Sunday, February 21, 2016

Weekend Wrap-Up: Funky Friday, Shopping Saturday, Theatre Date, Try-Again Mustard and Mom's Art Show

Aw, is the weekend nearly over already? Where on earth does the time go? 
Friday seems so long ago! But this is what I wore.

  • Cardigan - Jacob, thrifted; last seen here in January with pink pins
  • Shirt - Dept, consignment; last worn here (3rd outfit) while cowgirling on the town in January
  • Skirt - Edging, thrifted; last seen here in November 2015 for a Saturday brunch
  • Boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in January to see Corb Lund

In general, I'm still not satisfied with my capsule items. I'm feeling drawn to black and white, strong graphic patterns and NOT towards autumnal colours at all (I think it's my hair). I'm wanting clean lines, interesting shapes and classic textures.
"Ho hum, another boring post that's not about me."
I liked this outfit, but didn't love it. My skirt is too big.
My butt doesn't really look that flat. Into the giveaway the skirt goes. This means I can move a new skirt into its position in the capsule (yes, I'm making this up as I go along - there are no "capsule police")...and yes, I might have bought a few things on the weekend...maybe...

The stuff:
Love the boots. They need to be re-heeled soon.

I do like a bigass earring.

  • Earrings - street fair

I got my hair cut after work on Friday. Here we are:
It's way shorter on the back and sides, with a stronger demarcation between the sides and the top (which we took a bunch of length out of). I like it!

Saturday morning, L and I were both up early, so down to Floyd's to try their new menu!
I aim to funk for brunch.

  • Sweater - Vero Moda, thrifted; last worn here in November 2015 with black leather for lunch
  • Skirt - Theo Miles, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) for the November 2015 Winesday
  • Trout shoes - Miista; last seen here in January with a pearl tie

I was happy with this outfit - it felt like me.
"Lick lick, my leg feels like me."
Although I'm "surrendering the waist" here, for a weekend, this is just right.
"That litterbox isn't going to fill itself."
For those of you who want glimpses of my vintage dainties, here's a shot of my slip (it's a full one, top and bottom). Slips are wonderful for keeping fabrics from sticking to tights, providing coverage when one is wearing a to-the-waist wrap skirt, smoothing out lines from underwear, giving extra warmth, and they're very nice when you're trying on clothes because the smooth surface makes it easier to take things on and off (and if anyone happens to open your changeroom curtain, you're covered).

Vizzini was sitting funny.
"What? I sit like a boss!"
My outerwear - it was sunny out, but by the end of the afternoon, I wish I'd had a scarf on. Also, shorter hair means a colder head. Why did no one tell me this? Isn't there a manual or something?
I like the proportions here, even though this isn't a classic hourglass shape or the most uber-flattering silhouette.

The stuff:
I love those shoes! I hadn't planned on trying on shoes, so the laces were a bit of a pain when I went shopping, but otherwise, these are getting nice and soft.

Pointy bling:
I don't usually wear much jewelry when I go shopping, but this outfit needed a little somethin'-somethin'.

  • Necklace - The Bay, about 10 years ago
  • Earrings - local

Oh, and shop I did, my friends. I went to the St. Vincent de Paul first.
I am all over the lace trend (is this a trend, or just in my head? I don't know!), so I grabbed this lovely Banana Republic by L'Wren Scott for $4.00.
I also have this sequinned cardigan from the same collection, which I recently let go - the sequins were causing the arms to pill really badly.

One can never have enough little white tops, so I also picked up this nice little lacey top.
It was also $4.00 and is by Abercrombie & Fitch.
I have never been in an Abercrombie & Fitch store.

Ever on alert for fun belts, I scored this sweet pink leather obi for $3.00.
Those laces are kitty-bait. Someone has already tried to attack them.

The brand is Liberty Belle.
Pretty sure that's vintage 80s. Nice that it's made in Canada.

I then strolled over to the Women in Need (WIN) Warehouse store and spent a happy zen-like couple of hours going through all the racks. I always start with the jewelry cases.
I scored this stainless steel ring for only $6.00. It's replaced my regular right-hand ring that's gotten beat up from being worn so much.

I always check the vintage lingerie.
I needed another camisole and this one was only $2.50.

I spotted a Smoking Lily obi lurking in the belt section.
This one has compasses on it. I have enough of these, but I can't resist a good deal, so I'll probably give it to one of my friends. It was $6.95 - these typically run about $40-50 each, so I just couldn't leave it behind! 

I felt hard for this awesome patterned shirt. Ginkgo leaves!
It's by Mexx.
It's a wonderfully soft cotton, and was $14.95. I was checking out the colours for Spring over at Gracey's blog (go here) and I'm completely in love with Lilac Grey.

I have mentioned before that I have a black skirt issue (I buy too many of them!), but this is not a skirt!
Noooo! It's culottes! Eee!

I'm insanely excited about these.
They are vintage early 80s Jones New York - how do I know that? Because these are NOT a size 10 - they are equivalent to a modern size 6, so they are before the Great Size Shift of the late 80s. And seriously, $7.95? I had to! Right? Right??

Sorry this is blurry. I have also been in a major pants mood lately. I haven't own this many pairs of pants in years.
Okay, yes, they look a bit like Old Man Pants, but they are absolutely adorable on (cropped, skinny but not tight legs).
They are by Pariscope, a brand I remember from the 80s. These are made in Canada, and were $8.95.

Since my revelation the other day that I didn't have enough short skirts, I was on the lookout for some. This one came with a matching jacket.
I didn't buy the jacket (they were priced separately, with 10% if you bought both); it was not right on my body.

The skirt, though, is a smashing shade of Fiesta (thanks again, Gracey!), a bright fiery orange-red. Note that it's a thick, nubby boucle (pronounced "boo-clay") texture.
The brand is Oui Set, and it's made in Germany, and was $16.96. I left my thumb in that picture so you could note the Mark of Quality: the fabric loop that buttons over the top of the zipper to prevent the zipper from scooting down while you're wearing the dress. Classy! 

This long flowy maxi was in the Vintage section. 
"Hmmm...what's under here?"
Totally NOT vintage. It's modern fabric (fully lined), made in China, and the tag says "The Bay" (they've recently re-branded back to Hudson's Bay). I found an image of a newspaper from 1999 noting this in-house brand. Since when is 1999 vintage? That's only 17 years ago!
Well, anyway, it was only $6.95. What, I'm going to say no? It's gorgeous on, goes right to the ground, and is deliciously swooshy!

Remember that Lilac Grey? You know I had to have this skirt.
No label, nothing, but it feels like a wool or wool blend. The zipper is old, so I think it's vintage - it was only $6.00!

I saw these shoes last time I was in, and I was just saying that I go through pointy-toed black kitten-heeled shoes like crazy!
They're by Aldo, and they don't have a lot of wear on them.
And for $8.50, they will help extend the life of my good Fluevogs. In fact, I've switched out my Half Truth Tanyas for these in the capsule. Why not?

I had a quick nap and then Mom came over - we walked down to the Belfry Theatre to see their current production of "The Valley" (about the play here, a local review here - as always, linking 'cause I love, and I went to high school with Alisa way back when).

I quickly changed into something suitably wacky and theatrical:
It was bright out! I had to scooch over on the stairs to be in the sun. I'm linking this outfit up to "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style. Go say hi to Patti!

  • Top - Hommage, consignment; last worn here earlier this month with a scuba skirt
  • Skirt - Jacob, thrifted; first worn here in December 2015 with leopard and leather
  • Boots - Mini Babycakes, Fluevog; last seen here (4th outfit, way down) with some browns and blacks in December 2015

I love the top, of course. It's going nowhere (although it sheds like you would not believe).

I'm kind of iffy on the skirt. This might be the last wear for it. I love the colour, but the style I'm a little "meh" on.
The stuff:
Easy boots for walking.

Insane bling:
I love these fun earrings - I got them in the same shop in Vancouver as this top.

  • Cuff - Jezebel Charms, gift from L
  • Earrings - consignment
  • Amber glass ring - some junk store in the late 90s
  • Ring - Frances Jewellers, Dad's, mid-60s

L and I just hung out last night, playing board games. Good times! Today, we were up early to get groceries (delivered later), then headed out to the Cedar Hill Rec Centre to see my mom's one-person show in the Gallery Cafe.
Okay, this is the outfit I'd planned to wear on Thursday. I did some adjustments.

  • Blouse - Banana Republic, thrifted; last seen here in December 2015 with tweed
  • Skirt - Dolce & Gabanna, thrifted; last worn here in October 2015 with some leather and other greys
  • Boots - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last seen here last week with the stained glass dress

Adjustments: didn't wear the over-the-knee boots (although I could have), I hiked the skirt's waistband up and belted it, so that the length was overall more flattering, and I did a different necklace.
I was happier with the results, but this blouse is not staying in my wardrobe. It's too big on me, and slides around. Also, it's silk, so for me that's not as practical as a good ol' washable polyester blouse. However, I do love the colour and will be on the lookout for a replacement yellow blouse on my shopping trips.

Outerwear, because why not go full badass?
Ha! Because I can!

The stuff:
I kind of wish I'd bought these boots in red leather too, but then I do have a few too many red leather boots already.

The stuff:
A handy belt that keeps making the cut.

  • Belt - Nygard
  • Necklace - Grandma J's, Anne Klein, vintage 80s
  • Earrings - Dior
  • Ring - same as above

I took a bunch of pictures of Mom's exhibit, so y'all will have to just indulge me - proud daughter, here! 
The Gallery Cafe is part of the rec centre - I like that these are in a used area, and that people see them while they're going in and out of the centre. You can see Mom in the far part of the cafe, working on a new painting. She's putting in a few hours a day for a few days a week, just painting and being there while her pictures are up. It's cool for people to meet the artist and see her at work.

The Artiste!
Working on a new floral for her group's next show.

Mom's pictures are often done from photos, but more often, she goes out and paints "en plein air" (in the open air) right there on the spot. I've done this with her a few times: here in September 2012, here in July 2013 and here in August 2014, plus we Zentangled in the park here last June 2015.

This one is the Fisgard Lighthouse.
Mom's style has gone from a more representational/realistic style to a more abstract style.

This one is my current favourite.
 Ah, I love the way the light hits on the moss. That's a tree out at Goldstream Park.

L took a couple of us.
Mom paints mostly nature - she's really a master at landscapes. I love that one in the lower corner too - great greyscale.

So proud of you, Mom!

After our visit, L and I went out for lunch, and then I spent my birthday gift card from the mall on a new cross-body purse from Danier.
I use my brown leather cross-body purse all the time, but I needed a black/neutral one. Of course, I couldn't just buy black - that would be boring! - so I went with black and gold metallic snakeskin. As one does. This was $129.00 ($50 off).

Vizzini missed us today.
"Where have you been? Let me out on the deck! It's sunny out, woman!" 
No way, bud, it's too cold still.

He was unhappy.
"This is your leg!"
Once he had dinner, he was fine.

Well, that was my busy weekend! How was yours?


  1. Love that top that you wore to The Belfry...I adore lace and have been lusting after a fur vest.
    Cannot find one that suits me as they are far too puffy...
    You have really had a successful time at the shops!
    I bought a few things and every time I go thrifting I think of that night we went to VV Boutique...
    hope you have a great week!

  2. Your mum's exhibition looks lovely! She is very talented, you obviously inherited her creativity! :)

    It's a shame that yellow blouse is going - it looks nice on you and is a great colour, but I agree I tend to wear my more practical easy to take care of clothes day to day as well.

  3. I just wanted to comment because, well, I never do. That's not to say I don't enjoy your posts, because I love reading them so much. I have been a follower for over 3 years now and have not missed a post. I love seeing another woman enjoy her wardrobe and experimenting just as much as I do. You are an inspiration and Vizzini is such a character.


  4. Janeane, thank you so much for your sweet comment!

  5. Your mom is a talented artist - I love seeing her work, and how cute are you two together? Great outfits and I love that you dress up for brunch, groceries, everything! It's so inspiring and you make the neighborhood a more beautiful place. xox


  6. Loving your new do!
    That outfit for Lloyds Saturday brunch is one I would wear. Cool casual.
    Your Mum is a wonder!
    Xo Jazzy Jack

  7. Oh, I love slips - I have vintage and new ones that I use for better fit and more coverage. For some reason, I guess costs, now more and more garments are made without slips or just with really thin fabric :(
    You picked up some fabulous garments Sheila, the BR skirt is an amazing piece.

  8. Your hair always looks super. The new 'cut is nice. It's a good sign when you get boots repaired: it means you like 'em. And I think slips are fun. Older women wore them all the time and don't understand why younger women go without.

  9. I love your hair! You have bought some lovely things and I liked all your outfits, too.

    What a talented mum you have - her paintings look so serene - wonderful!



  10. Your posts are always so fun! I love your hair, your style.....that white fluffy top, that leopard coat, your new purse as well!

    Hi Vizzini! Spring's coming, you'll be back on the porch patrolling soon!

    LOVE your Mom's art dah-ling! The ones you showed are fabulous! The tree and greyscale are my favorites too! How lucky the patrons are to have the opportunity to meet her and watch her make her art! Hope she sells some too!

  11. Love everything. especially the black and white coat and the grey boots (ohh I wish I had them). The black and white and yellow (mustard?) outfit is my favourite. Just cause it is my taste. And kudos to your mom.
    PS that insane cat of yours is so endearing. I will tell my cat about him.


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