It's officially October and that means Birthday Month has kicked into gear! I'm turning 50 this month, and I intend to celebrate in as many ways as I can, including having my own designer dress made for myself - click here to read my 4 posts about this awesome process.
Get ready for a lot of pictures! Let's start with Thursday's work outfit - the return of the Eyeball dress.
This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Move it, go check it out!
- Dress - Tangerine Jill, thrifted; first worn here in June with a white shirt under it
- Baby blue blouse - no label, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in April under my stained glass dress (same make as the eyeball dress)
- Shoes - Portia, thrifted; last seen here in August with a vintage purple and silver dress
- Earrings - gift from Lise
- Lapis lazuli ring and Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
After my WW meeting, L and I gobbled down a quick dinner and walked to the newly renamed Sugar Nightclub, now the Capital Ballroom. It's a silly name - it has NEVER been a ballroom - but a bit of a classier vibe. We went to see The New Pornographers with opening act the Born Ruffians. Link here to the local paper's write-up about the band.
- Frank Turner tour shirt - last seen here in September for two Frank Turner shows
- Jeans - Levi Strauss, thrifted; last worn here in September for our mini-whirlwind vacation
- Shoes - Michael Kors, thrifted; last worn here (4th outfit) in August with orange leather shorts
- Jean jacket (below) - Ann Taylor Loft (NYC); last seen here in September over my orange tennis dress
I don't usually go this bare - exposed bra and cami straps used to be anaethma to me - but I was glad I had. The show was sold out, and it was hot and stuffy.
- Earrings - Lazy Susan's
On Friday, I was anything but casual. After work, I went to the annual Victoria Vintage Fair at the historic Crystal Gardens.
This is my entry for Judith's "Hat Attack!" over at Style Crone (hat picture below). Go check out her amazing chapeau!
- Jacket - Kenzo, thrifted; first worn here in July with red and white polka dots
- Sweater - Gap, thrifted; last seen here in July with denim and chrysanthemums
- Skirt - Ricki's, consignment; purchased here for $18.98
- Shoes - Lola Ramona; last worn here in June with my Disney princess dress
I met up with Cat, Yvonne and Karen after work to browse the vendors, have a glass of wine and do a little shopping, and then we all went to Vista 18 for dinner after. We've been doing this a while - click here for 2016's outfit/purchases, here for 2015, here for 2014 and here for 2013, where I wore the same hat and took lots of pictures of the venue.
This is the skirt's first wearing, and I adored it! I wore a full vintage slip underneath the outfit (it was a little rainy out on Friday), but the skirt has a black nylon lining as well.
This is how I looked riding the bus to work, and at the Vintage Fair.
I loved being able to put my hair up and wear this hat again. It's by Tierre Joline and is one of two hats I had custom-made for me. I last wore it here in March 2015 for an Art Gallery event.
Like my custom dress by Chloe Prusa, this hat is by another up-and-coming-will-one-day-be-famous designer, Tierre Taylor (link here to her site), from when she designed in Victoria as Tierre Joline.
here for my office Christmas party in December 2011 and this teal one here that I wore for the wedding in November 2011.
I purchased a third hat from her, this neutral one last seen for the Unlimited Women Awards, last worn here in November 2013.
A very cool thing happened to her in 2015: she was featured on Humans of New York (link here, and to the local paper's story about it here). The rest is history - she now has more orders than she can handle.
- Bracelet - vintage fair
- Necklace - vintage fair
- Earrings - thrifted
I go to the fairs these days with lowered expectations, and I was on a limited budget this year due to all these birthday shenanigans. I stayed focused on looking for early/mid-60s vintage copper - I specifically collect pieces by Renoir/Matisse (only pieces that I like, of course - there are lots of designs by them out there that I don't like, like leaves and art palettes).
I spotted this lovely bracelet in the first booth I looked at, walked away, then smacked myself in the head for not buying it, and went right back.
The red enameling is very unusual - I've never seen red before. I have a couple pieces of Matisse with turquoise (in this picture here, the earrings, owned by my Grandma J, and the cuff, found at a previous vintage fair).
There's the stamp:
These copper earrings aren't stamped, and likely aren't vintage at all, but it's hard to find pierced copper earrings (the vintage ones are all clip-on).
The WIN (Women in Need) stores always do a booth, and it's always full of their really cool stuff. I nearly bought a sequinned jacket but put it back after giving myself a good talking-to about sparkly things. I am a bit of a crow.
The white parts are enameled as well, and they have sort of a curdled cottage cheese texture to them.
There's the "(c) Matisse" stamp on the earrings.
On Saturday morning, up bright and early for a game of Ultimate Frisbee! We've missed a few weeks with people being on vacation, but had some early sunshine for our run-around on the field.
- Dress - Boo Radley, thrifted; last seen here in May with the same boots
- Boots - 1883 Luchesse, consignment; last worn here in June for a Friday cowgirl outfit
This is what happens when you don't actually set the timer.
I could only play for 2/3 of the game.
Had to run home and shower, and get to town to meet up with her.
- Earrings - Frances Jewelers, 10th anniversary gift from L
I changed into a more funky look. Also getting another wear out of this magnificent silk shirt before it's packed away.
- Blouse - INC, consignment; last seen here in March with purple mohair
- Culottes - Jones New York, vintage; last worn here with cropped stripes in August
- Shoes - Miista; last seen here (2nd outfit) in May with my Armani jean dress
Note my first wearing of my cream sparkly Kate Spade knee-highs.
These shoes scuff easily - I'm going to have to touch up the bronze colour again soon (I use modeling paint).
I like matchy pieces with my clothes.
- Belt - vintage, thrifted
- Earrings - thrifted
- Amber ring - c. 1997
- Purple stone ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's
We shopped for over 4 hours, and we were both exhausted. I walked home - no time for a nap! - and got changed for Winesday.
- Sweater - Roots, thrifted; purchased here new with tags on for $24.95
- Jeans - Levi Strauss, thrifted; just worn up there for Thursday's concert
- Boots - Ash; last seen here (2nd outfit) for a shopping spree in April
- Coat (below) - Only, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) a week ago for dinner out with my in-laws
My full walkin' outfit.
- Earrings - local
I have a work evening event and two parties this weekend, so off to get in my chill time. How was YOUR weekend?