Anyway, grab a cup of tea, and get settled, 'cause here we go.
Saturday brunch time! I've been motivated to not buy junk food by these trousers, which finally fit me again! Woo!
I have been wanting to build an outfit with my new Panthers jacket since I got for Christmas.
Haute couture + NFL gear - why not?
- Jacket - NFL Shop Erin Andrews Collection; purchased here in January for $129.00 for Christmas
- Sweater - J. Crew, thrifted; last seen here in December 2019 with pink and floral
- Trousers - Alexander McQueen, Fall 2003; last worn here in December 2019 with tangerine
- Boots - Maleika Conquer, Fluevog; last seen here in October 2020 for lunch with Jen
We're going to have a wee Flashback on the trousers shortly, so I can gush anew over them.
Without the jacket.
This is how most people saw me - all masked up.
- Mask - by Mom
- Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
- Studded cuff - vintage 80s
- Silver/onyx ring - Toccara, vintage fair
- Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
- Ear-cuffs - gift from Mom
- Silver earrings - consignment
I did a couple of bathroom selfies to show the ear-cuffs.
While I was taking pictures, Vizzini was begging for attention.
"But what about meeeeeee?"
Tummy rubs were had.
Alexander McQueen Fall 2003 Checkered Trousers
I bought these here in May 2018, on a quick pop into Flavour Upstairs after work - I was picking up English sweets and crisps for Cat, Yvonne and I to stay up all night and watch Harry and Megan's Royal Wedding. Imagine my astonishment at finding real Alexander McQueen!
Note: all links 'cause I love, of course.
Some more links:
Vogue described the collection, noting (my bolding):
Fantastic details were lavished on dramatic structured carapaces, embroidered, painted and mind-blowingly embellished to look like antique samurai armor, Russian lacquered dolls and tribal ceremonial dress. Somewhere along the line, the stiff pleated skirts segued into molded suits, done in jigsaws of two-tone checkerboard—the better to show off the designer’s devilishly accurate cutting skills.
How freaking cool is that? Although my trousers are not in the actual show, similar long cuffed pants are - it's likely that these were produced to go with the matching jacket. I remember seeing the movie "McQueen" (it's on Netflix, worth a watch!) in the theatre with Elaine and being so excited when I saw Isabella Blow (Lee's sponsor and good friend) wearing the jacket.
They have incredible details, from the WOVEN checkerboard pattern (not a print!), to how well every line is matched. They are made in Italy of a cotton/wool blend (the fabric is thick and luxurious).
I had to make an outfit right away, of course, and played colour of the black and white.
Another work outfit from July 2018. Actually, all of these are work outfits.
In March 2018, I wore this black and white ruffled sweater, which I still have but needs to be worn.
And here's the last time I wore them, December 2019.
Mathy stuff: I'm only on my 6th wearing (so far!), which works out to $4.99 per outfit. I'm totally happy with that! These are my number one reminder to keep myself on the straight and narrow - I never want to outgrow my McQueen trousers!
With the temps rising to double digits and spring in the air, it's time to put away my bulky winter coats for the season.
I do the backwards hanger trick in my coat closet too. Three of the possible fall/winter coats didn't get worn. My cropped leopard (a dressy option), my Ringmaster Coat (an oversight!), and my vintage chartreuse velvet cape (wishful thinking, hoping for some sort of gathering).
I unpacked two bags of spring coats and hung them up. I have a plethora of pinks and a bevvy of blues!
I went through all my giveaways and pulled out a couple of Regret-Me-Nots.
I also was charmed anew by the lovely bright yellow lace of this dress, which I only wore once, here in April 2020 to visit Nick and Karen.
"I don't know, it doesn't have any bits for me to chew on..."
I'll give it one more shot, and then decide. No need to be hasty.
Vizzini was having a stare-down with a big crow in the maple tree out the window.
"I don't like crows."
They don't like you either, bud.
For our Saturday evening Zoom Happy Hour with our group of friends, I dug out three things I haven't worn yet this year (or for a while).
I had to get a wearing in of my Thousand Dollar Sweater. I kid you not, it retailed for $1,900, and yes, you read that right - check out this article here, noting:
a short-sleeve sweater made with 35,000 crystals, sequins, beads and paillettes that costs a whopping $1,900.
Link to the Vogue.com slideshow of this runway collection here - this sweater is the first slide.
The skirt is real leather and flaps loudly like sails when I walk.
- Silver cuff - Karen's
- Fang cuff - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
- Earrings - thrifted
Flashback: LA Malibu Fluevog Boots
I got these on our March 2013 anniversary trip to Vancouver (here), which was the very first time we met Melanie of Bag and a Beret.
L bought me these after I fell massively in love with them. They had been marked down half price from the original $799.00 to $400.00. I'm very lucky to have such a generous guy!
The amount of detail in them is stunning. Those black "stained glass" pieces of leather are beautifully cut and laid/sewn over the silver backing leather. You can read about them here on the Fluevog site (my comment is still there - how cute, I was in my 40s then!).
I modeled them in the hotel room.
I was afraid to wear them out in case I tipped over, but I'm counting this as an outfit!
I have only ever worn them for special occasions, so not surprisingly, these are all party looks.
I wore them again a week later for a party at Ron and Caro's, in May 2013.
I strutted my stuff for L's birthday in June 2013.
A back view of the heels, from March 2015 - somehow I missed a year!
here in the Flashback.
here in the Flashback.
L and I are both dressed up for Vero's birthday in September 2015.
I duplicated the outfit in November 2015 for an Urbanite at the Art Gallery with Elaine.
Another birthday party for L, in June 2017 (again, I missed a year!).
And this is the last time I wore them, in December 2018. I like my matching teal lipstick!
Mathy stuff: I'm never going to get these down to pennies per wear and I'm okay with that. The current outfit is the 10th time I've worn them, which works out to $40 per wear. Would I pay $40 for a pair of boots I only wear once? Sure! So I don't feel too bad about these.
I hope you all had a positive and uplifting weekend! Stay cool!