Friday, May 14, 2021

Neon Pink Jammy Dress and Coat Vote

Friday is here! Time for a jammy dress. 
I really did not feel like getting out of bed, much less getting dressed. I indulged in a bit of Colour Therapy to cheer myself up. It helped. 

  • Dress - InWear; last seen here in September 2020 with black studs
  • Shoes - Gentle Souls; last worn here in January with black cashmere
  • Coat (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last seen here in October 2020 

The colour of the dress is most accurate in the stair picture above. Neon doesn't photograph well. 
I am demonstrating my pockets! 
I did clip-curls this morning, but they completely disappeared by the time I got to work. 
I ventured out of the office to run errands a couple of times during the day, and I'm sure I burned the retinas of a few people. 
The dress is wider and swooshier than it may appear. 

Masked and coated up. 
I didn't feel the love on this coat when I put it on. 

I've had it for 5 years, I think. I paid $19.95 for it and I'm sure I've worn it a hundred times, probably more. 
Maybe it's time to let it go? Or maybe it's just not good with this dress in particular? Yay or nay, my friends? Back to the closet or to the giveaway pile? Vote on the coat!

The stuff: 
I'm a sucker for a chunky shoe, especially one with a fun heel and an ankle strap. 

  • Mask - by Mom

Shiny bling: 
I built the outfit around the vintage beaded belt. 

  • Belt - Henry Birks, vintage 80s, thrifted; first worn here in February 2020 in two slightly different outfits
  • Bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Earrings - vintage fair

Wishing you all a calm, happy weekend! 
"With lots of cuddles"

I think for once the cat is right. Happy weekend, and thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Cropped Shop and Removing Bad Karma

Hello, my friends! 

I had a little shop after my grocery run on Thursday. I met up with my former WW coworker Betty later in the afternoon, so had a bit of time in the morning to indulge in a little retail therapy instead of doing my regular Mental Health Walk. It's been a bit of a rough week, just little things that all build up, you know? I had a lovely walk with Betty, catching up as we took in the waterfront. 

It was a gorgeous sunny day, with highs of 20, so I dressed for a leisurely wander in the morning. Today was the right day for the Completely Impractical Raincoat. 
I had some pleasant interactions while I was out - hello to the cool young lady at the Patch, and to the proprietor of Lazy Susan's! We all bonded over clothes (shocking, I know!). 

  • Jacket - Animale, thrifted; purchased here for $9.50
  • Sweater - Sonia Rykiel, consignment; last seen here in February layered under roadkill
  • Skirt - Hooper, vintage 60s, thrifted; first worn here in March with green bookends
  • Shoes - Vagabond, consignment; last seen here in January in an all-orange outfit

I enjoyed the fun cropped-ness of the jacket over my thin sweater. 
I had to adjust all of these ties, and having worn the jacket once now, I need to ensure that they can't come undone when I'm taking my backpack off.
I had a ton of compliments all morning while I was walking around. It felt good.

What I have on underneath. 
My sweater is a Classy designer, Sonia Rykiel, but it's just a handy thin sweater, very soft.

I didn't wear the jacket unsnapped at all, but I tried to see if that would work. 
I look dubious. 

Showing my underlovelies. 
That's a full peach-coloured vintage slip (I have the same one in coral and red as well). 

Masked up. 
This is how the world saw me. 

The stuff: 
These shoes were pretty good for four hours of walking/standing. I did have nylons on to protect my toes.  

Vintage bling: 
My mom's beloved green necklace, brought back as a gift from the mainland when she was a little girl, which places this in the 1950s. It's made of glass, with small seed beads in between, and it's strung on thread. 

  • Belt - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Glass bangle - thrifted
  • Silver/aventurine ring - consignment
  • Earrings - vintage fair
  • Necklace - vintage 50s, Mom's

I stopped in at the Patch and discovered they'd gotten a ton of new stock (no more Buy One, Get One). I gasped over this green maxi skirt. 
It has a wide waistband, laced at the front. 
You can see the colour mix there in the textile. Teal, burgundy, olive, lime and mint green. Quite a groovy print!

It's had some alterations over the years, including moving three of the four hooks along the waistband by about three inches. The snap has been just left unused. I'm happy of these alterations, as I can just get it done up (thank goodness for the front laces).
There are also a few tacks at some seams, and it's been re-hemmed at least once. 

I'm pretty sure that this is 100% cotton - it's a big weave, and very thick, and it looks like it's been printed by hand. I have never seen a skirt from Israel before! 
Maskit Israel is the one and only luxury fashion house to ever have existed in Israel, in Tel Aviv, and was founded in 1954 by Ruth Dayan. It's pronounced moss-KEET (I always like to know!), and was huge in the 60s and 70s, with Audrey Hepburn as a client, and collaborations with couture houses in Europe. Ruth died this past February at age 103 - her obituary is awesome (here, links 'cause I love), you need to read it!

How exciting! This is a piece of vintage Israeli haute couture! Check out the history of the brand (here).
There are very few Maskit pieces online, but they seem to be quite pricey, ranging from $400 (for a short dress) to $1400 (for an embroidered coat that I saw on 1stDibs, a luxury resale site). Also lots of "granny square" crocheted dresses, a style that was iconic for them. I guess my $29.95 is a bargain as well as being rare! 

I also bought another skirt, a linen-blend J. Crew one in a gorgeous pattern, but I noticed red spots all over it just as I was about to buy it. It looks like a red wine or grape juice accident - but when the sweet person at the Patch offered 1/3 off, I went for it. I'm going to turn this skirt's karma around! 

The back: Before. 
The big areas on the left are the worst. That's a really messy, dark spot. I picture our original owner at a backyard late spring wedding reception; suddenly, a toddler with sticky grape jam hands grabs at the back of her skirt, thinking she's mom. Later, she sits on a folding chair...which has splashes of red wine on it. 

The back: After.
Pretty good! I might do some more Folex on the spot near the yellow flower on the left, but otherwise, it's looking almost clear.

The front: Before.
Lots of little spots. These were super-noticeable when I had the skirt on. Our woman decided that red wine and a big plate of cream puffs is a wonderful idea now that her skirt is ruined on the back, however, an enthusiastic bridesmaid backs into her while dancing, and our luckless friend's wine flies up in the air as she tries to protect her skirt (and the pastries). Now the front of her skirt is ruined (as are the cream puffs). Dammit, she only got to wear it once! Off to the donation bag...

The front: After.
I'm impressed! That looks totally clear now. I have removed the stains...and the bad karma! Only good things will happen in this skirt from now on! 

This is my magic potion. 
I thought it was worth giving the skirt a shot for $13 - I do LOVE this print and the fit is great. And it has pockets!

Here's the full skirt, after Folexing twice, inside and out and letting it fully dry: 
I see no spots! This is a longer cut pencil (a "midi" in J. Crew-speak), with slits on both sides. I think you know how I feel about side-slits! 

Isn't this a pretty textile? I like the random black and teal flowers - it even has bits of tan (leaves) and brown (stems) in it. 
You can just see a bit of the blurry jam-hand mark, but I think that would barely be noticeable when it's on. Yay! 

As mentioned, it's J. Crew, and was $19.95 with 1/3 off for the spots, so $13.30.
It's from Summer 2016 - only 5 years old. 
It sold for $118.00 US. It's called the Pintucked Midi Skirt in Morning Floral. 
Lyocell, linen and polyester, and yet it says "Dry clean only". 

I popped into Lazy Susan's on the way home and had a poke around. They had new scarves, and I found these two for $21.00 each. 

I immediately thought of the Loomed Lady coat with this scarf, as well as my caramel leather trench coat. 
Pierre Cardin is a Classy designer! 
Look at that groovy "Jeunesse" font - this is totally aimed at the "hip young crowd". 
Made in Italy, nice. I'd guess this is early 1970s. I knew it was silk by feel, and look at those handrolled edges! Be still, my heart. 

I fell for the dark purple, burgundy, red, pink, peach palette in this scarf, and what a pattern!
LOVE! That is so very 1960s. This will be amazing with the Fuzzy Flamingo

I searched for "gold camel" from the label, and found out that this is a vintage Zhensi scarf. It's apparently a Chinese company, but there is very little online about them. 
Handrolled edges again. I was thrilled with both of these scarves. 

Any favourites here? Have you ever rescued a damaged piece of clothing?

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Suiting and the Worst Shoes Ever

Y'all will be happy to know that my jab went well last night. The downtown clinic was set up at our conference centre and was so smoothly run! No waiting, aside from the 15-minute "let's make sure" rest at the end. I didn't feel my jab at all - I completely missed when my medical person did it! I've experienced some muscle soreness in my arm today but that's it. My tattoo work hurt way more. 

And my outfit from yesterday was much admired. To every person who complimented us (L was still in his suit and tie from work, and was permitted to accompany me all the way through), I said, "This is for you! Thank you so much for everything you are doing!" One person said I'd made her day, and looked like she was going to cry. I'm so glad I dressed up. 
And then I wore a suit today. 

  • Suit - Part Two; last worn here (2nd outfit) in October 2020 for brunch with Nick
  • Blouse - Zoe + Sam, thrifted; last seen here in January in an all-orange outfit
  • Shoes - Mello Bossa Nova, Fluevog; last worn here in August 2020 with more neon

Back when I worked in clothing retail (LA Express and Fairweather, 1994 and 1999-2000), we referred to this as "suiting". 
Meaning the pieces that make up a suit, whether it's pants, skirt, dress or jacket. Remember when plain dresses had matching long jackets? That was suiting too. I had a few of those! 

We were required to wear either suiting or cardigan twinsets(!!) at my job at Fairweather, and were usually dressier than our clientele. 
I still feel like a boss whenever I wear anything remotely suit-like. I think I had about 8 suits at one point, in all kinds of combinations of skirts/pants/dresses. 

L really liked this outfit until he got to the shoes. 
"Those may be the worst shoes ever."

The poor man can't see the beauty in ugly shoes. He's a product of his time (a teen in the 80s), so likes the pointy-toe pump/court style of shoe. I have those too, and wearing them with this would have given me a more classic look. 
This also looked really good with my Converse sneakers that I wear walking to and from work. My eyes are getting used to sneakers with "real clothes" as a look, but it's not me on a daily basis.  

Masked up. This is the third time I've worn this orange silk blouse with these shoes! 
I didn't see too many people today, but I resolved a complicated finance issue in an hour after at least six other people had been stumped. I'd like to think the suiting helped. 

Outerwear - only a few accoutrements required. 
I'd forgotten about this scarf - another lovely gift from Mom, from one of her travels. It's silk, cashmere and viscose.

Outerwear stuff:
The orangey tone of the tan gloves and the spots on the mask worked well with the suit pattern. 

  • Leather gloves - vintage, thrifted
  • Scarf - gift from Mom, Italy
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
These shoes are traffic cone neon orange in real life. Put your sunglasses on! They'll sear your eyeballs!

Black bling: 
The zipper rose is from our trip to London with Mom in 2010. 

  • Necklace - vintage, Grandma J's
  • Zipper rose - V&A Museum gift shop, London
  • Silver/onyx ring - Toccara, vintage fair
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Earrings - thrifted

Are you dabbling in suiting this season, now that it's trendy again? Or have you been suited up (or not!) all along? 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Mom-Day and Jab-Day Greens, and a Fascinator Flashback


Today is a special day. Not only is it Mom's birthday, but it's also my first shot of the COVID vaccine. I never thought I would be so happy to get jabbed in the arm. So Happy Jab-Day to me! 

I would dress up for either occasion, so it's not going to surprise anyone that I pulled out all the stops. 
I dress up to honour the volunteers, nurses and medical staff, to thank them for all of their work. It's also armour, as I am a bit nervous. New situations are always laden with anxiety for me. 

  • Dress - Etro, consignment; purchased here for $51.00
  • Shoes - Channi B; last seen here in January with brocade and gold pleats

The fascinator is probably overkill, but eh, who cares? 
This is my first wearing of this dress, which I bought on deep clearance in December 2020 at Turnabout. 

I love that it has so many greens and blues in it, even a bit of grey/brown. 
As it's mostly silk (with a touch of viscose), and isn't really a layering dress, I had to wait for warmer weather to wear it. 
I really love the pattern, and was delighted to find I had the perfect belt stashed away. 
I'd planned to walk downtown in these shoes for my shot and then to walk home. 
But I gracefully accepted a ride from L in Vlad the Jag. It does save the wear and tear on my shoes, plus....vroom vroom!  

Outerwear - I need to have a bit of warmth for the small amount of time I'll be outside. 
And I need to keep my upper arm ready for the jab. Enter my faux fur stole. 

Outerwear stuff: 
Some coordinating favourites. I love the olive green snakeskin printed suede purse, found ages ago at Flavour Upstairs. 

  • Purse - vintage, thrifted
  • Mask - by Mom
  • Fascinator - Tierre Joline, 2011; last worn here for Diwali in October 2019

We'll be having a little Flashback on the Fascinator in a bit. I've had it for 10 years! 

I've had this stole not quite as long - I decorated it with some of my bug brooches. 
I don't want to catch the COVID bug, but I'm happy to wear them. 

  • Stole - Danier, thrifted; last worn here in March 2020 for theatre with Mom that didn't happen
  • Moth brooch - vintage fair
  • Bee pin - gift from Megan Mae
  • Beetle brooch - Le Chateau, c. 1999

The stuff: 
Comfy shoes. Teal is a really useful colour for footwear. 

Gobs of bling: 
Some of Mom's pieces and others that I've collected. 

  • Belt - Emmanuel, vintage 80s, vintage fair
  • Earrings - consignment
  • Brutalist ring - vintage 70s, vintage mall
  • Jade/brass ring - Mom's, vintage 70s
  • Leaf bracelet - vintage 60s, Trifari, thrifted
  • Green crystal bracelet - vintage 60s, Mom's (gift from Dad)
  • Gold cuff - thrifted, Sidney

Jewelry as Armour! 

While I set up for my Mom-Day Zoom call, Vizzini came around for a cuddle. 
"We should have some kitty treats."

He drooled all over my lap-blanket (aka my Ralph Lauren poncho).
"I heard it was a birthday."

He graced us a few times with his presence. 
"Can't you just let me sleep?"

No, I can't. I must take pictures. 
"You will pay for this...later."

Oh, you mean your 4:30am wake-up calls? 

Mom and I had a nice chat, catching up since Saturday. She'd been getting calls all day, plus a visit outside from a friend, so was feeling very "Yay, it's my birthday."
We matched in our teal outfits. Mom's also wearing a paua shell necklace she bought on her last holiday, in New Zealand in 2019. 

Modeling the jacket I bought her for her birthday. It's a perfect fit! 
It's red satin - a total Theatre Coat. Mom teased me - this is the 10th jacket I've bought her! 

Flashback: Custom Tierre Joline Fascinator

I met local hat-maker and artist Tierre Joline here at an art opening in a container in a shipyard in November 2011. L and I were going to a wedding later that month, and Tierre and I connected to design a hat for me to wear to it. She ended up creating two for me to choose from and I bought them both for $150.00 total. 
So this one is teal wool felt, with ribbon, bead and netting detail. It holds to my head via an elastic that hides in my hair.

There's her label. She now goes by Tierre Taylor (link here, 'cause I love) and is based in Toronto, making hats full-time since she was "discovered" in New York City and featured on Humans Of New York (HONY), here
The other hat I bought is this red one with the orange feather. I also have this beige/black one, bought from her at a booth at a Vintage Expo. I don't wear my hats nearly as much as I feel I should, so I guess that's something for me to work on! 

This was the outfit I wore in November 2011 to Steve and Celia's wedding at the Art Gallery. 
This was the first time I'd mixed teal and blue, and I felt very daring for wearing that denim Smoking Lily jacket to a wedding (Caro now has it). 

I wore my little hat to my company's Christmas party in December 2012. 
I forgot I owned that brown gown. It was boring and ugly and I'm glad I got rid of it! I still have the fur stole, and I'm wearing my Grandma J's parure of Sherman Aurora Borealis crystal jewelry there. 

I also only wore this black backless dress once, here in December 2014, to Nick and Karen's Christmas party. 
I loved this outfit, but it poured rain during our walk there, and my make-up and hair were drenched, and my nylons were wet and filthy when we arrived. Shoe Flashback here

I became totally discombobulated, and spent half an hour cleaning up when I arrived at the party, and had such a bad association with the dress that I gave it away. 
I looked so good before we left, too! I love the curls in my bangs there. I recognize most of that jewelry! 

I discovered that this fascinator matched my new Dots teal dress so I wore it to the theatre with Mom in November 2018. 
Walking shoes Flashbacked here

But it was more about the coat with this look. 
The shape of the fascinator is tricky. I've positioned it multiple ways and they're always a little odd. I'm okay with that, though. Coat Flashback here

And here's the last time I wore it, with my orange sari dress and fur bolero, for Diwali in my office in October 2019. 
If the shoes match...wear them! Flashback on the bolero here; shoes here

Mathy stuff: This is only my 6th outfit incorporating this hat, so not a great cost-per-wear at $12.50, but it's a distinctive hat requiring a specialized outfit. I'm okay with that - it doesn't take up much space, anyway. 

What would you wear with this hat? Are you into head-wear? 

Finally, wish me luck on my jab! 
And a very Happy Birthday to my mom! I love you, Mom! 

Vizzini, do you have anything to add?
"Kitty treats for all!"

Hear, hear! Kitty treats for all!