Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Vintage Shop Re-Do

I'm still enjoying my long weekend - back to work tomorrow - and was able to plan a re-do of my vintage shopping trip with Kim from a few weeks back (here). She'd had to leave early then, missing out on the fun shop with Ali and I, so when she told me she and Spence were in town for a full week, we quickly coordinated a day when we could have a lovely shop together. 
The wildfire hazed has passed for now, and we're back to hot temps and blue skies. I wanted to be covered from the sun but also be comfy and in clothes that would shop well. 

  • Hemp blouse - Sure 1032, thrifted; last worn here in June with another big bold skirt
  • Skirt - Alex Coleman of California, vintage 70s, consignment; last seen (and Flashbacked) here in June 2020
  • Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last worn here in May for a Mad Hatter birthday tea - such a fun look!

Kim picked me up in the morning and we parked downtown and sauntered around to all the stores she'd missed the first time. Our first stop was Flavour Upstairs (we also popped into Fluevog but both behaved ourselves!).
I spotted a fantastic 1980s high-waisted leather pencil skirt by Bagatelle - it fit Kim perfectly and was only $19.95 (she was boggled). She also found a polka-dotted t-shirt-shaped dress that was super-cute on her and will be great for summer. Yay! 

I tried on a bunch of things, but nothing was quite working for me. 
I didn't really dress for trying stuff on - this blouse is voluminous and annoying to take off and on more than a couple of times. 

From there, we went to Vintage After Death (no luck there either), then were starving so we checked out Jam for lunch - it was SO GOOD. 
I had oodles of comments on this amazing printed skirt. This is my 9th wearing of it - the Flashback is above at the "last worn here" link. 

Sunglasses on! 
Hands up! 
I thought there would be more of a contrast with this skinny skirt and the puffy blouse, but unfortunately, my waist got lost in there a bit, even with the gold chain belt. 

Masked up and side slits. 
After our delicious lunch, we popped over to Duke and Duchess (closed) and Verve consignment for a quick look. I had a haircut in the afternoon, so Kim headed home. 

  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
Comfy shoes - although with all the walking we did, my feet are now crying for the couch! I walked home after my haircut (which you will see tomorrow). 

Gold bling: 
I ended up taking my necklace off until we finished shopping - one of the earrings fell apart too, but I glued it when I got home. 

  • Belt - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Necklace - Trifari, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Chain bracelet - thrifted
  • Earrings - Mangos
  • Brass Brutalist ring - vintage 70s, vintage mall
  • Silver/turquoise ring - Karen's

I found myself something at Verve - another bracelet! I've been on a roll with them lately. 
I really like the "chainmail" vibe of this. 

There are little studs linking the ovals, alternating in silver and brass. 
The finish is intentionally slightly distressed. 

It's by Stella & Dot, a brand I know (I have these green earrings by them). 
This is called the Marnie cuff. 

It was $32.00 which is a little on the pricey side.
But I really like it on me, and I think I'll wear it a bunch. 

How's life going for you? Any days you'd like a re-do on?


  1. The skirt is such a statement. I like it a lot, but this is something I would never wear.

    1. I love a statement piece, so easy to style (black or white!). Push yourself, Anca - never say never!

  2. I love that maxi skirt! it's a shame you only found the bracelet for yourself but it sounds like one of those days where the pleasure was in the company more than the lucky finds! :)

    Hope your week is going well! We are in lockdown here this week :(

    Away From The Blue

    1. Eh, I wasn't expecting to find much - all of the stores haven't had time to refresh their stock, so it was a lot of the same. I tend to leave about 2 months between visits. It was more about spending the time with Kim, you're right.

      Thank you - sorry to hear that. :( Our cases are rising...welcome to Wave 4. I'm so tired of this.

  3. I love that you had a re-do day! one of my old blogging buddies has just shared a Facebook memory of our day out in Wales - eight years ago! I'd love to do that all over again, we drunk far too much wine, got into loads of trouble and bought all manner of vintage nonsense we didn't need! Happy days!
    I'd totally wear that blouse and skirt, they're fabulous! Loving that bracelet! xxx

    1. Me too, Vix - what a treat. Aw, that's so cool of your buddy. That sounds like a fantastic day - I'd love to do that with you one day!

      I thought of you - this a very Vix-ish look.

  4. Lovely skirt, so cool print and colours!, and fab jewellery!
    I'd love to have a re-do day of some of my good old days of charity shopping with my friend M., rummaging and laughing at everything!. Really good times!

    1. Thank you, Monica - it's an incredible textile.

      I love having these memories of time with my friends. I'd happily do over any of them again.

  5. I enjoyed the sun today, its raining here all the time. I'm planning to go to a, new to me, vintage shop in a few weeks. It will be good to be in a real shop again. I'm curious for your new look!

    1. You can send that rain over here, Nancy - we really need it.

      How exciting! I hope you find many treasures.

      Oh, it's not that exciting, just more mullet. :)

  6. Yay for extended long weekends. :-) Nice that Kim and you were able to meet up again AND that she scored some satisfying pieces. Hmm, a re-do day, yes please, a re-do of our visit to Port Townsend last Sunday, taking the semi-straight route north from Olympia instead of the twisty-curvy route!

    Interesting skirt. I did not notice the gold belt though after you pointed it out I immediately thought of your awesome turquoise belt. Would it work with the outfit or be too much with the print of the skirt?

    We are planning a visit to our other son who lives in Belgium with his family. One of the items on my list is to ask him and my daughter-in-law to take me shopping at a vintage shop, providing the pandemic permits such an outing.

    1. Indeed, Laurie! I don't have too many weeks left of my reduced hours (I hope/dread). I'm so happy that we had that day together - it was so much fun. Ha, your redo makes total sense.

      Hmmm...I have three turquoise belts, but I felt a more "liquid" belt was better for taking off and on if I needed to. My leather wrap one is too fussy, the teal one is too dressy and the vintage one with silver hangs down in front.

    2. Ah, I was thinking of the smashing wide turquoise belt you wore fairly recently, which methinks is the vintage one.

    3. I haven't worn that one in years...this is stumping me! Are you thinking of the new Fluevog one I got, with the rose buckle? That's cobalt blue.

    4. Laurie, Ann/Polyester Princess is from Belgium and highly recommends the Think Twice line of secondhand shops there!

    5. Ah, yes, the new Fluevog cobalt blue belt. Next time I’ll locate the post and double check!

      As for the tip from Ann/Polyester Princess, thank you! I’ll do a search and bookmark it for next month. Again, thanks!

    6. It might have also have been my turquoise leather wrap belt, but it doesn't match the darker teal in this skirt.

  7. Wow, that printed maxi is stunning. Such a gorgeous print! The voluminous black blouse is lovely as well but I can see how it is not the best choice for trying clothes on. The shoes are lovely. It's great you were able to find a pencil skirt for your friend even if you didn't have luck shopping yourself.

    I love the chainmail bracelet as well.

    1. Thanks so much, Ivana - I have a small collection of amazing vintage skirts and this is one of my favourites. I didn't mind the voluminous-ness of the blouse, as I'd committed mentally to not trying too much stuff on. I was more focused on Kim, which was totally fine.


  8. I'm loving that fabulous vintage maxi skirt, and the voluminous black blouse is gorgeous too, although I am hearing you on the disappearing waist. I hate it when a carefully planned outfit doesn't work out the way I want it. Still a great outfit, though!
    I'm glad to hear Kim managed to find a couple of things, and that cuff you found is stunning!
    Hopping over to your next post now to see your new hairdo :-) xxx P.S. I've just read Laurie's comment, if she comes to Belgium she should definitely check out Think Twice!

    1. Thanks, Ann! Arg, should have worn a wider belt with this blouse. Lesson learned!

      The skirt she bought would sell now for around $200 so she was thrilled.

      Laurie, check out Think Twice! I'll add that to her comment reply so she sees it. :) Thank you!

  9. What a brilliant skirt, Sheila! I love the side slits for that extra bit of sass! And that Stella and Dot bracelet is really cool. I am glad you had the opportunity to redo the day and get some shopping in with Kim. It sounds like you all had a wonderful day!


  10. (Re: Your closing question... ) Far more than I could ever count, but by the same token, I'm grateful for even the toughest of days. They've helped to shape not only who I am, but the present world I get to call my own. It might not always be ideal, but it's beautiful and inspiring and always full of the unexpected!

    It's excellent that the wildfire smoke has abated somewhat on your end. With the White Rock Lake fire very nearby to us here, the smoke and falling ash was quite extreme last week, but thankfully it too has let up a bit. We even saw snippets of blue (as opposed to smoky, hazy grey/brown/yellow) yesterday. That fire is still massive, but at least it hasn't spread to much more in recent days. Fingers crossed that it doesn't do so again!

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

    1. I agree, Autumn - there aren't many days I would do over. We have to live with no regrets! Good for you!

      I'm grateful that we haven't had any...until today! I woke up to weird orange light, and am debating whether I should go for a long walk or just a mild stroll. I'm thinking I don't want to clog my lungs up too much.

  11. Darling Sheila, I am trying to work my way through your lovely posts, not doing them any justice. But I just haven't got the time. I thought that retirement meant being bored the whole day but no, my agenda is filled a week and a half in advance. Ridiculous.
    Anyway, I am glad you had such a nice shopping trip with your friend.

    1. No worries, Greetje! Enjoy your life and read/visit when you can. :) Thank you!

  12. Most of the time if I have a friend with me when I shop I'm the one that always ends up buying stuff, so it makes me happy when they find something they love.

    1. Same here - I'm always devastated when the person I'm shopping with doesn't find anything!


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