I may have found a few things for myself...
Anyway, I wanted comfort but I also wanted to keep my cheer at a nice Zen level (my mantra, "be more kind"), so I dressed up a casual look.
It's still not winter-cold here, so a thick sweater plus this coat kept me warm.
I also have a camisole on under the sweater.
My shiny silver stretchy jeans felt very elf-ish.
This coat has two sets of pockets - side ones (where my hands are) and puffy ones under flaps (where I keep my keys and my mp3 player.
Masked up. This is a new one from Mom, with silver ferns on it.
- Purse - Mini-Mac by Rebecca Minkoff, thrifted; purchased here for $39.99
- Gloves - Parkhurst
- Hat - thrifted, Vancouver
All ready to go, darlings! This is how the world saw me.
- Earrings - thrifted
- Ring - Soul Flower
Flashback: Desigual by Lacroix Coat
Once I had my first Desigual fancy coat, I kept my eyes peeled for another one - it took 4 years, but I finally found one at the Velvet Crease (their old Cook St. location) here for $82.00 in February 2015.
The coat is from 2012, so it's over 8 years old now.
I wore it right away in February 2015, and went straight for the red.here.
I experimented with orange in November 2015.
I like this outfit from February 2017.
This coat has outlasted everything else in this September 2017 outfit.
Ready to go shopping in November 2017.
The only thing left from this June 2018 outfit is the coat.
This picture makes me laugh. I look like such a diva.
Another shopping outfit here in March 2019.
I love this outfit from April 2019.
And here's the last time I wore it, in November 2019.
Mathy stuff: I've now worn it 13 times, so my cost-per-wear is $6.31. Excellent!
I shop local whenever possible, and my first love is shopping second-hand. How awesome when those converge. Here's what I found at the big WIN store.
I also spotted some nice socks still in their original packaging - I guess someone didn't like their present and donated it!
Don't the pink ones look snuggly?
I also found this pack of socks for $5.95 by Buffalo David Bitton.
I couldn't resist these sparkly socks!
They were purchased at Harrods! 18 pounds equals $30.00 Canadian, and marked at $5.95.
I scored in the vintage section with this black and silver lame (lah-MAY!) top!
See how it does up? It folds across.
It has a hook with sewn loops at two spots, in case you eat too much Christmas dinner.
I think someone sewed this for herself for the holiday season. There is a lot of hand-sewing in it.
A pretty shape at the cuff of the bracelet-length sleeve.
Are you freaking kidding me? $5.95? I could not leave it behind! The "as is" is the fraying nature of the silver threads.
I also could not try it on, so PHEW, imaging my relief when I got home and tried it.
I did a quick run-through before I headed for the check-out for anything I thought I might regret leaving.
This is the backside of the fabric. WOW.
I suspect this is also a homemade garment. Again, there's a lot of hand-stitching, and it's not finished all that well.
The zipper is a modern one (could have been replaced, but I don't think so).
Beautiful waist detail.
The punch in the tag means 50% off, so this was $8.97. It fits - it's slightly big and quite long, so I might not keep it.
I looked at this jacket in disbelief.
For $9.95?? Did they not think it WAS leather? I'm shocked.
A perfect fit! Thumbs up!
The Big Tree: Spikes, Finials and Drops
We move on to more of my "filler" decorations. As you saw from my small tree decorations, I'm a fan of spikes, and interesting shapes. I've picked up many of them, mostly in bright colours and fun textures.
You remember this guy from the tree top on the small tree! I have 3 of these total.
I also have one of these in each of the jewel tone colours. These were $5.95 each.
These next two are plastic and quite lightweight. They were $5.95 each.
I remember doing a tree full of these. So glittery...
I have 12 glass spirals, I think. These were $5.95 each. Some are matte and some are shiny.
Shiny Barbie pink.
I used to have a green glass icicle, but it broke. The blue one is on the small tree. These were $14.95 each.
And then I have a few ornaments that are adjacent to drops, spikes and finials.
I have a blue one like this purple netted ball and tassel. I think it was $6.95.
This finial goes with the wizard Santas.
It was $5.95.
This is a long spike that starts out red and turns green. It was $4.95.
And we end with...a giant acrylic spiky star!
It does double-duty as a candleholder, but I've never used it like that. It was around $7.95.
Well, there we go! Are you feeling festive?