I got dressed on Tuesday and did my weekly grocery shop, and also popped into the Velvet Crease consignment shop on the way home. I also had a Zoom call with Mom and with my long-time blogger friend Lorena of My Every Day Wear, so I stayed dressed up for those. As I was working on putting up our new curtains (I'll have pictures after the weekend, when it's all done), I didn't have time to blog all of that, so you get today's work outfit as well.
So, we have double outfits (two-fer the price of one!), what I found on my shop, AND double Flashbacks featuring a karmic thrift find and a funky pair of Fluevogs. Are you ready? Grab a cup of tea and let's get going!
Outfit the First - what I wore for groceries and for my wee shop.
- Sweater - Benetton, vintage 90s, thrifted; first seen here in November 2020 with the yeti coat
- Skirt - Dolce & Gabbana, thrifted; last worn here in October 2019 with more grey for shopping
- Boots - Steve Madden, vintage mall; last seen here in November 2020 for dinner with Tammy
- Coat (below) - Danier Leather, consignment; last worn here in December 2020
I'm annoyed that this sweater's colour doesn't come out right in photos - it is much more green/teal than it looks here, closer to the colour of these glasses.
Masked up - see, this mask matches the sweater in reality.
Outerwear: I chose this Danier Leather jacket because it has an extra layer of insulation. I was actually quite warm by the time I got to town.
- Backpack - Able Leather
- Ear-muffs - Michael Kors, consignment; purchased here for $13.50
- Mask - Mom
- Gloves - Cejon, thrifted
- Blue/silver ring - Mom's, vintage 70s
- Volcano ring - Mom's, vintage 70s
- Earrings - Glee, local
I spent about an hour going through everything at the Velvet Crease - I might go back and try on a hot pink Thierry Mugler jacket they had (it was over $250), to either let it go in my mind (if it doesn't fit), or to stalk it for further discounts (if it does fit). It's not the kind of piece that will be snapped up quickly.
I did come away with this swooshy bias-cut maxi skirt.
That pattern and those colours just scream "2000!" at me. Remember when we all wore this combination and had matching purses? I do!
They also had 20% off on earrings, so I bit on these silver ones that I've been eyeing for a while.
They were $44.00 and aren't stamped with any kind of mark, but they are real silver and they appear to be hand-made. They are flat with that little mount in the centre, so they're really light and easy to wear. I love big earrings!
Flashback: Dolce & Gabbana Tweed Skirt
I'm going to drop in my little story about visiting the Dolce & Gabbana store in Florence, Italy again:
When L and I were shopping in Florence, Italy (back here in 2014, the year after I found this blazer), we were treated very rudely when we went into Dolce & Gabbana. Both of us wear expensive glasses and shoes, and we were dressed fairly nicely (considering we were traveling!), but the salesperson there followed us around like we were going to steal everything in the store. He also dashed past us and scooped up his iPhone from a table and clutched it to him like we were going to take it. It was ridiculous. I've worked in retail - that is not how you treat customers, even if you suspect them of being shoplifters (you give those ones the BEST service until they leave!).
So why bring it up again? Because a couple months later, Karen and I were on a 4-hour marathon shopping trip here in December 2014, and I found this skirt at the St. Vincent dePaul thrift store.
I often run my hands along the stretch of black/grey skirts just to see what leaps out as real fabric (wool, silk, cashmere, etc.), rather than looking at a million black/grey skirts.
This is likely from the 90s, and although the content tag has been removed, it's lined in brown silk, and the fabric is wool/silk - my magic hands can tell fabric pretty accurately after all these years of thrift shopping!
As usual, I wore it right away! This is in December 2014.
It also reads as a more casual skirt to me, so it's usually part of a shopping outfit where my bottom half is seen, but the top half is "meh".
"Who are you calling "meh", Woman?"
Heh, that's me and Vizzini in February 2015, and I wore my red leather coat over this. Boots Flashback here.
Because of the grey mix and the strip of dark brown, I tend to either do a solid-coloured top (as I did in the current outfit), or I go monochromatic with shades of black and grey.
Here we are in February 2016, and this is one of the many yellow blouses that I keep buying (I'm still looking for the perfect one).
This was in October 2016, when I was part of a corporate group that served breakfast at the local homeless shelter.
One of my better monochrome grey/black looks here in February 2017.
One of my least favourite looks - Yvonne looks so much better in this velvet vesty-thing than me! And that cream blouse was horrendous on me, blech.
Another example of a shopping outfit, from March 2018.
Again, a shopping outfit - this was in February 2019.
And here's the last time I wore it, in October 2019, and again, it's a shopping outfit.
Mathy stuff: It's no surprise that my cost-per-wear is low on this skirt (11 outfits and counting!) at 55 cents per wear. It's still one of my go-to's in fall/winter for an easy shopping skirt.
I like the outfits where I've put it with a coloured top or shoes best - what about you? What should I wear with it next?
Outfit the Second - and back to the office I go.
I've been wanting to wear this vintage jacket again for a while. So many clothes, so few opportunities to wear them!
- Jacket - Karl Lagerfeld, vintage 90s, consignment; last worn here in October 2019 with a blue belt
- Silk blouse - Sylvia Lee for Barcelino per Donna, vintage, consignment; last seen here in February 2020 with green velvet and black leather
- Skirt - 525 America; first seen here (2nd outfit) in October 2020 with floral cashmere
- Shoes - Queen of Prussia Louise, Fluevog; last worn here in February 2020 with Etro and etch-a-sketch
- Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last seen here a couple of weeks ago
I picked up this glorious blue wool blazer a few years ago - it's real vintage Karl Lagerfeld.
Note the rounded, slightly padded shoulders, the asymmetrical lapels, and the curved "tux coat" hemline.
And while it has some really cool features, it's a difficult blazer to wear.
The blouse is pure silk and I adore the pattern and colours. I've worn it with this jacket before, here in February 2019, just after Karl Lagerfeld died.
I'd intended on wearing my flocked L'Wren Scott jeans (these) with this ensemble, but I've decided they aren't work-appropriate anymore so they've been downgraded to house clothes.
Instead, I remembered this pretty swooshy knit skirt. I've previously attempted a full skirt with the blazer and it was too full, but I liked the longer hemline on this plus the slim fit-and-flare shape (the hem flips around wildly when I walk - so fun!).
Outerwear - brrr, give me all the furry things.
- Scarf - Danier Leather
- Hat - Principles, thrifted
- Gloves - Parkhurst
- Mask - Mom
- Earrings - thrifted
- Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
Flashback: Queen of Prussia Louise, Fluevog
Yet another pair of Fluevogs that I got on one of our anniversary jaunts over to the mainland; L bought these for me here, in March 2015. I didn't record how much they were at the time, but they were a new style and full price, so let's say $299.00.
A custom buckle.
I wore them out for dinner both nights while on our trip to Vancouver, and did the same outfit both times (the evenings were with different groups of friends), so this counts as two wearings!
here. I still have that necklace!
here. I still have that necklace!
I wore them to work when we got home, still in March 2015.
I wore the shoes again in April with reds and purples.
Showing some leg here in May 2015 for an evening out with Tammy.
This is a fun outfit from August 2015 - I mailed that Gaga-esque jacket to blog-friend Wendy Brandes a couple of years ago.
Diving into some equestrian-themed stuff in October 2015.
Proving that I'm wearing culottes in October 2016 - I obviously stored the shoes away for spring/summer that year, as I usually do now.
I love this December 2016 outfit.
I wore the shoes to Caro and Ronnie's Sweetheart Party in Feb 2017 with a cheap H&M dress that I only wore once (it was under $9.00).
I adore this outfit from October 2017, and I expect many of you will also really like it.
L and I looking resplendent in our tartans/plaids for the Victoria Film Festival Opening Night Gala in February 2018.
here; fascinator Flashback here.
here; fascinator Flashback here.
This was my first wearing of this long swooshy skirt that I purchased and wore in March 2018.
This outfit from November 2018 was recently featured in the Flashback for the jacket (here).
I'm deep into another one of my Velvet Phases in January 2019.
A lovely outfit in October 2019 - I seem to have a strong record for October outfits! I must be putting in extra effort 'cause it's my birthday month, ha ha.
And here's the last time I wore them, in February 2020, with my Etch-a-Sketch sequin skirt.
here, just last week.
here, just last week.
Mathy stuff: All these outfits add up to 19 wearings, for a cost-per-wear of $15.74. That's pretty good - I know that will go down more over time.
Burgundy shoes are almost as useful as red shoes in my wardrobe - do you own this colour? Chime in with your favourite outfit!
So many great outfits! When the pandemic is over we need to go for a shoppimg trip, I need inspiration in putting looks together. Hope you are staying warm!ReplyDelete
Totally, Dar! I would love to do that! Yes, staying warm - a fireplace is coming soon!Delete
Good morning Sheila, I would wear the outfit today in a heartbeat I can almost feel how warm that jumper is. Well so many great outfits(as usual) but as I was scolling I must admit Nov 2018 stopped me in my tracks. So that is ONE of my favorites. You certainly have amazing shoes! Loving the blue jewelery as usual too. Love how your shoes are part of your "story" ie. anniversary presents etc. Windy and grey here so back to scroll through this great post. ShazxxReplyDelete
Hi, Shaz! Good morning! Aw, thank you - yes, it's a very snuggly jumper. I agree, that's a good one! I love my shoes and all the stories they help me remember.Delete
I love your work outfit, the colour combo of the jacket and the skirt together as well as the shapes of the pieces looks so good! I really like getting two flashbacks as well! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Mica! It was fun doing two Flashbacks, but they are a bit of work.Delete
Yes! I had burgundy shoes in the 80's and they were super versatile (especially for the office). LiseReplyDelete
Woo, hooray for burgundy shoes, Lise!Delete
It warms my heart more than the sun's heat that is seriously MIA at the moment here in Canada to know that you and Lorena share Zoom calls. I've had the joy of knowing you both online for many years now and yet wasn't aware that you two were that close. That's awesome!!!ReplyDelete
Big hugs & the happiest of wishes for a relaxing, lovely tail end of January,
Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life
Autumn, if you ever want to Zoom with me, just send me an email (it's in my profile). I have never Zoomed or "met" Lorena before, but we've been blog-friends for over 10 years! It was like I'd known her forever. I would love to chat with you!Delete
Hugs to you, thank you!
That skirt looks fabulous on you, what a great shape! Good to see that leather bag getting an outing, it's a great investment. The silver earrings are lovely, I'd have bought those.ReplyDelete
Flashbacks galore. Love the one of you and L in your gala opening night checks. xxx
Thanks so much, Vix! I'm getting almost-daily use out that bag. I thought of you when I bought the earrings! :)Delete
Thanks, that was such a fun event!
Love your grocery and wee shop outfit and I am definitely hearing you on colours not coming out right photos. Both my "real" camera and phone camera have problems with shades of blue and green. Isn't that weird? How cute are the ear muffs by the way. Perhaps I should look out for a pair, as they'd be brilliant at hiding the grey bits near my ears :-)ReplyDelete
Wonderful finds at the Velvet Crease, and yes, I do remember similar skirts, although funnily enough not the matching purses! The earrings are splendid!
$ 6 for that D&G skirt? That's definitely Karma!
My heart skipped a bit when I saw outfit the second. How glorious it is! I love it all, the blue Karl Lagerfeld blazer, the pleated skirt and that divinely patterned silk blouse! And the shoes, obviously! That heel is just wow - I wouldn't be able to walk very far in them without accidents, though! I always find your flashbacks very entertaining - even if your hair instead of the clothes often has my full attention - and this time was not exception. xxx
P.S. Re. Zoom! I am certainly open to your suggestion but as I'm a notorious technophobe, I'll need to find out what's what first. I'll let you know xxx
That is so annoying with blues and greens, isn't it, Ann? I also see it a bit with pinks/purples. I loved my ear-muffs! I had a pair in the 80s (purple ones) and it was awesome to have them again.Delete
The purses were probably a copy of a designer one. They were rectangular with colour blocks of red/tan/black/white.
I know, such a nice little karmic nod from the Clothing Gods.
Oh, thank you! I struggle with the blazer but it's SO cool and really old Karl. It's actually a really easy heel to walk in. I know, I love seeing how much I change - so quickly too!
Think about it - you would have to download the plug-in to Zoom, but you don't require an account, and it isn't intrusive (they don't send me emails or anything). Let me know - I'd love to chat with you "in person"! :)
I must say the snooty sales clerk definitely got his comeuppance! I swear the fashion gods follow you around when you go shopping! Great finds. I actually did finish a cup of tea while reading through your flashback, lol. So many pretty things!ReplyDelete
Well, not like he'd know, but it felt karmic to me, Nana! I find some amazing stuff, it is true! Thank you so much.Delete
The blue Benneton sweater! I tnink I owned that. There was a Benneton shop in Duluth and I think it was a shopping splurge when we were up there for the Edmin Firzgerald race.ReplyDelete
That's so funny, Sam! What a coincidence that would be!Delete
I love your coat/jacket collection! So many beautiful pieces and gorgeous looks! Have a fab weekend!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Lovely! Happy weekend to you!Delete
Ha ha, fat finger to the salespersons over there. To arrogant for words. Love your new skirt. It's very cold here too, and when it's a bit warmer, some days, it's raining al the time. I hate this season. Want to go out!ReplyDelete
Heh, you got it, Nancy! I'm wearing the skirt today, so I hope you like it on me as well as on the hanger. Brrr, I'm so glad we have a fireplace now! I also want to go out and hang out outside! I miss my friends so much...Delete
Fabulous photos as always - you make dressing so much fun.ReplyDelete
I am excited to hear you spoke to Lorena.
I must go back to her blog, last time I looked she hadn't updated it for a while.
Take Care Sheila.
It was so fun! If you ever want to try a Zoom call with me, drop me an email (it's in my profile) and I'll book a time that works for us. :)Delete
Lorena has been catching up after some personal disruption due to lockdowns in her country, but she is back.
I noted your reply to the comment above mine, and I would love to do a Zoom call with you if you were interested. I remember when you found the D&G skirt - excellent score. As the thrift stores fill up with fast fashion junk, it gets easier to tell the quality pieces, but unfortunately, they are becoming few and far between. I hate when sales staff are snotty to customers; they have no idea who has $$ to spend, so being rude can lose them a sale.ReplyDelete
YES! I would love to Zoom with you, Shelley! Drop me an email (in my profile) and I'll book us a time. :)Delete
I have noticed that too - and with not being able to try stuff on in the thrifts right now, consignment has been my way to go. Totally! Silly salespeople!
I love it all, Sheila! That tweed fur trimmed skirt is amazing! What a fabulous find. I always pass right by the rack of black and gray skirts because it is so tedious to dig through them and so many are just garbage. I never thought to run my hands through them feeling for decent fabrics! I am going to try that on my next thrifting adventure! Ooh, speaking of that, my sister is coming to visit in a few weeks (she lives about 5 hours away) and we have an entire day scheduled for thrifting! I am so excited! I have not seen my sister in a year and a half. And she is my fave person to shop with. I also am loving that you had some zoom time with Lorena! I just had a video chat with Michell of My Bijou Life on Wednesday night. It was so nice to have a conversation and see a face outside of the 3 faces in my house! I need more of that!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Shelbee! I love it too - and do try the "hand" trick to see if you discover anything exciting! Oh, I'm so envious of your shopping company - we can't do that here.Delete
Yes, chatting with Lorena was so fun! It's the first time I've ever chatted with a fellow blogger!
Oh, and I forgot to mention that I just found two vintage Jones New York suits on my last thrifting trip last weekend. I paid $5 for one and $9 for the other. I am hoping to get them on the blog soon. If only the weather would become tolerable!ReplyDelete
Oh, nice! Their "career wear" from the early 00s is very good quality. I look forward to seeing them.Delete
Oh.... these Queen of Prussia Louise shoes are the best. I would buy them immediately. I have been looking through Fluevog's offering in the Netherlands but nothing I like so far. Let's wait for March when spring begins.ReplyDelete
The black and white skirt is a keeper and I like that dark red (burgundy) swooshy skirt.
The photo with the culottes is such fun.
Yeah, they don't make these any more, but they do have some wonderful shoes, Greetje. They should be rolling out a bunch of new styles soon, once their big sale ends. Thanks!Delete
Amazing shoes! I love an ankle strap too and the color is so nice. And the heel!ReplyDelete
Aren't they just a work of art, Ashley? Thank you so much.Delete
How nice you Zoom'ed with Lorena! She told me their lockdown restrictions are much harsher than ours and their delay to getting the vaccine is much longer.ReplyDelete
Yes, she mentioned that! If you want to Zoom with me, drop me a note and I'll book one!Delete
That blue sweater is fabulous. I really like all of the outfits in this post. You're so creative with your style Sheila. I always enjoy your flash backs. That February 2020 outfit in silver tones is so pretty.ReplyDelete
It's gorgeous quality in person, Ivana - very thick wool. Thank you so much!Delete
Lots of lovely outfits!ReplyDelete
Love your blue-teal sweater and the cool boots, rocking it!. Your D&G skirt is a fab piece, elegant and edgy!, love a quality skirt!
And love your blue jacket, another fab piece and another lovely outfit!
And those shoes are so fantastic!, lovely flashback too, and I have to agree that the December2016 outfit is particularly fabulous (purple!!) and October 2017 is also magnificent. Love these shoes actually!