Hey! Did you miss me? If you've been reading my blog for over a year, you might remember that our wedding anniversary was this past weekend. As L and I do every year, we go over to the mainland to Vancouver to get away, visit friends and do some shopping.
First of all, Happy Anniversary, my most awesome husband. Thanks for sticking with me through thick and thin.
|Gawd, we look so young!|
Here's to another 17 years with my best friend.
|Photo courtesy of Melanie here!|
More of that later, but let's get on with it. If you haven't already figured it out, this is going to be a big post. It's been a busy weekend!
We both took Friday and Monday off (so needed it!). We put together our mini-capsule wardrobes on Thursday night. We had several factors to consider: we travel by seaplane, which only allows 1-2 bags per person (weight is an issue); we'd be doing a lot of walking; and we'd be going out for dinner twice. Well, plus we wanted to look good! Nothing worse than traveling and looking like a tourist!
Friday travel/shopping/dinner outfit:
This is my black leather "Buffy" slip dress, last seen here in February with leopard and thigh-high boots. Not sure if I'll keep the dress out for spring/summer - I'm thinking not, as it's best with a leg covering (it's short!).
|I have nude microfishnets nylons on.|
here), but it's a useful item and doesn't take up much room.
Blouse (Cleo, consignment), dress (Danier Leather, thrifted), underskirt (Noa Noa), boots (Libby Smith, Bellevilles, Fluevog), coat (Desigual), gloves (Danier), hat (Andre), earrings (gift from Lise), rings (Wendy Brandes).
Vizzini always knows when we're about to go away.
|"I saw the bags! I know what you're doing!"|
|"I'm going to open all the closets and eat your stuff!"|
As mentioned, we take the seaplane over to Vancouver.
|Getting ready to taxi out of the Victoria harbour|
|Looking down on the southern tip of the Island.|
|Facing the Inner Harbour|
|Leaving a cloudy day|
|Little islands between Vancouver Island and Washington State to the south|
|Looking down on a private island. That's the plane's pontoon in the foreground|
|Mount Baker in Washington rises above the clouds in the distance.|
|It's like the opening "Jaws" homage in Airplane!|
Look who we saw!
|Damn, she's got amazing eyes!|
We went to Acme Cafe* in Gastown.
*linking 'cause I love
The obligatory selfie-selfie:
We were very good and did no bum-grabbing (this time).
Thanks so much for coming out to see us again, Melanie! We had a blast!
L and I shopped for about 4 hours on Friday, then ended up having an early dinner and crashing at the hotel (ah, reruns of South Park). We've both been working some long hours lately, so we really needed the down-time.
On Saturday - our actual anniversary, right down to the day - we met up with our friend Craig for lunch at El Camino's on Main Street for brunch. Man, Vancouver really knows how to do brunch. El Camino's had amazing Latin American and South American food. It was excellent food in preparation for more shopping.
Saturday daytime outfit:
here in January while giving away all my wardrobe planning secrets. I have a belt on over the cardi, and I changed to flat shoes to rest my feet.
|I see you!|
Cardigan (Jacob, thrifted), dress (Danier Leather, thrifted), shoes (Town Shoes, thrifted), belt (Nygard), earrings (gift from Lise).
It poured rain all day while we went up and down Main Street, which is full of second-hand, vintage and boutiques that carry locally-made items. My kind of area! I'll get to the shopping stuff soon, I promise!
After an exhausting day of shopping and walking in the rain, we had a nap back at the hotel, then got ready for dinner. We met up with our friends Anthony and Laura for a lovely dinner out at Joe Fortes. It was pretty good, although very expensive.
Variation on a theme!
here with a pouf skirt earlier this month.
|I stick my tongue out at you!|
Sweater (Main Fung, thrifted), dress (Danier Leather, thrifted), underskirt (Noa Noa), boots (Libby Smith, Bellevues, Fluevog), necklace (consignment).
L also looked very dapper in his ensemble.
After dinner, the four of us walked up to another hotel to chill and have a drink.
Even around our hotel!
Last year, we went to this same hotel for drinks and saw a bunch of actors from that show "Once Upon a Time" (Robert Carlysle, Ginnifer Goodwin), and Julia Styles. We played it cool - no gushing over celebrities! - and didn't say anything.
However, this time I spotted this gentleman at the table next to us:
|Source, and about him|
As he and his table were getting up to leave, I said, "Hey! Fran, right? Loved you in Dollhouse and "Cabin in the Woods."" He was really nice, and shook our hands, asked our names, and we chit-chatted a bit about Vancouver and Victoria (he'd just been there shooting a pilot the day before). He was friendly and gracious, and seemed pleased that we'd recognized him. I'm glad I spoke up. So cool!
Anyway, Saturday was the actual anniversary day, right down to the actual day of the week. Here we are 17 years ago. That's my dad on the right, and my maid of honour, Janet, beside him.
|These are pictures of actual photographs, sorry for blurriness|
This is my entry for both Judith's next "Hat Attack!" over at Style Crone, and for Patti's "Visible Monday" happening now over at Not Dead Yet Style.
And after much reminiscing, we got up early to catch our flight home.
|Tankers and shipping docks|
I actually wore nearly every piece of clothing home that I'd brought with me, to save room in my knapsack for all the stuff I bought. My bag weight increased from 5 pounds to 14 pounds, and even my purse's weight went up from "nah, we won't weigh it" to 7 lbs.
We both showered then headed out to lunch. Comfort was the name of the game.
I last wore the dress here (3rd outfit), a couple of weeks ago. Also for brunch. I'm not that creative when it comes to brunch outfits. I'd probably do better if I had coffee in the morning.
The boots were last seen here (2nd outfit) for a weekend shopping trip.
It was cold enough to wear my brown fuzzy faux fur coat for the first time.
Dress (Kensie, consignment), boots (Pegabo), cuffs (vintage and Guess, thrifted), earrings (local), belt (vintage, thrifted).
Vizzini was especially interested in L's new Fluevogs.
|"Kitty spaghetti! I eat the laces!"|
Okay, finally! Here's what I bought. Some items were splurges and some were not. I bought L his shoes; he buys mine - those are our anniversary gifts to each other. Following the "Second-Hand First" pledge, if I can't buy second-hand first, I will pay for quality, ethically- and locally-made or designed items. All links below are because I love.
I found this fabulous vintage dress on the sale rack at F as in Frank.
It was only $10!
I found this lovely silk dress at C'est La Vie Consignment.
In the sun, so you can see the colours.
I had to visit one of my favourite boutiques, which is right next to the Smoking Lily store (didn't buy anything there this year), Two of Hearts Boutique. I bought my lovely chartreuse CiCi dress from them last year, along with a bunch of jewelry. They specialize in local designers, and the two owners make their own lines. Last year, I got CiCi; this year, I got two items by SaVVie.
I love the cornflower blue of this dress:
I never mind paying more to support a local designer.
I also fell in love with this classically-shaped skirt:
A good deal at $49.
I found these cool earrings:
dconstruct jewelry, and as you can see on the tag, they are made from "ecoresin" with 40% recycled content.
I also went into Devil May Wear, another cool boutique specializing in locally-made clothing and household items.
It's reversible, with a different pattern on the inside.
For those who made it this far without scrolling down to see them, finally, here are my two new pairs of Fluevogs!
link) in green.
On the other hand, L hates these booties.
link), my 3rd pair of Prepares.
The laces are leather and based on the comments on the style on the website, I need to be careful with them, as they are more delicate than regular laces. I think if they break, I'll replace them with ribbons.
Well, that's quite enough! I'm tired and am going to enjoy the rest of my day off before I'm back to the grind tomorrow. I hope y'all had an awesome weekend!