Happy Summer! It's official, we are now experiencing summer.
- 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
It was quite windy on Friday, and I met up with L for dinner after work, so a light coat was needed.
here if you haven't heard the story of what happens when you leave your closet door open.
Pink and white bling:
- 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.
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
|"I bite that train."|
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!
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).
One of the many fun handpainted telephone poles in the 'hood.
A riot of wild-growing flowers.
A little shop had this display in the window.
The only pictures we actually took in Sidney were these two selfies after we had Thai food for lunch.
Cat took over selfie duty, as I couldn't manage to get myself in.
|I wonder if our photobomber knew what we were doing?|
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.
Okay, try not to cringe - I bought a couple of jackets with shoulder pads! And I'm going to wear them!
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!
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.
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.
The last piece I found was in a consignment store.
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.
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.
- 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 is one of my favourite dresses. I hope I never spill anything on it.
- 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.
Here's the Nora Noh vintage silk dress.
The teal-green blouse also came out beautifully.
Have you been dying of anticipation? What is this thing that Sheila has been yearning for for decades?
It is this.
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 because...me...when it runs out of water, it shuts off automatically. Good news.
This poor shirt was all wrinkled from being packed away for the summer.
This picture is from when I bought this blouse/jacket in May:
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."|
|"Busy now. Go away."|
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