Sunday, December 30, 2018

Bigass Holiday Weekend Wrap-Up: A Rock Star is Born; Floyd's Farewell; Shopping Sunday

This is it, my friends: the last post of 2018! I will be back on New Year's Day with our party outfits, and a run-down of how I did on my reading resolution this year. 

Kicking it off with my last "Visible Monday" outfit of the year. This is what I wore to go see "A Star is Born" with five of my besties on Friday night. 
 Yes, I had to wear the silver pants right away!

Shout out and thanks to Patti over at Not Dead Yet Style for all the years of "Visible Monday"s - go check out all the fabulous participants here! Patti may be sweet and demure (this week), but I am full on rock and roll, baby!

Another shout-out to Ms. Wendy Brandes for doing a video about her love of ruffled things, and featuring a jacket I sent to her - enjoy it here!

  • Sweater - Club Monaco, consignment; first worn here (2nd outfit) in November with mustard
  • Pants - H&M, consignment; purchased here a couple of days ago for $12.00
  • Boots - Minnetonka, thrifted; purchased here for $37.25
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather; last worn here last week

As you can see, I felt pretty badass in this outfit.
"Yes, your ass is bad. Feed me."

Vizzini was lurking around just before I left, angling for an early feeding.

I know it's hard to tear your eyes away from the silver pants (which were super-comfy for chilling out in a big recliner in the theatre), but I'm wearing my monkey-arm sweater again.
"I approve of the fur and the fringe. Both look delicious."

The tops of the sleeves are faux fur - very soft and warm. I also have a black camisole under it for extra warmth.
 The pants were really so fun - I ran into a friend in Dots who tried to rent them from me for a New Year's party. Um, no.

More badassery.
"Coming in for the fringe."

The fringe on the boots is loud; it thwaps as you walk.

Outerwear - bundled up. It was a very rainy night.
I also carried an umbrella. 

  • Fur scarf - thrifted
  • Gloved - Cejon, thrifted

The stuff: 
 These boots were awesome to wear - I walked home in them.

Heart bling:
 Love for my gals. We went out for drinks and food after the movie, which we all liked. It's been a good week for drawing closer to my loved ones.

  • Earrings - vintage fair

Speaking of loved ones, Vizzini's been getting lots of attention.
"Look at my noble profile."  

He's been getting regular brushes and play-time, and plenty of naps.
"You forgot to mention the cuddling."

And much cuddling. 

Before the movie I had some extra time, so I browsed around in Dots. I really loved this jacket, so it came home with me.  
 It's a rain-coat, covered with pansies.

Good pockets.
 Nice big buttons too.

The hood is not too big, and the wide cut is gathered in the back for shape.
 The back hem hangs lower, and has a draw-string.

It's by Avoca "Nest", and the label says "A piece from the small but interesting world of Avoca."
 Everything was an extra 20% off, so this was $39.99.
 It's coated cotton and lined with a light cotton knit - it will be lovely for my weekend jaunts to the grocery store in spring.

On Saturday, we were up early to meet Chris and Nick at Floyd's for lunch.
 It was pouring rain out, so I dressed accordingly for walking to and from town in the deluge.

  • Sweater - Contemporaine, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) for brunch (same necklace!) in November
  • Dress - Dolce & Gabbana, vintage, thrifted; last worn here (4th and 5th outfits) in April, for brunch and a baby shower
  • Boots - Ash; last seen here (2nd outfit) in October for a shopping expedition
  • Coat (below) - Forever 21, thrifted; last worn here in early December

Rainy view of the Castle.
 No more leaves on the trees. It's definitely winter.

I know the boots are not quite appropriate for this look, but I prefer to keep my feet dry.
 The dress is a lovely stretch boucle wool body-con piece. It's snuggly warm.

I layered the red wool sweater under it - just a simple look.
 We'll just punk it up a bit for fun.

Horrendous rear shot.
 Proof that I only take one picture, ha! I promise you, my butt does not look that bad in this dress. 

Outerwear - I saw an identical coat in a boutique on Oak Bay Avenue for $368.00 on Friday. Would you believe I thrifted mine for $14.00?
 Of course, I had to add my accoutrements to stay dry and warm.

Fully accoutered!
 I've figured out that I can clip my hair up gently and hide it under this toque and it stays nice when I shake it out upon arrival at wherever I'm going. Go, me!

  • Fur toque/scarf - Danier Leather
  • Gloves - Cejon, thrifted

The stuff;
 Such badass boots. Not a single leak, both ways in the rain.

Spiky bling:
Favourite things.

  • Necklace - Robert Larin, vintage 70s, gift from L
  • Earrings - Glee
  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Studded cuff - vintage 90s

Floyd's Diner is closing its downtown location after 15 years. L and I have been going there the entire time - we know the owner, Petr, and his daughter, Chloe, and the staff is like family (they've been giving us friends and family discounts for years).
 Small write-up here, and I'm hoping that they re-open downtown soon!

You'll forgive my indulgence (and my blurry, hasty pictures). This place was a touchstone for us, every Saturday for 15 years.
 Most of the decor features old rock and rollers.

Speaking of old rock and rollers, there's mine (yellow shirt), fetching us some Splenda and brown sugar for our coffee.
 Years ago, a picture of L was featured in a Reader's Digest article about Floyd's. Fame!

My guys (and me in the mirror, pinkie finger up!).
 Nick and Chris, and L giving me some helpful tips.

We let the waitress take our picture.

Two of our favourite staff, Joel and Josh.
 Aw, guys, I will miss you!

L and Corey, the general manager.
 Many chats about music between those two.

Aw, all of us.
 *sniff sniff*

Floyd's is famous for their Mahoney, where you get what the kitchen chooses to make for you, and you can flip a coin for it. If you win, it's free; if you lose, you pay double. Or you can choose to pay the flat rate (around $15).
 Chris' Mahoney is two slash-top omelets, with a bed of potatoes in the middle, covered in hollandaise, and enchilada sauce.

I don't do the Mahoney, but this is my favourite regular brunch: Huevos Incredibalos, no potatoes, soft-poached eggs, and a side of soup (potato, bacon, cheddar).
 SO. GOOD. I will miss this.

L's Mahoney was rice, beef, and pico de gallo, with garlic bread.
 Not terribly exciting but he liked it.

I was up early today/Sunday, to do my weekly grocery shop and then to meet up with some of my gals for the last shop of the year at My Sister's Closet.
 It was sunny! Yay! I snuck in a wearing of this new-to-me spring-weight dress.

  • Top - Topsy Turvy USA, thrifted; first worn here in November with greens
  • Dress - Geek Boutique, thrifted; purchased here for $19.95
  • Shoes - Miista; last seen here in December with green vintage
  • Jacket (below) - Danier Leather, thrifted; last worn here

I really love the cut of this dress.
 Insanely flattering! There are slits on either side for walking and striding about.

And easy for trying stuff on. Now that I've worn it once, it's going into the spring/summer pile as well - it was a little grabby with my tights.
 Cat and I started shopping first, then Caro showed up. Yvonne and Randall dropped by later to say hi.

It may have been sunny, but it was definitely chilly out!
 I wish I'd worn a warmer coat, and a hat!

  • Pashmina - Portolano, thrifted
  • Leather gloves - consignment

The stuff:
 Comfy shoes! Of course, I know if I wear lace-up shoes, I will end up trying on shoes, just because it is such a pain to take them off and on again. It's like a law.

  • Earrings - don't remember

I found these amazing Coach mules for $18.50. All green and yellow tags were half price, so what a steal!
 These are suede, with nice shiny hardware and contrast stitching.

I have an event soon that I think these might be perfect for.
 But I like the challenge of this "new" style in my closet. We shall see!

Made in Italy.
 They are gorgeously soft.
 This style is called the Cleo. I think it is from the early 00s.

Leather-wrapped soles and heels.
 These have had a bit of wear, but not a ton. They would have been over $200 new.

I wasn't sure about this dress, but it fits great, and it was also half price, at $21.50. Another $200+ item originally!
 It's a classic fit and flare cut, great pouf to the skirt, and it has pockets! That yellow chiffon hem is a very bright yellow in person - it will be amazing with my yellow shoes.

 It's by Eliza J (I also have this dress by this label - Happy New Year 2015!). It's been packed away for the springs/summer season (only 3 months to go...urgh...).

I was strangely attracted to this sheer lined "sweatshirt".
 The lighter grey is sheer black over a white t-shirt fabric lining.

You can see that the flowers on it are more solid and shiny.
 This is by Kut from the Kloth and was half price at $12.50.

Tops by this brand retail for $68-88.00 at Nordie's (Nordstrom's).
 I am intrigued by the possibilities!

Sometimes I think the weird clothes are left on half-price just for me.
 This khaki and black striped sweater features a blob of leopard fabric with a random string of sequins. Sure!

See? Who else is going to wear this?
 And yes, that might be a hood!

Also lined with leopard fabric.
 So fun!

But of course, you must see me in it!
"Finally, you're home! Feed me!"
 Rar! I am a scary leopard lady!

The brand is Tuzzi, which I've seen at Dots. This was the cheapest thing I bought, at $11.50 (also half-price).
I am excited to style this!

I went gaga for this velvet jacket.
 Thank you, Cat, for pointing it out!

Look at these buttons!
 It's a cotton velvet, with a touch of stretch.

It's by Pink Tartan and was made in Canada (so older Pink Tartan). There is a cheaper-looking version on the Home Shopping Network page for over $400.
 Not a regular size 2, more like a small. This was $38.98, and would have been between $300-500 new. Score!

And now, signing off for 2018. Thank you for reading along, and following my stylish life.
"Happy New Year to all my fans. You complete me."

May the New Year bring you peace and joy.