It's been an absolutely fantastic weekend, and I'm excited to share some pictures (and TWO videos!!) with you, as well as a couple of small Flashbacks.
Let's get 'er started with Saturday's brunch outfit. It was a hot but slightly windy day, so I went over the top!
This blue and white thing is actually a jumpsuit - we'll have a Flashback on it shortly.
- Cardigan - Joseph A, consignment; last seen here in March for an at-home outfit
- Jumpsuit - Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, vintage 90s, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in July 2019 to hang with friends over the long weekend
- Shoes - Eject; last seen here in May (2nd outfit) for a Saturday Zoom call
I needed sun coverage for all the walking we did, so I layered this long chartreuse cardigan over it.
I know it looks like a dress...
..but it is a jumpsuit!
And I'm practically jumping for joy in it! Look at those ginormous legs!
We were required to wear our masks while there, so I wore this lovely toile one that Cat made for me. Matchy!
- Leather purse - Banana Republic, consignment
Blue and green bling:
- Blue eelskin bangle - vintage 80s, mine, donated, then re-found and thrifted
- Enamel bangles - thrifted
- Glass bangle - thrifted
- Crystal earrings - consignment
- Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
I had to take a picture of L's outfit, because he looked so spiffy.
I bought these chartreuse leather sandals during our March 2016 anniversary trip to Vancouver (here) for $149.00 at La Differencia, a store that sells really funky shoes just up the street from the Fluevog store in Gastown. They were a Last Pair, off the clearance rack.
I first wore them for Easter at Mom's in March 2016.
I wore them a month later in April 2016 in a citrus-y work outfit.
I love this cool outfit, also from April 2016. I still have both the top and the trousers.
This Armani Exchange denim dress just went to Yvonne.
You'll recognize this silk dress.
Like all of my sandals, I pack these away for the fall/winter months - here they are again in May 2017.
With a Dries Van Noten top (gave it to Vero), and that same chartreuse skirt again.
A month later in August 2017, with my olive jumpsuit.
I love this outfit, which I wore for our first Winesday Spring Tea, in May 2018.
They were my go-to for my inaugural wearing of my Alexander McQueen trousers in May 2018.
I love all the greens in this outfit from June 2018.
More yellows here in late September 2018.
Once you have a coloured pair of shoes, you start seeking out more of that colour!
And did the same top with my satin joggers in July 2019.
I love how this neon green blouse pairs with the shoes, from August 2019.
And this is the last time I wore them, for a Saturday Zoom call in silk trousers, and the third time with this green top, in May 2020.
Mathy stuff: I've now worn them 17 times, which brings my cost-per-wear to $8.76. $149.00 doesn't seem so expensive now. These shoes still have plenty of wear in them, so we'll check in again in a few years!
~End of Flashback #1~
L and I had some time to kill before our appointment at Goo Goo, so I went to Dots while he browsed in the record shop. I may have found a few things - everything in the store was an extra % off (most stuff was 30%, but some was more/less, depending on how new it was).
I was happy to see that the infinity scarf was made in Canada!
here, all links 'cause I love), but I'm happy that I can find Canadian-made stuff in Dots.
I really liked this beautiful plum knit skirt.
The brand is 525 America, another brand I've never heard of - about them here.
- This is the 99th of 198 garments available.
- It's called the Flare Rib Skirt (here's a similar one in mulicolour for $128.00 US on their site)
- It's both 100% rayon AND 100% nylon. I think the math is off there...
- It came in 5 colours (this one is Deep Plum), plus Black and Olive, handwritten in.
This was $23.99 after the discount. I will be saving this till fall - it's going to work perfectly with my cool-weather clothes.
There is a lot of gross-feeling polyester at Dots, so I tend to run my hands along the clothes, searching for real material. The pattern and fabric on this dress caught my attention in the morass of plastic jersey.
Note the angled waistband and wrap front, also angled.
Two excellent markers of quality: The ribbon snaps to hold the slip in place.
This is by Apanage, a German brand. From this tag we can see that German stores could expect their orders by late January 2019 (12 days) and other European countries would have to wait an extra 6 days.
Exhausted from eyeglass frame picking, shopping, and with sore feet, I collapsed into 2-hour nap with L and Vizzini before getting ready for Winesday at Marian's place.
We have been delaying her hosting, which was originally to have been in May (delayed due to COVID), then delayed to June (delayed due to Karen's death), then pushed back to July/now, when cabs will take more than one person.
Finally, we were ready to celebrate...
The Mrs. Roper Pool Party! A quick image search will show you pattern, muumuus, caftans and gobs of jewelry - a look made classic by actress Audra Lindley on 70s TV sitcom "Three's Company."
I had thought about wearing my daytime jumpsuit look for this - I have a lot of options in my closet for this theme! - but due to foot soreness, and generally having tons of dresses and not as many opportunities to wear them this summer, I ended up going with this wonderful vintage lame (lah-MAY, darlings!) dress.
- Dress - no label, handmade, vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in June 2018 with copper
- Shoes - Born, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) with my black floral jumpsuit for Nick's birthday in August 2019
- Robe (below) - La Vie en Rose, thrifted here in January 2019 for $5.50
- Bathing suit (below) - It Figures! not tracked
I adore this so-shiny dress, and we'll have a wee Flashback below showing the few times I've worn it over the years.
When it was time to go in the pool, I changed and strolled out of the cabana in this outfit, swishing my tasseled ties.
I've had this robe for a year and a half, but have never shown it on the blog as I only wear it around the house, but it worked perfectly as a bathing suit cover-up. I did take all my jewelry off for swimming.
Orange and gold bling:
- Chain belt - vintage 70s, Mom's
- Bangle - Dots
- Necklace - Banana Republic, consignment
- Cuff/ring - Italian, 1960s, vintage mall
- Wooden clip earrings - vintage expo
I bought this dress in January 2015 (here) at the big WIN store for $17.50.
I first wore it twice in May 2015 in the same day.
Followed by a late afternoon hangout with friends.
It's a once-a-year dress, like many of my fun summery dresses.
And a year later in June 2017.
This is the last time I wore it, from June 2018 (here), when I met up with reader Laurie, and her son Robin and husband Fred (hi, Laurie!). I wore my copper belt and earrings, and carried my parasol.
And then shamefully, I didn't wear this dress at all last year! Tsk, tsk!
Mathy stuff: This weekend's wearing bring us to six outfits total, which is not a lot, but at $2.92 per wear, I'm still really happy with it. I'll have it for many years to come, I'm sure!
~End of Flashback #2~
Winesday Pictures - stay tuned to the end, I have VIDEO of us!
I used the timer on my camera to do a group photo before the sun went down. We remained at one meter distancing (most of us have burst our bubbles prior to this, but we still maintain our distancing, and no hugging, just to be safe) and did not share food or drink. We were outside the whole time, with a light warm breeze.
Backing up slightly, I walked over to Cat's with L, where Yvonne picked us up in a cab.
L headed off with Ross (Happy Birthday!) to MANday with the dudes.
Our cab dropped us off at Marian's gate, and we walked up to the pool. Their house is in the process of being built - Marian and her fam are living in the gatehouse for now.
The barn has been converted to a workout area and a "Man Cave" for Rod.
Sarah came to meet us, as Caro and Tracy looked on.
|"Do you want to see a frog?"|
Of course we do!
There were dozens of honeybees buzzing in the lavender.
At the pool, which overlooks the lower tip of Vancouver Island (Victoria is not even visible).
Vero was a symphony of blue.
Caro wore a pink strapless dress.
Sarah's outfit is from her grandmother's closet. It's a two-piece, and was custom-made for her. It even has one of those "Handmade with Love by...[name]" labels in it. My grandma used to put those labels in sweaters she made for us.
Tracy and me.
Cat's wearing vintage Bakelite and acrylic jewelry - so "on theme."
Yvonne's wearing my royal blue Banana Republic dress - I hated it on me, but it looks amazing on her!
Linda also wore a gorgeous caftan - those colours!
Marian wore a fabulous jungle pattern on this modern dress. Workin' it, Marian!
A shot of Sarah's tiki cup.
Tracy, kudos to you - you really brought the look!
We didn't avail ourselves of the chaises, as the sun was mostly going down once we arrived.
Caro with her striped kimono on.
Ah, there we go - Caro in full gear.
Nancy, show me your bling, woman!
Another shot with the timer, where I accidentally missed Nancy altogether, and where the heck is Joanne? I'm so sorry, honeys!
Before it really started getting dark, we had a little walk around the property to check on the building progress.
Rod's "Man Cave" entrance.
The fire pit has been converted to the hot tub area for now.
|"Who are these dames? Eh? Eh?"|
The chickens were very excited to see our gaggle, but this bunny was totally chill.
|"I'm just hanging out under this apple tree, minding my own business."|
Tikki came out to see us! She's the only daughter of all the Winesday Women.
We had a peek at the basement/ground floor of the house, in progress.
Back up the hill, and time to go swimming!
Special Bonus - thanks to the magic of Cat's iPhone, we have video!! There is audio, so much laughing with the music too.
This is us doing our catwalks around the pool to "Obsession" - Cat is holding the phone so she's not in it.
And here we are again, with the camera operating on its own (magic, I assume). There is some audio for about 30 seconds before we start appearing, and then wait a sec, to see us coming around again for a dance party at the end.
This makes me laugh and fills me with joy! Thank you, Cat!
And finally, I will leave you with me and the Vizzmeister.
|"You've been out too much, Woman - we have cuddling to catch up on."|
We definitely do, bud. And possibly some more napping too.
I hope you all had a great weekend - thank you so much for dropping by!