Sunday, January 10, 2016

Weekend Wrap-Up: Cat Pictures, Brunch and Thrift Scores

A quiet weekend was just what I needed, and a quiet weekend was had. 
L and I have our Saturday brunch ritual. He makes coffee, I get up and get ready while he works on his book, blog or playlists. Sometimes we come home together after and chill for the afternoon, and sometimes I go shopping afterwards.

  • Sweater - Smart Set, thrifted; last seen here (6th outfit) way back in October 2014 with the first wearing of the picador skirt
  • Skirt - Tommy Hilfiger, thrifted; first worn here in September 2015 with a chunky cream sweater
  • Boots - Ash; last seen here (3rd outfit) for some shopping in October 2015

This weekend, we did the latter and I went for a thrift shop after brunch. 

I'm shocked that I haven't worn this sweater in over a year! I will be removing it from my wardrobe, since I'm obviously not drawn to wearing it (the mark of a Good Sweater for me). I like the colour, but now I can put "bright blue sweater" on my thrifting radar.
Second and final wear for the skirt as well - it's just too big on me and I don't feel that pull to make outfits with it. Passing it along.

However, they were both easy layers for taking on and off for trying on clothes.
I like shopping in a thin jacket - I hate that feel of bulk when you're trying to look through the racks. My fluffy fur scarf and my fingerless gloves easily fit into my purse if I got too warm in the store; the gloves are also handy for letting me still feel fabrics as I shop, while keeping my hands warm.

The stuff:
Easy on-off boots, and good for walking. I walked home from town in these after 3 hours of shopping.

Badass bling:
I took the cuffs off once I started shopping - they both got in the way.

  • Studded cuff - homegrown vintage, 80s
  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Earrings - gift from Megan Mae

Before I show you what I bought, it's time for...

Cat pictures!
"Really? Now? Can't you just leave me alone, woman?"
L and I played board games on Friday night, and Vizzini roamed around, looking for attention and falling food.

He is a very chatty cat, with a wide range of chirps, merps, meows, yowls and grumbles. L and I both talk to him and he answers us back.
"What can I say? I'm a good communicator."
When we were inquiring about adopting him (nearly 5 years ago! time flies!), one of the things we were told was, "He loves to play."
"I demand play-time! Bring me my mousie!"
He really does - we have to run him around every night!

Anyway, cat interlude over! Here's what I found at my first stop, the St. Vincent de Paul store.

Hey! It's a blue sweater! Whattaya know?
This one is a slate blue, with a faux leather front. Note that the front is asymmetrical. The inset sleeve design reminds me of those "baseball shirts" in the 70s and early 80s.

This top is by Eric Alexandre (probably purchased at Dots, I would guess), and has never been worn - there's the spare thread packet, still attached to the label.
Green tags were half price, so this was $3.00.

I really like this tropical patterned pencil skirt.
The bottom black part is actually mesh, a really nice modern detail.

Fabulous laser-print pattern.
I have a lot that will go with this.

It's by Mario Serrani, and was $6.00.
I'm happy with that! Those pieces both felt like good deals.

I popped into Head Over Heels (link here 'cause I love) on the way to the WIN Warehouse store - they have some of my favourite local jewelry.
The earrings are by Glee ($15 and $18) and the ring is by Mindan's Designs ($40). Now I have a turquoise ring to go with my turquoise necklace!

From there, I strolled over to WIN for a long browse in the Warehouse Store. I was flabbergasted to find this dress in the regular section and not in the Boutique section.
It's a very sexy little mini dress, with pockets on the front.

It was only $8.00!
And yes, it's Betsey Johnson! Amazing - my Thrifting Karma is paying off!

I also found a dress in the Boutique section, and it's a stunner.
I was drawn to the awesome patterns and the rich colours and visual textures (most of it is printed).

The only piece that isn't two-dimensional is two sections of embroidered and beaded leaves.
It's lined and feels like pajamas!

And it's Desigual by Christian Lacroix!
All the exclamation points! For only $24.00. Can you see why thrifting is such a thrill? Such a score.

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you'll eventually notice that I go through white tops at an alarming rate. I am brutal on white tops and blouses - spills, stains, sweat, lipstick, pen, dirt. They are magnets!
I really like the masculine, 50s retro vibe of this shirt, and it fits me perfectly.

This one's by Tommy Hilfiger.
It was $14.95, but the quality is really nice.

This is a pretty basic white tank, but it still has special detail to it.
You would never catch me in a plain white tank.

This is Club Monaco, and by the content tag's state, this has had a lot of washing and wear.
But it's still in great shape, and I liked the swirly detail and the fit - for $4.50, I will get my money's worth, for sure.

I lucked out in the lingerie section with this lovely burgundy vintage slip.
"Is this edible? Those straps look tasty."
French Maid is a good brand - really nice quality. I like that the vintage sizing on slips actually goes by the under-bust measurement, like a bra does. I'm a 34, the slip is a 34; ergo, perfect fit.
Lovely lace on the back - I adore having pretty underthings on. They are great for keeping you warm in winter too!

I had good luck at the WIN jewelry counter. Yes, this is a pearl tie! I think it's vintage 80s - I was able to make out a faintly stamped "Hong Kong" on the clasp.
 It was $14.00. I don't know how I'm going to wear it yet, but I couldn't pass this up.

There was a ton of really nice costume earrings. I might have to go back.
These reminded me very strongly of Banana Republic's jewelry.

Right down to the settings on the back.
I paid $10.00 for them, which seems like a good price.

I found this silk tie in the vintage section.
I loved the cream on red polka dot, and I recognized the name Harry Rosen.

I couldn't find out anything online about John Comfort of London, but $3.95 is a good price.
I think this would be cute in my hair or as a little bow at the neck. L pointed out that this is probably a vintage bowtie. Oh. Duh! Of course that's what it is!

I already have a leather handmade obi belt, but this one was thin leather with satin backing.
It feels really nice and doesn't look like it's ever been used.
$8.95 for Banana Republic - and real leather! - that's a great deal. I am going to take this into work tomorrow and see if one of my coworkers is interested in buying it (for the same as what I paid, of course). It was too good to pass up, but not something I need, and I know someone will want it. 

And my friends, how about you? Any scores this weekend?

I'm linking up Friday's outfit to Patti's "Visible Monday" this week at Not Dead Yet Style. I was not very visible this weekend, but everyone needs a little Yeti, right? 


  1. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I am SO JEALOUS (well, of your studded boots) but that TIE NECKLACE! When I was a teen, I don't remember where I saw it but I saw one just like that and I didn't buy it and it's one of those things that has stuck with me forever. Such a good find on your part!! :-D

  2. That thrift goddess was certainly smiling down on you! Betsy for 8? You'll smile when you wear that dress both because you'll look great in it and for how much you paid. Plus, Christian Lacroix/Desigual? Ha! I used to have a pearl tie like that - don't know what happened to it. Someone will be very happy to relieve you of that obi.

  3. I want that pearl tie! I'd wear it everywhere. Sunday rituals are so enjoyable.

  4. You always have the best luck thrifting! I'll be hitting up opshops more frequently later in the year, hopefully I'll be able to find some great pieces like you do regularly. Just haven't found the time for it much lately, and it's not like I fit into anything to try it on, ha!

  5. OMG that Desigual dress is gorgeous ! I cannot wait to see you wear it. Looks like the shopping fairies were by your side ...

  6. Am currently green with envy at all that shopping. So many lovely treasures, especially that bead tie - how quirky is that? The strapless dress looks divine too. Lucky, lucky you x
    Anna's Island Style

  7. Such sensational finds! From the Betsy dress (swoon!) to the cool beaded faux pearl necktie, you really scored some sensational pieces. Can't wait to see them appear here as time goes on as part of some of your awesome ensembles.

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  8. Oh my you do so well. That red bow tie with the polka dots can serve nicely as a thin scarf (very popular now). The obi surprised me. I thought you were looking for a real leather one. Must have misunderstood.
    All your purchases are super. As I am looking at your posts from later and back, I have already seen a couple of items on you,

  9. Greetje - I already have a black leather obi belt that I like better, but this one was such a good deal, I bought it thinking someone else would like it.


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