Hey! I'm back! It's been a bit of a break, but no fear, back to our regularly scheduled programming (and back to work tomorrow for me - boo!).
Warning: this is a bigass post. A lot of pictures!
First up: a very Happy Holidays to all of you from my fam.
On Monday night (way back, last week), L and I went out for dinner. I tend to let the fridge get empty before we travel, so we wandered down to the pub for some grub.
The black suede shirt was last seen here (2nd outfit, after Vizzini) in November.
here (last outfit, with green sweater) in October.
Wore my red Fluevog boots for a bit of colour. They were last seen here (2nd outfit) a couple of weekends ago for a stroll to get groceries.
|"Hey, what's with all the packs? Are you going somewhere?"|
The usual accompaniments:
Jacket (Danier Leather), suede shirt (True Character, thrifted), skirt (Planet, thrifted), tee (Smoking Lily), boots (Adrian Agnes, Fluevog), earrings (local), belt (Plum).
Vizzini gets friendly with my scarf.
This year, we spent Christmas in Powell River. This calls for travel clothes: simple, warm and layers.
here a little over a week ago, embellished with horrid Christmas decorations.
Add one giant black suede skirt (with pockets):
here (second outfit) a couple of weeks ago.
My floral Doc Martens are perfect for travel. They are getting more comfortable with each wear.
here (2nd outfit) last weekend, to walk to Nick and Karen's place.
Someone was definitely suspicious that Something Was Up.
|"Wait a minute, these are travel bags!"|
Sweater (Dale of Norway, thrifted), skirt (Danier Leather, thrifted), boots (Doc Martens, consignment).
Upon further thought, Vizzini was unconcerned about us leaving.
|"Eh, Uncle Nick will feed me."|
Gorgeous skies, in fact.
I like seeing all the farms on the way up-island.
L and I always make fun of this road, just north of Nanaimo: Jingle Pot Road.
Big fluffy clouds for the last long stretch of highway.
Uh-oh! We have a new - and much smaller! - ferry on the Powell River route.
Enough time for a beach walk for me! Yay!
Another million years and this sand will be nice and soft.
A big clamshell.
Pink kelp/seaweed and an empty crab shell.
Look at the gorgeous purple inside this shell.
A long tide-line twisted rope of kelp.
I liked how all these houses (all the same) looked against the chaotic nature of the beach.
Ooh, look at that piece of quartz!
I had to keep this piece of green quartz mix as well.
This critter gave me a start - I find the sections of the back carapace on the beach all the time, but have never found one intact.
Some more seaweed.
Speaking of seagulls, they are always lurking.
I always look back to where I've been.
Boots on a log!
It was definitely a smaller ferry! The car section isn't even enclosed!
Objects in mirror are closer than they appear...
This ferry only holds about 40 cars.
On the plus side, it's a much newer ferry (the old ones were from the 60s).
This sun-deck area is going to be sweet in the summer.
We arrived in PR just as it got dark, and shortly after, we finally got to L's mom's place.
L and I had a nice quiet Christmas Eve with Louise. L and I did stockings in bed together in the morning. I got spoiled as usual.
- Lots of books: the new Neil Gaiman, the new Walking Dead, "Hyperbole and a Half" (finished already), a couple of Iain Banks (I'm nearly done "The Wasp Factory"), the new Dan Simmons, the most recent Kim Harrison, and a Stephen Kind Hard Case novel.
- Bust Magazine.
- Ting Tings CD.
- Two pairs of stockings.
- Fox socks and a pair of workout socks.
- Two kinds of loose tea.
- Baileys (for my coffee, consumed), espresso vodka (consumed), and an Irn Bru (consumed).
- Lots of locally-made and fair trade chocolate (all consumed); violette candies (consumed).
- A necklace (picture below).
My Christmas Day outfit:
here in August), same skirt, black and white snowflake tights, and my red leather obi.
I'm in front of the painting I did for my in-laws of their old property in 2008 (picture here).
This is the necklace L gave me - the other side is a picture of a Victorian room, but I like the Titanic and roses on this side.
The nice thing about the SUV (besides the heated seats!) was that L could bring up his guitar to play.
I liked this tie-clip and cufflink set (in its original box) that L got from his mom.
More stuff from L and his mom and brother under the tree.
We were up at 6am on Boxing Day for the return ferry home.
Driving on the loading dock.
We were on the side with a view of the Powell River terminal. Bye!
We had drizzly weather and rain on the drive down-island.
I was ready for the gnome!
Extra bonus shot!
As soon as we got home we showered, had a nap and then got ready to head over to my Mom's place to do dinner with my brother and his extended family.
My studded sweatshirt (last seen here in November, 2nd outfit).
here on my birthday week in October), patterned tights, and leather cuffs. The boots were last worn a week ago (here).
|"You're home! Hang out with me!"|
Sweatshirt (Silence + Noise, consignment), skirt (Hemingway, consignment, vintage 80s), boots (Aerosoles, consignment).
I took a few pictures of Mom's kitty Harlequin.
|"Can I nap in peace?"|
On Friday, L and I went out for brunch, then ventured to the mall (for him) and to a few stores to spend some of our gifted Christmas money.
here for a plaid attack in early October.
My Vassali coat and creamy-white accents.
I also wore this charm that Mom gave me for Christmas.
Dress (Plum), sweater (Expression, consignment), belt (Leather World), buckle (local), boots (Aldo, consignment), necklace (gift from Mom).
Mom also gave me this awesome pendant.
I did treat myself to a couple of pairs of shoes with my Christmas money. They're both by the same brand - Gold Button - and I found them on deep discount (but still pricey) at the Cobbler, one of the best shoe stores in town.
I couldn't resist these booties.
I love the lacing.
And the gold button on the inside.
On Saturday, we headed down to our favourite diner, then I went for a tour through some of my favourite thrift stores.
I'm linking up this outfit to Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style - get yourself there!
I haven't worn this cardi since the September 2012 capsule (recap here), where I wore it once (here).
The shoes are my awesome Fluevogs - very good for walking! I last wore them here in November with my snowflake skirt.
Sweater (Kersh), skirt/belt (Plum), tights (Hue), shoes (Presence Impel, Fluevog).
I actually bought these Look from London tights on Friday, but forgot they were in my purse. I like the wine-colour.
Spygirl, featuring all the amazing fashion bloggers that you are/know and love!
I'm right in the middle there (this is my original digital drawing here, based on this outfit here).
here! Or maybe you need the art print of the Digital Catwalk participants?
I'm to the right of Ally, who is just above Lynn and under Judith. I love seeing some of my very favourite bloggers here. This is going to be my new work mug, and will be proudly shown off at my desk to everyone! Best present ever!
I did have some good luck while out shopping - last shopping of 2014! I've been mulling over another year-long challenge (like no shopping at all, ulp!), but I've decided to just be status quo and carry on. Life is crazy enough.
I found this marvelous metal belt at the Women in Need (WIN) boutique. I always have good luck there.
Yes, it's another leather skirt. Another black leather skirt, at that.
It's by Danier Leather.
I snatched this chartreuse green faux fur stole off a display.
I bought this blazer for the fit and the quality.
It was on the half-price rack (possibly because the other piece of the 2-piece was missing) for $15.25.
this listing on eBay of this exact same jacket with the original price tags on it. The original price was $960.00. Wow.
I love how a little research can reveal a wealth of history on a designer - and it's so gratifying to really find a good score! This jacket is a beautiful fit and a real deal!
I also stopped in at a little consignment store for a poke around, and found this gorgeous angora sweater. The brand is Limited.
Last item: this wonderful cotton Spring-weight coat:
I couldn't find anything on the brand (there is a Lily Bleu brand that makes children's clothing - this is not that brand), but it's handmade in Canada and it's 100% cotton.
I am always on the lookout for slips and half-slips for layering, and was lucky to find another cream one, and a black one. They are both by Linda, and are made in Canada. These were $2.00 and $5.00.
Well, back to the grind tomorrow, but I'm looking forward to a rockin' New Year's Eve! We will be going out for dinner (a group of 13 of us), then going to Cat/Ross' place to party on afterwards.
Hope your holiday was merry, bright and stress-free!