Thursday, January 9, 2020

Wee Kilties and Brooch Clusters

I'm back - as I suspected, I caught the plague from L (he's such a giving sort of person, har har). 
So after two days of sleeping and more sleeping, I dragged myself back to work today. I was definitely missed, as the office was a bit of a disaster.

  • Sweater - Rodier, vintage 50s, vintage fair; first seen here in November 2019 with my genie skirt
  • Skirt - Gianfranco Ferre via Giorgio Beverly Hills, vintage 80s, vintage store, Vancouver; last worn here in February 2019 for Karl Lagerfeld's death
  • Shoes - Enneagram Individualist, Fluevog; purchased here with gift cards (they're on sale for $129.99)
  • Coat (below) - Sfizio, consignment; last worn here in December 2019

I have all these new shoes, so I've been building outfits to wear with them. Today, it's some matchy magenta and black with a few touches of blue.
L is off to work! Have fun storming the castle!

I adore this wool pencil skirt - the slits are in the centre of the front and back of it. It's been a long time since that was in style - it's about due for a comeback. The quality of the skirt is exquisite - this is high-end.

I don't have a ton of black in my wardrobe, but I do have a thing for black skirts. I am always on the lookout for "upgrades" to replace lesser quality items - I doubt I could find an upgrade for this.
 The sweater was nice and snuggly warm. It's pretty good for being older than I am!
 Outerwear - I hadn't been outside since Monday, and brrr, it's gotten cold.
 More pinks to make me feel happy.

  • Cashmere beret - Club Monaco, thrifted
  • Fur boa - thrifted
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst

I originally put the "wee kilties" that came with them on my shoes, but after I looked at the pictures and walked around with them on, I took them off again.
I have the lower blue strap done up to its tightest hole (I have narrow feet), and the kiltie still doesn't sit evenly.

Nah, I don't like this look. It's a great idea, but it is just too busy for me.
I shall keep the kilties, but they won't be worn with these shoes very often, if ever.

The stuff:
My coworkers loved these shoes - I got a lot of comments on my outfit overall today - especially the fun colours. They were delighted that the top ankle strap could come off. These would be fabulous shoes for traveling, as they are hugely comfortable (zero rubbing or pain), and the removable strap would allow me to shake up my looks.

Classy bling:
I love wearing my Grandma J's necklace. I know it would please her that I wear it.

  • Necklace - vintage 60s, Grandma J
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower

What you don't see above in the "stuff" picture are my cluster of brooches. I have Book Club in half an hour and I didn't feel like unpinning them. I'm running late tonight, so I'm wearing this outfit.
I bought the top two new, now 20 years ago! Where does the time go?

  • Circle brooch - the Bay, c. 2000
  • Square brooch - the Bay, c. 2000
  • Bottom brooch - vintage 60s, vintage fair

Notice how nice and flat those heavy brooches are sitting? I did my fabric bag trick - all three brooches are pinned through it on the backside of my sweater. I recommend doing that while NOT wearing the sweater - tip from me.
I hauled up my sweater a couple of times to show interested (female) colleagues. I do have a vintage navy blue cami on, not showing off my bra! The thicker fabric backing keeps the brooches from sagging and pulling on the sweater fabric.

While I was lolling about being sick, Vizzini took good care of me.
"I'm just waiting for you to lie down so I can sit on you." 

We had a lot of naps together. He is a cuddle-meister.
"It's nice to have company when napping."

And to Book Club! I will be back on Sunday with tales of adventure...or at least a brunch outfit. Wishing you all a fine weekend! Thank you for stopping by.


  1. Gkad you are feeling better -- I missed you. Love the outfit -- those shoes are stunning.

  2. I love the magenta top and shoes together but sorry to hear you've been sick! So glad you are feeling much better :)

    1. Getting there, Mica - another few days and I'll be good. Thank you!

  3. Thanks for the tip! I've got tons of brooches, but don't wear them often on sweaters. Now I know how to do so!

    1. You're so welcome, Ann! I love wearing brooches, but always hated how they pulled on sweaters.

  4. Poor you! When I missed posts from you two days in a row, I immediately knew the score. Hope you're feeling better, and that going back to work wasn't too much of a strain. Your magenta jumper and those marvellous shoes were just made for each other. I do agree that the wee kilties, cute though theyb are, were a bit much. Loving your cluster of brooches, and I'll certainly make use of your tip - but NOT while I'm wearing the item of clothing ;-) I've lost count of the number of times I stabbed myself when pinning on a brooch after I'm dressed! Wishing you a wonderful and healthy weekend, Sheila! xxx

    1. Yeah, I figured my regulars would realize I'd gotten sick. Getting there, Ann - I'm still sick, but my two days off were the worst of it.

      Thanks so much - I like the idea of the kilties more than the execution. Ha, I was thinking of you!

  5. I hope you feel better now - I succumbed to my first cold in five years the week after my birthday and promptly passed it on to Jon who, being a man, got it a lot worse than me! Stephen Squirrel, like Vizzini, was a wonderful nurse!
    Love the cheery colour combo, great tip re: the brooches. The shoes are gorgeous unadorned. Happy weekend! xxx

    1. Ah, nothing like sharing a cold, eh, Vix? Glad your Stephen Squirrel was a good caretaker. Thank you so much!

  6. Poor thing, I hope you're feeling better.

    Your tip for the brooches is fantastic, I'll be sure to let my mum know. She'd find it handy.

    Vizzini is just adorable. I think I want a cat now. X

    1. Getting there, thank you, Jess! Glad to pass along my tip.

      Vizzini is a handful, be warned!

  7. I LOVE this outfit! You look gorgeous and not one bit in recovery from sickness - bravo!

  8. Slits in the front and back! That s good! I hope you feel yourself again now! Have a great weekend!

    1. It's a cool style, isn't it, Nancy? Thank you so much.

  9. Oh, nice. The shoes... the more I see them, the more I like them. Size 12, please!

  10. Sorry to hear you've been laid low. The black and white photo is a bit of a shock. And those kilties are wild! An excellent idea, in theory if not in practice.

    1. Mel, lovely to see you! Yes, I've taken to black and white until I get morning light - the pics are too dark otherwise.

  11. As I'm rewinding through your posts I'm just catching up on your health. Hope you're feeling better now sweetie. And that was a good call about the wee kilties as the shoes look fab without them. Love that tip about the brooches too x

    1. Getting there - I should be good by the weekend. Thanks, Anna!

  12. Totally fabulous shoes (sorry that the kilties didn't work) and very versatile too!, they look fab with the accessorizing and top you brilliantly picked!, so cute!
    Love your tip for brooches!
    Hope you're feeling better now!.

    1. Thank you so much! I've used the brooch bag before, but I was pleased at how well it worked for multiple pins.

      Yes, all better now. Thank you, hon.

  13. The sweater is such a yummy colour, and thanks for sharing your trick for pinning brooches to a sweater. That bug is sure getting around - I see from her comment that Vix and Jon were sick too.

  14. This looks so good She, that skirt fits like a glove and the pins on the sweater are superb. I know?! When did 20 years go by and your new sweater became vintage?!!

    1. Thank you, Lorena! Gads, things I remember being in style new are now vintage - it makes me feel old more than almost anything else!


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