As you can see, Mom and I are both bundled up. Apparently warmer temps are on the way for this weekend - which is a long weekend in Canada for Victoria Day ("the 24th of May is the Queen's birthday" I learned as a kid).
I'll believe it when I feel it! I dressed for warmth but also to be fashionable.
Mom-Days are special!
- Dress - No. 6 Store, consignment; first worn here in September 2021 with brown boots
- Boots - BCBG Max Azria; last seen here in April with two-tone pink and houndstooth
- Leather coat (below) - Baez Leather, consignment; last worn here a couple of weeks ago
Outerwear - I varied my combinations over the course of the day.
Fully done up.
I was like this for most of the day.
- Purse - Ted Lapidus, vintage 90s, vintage fair
- Silk scarf - Lanvin, consignment
- Leather gloves - Ralph Lauren, consignment
- Mask - Lazy Susan's
- Belt - Fendi, thrifted; last worn here in February
- Necklace - vintage 1920s, gift from L
- Amber ring - c. 1997
- Smoky topaz/silver ring - Anneli Neuman, vintage mall
- Filigree cuff - St. Paul's Cathedral gift shop, London
- White metal bracelet - vintage 1920s, vintage mall
- Earrings - Weiss, vintage 1960s
I spent the early morning dealing with the plumber who came to fix our toilet, which has been possessed by demons for the past several weeks. It's a relief to have it fixed (we only have one bathroom). While I waited, I worked on my sewing/hemming pile, and put a good dent in it. As I rushed to get ready by the time Mom came over, I actually forgot my camera - and didn't realize it till we were nearly at the gardens.
Mom had the brilliant thought to use her camera (in her purse), but when we checked it on arrival...the battery had died! So we drove back to her house (closer than mine) and got her older spare camera, and then we drove back! I was mad at myself, but gave myself a stern talking-to - I'm not perfect, and I make mistakes...and then I let it go and enjoyed my day.
So, all of that to say that these pics are with Mom's camera, and although it's old, it has a bigger lens and took awesome pictures.
Mom asked me to take pictures of her coral bells in her garden which are the tall skinny stalks of coral red flowers blooming around her azalea.
And here's her rhubarb, which is the descendant of one she grew up with and has moved from house to house with her over 70+ years.
And now, we've arrived at the gardens.
Big grey clouds loomed while patches of blue taunted us.
It's interesting to see the garden in spring as opposed to late summer.
But there were a few things I remembered and was looking forward to.
I can't identify everything, but these bluebells were pretty.
Mom took the smooth path, and I went up and down the stair sections.
Mom and I both liked that they've planted in the natural glacial rock formation here.
Now we're down at the marsh level near the field.
This was a very brief sunny moment.
There are the mowers!
This tree caught my eye - the strange little buds? I don't know what they are.
These alliums (I looked it up) are very much to my taste.
One last bunch of tulips still in bloom.
Mom and I had a lovely lunch at Charlotte & the Quail restaurant at the gardens.
She ordered their special hot chocolate, made with honey. It had a flower on top!
We both ordered the Harvest Pie, a crustless quiche. Most of their food is vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free, or a combination. Mom had the salad, and I had lentil soup.
Thank you for such a wonderful day, Mom.
As I chatted with Mom over the morning and early afternoon, I realized I haven't done any shopping for L's birthday. As I mostly buy him second-hand things - you know I find some amazing stuff - I popped into a few shops on my way home. I may have found a few things for myself...
At the big WIN (Women in Need) store, I spotted these flat things.
Oh, I am all over that.
I found a "made in Portugal" stamp inside.
I might give them to Cat.
This is a high-end designer brand - and they were marked at $22.95. They don't even look like they've been worn.
I also scored in the scarf department - I've been on a scarf binge lately. This is a giant 36" square silk scarf.
It's by Echo.
Ah, good ol' RN and CA numbers.
I can't believe I found another Halston scarf! In fact, the entire scarf department was bursting with some lovely silk scarves - someone's collection was donated. I sent a mental message of thanks to the previous owner - these two are going to a good home!
I found a nice old-looking tag. This scarf is older than the late 90s one I previously bought here (pic here)
I won't keep you in suspense - it was $6.95!
You might be able to see the texture of the silk here - it's very thick and luxurious silk.
But I have no idea what this crazy image is. Take a better look and see if you can figure out what this is. Here's the left side of the scarf.
What is this nonsense in the middle?
I played with the resolution and contrast to try to enhance the image.
Okay, moving on. I have been on the lookout for a black top - they are handy to have. This one caught me as I ran my hand across the racks, feeling for good fabric.
I blew out the colour here so you can see the front detail.
I knew it was silk! The body is fully lined - it surprised me that it was polyester, as it fells like silk too.
It's by Jason Wu! I have never ever seen this designer in a thrift store before! Do you know him? He became very well-known after designing for Michelle Obama. About him here (Wiki link) - he's Taiwanese-Canadian (Vancouver!). This is from his Grey by Jason Wu line, introduced in 2016 (link here - all links 'cause I love!) to be a more classic line of luxury items at a slightly lower price point.
Pieces ranged in price from $295.00 to $1,395.00 - so...I got a very good deal at $19.95!!
From there, I strolled over to Rich Rags where I finally bit on a pair of shoes I've been looking at for a while.
They are very Doc Martens-adjacent.
Again, a sole that has not seen any use!
These are Geox "Respira" (which I'm pretty sure means "breathe").
But they are really sweet! Here's a close-up of the cool lacing, and the gold trim with the subtle branding.
The proprietor gave me 10% off so these were $78.00.
Vizzini, did you miss me?
"Yes, you were late feeding me, Woman!"
Sorry, buddy. I hope you're enjoying this brief bit of sunshine!
"It's about time you made it warmer."
You know the humans get blamed for the weather! Cats!
And now, my friends, it's late, I'm tired, and while I have to work tomorrow, I'm going to sign off now for the weekend. Thank you - as always - for stopping by! I'll be back on Monday with tales of adventure!