Tuesday, January 14, 2020

All the Animals: Bye, Teddy, and Well-Traveled Shoes

What a day! It's been snowing nearly non-stop and it's starting to really pile up. I layered on all my warmest things. 
It's not your eyes - the camera wouldn't focus this morning (maybe it was shivering from the cold like I was?).


  • Top - H&M, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in December 2019 for brunch
  • Sleeveless sweater (under) - Twik, thrifted; last seen here in my first outfit of the year, under my corduroy dress
  • Skirt - Rena Rowan, thrifted; first worn here (2nd outfit) for a rainy weekend shop in November 2019
  • Shoes - Hispanitas; last seen here in November 2019 with blue cropped trousers
  • Coat (below) - Hilary Radley, thrifted; last worn here yesterday


I layered a sleeveless black sweater under my "teddy" sweater - it's actually plush - for warmth.
Although it was lovely and snuggly, I'm done with this top. It does me no favours, but I'm actually okay with that when it comes to quirky items. Not everything has to be super-flattering - sometimes being kooky is enough.

However, I've had my fill of it. I bought it in April 2018 for $15.00 and wore it five times (twice belted). I've very happy with $3.00 per wear, and off it goes to the giveaway pile. Bye, teddy!
The skirt, on the other hand, is divine. It's also a low plush, and I love how pretty and accurate the leopard spots look.

Brrr, I'm cold. I don't want to go out there!
Thick tights helped, but my legs still got chilly, especially on the way home with snow blowing in my face.

Outerwear - pile on more animals!
The Unsafe Ocelot, plus all my furry (real and faux) accoutrements.


  • Toque/scarf - Danier Leather
  • Gloves - Parkhurst


The stuff:
More animal spots. Very comfy shoes.

Tortoiseshell bling:
I also wore a touch of eelskin in the vintage bracelet. All the animals!


  • Link bracelet - J. Crew, thrifted
  • Bracelet - faux Gucci, gift from Mom & Dad, Italy
  • Earrings - local, Hamilton


So, as you know, I've bought a bunch of shoes over the past several weeks - this is the final pair, and they are very well-traveled! I had a devil of a time actually getting them: they were accidentally shipped to another town on Vancouver Island (very far from Victoria), and I got Valerie's shoes instead, intended for her in Campbell River.
I called the Fluevog store in Gastown in Vancouver, where Dani sorted us out. I had to ship Valerie's shoes (a size 6 oxford) back; she had to ship mine back, and then they shipped our correct shoes. Mine went to the downtown store, so I picked them up today, two weeks after I ordered them. It was a bit of a shmozzle, but all sorted out now (and Fluevog is giving me 10% off my next pair because I was nice, aw, thank you!).

When I showed these to L, he said, "Those are f**king ugly."
Ha! Perhaps they will appear in a new series of "Shoes My Husband Hates" (link here from 2016, enjoy). And I know they will not appeal to all of you, but hey, if we all liked the same things, how boring would that be??

These are called the Mellow Bossa Nova, in neon orange (link here, 'cause I love - they also come in yellow!) and they are marked down to $99.00.
I dig the pretty buckle. The neon orange leather is really soft and way more neon than they look. They are really comfy and although they have a big platform, they're only a 1" heel. Good walking shoes! 

These are a size 10 and they are still a small fit. I love the rubber Angel soles.
They are very grippy and made squeaking noises on the floor when I walked around in them. Heh. Squeak, squeak!

Being silly, but happy I finally have them!
Hooray for shoes! I might try to squeeze in one wear this season, but they will likely be a spring/summer shoe for me.

25 comments:

  1. wow, glad that you were well wrapped in your warm clothes and the unsafe ocelot coat (I do love it) to brave the elements. Lovely skirt and lovely shoes and lovely accessories too. But even more lovely new shoes of fabulousness!. I love your ugly shoes! and they're orange! so gorgeous! (they look a little bit like my favourite El Naturalista shoes)
    besos

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    1. Thank you, my dear - it was very inclement weather! Thank you - I'm glad you like these, we always have similar tastes. El Naturalistas are great shoes!

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  2. I love this teddy bear top, and the leo skirt! Now if I could just get my hands on that top! Ha-ha. Maybe it will end up in a charity shop in Bulgaria - we get pre-loved clothes from all over the world. Seriously, I don't think it is at all unflattering - how can a teddy bear be unflattering? It all looks very snuggly and warm, and stylish! Lise

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    1. Thanks so much, Lise! Ha, you are in Bulgaria? I did not know that. Wouldn't that be funny if it ended up there? Aw, thank you!

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  3. PS: On the fence about the orange shoes - will have to see after you style them - which will probably make them a winner. :) Lise

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    1. That's cool, they're not to everyone's taste! I appreciate your open-minded opinion!

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  4. As an orange lover (especially the darker earlier shades like terra cotta) I think those shoes are pretty fun! Yes, a bit funky. But that’s good, eh?

    Stay warm. Wear wool and longer skirts? I am actually heading up to the NW in a few days and glad that the snow should be melted by then.

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    1. Thank you, Linda - I'm an orange-lover too. Funky is great!

      I will, thank you! Yeah, it'll be all gone in a few days.

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  5. Hello again from Oshawa! We seem to have temporarily traded weather ... it's +5 here and just kind of grey.

    I like the orange shoes. They have a nice shape and the colour is uplifting. I will be looking forward to seeing them in action. I'm sure they will win over hearts and minds :)

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    1. Hi, Nana! You can take this - I'm tired of it already.

      Thank you! I agree - and they still won't win over everyone!

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  6. I'm totally hearing you on the teddy jumper, but I'm loving the meeting of animals. That skirt is gorgeous and it's just perfect with the spotty shoes and the tortoiseshell and eelskin jewellery. The Unsafe Ocelot, of course, always is a winner. Your new shoes does remind me a bit of traditional Dutch clogs, but better! Can't wait to see how you'll be styling them, and I'm sure you'll win over L. in the end. xxx P.S. Ok, iff you really do have an enormous amount of swow, you can send some over. Just a tiny bit, mind you ;-) xxx

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    1. IF and SNOW! Oh dear, it has been a looong day :-)

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    2. Thanks, Ann. I'm totally happy letting it go now. Yes, these do remind me of clogs, very much. L will never like chunky shoes, I'm afraid.

      PS - no worries about the typos!

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  7. I like all the animal print together and I know you will rock those shoes - what a shame it was such a hassle getting them to you though!

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    1. Thank you, Mica! I know, what a pain, but eh, first world problems. They sorted it out.

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  8. I have to get used to the orange shoes, however I love the color and the buckle. I ordered yellow ankle boots today! Yellow? Me? Good gracious.

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    1. That's cool, Nancy! They take a little getting used to! Ooh, I can't wait to see your yellow boots!

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  9. If women didn't wear clothes their husbands thought were ugly, they'd have empty closets. :)

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  10. That leopard skirt suits you so well. I like it with the teddy sweater and matching leopard print shoes but I also like it with the orange shoes- they are such a great pair. I can't imagine why your husband hates them....but now that I think of it, my husband isn't crazy about a similar pair with rubber heels I have. I do love them, though. You look great in both of these looks and that animal print coat is everything!!!!!

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    1. Thank you - it's the best one I've ever found. My husband likes shoes from when he was a teen: classic pointy-toe pumps. Thanks, Ivana!

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  11. L appears to not be a fan of the "Prepare" family of Vogs, as they seem to be the more clunky shapes (those mustard yellow ones he doesn't like are that style, aren't they). Well as you said, if we all liked the same things the world would be a boring place (and there would be ongoing battles over the same pile of stuff.

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    1. Yes, he dislikes them intensely - that whole chunky look. Yes, the mustard are the higher heeled version (I have boots in that family too). Not that I totally care, as I'm the one who's wearing them!

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  12. I always imagine Canada to be bitterly cold in winter so can see how the plush is very welcome indeed. Can't blame you for wanting to stay indoors and layer up the faux animals.

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    1. Parts of it are like that, Mim, but it's a HUGE country! Over here on my side, we're like the Florida of Canada.

      Hiding from the world and hiding from the weather...

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