I did a leisurely 2-hour Zoom call in the morning with my dear friend Elaine, in Hamilton, Ontario - so good to catch up with her. I showered (a victory, some days!), but didn't dress up for the call. I just didn't have the mental energy for it all. Instead, after our chat, I spent over an hour in my closet, building outfits, trying things on, moving things to the giveaway pile. I ended up with over a dozen outfits, and although I might not wear them all, the mental exercise and self-care was sorely needed.
Today's/Wednesday's work outfit came out of my closet play-time, and features a colour I don't wear often: blush.
- Jacket - Marc Jacobs, thrifted; first worn here in August 2020 with my Big Boss Lady red trousers
- Top - VanessaVirginia, consignment; last seen here in June with afternoon tea pajamas
- Skirt - Sandra Angelozzi, thrifted; last worn here in July 2020 (Flashback there)
- Shoes - Aldo, thrifted; last seen here in June with this top!
We'll be doing a brief Flashback on this red lace top shortly, but first, the blush items.
"What's that? The cat should go in the hall? I agree!"
The jacket and the skirt have both been unworn so far this spring/summer season - they require some serious contemplation as to whether I will keep them, since I don't reach for either.
With the jacket off. I bought this lace top for layering under things - I have a drawer full of small, soft tees, blouses and plain tops that I use for layering.
The red "bookends" of shoes and lace top are the standouts, I think you'll agree. I also have another blush item on: a layering cami underneath (and I'm wearing my beige cotton underlovelies too).
"Woman, you are so dense."
The skirt is the same blush shade as the background of the jacket, and is really close to my actual skin-tone.
Masked up - although I'm personally safe, my office and building still require masks. I only saw three coworkers all day though.
- Mask - Lazy Susan's
Sunnies on! We're having another heatwave this week with temps in the low to mid-30s. SO HOT.
I was going to wear red heels, but the heatwave put me off them.
Mixing metals all over the place!
- Necklace - thrifted
- Earrings - Mangos
- Leather/steel cuff - Rimanchik
- Copper/enamel cuff - Matisse by Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage expo
- Turquoise/silver ring - local
- Big turquoise ring - Karen's
- Turquoise/copper brooch - thrifted
Happy and feeling less brain-foggy from my outfit-building, I enjoyed another Zoom call in the afternoon on Tuesday with Mom, who showed off her new top and her new haircut.
The top is a great colour on Mom. I can't pull off mint green.
Flashback: VanessaVirginia Red Lace Top
Back in the "olden days," I used to do my grocery shop on Sundays, often followed by a thrift or consignment shop afterwards. This was one of my trips to My Sister's Closet (sadly now closed), back in October 2018, here, where I found this top for $16.98.
I wore it right away, layering it under my pink blazer in November 2018.
You can't see much of the top here, hiding beneath this embroidered faux leather jacket, but it's layered under my "Buffy" black leather dress for a shopping trip in March 2019.
I discovered this combination in June 2019 - another future repeat!
Currently, I'm consciously letting go of clothes that are difficult to style, even designer names like this Dries Van Noten "genie" skirt, seen here in August 2019.
See? This is what I wore above, under that embroidered jacket.
And I somehow missed wearing this top for all of 2020! Oh, 2020, such a year.
Mathy stuff: I actually thought I'd worn this a lot more than I have, but I'm at 7 outfits including today's. That brings us to a very respectable $2.43 per wear.
Until I find a better red soft layering top, this is the one! What's your favourite look?
I had to stop at the pet store for another box of kitty treats (a Bad Thing to run out of!), and popped into Rich Rags to see if Gloria had anything interesting.
I gave it a quick steam, which smoothed it out nicely and allowed me to really look at the construction.
The pattern is pale blush flowers with bits of black.
The previous owner didn't even take the tag fully off, although oddly, there's no content/care tag. I discovered it's 100% rayon by digging around online.
It's by Faithfull the Brand, and well, that's cool - the company was founded by an Australian and a Norwegian, two women who met in Bali, Indonesia, and created this company (about them here, link 'cause I love). They seem like a pretty ethical brand.
I paid $35.00 for my skirt, and a similar one on their site is US $209.00! This is called the Botany print, and Anthropologie carried it. I got a bargain!