- Merino wool sweater - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last seen here in a house outfit in April
- Pants - Eleonora Amadei; purchased here for $27.99
- Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog; re-waxed here, and last seen here in August 2019 for my last day of work with WW (Weight Watchers)
- Leather coat (below) - Jeno de Paris, vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here in May
It's been a rough week for us, emotionally. Our dear friend Karen has been dealing with the resurgence of her breast cancer (from 15 years back), and it's metastasized to her lungs, liver and brain, Stage 4. She's been undergoing some treatments, but is now too weak to continue. We are not hopeful and are taking things day by day.
Which is why I needed Clothing As Armour today. A hug from my soft, oversized wool sweater.
My new-to-me striped trousers guarantee that no one will be looking at my "I'm trying to smile but am really devastated inside" face.
L said I looked like Anne Bonny, a famous female pirate (Wiki here). Yup, I think Anne would definitely have worn these pants. Yarr! I'm a city pirate.
- Wool fedora - vintage, thrifted
- Scarf - Smoking Lily, thrifted
We're going to take a look at all the times I've worn these shortly.
- Cage cuff - Bauxo
- Silicon cuff - Materia Design, thrifted
- Earrings - vintage, vintage fair
- Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
I caught Vizzini snoozing on the deck last night:
|"Who goes there?"|
You can tell I surprised him, because his tail is straight.
And now he's just chill.
|"Oh, it's just the Woman, bothering me again."|
I bought these awesome shoes online from Fluevog before we had a store in Victoria - Fluevog is the only company I ever buy from online. I tend to watch for my "wish list" shoes to go on sale and then grab them, so these were probably marked down to $199.99 (my magic Fluevog number) before I bit. I purchased them in April 2014, which is before I started recording the prices for everything, but I don't typically pay more than $200 on sale.
By the way, I'd be remiss if I didn't give a shout-out to Mica, of Away from the Blue (here), who is my Flashback inspiration. She's my OG blogger friend in Australia, and the guru of "30 Ways to Wear" items (series link here). I'll be doing less shopping than I used to this year, and looking back at the workhorses and favourite pieces in my wardrobe is encouraging me to shop my wardrobe more. I'm glad you folks are enjoying Flashbacks - and you can thank Mica!
Ready? I've worn these orange shoes a LOT, so there are tons of pictures. See if you can guess how many times without counting the pictures.
I first wore them in April 2014, over 6 years ago! This blue vintage 80s silk top was worn with these shoes twice, and I do miss that skirt, even though it ripped and snagged like a beast.
I loved these shoes so much, I wore them 3 times that April - impressive!
And with a soft orange and cream mix.
In May 2014, with my Spanish Ladies dress (which I've had since 2010), and layers both under and over it.
|"I ought to be in more pictures."|
And a cat - the best accessory (says he).
I loved this awesomely ruffled vintage top, but it really didn't go with very much. It's very Sybil Fawlty.
I'd completely forgotten about this vintage dress! I only wore it a couple of times, this likely the last time, in August 2014.
My lovely Desigual dress (back when they made amazing quality garments) is also from 2010.
Another wearing in September, with the orange as an accent.
Longtime readers will recognize this piece, my Urban Camo dress, which I still have.
From December 2014 - I had this shirt for years, as part of my Cowgirl collection (I still like to dress in cowgirl outfits!).
This was in February 2015, with another gorgeous Desigual piece, this glorious coat.
I matched the shoes to the orange feather (unseen here) on my custom-made hat for this Art Gallery outfit.
That's a killer sexy dress - I want to wear it again, but it requires a party (it's nearly backless).
Here's that blue silk blouse again in April 2015, along with that same obi-made-of-neckties.
With a sweaty-making vintage dress in June 2015. I have purple hair now!
My "stained glass" dress is also a longtime favourite - this is from July 2015, and you'll see this dress again later.
From September 2015, when I was in my pussy-bow blouse phase.
Oh, I see I've found my current orange earrings, these feather-light wooden ones picked up for a dollar at a vintage expo around this time.
Moving into 2016, this is a January outfit.
February 2016 - I finally parted with this awesome top recently, which I picked up in Vancouver at the ginormous Blogger Meet-Up in 2015 (bigass write-up here). It was yellowed and very frayed.
I love this mix of soft orange and purple worn in April 2016, and enjoyed it so much, I did a bolder orange/purple again later that month.
Here's the Spanish Ladies dress again. My un-inked arms look weird to me now - so bare! - I got my upper arm tattoos done in 2017 for my 50th birthday.
And here is our second orange and purple outfit - recognize the purple skirt? This is the second (of 3!) outfits that feature it, and this is the second appearance in a month of my cashmere tee.
June 2016, and here's that dress again.
|"And me, don't forget me."|
As much as I loved that strapless dress, I was always having to hoik it up (I'm pretty sure it's pinned to my bra here).
Here's my full "set" of orange accessories: earrings, belt and shoes.
While I had purple hair, I bought a lot of purple items to go with it. You'll see this lavender ruffled jacket again, but this is from September 2016.
This is from November 2016 - I'd bought this necklace with bits of orange in it, and was attempting to match the yellow, magenta and cobalt blue with my outfit separates.
You'll recognize this Desigual dress from a previous Flashback (here); I've worn it twice with these shoes. I started growing my hair out in late 2016 - this is from January 2017.
This is one of the photo-booth pictures from the Victoria Film Festival Opening Night Gala. I wore a truly "out there" outfit (the theme was Floral), including wearing my shoes with "I'm a Delicate F**king Flower" socks.
This was in April 2017 - that lavender jacket again with the purple/orange necklace. I like this classy outfit.
My zigzag dress that I wore last week was also worn back in May 2017. I have my current pair of glasses on here - I'm due for a new pair this summer! Maybe I need orange glasses? Maybe pink?
I passed this Ted Baker sundress along to Caro a couple of years ago - I love seeing her wear it.
I love a clash of colours, like this hot pink cashmere top with bright orange, in August 2018.
And there's that dress again, this time with the orange belt.
An unexpected autumnal palette from April 2018
There's my stained glass dress again.
The 3rd and final look with the purple leather skirt, from August 2018. My hair's getting lighter, and I've got bangs/fringe.
|"What the heck?"|
Best accessory: a startled kitty. I also have the orange jello shot necklace on there, but it's hidden in this picture.
When I shop and look at patterns, I think about my coloured shoes - so this jumpsuit was a natural match for my orange belt and shoes. I can only see the cuff bracelet there, but that's a set too, of cuff and ring, worn in all of the next outfits.
Again, the jello shot neckace is hidden by this curious kitty.
And here's the last time I wore these shoes, in August 2019.
Well, there you go! I was shocked to count these up - today's outfit marks my 40th wearing of these shoes, which brings them down to...$5.00 per wear. I'm thrilled with that! Mica, I hope you're impressed!
And now...some more cat pictures. Enjoy, and have a lovely weekend, my friends. Again, if you can spare some good vibes (or prayers, if that rings your bell), please send them Karen's way.
|"I follow the sun."|
|"Not feeling social."|
|"Nope, go away."|