It wasn't a busy weekend, but as you might have guessed from the title of this post, I indulged in a fair bit of retail therapy. I found some fun things, so let's get to it!
I fully intended on blogging on Friday after work, but my plans were waylaid.
This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - don't forget to check it out!
- Dress - Only, thrifted; last worn here (6th outfit) in May over houndstooth pants
- Wool sweater - Banana Republic, thrifted; last seen here in December 2017 with the dragonscale skirt
- Pants - Piazza Sempione, thrifted; last worn here in February with green
- Shoes - Harpers, thrifted; purchased here for $19.95
It's been a gorgeous fall weekend - no rain! This was my view from the stairs on Friday morning.
I'm grooving on long layers lately. I liked this dress worn open over pants the last time I tried it (picture here, worn at the end of a long weekend post), so thought I would try it again with a more autumnal look.
Done up - I only wore it like this when I went outside.
Like these pants! I loved these when I bought them, and while I still like the pattern and fabric, they are another instance of "dumpy butt" on me. I even had to pin the back of the waistband to keep them from looking worse. I delighted in wearing them one last time, but into the giveaway pile they go.
I can see this denim dress having a long life with me - it's a really classic piece.
For outerwear, I wore my grey fur boa, and long leather gloves.
- Fur boa - thrifted
- Leather/cashmere gloves - Club Monaco, consignment
- Snake bracelet - Whiting & Davis, vintage fair; purchased here for $60.00
- Earrings - vintage fair; purchased here for $2.00
- Chain - vintage gold, Grandma J's
- Amber ring - c.. 1996
- Pearl ring - Erth, consignment
I'd intended on blogging when I got home, as L was out at his staff holiday party, but I was otherwise occupied by a kitty who needed attention. I was apparently not the only one he'd worked his wiles on, as I found these pictures on the camera from while I was out, taken by L.
|"Check to see if the Man is paying attention..."|
He's getting into my shopping bags and the plastic bags I carry my work shoes in.
|"I'll just dig around here, and make a lot of noise, heh heh."|
He won't stop until you give him attention - he's so good at training us!
|"Oh, hello there! Were you busy?"|
He's all nonchalant until you get up, and then he wants to play (be chased).
|"What? I'm just making sure there are no mousies under here."|
Those big eyes! He needed some chasing, and some cuddles, so we hung out on Friday. No blog for you!
I noticed that the Patch had a "Buy One, Get One at 40% off" sale - that's usually when I splurge on pieces I like but find a bit too expensive (the Patch does vintage and second-hand trendy). I spent a total of $75 on four pieces - I can't remember the original prices on any of them, but that works out to $18.75 each, so that's what I'm going with for cost-per-wear down the line.
I tried this skirt on in the summer and really liked it, but didn't buy it. I think I was having one of my shopping funks, where nothing really appeals - shopping therapy doesn't always work! Anyway, I bought it this time.
The pattern is printed, not sewn - even the border print is the way the pattern is printed. I love the kaleidoscope feel of it, and it has a useful mix of colours for my spring/summer wardrobe.
It's by Maeve, an Anthropologie brand. This originally retailed for $148.00 US and is called the Geoda Skirt.
This is a vintage high-waisted pencil skirt. Look at that tweed!
Pretty gold buttons at the back slit.
It's by Simon Chang and is made in Hong Kong. It's 100% wool, and you can see that this actually a WOVEN pattern, not printed. Classy!
I am very picky when it comes to vintage dresses - they have to be just right. This gorgeous 100% silk dress made the cut.
Here's a close-up of the woven abstract "curvy slash" design, and noting the missing item where we only have loops.
It's by Liz Claiborne, and also from Hong Kong, and also a modern size 6.
I usually skim the overcrowded dress racks in the vintage section of the store, but every few months I go through every one. It paid off - look at this amazing piece.
But once I tried it on, the top seduced me - it's a lovely soft viscose/rayon, and is actually quite flattering, along with being thin enough to layer well.
Some details - I love that the "belt" area is all hand-done stitching and knotting.
Those are pockets!
A close-up of the waistband - this carries around to the back (that's often a deal-breaker for me).
I do not know this brand - Phoebe Couture - but it looks like they specialize in cocktail and fancy dresses (with pockets!).
On Saturday, L and I went for brunch at Floyd's and then split up to do some holiday shopping.
- Blouse - Violet & Claire, thrifted; last worn here in January with purple velvet YSL
- Skirt - Trina Turk, consignment; first worn here (3rd outfit) in September with Chinoiserie
- Shoes - Miista; last seen here in September with yellow and chrysanthemums
- Leather coat (below) - Danier Leather, thrifted; last worn here in September over an 80s blouse
I only had my jacket off while we had brunch.
I love the rich navy of the skirt however. It's a keeper.
The skirt is three layers of tulle, with a silk lining and waistband.
Outerwear - leather weather!
- Silk velvet scarf - consignment
- Gloves - Parkhurst
But wrapped me up snug and warm.
- Earrings - Jacob
- Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
I visited some of my less-frequented second-hand stores, since I was shopping for L and these stores carry men's items. I won't be sharing the stuff I found for L (Top Secret!), but I found a few goodies for me!
At Duchess and Duke, I found this amazing cream bolero swing coat with cropped sleeves.
It's leather, by the way.
It was $38.00, which is probably about half what it cost new.
Verve was my next stop, and is a dangerous place for me to shop - they always have fabulous high-end designer stuff (pricey!). But I restrained myself to just these amazing shoes.
Oh my goodness, yes.
Brand new rubber soles have been put on them, but they're barely worn.
They are by Chie Mihara - one of my favourite brands!
From Verve, I went to the big WIN store.
They are so cute - silver ankle straps, plus little metal studs on all the straps. These aren't shopping shoes - too fussy.
Never worn - not a bit of wear on them.
I bought this belt solely for the buckle.
I happily cut the buckle off and will affix it to my handmade brown or black leather belts.
I will always bite on a pair of still-in-package tights or hosiery.
I really love the print on this nylon long-sleeved tee.
The brand is Topsy Turvy USA.
Made in the US - awesome.
I'm always on the hunt for a nice blouse. This one is crappy fabric, but look at the glorious colour!
It's by H&M, and was $6.95.
L and I have been hanging out, being chill all weekend.
We all had a rousing game of "Pillow Cave" on Saturday night. Where is kitty?
|"Just wait till I jump out! RAR!"|
This is repeated a few times, until he gets tired of it.
|"The Woman will never spot me."|
He blends in really well to all of our carpets.
He also keeps the couch warm for L.
|"I always get the best spot."|
We spoil him with attention.
|"Curses, she caught us!"|
Aw, my two best guys.