Monday, February 23, 2015

Sprung Weekend Wrap-Up: Shopping and Gallivanting About (and New Shoes)

Whew! The weekend is officially over, and not to rub your noses in it, but this is what February looks like on Canada's west coast.
Pretty spectacular, eh? No snow out in this part of the country, my friends!

On Saturday morning, Land I headed downtown to go for brunch.
Still feeling a little mentally grey, but why not be that in Dolce & Gabbana?

  • Sweater - August Silk, thrifted; last seen here (5th outfit) in October 2014 with marsala pleats
  • Skirt - Dolce & Gabbana, thrifted; last worn here in December 2014 with a telltale heart
  • Boots - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last worn here (way down at the bottom) in January

Lurker in the bottom of the picture!
Since it was so sunny, I actually went bare-armed (but wore a warm coat!).

First, we had to do some grabbin'.
"This is so undignified for an officer."
A little squirmy cuddle and all was good.
I happily showed off my Dolce & Gabbana skirt to anyone and everyone.

Outerwear? Outerthere!
I love leather coat weather!

The view from my stairs.
Only a few stray clouds scuttling past the castle.

This street is lined with Japanese cherry and plum trees.
Half of them are out right now - the other half blooms in about 2 weeks.

L and I joined the throngs waiting at Floyd's for brunch.
You can't miss the hot pink building.

A sneak shot of the inside.
Yes, that's Santa holding the menus. He's wearing a Canucks hoodie (he's in disguise).

More blossoms.
These are miniature daffodils.
Each bloom is maybe an inch big.

Gnarled Garry Oaks reach for the sky.
There are so many of these big puffy pale pink trees.
It looks like snow when the blossoms start to shed.
They smell wonderful...but make me sneeze. Spring has sprung!

I meandered around the thrift stores after brunch. I had a bit of luck with this lovely peachy sweater.
It's a really fine cotton knit - definitely not a t-shirt. I always prefer a thin sweater over a tee, just for the extra structure. This one is slightly flared at the bottom.

By Jaeger, made in the UK.
For $4.00? Score! Oh my gosh, their plain knit tops start at $183.00 Canadian! Holy smokes, I did get a deal!

Well! That was exciting! I also found this lovely skirt.
Another watercolour floral but I love the bold red with taupe and brown and rust. So pretty!

This one is by Un1Deux2Trois3 - it is made in Poland.
I don't think it's as high of quality as the Jaeger sweater, but it's still nice enough for $6.00.

I also found this graphic novel, Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill (a current writer I'm grooving on) and Gabriel Rodriguez.
The Eisner nominee means it's practically guaranteed to be good! And only $7.00, so I'm happy with that.

I wandered over to the Velvet Crease again (that's a bad store for me! I find too many good things!), and of course, had good luck.
This is merino wool, made by Talbots. It was $24.00 and fits me just right. I love the hot pink!

I am a sucker for a vintage maxi skirt.
Curtise, do I have your approval?

Black velvet waistband and all the good colours.
Pink, magenta, turquoise, black, white and metallic bronze.

I don't know the name Alex Colman of California, but I'm happy to add another size to my array.
G. This is a size G. G for good? The Vintage Fashion Guild (linking here 'cause I love) pins this to the late 60s/early 70s. How cool!  I love knowing when my clothes are from.

I had a gift certificate from the four VPs at work from Christmas that I hadn't spent yet. Look what I found...
I KNOW. They are the same as my Big Presence Desmond in orange canvas, but these are metallic bronze leather.
I could eat them up. The metallic leather was a special run for Heart & Sole shoes in town - can't buy these on the Fluevog website!
Do you "heart" them? I do! And I think the VPs will all approve. They were $249.00 before the $100 gift certificate and there were only a couple sizes left. Lucky me!

On Sunday, I dragged myself out of bed to get groceries, and meet up with Yvonne for an eyebrow wax and a bit of shopping.
Why yes, I am a cowgirl.

  • Dress - Love Dress O, Bodybag by Jude; last seen in August 2013 here (4th outfit) 
  • Boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last worn here (3rd outfit) for a wee bit of weekend shopping in January

Although I haven't worn this dress in a year and a half, I'm still keeping it. It fits wonderfully and I love the feel and look of it, despite it being very limited for styling.
It was easy to try stuff on with this on (everything goes under or over the dress). The boots are practically a weekend shopping staple.

Geared up for another lovely day.
Yes, only a jean jacket! I was a little chilly so added the long leather gloves (they are cashmere-lined).

The stuff:
First wearing of this thrifted leather and ponyhair belt.

  • Belt - Danier Leather, thrifted
  • Cuff - Rimanchik

The shopping was good. I found these bronze teardrop studs for $15.00.
They are by Graceful Hunter and are locally made.

I took Yvonne to Flavour Upstairs (I hadn't been there for a while). She found a skirt, a dress and a cashmere cardigan, all for under $55.00.

I didn't find anything for myself, but I did score a couple of cool shirts for L:
Ben Sherman, long-sleeved houndstooth in black and white with navy and burgundy.

And this vintage Arrow shirt:
Ha, the "Iron Cheater"! It's also long-sleeved and the colours are turquoise, brown and deep blue. Both shirts were $17.99 each.

Then Yvonne told me that She She Shoes had a "last pair" sale on. Well, of course we had to go look! Yvonne found a slate blue pair of Miz Mooz, and I fell in deep, iridescent love...
Oh sweet mother of pearl, aren't they fabulous? They are by Miista and were on sale for $140.00
I am so in love with these! I want to wear them every day.

Ah, but I restrained myself today. I still have a lot of new-to-me items waiting to be worn!
Like this fabulous forest green vintage 1960s sweater!

  • Sweater - Dalkeith, thrifted; purchased here last weekend for $10.50
  • Skirt - Bianca Nygard, thrifted; last seen here in January for our VIP work visit
  • Shoes - Fly London; last worn here in December with a sweet vintage dress
I'm linking this outfit up to Patti's "Visible Monday" at Not Dead Yet Style - get yourself over there!

These shoes exemplify one of my "rules" about vintage: wear modern shoes! Otherwise, the outfit can skew to the costume-y look (which is cool, but more of a going-out vibe for me).
I was quite pleased with this outfit, including my 50-year-old sweater. There is not actually any green in the skirt at all!

The stuff:
Killer shoes!

Leafy bling:
And there are my new earrings.

Necklace - Lisner, vintage 60s, Grandma J's
Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
Earrings - Graceful Hunter

And how was your weekend? Any blossoms in the forecast? How about spring shoes?
Shoe Shine is coming this Friday! 


  1. What a great haul you found! And those shoes? Gah! You're killing me! I love them both. Can't wait to see you wear them.

  2. I hope your grey mood lifts soon -- it saddens me to keep hearing you're short on sunshine!
    You look wonderfully svelte in that last stair picture! I would have never realized that there wasn't any green in that skirt, it just goes so well!

  3. Merino wool, I love that stuff. It makes me feel wealthy AND happy. You definitely found some great deals. The sun was startlingly bright today here. All bad weather is forgiven in an instant. The blossoms there are glorious. I think they're out here too but I haven't been in those neighbourhoods yet.

  4. You scored some amazing finds! I really like that skirt, looking forward to seeing how you wear it :)

    I like the trees in bloom too - that must be a lovely street to walk along! :)

  5. I love this look into your weekend life, Sheila! You and L remind me so much of Sandy and me, in that we just love each other's company.
    Great shopping treasures, too - what a fabulous maxi skirt, and shoes. Thanks for linking up to Vis Monday, xox.

  6. Ha, that mention of me just popped up as I was thinking "wow, I adore that skirt!" So yes, big thumbs up from me, it's a beauty.
    The pretty pink blossom is a perfect match for that Jaeger top, and both pairs of shoes are awesome.
    Love the 50s sweater girl vibe of the last outfit, you look fantastic. xxx

  7. Gorgeous cherry trees!!! Love all your new finds, especially the vintage maxi and tartan skirt!

  8. Oh how I want to move to Victoria! All that great thrifting plus streets lined with trees in bloom in February.

    Love your outfits, thanks for sharing them and a cat cuddle too!
    Those metalic shoes are amazing (both pairs).

  9. I require that vintage maxi skirt! I require it!!! Unfortunately for me and lucky for you I live across the country and cannot raid your closet. Cannot wait to see you wear it. Have I mentioned that I require that skirt??!!!

  10. Scoreeeeeeeee
    on that vintage skirt, the sweaters and the Fluevogs.
    Oh and I really enjoy seeing the nature shots, it amazing how it just renews itself.

  11. There is something about that sweater/plaid skirt/green shoes oufit that suits you perfectly!! The green of the sweater and the gold necklace looks fab with your hair, the shape of the skirt and top are so flattering, and then, the magnificent shoes (I LOVE ankle straps)!! I think you need to wear this kind of silhouette more often.


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