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!