Hello, my friends! I hope spring has sprung in your neck of the woods - it feels like it's getting close here!
Let's kick this bigass wrap-up off with Friday's outfit, which I wore all day for work, and then in the evening to the Victoria Spring Vintage Fair, followed by dinner after at Spinnakers Pub with friends.
This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style.
- Sweater - Tatyana, thrifted; last worn here in February for shopping again
- Skirt - Pink Martini, consignment; last seen here in October 2018 with heavy metal
- Shoes - Half Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last worn here in February with this same sweater (shocking)
- Coat (below) - Burberry, consignment, Vancouver; last seen here (3rd outfit) in February for brunch and shopping
Friday was also our office potluck for International Women's Day - we had about 30 dishes, including Indian sweets, Chinese cookies, sushi, pizza, cheese, chocolate, multiple dips...oh, it was all so tasty.
Did you notice my gold tiger on my shoulder? She was quite popular, both at work and at the Fair.
I've done the sweater/shoes combination many times before - they were made to be worn together.
Outerwear - I hate wearing a bulky coat to the vintage fairs. I folded up this leather one and stuffed it in a bag while I shopped.
- Hat - Delux, Saanichton Fair
- Gloves - Cejon, thrifted
- Tiger pin - consignment
- Gold chain - Grandma J
- Earrings - thrifted
Awesome coworker, reader and commenter Trisha showed me a picture of her daughter Kailani dressed for International Women's Day:
|Photo by permission|
Look at that Wonder Woman tee (recognize it??) on my young fashionista gal! Kickin' it, Kailani! You go, girl.
Details of her girl-themed leggings.
I was fairly restrained at the Vintage Fair, and did not spend my full budget...unlike my colleague Janie, who went hog-wild and bought All The Things! She had never been to a vintage fair before and was gaga over the prices and array of sparkly things. The vendors loved her!
I found a few things in the WIN (Women In Need) room. This is a vintage 100% silk blouse.
I love the pixelated roses design - very Dries Van Noten! - I suspect that this is late 80s to early 90s, when pixels and computers were new and exciting.
The blouse was $34.95, which I thought was a bit high, but *shrug* it goes to a good cause.
I found a new coat! This was my big item of the weekend. What shall we name it? The Fuzzy Flamingo? The Unsafe Pink Elephant? Give me some ideas!
It's 100% wool - the back has some fuzzing on it, like the previous owner sat in a car that had scratchy upholstery that distressed her lovely coat.
We all had a giggle over the manufacturer: Auckie Sanft. That is the weirdest name ever, however, Irving "Auckie" Sanft was a real person! I found his obituary here (he died in 2000). I also spotted this awesome blog here post showing women's fashion from 1957 and there's an Auckie Sanft coat in the bottom picture.
You can see a bit of the pink lining there.
I know it's old because of the ILGWU( International Ladies' Garment Workers Union) label, which was in use between 1956 and 1968.
I picked up a free postcard, button and sticker as souvenirs.
I bought a few pieces at other booths, too.
I found a mark on the $2.00 brooch. Dodds (with a backwards S). I found this fun history of them here on a defunct blog.
On Saturday, L and I strolled to town for brunch. We went to Bin 4 for burgers (although I had an ahi tuna bowl instead).
- Sweater - Artisan de Luxe, consignment; last worn here (3rd outfit) in November 2018 with this same skirt
- Skirt - Mackage, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in November 2018 with this sweater!
- Boots - Adrian Agnes, Fluevog; last seen here (3rd outfit) for brunch in November 2018
- Sleeveless coat - Only, thrifted; last worn here in February
Another bright sunny day! I re-purpled my hair on Thursday night.
|"Where's my present from the Fair?"|
When I bought this thick leather skirt I had to super-glue two of the snaps together permanently - otherwise it pops open and falls off.
Bits of yellow sneaking into my outfits mean I'm jonesing for bright springy colours!
Outerwear - this was good while we walked in the sun. In shade, it was cold!
- Gloves - Club Monaco, consignment
- Leather/steel cuff - Rimanchik
- White gold earrings - Frances Jewelers; gift from L
While were were getting ready for our respective evenings (Winesday at Yvonne's; MANday at our house), Vizzini watched us from his post. I had trouble spotting him at first.
|"I'm camouflaged with my leopard post."|
I got a better angle.
|"Thanks for blowing my cover, Woman!"|
What a sweet boy. Such fine mustaches! He has only 3 white eyebrows on one side right now.
He immediately hopped down and started angling for kitty treats.
|"Feed me, or I will eat your shoelaces!"|
I hid the shoelaces and fed him before I left.
I squeezed a nap in after our jaunt to town, so with little make-up left and my old purple glasses on, I threw on a comfy sweater dress and tights and walked to Yvonne's to hang out with my besties for the evening.
- Dress - Club Monaco, thrifted; purchased here last weekend for $25.00
- Boots - Cougar, thrifted; last worn here in February with pinstripes, pearls and patterns
- Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage, thrifted; last seen here last week
After playing with the scarf all night, I mostly wore it draped down my back, not the way I'm wearing it here.
I was totally cozy in this snuggly loose sweater dress. Loved it.
Here I am wearing the tights in October 2010! Nine years is a long time for hosiery.
I took a pair of thick socks and wore those for the evening.
Bundled up. I cabbed home, since with the time change/Daylight Savings, it was after 2 am when I left.
- Scarf - Faux Louis (Lewis!) Vuitton, thrifted
- Gloves - Cejon, thrifted
New cuff bling:
- Cuff - vintage fair
- White gold earrings - Frances Jewelers, gift from L
Today, I walked to town to get groceries - as you can see, it was a three-day repeat of sun! Woo!
- Blouse - VanessaVirginia, consignment; first worn here in November 2018 with pink and grey
- Leather "Buffy" slip dress - Danier Leather, vintage 90s, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit +) over Christmas in December 2018 in Powell River
- Boots - Arnold Churgin, thrifted; first worn here (3rd outfit) on a weekend in February
- Jacket - Frank Lyman; last seen here in January
No one saw me like this but I thought you would like to see the outfit without the jacket.
I call it my Buffy dress, since it reminds me of the fashions on Buffy the Vampire Slayer from the late 90s, which are starting to be trendy again.
I had loads of comments on the jacket, though.
Done up - feeling like a rock star much, Sheila?
Feeling like Wonder Woman, actually.
- Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
- White gold earrings - Frances Jewelers, gift from L
I stopped in at the Patch's pop-up store and had a good look through the stuff they were unpacking for spring. I spotted this wonderful high-necked, long-sleeved dress.
I love the pattern of branches and flowers too - not too delicate, not too big.
It's Nanette by Nanette Lepore - made in China, unfortunately, not in the USA as her stuff usually is/used to be.
This isn't my usual style of dress, but I really liked it on, and I can see it being a really comfy dress for a summer weekend. It's a very bleached out blue chambray cotton.
|"Did you buy this for me? The rope belt looks tasty."|
It's really soft and drapey on. It's by Michael Kors and was $24.95.
It's all snaps - I like snaps.
I fell hard for this lovely neon yellow blouse. And I hear the cool kids are into neon (again).
It's by Kate Spade.
From there, I went to the regular Patch store a few doors down, where they were having a BOGO (Buy One, Get One) Free sale. I managed to get a free item, but I did buy this short dress because it's so COOL.
There are very Goth-y looking scarabs all over it with these crazy scrolly designs.
I found this as part of the print:
It was $32.95, but I could not leave this on the rack.
So I got this skirt for FREE. It's very Muppety.
It's a Zara Knit, new with tags still on.
I paid $19.95 for this skirt in order to get the Zara skirt for free.
See? Neon! It's by J. Crew, and is from 2013 - that's the last time neon was trendy.
I did one quick pass through Flavour Upstairs from there, but just found one dress, but it's a good one.
It's Diane von Furstenberg! And only $24.99!
There's the logo and hologram.
And my friends, now I'm off to enjoy my evening with L and Vizzini! I hope you all had a fab weekend!
Fluffy flamingo coat indeed! I can imagine a lady wearing that coat to Easter mass too!ReplyDelete
So many finds, you have quite an eye for designer brands, don't you? X
Fluffy Flamingo, yes! I like to think I have a good eye, Jess - you should see all the stuff I don't buy! There is so much good stuff out there.Delete
If you came to one of my fairs, I'd be all over you as well! I'm always excited to see fabulously dressed women and often disappointed when visitors dress down to go shopping. That shade of emerald green looks wonderful on you and the shoulder tiger is just brilliant.ReplyDelete
I found a TopShop pewter leather jacket for £1 on Friday but it was far too big - seeing you in yours makes me even more sad!
The pink coat is incredible and what a bargain! The blouse is a beaut, too.
Your weekend outfits are ace, love the embroidered rock chick moto jacket and that patchwork jumper especially.
Amazing finds, so many fancy makes - I love looking at clothing labels, keep 'em coming! Vizzini eyeing up that Michael Kors dress made me laugh out loud.
God to hear that Spring's made an appearance, it's been snowing here! xxx
I can't believe people don't dress up for vintage fairs - I would pull out all the stops for you, Vix!Delete
Oh, bummer about that jacket! I am so excited about all my finds. I love old labels too - I see some doozies. I hope your snow goes soon!
"gasps of admiration" -- yes, I'm sure your fab outfits collect them. For me, they're an aspiration existing in my mind and no where else... :-)ReplyDelete
Aw, thank you, Ally.Delete
Wow, you can shop my friend! That pink coat is amazing, and you wear your greens beautifully too. Stay fabulous, xox.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Patti!Delete
Where to begin? OK, I'll start with favourite outfit. It's been a toss-up between Friday's and Sunday's, but in the end, the green in Friday's outfit, and of course that fabulous tiger brooch, won me over. Perfect for a vintage fair! You did well by the way! I'm swooning over that pink coat. Fuzzy Flamingo! You did well on Sunday too. I especially love the long-sleeved floral dress and the neon yellow/pink tweed skirt. I've had a funny experience while browsing the bookshelves in a charity shop on Saturday. I happened upon a travel book about ... Victoria! We think it dates from the early 90s (according to Jos, judging from the cars in the pictures). I had to buy it of course. At one point I exclaimed to Jos, here's Sheila's castle! xxxReplyDelete
I knew it would be that one - the tiger brooch is the best. I like Fuzzy Flamingo too - I think that must be the name, especially in the wake of my "flamingo" Aunt Ann.Delete
You found a book on Victoria!!? That's awesome! Yes, that's my castle! I live so close to it!
So much wonderful stuff! I'm sure my aunt had the same coat as the 'Pink Flamingo' one. She lived in Canada in the late 1950s and early 1960s then moved to Chicago...ReplyDelete
All your outfits were fabulous. I am in love with the red leather boots; both long and short and will try to hunt some down for myself in the charity shops. How have I survived so long without some? I loved those patterned tights but everything was so gorgeous. Including Vizzini...
And as for your buys - didn't you do well? I loved everything. I bet the dresses look wonderful on; loved your bling and the skirts and what a lot of designer labels you scored. Clever Sheila!
So glad you had a sunshiny weekend I hope it continues throughout the week!
I think my grandma had a similar one in blue, actually. How funny and what a small world!Delete
Thank you - how can you not have red boots, Vronni, tsk tsk.
I did so well - I'm feeling a little guilty at the abundance of it all.
Me too - we're dealing with hail, rain and sun right now, all at the same time.
What a weekend you had! I certainly did notice your tiger on top of your green sweater. What a lovely and fun touch. The black skirt you’re wearing is dramatic and a perfect Sheila touch . Your friends daughter is adorable. I love to see pictures of young ladies experimenting with fashion.ReplyDelete
That pink mohair coat is stunning. I’m afraid I can’t help you with the name though— oh wait— the fuzzy cosmopolitan- millennial pink caccoon ? Candy cotton coat??
That tweed pencil skirt by J.Crew is amazing. You really scored big time my friend.
Yes we are seeing a bit of spring here. It was warm and sunny today and almost 55°F. However I didn’t really see anything flowering yet.. because I live in a concrete jungle. LOL.
Happy new week !
Elle, if you read the comment down from yours, you'll see that Kailani is sharing me with her class! Ha! How amazing is that?Delete
I love your names. Cotton Candy Coat (CCC) is good!
I hope you see some flowers soon - I will take some pictures of the blossoms here later this week.
What a haul this weekend, cannot wait to see how you put them all together. Miss Kailani showed your blog post to the class yesterday afternoon for her something to share, I had to bring it up on their smart board. She explained that you are her famous fashion blogger friend who also works with her mommy and how your house has a secret room when you go over to shop at Sheila's house.ReplyDelete
I had so much fun. AW! I can't believe she did that! LOL, I love that so much. Smiling hard right now.Delete
Indeed a big ass post She!ReplyDelete
Of course i saw the tiger hanging on your shoulder on that bright precious green sweater.
OMG your finds. The vintage fair is a place i dream of... i adored the fan earrings.
Now on the other stores, you totally scored, the Nanette Lepore is divine, the KS neon top ... wow.
I know you notice everything, Lorena! We're twins that way. I went a little crazy this weekend!Delete
Oooh, don't you look a vision in green and bronze! And raaaaaaaaaaaaaah to the tiger- he's a cutey!!!ReplyDelete
What lovely finds!!! You did so well!!x
Thanks so much, Kezzie! I did spoil myself slightly!Delete
I am late to the party with this post. Love the first three outfits. Those cream/grey ankle boots are indeed very good. Read the story about the S jewellery. Nice.ReplyDelete
The first two outfits are a 12/10 - the colours (that green is YUMMY) and you are definitely a rock star in the leather dress and funky jacket. You scored big on the secondhand deals - quality brands and great pieces. Curious to see what the Diane Von Furstenburg dress looks like on the body.ReplyDelete
Thank you! DVF dresses are tricky - that one will require some serious layers under it to make it work.Delete
I totally love the Wonder Woman/Rock Chick look. Also am in love with that neon yellow and pink tweed skirt - shall I send you a neon pink thin ribbed sweater to wear with it? Had a crazy moment and bought one neon pink, one neon green and wonder when I think I'll wear them. Let me know xReplyDelete
Thanks, Anna! I love the skirt too! Hmm...I will pass on the sweater, but thank you so much! You will wear them!Delete