First up, here's what I wore to stroll down to Turnabout and House of Savoy on Oak Bay Ave one afternoon with my dear Caro. I knew Turnabout had a massive sale on, and I had a $100 gift card burning a hole in my pocket!
Easy stuff for shopping: no buckles, laces and barely a zipper on the skirt.
- Sweater - Beechers Brook, vintage 90s, thrifted; last worn here in November with red plaid
- Skirt - Banana Republic Heritage, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in March with the yeti coat
- Boots - Gabor; last worn here a couple of weeks ago with my Desigual coat
- Coat (below) - Danier Leather, consignment; last seen here in November
I was going to do a Flashback on this shiny blue leopard skirt, but I went back 3 outfits and discovered that I'd missed doing my hyperlinks on one outfit, and I just...can't. It's too much work to scroll through every Banana Republic mention in every post to find it, and so...no Flashback.
Maybe another time, when I have a bit more energy.
Outerwear - my thermal leather coat, a silk scarf and some warm gloves.
- Scarf - fake Louis Vuitton, thrifted
- Gloves - Roeckl, consignment
- Purse - Rebecca Minkoff, thrifted
Easy walking booties.
- Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
- Earrings - Swarovski, consignment
- Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
We started at Turnabout, and spent about an hour browsing in there. I found this amazing pair of ear-muffs right away.
Michael Kors never met an embellishment he didn't like.
I fell hard for this pleated gold skirt.
I really liked this pebbly skirt on.
I like that the outer "stones" are lined, but there's another lining for the body as well.
It's by Max Mara and was made in Italy - and it's new with tags (even though most of the tag is missing).
I have had my eye on this dress since the early spring, when it was at $169.99.
The shoulders are silk velvet in a deep olive greeny-grey.
It's by Etro, a brand I am very familiar with (I've been in their store in Florence, Italy, and both L and I have Etro clothes I've bought second-hand).
Here it is on - it needed a belt, so I added one of mine quickly.
So pretty! This would have been around $1,500 new.
As always, there are a kajillion black dresses in Turnabout - Caro pulled this one out, and it was 70% off, and what, I'm going to say no to 100% cashmere??
There we go! 100% cashmere!
From Turnabout, Caro and I went over to House of Savoy, where I tried a lot on, but only one thing made me gasp out loud.
The arm-holes are squared off - there have been slight hand-done repairs on the corners.
And I would probably not have grabbed at it at all if not for hearing about this brand via Vix (link here).
I thought it might have been silk, but it's viscose. I searched and searched online for anything similar to this and found nothing. It was only $65.00 - that felt like a bargain for something this massive and gorgeous!
I think it's from the 90s, based on the label (more modern than the 70s-80s stuff), and this shiny plush style.
The Village - Part 1: Buildings, Trees and Accoutrements
And now, as the last couple of days trickle out through the hourglass of 2020, we'll look at our village. This post will cover all the stuff except for the people, which will be the last post of the year (as in life, the people are the best part).
If you want to see what I've done in the past for the village, feel free to revisit it here, when we used to set it up on top of the TV, which was last done in 2010! Everything I needed for the village is in that big white plastic bag and that large box.
I moved all the liquor bottles to the top shelf, and left the more favoured scotches on the second shelf. L's Baron Samedi and Kraken rums were left in his usual spot, near the kitchen on the bottom shelf. The amber jar on the bottom right is part of my collection of amber glass (it's an ice-bucket), and holds our unrolled change.
I ran the final set of battery-operated lights down the side of the bar, so that we'd have light in the village (that wall has no electrical outlets, thank you, 1976 condo!).
The big box holds a set that included a church. I've picked up a few odds and ends on clearance at the drugstore over the past 30+ years to supplement the stuff I bought when I worked at Christmas House - this church set was one that was on final clearance for less than $30.00.
Trees! I like trees in a village. Honestly, you cannot have too many trees.
These are also vaguely topiary-ish.
Big trees! These are good in the background.
More Dept 56 trees.
They are nice and stable and don't fall over.
Some of the fun things I've picked up - all of these were under $20 on clearance at the drugstore.
This is a pack of wooden fencing.
Oh, found another bottle-brush tree.
These are my houses, and they are...crappy. Not so much "delightfully handcrafted"!
I bought them all, and removed the crappy signs on them, and hand-wrote "Village Inn", "Town Hall" and "Bakery" on them in gold pen. In retrospect, I would have made the thatched roof one the Bakery but oh well.
I couldn't afford the Dept 56 houses (they were in the $75.00-$200 range EACH), but I bought a few of the accessories.
I have always loved this Town Square Gazebo.
I found these two little potted flowers tucked in the gazebo box.
I've added icicles to the gazebo, as well as the string of lights (another Dept 56 accessory).
This piece shows evidence of my layaway.
As is this metal bench.
Oh, I also have some wall, four pieces of it.
I also have three "hedges", also by Dept 56.
Oh, here's my Christmas tree.
We also sold these German felt trees. I forgot to take a picture of that woodpile in the background - it was also Dept 56 and was $7.95.
Oh, found some more trees!
Here's the battery-operated fencing all set up.
I really like this wooden bridge, another drugstore find.
"I'm a fan of these delicious treats."
Vizzini ran off with one of the big trees while I was setting up - I found it all bent up in the hallway, wet from him mawing on it.
I have a set of street signs from the drugstore. They came with all kinds of options and of course, we went with the most fun ones. Overlook Drive is a nod to the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's "The Shining".
Maiden Lane is where we put the prostitutes in the village.
I have a selection of lamp posts too. The black ones on the left and the gold ones in the middle were ones we sold in our store. They were $5.95 each.
I set up the houses and roughly decided where to put all this stuff. The houses went on the second/middle shelf.
I put the Bakery, the gazebo, the Christmas tree and the Town Hall on the left side of the shelf.
We left the village unpopulated for about 2 weeks, while Vizzini got used to it (he likes to sit on the bottom shelf of the bar).
I added some wired star garland along the top of the second shelf, woven through the glass holders, and then added some plaid ribbon to that.
I also wove star garland through the rear bars of the bottom shelf.
Here's a tease of the full village, all populated.
Thank you so much, my friends, for stopping by. I'll be coming around to visit all your blogs soon (sorry, I've been giving myself a lot of down-time from blogging), but I am so grateful for all of you. Thank you for reading, for commenting, for looking at the pictures! I so appreciate each and every one of you, and wish you all the best for the coming year - it's GOT to be better than the last one!
Happy New Year 2021!