Hello, my friends! It's been a lovely weekend with no obligations, and so I did what I often do on those weekends: a wee bit of shopping.
But before we get to the fun things I found, here's Friday's outfit. April weather - and heading into May - tends to be very changeable and erratic. One day could be like summer, the next, break out your sweaters.
This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Despite my drift towards neutrals lately, I'll always love lots of colour!
- Burnout velvet silk duster - Emporio Armani, thrifted; last seen here (5th outfit) in August 2017 over a whale of a top
- Sleeveless top - Jacob, thrifted; last worn here (5th outfit) in February for the first day at the new office
- Silk pants - Pinkerton, consignment; purchased here for $22.98
- Shoes - Wonders; last seen here in August 2017 with a silk kimono dress
I felt awesome in this outfit all day - the pants were ultra-swooshy and the long duster billowed majestically behind me like Darth Vader's cape.
First wearing of these new-to-me pants, purchased way back in November 2017 and saved until appropriate weather. They were the perfect length - no risk of Danger Pants in these!
I went out for lunch with a colleague, and strode down the street like the Queen of Flowy Clothing.
- Earrings - local
- Lapis lazuli/silver ring and Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
L and I went for dinner with our hairdresser, Sofia, and her husband Shane (we both had appointments with Sofia), then bused home and hung out with Mr. Vizzini and played boardgames.
|"Care to join me in a lounge on the cuddle-benches?"|
|"Tummy rubs for all!"|
- Leather jacket - Burberry, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in early April for a baby shower
- Sleeveless sweater - Eileen Fisher, thrifted; last seen here in April with green and orange jungle
- Skirt - Tribal, consignment; last worn here in July 2017 with cranes and disco Dutch shoes
- Shoes - Matisse; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February with my dragonscale skirt
As I'd planned to shop after eating, I wore easy pieces with maximum impact. Shopping is an endurance sport, and you have to be prepared.
It was also nice and warm on a slightly chilly day of walking all over downtown.
Fully geared up for the weather. The hat is my only real concession to the rain. My hair looked hilarious when I took it off - hat head! - but I didn't have to deal with an umbrella in all the stores.
- Scarf - faux Louis (Lewis) Vuitton, thrifted
- Leather studded gloves - Danier Leather
- Hat - Dex, Saanich Fair, many years ago
- Earrings - thrifted
I started at the WIN Warehouse store, where I scooped a couple of things that were on the extra 50% off sale.
First up, this white linen swing coat. I think this is going to be wonderful in the hot weather.
It's by Club Monaco, and I didn't find any spots on it. I'll hit 'em with Folex when I spill things on this (which is inevitable).
It's beautifully made too. Bear with me while I drool over the nice details, like the covered button placket down the front.
The front pockets are two-way accessible.
Did I mention I'm having a long, flowy moment? Here's a burgundy velvet long, flowy blazer.
I'm going to sneak one wear in of this Vero Moda piece into my spring wardrobe and then pack it away for autumn.
From WIN, I walked down to Flavour Upstairs. It was hoppin' busy - tourist season has started! - and I only found one thing, but it's a doozy.
The black leafy bits are hand-embroidered.
Look at the detail.
The sweater is HEAVY, at least 4 pounds. I tried to balance the sweater and Vizzini to judge it, but he didn't enjoy that. He does weigh more than the sweater, though.
link to their site). Holy smokes. That's a really good score!
The back is just as lavishly decorated.
It's J. Crew Collection, and it came with this stuff in a bag with it.
The large card gives more detail on the beading and detail on the sweater.
From Flavour, I still had a couple of hours before I had to get home for dinner, so I wandered down Government Street to Duchess & Duke, a consignment/vintage shop that I don't visit very often. "Just a few minutes, a quick peek, not going through every item," I told myself.
Well, I didn't go through every item, but a few things leapt out at me, and I had to take them! Look at this fuzzy sweater! You would buy it too!
It's fully lined in a polyester satin (the whole thing is washable), and it's by...
It was only $15.00 - I had to have it, right?
My eye is always caught by the unusual, so I had to pull this blazer out.
It's a new blazer that's been remade out of two other blazers (one grey pinstripe, one fine plaid) and a wool sweater.
The brand is Handcut by Preloved, a Canadian company dedicated to making new garments out of vintage, reclaimed and fabric overruns. I love it! Here's their story (link).
So, did I tell you how I'm totally into long, flowy things? Here's another one - this time, it's a cardigan!
It's by Ports International, it's made in Hong Kong, and it's 100% pure wool. I checked it carefully for moth holes, because I think this has some age on it.
Of course, by the time I finished at Duchess & Duke, I was only a few blocks from Verve, a high-end consignment store (danger! I can't go to consignment stores too often, or I spend too much money).
I don't know this brand: Maccs the Label, but they are from Vancouver (linking here, 'cause I love - as all my links always are!).
Designed in Vancouver, nice.
This piece of craziness also came home with me. In addition to long and flowy, I'm also having a weird, asymmetrical, lopsided craving. I'm not sure what that's all about, but I'm just going to see where it takes me.
The bottom is totally uneven, see?
Another new-with-tags piece. It's 100% made in Italy, which is always classy.
Because after a wonderful evening of hanging out with L and Vizzini, playing more boardgames, I got up, walked to town to get groceries, and then walked over to My Sister's Closet to fully investigate their 50% off sale. I was there with Dar and Ally a couple of weeks ago, but that was just a taste!
- Cardigan - Reitmans, thrifted; last seen here in June 2017 over a vintage strapless dress
- Cami - Esprit, not tracked, at least 10 years old
- Skirt - LA Hearts, thrifted; first worn here in March with dark wine velvet
- Shoes - Fly London, consignment; purchased here for $69.98
Again, easy clothes for shopping, easy shoes for walking.
My skirt swirled about in a most pleasant way.
- Leather/steel cuff - Rimanchik
- Studs - don't remember
I picked a sprig of white lilac on the way home.
Okay, I did well, and everything I bought was half price (except for one), so I don't feel like I went overboard. I did have to do a cull in my closet when I got home - I'm reminded when I buy these new things that I don't pay much, so I can't feel bad or guilty when I need to let them go. I have to get rid of clothes that don't resonate with me in order to have new clothes come in. Things that I loved a season (or two, or three) ago...I don't love now. Gotta make room!
Anyway. I found these fabulous leather studded sneakers.
They will be a nice addition to my weekend wardrobe.
They're by BCBGeneration.
Vizzini was hanging around while I took pictures of everything this afternoon.
|"Those laces look tasty."|
It's by Baraschi, which is sold at Anthropologie. I'm beginning to be glad that there is no Anthro in Victoria...
Vizzini had his "unhappy ears" on.
|"You should stop this and come and cuddle with me."|
The only full-price item I bought were these bright red silk pants.
They're by J. Crew, and were $29.98, a bit of a savings from the $268.00 they originally sold for.
I'm always on the lookout for cute nice(r) camis to layer under outfits.
It's by American Eagle Outfitters, a brand I have never, ever bought before.
H&M continues to surprise me with another great-fitting interesting top.
|"As soon as you look away, that ribbon is mine."|
It's cotton with a touch of spandex, and fits me perfectly.
And last, but not least, I found a new wool sweater to replace one that's getting worn out.
It's by Judith & Charles and was $10.50.
Vizzini gave up pestering me after I finally fed him.
|"It's about time."|
You picked up some amazing finds! Loving the billowy pants and golf leather jacket. Every gal needs to billow.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Gail! Billowing is all the rage with the cool kids.Delete
Wow Sheila! So much to love! I love the silk pants and your Darth Vader cape! ;) Those shoes are fab too. That Burberry jacket looks gorgeous on you and I love your new purchases. Vizzini looks so adorable lounging around waiting for his tummy rubs! ;) XXXReplyDelete
Thanks, Sasha! The swooshy outfit is my favourite too.Delete
Oh those silk pants are awesome !I was wondering where you got them as I was sure they were new, I must have forgotten when you got them all those months ago! I love the long flowy look. Being petite I worry I look a little stumpy when I try, but there are some pieces I persist with as I love them so much, I just have to figure out the best ways to wear them to enhance my height and not swamp my frame!ReplyDelete
I forgot about them too! I had to refresh my memory about them, it had been so long. Thanks! I'm not much taller than you (5'4") - it's all about the proportion.Delete
The swooshy silk trousers are dee-vine. And oh how I want to go thrifting with you once more! That beaded sweater is a masterpiece. Hugs to you, stay fab, xoxReplyDelete
Thank you, Patti! I know, I wish we could shop together again!Delete
Loving some of those scores!! The blazer, the jeweled sweater, & fuzzy sweater are all so good! That duster is amazing and I love the silk pants.ReplyDelete
I had such a fun time - exhausting, though! Thanks, Becky!Delete
Wow it looks like you scored well for a rainy Saturday! I was slogging it out on the bike all weekend teaching a traffic class, there was nothing trendy in my outfits other than looking like a drowned rat. Love the looks!ReplyDelete
Hey, Dar! Ooh, yuck, doing that in the rain sucks! Thank you!Delete
Floyd's! My Sister's Closet! I know these places! I wanna come back. :)ReplyDelete
You do! I'm a creature of habit!Delete
Looking utterly fabulous all weekend, Sheila!ReplyDelete
Hooray! I hoped I'd see those pink metallic Wonder clogs before too long. they're fabulous!
What a haul of fab stuff! I love the beaded top - the amount it retailed for is mind boggling, I do hope they pay the person who hand beaded it a good proportion of that cost (it's always a concern).
I've come across a few Hong Kong made garments by Ports International and they're always lovely, that cardi is a beauty. Love the colour.
Hello, Vizzini! xxx
Thank you, my dear! I love the Wonders - happy to have them back in my closet for the season. I know, the beaded sweater is insanely intricate, and I know that whoever did that work didn't get paid nearly enough. I'm just glad to give a bit of $ back to my local store for it. Ports from Hong Kong is amazing - the quality is so nice.Delete
Those silk trousers are utterly divine. In fact, I'm loving the whole billowing outfit. Sunday's outfit, with that amazing maxi skirt, is right up my street as well. And you found the most wonderful things! The Baraschi skirt and the cropped silk trousers are my favourites. xxxReplyDelete
Thank you! I was really feeling the billow! I love maxi skirts, but they have to be just right. I'll be wearing those pants and that skirt soon!Delete
Those long printed silk trousers are a dream ... and OMG YOUR FINDS ARE AMAZING. I am in awe at that J Crew beaded top !!!ReplyDelete
The bright blue long Ports cardigan is amazing and I can picture you wearing them with your new J crew pants. Total scores Sheila !
Aren't they fab? I did so well on my shop(s) on the weekend. I hope you like how I styled the J. Crew sweater - wore it yesterday - and I wore the blue Ports cardigan today! Thanks, Lorena!Delete
I don't know if this happens to you, but sometimes when I see something I love (belonging to someone else) I get a terrible, deep pit of envy in my stomach and it happened twice just here. Those flowy silk trousers are just divine my dear and look like walking heaven! And just when I was getting over that, you kick me in the guts again with the bloody amazing leather jacket - oh how I knew I'd love that one too! Dearest one, you are so deserving of them both, but maybe you could put out a warning just for me next time so that I can prepare myself. I must go and lie down for a moment now.ReplyDelete
I don't know that I've had "pit" envy like that, ha! I think we do have very similar tastes in clothes, though. I would love to go mad in your closet! Have a good lie down, my dear. ;)Delete
I'm a fan of those billowy trousers too, and the awesome shiny jacket! You do find the best things when you go shopping. The selection here is little ol' London Ontario has been pretty poor lately.ReplyDelete
That's a drag when it feels like there's nothing in the stores. Good luck on your next shopping expedition!Delete
ohhh, those flowy silk pants have stolen my heart, the whole outfit did!!, you look particularly gorgeous in your pants and sandals and that Amazing duster! the clothes that swoosh and billow behind you making you feel fabulous Have To Be Trendy!!ReplyDelete
Love your leather jacket and those comfy&cool shoes, you totally rock in them!
And you've purchased some fabulous pieces, lots of quality ítems with interesting textures, love the velvet jacket and the über embellished top, and that Handcut by Preloved jacket is stunning (so cool!!!). Also love your bright red silk pants, and those studded sneakers!, well, I love everything!
And your floral skirt looks fabulous, so springy and lovely!
Aw, that's so sweet, thank you! I am just really into flowy clothes right now! This was a big shopping weekend, but I'm happy with most of my purchases.Delete