Sunday, August 19, 2018

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Secret Accordion, Blue Satin Party, Gone Shopping Denim Shopping, and Cat Pictures

 I hope everyone's having a lovely weekend! I have many exciting things to show you, so let's get 'er started!

Friday's outfit came about because I haven't worn these jeans yet this season.
 I'd also nearly forgotten about this cool top.

  • Sweater - Sparkle and Fade, swap from Sarah; last worn here in April in a 70s apartment outfit (one of my favourite looks this year!)
  • Top - Clover Canyon, thrifted; last seen here (4th outfit, way down) almost exactly a year ago, in August 2017 with orange leather shorts (I need to wear those again!)
  • Jeans - Versace, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in February with a Dries top
  • Shoes - Matisse; last seen here (2nd outfit) with velvet for the Day of Indolence in June

Friday was a chill day, and I had fun swooshing my sweater at my coworkers.
 I made everyone guess what the pattern on the top was. It was about 50/50 for people figuring it out.

I am in total love with long cardigans right now. Expect to see them a lot this fall/winter.
 I love rust (I hear it's called "meerkat" this year, lol) and blue together.

I wore the cardigan most of the day, taking it off a few times when I overheated in the office (hot flash!). I also hiked up my top to show off the top of these amazing 80s high-waisted jeans.
 That's an 8-inch zipper! These jeans are also REALLY tight - they are from the days before Spandex, and are super thick denim.

All those gold studs you see are Versace medusa head medallions, outlined in crystals, many of which have fallen off since I've owned them.
You can also see the gold thread used in the stitching - the whole pair of jeans is sewn in gold thread! Check out here when I first bought these for $24.95 in November 2015 for more detail pictures. They are pretty amazing. 

Studs everywhere. 
 I stood as much as I could during my workday - they were much more comfy that way!

Hands in pockets!
 I pegged the jeans (aka rolled the cuffs) to show off my fun shoes.

The stuff: 
 I love these shoes - they are amazing to wear.

Silver bling:
 I liked all of the patterns together.

  • Cuff - Fossil, gift from L
  • Earrings - Fossil, thrifted
  • Ring - local

We raced home after work and got ourselves dolled up for our dear friends' Vero and Justin's 20th wedding anniversary vow renewal party.
 It's practically a wedding - of COURSE I dressed up!

This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Go, what are you waiting for?

  • Dress - BCBG Max Azria, thrifted (new with tag); purchased here for $49.95
  • Shoes - Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa, consignment; last seen here in September 2017 modeling my custom Prusa dress, but actually worn here in August 2016
  • Jacket (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last worn here on Thursday

I wavered between this dress and the orange David Meister dress (here) for this event, but the dress itself decided me.
 It's 100% silk satin, and since the wedding we are going to in September is in Vancouver, I don't want to take a dress that will need to be ironed when I unpack it. Sometimes it's just a practical thing!

But it's such a pretty blue. I like showing off some of my ink too.
 I clipped my hair into a loose ponytail, and redid my make-up.

One of the cool things I love about this dress is the way it ties at the front. There are two big ties, and an extra piece of zhoozh-y fabric where they meet.
 I gave the dress a good steaming the night before to make sure everything was ready to go.

And voila!
 I did a half-bow, with one looped pulled through for an uneven drape down to the ground.

With my purse.
 The ceremony was in their backyard, and it cooled off considerably after the sun went down.

I needed my jacket!
 The party moved indoors later, and much merriment was had by all. It was a lovely party and a good reminder and affirmation of our own happy and long marriage. Aw! All the feels!

The stuff:
 Double shoes! I managed to last in my plastic Vivienne Westwood shoes until midnight, when I changed into my gold flat comfy Borns.

Classy bling:
 I klassed up the joint! I liked the flapper-ish vibe that the long necklaces gave the outfit. And of course, the hearts on my shoes showed the love.

  • Purse - Reiss, thrifted
  • Necklaces - Eaton's, vintage c. 1987
  • Bangle - c. 1985, mine refound, thrifted; 
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

Due to all the cruise ships in town (our city is the top cruise ship stop in Canada!), our cab took forever! Vizzini helped us wait for it.
"I only see crows, ma'am. No taxi."
 Officer Vizzini is on the case!
"That crow is a known felon."
 The crows caw at him through the windows. It infuriates him.
"Move along, Woman, I'm on important business."
 L chilled out while we waited. This is his serious face.
 He's wearing a vintage cream blazer (thrifted), a vintage 70s paint-swirled pattern shirt (thrifted), orange satin Versace trousers (consignment), and a pair of aqua Fluevogs.

Happy face!
 Reason number 2 for why I didn't wear the orange dress: I didn't want to match L's pants!

On Saturday, we went to Floyd's for breakfast - not enough people for a game of Ultimate Frisbee this week.
 A bright and sunny day! Ready for eggs and some shopping.

  • Jacket - Dolce & Gabbana, thrifted, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) for our May Winesday
  • Sweater - Cleo, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in June, same look as the first pair of shoes on Friday
  • Skirt - Ricki's, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in June for a shopping trip (how unlike me)
  • Shoes - Joe Fresh, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in June to brunch again

I took my jacket off for breakfast.
 Swooshy skirt! This is its last wear, though. I'm done with it - it doesn't excite me to wear it anymore. Let's see how we did with our cost-per-wear, shall we? I bought it here for $18.98 in September 2017

  • In the best way I wore it, here (3rd outfit) for the Vintage Expo in September 2017
  • With terrible tights here in January 2018;
  • And that last outfit here (3rd look) in June of this year, 
  • Plus this one now.

That's only 4 wears, but it's under $5.00, so I'm good with that. Time for it to move on.
 I can think of several skirts and pants that I would have liked better in this outfit.

I love this jacket - it has leopard lining - and dig all the studs.
 It was good sun coverage.

The stuff:
This is also the last wearing of these shoes, which - although totally cute - are cheap and not comfortable. After wearing heels the night before, my feet were sore, and these did not help.

I bought them here in September 2016 for $8.50, and have worn them thusly:

  • Pattern-mixing with polka dots here in September 2017,
  • With cashmere and jeans here in May 2017,
  • In August 2017 here with white pleather,
  • And last time, here (2nd outfit) in June,
  • Plus today's outfit.

I felt them pretty strongly in 2017, but not as much this year. I am happy with $1.70 per wear. Gone! Two items out of my closet - make room for new things! 

I stopped in at Aurea Boutique (link here 'cause I love - hello!) on my way down to Flavour Upstairs, and found these lovely little handmade blue stud earrings for only $5.00. 
One of the employees recognized me from Floyd's (we do go there a lot!) and complimented me and L on our dressy and fun style. We agreed that not enough people dress up on a daily basis.

I didn't find anything at Flavour Upstairs, so I strolled over to the big WIN store for a mosey around. I spotted these red beauties right away.  
 I have no idea if this style is still trendy, but I love the vivid red, the straps (they zip up the back), and the gold shiny heel.

The front of the shoe is fabric, and the rear/straps is a faux patent leather.
 I love being able to adjust the straps.

They were only $16.95, and are by Aldo.
 They look like they've only been worn once!

I found a cool blouse in an awesome pattern.
 It reminds me of martini olives. The colours are a pale grey-green, dark grey-green and mustard yellow.

It's by Mexx and was $13.95.
 It's a UK size 12, not a US size 12 -it's more like a US size 8.

I am still drawn to pleated skirts, even though they are tricky to wear, but I loved the mustard yellow of this one.
 I also like the length, which is just above the knee on me.

It has ties at the back. I guess for a butt-bow?
 The skirt was hung in the store with the ties/zipper on the side, and I saw a few pics of it like that online, but it doesn't hang right that way. When you put the ties and zipper at the centre back, the label is then off to one side in the back, and it hangs better. Yes, I'm very clever.

It's by the Gap and it was $6.95.
 It originally sold for around $50.

How do I know? Because it told me what season/year it's from.
 Holiday 2010 (shipping in August 2010).

Today/Sunday was a lazy day. 
 Nothing to do but get groceries. May as well have another little shop too, while I'm at it.

  • Dress - Armani Exchange, thrifted; last seen here in May over a skirt
  • Shoes - Star Wars by Irregular Choice; first worn here in March with black tweed

I let my hair air-dry - it has a lot of natural wave in it - and did minimal make-up.
 My stretchy dress was great - pockets, hurray!

The elastic "belt" keeps everything in place.
 I walked to the grocery store, risking the soles of the shoes (check 'em out here). But I paid a lot for these shoes, and I should wear them!

I couldn't wear them barefoot, though.
I have those little half-sock things, but they tend to slip off my heel. So - guilty! - I'm wearing a pair of sports socks, with the cuffs rolled so you can't see the logo! I'm so KLASSY!

The stuff:
 Lovely oxfords.

Star Wars stuff:
 Well, the shoes are. Yoda and Luke!

  • Earrings - mismatched, gifts from L

I found some fun things at the WIN Boutique, including a ring, and a leather bracelet.
 The ring is jade and was $6.95. The cuff has metal tubes that slide around, it's purple leather, and was $5.25. That's a 1978 paperback of Ian Fleming's "Dr. No" as well.

Check out the back...
 Fruit, crabs and squid? Is that some sort of code? Streaked with sadism? Hmmm...this will be interesting! It was only $1.50.

Since jade is a really hard stone, and this ring only fits my ring fingers, it's going into rotation below my steel ring, as a permanent item.
 I love the feel of lots of rings.

Since my sock game was severely lacking, the Thrift Gods smiled upon me and presented 3 pairs of brand-new unworn socks for me (I also found a pair for L).
 The top pair is cream, with a wool blend, the right pair is white and is by Kenneth Cole Reaction, and the bottom pair is cream with cherries (?). The single big toe caught me by surprise! I didn't notice it until I got home and was showing L my haul. Sure, I'll wear them!

The Kenneth Cole socks were $8.00 regular price, marked down to $3.99.
 And were discontinued, apparently. I got all 3 pairs for $1.95 each.

I found this bright citrusy-coral jacket in the cheap section.
 It feels really nice. It is a mix of cotton knit (like t-shirt) and woven cotton.

Metal zip, nice detail on the bottom.
 Rounded small side pockets. The back hem hangs lower than the front.

The zip goes all the way to the top of the head!
The hood is a cool detail, as is the fabric detail on the back.

Here's the zipper done all the way up.
I promise I will not wear it like this!

I gasped at the label...Chloe! But of course, it's not real Chloe (link, 'cause I love!)
The font is wrong. Compare here with my real See By Chloe skirt - that's the right font. However, for $8.95, it's still a fun little zippered jacket, good for summer, and it's well-made, even for a fake. It joins the ranks of my Goo-key and Lewis Vuitton - it'll be Kloh, instead of Cloh-ee.

I found an olive green cami.
 I can always use these!

This one's by Mexx and was only $2.95.
 It would have been about $15.00 new.

This is a crazy piece - I saw it on the "put back" rack and snagged it right away. Must try!
 It's quite wrinkled - I'll steam it before I wear it - but it's a dark bottle green satin.

Yes, that's a beaded snake down the front of it.
 Yes! How amazing!

It has long metal-buttoned cuffs, and you and see the dramatic gathers at the cuff (also at the top of the sleeves).
 The snake is all hand-beaded, with black beads for eyes.

Sorry, it's blurry, but check it out!
 The beaded snake carries over to the back! What!!

And it's new with tags!
 It's by Topshop, and I paid $24.95.

It sold for $100 (I'm guessing US$).
 Pretty sweet! I'm excited to wear it.

I couldn't resist this skirt.
 The tan colour is not all that exciting, but I love the black leather inserts and waistband, and it fits like a dream.

It's by Club Monaco and was $20.25.
 The skirt is a wool blend, and those black bits are actually lamb leather.
And they go all the way around to the back - you know I love that!
 Club Monaco skirts start over $200 new. Score!

Vizzini, what do you think of my purchases?
"Did you say something, Woman? I"m very busy."
 He got very excited about my shopping bag.
"I get strong elements of wool, a whiff of polyester and just a hint of leather."
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Oh I can't wait to see how you wear the beaded snake top! You got some great pieces! :) I'm sad to see the olive skirt go, as it's a pretty skirt, but I agree, if you're thinking of pieces you'd rather be wearing when wearing it it's time to let it go!

    1. I know, I'm really excited to wear that one. The skirt wasn't quite olive, not quite emerald either - it was hard to match things to. Thank you!

  2. Wow! You look stunning in that blue dress, Sheila! You got some fabulous buys. That beaded snake top is sooo cool! Can't wait to see how you wear it! XXX

    1. Aw, thank you, Sasha! That top was such a great find!

  3. so lovely swooshy cardi and fab shoes! it's an amazing color combo and everything matches nicely with your t.shirt!
    And you look absolutely glamourous and elegant wearing your blue dress, I love the big bow, the silk fabric, the flapper vibe! gorgeous!
    And lots of great purchases!, the red shoes and the stunning snake top are my favorites!. And obviously Vizzini atacking the bag!

    1. Thanks so much, Monica! I loved my Fri outfit, and felt wonderful in the blue dressy outfit. Isn't Vizzini funny with that bag? What a little monster!

  4. I fell hard for your print top - must find one! (don't you love a mission). And your blue party dress is smashing. Great thrifting as always - I must plan a vaca to Victoria, and grab you for an afternoon of thrifting! Vizzini has "hunter eyes" - our cats get that too, with glass in between them and the doves. Stay fabulous, xox


    1. I hope you find one, Patti! It's such a cool pattern. Thank you - YES! come to Victoria! I will happy give you my entire time to take you shopping!

      Yes, Vizzini is very vigilant!

  5. Ooh, that blue dress! It set my heart aflutter. And you chose the perfect heels for it.

  6. That blue satin dress is so Cinderella ball vibes. You look gorgeous in it. Vow renewals and weddings---I love that stuff <3
    That beaded snake shirt is absolutely incredible.

    1. Yes, the Disney Cinderella, right down to the sashes and beads! Where are my mice, lol! I love weddings (sniff, sniff). Thanks!

  7. If I would look half as good in a pair of trousers as you do, I would wear them more often!n You're looking absolutely fabulous in those Versace jeans, and indeed the colour goes really well with rust. Meerkat? Whoever thought of such a thing? The silk gown is divine! You really rock this colour! My favourite of your finds is the Mexx martini olive blouse. I would definitely have gone for that one too! xxx

    1. Aw, thanks, Ann! I know, the names for colours are so odd, aren't they? Thank you so much. Funny what appeals to different people!

  8. Hello to Vizzini from the boys. They're nodding in agreement at his way of approving of your latest purchases!
    Look at the pair of you for your friends' anniversary! that's how you do dressing up. That frock is perfection on you.
    Love the Toppers snake top - I'd have snaffled that beauty, too.
    Jon collects vintage James Bond novels, too - loves the slinky women on the covers! xxx

    1. Yes, he seems to attack my shopping bags - it's like he knows where my attention is going, and it's not in his direction!

      Thank you so much - we love getting dressed up!

      It's a lovely piece - I'm excited to wear it.

      Oh, cool! I've started it - it's pretty good so far.

  9. Loads of great eye candy here - first of all, you in that slinky blue number! Also like the funky top in your first outfit (the print looks like a corset but I can't tell for sure). Some great secondhand finds too, particularly the beaded snake top, the red shoes and the "olive" blouse.

    1. Well, thank you so much, Shelley! The print is an accordion (hence the post title), actually, but yes, I also noticed the corset illusion! I was very happy with my purchases this time 'round.

  10. Ahhhhhhhh, there's just TOO. MUCH. TO. COMMENT on!!!!
    Firstly, I am guessing that is a Piano Accordion on your tshirt! Am I right!??!!
    I LOVE all the shoes in the pic, particularly the lace-ups with the cut out- they are soooo nice!! I would totally wear those.
    You look so glam for the renewal ceremony. WHAT a stunning dress- looks so lovely and wafty too!!! You got some niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice finds in all the bits and pieces you bought! I almost bought the very same edition of Diamonds are foreever!

    1. Ha! Sorry, that's why it's a Bigass wrap-up! Yes, it's an accordion! Thank you so much - I am all about my shoes. Aw, that's so sweet - I felt very glam in that blue dress. I'm a sucker for a cool book cover!

  11. You look stunning, spectacular, beautiful, outstanding in that blue dress, the bow at the front makes this dress.
    YOU found some really cool things Sheila, I was drawn to the sequin snake shirt, its a unique garment. Reminds me of the last snake I saw in my garden, not cool.

    1. Thank you so much, Lorena! Isn't it a gorgeous piece? I hope you liked the snake blouse on, even if it did remind you of one in your garden (yikes!).


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