set is from the Hudson's Bay Company (aka The Bay):
I've worn this set or pieces of it several times for parties, including December 2008, and April 2010 (with my Betsey Johnson dress),
Dress (Enchante), shoes (Aldo), hat (Tierre Joline), jewelry (Sherman, vintage 50s/60s, Grandma J).
...and now on to the November recap!