Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dress Week Came From Outer Space! More V-Day! Brunch! Shopping!

Hey, all! I hope you are having a fabulous weekend! It's been busy around here, what with Dress Week, Valentine's Day and other shennanigans.
The super-secret theme that I did last week for my dresses was, "Dresses that have only been worn once before." Did you guess it? Then give yourself a pat on the back. Well done!

Our dear friends Caro and Ronnie threw a Sweetheart Party on Friday night, with the "everyone wear red or pink" theme. I knew I would have to debut this amazing pink dress.
I was the only person who wore pink!
 I know! So crazy-insane-awesome. This belonged to Joyce, my Mom's best friend Kathy's mother. It's easily from the 70s - I got it from Mom via Kathy here (scroll down) in October 2013.
It's even more vivid nearly-neon pink in person. Also, HOT (as in temperature). Thank goodness it was sleeveless or I would have died in it. It's the perfect February dress. Love that big ruffle panel down the front.
"I am a stylin' cat, yo"
It was also quite tight on the top. There are four hook-and-eyes on it: two at the neck and two at the waist. It was a relief to get it off at the end of the night.

 We bussed to the party then cabbed home. I love this blue coat. I got a few weird looks on the bus, ha!
Do you see the ears in the foreground?
I wore my floral Docs there and back, just in case we had to walk. Cabs are often scarce on the weekend.

The stuff:
My heart shoes! What else was I going to wear? I last wore my Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa shoes on the Easter long weekend here in March 2013. They were great for a party, but my feet were a little sore after 4+ hours.

The stuff:
I pinned the swirly brooch over the beaded embellishment at the dress' waist. I loved how perfectly my Grandma J's necklace worked over the high neckline - it's like it was made for this kind of dress. And there's my wonderful metal back from Megan Mae!

Dress (handmade, vintage 70s, Joyce), brooch and ring (Sarah Coventry, vintage), necklace (Grandma J, vintage), earrings (Aldo Accessories), bag (gift from Megan Mae).

After a nice sleep-in on Saturday morning, L and I went for brunch at Floyd's Diner, our favourite spot.
Continuing Dress Week! in this vivid green number.

I got this at the WIN thrift store last year and have worn it a few times, last time here in April 2013, looking rather Christmassy. After wearing the too-tight Joyce dress, it was a relief to wear a dress that was the right size.  I named this the checkerboard dress because it has no label - another handmade item.
We also went to another couple's house last night for a dinner date with Nick/Karen. I wore the same outfit, but added a drapey black cardi for warmth (new couple, didn't know how warm their house would be).
I liked the rock-and-roll accessories with this. These are my great basic riding boots that I last wore here (after all the Film Festival pictures) last weekend.

The spectacular orange leather jacket. It was pouring rain most of the afternoon (welcome to the real West Coast winter!), and it got very spotted up and wet, but it dried fine. Really, people, don't worry about leather so much.

Dress (vintage, thrifted), boots (Aldo, consignment), belt (gift from Ruth), red cuff (Rimanchik), black cuff (Guess, thrifted), earrings (local).

I spent about an hour at the WIN warehouse store, leisurely browsing through everything. I found a few gems, including this lovely butter-yellow cardigan.
It feels like wool, but there's no label anywhere, aside from a little one on the top of the shoulder, and no evidence of tags removed.

It looked great on, and I love the little pearl buttons.
And only $6.00 - sure!

It seemed to be a yellow sort of day. I also found this wonderful sunny yellow pencil skirt.
It's longer than my wooly yellow pencil skirt (yes, I now have 2 yellow pencil skirts), and has two kick pleats in the back.

Love the vintage label.
Real wool, Mister Leonard, and only $8.50. Crazy good deal!

I am always looking for vintage slips. I really am a bit of a junkie when it comes to these.
 I spotted this wonderful dark peach slip and snagged it right away.
I just love the micro-pleats on the boobs and the hem. Only $7.50 for this, which is an awesome deal.

This was the item that made my heart sing:
Oh yes, we are in love! This is made up of diamond of white leather and floral embossed black leather (on the V), all crocheted together with "silk flosh" (I think they mean "floss" - I blame the Turkish label-maker). Silk floss is real silk.

I blew out the contrast in this pic so you can see the crochet-work. I learned to crochet when I was a kid - I could actually make something like this myself if I were so inclined.
"Whoa! Leather/silk" - indeed!
It's just an insane piece, and I will love it and hug it and call it George forever. I can't wait to wear it!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend!


  1. That pink dress is just stunning and perfect for you, were gorgeous! What a great Valentine evening. You are a master at finding the best out there!

  2. Whoa, the pink dress is fantastic. I actually like it with the Docs, too : > Hey Vizzini, looking very fly.

  3. ohmygoodness!! that last piece is amaaaazing.

    Also I love that green dress. Super cute.

  4. Oh, my, how gorgeous is that pink dress! Too bad it was uncomfortable, but you are a martyr, sacrificing yourself for the greater good of fabulous pink fashion. I love the way the flap doesn't compromise your modesty. I think you're wearing Patti's Docs there!

  5. That pink dress is fantastic. I think my mother made something similar back in the 70s. Such fun. The green dress is really cute.

  6. Some sunny yellow things to encourage Spring and wear with the daffodils. You wear pink well Sheila, what a dress!

  7. The pink dress is a real stunner. Joyce probably wore a really tight girdle underneath to hold everything in! I really love the green dress, that's right up my alley, and I am looking forward to seeing you in your new pieces, especially the leather/silk top! xxx

  8. Love the pink dress, what a beautiful outfit for the party! That crochet top you scored is lovely too, look forward to seeing how you wear it! :)

  9. The pink dress is seriously stunning!! I really like the second dress though - it's fun!!!

  10. You look so stunning in the pink dress! And what a unique find with the crocheted leather piece - you're making me excited for my thrifting trip this weekend. Going to try some new places!

  11. Vizzini!!! He's almost distracted me from the WONDER that is that pink frock!!! OMG, I love it!!! You look totally amazing in it, too! I'm quite keen on Vizzini's fur coat......
    And then you rock it up with the green number! WOOF!!!
    I have a black twin to your peachy slip! I do love a good old slip, I have quite a few; there's no end of uses for them!

  12. The pink dress is out of this world - i can imagine you walking in… just making an entrance ! and the bag, that gorgeous vintage tiny bag!


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