Thursday, August 2, 2018

Ruffles and Red Suede

It's cooled off considerably in the last 24 hours - it might even rain this weekend! - which gave me the opportunity today to wear something slightly less summery. 
 Silk and suede, yup. In August.


  • Blouse - Emporio Armani, thrifted; purchased here for $72.95
  • Skirt - Holt Renfrew, vintage 90s, thrifted; last seen here in April with black leather
  • Shoes - Elegant Conversations Kendra, Fluevog; last worn here in June with creams and greens
  • Jacket (below) - Holt Renfrew, vintage 90s, last worn here in the same outfit as the skirt

I built the outfit around this new-to-me super-swanky Emporio Armani (KLASSY) blouse that I bought on the weekend. 

 It was lovely to wear all day, but I had to safety-pin the front placket due to buttons wanting to gape. It's not just the cheap brands - the chi-chi brands do it too! Jeez! Put a snap on it for us, would ya?

If you're having trouble figuring out what colour this is, here you go:
It's pale grey with burgundy dots - they look like bricks in the picture due to how they're spaced.

My nearly-menopausal right armpit (never the left one, oddly) decided to gush near the end of the day - thankfully, it did not turn the blouse dark. I hate when that happens to wet fabric.
 Anyways, despite the "dry clean only" on the tag, I washed it by hand in cold water with a bit of foamy handsoap and it's drying on the deck now. It will be fine, I'm sure. I need to be able to wash my blouses.

The colour is distorting here - these really are matching reds!
 Because if I'm going to wear a jacket with my red suede skirt, it's got to be the matching jacket. You know I am all about the matchy.

The stuff:
 My sore calf is nearly healed - it doesn't seem to mind heels. These are great if I don't walk too much in them. I have tired feet now, after a long day.

White bling:
I felt like the blouse needed something at the neck. Pearls will do.


  • Belt - vintage 60s, Mom's
  • Necklace - vintage 80s, Grandma J's
  • Earrings - thrifted
This coming weekend is a long one for us in BC - we have Monday off, woo hoo! I will be back then with tales of adventure and a bigass weekend wrap-up for you. Have a wonderful weekend, my friends! 

27 comments:

  1. That blouse is such fun to look at. The waterfall of ruffles keeps the eye searching and ends up discovering even more details! EA knows what they are doing!
    I appreciate your candor in revealing your sweating habits. We all have funny things like that. Mine: most of my arm hair fell out during my second pregnancy (has this happened to anyone else?!) but one hair grew extra long, amongst the stumps. I call him Harry.

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    1. Mel-Bee, You made me laugh out loud I too have a “pet” strand, but never named him. Mine is on my chest! Grows extremely long, and is gossamer like silky. Thankfully, he’s of a very light translucent color and not too noticeable to others, I think. I pluck him when I think of it.
      Sheila, your blouse is just lovely. You are going to get lots of outfits with it, and I can tell you feel good wearing it.

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    2. Mel-Bee, thank you so much! It's even more glorious in person.

      Oh, gawd, yes. Get used to it, as the ol' menopause looms for me! I have one really long eyebrow hair that suddenly appears, even though I groom my brows constantly. It's like, POOF! It's there.

      I LOL'd at Harry!

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    3. Amie, thank you - yes, I'm really excited to incorporate it into my fall/winter wardrobe (it's a little too warm for spring/summer, really).

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  2. I love the blouse with the red suede suit, such a fun combo. It's a shame the blouse gapes as it looks so pretty and fun to wear!

    Enjoy your upcoming long weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Mica! I know, WTF is up with gaping on a blouse of this quality!??

      Happy weekend to you, my dear!

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  3. This is indeed a classy outfit! The blouse is gorgeous. I wash all my silk blouses by hand too, and they do just fine.

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda! Yes, that whole dry cleaning thing is so over-cautious.

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  4. The blouse looks even better on! I hear you on the gaping buttons, though, they are quite a nuisance. I love how the ruffles are peeking out from your jacket, and with the pearls and white bling, this makes an elegant, yet quirky look! Love it! Re:menopausal gushings, strangely enough my armpits seems to be the least sweaty parts of my body! xxx

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    1. I know - when it fit so well, I just had to have it, regardless of the expensive price. Thanks so much, Ann!

      Ugh, I hate my armpits at times.

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  5. You look fantastic in this wonderful skirt and so elegant blouse! And those shoes! Wow. Enjoy your long weekend!

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  6. Gorgeous silk blouse. It's been raining here all week & def too hot for those fabrics now---August!

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    1. Thanks, Becky! It's gotten hotter now here - I wouldn't dream of these fabrics this week!

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  7. I think your outfit is Fabulous !!! The red skirt and jacket goes so well with your blouse ! Best wishes Sheila x

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  8. You look fabulous, I love the ruffled blouse and the super snazzy suede skirt and jacket.
    Have a wonderful long weekend, Sheila! xxx

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  9. You look totally gorgeous in this striking outfit! What a sumptuous combination of red suede and mauve silk .
    The chain belt adds a lot as well and the printed pumps are stunning. This is truly magnificent. I also wash my silk blouses and I have never had a problem.
    Enjoy the weather!
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle

    https://theellediaries.com/

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  10. I am melting just looking at you! We've had three days with the humidex hovering around 40 degrees and at this point I can't bear to leave my apartment. I want to wear real clothes again!

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    1. Yup, it's gotten hotter out here (not that hot, though!).

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  11. Check you out ! I really like how you layered the pearl necklace here and that you wore this blouse almost immediately... i should learn from you.
    I do not know if i said it but I think you rock that bang.

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    1. I don't like waiting to wear new things - it's always good to wear them right away and find out if they're going to work or not.

      Thanks, hon!

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  12. Oh so freaking good!! I love this outfit. Best without the jacket, but I get you want a jacket as well. The shoes.. I am drooling over the shoes. That is what you do so well, and it is the area where I suck: you have modern shoes with a skirt or a dress. Not in a million years would I have considered these shoes and they are so good. I need you here in Holland to go shoe shopping with me. Hang on, I need to go to Canada as we don’t have Fluevog.
    Greetje

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    1. I agree - it needs a slimmer line jacket over it anyway. Those shoes are still available at Fluevog - and now that you have a store, go get them!

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    2. You made it so hard! I looked online and they still had my size. But.... my money is gone plus I swore I was not going to buy any more heels until my Knee is better. I am still having 4 new pairs in my closet, never worn.

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