Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Dark Florals and the Last Red Rose

And now it's Tuesday.

Following my weekend perusal of the September issues of some of the trendy fashion mags, here's my take on dark florals:
(Sidenote: if you haven't seen the movie "The September Issue" (IMDB link) it's well worth it for a glimpse behind the scenes of making of the 2007 Vogue September issue).

This is the sheer floral blouse I thrifted a couple of weekends ago, here. I may have chortled to myself while removing the $5.00 price tag this morning. I do love the little black collar.
 I have a black camisole on under it.
It still has its "Made in Canada" tag and washing instructions on the lower side seam, but the brand tag has been removed at the back of the neck (probably because it showed through - I hate that). I suspect that it's a Le Chateau piece. Why? They do trendy items, often carry lines that are made domestically, and it's an XL. Whackadoo sizing, man.
I love this high-waisted Gianfraco Ferre vintage 80s wool pencil skirt, last worn a couple of short weeks ago here with blood red and floral. That's not the most flattering butt shot ever, so please trust me that my rear view looked good!

It's outerwear season again, so if the mood strikes me, I'll take pictures of my coats. This is my gorgeous Danier Leather (made in Canada!) that I treated myself to last year, on half-price retail for $399. No, I didn't miss a decimal point; the regular price was $799.00.
Also important: good walking shoes!
However, I wear it a LOT, and it's worth it to me to support Canadian industry and manufacturing.

The stuff:
Ah, the last wear of my lovely Miz Mooz two-tone red wedges, last seen here with my shiny pink and gold jacket in July (I need to wear that jacket again). These are strictly a spring/summer shoe for me, so away they will go this weekend.

Of course, I followed the floral motif in the blouse and shoes with my Flower O'Clock bracelet:
The blouse has red, peach, coral, lilac, magenta, white and pink in it, so I just picked out those colours for the accent pieces. Easy!

Blouse (no label, thrifted), skirt (Gianfranco Ferre via Giorgio Beverley Hills, vintage 80s, thrifted), shoes (Miz Mooz, consignment), belt (Plum), cuff/earrings (Le Chateau), ring (Oscar & Libby's).


  1. those shoes! love, love them, as well as the new sheer blouse. The collar does give it a lovely 1940's feel. No way it's an XL?

  2. Wait - dark florals are in? YES! Sheila, I'm glad you keep me in touch with these things!

  3. So pretty! I love dark florals. I even love the sound of that term - dark florals. Like a beautiful woman with a wicked sense of humor.

  4. Love the blouse! I can never carry them off, but I do love a peterpan collar. That coat is a magnificent piece, well worth the indulgence. Coats are one of the few things I ever pay out money for.

  5. That blouse is lovely, I like the silhouette of loose tops and pencil skirts :) I think the addition of a belt makes a difference too - that's one thing I'm learning and trying to incorporate more into my own outfits, like you have here :)

  6. XL? Wackadoo is right. I agree with Val about dark florals - a woman with a dark side perhaps. I enjoyed the documentary. What surprised me is real people put together the magazine.

  7. Gorgeous top--making note to self I need a drk floral top!!
    Love the whole outfit in fact--and yes that skirt does wondreous things for you butt!

  8. Such a pretty blouse! I love the collar on it! Dark florals are awesome.

  9. What a great blouse and it looks fabulous on you! That leather coat is to die for.

  10. That blouse looks lovely - I saw lots of floral sheer tops on my rounds today looking for something to wear for tomorrow. As always, I am drooling a little over your shoes and your coat!
    Thanks very much for being so encouraging, Sheila - I appreciate it. xxxx

  11. Gorgeous blouse, and helllooo to your red leather coat! The inspiration for me buying a green leather jacket.

  12. I wish there were more conscious customers out there - like you.
    Picking Canada made items makes all the sense - if i tried to shop like that here my closet would be very reduced.
    I have only ONE DRESS that i bought because it was made here and i hate to admit the fabric is awflul.


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