I found it hard to muster up enough energy for a full-on Holiday Outfit, so just a wee pop of red cheer today, but I do have a big Flashback on my grey woolly boots. I've also got more (yes, more!) Christmas decorations to share off the Big Tree: my Noah's ark collection, some birds and a small assortment of animals made of straw.
Outfit time! My pop of red cheer is this lovely 100% cashmere skirt.
- Sweater - Nor; last seen here (2nd outfit) in March with ORANGE LEATHER SHORTS (sorry, they made me do that)
- Turtleneck - Jacob, thrifted; last worn here in November, layered under a dress
- Skirt - John Laing for N. Peal, vintage, vintage fair; last seen here in December 2019 with pink and denim
- Boots - Prepare Volunteer , Fluevog; last worn here in January on an office snow day
- Coat - Mallia, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) bundled up for outdoors Book Club in November
I needed softness, no sharp edges, all sweater-y things. This grey open-knit sweater is layered over a black sparkly turtleneck top.
The skirt is vintage and is so thick and soft and warm.
Masked up - this is a dark red one, all rose petals.
I only spoke with maybe four people all day, including popping down to give my courier a package for shipment - brrr! I was happy to get back up to my nice warm office.
It was raining this morning when I left home - I'd heard there would be snow at higher elevations (we are at sea level) up-Island, so I geared up appropriately. I'm really happy I wore this baby alpaca/wool coat - it was toasty warm.
- Hat - vintage, thrifted, Vancouver
- Scarf - Elaine Gold, vintage
- Leather/cashmere gloves - Roeckl, consignment
- Necklace - All Saints, gift from Dominique
- Silver/gold cuff - JPL, vintage fair
- Fang bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
- Ear-balls - Swarovski, consignment
- Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
- Silver/lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
My coworker Milo gave me this mug today - aw!
Flashback: Prepare Volunteer Grey Wool Fluevog Boots
I bought these boots on final sale from Fluevog online here in July 2012 for $199.99 (they also came in a reddish leather and black leather). They are the Prepare Volunteer boots, although I've misidentified them as Prepare Steady and Prepare Guides over the years. It's hard remembering all those names!
Although I bought them in July 2012, I didn't wear them until December 2012, as I was in the middle of my 30 For 30 For 12 capsule. I saved them until December (my colours were black, grey, blue, pink, red, purple and shiny!) so they went perfectly.
Are you ready? I've worn these a LOT, so see if you can guess how many times.
I wore them nine times in December 2012, which was the most of any footwear during any of the 12 capsules I did that year.
This was my first wearing of them, along with this groovy half-skull skirt from Smoking Lily.
I gave this wrap coat thing to Vero a few years ago.
I used to try to use my camera's flash for the stair pictures - this is why I don't.
With a glass of wine, ready to go to the theatre with my mom and my family.
Some purple and turquoise.
I'm having deja vu on all these old pieces of clothing. Most of these are looooong gone.
Remember when we all wore waterfall cardigans?
"I do - they look dated now."
I gave that sequined tank top to Yvonne, who looks stunning in it. I do still have that blue skirt, though!
Still in December 2012, and there's that skirt and the waterfall cardi again.
And this is the last outfit from the December 2012 capsule.
And here I am in February 2013, as a blonde!
This was a dinner and board games outfit from April 2013.
I did a Monochromania week in September 2013 - this is the all-grey outfit.
I wore this to the big Vintage Expo at the Crystal Gardens with L, also in September 2013.
I wore the boots with this vintage suede fringed skirt a couple of times, this time in November 2013.
I also miss this skull cardigan from March 2014.
With my studded-shoulder sweatshirt again in April 2014.
A fun look with a men's tie, in October 2014.
Chartreuse and grey is an unusual colour combination. This was in November 2014.
Another outfit where the clothes were mostly obscured by a coat (my teal Desigual one, if you were wondering.
Preparing to go shopping, also in February 2015, but first a cuddle with Vizzini.
"That's as it should be."
I'll be doing a Flashback on that Dolce & Gabbana skirt at some point.
This outfit was from May 2015.
I like this casual outfit from September 2015. I wore that sweater around the house for a couple of years.
Another outfit from September 2015, that was also layered under a funkier coat.
Y'all will recognize my amazing blue fringed vintage coat, here in November 2011.
Wearing my Yeti jacket (Flashback here) to work in January 2016.
My stained glass dress - seen in February 2016 - deserves a Flashback.
Another wearing of the D&G skirt in February 2016.
My little snuggly guy needed some loving here in March 2016.
"I'm actually trying to eat your earrings, Woman."
I still have those tights, but that skirt sadly ripped.
I love this sleek look, also from March 2016. That's another one of my cashmere sweaters - I think it just got tosses, after being worn around the house for years (it was very hole-y).
There's my Buffy leather slip dress (Flashback here).
I wore the Buffy dress with it again here in November 2016, in an all-grey ensemble.
There's that awesome suede skirt again, in February 2017.
I wore this to Vancouver in March 2017 for our annual anniversary trip.
A low-effort look in October 2017 (I'm probably going shopping).
You might recognize this baby blue jean jacket from March 2018.
I love this look from April 2018.
There's today's sweater, worn over my Buffy leather slip dress in October 2018 for Thanksgiving at Mom's.
I still have that purse, but I let go of the dress and belt.
Ah, the Muppet skirt! That will be making an appearance at some point when it's cold enough. This was in February 2019.
There's that black dress again. I wore this out for brunch with my coworker Simona in December 2019.
And here's the last time I wore these boots, on a Snow Day in January.
Mathy stuff: If you guessed 44 times worn, you win accolades and kudos from me! That drops them down to a very respectable $4.54 per wear. When/if these wear out, I'll definitely be investing in another pair of grey boots - these were totally worth it, and such a workhorse in my wardrobe.
Now...ready for some more decorations?
The Big Tree: Noah's Ark, Birds and Straw Animals
I love animal decorations, and I've been saving up the bulk of them to share. First up, my Noah's ark decorations. Did you know that there is this whole subset of Noah's ark collectors? I didn't either.
This is a nice grouping of animals; I like their faces. "All creatures great & small" reminds me of singing in church when I was very young, and also of James Herriot's novels, which I loved (and still have).
I like Noah's sandals. This was $12.95.
We start getting a little more abstract in the Noah designs now...This one's a totem pole? I think Noah should have made the ark bigger. Maybe he got the measurements wrong, like the Stonehenge in Spinal Tap? Heh heh.
We used to sell many of these - this was $14.95 and says "Christmas around the world" on the banner around the hot air balloon.
I like all the animals mashed into the basket. We have a bear and an elephant and a flamingo (you can see them in the above pic).
A giraffe, a hippo, a lion and a tiger. Awesome detail on these - look at that pretty holly border and the holly on top of the balloon.
I also have Noah's airship. As you can see, Batman is supervising it.
The little propellers move up and down. This was $29.95.
And this last one is my favourite - this was $42.95 (these were not cheap!). This is all hand-made - no moulds, all the pieces sculpted by hand. I went through all six of them when I unpacked them and picked out the best one, after I methodically looked at every single one. I did that with all of my ornaments - there are always subtle differences when you start to look.
I also love the two gnus with their wide horns. I don't have any other gnus on my tree!
The penguins also make me laugh. These are also my only penguins, which seems like an oversight.
Onto my birds, specifically, this collection of resin parrots and wild birds. When we saw these in the showroom, we gasped. But they retailed for $14.95 EACH. That's a lot for a bird.
There is a parrot with open wings (the two pics above), and then there is a parrot with wings down.
The blue and yellow one is pretty awesome too.
Doesn't he look like he's going to bite my finger?
I think this might be some kind of bunting.
I'm pretty sure this one is a tit (link).
And now, my straw decorations. These are made from flattened straw (like hay), that is dyed and cut by hand, and then glued, one piece at a time, onto a lightweight form. Again, SO much work in these! They were all from $14.95 for the big ones, to $3.95 for the smallest.
This is another one of my frogs.
I was enchanted by the seahorse. These were so incredibly fragile - all those spines sticking out.
A bigger red one, with touches of gold.
The last one I bought was the dragon.
And there you go! Do you have a favourite? Are there any other animals you're hoping I have on my tree?
Holiday time! I'll continue to post every couple of days over the next two weeks - it's not like we have to travel this year, so I'll be back soon. Thanks so much for dropping by!