It's been a whirlwind of a weekend! So busy, so let's get right to it.
Here's Friday, and the last day of Pride Week featuring my most rainbow-y dress.
Whichever you prefer, this is my entry for "Visible Monday" at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Go!
- Dress - Tangerine Jill, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) to the theatre with Mom in January
- Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevogs:
- Orange pair last worn here in April with jungle print
- Yellow pair last worn here in July 2017 with a wrap dress
It's a spectacular dress - every one of those silk squares is hand-sewn (on a machine) to a sheer black silk organza backing. The dress is fully-lined, of course.
The back view - it's always important to make sure you look as good from the back as you do from the front.
I wore a light jacket over it, as it was mostly cloudy out.
- Cuff - thrifted
- Glass bangle - thrifted
- Earrings - Stella & Dot, consignment, Vancouver
- Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
I went to the WIN store on Pandora Ave after work with one of my colleagues to introduce her to thrift shopping, so full disclosure, I did bring another pair of shoes to work and wore them for our shop.
- Leather flats - Karl Lagerfeld; last seen here (2nd outfit) in May with a swooshy skirt
My colleague bought a skirt, and I may have found a couple of things for myself...they just jumped off the rack at me, even though I was really just shopping for her!
This one is by Karl Lagerfeld and was on the 50% off rack.
I also spotted this amazing skirt in the Vintage section of the 50% off rack.
It's a wrap-around skirt (one button and one hook, so I'll be wearing a slip under it!), and has this fun detail near the waistband.
A look at the full pattern - note the fringe at the hem.
|"This skirt smells like a kooky woman."|
On Saturday, we played Ultimate Frisbee - it was very hot and sunny, rather nice compared to last week, when we played in the pouring rain.
- Dress - Joe Fresh, thrifted; last seen here (4th outfit) back in July 2017
- Shoes - Karl Lagerfeld; last worn the day before (they were still sitting out, so no thinking there!)
We had a good game, although I was rather sweaty when it was over!
I do love a good black and white patterned dress, though.
- Bakelite earrings - vintage 60s, vintage fair
I hadn't been to Flavour Upstairs for a good look around for a while. I tried a lot of things on, but narrowed it down to just a few really special pieces.
This is by Replay, and as you can see is from their "Girl's Line".
here, linking 'cause I love). They seem to specialize in jeans and casual wear. I am guessing that this shirt is from the 90s, based on the retro 70s print and thick knit polyester.
Made in Italy, gotta like that!
It has some marks on the back of the shoulder, so it has now been marked down to $5.00, which is enough for me to try it on finally.
I was pleasantly surprised by this pink acrylic sweater.
Made in the UK! Awesome!
The brand is Boohoo, which is also a brand I'm not familiar with.
here, 'cause I love) on their site, so $14.00 is fine with me. It's called the Isabella Funnel-Neck Jumper.
I also found another leather coat (I have a lot of leather coats!).
From Flavour Upstairs, I went back to the WIN store. I hadn't really done a thorough look-through on Friday, since I was helping my coworker. I spent a couple of hours going through all the racks, and again, tried on massive amounts of stuff. I only came away with 3 items, and weirdly, they were all the last things I tried on.
I found this cream high-neck blouse with lace inserts.
I've had Renuar pieces before and they've been good quality. I saw the punch-out on the tag and figured this would be 50% off.
As my style continues evolving, I've been picking up some basic colour pieces, so this black tux-style shirt appealed to me.
I also love seeing a nice detail like a "boob snap" right where most buttoned blouses and shirts tend to gape.
This wonderful jacket caught my eye.
All of that pattern is actually sewn/embroidered!
There is a black band down the sides, and a stretchy black insert along the underside of the arms (which are snug).
It's by BCBG Max Azria, and is called the Duke jacket. A little digging around reveals that this retailed for $585.00 new (here, link 'cause I love - it's on sale for $155.00 - we can match!).
$19.95 would have been a great deal, but at 75% off, to only pay $5.00 for this? That is a total score!!
So, I mentioned foreshadowing earlier because on Friday, my dear Caro came over to help me sort through all of my clothing in in the giveaway pile...
|Caro's revealing all the accessories under the purple scarf, which are hidden from Vizzini|
She got dibs on anything she wanted, for helping me sort it all out, and took home that giant Costco bag full of clothes. We enjoyed a bottle of wine and a few hours of giggling and playing with everything. At one point, we had a "swoosh off" as I showed her how to deploy that fringed kimono topper (yes, she did take it home).
I invited about 50 people from work and life to come over and help themselves to whatever they wanted on Sunday/today - it was a full year's worth of clothes, shoes and accessories. The clothes sat out on Saturday, and someone found them.
|"I approve of my new cat-bed."|
|"What do you mean, people are coming over? What about my bed?"|
He patrolled early today (Sunday) while I tidied up and aired out the house, ready for the horde.
|"Nothing on this side to report."|
|"No one's going to show up. You may as well put my clothing cat-bed back together."|
|Thumbs up for a great giveaway!|
I hope you all had a fun weekend!
How wonderful that you give away your treasures to friends (and the cat)! I think that's so generous, and great for not "wasting" clothes, too. Great shopping too, as ever, xoxReplyDelete
Always, Patti! The best reward is seeing my clothes on someone else! And it's really helped my friends and colleagues plump up their wardrobes and try new things - their own style evolves too.Delete
Jaw-dropping finds -- a $585 jacket for $5??? Amazing. And I drool over that Danier jacket!ReplyDelete
I know, right? Not too many items, but such great scores!Delete
Oh that jacket was already my favourite, and then I saw you got it for $5! What a deal! :)ReplyDelete
Sad to see that kimono go but your friend looks lovely in it! :) Sounds like you had a fun time downsizing your wardrobe :)
I know, I was gobsmacked when I found the original price! We had a BCBG store close here recently, so I'm guessing there were a few impulse buys on the final sales.Delete
I wasn't wearing it, and the fringe was very difficult with Vizzini! I'm glad it's gone to a good home.
Yes, that is a spectacular dress. And I applaud loudly your shoe idea! Why don't more people do that? It's very creative. P.S., I just realized that we both spend the weekend in Canada! Just on different ends.ReplyDelete
I can't believe I've never done it myself! I've had these two pairs for years! Ha, yes, we're both here! *waves at Montreal*Delete
The stained glass dress is amazing, and the additions of the citrussy details, especially the differently coloured shoes, is genius. Love the bold, floral shirt and the embroidered jacket. What a find! My house looks a little bit like your apartment at this moment, as we're doing a flea market on Sunday. So far, Phoebe has been pretty good! xxxReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Ann. I've seen the 2 shoe thing on celebrities (Helena Bonham-Carter comes to mind), but not on bloggers. I thought of you (and Vix) when I bought the shirt, ha ha! I'm so glad to have all those clothes gone. I don't miss 'em at all - but Vizzini misses his nice bed!Delete
Loving the stained glass dress and the odd shoes! Fantastic!ReplyDelete
Replay did some fab 1970s revival stuff in the early 1990s - Jon's still got a couple of their shirts. Love yours.
Fab to share your fab stuff with friends (with Vizzini overseeing fair play!) xxx
Thank you, Vix! Oh, how cool! Thanks for the info - I have never seen that brand before. Vizzini hid while we did the clothing giveaway. Such a chicken-cat.Delete
The stained glass dress is so spectacular on you! And the different-color shoes are brilliant.ReplyDelete
You're inspiring me to get clothes ready for a giveaway.
Thank you so much, Julia! Do it! It feels great to give your clothes away - and it makes room for more!Delete
Thank you Sheila for hosting such an amazing afternoon splurging session for us :)ReplyDelete
Kailani was in awe and is so happy with her fancy skirts, shirt, jacket and HIGH HEELS!
And I can't wait to start my book and come show you my new to me shoes :)
Aw, thank you both so much for coming, Trisha! I loved having both of you there. :) I'm really thrilled that Kailani had so much fun. Come visit me any time!Delete
The two color shoes !! I LOVE THIS and might just copy you soon ;)ReplyDelete
That printed Lagerfeld top is a true beautiful classic. Animal, or actually leopard print flats were my first "bold" print to have when I began blogging. Remember how we had the similar leopard print peep toe shoes ?
Please do! It was really fun and I'm glad I tried it.Delete
Agreed, you just can't go wrong with leopard. Remember that? When we thought we were so daring in our leopard? I totally remember those peep-toe shoes!
I have a Mondrian shirt-----love the dressReplyDelete
Cool, we are twins!! Thanks, hon!Delete
The Partridge Family Bus dress is awesome (that was the first thing it reminded me of) and I'm cheering you for wearing different coloured shoes! You have so many cool dresses.ReplyDelete
I would have gone for the BCBG jacket too - what a fab piece. I would love to have a clothing giveaway in my apartment but I don't have the space for more than a couple of people. I give some of my choicer pieces to friends but most of it gets donated. I would have loved to root through your give away pile.
Hee! Wearing two different shoes was a hoot - people were boggled by it. Thanks - it's a nice variation on a jean jacket.Delete
Our condo isn't very big either - people had to spread out!
I love your Mondrian dress, and the mismatched shoes!, such a fabulous detail! you totally rock!. Mwhaha, I imagine my coworkers comments if I do something similar (now I'm tempted to do it!)ReplyDelete
I'm admiring that pheasants skirt, so amazing!, and all the fab stuff you found! a blue leather jacket!
Glad that you invited some friends to come and pick something, that's a fab attitude and lots of fun too!
Go for it! It was really fun, and well outside my comfort zone! Perfect for Pride, though.Delete
It was loads of fun, giving everything away!