Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up: Visible Hair, Pink Boxing Gloves, Shopping and Brunch

Oh, lovelies, I need another weekend! Such a fun, but exhausting weekend it was. 

This is how I do Casual Friday:
Which is to say: I don't! Fancy Friday, more like it. I had two social engagements on Friday after work, and ended up at four different venues over the course of the weekend. No time to change, so I rocked my Weekend Hair for the first time at work. Everyone was very positive and enjoyed my "swoosh."

This is my entry for Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style - I felt hugely visible during this very long day! And that's a great thing. Thanks for helping us all celebrate that, Patti!

Another thank you and shout out to Sal over at Already Pretty, who listed my "Shoes My Husband Hates" series in her "Lovely Links". I've been reading Sally for as long as I've been blogging (since 2008).

I've been very slack in doing my Pink Boxing Gloves assignment, so I accented Friday's dress with all pink and purple accessories, including some very special additions.
My classic "laser beam" stare.
Fierce and feminine! Ally over at Shybiker has been sending the gloves around the world - they are next going to Shawna!
After work, some coworkers gathered at a waterfront pub for a couple of pints to send of one the guys (bye, Richard!). From there, I met up with L and our friends Cat and Ross for a pre-dinner cocktail for Ross' birthday.

Little did Ross know that 8 more of our friends were awaiting us at the restaurant to surprise him!
This dress was perfect for a day of work, and looked classy all night. I last wore it here in June with stripes and yellow.

The stuff:
I walked to a pub from work, to a cocktail lounge across town, to a restaurant several blocks away, then to Cat and Ross' place afterwards. And then L and I staggered home from there and crashed into bed at 2am. Good times! And these mauve shoes were so wonderful on my feet! I last wore them here in June with cracked glass.

SPARKLE bling:
Oh, I loved wearing this amazing Sherman pink crystal necklace and earrings set. They had good weight, you know? I am still goggled that it was only $22.00.

Dress (Banana Republic, thrifted), shoes (Camper), belt (Plum), necklace/earrings (vintage 60s, Sherman), bracelet (vintage 60s, Coro).

We didn't have enough people for Ultimate on Saturday morning, so L and our friend Casey and I went for brunch at the diner. Not unexpectedly, I was a titch hungover.
Totally worth it! It's back to being super-hot out, so the loose flowy clothes are my to-go. And of course, Weekend Hair!

The silk kimono top was last seen here with chartreuse earlier this month. I hate wearing sunblock, but have to stay out of the sun, so this was perfect for a little thrift shop after brunch.
Just a little orange t-shirty tank under it - I don't track wears for it. It's got a wide neck, so good for pulling over my hair while trying things on.
The return of the mushroom skirt! Another awesome physical sunblock - I last wore it here (way down at the bottom) on another fun weekend in June.

It was pretty windy on Saturday - my outfit billowed majestically, but my hair stayed put (the magic of hairspray!).

The stuff:
These Born flats are amazing. I shopped for around four hours, and although my feet were tired, they weren't in any pain. I last wore them here a weekend ago.

Non-snagging bling:
The hypno-earrings are looking at you.

Overblouse (CAbi, thrifted), skirt (Club Monaco), shoes (Born, consignment), cuff (About Tine), ring (Twang & Pearl), earrings (Oscar & Libby's).

I had a good shopping trip - I've been thinking about my personal style, and the changes I'm seeing in it lately. I don't wear cardigans much any more, my colour palette of preference is changing to brighter, clearer colours, and I'm incorporating more vintage into my daily outfits. I still have classic shapes that I like - hourglass, full skirt/slim top, but I'm also wearing looser tops, and less t-shirt fabrics. Some of the items that I don't really love are going, and I'm questioning a lot of things I haven't worn in  long time.

So. I still always look for good construction, good lines, and above all, a good fit!
This is a denim bustier! I have a fondness for bustiers over blouses, and how cool to find one in denim.
This one was found at the St. Vincent de Paul. And for only $4.00! Smart Set is a Canadian mall brand.

The Patch was actually my first stop, and I spent close to two hours there, going through everything. It was quite fun. They have a sale on now: buy 1 dress and get the second at 40% off. They had about a dozen racks of dresses, plus 4 more racks of vintage dresses. I tried on about 10 but only one rang my bell: this gorgeous pale lilac 1960s dress.
Isn't it gorgeous? I love the pattern and the silver lame (lah-MAY!) thread woven through it.

D'Allaird's was a Canadian company that was acquired by Marks & Spencer's in the 70s - it was a store for rich older ladies. I remember my grandmother wearing clothing from D'Allaird's.
Bizarrely, in the exact same location that the Patch is now in Victoria...was a D'Allairds store when I was in my early teens.

I chatted with the cashier about clothes and she gave me the 40% off on the $22.95 price so it ended up at $13.97.

I can never resist a cool leather skirt, and they have a huge selection at the Patch.
A grass-green suede one with gold zipper pockets - $24.95. This is not 80s vintage - more like late 90s, with that waist shape.

And woo!
 Hot pink! I am all over this killer high-waisted lambskin skirt. This was also $24.95.
With that waistline, it's got to be 80s - I don't know the brand Evan Davies, but it's really good quality leather.

I totally lucked out in the belt section!
Turquoise leather with those silver accents? Oh gosh, yes, please. This was $7.99!

And who doesn't need an orange belt?
$9.99 for this vibrant leather belt - dig that buckle!

I strolled up to the Hospice Society - their prices have gone up, but they still have a few good things. I liked the colours in this sheer navy blue blouse. The sleeves are nice and full.
It'll look great with a pencil skirt. It was $8.00.

I continue on my mission to weed out my casual tops and replace them with more flattering blouses.
This lovely turquoise top is by Cleo and was $7.50. I love the neckline.

I love the fabric on this one - it's 100% silk.
This has a fitted bottom with a long tie - whoever owned it before me made some modifications to it. It's supposed to be a wrap, but she put in two buttons/holes and a snap fastener at the top. It just fit so nicely, even though the draping is a bit weird because of the alternations. It was $10.00 and is by Sandra Angelozzi.

I had an hour's nap, then propped my drooping hair up with more hairspray! On to our next date: L's friend from high school, Susan, was in town. We had dinner and drinks out, then hung out at our place for several hours. 
I love a bright summery plaid!

I couldn't resist wearing the new belt right away.
I used to have a few of these drop-waisted belts back in 1985-6.

The dress is a favourite - I last wore it here in May with denim.
I did wear my jean jacket over this for walking to and from town - no sun on my ink or my arms!

The stuff: 
The official "Husband-Hated" aqua shoe returns! I last wore them a couple of weeks ago here.

Aqua bling:
How did I live without that awesome belt?

Dress (Coldwater Creek, thrifted), shoes (Prepare Guide, Fluevog), belt (vintage 80s, thrifted), earrings (Oscar & Libby's), Fulvia ring (Wendy Brandes).

Today, Mom came over in the morning (oooh, need coffee). We are planning some holidays, so needed to get things going.
It was a slow start to the morning. She and I went grocery shopping while L got ready. We all went out for lunch, then spent the afternoon planning, booking and spending horrendous amounts of money. I can't give too many details, but you'll hear all about it at some point.

Hot today! I wore my trusty denim jacket for walking to the pub and back, but this is what I wore all day.
The yellow sweater tank was last worn in the same outfit as the above mushroom skirt (down at the bottom here in June).
Vintage slip peeking out.
My blood splatter skirt, last seen here in June with burgundy and lime. A strange man exclaimed over the pattern. "That would make a great tablecloth!" Ha!

The stuff:
Ah, my red boots! It was a little too hot for these, but they are so nice on my feet. I last wore them here in June with emerald.

Red bling:
I love this leather cuff.

Top (Cable & Gauge, thrifted), skirt (handmade, thrifted), boots (1883 Lucchesse, consignment), cuff (Rimanchik), earrings (local).

And to bed!


  1. it looks a really funny and busy weekend, love every of your outfits (as usual) and congrats for being mentioned at Already Pretty!, because you deserve it: I've enjoyed a lot your "shoes my husband hates" series, so funny that these are some of my favorite shoes of yours!!
    fabulous 'fancy friday' dress, you look elegant and gorgeous!, and also fabulous finds, you've got that thrifting mojo!!, Love your summery plaid dress, such a pretty print and cute ensemble!, and also love your yellow top and 'tablecloth' printed skirt with booties (it's strange that so many people feel authorized by fashion gods to stare and comment whatever other people wear!)
    wish you a relaxing & delightful week!
    besos & bling

  2. Pink crystals! Mauve shoes! Turquoise top, 80's belt, plaid, cowboy boots! Leather skiiiiiirts ....
    Pa-POW!!! Total knockout!

  3. Lookin' good, buddy! Your life sounds so busy right now.

  4. You get a lot done on weekends, I should take tips from you.
    Oh the gloves made it all the way to Canada ! how amazing, i just read it on Ally's blog :)
    I have to say that of your purchases I am all for the cute belt that happened to match your Fluevogs magically.

  5. Love that lilac 1960s dress, the green leather skirt, and the turquoise belt - nice finds! You look great in the checked dress, and yellow is a wonderful colour on you. xxx

  6. I bought my grad dress at D'Aillards! I know I thought it was weird to find it in "an old ladies" store as you put it. Funny thing...that dress still fits and is still so classic I still wear it.

    I love the plaid dress and that vintage shift is gorgeous. I should have contacted you the last time I was in Victoria. You could have pointed out all the best thrift stores.

    Popping by to see the boxing gloves : )


  7. Great finds as always, Sheila! I am hoping to be in Victoria in September but only with access to downtown as I'll be without a car. I hope you can point me in the direction of some good thrift shops. I love the Daillards dress you bought and it sure doesn't have an old lady look to it at all. I'd say you made a knock-out punch of the thrift shopping only that's probably kind of lame, as opposed to lah May! Oh I love that silk kimono top too. Did anyone mention it is colour coordinated with your hair? I love that two-tone colour in the swoop.

    Oh my gosh now I have to start thinking about how to style the gloves!

  8. Fierce, feminine, fabulous! Great new skirts too. Thanks for linking up to Visible Monday, xox.

  9. Love your hair!!! Your so cute with the gloves and that purple 60s dress is killer!!!


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