Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Fancy "Friday": Layered Tube and the Grape Ape

Like my American friends south of the border, I celebrate US Thanksgiving by taking the Thursday/Friday off every year and taking an extra-long weekend. I am thankful for giving myself this gift! Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends and readers! 

So today was my Fancy Friday, even though it's Wednesday. It's my Friday.
My colours are black, grey, pink, purple and orange, and the top is woven with a silver sparkle.

  • Top - M by Missoni, thrifted; last worn here with purple and these same shoes in March
  • Wool dress - Dolce & Gabbana, vintage 90s, thrifted; last seen here in February with roses
  • Shoes - Mission Monica, Fluevog; last seen here with this top in March
  • Coat (below) - Forever 21, thrifted; last worn here in November 2020 for dinner out with Tammy

Getting in an early wearing of this vintage wool knit tube dress. Tt's that classic 90s style, and it's by Dolce & Gabbana - KLASSY! 
I always layer a top under it, but I've never worn it with this stripey one. 
The grey tights matched the grey in the shoes and the grey stripe in the top.
Masked up:
I had a short video chat with my colleague in Calgary and got to show off my outfit. Yay for fashionable coworkers! 

Outerwear - I can't believe it's been a year since I wore the Grape Ape coat! Of course, last fall/winter, we didn't get out much. 
Oh yeah, that pandemic thing. We're being warned to not see too many people and be too physically close over the holidays...sounds ominous. 78% of my province is fully-vaccinated, and boosters are being rolled out (Mom's booked!). I'll likely get mine in February. 

Accoutrements:
Soft and warm. 

  • Fur boa - thrifted
  • Cashmere beret - Club Monaco, thrifted
  • Gloves - consignment
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
I took one of my shoes off to show to my colleague - see the angels on the heels? 

Amber bling: 
This is most of my amber collection and a chunk of my Brutalist pieces. 

  • Cuff and bracelet - Robert Larin, vintage 70s, vintage mall, gifts from L
  • Earrings - vintage, vintage mall, gift from L
  • Amber/silver drop necklace - vintage, vintage mall, gift from L
  • Amber/silver short necklace - vintage, vintage mall, gift from L
  • Silver/amethyst ring - vintage mall
  • Brutalist ring - Finland, vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Hematite ring - thrifted (I use it to hold the other ring in place)

I'm off to make a pot of chili for our annual all day US Thanksgiving football marathon tomorrow, and L and I have lots of fun things happening this weekend. I'll be back on Sunday with tales of adventure! 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Colour and Texture Therapy: Wintery Blues

I need to go through my closet and build one more week's worth of colourful outfits - with this outfit, I've hit the end of my pre-planned looks. I have really noticed that all the bold, bright and cheery colours I've been wearing all month have had a positive effect on my mental health.
Colour Therapy is real! So is Texture Therapy, and this skirt is like wearing silky velvet kittens (only not as bite-y, ha ha). 

  • Baby blue blouse - no label, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in July in a scarf-based outfit
  • Skirt - Linda Lundstrom, vintage 90s, thrifted; last seen here, caped and draped in July
  • Vest - Pink Martini, consignment; last worn here in March with Gaultier and Valentino
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) for my first look at our October party! 
  • Coat (below) - L'Atiste, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here a few weeks ago

This baby blue blouse has been a favourite of mine for over five years (Flashback here) and I'm getting close to 20 wears on it. It's such a useful style, and even though it has all these ruffles, I like the contrast with my "harder" clothes. 
However, today was a day for soothing, soft clothes. The vest gave me a nice cozy layer without being too bulky.
This skirt is a silk velvet and as noted, it's incredibly soft and flowy to wear. It's cut on the bias, so it has a lot of movement, although one side of the hem dips down to the floor. 
I hiked up the waist for my walk to work so that it wouldn't get damp on the sidewalk. 

Masked up: 
Matched to my shoes. 

Outerwear - it's getting to be a little chilly for this cloth coat.
In weather news, we are in for more "atmospheric rivers" (aka torrential downpours) later this week, which will be super not fun. 

Accoutrements: 
More warm/soft things. 

  • Pashmina - thrifted
  • Toque - gift from Tammy
  • Gloves - vintage, thrifted
  • Mask - by Mom


The stuff: 
I love these shoes, which is why I have had them in 3 other colours plus a variant style. When I spotted these snake-y patterned ones on consignment last year, I snapped them up. 

Sparkly bling: 
I'm starting to look ahead to December, which will be a "Glitz and Glitter" month. 

  • Necklace - Alain, vintage 60s, gift from Alison
  • Earrings - vintage fair
  • Brooch - Sarah Coventry, vintage fair
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Do you break out your sparkly stuff at this time of year? 

Monday, November 22, 2021

Red Plaid, White Wings and Shoes

I've worn so much colour this month that I'm actually starting to miss some of the black in my wardrobe. I got my fix today with this black sweater with its white "wings" - I reclaimed it from the giveaway pile as a regret-me-not when I tidied up for Ciara a couple of weeks ago. 
I'm not sure why I put it in the giveaway in the first place; it's a beautiful Club Monaco sweater, and even has a matching peplum hem with matching white trim. Maybe it was the ruffles. I've been "off" ruffles lately. 

  • Sweater - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here in February 2020 with a very short skirt
  • Dress - Plum; last seen here last November 2020 for brunch with Betty
  • Shoes - 5YMedio; last worn here in October with green pleats
  • Coat (below) - Mallia, consignment; last seen here in February

If you wondered why the light in the stair picture is so pink, this was the sunrise happening while I took that pic. 
That's a very orange/pink sunrise. It did bring a brief flash of rain in the morning, but mostly it's been grey and cold. Brr. 

Back to the outfit. I've had this red plaid dress forever - it's also been grabbed out of the giveaway more than once. 
But I've never found a better red plaid dress, so it stays until I find an upgrade. 

That's a vintage half-slip hanging out the bottom - the dress is unlined, so I like a slip. 
I enjoyed the patterned tights with this look, plus the white shoes. 

Isn't that some sort of rule-breaking? White shoes + black tights? 
I'm sure it is for someone! Not me, obviously. 

Masked up - let's add some more pattern! 
I like the extra bits of white. 

Outerwear - it was cold enough for me to pull out this long wool coat. 
I found it last year at House of Savoy for a mere $78.00 - it's 70% baby alpaca wool, and 30% regular sheep wool, so it's snuggly warm. 

I like the red accessories with it. 
I also like the extra-long hem - and it has a big back slit for walking. 

All done up. 
I look slightly festive. 

Accoutrements:
I'm getting a lot of wear out of this scarf - apparently, I really needed a red-based patterned scarf! 

  • Scarf - Carol Gold, Lazy Susan's
  • Beret - Parkhurst, consignment
  • Mask - by Mom
  • Gloves - Echo, consignment

The stuff: 
I love these shoes - they are very comfy, that's a great heel, and I clomp around in them like a boss. 

Bold bling: 
I'd nearly forgotten about this belt - I wore it lower on my waist, as it's a bit big. 

  • Belt - Mudd, vintage 90s, thrifted
  • Studded cuff - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Vancouver
  • Bakelite cuff - vintage, vintage mall, gift from L
  • Silver/onyx ring - Toccara, vintage fair
  • Silver earrings - Brenda Schoenfeld, 1992, vintage mall

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Double Ceremony for Brunch, a Wee Shop, and Next Art Project: Peacock Jacket

Welcome back, my friends! It's been a lovely chill weekend for me, with our usual brunch (and a wee shop at Dots) and board games - and I've started a new Art Project (and created a new page!). Grab yourself a cup of something warm and comforting, and join me, won't you?

After an evening of games (Dominion, a very fun deck-building card game) and music, L and I slept in a bit on Saturday morning, before we met up with Nick at the Ruby for brunch. It had dipped down to single digits overnight, and although it was sunny, I wasn't fooled. 
I'm nice and cozy warm in my wool snaky-print sweater dress and fleece-lined tights. 

  • Dress - Opening Ceremony, thrifted; first worn here for New Year's Eve in December 2020
  • Boots - Truths Teah, Fluevog; last seen here in January with all the pinks and purples
  • Coat (below) - Rodarte for Opening Ceremony, consignment; last seen and Flashbacked here in March

Isn't the dress cool? The pattern is all knitted in, not printed, in shades of turquoise, dark green and black. 
I found it at the Patch last December for $22.95 - such a steal for a high-end brand. 
It's a snug fit, but I'm feeling good about my shape. 

Masked up - totally matchy. 
After brunch, we strolled over to Fort Street - L and Nick went to Ditch to browse and I had a poke through Dots to see if there was any good real leather (there was, but it's too pricey for me right now, so I'm stalking it). 

The early sunshine called for shades. 
I felt so mysterious! 

Both the dress and the coat are by Opening Ceremony - double Ceremony! - although the coat is actually Rodarte for Opening Ceremony. 
My Ringmaster coat is one of my favourites - the top part is faux Persian lamb and the bottom is wool. 
Don't you love my tails? 

I'm too cool for this town. 
L and I got groceries on the way home, then napped in the afternoon. 

Accoutrements and coffee: 
That's my second cup, for being nice to other people (the first cup is so that I'm nice to L). 

  • Gloves - Danier
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
These are magnificent steampunk boots. Super comfy too. 

Black bling: 
I enjoyed rattling off details of my bling to our server at the Ruby. She was stunned that my snake ring is so old. 

  • Studded cuff - c. 1998
  • Lucite/crystal bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
  • Silver snake ring - BC Museum Gift Shop, c. 1986
  • Silver/onyx ring - Toccara, vintage fair
  • Earrings - Mom's, Fiji 

I tried a few things on at Dots, but nothing rung my bell. I was waffling over this skirt when L came in. 
"Buy it," he said, and so I did. 

I love the 3D texture of the two-sided sequins. One side is orange/gold and the other is blue/teal. 
It's like the sparling skies at night. 

It's by Culture, and retailed for $90.00. 
It was an extra 10% off so $26.99. 


New Page - My Art Projects

I've created a new page at the top of the blog for My Art Projects (link here), so that I can find them all at a glance and refer to them (or show them to people). There are links back to final reveals (which usually have detail links embedded). Just makin' it easier to see everything when it's all in one place! 


Art Project - Peacock Jacket

I spotted this baby blue leather jacket in my closet the other day, and the light bulb went off - this is a really challenging colour of jacket to style and it doesn't hugely inspire me anyway. So...why not illustrate it? 

I bought it here at the WIN Warehouse store in December 2020 for a whopping $9.95 - I don't think they realized it was leather. 
I think it's from the early 00s. 

I've worn it three times: here with a silver skirt, here with some mixed patterns and here on a Mom-Adventure as outerwear. 
There's lots of space to get creative! 

I thought for a while about what I wanted to do on it, and decided on a peacock to go with the baby blue. 
It's not so much about doing something different every time, but I do like a balance of new and the old standards. I'll be repeating elements I've done before, but changing up and learning some new things. It's good to experiment, and the main thing for me is the creative focus and mental health benefits. So I'm taking the pressure off myself. No need to reinvent the wheel, but it's also good to add new skills and designs to my "art toolbox."

I poked around online found some henna-inspired designs that I really liked, including a peacock design that seemed doable. I try not to "borrow" any original artwork - these images were all over the web. 

I tested my pens and markers inside the jacket where they won't be seen. Clockwise from the two greens on the left: two pinks and lavender (barely visible), pink over the black (testing if it rubs off the black - yes, it does, arg, good to know early), two reds and dark purple. 
Looks like it's going to be the Staedtler black marker and the Tombow alcohol-based markers again, as everything else rubbed off. I will be stopping by Island Blue Art Supplies tomorrow on the way home to pick up some blues and teals. I'm getting quite the collection of pens. 

Luckily, one of my water-based Staedtler markers worked as a "pencil" again, allowing me to sketch out the basic shapes. 
I started with the back. The jacket doesn't look very blue here, but I was working indoors after dark. 

"This is the scary part," I said to L, as I started putting permanent ink on it. Deep breath, here we go! 
I decided to do some of my regular roses - but I haven't decided what colour(s) to do them yet. If the peacock is going to be all greens and blues and teals, what colour would YOU do the roses? Keep in mind the jacket is baby blue - not all colours will show up properly. You can get an idea of the pinks, purples and reds from the test picture above. 

Once I had the first lines on, I wiped off the water-based ink "pencil" lines with a damp paper towel. 
Voila! 

Then I added detail on all the feathers. This is much more Zentangle-inspired than previous pieces I've done. 
I love the way the tail feathers look. They were not as difficult as I expected once I broke down how to do them. 

And then I started darkening up the lines and giving them that tattoo look. 
I stopped here - this was about 2 hours of work from the beginning. 

I did little bits here and there in the evening, as we paused during our boardgames. 
I also plan to add more elaborate gold accents to this piece and will be changing up the buttons to make it more special - I don't want it to be a duplicate of the Snake Jacket. 

So...exciting! Thank you so all so much for your wonderful comments on the Tammy Jacket - it really does mean a lot to me to share these with y'all. 

And now, I'm off to finish enjoying my weekend!