Hello, my friends! I'm back, after a whirlwind of a weekend celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary with my sweetie, L.
We go to Vancouver every year for our anniversary, and visit with friends and do some shopping - we've been doing this for about 15 years. All links below are 'cause I love - no hidden agenda here, folks.
|"I was not consulted about this."|
Vizzini always knows that when we get out our backpacks that we are leaving him. He had "Vizz-its" from Cat and Ross while we were gone - thanks for taking care of our little monster.
I love this picture, taken by Melanie of A Bag and a Beret - she's been part of our trip for the last 6 years (we first met here, in 2013). Here's a recap of last year's trip, if you are interested, and this post here (from our 20th anniversary) has some pictures of our wedding in 1997.
Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - random strangers complimented us all weekend on our style. It's nice to be acknowledged for standing out in a sea of athleisure wear and beige.
But let's back this up a bit. Here's what I wore during the day on Friday...and Saturday...and Sunday.
- Blazer - Vivienne Westwood Red Label, thrifted; last seen here in November 2018 with sparkle leopard
- Sweater - Jay Jays, thrifted; last worn here in February with my Muppet skirt
- Skirt - Talbots, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in January for weekend shopping
- Shoes - Truths Makena, Fluevog; last worn here in January with slouchy chartreuse
On Friday, it was really sunny and warm, and I worried that this sweater would be too hot for the rest of the weekend, but it cooled off quite a bit on Saturday and Sunday, and it ended up being just right.
I also wanted to look snazzy! That's always a requirement.
The blazer was for extra warmth if needed.
|"I do not permit you to leave, Woman!"|
I had to give Vizzini some cuddles before I left.
He had ulterior motives!
|"This fur pin needs a good licking."|
I did not cuddle him for long. The fur pin survived.
Kitted up for colder weather. I ended up not needing the beret at all.
- Cashmere beret - Club Monaco, thrifted
- Fur boa - thrifted
- Leather gloves - consignment
- Purse - Aldo
- Fur pin - Catawumpus
- Earrings - c. 1996
- Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
L had to give Vizzini some love before we left.
here). He wore it all weekend, as well - we're both very minimal packers.
Aw, look at my guys.
We got up early for our 9:30 am flight to Vancouver.
The good folks of Harbour Air were able to get us on the 9 am flight instead, so off we went!
Looking back at Victoria from the outer harbour.
Looking south to the San Juan Islands in the USA - in the far distance is Washington State.
Looking down at one of the populated islands.
It's only 35 minutes to fly from Victoria harbour to Vancouver harbour - it's worth the expense for the time saved.
And we're in Vancouver!
We were in our hotel by 10 am.
We got slightly lost trying to find Medina Cafe (link).
We had quite a bit of time before they could seat us, so we wandered over to a swanky office building lobby, had coffee and took pictures of ourselves.
|"Darling! How have you been?"|
"Fabulous, sweets! And you?"
Now, be serious.
We need to have a talk show.
Melanie took one of each of us.
I can barely stay on my chair.
It was a really beautiful lobby - the gent on the piano played a bunch of Beatles' tunes.
Medina was amazing, especially the waffle with salted caramel. Nom nom.
Mel came with us to My Sister's Closet (a thrift store, not related to the consignment store of the same name in Victoria), but neither of us had any luck there. She departed - busy! - and L and I strolled down to the Fluevog in Gastown. Our regular Fluevogologist, Wes, was there.
here's the first time we went to this store (when it was new!) in 2011.
L is purchasing my new Fluevogs as my anniversary gift in that picture.
They feel wonderful on - I am thrilled.
"Super fine - Yes indeed you are!"
I bought L these - he's been wanting them for ages, and they never go on sale.
Pretty swanky, just like my guy!
On Friday night, we met up with our Vancouver friend Craig for dinner. Saturday morning, we hopped a cab out to the Mt. Pleasant area of Main Street for breakfast at El Camino's (link).
Our friends Kim and Spence, and their awesome kids Rosie and El.
El (in red) is a wonderful artist - her drawings are incredible.
From there, we had our map of vintage and consignment places to check out up and down Main St. Here are all of L's purchases.
He did really well at Front & Co. (link), with this yellow summer shirt.
Love that vintage pattern.
He also found this Maison Scotch sample shirt.
More fun patterns.
I can't remember the name of the shop, but he also found this lovely tie.
It's by Duchamp London.
Vizzini investigating our purchases when we got home.
|"You bought me a present! Kitty spaghetti - my favourite!"|
Naughty kitty - it was a pair of Stacey Adams shoes that L spotted in another vintage store. I managed to keep the shoelaces (aka "kitty spaghetti") away from Vizzini.
Hardly any wear at all!
I checked out the Main Exchange (link).
New with tags! It was $34.99.
I found these amazing pink satin trousers at the Front & Co. pop-up shop - this is where I bought my bronze leather Burberry jacket last year, but I was trying not to get my hopes up!
Only $28.00 and they look great on.
I also bought these light blue plastic hoops, locally made.
At the regular Front & Co. store, I came away with this nylon bomber jacket. I love the daisy print.
It's by Stella McCartney for Adidas.
I loved this made in India cropped pink/brick top.
It's by Sisstrevolution.
At Fab Finds (link), I fell hard for this wool-blend moto jacket. Guess why?
It's by the Gap and was from their Holiday 2013 collection (shipped to stores in July 2013).
I also bought these gorgeous blue satin slides there.
They were in great condition.
These are also half a size smaller than I'd normally wear, which will keep them on my feet better.
We always stop in at Turnabout (link) - and now they have a store in Victoria on Oak Bay Avenue (link)! Uh-oh! Danger, danger! I sense a shopping trip!
I was a bit disappointed in the selection of clothing overall - too much Aritzia stuff and not enough designer. It's Vancouver - I want stuff I can't find at home.
It was $47.99.
Check out the lovely pattern on the back.
I had to check the jewelry case, and good thing I did, as I found this set of sterling silver earrings and pendant for only $8.00 each.
They are by M&M
These were gifts bought for me by L, as an extra anniversary present. I was gobsmacked! These were marked down to the lowest amounts shown on the tickets, so $137.99 each. Wow, thank you, L! I love them!
link), from the "Holy Mountain" collection from 2012. This is a Tokyo-based company featuring designers Verbal and Yoon (jewelry designer as of April 2018 for Dior Men, source).
The necklace is heavy (it's gold-plated sterling silver), with leather accent, and logo stamp.
We cabbed back home after nearly 5 hours of shopping, and had a nap, before getting dressed for a swanky dinner at Hawksworth Restaurant (link).
- Dress - Part Two; last seen here (3rd outfit) in December 2018 for a party at Terry's and at Nick and Karen's
- Shoes - Super Fine Cardinal, Fluevog; first wearing - purchased right up there the day before
- Jacket - Gap, consignment; first wearing - purchased above that afternoon
L took my pictures in the hotel room. Crap lighting.
This dress took up barely any room in my backpack, and doesn't wrinkle. That makes for a fabulous travel dress.
How could I not wear my new PANK jacket??
With all pink accessories too!
- Fur boa - thrifted
- Leather gloves - consignment
- Cuff/necklace - Ambush Design, consignment; first wearing, purchased above
- Earrings - thrifted
- Bag - Aldo
While I was getting ready, L tried to take a selfie.
On Sunday morning, we were up early to catch our seaplane home - we made an earlier flight again, and even had the exact same pilot/plane.
Saying goodbye to Vancouver...
Looking north, towards Whistler, up the coast of BC.
And only 30 minutes later, there's Victoria.
We went straight for breakfast at the Ruby, then home to our little kitty. We were in the door by 10:30 am.
He happily inspected all of our purchases.
|"I approve of my new cat-bed."|
We hung out with him all evening and gave him lots of love.
I'll leave you with this awesome sign I saw in a car window.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Thank you so much for visiting - what was your favourite purchase of all my goodies?