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:
 Pockets!

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!

26 comments:

  1. Oh my gherkins...LOL, have not heard that expression before.

    I've always found Michael Kors to be rather abrasive on Project Runway...but I LOVE those shoes!

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    1. I made it up! Ha! I love the shoes too - they are butter soft and so comfy. They have some age on them.

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  2. I really like your Thursday outfit, and how you're right, it might not match perfectly but it all goes so well. I love your maxi skirt outfit too (of course!) although it's a shame you didn't love the top / jacket/ Better to let it go, I agree! You got some great finds shopping too!

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    1. Thanks, Mica! It's a bit of a mix, all kinds of outfits, but hey, that's me.

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  3. So many great outfits! Love the all black one especially and those yellow shoes are fabulous too xx Maria

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting, Marie! That "all-black" is actually black and blue.

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  4. I especially like your Thursday outfit and your maxi skirt looks fun!

    I hope that you are now feeling much better.

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca! Getting there, but took a sick day today.

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  5. Love your yellow and olives - refreshing zingy combo!

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  6. Thursday's zingy outfit is my favourite. I'm totally in love with the Martini olive top. Oh, and those shoes! Love your shopping outfit too, especially that billowing denim coat. The vintage polyester blouse is right up my street, and I would have fallen for the H&M blazer too! I am currently on a handbag diet, I wonder how long it will last ;-) Have a great week, Sheila! xxx

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    1. Thanks, Ann! It's such a cute top. The shopping outfit was my overall fave - very practical, yet still fun. I thought of you with that poly blouse! Have a wonderful week, Ann!

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  7. Thursday's outfit is fabulous, Sheila! So pretty! I love your new buys too. I love the photo of Vizzini on the run! ;) So cute! XXX

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    1. Thank you, Sasha! Vizzini's so hard to capture - he's quick! Happy week to you!

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  8. That leather skirt is so sexy---love it. And that H&M blouse :D

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  9. Your Sunday outfit is spot on with that amazing duster - it makes your legs look a mile long (probably because of the short skirt combo)! As ever, I'm seriously envious of both your wardrobe and styling talent.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Helen! I really appreciate that.

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  10. lovely outfits!, I love your 'olives top' with the skirt and those perfect shoes, such a fabulous color combo, so cool! and matching bijouterie!
    Also lovely maxi skirt, it's a beautiful piece, lots of colors and prints to mix and match!. Sorry that the top didn't work, the color looks nice!
    I love your denim duster and the fabulous outfit which makes you look so elegant and edgy! and gorgeous! and cool!
    And those recently purchased tops and beautiful jacket look amazing!!
    besos

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    1. Thank you so much, Monica! I so appreciate your comments and kind words. Have a lovely week!

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  11. Your life is so active and your accounts of it here are so detailed that it's amazing you post so well so often. More than anyone, you need an assistant to do the grunt work of blog-preparation. If I lived closer, I'd volunteer for the learning-experience.

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    1. Nah, there's not really anything to do (not that an assistance would be so bad, lol!). I just upload my very few photos, crop and resize, upload them and write the text. The most time is digging up the last time I wore things. I can write really fast!

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  12. As I scroll through the outfits I can only think "so versatile", "so many styles".
    I am wondering if this new J Crew cashmere top matches the yellow/mustard pleated skirt ?
    You found some amazing items in consignment! The H&M blazer was my fave.

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    1. Aw, thank you, Lorena! No, the J.Crew sweater is bright yellow, vs. much more mustardy of the skirt. I could wear them together, but the sweater is more of a layering piece.

      I know, I am so excited about that blazer! It's so cool!

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  13. I need to find an occasion to use the expression "Oh my Gherkins!" That is a lovely jacket, worthy of an exclamation of some sort.

    I have never come across any leather item in that marvelous shade of pearlized lemon yellow. And speaking of leather, you in that black leather skirt = YOWZA!!!

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    1. Use it! Make it a thing! I know, I have to get another wearing of it before I pack it away.

      They had the best colours for leather in the 80s. Nowadays it's all black black black. Aw, thanks, Shelley!

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