Hello, and Happy Almost-Hallowe'en! Are you excited? I have a rockin' costume this year that I'm wearing to work all day tomorrow - I took lots of pictures already, as L and I did a pre-try-on to make we could both get ready in our usual rush before work tomorrow morning.
But back we go to Friday. I had to wear those new Fluevogs, right? Of course I did!
|I'm so classy with my bra strap hanging out.
- Top - Hommage, consignment; last seen here in June with the perfect leopard skirt
- Trousers - Talbots, thrifted; last worn here in February with gone lilac leather
- Booties - Room 502 Entrance, Fluevog; purchased here for $165.00
- Coat (below) - Vassali, consignment
here for a little trip down memory lane.
Outerwear for a day that started chilly.
A shout-out to the lovely and quirky Manon, who complimented them at the bus stop on Friday morning. We chatted for our ride to town and hit it off - I gave her my blog business card. Hello, nice to meet you, Manon!
- Studded cuff - vintage 80s
- Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
- Earrings - vintage fair
Friday night was Urbanite at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (link, 'cause I love). We had a big group of friends all decide to go, and met up with familiar faces there as well. Urbanite is basically a 3-hour party at the AG, with a DJ, cocktails/beer/wine, an interactive element, and special tours of the new exhibits. There's usually a suggested fashion theme, which I love - this time it was either DIY or 1930s (link here for your own inspiration!). L and I decided to do 1930s.
Are you ready? Meet my grandmother.
I was actually a little freaked out by a) how much I look like my mother when she was this age and b) how much I look like my grandmother. My mom was born in the 1940s, so this would have been very close to the hair and make-up that my gran would have worn as a younger woman in the 30s.
I went for a glamour look!
- Dress - Ralph Lauren blue label, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) as a blonde for my birthday party (the second outfit)
- Shoes - Channi B; last seen here (2nd outfit) at that same party, with a different dress and red hair
- Rabbit fur jacket - Bebe, vintage; last worn here over that blogger meet-up in July 2015
The dress is the type of bias-cut, long dramatic fitted dresses that were very much worn on the big screen by the famous Hollywood stars of the day. Why wear this dress again? It's perfect for the era, and now I'm down to $4.00 per wear. I did wear my shaperwear thingy again under this for smoothing.
This fur was warm enough for the walk as well, without being too hot indoors.
Linking up to "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style!
Here's a better look at my hair and make-up. My friends were quite taken with this look on me. They're also still not used to what I look like without my glasses on, too!
Make-up: I used a liquid BB cream base, followed by powder base and cover-up. Eyebrows were "removed" with the cover-up, then drawn in much thinner. A shimmery pale gold eyeshadow on the brow-bone, and a soft matte coral eyeshadow near my lashes. I used only a titch of eyeliner on the outside top corner, and mascara-d top and bottom lashes. I applied a slightly heavier blush right on the apples of my cheeks, and my lippy is a brick red. Most of my make-up is by MAC and Rimmel.
Check out the interior:
- Stretch cuff - vintage, says "Hong Kong", Mom's
- Bracelet - Birks, c. 1974, Mom's
- Earrings - vintage 60s, Mom's
- Barrettes - Le Chateau
- Necklace - Alain, vintage, gift from Alison
Of course, L dressed up too! Look at my dapper man!
I have a soft spot for this wool fedora - L was wearing it when I met him. He's had it since 1986.
The blazer is from L's former coworker from over 20 years ago - it was a gift from his widow. Nice to be able to pay tribute to an old friend by wearing it.
L enjoyed a pre-event whisky (as did I!).
here, linking 'cause I love).
A shot of the cuffs/shoes.
And what did Vizzini think of these glamourous people?
|"I think they should give me my treats before they leave, if they value their furniture."
On Saturday morning, L and I headed to town for brunch.
- Top - no label, thrifted
- Skirt - Strawberry Jill, consignment; last seen here in March for my first shopping trip with Jodi
- Boots - Mini Babycakes, Fluevog; last worn here a couple of weeks ago with non-obvious military
- Jacket (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last seen here (4th outfit) for my birthday weekend a few weeks ago
|Hmm...what shoes to wear?
|"I can help the Man with his shoes."
A light jacket to wear for the walk to town.
- Leather cuff - SkinZnHydez
- Brass cuff - Jezebel Charms
- Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
- Earrings - Plum
I had a shopping mission: find pieces for my Hallowe'en costume! I have always preferred to shop my closet for my costumes, but I needed a few odds and ends, so off to the thrift stores I went!
The first item I had to find was a cream or beige t-shirt - can you believe I don't own one? I figured I could find a cheap one and cut the arms off if needed. It was harder to find one than I thought!
I bought this at the St. Vincent de Paul.
link). It's $59.00 in New Zealand dollars, which is $56.61 Canadian. Wow, I got a deal! Not cutting the arms off...
I found L a bunch of ties at StVdeP, and I also found a gorgeous wool men's coat that I bought (didn't fit L, so will try the next most likely guy-friend). But nothing else that would work for my costume, so on to the WIN Warehouse store I went next.
I went through all the cream/beige/white tops and grabbed a ton to try. I thought I would try a sleeveless top and while it wasn't right for my costume, this one was really nice on.
I was in a hurry but still took a quick zoom through all the sections. I prefer to do a thorough look through everything when I shop, but I was on a mission, so I just ran my hand along the racks until something jumped out at me. Like this top!
Also, can you see the pockets in the picture above? Me neither! The fabric for the pockets has been cut so that it lines up to the medallions/paisleys on the shirt.
Based on the cut (big, blousy in the body and sleeves, small collar), I'd say this is from the early 90s, after shoulder pads disappeared. It's 75/25% silk/cotton.
I'm always on the lookout for big crazy sweaters to wear around the house. Look out, L!
Look at the hideous texture!
It's by Dex and was $14.95.
No freaking way I was letting this beauty get away from me.
Please take my $6.00!
Finally, I found the top I needed. It was long-sleeved, but I cut the sleeves off. Didn't I do a wonderful job of it?
So, what is my costume? Well, in addition to this tee, I also bought ski goggles and a leg harness, but those are the only clues I'm going to give you! L and I both did full dry-runs of our costumes (including make-up for me) yesterday and today so that we could take pictures and figure out our timing before work tomorrow. I'll have a big post up tomorrow with our costume pics!
I hope you had a fabulous weekend, everyone!