Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Ruined Ruffles, Friday Fringe, Hey Sailor and Vintage, Winesday Orange and Leopard

Woo, I need another weekend! That was a busy one. This is going to be a large post, so let's dig in. 

Here's Thursday, a medley of purple and burgundies, with touches of green. 
This was something in real life. Lots of ruffles, tassels, brocade and details. I am a major details person.

This is my entry for "Visible Monday" at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Get going, go, go!

  • Cardigan - Jacob, thrifted; last seen here on Christmas Day 2016 with sequins
  • Blouse - Ralph Lauren, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) under a velvet dress in December 2016
  • Skirt - Beloved, thrifted; last seen here in November 2016 in a purple mint sandwich
  • Boots - Baroque Velasquez, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) in the same outfit with this blouse 
  • Grape Ape coat (below) - Forever 21, thrifted

I'd planned to wear a blazer instead of a cardigan the night before but shifted things around slightly so that I could wear these boots again.

Unfortunately, I was tugging at my cuffs all day, and ended up shredding the blouse, thereby ruining it. Ah, well - I paid $14.50 for it and wore it four times, so that's less than $4.00 per wear. There are more ruffled blouses out in the world and I will find them!
My WW meeting loved this look - it was a huge meeting, my biggest ever. I was a bit late getting to Book Club afterwards and totally ready for some wine!

It's been a frazzly kind of week, and I forgot to take my outerwear picture before I put my Docs on. Running late, no time.
My consignment beret, and burgundy Parkhurst wooly fingerless gloves. The Doc Marten leather boots were thrifted.

Walked to work, then to WW after. I actually didn't wear my fancy good boots to Book Club - it was raining, so I changed into my Sperry slip-ons and walked there and back (I get a ride home from WW).

The stuff:
Although these boots have zippers on the inside, they are still a production to get on. You need to adjust the laces after they've been zipped. They are very comfy once on.

Green and bronze bling:
The now-departed blouse has greens and purples in the pattern, so I did matchy stuff.

  • Necklace - Plum, c. 2006
  • Earrings - Plum, gift from L, c. 2008 
  • Jade ring - Mom's, vintage 70s

Book Club was a hoot, as always. It was my pick - I presented "Black Coffee Blues" by Henry Rollins. He made a big impression on me, so I ordered them directly from his site. I'm excited to read this book, as were the other ladies.

After much food, and probably too much wine, Friday needed to be slower and quieter. Not meant to be. Sigh.
Distract them with fringe and flapping leather!

  • Duster - Design Lab; last worn here (2nd outfit) in September 2016, also a post-Book Club Friday
  • Sleeveless sweater - August Silk, last seen here in February with corporate purple leather 
  • Suede skirt - Sandra Anglozzi, thrifted; first worn here in October 2016 with fuzzy leopard
  • Boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February with silk plaid
  • Coat (below) - Vassali, consignment

This skirt is a pain if you are doing any amount of walking - I have to pull up the hem to my knees so that I can take a normal step. However, it's awesome otherwise - grommets!!

My duster is also pretty awesome. I had a printer issue to deal with at the other office right at the end of the day, and stepped on the hem, ripping out a few of the fringy bits. Not noticeable, but still frustrating.
I met up with L after that and we had a nice dinner out together before walking home to a yowling Vizzini ("Feed me!"). We hung out and played boardgames till we started nodding off.

"I will eat this furry thing if you don't feed me NOW, Woman."
It rained most of the day, and I was rather bedraggled by the end of it. Weekend!

The stuff:
Comfy boots always make things better.

Badass bling:
I'm just missing a pair of brass knuckles.

  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Studded cuff - homegrown vintage, 80s
  • Earrings - local
  • Spider ring - gift from Mom and Dad, c. 1986
  • Snake ring - BC Museum gift shop, c. 1986
  • Necklace - Robert Larin, vintage 70s, gift from L

I was up bright and early on Saturday morning to get ready to meet up with Elaine and Cat for the Fernwood Vintage Fair. We went last year too - check it out here (I took pictures of the Fern"hood"). It was not as warm this year, nor were there any blossoms on the trees or daffodils blooming. Spring is not quite here.

I decided to wear this fun dress.
I love the vintage pin-up girl look. I find this dress slightly too costume-y for work (although I have worn it for work, see the below link). But it was perfect for the Vintage Fair!

  • Dress - Tatyana (from Nashville); first worn here in October 2015
  • Shoes - Sencha Teapot, Fluevog; last seen here just a couple of weeks ago in February with velvet YSL
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather

Hey, sailor! I felt great in this - it's such a flattering cut.
This is one of those dresses that even if it's not worn that often, I still keep. You never know when you're going to need a sailor pin-up dress!

Keeping warm in my leather, with my thrifted fur boa, and my Danier Leather studded gloves.

The stuff:
I know I said I never wear my good shoes outside, but it was sunny, cold and dry, and I stayed in a small radius, so I walked in these shoes all morning, into the afternoon. They're 6 years old and a little scuffed up, but still hanging in there.

Red and sliver bling:
That's the best red leather belt. It's also getting up there - it's about 10 years old now. Pre-blog!

  • Belt - Plum, c. 2007
  • Ring - thrifted
  • Earrings - Tania Gleave

Here's what I found at the Vintage Fair.
Those are vintage clip-on Thermoset earrings and match the not-quite-but-close-enough set of earrings and necklace I bought last year (these)! I love completing the magic three of jewelry. I found these at Zenkat Vintage - always one of the best stalls. They were $4.00.

These earrings were also from Zenkat, marked for a dollar.
They remind me of a string of grapes, and they match my hair. And for $1.00? Totally!

I found this cool ring at another booth for $5.00
 It's a real...stone, I guess? It's not plastic, I can tell that much. The ring is not marked as being silver, but it does have a mark.
LBVYR. I'm sure that means something, but the interwebz have not satisfied my curiosity.

I spotted a fabulous bracelet at the same table and recognized the brand (Myka, I have this set here). It wasn't quite my style, so I pointed it out to Cat.
Image source here, Myka's site, linking 'cause I love
It's the bottom, thinner bracelet. This picture is on their site in the header for bracelets, but seems to not be in their current collection, but still recent I'm assuming. Anyway, I knew that it was a quality piece - their bracelets sell new for $169.00-$189.00. And what was this marked at? $5.00! Score!

I liked these very sparkly pink stud earrings.
They were $5.00.

I am always on the lookout for leather cuffs.
This magenta one was $2.00.

I have a necklace that will work perfectly with these earrings, here.
These were $15.00. A little on the high side, I thought.

In general, the Vintage Fair was pretty good. My major beef is with vendors who don't put prices on anything. I'm not even going to bother with your racks of clothes or tables of stuff if you can't be bothered to price them!

We went for brunch at the pub afterwards, and did a little show-and-tell of what we'd bought, and then we wandered over to the WIN Boutique store for a browse. Elaine headed home, and Cat and I found a few things.

This dress is such a beautiful colour. It's cut to hang sort of like a flapper dress, long and lean and flowy.
It needs a steaming, but it will be wonderful for hot weather in the summer.
"Colour me not impressed."
It was $22.95 and is by Click by Color Me Cotton, and I'm linking to their site here ('cause I love, but also because they make everything in California.
Machine wash, hang to dry! I love it! This is called the "Tiered Dress" (link) and is made from cupro chiffon and after a poke around online, looks like they sell for about $70 US. Awesome!

I have been having a pouffy skirt moment for...longer than a moment! It was no contest with this skirt.
Stiff, shiny and pouff-tastic! It's not lined (and seems to have been hemmed up another 2 inches), and doesn't have pockets, but isn't it pretty?

It's by Studio J Canada, and was $15.95.
I can't find anything about them online, so likely that they are defunct.

Ha, this is my second dress now with metal content!
I do like that it was made in Vancouver. I will try to get a couple of wears out of this before I pack it away with the fall/winter wardrobe. It's definitely more of a festive season piece.

After a nice long afternoon nap, I caught the bus to Winesday. There was much wine, food, guffawing and good times. I didn't actually take any pictures of my outfit (I was running super-late), but I wore the exact same thing today to walk to town with L, get groceries, have lunch, and then go see "Logan" at the theatre.
It was a good movie - if you liked "Mad Max: Fury Road" it reminded me heavily of that. Lots of blood and swearing, but good acting, and a genuinely affecting story.

  • Sweater - Satellite Drive, thrifted; I don't track this anymore - it's "wear around the house" stuff - but I last officially (ha) wore it here in November 2016 for another grocery outing
  • Jeans - Mark. by Avon, thrifted; last seen here (second outfit) over the 2016 Christmas break
  • Boots - Matisse, consignment; last worn here in February with my fluffy chicken top
  • Coat (below) - Hilary Radley, thrifted

Super comfy for Winesday and for movie-watching - I also have a thin wool long-sleeved top underneath it for warmth.
Easy stretchy pants for a long movie and boots for walking.

A snuggly coat for warmth. Coffee so that I'm civilized and allowed in public, hee hee.
My furry toque and scarf, plus leather gloves, all Danier Leather.

The stuff:
I make less effort as the weekend goes on.

  • Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!


  1. So much fabulous here. That new poufy skirt is a dream and I love, love the fringe-y wrap. The navy dress shows off your gorgeous shape! And Henry Rollins will get me every time too - great idea buying from his site directly. Have a wonderful week xox


  2. So much! Excellent. If my clothes are damaged by equipment or mechanics I just wanted to wreck the machine for doing it, not curse myself. Heh. Too bad about the fringe but I'm glad you can't see it. It's that dreaded sound...!!

    I adore the pouffy skirt. You have a great imagination thinking about summer sunshine. Sun? Warmth? What's that? (Getting tired of this snowy situation.) Too bad about the ruffles but I guess it was time for this piece to move on.

    I thought the marking on your ring looks like LBVYR and there are listings under R, not A. Or that was just a type-o and you know this....

    You always remind me to keep my eyes open for jewellery. You definitely have an eye for details.

    1. I know, I get mad at my desk when it snags something. Riiiiiip! Very sad about the ruffles, boo!

      I wish that sun would get here. I'm so tired of snow.

      Oops, good catch on that typo - I've fixed it, thank you. I'm good at details. Details, details!

  3. Friday's outfit is right up my alley. Love it. Thank you for the great links and sharing your fun finds. Can't wait to see you style that marvelous skirt. I also get so much pleasure when I can complete the magic three of jewelry. Could you share the lipstick you are wearing with the wonderful navy dress?

    1. Thank you so much! The lipstick with the navy dress is by MAC - it's from their "amplified" line (nice and creamy). I think it's called "Bordeaux" but I will check when I get home.

    2. Correction, it is MAC's "Dubonnet" (A73 is the number).

  4. I love everything in the post, but most especially those fabulous brocade boots, which are just gorgeous on you! And your moviegoing outfit looks so cozy.

    1. Aren't those the best boots? I love them too. Thank you!

  5. What lovely outfits and the sailor dress is a classically beautiful dress. It looked wonderful on you.

    I love all your jewellery that you bought at the Vintage Fair - you're as bad as me for jewellery I can't resist a chunky bead or bangle or shiny brooch...!

    The green dress is gorgeous and so summery and green! The skirt is fabulous. Watch out for magnets!

    Hope you have a less busy week.

    1. Thank you, Veronica! I am a sucker for a cool piece of jewelry, you know it! Hee, I wonder if the skirt is magnetic? I will have to try it out and see. Thank you - it looks somewhat quieter. Phew!

  6. Love the sailor dress. I'd wear that -- so keep your closet locked. :-)

    1. Good to know! First I have to protect it from Vizzini and now you!

  7. Oh I really like that new skirt you got, what a great find! :) I also really like all of the colours and textures in your first outfit. It all works so perfectly together. I might not be able to recreate most of your outfits but what you wear always gets me thinking and does make me try to be a little more adventurous with things in my wardrobe. Even if all that means is me wearing 3 colours instead of just two! Really appreciate your blog Sheila :)

    1. It's pretty, isn't it? I adore a pouffy skirt. Thank you - I was really pleased with all the tones of purples and wines. Aw, thank you for saying that - keep it up, Mica!

  8. lots of fabulous outfits!, I love all those purple-violet textures in the first outfit, and your stunning boots!. And that leather maxi-skirt is a gorgeous piece and looks so cool and kinda oriental with your fringed duster, such a great combo (even if I understand that walking in that kind of skirts is very difficult, but they look so cool!). Obviously, your sailor dress is gorgeous, well, really, you're gorgeous in it!, you rock it with lots of sassiness and attitude!
    Fabulous purchases too!, I think that your puffy skirt moment should last forever!!

    1. Thank you! The boots are a favourite and I should really wear them more. I'm not sure how long that skirt will last - the walking thing is a pain. Thank you - I always feel very self-conscious in the sailor dress. I agree - puffy skirts forever!

  9. Wow you had not worn the sailor dress in a while and you look wonderful my dear friend... and I just saw that the metal content skirt was a recent addition.. great find.

  10. Complaint department: Hello! I adore each and every one of these looks , but I am American with a very low attention span. I need one outfit per post, to do your miraculous outfits any justice at all. But I will try...
    Outfit one, (your a re killing me love)
    adore the textures the pink- plum col
    ors, the ruffles and the textures added by the two toned boots and tights.
    Grommeted suede skirt , hello Runway 2017, this is fabulous on you, and I adore the jacquarded duster in the tribal print, as a combo!
    Fabulous patterned ( burnout? not you, the jeans) jeans, great simple dash of red sweater and cool over the knee boots, another clear winner.
    I love that coat, always, excellent styling girlfriend!
    xx, Elle

    1. I'm sorry, Elle, I would end up with too much of a backlog if I limited myself to one post per outfit! You are just going to have to gird your loins and suck it up, hee hee. I adore your stream-of-consciousness comments, though - thank you!

  11. Love this mega post Sheila! Best of all for me, has to be your sailor's dress. The fit is amazing, beautifully cut and perfect for your day out. I bet you stole the scene at the vintage fair.
    And as for your shopping spree, well it has to be that cute puffy skirt that wins the prize. Yes I know you could stash it away for the winter, but I know you could strutt about it in any time of year too.
    I love that you share all of your little fashion mishaps with us - fringing get caught, crazy cat attacking random items - oh what fun!

    Anna x

    1. Thanks, Anna! It is a pretty spectacular dress, I agree. Nope, I had a few comments at the vintage fair, but not that many. I love the puffy skirt too - so cute! I'll save it for winter - I have so many summer skirts I want to wear!

      Oh, yes, keepin' it real! Many calamities happen.

  12. Your first outfit is positively brilliant! I love all the different textures. The sailor dress is sooo flattering on you and the grommeted skirt is such a statement piece. The green tiered dress is going to be a beautiful addition to your summer wardrobe.

    1. Thank you! I love the sailor dress. I am excited about the potential for the green dress.


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