Of course, I get an extra-long long weekend, as Tuesday's a non-office day for me, so I'm raring for it to start!
- Jacket - Dolce & Gabbana, vintage, thrifted; last worn here in August 2020 over a toile dress
- Top - Jones New York, thrifted; last seen here in August 2019 with checks
- Skirt - Ted Baker, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here in November 2019 in autumn sunset colours
- Shoes - Sol Sana; last seen here (2nd outfit) with a plain black dress in June 2020
Blue hair actually has a bit of history to it, I was excited to learn! Inspired by Jean Harlow in the 1930s and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mum, not the current Queen) in the 1940s, women with grey or white hair would add a diluted blue dye (aka "bluing") to their tresses to make them appear more platinum blonde or whiter. Adding a blue (or purple) rinse cancels out the natural yellow/brassy tones in white/grey hair.
In the UK, the "blue-rinse brigade became a label for busybody-dom...and synonymous with unchangeable Thatcherite thinking." (link, 'cause I love). Well, that seems just a titch sexist! I'm glad we've reclaimed blue and purple hair as a fashion thing.
As I still have quite a bit of light brown growth (my natural colour) in the back/underside of my hair, I get that yellow tone too. I remember my Mom's mother/my grandmother using a purpling rinse regularly into the 80s...and I also recall her having violet hair once or twice after leaving it in too long (which was a common occurrence - sometimes I also forget to watch the clock).
As my blue fades and/or is leached out by the sun, my hair will appear more silver, but for today's funky look, I matched my outfit to my hair.
This ensemble is one I created recently while playing in my closet, built around this amazing printed skirt, which is yet another Vancouver anniversary trip second-hand purchase. I always find such good stuff over there!
I've been diligently cutting back on snacking (I'm a salty-crunchy lover, as well as a chocolate junkie), and am thrilled that this snug pencil skirt is fitting me again!
I haven't worn the skirt that many times (this is only outfit #4), but I have a lot skirts, so it's hard to get to them all. I love the digital print on this.
Without the jacket, so you can see my striped navy blue and white top, which has a tie accent at the neckline.
Masked up - more blue.
The blue jacket was a great find a few years back - it's vintage D&G. We'll have a wee Flashback on all the ways I've worn it shortly.
Pink velvet shoes! I love this rosy-pink shade.
Silver and pink bling:
Sadly, I caught my salamander brooch on the edge of a printer at work, and broke the tail of it right off. I remind myself, "Things are meant to be USED."
I don't think I'll be able to fix it. The metal bar broke right off.
Articulated brooches are fairly rare - my chance of finding another salamander is low, but I'll keep my eyes peeled.
- Earrings - thrifted
- Filigree bracelet - St. Paul's Cathedral gift shop, London
- Link bracelet - Fossil, gift from L
- Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
- Shield ring - Nine West
- Salamander brooch - vintage fair
- Mask - Lazy Susan's
Maybe I should just permanently sew it onto the Fuzzy Flamingo? Or maybe a hat? What would you do?
Flashback: Dolce & Gabbana Studded Pastel Jean Jacket
I found this studded baby blue denim jacket here in December 2017 at the Patch on a "buy 2, get 1 free" deal - it was marked at $32.95, and was the cheapest of the 3 things I bought, so it was FREE. But we'll use the $32.95 for our highly-technical cost-per-wear calculations.
I suspect it's late 90s/early 00s.
Look at that leopard lining! It's a fine mesh.
It's got all the proper holograms and such, and it's made in Italy.
I wear this where you might wear a denim jacket, as a topper for a bit of extra warmth, sun coverage or to match some other baby blue in my outfit. Following my motto "Always Be Upgrading", this is my upgrade from a plain jean jacket.
Ready to see my outfits? I wore it right away in January 2018, layered over one of my Desigual dresses. The jacket is a snug fit - I have never been able to do it up, which also doesn't bother me.
I'm sick here in March 2018, and only wore this outfit for the time it took me to batten down the hatches at the office and then go home to bed.
I wore it to see Canadian pop-punk group The Beaches in April 2018 - a rare sighting of me in jeans!
This May 2018 ensemble reminded me that I used to have a sweater with a whale on it! How whimsical of me.
You might think this is the same striped top that I'm wearing today, but this is actually a different sleeveless striped top, with a mock-neck. I still have it (striped tops are useful).
Layered as a jacket here in September 2018.
I have a few matchy pieces that I often wear with the jacket: my Lady Footlocker (KLASSY) leather belt and these awesome Fluevogs.
Another outfit with that maxi skirt, in May 2019.
Worn as a topper with my Spanish Ladies dress, in June 2019.
I dressed up here in April 2020, layering the jacket over one of my favourite vintage dresses.
I didn't wear this out of the house - this was early in lockdown last year.
An extra shot to flash the leopard lining at you!
As outerwear in May 2020.
Layered over my neon pink dress here in June 2020 for L's birthday wander downtown.
And here's the last time I wore it, as sun coverage over my ruffled toile dress.
Mathy stuff: Today marks the 16th wearing of this jacket, which bring us to $2.06 per wear, IF I'd paid the full price of $32.95 for it. But since it was FREE, I'm in the negatives, ha ha!
Aw, I can't say no to that! Look at those little white bean toes!
And with that, my friends, I'm off to enjoy my long weekend. I'll be back with tales of adventure on Monday. Stay safe! Thanks so much for stopping by!