Sunday, May 7, 2017

Weekend Wrap-Up: Friday Greens, Saturday Reader Meet, Winesday Genie, Casual Sunday

Ah, what a fun weekend it has been, and continues to be. I'm eager to get back to chillin' with L and Vizzini, so let's get right to this wrap-up. 

Here's Friday. 
 This is my favourite outfit of the weekend, so this is my entry for Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style. Get over there, go, go!

  • Sweater - Dalkeith, vintage early 60s, thrifted; last seen here with witchy shoes in March
  • Skirt - See by Chloe, consignment; purchased here for $10.50 last weekend
  • Shoes - Eject; last worn here in July 2016 with shades of chartreuse
  • Jacket (below) - Jacob, thrifted; last seen here in April with magenta and chrysanthemums

 I was going to wear a long necklace with this, but it made me look like I had no top half of my body, so plain forest green all the way for the win!

First wearing of this gorgeously swooshy skirt by Chloe. Look at this nice layering detail.
 Two layers of swoosh! I wore a full vintage slip under this for a little bit of warmth. Friday was sunny, windy, rainy - you name it, we had it.
In the mornings, I wear my shoes around a bit in the house while I'm doing my photos - it gives me a good idea of how they will work with the pieces. I almost wore boots with this, but I'm glad I went with the chartreuse shoes (there is chartreuse in the paisley pattern of the skirt), although I did have a minor issue with them.

Outerwear. More chartreuse!
 I needed this light jacket - the bosses took me and their Exec Assistant out for a late Administrative Professionals day lunch on Friday, and we got caught in a rain storm. By the time we left the restaurant, it was sunny. Go figure.

The stuff:
 Such lovely comfy shoes. I met up with L for dinner after work, so I walked home in them in addition to all the walking I do for work.

My minor issue: I'd noticed that the zippers on the backs of the shoes were snagging on the loops of the skirt - I didn't want to rip the skirt by accident, so I came up with an ingenious (I thought) solution.
 Scotch tape! It worked perfectly. and the zippers did not snag once. I'm so klassy.

Copper bling:
 My favourite earrings from Grandma J.

  • Belt - Fendi, thrifted
  • Cuff - Matisse, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Earrings - Renoir, vintage 60s, Grandma J's
  • Jade ring - vintage 70s, Mom's

After a fun evening of board games and wine with L, I got up bright and early on Saturday and strolled to town to meet up with Ephemera reader Judy, who was in town visiting from Washington State. So cool, and awesome to meet you, Judy! 

It was sunny, but windy and a bit chilly, so I layered up. 

 I wasn't overall as happy with this outfit as I wanted to be, but it was funky and fun for walking around.

  • Jacket - Lazy Susan's; purchased here for $60.00
  • Cashmere sweater - no label, thrifted; last seen here in April with rainy pleats
  • Skirt - Li's, thrifted; first worn here (2nd outfit) in March with sparkly navy
  • Shoes - Miista, thrifted; last seen here in April with a swooshy duster

 I think I am done with this sweater - I don't like the cut of it, or the fit, and the colour is not quite the right shade of pink on me. Also, I found a small moth-hole in it. Vizzini is not doing his job of eating all the moths!

I looked like this most of the day - I didn't take the jacket off at all.
 That's a pair of white sheer knee-highs with black flowers that I'm wearing.
 It bothers me that the lining of this skirt is just a plain tube. I feel like it should be fuller, to echo the swoosh of the tulle on top. The wind made this billow quite well, though.

The stuff:
 I built my outfit around the comfiest shoes - we walked all over town for about 4-5 hours!

Pink bling:
The necklace was worn doubled, and tried to choke me all day. Murderous thing!

  • Necklace - 2028
  • Ear-balls - Mango's
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop
  • Ring - Francis Jewelers, vintage 60s, Dad's

When I went to the outside stairwell to do my stair picture, I was greeted by a raucous chorus of alarms by these two seagulls who are guarding their nests on the roof of the neighbouring apartment building.
They are giving me the stink-eye! That's Craigdarroch Castle in the background.

On the way to meet Judy, I took some pictures.
 A beautiful blooming dogwood tree.

The pink blossoms are now mostly done.
 See the drifts of pink petals all along the edges of the sidewalk and on the grass? It's like snow!

I walked by the cathedral that my grandparents got married in.
 This is a lovely spot.

And here I am in "tourist central" - the Inner Harbour.
That is the Empress Hotel - very famous and in the midst of being renovated. Victoria is nicknamed "The City of Flowers" and there are beds of them everywhere.

Looking along the Causeway with the Empress on the right.
 The red double-decker roofless bus is for tourists.

Clouds rolling in, looking across the harbour.
 It was quite early in the morning, so not as many people out yet. In the summer, this whole area is packed.

This is the Provincial Legislature building, aka the Parliament Buildings.
 The entire building is lined with lights - it's spectacular in the evening.

The statue of Queen Victoria.
 The odd-looking lampposts are one of Victoria's icons. It shouldn't be to much longer before the hanging flower baskets are suspended below the pyramid of globe lights (one on each side).

Here's Judy!
 She had a lovely tunic/jacket on. The gent next to her is playing an instrument.

She's standing under this giant sculpture in the Victoria Public Library glassed-in courtyard.
 The acoustics in here are amazing.

We had a great time, wandering around the city, popping into lots of my favourite shops. Neither of us bought anything (well, I bought some fudge, replaced a piece of make-up at MAC, and bought a gift for L's upcoming birthday, but nothing exciting), but it was still neat to show someone around. We had lunch at the Tapa Bar - thank you, Judy! It was so great to meet you and hang out with you!

I was pretty tired by the time I walked home, so I tumbled into bed and napped with Vizzini for an hour before I got up and changed for Winesday.
Time for my harem pants!

  • Sweater - Rachel Roy, thrifted; last seen here in April with purple boots
  • Pants - Indo Plus, purchased...oops, looks like I totally missed photographing/recording them, but I bought these here, when I was at WIN last weekend, for $7.95
  • Shoes - Franco Sarto, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) for a shop with a coworker in September
  • Jacket (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in April for theatre with Mom

Right at the last minute, I grabbed this scarf:
 And I wore it almost all night. It was perfect for lounging around and drinking wine with my gals. I had to rush out to get to Karen's to catch my ride, so I didn't have time to take a picture of it on me.

And here are the pants. Aren't they awesome?
"All of these pictures would be more awesome if I was in them."
 We clambered over piles of rocks (and a big piece of digging machinery) at Marian's house with our wineglasses sloshing about. I can't wait to see the pictures! "Winesday on the Rocks!"

I was going to wear these pants with a more blouse-y, loose top, but it made me look about this wide.
I think these will hold about 16 bags of marshmallows
 Too wide! So I switched to this nice blue sweater.
 The pants are a very fine, thin cotton, with button closures at the ankle (they have an elastic waist). If you look closely, you also see that they are nearly fully sheer! They felt very bare. Warm weather pants only and full-coverage underwear!

Outerwear. This, plus the long fringed scarf, made me look like a genie.
 Of course, I was immediately dubbed the Winesday Genie.

The stuff:
 Easy shoes for my tired feet.

Silver bling:
 Bling helps disguise that you've been sleeping for an hour.

  • Cuff - Bauxo
  • Bangle - Glee
  • Earrings - Lazy Susan's
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

I stumbled in at 3am, and slept in till 11 this morning. Minimal effort in the outfit today!
 Minimal make-up too, and my hair is air-dried with no styling at all.

  • Under-t-shirt - Majestic, swap from Caro; I no longer track this - it's home clothes
  • T-shirt - thrifted last weekend; not tracking this either - it's straight in the home clothes wardrobe
  • Velvet jeans - DG2, thrifted; first worn here in April for a casual afternoon off
  • Shoes - Michael Kors, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in March with stripes and leather

 Super-casual. It's lovely and sunny, so I didn't even need a jacket today. I did wear sunblock on the back of my neck and hands, though.
 Nothing special here, really. If I didn't dress up for work, I'd probably dress like this all the time.

The stuff:
Comfy shoes and plain earrings.

  • Earrings - local

And now, off to enjoy the last of the weekend with my favourite guys (L and Vizzini).


  1. Nobody gives stink-eye like a seagull, you got that right. Love all the looks, esp the harem pants - so fun! Thanks for linking up, xo


  2. Oh I love that CHloe skirt on, it's beautiful with that green top. You wear maxi skirts so well.

    My favourite outfit of this post has to be your velvet pants one though! Only because I have a purple pair of jeans and I like to wear them with graphic tees too! :D

    1. I know, it's so beautiful, thank you, Mica! Really, that surprises me - I always think that the most casual looks will be the least liked. Thanks!

  3. lovely outfits! (as usual!). I like your Friday Green ensemble, those magnificent shoes and the massive buckle!, even more fabulous outfit 'cause it swooshes!
    I also like your 'built around comfy shoes' outfit, as it looks comfy&cool and that jacket is amazing!, lovely accessorizing too!. Such awesome pictures of blooming tres and great buildings! your city looks fab! , and so lovely that you met a reader to wander around the city!
    Love your harem pants, and your shawl! (genie!), and also love your purple pants and striped t-shirt under TheClash t-shirt!, layered coolness!!

    1. Thank you! I know, isn't the buckle the best! So big! I have to build most of my outfits around my shoes these days - I have to baby my feet. I love showing off my city, and it was so fun to show Judy around. Genie pants for the win!

  4. That first outfit may be the most beautiful thing I've ever seen! Stunning. Just plain stunning!

  5. Love the Visible Monday ensemble!!!! C u there :)

  6. I loved the forest green outfit with the super swooshy skirt and the harem pants are fabulous. And you're wearing your purple velvet pants that are the sister to mine...

    I enjoyed seeing your photos of Victoria and I recognised the Empress Hotel and the Parliament buildings from our trip back in 2000.

    Vizzini is a slacker - moth holes? Disgraceful.

    Have a great week and Im glad you're getting some sun. We could do with some here - it's grey and cold in May!

    1. Thank you so much, Veronica! I think we have a bit of a velvet pants club, ha ha! That's so cool that you were here - I wish I had known you then! I know, what a terrible kitty he is. The sun is sporadic...

  7. That first outfit is gobsmacking. Soooo good!. I really like the rest too, especially the outfit with the harem trousers, and the tule skirt, but that first outfit... golly.
    And the jacket of your friend is indeed perfect too.

  8. Two stupendous skirts ! The scallop detail on that Chloe find is lovely Sheila and I like how you have styled it.
    To be honest it did not say much to me when I saw it on the hanger... but here: wow.

    1. Yup, it wasn't much on the hanger, and it's even better when it's moving in person! Thanks, Lorena!

  9. I can see that our wardrobes are beginning to morph into one. I've recently returned from a couple of days away where I bought a tulle maxi skirt similar to yours and also a pair of very sheer harem pants. Mine are so sheer I'm thinking I may have to line them.

    But back to my favourite outfit which has to be the simple green top to compliment the beautiful Chloe skirt. It looks fantastic and that Fendi belt shows off your tiny waist perfectly. A great look!

    Anna x

    1. Hee, they really are! Wait till I get off my butt and mail you a package! I know, the sheer harem pants scare me, but boy-shorts underneath are the way to go. It's my fave too, that green look. Thank you!

  10. The green outfit with the floaty skirt is my fave but I am also digging those harem pants. Enjoyed the Victoria mini-tour.

    1. Thanks! Those are my favourites too. I like showing off Victoria - it's such a gorgeous place, and it's easy to take it for granted.


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