Some days I miss being around people at work, and other times I quite enjoy the leisurely feel that a mid-week day off brings. Today I had a very careful adventure - I took the bus to Mom's house for a visit.
- Top - Mr. Mort, vintage 60s, vintage store c. 1996; once worn here in October 2011 with a skull scarf
- Trousers - Soaked in Luxury; first worn here in March with an orange blazer
- Shoes - Sam Edelman, thrifted; last seen here in August 2019 with an amazing skirt
- Cardigan (below) - Kenzo, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in November 2019 for Book Club at Caro's
I won't keep you in suspense (hee) - it's the top! It's a cream sailor style top, with detachable silk organza bow. It buttons up the front.
I had to remind myself, "Things aren't special just because they're old - they have to make me happy when I WEAR THEM." I emphasize that because unless I am hanging onto something purely for a sentimental reason (like my mom's mink-collar coat, or one of my dad's sweaters), I try to wear everything I own, at least every few years, even the vintage stuff.
I thought the leopard cropped trousers worked well with the black and cream of the top.
The cardi is a nice thick cotton blend, and the front is longer than the back, with deep pockets.
Y'all will forgive my digression on this top - as I said, it's just been sitting unworn in a closet, so I took a really good look at it. I bought this for $5.00 at a vintage store downtown that was around in the mid-90s to early 00s. Many of the older vintage garments, shoes and hats I own are from that store.
here), because I created the outfit as a result of one of my readers putting it to me as an outfit challenge - and it's Lorena, of My Every Day Wear (link here)! She'd remembered it from here, in May 2010 (10 years ago!!), when I modeled it as part of my "Never Seen" series of things I didn't regularly wear. Lorena is my oldest blog-friend - we officially go back 10 years, honey! She is still posting all these years later!
As for dating this, I am fairly sure by the style that it's from the mid-60s. It has a very Barbra Streisand-ish vibe about it (as I noted when I originally modeled it), as she wore a sailor top that she designed herself! to perform at the Cocoanut Grove club in August-September 1963 (link here, 'cause I love). This was likely one of many "homage to" or knock-off versions of a sailor look after Barbra's.
My top is by Mr. Mort - look at that awesome label.
here). There are no other tags or labels on it anywhere, so I'm guessing on the fabrics, but I'm pretty good at it after all these years.
I think the weave is a silk-cotton blend - it has a light sheen and slubs in it, and it wrinkles a bit. You can see the weave here. It has good weight to it; it's not a light blouse.
It's definitely quality. The top is fully-lined, and the main fabric is backed with a layer of muslin. So much beautiful detailing.
- Cuff - thrifted
- Cage cuff - Bauxo
- Silver/onyx ring - Tocarra, vintage fair
- Shield ring - Nine West
- Earrings - Glee
Following the successful distance visit with Nick and Karen on the weekend, and after talking to Mom and making sure we'd be keeping a safe distance, I planned a trip to go visit her at home.
|"Yes, yes, leave me in peace, Woman."|
That painting is by my Mom - it was featured in the juried Sooke Art Show several years ago. I love it - it's one of my favourites by her.
Vizzini, are you going to miss me?
|"I'll miss your warm lap."|
I bet he spent the day sleeping in the sun.
Today is the first time I've taken a bus since the pandemic lockdown.
Downtown is deserted in areas that are normally busy. This street would be lined with cars, and have a ton of traffic on it.
Waiting for my connecting bus to take me to Mom's place. She lives north of the city, near the area I grew up in.
Partway out of town, the bus stopped near one of my favourite buildings in town, Tang's Pagoda. It's currently a cannabis store (hello, I am from Canada), a Thai masseuse and an electronics repair shop. The home behind it, which is partially obscured by the shop facades, is actually an Edwardian heritage home (read about it here).
I found some info on the Tangs here and Jack's obituary here (he sounded like a lovely man). Mom remembers that it was one of the few places where you could get kids clothes in the late 40s/early 50s - check it out, I found their opening ad here from 1947!
Another bump of nostalgia as we went past Panama Flats, a wetland/agricultural park (good for birding, here).
Panama Flats- you took the picture from close to where Gram’s parents [that would be Mom's grandparents] bought property when they emigrated in 1912. They bought it in the summer time and when they drove out to show their friends, they couldn’t find it. The property was covered by water. Mom and Aunt Lil [my Gram's sister] owned the property until the 1960’s when they sold it to Saanich on condition it stayed a flood plain.
Well, how cool is that? My family helped this become a park!
Although it's built up a lot more now, there are still farms all over the place. I found a sheep farm!
I had the path mostly to myself.
The wild Easter lilies were out.
And then I was at Mom's!
The tulips are out just as the daffodils are fading.
I peeked inside the sliding door to her art studio.
here (last picture), when we spent the day painting at the Coast Collective in July 2013.
Oh, gosh, this is Grandad's old chair.
Grandad’s chair was a gov[ernment] castoff [Victoria is the capital of the province; lots of government industry here - S.]. They were cleaning out an office and had the chairs on the curb to take to the dump. Your dad found it and immediately phoned grandad [Mom's dad] to come pick it up. The habit of grabbing cast-offs was called rabbitting. The fireplace lights and tiles in the Lavender house basement were also acquired this way. Shortly after that they opened store to sell their excess.
The Lavender house is the house I lived in from 1971-2? to when I moved out in 1986. We had the most insane 70s stone fireplace you ever saw.
I also had flashbacks over these two pictures. The one on the left is rather anachronistic, but it's such a classic piece. It's a sheet of copper that's been etched/exposed from the surrounding black paint. Love the vintage frame. 1950s?
The Chinese painting was done in 1958. I was in grade 8. I chose this design because I had a dance costume just like it. My teacher was Mrs Palmer- the only teacher who ever thought I had some art ability.
Well, way to go, Mrs. Palmer! I totally nailed the era.
I stitched the "stem" on burlap, which was then wrapped and taped? glued? to cardboard and then put in this frame. Oh, lordy. I can't believe Mom still has that - she reminded me that I wrote something about her looking beautiful at my Aunt Lois' wedding on the back, so it's likely this was a Mother's Day gift.
I also spied this painting of our old dog Schultz, a schnauzer.
Since we couldn't actually be together, I set the camera timer and ran behind Mom on the lawn.
I was facing this tree, which was filled with all kinds of birds - I also saw a little lizard!
I admired the neighbour's tulips.
And after a couple of hours, it was time to go.
As I was leaving, Mom spotted something in the garden.
|"Curses, the Paparazzi has spotted me."|
It's Rodney! I've heard many stories of him. He belongs to another house, and Mom often visited with him.
|"Oh, my reputation has preceded me? Very well, you make take my picture."|
As I strolled back towards the park and to the bus stop, I saw this gorgeous vintage car.
And further down the block, this gent cruised by.
|Thank you to the communications worker from Telus!|
I wonder if this gent owns the blue car too?
Vizzini was ecstatic to see me when I got home.
|"What? You were gone?"|
He was lethargic and his fur was soft and warm, from sitting in the sun. We've moved his post out onto the deck now that the nice weather seems inclined to stick around.
|"Thanks. I guess I'll keep you."|
I hope you enjoyed my little adventure!