Sunday, June 11, 2017

Ultra Bigass Staycation Wrap-Up! Flat Shoes, Indolence and Comfort

I'm baaaack! Did you miss me? I have had a lovely long staycation. Here are some highlights.

Wednesday. L and I got up early and went to town to renew our passports and (for me) to renew my BC ID (I don't have a driver's licence, so I have provincial ID).
 Gotta make sure the face and hair look good! I'm linking up to "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. I won't be doing another passport for 10 years, until I turn 60, so I made sure I represented for us "vintage" chicks!

  • Top - Hommage Los Angeles, consignment; last seen here in February with boots
  • Skirt - Joe Fresh, thrifted; last worn here in September 2016 in a mullet outfit
  • Shoes - Clarks, consignment; first worn here in a menswear-inspired outfit in May

 We were smart to renew our ID early in the morning on a weekday - I've heard horror stories of waiting in line for hours. We were done by noon, and grabbed lunch downtown.
 We sauntered home, and had a nap after!
 My outerwear consists of sunglasses! It was sunny all week!

The stuff:
 I know the shoes are a bit chunky with the outfit, but I walked to and from town in these (and did a lot of walking in general all weekend), so comfort was my mantra.

Silvery bling:
 I actually took the bracelet off before I left the house because it kept snagging on the top. Bad bracelet!

  • Bracelet - St. Paul's Cathedral gift shop, London
  • Earrings - thrifted (first wearing)
  • Turquoise ring - local
  • Death Star ring - Soul Flower

Although I look pained here, it's only because I'm in a hurry.
 After our nap, L and I walked back to town and went to see "Wonder Woman" - I loved it!

  • T-shirt - DC Comics, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in November 2017 to see Pack A.D. in concert
  • Pants - Talbots, thrifted; first worn here in May with jungle toes
  • Shoes - Miista, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in May to hang with reader Judy

 Unfortunately, it was hot, and I wore these shoes barefoot, which caused many blisters. My poor feet.
 We were forced to stop halfway home and have an amazing dinner at our local Greek taverna. Life is hard!

The stuff:
 I'll be wearing these shoes with nylons or socks going forward!

  • Earrings - Lazy Susan's

On Wednesday night (and most of our evenings, actually), we chilled out and watched TV, and played board games. So much fun!

Thursday was a quiet day - we didn't even leave the house until the evening. I had to do my WW meeting, so I dragged my butt out of bed (naps are awesome) and got ready.
 I had to plan my outfit around walking shoes - flats again for walking to my meeting (and ones that wouldn't rub my new blisters).

  • Cardigan - Reitman's, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in May for a patio hang-out in green
  • Dress - Desigual, thrifted; first worn here as deconstructed poppies in February
  • Shoes - Franco Sarto, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in May with Spanish ladies and an orange hat

 It was comfy, but it really bugs me that the entire back of this dress is BEIGE. Why??
"Everyone can stop reading now - this is the only picture of me."
While Vizzini was ever-present with us all weekend, I didn't take any pictures of him. Staycation for him too!

The stuff:
 Super-comfy shoes. I like the hidden wedge.

Green bling:
 With one Wonder Woman red cuff!

  • Cuff - Rimanchik
  • Glass bangle - thrifted
  • Earrings - Stella & Dot, consignment

L and I went out for pizza after my WW meeting and then spent a relaxing evening doing our thing. On Friday, we slept in a bit before we strolled to town to meet up with our friends for the annual Day of Indolence!
 Once again, comfort was the name of the game. I opted for floaty boho layers.

  • Blouse - H&M, thrifted; last seen here in April with faux batik
  • Skirt - See by Chloe, consignment; first worn here in May with green and chartreuse
  • Shoes - Franco Sarto, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in May with harem pants for Winesday
  • Jacket (below) - Jacob, thrifted; first seen here in May with matchy magenta

 I also ducked out midway through the shenanigans to get my hair cut. It's getting long, but we needed to get some of the dead stuff trimmed off and more layers put in.
 This was a lovely outfit for floating about town, not working o a Friday!

I did take a coat, as it was nearly 8pm by the time we wrapped up.
L and I managed to stay awake for a few more hours when we got home, but it was an early evening. 

The stuff: 
 Awesome shoes. Totally basic, but awesome.

Brassy bling:
 Those earrings are home-grown vintage...from the mid-90s!

  • Cuff - Mom's, vintage 70s
  • Glass bangle - thrifted
  • Feather ring - Fossil, thrifted
  • Amber ring - late 90s
  • Earrings - LA Express, vintage 90s

Some pictures of our indolent times. Randall sent us a bunch (and his are better than mine!), so I've labeled his, but it's pretty easy to tell: I was more tipsy, hee hee.
 L and Randall at Cactus Club, where we met up.
Photo by Randall
 Carolyn, L and Casey outside.

Cat and me.
Photo by Randall
 That drink is a Froze (pronounce Froh-ZAY!) - it's a rose wine, strawberry and vodka slushy. Yum!

Cat and Caro.
 Aw, my lovely gals!

From Cactus Club, we moved on to the Garrick's Head, the local bar in the middle of the downtown tourist area. It's great for people-watching. Randall and Yvonne joined us, but Caro had to leave.
 From left: Randall, Ross, Casey, Cat, some other people at another table, L and Yvonne.

Randall and Ross, looking out onto Government St.
Photo by Randall (but probably Yvonne, since Randall's in it)
 Three cool customers.
Photo by Randall
 L, Yvonne and Caro! Beer time for all!

From the outside looking in at us in the front window.
Photo by Randall
 That's me on the right - my hair is all bouffed up from Sofia putting a lot of product in it. I mucked about with it in the bathroom hand dryer and some water and calmed it down again.

I love this picture of L...
Photo by Randall
 ...and Yvonne! See her?

Randall and Casey, outside.
Photo by Randall/Yvonne
 From the Garrick's Head, we wandered down through the tourist area.
 Much gaggling about and taking of pictures.

Not a real tree, but Victoria's Poet-Tree (a bit about it here).
 I've always liked "secret art".

Guess who this is?
 It's me! Holding my bag of hairspray and beach spray from the hairdresser aloft.

This picture perfectly encapsulates the day.
 Slightly out of focus, bits of brightness and light.

We had dinner at Bart's then wandered home. We went past the new park near the cathedral, formerly the location of Victoria's infamous "Tent City" (link here).
 It's now a playground. So, of course, we had to play on it. There weren't any kids around, so it's not like we were hogging the whole park.

I lolled about on a swing, but Ross spun L around in this ball.
 Spin him, Ross! Faster!

L is always up for a bit of fun.
 I laughed so hard - what a fun way to finish the day.

As usual, the last pictures are rather blurred. Me and Cat.
 Tired now! Time for a nap!

L and I did stop on the way back home to photograph our favourite telephone pole.
We call it "Leaping Cat". It reminds us of Vizzini. The whole pole is covered with other pet-type animals (including the hamster that the cat is jumping after), but the cat is the best part, obviously. 

Up bright and early on Saturday for a game of Ultimate Frisbee! 
 So not ready for "real" clothes. All comfy things, please.

  • Cardigan - Jacob, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) last weekend for Ulti again
  • Blouse - Jacob, thrifted; last worn here in May under a floral cardigan
  • Skirt - Marciano, gift from Caro; last worn here in September 2016 for another pre/post-Ulti outfit
  • Shoes - Born, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) for patio chillin' in May

 We had a good game, and it didn't get too hot out until later in the day.
 L and Nick and I went for brunch after, then I went for a bit of a shop on my own. I always need that "me time" to myself after and during a very social weekend, to recharge myself.

The stuff:
 My feet were thankful for these shoes after running in cleats for two hours!

  • Necklace - Fossil, consignment
  • Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L

I went to the St. Vincent de Paul, where I found two pairs of tights for next year.
 Both by Ann Taylor Loft (which we don't have in Victoria) - they were only $2.00 a pair, marked on the back at $7.95 each. The pair on the left is a marled grey; the pair on the right are a taupe-y grey. They'll be good for fall/winter.

I then went to the WIN Warehouse store, where I scored on shoes. I needed shoes for walking to and from work (my leather Doc Martens are too hot now!).
 These grey Dunlop Originals (not Converse) must have confused their original owner.

They're size 7 UK.
 Which is a size 8 US according to the label...but they fit me, and I wear a size 9.5-10 US. I conclude that these are men's shoes and sizing, which makes more sense.

Either way, look at that - brand new!
 And for $19.95, I'll get that cost-per-wear down before you know it!

I also found these Born sandals.
 So. Comfy! Real cork wedge heels with flashes of metallic.

I don't know how old these are, but they have almost no wear on them.
 I had to look twice - yes, they were really only $14.95!

And there on the bottom, yes, that is a $100.00 price tag on them.
 Wow, what a score!

Shoes seem to come in bunches. Seventies wedges are a thing?
 Well, here you go, how about these nice leather ones with solid wood heels?

They're by the Gap.
 They are the Ella Wedge and as you can see, they're from Fall 2012.
 All leather.

Not a speck of wear!
 And for only $19.95? Please take my money!

I fell for this wonderful silky blue blouse. Yes, it has a bow.
 And ginormous puffy sleeves with really tight cuffs. I am a sucker for these blouses from the 80s.

Only $9.95.
 By Marks & Spencer!

I also found this lovely blush pink tiered ruffly skirt.

It's made of silk, is by Sandra Angelozzi and came with the black ribbon belt (which I'll probably remove).
 And only $17.95. What to wear with this?? Give me ideas, guys!

Last night, L and I chilled and played more boardgames (shocking). I was up early to go to town for groceries, and to meet up with my coworker Jenn for some shopping.
 I'd done a full scouting of both WIN and the Patch the day before for her, so I wasn't doing any shopping for me. I dressed accordingly.

  • Sweater - Rachel Roy, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in May for Winesday
  • Pants - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last worn here in April for a Saturday brunch
  • Shoes - Ecote, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in May with culottes and a kimono

 I did try a couple things on, but it was all about helping Jenn find some new work clothes. She did so well - a giant bag of goodies!
 I walked home after nearly 3 hours of hard shopping. Tired now!

The stuff:
Great summer shoes, those are.

  • Necklace - Mango's
  • Earrings (mismatched) - gifts from L

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I really don't want to go back to work - but I have another short week with Thurs/Fri off this time. Hurrah! 


  1. What wonderful friends and adventures you have - a life being well-lived all around! Wonder Woman is amazing, I'm a little bit in love with her now. Thanks for linking up (and I remember you rolling up the fluffy sweater and sticking it in your backpack in Vancouver : >) xo


    1. Yes, it's really about just enjoying these moments. I'm totally in love with Wonder Woman - must see it again! I know, every time I wear that top I smile at the memories of our meet-up in Van!

  2. What an awesome staycatioN! I was excited to see this post pop up in feedly and settled in with a cupcake (leftover from toddler T's birthday party!) to read it.

    So many great outfits and purchases it's hard to know what to comment on first! I'll try be brief - but I really like that pink ruffle skirt! You know me, I'm boring and would say black or grey with it! I'm sure you'll come up with something much more fun. Anything you have that has ruffled sleeves to go fully ruffled? haha!

    1. Thanks, Mica! Ha, that sounds so nice - I can picture you!

      I'm excited about the skirt, but also nervous. What to wear with it! I don't have a lot of plain black or grey tops...I wish I had ruffly sleeves!

  3. My goodness, you do like a nap don't you!

    What a mammoth post - some fabulous outfits. My favourites are the turquoise dress with the beige back (yes, why??) and lovely cardi; the boho skirt and top and lovely harem pants near the end.

    You also found some fab things - the pussy bow blouse is gorgeous and you can't have too many tights can you?

    What a lovely bunch of friends you have - you looked like you were all having a great time! The drink sounded very interesting but you shouldn't be mixing grape and grain = bad hangover. Did you have one? I hope not!

    Hope the return to work is not too daunting after a lovely staycation like that...

    1. I do! I sleep very little every night (about 5-6 hours at the most), so naps help restore me. Thanks so much, Veronica! No, you really can't have too many tights!

      I adore my friends - we DID have a great time. Eh, it was only the first drink, and I always hydrate very well. No hangover here!

      Ugh, work

  4. I'm sitting at Sea-Tac at the end of a little away vacation to spend time with family in Seattle. Your staycation sounds fabulous.

    My idea for that lovely ruffled skirt would be a black three quarters length sleeved tee. Or maybe same style but a color like burgundy.

    1. Aw, I love that, thank you for that little glimpse of you, Linda! I love the idea of burgundy with the skirt, thank you!

  5. So good to see you enjoyed your well deserved time off -I love how the Desigual printed dress looks.
    Your shopping finds were superb, the blue St Michael shirt and the tiered skirt were too good to pass up-

    1. I love that dress too - if only it were 360 degrees instead of 180! Thank you!

  6. Looks like you had an excellent stay-cation. I'm am so with you about naps; one of the best things about having a day off is being able to have a nap, even if I have had 7 or 8 hours sleep the night before. I still haven't seen Wonder Woman yet, but have heard only good things about it.

    1. It was lovely, thank you! Naps are just...the best. Go see Wonder Woman!

  7. Hello again sweetie. Sorry for staying away for so long - summer is here and everything has suddenly gone up a gear. Work/blog/home is all backing up on me!

    Staycation, naps and pink ruffle skirt all seems to be heavenly stuff to me. I'd be inclined to wear a (simple) black top with this lovely ruffle skirt Sheila, but I'll hang on to see what you come up with by yourself.

    Anna x

    1. Gosh, no worries, Anna! I do enjoy the slew of comments from you! :)

      I have very few simple black tops, but I know you were boggled by the actual outfit I did.


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