Hello, my friends! I've had a busy few days, and this is a bigass post with lots to look at, so let's get started.
This is today's at-home outfit that I would have worn to work in the pre-pandemic days.
- Kimono - vintage, Portland, vintage store; last worn here (4th outfit) in September 2019 for Winesday
- Sweater - Twik, thrifted; last seen here in February layered under a jammy dress
- Trousers - Zara, thrifted; purchased here for $29.99
- Shoes - Wonders, consignment; last worn here in September 2019 for brunch in black and cream
I knew when I bought this vintage kimono in Portland last September that I would be belting it with this leather obi. Finally! The outfit I was dreaming of!
They are a linen/viscose blend, made in Spain, and they have big front seam pockets.
Instead, I made some tea!
Kimono open. When I bought this piece, I couldn't figure out what fabric it's made of. I'm still not sure. I think it's silk, but it's a weave that resists wrinkling on the black/cream parts.
Kimono off and the thin sweater tucked in so that you can see the high waist of these pants.
- Earrings - Biko, consignment
- Ball bracelet - Butler Fifth Avenue Collection, consignment
- Bar cuff - vintage 70s, Mom's
- Klimt wooden ring - consignment
- Silver/crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy
And my leather bling too!
On Tuesday, I decided that if I can't go shopping, I can do the next best thing: shop my giveaway pile. L and I currently use our library to store our things ready for giveaway/donation, as well as most of our book collection. It's right here, see?
But did you know we have another room behind it? It's a secret door! We had it custom-made in 2014 (link here, lots of pictures). Go here (FB link) to see it in action!
I didn't take any "before" pictures because it was a bit of a nightmare! Imagine this (here) times 10, with clothes and books everywhere. This is the left side of the room, just inside the bookcase door.
This is the right corner - another two bookcases.
The inside right - that case is full of painted Dungeons & Dragons miniatures. L and I both painted them for decades. Our best ones are displayed around the house - this contains the ones that aren't as nice.
|Yes, the pictures are me - they are from about 15 years ago.|
Bags of stuff for swap, and some stuff for future clear-out.
This is the inside left, looking back at the "cat play area" (aka dining room). Another bookcase, and you can see some of our books stacked up for donation.
I pulled out all the loose clothes and sorted and folded them all up, and then bagged them. I've accumulated a ton of plastic bags from pandemic grocery shopping.
|"Something's changed here. I can't quite put my finger on it."|
I labeled the bags so that I'll remember what everything is! It will help me sort it all for a massive giveaway when I'm able to do that again.
Vizzini was very excited about all the commotion.
|"I'm a seething ball of excitement."|
As I sorted all my clothes for giveaway, I really took a good look at everything, and a few things leapt out at me as not quite being ready to leave my closet. Or maybe they are? But I'm giving all of the below items a second chance.
These Marc shoes felt way too high six months ago, but I wore them for a while and they felt fine.
This stretchy pink velvet jammy dress by Ichi said, "Hello!"
I remember this Nanette Lepore dress felt a little snug last year.
I went, "Oh!" when I saw this silk Catherine Malandrino blouse.
I go back and forth on this skirt every year or two.
I also had a soft spot for this gorgeous silk Ports skirt.
I have been thinking about these Lady Dutch baggy satin joggers for a few weeks.
And I completely and utterly love this Kenzie bubble-hemmed brocade skirt.
I also reconsidered two silk scarves.
This is a lovely butter yellow.
Well, that was fun! But I had to remove some furniture to get the library empty enough to store our donations/giveaways, so I did what I've been wanting to do since I made the Book Nook: I made an Art Corner on the other end of our deck!
The chair, rug/blanket, marble table and lamp had all been in the library, unused.
I draped the chair's seat with the thick woven blanket that we were using as a rug in the library, and moved this little footstool out here.
I pulled my portable easel out of a closet and tucked it under the marble table.
I tucked our set of weights behind the chair, as well as some canvases, in progress paintings, and my bag of paints/brushes.
On my walk today, I twisted a piece of lilac off a tree, and put it on the table in a vintage Indiana Glass Company creamer. My D&D mug is filled with my paint-pens, and a couple of brushes.
So that's what I did on Tuesday. Today/Thursday, I was up early to go for my Mental Health Walk followed by my weekly grocery shop.
|"You're leaving me?"|
Only for a couple of hours, bud.
Mental Health Walk
I took the camera along today, so here are some pictures of my 'hood.
Our Hydro (electric company) boxes are covered with scenes from "old Victoria" - this one is right where my mom lived when she was a girl (1940s-50s).
In fact, the large rock in the centre of this picture was in her front yard.
I liked this little sign.
My favourite house is decorated to show support for the Nova Scotia citizens (there was a horrific killing spree there recently).
A purple iris.
Looking south at Dallas Road - hello, Port Angeles, Washington!
Looking east - I'm going down there, all the way to the other side.
I saw two black blobs in the water.
And it's otters!
Here's a big red heart for you.
Just a pretty shot with the sun glinting off the water.
Deer in the graveyard.
A family with their dog was playing on the rocks.
The chestnut trees are starting to bloom.
When I got home, Vizzini was ready for some attention.
|"This is more like it."|
And now, my friends, I'm going to leave you until Sunday. I love y'all this much!