Sunday, July 10, 2016

Weekend Wrap-Up: Denim and Chartreuse Friday, Alt-Saturday Plus Winesday, Sunday Shopping

I need another weekend to recover from this past one! Where did the time go? Well, this was Friday...
Yup, I remember this! I decided to layer a skirt under this denim dress for a more casual look.

  • Dress - Armani Exchange, thrifted; purchased here for $19.99
  • Skirt - Noa Noa; last worn here in May 2015 with light blue
  • Shoes - Eject; last seen here in April with plaid and beading

I was pleased at how well the skirt worked under the dress, giving it a bit of appropriate length for the office, and just making the dress overall more interesting. I did brag somewhat about my $19.99 bargain of a dress, and zipped it to the bottom several times to demonstrate the different shape.
That elastic attached best is something I didn't think would work, but it was awesome.

The stuff:
Ah, my "low" heels. These were awesome for a full day of work, followed by a haircut after.

Simple bling:
That ring is not long for my jewelry collection. It's shoddy metal.

  • Ring - thrifted
  • Earrings - local

L and I chilled out together on Friday night, then I was up early to help a friend get ready for the Alt-Pride Fest (link here 'cause I love). We both glammed ourselves up!
We were definitely the best-dressed there!

  • Top - no label, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) for my Madonna/Cyndi Lauper rock star look for L's birthday in June 2015
  • Skirt - vintage square dance crinoline, thrifted; last seen here in the same outfit as above
  • Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last worn here for concert-going with purple leopard in June

It was only slightly chilly out and luckily didn't rain.

I twirled and swirled my skirt around.
We met early and made signs with a bunch of other people, then slowly walked up to a local park, chanting and carrying signs. I don't go in for the political aspect, so I kept quiet and watched. It was quite emotional at times, and I was honoured to be there for my friend.

The stuff:
My sign was generic, but truly, Depeche Mode said it best. Kisses and love to all.

Excessive bling:
Sometimes you want subtle and sometimes you want to shout!

  • Fascinator - sex shop
  • Grommet belt - gift from Ruth
  • Turquoise leather belt - vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Choker - consignment
  • Earrings - vintage fair
  • Ring - Soul Flower

After all that excitement, I had to nap for a while in the afternoon with Vizzini. Then up and get ready for Winesday!
I felt like getting my Steven Tyler on (this guy - image link).

  • Jacket - Paparazzi, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in January with a bowtie
  • Top - Cable & Gauge, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in March with these same pants
  • Pants - Banana Republic, thrifted; last seen here in June with some wacky sleeves
  • Shoes - Aldo, thrifted; last worn here (4th outfit) with a tropical skirt

I wore the jacket off and on as my temperature fluctuated.
 And the shoes were off for most of the night. Barefoot dancing is the best!

Ready to go! Call the cab!
I have no idea what time I got home.

The stuff:
A little bit of rock and roll.

Simple bling:
Front/back earrings

  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Scarf - Oscar de la Renta, thrifted

After a delicious sleep-in, today I headed to town to get groceries.
Easy clothes. This is close to what I wear around the house.

  • Top - Two Women and a Trunk, thrifted; first worn here for our trip to Sidney in June
  • Skirt - Smoking Lily, thrifted; last seen here for my adventures at the 40+ Blogger Meet-Up in Vancouver last July
  • Shoes - Franco Sarto, consignment; last worn here (3rd outfit) last weekend with a crazy Hawaiian dress

After shopping in this outfit for a day, this top is now firmly in "wear around the house" mode, and the skirt is in the giveaway pile. I've worn it enough.

Here's a little goodbye retrospective of this fabulous gingham cotton, handmade (in Victoria) skirt.

  • June 2011, first worn with black and magenta, where I thrifted it for $9.00
  • July 2012, worn 3 times in the 30-for-30 capsule that month
  • June 2013, (5th outfit) with purple and yellow
  • September 2013, with pink and white
  • May 2015, with black and pink
  • June 2014, with black and green bits (2nd outfit)
  • April 2015, with blue and orange accents 
  • July 2015, worn two ways for Vancouver escapades

Including today, that's 11 wears over 5 years, so that's 82 cents per wear. I'm good with sending it off to a new home.
Both items were excellent for trying things on over a couple of hours.
Ready with my hat - and I'm fully sunblocked up.

The stuff:
That single earring is also gone, as it gets tangled really easily. Too annoying!

  • Earrings - local

I shopped at WIN (Women in Need)'s Warehouse store, and had good luck on accessories, including this fabulously outrageous belt.
I like the big exaggerated buckle and the funky not-quite-caramel/not-quite-orange colour of the leather.

Check out the detail on the tongue.
Hmmm...double Fs. What could that be?

Could it be...Fendi?
It is! Real made in Italy, genuine leather Fendi. And it was only $19.99. Searching around on the interwebz reveals that this buckle shape is a Fendi classic. This belt would have been around $500 new. Score!

I also found this marvelous 70s-era gold metal disco belt.
The "snake" portion is all fine metal, and the links and connectors are very funky.
All of the links have design on the edges, and the connector pieces are sculpted. I'm happy with $6.95 for this.

Although I'm not a bag person, I can never resist a cute bag.
Metallic pearl blue faux leather? Yes!

With big silver balls on the clasp and a hinged frame? Silver satin lining? Yup.
It's by Sondra Roberts, who I've never heard of, but I see prices for new from $50+. My $12.95 looks like a deal. This will be so fun with a party outfit!

I fell for the lilac leather of this large flat clutch.
I ever succumb to an iPad, I can fit it in here!

Surprise! It's vintage and it's real leather. I have a pink leather obi by Liberty Belle as well.
$7.95 seems like a deal.

The only piece of clothing that I bought - and I tried on a TON of stuff - was this satin brocade cheongsam dress.
This is full-length on me, and fits perfectly.

A better look at the colour and the silvery-grey satin trim on it.
So pretty! It has no label, and I don't think it is vintage (although it was in the vintage section). It also doesn't seem handmade, so not an actual Chinese piece. It's a mystery!

Ignore my tired face - here it is on.
Yowza! I might be wearing this for my company Christmas party this year! Would you believe it was only $12.95? 

Well, Vizzini, time for me to make dinner. What do you think of all these shenanigans this weekend? 
"I don't care about your stupid life unless it involves me."
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Linking up to Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style. 


  1. Great outfits. Love the pride ensemble. I just posted some good artwork I saw in NYC yesterday on that theme.

  2. Your Pride ensemble is fab. "People are people." Love that too! Thanks for linking, xox


  3. I had so many comments, but that cheongsam at the end has me feelin' some type of way---LOVE!!! I'm also searching for the perfect cheongsam. Love the glam look, too. Super awesome to get out there and show support. Love me some Depeche Mode <3

    1. Thank you, hon! I'm excited to wear that dress. So many dresses, so little time.

  4. Your winesday look is my favourite !
    The belt thrift was a total win - that's part of the love and art of thrifting. You just never know what you will find.

  5. Lovely outfits, I just love that wonderful embroidered/printed jacket. It's wonderful how you keep track of all the times you wear certain items and can work out the pay per wears. Fantastic. You can certainly say you got money's worth out of the checked skirt!

    You got some great buys and the cheong sam dress looks fabulous on you. I would say, yes, definitely wear it to the Christmas do 0 you'll be the belle of the ball!



    1. Isn't that a gorgeous jacket? I just trace back my wears through the "last worn here" and count them (no spreadsheets, I promise!). I do plan to wear that dress for Christmas - I hope all my new tattoos are done by then!

  6. What a brilliant post Sheila! I love that green skirt, well maybe I'd better say, I covet that green skirt and those shoes are a fabulous match. Am also coveting that turquoise belt too. (Is it you or me who's keeping a note of my wishlist from your closet? hahaha) And finally what a wonderful find that satin dress was. It fits you like a dream and does indeed need a special event to make its debut!
    Anna x

    1. Thank you so much! I am a fan of chartreuse in general (the colour, not the liqueur, which I've never you never know!). I suspect you kind of want everything in my closet, m'dear! Thank you!

  7. I forgot everything after I saw you in that amazing cheongsam dress. Wow. Christmas Party for the win.

  8. Apparently it is a cheongsam dress. Melanie should know. Looks bloody good on you. All outfits are great. As always. You never disappoint. The Armani dress is lovely with the skirt underneath and those fabulous "low" heels. The Fendi belt for that price is a steal. They obviously did not know what they were selling.

    1. Yes, it is! Thanks, Greetje! They did know it was Fendi, but they are more concerned with turning the stock over than holding out and not selling it.


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