Unlike many of you, I'll still be blogging away over the next week - I've still got days of work, the December capsule recap post, and Major Awards to bestow! You didn't forget about the Major Awards, did you? This year will be the 5th year I've given them out - they spotlight my favourite new (or new-to-me) blogs or websites that I've enjoyed this year. I'm also going to re-highlight some of the blogs/sites that are still in existence (sadly, many of my blogfriends don't always stick around).
Anyway, I'm here. And I had my Friday off, which was lovely. L and I walked to town and met up with our friends Spence and Kim (and their two daughters), who are over from Vancouver for the hols. We went for lunch, and then I had a nice leisurely shop for the stocking stuffers for L.here with these same ruffly boots. It felt good to unleash the floof!
The vest keeps everything locked and loaded - and is also necessary because the blouse is completely see-through! I last wore the vest here the first time I wore the blouse.
here with purple and teal.
It swirled about most satisfactorily.
Of course, most people didn't see me in my outfit, because I was outside. Duh. This is mostly what people saw.
here), my dark red leather obi, and my long leather gloves.
And when it got windy, I added my pink fuzzy faux fur tube scarf and my pink toque.
I delved into my small collection of Christmassy jewelry.
Coat (Obakki, thrifted), leather obi (gift from L, locally-made), hat (Delux, thrifted), gloves (Club Monaco, consignment), tube scarf (thrifted), vest (Le Chateau, thrifted), blouse (J. Peterman, thrifted), skirt (London Fog, thrifted), boots (Velazquez Baroques, Fluevog).
I did buy a few things for myself while I was out...I know, I was bad. But as I said to L, he wouldn't have bought any of these things for me! Anyway, they're further down if you care to read on.
Today, L and I met up with our friends Nick and Karen, and Chris and Alison, at our favourite diner for brunch. After that, we picked up ingredients for turkey sausage chili (yum, it's cooking right now and the whole house smells of it) and we bought tissue and wrapping paper.
here, just a few days ago with sequins.
I layered my black fluffy underskirt with my silk chair skirt - I had to have something to pin the waistband to! I last wore the skirt two ways here, for work and a theatre outing.
here. The belt is by Shi Studio, purchased about 4 years ago, and although you can't see them, I'm wearing a bracelet and earrings by Myka. I love wearing locally-made accessories - it's like wearing a piece of art!
Cardigan (Kensie), top (ACW, consignment), skirt (Smoking Lily, consignment), boots (Prepare Volunteers, Fluevog), belt (Shi Studio), bracelet/earrings (Myka, gift from L).
Okay, this is the stuff I bought.
I found this amazing summer dress on deep discount on a clearance rack at a boutique. It's by Bodybag By Jude, and is handmade in Montreal - I have another dress by them, this one that I bought cheapy on consignment. This was bought new and was $80.00. After shopping thrift and consignment for so long, it's hard to pay regular retail, but I don't mind spending more on Canadian-made items.
|It's one of those dresses that looks better on the body than the hanger|
I also found this wonderful Danier Leather black dress in a thrift store for $22.99.
One of my favourite downtown consignment stores, Regalia Boutique, moved from Fan Tan Alley to the trendy shopping block in the Old Town district - it's way bigger and they had so many amazing items. I got L a little something there, and found this vintage handmade blouse there.
I also found this blouse - also vintage, also handmade.
I fell in love with this sweet little silk scarf.
My biggest score of the day, though, the thing that made my pulse go thumping, were these shoes.
Megan at The Fashionable Bureaucrat), but have traumatic memories of the plastic "jelly shoes" of the 80s. I had a pair of blue pearlized pumps that destroyed my feet (and yet, I wore them until the plastic wore out!), so although I fell in love with these, I was cautious.
But they are actually not that high! And they feel pretty good on! And don't you love the big bronze heart on the toe?
They are just so girly.
I spent this afternoon wrapping all my Christmas gifts for L, Mom and my nieces - I had the "log" channel on to make it feel like a warm fire was on! Hope your weekend is warm and cozy!
Those shoes are beautiful, what a steal! Lots of great purchases :)ReplyDelete
Really like the first outfit - so nice to see all of the ruffles and the vest works well with the blouse as well as hiding the fact that it's see through.
Sheila, I'm really glad the VW shoes are not painful because they are simply breathtaking. The purple boots are showstoppers too. Oh, and the blouse in the top picture. I love all of these spectacular pieces.ReplyDelete
I will be blogging next week too and look forward to reading your posts and your awards.ReplyDelete
I really like your first look, specially how you brought it together with the jacket.
Sometimes when in cooler weather i feel my outfit gets totally dissapears when i put my coat on... in your case it´s just an extension.
I am awed at your Melissa shoe find. I have two pairs from them and they are the most comfortable shoes... you got them for a really good price.
Can I safely admit I scrolled right away to see the new stuff? OMG Melissa/Westwood shoes!! Love! I've wanted to try a pair on because I'm just so curious how they feel.ReplyDelete
The green dress is omg-to-die-for gorgeous. Can't wait to see you wear it.
Also - I'm not sure if you've seen them, but I keep running across the Anna Sui chair tights - http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-ANNA-SUI-Chair-Tights-M-L-Burgundy-Wine-Red-White-NWT-Medium-Large-Furniture-/190772115569?pt=US_CSA_WC_Hosiery_Socks&hash=item2c6ae77871 They always make me think of you!
So glad you'll still be around over Christmas! I will, too, and it'll be great to have something stimulating to read (other than my own journal!)ReplyDelete
Love your creativity- I love your outfit, love the white blouse and those boots are so great
Good for you to buy Canadian - the dress is simply gorgeous, the color must amazing on you
Merry X-Mas and i will be blogging as well!
The vintage handmade blouses are so lovely, Sheila - those are what I swoon for when I go out shopping. You look gorgeous in your December colors, love the pleated skirt. Have a fab Sunday!ReplyDelete
Smiled with you said you bought yourself a few things L wouldn't have thought to. I use that logic sometimes myself. This year I did buy my own stocking stuffers, because as the family stocking stuffer, mine is usually the only one empty :PReplyDelete
I love everything you're wearing, you always look so romantic and luxurious, and of course, absolutely perfectly turned out.
You looked fabulous in both outfit!! I love the ruffly top!!ReplyDelete
The green dress will be AMAZING on you--the color, the style-perfect!! how awesome are both of those vintage blouse?? It's like they were made for you!!
The shoes are super-cool!!
Love the first outfit particularly, victoriana gloriousness! I am glad you will post a bit more in the run up to Christmas, now I have cleaned the house/wrapped presents etc I have some time on my hands :-) and I so enjoy the recap posts.ReplyDelete
The summery teal-ish dress makes me smile - maybe the warmer weather isn't so far away ??
Oh, the first outfit has such a cool Victorian vibe. I love it. Love the second outfit too. You are so, so cool. I adore your style.ReplyDelete
Oh, all the ruffle-and-pleat action is just fabulous! Beautiful cool palette. Your obi over coat and wide belt in the second outfit are great. The red and purple together and the lovely textures are so rich-looking. Did you ever score some beautiful pieces! My faves are the wonderfully wacky scarf and those OMG awesome shoes!!! They will be fantastic on you. I too have been eyeing up the Lady Dragons but unsure if they would really suit me - but at that price, I wouldn't care, incredible!!!ReplyDelete
*Swoon!* The first outfit here is something from my dreams! All flouncy and ruffled. That vest is so great! I may steal it if I'm ever in Victoria.ReplyDelete