I took a planned sick day today to deal with some medical stuff - nothing serious, but I knew I'd need to get to a clinic early (like, 7:30am, yawn) and that I'd probably have to go for blood tests after that.
- Sweater - Artisan de Luxe, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) on a Raging January day
- Jeans - L'Wren Scott, thrifted; last seen here in January for a Snow Day
- Boots - Arnold Churgin, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in December 2019 for brunch
- Coat (below) - Donna Karan, consignment; last seen here last weekend
I had to get my name down on the list at the clinic, noting the urgency of my issue (low), and then wait for hours until a doctor was available. Please don't worry about me - I am fine, just getting old (ha ha). Personally, I am outraged that I'm not immortal!
I love this fun patchwork sweater, especially the tassels on the front. I'll be wearing this same outfit for Book Club tonight, as well. I'm hosting!
If you're looking at these pictures and wondering what's different, I'm not wearing any make-up, and these are an older pair of glasses that I often wear at home.
Outerwear - I missed the rain that started in the afternoon. I felt very incognito in this - it's such a "normal" look.
- Gloves - Parkhurst
- White gold earrings - Frances Jewelers, 10th anniversary gift from L
As I'd anticipated, I had to go for a full blood work-up. My plan was to kill a few hours, blog at home, and then go to a nearby lab to get my blood drawn. I popped into my friend Janet's office to visit and then meandered back up the Avenue, briefly stopping in at House of Savoy and Turnabout for a little retail therapy. Uh-oh, those places are dangerous!
I found this lovely dark green sheer blouse at House of Savoy on the sale rack for $15.00.
This one's by Nygard Black Label.
I hemmed and hawed over this coat.
And it's covered in embroidered roses. Mmm...embroidery!
More embroidery on the back. And look at those seams - GORGEOUS. Look how the tweed is lined up at the back of the neck.
It's McQ by Alexander McQueen from when he had a licencing, manufacture and distribution agreement with Italian company SINV SpA, from 2006 to just after his death in 2010, when his protege Sarah Burton took the label back. Link here to the Wiki history of the brand.
How do I know this is from 2006-2010? Because the inside label says "SINV SpA" and I researched it (I always look for a style number and search that too). Also, this type of embroidered coat was all over the place in 2006-2007 - do you remember that? I do! Now that I see this McQ coat, I'm realizing all those coats I saw back then (including a few Nygard ones) were probably
McQueen still did the designing for McQ during that period, so this is still "real" McQueen, just a higher-produced/distributed line than the high-end stuff.
There's nothing online (eg. runway shows or pictures of the collections) from the McQ designs prior to it going back to the brand's control in 2010, but checking out designer re-sell sites, even the SINV coats are listed in the $500-750 range. Compare with the Alexander McQueen line, however: those coats are $6,000+ (yes, SIX THOUSAND dollars).
The lovely proprietor of the House of Savoy knocked $100 off the marked price of this for me - I paid $185.00, which I think is very good. I do not regret biting on this and I'll be wearing it soon.
Flush with my purchases, I crossed the street to Turnabout where I found two dresses.
I might have in neon orange?? I actually have a lot of shoes that will go with this dress.
Lime green around the zipper.
The entire lining is neon green - it's silk! (with a touch of stretch).
I have been on the lookout for a new red dress since I ruined my last one (here, 3rd outfit, scroll down), when I caught a butter-covered potato in the skirt and was never able to get that butter out, and I tried everything.
It's by Little Moon, and it's 100% polyester. The back has two self-covered buttons at the neck and a 6" cutout below that. The sleeves also have a small button closure at the cuff.
And I don't think this has ever been worn! It still has the fold creases from shipping from the factory - I've circled them below (they will steam out, and this dress is washable).
From my bout of retail therapy I walked home, ready to starve for the day so that I could get my blood tests in the afternoon. However, when I double-checked the form from the doctor, I realized I have to fast for 10 hours, not the 8 hours I would have been able to manage before Book Club. Arg! I'll have to be late for work next week and do it then.
And now, my friends, I'm off to have a good nap before my gals show up for Book Club. Thank you all for visiting - I'll be back on Sunday with tales of adventure!