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!
Love the new hat and L's dragon shirt.ReplyDelete
Wow, your finds are amazing! I love love love that stone necklace you got. Can't wait to see it modeled. I am really taken aback at how low the prices were, too! I gotta see if there's some event like this near me. :DReplyDelete
I love the pictures you gave us of your closet. One of the things I really want when I move is a little more closet space- the tiny apartments around these parts don't have any storage outside the bedrooms, and even then it's a closet smaller than the one in my childhood room. I've gotten creative with storage. >.>
You got so many nice things at the fair! :)ReplyDelete
Love catching a glimpse of the inside of your wardrobe too - it's so organised and colourful :)
Love seeing your closet organization! You've got a talent for it, for certain, it looks great. Love the hats too, and L's new stuff. Looks like a truly fabulous event.ReplyDelete
*sigh* You are such a skillful fashion mentor that, if I lived near you, you'd get annoyed at how often I'd hang around trying to pick up fashion tips. Luckily (for you) there's a continent between us. I'm limited to stalking you online. :-)ReplyDelete
I need to get my closet in shape for fall/winter. I did my dresser already and that was half the battle!ReplyDelete
Love all of your hats! And we haven't watched Breaking Bad yet - going to tonight though and I'm trying so hard to avoid spoilers today! It's difficult!!
What a long and satisfying post.ReplyDelete
Your jewellery-spotting is unparalleled, and L got some pretty spectacular pieces too. Your Friday outfit is awesome. I'm such a closet voyeur. I enjoyed the tour of your seasonal changeover.
Crystal Garden conjures up some very romantic notions of the past, but I'm sure the itchy RENTED swimsuit would cure me of that nostalgia pretty quick.
wow where to start?? Your hat Attack hat is AMAZING!!! And just when i was bowled over by that--you brought another equally stunning one at the Fair!!ReplyDelete
I love the Holt Renfrew jacket with the spanish ladies--gorgeous--the pop of cobalt really set it off!!
You're Ulta outfit is right up my alley these day--black and white!!
The fair looks AMAZING--I am DROOLING over all of the gorgeous jewelry you scores--and L's new shirt and ties are so cool!! (I wish Lauren was a little more daring clothing-wise!)
Your closet(aka Vizzini's buffet) is stunning. How that makes my OCD organizing heart sing!!
First of all your outfit is very colourful-vintagey. That Spanish ladies dress always makes me smile.ReplyDelete
AND you're sooo good at storing stuff. I like to have all in sight, which i guess is the reason my closet is not that organized. I wonder how you store your jewellery
OMG, it's a feast of FABULARSE!!!ReplyDelete
I love a good peek into peoples wardrobes! I wear the same stuff all year round, and have to keep coats on hand as our tiny islands weather is rather fickle!
LOVE that skirt (first outfit) and the stripey top is sexy as! All your scores make me drook, most especially that unusual bangle. XXX
Busy busy! The vintage fair looks great, and what an amazing venue. You found some stunning jewellery, and L's stuff is so cool. I am more than a little envious of all your wardrobe space... xxxxxReplyDelete
Love that Spanish ladies dress and that Hat! Is there a trick to keeping that type of hat on?ReplyDelete
Fabulous finds at the fair, your's and L's; especially lovin' the Croatian piece. Thank you for sharing your closet organization.
Great ending to Breaking Bad but I'm sorry to see it go.
The hats have an elastic that hides in the hair - it works really well!Delete
I just love that senorita skirt! And your hats!ReplyDelete
What a great venue for the Vintage Fair. Why can't the powers-that-be come up with some great use for that space all year 'round??ReplyDelete
I, too, swam in the pool in the early 60s. When it rained, the glass roof leaked and dripped down on the swimmers.
I always enjoy your colourful and creatively mixed outfits.
That first outfit is gorgeous. I had no idea that the Crystal Palace was a swimming pool before.ReplyDelete
Switching over closets is a whole lot of work but I bet you felt satisfied afterwards.
Wow! The first outfit is smashing, that black circle skirt is to LIVE FOR, so many vintage finds my head is spinning, those hats, just WOW!! XOXOReplyDelete
I am so impressed with your hats and with the vintage fair. The first hat had me with its mix of colors and the jaunty feather. And the Tierre Joline is truly a piece of art. Thank you for the link, as I bookmark my favorite hat designers. Your taste in hats is exquisite and you wear them with great confidence! Thank you for linking up with Hat Attack!ReplyDelete
I always love seeing your Spanish Ladies dress. What fun weekend recap, I really enjoyed it. Especially your summer/winter swapover. And interesting to see what is leaving your closet. I also got bored with a denim skirt recently, and some scarves I just don't wear anymire. Am doing a consignment drop off Saturday. And finally - your new spring-y bracelet is just stunning xx p.s hope the power stayed on so you couldcatch your programme!ReplyDelete
First i think your closet is as big as mine!ReplyDelete
Love the Spanish Ladies dress, it's a beauty alright, a rare find -
I did some closet cleanning but what i have to do is to get to the consignement store!
Your hats are divine!
I like the dragon shirt a lot, do you sell?ReplyDelete
Philip, no I do not sell. If you look at my blog, you would actually figure this out pretty quickly.ReplyDelete