What's this? A Saturday post? How unlike me! As you may have surmised from the title, Friday was a special kind of day off: I met up with Melanie (of A Bag and a Beret* fame), and Shelly of Forest City Fashionista!
I've known and met Mel for years, but when Shelley (who I've never met, but have also known for several years) told me she was coming out to the west coast from her native southern Ontario, I considered for about two seconds before saying, "YES!" to a day-trip to Vancouver.
*all links in my posts are because I love!
What to wear?? I needed to be able to walk all day, try things on, and also look suitably bloggery.
- Dress - JG Hook, thrifted; last worn here in September 2018
- Shoes - Half Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last seen here in March with green and black/gold
- Cardigan (below) - not tracked/no label, thrifted
I've worn this shoe-dress combo before, here exactly a year ago in June (wow, my hair has changed a lot!).
|"What's the ruckus in here, Woman?"|
As I didn't want to run the risk of any blisters from being barefooted in my shoes, I wore little pale pink nylon socklets.
Vizzini came in for a visit while I took my pictures - it seemed like a regular work day to him, since I was up at the same time.
|"And I'm wearing my white socks."|
But instead of going to work, I hopped a bus to town, and walked down to the float plane docks.
I had to have a snuggle with my furry boy before I left.
|"Wait, are you leaving me? I require more cuddles."|
Okay, full confession: I took these pictures so I could show them to Shelley (we compared pictures of Vizzini and Sylvester). Kitty love!
- Glass earrings - local
- Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
- Onyx/silver ring - Tocara, vintage fair
One more cuddle with Vizzini before I left...where is that darned cat?
|"What, you're still here?"|
We call that his "Blanket of Shame" - when we put him out on the deck in the early morning (when he starts bothering us for food around 4am), it's somewhere soft for him to sleep.
He never sits still for long.
|"If you're waking me up, there'd better be food coming."|
That little pink tongue!
He went for a flop instead.
|"It's exhausting being a cat."|
Tummy rubs were needed.
|"These pictures could damage my reputation."|
He's not a "Venus-fly-cat" - the tum is good for rubbing without fear of bitey repercussions.
The day started bright and sunny in the Victoria harbour.
|Top: Seaplane terminal; Bottom: Port Angeles/Olympic Mountains in Washington State, USA|
Inside the plane.
|There were only 6 of us on the flight.|
Winging out over Victoria, and the Gulf Islands, and arriving in Vancouver harbour 35 minutes later.
|Clockwise, from top left: Victoria; Gulf Islands; Vancouver harbour/downtown; ferries are for chumps!|
|Photo by Melanie|
Yay!! We had such a fun time hanging out together. We are all just exactly as you imagine us: funny, silly, fabulous and great shoppers. We got along perfectly, like we'd all been friends for years (which we have).
I loved this Dali statue outside Canada Place, so Mel took a picture of me being fabulous in front of it.
|Right photo by Melanie|
We walked over to My Sister's Closet thrift store (link, not related to Victoria's consignment store of the same name), where Mel and Shelley both found some goodies.
|Photo courtesy of Melanie|
On our way to the Sea-Bus docks.
We took the little cycle/pedestrian Sea-Bus over to Granville Island.
|Clockwise from top left: mussels at high tide; Aquabus!; Burrard St. Bridge; Granville St. Bridge|
What do bloggers do when they are together?
A quick lunch at Granville Island and then we escaped the crowds and walked to upper Granville for some consignment store shopping. We popped into one or two consignment shops, but it was mostly second-hand for us.
|I love this art below the overpass - it's so much better than graffiti|
On our way to Turnabout and Turnabout Luxe (link here), I dragged Melanie and Shelley into Lord's Shoes (link here). I hadn't been in there since our 2016 anniversary weekend trip (here) and how very exciting: this pair of shoes that I had lusted over three years ago was still there!
They are by Prophecy - see why I like them?
My usual size - wonderful detailing on them. I will have to pick up a thick insole to wear in them, though, as the sizing is a bit wonky.
Last pair...for $25.00.
It was 91% reduced from the original price.
Part of the reason why they were still there and unsold after 3 years is that one of the shoes was in a window display and faded a bit in the sun. You can see the difference between the left and right in this picture.
I dabbed lip balm on the spots, then gently tapped eyeshadow on it.
Before on the top.
We checked out the new swanky Turnabout Luxe, which was full of high-end haute couture consignment designer clothes and shoes. I didn't buy anything there, but Shelley found this amazing iridescent dress/topper.
At the "regular" Turnabout, we all did really well, with Shelley getting a big bag of goodies, and Mel also finding a few treasures. I tried on oodles of things, but I'm really fussy (and was thinking of my one-bag limit!).
I got this awesome Lucite and silver hinged bangle.
The Lucite is all carved by hand.
I was not familiar with the name Alexis Bittar (about him here), but I know quality when I see it!
I also fell hard for this wonderful plaid coat.
Also, I cannot resist any kind of gew-gaws, and this one is gew-gawed all over!
It still had the original retail price on it.
It's a bit hard to see, but this is a patch pocket (there's one on each side) with a flap.
It's hard to see in pictures but the entire coat (including the lining) is backed with sheer black netting which extends out beyond the edges.
OMG, I am on bling overload.
Mel and Shelley generously let me have their Turnabout "points", so I got a $9.88 discount off my purchase.
The bracelet was originally $69.99, on sale for $44.79, but under $40 with points redeemed (let's call it $39.79). The coat was $89.99, reduced to $36.00, and then $31.00 with the points knocked off. What scores! I am excited to wear the coat...in the fall. I wore the bangle home.
As the day was growing longer, we cabbed back to the downtown harbour for a quick bite before I had to catch my plane home.
Can you tell we're worn out from all this shopping?
It was an exhausting but exhilarating day.
|Photo by Mel|
Thank you, dear friends, for spending such a wonderful day with me! Hugs to both of you!
The clouds had cleared and it was time to go.
|Clockwise from top left: Seaplane; plane landing with the Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park in the background; ferry in the Gulf Islands; goodbye to Vancouver|
Views headed home.
|Clockwise from top left: A Gulf Island ferry (very small); banking over the islands; looking east (the arrow is pointing at Mount Baker in the far distance); the Saanich Peninsula|
And almost home. The top picture is looking down at Victoria - the blue arrow is where I live.
I arrived home to much fanfare.
|"Oh, you're home already."|
I hope you enjoyed my day-trip! I am lucky to live in such a beautiful place!
Lovely post, Shiela! I would never have thought to add eyeshadow to the shoes, but they look perfect now. The photos of the water are just gorgeous and it looks like you had so much fun with your friends. I've been feeling sick all weekend and this was just the post to cheer me up - thanks! XReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Jess! I'm so glad that the shoes worked out. Aw, I hope you feel better soon!Delete
Oh what a fun trip Sheila! It's great you got to catch up, blogging friends are so nice but meeting people in person is always so special, especially when you've known them for a while.ReplyDelete
Your dress looks beautiful and so summery! After a cold start to winter, we were rewarded with 27 degree days, just like being back in summer! they say it's going to cool off again next week, I hope so!
It was such a blast, Mica! Thank you - ooh, that sounds like a lovely warm day for you!Delete
Your shoe fix is awesome, Sheila! Such a creative solution. I'm so happy you were able to slip away to Vancouver for the day - such a huge treat to see you again, to hang out, talk, shop. And thanks to your eye (and Shelley's too) I came home with a few new-to-me incredible pieces. I hope that we can do this again. SO MUCH FUN!!!ReplyDelete
I'm glad it worked, Mel! I know, it was such a wonderful way to spend the day - I'm happy you found so many wonderful things. Must do again!!!Delete
Your dress is magnificent. So pleased that you had a great trip!ReplyDelete
What a treat to get a Saturday post from you, Sheila! And what fun: a blogger meet-up! You were dressed perfectly for it (I am so stealing your little socks idea). Love those shoes, and the magic trick you performed on them. How absolutely incredible that they were still there after all that time! I love the pictures you took from the plane, and ha, there's your castle!ReplyDelete
You are indeed lucky you live in such a beautiful place! xxx
I couldn't wait to get it all in a post, Ann! I was boggled that the shoes were still there - amazing! Thank you!Delete
How fantastic to see the three of you together, I've been waiting fro your blog post since i saw a photo pop up on Instagram! The views of breathtaking.ReplyDelete
All three of you look fantastic, traffic stoppingly good. Love your coat, bangle and shoe (ingenious fixing) and Shelley's amazing coat.
Fancy bumping into an old friend on the way over, too!
Blogger meet-ups are the best! xxx
PS Hello, Vizzini!
Ooh, there's Insta pics? How cool. Thank you, Vix! It was such an awesome trip.Delete
Yay for friends and meetups! I love Harbour Air's little planes. I not only flew them twice but I bought their t-shirt which I wear all the time.ReplyDelete
Unlike most gals, I can't imagine you getting ready for fun with friends by thinking, "I have nothing to wear!" Your closet is an abundance of riches.
You bought the shirt! Love it! Oh, I was stressing over what to wear! I had to get it just right, you know?Delete
Oh fabulous to shop with those fantastic Ladies! I love the outfit Shelley is wearing and her new dress!ReplyDelete
It was so fun, Nancy! Shelley's style is fabulous!Delete
That trip looks incredible - flying to meet other bloggers seems impossibly glamorous. (I guess that shows I'm from a relatively small island.) And it looks like you had a fabulous day and got a big pile of bargains on top!ReplyDelete
It's very glamourous! I'm from a small-ish island too! It's hard to get to and from anywhere!Delete
It was a fab trip! Thank you, Mim!
Oh woooowww I am dying, this looks like so much fun :) A BLOGGER MEET UP! with shopping included :)ReplyDelete
The jacket, shoes and bracelets were amazing finds. I've read of Alexis Bittar but have never seen an actual piece.
It totally was a blast! Shopping too! I had never heard of Alex Bittar before I spotted this bangle.Delete
Oops; I almost missed this post...What a fab way to spend a Saturday and with blogging pals too!ReplyDelete
You all look simply marvellous and I bet you turned quite a few heads! Your finds were fab; I love that bracelet and the coat is going to be fabulous in the cooler weather.
I'm very impressed by the DIY solution to your faded shoe - well done you!
That was Friday - I took the day off to fly over! Thanks so much, Vronni - yes, we were a force when we were all together. The stores' staff loved us! I am so pleased with my treasures!Delete
Thanks - gotta think outside the box!
This was such a nice post. I vicariously had the fun of being with you. I remember our days so well. You did a great job on those pink shoes. They are fab. And so is Shelle's coat. I saw a similar one in a high fashion magazine believe it or not (Marie Claire of March the Netherlands). Your coat is fantastic too. And what a lovely prices.ReplyDelete
Big kiss to you all.
Thank you so much, Greetje! I remember our visit too - it was a blast. How cool that you saw Shelley's coat in a magazine! Yes, we did very well!Delete
Hugs to you!
Finally have got around to catching up on blogs (and hopefully putting up the first of what will be multiple posts about my trip sometime this weekend). I am so glad you made the trip to Vancouver; it was a lovely day! I felt like I had known you for ages too. I have to do some serious closet purging to make room for the new stuff I brought back with me. I found a pair of very cool Dries van Noten pants on Tuesday!ReplyDelete
Yay! Great to finally meet you, Shelley! That was such a great day! Ooh, can't wait to see your Dries pants!Delete
What a lovely post, so much to interest me, clothes, friends, food, flight from the island, (I have a relative in Victoria.) What a great get together you had - no wonder you are all grinning like Cheshire cats!ReplyDelete
Thank you! How cool that you have a rellie here - drop me a line if you're ever in town. Ah, we had such fun that day!Delete
wowww, what a fab post, I love to see all three of you enjoying a good chat and some rummaging!, it's totally my kind of thing!. And All Three Of You look So Fabulous!, love your 'firecrackers dress', love that spiky backpack and cool shaped trousers that Shelley was wearing and love Mel's style too (coats that billow are fab!)ReplyDelete
And totally agree that you live in such a beautiful place!
Thanks, Monica! We had a great time hanging out - such stylin' women we are!Delete
How exciting to spend time with your great blogging friends. I'm impressed at the restraint shown with your shopping, but your choice finds are lovely. And thanks for showing us where you live on the map - now I can see the sea and imagine you better. Do you visit the seaside nearby? Is it beach or harbour?ReplyDelete
It was so amazing! Eh, I am a very fussy shopper, Anna! I actually don't go to the seaside that often, but I'm within walking distance of both the harbour AND the beach. I should go take some pictures some time.Delete