Sunday, June 26, 2016

Weekend Wrap-Up: Pink Paisley, Sidney Shopping, Light White, Washed Silks, and Super-Steamed

Happy Summer! It's official, we are now experiencing summer. 
Now that my Public Service Announcement is out of the way, let's get to the fun stuff! Clothes!

  • Blouse - INC International Concepts, vintage 80s, thrifted; purchased here last weekend for $16.95
  • Skirt - Nicole Miller, consignment; last seen here in December 2015 with dark green and trout shoes
  • Shoes - Wonders Ayers aka "the Fluevog Vizzinis", Fluevog, customized by me and Vizzini; last seen here (2nd outfit) with a vintage dress for a party in August 2015
  • Jacket (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last seen here a couple of weeks ago as outerwear

I loved this outfit so much. One of my coworkers gave it a 10/10.
The high-waisted skirt, with the belt over it, and the blouse tucked of my favourite looks of the late 80s, and to me, it's a classic.

It was quite windy on Friday, and I met up with L for dinner after work, so a light coat was needed.
Perfectly pink, from my head to my toes!

The stuff:
Ah, the Fluevog Vizzinis. Ever a reminder of Vizzini's wrath - read here if you haven't heard the story of what happens when you leave your closet door open.

Pink and white bling:
I realized halfway through the day that I'd put in mismatched earrings. Whoops! This is what happens when you pull your earrings out by feel.

  • Necklace - Banana Republic, consignment
  • Belt - vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Mismatched earrings - local and can't remember

No Ulti this Saturday for me! I made a date with my two favourite thrifty-girlfriends, Cat and Elaine, to go to Sidney again.
We went in the fall, here, and had fabulous luck in the thrift and consignment stores there, but the weather in November sucked.

  • Top - Two Women and a Trunk, thrifted; purchased here for $6.00
  • Skirt - Marciano, swap from Caro; acquired here for free in May
  • Shoes - Born, consignment; last seen here (4th outfit) on the May long weekend for drinks and appies with the gang

This time, the weather cooperated and was sunny and hot, with a light breeze. This entire outfit barely touched me and all of it billowed most swooshingly. This pleased me.
"I bite that train." 
I love that this skirt has a train. Elaine stepped on it a few times!

My full shopping ensemble.
Not including my purse or shoes, my whole outfit - skirt, top, earrings and hat - cost a total of $9.00. I hoped that this overt thriftiness would bode well for the day's shopping! 

The stuff: 
Comfy shoes for slipping on and off quickly. 

  • Earrings - vintage fair

I took my camera, intending to take lots of pictures of Sidney, but instead I enjoyed the day fully with my two awesome gals. I did take a couple of pics on my stroll over to Cat's place - she drove us out to Sidney (what a doll). 
My neighbourhood is peppered with Victorian-era houses, many of them painted in bright colours. That's era-appropriate, in case you wondered.

One of the many fun handpainted telephone poles in the 'hood.
Cats rule this block, obviously.

A riot of wild-growing flowers.
I pinched a bit of fresh lavender. I love that smell.

A little shop had this display in the window.
I love the idea of just threading a bunch of keys to make a necklace.

The only pictures we actually took in Sidney were these two selfies after we had Thai food for lunch.
Cat and Elaine. Can you tell we laugh a lot?

Cat took over selfie duty, as I couldn't manage to get myself in.
I wonder if our photobomber knew what we were doing?
Thanks for a wonderful day, ladies!

We went back to the same stores as last time, with varying luck. I will say that I think consignment stores should have seasonal clearance sales. Seven months after our last visit, we saw some of the same things in one of the stores. Clear out your stock!

I had a good day - the thrifting gods smiled on me. Cat and Elaine also found some lovely treasures, and we all stuck to our budgets!

I found this awesome chain, bead and lace choker.
It's so totally goth, I love it.

Okay, try not to cringe - I bought a couple of jackets with shoulder pads! And I'm going to wear them!
This is a stunning 100% new wool vintage late 80s jacket - you can see the huge influence the 40s were having on the 80s. This with a pencil skirt? Or a midi-length full circle skirt (a la Dior)? One thousand times yes!

This houndstooth woven jacket is by Simon Chang and was made in Hong Kong. The collar and cuffs are an imitation fur (made from wool also). It's size 8, which feels like a modern size 8 on, so I believe it's the late 80s, post-Great Size Shift. The shoulder pads are quite large (but they make my waist look so tiny!), but the jacket is structured really well - I only look like a running back, not an offensive lineman, ha ha!
No, that's not $600 on the tag, that's $6.00. But I didn't pay $6.00 - it was half price. THREE DOLLARS.

This jacket is way too warm for the season, so it's getting packed away for the fall season.

This next piece is totally not me, but also very much me. It doesn't look like much on the hanger (it's looking at me!), but it's also that 40s-does-80s. I admit that the taupe colour doesn't ring my bell too much, but it's a good neutral for some brights.
The jacket pattern is a woven white micro-square and has defined, but not huge, shoulder pads - shoulder pads started getting enormous in the late 1980s. The skirt has two front pleats and pockets! Bonus! Both pieces are is 100% wool, it's made in Italy, and it's by Valentino.

Yes. Valentino. THE Valentino. This is "Miss V" suit, which was Valentino's first ready-to-wear line in the early 80s.  As this is marked as a size 10 - but fits like a modern size 6 - I believe this is pre-Great Size Shift, so early 1980s.
Yup, I sure did pay $12.00 for a vintage Valentino suit. Score! I cannot wait to wear this - I hope we get a cool day so I can make an outfit! I can't wait till fall!

The last piece I found was in a consignment store.
Cat and Elaine found this and I was like, "Gimme!" We do all share, and we keep our eyes peeled for good finds for each other.

It's a cool top - I don't usually do this shape as it tends to make me look pregnant, but this is quite short and I think with a slim bottom it'll be really cute on.
It's a wrinkly-textured polyester double-knit (very 70s-inspired), and do you not love the cranes? I can see this with baby blue accessories, popping the bright yellow out, and of course, pairing it with white. Maybe all in one outfit! This top is by H&M, who continue to surprise me with the quality of 5-10% of what I see from them. I paid $19.95 for this.

L and I (and the Vizz-meister) chilled out last night and played boardgames, drank wine/rum and listened to music (L is getting close to his 900th review on his blog, I think). That's my favourite thing in the world to do: hang out with my fam on a sunny weekend evening. The world does not get better than that.

Today, L and I went for brunch, then bought something I have yearned for for decades.
Summer is here, full-bore! It's hot hot hot, so I went allover light and airy.

  • Dress - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last worn here in August 2015 with bits of pink
  • Shoes - Franco Sarto, consignment; last seen here in May while layin' low in green 

This felt light and pretty, like a summer princess!

This is one of my favourite dresses. I hope I never spill anything on it.
I loathe the feeling of sunblock and after wearing it all day on Saturday, I wanted not to wear it today. Parasol time!
Doesn't it just make the outfit? Carrying it around is a pain when you're indoors, though. I grocery-shopped with it stuffed in my purse, and clamped it under my arm while I shopped afterwards with L. Did not leave it anywhere: victory!

The stuff:
Bows! Soft green! Blues! Aqua! All the pretty colours.

Pastel bling:
I matched my earrings successfully this time. Go, me!

  • Obi - thrifted
  • Bracelet - Coro, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Necklace - vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Earrings - local

So! Following up on some discussion this past week about me sweating in all my thrifted silk outfits, I washed three pieces of 100% silk today. Our washer was set to the "delicates" cycle, plus I used the cold/cold water setting, with our usual eco-friendly, unscented detergent. All three pieces went in the dryer with a standard unscented dryer sheet, with the dryer on low heat/delicate setting.

Note: I don't recommend you do any of this. I was willing to ruin my garments because I didn't pay much for them (the skirt was free), and I'm lazy. I have ruined clothes before.

But I've also educated myself on fabrics and care, and I know that often things that say "dry clean only" don't actually have to be dry-cleaned, just like those "caution: hot beverage" warnings on coffee are somewhat over-cautious. Silk is a natural fibre, known for its strength - it was used for parachutes! - and I don't think water is going to hurt it. Also, vintage silk tends to be better quality than modern silk; it's thicker, woven tighter and therefore more durable.

The Marciano skirt, fresh from the dryer. No ironing needed. This skirt has a bit of Lycra in it, so it's actually 95% silk, but close enough, right? I can't put this in the dryer too much, as Lycra will eventually break down from the heat, but really, I rarely wash skirts - they just don't get that dirty! - however, I wore this one all night to play games, and I did get sweaty with all that trying on clothes.
I give it an A! It turned out great.

Here's the Nora Noh vintage silk dress.
The interfacing around the neckline had to be gently pressed back into shape, but otherwise, this dress came out perfect. No sign of a pit-stain. Hurrah!

The teal-green blouse also came out beautifully.
No ironing needed! They don't make 'em like this anymore!

Have you been dying of anticipation? What is this thing that Sheila has been yearning for for decades?

It is this.
It's a garment steamer! Back when I used to work at Fairweather's we used an industrial version of this to steam all the clothes as we unpacked them from the shipping boxes. I loved how quick and easy it was - no wrinkles in seconds! - but never really got around to looking and seeing how much something like this costs. When I was shopping for sheets a few weeks ago, I spotted them at the Bay - totally affordable! This was on sale for $169.95 - it's the Rowenta "Master Valet".

I read the instructions, put it together and tried it out right away...well, after we moved a bookshelf to make room for it. It heats up and is ready to go in 60 seconds! I can use this while I'm getting ready for work! And it runs out of water, it shuts off automatically. Good news.

This poor shirt was all wrinkled from being packed away for the summer.
Two minutes later...
Perfectly steamed! 

This picture is from when I bought this blouse/jacket in May: 
It's been sitting in my closet because I hate ironing.

After a quick steam, inside and out (the lining was also super-wrinkled, like this had been in a ball), it's perfect.
I am in total love with my our steamer. I spent about an hour doing all of my clothes for the week, and a bunch of L's shirts. Like getting a cleaning lady, this is one of those things that feels like, "I made it. I am living the good life."

You know who else is living the good life? 
"Do you even have to ask? I rule this house."
Vizzini is loving the hot weather.
"Busy now. Go away."
Hope you all had a lovely weekend, too!

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  1. Ooohh... love the 80's jacket. And the first outfit is perfection.

  2. Wow. You are definitely one of my favorite bloggers. I love your attitude, your sense of style. You are just an inspiration ;)


  3. Love the paisley blouse, and Hello to that fabulous Val. suit! I adore a 40's style jacket. Sigh, Victoria is so lovely, I have to come see you there. xox


    1. You do! Come visit! I would love to show you around. :)

  4. Love all the clothes, esp. that first outfit. Wow! And thank you so much for showing what can be done with a steamer. That is now on my wish list. I have so many clothes that hanging all of them, esp. off-season clothing, is getting impossible. With a steamer I can store them and not have to worry about the dreaded ironing. Thank you! I so enjoy your blog.

  5. Like your co workers I will also give your first look a 10/10 !
    You're gonna think I am crazy but I actually LOVE your long posts, specially if these involve shopping.
    The Valentino find was fabulous a set for 12 ? that's unheard of, specially if Italian and wool !
    The look in white and pastels: marvelous.

    1. Thank you, Lorena! They take a long time to write (and it shows - I don't edit them much). I know, for a Valentino?? That's just crazy!

  6. So glad the great silk wash went well! :)

    You found some lovely things shopping too - that crane print top is stunning/ The Valentino was a great find and I'm looking forward to seeing what it looks like on, I'm curious!

    Hard to pick a favourite outfit in this post too as I like so many! Friday's is perfect with all the pink but I love the simplicity of the white dress and colourful obi belt too.

    1. Me too - I would have been sad to see any of that silk get ruined. Thank you, Mica!

  7. You have me reconsidering a steamer. I purchased a different brand at Costco, which is usually known for carrying decent products. It was fiddley and didn't work well, so was returned.

    Years ago when a popular ladies store was closing, I asked the same question, everyone did. Are you selling the steamer? We women have strange desires.

    1. Mine is not fiddly. All the pieces seem very sturdy and it works like a charm! I got my love for steamers from the clothing shops I worked in years/decades ago. I don't think it's strange at all! Get one!

  8. Looks like getting a steamer is worth it! Maybe I should get one for Severo (yes, a man who does his own pressing!). I tend to run around a disheveled wrinkled mess. And since we have to drive to everything, what does one do about seat belts and their wrinkling power? I guess that's why brides and stars take limos.
    Can't wait for the fall, when the Power Shoulders will debut!
    Thanks for linking!

    1. I've only had it for 3 days and I love it, Anne! I think Severo would be amazed. If we get a cool day, I will definitely wear the tan suit.

  9. Wow! So many great pieces in one post! I can't even express how fabulous I find every piece that you show! You have the most amazing style that has me envious! Just lovely.


  10. Ha! There's the steamer. I commented on a newer post wondering if it made you feel like you were back in Fairweather. Hahaha. Such an excellent device and you have that backing to get some traction on your fabric - makes all the difference.
    You guys look like you had so much fun shopping together. And Valentino for $12?! I have some Simon Chang pieces too. Very '80s. I seem to be wearing shoulder pads again too. ???!!! Great stuff all around.

    1. Hee, it totally reminds me of Fairweather. I wasn't sold on the backing thing until I tried it - it's like having a vertical ironing board with some give to it.

      I tell ya, shoulder pads are coming back and we are cutting edge, bay-bee!

  11. Lovely outfits as always, Sheila. I love your finds too especially the black and white jacket and the Valentino suit will look wonderful on, I'm sure.

    I loved the decorated telephone poles - what a fab idea - so cheerful. I love lavender too and have several pots of it in the garden.

    We have a similar steamer at the charity shop where I volunteer and I love using it - begone wrinkles - and they go!!

    Have a lovely week


    1. Thank you, Veronica! My whole neighbourhood is decorated with painted telephone poles (with varying degrees of skill).

  12. Congratulations on getting a steamer - it should be on everyone's wish list who loves their clothes and hates ironing. I worked at a couple of clothing stores in my 20's and am very familiar with steaming clothing!

  13. Thanks for your blow by blow account of your silk washing. I'm a bit of a laundry demon myself and love good tips. Also love seeing the effects of your new steamer. Brilliant device. I would have to forego clothes shopping for some time to be able to afford one of these. Your paisley shirt and pencil skirt is a combo I wear a lot myself - I think it really suits our shape. Lovely to see you in white too. Hurrah for the Valentino scoop! How lucky. And finally, my daughter has the H&M jacket version of that top - it has a lovely vintage look doesn't it?
    Anna x


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