It's a blustery Sunday night on the West coast - we could lose power at any moment. I'm just hoping it holds out until the finale of "Breaking Bad" finishes recording!
Anyway, it's been a busy weekend, full of friends, food and fashion. Let's get started!
This is what I wore to work on Friday:
This past weekend was the Victoria Vintage Expo, a two-day huge vintage show, full of music, vintage stuff for sale, and local arts and crafts vendors. My besties, Cat and Elaine, are my usual companions to these events. We like to dress up a bit - many people are dressed in period costume - so it was a great excuse to wear a hat! And of course, I'll be linking back to the Style Crone's "Hat Attack" #3 this coming Tuesday!
here in July for my company's rooftop volleyball afternoon. This will be the last wear of the dress as it's now been packed away with my spring/summer clothing. I'll miss it, but it'll be fun to "rediscover" it in March.
The yellow Holt Renfrew jacket gets its last wearing of the season. It was featured recently in late August here, with my splatter skirt.
It looked like it was going to be a nasty, rainy day on Friday, so I had my brolly, fingerless gloves and light scarf on. I left the brolly at work so that I didn't have to carry it at the Expo. The gloves and hat were nice and small, and bundled into my bag while I browsed around.
here during Monochromania! week earlier this month. They were excellent for a little bit of walking to/from the venue, but after over 2 hours of walking through all the booths, my dogs were howlin'. We went for dinner afterwards, and refortified ourselves with lots of wine!
Big blue bling:
here for our "F*ck Valentine's" party back in Feb 2012.
Jacket (Holt Renfrew, thrifted), dress (Lirub), shoes (Feet First), cami (Smart Set), belt (Danier Leather), hat (Tierre Joline), lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring (Wendy Brandes), earrings (locally made).
These vintage events are usually cash-only, which is good for sticking to a budget! This is what I found.
First purchase, about 5 minutes in.
This was actually my second-last purchase.
I also like when I find a mark on a piece.
this bracelet of my grandmother's. It was $24.00.
I liked the shape on this steel mid-century ring:
I was entranced by this bracelet.
It's one solid piece of metal, with the overlay of strips cut in different shapes and pulled out to create dimension and movement.
here (linking for info only).
At the same booth, I spotted this wonderful 1970s copper set:
|I can see myself|
My very last purchase was another hat by Tierre Joline! (linking because I love!)
We had an Ultimate game scheduled for Saturday morning, but one of our players called in sick at the last minute. The game was called, but we still stood around at the field in the rain for half an hour (in case someone else showed up) before we went for lunch.
Outfit over my Ulty gear:
I tend to forget about my "soft" tops: the ones that I don't store in my closet. I love this black and white stripey one and don't wear it enough. I last wore it here in March with yellow and grey suede.
The skirt is my wool vintage circle skirt (with pockets!), last seen as part of my bowling outfit here in March.
I love the swirl of it!
The boots are my grey ones, worn just a couple of days ago here with my all-grey ensemble.
After lunch, L and I came home and changed. I added a belt and a hat for the rain.
Top (Finnegan's by Truworth, consignment), skirt (vintage 80s, Jones New York, thrifted), boots (Prepare Volunteers, Fluevog), belt (thrifted), hat (Deluxe).
L and I went back to the Vintage Expo for day 2. I remembered to bring my camera.
It was once a indoor salt-water swimming pool - my Mom swam here!
This lovely lady stands poised on a diving platform in a 1920s swimsuit.
Link about the building, its architects and history.
|The water's fine!|
I didn't buy anything else (but L did get me a birthday present there!), and basically led him around to all the cool booths so that he wouldn't get too overwhelmed. He's not much for browsing unless it's a record/vinyl booth (there were a few of those).
He spotted this fantastic shirt:
The dragons have a pearl.
The shirt is Java Batik.
We pawed through a few bins of ties and found a couple for $5.00 each.
put a bird on it!"
I was pleasantly surprised to find a nice Christian Dior label on it.
I would guess this tie is from the 60s (it's wide, but not as wide as 70s ties).
This is the other tie we found.
The cream part has a pattern in the fabric - you can just see it here.
Okay, now let's move on - I spent all afternoon cleaning out my walk-in closet. First, I pulled out all my spring/summer tops, cardigans and vests.
Tip: make sure everything's clean! I did a big load of delicates in the washing machine (gentle cycle in the dryer) this morning.
Then the hung blouses and long skirts:
Tip: do up shirts (if you don't feel like doing every button, at least do every other one), cardigans and jackets before folding them. This will help them keep from slipping and wrinkling funny.
Jackets and pants:
Purses, scarves, belts/obis.
This is all of my spring/summer that got packed away.
I do have a large portion of my wardrobe that is all year 'round, so that I always have certain basics available.
Look at all the hangers I had once I pulled all that out of my closet!
The finished closet:
My short skirts and jackets (vintage hats and shoes above them).
The left side:
My blouses, long skirts and pants, and my shelves of sweaters, purses and hats.
Some sweaters that don't fit properly.
A few more things:
It took about 4 hours, and now I'm ready to go watch "Breaking Bad." So excited!