|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!