Sunday, April 8, 2018

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Friday Fireworks, Blue and Bronze for Brunch (and a Baby Shower), Sunday Shopping

Ah, what a lovely weekend it's been. Just the right amount of social, quiet, shopping, games and chillin'. Perfect. 

Here's Friday's outfit - it was a gloomy and rainy day. I'm thinking springy thoughts though, made easier by this fabulous dress.
 The dress is new-to-me and is a heavy linen. It has good weight and moves nicely when I walk.

  • Dress - JG Hook, thrifted; purchased here for $28.95
  • Shoes - Asos, consignment, Vancouver; last seen here in September 2017 with peasant florals
  • Coat (below) - Stop Staring!, thrifted; last worn here in March 

I wore a red vintage slip under this for an extra bit of warmth but this was a wonderful dress to wear overall.
 The spiky-painted floral pattern reminds me of fireworks.
 And so many colours! Will I ever run out of of shoes to wear with this?

The "swoosh" picture.
 Not a full circle skirt, but that was plenty of fabric for swooshing about the office. It twirls well.

Outerwear - bundled up for the rain and chilly day.
 I went shopping with a coworker after work (found her some shoes), and went out for dinner with her afterwards. I ran for the bus in this, skirts flying everywhere!

  • Silk scarf - thrifted
  • Leather gloves - consignment

The stuff:
 While these are a very comfy shoe for a day at the office, they were not a good standing-for-hours shopping shoe. My feet were very happy to have these off after 11 hours!

Multi-coloured bling:
 I went rather mad with matching colours in the dress! Peach, pink, green and blue.

  • Earrings - Kenneth Lane, Lazy Susan's, first wearing
  • Glass bangle - thrifted
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

L and I got up bright and early Saturday morning so that we could have our breakfast together at Floyd's Diner. We both have busy schedules - separate and together - and hadn't seen each other much for a few days.
 So I dressed up for breakfast. As one does!

  • Top - Jean-Paul Gaultier, vintage 90s, consignment; last seen here in January under a denim wrap dress
  • Dress - Dolce & Gabbana, vintage 90s, thrifted; last worn here in December with lace and magenta
  • Boots - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in March with baby blue denim
  • Jacket (below) - Burberry, consignment, Vancouver; purchased here for $220.80

I admit, I might have been a tad overdressed for the pajama crowd.
 But screw it! I felt awesome and L loved my outfit (he also dressed we do!).

I got a giggle out of wearing high-end designer duds to a diner.
 Walking boots for our stroll to town in the pouring rain.

Outerwear - gotta wear my leathers! Saturday was all about wearing this bronze metallic leather jacket as much as possible.
 I liked the contrast of the blue in the top with the bronze of the jacket.

Done up - I felt like Wonder Woman!
 I'm so glad L talked me into buying this.

This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. I'm not dead, not by a long shot.

It's just a dream of a fit.
 I'm warning you now, I'll be wearing this to death!

The stuff: 
 I don't have too many "good" shoes that I wear in the rain, but the moths are slowly wreaking havoc on these wool boots (they are lined in butter-soft leather), so any further damage I can't get too upset about.

Round bling:
 Favourite pieces.

  • Silver/sodalite ring - Scotland, 1996
  • Silver/lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Venetian glass and silver earrings - local

After breakfast we walked home where I changed my outfit slightly.
 Nylons and blue shoes. I had a baby shower for our dear friend Sarah to go to!

  • Top - as above
  • Dress - as above
  • Shoes - Garden of Enjoyment Rita, Fluevog - last seen here in June 2017 with mint green

A bunch of the Winesday Women descended on Sarah's place and met all her wonderful family and Calgary friends. They were a lovely group of ladies!
 Sarah invited all of us to bring a bag of clothes for a clothing swap - it was the perfect ice-breaker to introduce her groups to each other. I took a ginormous bag of clothes and jewelry and had a blast bossing everyone around and making them try stuff on. I love doing that kind of activity at a gathering where you don't know people. It's so much better than awkwardly sitting around. And so many of my pieces went to great homes - very satisfying.

The stuff: 
 I'd forgotten how darned comfortable these shoes are - I should really wear them more than once a year! After the shower, the Winesday contingent headed down to Canoe Club and met up with our gents for some appies and bevvies. L and I walked to town from there and caught a bus home - these shoes were champs!

Same ol' bling:
I only had half an hour to get ready.

While I was standing outside our condo, waiting for my ride to the shower, I looked up at our balcony and saw something.  
"Wait, where did the Woman go?"
 It's Vizzini, slouching on his post, looking at L and keeping an eye on the seagulls that are trying to nest on our roof.

He's also logging all suspicious squirrel activity.
 Caught him mid-leap!

As I watched, Vizzini stirred, hearing the gulls clattering around above him.
"What's going on up there? Gulls, move along!" 
 Then...he spotted me.
"Red alert! The Woman!"
 It was a little unnerving, seeing him watching me through the screen.
 I could feel his eyes...

I am always thrilled to find a piece or two at a swap - I'm very fussy about what I take home to add to my closet. This wonderful long drapey sweater was Sarah's.
 It's a lovely rusty orange/brown.

The label is Sparkle & Fade, which I've seen around in boutiques.
 This will be a nice fall topper, although I'll try to get one wear in soon before I pack it away. No room!

This is another piece that will be worn once, maybe, then bundled in with my cold weather accessories.
 It's a lovely soft faux leopard scarf. It was Vero's.

L and I hung out on Saturday night, and slept in a bit today/Sunday. Where is the sun?
 I looked in vain. No sun.

  • Dress - Desigual by Christian Lacroix, consignment; purchased here for $25.00
  • Coat - Danier Leather; last seen here
  • Boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in March for a movie outing

 I walked to the grocery store, did my shop (for later delivery), then strolled over to the WIN Store on Pandora. I didn't wear the dress at all without the jacket, but here it is so you can see how it looks.

I liked it for trying stuff on (it pulls off and on over my head), but it's a little low-cut in the front for my taste.
 I probably won't wear it on its own - I loathe the lazy all-black back.

I liked it much better when it was covered up by my red leather coat.
 It got a little nicer as my afternoon wore on - I wore it like this while I was shopping.

But all bundled up for the walking outside.
 Easy scarf and gloves for tucking into my purse while I shopped.

  • Scarf - fake Louis (Lewis!) Vuitton, thrifted
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 Best boots for walking! And my mismatched gold hoops.

  • Gold earrings - mismatched gifts from L

I had good luck! I started out in the shoes, looking through the summery stock.
 These lovely soft black leather shoes are by Michael Kors.

I love the ballet profile, and the soft strap that wraps around the ankle.
 I like a small peeptoe, too. We don't need to see all the toes.

These were $24.95, which felt like a good price.
 Even the buckle is logo'd.

I found a beautiful deep purple scarf with fringe.
 It called to me! It is velvet on one side and satin on the other. It feels like silk, and for $2.95 it was mine, all mine!

I don't usually buy purses. I just don't use them, but I promise I will use this sweet leather and cloth purse.
 The backside of it is plain black leather, and yes, all that pattern is cut-out silhouetted leather!

It's by BCBG Paris, and was only $9.95.
The sticker under that read $19.95. Score! I think this bag is probably from the early 00s - I remember knock-off styles like this in mall stores.

I found this belt in the vintage accessories section. The three front pieces are mirroring crystals - you can see they're reflecting the poster on the wall above this table.
 The braided part is metal mesh.

This is the back of the buckle.
Only $4.95. Nice. 

I've seen this dress at WIN many times. It was in the half-price section today, so I bit. 
 I hate the slinky material of the cheap-looking bottom half of it, but I love the pattern and fit of the top half (I had tried this on at least once before).

The brand is Supertrash, and it was $5.00.
 See? Cool pattern, right? Flowers and cherubs!

You know I didn't hesitate - I cut the skirt off!
Vizzini helped, and yes, I wielded scissors barefooted, just asking for trouble.
 Now I have a nice blouse (good colours), with a long piece for tucking it in.
"Bored now."
 Ha ha!

Yes, I know I have a thin sweater just like this (this one, just worn last weekend).
 But this one is black and white (the other one is navy/white), and the neckline is different.

And it was only $7.00, half price.
 It's by Bellessa, a mall chain.

I also finally bit on this piece that I'd seen/tried on before.
 Weird, isn't it? I'm drawn to the weird. It was in the half price section due to having come apart,where that curve is on the left side, above.

I pinned it up, like so.
 Don't even think about suggesting I sew this. That's too much effort. This will do.

And now we have a totally workable fine cotton t-shirt dress with a fabulous feather pattern.
 It might only stay in my closet for a season, but I like it now.

It's by Helmut Lang, made in the USA, and was $12.50.
This piece originally retailed for $400.00 new. I'm happy with my $12.50!

I have reined in my leather purchases somewhat, but I still find it hard to pass up a beautiful piece like this brown suede and leather trim skirt. 
 It has a front slit, and that suede is incredibly soft, like a chamois cloth.

It's fully lined and fits beautifully.
For $29.95? I can't be expected to put it back!

From WIN, I walked down to Flavour Upstairs, but nothing really rang my bell. But I did find my "walking to and from work" shoes for this spring/summer season there.
 The Sex Pistols by Converse!

These are from 2016 and are still being sold at Baggins (linking here, 'cause I love), which is a store across the street from Flavour - they carry the largest selection of Converse in the world!

They originally retailed for $75.00 and they're on sale for $56.25 Canadian, if you want to match me!
 Pretty sweet, aren't they?

A little bit of anarchy on my feet.
 They look brand new.
 Not a lick of wear on the soles. I paid $24.99 for them.
I think the size 8 is wrong - I'm a 9.5-10 usually, and these fit me perfectly. A good thing for me!

And how was your weekend, my friends? Get up to any shenanigans?


  1. Oh my gosh! You look fabulous in everything!

  2. glad to see you enjoying some summery dresses! I love that floral/Fireworks dress, it's likr a spring breeze!. I understand that you want to wear your leather jacket forever, it looks gorgeous, perfect fit! and those boots are amazing! (have you ever put a piece of cloth in the deep freezer/ ice box to get rid of moths?, I've read it works)
    So lovely Desigual dress with the red leather coat, they make a fabulous ensemble!
    And such amazing purchases you did, I love those converses!

    1. It's still too chilly for most of them, but I love the bright colours. I have frozen things to get rid of potential bugs. Thank you!

  3. Oh yes, top designers for the diner - I love that. And why ever not? Great outerwear too, and you got me smiling big with those pics of V on the lookout. Stay fab, xox


    1. Why not, indeed! Thank you so much for swingin' by, Patti!

  4. Maybe the Cons are a men's size----I'm a women's 9, too!!!! I LOVE them!!! Love the first floral dress and obvi that green jacket and walking boots!!

    1. I think they are just mis-sized. They are labeled a Euro size 39, which is more like an 8.5-9. Thanks, Becky!

  5. Love all of these. That bronze leather jacket is incredible.

    Let me recommend moth traps that actually work and are not toxic to humans or felines: GreenWay Clothes Moth Traps. Unlike most moth traps, they have lures for both male and female moths.

    I am a Lover of Vintage Cashmere and thus a Slayer of Moths.

    1. Thank you, Julia! Ooh, thank you so much for the recommendation!

  6. That D&G dress was such a good buy, it fits so good.
    The BCBG leather cutout dress was also a superb find.
    When I sat the grey marble like dress I KNEW it was Helmut Lang. I had a HL dress very similar to this and send it out to Lydia who looked spectacular when wearing:

    1. I know, I love it - I keep wanting to wear it! Ha, you have a good eye! Thanks for the link!

  7. Total and utter love for your swooshy fireworks frock and with so many colours going on, of course you had to go wild with the multicoloured bling! Vizzini watching you from his perch on your balcony made me smile, and I had a good chuckle at your "Red alert! The Woman!" remark. Love your Sex Pistols Converse, in fact:I need some of those! They remind me of a pair of sneakers I insisted on having when I was 16. They were called "punk" and left footprints saying so. xxx

    1. Thank you! I knew you'd love the shape of the linen dress. Oh, these sneakers need that "punk" sole!

  8. I love the swap of accessories for the baby shower! :) And I am eager to see how you wear your new dress turned blouse! :)

  9. What a wonderful array a fabulous styles here. I love the linen floral dress is beautiful. The print is on point and pretty on you. I was also thrilled to see the metallic leather jacket. The brown suede skirt with the leather trim. It is so rich and timeless. The brown suede skirt with the leather trim. It is so rich and timeless.
    I know you were not a handbag collector, but thumbs up to your new purchase.

    1. Thank you, Elle! I loved the linen dress - such a classic print. I love rich pieces, especially when they feel really good. Glad you like the bag!


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