Monday, November 30, 2015

Grey and Lavender Monday

Brr! Baby, it's cold outside! I should have worn a couple of layers underneath this shirt today! 
Are you loving the lavender?

  • Shirt - Ciel et Neige, consignment; purchased here in Sidney for $9.00
  • Skirt - Talbots, consignment; purchased here later that same weekend for $24.95
  • Booties - Feud; last seen here in March with all the big names

Although I liked this outfit overall, only the skirt is something that I really love. Fuzzy skirt! However, now that I have a real 100% mohair skirt, this mohair blend is feeling inadequate. But - you gotta love lavender!
The shirt is too big, so in the wash it goes, and then to my lovely coworker, Fiona.

The stuff:
Sweet lavender booties that I can't wear for more than a few hours. I walked to and from the coffee shop (a block each way) in these with my boss today, but when faced with walking to the other office (4 blocks each way), I switched over to my pink and purple runners and (I confess) kept them on for the rest of the day.

Ladylike bling:
Sure, why not pearls?

  • Necklace - Grandma J's
  • Earrings - gift from Lise
  • Shield ring - Nine West
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop

December is only a few hours away! Will you be busting out the sparkly, shiny and sequined clothes for the season? You can bet I will be!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Picador, Plaid, Muppety, Green Glamour

Well, that was a fun long weekend! Even though it was US Thanksgiving, I am very thankful for taking that time off and relaxing with my friends and family (that would be L and Vizzini). 

More pictures below, but I'm leading with my glamour shot from last night's party. 
Linking up to Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style (go, go, go!) and to Anne's "52-Pick-Up" over at Spy Girl - the theme is "Gold, Abundance, Friendship". I think my necklace and my abundance of friends certainly qualifies me! Oh, and mustn't forget "Hat Attack!" at Judith's Style Crone (I so love your green fascinator, Judith!).

But let's not get ahead of ourselves, we have Thursday, Friday and Saturday to get to!

Here's Thursday!
Although I did spend most of Thursday watching NFL football (go, my undefeated Panthers!), I did have to work at my WW meeting that night.

  • Leather shirt - Danier Leather, thrifted; last worn here in October with D&G
  • Picador skirt - vintage 50s, handmade, thrifted; last seen here in July with orange
  • Boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) a couple of weeks ago in a weekend outfit

I washed this leather shirt recently, and it's tightened up slightly. The more I wear it, the more it will stretch out and re-conform to my shape.
My gory bull-killing action skirt. Zoiks! Violence!

The stuff:
I walked home after the meeting and caught the last half of the final game.

  • Earrings - Tania Gleave
  • Ring - Oscar & Libby's

I also cracked open the wine, heh heh.

L and I spent most of Friday chilling out. I had booked a haircut for the afternoon, so I headed to town.
Easy, comfy pieces.

  • Jacket - Le Chateau, consignment; last seen here earlier this month with bright flowers
  • Sweater (underneath) - Ellen Tracy, swap; last worn here (5th outfit) for Saturday brunch
  • Skirt - Ralph Lauren, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in August for a chill weekend
  • Boots - Babycakes Mini, Fluevog; last seen here in September with Victorian leather
  • Gloves/Scarf - Parkhurst

It's been crisp and sunny for the past several days, enough so that I don't have to wear a heavy coat.
"I like the woman's skirt."
I took my hairdresser a bag of funky clothes instead of a tip - I usually give her chocolates or a bottle of wine, but I had some fun pieces I thought she would like. And she did!

I was a few minutes early, so I quickly scouted out Flavour Upstairs for anything good. I may have gasped aloud when I saw this skirt. I snatched it off the rack like someone was going to tear it from my hands!

Behold, the Muppet Skirt!
I KNOW. It's bright pink mohair, tightly knit, and was $17.99. It weighs about 20 pounds!

It's by Joy Nilsson, an Australian designed from the late 60s/early 70s who stopped making clothing in early 1974. Check this out here - it's an article from The Age newspaper from Feb 28, 1974 noting that Ms. Nilsson had shut down for good.
So I know for sure that it's pre-1974! I washed the skirt right away (it was filthy along the hem and a big streak down one side), in the tub with a glob of shampoo (mohair wool is hair - it worked great!), then rolled it up in a towel to get the water out. It's nearly dry, and I can't wait to wear it!

On Saturday, L and I did our usual brunch.
Comfy clothes again, and lots of bright sunshine!

  • Sweater - Vero Moda, thrifted; first seen here for a Casual Friday in September
  • Skirt - Danier Leather, thrifted; last worn here (4th outfit) for a limo adventure last March!
  • Boots - Marc; last seen here (2nd outfit) in September on a very red weekend

"I must investigate this mysterious skirt."
I'm looking at Vizzini here, who is a blur just out of frame.
Mister Underfoot likes to get some attention when I do my photos.

Outerwear! It was a good day for yellow leather.
The stuff:
Love those boots!

  • Studded cuff - homegrown vintage, 80s
  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Earrings - 10th anniversary gift from L

I wore my hair up during the day, so that it would be easier to prop it up for the evening - party time!
My company's Christmas dinner and dance was last night. I've been saving this dress since June!

  • Dress - Joseph Ribkoff, vintage 90s; purchased here in June for $32.00
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog; last seen here in November with the bright flowered skirt
  • Coat (below) - Forever 21, thrifted

I took this shot because I did my nails! I rarely bother with them - and I hate when they are long! - but I grew them out a bit, filed them and put on a coat of navy blue quick-dry polish. I removed it today and cut my nails - back to normal!

For my make-up, I did tones of gold, and big false eyelashes. The eyelashes got sticky later in the evening and I peeled them off. Gah! Artifice!

I was so comfy all night in this dress.
 That hem swirled and twirled! I danced and swooshed about, to the admiration of my coworkers.
Slinky! Yowza!

And you know I love showing off my ink.
I bundled up with my fluffy leopard coat, long wool gloves and a glittery purse.
The stupid Santa parade (yes, I was feeling rather grinchy) kept our cab from getting to the hotel venue, so I walked several blocks in my heels. Brrr!

Doesn't L look awesome?
He's wearing his newly-thrifted Tripp coat (the buttons are skulls and crossbones!), a vintage 70s ruffled shirt, a vintage satin cumberbund, Versace satin trousers, and pewter/black Fluevogs. So stylin'!

My little beaded purse.
I bought that from Plum about 5 years ago.

The stuff:
Such shiny shoes!

This is a gorgeous vintage necklace that I've had for about 15 years.
L bought it for me from a local antique shop (he says it was $285.00! Yikes! I had no idea!). It's from the 1930s (very Art Nouveau), and has no marks on it. It's really heavy, and all the beads are glass, I think (they aren't plastic). I should take the earrings in to a jeweler and have them properly converted to pierced - someone has obviously removed the clip-ons and put cheap hooks on them.

It's quite a statement piece, and I don't wear it very often, but isn't it gorgeous?
I really liked how it worked with the dress.

  • Fascinator - Roberta's Hats
  • Necklace/earrings - vintage 30s, gift from L
  • Green crystal ring - consignment
  • Amber crystal ring - late 90s

Vizzini spotted my feather fascinator and became obsessed with finding it.
"Hmmm...not feathers, but still possible edible."
He was watching very carefully as I photographed my stuff.
"Is that the feather thing? I want the feathers!"
I took this picture walking over the bridge to the hotel.
Such a lovely sunset!

One of my coworkers owns a photobooth set-up, so L and I did our pictures.
An early "Happy Holidays" to my friends and readers! Rock on!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

All The Colours!

I'm back! Back to colours, that is! I know, you hardly recognized me yesterday in all my black. 
A very summery-feeling wintery outfit!

  • Cardigan - Jacob, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) with yellows in August
  • Top - Cable and Gauge; thrifted; last seen here in the exact same outfit (I'm so original)
  • Skirt - Andre Courreges, thrifted; last worn here in August with more cashmere
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog; last seen here earlier this month with mod morange

 I basically just pulled out a bunch of colours that sort of matched the necklace. Good thing I have All The Colours!
After a 10.5 hour day, I am beat. Tomorrow, I'm off for our traditional yes-we're-Canadian-but-we-take-US-Thanksgiving-off-to-watch-football day. That needs a shorter and catchier name. I'm open to suggestions.

The stuff:
Woo! Those are bright shoes!

  • Earrings - Stella and Dot, consignment
  • Necklace - consignment

Note that the earrings are actually bright green - not a colour in the necklace. They don't have to match...they just have to go!

A very happy Thanksgiving to my US friends and readers - I am thankful to know such a lovely group of like-minded folks. You all rock, in the best way! I'll be back on Sunday - and I'll have a party outfit to show off!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Basically Black - Sequins, Locks and Keys

Wait a minute! Who is that woman in black? What have you done with Sheila?
Let's all just settle down - sometimes I do wear black. It's not always "all colour, all the time" in my world, you know.

  • Blouse - Elite International, vintage early 80s, thrifted; purchased here for $10.95 a couple of weeks ago
  • Trousers - Talbots, thrifted; last seen here in September with flame
  • Shoes - Guess; last worn here in June with a crazy leather top

I liked this outfit overall, but this is really too much black for me. I felt a little blah (and I definitely didn't get many comments on my outfit), and I did miss the colour.
Today was the first wearing of this outrageous 80s blouse - it was wonderful. Next time, I'll wear it with colour.

The stuff:
Probably the most boring shoes I own, but they are pretty sweet. I love the shape.

Shiny bling:
One more week to December - nearly time to bust out the glittery stuff!

  • Earrings - Jacob
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop
  • Death Star ring - Soul Flower

And one more day for me, and then it's a long weekend! L and I always take the US Thanksgiving off to watch football with friends.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Rolling in the Seventies, and Are We Ready for Mom Jeans?

I had a frustrating day full of annoyances, and I was supposed to go to the gym today, but by the time I got home and considered a) how wet I was from the rain and b) how much I did not want to deal with my purple hair "bleeding" down my neck at the gym, I was all "Screw it!" 
This is my "Screw it!" outfit.

  • Blouse - handmade, vintage 70s/early 80s; thrifted here yesterday for $9.95 (but free with other stuff purchased)
  • Skirt - vintage 70s, no label, gift from Elaine; last seen here in February with shades of wine
  • Boots - Libby Smith Bellevues, Fluevog; last seen here in April for a Casual Friday

The blouse was nice to wear - it's the softest fabric I've worn in a long time. I am sure it's silk.
I love this ginormous heavy skirt! It's so thick and flappy! I sound like thunder in it.

The stuff:
My funky purple and tan boots! The buttons are the same shade as the skirt - I love a good match!

Lacy bling:
Yup, seen these before.

  • Belt - gift from Mom
  • Earrings - Plum

So...I went back to the Patch quickly today. I'd planned to buy a dress and two other items that I tried on yesterday (and then regretted not buying). I told L about one of these items and he flipped out - "Why didn't you buy them!?"

Unfortunately, the dress had a big rip in the fabric that I'd missed, so I didn't get the "one free" and only bought two. Eh, I'm all right with that.

First, I re-grabbed this vintage wool Lacoste sweater.
I love the divot neckline, the slim fit and the almost bracelet-length sleeves. It's really thick and lovely to feel.

Made in France! I'm pretty sure most Lacoste is not made in France anymore.
And there's the croc. we go. These are probably one of the craziest things I've bought in a long time.
You're looking at a 9" zipper right there
They are super-high-waisted Mom jeans. Zoiks! In bright blue, and covered with shiny gold - even the thread is metallic gold.

Every spot that could have their classic Medusa head button, has a shiny gold button, trimmed with crystals (yes!).
The name is everywhere.
My jeans are a bright blue cotton, and have the Versace Jeans Couture piece number on them (it's 632526, if you care).
 A large leather patch on the back.
 A big patch inside.
Blurry, but it says, "Si certifica che questo capo e stato realizzato dagli stabilimenti ITTIERRE S.p.A. Nel rispetto dells immagine voluta dallo Stilista VERSACE. Il presente attestato e a garanzia dell'authenticita del capo.  ITTIERRE S.p.A."

Which means, "This is to certify that this garment was made ​​by the establishments ITTIERRE SpA In respect dells wanted image stylist VERSACE . This attestation and guarantee dell'authenticita head . ITTIERRE SpA ". Um, sure, okay. Ittierre SpA seems to be a manufacturing company (very high-end).
 All authentic looking.
Interesting that there's what seems to be a date on the back of this tag "26-11-1973". I'm pretty sure that these are from the early 90s. I better get out my bodysuit!

And what did I pay for these pants of insanity?
Yeah, $24,95. I'm happy! I have seen the younger generation wearing these on the street - forget those bell-bottoms and get on the "Mom Jean" train!

Are you in? Or is this a little too hard to revisit? I have to admit, my butt looks amazing in these! Can't wait to wear them.