Happy extra-long weekend! We have lots to get through, so let's get 'er done, starting with Friday's outfit for the Christmas Vintage Fair.
Linking up to "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - go, what are you waiting for?
- Dress - Betsey Johnson, vintage 90s, thrifted; first worn here in June for dinner out
- Shoes - Wonders Ayers, Fluevog; last worn here in an all-green outfit in October
- Jacket (below) - Forever 21, thrifted; last seen here in December 2017 over a party dress
L and I chilled out all day together, and then I got dressed and bused to the Fair with Karen, where we met up with Cat, Yvonne and Caro. Hello to Dar, who spotted me there!
I was glad I'd worn something simple - there are never change rooms at these fairs, so the few things I tried on I just pulled on/over/under this.
Outerwear - bundled up for the cold. Did not need the fur toque, which stayed in my bag all night.
Why not go full vamp?
- Toque - Danier Leather
- Gloves - Club Monaco, consignment
- Necklace/earrings - Plum (c. 2010)
- Bracelet - faux Gucci, gift from Mom & Dad, Italy
- Amber ring - c. 1996
- Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy
I had quite good luck this time - I spent my budget and found some great items. In the WIN section, I was immediately drawn to this wonderful red knit skirt.
It's got some age on it - I would say early 80s? N. Peal, Burlington Arcade, London. They are known for their high-quality cashmere, apparently.
here 'cause I love).
John Laing of Hawick, Scotland, is the manufacturer, and that is 100% cashmere. It's really good quality cashmere too - very thick and soft. I examined it very carefully for moth-holes - none!
I really liked these organic/abstract gold earrings too.
I think they are actually some sort of plant/flower that's been gold-plated. Any guesses? They are not symmetrical with each other.
I have a hard time finding bracelets, because my wrists are very small. This one fit, and I like the mid-century modern look of it.
This one says 925 JPA.
The 2nd mark also has "10K" - this is directly behind the gold accent on the disc.
Here's how it looks.
I have a lot of big gold statement necklaces, but very few silver ones. This caught my eye.
It has a very 70s look about it - what do you think? The texture looks like crushed rock or chunky salt crystals were used for the mould.
I like the nice clasp and the chains.
I found a lovely blue suede purse for only $5.00.
Nice detail on the closure and where the straps attach, and a little zip pocket inside (metal zipper).
At the same booth, I found this little "925" marked ring.
I'll wear it as a pinky ring! Like bracelets, I have really skinny fingers and have a hard time finding rings small enough.
Same booth again - they had a $2.00 table that I spent some time rummaging through.
My big splurge of the night was this snake bracelet. I have the belt, and I needed the cuff!
It's stamped "Whiting & Davis Co", a company I was not familiar with (history link here, 'cause I love).
This is probably from the 70s or early 80s, smack dab in the disco era. It has some wear on it - the inside colouring is a bit faded - someone loved it and wore it. I know she would be happy that I have given it a good home.
On Saturday, L and I were up early for breakfast at Floyd's, followed by grocery shopping and a wee thrift expedition for me.
- Velvet embroidered blazer - Le Chateau, consignment; last worn here in November 2017 in a full cowgirl outfit
- Sweater - Dalkeith of Scotland, vintage early 60s, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February, hiding under my Gookey lace bomber jacket
- Skirt - Club Monaco, consignment; last worn here in November 2017 for another shopping expedition
- Boots - BCBG Max Azria; last seen here (4th outfit) following our September rock & roll holiday
The blazer is the star of the outfit, so I pulled colours from the embroidery out for the outfit. This vintage green sweater is such a great cut.
I'm wearing blue tights (in case you can't see them). I like the details that other people don't notice.
|"Oh great, you're going out again."|
We had a beautiful sunny day, so no coat was needed - what a treat!
|"I wonder if I can make it into the hall?"|
Easy boots for walking to town and back, plus lots of shopping.
Outerwear - I just added this silk velvet rock-star scarf...
- Scarf - thrifted
- Gloves - Danier Leather
- Gold hoops - 5th anniversary gift from L
I went to Flavour Upstairs for good browse, but only found one thing.
Feeling like I still had a bit of shopping karma left in me, I stopped briefly in at the WIN store. I couldn't resist this fabulous choker.
How do I know this? Because I have other Myka Designs jewelry!
here) and the matching bracelet (here)
Happy to see all the stamps.
I spotted this fun brooch in the $1.00 bin.
I found this fabulous pink beret.
I thought $14.95 seems a bit high - although it is cashmere.
I am a sucker for a funky shoe, and I have a soft spot for white soles.
They don't appear to have ever been worn - not a mark on them.
I did not know the brand Harpers at all, but they are in Tunbridge Wells, which is a town in the UK (I did not know this).
...and this little gold logo on the ankle.
Not bad for $18.95!
I saved even more - these were originally $29.95 at WIN.
I quickly did a pass-through of the half-price rack at the back of the store, and I'm so glad I did.
It has bias-cut ruffles around the lower lapels.
It's by Tangerine Jill! Awesome - you may recall I have the eyeball dress, the stained glass dress, and the firecracker dress by them. They were a local company, now out of business.
Vizzini, what do you think of all of this?
|"The pink muppet scarf should be mine."|
On Sunday, we had our usual long weekend get-together with our ginormous crew of 18 friends. It being Remembrance Day, I didn't want to be too colourful or garish, so went with a somewhat subdued and somber grey.
- Dress - Romeo Gigli, vintage 80s, consignment; purchased here in August for $27.50
- Boots - Miz Mooz; last seen here in February with a velvety Valentine's Day look
- Coat (below) - Zara, gift from Dominique; last worn here in October
I reveled in the warmth of the sun on the stucco of our building.
This dress is...a challenge. Don't get me wrong, I do love it. I mean, look at this magnificent cut.
I wore my Frank Tuner tour tank-top to make my exposed black bra straps look purposeful instead of accidental.
The dress is snug through the hips and legs, and very loose on the top. It likes to slide around a bit, which is deliberate, I believe, as that's a characteristic of Gigli's late 80s/early 90s pieces.
But check out this amazing feature - it has really long arms!
At first, I was not quite sure about these extra long sleeves. They are about 6 inches too long.
But now I kind of love them.
Outerwear - feeling like a rock star in this funky coat.
And the extra-long sleeves covered up my lower arms; I pulled them right down to the knuckles of my gloves.
|"Yes, L, I am nearly ready to go."|
I was even extra-klassy and changed up my bag. Ooooh...
- Purse - Steve Madden, consignment
- Gloves - Parkhurst
- Silver/gold bracelet - vintage fair, $30 - first wearing
- Steel bracelet - POLY, thrifted
- Steel ring - POLY, thrifted
- Gold/amethyst ring - Dad's, Frances Jewellers, c. 1965
- Earrings - Brenda Schoenfeld, vintage 1992, vintage mall
I spotted Vizzini in a most unusual place this weekend.
|"Curses, the Woman found me!"|
He's in his house on the leopard scratching post!
He so rarely goes there (it's full of all of the unloved mousies).
|"What? A cat can't nap in peace?"|
He's really been feeling the sudden chill lately, and has been seeking out warm nap places, like L's tie box, and our laps.
But he hasn't gone in the house in years.
|"Maybe I'm mellowing out."|
Goodness knows. I've never been able to figure this cat out.
But it was the cutest thing.
|"Move along! I know you're there, Woman."|
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I'm off to enjoy my last day off.