Thursday, May 31, 2018

Teal, Leather and Dots

When you have a statement pair of shoes, it's best to build a simple outfit around them. 
 This qualifies as simple in my book.

  • Silk blouse - White House|Black Market, thrifted; last worn here in January with greys
  • Skirt - Danier, thrifted in Powell River; last seen here in January in my secret Trek suit
  • Shoes - Sol Sana; purchased here for $120.00
  • Jacket (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here in May

A loose, drapey, buttery soft silk top.
 No need to tuck it in! I have a black camisole on under it for extra smoothing properties.

And a simple black leather skirt on the bottom.
 It was a bit windy and chilly today (despite being sunny) - still "leather weather" for me!

A light coat for coverage.
 Yup, still pretty simple.

The stuff:
 You can't really see the dots/dashes so well in the first pictures, but they're there! These shoes were fantastic to wear all day, both at my regular office job, and at my WW meeting. Winners!

Silver bling:
Just enough bling and sparkle so I know I'm dressed up!

  • Bangle - local
  • Dragon bangle - Lazy Susan's
  • Crystal/silver ring - Soul Flower
  • Shield ring - Nine West
  • Earrings - thrifted

As of tomorrow, I am on vacation for a whole week! SO excited! I'll be back on Sunday to regale you with tales of adventure, but my overall frequency of posts will be less while I'm off. Gotta chill, gotta relax. A very happy weekend to you all!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Flapper Floof and Fringe

I always feel like a flapper in this skirt, so why not go full-on...with pastels!
 Despite how it looks, this outfit was completely comfortable and easy to wear. No fuss.

  • Sweater - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last worn here earlier this month with Kermit shoes
  • Skirt - Sandra Angelozzi, thrifted; last seen here in August 2017 with a long tunic and T-straps
  • Shoes - Big Presence Earhart, Fluevog; last worn here in April with a bad blouse
  • Coat (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last seen here on Monday

This thin cashmere sweater is soft and drapey, like an oversized t-shirt. I wear a vintage camisole under it because it's somewhat sheer.
 The skirt is so ruffly and floofy! It makes me happy. I gave it a good steam last night - silk organza wrinkles like mad. I tried not to sit at all until after I took my pictures!

Surprise! There's a scarf back there!
 I had the whole outfit put together, and then when I was pulling out accessories, I realized that this not-yet-worn silk scarf would work perfectly with the colours in the outfit.

Outerwear - it's sunny, breezy and a bit brisk in the mornings/evenings.
 But I'm warm by the time I've walked home.

The stuff:
 These shoes make me happy. Love them. Lilac and mango!

Mostly old bling:
 The newest thing here is the crystal ring from Florence - some of this stuff goes back many, many years.

  • Gold chain - Grandma J's, likely from the 80s when you could buy gold chain by the inch at booths in the mall! 
  • Amethyst bracelet - vintage 1930s? Gram S. (Mom, do you remember this piece?); Edit: Mom says it might have been her grandmother's (Grandma B), and possibly Scottish. 
  • Bead/chain necklace - 2028, Eatons, c. 1997
  • Earrings - vintage booth
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
  • Amber ring - c. 1996

This is a very old piece. It is from my Gram S. (my mom's mom) - I am pretty sure she gave this to me in the mid-80s, when I briefly lived with her and my Grandad S. while he recovered from heart surgery. This (here) is a picture of my Gram and Grandad on my wedding day, and here's me with Grandad when I was a wee one (Mom tells me this is around my first birthday).
This looks like the post-flapper era to me. It's not expensively made - the pieces are all stamped (not cast/carved), and then soldered together.
The amethyst is big and isn't perfectly square cut. I forgot I had it, and wanted a bracelet this morning, and remembered this (and even where I had stored it, go, me!). I'm glad I pulled it out.

Here's some detail of my scarf, it being the first wear.
I bought it at My Sister's Closet in December 2017 (here) just after Christmas - it was half price, but I neglected to say how much it was. However, I'm cheap, so it wouldn't have been over $12.00.

I love that it has a row of bugle beads every third fringe.
This is kept well away from Vizzini! Chomp, he would eat it.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Cropped Cranes, Lemon Leather, and Funky Flatforms

Today's outfit got lots of likes at work. 
 Cranes must be popular birds.

  • Top - H&M, consignment; last seen here in July 2017 with variations of yellow
  • Skirt - Firenze, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in December 2017 with badass black
  • Shoes - Chie Mihara; purchased here on the weekend for $199.50
  • Jacket (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) a couple of weeks ago

I've had this top for a couple of years now, and I still have the love for it.
 I pulled the bright yellow from the birds and wore this acid lemon yellow (pearlized!) leather skirt. It's very 80s (high waist!) and worked great with the cropped top.

The back of the top is lower than the front.
Gotta love a leather skirt.

Outerwear - windy and sunny, pretty typically spring. Not too warm.
 This lovely linen jacket was just right. More croppage.

The stuff:
 The shoes look quite orangey in the first pictures, but they are a rusty brown. This was the first wearing of them and they were amazing. Completely comfortable - I could walk all day in these. That heel is only net 1 inch high! Hurray for flatforms!

Gold bling:
First wearing of these new-to-me earrings as well. Loved them - not too heavy.

  • Cuff - thrifted
  • Bracelet - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Earrings - Biko, consignment

Monday, May 28, 2018

Put On Your Red Shoes...and Wear a Blue Dress

I was still on "weekend brain" last night and didn't feel like doing a lot of effort on my outfit. What do ya do when Monday's coming? You wear a dress. 
 A dress with a bow is even better!

  • Dress - Birds of Canada, consignment; purchased here for $45.00
  • Floofy underskirt - Noa Noa; last worn here (2nd outfit) last June under a funky dress for the Fluevog store opening
  • Shoes - Calvin Klein; last seen here in February for the 80s Urbanite
  • Coat (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last worn here a couple of weeks ago

You're not imagining it - a skirt is listed in the items above. This whack of sheer netting hanging out the bottom of my new-to-me dress is a sheer underskirt.
 I wear it to give extra coverage for skirts and dresses that are a bit too short.

I loved wearing this dress today, by the way. So soft!
 So comfy, but also fitted just right. Well done, dress, well done.

I'd intended on wearing a red coat over this, but it was a little warm today and my three red coats/jackets didn't look quite right.
 An old favourite instead, and a red hat.

  • Hat - thrifted, Vancouver

The stuff:
 Pretty basic pumps. Patent leather for the win!

Copper bling:
I liked how my copper pieces went with the pattern of the dress. Yay! Matchy!

  • Cuff - Matisse by Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Earrings - vintage fair
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Swooshy Weekend Wrap-Up: Princess Jelly-Deer, Tricks, Green Shopping, Portraits, Silk and Fringe

Happy weekend, my friends! I hope you've had a good one. My weekend started wonderfully with a lovely Friday. 

My interpretation of Casual Friday. Princess Jelly-Deer!
 I wanted to wear this lovely swooshy skirt and I liked how it went with the sparkly necklace (necklace theme alert!). The print on my sweater is a deer/jellyfish hybrid, hence jelly-deer.

I'm linking up to:


Now, details:

  • Sweater - Kersh, screened by Pina, thrifted; last worn here in August 2017 with turquoise suede
  • Skirt - S. Oliver, thrifted; purchased here for $6.95
  • Shoes - Portia, thrifted; last worn here (4th outfit) two weeks ago
  • Fur jacket (below) - Bebe, vintage store; last seen here last weekend

The silly element of the odd print is what makes this outfit for me. I informed all my coworkers, "I am Princess Jelly-Deer. You may call me "Your Highness."
When I was out for lunch, an old lady with a walker hollered at me, "I like the animal with the horns." It took me a second to realize she was talking about the print.

This skirt was lovely to wear - very swooshy! It was a windy day and it swooped and billowed in a very fun way. I did have to be careful of my office chair wheels and not to step on it when climbing stairs (it's quite long), but that's skirt wrangling for ya - we all do it!
 It also shows every mark on it, and was covered by the end of the day - into the wash it goes!

Please admire the swoosh.
 Just begging to be swirled!

I could find no better jacket than my fancy fur one.
 And it was the perfect outfit to break out my new purse.

You might have noticed that my skirt has a big fold in the middle of the front. Or maybe you didn't??
Safety pins = klassy
 The skirt is a size large, and the waist is a little loose on me so I safety-pinned it - I didn't want to risk stepping on it and accidentally pulling it down!  That's a totally "Sheila" thing to do, by the way. I know myself.

The stuff:
 I wore knee high nylons to make these shoes easier on my toes, which are still a tad tender from the last time I wore them.

Princess bling:
 My new-to-me Sherman set. I actually wore this necklace for the Royal Wedding, and found a piece of the string hang-tag still looped through one of the links. I had a ton of compliments on it. Such a pretty set!

  • Necklace/earrings - Sherman, vintage 60s, thrifted; purchased for a total of $24.00
  • Bracelet - Coro, vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Speaking of Klassy tricks with clothes, here are some bulldog clips.
 And my lovely leather on fabric purse, by BCBG Paris, thrifted (first wearing).

And here are Friday's Alexander McQueen pants. I wore them in the office with heels, which were perfect with the extra-long pants, but I walk to and from work and I wear sneakers.
 Those cuffs are too long, and I don't want the backs getting all frayed. What to do!?

Answer: you fold the cuffs up once (or however many times you need).
 And you clip those clips on either side, near the side seam. I don't recommend clipping on the seams, as it's thicker there and the clip might fall off (I've had it happen).

My work had a social committee event after work, which I stayed at for a few hours (swooshing my skirt for my coworkers), and then I met L for Thai food after.

Vizzini's been very happy to have us around all weekend. We played boardgames all weekend, every night - it's a lovely way to hang out with my fam.
"I'm on patrol, Woman. There are birds to watch."
 He keeps an eye on the sparrows, the crows and the seagulls.
"The seagulls are the enemy!"
 The crows don't like him much, either. They caw at him.
"They taunt me so."
 On Saturday, L and I walked to Floyd's Diner and had breakfast with Nick. Not enough people this weekend for a game of Ultimate Frisbee, but it was kind of a plus since I had to do L's birthday present shopping.
 Easy shopping shoes and clothes. Layers and swoosh. Very important components of any outfit.

  • Wool cardigan - Theory, thrifted; first worn here in February belted over a red dress
  • Blouse - Jacob, thrifted; last seen here under embroidered velvet in November 2017
  • Skirt - See by Chloe, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in September 2017 with this same blouse (I'm so original)
  • Shoes - Karl Lagerfeld; last seen here (2nd outfit) with bright blue for the theatre a couple of weeks ago

Super-casual - I knew I'd be in for a 4+ hour day shopping. I so love to spoil L on his birthday!
 I went all over town, and while I'd love to show you what I found (I shop second-hand and local retail for my guy), L does read these posts!

It was another breezy but sunny day, so I was nicely covered up and also swooshy.
 I love this gorgeous skirt - it is two layered of micro-pleated fabric, with open loops along the hems. It's really a treasure.

My cardi's got pockets.
 I'm talking to L who is on the computer there. "Yes, this is the last picture, let's go!"

The stuff:
Those are good shopping shoes. I walked all over town and schlepped my bags home after, just in time for dinner and more board games. 

  • Ear-balls - Dior, consignment

I found a few things for myself (I usually do...). This was just too fun to leave behind at the WIN warehouse store. 
 It's a chain bra, but I like it worn above the boobs. It's pretty crazy, but I have a fun event coming up and can see this worn over a top.

It was $9.95. It's very nice quality.
 I am sure it's for belly-dancing.

I fell in love with these Biko earrings at Verve consignment. I've never heard of this name, but turns out they are a Canadian company, and these were made in Canada (link here, 'cause I love).
 These were $40.00. They were probably around $75+ new.

I love the swooshy fan shape.
 I'm excited about these.

I also found a dress at Verve, for $45.00 (it was substantially marked down from $129.00).
 It's a slight swing dress cut. I really like the high collar with the bow.

I like the pattern a lot too - especially the turtle shooting fireworks out of his bum.
 That's what I see - any guesses as to what that is on the right?

It's by Birds of North America, and it's made in Canada
 It's a lovely polyester - I thought for sure it was silk, but no - and it's fully lined with the same fabric, which is a nice touch.

It's called the Tattler (and you can match me - it's for sale here! FYI, only). It's on sale new for $129.00
 I'm excited to wear it.

I should not have stopped in Footloose shoes. It is a dangerous store. I tend to stalk shoes there until they go on sale or end up in the "last pairs" section.
 These were the last pair. They are by Sol Sana, and are designed in Australia.

These were marked down to $120 from $240. Yay, half price!
 I am also super excited to wear these - they are incredibly comfy. I love that big blocky heel.

Since my rust-coloured sandals were kicked out of my closet, I had my radar set for a replacement pair. I don't mind paying for good quality shoes when they are just right!
 These are by Chie Mihara, and are amazing to wear. I have owned 2 pairs of her shoes (these, still in my closet, and these, since passed along). They are expensive, but worth it, and I was lucky to find my size at half price: $199.50, from $399.00.

Look at these beauties! They remind me of the 70s and also of the 30s before that.
And see, they are not actually that high - it's all platform. You're going to be seeing these soon. I love them. 

 After I showed off all my goodies to L, we played Arkham Horror. Vizzini helps.
"I'm stealing pieces when you aren't looking."
 He does whack pieces off the table.
"I resemble these accusations, I admit it."
Aw, my two guys!

Today, I got up early and coloured my hair. It fades so fast. And now it's dark, but it'll lighten up until it's time to dye it again. Gah, hair.
 I walked to town to get groceries (they just arrived as I was writing this post), and then strolled home in the sun. Another lovely, breezy day, and another swooshy outfit.

  • Dress - Kate Moss Topshop, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in August 2017 for a casual weekend
  • Shoes - Ecote, thrifted; last seen here (last outfit) in September 2017 at the end of a big vacation break
  • Jean jacket (below) - Ann Taylor Loft, NYC; last worn here a couple of weekends ago

I've decided that this dress is done with me. I love the bottom of it, I mean, look at the volume!
 But I really don't like how the top fits. Too much boobage, and I don't like the waistband that high up. It will look great on...someone else. Caro?

I covered up with my jean jacket and my squishable hat.
 I only wore this outfit for maybe 2 hours. Good enough.

  • Hat - Bianca Nygard, thrifted

The stuff:
I still like these sandals, and they are weird and comfortable, which equals "keeper" in my book. 

  • Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L

Vizzini's ears perfectly express how I feel about going back to work tomorrow. 
"I don't like it."

Yes, exactly!