Hello, everyone! I'm back and it's time to regale you with tales of adventure and a ton of pictures. Are ya ready? Got a cup of tea?here for last year's shenanigans). The deal: as many of L's friends as possible take the day off, meet up with us and we do whatever we like (as long as too much effort is not involved). It is mostly drinking in pubs, ha ha!
- Wool cardigan - Ports, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in May for a shopping expedition
- Sleeveless sweater - Gap, thrifted; last worn here in December 2018 for some retail therapy
- Trousers - INC, thrifted; purchased here for $24.95
- Shoes - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last worn here with my DVF scribble dress
Before we get too deep down the rabbit hole, a couple of things (all links in my posts, always, are links 'cause I love!):
- This is my ensemble for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - I'm in wool, cotton, silk and leather - perfect all-natural materials for swanning about town!
- I'm featured in Wendy Brandes' "Throwback Thursday" - check it out here, yo!
All good? Back we go!
But the weather in Victoria is so variable - if you don't like it, just wait 10 minutes! - so I knew I'd need a jacket or sweater, not matter how nice the weather was supposed to be.
Without the cardi, so you can see the trousers better.
For a pair of pull-on pants, they are quite well-made. The stripes are at least lined up.
All done up, and ready to roll! Got my new-to-me cobalt blue leather bag (it was perfect), and my black and white silk scarf for a little extra warmth.
- Purse - Danier Leather, thrifted; purchased here for $36.95 - first wearing
- Scarf - fake Louis (Lewis!) Vuitton via Stephen Sprouse, thrifted
- Necklace/cuff - thrifted
- Earrings - used furniture store
- Silver/turquoise ring - local
- Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
I took the camera to record a few pictures of our chill day, starting with L and I at the bus stop.
L and Randall at the Ruby downtown. Yvonne, Randall and Cat and Ross met up with us for breakfast (not too early!).
We sat near the fireplace.
From there, we headed to the Garrick's Head to pick up Nick. Cat and I scratched some lottery tickets but didn't win.
We moved next door to the Churchill, where we met up with Karen, Chris, Ron and Carolyn.
Out in the sun on Government Street (tourist central!).
We strolled down to the Inner Harbour, where even more tourists were swarming.
The mighty Empress Hotel.
You can see the changeable skies to the west.
Cat and Yvonne's head (and I see Karen) as we head to James Bay.
We had some drinks at the Bent Mast (I also had some fabulous mac & cheese), then went to find Yvonne and Randall's first apartment.
From there we rambled to Belleville's and watched the world go by. Ali joined us.
Home past the ol' rockpile, where a graduation class was assembled on the front steps.
Towards the Museum. That structure is the Carillon Tower (link), a connection with the Netherlands.
Our posse of peeps - that crane is a familiar site in Victoria. So much development!
L and I chilled out and played boardgames on Friday night, but we were up early for a game of Ulti on Saturday.
- Dress - Talbots, thrifted; last worn here in July 2018
- Shoes - Karl Lagerfeld; last seen here (2nd outfit) in May with Etro
- Coat (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last worn here in May
My zigzag Charlie Brown dress makes its once-a-year appearance! I love black and white dresses, but...so many dresses, so little time!
here from when I first bought it a few years ago).
Coated but only for sun - it was lovely out.
- Cuff - thrifted
- Bakelite earrings - vintage fair
I went to the WIN Boutique for a peek around, and found a couple of things.
It's by Andrea Jovine (never heard of her), and was $34.95.
this obituary for Andrea Jovine's husband from 1998 (that's early for online stuff!) that talks more about her clothes than poor V.A.
I really liked the 70s-inspired look of this dusty blue skirt.
I like that the buttons are actually sewn on by hand (vs. machine) - I can tell because they are sewn in an X pattern.
My hunch was confirmed - this is by Smoking Lily, a local business, and this is a polyester/merino wool blend.
I also found a black sweater!
Ha ha! Not really - even I have to buy basics sometimes.
I have a swimsuit, but I don't go swimming much, but I still bit and picked up this citrus yellow cover-up.
Or I might wear it like a tunic with some flowy pants.
From there, I had a quick browse in the Velvet Crease (consignment). I tried on oodles of things, but the higher prices put me off.
The colour doesn't show well there, so here it is in the light.
It's by Betsey Johnson, who I have a soft spot for.
It's all poly, folks.
On Sunday/today, I kitted up and headed to town to do my grocery shopping for the week (hooray for delivery!).
- Leather jacket - Kensie, consignment; last seen here in May
- Top - Jones New York, thrifted; last worn here a year ago in June 2018, with pink and navy
- Pants - Jean's by Jean Paul Gaultier, vintage 90s, consignment, Vancouver; last seen here in January while Ann and I bothered peacocks
- Shoes - Born, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in May for a chores-y day
I had the jacket on all day, but don't I look like I could swing from the yardarm?
I love these fun jeans - I showed them off to a few people who enjoyed my designer "name."
This is what I actually looked like, only with my purse and shopping bag slung around me.
- Earrings - vintage expo
My goodies. I got a postcard for the next vintage fair, which will be in late September, and will themed for Hallowe'en.
I always enjoy exploring the WIN section, as they set aside clothes for the fairs - they are not sold in the shops - to make a little extra money.
It was only $22.95 but "as is" so I inspected it carefully.
The zipper pull looked suspicious.
I noted the mark on the front.
Whereas that zipper pull has me on full "not original" alert.
I fixed the stain with my trusty Folex! Not even a mark left.
A nice wool tag on the inside (the dress is fully-lined in bright yellow as well).
here from 2014 when they closed), but was one of the last companies to make her clothes in Canada. This was not a cheap dress originally - it was likely several hundred dollars new!
I spotted this massive black brooch while in line to pay.
I bundled these next two items: a set of Renoir Matisse brooch/earrings, and a bigass pearl bracelet.
My brooch is shown here and noted as being from the mid-50s.
Nicely stamped on the back of the pin.
The earrings have no wear marks at all.
I found this ring for $10.
I liked how it looked and felt.
I paid $10 for it, but I'd already spotted the stamp with my eagle eye.
The other half of the stamp is less clear, but I think it says, "Tocara".
I spotted this necklace in a jumble tray for $10.00. "It's a set, there's earrings," noted the helpful vendor.
I love the slight cross-hatched finish.
A nice stamp on the clasp - good ol' Sarah Coventry.
At the WIN store, I found this simple top.
Or the U in front.
And I was lucky to find it for only $5.95
I also had to buy this dress - it was too nice to leave it behind.
It's by Strawberry Jill! I know them!
Look at the double layers of ruffle on the sleeves.
There is a lovely little snap at the decolletage.
And it's 100% silk!
At Flavour Upstairs, I only found one thing - I was just there last week, so it's easy to spin through and find the new stuff.
It's by Milly, a brand I know. Made in the USA and only $14.99!
And this is 100% silk as well.
I'm excited to wear all my scores - what's your favourite?
|"Woman, why must you do this?"|
I know, Vizzini is always the favourite, especially when he's sleeping.
Let's wake him up!
|"There had better be something in this for me."|
Definitely! How about some pats and scritches?
|"I am amenable to that."|
Thank you so much for stopping by, my friends! 3>
Cute cat! Great finds! The jewelry is so timeless. You have a great curated wardrobe!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Nicole! Nice to see you!Delete
the necklace earring set and the purple velvet dress. Amazing finds!ReplyDelete
I love those too, Lynette! Thanks!Delete
I love the cobalt maxi cardi with the printed pants, such a fun outfit! And I'm in awe with that stunning yellow dress, and the velvet one, and that black one! You scored so many amazing finds! :) I haven't been opshopping for a while - I tend to buy more summer things than winter things and with it being winter at the moment the stock in the shops reflects it, I assume the opshop would be the same too, but winter doesn't last long here!ReplyDelete
Thanks, that was my favourite outfit - I felt like a rock star. The dresses...oh, I cannot resist a dress, Mica! I op-shop all year round - you find some amazing things out of season!Delete
The striped trousers are so great on you!! With the blue shoes, a treat for the eyes. And I'm loving that wool chartreuse dress, what a beauty. And as a fellow cat keeper, I have to find that stain remover! xoxReplyDelete
Aren't they fab, Patti? Thanks so much! Yes, Folex is amazing!Delete
Oh my, weren't you both dressed to the nines for the Annual Day of Indolence! Pull-on or not, I love those stripey trousers, combined with cobalt and turquoise. The Charlie Brown dress - which I'm sure I remember from last year - made me giggle. Not the dress itself, mind you, but your apt description of it! Love the purple Betsey Johnson dress, it matches my BJ watch ;-) Fabulous finds at the Vintage Fair, especially the jewellery. My favourites are the Renoir Matisse brooch and earrings set and that groovy necklace and earrings set! xxxReplyDelete
I was! I don't ever get lazy when I dress for an outing, Ann. I love the trousers too - so fun! Yes, I'm sure you do remember that dress, if only for the name, ha ha! I love the Renoir stuff - I am always looking for unique sets.Delete
What a treat that post was! So many great outfits especially the striped flares and the JPG get up. Loved seeing the architecture, your pals and your weekend shenanigans not forgetting Vizzini, of course.ReplyDelete
That yellow coat is stunning and what a great tip about the Folex carpet cleaner, I shall have to do some research and see if there's something similar available here. I wasn't familiar with Renoir jewellery until Goody posted her weekend find here https://www.instagram.com/p/Bydm0rGnp7B/ Your earrings are the same! What are the chances?
I'd have definitely bought that lovely silver ring, it's a beaut! xxx
Thank you so much, Vix! I like to take a few pics to share, but mostly I'm just being in the moment. That coat is a dress! Isn't it divine? You need Folex, it's good for everything! How wild that we both found the same pin/earrings!Delete
You were on a black white roll this time around, I think. I am in love with your sailor jeans - they are fabulous; although the striped trousers with the elastic waist were a close second for me. And what a lot of jewellery you bought! I loved it all.ReplyDelete
The yellow wool dress is beautiful and I think it will look lovely on you. Talking of yellow I am surprised the yellow pumps by Karl Lagerfeld (?) are wearing out - have you had them for long? I thought the thing about designer items was the quality and one assumes that includes longevity of the the item. An example here isn't a designer label; but Marks and Spencer knickers last forever!
I read a review of a book in this weekend's Guardian newspaper books review and immediately thought of you! It's called 'The Pocket: A Hidden History of Women's Lives 1660 - 1900' by Barbara Burman and Ariane Fennetaux. And yes, it's all about pockets.
L is such a cool dude!
I do love a black-and-white print, Vronni! I had fun with all my outfits, and purchases too.Delete
Erg, let me tell ya, sometimes the quality is just not there. If these shoes were made in Germany 20 years ago, I wouldn't be complaining, but they are made in China and while they are patent leather, there is no support in them, and they are getting thrashed just from walking around in them. Sometimes a designer label...is just a label! I always know real quality, despite or in spite of the label.
Ooh, that sounds like a wonderful book - thank you!!
What a great post. You have cool friends. I'm trying to imagine how your hubby is reacting to the Stanley Cup final this year. :)ReplyDelete
I do! They are lovely people, as you know.Delete
Wednesday is going to be CRAZY. He is very stressed about the whole thing!
Sheila, I extend my deepest condolences to your husband. I hear he's on suicide-watch. Feed him warm liquids and look for returning signs of normalcy. When he's blue, remind him "there's always next year." :-)Delete
Oops... I probably shouldn't have said "blue."Delete
No worries, Ally - he's pretty down right now, but in the grand scheme of things, this is not that big of a deal. I'll feed him cold, rum-based liquids, ha ha!Delete
You are ROCKING all the black and white patterns in this post! The first outfit is utterly sublime though- my favourite! love the TARDIS-blue cardie!ReplyDelete
You look like you had a super time with your friends, even if the scratch card didn't work out!!!x
Thanks, Kezzie! It's totally TARDIS blue, isn't it?Delete
You've made a lot of fantastic finds there - you've such a good eye for things. I love the way you use colours in your outfits, like the turquoise accessories.ReplyDelete
A day in pubs is time well spent!
Thanks, Mim! I love looking for the best stuff.Delete
Agreed! I love hanging out with my friends. :)
What's great finds! I can't pick a favourite, too much loveliness, but must say I'm pretty sure your new skirt is polyester and hemp, not polyester and merino ;) xxReplyDelete
Thanks, Radostin! I know, I waffled: does it say hemp or merino? It feels scratchy, though, like wool - I have a couple of hemp garments and they feel softer than this.Delete
Finally I get to comment on this post. I adore every outfit in this post. Really I do. The first one is a WOW, the dress is gorgeous and the Gaultier trousers with that adorable jacket are a very good combination with the ballerinas. Very Audrey Hepburn.ReplyDelete
All your finds are so good (I have seen them on you by now).
Thanks, Greetje! FYI, you can comment anonymously on any of my posts - I don't have any restrictions set (I don't have any troll issues, thank goodness).Delete
First of all only you can pull off a pair of horizontal striped and still look fab ! Of course the lace zig zag dress ia a favourite of mine.ReplyDelete
Your stay cation proved to be fruitful! You got so many great items at the stores. The yellow wool dress is amazing and the silver chain and earring set were quite a find. The earrings are very unique.
It's not the stripes, it's how the clothes are cut! That was a fun weekend!Delete
I am all about the pants in this post! Digging those black and white striped ones and have loved the JPG since you found them. Looks like it was a lovely day of indolence with good company, some beverages, and some good shopping.ReplyDelete
I have been collecting some awesome pairs lately, thanks, Shelley! Such a fun weekend that was!Delete