And...I'm back! Friday was our 16th wedding anniversary, so as is our tradition, L and I headed off to Vancouver to visit friends and make our annual pilgrimage to Fluevog. Here are pictures from the 2012 trip, the 2011 trip, and 2009 trip. I'm not sure what happened to the 2010 trip. Hmmm.
This is my silk kimono dress, purchased at Century 21 in NYC when Mom and I went in 2007. It's one of the oldest items in my wardrobe - I had actually given it away to my girlfriend Caro, and she wore it for a couple of years. When she was tired of it, she gave it back to me - it only goes out on loan. It's an incredibly beautiful dress, even though the cut is not 100% on me. I don't intend to ever get rid of it for good, so it's not up for voting.
I last wore it in July 2010 for my niece's birthday, and before that in May 2009 for Caro's birthday.
here with my blue and white silk blouse.
My square-toed loafers were just right for all the walking we did.
I wore them five times in the November 2012 capsule (recap here).
Dress (Hale Bob), trousers (handmade, thrifted), shoes (Two Lips, thrifted), cuff (Guess, thrifted), ring (Wendy Brandes).
L and I always take the float plane to Vancouver now - it's so much faster than the ferry, with all the driving - we left Victoria in the morning and arrived just in time for brunch with one of my favourite fashion bloggers. Can you guess who it was?
Yes, it was Melanie of A Bag and a Beret!
We did our Fashion Poses. This is "I have a headache."
|Um, yes, we may have been drinking
This is our "Oh, I have a tummy-ache" pose:
|I think I took that too literally - I look like I'm going to vomit
This is the "My back is sore" pose.
Melanie wore her incredible Muppet jacket. Move over, Lady Gaga!
She took this one of L and I:
The above picture was featured by Melanie on her street-style blog, Culture Serf - wow, how cool! Isn't L the most stylish man?
This is one of my favourite pictures:
On both Friday and Saturday nights, I wore the exact same outfit:
Meow - this sexy outfit is my very "Visible Monday" choice. Check out the gang at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style!
Three items are up for voting.
The skirt is by Floating Gold Iceberg, and was purchased here in October 2012 for $18.00 on consignment. It's a bright coral and is made of t-shirt material. It has a silkscreened design of flowers and stars on the back, near the kick-pleat.
Coral Pencil Skirt (Floating Gold Iceberg): Outfit #1
|You know I had to show off my ink
Grey Bustier with Peplum (Mondi): Outfit #1
here in December 2012.
I previously wore them for a few minutes for Megan Mae's birthday party (here), but this was their first actual outing. I walked several blocks in these, and they were great. L kept checking on me to see if my feet were hurting - the shoes just look uncomfortable.
"Anglomania + melissa" Dragon Lady Shoes (Vivienne Westwood): Outfit #1
link). They were on sale for half price - a bargain for such incredible works of art. These will be for special occasion only (and we have several parties coming up!), and as such will not be up for voting. No damned way I am ever getting rid of these!
Check 'em out:
They are surprisingly easy to walk in, but I didn't want to risk wearing them in "it could rain any minute" Vancouver.
I also wanted to get a picture of the sole before it wears off.
I also got these amazing yellow babies:
link - note that they are much more yellow in person!), and are a higher last and heel than my other Prepares (my turquoise ones and my wooly grey boots). The finish on these is a waxed suede, and the colour varies from a bright daffodil to a more subdued mustard yellow.
The vamp is a nice stretchy elastic, which fans out for a perfect fit on the top of the foot - if you have a high arch, they would be a good solution perhaps.
As with the boots, I'm not putting these up for voting - I adore them and can't wait to wear them with all my spring clothes! Speaking of spring, I will be cleaning out my closet tomorrow (I have another day off - woo hoo!) and will be revealing the results of the votes for the grey suede skirt and the burgundy suede pencil skirt then.
Our awesome Fluevogologist, Wes (he helps us every year - thanks!), pointed out the shadows streaming in the window of the Gastown store onto the concrete floor.
Curious as to what L got? I bought him these Swordfish Coopers (they are more of a dark brown than black) - Wes actually had a picture of him, Alice Cooper and John Fluevog together. Swoon! And because L bought me my two pairs of Fluevogs, I had to buy him two pairs. He also got these Twin Turbines 65 Water St shoes (that would be the address of the Gastown store) in caramel and black, a limited edition colour run not available anywhere else.
We flew home this morning (Sunday) and went for brunch. I got another wearing in of my Etro blazer.
The skirt was worn 3 times in the August 2012 capsule (recap here). I think it's time for it to go - I have better denim skirts in my spring/summer wardrobe that will work all year.
And of course, the blazer. I previously wore it here on Thursday.
Black Blazer with Tie Lapels (Etro): Outfit #1
Blazer (Etro, consignment), top (ACW, consignment), skirt (Bebe Sport, swap from Caro), earrings (Erica Weiner), shoes (Prepare Hi Steady).
Okay, now on to the shopping portion of our program. Heh.
L and I did just Fluevog on Friday, then napped before dinner. On Saturday, we headed out to Main Street in West Van - it's a mecca of local boutiques and diners (you must check out Slickety Jim's - best.food.ever. - if you're in the neighbourhood). We spent a few hours browsing boutiques, consignment and vintage stores, record/music shops and generally just enjoying the sunny day. Then back to the hotel for another nap before dinner.
I didn't find anything this year at the Smoking Lily store; not surprising since I had such a bonanza at their sale this year. However, once again I had good shopping karma at one of my favourite stores on Main: the Two of Hearts Boutique - it features locally-made and -designed clothing.
Jenny is holding the dress she designed and made - and I bought! When I decided to get this one (over a couple of others that I'd tried on), she and Tabitha said, "Yay! We won!"
It's one of those styles that doesn't look like much on the hanger, but is lovely on.
I found a pair of Scrabble tile earrings by Jennifer Conway of Raven's Rest Studio:
L also had some good luck shopping - he found some purple socks and an amazing pair of Versace orange trousers. All in all, we bought quality, ethically-made clothing and items that we love.
As promised, here are some travel pictures.
This ferry (the Coho) goes to and from Port Angeles, WA, and Victoria.
Looking down at the Esquimalt waterfront as we take off.
Looking south, towards Washington State and Seattle.
Looking down at the islands in the Straight of Juan de Fuca as we passed over them.
Floatplanes are very small. I could almost touch the pilot.
Coming up on Vancouver's harbour.
Over the park, heading towards downtown Vancouver.
It's only a 30-minute flight from harbour to harbour.
This morning, I was fairly dazed with sleep, but did note that hey, isn't that the 2012 Olympic torch?
Looking north to the coastal mountains - if you've heard of Whistler, it's way up there.
Looking north, there are a lot of little islands between the mainland and Vancouver Island (which, confusingly, is NOT where Vancouver is).
Banking in towards the southern tip of the Island:
Zooming into the harbour: