Hello, and welcome back! As always, my weekends are packed with stuff, so let's get right to it with a double-shot of long cardigans on Friday.
'Tis the season - for Hallowe'en-themed outfits! I have a bunch of "spooky" or very October-y items, and I always like to bring them out around this time of year.
This is my outfit for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Patti's visible in Manhattan; I was visible in Victoria.
- Cardigan - swap from Sarah; last worn here in March with this same sweater and a different pair of leather pants
- Sweater - Jean Paul Gaultier, consignment; last worn here in that same outfit in March
- Leather pants - Classique Entier, vintage 80s, thrifted - last seen here (4th outfit) in June for the 3rd outfit worn at L's birthday party, with vintage Stephen Burrows
- Shoes - Qtee Minis, Fluevog, consignment; last seen here in March with my tattooed lady dress
- Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here in March
My coworkers loved this outfit and I had several of them stroke the leather of the pants, which is butter-soft.
I love the colour of this cardigan.
Totally chill for a Friday, but it was a busy day.
It's been raining for several days. Geared up.
- Hat - Edward Mann, vintage 60s, thrifted
- Skull & crossbones scarf - 2006, San Francisco
- Studded leather gloves - Danier
I rarely show a back view of my coats.
|"No one cares about your coat. What about me?"|
He's comin' in for a rub!
And a cuddle.
|"You look like a spy."|
I felt like a spy!
- Cuff - vintage 70s, vintage expo
- Snake earrings - Red Sky
My rings are all the kind that fall over, so here's a picture of them all one one hand.
- Snake ring - BC Museum Gift Shop, c. 1986
- Spider ring - gift from Mom & Dad, c. 1986
- Silver thumb ring - vintage mall
On Friday night I did the ol' quick change...into another long cardi!
- Cardigan - Ports, vintage 80s, consignment; last seen here in September with yellow and houndstooth
- Dress - Karen Millen, consignment; last worn here (4th outfit) to the theatre with Mom in February
- Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last seen here a week ago with red and plaid
Both the long blue cardi and the sweater dress are wool blends, so I am snuggly warm if I need it.
I love cobalt blue, don't you?
And if I got too hot, I could take the cardi off and still look classy.
Who says horizontal stripes aren't flattering?
Same outerwear accoutrements, although I skipped the hat since we cabbed both ways.
As we were getting ready, L was debating which trousers to wear with his shirt. Vizzini had very strong opinions on it.
|"Not these ones. They are obviously evil and must be destroyed."|
And L wore the other pair.
On Saturday morning, I was up early for my Mental Health Walk, then after showering, we headed down to Pluto's for a quick brunch, followed by some chores.
- Top - Topsy Turvy, vintage 90s, thrifted; last worn here in June under another vintage slip dress
- Dress - Danier, vintage 90s, thrifted; last seen here (4th outfit) in March for a Sunday shop
- Boots - Ash; last worn here (3rd outfit) for a weekend shop in snakeskin
- Coat (below) - Avoca; last seen here (2nd outfit) in August for brunch
These are all quite weekend-y things - I wouldn't wear this to work.
I like this fine mesh top - it has a tropical print.
I've had it for years, and worn it a ton.
And just planned on most people seeing me in my outerwear. I wore the hood up in the rain on the way to town, but it had stopped by the time we walked home, and I wore it like this.
- Wool gloves - Parkhurst
- Earrings - vintage fair
One of our chores while we were out was to get a bunch of storage for L's spring/summer and "archive" clothing. For my dear husband - after many years - finally agreed to work with me to clean out and organize his wardrobe!
|"I heard the vacuum."|
Vizzini was not present for most of the 4 hours it took to clean out L's closets. Yes, you read that right. L has 3 closets to my one. I get the walk-in, though! I did not take any "before" pictures because, well...it was a mess.
These are the "after" pictures. This is the closet in our bedroom, all tidy and cleaned out. We bought the brown boxes on the top shelf today and stored away a bunch of stuff in them. Clearing out all of the top shelf and a ton of crap on those bottom metal shelves made a ton of room for actual clothes!
This left us room for:
- All of L's hats to come out of his shoe closet and live on the top shelf.
- His Boston Bruins and Miami Dolphins jerseys, on the left side.
- His colourful collection of work shirts on the left middle.
- His more formal trousers in the middle, with his collection of silk, satin and brocade vintage dressing gowns.
- His awesome collection of printed shirts (some vintage, many thrifted or consignment, some new).
- Special occasion clothes (cuffed white shirts - some frilled, vests, and two zoot suits!
We have massive storage in our hall closet. I get the left side for my coat collection, and L gets the right side for his.
And then there is our "linen cupboard" in the hallway, where he's basically taken it over for his shoes.
Just like I have the top of my dresser for accessories, L has as well. The mirror over the dresser - as well as reflecting me! - shows the main bedroom closet on the other side of the bed.
A closer look at the belt buckle collection:
- Cheeky lady in a pile of balloons (local)
- Sassy lady showing off her legs (2006, San Francisco)
- Vintage Playboy cover (with a headline about the "Girls of Canada") (thrifted)
- Enamel and pewter rattlesnake buckle (thrifted)
- Pewter abstract with real stones (thrifted)
- Enamel and pewter tall ships (vintage, Portland)
- Diana and skulls buckle (local)
- BC Fish and Wildlife brass buckle (gift)
- Porcelain cream buckle with branches (thrifted)
- Brass buckle with gold crown on green background and rhinestones (thrifted)
- Brass with rhinestones, slightly hiding (thrifted)
- Las Vegas strip (local)
In the centre:
- Vintage koi fish buckle (vintage fair)
- Square silver-tone with faux moonstones (thrifted)
By the time we finished, Vizzini was thoroughly traumatized.
|"Nonsense, Woman, I'm under here for warmth."|
After a relaxing evening of boardgames, I was up early on Sunday to finally do a proper grocery shop. Our schedule's been messy, what with Birthday Week and all, and our cupboards were literally bare.
- Sweater - J. Crew, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in March
- Skirt - Danier Leather, thrifted, Powell River; last worn here in June to the Corey Hart concert
- Boots - Arnold Churgin, thrifted; last seen here (4th outfit) in September for Winesday
- Coat - Danier Leather; last worn here (2nd outfit) in October
Here's the outfit without the red leather coat, but I was only down to this when I was actually in fitting rooms.
I have a snug camisole on under the sweater for warmth and a layer for trying on tops.
One of the various states of being done up and undone.
Fully done up.
Speaking of wet... I had to pin up my hair and wear a hat for much of my afternoon.
- Hat - Delux
- Scarf - Roots, thrifted
- Studded leather gloves - Danier
- Bag - vintage 80s, vintage mall
I had a gift card from Head Over Heels (link here, 'cause I love) - a birthday present from 3 of the VPs at work - just burning a hole in my pocket! I saw that they had 10% off on one of their lines this weekend, so I bit.
They are pull-on with the wide elastic gussets on each side.
With my gift card and the 10% off, they came to $118.00.
From there, I went to Flavour Upstairs, and immediately found a replacement for the horrible tartan skirt I got there last time (this evil one here). The lining would not stay inside and the front of the skirt rode up weirdly - it's in the giveaway pile.
It's got pockets!!
It's by Liz Claiborne.
I really, really liked this skirt, probably because it's very, very swooshy.
It has no tags - nothing! - but it does have a beltloop on each seam.
I am a sucker for a cool skirt. This one is tie-dye suede!
The waistband has a "stitching" detail. Some of it's coming apart, but I don't really care too much, as I'll probably just hide the waistband when I wear it.
As I was taking pictures of my new-to-me items, I noticed Vizzini lurking around the corner.
|"I'm not lurking! Who's lurking?"|
He was trying to get me to feed him early. Not gonna happen.
I vividly remember the mid-90s when these floral dresses were HUGE. I had one then, and well, I have one again now.
I quite liked the pattern, with the Vs of different florals, almost like a patchwork quilt.
There's a self-belt made up of 3 cords in the same fabric, with a trio of beads on each cord.
It's by Decisions and was $29.99.
Many of the ones I see are rayon, which is not washable (those dresses and skirts tended to shrink funny in the wash).
I waffled over this, but I felt so badass in it that I had to go for it.
It's a thick woven acrylic wool, made by Ralph Lauren.
From Flavour Upstairs, I walked over to the big WIN (Women In Need) store on Pandora, where I gave into slight non-buyer's regret and bought this lilac frou-frou tea dress.
A look at the detail.
Someone came in to investigate...
|"Feed me now, or the dress gets it!"|
It's by Alfred Sung and was $22.95. It's marked "as is" but I can't find anything wrong with it.
It's totally a bridesmaid dress.
While I was waiting to pay, I found this rainbow leopard scarf that leaped out at me.
It's by V. Fraas and is acrylic, and made in Germany.
And that's it! What item are you most excited to see me wear? What's your fave?
Time to go take care of Mr. Meow-Head.
|"I am a seething ball of fury! Feed me!"|
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!