Sunday, December 15, 2019

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Seventies Swoosh; Black and Blue Shop; Cat Attack; and Plaid Shop

Hello, my friends! I hope you have been getting your festive on this weekend - don't get too stressed out! I have been spending my weekend (mostly) hiding from the world, and it's been lovely. I have to take these pockets of quiet time where I can find them. 
Sometimes I just browse in my closet, visiting with my clothes and remembering how I've worn them and for which occasions. On Thursday night, that led me to this wonderful vintage 70s skirt.

  • Blouse - L'Wren Scott's "A Tropical Conversation" FW 2011, thrifted; last worn here in November, layered under a very fuzzy dress
  • Skirt - no label, vintage 70s, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in February for a Family Day hangout with our besties
  • Boots - Mini Babycakes, Fluevog; last worn here (3rd outfit) with this same skirt! 
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather; last seen here in October

I've worn this top and skirt together before, the first time I wore the skirt (here in January) - the cost for both pieces totaled $16.99, isn't that amazing? 
I love this wonderful knit wool skirt - it is wonderful quality. A better look at the pattern here, and a close-up of the vintage label here.

This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style.

I am a sucker for a mermaid skirt.
 I played with the accordion pleats down the front of the blouse for my coworkers - they loved this fun outfit.
 I swooshed about and twirled a few times too.

And I showed off my amazing boots.
 In addition to tights, I had a vintage slip on underneath it all for warmth and smoothing.

Outerwear - I've worn this coat every time I've worn this skirt.
Hey, when you have a great combo, you just roll with it.

  • Scarf - Danier, thrifted
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
Again, these tried-and-true boots. They were comfy, but I did a lot of running around in the office, and my feet were tired by the time I got home.

Gold bling:
I took this opportunity to wear this new-to-me snakeskin belt for the first time.

  • Belt - Emmanuel, vintage 80s, thrifted; purchased here for $12.00
  • Earrings - Biko, consignment
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage exp
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
  • Amber ring - c. 1996

On Saturday, L and I went for brunch, and then I met up with former coworker Nicole for a shop at My Sister's Closet in Fairfield (link here to all the fabulous second-hand places I shop in Victoria - because I love, of course).
I like getting my funky on for brunch, plus easy clothes for trying stuff on.

  • Sweater - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here in May with houndstooth
  • Skirt - Peter Pilotto x Target 2013, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in October with a metal sweater
  • Booties - Gabor; last worn here (2nd outfit) with Space Pants for Book Club in November
  • Leather jacket (below) - Danier Leather, thrifted; last seen here in November

I love the wings on this black sweater and the matching waistal ruffle.
 It's super-stretchy, so good for pulling off and on.

I wear my mini-skirts in fall/winter more because that's when I wear tights.
Although I'm a firm believer in Wear What You Like, I also find that minis feel too short with bare legs.

L is getting his stuff together while I do my pictures. We have the timing down to an art.
We walked to Vanity Fair Antique Mall, where we bought ourselves new-to-us lamps for our living room, and I approved a Christmas present prior to L buying it (I am apparently VERY DIFFICULT to buy for).

It was a lovely, cold, crisp day, with scuds of clouds in the blue sky. I'm pushing it with just a leather blazer.
 But I like not having a lot of bulk on when I'm shopping. After brunch, I walked from Pluto's Diner to the Velvet Crease for a quick browse, then hoofed it to Fairfield to meet up with Nicole.

Bundled up.
The scarf and gloves were easily popped into my purse while I shopped with her.

  • Silk scarf - faux Louis (Lewis!) Vuitton, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
These boots are fantastic for walking. I walked home after our shop - I was on my feet for close to 6 hours, less the 45 minutes having brunch.

Simple bling:
I keep the accessories to a minimum on the weekends, usually. 

  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Onyx/silver ring - Tocara, vintage fair
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

I spent about 20 minutes quickly scanning the racks in the Velvet Crease for anything new or newly-on-sale. This skirt had a 50% off tag on it, so I bit. 
Another black skirt! But this one is a synthetic stretchy pencil skirt and all that FRINGE is suede!

The brand is Lamarque, and as you can see, it was new with tags.
 It's the Frida skirt and this would have retailed around $300-400 new.
It was marked at $65.00 but with 50% off, that was $32.50. I can't wait to swoosh this around! 

The Shopping Gods smiled upon both Nicole and I, and we each found gorgeous Danier Leather jackets at My Sister's Closet.
 Mine is Danier's version of a puffer coat. It's butter-soft leather and I love all the gathers on it.

The collar has ties to ruche it and the elastic gathering continues on the back.
The cuffs are also elasticated, which cuts down on the wind getting on the wrists (brr).

A better look at the neckline.
The leather is incredibly soft.
From Italy - so classy! This was only $38.98 - that felt like a steal. You can easily add another zero to that for the retail price.

I love the colour of this pretty green sweater.
It's a soft teal-turquoise - it matches my glasses really well.

It's by Banana Republic and is "extra fine merino" wool.
This goes straight into my spring/summer stash, which is appropriate.
Since it's from Spring 2018. Only two years old! This was $22.98, and likely retailed for around $75.00 new.

I'm on the turtleneck bandwagon! Here's a bright pink one.
Yup, that's pink.
It's by M&S (Marks & Spencers) Collection and was $16.98.
I laughed at the tag - keep me away from fire and flames! It also confirms that this is Very Pink.

Vizzini has been tearing around like a crazy cat this weekend. He was galloping through the house and I found him in the corner under his tall post.
"Curses, you found me, Woman!"

He scaled the post in no time!
"This post is my enemy!" 

He took a moment to pose for me - I took a lot of blurry shots.
"This one's for my fans." 

And then he went back to attacking the post, raking at it with his back paws.
"The post must die!"

Yes, that shelf he's laying on is crooked - this poor post has been savaged by all of our cats.
"Arrrr, I bite it! My fury knows no bounds!" 

L and I find it hilarious that he just randomly bites his post.
"Where were we?" 

You're having a time-out, buddy. You're getting a little riled up.

On Sunday, I headed to town to get groceries and finish up my Christmas shopping. Aside from a couple of things that I'll pick up right before the big day, I am done! Woo!
 It was another not-too-bad day, so I debuted my new-to-me leather coat. 

  • Dress - Naughty; last worn here in January for a day out with L
  • Boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in November
  • Coat - Danier, consignment; purchased above for $38.98

Here's the dress without the jacket, but no one saw me like this. 
 I adore this dress - I love the shape and the soft blue/black/red plaid.
 It's cotton with a flannel finish, so it's nice and soft.

No pockets, but otherwise it's great.
 I've got my shopping accoutrements.
 All bundled up and ready to go. I'm happy that the pockets are nice and generous.

Rear view.
 The coat is doesn't have stuffing, but it does have a Thinsulate "sandwich" inside, which worked really well to keep me warm while I shopped for 4 hours - I have bare arms under there, and was very happy that they didn't freeze. Leather is not usually good for temps in the single digits.

  • Scarf - Roots, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
My trusty walking shoes - I adore my red cowboy boots.

  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Earrings - Glee
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

I may have found a few things for myself while I was out and this lovely pale pink jammy dress.
 It doesn't have much shape, but it looks cute on, and will be nice in the spring/summer.

It's by Vero Moda.
 It was $10.00 at Upcycle.

I popped into Flavour Upstairs for a browse, and found a couple of things.
This is a really cute sweater, designed to look like an 80s sweater (but it's not). It has a nice wide neckline, and full sleeves, with a snug waist.

I like the big sleeves.
I also like that piece of original art.

It's by Maison Scotch and it was $22.99.
It was probably around $179.00-199.00 new.

But my biggest find was the one that made me gasp out loud.
YES. That is a green vintage leather trenchcoat!

It still has its original lining, which is a light turquoise with black trim.
 The coat has quite a bit of wear, including a hole in the centre of the lining, and some marking down the side (you can see it on the right on the green inside). However, all of the original buttons and their backing buttons are intact, and the pockets do not have any rips.

The boob-buckle detail, and the adorable original vintage buttons.
This is definitely from the 1970s.
It has a buckle belt, and the hardware has a brushed finish, matching the boob buckles. the backing of the belt is vinyl, but it's still in good condition. You can see a bit of wear on the belt, but it's not too bad.

You almost never see labels in these coats, because the lining is often missing. I've never heard of Jeno de Paris of Montreal, but there are lots of vintage coats online by this brand. I wonder what the C/L in the crest stands for?
Most of the other coats are browns and blacks. I didn't see any other coats with this kind of hardware detail or in this colour.

This was $64.99 - a bit much for me, but I LOVE it, and I cannot wait to wear it.
I knew I would have to have it - when I am ever going to find a green leather coat again??

Vizzini, do you approve of my purchases?
"I don't care about your clothes unless I can eat them."

I'll be keeping the fringed skirt far away from him! 


  1. I really like the first maxi skirt outfit, such a great skirt and I like your shopping outfit - both leather jackets you got are beautiful but I definitely said wow at the green one, what a lucky find! :)

    1. I was so excited when it fit, Mica! I was nearly hyperventilating!

      Thanks so much - that first outfit is one of my faves.

  2. I'm studiously ignoring the whole of Xmas until next week. Bah humbug!
    Loving that Italian fishtail hem maxi skirt and that fab new-to-you leather coat (same colour as mine!)
    Your tartan dress is very Westwood-esque, great shape. Love the boots you wore with it, too.
    It always seems strange to see Marks and Spencer outside the UK - we don't even have a branch in Walsall now, it shut down after 88 years. Their undies are still the best.
    Vizzini's having a mad one. I've just resprayed Frank's giant fish toy, it's so funny watching him grappling a fish that's almost as big as he is! xxx

    1. Ha ha! You humbug away, Vix - do what works for you.

      How cool that we have matching leather coats! Yes, that's one of the reasons I love the tartan dress. It's such a fun look.

      We had a Marks & Spencer here in Victoria until the late 80s. Food, underwear, everything!

      Vizzini is a mad kitty. I would like to see a picture of Frank going at it with his giant fish toy.

  3. There's no doubt that Friday's outfit is my favourite. That skirt is absolutely stunning, and both the L'Wren Scott blouse and those fabulous boots look like they were made to be worn with it. Loving the tartan dress too, although it is beyond me how you can wear a sleeveless dress this time of year and not freeze to death! I'd have snapped up that green leather trench too. I mean: green! I would have fought you for that one! Vizzini's antics made me smile. Cats eh? xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Ann! I love that outfit. Ha, my arms were snuggly warm, believe it or not! I know, we would have been at fisticuffs over it!

      He's a very silly kitty, that one!

  4. Gosh what a delicious coat! I want to feel it! Do I sound strange now..... And I love that fringed skirt, fringes are meant to be made of suede!

    1. No, I totally get it, Nancy. I love to feel fabrics. I am excited to wear the suede skirt.

  5. That green leather trench you found is amazing! Also love the gratuitous cat pics :)

    1. Thank you so much, Ashley! You can always count on me for cat pictures.

  6. Oh, I would love to see you in the fringed skirt and Vizzini together - would you have any legs left, I wonder? I've come to the conclusion that he is quite potty!

    I absolutely loved your mermaid skirt. I love that style and it's so flattering. I think it's the chevrons on yours that make it so special. Just lovely.

    You made some wonderful purchases - 2 leather coat/jackets! What a beautiful shade of green the trench coat is; I bet it will look fabulous on you.

    Have a great week.

    1. He is a very ridiculous cat, Vronni - he is going to freak out when I wear the skirt. Must make sure his claws are clipped!

      Thank you - I love that skirt too. I know, I lucked out on the coats. The green one is amazing, I can't wait to wear it!

      Happy week, my dear!

  7. I love the checked dress, it looks so good on you. But I am totally envious about that Danier jacket. And that price!! Gosh it is spectacular.
    And your cat is such a lovely creature. Mine only wants to scratch and bite me. I cannot even give her to somebody else. Who would want a cat like that?

    1. Thanks, Greetje! I know, that was a total bargain! I never see their jackets that cheap.

      He is a funny thing, but yes, he is gorgeous. Aw, your poor kitty - and poor you!

  8. Fantastic outfits, all of them. That first maxi is phenomenal. I also love your fun skirt! The colours in the second outfit are soooooo lovely...and the outfit with the tartan dress is the bomb.Fantastic styling.

    1. Isn't that the best maxi skirt? I just love the whole thing. Thank you so much!

  9. Shiela, you look like a mermaid dream in your first outfit! I like the skirt and red shirt together.
    Ooo, the black leather ruche jacket looks interesting- especially the back part.
    Merry Christmas! X

    1. Thank you, Jess - I love that outfit too. The leather jacket is wonderful - so soft!

  10. Totally love your mermaid skirt with the blouse and the red leather coat, and Those Boots!, you look particularly gorgeous in this ensemble!
    Your shopping outfit is one of my favourite ones!, love your groovy mini skirt, your tights (color and texture are fab) and love that even your black pullover have some interesting details!, and also love your blue jacket and accessories!, it's such a brilliant ensemble!
    Love your fab purchases, the fringed skirt and the leather jacket are amazing!. And this jacket has to be really cosy, as you've worn it over a sleeveless dress!. And such a fantastic dress!, it's stunning!
    And obviously, I'm totally in love with your new green coat, it's Absolutely Gorgeous!, the color is so cool and its fab 70's design makes it so special!. I can understand your enthusiasm!!

    1. Thanks so much - this is one of my favourite outfits, for sure. Aw, thanks, even my shopping outfits need to be special. I am excited about the fringed skirt - not sure how I will wear it. Yes, the jacket is really cozy, and the dress is amazing. I knew you would love this green coat!

  11. I would have gasped at the green leather trench too - what a great find, and such cool details. Of course you had to get the skirt with the suede fringe, and the Danier jacket (it's almost impossible to leave nice leather pieces behind when thrifting). The plaid dress is one of my all time favourites of yours. The shape is ever so flattering and it looks great with the new jacket.

    1. Isn't it amazing? You just don't see too many pieces like that anymore. I need to plan a good outfit with the fringed skirt - I find it really hard to leave good leather behind! Thanks, Shelly!


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