Hello, my friends! Warning: the "Bigass" label is not misleading - this is one huge post. You will forgive me if I'm not terribly chatty, as I'm physically tired, and seriously need some couch time!
This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Coincidentally, she's showing some street art, which I also recorded on my travels that day.
- Dress - Dept, thrifted; last worn here in November 2018 for decorating my office
- Shoes - Camper, thrifted; last seen here in November 2018 with sparkle, grey and leopard
- Leather jacket (below) - Danier, consignment; last worn here in November 2018
I had a lovely Castle view from my stairs - we've had great weather all weekend: sunny, not too hot, not too cold.
Cleaning out a closet is an ordeal - I had to wear something that I could move (and sweat) in.
I love this dress - it wasn't so long ago that my hair matched that magenta!
Getting coffee'd up.
Outerwear - leather weather! I love this orange leather coat.
But I haven't seen a better orange leather jacket to replace it yet.
- Purse - Roots, thrifted
- Gold hoops - 5th anniversary gift from L
- Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
- S pin - Dodds, vintage fair
I took my camera with me, since I wanted to take a few pictures of our closet adventure - and I snapped a few scenes of my wanders.
From there, I popped into Heart & Sole's hosiery shop to look for replacement floral tights for the ones I wore to Vancouver (they have massive holes in them, not fixable, although I will try to get more wears out of them).
I had a quick look around at Vanity Fair Antique Mall, and found two pairs of earrings.
I had to have this set of 1960s Italian-made plastic jewelry.
I tried a few things on at the Velvet Crease, but nothing rung my bell, until I spotted this lovely gold bracelet made of round dome-shapes.
I found stamps that say "Butler" on the inside of each dome.
I strolled through a lovely neighbourhood on the way to Yvonne's.
Whole streets are lined with them.
I liked this door/wall painting and noticed that there's a very subtle title above the red and white design.
Vancouver Street still has a bunch of its original Victorian homes.
This apartment building is where L and first lived together, from 1996 to 2000.
I love this old mansion. It's called the Beaconsfield, and it's a Bed & Breakfast.
I spy a kitty!
|"That sun feels good."
A very pretty white one. He seems to be very focused.
The corner of Beacon Hill Park - I'm at my destination.
We pulled out all of Yvonne's shoes, and took them out of the shoe boxes so we could see them properly.
Storage racks removed from the closet, and the little-seen scarf rack was pulled out for inspection.
So many hangers! We ended up with 2.5 garbage bags for donation, and two massive garbage bags for swap.
And finally, we were done! Here's my beautiful friend showing off her sweater and top storage area.
Left side of her closet - previously, that had been crammed full of clothes and shoe boxes.
The shoe rack was permitted to come back, but was moved closer to the front of the closet (leaving potential storage room behind it - good to have room for growth once you clear out!).
All Yvonne's blazers, blouses and dresses, sorted and easy to see.
The upper shelf got a wooden rack for purses, a box of scarves and hats.
Our sweeties joined us near the end, and fetched us pizza for dinner. We enjoyed a drink and then L and I walked home.
L and I hung out and played board games on Saturday night. I was pretty pooped after all our closet exertions, but was up early to get groceries and then start my own closet undertaking.
|"Does this mean you're getting the vacuum cleaner out?"
It does indeed! I clean my whole closet from top to bottom (sometimes moreso than others!).
|"Eep! Wake me when you're done."
Vizzini hid the entire time. What a chicken-cat.
I started with my tights. I store tights at the bottom of my lingerie chest, and in a large shopping bag. I roll them for storage.
This is my full lingerie chest, which lives to the right of my closet door (to the right of where I stand in most of my pictures). I store my camisoles in the top drawer, my "soft tops" (dressy sleeveless tops for layering) in the next drawer, and my vintage slips and camisoles in the next double-deep drawer.
I cleaned off the top and rearranged my art from Caro's mom, Hazel, the replica lingerie chest model that L used to surprise me (the chest was a Christmas gift years ago), and my small perfume collection. I never wear scent, but they all have sentimental associations for me.
Okay, closet time! I've emptied my first two shelves of sleeveless sweaters, short-sleeved sweaters and other odds and ends of tops, and have weeded out some blouses, long skirts and trousers.
It's also items that can only be worn with tights, or that maybe I associate colour-wise with winter (mostly dark colours, some Christmassy or more shiny/sparkly things).
My "long hang" - where I store my jumpsuits, long and short dresses and dusters.
The shelf above the dresses has my more costume-y party accessories.
My blazers on the back left, below my skirts.
I took out lots of skirts.
My shoes reside in the "Tower of Power", a 6-shelf x 2 shelf that runs on the front left side of my closet, from the floor to the ceiling. I maximize space in my closet!
All my keeper stuff folded and ready for storage.
All my fall-winter shoes and boots, ready to be stored away. Most of these get put into cloth shoe-bags (multiple pairs per bag), which get stored under/behind my clothes in the closet, or under our bed.
Most of my shoes lined up in the hallway ready to be loaded back into the closet.
And also because I was shopping for spring summer for the past 6 months! Here are all my new-to-me items that I purchased.
Now that all that fall/winter stuff is out of the closet, time to load in the spring /summer! Ooh, can't wait!
Here are the bags of spring/summer overflow.
As I put each thing away, again I was looking at it and assessing my love for it.
Above that section, my tops and jean-style trousers are folded. I'm not a very neat folder - I just need to be able to see at a glance what's there.
More sweaters, a few cardigans and a fuzzy top.
Here are the dresses all done.
My skirts - oh my lovely skirts.
My jacket and blazer collection is also very colourful.
I also swap over my accessories - my three round boxes of belts.
All the shoes go in, now that all the fall-winter things in their bags are tucked away underneath. This is the lower left side of my closet, under the my blouses/long skirts/trousers.
The shoes on the lower left - flats and walking shoes on the floor, then higher heels as we go up.
These comfy shoes say yes!
More colourful friends!
And way up high, I've put my tasseled magenta shoes up in the "party shoe" section.
This is the pile of items I amassed over 5 hours for giveaway.
But I'm still not done!
I delight in seeing my silver and colourful bracelets and cuffs again.
I go through every section of my giant jewelry box - this is where most of my contemporary jewelry lives.
I use a little flat crystal candy dish for my stud-style earrings.
My grandmother's jewelry box also gets cleaned out, and set up with all of my spring/summer vintage jewelry.
My dresser top all nice and tidy - ready for me to accessorize my outfits.
My stored jewelry is used in the corner here where we first started - my scarves sit on it.
Meanwhile, Vizzini stayed hidden. It took me from around noon to 5:30 pm to do all of this (and another 2 hours to blog it!).
|"Why do you do this to me, Woman?"
Of course, it is all about him! I will make it up to you with some cuddles, buddy.
And leaving you, my friends, with these beautiful pink blossoms.