Hello, my friends! I have two days of outfits for you: what I wore to work on Monday, plus my shopping adventure of Tuesday.
Outfit the first - I built it around this striped and printed shirt that I bought with Christmas gift money this past year.
- Shirt - Guess, Powell River; first worn here in February with grey pleats
- Skirt - LAMB, 2005 collection, consignment, Vancouver; last seen here in August 2019 with neon sandals and shirt
- Shoes - Big Presence Earhart, Fluevog; last worn here in September 2019 with autumn sunset colours
- Coat (below) - Tangerine Jill, thrifted; last seen here in April
The print across the bottom of the shirt is of a Miami-like street scene, with cars and old Art Deco hotels and palm trees. I love that part of the shirt the most.
I dislike the long ties at the front, especially when it doesn't have proper shirt-tails in the back. Just give me a real shirt and I'll tie the front myself!
And I'm fine with that.
here, 6th image). It's such a unique piece. This is the 5th time I've worn it - I bought it in March 2018 for $15.00 at Turnabout in Vancouver.
Outerwear - I needed some pink.
- Silk scarf - thrifted
- Brooch - thrifted
- Silver/aventurine ring - consignment
- Jade/brass ring - Mom's, vintage 70s
- Earrings - vintage fair
Can you see my brooch? I put the parrots in the palm tree!
I spied Vizzini out on the deck when I got home.
|"You were out?"|
I bet he's been out there all day.
So - I went shopping! Like, physically inside a store! One of my favourite second-hand stores is Turnabout, which I first encountered in Vancouver years ago - their Main Street store is still one of my favourites and is a "must visit" stop on our annual trip. When they opened a store here in Victoria, I was there! I've been many times, and always find something fun. I'm linking here, because I love - I'm a regular customer and I don't get anything from them, although today Jane popped a mini sewing kit into my bag as a thank you.
During the pandemic, they - like many other local businesses - have pivoted to a more online presence, but they've also set up precautions so that clients can both bring in their used designer clothes to consign, and so that shoppers can come in and satisfy their treasure-hunting urges.
I've been getting their emails regularly and thinking about this, as my bank account's been growing for the past two months. Today, with looming "easing" coming, I decided to do it. I was super-impressed with their set-up:
- No more than 2 customers at a time
- Lots of hand sanitizer and wipes available when you enter
- Surfaces all being wiped down
- 6'/2 meter distancing in effect (tape on floor)
- Drop-in shopping or shopping by appointment - chairs are set outside to wait if the store is full
I also observed that all the clothes I tried on (and I tried on a LOT, as I always do) were set aside for at least 2 hours, which was how long I was in the store. The virus doesn't stay long on soft surfaces like clothing, but letting garments "rest" for a few hours before putting them back seems like a good precaution.
Overall, I felt very safe and was the only customer there while I shopped. Kudos to the Turnabout team!
For my friends in Victoria or Vancouver, I encourage you to please consider supporting this great local company, or shopping their online offerings; and to my readers, please check and see if your favourite brick-and-mortar stores are offering this kind of set up. We have to support our local businesses!
It felt good to put on a shopping outfit. Comfy, casual, easy to get off and on multiple times.
- Jacket - Prosperity, consignment; last worn here in September 2019
- Merino wool sweater - Banana Republic, consignment; purchased here in December 2019 for $22.98
- Skirt - Smoking Lily, thrifted; last seen here as part of my travel capsule for Portland, Oregon, back in September 2019
- Shoes - Miista; last worn here (2nd outfit) in April for our socially-distant gathering for Karen
I'm fond of this retro-look sweater shape - it's a good cut on me.
Outerwear - I love my funky space jacket.
- Earrings - Kate Spade, consignment
I declined the receipt and the tags were all removed, but I spent $300 total, so I'm guessing on the prices below. I bought something for Mom while I was there...it's her 75th birthday next week!
I shop slowly and methodically, going through every rack, looking at every shelf and in every case. I am thorough, and never miss any of the "good stuff."
It has built in elastic to give it shape in the waist.
It's by Sarah Pacini, and this was the most expensive item I bought, at $129.99 It's a linen/elastane blend, so it has that slightly rumpled linen look, but with stretch. It is unlined, but finished beautifully inside (all covered seams).
here) - it's $392.00. Link 'cause I love!
You can see the nice texture of the fabric here.
I unzipped the pockets, but they just lay there, all floppy.
I am always on the lookout for a nice white top. This one doesn't look like much on the hanger but fit me perfectly.
It's by Michael Kors, and was around $26.99.
I really liked this top, and it looks great on.
This is by Hoss Intropia, which is a brand Anthropologie carries.
I've been stalking Turnabout's site for the past few weeks, and had seen this dress get posted. I find it so hard to rely on pictures, though. I really have to see and touch and try things on.
It's by Part Two, which I've seen at both Dots and in boutiques.
Part Two has a similar dress on their site for $235 (it's on sale for $48!) in blue and red, but not this pattern.
And finally, I bought myself a mask. Of course, my mask has sequins! It was $15.00 and was by kuverUP, and made in Canada.
The flat crystal stud goes on the front, with pearl hanging down behind the lobe.
here) that L bought for me a few years ago. They were $47.99 - they probably retailed for between $80-100.00.
Here I am in my swanky mask.
And now, time to chill out on the desk. Will I read or will I do some art?
|"How about a nap?"|
Now that sounds like a fine idea!
|"I'll be along shortly for cuddling."|
Perfect! I'm rather worn out from my adventure.