Sunday, June 24, 2018

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Dotty for Vintage; Last Velvet; Cat Pictures

Don't the weekends just fly by? Here we are at Sunday already. But I know you're agog over this dress. 
 Bam! Vintage-inspired outfit. Cat, Elaine and I attended the Victoria Vintage Fair this past Friday night - the fair was polka dot themed, so I was one of many people going dotty for vintage!

Linking up to "Visible Monday" at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - go!

This is what I actually wore to work all day.
The roofers are still there...nearly done!

  • Glitter shrug - Le Chateau, thrifted; first seen here in March with pleats
  • Dress - Stop Staring; last worn here (3rd outfit) in April 2017 for Justin's birthday
  • Shoes - Gentle Souls; last seen here in April with a big blue blazer

It ended up being too chilly all day/evening to take the shrug off, so this was my complete look.
 I usually do a bright colour to pop off the navy blue and white pattern, but I really liked how the grey played with it.

My feather fascinator (which I wore on the bus to work, to the side-eye of many a fellow bus patron) has a gold vintage brooch glued in the centre, so that pushed me to do gold jewelry instead of the expected silver. I still get pushed outside of my own comfort zone, even after 10 years of blogging!
 You can sort of see my "butt bow" there - this is a fabulous dress.

It looks great without the shrug too, but I didn't wear it like this at all.
 The dress is really stretchy cotton/Lycra blend - lots of ruching around the stomach area too. It's very forgiving, and very flattering!

I did a trick with my hair with a rubberized headband and a mini clip (pic from my fancy tea outfit, here, 2nd outfit). The headband hides in my hair - I clip the fascinator to it so that it doesn't slide around, or pull on my hair - it has some weight to it!
 The headband hides in my hair - I clip the fascinator to it so that it doesn't slide around, or pull on my hair - it has some weight to it!

Carrying my bag, this is how I looked walking around town, riding the bus and shopping at the vintage fair.
 So, you know, the typical Casual Friday outfit.

The stuff:
 I could have done a plain ol' gold metal purse, but needed to be able to carry my wallet, keys, access card and some shopping bags with me. Why not go brocade?

The shoes were pretty comfy for my day at work, but after a couple of hours of standing, my dogs were howlin'. I was smart and changed into my gold Born flats (these ones) for walking to Spinnakers Pub for dinner afterwards, and jogging for the bus after that.

Grey and gold bling:
 The only vintage item in my entire outfit was my mom's flower brooch.

  • Purse - Aldo
  • Feather fascinator - Lazy Susan's
  • Brooch - vintage, 1964, Mom's
  • Bracelet - Lia Sophia
  • Earrings - Biko, consignment

I was encouraged by one of the fair volunteers to compete in the fashion show! Thanks to Cat for these pictures!
 I'm attempting to show off my butt bow, ha ha!

Everyone was very impressed by my glasses - also not vintage.
 One of the singing group The Millies gave each of us a little spiel while the audience cheered.

The line-up:
 We had a "cheer off" for each contestant, narrowing it down to the finalists. I'm "WOO!"ing for each of them (I'm klassy like that).

Cheers for me!
 The lovely lady in the red dress won! Congratulations! I loved the outfit on the gal in the green tights - it was really sweet and she was wearing more vintage than any of us.

Here's what I bought at the fair.
 I recently broke my salt cow. I used to have a pepper cow as well, but he broke years ago (they were an Otagiri set purchased in 1986ish), so I've been on the lookout for a quirky set to replace both of them.

These funny fat bluebirds were only $3.00.
 Perfect. I like how they feel in my hand.

On my wish list is an articulated leopard brooch - I saw one at a vintage fair once have regretted not buying it. One of the first things I spotted at this fair was this funny pink crystal salamander.
 He's articulated - he's meant to be pinned at the shoulder. He was $35.00, and was the most expensive thing I bought. I'm excited to wear this.

The WIN shops had the whole downstairs set up with their curated vintage. I found this golden-olive leather and brass belt.
 It's so 80s, but I love the colours and the bold design.

It was only $9.95, and I noticed that when the light hit the leather backing at the perfect angle, you can see the maker's stamp (which was probably in gold) which has otherwise worn off.
 Yes, that says "Christian Dior"! I wasn't sure about the word below that until I started searching online - it's "Cientures" (it means a belt or sash for the waist).

I also found this pretty little copper and turquoise brooch.
 The centre doesn't seem like a stone, but the edging stones do.

Only $5.95.
 It's about an inch and a half wide.

Once I had that Dior belt, it felt like matching items came out to find me! I found these two items in different stalls later on.
 First I spotted the brass torc necklace - it was only $5.00. Then the hinged brass cuff, also $5.00.

This stone and steel belt buckle came home with me.
 It was only $10.00.

And lastly, I'm always on the lookout for a cool piece of steel.
 This hinged cuff was only $5.00.

I'm all ready for the next show in September - it's the big one we go to every year.
 I have my little pin as a souvenir from the show.

On Saturday, L and I walked to town to go to Floyd's for breakfast. Another semi-cloudy but warm day.
 I really liked the summery look of this outfit, but this is the last wearing of the pink velvet tee.

  • Tee - Maccs, consignment; first worn here (4th outfit) in May with a ballet skirt
  • Skirt - Angel Eye, consignment, Vancouver; first worn here in April with a whale
  • Shoes - Joe Fresh, thrifted; last seen here in August 2017 with another white skirt (which didn't survive storage - it picked up colour from another garment, boo!)

I love the colour of this tee. I love that it's velvet.
 But it clings to itself, and rode up all over the place and generally annoyed the heck out of me. My hunt for the Perfect Pink Top shall continue.

I love the skirt, though.
 It billowed nicely in the breeze. I wandered down to the Patch for a thorough look through the racks.

I wore this hat, but the breeze and it did not get along.
 I liked that I could fold it up and stash it in my purse!

  • Hat - Nygard, thrifted

The stuff:
 These fun jungle print shoes were great for shopping in. I've been waiting for warmer weather to wear them.

Green bling:
 I've been on a green groove lately, what can I say?

  • Necklace - vintage 70s?, Mom's
  • Glass bangle - thrifted
  • Earrings - Stella & Dot, consignment, Vancouver

Vizzini disappeared on us on Saturday morning - I finally found him.
"Seriously, Woman? You needed to use the flash for this?"
 He was hiding in a corner under the bed.

Oh, yes, I did buy one thing at the Patch, this fabulous skirt!
 It's from H&M's 'Tribute to Marimekko", from spring 2008.

H&M licenced the prints from Marimekko, so the pieces didn't sell for outrageous amounts in the first place. This skirt is a silk/cotton blend - and it's not lined, so I'll need to wear something under it.
 But isn't that a wonderful print? The skirt is lovely and swooshy - and only $19.99.

On Saturday night, Vizzini lounged on the deck, soaking in the heat (our deck goes up to 30-40 degrees when the sun hits it).
"More paparazzi?"
 He's watching shadows of the oak leaves.
"They move so enticingly!"
 I couldn't resist patting him and giving him some love.
"Very well, I accept a pat."
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!


  1. Love all the dots! I would've screamed loudest for you, natch, but you all look foxy. Your new salamander looks like a lot of fun too. Cat pictures? You had me at cat pictures xox


    1. Of course! I didn't expect to win, but it was fun. I know - I posted them just for you, Patti!

  2. You look amazing in that dress -- love it with the gray shrug!

  3. Oh wow... I love both look, and cat is uber cute!!!
    thank you for sharing...
    IG @grace_njio

  4. I'd have screamed for you too, Sheila! I love that you even had the guts to enter. So double cheer! That's an amazing outfit. A sly Dior belt find, ah, your detective skills at work. You also found some other seriously cool bling. You're such a pro. I'm forcing myself to let things go now, looking for some kind of spiritual enlightenment, and space basically. Keep on stylin'! xo

    1. I know, my heart was just pounding! It was scary being up there! I try to be really judicious on what I buy, and I kept under my budget too.

  5. That's so cool you entered the fashion show, and it's so you to cheer for the other entrants as you did so! I do love the pieces you found - you have the best luck with finding vintage Dior!

    That maxi skirt you got is definitely my favourite piece though, haha! I love it, what a fun print and mix of colours!

    1. I haven't found too much Dior, but it is out there. I like the older stuff. I know, I am so excited about the skirt!

  6. That print skirt is so stunning. I adore u in that polka dot dress and I don't care I LOVE it w/o the shrug. The open back and butt bow and the shoulders from the front----so wonderful.

    1. Ha, no worries! I love it that way too - I wish it had been warm enough to wear it without the shrug.

  7. you look so fabulous in your polka dot dress (and the bow is stunning!!) and I love so much all the accessories!, totally rock!! And the fashion show looks like lots of fun!, and the ladies look fabulous too!
    I'm in love with your salamander brooch and the cute salt&pepper set! Also loving the marimekko-h&m skirt! I've been waiting to see this collection in local charities but had no luck!

    1. Thanks, Monica! I had a lot of fun looking at everything and making decisions on what would come home with me. I have never seen any of these Marimekko pieces before!

  8. I would have voted for you in the fashion show!

  9. That looks like a fabulous vintage show. I think you should have won...

    I absolutely loved all the jewellery you bought and that amazing belt. Loved your green bling too! The skirt is beautiful and I love the colours.

    Vizzini is just so sweet. He has such an expressionful face and your captions are always so perfectly matched to his facial expression.

    Hope you have a great week.

    1. Vizzini appreciates the love, thank you! Eh, my outfit wasn't vintage, and it was not a big deal. :) Thank you!

  10. Oh wow you must have been quite a sight in that polka dot look and the fascinator!!! How cool that you participated in the fashion show/contest.
    I would flip over if we had a show like that here. My fave was the birdie shakers and the CDior belt.
    Oh and I just got rid of my Marimekko for H&M top, it had the same colours as your new skirt.

    1. There were a lot of us in similar outfits! This was a small show - you should see the big one held in September! Ah, I knew I'd seen something like this!

  11. I would have been cheering loudly for you in that fashion show! The Stop Staring dress hugs your curves beautifully - an incredibly flattering outfit. I would have gone for the little bird shakers too. I have a ceramic bird made by a Canadian artist that is a very similar round-ish shape and it does feel wonderful in the hand (a bird in the hand...).

    1. I think I could hear all the readers cheering! ;-P Thank you! I love how the birds feel in my hand.

  12. Vizzini is the cutest (apart from my two, obviously)!
    Love your fair going outfit . I'm not surprise you got picked to be in the fashion parade. what a fabulous group of women. If only more visitors to some of the vintage fairs we do made as much of an effort!
    fabulous finds of the blingiest order! Love the fair flyer. xxx

    1. Well, yes, of course your own cats are cuter! Thank you! The fairs here are becoming a great excuse for dressing up in a fun vintage look for a lot of people!

  13. WHat a lovely Quizzical expression your cat is sporting in those last photos.
    Bravo on the competition- you looked lovely in your stylish bow outfit! I quite often get side-eye but I wear novelty tat whereas you are classy!!!!!
    Well done on your finds. I think the Salamander was totally worth it ! xx

    1. Isn't he sweet? He's a funny thing. Thank you! Ha, even classy gets the side-eye, sigh.

  14. I have those same bluebirds! They were my grandmother's. She was from West Virginia, USA. I wonder how they were dispersed among such a wide range?

    1. Oh, how cool is that!? Wow, I wonder how they got all the way over here?


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