And I'm back, just in time for the weekend. All these days/weeks/months are kind of blurring together...
This is what I wore to get groceries on Thursday.
- Cardigan - thrifted, no label; not tracked
- Top - Club Monaco, thrifted; purchased here way back in November 2019 for $12.95
- Skirt - LA Nights, thrifted; last worn here in April for a house outfit
- Shoes - Aldo, thrifted; last seen here in June with zig-zags
I'm finally getting around to wearing this new-to-me top that I thrifted way back in November of last year.
what shoes I could wear with this top?? Hee hee!
- Necklace - Robert Larin, vintage 60s/70s, gift from L
- Eelskin cuff - c. 1985, used to be mine, re-found and thrifted!
- Earrings - Stella & Dot, consignment, Vancouver
- Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
I was really glad that the Velvet Crease made it through the pandemic. They're limiting customers to 4 at a time, must wear a mask (although I was the only person who obeyed this!), hand sanitize before touching anything. I did find a few things - I tried on a ton. My general ratio is 1 in 5; if I try on 15 things (for example), I'll find 3. Some days it's better; some days worse.
These are house-pants - I needed something cool and loose to wear at home as the weather gets warmer.
They are an olive green viscose/spandex mix, extremely soft and swooshy/drapey. The brand is Bali Kiss, which is a local store specializing in fair trade items, purchased directly from small, family-run businesses in Thailand, Indonesia and Nepal. These were made in Thailand.
I went "OOOOH" when I saw this floofy skirt.
|"Just ignore me, I'm just sitting here, all alone."|
Vizzini hates when my clothes get more attention than he does.
The pattern is palm trees, and it's a true wrap skirt, hemmed with a giant flounce. It's also a "mullet-y" hemline - longer in the back.
It's by Scotch & Soda by Maison Scotch, from the "Fading Roads" collection, and it was new with tags! I see from the tag that it retailed for $198.00.
I also found this lovely blue crocheted cardigan. It fit me perfectly.
It's by Precis Petite, which is sold at the Bay department store (has been for well over a decade).
I'm all geared up for my outing in my matching mask (I have about a dozen cloth ones, plus a supply of disposable ones).
|"Wear a mask!"|
Seriously, it's not that big of a deal. I will always wear a mask if I can't maintain 6-feet/2 meters distance. It's like putting on sunblock: a necessary measure! And like sunblock, I always have it/one in my purse.
- Cashmere tee - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last seen here in May with sunflower brollies
- Skirt - Scotch & Soda, consignment; purchased above for $48.00
- Booties - Coffee Kope Tiam, Fluevog; last seen here in April with my doily dress
- Leather jacket - Burberry, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here (3rd outfit) in December 2019 for some Christmas shopping
The colours in this skirt are definitely more in the fall range than summer - I may put this into the "stash" for the end of September.
I went with this coral-y coloured cashmere tee (I have a cami under it due to sheerness) to pick up the bits of orange in the skirt's pattern.
I loved wearing this skirt all day - it is so SWOOSHY. I think I might wear it with a belt or more fitted top next time - it felt like I needed something over the tie waist or a more formal/fitted top.
As mentioned, it rained all day, so I needed outerwear.
I'm a huge fan of this bronze leather jacket. Of course I wear leather in the rain - it's totally fine.
- Amber/sandalwood choker - vintage 60s, Mom's
- Brass/copper cuff - Karen's
- Wood ring - Dots
- Klimt wood ring - consignment
- Earrings - Aldo
Okay, Flashback time!
These booties are called the Kope Tiam and are from the long-retired Coffee family of Fluevogs, named due to the coffee spout shape of the heel (they also did a Teapot line - I had a pair). I bought them on our annual anniversary trip to Vancouver in 2011, but not at Fluevog. I found them on clearance at Gravity Pope, which is a wonderful shoe store - they were in the "last pairs" and these were tucked away under a shelf. They were $99.00. Score!
I first wore them a couple of weeks later, also in March 2011.
I didn't have nearly as many shoes back in 2011 as I do now (probably about 40 pairs, vs. the close-to-100 I have currently), so they got worn more in the first few years of my owning them.
I like the look of this outfit from October 2011, but the only thing left are the boots and the necklace.
I wore them with my Gap leather pants multiple times, first here in December 2011.
Recognize the choker? I wore it today!
Aside from the booties, the leather obi belt is the only thing I have left from this outfit from October 2012.here), from my year-long 30 For 30 For 12 challenge.
I wore them a total of four times in October 2012.
The capsule explains the repetition of elements, like this jacket which had a very equestrian vibe.
My last October 2012 outfit, featured a very odd mustard blouse layered under a blue sweater.
February 2013 - there's that blond hair again!
I adored this cowgirl dress, seen here in August 2013. It was by Bodybag by Jude, a Canadian company. I just got tired of it - it didn't layer well or lend itself to any styling except Cowgirl.
I also still have this leather vest, worn here in November 2013. I've gone mad for layers, wearing it over a jacket, with a belt over the whole shebang. That's...a lot.
This heavy, sweaty wrap top - seen here in January 2014 - was left behind in Italy when we went in that Fall.
It was a whole year until I wore the booties again, in January 2015. I'm not sure why. Sometimes I just go "off" my pieces.
Second wearing with my leather pants, in March 2015.
This May 2015 outfit is just trying too hard.
On the other hand, I vividly remember wearing this outfit in February 2016, to go to the office supply store on the weekend. Did I keep my Yeti coat or give it to Yvonne? I can't remember. And there are my leather jeans again, and my Pringle of Scotland belt. I still have that sweater too.
You might remember this outfit from the Fendi belt Flashback (here).
A very autumnal outfit, with this vintage suede skirt that Elaine gave me, back in November 2017.
This graphic dress was only worn once - it never laid straight and had a really wide neckline.
These leopard separates were only worn once together, and it's here in October 2017.
I still have this whole outfit from November 2017.
This is around the time when I started building up a trouser wardrobe - this outfit is from February 2018.
I wore them with my leather pants again for my birthday in October 2018.
There are my leopard footless tights again, worn in November 2018.
I like this drape-y layered outfit from December 2018.
I love this outfit from January 2019.
The fifth wearing with my leather pants, in March 2019.
There's my "lettuce" dress again, in May 2019.
And third time, boots + leopard tights = a winning combination, in October 2019.
As a very comfy pair of booties, I wore them on Christmas Day in December 2019.
Dress + booties is also a formula I have used a lot. I love this look.
And finally, here's the last time I wore it, with my corduroy Doily dress, in April 2020.
Did you guess 32 times worn? $99.00 might seem like a lot for a pair of booties, but I'm now down to $3.10 per wear! They are still in excellent shape (a bit of scuffing on the toes, and on the heels), and the leather has just gotten softer over the years, but I have lots more wear left in them.
And with that, I will leave you to enjoy your weekend, my friends. A very Happy 4th of July to my US friends!
|"Cuddles for all."|
Stay safe, stay calm, and be kind.
Aahh, so many fabulous outfits :). Yes, 'Boring brown' booties are super versatile. I scored a pair from my mom-in-law, unworn, I would never have bought them myself, and I have worn the heck out of them, more than any other booties I have! I even had to have them re-soled from so much wear, go figure. I love Karen's cuff with the different metals. LiseReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Lise! It's so hard to tell what's going to really click in the wardrobe, isn't it?Delete
I loved the cuff too. So comforting.
You are certainly getting value from the boots! I'm really liking your shopping outfit too, it's so pretty with the teal, cobalt and red. I actually wore something similar this week (in a much smaller way, you know me, easing into being more colourful!) I added a red cardigan to a monochromatic black jeans and grey tee outfit, and then a teal and blue scarf on top! I really loved the combination, but of course I like yours more!ReplyDelete
Good job on thrifting that pretty skirt too - it's so cute! I actually have a tee from that brand I also thrifted - I should get it out for another wear!
I am, thanks, Mica! I love the bright colours, and I am so proud of you for wearing your brights!Delete
I thought the skirt was so pretty.
You're first outfit is just brilliant. No wonder you were complimented. I'm loving the blues and reds together, and yes, those shoes would have been an option :-) But I'm loving the reds too. What a relief they have a zip up the rear! The lacy turquoise and cobalt blue top is gorgeous. How lovely that the The Velvet Crease has survived, and you could have a good rummage. I'm surprised at people not wearing their masks though. Mind you, it was the same in the charity shop yesterday. Far too many people to my liking weren't wearing one. I'm loving the floofy skirt, which of course you had to wear straight away. It looks amazing with your bronze leather jacket and Fluevog booties. As always, it was a delight to see one of your flashbacks and I am so pleased I'm not the only one with that many pairs of shoes. Phew. xxxReplyDelete
Thanks, Ann! I find I'm at the point in my wardrobe where I have about 5 pairs of shoes as options for nearly every outfit.Delete
I am so glad this store survived, but I wish people would take safety precautions. We have a real issue with complacency here because we were not hit very hard.
Thanks! I love the floofy skirt - it was fun to go through all those pictures. I am a maximalist when it comes to shoes!
I think you've had your money's worth out of those boots, Sheila! My favourite outfits were the one with the leather maxi skirt and your Christmas Day 2019 look.ReplyDelete
Same, Vronni! I like those outfits too, thanks!Delete
Yes, I'm sure an outfit as colorful as this makes you stand out in a crowd. Happy to hear your store (VC) re-opened. As some predicted many retail shops, especially thrift-stores, are closing permanently from the pandemic. Dozens around me, plus long-existing restaurants, aren't surviving the economic losses and highly-uncertain future. So sad.ReplyDelete
It really did! I'm so sad to see so many have closed - but it's good to see people out shopping (even if not following safety protocols, sigh).Delete
I adore those booties and the flashback. Your statement,'I ripped the cuffs off by accident', made me laugh - I'm imagining a Vizzini-style fit of rage and then the shirt was in shreds!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Helen! I was so mad at myself - the sleeves rode up under the cardigan, so I kept pulling them down, and then "rrrrrip" and I saw that both of the cuffs were hanging by threads. So sad! For once, not a fit of rage, ha ha!Delete
I love the brightness of your first outfit. You're performing a public service walking the streets in all that glorious colour. Dressing in grey as as common as decorating your house it in here, why are people so dull?ReplyDelete
The new-to-you skirt looks fab. Jon's got a Scotch & Soda coat, it's tapestry lined and rather fabulous. He paid £1 for it. We'd never heard of the label till we googled it.
The boots are great and worth every penny. Love Karen's cuff, she had some wonderful jewellery.
Send my love to Vizzini! The lads are already standing guard by the rockery, I expect a grizzly gift later! xxx
Brightness is keeping the dark away, Vix! Greys are not for me, very often.Delete
Oh, nice, I would love to find a coat like that for L! What a deal! I've seen a few pieces from Maison Scotch around in stores, but they are pretty scarce.
I love the boots - so versatile! Isn't that a lovely cuff.
Love has been given (he was squirmy). Oh, "love gifts", lucky you, Vix!
Goodness are you right regarding the way in which swaths of this year are blurring together. Some have a certain Groundhog Day quality to them, others are more nondescript than beige paint, and plenty are (if we're fortunate) pleasant enough, but not exactly worth writing home about.ReplyDelete
It will be interesting to see how time feels as the heart of summer rests upon our bare shoulders, just as it will how we perceive the passage of time when all is said and done and the year that no one will soon forget finally draws to a close on December 31st.
That's a ways off still, of course, and between then and now, I very much hope that you have a safe, positive remainder of the year that brings ample lovely, memorable standout moments your way.
Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life
They are really just a big blur to me now, Autumn. My days and weeks are just zooming by. It's just a weird year, in general, I think.Delete
Thank you, my dear. Here's hoping.
The blue and red together is always a winning combo and your outfit looks absolutely gorgeous! I love how the pointy red shoes peeks out of a maxi. It reminds me of my fashion illustrations. I often end up illustrating maxis with a pointy shoe making an appearance. That maxi with an abstract pattern is stunning and I like the blue top paired with a red cardi as well. It was great seeing your other outfits as well. It is always fun when you show you how you wore something in the past.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Ivana! Yes, I like that you do pointy toes in your illustrations. I love these colours together.Delete
Glad you are enjoying the flashbacks!
Oooof so many fab outfits!ReplyDelete
I agree with you about the crochet cardis. I like them but am often unsure of how to style them. I'll get some inspiration from you when you wear yours, no doubt! X
Thanks, Jess! Yeah, I'm not sure about it either - I don't know that I love it, although I liked wearing it.Delete
Bright and fabulous ! I would not have chatted with you just about the necklace I would have said something about the greatness of all that color :)ReplyDelete
I am so glad you are out shopping. At least someone is. Here we are up to almost 1000 deaths and hospitals are now flooded. It's been over 100 days and we are still home. Several bank branches have closed, it's getting very complicated.
I am taking one day at a time.
Well, I was standing behind a deli counter, so he couldn't see all of me! Thank you, hon.Delete
It feels good to be out again. Gosh, that sounds so scary, Lorena! I hope it gets better for you soon. Hugs!
woww, love this color combo (once more)!, your new lace top is a cute piece for layering and your skirt is such a stunning one!, love the red cardi and shoes too!. Looking totally fabulous to go groceries shopping!. Love that you have matchy masks (if we have to wear them, let's do it in style!)ReplyDelete
Your boots are amazingly versatile with any warm, earthy color and love particularly how they rock with leopard and yellow!
I love these colours too - just looking at them makes me happy. I agree - I'm sure I'll have a wardrobe of masks soon enough!Delete
Thank you - I love these boots!