Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jungle, Lace, Dots and Elf Shoes

Aside from whatever I wear out to brunch on Saturday, this is my last spring/summer outfit of the year. I think it perfectly encapsulates everything that I love about clothes, fashion and style. 
And if I have to pick an outfit to represent this last 6 month season, this is as good as any.

  • Jacket - Vero Moda in Blue, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) earlier this month with this same top for shopping with Jenn
  • Lace top - La Vie 89, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit), same time as the jacket
  • Skirt - vintage 80s, Pierre Cardin, vintage store; last worn here in June with Shoes My Husband Loves
  • Shoes - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last seen here in August with a stained glass dress

What I love: the textures (quilted cotton, smooth silk, nubby lace), the patterns (jungle, lace, dots), the cuts (puffy jacket, cropped top, long lean pencil skirt), and the colours (turquoise, red, white, hints of peach and orange). And it's just so fun!
Everything in this outfit is getting packed away for 6 more months, including the shoes. I just don't have room to have everything out, plus these are very much warm weather weight garments.

The stuff:
Another year of my lovely blue elf shoes. I wore them seven times over half a year, which is pretty good, when you consider how many pairs of shoes I have (less than 100, but not by much).

Simple bling:
I'm feeling like I want to start piling on the bling, like, scads and scads of necklaces, rings and bracelets. Must be a fall thing!

  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Adieu to my spring/summer wardrobe!

Tomorrow night is the annual Vintage Expo at the Crystal Gardens, so I won't be posting - however, I will be dressed for the occasion! I'll have loot to share with you all (I'm sure!). This weekend is also the closet swap-out, and I'll be taking lots of pictures. See you all later - have a fabulous weekend!


  1. I am switching over my closet from spring/summer to fall/winter this weekend, too!

    I love your creativity plus how organized you are with your blog.

    Happy closet-changing!

    1. Happy switchover, Susan! Aw, thank you - I'm a very organized person, so at least I can be productive with it.

  2. Love the colours and prints together in this outfit! Looking forward to your closet swap over pics, it's always fascinating to me (and makes me wish I was a little more organised with my wardrobe!) I did realise the other day I actually have space to keep the 'to be donated' clothes hung nicely instead of all piled up in a big bag so that's progress! :)

    1. Thanks, Mica! Yup, I'll be doing the full documentation of it, as usual. Good for you on finding the space for your donated items!

  3. The skirt and jacket work so very well together...
    Are we getting to see more of your closet during the swap ? I love those. Yes, I am curious.

    1. Thanks, Lorena! Yes, I'll be opening up the closet for your viewing pleasure, as usual. It's a mess, but it's an organized mess!

  4. Lovely outfit and I love red and turquoise together!

    I've just done the same and got out my winter clothes and put most of the summer stuff away...

    Enjoy your weekend it sounds as if its going to be a fun one!


    1. Thank you, Veronica! It feels good to swap out for "new" stuff, doesn't it? Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. How funny! I am just sitting down to a well-earned rest after "turning my wardrobe," as my Grandmother (b. 1909) used to call it. She took this biannual initiative very, very seriously. Everything had to be washed or taken to the cleaners, shoes polished or to the cobbler for repair, things folded away with lavender sachets. Then and only then was the new season unveiled.

    I love this ritual. I spent the morning handling the summer things, did piles of hand-washing, ran to the cleaners--then got reacquainted with my favorite boots and woolens. I especially like finding the out-of-season thrift finds that I squirreled away without wearing--this year, a pair of gorgeous russet Frye boots, several sweaters, and a merino dress.

    I have a hunch my wardrobe is much smaller than yours--limited closet space and also a pretty brutal aversion to stuff piling up--and I only "turn" about half of my clothes, along with jewelry, scarves, and fragrance. Even so, it takes a full, busy day. Now I can't stop peeking into my closet!

    Happy turning to you. I look forward to seeing your fall bonanza.

    1. Ooh, I love that phrase, "turning the wardrobe" - it's like ploughing a field and turning the soil. So evocative. I do a wash of anything that needs it, do everything up, fold it neatly, and pack it away into tubs to stash under my bed.

      I absolutely love pulling out my fall/winter seasonal items. I love hanging them up (steaming some of them now that I have a steamer), and getting reacquainted with them, as you say. I also have a stash of things that I've bought out of season over the spring/summer, and I'm excited to start digging through those items and making outfits.

      LOL, yes, I'm 100% positive that my wardrobe is much larger than yours! I also turn my scarves and just this year started doing my jewelry, as I have a huge collection, and found I wasn't wearing certain things in a specific season. It does take a long time, and I do document it, so you'll get to see what my closet is like.

      Thank you!

  6. P.S. I don't know anyone else who packs clothes away seasonally (even my mother has mostly abandoned it), and my husband thinks I am an absolute nutcase. So. :-)

    1. I started doing it when I ran out of hangers. It gave me license to buy more clothes, so I don't know if it was a good thing after all!

      Now you know another nutcase, so you can show your husband my ginormous collection and he won't think your closet is so bad, ha ha!

    2. Looking forward to seeing your closet photos! Fall/winter is hands-down my favorite clothing season. Such a pleasure to see the leather, cashmere, tweed, and all the rest.

    3. I hope you enjoy them! I'm excited to break out all the "new" clothes.

  7. I can see why this is a great summation outfit - it has all the wonderful bits. Plus those shoes. I also like the phrase "turning the wardrobe," which velma68 mentioned.

    I hope you have good fortune at the Vintage Expo and the swap!

  8. You truly have the most amazing shoes, Sheila. xxx

  9. This a great fond farewell outfit. It sums you up to a T! I wish I could be a fly on the wall to watch the epic changeover event. You deserve to have a film crew capturing it, never mind some photos! Can't wait to see the new season a la Sheila x

    1. Ha, that would be the longest, most boring documentary ever! I hope you enjoy my mondo post!

  10. Dotted skirt, check- love
    tipped floral lace top, check- love
    aqua maryjanes, check- love
    thrifted pearl earrings - check love!
    YOU are fabulous!
    xx, Elle


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