Happy weekend, my friends, but most importantly, Happy Anniversary to my best friend and awesome husband, L. We've hit the jackpot with each other, and this is our 21st year married. Wow, where did the time go? Want to see what we looked like back then? Check out last year's 20th anniversary post here.
|Photo: Mel K.|
But first, I took Thursday off to just chill out, do some chores and relax before all this stressful travel stuff. I also worked my WW meeting that night, so I actually had to get dressed.
This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style.
- Blouse - L'Wren Scott, A Tropical Conversation, FW2011, thrifted; last seen here in January in a secret Trek suit
- Jeans - Mark. by Avon, thrifted; last seen here in March 2017 with a leather peplum
- Boots - Conquer Malieka, Fluevog; last worn here in the same outfit as this blouse!
- Coat (below) - Vassali, consignment; last seen here earlier this month
My WW group loved this outfit - the red was nice and vibrant, and they got a giggle that the jeans are by Avon.
|"Hmm...what's this I see?"|
What is that little monster up to?
|"Your purse was made for cat fun."|
Outerwear - spring is here! I'm loving the warmer temps and being able to wear my lighter coats again.
Especially when said coat has such a great fit and awesome details.
|"We pose as one for the fans."|
- Belt - gift from Ruth
- Silver/obsidian ring - gift from Mom & Dad, c. 1984
- Snake ring - BC Museum gift shop, 1985
- White gold hoop earrings (not shown, oops) - 10th anniversary gift from L
On Friday morning, L and I got to have a bit of a sleep-in before we walked to town to catch our plane to Vancouver. Mister Vizzini was sleeping on the bed when we left.
|"You dare to leave me?"|
|"I'll try not to miss you."|
L and I are both minimalist packers when we travel, both only taking a half-empty backpack each for this trip.
- Monster Vest - Zara Woman, consignment; last seen here (5th outfit) early this month for Winesday
- Dress - Karen Millen, consignment; purchased here for $29.98
- Shoes - Miista; last seen here in February with Dries and Versace
- Coat (below) - BCBG Max Azria, thrifted; last worn here earlier this month (I sewed the button back on in record time!)
I wore a variation of this outfit for dinner on Saturday night with our friends Anthony and Laura - I added a spiky copper necklace, and changed the blue textured tights for plain black ones.
I had major issues with the dress riding up the whole weekend. It basically folded itself under until it was a knee-length dress.
But overall, I still loved wearing it - it was snuggly warm, and I felt great in it. I think bare legs and boots may be the way to go with it, so it may be a "shoulder season" dress versus a full-on winter dress.
Speaking of layers...I prayed to the weather gods not to mess up another vacation for me this year...like this one, and this one (sad fans!).
- Scarf - thrifted
- Toque/gloves - Danier Leather
We had a bit of rain, a bit of sun, somewhat warm, somewhat cold. Typical Vancouver.
I like how the bits of the dress poke out, especially the sleeves.
I usually wear my purchased (spoiler alert!) Fluevogs out right away but due to the weather, I wore the same shoes all weekend. They held up really well, but took a bit of a beating.
The necklace I wore out for dinner looked really good with the dress, but I forgot to take a picture of it, and oh yeah, I wore a copper cuff too.
- Necklace - Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
- Cuff - Matisse, vintage 60s, vintage fair
- Earrings - no label, vintage fair
- Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy
- Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
Trip pictures! You ready? L and I always take a float plane over to Vancouver - it's SO much faster than the 5 hours it takes to take the ferry (lots of driving and waiting around). The flights are only 35 minutes, from Victoria's harbour in downtown, to Vancouver's harbour, also downtown. They are pricier, but our time is worth it!
I always take a picture of the Johnson Street Bridge (aka "the Blue Bridge").
Looking south to Washington - Seattle is way down there.
Low clouds - the mountaintops are the Olympic Mountain range.
The plane going to Van was a small one - only seating about 10 people. It was a bumpy ride!
The sun poking through the clouds.
There are the docks, right beside Canada Place.
The view from our hotel room - lots of clouds.
Who is this striding like a boss and shooting beams of light from her pailetted jacket??
A Bag and a Beret!
We've been meeting up with Melanie for the past 5 years - check out our shenanigans the very first time we met (here in 2013), and here last year (we made a movie - you can see it here!).
From there, we went to our favourite Fluevog store in Gastown, and to My Sister's Closet. Here's what we bought!
here, linking 'cause I love Fluevog!). I was deeply attracted to these white shoes - they are the same heel and toe and sole as my blue velvet boots, and they are ever so comfy.
I tried on lots of different styles, but these just sang to me.
The sole is shaped like an iron.
L got an anniversary gift from me, too!
I didn't take as many pictures of our trip as I have in years past - I really needed to just be in the moment and not think about recording it. So a huge thank you to Mel for taking a few while we were in Fluevog!
|Photo by Mel K.|
I look very cross here.
|Photo by Mel K.|
These pictures really don't convey how bright Melanie's jacket is!
|Photo by L|
The toe pose.
|Photo by L|
L and I. Yeah, I like this guy. I'll keep him.
|Photo by Mel K.|
|Photo by Mel K.|
At My Sister's Closet (link here, 'cause I love!), both L and I had good luck. Melanie also bought a fantastic dress that I hope she will wear to something really swanky (like out for coffee).
By the way, please forgive the wrinkles in my clothing pics - everything was stuffed into my backpack for the trip home. My pack weighed 7 pounds on the way there, and 14 pounds on the way back!
I found this bright blue swooshy dress.
It's by Nanette Lepore, and was only $26.00.
It was made in the US!
I also liked the interesting shape of this grey top.
It's by Zara Woman, and was $18.00.
L also lucked out and found this funky plaid, floral, purple, green and navy shirt.
On Saturday, we headed up to the Main Street shopping area - it's full of great little second-hand boutiques - starting with brunch.
- Fine sweater - Sonia Rykiel, consignment; purchased here for $20.98
- Monster Vest - as above
- Skirt - Les Filles de Neaux, thrifted; purchased here for $3.50
- Shoes - Miista; as above
And Monster Vest over it for warmth.
One of our favourite stops is at Front & Co. I like their selection, but nothing rang my bell, although I tried a lot on. L got these fun navy blue polka dot pants.
Front & Co. had a pop-up shop a few doors down where everything was an extra 40% off. I got really excited when I saw this jacket!
It was marked at $248.00, but with the discount, it was $148.80.
I also encouraged L to buy this amazing leather moto jacket with wool/cashmere sleeves.
It's by Kent and Curwen and was made in Italy.
It was marked at $588.00 - the original retail on it was $2,529.00.
I waffled on this, but L pushed me, and I caved. I'm glad I did. When am I ever going to find a bronze metallic leather jacket like this again?
Nice detail - yes, that does say "Burberry London".
I get sticker shock even at consignment store high-end prices! $368.00 is a lot of money!
We popped into another favourite store, Turnabout, where we found L a fabulous multicolour plaid blazer.
I like that Turnabout has a regular markdown system on their tags. Since we bought this after 3/18/18, the original consignment price was reduced to $159.00.
I like the pocket inside.
He was very patient while I took my time going through Turnabout. They have a lot of stock! I did a few try-ons, and found a few good things.
This is by L.A.M.B. (weirdly, my second purchase in a week of this brand, which I've never bought before), and it's also new with the Holt Renfrew department store tag still on it. There, you can see the metallic copper material. Isn't that cool?
I waffled on this dress, but I went for it anyway. I'm on vacation! I make impulse buys!
It has nice seaming and it's a really good fit.
It's by Sans Souci and it's also not accurately sized.
I already have a full white skirt for spring/summer, but L really liked this skirt, so yes, of course I bought it.
The fabric texture is nice.
It's by Angel Eye.
In a little vintage store (sorry, I forgot the name), I found these crazy pants.
The back has good details, including a lace-up.
These are vintage Jean-Paul Gaultier! I cringed at "Jean's" but then I realized it's a play off his name.
The rivets are perfect.
That's it for my purchases. What was your favourite?
Cat and Ross sent us a couple of pictures of Vizzini, who is very happy to see us (much drool).
|"You'd better have kitty treats in your hand..."|
|"I like you, but I miss my people."|
I hope you had a wonderful weekend, everyone!