Before we get to my outfit, a shout-out and big THANK YOU to Ivana of Modaodaradosti blog (links 'cause I love) for her awesome artistic interpretation of my striped dress plus Monster Vest from Friday. Check it out here!
See if you can guess what colours I'm wearing (psst, we are now in the time of year when it's too dark for my stair picture in the morning, so I just switch it to black and white).
- Cashmere sweater - Marina Luna, thrifted; first worn here in October for lunch with Jen
- Skirt - Club Monaco, consignment; last seen here in December 2019 with burgundy and cream
- Boots - L'Artist by Spring Step; last worn here in October for lunch and shopping with Cat
- Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last seen here in October
'Cause it's a blue sweater.
And a gold skirt! I went through my closet last night and pulled out all of my shiny stuff so that every outfit I put together between now and New Year's is going to have some blingy glitz to it. I need bling!
We'll be having a wee Flashback on this gold skirt shortly.
This outfit felt casual to me because of the plain sweater.
Masked up - this is a teal snakeskin one from Mom. I only saw 3 or 4 live humans all day.
Outerwear - it rained off and on all day, but I missed most of it.
- Hat - Principles, thrifted
- Silk devore scarf - thrifted
- Gloves - Parkhurst
L asked me if I wore these to walk to work in. Silly man, you should know by now that I don't wear my good shoes and boots for walking in! I bag them up and carry them to work, while I let my Doc Martens take all the wear.
I'm a bit all over the map with my bling. The necklace kind of matches the boots, and I just felt like wearing my pears bracelet. It doesn't always have to match perfectly.
- Necklace - thrifted
- Bracelet - thrifted
- Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
- Earrings - Reiss, vintage 60s, vintage fair
Flashback: Club Monaco Gold Skirt
I see a lot of Club Monaco stuff second-hand when I shop, both at thrift stores and in consignment shops - it's usually good quality and always worth a second-look. I found this lovely golden gem at My Sister's Closet here in October 2014 for $30.00.
I wore it a week later, still in October 2014, in a very 70s-inspired look. I no longer have the green shirt, but that scarf belonged to my Dad in the 50s/60s and I still have the boots.
The skirt hasn't always been that easy to style, although I've tried a lot of different colours, including this (bad on me) candy pink in March 2015.
Another fancy jacket - this is from December 2015 - that I ended up giving to Caro.
I still have the 1920s necklace.
I quite like this look with the boxy leopard top, from February 2016.
It's a different silhouette and helps keep the aggressively A-line shape of the skirt under control. We saw those shoes in Flashback here.
I really loved this outfit from March 2016.
here, and the boots here.
here, and the boots here.
I was deep in one of my Velvet Phases here in November 2016.
My baby blue blouse makes another appearance in February 2017, along with this cream blazer, which we will see again shortly.
This is a fairly boring outfit...if you can call two shiny items plain, ha ha, but the coat was the star (it was one of my Desigual ones).
I really like this November 2018 look with a jacket worn over the skirt - we saw this jacket in Flashback here.
Another attempt at a boxier shape with the skirt, in October 2019.
here and the shoes in Flashback here.
here and the shoes in Flashback here.
And here's the last time I wore this skirt, along with that cream blazer again, a year ago in December 2019.
Mathy stuff: I typically wear this skirt 1-2 times a year, so it's not a huge shock that today's outfit marks the twelfth time I've worn it. That's a very respectable $2.50 per wear, but I have years in this still.
What's your favourite? What would you pair with this gold skirt?
Christmas Decorations: Mice!
I am not really a cutesy person, but working among cute things tends to induce a little "Stockholm Syndrome" in a person. Also, I acquired most of these ornaments and decorations 25-30 years ago - I was in my 20s! Of course I was into cute things!
Anyway, this is all to explain why I have all these mice decorations. I do adore animals (and wait till I get to the dozens of animal ornaments I have!), and when this line arrived and I was unpacking them, I fell hard. I think I bought most of these around 1996-97, near the end of my time at Christmas House. I recall that they were all in the $9.95 to $24.95 range.
Most of them stand up, so I arranged them in little vignettes with the Christmas green ball candleholder and my vintage Indiana Glass Company tea-light candleholder in the middle.
This side is a Santa mouse and sleeping mice. Shhh...keep that music down, the kids are sleeping!
A more centered view of the sleeping mice.
And more Santa mice coming into view on the right.
Let's take a closer look at the individual pieces, shall we?
The detail is amazing, right down to the woodgrain on the back of this cuckoo clock.
All of these decorations are moulded resin, all handpainted.
The sleeping mice.
And this one's crawled into Santa's hat to dream.
No doubt with "visions of sugarplums".
This mouse is sitting on top of a pocket watch - the watch chain is how you hand him.
I know I personalized a few of these for folks - I wrote dates, "Victoria, BC" and other stuff on ornaments for customers all the time.
This Santa mouse figure makes me happy. He has a fun face - I like his pipe too.
These have good detail all the way around.
He's about 3" tall.
I like this fellow too, with his bell.
Oh, I see I'm in the reflection on the green ceramic ball candleholder.
I love this two-piece set.
The fellow playing it has a lovely bow tie.
He's sitting on a piano stool, and his hands are poised to tickle the ivories.
I have a couple of angel mice ornaments, both playing instruments.
This little angel is playing a fiddle.
I can almost hear the music...except I loathe Christmas carols due to a decade-plus of forced listening.
My final two angel mice are candle-rings - they are meant to sit low on a taper, but they are slightly too narrow to fit on my candles, so I put one at the top...
And there we have it, the Christmas mice.
Be merry, my friends!