Lest you think from that headline that all I do is shop when I'm on vacation, it's really only a small amount of the time. I could have written "and Napping" but the pictures of that are very boring compared to pictures of shopping treasures.
Anyway, I'm on vacation still, yay! This outfit is from Tuesday, to wear to my haircut, out to lunch with L, to Mayfair Mall to spend gift cards with L, and then a little downtown thrift shopping on my own.
- Coat - Desigual by Christian Lacroix, consignment; last worn here in November 2017
- Sweater - Contemporaine, thrifted; purchased here for $15.95
- Skirt - Les Filles de Neaux, thrifted; last worn here for Jeans Week in May with creeping velvet
- Shoes - Camper, thrifted; first worn here in May with a funky pattern mix
Didn't wear it like this, except when I was in the chair at my hairdresser's and eating lunch at the Ruby.
First wearing of this 100% wool sweater - it was lovely, as wool often is.
This is mostly how I wore the outfit.
I haven't seen any nice Desigual jackets around like this for a long time.
All done up and ready to hop on the bus!
- Purse - BCBG Paris, vintage, thrifted
- Earrings - Frances Jewelers, 10th anniversary gift from L
We had a couple of gift cards to the mall and spent about an hour looking around. L bought a work shirt, but I am so saddened by the dearth of stores with good quality items. Everything is so poorly made and it's all the same. Talk about boring...
So I stopped downtown on the way home and swung by the WIN store for a quick poke around.
It has an exposed seam down the side seams to the hem.
When I saw the label I may have giggled. Sonia Rykiel! For $6.95!
One of the mall stores we did browse through was Banana Republic - I do like the quality of their product, but then the cheap thrifter in me says, "I could find those same pants in a thrift store for under $25!"
Dig that tone-on-tone pattern woven into the emerald green.
They retailed for around $120.00 new.
On Wednesday, Mom picked us up and took us to the Snug at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel for lunch for L's birthday. Thanks, Mom!
- Jacket - H&M Garden Collection, consignment; last seen here in September 2017 with more flowers
- Lace top - Express, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in April under a jumpsuit
- Skirt - , consignment; first worn here in May with Kermit shoes
- Shoes - Tasty Vogs Hermine, Fluevog; last seen here in February with a shiny dress
Without the jacket (I took it off during lunch).
Much love for the skirt.
I popped into Pocket Clothing, which used to be called Leche's. I used to shop there a lot, around 10 years ago when I first lost weight.
I don't shop at that store very often these days because they don't get very good quality stuff in - it's a lot of cheap, poorly-made clothing.
Wearing that purse again!
Blue bling (and a bonus):
- Earrings - Mango's
- Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
But wait, what is this thing that I was not wearing in the pictures?
She was given this in 1962.
She gave me first dibs on a baggie of earrings too.
Anyway, back to Pocket Clothing. I browsed for about an hour and looked at everything, and actually found some goodies.
I like the cowled back and cut-out detail.
The brand is Just Female, and it was marked down to $18.00 from $28.00.
Annie also carries a fair bit of leather, mostly vintage.
It has pearl snaps!
This skirt's pattern and colours caught my eye.
No label, but it really looks like H&M to me.
Today/Thursday, L and I went downtown and spent more gift cards. Brunch at Milestones, a browse in some shops, and now a rest before we go for dinner.
- Sweater - Judith & Charles, consignment; first worn here with Gaultier pants in May
- Skirt - Kate Spade, thrifted; last seen here in September 2017 with pinks
- Shoes - Wonders; last worn here in April with swooshy pants and duster
It's been mostly overcast, but not too chilly. A light sweater with layers works.
I love this skirt - it's just so pretty.
I didn't want to cover up with a coat, so I used this lovely silk scarf to keep me warm. The inside is a soft fleecy fabric.
- Scarf - Story of Shanghai, thrifted
I should make more of an effort to photograph L's outfits. He is always just as stylish as me!
He would probably want me to point out that he makes his own outfits, and finds many of his pieces himself. I am available for consultations, but he does most of his outfit assembly.
- Leather obi - vintage 80s, thrifted
- Crystal necklace/earrings - Sherman, vintage 60s, vintage fair
- Amethyst/gold ring - Dad's, Frances Jewelers, c. 1965
- Bracelet - Lia Sophia, thrifted
We popped into Flavour Upstairs, where we found L another Etro shirt! It's a lovely paisley one, and was only $22.95. Score!
L pushed me to try on this vintage stretch velvet dress. It's SO 90s.
It's by Betsey Johnson, and was $24.99.
And it was made in the US.
I also stopped in at Dots while L was perusing the record store. I found this awesome jacket.
It's by InWear and was $29.99. It's called the Laney Jacket and retailed at $150.00.
Your Kate Spade skirt outfit was my favourite (although you wore a lot of great outfits over the past few days) and it was so sad to read about. I had been admiring Kate Spade bags recently and thinking I should get one, it is a very fun brand so it's so sad to read of her struggles, and how she didn't get the help she needed. I guess there is so much we just don't know about people!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Mica! Yes, it's so sad that she suffered but couldn't express her struggles.Delete
I'm glad you're having a fabulous week off and dressing to the nines - no slobbish gear for Sheila and L when they're off work, I'm pleased to see!ReplyDelete
Loving the shoulders on the H&M jacket, those gorgeous metallic sandals and the emerald green trousers especially. Love L's outfit, too - vintage tailcoats sell as soon as we put them on the rails, we can't get enough of them.
Those red enamel earrings of your Mum's are so 1980s! xx
Oh, maybe I'm dressing to the sevens, Vix - these are not quite the nines! I love the shoulders on that jacket too. L's jacket was such a score.Delete
So many things to love in this post, Sheila! First, I absolutely love that Desigual coat. It is gorgeous! I love those green pants too. I always love seeing that Kate Spade skirt and those shoes are such a wonderful colour. I was also saddened to hear of her death. Happy to hear you're enjoying your vacation. XXXReplyDelete
Thanks, Sasha! All of this feels very long ago now!Delete
Good to see that you're making the most of your week off. Frankly, it would have surprised me if there hadn't been any shopping! How fab is you Desigual coat! So are the tone on tone green trousers, and what a bargain! I need a pair, they're gorgeous! Love your Kate Spade skirt and the lovely floral scarf. I'm also loving L's vintage 1950s Christian Dior jacket. Talking of stylish! xxxReplyDelete
Yes, shopping is my relaxation, so there's bound to be some whenever I'm off! Thanks so much, Ann!Delete
I absolutely love this type of blog post! Thrift sharing posts are the best! You found some amazing items! I am looking for a pair of Just Female blue denim trousers, so let me know if you find any in your lucky designer finds!ReplyDelete
The shoes you got rid of are so pretty- were they uncomfortable?
How nice your Mum gave you the cherished brooch! I remember my Nan giving me a much cherished jug- he was called Chicken mouth jug and I wrote a blog post about him but my husband hates him and wishes I would stop being so sentimental about a jug! But it isn't his memory!
You curate such beautiful outfits, all so interesting and stylish!
I have seen that possibly H&M skirt before and I am pretty sure it IS H&M too OR Matalan!
The Designuals jacket is really beautiful!!!
Your husband is a stylish dandy isn't he! ANd he makes his own!?!?!?! Amazing!
Thanks so much, Kezzie! Get ready for another one soon, ha ha! I have never seen the brand Just Female before, so not likely to find trousers, but I'll keep my eyes peeled.Delete
The shoes just aren't me, I'm not feeling the love. So, gone they are. Aw, I love your Nan's jug story. It's all about the memories.
Yes, he's a very stylin' guy!
Sheila when you wroteReplyDelete
"I am so saddened by the dearth of stores with good quality items. Everything is so poorly made and it's all the same. Talk about boring.." I could only nod my head and smile. ITS SO TRUE.
I love the red jacket, those sleeves are so 80's- oh and the mix of the polka dot Kate Spade skirt and the floral scarf look fabulous together.
I keep hoping it will be better whenever I go to the mall, but it's NOT. So awful. Thank you, Lorena!Delete
Shopping is your super-power. And it was nice to learn (when I asked you a while back, which you repeat here) that your guy chooses his own clothes.ReplyDelete
It is! L is very good at putting together outfits - I really only give a few suggestions here and there now.Delete
The news about Kate Spade's death came through when I was in London and caused a fair bit of controversy about suicide. As a mother, I can see why it might be deemed selfish to take one's life without considering the impact that will leave your children having to cope with for the rest of their lives. As a woman who has experienced mental health issues in the past, I can see how the life ahead of Kate seemed intolerable to the point that she felt there was no other way forward. Heartbreaking stuff.ReplyDelete
We make our choices and sometimes others just can't understand how we're feeling. Depression lies to us. It's so sad, but I'm glad we can talk about it.Delete
Kate Spades' suicide upset me and then when it was followed so closely by Anthony Bourdain taking his own life, it put me into a dark place for a few days. I have my own mental health challenges and have also worked on a suicide/crisis phone line, so I know that one can sink into a deep and dark place, where there appears to be no other alternative but to leave this planet. My heart aches for their families because there is no way to explain to a child why their parent took their own life. Their deaths have certainly opened up a conversation about depression and suicide in the media though, which is a good thing.ReplyDelete
On the lighter side, Man, that Desigual coat is so GOOD!
I know, I've been trying to help some of my friends/coworkers understand - so many of them just don't understand it, how the darkness can take you over. It is such a good thing that we can talk about it.Delete
Thanks! I love it!