Okay, this is going to be a big post, both for me to write and for you to read. Skim as you like!
Let's start with Friday, which was decidedly NOT casual for me.here (2015) and here (2014) and here (2013) for past year's outfits and adventures. They tend to coincide with my September closet clean-outs, so feel free to get lost down that rabbit hole.
- Jacket - Simon Chang, vintage 80s, thrifted; purchased here in June for $3.00 (yes, you read that right)
- Blouse (underneath) - Michael Kors, thrifted; last worn here in November 2015 with cream and a pouffy skirt
- Skirt - Lida Baday, thrifted; purchased here for $16.95
- Shoes - Sencha Teapot, Fluevog; last worn here earlier this month with a plethora of colours
And here's the full ensemble:
I loved wearing this gorgeous vintage 80s jacket, ginormous shoulder pads and all.
With my little vintage-y purse.
Nope, he was cool with it. I even look relatively normal without the jacket on!
A shot of the chapeau.
The hat is by Sylvia of New York and St. Louis.
here in February 2014 with more vintage for the Victoria Film Festival gala opening.
This little purse is by Liz Claiborne.
- Gloves - thrifted
- Fur stick pin (added to hat) - thrifted
- Earrings - Joyce's, vintage 80s
- Shield ring - Nine West
- Death Star ring - Soul Flower
Cat, Elaine and I met up to browse the Expo - we also connected with Yvonne and Randall, and Randall's dad (hello, Larry!), step-mom (hi, Sherri!), and sister (hello, Caroline!), and had a glass of wine with them.
I felt that this show was a bit of a let-down compared to past shows. Too many non-vintage vendors, and the crowds were much sparser. I still managed to find a couple of things.
I spotted the unusual pattern and colours of this dress.
I was happy to see Desigual embroidered on the back of the dress.
Still, it was $30, which is a steal.
At the same booth, I actually found one of my own (donated dresses) - this one (image link here or go here and scroll down to the black velvet dress with big crazy sleeves), from my Closet Archive series in 2010. It was marked up to about $60.
I found another item that was the same as an item I own, but we'll get to that in a bit - it was also NOT vintage!
I stopped by the booth of my favourite ladies to see what copper stuff they had.
We went out for dinner afterwards and compared purchases, then home for an early evening. On Saturday, L and I went for brunch with Nick.
This is the official Last Outfit of Summer! I had to get one more wear of this cute dress in, just to make sure I really wanted to keep it.
- Dress - H&M, thrifted; last seen here
- Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last worn here in August
- Jacket (below) - L.N. Studio, thrifted; purchased in April 2014 (here) for $19.50
I did discover that it's definitely a summer piece. It did not like tights, and kept trying to creep up to my crotchal region!
This is my first wearing of these Betsy Johnson tights - I bought them on consignment, new in packaging. They're a very vivid red!
I really liked how cute the jacket looked with this outfit, with the white cuffs and collar peeking out. This jacket is the parallel of that fluffy-flowered cream coat that I've been wearing so much this past spring/summer - this is the start of fall/end of winter version.
- Earrings - Stella and Dot, consignment
After lunch, L and Nick went for a browse in the CD shops, so I went to the St. Vincent de Paul, followed by the WIN Warehouse Store. I had a budget that I'd set for the Vintage Expo, and I didn't hit anywhere near it, so I felt justified in giving some of that allocated cash to my local charitable organizations.
At the St V de P, I scored on these sweet shoes!
A cute t-strap, and a slight platform to make that heel even easier to wear.
I also found this crazy dress. I was drawn to the colours, and the fabric, a very soft, very bouncy jersey fabric.
But what is this crazyass thing here?
Then I noticed that there was a name on the fabric.
And yes, indeed, this is an Etro Milano dress, made in Italy.
For your enjoyment, I tried it on at home to see if I could figure out how it worked.
I also found this amazing thick knitted wool skirt.
And it's olive green.
I strolled over to the WIN Warehouse Store next. Since I was just there with Jodi recently (here, two weeks ago), I wasn't sure if I'd find anything, but I planned to just enjoy the experience regardless. On my way there, I ran into Caroline, a reader of Ephemera from Ontario! Another reader encounter! How completely awesome! Thank you so much for reading, Caroline!
I started in the accessories section at WIN and found this lovely blue felted hat.
This one was $8.95 and is by Le Chateau.
I also found these amazing leather booties!
They have a great "Beatle boot" look about them.
Each buckle is adjustable to the wearer's foot, and then snaps to the shoe - there are nice little brass levers for popping the snaps open.
These are by Aldo and were $27.95, the most expensive thing I bought.
I found a grey cowl-necked cashmere sweater!
I did well with blazers, and fell hard for this teal velvet jacket.
This is by Jacob, it's fully lined, and is a gorgeous teal.
I was enamoured of this ginormous flame-orange sweater.
I love this military-inspired plaid jacket.
I don't even know if it was ever worn - no one took the stitch out of the back split.
I am in total love with these black velvet pants!
Wonderful vintage labels. Tan Jay, made in Canada! And that's a union label, so this is easily very early 80s or even late 70s.
There is confirmation of the date as earlier than the mid-80s - these are a size 12.
When I got home, Vizzini was being a spaz.
|"I am a seething ball of fury!"|
|"I will not stand for this disturbance in my world."|
On Saturday night, L and I chilled out with some wine and played a couple of games of Arkham Horror. My favourite thing ever!
And today, I headed to town to get groceries, and then turned my attention to the closet.
All right, are you ready for the closet swap-over? Go here to see how things have changed since the end of March when I swapped out my fall/winter for spring/summer.
This is the right side of my closet.
This is the left side.
I started by pulling out all my spring/summer clothes and shoes, and folding them ready for storage. I do everything up: zippers, buttons, cuffs. It makes it easier to hang them back up again in 6 months.
Here are the clothes that didn't get worn over the past 6 months. How do I know? Because the hangers weren't turned around! I hang all my clothes with the hanger hooks backwards, then turn them around as I wear them.
This peach dress is spectacular, but we just didn't have that many fancy parties this past half-year.
Joyce's pink dress didn't get worn.
Neither did this beaded cocktail dress.
A lot of my gowns stay in my closet but get worn about once every 3-4 years or more.
My "stormy" dress didn't get worn.
I keep this for sentimental reasons.
I fully intended to keep this wonderful green dress that I wore for New Year's last year, and my company Christmas party, but sadly, one of the seams, right at the bust, had shredded.
My origami dress didn't get worn, and frankly, I didn't want to wear it.
My Betsey Johnson dress was last worn a year ago for my birthday party.
A gorgeous navy blue lace saw no love in 6 months.
I am not sure about this dress. It's a little too "hey, Sailor" for me.
I love this dress.
I don't have much call for sequins in warm weather but you never know.
This wonderful cotton striped frock coat is still a keeper, even though it's been about a year or more since I wore it.
This white eyelet skirt didn't pass the test.
I saw this exact same skirt at the Vintage Expo!
Here's what's left on the long-hang section (on the left) after all the summer dresses have been taken out.
Removed dresses, folded and ready for storage.
Only a few tops left.
Only a few long skirts left.
Four sad little pairs of trousers. Actually, that should be five - the camo-pants were in the wash.
On the right side of the closet, there is one small shelf up near the ceiling - I store my 1950s shoes there, and a couple of vintage hats.
Here are all the springs/summer shoes that got packed away.
And here are all the clothes that were put away for 6 months.
I lined up all my fall/winter shoes and boots.
Unpacking all the shoes, and deciding which ones stay out.
All the way down the hall!
Another shot of the shoes down the hall.
Hiding under my clothes over the past 6 months was this massive pile.
Three more flat tubs were hauled out from under the bed.
And then I load it all in, hanging everything up. I also wipe down all of the wooden shelves, and dust my mirror and chandelier.
Top left shelf, closer to the door.
One of two sweater shelves below that.
And one more below that.
The blouse/long skirt/pant section.
Looking at that section again from the back of the closet.
My long-hang dress section is nicely filled up.
And here are my skirts, all hung up.
And my jackets filled up, plus all the fall/winter clothes I've bought over the past 6 months, and haven't worn yet.
On the right side of my closet, closest to the door, is my double-stack "Tower of Power" - my shoes!
Here we go, starting at the very top, at the ceiling.
Next to them, on the right.
Shelf #2: Higher heels that I love, but don't wear on a daily basis.
To the right:
Shelf #3: I can wear these to work.
Shelf #4 is taller, so I store my mid-calf boots here, away from Vizzini.
More short boots beside them.
Shelf #6 (it gets darker, as we get closer to the floor - sorry).
Next door to those.
And beside those, my flat/kitten heels.
On the floor, I actually had room for some of my purses.
My boots are stored along the floor, with one in front and one behind.
And in the centre, under the mirror are 3 velvet hatboxes with my belts. I sort these and pull out ones that are more spring/summer-y. I had a bunch stored away over the past 6 months too.
On the right side, more boots.
I'm excited to start wearing these again!
But we're not finished yet. Scarves get weeded through too.
Darker, more autumnal colours.
And I swapped out my jewelry, which I store in our bedroom on my dresser.
This is my "modern jewelry" box.
How it normally looks.
I had a helper in all of this.
|"What is this thing that looks very tasty?"|
|"What do you mean, I can't go in your closet? It's wide open!"|
|"I will bite you in the foot!"|
|"I want in there! Let me in! There are things I want to see!"|
I let him back inside as soon as I was done, but he was not happy with me.
|"I am going to bite you when you least expect it."|
|"Nothing to see here. Go away."|
|"I'm just a cool cat, chilling in this awesome closet full of things to chew on. Nothing to see here."|
|"If you laugh at me, I will eat another pair of Fluevogs. This is not an idle threat."|
|"This is a very fine place to have a sit-down, I think."|
|"Are we done yet?"|
Linking up to:
- Judith's "Hat Attack" over at Style Crone
- Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style
And I'm off!
Greetings from Finland! It's so fun to see how you organize your closet. I'm currently trying project333 (well, for this 3 months period I already have 48 items). Also it's so wonderful how many of your clothes are vintage, thrifted or used many years. Really remind me that never let favorite pieces away easily. And Vizzini, what a personality!ReplyDelete
Best wishes, Maria
Wow, Finland - welcome, Mujeril! Thank you so much for visiting! I love playing with my clothes and trying new things...with old things.Delete
I am always impressed by the richness of your collection! And by how beautifuly you do this semi annual reorganization. It is amazing that you also take such care in documenting the whole process. You are very generous to do this for your readers.ReplyDelete
With all the talk in so many places about minimizing what one owns, you stand out as a maximalist with a conscience. You buy nearly everything second hand and/or local, and you don't hold onto stuff you are done with. Thanks for setting such an inspiring example!
Thanks, Linda! I like to be able to look back at my closet over the years and see how it's changed, too - and it's a handy document should my house ever burn down. Yes, I am a maximalist, but as you say, it's almost all second-hand/local, and I do pass things along. Glad you enjoyed it!Delete
Oh the closet change-over, the best! I love this post so hard. And the Etro dress - wow, that and the Desi dress would make me smile for a month. Thanks for sharing, you are fab, xoxReplyDelete
Aw, thanks, Patti! I was pretty excited about both of those dresses.Delete
Amazing! I loved seeing all your shoes. Drooling with envy.ReplyDelete
So fun to see your closet change-over.ReplyDelete
I showed my husband your row of fall shoes. He asked me once, "How many pairs of black shoes does one person need?" (Apparently the right answer was supposed to be one--ha!)
You had some real scores, even if the vintage festival was a bit of a bust. The Etro and Desigual dresses are marvelous! As for that wool skirt, I believe that is a Chinese size large, which explains a lot:
I love that skirt! I'd grab it in a heartbeat. Wool or alpaca knit skirts are so cozy and comfortable when it gets really cold.
Glad you enjoyed it, velma! I actually have very few black shoes/boots, but I like lots of colours and interesting styles (and heel heights). I didn't say in the post, but I counted 90 pairs of shoes/boots/sandals.Delete
Yes, you're right on the skirt sizing! That's why I always try things on, and ignore most sizing. It's a very cool piece. Thanks for the info!
It's always fun seeing you do the closet switch-over! I agree with Linda. You are a maximalist with a conscience! Wear your badge with pride!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Sue! Yup, I'm on that that maximalist train, for sure.Delete
I absolutely love that Etro dress. It's like a party! And quite flattering.ReplyDelete
Your closet changeover post is always interesting.
Thanks, Danielle! I think I'll have fun with it. Glad you enjoyed the post.Delete
I have news for you my dear Sheila: the shirtdress is DESIGUAL ;) the "Gracey" dress, its a recent item and its gorgeous !!!ReplyDelete
I have total thrift envy, you manage to pick up some amazing garments, the Etro dress, the Desigual, the red blouse... I think if we went shopping together we would "fight" over garments ;)
Oh and you did the swap !!!!! I did not realise you swapped your accessories too.. and you had a very nosey supervisor, seems like Vizzini did his job.
Oh, I knew that (I did see the embroidered logo on the back), but not that it was recent! How cool! Thanks for the info on the name! I guess I did get a good deal after all. Ha, yes, I think we would have a blast shopping!Delete
I started doing the accessory (belts, scarves) swap when they started getting crowded. This is the first year for the jewelry swap. Heh, Mr. Vizzini is a very nosey fellow. One of my boots is now missing a pull on the zipper. I wonder what happened??
So interesting! I did the same thing yesterday (changed over my closet).I have three cats and they love to dart into my closet! One of them, Bluebell, is especially sneaky! My closet physically resembles yours but the clothing is quite different. Mine is not colorful like yours but I do have my own style!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Susan! Oh, the cats are just monsters when it comes to closets, aren't they? I love that you do a swap too!Delete
First of all I am impressed and very envious of your closet - its design, organisation and contents! We are way behind Canada and the US in closet space and design here; most closets/wardrobes contain a hanging rail and a shelf - if you're lucky!ReplyDelete
It's clearly a mammoth task for you to swap over your wardrobe and you are extremely organised and methodical. I loved the end result.What a feast for the eyes with all the lovely colours and patterns.
What wonderful bargains you got - I loved them all. I loved your black and white outfit and you looked fabulous in it; what a wonderful hat that is.
Hopefully Vizzini will be kept occupied by watching the painters doing their thing and maybe less tempted to explore your closet!
In the U.S. here . . . I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Sheila is very fortunate in her closet!Delete
I have about five feet of hanging space (a single bar) with two deep shelves above. It's a decent walk-in closet, with the same arrangement on the other side for my husband. This arrangement strikes me as pretty typical for middle-class homes in the U.S., at least in older houses and apartments.
I have a four-drawer dresser in the closet for sweater and other clothing storage, along with more dresser space in the bedroom. Even so, I rotate my clothes seasonally, with hanging things going into "deep storage" in a wardrobe out of season.
Thanks, Veronica! I hired someone to rip out my existing closet and custom build this one for me - it was my reward to myself when I lost weight. This closet used to have a rail and shelf on either side - it was horrible for utilizing the space!Delete
Yes, it's a huge job to do this, but I love doing it, and getting to play with all my new clothes. Gosh, fingers crossed with Vizzini, he's such a monster!
Velma, I don't know if I'm fortunate - as I noted to Veronica above, I had my closet custom-built. My dream is turn our whole den into a closet for us both!Delete
Ah, but a custom closet is good fortune indeed! :-)Delete
It certainly cost a good fortune! Ha!Delete
So here's the thing. I am so grateful to Shybiker for introducing you to me. I adore your style, truly!!! Madly! But this is way too much for a single post, so i am going to remark about six times on this post, because my poor little head is so stuffed with medical info now- I am helping hubby recover from total knee replacement.ReplyDelete
First, I love the opening shot, love the dotted tights , super hat, and super soft skirt. Orange blouse and tattoo, yes! Love it!
And now I am overlaoded and somewhat overjoyed with the other items, and Etro dress for 6.00, is over the moom for me.
so that is all i can say right now. But there will be other gushing comments from me soon.
and those closets!! Swoon!
Yeah, sorry, sometimes I do these massive posts (wait till you see what I do when I travel), heh. Aw, take care of your hubby - that doesn't sound fun.Delete
I know it's a lot to take in, but just let it all flow over you - that's my life.
Friday's outfit is fabulous and Saturday's dress is super cute! As I knew your were going to do your closet swap, I scrolled to that part of your post. As I'm in the process of swapping myself, I could use some inspiration. It seems that I am actually doing the things you are doing (like turning the hanger around once something has been worn). And I also got stuff that only gets worn every 3 years or so, but which I still wouldn't throw out. There are also some cat similarities. Little monsters, they are! xxxReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Princess! No worries, read what you're interested in. :) That's cool that we are using some of the same methods, including dealing with our little feline monster friends!Delete
OMG! The shoes!! You look stunning in le chapeau and the beautiful outfit, perfect for The Melbourne Cup fashion of the field winner. Your closet is so...ORGANISED!! I actually have a note in my diary for this weekend (tidy up closet). xxReplyDelete
Yes, there are a lot of them, aren't there?? Thank you so much! I am a very organized person - it's just what I do!Delete
Well I'm exhausted ploughing my way through that lot Sheila, so goodness knows how you feel! It's a wonderful experience to see all of these fabulous clothes come and go, all those fine shoes and boots waltz out and into cupboards. Reversing all the way to the start, I have to say how awesome you looked in the 80's does 40's ensmeble, especially with that magnificent hat on. I feel like I've just had the most glorious meal from a mutlicoloured banquet! It was a heady delight - thank you!ReplyDelete
It was exhausting, most definitely! Thank you for your kind words on my ensembles!Delete
I am so jealous. I hate myself for it, but I am. Everything so neat, tidy, accessable.. I weep. My closets are a mess, everything is through one another. I haven't got any storage space for season clothes etc. And I must say all that effort in changing summer to winter... I applaud you. I always hate the spring and fall for changing weather, never knowing when to change the shoes.ReplyDelete
It doesn't stay that way very long, Greetje! I'm so glad I did pay to have the closet built out, though - it used to be an awful closet.Delete
I have a little room with a window, so it holds closets (three of 60cm wide and deep) and I have two closets n the bedroom of 80cm wide and 60cm deep). But I lose track of things. I try to weed some clothes, but they are still all so nice. I just have too much for such a small house. And little tank tops and basic shirts.... a lot of them on a pile. OK black with black and white with white. But the blue and green behind the black and white piles. Not handy. Cannot see a thing, so have to move everything out. And that doesn't go back the same neat way it came out....But... if those are my "problems" I consider myself bloody lucky. Right?Delete
(I have to say I hardly ever read your comments, because that means going back to a post I commented on. As I visit you (and everybody else) infrequently, that is just not an option. Too little time in my life. Pity, as I do like to read them. This time your blog was stil "open" on my tablet. And instead of doing what I ought to do, I am "waisting" more time hahaha. I do so love interaction.
Those sound very small and hard to keep track of what's in them! But yes, good problems to have! That's okay about reading comments (I rarely go back either). Lovely to see you either way, my dear!Delete
But I did go back. Twice this time.Delete
You have an amazing collection of everything. This post resonates with me! I love your "Sylvia" hat, which looks stunning with your 80's jacket. I have a hat by the same designer! Thank you for sharing your beauty and your headwear with Hat Attack.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Judith! How cool - we share a designer!Delete