Friday's outfit. My company's golf tournament event was Friday afternoon so the office was dead by mid-afternoon. I do not golf.
- Cardigan - Reitmans, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) a few weeks ago over a one-sided dress
- Dress - A.J. Bari for Neiman Marcus, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in June 2016 with pre-scrunched blue
- Sandals - Dr. Scholl's, consignment; last seen here in May with leather and leopard
Here's the dress without the cardigan, with the belt over it. I only wore it like this for dinner with L, where I got recognized by one of the readers of Ephemera. Hello! Thank you for reading!
here back in January 2013 for $10.00 at the Patch, then paid another $40 for a new zipper and to have it taken in so that it would fit me - it is a vintage size 14, which is about a modern size 10 (that's still a bit big on me, as I am in the 6-8 size range). Worth it, though!
This was how I looked to my work colleagues.
a delicate f**king flower, so this is good news, hee hee.
Wanna see the little dotty built-in crinoline of the dress?
Blue and silver bling:
- Belt - Mimi Di N, thrifted
- Earrings - thrifted
- Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
I had a quick browse in the Patch and found this lovely silk sundress.
It's by Kate Moss for Topshop, so I know that's UK sizing there.
So, a couple of weeks ago, I got a box in the mail - it was a present from John Fluevog!
Cat and Elaine and I already had plans to go out to Sidney by the sea, a little town north of Victoria (about a 45 minute drive) on store opening day, but we quickly amended our plans to "meet at Fluevog!" (I think that's going to be a standard meeting place!).
I had another outfit planned (same shoes, though), but it was WAY too hot to wear a sweater, so I threw this together at the last minute in the morning.
Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style. Get yourself over there! I was certainly visible in this and had my picture taken many times at Fluevog.
- Dress - Desigual, 2010; last worn here (3rd outfit) over a weekend in March with the inlaws
- Floofy sheer underskirt - Noa Noa; last seen here (3rd outfit) in August 2015 under a teal strapless dress
- Shoes - Half Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last seen here in May with green and purple
I fully sunblocked up and reapplied many times over the day.
It really helps to check the rear view before you leave the house...
I added my paper parasol (purchased in Chinatown many years ago) for physical sunblock.
And my sunglasses - I am ready to roll!
If you look at my row of buttons on my dress, you can see that there are a few extras: I added my collection of Fluevog buttons!
The Desigual actual buttons are really pretty.
And down at the bottom...
The "Shoe Person of the Year" button and the "45 Years" anniversary button. The Fluevog staff were very impressed.
The dress doesn't require much more.
- Silver bangle - Glee
- Glass bangle - thrifted
- Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
Store opening time was 10am, so we met at 9:30ish. Apparently some people were there as early as 7:30! This picture is from the VictoriaBuzz article about the opening here.
Well, looky there! Who's that on the right side?
It's me and Cat!
|The guy behind us in the yellow won the free pair of shoes! Aw! I wanted them!|
As I arrived at 9:30. The store windows were papered over, and the line had formed. We were down about half a block from here.
The sign and a wooden shoe form.
From my spot in line, looking up the block.
This is the other side of the street. Johnson Street was revitalized back in the 70s - these buildings are all late 1880s/90s, from the Gold Rush era when Victoria was a stop for miners on the way to the Yukon.
Looking up the line.
One of the staff had a Fluevog box on his head and was being led up and down the line.
John Fluevog's car was there!
Cat took a picture of me standing beside it.
This lovely lady was handing out cupcakes.
Getting closer to the store, I could read the lettering on the window and see that the paper had been removed.
Here we are, two old friends, sitting down 40 years later. When I left Victoria in the 70s, it seemed at the time, the right and only thing to do. Back then, it seemed that I and our store [something like "we were not the right fit for this"] beautifully classic and historic city. A teal rose in a garden of red ones. Still at it, still trying, but now with a gentler [hmmm..."outlook"? "this city has]...changed so much, yet not at all, kind of like ["me"?]. I return to see that lo and behold, what once seemed purely timeless shines with an ever-changing glow.You're mostly the same, yet so very different. Thank you Victoria. You gave me a good start and now...It's true. I'M BACK. Old friends are good friends. John Fluevog.
I like that: a teal rose in a garden of red ones. Their limited edition shoes for the Victoria store (men's and ladies') are teal and red. No coincidence, I'm sure!
And we're inside!
It was total chaos - so many people! I will go back another time and take more pictures (they welcome photography in their stores). I might buy something...
Lovely west coast-looking displays:
Near the front window.
|"Souls Rejoice!" in neon|
There were people sitting on the floor trying on shoes.
Boxes everywhere! L and Nick stopped by later and reported it was still super-busy. I bet they had a great opening day!
A 2017/2018 calendar (meh), a sticker ("Embrace Peculiarity" - thank you, I do!), a button ("No, You're Weird" - the companion button is "Know You're Weird"), a pair of blue shoelaces, and a mirror that says "You Look GREAT". And my pair of socks, reunited again!
We hopped on the bus to Sidney, and sat on the top deck (many of our buses are double-deckers) for the view.
Looking east, across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. You can just see Mount Baker (a dormant volcano, same chain as Mt. St. Helen's) in Washington State in the distance.
Coming along Lochside Drive, with the Anacortes ferry up ahead and Sidney in the distance.
We shopped for a couple of hours, then went for lunch at the pub on the water.
This is what I found on our visits to several thrift stores, a few boutiques and a consignment store.
The same thrift store where I scored my vintage Valentino suit for $12.00 (here's the link to last summer's trip) brought all of us good luck again.
It's by Rachel Roy.
I'm sure that these earrings are vintage early 60s and are Bakelite.
I bought these napkins at a boutique for the next Winesday, which I am hosting.
I found these amazing shoes in another boutique.
They are by Matisse.
And only $74.00, marked down from $185.00.
A consignment store yielded this fabulous yellow and purple polyester blouse.
Look! The pattern is a purple tiger!
At another consignment store, I spotted this pink suede jacket top.
It was $69.00 and is by Danier Leather.
And it has split sleeves with a drapey bit.
We bused home, stopping in town to buy a few groceries, then went our separate ways. After all that Saturday excitement, I had a nap and then hung out with L and Vizzini in the heat with the curtains drawn for the evening, to prevent our place from getting overheated from the setting sun.
Today, I walked to town to get groceries. It's HOT.
- Kimono top - Diane Gilman, thrifted; purchased here for $17.99
- Blouse - Violet & Claire, thrifted; last worn here in May with yellow and roses
- Skirt - no label, thrifted; first worn here in April for a weekend chillout with friends
- Shoes - Born, thrifted; purchased here for $14.95
And the hat covered my face.
- Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L
I went to London Drugs after grocery shopping and bought a few things. I spotted these in the hosiery aisle.
Vizzini, what do think of this weekend?
|"Too hot for this Flop Cat."|
I hope you all had a wonderful relaxing weekend!
What a fun time at the store opening! The sock idea was a clever one! Yyou did well not buying anything there too, but I can see why you decided to save your shopping for later, so many beautiful pieces!ReplyDelete
That dress you got on Friday was a very popular piece from the Kate Moss collection - I was looking at it wondering why it looked so familiar! We didn't have topshop in Australia at the time but I do remember seeing lots online about the collection and that dress in particular - how cool you found it! :)
Such a good idea, right? I'll go back later and take my time and really make a deliberate decision for a pair that I love.Delete
Thank you! I was surprised when I started searching for it, because we don't have that line here at all. I found a good piece!
Oh my goodness. Asolutely AMAZING collection of treasures. And I love your idea of putting the black sheer layer under the dress -- so creative but also practical. This post proves yet again you are a fashion diva and thrifter extraordinaire.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Cynthia! That sheer skirt is actually a navy blue - it's a very useful piece, even if I don't wear it much. Aw, you are too kind.Delete
So many fun dresses!!! Loving all the prints!ReplyDelete
Thank you, my dear!Delete
OMG, such a eye full, and more happy but challenged little brain is challenged to recall it all as I write this!ReplyDelete
I aodre the strapless dress- absolutely worth the altering and new zipper-! That handkerchief bottom dress is so super chic, what a fabulous bargain!
Love the Desigual dress, it is also a stunner, even with the back slip tucked under a bit, it looks part of the design!
The gorgeous scarf.... 50 cents.. I am speechless!
Love the Yellow blouse, it screams GUCCI to me, and I also love those two pair of shoes!
HOT ! yes, stay cool!
Ha, thank you so much, Elle!Delete
I wish I could get worked up about a shoe shop but I just can't - I'm too old and cynical....sob, sob.ReplyDelete
I love your outfits and you bought some wonderful things. The pony hair shoes are wonderful; I love the yellow and purple blouse - it will match your hair! The pink suede jacket is gorgeous but hopefully you won't need to wear it for a while as you finally have some hot, lovely sun! The beautiful scarf will match it, too.
Have a great week.
Oh, fair enough, Veronica - it's not everyone's cup of tea, for sure. Thank you - I hope you like how I styled the blouse today. Yes, I won't be wearing the leather shirt for a while - too hot!Delete
Oh wow I don't even know what to start commenting on ?!?ReplyDelete
FIrst, the embroidered strapless dress looks amazing, my choice is sans the cardigan, but I know you had to cover up for work.
The look with the Desigual dress.... YOU LOOK DAMN GOOD ! wow Sheila, really spectacular, no wonder you had your picture taken so many times.
The Fluevog idea to have you go to the store to get the other sock is genius and I am so glad you wore your kimono, looks really fun.
Thanks, Lorena - I like the dress on its own as well. It's not embroidered at all - just printed pattern. Gosh, thanks - that Desigual dress always gets a lot of attention.Delete
"It's not really drinking alone if the cat is home." This saves me from the terrible shame : > Love all your looks, esp that scarf-dress and the bluebird dress. And what a party at Fluevogs! xoxReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Patti! We set a record for opening day at Fluevog!Delete
It's nice to see people that excited about a store opening - goes to show how devoted the fans of Fluevogs are! The single sock is a great marketing idea - if you can get people in the store, chances are they will buy something.ReplyDelete
Looks like the store "The Patch" is a goldmine for cool dresses! The strapless one is stunning, and I would have scooped up the floaty one to wear on the scorchingly hot days we've had (in between the ones where we've had three thunderstorms in one day).
I like the look of the sheer ruffle peeking out from under your Desigual dress. I've done something similar with a shorter dress before and it's received lots of compliments. The sheer socks worked very well with the green shoes; too bad they ended up full of holes :(
It is nice, I agree - they had line-ups to the till, so I really hope it went well. I plan to stop in another time and poke around some.Delete
The Patch is awesome - and I hope we have some more hot days so I can wear the floaty dress!
Floofy underskirts are the best for extending the visual length of short skirts. Thanks so much!
What an exciting opening. I hope this means you won't stop your annual shop at their Vancouver store. But like every good addiction it will be a comfort knowing you have a store locally. Heh. No wonder you were photographed so much for the opening. Smashing, darling! I love all your looks here.ReplyDelete
Oh, gosh no - but we might not buy as much there, and save our $ for the cool other shoe store further up the street. Thank you, darling!Delete
I can't believe you managed to show such restraint on the opening day Sheila! The photos are great and you really get the atmosphere of the day. It must have been mega exciting.ReplyDelete
I've got a few pairs of these sparkly socks too as they're great for wearing with all of my brogues. Your green fluevogs are so sweet and just the perfect shade of green too. I love those amazing Matisse shoes and also your pink suede jacket was a wonderful find. What fun x
It was not hard - the crowds were ridiculous. It was much easier to resist! I love the sparkly socks - so cute, and I'm excited to ear them. Thank you so much, Anna!Delete