Sunday, January 14, 2018

Weekend Wrap-Up: Chillin' in Silk, Shopping Finds, Karma Stuff, and 2008 Flashback

The last chill weekend for a while brought a casual Saturday morning - off for brunch with L, followed by a little retail therapy for me. New clothes to sustain me through the next little while. 
 I promised to winterize this 100% silk dress, and here it is! I loved this look, and wore it all day Saturday, well into the wee hours of Sunday!

This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - go, run, now!

  • Dress - Huanba, thrifted; purchased here for $19.99
  • Sweater (underneath) - August Silk, thrifted; last seen here in September 2017 with striped Dries
  • Boots - Lucky Brand, swap from Cat; last worn here for Christmas Day 2017
  • Coat (below) - Vassali, consignment; last seen here in December 2017

 I wore it like this while at lunch. We had Winesday on Saturday night, so I wore a cream cashmere cardigan over it (this one, from the Edinburgh Tartan Shop, thrifted; first worn in November 2017), but didn't have time to photograph it.
 The dress is a great cut and was a pleasure to wear - I'm sure it's going to be lovely in warmer weather. Now that I've worn it, it's been moved to the spring/summer pile.

Outerwear - it was slightly rainy/heavy misting in the afternoon, and clear in the evening.
 Gloves, an easy hat, and a silk scarf - it's been much warmer this weekend, hurray!

  • Hat - Delux
  • Gloves - Parkhurst
  • Scarf - Smoking Lily, c. 1996

All bundled up and ready for much walking and shopping.
I don't like a lot of fuss in my outfits when I'm going shopping. 

The stuff: 
I bought inserts for these boots, to make them even squishier. Mmmm...squishy boots. 

  • Earrings - Aldo Accessories

 I went to the St. Vincent de Paul, and found another cream cardigan. 
 This is 100% wool, and has little pockets. It has a gathered section at the small of the back so that it's not an overwhelming shape.

Yes, I own two cream cardigans. It's like I'm anticipating spill something on one of them already (I am. I know myself).
 $6.00 for a 100% wool cardigan by Theory. Sure, that sounds like a good deal, since their sweaters start at around $159.00!

I'm always on the lookout for good quality coloured camisoles.
 This one is by Mexx - green tags were half price, so this was $1.00.

Do I really need another leather coat? No (and stop guffawing!), I don't, but I couldn't resist the white leather racing stripes on this one.
I also feel like a total badass in it, so $20.00 well spent. 

Never heard of this brand - A&S Selections. 
 But it's well-made and the leather is nice and soft.

I also really like this tag.
 It says:

This garment is manufactured with the best skins [lol - but leather is skin!] however this is a natural product and default it should only add to the charm this item should be protected from rain and snow.

Nice run-on sentence, but yes, I agree - flaws in leather only add to the charm.

From the St V de P, I walked over to the WIN Resale store. I did well in the accessories, including these pristine leather gloves.
 I love the sweet little cream leather bows, and the stitching.

They fit me perfectly.
 They have never been worn!

See? The thread is still there, holding the pair together.
 And the size is still inside (I'm apparently a size 8 in gloves). These are also lined in wool.
 Seriously, $5.95 is an amazing score!

I paw through the scarves, feeling for silk, wool and cashmere. Ding ding ding! We have a winner!
 Love that baby pink!

The brand is Portolano.
 The black tag says 70% cashmere, 30% silk, made in Nepal! Whoa, a quick glance online reveals their 100% cashmere pashminas retail for $350! This would have easily been around $200 new. I only paid $9.95, though!

I am a big fan of Peggy Carter, aka "Agent Carter" and have been on the lookout for a bright blue fedora since the show was cancelled after 2 excellent seasons (I highly recommend the show* - it's awesome). *linking 'cause Peggy is the best.
 Hurray! This one looks perfect on me (I don't suit all fedora shapes).

And the snowflake punch on the tag meant it was half price, so $7.00.
 Made in the US, totally a vintage piece, likely from the 50s/60s. I like the staff recommendations on how to wear it jauntily "for an ultra Vogue effect!"

I found a Jezebel Charms cuff in the jewelry case for only $6.95.
 Frida Kahlo!

This has a quote too (so many things I bought that have quotes!).
 "I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights I am away from you." Nice.

I spent a couple of hours going through everything really thoroughly, and only came up with one skirt for my efforts.
 I really like the uneven "paper bag" waistline (I'll be removing the ribbon belt), and that it has pockets!

It's by Talula Babaton, is 100% wool, and was $18.95.
 I'm sure it would have started out north of $100, so that works for me.

At Winesday, some of my giveaway karma came back to me. As you know, I don't consign or profit from my old clothes - I give them away.
 Yvonne gave me these fabulous Juicy Couture sunglasses that she bought on Rodeo Drive! They look great - and yes, hon, I know you want them back if they don't work out for me!

My friend Caro also passed along this vintage 60s cape from her mom's best friend, who is also named Sheila! I am friends with Sheila's kids, Mac and Sarah. I play Ulti with Mac and Sarah used to be in Book Club. Small world.
 I love this! It looks amazing on - I'll be wearing this soon!

Look at this fantastic pattern. Not quite a plaid, but close.
 The trim and buttons are navy blue, as is the lining. The colours in it are olive, bright blue, cobalt blue and deep purple. Totally me!

Love the vintage labels. This was made in Wales.
 Lots of proof!
 I look forward to giving this cape a new home! Thank you, Sheila!

Today, I did groceries, then stopped at the WIN Boutique on the way home. I did very well with some inexpensive items.
 This fitted plaid shirt caught my eye, mostly because of all the blingy bits all over it.

On the back too, gotta like that!
 And down both sides!
 That's a nice detail.

It's by Guess.
 And only $5.95? Get outta town!

I used to have a cropped mustard cardi (gave it away a few years ago), and I'm always on the lookout for good pieces in yellow.
 This is an oversize cardi, made of viscose and nylon.
 Someone removed the brand label, so it ended up in the regular thrift area, for only $6.95.

I'm feeling nostalgic for vests. I used to wear them a lot when I first started blogging, in 2008.
 This tweed wool vest with the double pockets and multiple buttons really appealed to me - I like the pinky-burgundy colour of the tweed.
Gap, for only $5.95.

Knowing that Gap (and Banana Republic and J. Crew) put the season and year in most of their clothes...
 I magically know that this vest is from Holiday 2008. Ten years, time for vests to make a comeback!

Speaking of comebacks, high-waisted jeans are making way for low-waisted styles. 
 I've always loved boot-cut pants with a bit of a flare.

Another Gap item, this one from 05/08 (aka May 2008). Hey, 2008, your trends are calling!
 I am on board revisiting a trend for only $6.95.

I need to do some alterations, though, because these are about 4" too long on me.
"I think the distressed look is still in. Shall I sharpen my claws on them?"
 I'll pass on the distressed look, but I don't mind raw edges on the hems. Above, mid-scissors.
 And post-washing machine, trimmed up a bit. These should be fun to play with.

Vizzini played "Where's the Cat?" with me on Saturday.
"Hee hee hee, the Woman will never find me!"
 Hmmm...where could Vizzini be? All I see is a blanket, all messed up.

"Curses, she found me again!"
I hope you all had a lovely weekend!


  1. Beautiful stylization and great shopping. Wonderful blue hat.

  2. Oh that blue cape is gorgeous, looking forward to seeing how you wear that! :) And I like your mustard cardi too - I was happy to find a mustard cardi after my no shop challenge was up, but it didn't give me much time to wear it so I'm looking forward to wearing it more this autumn / winter :)

    1. Isn't it lovely? I'm looking forward to wearing it. The mustard cardi was a pleasant surprise, especially at that price.

  3. Just a quick note to say hello and to thank you for your blog. It's always a happy moment when I click on your link. Very inspirational!

    1. Aw, thank you so much, Liz! It's comments like this that keep me going. :)

  4. So many great finds, Sheila! I really like all of your new additions, but the standout piece for me is the Frida Kahlo cuff! It's fabulous! Vizzini is so adorable hiding under the blanket! Amber likes to do that too and loves to swipe at me as I'm walking past! It's too hot here for blankets now, so she's on the look out for another hiding place! Ha! ;) Hope you have a great week, Sheila! XXX

    1. I was tickled to find another cuff by the same company. Aw, Amber! That sounds hilarious - Vizzini doesn't swipe at us when he's hiding, as he totally thinks we can't see him. Happy week to you, my dear!

  5. Love the hide and seek with Vizzini! And great scores - my faves are the leather gloves with bows, and the pink pashmina. Oh, and the leather jacket. And the almost-plaid cape. Etc. : > Have a good Canadian style week, let's try to find each other this year! xox


    1. He's such a funny cat. :) So many good things! Happy week, my dear!

  6. I love how you score so much goodness in Vic!
    When you have a moment, could you post a list of your stores or is it a secret?

    1. Sure, I can totally do that, Barb! I'll make a new tab at the top of the blog. :) Great idea!

  7. You've found some wonderful stuff during your "little" retail therapy. Oh my! Seeing your finds makes me feel less guilty about mine, too ;-) The gloves with the little bows and stitching are so sweet. I love the Tweed vest, too, and the baby pink scarf and blue fedora. But oh my, I am totally swooning over that magnificent Welsh wool cape, which is the stuff of my dreams. You lucky girl! xxx

    1. Hee, that's why I love looking at your hauls - I feel less guilty, even though neither of us should feel any guilt on how we spend our time OR money! I knew you'd love the cape - it's just gorgeous.

  8. I have that exact same vest! TWINSIES!!! Sorry, but I get excited when my style gods have the same things as me :)

    1. VEST TWINS! Sweet! I get excited about that too, Erin! :)

  9. It's always fun to come along shopping with you Sheila and today was no different. Lots of amazing bargains to be had - the sweet leather gloves really took my fancy too and talking of leather that jacket was indeed too good to leave behind. And that beautiful Fedora, well I can't wait to see that one on!

    Have a great week!
    Anna x

    1. I'm always amazed at the great scores to be found! I'll be wearing the fedora soon!

  10. Hey again, Sheila! Just wanted to say that I love your blog. I love your personality that comes through in every post, and on days where my life seems really boring, I like to have a little adventure with you and your colorful outfits! xo

    1. Hey, Christie! Aw, you are so sweet, thank you for this very kind comment. :) It's readers like you who keep me going!

  11. Love this dress and how you've put it with the grey cowl neck. Also love the combination of colours & textures: turquoise glasses/ purplish hair / woolly greys / beige silk / arm tattoos. It all works so well. Your blog is slowly getting me past the "50-something crisis" I am having with my wardrobe - x Jacqui UK

    1. Thank you, Jacqui! I loved wearing that outfit - it was very comfortable - and I'm finding that because *I'm* so colourful that I'm leaning towards more neutrals in my wardrobe. Aw, so happy to hear that my little blog is helpful for you - thank you for letting me know. :)

  12. Can i say "damn" here ? DAMN! so many fabulous thrifts Sheila !! The Theory cardigan and the vintage GORGEOUS coat made in Wales are my faves.
    Oh i must add the layering on that silk dress is quite genius. Have you tried it with a grey turtle neck?

    1. Ha, of course, you can say damn, Lorena! Thank you so much! No, I loathe turtlenecks and try not to own any. I only have one now, and I am considering letting it go. I hate turtlenecks!

  13. what a fabulous booty, I love particularly that cuff and the amazing wool cape in those cool colors!
    And I love how you've 'winterized' your silk dress, such a great layering!

    1. Thank you! I am excited to wear the cape - it will be at some point next week. Thanks, I was pleased at how it turned out with the layers.


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