Not long before the Super Bowl! Our house is aromatically enhanced with the smell of two kinds of chili, and I'm chillin' in no make-up and an oversized Carolina Panthers jersey - no picture of that! A dozen people will be arriving in about an hour.
It's been a relaxing weekend. I've sorely needed my downtime, so you know what that means! Retail therapy!
But first up: Friday.
- Blouse - Peter Nygard, consignment; purchased here last weekend for $11.50 on the clearance rack
- Skirt - Bedo, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in November 2014 with Dries van Noten in November for an outing at the Art Gallery
- Boots - Mini Babycakes, Fluevog; last seen here in October 2014 with green fringe
Shoe Shine, which is on until Friday!
- Earrings - local
- Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
I love a good knuckle-duster of a ring.
My camera battery died midway through my Saturday morning pictures, so I did my stair pose after I got home around 4pm.
- Fruital blouse - thrifted; last seen here in January with faux leather
- Skirt - BB Dakota, consignment; last seen here in August 2014 with an insanely ruffled blouse
- Boots - Pegabo; last seen here (5th outfit) in November 2014 for Zoe's day with crazy Auntie Sheila
I went to three thrift stores and one consignment store. I did pretty good, and found something in every store, including a few amazing items.
First, I went to the St. Vincent de Paul, where I found this dragonfly leather cuff.
this piece by them, with airplanes on it.
I took this suede belt off a mannequin at the WIN (Women in Need) Boutique.
here). The buckle and belt cost $99.00 to buy together on their website, and I paid $12.50. Score!
This isn't a terribly interesting piece, but it's a very useful piece.
I recently purged most of my cardigans, feeling like I was "over" them, but they are super-useful for wearing with sleeveless tops and over dresses in the summer. I think it was more that my old cardigans were the wrong shape for the style groove I am in right now. Been there, done that, time to play with something else.
And lo and behold, here's another cardigan!
I stopped in at the Hospice Thrift Store as well. I work with a really sweet and intelligent young woman named Emily. She's fresh out of university and is this is her first "real" job. I know she doesn't have much money, and she loves classic styles (she was the recipient of this jacket, which was outside her comfort zone, but she wears it all the time).
I knew when I saw this dress that she would love it.
It was only $15.00. That's nothing. This dress would have been over $200 new.
|Yes, I did try it on...just in case it was a big 4! It was not.
I found this top for me:
It's semi-vintage Club Monaco piece - they have been around since 1985, so there are some old pieces out there. You can tell by the label (compare the font on the label below to the one on the dress label above), and by the fact that it's made in Hong Kong. Very little clothing has been manufactured there since the 80s, due to cheaper manufacturing costs in China. I'd guess this top is from the early 90s - it might have had thin shoulder pads at one time.
I still felt vaguely unsatisfied with my purchases - I liked all these pieces, was giddy about the dress for Emily, but I hadn't found that "wow" item yet. So I wandered another couple of blocks, over to the Velvet Crease consignment store.
And I totally lucked out! I found a Desigual coat!
Check out the amazing back!
|I dig the cool buttons and the orange contrasts.
I also found this wondrous creature of pink sparkle loveliness:
It's BlackTie by Oleg Cassini, and it is probably from the 80s.
So, I found my real gems in the last place I looked - isn't that always the way?
A few of you have asked - our Book Club just discussed "The Hare With Amber Eyes" a non-fiction book by Edmund de Waal.
Well, off to watch the Seahawks (hopefully) crush the Patriots! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!