It's been a fun-filled weekend - I wish I had tomorrow off, but ah, well.
Late last week, we put out an impromptu call to our friends to join us at the Fernwood Inn for an afternoon of carousing (one of our favourite pastimes).
- Dress - handmade, thrifted; last seen here in July 2014 with a pair of Shoes My Husband Hates
- Shoes - Fiel; purchased back here in January for $60 new (regular $250)
It's leather weather!
- Belt - Plum
- Fabric rose - Le Chateau
- Orange leather cuff - thrifted
- Red leather cuff - Rimanchik
- Earrings - made in Vancouver
- Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
- Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop
- Coral ring - gift from Cindy
- Shield ring - Nine West
L and I spent a quiet evening playing games after our afternoon of good times - more good times! On Saturday morning, we met up with Nick for brunch.
- Sweater - Banana Republic; last worn here (2nd outfit) with suede for a shopping expedition in January
- Pleated leather skirt - no tags, consignment; last seen here in January with mustard
- Cowboy boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in March with grey lace
- Ring - consignment
- Earrings - thrifted
My first stop was at the St. Vincent de Paul. I was on a mission for tops and layering pieces. I'm also finding that there's been nearly a 100% shift in colours and tones. I am craving brights, but not exactly the same brights I've always done. I want REALLY bright brights.
Like this aqua cardigan.
This top is by Tahari (a higher-end department store brand), and the cut and all the colours feel very modern to me.
I'm trying to get rid of t-shirt material tops and switch to either thin knits or blouses. Because I sweat a lot, washable is a must. I don't mind good quality polyester in my knits/blouses because it's easier to care for. In the wash you go!
I found this bright tomato orange-red top on the cheap rack for $1.50.
It's a thin knit and is by Nine West.
I scored with this gorgeous no-label blue blazer. I have removed lots of labels in my time, so no judgment if you do too! Sometimes they scratch!
That's Braemar, for sure. I think this blazer is from the 80s - it has the shoulder pads! However, it's a good cut on me...and how often do you find a blue blazer? Especially a wool one for $5.00? I plan to rock this.
From the SVdP, I meandered over to the WIN Warehouse store. I have to replace all of my white tops every spring/summer, as I stain them quite badly.
This label-less cotton shirt has great tux detailing down the front.
|"Janelle Monae would be proud," said L.|
This is one of those times when I'm glad someone cut off the label - this is a really good quality shirt, but because of the lack of brand, it was in with the "regular" clothes, so only $6.00.
I am tired of black and brown blazers. It's the season of brights! Since I ruined my last red blazer when I fell off the bus (the blood didn't come out of the cuffs), I've been looking for a replacement.
I like the slightly boxy influence of the 80s, but I need a shape that "locks and loads" my boobular region. Fit is important, so I've been fussy.
Only $8.50 (this is what you get for not being a recognizable brand, sorry Harve Benard).
I really liked the colour of this Gap cardigan.
I checked the tags - it's from Summer 2010.
Although I already have a bright blue 80s "square" top (this one), it's silk, and due to the aforementioned sweating, I have to be cautious about wearing it underneath cardigans or blazers, 'cause then it gets all pitsy. This one is polyester - it can go in the wash. It's also more of a cobalt blue, so not exactly the same!
I'm a sucker for little evening pieces. I usually resist them, but these two just called to me. First, a little change purse.
|If you are looking at this on a computer monitor vs. phone, that's close to actual size|
Right beside it was this fabulous beaded silk evening clutch.
It was only $6.50.
|"As is" means the few missing beads|
Back here in August 2014, I bought a single gold-rimmed "pineapple" mini wine glass for $2.95.
After my lovely haul from WIN I decided to go further into town, to Flavour Upstairs. Nothing really worked for me this time, but I found this amazing little suede purse for $14.99.
I strolled over to Verve, but nothing rang my bell there (plus it's really expensive consignment), but I did pop into Duchess and Duke consignment shop (FB here, linking 'cause I love; hi, Kasha!), and I'm so glad I did, because I found some awesome stuff.
I also spotted this off-white asymmetrical polyester blouse.
With all my white and off-white goals accomplished, I went back to colour. How about strawberry ice cream pink cashmere at 50% off? It says "Harrod's Cashmere Tee" on the store's tag, but as you can see, the main label's been removed. I choose to believe it's from Harrod's!
This black wool blend dress has no label either, and was also on the half-price rack.
Did I mention I'm having a coloured blazer moment? Yes, I am.
I splurged a bit on this purple leather Danier jacket.
But look at the lining!
Lime and magenta! And really, at $58.00 this was cheaper than my lime green leather jacket, right?
I was really entranced by this cherry red vintage 70s handmade gown. It looks like nothing on the hanger, so I put in on, "bare bones" to model it.
|"Where did my fun belt-toy go?"|
I spent an hour making about 20 outfits from all the new and new-to-me spring-summer clothes I've acquired lately. I'm trying out the trick of putting all your hangers backwards (then you put them back the other way once you've worn an item) to see what I actually wear. My goal is to wear every item in the closet this season, and weed through some of it. My closet feels crowded!
I had to keep kicking Vizzini out. He wants to eat things in there.
|"I only want to chew on SOME of your shoes, not ALL of them."|
|"I am a seething ball of fury!"|
I always have to dress up - it's a holiday!
- Dress - Max & Co.; last worn here in March with trout shoes
- Shoes - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) in August 2014 to Zeb's divorce party
Of course, I had to wear my new-to-me leather jacket with it.
- Belt - Nygard
- Necklace - vintage fair
Hoping you had a fun long weekend - it's back to work for me tomorrow!
Sheila, you dress so beautifully that I sometimes think you aren't real: you must be a fictional heroine. It will be a shock to see your actual self in Vancouver!ReplyDelete
oh man, what a haul. I think my favorite picks are the leather jacket and the white tank. Swoon!ReplyDelete
I'm going to be combing your blog for inspo. I've got a new job to dress for!
The blue outfit is just so wonderful, and I looove the green dress with orange-ish shoes too! So many beautiful finds, Sheila! I'm with you on brights - also craving them so much at the moment. I just got myself a vibrant yellow skirt... I probably had a yellow item of such brightness last time when I was still in high school. Love the mustard, orange and aqua, you sure will rock them! xxxReplyDelete
Whoa, what an armload of pretty in this post! Great outfits up top and so many excellent finds, love the sweaters and blazers in wonderful colours and cuts, and that green suede purse, sweet thing, and the beaded ones, and purple leather, Taharo tp (!) and your goblet-mates! Well, I just like everything! Especially killer-cat!ReplyDelete
And dear Braemar, where I got a blazer (purple) for my grad school interview / portfolio presentation, then my cat adopted the bag, I didn't have the heart to take it away from him, and so he slept on it for years.
I love your evening gown and I hope you soon have an occasion to wear it. And your "mess of colour," love that too.
Blazers, blouses, and cute little cardis. Your thrift goddesses are keeping a good eye on you.
Your Easter lunch outfit is my favourite - I love the colours!ReplyDelete
I'm interested to see how you will be wearing that yellow blazer too! :) I spotted a yellow blazer in my size for only $8 in the op-shop, and passed it again a week later after I had been thinking about it....but I figured it wouldn't get much wear so I didn't buy it. of course it was gone next time I passed. Should have snapped it up! I don't always have good luck thrifting, should take what I see when I see it!
Good luck with your 'reversing hangers' wardrobe trick! I had a personal stylist come over and do a wardrobe detox with me - felt good to see so much leave and have so many options for what was left. And she recommends I buy more colour, less prints! I'm going to be getting even more inspiration from your colourful outfits! :)
Wow! You really bought a ton of stuff! Good work Sheila!ReplyDelete
I love the beaded bags and that leather jacket...
The Blogger Meet Up looks like fun but my DIL is expecting a baby, her third around that time so I might be needed here. I am sure that you will all have a fabulous time!
LOVE the green vintage dress!ReplyDelete
I ADORE the first outfit - the green and orange are great with your hair (which looks very cool BTW), and the dress shape is flattering. My other favourite would be the blue one at the end with the beautiful new (to you) Danier jacket. Looks like you've got the basis of a good Spring/Summer wardrobe after your shopping day. I'm a "heavy perspirer" too, and don't buy white, or silk, for that reason because it just has to be trashed after a few wearings. I ruined a gorgeous 1930's satin gown because I didn't get it cleaned soon enough after wearing it :(ReplyDelete
The small vintage clutches were my favourite find ! Specially the one that reads "EMpire" I would have never known in was from England.ReplyDelete
Oh and the long fuchsia gown is fabulous!!!!
Loving all the bright colours, Sheila! It won't be any surprise that the vintage pieces are my faves! That cerise maxi dress is a real beauty, wear it anywhere you like! xxxReplyDelete