Hello, my friends! Sorry for the disruption in posting, but well...these giant posts take a long time to write!
So you will forgive my brevity as we dive right into things. Here's the last outfit of September, a true transitional outfit.
This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Go!
- Leather vest - Cabi, thrifted; last worn here in April 2018 when Ally came to town
- Sweater - Judith & Charles, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in April with tie-dye neoprene
- Skirt - Alfred Sung, vintage 80s, vintage fair; purchased here for $32.00
- Shoes - Tod's, thrifted; last worn here in March with a plethora of olives
- Velvet blazer (below) - Talbots, thrifted; last seen here in February, revisiting autumn
The sweater is an all-year-round thing, but the leather vest and the shoes were pulled out of the fall wardrobe.
It has a high wide waistband, which perfectly matched up with the cropped cut of the sweater, but I felt like it needed one more item.
Dunno, don't care!
I wore my silk/cotton velvet blazer as outerwear - it was too warm to wear it in the office.
Brown and cream bling:
- Necklace - Aldo
- Wood ring - thrifted
- Amber ring - c. 1996
- Pearl ring - Erth, consignment
- Earrings - thrifted
Before we get to the closet stuff, here's a few things I picked up at Winesday. Both Vero and Nancy brought some stuff.
Does this look familiar? It's mine, and I'd given it away to Vero. It's snug on me, but dang, I love that pattern!
here in August 2018 - it's by Sandra Angelozzi, bought on consignment a few years ago. Although I did take it back, it's packed away in the spring/summer stuff, as it's a thin cotton/silk fabric.
I also found these two necklaces. Vero is a very good thrifter, and often visits a store near her office.
The other necklace looked really familiar.
It is! It's POLY by Christophe Poly!
Also, before I started pulling apart my closet on Sunday, I walked to town to do my grocery shop and briefly popped into Rich Rags, where I found a pair of Fluevogs for $40.00.
And the fact that they are flats!
They've had some solid wear,
They say "Be ever present, Know your history, Plot your future."
here! They are called the History Sandy, and the original retail was $349.00, marked down to $149.00. Not bad for $40! Ha, the notes on size say "Sizing help recommended." No kidding!
Okay, ready for some pictures? I started doing my closet swap-over around noon on Sunday and finished around 7pm. Long time...
Here's what my closet looked like before I started.
My chandelier - every closet needs one - and my poppy tile, purchased at the Art Gallery around 17 years ago in some sort of auction. It might have been a really early Urbanite! They were dead back then.
First, I start on the front left with the blouses, and start removing items that I'm either packing away for the season, or that I'm ready to let go of.
My pile of fall/winter that was living behind the spring summer clothes. I shove it in back and forget about it!
Here's some looks inside, with all the spring/summer removed. I ended up doing another round of removals later, as I ran out of hangers.
On the left side, right up near the ceiling are my vintage shoes, my first pair of Fluevogs, and two other sentimental/old pairs - basically my shoe archives. I can't reach that shelf without standing on something, but I can grab one of the four hats/fascinators that live up there.
Below that, some piles of sweatery tops. Bulky, solid thin, cardigans. This changed as I unpacked my sweaters and sorted them into piles.
And there's my collection of pants, long skirts and blouses that stayed out.
Dresses that are staying out:
My lovely gold mirror, and the right side of my closet.
Lots of space. I rearranged the colourway on this shelf as well.
Jackets and blazers.
Here is my 10 piles of clothing, folded and ready for storage, and a whack of shoes that are going away for 6 months.
Now we pull all of the bags (eleven, I believe) and and the big tub out from inside the closet - all that space behind the lower-hanging clothing and the dresses is ripe for storage.
Then I pull the three flat tubs out from under the bed:
And I hang everything, and re-assess it (do I really love this?) as I go.
Heh, you can also see my computer on the desk, and the mess of hangers. It's organized chaos!
Speaking of, here's the doorway outside the den, where I pile up my shoes, from the bathroom door, heading down the hallway to the left.
Looking down the hallway to the living room...
They spilled out into the living room. I counted them this year.
And here we are, closet all back as it should be, nice and tidy.
The left side - oh, so many goodies to play with!
Here's a look at the Tower of Power, from the top shelf near the ceiling where I keep my party shoes (aka they hurt to wear but I still love them and can wear them for parties).
Boots that fold, platform soles (that aren't Fluevogs).
Standard work shoes on the next two rows.
This is the bottom shelf, plus shoes that live on the floor.
The far right corner - you can see a bit of my storage there.There are at least 5 bags of spring/summer back there and two boxes of shoes.
The left side - all those lovely dresses waiting to be worn!
And my long skirts and pants.
There are my "I can walk to town in these" boots.
Here we are again, way up at the top. No change there.
But we see a change on the shelf below that - my bulky cardis are shoved on one side (note my awesome "I don't care" folding job), and my odds and ends pile grew.
The last two shelves got full! Bulky sweaters, specialty sweaters, thinner cardigans.
And in the "frequent use" shelf, more have been added. The far right pile is the "not yet worn" stack.
I also go through my belts (three hatboxes' worth) and my obis/sashes (one box).
I tidied up my lingerie/hosiery chest, and put one of my golden vintage dishes out for my accessories that haven't been worn yet.
Here's the giveaway pile. It's grown slightly.
I also pulled out all my scarves and hats.
I wasn't able to get to my jewelry swap-over - oh yes, I do that too! L was doing laundry, and I require half of the bed to swap everything.
I pull out my shoebox of storage...
At the bottom are my bags of jewelry archives, some old stuff I don't wear but want to keep. Also my ginormous turquoise and quartz necklaces, which are really too heavy most of the time.
It still has the little round pad for putting powder on your nose.
It's stamped, how awesome!
here is a much more pristine one in the same design. Mine is very scratched - it obviously lived in someone's purse!
Grandma S's jewelry box is next. Out with the spring/summer, in with the fall/winter.
My bangle/bracelet organizer is all done.
I weeded out the summer stuff from my crystal dish.