Hello, my friends! I'm back after a deliciously-long Victoria Day weekend, and have much to share! Most of it was quiet - things are loosening up locally but not till after this long weekend - but we still managed to have a quick jaunt to town and got together with our friends at the Park. In addition to everyone else getting Monday off, I also enjoyed a day to myself on Tuesday (a regular non-work day for me).
Did I dress up for pretty much everything? Well, of course I did! I have three outfits to share, two Flashbacks, a couple of surprise purchases, and pictures of Vizzini being cute.
On Saturday morning, L and I drove to town to run a couple of errands. This called for something bright!
I love my neon green blouse and that it matches my shoes. Bookends!
- Blouse - Rock & Republic, thrifted; last seen here in September 2020 for a Book Club adventure at the Castle
- Skirt - See By Chloe, consignment; last worn here in May 2020 to hang out at the Castle!
- Shoes - Eject; last seen here in August 2020 with my Big Boss Lady Red Pants
Having seen this skirt in a recent Flashback, I was inspired to feature it in an outfit again.
I wore extra underlovelies for non-thigh-chaffing.
I tied the scarf around my bag strap when I was walking around.
The purse was functionally good. It doesn't hold much more than my wallet, keys and shopping bags, but that's all I really need most days anyway.
- Purse - Street Level, thrifted; purchased here for $19.99
- Sunglasses - thrifted
- Earrings - consignment
- Silver/aventurine ring - consignment
- Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
- Scarf - thrifted
Flashback: See By Chloe Skirt
Ah, another reason to bemoan the loss of My Sister's Closet consignment store: great deals on quality pieces, like this skirt, which I purchased here in April 2017 for $10.50. It originally retailed for $545.00.
The fabric is pre-crinkled, and as noted before, it has these lovely sewn loops in the hem.
I was not surprised to see a high-end label.
Let's see how I wore it, shall we?
I love this look - that big belt is such a stunner.
A more casual look in June 2017 - I'm likely going to play Ultimate Frisbee, followed by brunch and shopping (the sunglasses are a dead giveaway).
Same green top, in May 2018.
I loved this beaded snake blouse, but it was so difficult to put on (no zipper!) that I gave it up this past year.
Another weekend outfit, also in August 2018.
Loads of yellow and chartreuse here in May 2019.
And here's the last time I wore it, with that ballet wrap cardigan that inspired the current outfit, in <ay 2020.
Mathy stuff: As expected with a skirt that only cost $10.50, my average is already very low with 10 outfits: a very impressive $1.05 per wear!
L and I split up: while he did his stuff, I had a quick browse in the Patch.
I picked up these no-name sunglasses for $19.99. I had black ones like this in the 80s (didn't we all?).
While L was buying cat food, I had a quick peek at the $10 rack at Rich Rags. I found this amazing black knit dress.
But look at this lovely knit lace yoke - so trendy right now!
When I pulled the skirt up to look for labels, I noted that the lining is also the same knit, not a cheaper fabric. This is not a modern dress!
I found one tiny label inside, down the seam. It's by Nina, and it's made in Spain, out of 80% nylon and 20% Poliamide. It's very soft and stretchy, but also thick - definitely not a modern fabric.
I stretched it out across my body, shrugged and paid my $10.00. I hoped for the best!
I tried it on when I got home, and hooray! It fits! I've put it in the fall/winter pile, for me to rediscover in October. It's quite va-va-voom, so I can't wait to style it up with some boots and a big belt.
On Saturday afternoon, L and I headed out to Beacon Hill Park to hang out with our best friends.
Time to break out one of my favourite vintage dresses.
My park outfits need to be walkable (it's about 30 minutes each way), easy for sitting on the ground, and colourful and fun!
"I love your dress!" a young man shouted at me while we were dashing across the road to quickly use the washroom at Yvonne and Randall's. Why, thank you!
I've had this dress for years - it was a pass-along from my mom's best friend's mother. We shall give it a little Flashback shortly as well.
I kept my underlovelies/long shorts on with this. It felt good to have bare legs!
The earrings and Fulvia Ring were still sitting out from the morning's outfit.
- Lucite/silver cuff - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Vancouver
- Glass bangle - thrifted
- Earrings - consignment
- Fulvia Ring/lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
Before we get into the Flashback on the dress, a Kitty Interlude.
"You're going out?"
Vizzini is often on the deck these days.
"Cat + sun = Happy Cat. It's basic math, Woman."
I can never resist giving him a rub.
"I may as well get up now that you've disturbed me."
Ha! I caught him mid-yawn AND mid-stretch!
"Rar! I am very fierce!"
You sure are, my silly boy.
Flashback: Tori Richard of Honolulu, for Andrade of Honolulu Dress
My mom's best friend, my "Aunt" Kathy, had to move her mom Joyce into a care-home here in June 2013. Kathy offered to let me have a look at her things to see if there was anything I liked. I spotted this dress in her closet, along with this pink one (overdue for a wearing!), and after modeling them, Kathy kindly gave this one to me, along with a card holder and a pair of earrings. I got the pink dress months later - it was a bit tight, so I originally declined it but Kathy just loved seeing in on me and passed it along.
Wonderful labels. Joyce lived in Hawaii during the 1960s, and this was purchased then (label backup here, linking 'cause I love).
I wore the dress right away here in July 2013 for Canada Day.
I wore it to work once, here in July 2014.
And of course, I promptly forgot about it until last year when I rediscovered it.
Mathy stuff: Well, let's see, 8 outfits divided by Free, equals...still free!
And now, back to our weekend! L and I loaded up our backpacks with blankets and drinks and strolled down to the park.
We had a glorious sunny day, although it was breezy (we are only a few blocks from the ocean).
There were tons of people on this field enjoying the sun.
Chris and Ali showed up a bit later, so we split up our group to stay under the approved numbers.
I loved that Ali wore an old top of mine - I dropped off a bag of clothes at her place a few weeks ago.
When we arrived, I noticed someone having a fabric/sewn items yard sale across the street. I picked up a set of 3 handmade cushions for only $15.00!
The bag had two regular square pillows, and one bolster.
It's beautiful woven fabric.
He's been very happy with us.
"Well, of course, these are mine."
This picture makes me laugh.
"Hey, I was napping here!"
Vizzini has been sleeping on the new pillows all weekend.
After a couple of quiet days, full of boardgames, movies and telly, L was back to work on Tuesday. I just had my Zoom call with Mom, so I got dressed up.
Unfortunately, Mom was having internet issues, so we just had a call to catch up. She's all good now - and we're celebrating that we can go to restaurants together again now! Hooray!
The Doily dress is best for hanging out at home.
- Necklace - Monet, vintage 1980s, vintage fair
- Earrings - vintage 80s, vintage fair
- Silver/onyx ring - Toccara, vintage fair
- Lucite bangle - Alexis Bittar, Sidney
Thanks so much for dropping by, my friends! I hope you're all having a great weekend! Don't forget to check out all my favourite link-ups at the Link Parties in my right sidebar.