|Photo by Melanie!|
L, thank you for being my partner in crime, my best friend, and most awesome husband who has put up with me for 18 years! Crazy! Where does that time go?
As we know our shopping patterns pretty well, we both pack minimally for the trip.
I also took a blue sweater, but otherwise wore the exact same outfit every day; concrete leather, black boots and a sweater.
- Sweater - Talbots, consignment; last seen here for Pink Shirt Day in February
- Leather skirt - no name, thrifted; last worn here (after the Hallowe'en costumes) in November 2014 with Etro
- Boots - Aldo, consignment; last seen here (4th outfit) in late February with lavender ultrasuede
The real star was my pink fringed coat!
|"Ayyyy...I'm so cool."|
So much, that I'm linking up to Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style! Go check it out!
We always take the float plane over.
I was on the right wing.
There's the Victoria Clipper!
It was quite cloudy the whole way over. Most of my pictures were of the plane windows with water droplets on them!
And before we knew it, there was Vancouver!
A Bag and a Beret!
Yes, here we are!
We saw this strange little car and had to pose with it.
Melanie took us to a favourite little hip thrift store, where I found a vintage early 80s Pierre Cardin silk skirt.
All fully lined, hand-stitched and reeking in quality.
Look at all the hand-finished edging!
Even the zipper has a little spike that keeps it from slipping.
We dragged Melanie along to Fluevog in Gastown.
Hop like a bunny, Melanie!
She also took some shots of L and I as we cruised around the store. She wrote about it here - go, go now!
|These are part of the famous "Shoes My Husband Hates" series. Photo by Melanie.|
|Photo by Melanie.|
But it's so hard to chose.
|Photo by Melanie.|
In fact, I got two pairs! Strictly speaking, L and I buy each other our shoes as our anniversary gift to each other. 18 years is the Fluevog anniversary, right?
Always hold on to the truth.
Don't let others sway your heart.
Don't compromise yourself for the
sake of temporal grooviness.
Be separate from the crowd that's
awash with normality by standing
on a firm foundation.
Never waiver in your love or faith
and in all you do
please wear my shoes.
- John Fluevog
These lovelies are the Queen of Prussia Louise, in burgundy metallic. Linking here 'cause I love!
Be still my soul. Or sole.
|"Be the Queen, Guard Your Boundaries"|
I thought this height of heel (3.75") was out of my reach, now that I'm in my late 40s, but I walked all over downtown Vancouver in these (and even
Look at these buckles.
This is the flat back of the heel:
And yes, Amber, I saw your comment on Melanie's blog! I did get the Esoteric Temptations Odette. Linking here 'cause I love!
I LOVE the Swordfish toe on them and the way the shoe comes up at the back of the ankle. I have very narrow ankles at the back and these just fit like a glove. I expect they will be a bit stiff at first, but my Half-Truth Tanyas (these) do the same thing and they've gotten very soft and comfortable.
Check this out:
|A good look at the metallic blue colour|
John's signature on the heel.
You know what they say about temptations...
Protect your sole
- John Fluevog
It was no contest for shoes for L.
These are the Gateways Brandenburgh Light.
These were also far too cool to leave behind.
|L wore these out - in the rain! - both nights in Vancouver|
Look at that heel! These are total showstoppers.
I took my chartreuse silk dress (light, doesn't take up room) and wore it both nights.
|Stair pose across the bed!|
- Dress - Mary Jo Bruno, consignment; last worn here in November 2014 for brunch out
- Bigass necklace - Club Monaco
On Saturday, we met up with friends Spense and Kim and their kidlets out in West Van for breakfast. There is great shopping with lots of little local boutiques along Main Street, as well as some awesome diners for brunch.
I found this lovely skirt at Front & Company for $28.00. It's by Kenneth Cole.
I always go into Two of Hearts Boutique! It's all local and ethically-produced clothing, and I've gotten some gorgeous pieces there over the years. I fell in love with this dress.
The polka dots make it hard to see the details!
And Wendy B would love this:
|Can you see it? Polka dot camo!|
It is a killer dress on and I already have an event to wear it to! It's by Stop Staring! and is called the Love Dress - it was $198.00. It's made in the US - they make tons of vintage-inspired clothing.
I fell in love with this rich pattern.
I don't often buy full price, but I like to support local designers and ethical manufacturers, as well as actual bricks-and-mortar stores, instead of shopping online.
Oh, and I like second-hand! Like these NEW Diesel shoes.
And again with the high ankle thing!
These are made in Italy, are all leather, and also feature a custom buckle.
Shiny sole with NO wear! These were $45.00 second-hand. I found the same ones online for $190.
I love the mod vibe of them.
I popped into one of the stores Melanie had recommended, My Sister's Closet, which is a charity that supports battered women. Not to be confused with My Sister's Closet in Victoria, which is a middle-range consignment store.
I found this amazing jacket there.
A close-up of the centre back:
It's by Paparazzi by BIZ, which seems to be carried in Anthropology stores (which we don't have, but there's one in Seattle).
Not only my shoes have profound things to say!
|I particularly like that comma.|
I was amazed to see that it's machine wash, tumble dry!
With three pairs of shoes, a dress, a coat and three skirts, my backpack on the way home was stuffed tight. The weight went from 6 lbs to 14 lbs!
L also did really well on his shopping, following his haul at Fluevog. He found this cool shirt at Front & Company.
We found a very high-end consignment store, where L slipped on these black dress shoes. Sometimes a name does equal quality - these are Prada!
Bright and early Sunday morning, we strolled back down to the waterfront.
Hints of blue in the sky.
Time to go.
Fort Rod Hill Park on the right.
And before you know it, we're home.
Outrigger paddlers right below us.
Someone might have been very happy to see us.
|"What, home already?"|
|"Nonsense, just workin' the beat."|
We missed him too! It's good to be home!
With all that shoe goodness, it feels like time to celebrate!
Join me on Friday for the first Shoe Shine of spring!
Ooooh, where to start...ReplyDelete
What a haul! For both of you. I'm glad you both wore your new shoes out each night without foot incident.
I sent you to Two Sisters mostly so you would see that embroidered coat. I'm so glad you got it! It's amaaazing. And I can't believe the sewing detail on the polka-dot skirt. I see L got black shoes after all. Heh. Prada!
I love the Save-On Meats photo - appropriate for a coupla' hams. Ba-da-bum.
Thanks, you two, I had a great time! Again, happy anniversary.
Love your blog ... thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful, fun post! Glad you guys had a good time. Those new shoes are amazing.ReplyDelete
Oh, hooray!!!! You know I had to scroll down like a maniac to find out, I am so excited for other peoples' shoes, lol. Thought the same about the Queen of Prussia heel, wow, they are so beautiful, love 'em with chartreuse. Oh, Johnny Fluevog. Happy Anniversary to you and L, and I adore your corresponding Melanie pictures of the day, SO much fun, you dear people!ReplyDelete
P.S. I swear I just-for-fun tried on that same amazing embroidered coat In Texas in 2011 (pre-outfit photos, didn't get a pic), priced at $750, eek, hence just-for-fun. It had a plain wide ribbon for a belt that didn't do it justice, but otherwise amazing shape, weight, colours, everything. It will be stunning on you!
Wow, just wow to a fab anniversary adventure! New shoes, meeting up with Melanie, shopping like a boss. I am crazy for that embroidered coat. Thanks for linking up all the excitement with Visible Monday, xoReplyDelete
First and foremost: Happy anniversary to you and Mr Clooney ;)ReplyDelete
What a wonderful way to spend the weekend - and you picked up some great items.
The polka dot pieces and of course the burgundy fluevogs were my fave.
POLKA DOTTED DRESS!! Oh Sheila, that just looks amazing. Can't wait to see you rock it!ReplyDelete
Fabulous fun! Loved all your details and pics in this newsy post. There is an Anthropologie on South Granville which I like to visit every time we go over to Vancouver.ReplyDelete
Those shoes are works of art...your anniversary tradition is wonderful. Congratulations on 18 years.
ohhh, lots of fabulousness and blogger meeting and shoeporn!! awesome!!ReplyDelete
Love all those fluevogs you've indulged yourselves!, amazing details!, love particularly those blue metalic oxfords which L. purchased!
and that embroidered jacket!, my mouth is watering!!
I LOVE your anniversary round-up post! Happy Anniversary to you both! It looks like you had another super time in Vancouver. You certainly got some awesome goods!! THE COAT! Oh my goodness, that is gorgeous fabric! Please, please model it for us soon! And Fluevogs...ah...a man dedicated to the craft! Oh, how I rue letting mine go. Looking forward to seeing you in July!ReplyDelete
Happy anniversary to you and L! Good to know you enjoyed your trip, with Mel and some very successful shopping thrown in.ReplyDelete
Ahh, sweetheart Vizzini, bet he was delighted to have you home again! xxx
BOOM! And THAT'S how you celebrate 18 years together!!! How marvelous you were able to get together with Mel. I would have just stood back in awe at the Fluevog store - fabulous shoe choices, especially L's metallic blue oxfords.ReplyDelete
I am definitely in the "I LOVE the pink fringed jacket" camp.
The embroidered coat from My Sister's Closet" is stunning - I would have had to bring that home too.
Amazing meet up and amazing finds!ReplyDelete
I admit, I used your tricks for my trip to Philly to maximize the stuff I got to bring back.
Although I don't envy your plane ride. EEP!