And...deep breath! Here we are, it's (Canadian) Thanksgiving Day, and I have much to be thankful for. Far too many things to list, but I am reminded to be grateful for every interaction and moment and to continue to try to live in the right now.
I spent my weekend being present and accounted for. This outfit is my half-day Friday look.
This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style.
- Dress - Karen Millen, consignment; last seen here in April with pops of orange
- Shoes - Truths Makena, Fluevog; last worn here (3rd outfit) in late September with lilac vintage
- Leather coat (below) - Danier Leather; last seen here that same weekend
I know L likes this curvy dress on me, so why not wear it for my sweetie?
I can't wear this dress dress with nylons, fishnets or tights, as it rides up, so bare legs it is!
Outerwear - it's definitely Leather Weather out there! Rain, dampness, grey clouds, puddles...
- Hat - vintage, thrifted
- Gloves - Parkhurst
- Necklace - early 60s, Robert Larin, vintage mall, gift from L
- Earrings - Glee
- Friendship ring - consignment
- Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
I love that cool necklace - L has good taste in gifts!
We hung out and played board games on Friday night, and were both up bright and early, with Ulti for L and a bit of thrift shopping for me.
- Sweater - Sonia Rykiel, consignment; last seen here in May with aliens and ballet
- Skirt - Oui Set, vintage, thrifted; last worn here in March with a Bollywood jacket
- Boots - Ash; last seen here (3rd outfit) on our rock & roll concert weekend, for our 2nd Frank Turner gig
- Coat - InWear; purchased here from Dots for $29.99
As you can tell by the light in the stair picture it was a rare sunny day!
This was an outfit that met all my criteria for shopping. Easy off/on for trying clothes on. Shoes that slip off/on. No fussy fasteners. Minimal jewelry for non-snagging.
I'll be 51 years old tomorrow - I do not give a flying elephant about a woman of "my age" wearing minis.
This chick, that's who!
Did you know I did a "Leopard Week" back in 2011 (link here), and was even featured as the lead photo in a Wendy Brandes post (link here on how she came to write it) on The Huffington Post (link here)?
That was nearly 8 years ago, and it kind of shocks me at how rebellious it felt to wear all that leopard then.
- Earrings - Lazy Susan's
I had a lovely time browsing shops for two hours before I met up with L, Nick, Chris and Greg for lunch after Ultimate Frisbee. First, I swung by Roberta's Hats, a local hat shop where I always purchase my wool fingerless gloves.
From there, I headed over to Flavour Upstairs. I was hoping that they'd have turned over some of the summery stuff and brought out more fall, and I was not disappointed. I checked out the men's section, and lucked out on this dusty purple shirt for L.
It also has hand-stitched edging on the stripes.
Some blue embroidery at the cuffs, which is repeated on the front placket.
This is a Robert Graham shirt - it was only $24.95 so I snatched it up!
I always try to be really picky and really LOVE what I pick for myself. It would be easy to buy many more pieces that are cool/interesting/a good price but that I don't utterly adore.
It's a tissue thin mohair - I think it will be great for layering, under and over various things.
These black cotton trousers made me giggle with delight. You know when clothing makes you giggle? You have to buy it!
Nice details: wide belt looks, adjustable side pieces, snaps on the slash pockets.
Check out this bizarre side box pleat below the side belt.
They are See By Chloe. I paid $24.95, and these would probably have sold for between $200-400.00 new.
I found a nice burgundy angora and wool toque with a flower on it.
It was $9.99.
This next top confounded me. It has a fancy-schmancy couture label on it, but it's made in China. After a whole bunch of online research, I'm actually excited to report that I think it's real Miu Miu - in my searches, I did find that many of the "big names" do manufacture in China.
I have bought a piece of Miu Miu before (a jacket, here in 2012, scroll way down), seen the same "made in China" label and assumed it was fake, but now I'm wondering about that one too! I gave it away to a coworker years ago, but I don't think it was anywhere as nice of quality as this is.
So let's look at this. Isn't that the most gorgeous chartreuse green? I saw this on the hanger and was all, "YES, further assessment needed."
The back is knit silk. It's very soft, and feels very luxe.
Here's a bit of the detail on the front. I love the raggedy roving ruffles - those are machine-sewn, but all done by hand, and very labour-intensive. And keep in mind, the front sheer panel is not lined, so the care needed to make sure those ruffles don't pull anywhere - that's lots of work.
I looked at how the ribbed knit silk was connected to the sheer woven silk.
So, the neck...is actually a hole in the centre of one single piece of silk.
And whether this is real Miu Miu or not, it was only $17.99 and I love it.
Flush with my purchases at Flavour Upstairs, I realized I had 20 minutes, just enough time to have a quick look through WIN. I need to go back and have a thorough browse, because look at this black beauty.
That leather-looking fabric felt different in my hand, just working my way through the acre of black skirts on the rack. I just grab at them and feel for something good.
Checked the label - yup, and hey, so is the outer part! Shocking - it's a really interesting texture, almost like a very thin leather, but it is indeed silk.
I know the Ports brand from the stores in the 80s, but I discovered that this is not that Ports. This is Ports 1961, and my $16.95 skirt was a bargain.
I briefly popped into Rich Rags after I spotted this plain sweater on the $10 rack outside.
However, I did find this fabulous velvet coat for L. I paid $129.00 for it (consignment, not thrift) - when I find good stuff for him, I buy it, as interesting men's fashion in second-hand is really hard to find!
The back. Such an amazing piece! It's even more stunning in person - L is going to look totally badass in this.
The brand is Messori, and it's made in Italy. I discovered that this company does made-to-measure pieces as custom orders.
Some very dapper gentleman must have ordered this many years ago.
I had time for a nap with L after brunch before we tidied up the house.
|"Cleaning up? What's going on?"|
|"Hush, I am focused on this leaf, Woman."|
Vizzini chattered at the leaf for a bit, but he definitely knew something was up.
|"You are highly suspicious."|
|"I must investigate...after I check out this leaf."|
|"I smell food."|
Saturday night was my birthday party! I celebrated "Turning 17 (for the 3rd time)" - here I am at my first 17:
And here I am at my 3rd 17, and I'm still rocking my red lip!
- Dress - David Meister, thrifted; first worn here last weekend to a wedding in Vancouver
- Shoes - Ted Baker, thrifted; purchased here in June for $29.95
- Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in late June
Of course, I had to style it differently! This time I went with black accessories and rolled with the Hallowe'en vibe. After all, it is October!
These stretch satin black gloves are from my work-life at Fairweather women's clothing store in 1999-2000. I think they were around $25.00, less my staff discount.
I did a little black feather fascinator at the back of my hair. I took it out later too.
Waiting for guests to arrive, playing around in my closet.
|"When are you putting the food out?"|
As you can see, I changed into my flat black shoes.
|"The Buzzer! People are here!"|
- Fascinator - Heart's Content
- Bracelet - Lia Sophia, thrifted
- Earrings - vintage fair
- Ring - c. 1996
Stuff, part deux:
L and I with just enough time for a pose.
Today, we headed out to my mom's place to see my brother and his kids - it was awesome to visit with them all. I'm the distant yet crazy auntie, and L is the cool uncle.
- Sweater - Nor of Denmark, consignment; purchased here in June for $19.98
- Leather dress - Danier, vintage 90s, thrifted; last worn here in January with a great jacket
- Wool boots - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) with a sleek wool dress
- Coat (below) - Vassali, consignment; last worn here in April
I wanted to wear this new-to-me cropped grey cotton sweater, so I layered it over my 90s leather slip dress. I fondly call this my Buffy dress.
These tights made the grade. Great pattern.
Coat over top.
My skull scarf, and I even changed my bag! Klassy!
- Scarf - Metrowear, San Francisco, 2006
- Gloves - Parkhurst
- Purse - Steve Madden, thrifted
- Spider ring - c. 1984, gift from Mom & Dad, from Mexico
- Snake ring - c. 1985, BC Museum Gift Shop
- Earrings - Vancouver
Vizzini's enjoying one of the few sunny days on the deck.
We've already closed one door, and his post will move inside for the winter.
|"I'm enjoying the moment while it lasts."|
A very Happy Thanksgiving to my Canuck friends!