Sunday, February 28, 2016

Weekend Wrap-Up: Visible Gauchos! Vintage Fair-ness! Sunday Patchwork!

Weekend! I hope everyone's been having a lovely one! I've been up to my usual shenanigans, nothing new, really. 
 I have really given up on Casual Friday - if anything, it's just an excuse for me to go even kookier.

  • Jacket - Guess; first worn here in January at a hockey rink
  • Sweater - Dalkeith, vintage 60s, thrifted; last seen here on Monday with jungle print
  • Gauchos - Jones New York, vintage 80s, thrifted; purchased here for $7.95
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluemarket; purchased here on Monday from Sara via the Fluemarket for $70

This is my entry for Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style - get over there! Also linking up to Anne's "52 pick-me-up" series - my aqua skirt below! 

I was rocking the pompadour on Friday, but it didn't stay up for long - I had to make an emergency run for hairspray after work! 

Everyone at work loved this outfit, including me. My newly-thrifted gauchos were the star of the day! I called these culottes when I bought them, but they are gauchos. Why are they gauchos?

Because-I-said-so answer: I loved Barbie dolls when I was little - I had them in all sizes and colours, and I adored playing dress up and fashion shows with them. I sewed and crocheted clothes for them. One of the few store-bought outfits that I had for my regular Barbie was a crisp white shirt and black gauchos that looked just like these ones I'm wearing - I had this set in the early 70s, probably a Christmas gift from my grandparents. My mom told me the pants were called gauchos, and that was an exciting word for me - I learned that they were named after the trousers that horse-back-riding South American cowboys wore.

Probably true answer: Gauchos, culottes, same diff. Similar pants with multiple names. We won't even go into clam-diggers, capris, or palazzos.
I swooshed about in my gauchos and floral jacket, which I took off here and there - it was a really warm day.

Feeling goofy on a Friday morning.
Look! They're gauchos!

The stuff:
I wore these new shoes barefoot for my first wear; they were very good, considering I walked all day in the office, walked to the hairdresser and walked to the drugstore after work. No rubbing at all.

Red bling:
I always like matchy jewelry.

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

As I was leaving the house on Friday morning, Vizzini was busy.
"What's that ruckus?"
Yes, the kitchen floor is a great place to lick yourself, cat.

There were seagulls on the roof again.
"This situation requires some observation. Please go away."
He was chattering away at them.

On Saturday, I met up with Elaine to go to the Fernwood Vintage Fair.
Here's my aqua for Anne!

  • Jacket - Vero Moda in Blue, thrifted; last seen here a couple of days ago with all the red
  • Sweater - August Silk, thrifted; last worn here in January with fringe and dots
  • Skirt - Pioneer Wear, vintage fair; last worn here (2nd outfit) in March 2015 with embroidered velvet
  • Boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last seen here last week with burgundy and leather

It was warm enough not to need a coat for the day, what a treat!
I love this crazy skirt! It's such a fun, fringey piece. I really don't wear it much lately - I'm kind of over my "cowgirl" phase - for now, anyway. I won't say never!
I'm loving this tropical bomber jacket.- it's just the right weight for spring.

The stuff:
My ever-faithful cowboy boots take me everywhere.

  • Earrings - gift from Megan Mae

I took my camera on my travels. Warning: those of you still having winter are going to hate us West-Coasters!

Victoria is full of Japanese plum trees and cherry trees - the first wave is blooming.

I spy a kitty in a window!
I always wave. Yes, I'm that person.

My neighbourhood is full of pink trees.
And painted telephone poles. Various citizens paint them to beautify the neighbourhood. Some are better than others.

I liked the moss growing on this wall finial.
That's probably over a hundred years old - the house certainly is.

Victoria High School.
I play Ultimate Frisbee on that field - our season is starting again soon!

I've always liked this house.
We see the residents out there often.

One of my favourite poles.
I would wear that outfit!

Some of the fabulously-dressed ladies at the Fair.
The food truck was doing a brisk business.

These two were the best-dressed.
Very nicely coordinated!

Fernwood is a fun little community.
The steeple is the Belfry Theatre, where I've seen many plays.

A pretty row of daffodils on the way home.
I love this time of year.

One last pole. This is my favourite of all of them.
I love how the water effect carries onto the sidewalk. Also: tentacles!

After grey skies all day, finally a bit of blue on the way home.
So pretty!

I found a few pretties at the Vintage Show. My first purchase, for $4.00, was this pair of earrings.
They are massive cubic zirconias.

I bought this gold necklace for $5.00.
It lays nicely right at the base of my throat.

I always check pieces for marks.
Ooh, I recognize that symbol.

Yup, it's Givenchy!
It says "Paris New York Givenchy". Likely an 80s piece.

This bracelet and earrings were $2.00 apiece.
The bracelet is stamped "Coro", but no stamp on the necklace. They aren't a matched set, but the blue thermoset "stones" matched perfectly. These are probably from the early 1960s.

Zenkat Vintage had a table of goodies, all 50% off.
The crystal heart earrings ($4.00) just screamed 80s Madonna at me, and the steel cuff ($3.00) fit my small wrist.

These earrings were a dollar.
The shiny gold needed a buff, but they look like nice quality.

I didn't break my budget at the Fair, so after lunch, I wandered over to the WIN Boutique, where I found this funky shirt.
It was $12.95. It's by Max C, London.
I like the pale blue and hot pink - the semi-sheer fabric is a pale pink polyester, but it feels like silk.

Today, L and I went for groceries and brunch. It's sunny!
A casual look for a casual day.

  • Cardigan - Jacob, thrifted; last worn here a week ago 
  • Top - Mossimo, thrifted; last seen here in January under the limelight
  • Skirt - Strawberry Jill, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in December with these same boots
  • Boots - Mini Babycakes, Fluevog; last worn here (3rd outfit) last weekend with the chicken top

I like this patchwork skirt for the weekend; it and the boots are keepers from my flirting interest with steampunk fashion.
Even though I consider this casual for me, I was better dressed than everyone I saw at the grocery store and the diner.

The stuff:
Luscious boots!

  • Necklace - Venice, gift from Mom

And now, off to watch the Oscars!


  1. Great score on the Givenchy necklace! :D

    I like the outfit you wore to the vintage fair too. I've really been liking that jacket in every outfit you've worn it with! Your first outfit with a different floral jacket got me thinking too. I've gotten quite attached to my printed kimonos over summer, maybe I need to get myself a nice printed jacket for the cooler weather too? Certainly something I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for. I had no luck at the 'fill a bag for $2' sale at the local opshop this morning, although I did score a HUGE pile of baby clothes for the toddler and our next one so it's not a total loss.

  2. I adore those gauchos (I want some) and love how you styled them up. They do look fun, and I think I too would be digging my hands deep into the pockets and larking about a bit for most of the day. And what a great colour that cowgirl skirt is - do let me know when you tire of it... Which reminds me, is it you or I who is keeping track of all of my wishlist from your closet? Hahaha x
    Anna's Island Style

  3. I'd call them culottes, but hey, who cares? They look great, that's what counts! The fringed suede skirt is fabulous, and as always you found some cool stuff - ooh Givenchy, nice score! xxx

  4. I cannot believe your Givenchy find ! How amazing!

  5. Thanks for the look at your part of the world. And the jewelry!

  6. I would wear the gauchos at least 4 days of the week if they were in my closet! And the yellow shoes - Wow!

    I particularly enjoyed the photos of the neighborhood. How fascinating.


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