Thursday, January 30, 2020

Wearing My Sunshine

It's been so dreary this week, with no end in sight. More rain is coming. It's good, though; we'll need it for the summer. 
But sunshine has been sparse, and I am really noticing the lack of it. I had to wear my own today.

  • Dress - Lida Baday, vintage 90s, vintage fair; last worn here in October 2019 with lots of leopard
  • Boots - Matisse, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in December 2019 with a bunch of bronze
  • Coat (below) - L'Atiste, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here a couple of weeks ago

I also chose a Jammy Dress for comfort and if I'm wearing yellow, you know I'm probably really in need of mental fortitude.
My coworkers reacted with great enthusiasm for this bright colour - it makes me feel cheerier just looking at it. More colour therapy in action.

I note that last time I wore it, I thought of styling it with a turtleneck underneath, but just the thought of that makes me sweat, ha ha!
I was warm in it as it was. Hot flashes, oh, joy.

Pockets always make me happy.
As does the weekend looming!

Outerwear - L made my day this morning by calling this look "Mobster's Girlfriend." Love it!
I freakin' adore this ginormous hat. Isn't it amazing? I showed it off to a few of my coworkers, who all wanted to pet it.

  • Hat - M&S, consignment, Powell River; purchased here for $10.00
  • Gloves - thrifted
  • Scarf - gift from Mom, Italy

The stuff:
Comfy boots.

Mixed metal bling:
I love all those clean lines.

  • Silver cuff - JPL, vintage fair
  • Torc cuff - POLY, thrifted
  • Rings - POLY, vintage fair/vintage expo
  • Earrings - vintage fair

And now, my friends, I'll be signing off for the weekend - I will be back on Sunday with tales of adventure (after the Super Bowl - go, Chiefs!). Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for coming by.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Rainbow Colour Therapy

Today was a bit rough - my mouth was still sore, and work was really busy. 
Where is the morning light??

Although you can't tell from the black and white picture, colour was my therapy today - a whole rainbow of it!

  • Sweater - Pringle, vintage 60s, thrifted, Powell River; purchased here on the weekend for $10.00
  • Skirt - Maeve, thrifted; last worn here in July 2019 with turquoise and neon yellow
  • Shoes - Truths Pilgrim, Fluevog; last seen here in November 2019 as a plaid punk
  • Leather coat (below) - Jeno de Paris, vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here in December 2019

There, that's the colour.
That's my new-to-me vintage wool cardigan, with the two bottom buttons undone to accommodate the massive skirt.

Yes, I have a navy blue full vintage slip on under this - that's it hanging out the bottom of the skirt. That's me, totally Klassy.
The skirt has many fans - I've had it for years, since 2015, when I bought it for $16.95 at the Patch. This is its 12th wearing - not bad at all!
The "how I really feel" face. Guh, mornings.

All this colour really helped me brighten up over the course of the day. Many of my coworkers reacted with smiles at all of it. Yay for colour!

I was happy to discover a tag that I'd missed on my Pringle wool cardigan:
"Do you mind? I'm eating!"

The backside has the washing instructions, including one I've never seen before: a spiral!
I found only a few references online (mostly of the "what does this spiral mean?" variety), but nothing definitive. Fortunately, Pringle put the explanation right there for us: Squeeze out by hand or spin. Do not wring. Amazing.

Outerwear - I kept up the colour in my accoutrements.
Green coat, red hat, orange scarf, purple gloves! More colour!

  • Hat - thrifted, Vancouver
  • Fur scarf - thrifted
  • Leather gloves - Danier

The stuff:
I love these shoes. I could wear these all day.

Rainbow bling:
This necklace gave me "permission" to mix up all the colours for my outfit. It's very freeing when you have a piece that gives you a guideline.

  • Belt - Ungaro, vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Necklace - thrifted
  • Earrings - don't remember
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Half-Day in Blanket Clothes

Right, back to work today...for 5 hours, and then off I went to my every-4-month periodontist appointment. Not my favourite thing. 
Instead of Clothing as Armour, I went with Clothing as Cocoon.

  • Velvet blazer - Talbots, thrifted; last worn here in November 2019 with dragon scales
  • Blouse - Renuar, thrifted; last worn here with Helmut Lang in October 2019
  • Blanket skirt, thrifted, Powell River - purchased for $4.99 here on the weekend
  • Boots - Rockport, thrifted; last seen here in December 2019 with leather and faux fur
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here last week

Cocoon for protection from the cold (brr! going outside after 36 hours indoors), protection from negative work energy, and protection from having my mouth poked and prodded.
I am a sucker for a funky-patterned skirt. This one was just lovely, although I can't see myself keeping it for too long before I pass it to a friend.

It was so soft - I felt like I was wearing a sleeping bag!
 Look at that nice big slit up the back! I didn't have to worry about walking in this one bit.

Long skirts can be tricky to style - I like a belted blazer to break things up.
 And then nice soft gloves and scarf, and my old faithful leather trenchcoat for protection from the elements.
 It's warmed up today, and I didn't need the scarf or gloves by the time I left work at 1:30pm to go catch my bus to the periodontist (Mom has to pick me up as I'm all loopy from the happy pill they give me).

The stuff:
Classy low heels - these boots have been an excellent purchase.

Armour bling:
The belt is the star - I liked how the hairy texture worked with the ultra-fuzz of the skirt.

  • Belt - Pringle of Scotland, vintage fair
  • Silver/wood earrings - consignment, Powell River (a different trip!)
  • Feather ring - Fossil, thrifted
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

And freezing is wearing off, and I need to sleep. Vizzini, will you come and keep me company?
"Maybe - I'm feeling rather stretchy today."
Have a good night, my friends!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Road Trip! Up-Island to Powell River (Bonus Shopping Expedition!)

Hello, my friends, I'm home! L and I drove up-Island (as we locals call it) and took a ferry to go visit L's mom and brother in Powell River. 
Here we are rockin' it out on the ferry, many hours after we started, but I'll get to that shortly. I have oodles of travel pictures - I live in a cool place - and stuff to show you, so let's get 'er going.

Thursday night, getting our stuff together. Vizzini can always tell.
"This bag must be important - it has pictures of me on it."

We left him in the good care of Ross and Cat while we were away.

I pack very light when I travel. I wore a variation of this every day.
I wore this exact outfit on the way home. I wore a different set of socks/underwear/t-shirt each day.

  • Sweater - Jay Jays, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in October 2019 for Yvonne's closet swapover
  • Silver jeans - H&M, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) a couple of weeks ago for brunch
  • Shoes - Gabor; last worn here (2nd outfit) in December 2019 while shopping with a friend
  • Poncho (below) - Ralph Lauren, thrifted; purchased here for $27.99
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather, consignment; last seen here earlier this week

I was startled to see the Castle's tower wrapped in scaffolding while out doing my stair picture.
Although it's rainy season, this is a good non-touristy time to do their renos. I'm sure all this rain and wind is hard on the structure.

Since we would be driving for about 3 hours, plus sitting on a ferry, then sitting around gabbing with friends and family, I dressed appropriately, in very stretchy, comfy clothes.
The sweater is cotton, with a cotton tee underneath.

I sleep in my tees, which are mostly souvenirs from the bands we've seen.
The jeans are my beloved space pants. Super stretchy and just a little "out there" for the sleepy, semi-rural town and its inhabitants.

The weather up-Island this time of year can be pretty much anything, so I also brought my acrylic poncho that I thrifted back in October.
Although I've never worn this on the blog, I do wear it frequently. It's my computer poncho - I wear it when I'm reading the internet so that I don't get chilled from all that sitting around.

With my coat and assorted accoutrements for any kind of weather.
The leather jacket has extra insulation so it was nice and warm.

  • Toque - gift from Caro
  • Wool scarf - thrifted
  • Quilted gloves, thrifted, Powell River

I actually thrifted these gloves on a previous trip to PR, a few years ago.
Fully bundled up - I was dressed this this at one point.

I was also dressed like this at another point.
The poncho was wonderful, as I stayed as cozy as I needed to be, whatever environment I was in.

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

The stuff:
I wore the same shoes and accessories for the whole trip.

  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Studded cuff - vintage 90s
  • Earrings - gift from Lise

So, here* is a map of where British Columbia, Canada is, and here is Vancouver Island (where I live). Victoria - my city - is on the southern tip. Just so you know where we're going.
*all links 'cause I love
Coming up to Goldstream Provincial Park - note all the trees covered in moss.

L and I haven't had a car for over 3 years, so we rented a nice little SUV for the ~225km drive each way.

It was cloudy, rainy, windy and sunny. You're going to see it all.
Gaining elevation as we hit the clouds on the Malahat Drive.

I was impressed that my new little camera took such good pictures as we zoomed along.
Looking south - on a clear day, you'd see mountains with Victoria in the distance.

We just drive until we're at the ferry, no stops. It's about a 2.5-3 hour drive, depending on the weather and traffic.
The Malahat Summit - that's the Saanich Peninsula across the water.

We spotted several rainbows on our way up.
We are driving on the Island Highway - most of it has dividers to separate oncoming traffic.

The Island is full of fertile pockets with dairy farms and other kinds of produce-growing areas; we passed a hazelnut farm and tons of wineries.
Sunny as we approach Duncan.

There are many rivers on the Island, and many bridges. I'm fond of these old steel ones.
North of Duncan.

Another rainbow!
Very light traffic - in the summer, this is packed.

Passing the Nanaimo airport.
That's the biggest plane they can handle - it's a tiny airport.

North of Nanaimo is a long stretch of two-lane highway both ways.
So glad we didn't encounter any logging trucks, like that one on the left! Scary!

And as we approached the Comox Valley...another rainbow!
No elk, though. I have never seen an elk on this road.

But wait, how about some more rain first? I'm so glad L is a good driver.
Driving at 110 km/hr (about 70mph) is terrifying when it's stormy or snowing. 

Many parts of Vancouver Island are nothing but trees, mountains and wildlife.
There are lots of hawks and bald eagles, like this guy.

After a quick stop in Courtenay for Subway for a late lunch, we made it to the ferry with plenty of time to spare.
Our snazzy little car.

I got out and stretched my legs, and found a map of the last leg of our trip: the ferry to Powell River.
It's about 1.5 hours to get there.

I strolled on the beach for a bit, taking pictures.
The sand was wet from the rain.

There's our ferry waiting for us, the Salish Eagle.
This is a new ferry, just put on the route a couple of years ago.

I zoomed in on these ducks.
I don't know what kind they are.

I know this is a loon, though.
Just like on the dollar coin, the "Loonie."

Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Comox is very nearby - planes were going overhead every few minutes.
Very loud. 

There was a lot of kelp and seaweed on the beach due to all the stormy weather.
I like the pale green inside that shell.

I love standing at the edge of the ocean.
Especially in groovy shoes. 

Oops, better get back to the car!
The ferry only runs 3 times a day, wouldn't want to miss it!

We were almost first on.
I always find driving on the ferry very exciting!

I went for a stroll around the decks, since it was sunny by then.
"This is Sheila, your roving reporter, and it's VERY WINDY out here!"

Looking back at the Island.
We call that sea a "light chop."

Only a few other brave souls dared to go outside.
It was too cold to sit on a bench! 

Looking down at the cars - that's us on the right in front.
We were first off! Woo! #ferrygoals

I see Powell River in the distance!
That's the Sunshine Coast, the mainland of BC.

Getting closer...
That "shield" is down during the sailing, and lifted so that we can drive off.

I love the colours in this picture - it looks like a painting to me.
That's the ferry dock pilings, along the bottom, leading to the actual dock on the left.

By the time we checked into our hotel it was evening. We met up with L's former coworker and friend Mark for some drinks. After that, we met up with our dear friend Kelly for dinner. Great to see them both!

On Saturday, we went to L's mom's place to see her and L's brother.

Same outfit as the drive up, but a different sweater.

  • Sweater - J. Crew, thrifted; last worn here in December 2019 with pink and flowers

As the family settled in for a long day of hanging out and catching up, I headed out for some Mental Health time: a good long walk and a visit to some of PR's second-hand stores.

My first stop was the Salvation Army. We have a Sally Ann in Victoria, but I don't go to the one downtown (icky) so I had low expectations.

I was thrilled to find a wonderfully bright clean store, filled with amazing finds, starting with this incredible dress.
I am a big fan of the Chinese cheongsam-style dresses - the hot pink accents caught my eye, as well as the luxurious feel of the fabric.

Ooh, the splits on the sides are lined with hot pink satin!
The entire dress is lined in pink satin!

Look at that amazing detail.
The pink handmade frogs, and the little black buttons.

But this isn't a traditional cheongsam (which I do see a lot of in thrift stores); it's got a zipper!
I love the woven leaf design in the black fabric.

There's a black button at the top of the zipper - that's a nice detail.
The black fabric is rayon and silk.
 The lining is polyester.
And it's made in the USA! Score!

But's not just a dress. There's a matching jacket!
OMG, feather cuffs.

Pink satin lining.
Maribou cuffs! Eee!

More frogs and more black buttons down the front.
I have a swanky event to go to in a couple of weeks - I might be wearing this outfit!

This is by Sue Wong and for something that's a size M and not an actual size, I was amazed at the perfect fit of it. I've never heard of Sue Wong before (here's her bio, drool over the dresses in her gallery here), but she seems to specialize in fancy clothes, since the 80s.
Both pieces were $9.99! I'm sure this set is from the late 90s/early 00s - I remember cheongsam styles being very popular then - and I'm positive that this would have retailed for over $200 new. Wow! As I was trying this on, I kept going, "OMG" in my head. I had butterflies, I was so excited!

I hemmed and hawed over this black beaded viscose/polyester dress.
It looks good on - this is also an early 00s style that I remember.

Look at that gorgeous iridescent beading!
The straps perfectly cover the bra straps.
 They even have a nice little tab and snap fastener to ensure your straps stay in place. Quality!

Bugle beads all down the back slit, which is nice and high for striding about.
I don't know this brand at all - Freesha.
There's nothing about them online, so I'm guessing this brand is defunct. $24.99 seemed like a bargain, even if I only wear it once. I couldn't leave it behind!

My dear mother-in-law had also just given L and I our Christmas gifts - cash - so I wasn't going to quibble. I bought a couple of things I might not have otherwise, since it wasn't my money.
 Like this crazyass skirt. I can see "messages"and "symboles" on it.

It has a really high walking slit. I like that!
I couldn't resist this soft fleece!
 Look how fuzzy that is!

I think this is handmade - there are no tags or evidence of tags.
 And it was only $4.99.

I also bit on this floral blouse.
 I am a sucker for "granny chic" - wave anything floral near me, and my hands will go all grabby.
And it has a bow!

It's only by Suzy Shier, a Canadian mall chain.
But it was only $4.99 - close to what this would have been on a sale rack - and it's washable and I'll probably get a bit of wear out of it.

I don't usually buy unpackaged tights, but these did not look worn.
It's not everyone who can carry off lavender tights with white lace and dots. I'm a little nervous about it myself. But for $1.99, why not try?

That was my trip to the Salvation Army - I left with a big bag stuffed with my goodies, and ventured down to Marine Ave.

I very rarely shop retail, but Powell River's independent boutiques are up against the behemoth of online shopping too (just like Victoria's), so I'm happy to poke around and see if there is something that speaks to me.
There was! And I had gift money for just this perfect moment. Look at that amazing pattern!

I love the grey and white stripes.
Nice smocking in back - I can see this with my high-waisted pink satin pants, right?

I love this print.
 Palm Beach? Miami?

It's by Guess and was marked down to $53.00 from $89.00.
Louise approved of this purchase. I liked being able to show her right away what I'd found, what she'd bought me.

I popped into another little thrift store and dug around for a while. This turquoise sweater leaped out at me.
I know a vintage sweater when I see one.

Yup, Pringle - I have a belt by them (pic here)!
Can you imagine sweaters today having measurements like this (34/87)? I knew this cardigan would fit, since my bra is a 34. You often see vintage slips sized with chest measurements as well. I'd say this is from the 1960s.

I spotted this cuff in a cabinet and asked to look at it.
I like the etched design, which is only on the "top".

This is lock for the hinge. You push that down to open it.
I can tell by those two loops on the edge that this used to have a safety chain on it.

The etching overlaps at the hinge (there's also a small dent there on the right). The bracelet is hollow.
 And it is marked "Sterling".
I can't tell what the stamp is, though. I paid $8.00 for this which seemed like a good price.

I spent a bunch of time in one consignment store, but only came away with this faux fur hat.
It is ginormous. It was $10.00.

It's called the Cossack Hat and it's by M&S Collection. Looks like it retailed for around $45.00, so score!
I can't wait to wear it!

We were up early for the first ferry back to the Island on Sunday morning.
We're off the ferry and headed back through the Comox Valley.

I don't take as many shots going down-Island, as we're both pretty exhausted and just ready to be home. Three more hours of driving...
The open stretch, headed for Nanaimo.

Before we knew it, we were back at the top of the Malahat.
Practically  home! 

Thanks to my wonderful driver! Ready to be home, love?

We were greeted by our ecstatic kitty.
"You know where my treats are, Woman."

I have it on good authority that Ross and Cat spoiled him.
"Okay, a bit of scritching is most welcome." 

L and I both spent Monday relaxing and decompressing from our long trip. It's great to have the extra day!

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!