- Leather blazer - Danier Leather, thrifted; last worn here in April
- T-shirt - DC Comics, thrifted; purchased here for $19.99
- Skirt - Peter Pilotto for Target, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in December 2019 with black and white
- Shoes - Aldo, thrifted; last worn here in August with Spanish ladies
Cat and I (and Elaine, when she lived in Victoria) have been doing trips to Sidney for years, but somehow have neglected to do this since Elaine moved to Hamilton two years ago. Sidney is a small waterfront town near the Victoria airport, on the way to the BC Ferry docks, and is mostly home to retirees and well-to-do folks. It's a lovely place, and has some fabulous thrift and consignment shops, all nice and close together. I've gotten some amazing deals, and made some great purchases there over the years, including my Valentino suit and yellow tiger blouse, and my Matisse shoes, and lark dress,
T-shirts are not really part of my day-to-day wardrobe, but I wanted to challenge myself to incorporate this tee into at least one "real" outfit. It'll otherwise go into rotation as a house/sleeping tee.
I matched the red to this funky Peter Pilotto/Target collaboration skirt. The back is the same multi-floral pattern (I forgot to take a rear view pic - I was rushed in the morning).
Added my superhero women mask (with Wonder Woman prominently showing). Cat was also sporting a fancy mask - a gent passing us called out, "Nice masks, ladies!"
- Scarf - MetroWear, San Francisco, 2006
- Gloves - Parkhurst
- Leather purse - Banana Republic, consignment
Bringing in a bit more of the black, blue and gold.
- Leather/chain wrap - local
- Studded leather wrap - Kipling, thrifted
- Earrings - thrifted
- Silver/onyx ring - Tocarra, vintage fair
- Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
Shopping! I can't remember the names of all the shops we went to - we visited at least 4 or 5 thrift stores, though! I found these earrings for $7.95 in one of the first thrift shops.
I had good luck in the next shop, which had a 50% off on yellow and green tags sale (the shop staff hollered this every 5 minutes or so, so we were well aware of it).
I checked to see if it was lined, and noticed that the fabric is NOT white on the back (a shoddy, put-it-back deal-breaker for me).
It's by Renuar, a brand I've bought before (my Victorian-style blouse, and this coat I used to have), so I knew it would be decent quality.
I am not a leggings person - you will not see me in leggings in a daytime outfit - as I'm a firm believer in "Leggings Are Not Pants" (however, you do you!). But I will wear them around the house under a casual dress or long skirt, and they are great for layering under maxi skirt or tucked into boots. That layering ability is going to come in handy this fall/winter for outside gatherings.
The brand is Masai, a Danish company, which I have seen at chi-chi boutiques and sometimes in second-hand stores. I used to have this ginormous scarf by them (which I gave to Cat), and Cat is a big fan of their clothes.
I also spotted this sparkly top - like I could miss it!
It's by Nygard Collection and was only $4.00.
I found this gorgeous bracelet in the case at the same store. It's leaves and branches linked together.
Cat also found lots of goodies, and after 3+ hours of shopping, followed by a leisurely late brunch at the Surly Mermaid Pub, we were walking back to the car down a different avenue and realized we'd missed a whole block with two more thrift shops and another consignment store!
We had a good browse in Connections consignment store, where I found this incredible dotted dress.
It's a linen/cotton/viscose blend.
This is a small-scale version of Marimekko's "Kivet" print by designer Mija Isola, a "pattern built on circles cut with scissors, the print resembles rough-edge stones from the artist's atelier" (link here to the original 2014 press release, link 'cause I love).
Lastly, we stopped in at House of Lily Koi, a luxury consignment shop like Turnabout, where I tried on a few things, but ended up finding my birthday present from Mom in the accessory case (her $100 cheque for my birthday was in my spending budget for the day).
It's nice and small, to fit my wrist - it is hinged with a magnetic clasp, same as my other Bittar bracelet (this one, which I found for $39.79 on clearance at Turnabout in Vancouver).
Flashback: Strappy Red Aldo Flats
Although I have not had these flats for very long, I have worn them a bunch already. I bought them here in August 2018 for $16.95 at the Women In Need Boutique.
My first outfit with them was in August 2018 and it was a doozy!
I wore this to Easter at Mom's house in April 2019. I must have packed them away for the winter after my initial wearing.
They've been worn with my Spanish ladies dress twice, here in June 2019.
I kept them out last year over the fall/winter, and wore them in December 2019 with my Christmas tree-skirt.
Snuggling with Vizzini in March 2020, in my picador skirt.
here), these are my dressy red flats. You really can't have too many red shoes.
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I wore them out for a shopping browse in July 2020.
And here's the last time I wore them, in August 2020.
Mathy stuff: Including today's outfit, I've worn them nine times in two years, and more than half of that has been in 2020. I'm sure I'll get a lot more use out of them, so the current $1.89 per wear will be even lower.
Thank you so much for stopping by! How was your weekend?
My twin sister and I are planning a (oist-Covid) thrifting trip to Victoria based on your list of shops, so I am thrilled to add Sidney to the list!ReplyDelete
Ooh! I would love to take you to some of my favourite spots when you make it to Victoria, Cynthia! Please do drop me a line (my email's in my profile). :)Delete
You nailed the wonder woman look! I love the black and white zig-zag dress and the Spanish ladies dress.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Lovely! I like those two outfits too. :)Delete
Your flashback makes me feel I need to wear my red shoes more often, haha! I always seem to get the urge to wear them when it's due to rain as as they are suede I put them away for a drier day - and forget about them!ReplyDelete
I like your wonderwoman outfit, it's so fun and brought you good luck at the shops!
You probably do, Mica! Ha! Your shoes need to be worn!Delete
Thank you! It did bring me luck!
What a fun outfit, Sheila! You might have gotten a bit carried away, but I like it. I love your Wonder Woman T-shirt, which obviously need a bit of attention before being relegated to house and sleeping duties, and those striped tights are amazing. Hurray for perfectly matched blues, and your mask was the perfect finishing touch! Those shoes definitely deserved their very own flashback, which as always was a joy to scroll through. As for your wee shopping trip: how amazing is that skirt with the built-in shorts! Also loving the sparkly top, the leaves and branches bracelet (swoon!), the dotted dress and the Alexis Bittar bangle. And yes, those fangs remind me of Phoebe's too :-) Have a great week, Sheila! xxxReplyDelete
I know I got carried away by the amount of side-eye I got from the conservative citizenry of Sidney, lol, Ann! Glad you enjoyed the flashback!Delete
I did so well on the trip - we always seem to find some cool things. I love the 'fang-bangle'! Happy week to you, my dear friend.
That sounds like a brilliant shopping trip and what wonderful finds! I loved them all especially that amazing Lucite cuff.ReplyDelete
The red shoes are both lovely and so very useful! The stripey tights are great fun but they don't look very warm....
Take care and stay safe
Thanks, Vronni! I love the bangle too - so pretty!Delete
I adore these shoes - they've been a good purchase. I find all tights are good for warmth, regardless of thickness, really.
What a brilliant outfit, Sheila! A phenomenal start to the week.ReplyDelete
When it comes to shopping you really are Wonder Woman! Love that the skirt has built in shorts rather than a slip. The bangle is a beauty and you're right Masai is expensive.
Flashback-wise I'm swooning over the brocade maxi and the jacket with the huge puffed shoulders! xxx
Thanks so much, Vix! Some lucky finds, from that shorts + skirt, to the bangle, to the Masai piece.Delete
I gave that jacket to Wendy Brandes, but I'll be wearing the skirt again this Christmas!
This is such a fantastic outfit. You have styled this wonderwoman t-shirt perfectly. Graphic tees weren't my thing until I started wearing them more. Anyhow, I just love the colours of this outfit. The red and blue can be such a great pairing. This mix pattern skirt is awesome. I love the blue tights and the red shoes pairing...the blue jacket is gorgeous too. You layer so well.ReplyDelete
It was also fab seeing all the ways you styled those beautiful pointy red shoes. I love pointy shoes.
Oh, thank you, Ivana, that's so sweet of you. I enjoyed the bright colour and patterns.Delete
I do too! Pointy-toed shoes are my favourite.
Oh you are definitely a wonder woman! Love those light weight earrings btw, those wear so much better then the heavier ones!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Nancy! I totally agree - I can't wear heavy earrings anymore.Delete
Confession: I come here for the stockings and stay for everything else.ReplyDelete
Haha! I knew you would enjoy the funky tights I've been wearing of late. :)Delete
wowww, such a fabulous outfit!, totally in love with your matchiness and all the cool patterns working together, the touches of red and blue, the striped tights, the different prints of the skirt, the Wonderful T-shirt!. You make it shine!.ReplyDelete
And lots of amazing purchases in your thrifting excursion, lucky girl!
Totally agree that a girl can't have too many red shoes. These ones are fantastic and love how they enhance every bit of red in the prints!, lots of outfits to love!
Thank you - I did go full matchy for this look! Red shoes are such a great and necessary colour in my wardrobe. How does anyone not own at least one pair?Delete
Oh, that's fab - it looks on theme without looking like a costume.ReplyDelete
The nameless leaf bracelet reminds me of a few midcentury ones I own, from brands like Coro and Lisner. It's a beaut.
They call it "bounding" - you wear something in the same colours or with small motifs, rather than an exact costume.Delete
Yes, I have some Coro and Lisner ones - I searched in vain for a mark, but nothing. Thanks, Mim!
Gah, the wonder Woman tee! I freaking love it! What a fabulous outfit in Diana's colors of red, white, and blue as well. I love reading all the details of your thrifting adventures! I need to take more photos of labels and tags and such for my Adventures in Thrifting posts. That second Wonder Woman tee is also fantastic as are the rest of the outfits shared in this post. You really just make heart all fluttery with your inspiring style! Thanks for linking with me, my friend!ReplyDelete
Isn't it fun? I love the second one too - it went to a 10 year old fashionista (daughter of a work-friend). I love recording our adventures. Thanks so much, Shelbee!Delete