MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope you all had a fabulous day!
We just got home from our jaunt to Powell River to see L's family, and I have a nap in my future, so bear with me - we have some ground to cover.
On Sunday, I grocery shopped, and then did a little retail pre-therapy in preparation for the holiday. Get centred, find some good items (fingers crossed).
It was a bit on the rainy side, so I went with shiny leather. As one does.
- Jacket - Burberry, consignment, Vancouver; last seen here (2nd outfit) in November to see Tammy for dinner
- Sleeveless sweater - INC, thrifted; last worn here in January, layered under a plaid jacket
- Skirt - Club Monaco, consignment; last seen here earlier this month
- Shoes - Matisse; last worn here (3rd outfit) for a shopping expedition in October
I've been having hot flashes and temperature issues lately, so I've been wearing layers, and things that I won't overheat in.
Open, in shopping mode.
I'm a "ma'am." Sigh.
I went to Flavour Upstairs, and the big WIN store on Pandora Ave.
Outerwear - I just added a wee fur scarf and my velvet gloves.
- Fur scarf - Danier Leather, thrifted
- Gloves - Cejon, thrifted
- Earrings - thrifted
I scored with these sweet Vans at Flavour Upstairs.
With big black soles.
Practically brand new! No wear on the soles at all.
I also spotted this magnificent printed skirt.
I fell hard for the dragons.
I could find nothing about this company, Blind Faith, but the skirt was made in Canada.
From there, I strolled through the crowds in a happy little bubble, up to the WIN store. No stress for me, I'd all done my shopping for others.
I had looked at these boots last time I was in, and has been mentally kicking myself for not getting them.
They are fully suede with leather-wrapped heels, and rubber soles.
They are by Minnetonka, a company that was vaguely familiar to me - they specialize in fringed boots and moccasins.
I don't usually do hosiery that isn't in original packaging, but these don't look like they've been worn much, if at all.
I scoped out the clearance rack and found this lovely green spotted top.
It's by eShakti, that online customizable design company.
A nice detail - a bra-strap holder in the shoulder.
I was pleased to find that this lovely printed dress is NOT a stretchy jersey. I loathe non-woven fabrics in dresses, and usually won't touch them unless they are really special.
I love the pattern - won't this look good with my orange or blue shoes?
It's by Donna Morgan, and was half off as well, so $8.62, which also felt like a deal. That size 10 fits more like an 8.
I was attracted to this gorgeous green jacket.
It's by Joe Fresh, and was only $16.95.
I was excited about this skinny sweater. It has ruffles trimmed in white on the shoulders and at the hem.
I know it sold for more than $17.95 at Club Monaco.
When I got home, I wrapped all my presents and hauled out my backpack.
|"Does this mean what I think it means??"
Yes, unhappy kitty, it does. Time to go to Powell River!
- Cardigan - Kenzo, consignment; last worn here in July for a Casual Friday
- T-shirt - Banana Republic, consignment; last seen here in October with leopard, velvet and dragons
- Leather slip dress - Danier Leather, thrifted; last worn here (4th outfit) in October to visit Mom's for Thanksgiving
- Boots - BCBG Max Azria; last seen here (2nd outfit) earlier in December with my tiger dress
- Sleeveless coat (below) - Only, thrifted; last worn here on Friday
Again, layered for internal combustion issues.
Comfy for sitting in heated seats.
Showing off my (nearly forgotten) winter patterned tights.
Outerwear - uh-oh, I'm getting the Evil Eye from L (I was running late).
|"If we miss the ferry..."
- Cashmere toque - Club Monaco, thrifted
- Gloves - Cejon, thrifted
- Fur scarf - thrifted
We did not miss the ferry.
This my Christmas Day outfit.
- Turtleneck - Jacob, thrifted; first worn here (2nd outfit) in early December, layered under pink mohair
- Dress - Talbots, consignment; last worn here (5th outfit) to a concert in May that I fainted at
I did catch a butter-covered renegade potato in the skirt of it, so the dress is now in the wash, following a bunch of talcum powder to soak up the butter.
Didn't need the cardigan, but wore it to Louise's place anyway.
We walked over to her apartment from our hotel, and it was brisk out.
Here are a few pictures of our drive up- and down-Island. As I live in an unusual part of the world, I like to show off a bit of our gorgeous scenery.
|The start of the Malahat Drive
I live on the southern tip of Vancouver Island (wiki here), which is a ginormous island with multiple cities and towns on it, as well as some completely wild West Coast rainforested terrain.
The Malahat is carved out of the side of the southern Island.
Low-hanging clouds everywhere.
We are over 1,000 feet above sea level here.
You can get an idea of how this road was blasted out of the cliffs.
Passing through Duncan, a city about an hour's drive from Victoria.
The drive up-Island is full of fields, lakes, mountains and our old friend, the Gnome With Big Hands.
North of Nanaimo (another big city, slightly smaller than Victoria).
Oh, thank goodness, there's the sign for the ferry!
I like the plane at the Tourist Info Centre in Courtenay.
As noted, we made it to the ferry.
here, quite a contrast in weather!).
Let's get on board!
These new ferries are pretty nice.
The joys of living on an island.
We found ourselves a seat to hunker down and read with headphones in.
After we checked into our hotel, we went to Louise's to hang out and have dinner on Christmas Eve.
L chilling out with a brew and the colourful tree.
A family portrait.
I gave L this satin Bruins jacket for Christmas.
He gave me this velvety purple robe to replace my 12+ year-old one that's been worn to death. I love it - so soft!
After a fun Christmas Day, we were up before sunrise to catch the first ferry home.
Coming towards Courtenay, back on the Island.
Wave at the gnome.
As we neared Victoria, the sun came out.
|"No way. Uncle Nick fed me. I didn't miss you at all."
He has yet to make friends with my new robe.
|"I see you stuffed your old one in my house for me to sleep in."
I sure did, bud. I know you love to sleep on it.
And with that, my friends, I'm off to nap. It's been an exhausting few days. See you in a few days for another wrap-up!