Happy Easter, my friends! I hope you're enjoying your long weekend (if you get one). I am back to work tomorrow (Easter Monday is not a stat holiday here, boo!), so here's my weekend recap - it has been really busy, so don't say you weren't warned!
Starting with Thursday night - I changed out of my work clothes (the blue dress), quickly made dinner for L and I, and then hung out with 8 of our good friends at our house till the wee hours.
- Top - Gap, thrift; last seen here (4th outfit) in March with moth-eaten grey
- Pants - Talbots, consignment; first worn here in March with a badass bowtie
- Earrings - Tania Gleave
Friday was reserved all day for my twice-a-year closet swap-over. You can go here to see the last one, in September 2017. Ready for a peek in my closet?
I swap out about 30% of my wardrobe every 6 months. I pull out things that are too warm, too heavy or just feel of that season. Here's my long skirts and pants, after the first pass-through.
After I'd done the whole closet, not including shoes.
The boots and shoes that get packed away for 6 months.
All the shoes I planned to keep out, I lined up down the hallway outside the den (where my closet is).
Some more boots and as-yet-unworn shoes in the hall outside the bathroom.
And then I counted them all, because I wanted to give myself a heart attack. I have ninety (90) pairs of shoes in total. Don't judge me!
You can see a cord snaking through my shoes above - that's the vacuum cleaner.
Once I've pulled everything out of the closet, I give it a good vacuum to get all the bits of things and cat hair out. I also give all the wooden shelves a clean as I go. Sometimes when I'm feeling ambitious, I clean the chandelier.
As you may recall, I keep track of what gets worn in my closet by turning the hangers backwards on all my hung items, then turning the hanger the "right" way when I've worn the garment. I did really well this year, and wore all of my skirts, jackets, pants, blouses and dresses - or I got rid of them. There is always a selection of about a dozen fancy party dresses that I don't wear in a season - I did not feel like photographing them yet again.
I did notice that there were two regular items that did not get worn, and weirdly, they were both long kimono-style toppers.
This is a boho rocker kimono with fringe.
I love both of these pieces, but I've realized that they don't work at all in cold weather. Why? They are super-awkward to wear with an extra outerwear piece; they bunch up like crazy or look weird hanging out under a coat. Simple reason! And now I know - and I'm extra-motivated to wear them when they can be my sole topper piece!
Back to my storage. I have 3 flat tubs (they live under our bed) and one deeper one for clothes, and then I use a bunch of shopping bags and shoe bags to store my boots/shoes.
Shoes all ready to go - spring/summer clothes ready to come out and play!
Since my closet is teeny, I can't take a very good picture of it as a whole, so here is a little tour of it. Starting on the left/top, these are my fancy party hats, fascinators and purses.
The third shelf down holds my large sweaters and funky tops, cardigans/shrugs, and specialty tops (like vests and corsets), and my ORANGE LEATHER SHORTS (sorry, they insist on being capitalized).
The fourth shelf is right above my long-hang section where I keep blouses, long skirts and pants.
And here's the long-hang.
The next section on the left side has a larger storage shelf on top. I keep costumey things here, and there are 3 storage bins with some sentimental items, like purses and my dad's sweaters.
A shot of the dress section before I loaded all the spring/summer dresses in there. If you compare this picture with the one above, you'll notice that the PANK dress is missing, as is the black long-sleeved dress with tan leaves. I needed hangers, so I packed both away for the season.
Moving along, here is the right side of my closet, opposite the dress/costume section. I have a small shelf above a large double-hang section for skirts and jackets.
Below that is my short skirt collection.
And my jackets below that.
And finally, my shoe "Tower of Power". This is two columns of shelving that go from the ceiling to the floor. I can fit 3 pairs of shoes in each cubby and there are 8 shelves per column, so it's storage for 48 pairs of shoes (although I can squeeze in an extra pair here or there).
Top shelf, second column:
Looking up at the shoe shelves.
So many pretties!
As I unpack these, I have a little dialogue in my head. "Oh, hello! So nice to see you! I'm so happy to have you back! I really missed you!"
All these open toes remind me to give myself a pedicure.
I also do a swap-over of a small selection of purses, belts and obis.
I store my flats on the floor. There are stored items behind them.
I use the spaces on the floor under/behind the blouses/skirts/pants/dresses/jackets for the large bin and all of the bags of shoes and boots. They keep Vizzini from hiding in there.
Because I shop all year round for every season, I usually have a treasure trove of things I've stuffed on the shelf behind my short skirts during the current season. It was quite a bonanza this year!
- 2 x pants
- 7 x tops/blouses
- 1 x cardigan
- 10 x dresses (did I mention I have a dress thing?)
- 1 x jacket
- 5 x skirts
Oh, and some shoes too!
Here's my completed closet area, uncropped. I do my indoor poses right there beside the door.
I wasn't feeling terribly motivated to take a ton of pictures this time around, so I didn't record my scarf swap-over, or my jewelry box swap-over, but I did do them. The whole process takes about 5 hours in total, and when I was done I needed a nap! So I napped!
L and I hung out Friday evening, and were up bright and early to go for breakfast at Floyd's. What would I wear?? L helpfully pointed out that I shouldn't be wearing my spring/summer items as it was still March then, but pfft, rules are meant to be broken! Besides, I technically didn't have any parts of this outfit packed away.
Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Go, go, go!
- Suede jacket - Holt Renfrew, thrifted; first worn here a couple of weeks ago with a puffy skirt
- Dress - Amelia, thrifted; purchased here for $19.99
- Shoes - Down to Earth Hadfield, Fluevog; last seen here in January with green and brocade
However, this dress and I did not get along.
|I always like it when L gets in the picture!|
Ready for walkin' with my scarf and the jacket over it.
- Silk scarf - Ralph Lauren, consignment
- Cuff - Catalyst Reaction Leather, thrifted
- Earrings - gift from Sherri
Both the scarf and the cuff had been packed away. Welcome back!
After brunch, I browsed the WIN Boutique but nothing rang my bell. L and I changed (as one does!), and readied ourselves for a walk through town (again) to meet up with our besties at Lure at the Delta Ocean Pointe hotel. I made my outfit out of all new-to-me things - how thrilling!
- Sweater - Jones New York, thrifted; purchased here for $13.95
- Cotton pants - Jean-Paul Gaultier, vintage late 90s/early 00s, vintage shop in Vancouver; purchased here for $55.00
- Shoes - Tsubo, thrifted; purchased here for $9.95
- Leather jacket (below) - Danier Leather, consignment; last worn here in March
Of course I built the outfit around these wonderfully thick and velvety cotton pants. Jean-Paul Gaultier! They were a pleasure to wear.
I really liked the nautical look of this top with the pants, and the shorter hem helped show off the pant detail. I mean, if you're going to wear these pants, they must be seen!
Outerwear - matchy for the win!
- Wooden earrings - vintage expo
- Ring - Nine West
Here's L looking rather grumpy.
The trees are still blooming.
The City of Victoria held a huge open house on Saturday to say goodbye to the old Johnson Street Bridge (aka "The Blue Bridge"), and officially open the new bridge.
Musicians, picnic tables, a disco ball.
Change is good.
I've always liked crossing it, even though I only use it maybe 3-4 times a year.
There were so many people around.
Coming home, as the sun was setting, the lights from the disco ball spun all over the rusted iron.
Time to go!
Looking across the harbour. Tugboats, float planes, ferries, old buildings, new buildings.
Today, L and I bused out to Mom's and back for Easter lunch with my family.
- Top - Dex, consignment; first worn here in January with work armour
- Pants - H&M, consignment; last seen here in September 2017 with blues
- Shoes - Clarks, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in a whackadoo outfit in March
- Coat (below) - Denny Rose, consignment; last seen here in March
I like these pants quite a bit - they are the same kind of slouchy as the grey plaid ones I wore at the start of the weekend.
Outerwear - sneaking in another wear of this coat before it's too warm.
- Gloves - Parkhurst
- Earrings - 10th anniversary gift from L
- Ring - Nine West
We moved Vizzini's main scratching post out onto the desk this weekend.
|"I'm not so sure about this."|
It's a shame to see the dress and red top go as I think both look lovely! How you feel in something is so much more important though!ReplyDelete
I really like your 'if it doesn't fit in the wardrobe I need to let go of some things' method. I just kinda overstuff the wardrobe, ha! I haven't got my winter boxes out yet as it's still like summer even though it's autumn here. I'm hopeful I'll get them out soon, while I do use one of the boys wardrobes if I need more space after unboxing, it does make me reconsider and declutter a little when I try find spaces for everything!
I know I bought that dress on impulse, and my feeling about it was proven correct when I wore it. I had to let it go. Good luck with your closet declutter!Delete
Sure enjoyed watching you trade out your closet! Impressive'. And the "Oh, snap!" outfit bwas all that -- and more!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Rebecca! Ha, thank you! Snap!Delete
Have you tried toothpaste on the black scuffs on your shoes? I do this with a beige leather pair that I have (just massage in with an old toothbrush and then lightly rinse off), and any black marks are either removed or barely visible. Probably best with a white toothpaste rather than the stripy stuff, though!ReplyDelete
Nope, I don't think it's going to remove these marks - they are permanent, unfortunately. This is very delicate leather, so I'm not going to risk ruining that...before I ruin them myself, ha!Delete
I love your closet switch-ups! You've got the system down, and could write a book about managing the closet. Love, love those sailor pants, and I'm looking for similar. Stay fabulous, xoxReplyDelete
Thanks, Patti! Sailor pants are the bomb! Good luck on your search.Delete
That is a snazzy outfit on hubby. I can't believe how efficient you are in your closet. You have so many beautiful clothes I wish you had a larger space. I find when I pack away items in plastic containers (like yours) I forget I have them. In an ideal world, we'd have plenty of space to peruse our options.ReplyDelete
He's pretty snazzy, isn't he? I would love a larger space, but I also know I can barely wear everything I have as it is! I need an infinite closet!Delete
I just love looking inside your closet and picking up a few tips in the process! I do wish I had a closet instead of several wardrobes in two different rooms. Sigh! Look at all your shoes lined up! I haven't dared to count mine but I wouldn't be surprised if I have somewhere in the region of 90 pairs too. I'm loving your nautical and orange outfit, and L's outfit is indeed very snazzy, he's looking like a modern day dandy! xxxReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Ann! Ooh, multiple wardrobes would be tricky. No guilt over shoes! Not allowed.Delete
And THAT's how it's done! I love peeking in your closet. It's a cornucopia of delights. What a great start to each day it must be, colour, pattern, texture. Sigh. And changes in the city are unending. I'm glad you got in your farewell to the bridge. As usual, all your outfits are smashing, and L is very dapper, yes!, but my heart is fixed on those Gauthier pants. Gaaa!ReplyDelete
It brings its own stress sometimes, really! Thank you! I know, the Gaultier pants are fab!Delete
You and the Mr must turn heads when you're out and about, you both always look amazing!!ReplyDelete
I'm so impressed with your closet switcheroo. I can't get over all your shoes - I'm a failure as woman, I can get most of mine on the same rack!!!
Love the nautical pants, the tartan trews and that stripey coat! xxx
We do! We get a lot of comments from homeless people (lol) and side-eye from "normals." I'm a failure - I don't do bags - so you can certainly not do shoes! Thanks, Vix!Delete
L looks great!!!! I love Oh, Snap!!! I have several nautical inspired shirts I plan on wearing this spring!! Your closet is glorious!!!!ReplyDelete
I had the same response as Mica about your dress. So cute. I kept wondering about a slip that hung a few inches below the hemline to match the jacket but if it's gots go, it's gotta go!ReplyDelete
If the toothpaste doesnt work on the Fluevogs, I vote you get an artist to decorate them - assuming you don't do it yourself! I bet Mel would collaborate! (I loved her farked Jennifer Lopez painted jogging suit!) will love hearing what you decide to do with them!
Nope, and I'm not even going to try an alternative - the dress is fully lined, and should not be clingy like that. Just bad fabric.Delete
I am an artist and I do plan to do them myself! I'll show it off when I do.
It's so inspiring reading your closet swap process. I did the same to mine (I do it more often because of Finnish weather and four seasons) and it took almost four hours! I always do all sewing if needed (fallen buttons, small holes) and shoe shining. I wonder, how do you take care of your shoes? And what about clothes, do you wash them before storing?ReplyDelete
I admire you two, such a stylish couple <3 Lots of love to Vizzini!
Aw, thanks, Mujeril! I don't think I'd have the energy to do it 4 times a year! I should do mending, but I'm really lazy. I don't do much at all with my shoes, actually, and I don't wash the clothes before storing. Thank you!Delete
I am super impressed with how well organized the closet is. The first thing that drew my eye was thar fabulous mirror. Kudos to you for organizing and decorating so well. I’m also pleased to see the hall lined with shoes, and to know the number that you have. I think this is about normal for women our age. Who cares what other people think !ReplyDelete
I am loving each and everyone of your outfits. The red and burgundy outfit is fabulous and I adore the H&M pants that you wore in the last outfit too.
What a wonderful post, I love to see another woman’s closet. Not just for the contents but for the organizational skills and the simple aesthetic that you even see in the relatively small space! What a good size close, by the way!
I love that mirror too! Thank you so much! I love all my shoes, and I don't have to make any excuses. Thank you, Elle. My closet is a sanctuary for me.Delete
I am beyond envious of your glorious closet (and its beautiful contents!) How lovely. It's a fitting atelier for your artful dressing.ReplyDelete
That sailor outfit is to die for. Very 1962 movie-star on a terrace at Nice.
I will miss the old bridge next time I'm in Victoria (which is about once a decade), but the new bridge looks absolutely gorgeous!
Thank you so much, Julia! It's my most treasured thing - I love order and being able to see everything.Delete
Oh, I love that description, thank you!
I like the old bridge, but it was time for a change.
I really love your switching-wardrobe posts, so lovely to see all your shoes! (shoe porn!!)ReplyDelete
And I'm in love with those Gaultier pants and your orange&sailor style is fabulous!, you look (particularly) gorgeous in them and the orange accessorizing is brilliant!
Thank you! Ha, I laughed at shoe porn. I love that one too - thanks, Monica!Delete
Oh its that time of the year again ! You're so organised Sheila.ReplyDelete
The sailor look is a winner !!! You are rocking those trousers... and Mr Clooney looks so dapper-
It helps me stay excited about dressing when I have the swapover to look forward to. Thank you - that outfit was a winner! Lol, you remember that!Delete
It's always a grand experience to have a ringside seat at your big changeover. The kimono is indeed tricky to wear in layers so you're right to keep those for outerwear. I'm hoping to wear my new one within the next month or two.ReplyDelete
And yes, I totally agree that L is very dapper!
I should think you needed a rest after that big weekend.
Glad you enjoyed it, Anna! Yes, the kimono is a newish thing to me, and I'm still getting the hang of it. I do need a rest...Delete
I am beyond closet envious! We have a teeny tiny 1947 size closet and everything gets scrunched. Your shoe collection is spectacular.ReplyDelete
Oh, I can only imagine, Dar! Thank you!Delete
It's still quite cold here (we had snow this week) so no "closet switching" yet. I always enjoy the peek into your closet. It makes me sigh over my lack of wardrobe space.ReplyDelete
I ADORE the orange and blue outfit! THOSE PANTS are the bees knees, the cat's meow, and all the other good things. I dream of finding a Jean Paul Gaultier piece when secondhand shopping.
Ack, snow?? That sucks. Ha, I know, the pants are amazing, aren't they? I have 3 x JPG pieces now. Treasures, all!Delete