I wanted to wear this new-to-me skirt right away, so I did!
As Laurie noted in the comments, this skirt does have an uneven hemline - it dips up in the front. That will be handy when I go up stairs - I won't step on it.
I don't usually expose my bra straps, but since I wore a slip (a blush vintage one - I matched the pink in the flower pattern) under it, I thought it looked more deliberate to have double straps.
"Straps are good for eating."
That is true, apparently - when Vizzini was a kitten, he ate about 4 inches of strap from one of my expensive $80 Wacoal bras.
Masked up - it's a pale leopard print.
- Mask - by Mom
I grocery shopped, then strolled up Fort Street's "Antique Row" area. It's got Vanity Fair Antique Mall, Leka, Luna, The Velvet Crease, MONA and Charmaine's and more - I visited all of those, and took my time looking around.
"You were gone a long time."
Shopping is a endurance activity! Four hours is a marathon! I'm going to enjoy catching up with the Olympics on the couch with a snuggly kitty tonight.
- Gold hoop earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L
- Brutalist bronze ring - vintage mall
- Amber ring - c. 1996
Vanity Fair Antique Mall is a fun place to spend browsing. I did the entire store methodically and found a couple of treasures.
It's really pretty on!
I lucked out on another bracelet.
It's not silver - I think it's steel. It's made from a punched pattern, then worked further (the squared holes along the edges, the addition of the stones, which I think are just glass.
What a cool mechanism - you often see a little security chain on silver hinged bangles.
There's also a stamp on the top:
Isn't it pretty?
here 'cause I love.
here 'cause I love.
I popped into Charmaine's Past & Present, which is primarily a second-hand furniture store - I bought our blue/gold stool there recently, as well as L's birthday ship painting.
I think the cat is wood. That's a lot of little tiny bits.
I love the idea of collar tips but I've never seen a pair for sale second-hand.
They have a bit of weight, so they keep a pointed collar in place.
I zoomed in on the stamp and played with the colour, contrast and clarity settings until I could read it.
From Charmaine's I went to MONA consignment (hi, Deanna!), where I found a couple of things that appealed to me. I've been trying to keep my "style profiles" in mind when I shop, which are:
- Rock & Roll
- Funky Vintage
- Romantic Victorian
- Big Boss Lady
- Any combination of those, like Soft Goth, Badass, Cowgirl, Equestrian, or Hollywood Glam.
Narrowing down my eclectic style is tricky, but even just sticking to those four helps me get carried away (there is so much bohemian out there! and that is not a style that suits me) and focused to the styles that I really like to wear.
I let go of my long droopy green cardigan (it was SO droopy), but I love the long duster look, so this green jacket fits that slot.
It's by Eliane Rose and was $38.00, which felt low. It's made of 100% Tencel, a brand of sustainable fabric made from wood pulp - it's very soft.
This next item is a two-part one: this is the lining, which is likely made of linen (sleeves/back) and cotton (front body).
The entire back is the sheer linen.
One of the arms has fully split open, right at the elbow.
Now, here is the lining inserted into...the leather over-jacket! Which is also dark chocolate brown. It's pretty beat-up with some marks and scratches on the arms. I never mind wear on leather - I think it adds to the badass look of it.
There's two little fabric-covered buttons that connect with two chains, including an extra wee dangle.
The back of the jacket has a sewn-on leather disc (why? this perplexes me) and a row of ruffled elastic (??!) along the back of the hem. The part I'm holding is the linen lining.
The leather over-jacket is unlined, but nicely finished - it's butter-soft and is leather for sure, even though all the content tags have been removed.
This bizarre piece of clothing is by Boss by Hugo Boss. Based on the style, I strongly suspect this is from the late 90s or early 00s.
From MONA, I went next-door to the Velvet Crease, and spent a peaceful hour and a half going through all the racks. I tried on a ton of stuff, but only ended up with two items. On the plus side, I really love both of them.
The sleeves have tabs and buttons, and you can see that the wide bottom section has a slight flare.
I hemmed and hawed over this jacket, but obviously, I gave in.
The sleeves are slightly flared, and the big shawl collar is very Dramatic.
It's by Tangerine Jill, and I've had a love affair with this now-defunct local brand for over 10 years.
And now, I have a VIC to take care of - that's a Very Important Cat, if you were wondering.
"Finally, she's figured it out."
I hope you're all savouring your days and enjoying the little moments of calm. Tell me what your favourites are from my finds! Also, what's your style profile? Do you have more than one too?