Thursday, July 19, 2018

Long Life in Red and Copper

In addition to getting a wear per season (or more) for my clothing items, I also try to get a wear out of my shoes. No new-to-me clothes here, this outfit was purely built to showcase two not-yet-worn things. 
 The top and the shoes are both now worn! I've had them forever - well, forever in blog years!

  • Top - Le Chateau, consignment; last worn here in July 2017 for Canada Day - same shoes! 
  • Skirt - L.A.M.B., fall 2005, consignment, Vancouver; first worn here in April with more drape
  • Shoes - Faith Low Reumah, Fluevog; last seen here in the same outfit as the top, last July
  • Jacket (below) - Helmut Lang, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in June for a wee shop
I love this top on me - it's such a great fit. I've had it since October 2010 (first worn here). 

"I don't know who you're talking to, but it's not me."
 Although it's not in heavy rotation, I'm never tempted to get rid of it. It's just so nicely made (in Canada!).

This is the second wearing of the skirt. I've been poking around in Vogue's runway archives (link here, 'cause I love!). Any brand in the last 20+ years that's had a runway show has pictures of every single look that went down the runway - by clicking on the "Collection" link, you can view thumbnails of all the outfits. The waistband label of this skirt actually says "Fall 2005" (I only just noticed it today!) but LAMB only goes back to Spring 2006 (here).

Pretty cool to have that resource! I find a lot of "name" brands, and I love to be able to pinpoint when my pieces were made. Knowing that I have a Fall 2005 piece, I found this page here, showing my skirt in the 6th picture down. Pretty cool! This piece is 13 years old.
"You are incorrect, Woman, I am only 7 years old."
 My skirt is older than Vizzini!

He was being cranky, so I gave him a cuddle. Say hello to your fans, Vizzini.
"Hello to your fans."
 Anyway, rambling...I'm tired, and I haven't had dinner yet.

Outerwear! It was chilly this morning, so I grabbed this jacket at the last second. Not needed later.
 And the black is to heavy for the overall look. Eh, whatever.

The stuff:
 I wasn't feeling these shoes, but then I got so many compliments at them at work and at WW that
they've earned a reprieve! I first wore them here in May 2013, but bought them here in October 2012 for $54.00 (cheapest Fluevogs ever).

Green bling:
One of my Chinese coworkers confirmed that this symbol is sort of a "long life" character, and that the beads are probably jade. Cool! Thanks, Cindy!

  • Necklace - vintage 60s, Grandma J
  • Glass bangle - thrifted
  • Jade ring - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Earrings - Stella & Dot, consignment, Vancouver

Wishing you all a lovely weekend! I'll be back on Sunday with my Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up!


  1. So cool research on the skirt. I love the blouse. I have pieces that I only wear occasionally, but just wouldn't think to give them away. Keepers!!!

    1. I know, so exciting! Some pieces are just "forever", you know?

  2. I'm impressed by your label research! But I am even more impressed by the pairing of that blouse with the fantastic Chinese pendant! Very clever, indeed. Love the shoes too. Even if you are not really feeling them, I think they are definitely you! Have a wonderful weekend and see you on Monday! xxx

    1. Thank you, Ann! I almost always wear the blouse with this necklace, actually. Happy weekend to you, my dear!

  3. That IS a very useful resource!!! I am glad that you are able to trace the provenance of your clothing.
    What IS 'consignment' by the way please?x

    1. I love finding out when/where my clothes are from. See my "Shopping in Victoria" tab for explanations, Kezzie - consignment is one of the areas covered. :)

  4. I'm glad you're keeping the shoes, I'm a fan of them! It's so cool you have enough name brand pieces to be able to find the things you wear. I found a tee in the opshop the other day that I'm positive I saw in our local stores at the start of the year, but the tag just has the size, no other info at all, so I don't know where it's from. No signs of a label being cut out either, it's so strange.

    1. Thanks, Mica - they're keepers for now. I like being able to source things - it's part of the fun of shopping for me. That is bizarre about your top!

  5. Beautiful red Asian floral blouse and jade necklace! That skirt is stunning, by LAMB, and will always look on point, the way good pieces do! Fabulous styling , and those shoes !!

    1. I so agree - the good pieces always will look good! Thanks so much, Elle!

  6. Like you I really, really enjoy finding items that I have on old runway shows. It inspires me to wear the item in a different way and also get me excited on the fact I paid nothing compared to the original sales tag.

    1. Isn't that the best? It's so exciting to find "your" item!

  7. Vizzini is such a handsome boy! Sylvester has the same big round yellow eyes. It's cool that you are able to find the history of the designer pieces you find. That Lamb skirt is definitely a keeper.

    1. Aw, kitties are awesome, aren't they? :) Thanks, I think so too!


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