What a lovely relaxing weekend! I hope yours has been chill as well, my friends. This is a bigass post, so let's get 'er going - here's Friday's outfit.
- Top - Express, thrifted; last seen here layered under velvet again in January
- Dress - BCBG Max Azria, thrifted; first worn here (way down at the bottom) in September 2017 for the theatre with Mom
- Boots - Effortless Sophia, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in January for...the theatre with Mom!
- Cape (below) - Coracle Clothes, vintage 60s, pass-along from Sheila A; last seen here in January in the same outfit as the boots above
Velvet and lace means business!
Outerwear - it was crisp but sunny - spring is definitely in the air! My cape was in order.
Not Dead Yet Style. Get your fine self over there!
- Leather gloves - Danier
- Earrings - Aldo Accessories
- Silver/amethyst ring - gift from Dad, c. 1987
- Gold/amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's
While I was at work and getting a trim, L was at home recovering from his morning tattoo session. Vizzini "helped" while L used the computer.
|"Man, let me sit on your lap!"|
There may have been some cuddling.
L and I hung out on Friday night and played board games. We were up early on Saturday, St. Patrick's Day, for a stroll to Floyd's Diner for brunch.
- Velvet blazer - Boden, thrifted; last seen here in November 2017 with a "nope" skirt
- Sweater - Tatyana, thrifted; last worn here in February with a chevron skirt
- Skirt - Li's, thrifted; last seen here in a soft goth outfit in October 2017
- Shoes - Half Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last worn here with that chevron skirt again
I wore the jacket the whole time we were out, except for while I was sitting at the table at Floyd's, but here it is.
I loved the swoosh of the skirt while we were walking around.
It was sunny and warm enough just to wear this light silk velvet blazer as my outerwear.
Nope, instead he went with a ball cap.
All cross-body'ed up for walking.
And sucking down the last of my "home coffee" so that I'm civil to everyone. Heh.
Shoes for walking...and shopping! I plan for these things, you know.
This lovely bag has been sitting in my closet since I bought it here for $22.98.
It's nice and roomy, with a magnetic clasp. I loved carrying it!
- Bag - Aldo, first wear
- Earrings - consignment
After brunch, I headed off for a wee look around at some of my favourite shops. I popped into Dots and found this amazingly gorgeous dress:
Retro 90s print in a modern fabric.
It's by Kimchi Blue and was made in the USA!
It was only $29.99!
Felt like a bargain, but more importantly, I felt like a million bucks in it. I can't wait to wear it!
I popped into the Patch, but nothing rang my bell. From there, it was a quick jaunt to the WIN store on Pandora. First stop, the accessories, where I found these sweet metal tassel and faux pastel pearl earrings.
I always have a good paw through the vintage accessories - many treasures lurk there.
Which fit me (and my long skinny fingers) perfectly!
There is stuff stamped inside the cuffs, but I can't make out what it says.
I was ecstatic about these wool-blend fully-lined cropped plaid pants.
|"I'm less enthused. Nothing to chew on."|
And the flower punch in the card means that these were half price!
My eye was caught by the buckles and harness detailing on this interesting top.
I think I could layer this over a t-shirt or a long-sleeved top.
And I know this brand: L.A.M.B. is Gwen Stefani's brand.
Even the stud on the back of the harness is custom.
I'm pretty sure this would have sold for more than the $5.00 I paid for it.
I am a sucker for a swooshy maxi skirt. Mica, I thought of you!
Another 90s-inspired floral.
Seriously, this wasn't in the boutique section!
I've sort of been looking for an acid-wash denim skirt (I used to have one, seen here in July 2010), and all the ones I've seen have been just WAY too 80s.
Add some good pleating structure, and a random loop here and there.
This was a whopping $3.50.
This was a "why not?" blouse. Why not pale pink equestrian stretch silk?
The back too!
This linen dress made me catch my breath. It was that special.
A beautiful painty floral pattern with all my favourite colours for accents.
Metal "cuff-links" on the sleeves are adjustable into either set of buttonholes, so you can make the sleeves longer or shorter with a flipped cuff.
This was one of the more expensive pieces, but worth every penny.
Can you tell I love this piece?
I actually squealed out loud when I spotted this red leather skirt.
And it's by Holt Renfrew Studio - and only $34.95.
That red jacket I wore the other day - this is a SUIT!
|"Well, I'm gobsmacked."|
I can't believe I got the two pieces two weeks apart! I have a red leather suit! Squee!!
Fresh from trying on my finds again for L (and Vizzini), we all chilled out in the living room. Vizzini kept an eye on things.
|"You may refer to me as "His Lordship.""|
He likes to be at the centre of the action.
|"All the action revolves around me."|
He watched us play board games and generally made his presence felt.
Today, I walked to town to get groceries, then walked over to My Sister's Closet, where they have their winter clearance half-price sale on!
- Jacket - Club Monaco, thrifted; last seen here in October 2017 with a mod purple outfit
- Sweater - Lacoste, vintage, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) with the dragonscale skirt in February
- Skirt - Dolce & Gabbana, vintage, thrifted; last seen here in November 2017 with soft greys
- Shoes - Michael Kors, thrifted; last worn here in January
I only took the jacket off when I was trying on clothes, but this is what was under there.
All ready to walk around town.
- White gold earrings - 10th anniversary gift from L
My Sister's Closet frequently has dead stock from stores that have closed, so you can buy new items there at substantial markdowns sometimes. They had a big table of shoes where I found these brand new Fly London blue suede shoes.
These were $69.98, but I know Fly London shoes sell for a couple hundred dollars normally. I'm thrilled with these lovely blue shoes.
I always take a turn around the store to make sure I don't miss any accessories.
These no-label suede gloves are lined with warm fleece - they will be wonderful...next year! They were $6.50.
I found this fabulous black and gold sheer skirt.
The brand is Pink Martini, a Canadian company out of Toronto.
I know, yawn, a black top, but this is actually a very fine sweater, and amazing quality.
You can't see it in the picture above, but the entire thing has a subtle sheer pattern.
I know that name - Sonia Rykiel, and it's made in France.
When I saw this cardigan on the hanger, it looked really boring. The zipper wasn't done up and the cuffs were turned down. But I know the brand - Kenzo - and I gave it a shot.
It has pockets on the front, and the front is longer than the back. I like the sporty vibe of it.
It's made in Turkey, although the label says Kenzo Paris.
Even the hardware is personalized.
The cuffs are woven stripes, but the "Kenzo Paris" is sort of rubberized.
I find myself very attracted to things with intricate structure. I'll always give them a try on. Which leads to some interesting purchases, like this...thing. It was in with the dresses.
And yes, that's a hood on the back.
Note the rounded shape at the hem.
A nice front area.
Oh, I know this name too: Marni!
this Dries Van Noten top I have, and this recently purchased Theory blouse.
Made in Italy = classy!
Wanna see it on? Of course you do!
|Hmmm...should have hid the toe that popped through my tights|
I'm a sucker for many things (as you have noticed), including forever and always...sweater dresses. I love them. This one is soft and super-stretchy.
It's a black background with white, orangey-red, tan, grey and blue stripes.
The name was vaguely familiar.
It's called the "Clean Stretch" dress, and was from the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. It was 145 Euros, so around $250 Canadian.
I love it!
Wonder Woman pose! I'm really excited to wear this. I tried it on with the Marni coat/dress over it, and that was a fun look too.
Fresh off my amazing haul at MSC, I had a quick peek in Lazy Susan's to see if they had anything fun.
By Kenneth Lane, aw...
These were just $12.00.
I took my little trusty camera with me on today's outing. Enjoy some pictures of spring arriving in Victoria!
|Hello, allergy season!|
|Like walking through a tunnel of blossoms!|
Look at these big fat blooms!
Miniature daffodils blooming in this yard.
More daffodils and the last of the crocuses.
This tree has over a dozen crow's nests in it.
This is just a big house that I like.
There are a few monkey trees in town. I've always liked this one.
And here we are at home: more crocuses.
And me! Hello!
Back to the important stuff, though. Someone needs some attention.
|"I could use some assistance with my winter coat."|
|"Leave me alone now, Woman."|
Okay --- your finds continue to be AMAZING!!!!! And I love the velvet dress outfit -- you look absolutely stunning.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Cynthia! I'm so boggled that I can find this stuff. Aw, that's so sweet.Delete
Sonia Rykiel? What an amazing find! Oh and I covet that yellow brocade bag tooReplyDelete
I know! How did someone not snap that up? Check Aldo's site - these bags were just on clearance.Delete
First, the spring blooms are lovely and I really like your brunch outfit.ReplyDelete
Secondly, I do love that maxi skirt, and it made me smile that you thought of me, but I'm sorry, all of your great finds do not beat that red skirt when you wear it with that stunning jacket - what an incredibly fun suit! I actually went 'ooooh!' out loud, it's the best combo!
Thank you, Mica! Oh my gosh, that red suit was the highlight of all of my finds, seriously! I'm still excited about it!Delete
Velvet & lace def mean bizness!!!! I love it! Love the tulle skirt and green sweater, too! And that purse! I want retail therapy!!!! Killer 90s floral print from dots and the LAMB dress looks cool. That striped knit is killer on you!ReplyDelete
You know it! Thank you, hon! I love all my lovely pieces - yay for therapy!Delete
Welsh wool cape - you're in my gang! Love it on you!ReplyDelete
Love all your finds but my favourite has to be the ditsy maxi. I bet you've got the perfect shoes to go with it.
Vizzini is a good bot. I love brushing the cats but they won't play nicely! xxx
WWW = the Welsh Wool Women! Thanks, Vix! Oh, I have so many pairs of shoes for all of it, so hard to pick one.Delete
Viz loves to be brushed - he's the only cat we've had who does.
Didn't you do well? I love seeing all your finds as, for one thing, it makes me feel less guilty ;-) My favourites are the floral maxi skirt and that fabulous floral fit and flare dress, which looks absolutely amazing on you. Serendipity: that red leather skirt was just waiting for you! Those Fly London shoes look super comfy, as well as stylish. And wow, that striped sweater dress, that's just fab on you! Phoebe, being semi long haired, definitely needs brushing, which she absolutely hates. We have to creep up on her, while hiding the brush, and then it needs the two of us to get her to stay still. xxxReplyDelete
I know! I feel like that when I see other bloggers' purchases too! Thank you so much, Ann - I'm so excited to have found all of this good stuff. Ha, Phoebe sounds like our old kitty Othello - we had to trap him in the bathroom to brush him.Delete
Love your opening outfit and likewise with the blue cape as outer wear, and that RED leather suit - holy cow the top, then the bottom, what a find! - and the new blue shoes with a peep hole. And, to top it off, I think your haircut is very becoming. Must be the coming of Spring, as I gave myself a home trim this morning (I’m notorious for only getting a professional cut once in a very long while.)ReplyDelete
And finally, my family and I will be visiting your lovely island this June! My husband and I are flying to Seattle to attend and celebrate our son’s college graduation (in Olympia) and then we are all heading to B.C. beginning with Victoria! When we finalize our plans I will let you know, as maybe we could meet for a hello, my treat if we eat! I’d enjoy thanking you in person for the smiles you cause and the creativity in dressing that you spark and the honesty in being yourself that I admire. Cheers, Laurie (the one who started reading your blog almost 3 years ago to help recover from a concussion!)
Thanks so much, Laurie! Thanks for noticing the hair - it took a long time, and I'm loving the length and cut.Delete
I would LOVE to meet up with you in June! Please drop me a line - my email is in my profile. Aw, that's really touching, thank you!
I love Vizzini on the throne!ReplyDelete
Fab outfits and what superb finds! Top notch designer brands abound but my favourite is the beautiful waisted floral dress. It looks lovely on you and is so very feminine. You really scored some wonderful finds.
I loved you and L in your Paddy's Day green.
It's brilliant to see the cherry and plum trees in blossom...
He's our little pasha. :)Delete
Thank you, Vronni! I know, that dress made me gasp - it fits SO nice, like a hug.
I know I shouldn't but i have to... SHIT!!! WOW!!!! OMG this post is full of goodies. I do not know where to begin ?!?!ReplyDelete
First, that velvet dress looks so nice. I would have never EVER in a million years imagined you all dressed up hauling boxes.
Loved your St Patricks day attire.
and now on to the goodies.... I SAW that Aldo bag in the store and fell in love with it but chose not to buy it, now I am regretting it.
The Caché silk blouse looks so luxe, finding the matching skirt for the red jacket was a total hit! My only explanation is that the shopping fairy was with you.
The Rykiel sweater was also a fab find, she passed away a few months ago... the Kenzo cardi I want and the Marnie is outstanding. I have real envy ;)
Ha ha ha! I made you swear! I was waiting to see how you would react, Lorena - so funny, I always think of you when I'm shopping, how you would die over some of the stuff I find. Thanks so much, my dear friend.Delete
Yup, I do it all in my clothes - I am hard on them! Aw, you missed out on that bag, sad!
Yes, the shopping gods smiled on me that day, for sure.
What a wonderful haul! You are right about the shopping gods.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Lindigo! They were indeed kind.Delete
such a lovely velvet dress, and it looks stunning with those boots, and the matching gloves, and the fabulous cape!! Lovely outfit!ReplyDelete
And that shoes and pullover combo is fabulousness!, you rock your tulle skirt, and I love particularly your bag in this outfit!, totally rock!
So many awesome pieces to comment, lovely plaid pants, and lovely floral dress (linen is so cool!), and red leather!! and all the designer pieces you had!, lots of fabulousness in a budget!
Lovely to see all the blossom!
Thank you! I'm glad I got a wear out of it this season. I like the greens too, and it was great having a different bag. I scored well!Delete
And you're feeling so much better - all that retail therapy tells me so. Too many lovely things to remember, but the thing I like the best seemed to be the striped long dress. Maybe cos I've got a short version of something similar. Oh, and the red jacket is now a suit, cool!ReplyDelete
I'm trying! You and I have such similar tastes!Delete