Thursday, August 30, 2018

Pajama Patterns and Horrible Booties

Another day, another day closer to a long weekend, another day of feeling less sick. I've been sick for over a week (I'm in the tail end of Week Two of Sickitude) and I feel I've been very restrained about whining about it, aside from yesterday's post. Considering I had to go to the periodontist, I feel justified.
 No whining today, though! The weekend is in sight - this calls for pajamas. Well, my version of 'em.

  • Jacket - H&M, consignment; purchased here for $22.00
  • Sleeveless sweater - Gap, thrifted; last worn here in July with a long sweater
  • Pants - Tara Jarmon, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in April during Ally's visit
  • Shoes - Effortless Vivian, Fluevog; last worn here in June with pinks (and a salamander)

The jacket has a very pajama-y shape to it. I mostly wore it with the sleeves shoved up, all casual-like.
 Not including my hand stuffed inelegantly into the very small pocket. It was lovely to wear - I had many fans of this outfit today.

I loved the pattern mix of my polka dot pants with it.
 They're practically a neutral!

Done up - a very pajama shape.
 I wore it like this when I was walking to work.

The stuff:
 Throwing a whole 'nother colour into the mix with baby blue. The white helps it all hang together. They're the shoes of harmony.

Minimal bling:
 When you have this much colour and pattern, you don't need a lot of accessories.

  • Earrings - vintage 60s?, vintage fair

On my lunch break today, I browsed in the Cobbler shoe store, a shop I've frequented since the mid-80s when I was in high school. I may have found something...
 I loved these black leather shoe-booties (shooties?). They are butter soft!

I love all the semi-gladitorial gewgaws, and the mesh insert.
 A rockin' lug sole is good for gripping, and the wedge heel doesn't even feel like a heel at all. I can walk to and from town in these!

They're by Sorel, famous maker of winter boots. I'm picturing tights and a short skirt with these.
And only $69! What a deal! L took one look at them and said, "Yup, those are horrible booties." The man has no taste, ha ha!

I will be back on Monday with my Bigass Long Weekend Wrap-up! Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Purple Tigers and Periodontists

Just as L and I find out we've been battling the actual flu ("it's a nasty one," said the doctor at the walk-in clinic), here comes my every 6 month trip to the periodontist. Oh, YAY.
 Dressed for the occasion: Yellow for bravery, indigo blue velour for comfort (and KLASSINESS), and flats for not falling down afterwards with a face full of freezing.

  • Blouse - Guess, consignment, Sidney; last worn here in May for Jeans Week
  • Purple camisole - not tracked
  • Skirt - Sonia Rykiel, thrifted; first worn here in June with pink and stripes
  • Shoes - Karl Lagerfeld; last seen here (briefly in July for after-work shopping, but in an actual outfit here (2nd outfit) in May with yesterday's skirt

The day flew by, as I scrambled to deal with all the chaos at work, prep for tomorrow morning, eat my lunch and then leave at 1:30pm to catch my bus. I have to get there early for my "happy pill" to calm my anxiety about actually being at the freaking periodontist for 2 hours of tooth-scaling.
 I'm always frozen up to the gills/eyeballs too. That's starting to wear off...

There's a good shot of the purple tiger on my blouse. Rar!
 I loved wearing this soft skirt again - it's a nice length. Perfect for sitting in the dentist chair (they gave me a blanket, isn't that nice?).

It's all about the yellow. Don't look at the sick, tired, and mouth-sore lady!
 Happy overall with this outfit.

The stuff:
 Another good summer for these lovely leather flats.

Matchy bling:
 First wearing of this leather/metal cuff (which you can't even see in the pictures).

  • Cuff - thrifted for $5.95 here - first wearing
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Amethyst/gold ring - Frances Jewellers, c. 1965, Dad's
  • Earrings - c. 1997?

Vizzini was hovering while I did my pictures this morning.
"You should just say home with me and nap."
A nap sounds like a fine idea, buddy! On my way!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Missed Monday; Inappropriately Green

I was off work yesterday, home sick. Whatever this illness is, it's nasty. I'm completely sapped of energy. L is also sick, but it's hit his throat/chest (I always get hit in the sinuses). 

This is what I'd planned to wear Monday, anyway. 
 Yes, I'm wearing long sleeves and boots - in August! Our temps are back down to normal (low 20s), and the haze is all gone. Our ocean breeze is back, huzzah!

  • Blouse - Topshop, thrifted new w/tags; purchased here for $24.25
  • Skirt - See By Chloe, consignment; last worn here (4th outfit) earlier this month
  • Boots - Vog Together, Fluevog, consignment; last seen here in June with a very short skirt

I will admit, it's a lot of coverage for an August day. I'm often seasonally inappropriate.
 I liked this new top - it was quite comfortable, and it steamed out nice and silky smooth. I do think it will look better with a slimmer or shorter skirt, but I was fine with this over-the-top boho look.

Getting another wear in of this gorgeous skirt before summer is fully over.
Sandals felt too bare with all the clothing coverage, so what the heck, boots it is!

How I really felt going to work today.
I would rather be back in bed
 You can see the beaded snake on the front there.

The stuff:
 I love these boots. Very comfy, even going up and down stairs (our building had to evacuate due to a fire alarm! No fire, just working on the elevators).

Old bling:
 Nothing newer than 1996!

  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Jade/brass ring - 1970s, Mom's
  • Earrings - LA Express, 1994

I slept most of yesterday - Vizzini kept me company, but took a break to snooze in the sun on the deck.
"Oh, I see you have roused yourself, Woman."
 Not for long. I slept a lot.
"You're practically a cat."
I hope you are all taking care of yourselves this week!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Yellow and Olives; Hooded Casual; Larks for Lunch, and Shopping Blues

 Hello! I am starting this post today (Saturday) because I don't want to spend all of my Sunday on it. It feels weird doing this on a Saturday. 

Anyway, this is Thursday's outfit. 
 I built the outfit around this new-to-me top and these awesome shoes that have not been worn much this season.

It will also be my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - go, run, skedaddle!

  • Blouse - Mexx, thrifted; purchased here for $13.95
  • Skirt - Firenze by Santa Barbara, vintage 80s, thrifted; last seen here in May with cranes
  • Shoes - Grotesque; last worn here in May with cartoon stripes
  • Blazer (below) - GIEFFEFFE by Gianfranco Ferre, vintage 90s; last seen here in April with jungle and orange

I was greeted by a much-missed sight on Thursday morning when I took my stair picture - blue sky! You can see the smoke-line, though - the haze is still with us. 

 I've been feeling under the weather this week, and had attributed it to the smoke particulate in the air, but it seems I've actually been coming down with a summer cold. L has it too - we've both been sleeping a ton.

Everyone at work loved this awesome blouse - "It looks like martini olives!" said more than one person.
 I like that not a single one of my colours matched - the yellow of the shoes and the "pit" of the "olives" on the blouse are the closest. We have brown, pale green and yellow in the blouse.

The skirt is a pearlized acid yellow (close to a lemon-y shade).
Oops, my shirt is askew!
 The shoes are grey and bright yellow.

And the jacket is a deep bottle-green, with a touch of blue, almost a deep teal.
 And yet, somehow it all goes!

The stuff:
 These shoes are still pretty comfortable. I did my WW meeting after work, then walked to Prima Strada Pizza to meet up with Elaine for our last outing before she moves to Hamilton, Ontario next week. Aw, I am really going to miss her...

Gold and green bling:
 Vizzini went after the swinging chain on the belt in the morning.

  • Metal belt - thrifted
  • Ear-balls - Dior, consignment
  • Green ring - consignment
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Green bracelet - vintage 60s, Mom's

I dragged myself to work on Friday, feeling completely stuffed up. I took an antihistamine to clear my head and that helped. Guh, I hate being sick!
 Another wearing of this wonderful skirt, and a first - and last - appearance of this faux Chloe zip top.

  • Zip top - fake Chloe, thrifted; purchased here for $8.95
  • Skirt - VanessaVirginia, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in May with more coral for Winesday
  • Shoes - Asos, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here earlier this month in a "try again" outfit with the brolly skirt

Yup, I did not like the look or feel of this top - it felt cheap. It's not even going to get a "Try Again" outfit. Screw it! Into the giveaway pile you go!
 The skirt, on the other hand, is magnificent, and billowed and made "ABBA pants" when I walked.

I had to roll the elastic waistband once to keep it from dragging on the ground.
I love all the patterns going on here.

Hand in stoopid, useless, tiny pocket.
 This top is not good for jamming my hands in there. What is the point??

The stuff:
 Every time I wear these shoes I moan about them getting worn out. Yup, they still are.

Sparkly bling:
 The blue thermoset bracelet is in the jewelry giveaway now, along with the matching clip-on earrings and necklace. They just don't grab me anymore.

  • Sodalite/silver ring - handmade in Scotland, purchased in 1996
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Thermoset bracelet - vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Crystal bracelet - Coro, vintage 60s, Mom's
  • Earrings - vintage market

L and I went to bed early on Friday and both slept in, before we managed to drag ourselves to town for lunch at Floyd's.
 I couldn't even think about putting an outfit together, so I wore one of my jammy dresses.

  • Dress - Rachel Roy, thrifted; last seen here in May to the Ulti field
  • Shoes - Michael Kors, thrifted; last worn here with the brolly skirt in July

I have an old turquoise cami on under it so that I'm not boobalicious.
 Easy walking shoes, and I am ready to stroll.

The pattern is of horned larks.
It was "white" out (clouds + haze) but still warm-ish. Didn't need a jacket.

Now this is how you jam your hands into you pockets.
 All the way!

The stuff:
 I love the soft leather of these shoes, and I'm a sucker for an ankle strap.

Turquoise bling:
 I think I wear similar/the same accessories every time I wear this dress, but hey, if it works, it'w worth repeating, right?

  • Ring - local
  • Earrings - used furniture store

Vizzini's been snoozy too.
"Dreaming of kitty treats."
I'll be joining you for another nap soon, bud!

Oh, and here we are, now it's Sunday and I'm back (I bet you didn't even notice I was gone).
 Feeling somewhat better today, and the weather took a turn for the chilly - I had to wear a coat!

  • Top - Jean-Paul Gaultier, vintage 90s, consignment; last seen here under Marni in May
  • Skirt - Danier Leather, thrifted in Powell River; last worn here in May with teal satin
  • Shoes - Truths Makena, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in July to the Ulti field
  • Denim duster - Plum, thrifted; purchased here for $16.95

I wore the denim duster for most of the day while I was out and about, but this is what I have on underneath.
 This lovely blue sheer top is super-stretchy - easy to shop in. Yes, of course I went shopping. First the groceries, then a quick dash over to Duchess and Duke consignment (I heard they had a sale on!), and then a bus over to Fairfield to meet up with Yvonne for a shop at My Sister's Closet.

The leather skirt is easy to unzip, ready to try things on.
 I wore fishnet tights for warmth!

I loved this fun duster.
 It has big slashes up the sides which cause it to billow around most dramatically.

Sometimes I wore it open with my hands jammed in my pockets, thusly:

And sometimes I had it done up (no buttons) and tied.
 I loved wearing this piece - it was so fun!

The stuff:
 Comfy shoes for walking and again, for trying things on.

Round bling:
 Nothing that's going to snag.

  • Shield ring - Nine West
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Earrings - gift from Lise

I did very well at both stores. At Duchess and Duke, I went through everything and tried a ton of stuff on. I loved this fine sweater.
 The colour! It makes my heart sing - I love yellow.

This is 100% cashmere by J. Crew.
 For only $26.00! This would have been at least $100 new.

I checked it very carefully for moth holes, especially when I realized it's 10 years old.
 That would be Summer 2008.

This is a vintage double-knit polyester (so totally breathable, har har) top.
 It has a funnel neckline, a drawstring bottom hem, and I think the belled sleeves used to have elastic cuffs once.

It was only $11.00.
 Look at those fabulous colours! I'll have fun playing with this.

My heart skipped a beat at this blazer. Oh my gherkins.
 It's emerald green, cherry red and pale pink, fully lined in green satin.

It's by H&M! Colour me shocked.
 And only $22.00! This piece is really heavy - it's got some heft to it. It is only a couple of years old, and sold for $99 new.

Yvonne and I both came away with a full bag of goodies at My Sister's Closet. This navy blue tulle ballerina skirt is the first thing I found..
 It's quite lovely on - I love the rich blue.

It's by Trina Turk!
 A bit of digging tells me that this is the "Floris" skirt, and it sold for $238.00 (it's still on their site, even though it's sold out). I paid $20.98. Score!

The lining is 95% silk - it feels wonderful.
 It also has a nice non-elastic waistband.

I am always looking for washable soft, interesting tops for layering.
 This one has two cascading ruffles and is dark red.

It's by Dex.
 It was $12.98 and probably retailed for around $49.00.

I don't usually buy tee-shirts (I sleep in them, but I rarely wear them out), but I love the deep rich teal blue of this one.
 It's by Banana Republic and still had its original tags on - $50.00.
 And it's just 5 years old, shipped in late October 2012 for Spring 2013.
 It's really soft, and has a lovely neckline. This was $20.98.

I am really not a purse person, but I am going to try to up my bag game slightly.
 This nice cross-body faux-leather bag is nice and light. It's a dark grey.

The black pyramid studs line the front flap.
 The straps can be unclipped so that it can be carried through that strip as a clutch.

It's by Steve Madden, so not that fancy.
 But it was only $15.00.

As I was going into the hallway to do my last stair picture this morning, someone barged in and got in the hallway.
"Move aside, Woman, I have places to be!"
Vizzini, you scamp!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!