Hello, and welcome back, my friends! I've been away traveling this past weekend, as L and I attempted - and succeeded! - to visit his mom and brother in Powell River. I have a couple of travel outfits (I'm a minimalist traveler), loads of pictures of our drive up- and down-Island, and I spent a day trawling the boutiques (both secondhand and new) in PR. I may have bought a few things...
So get yourself a big mug of whatever your libation and settle in!
L and I were up early on Friday morning - I did my pictures while he walked to town to pick up our rental car.
- Vest - Chiqle, thrifted; last seen here in September 2021 for a Mental Health Shop
- Iron Maiden tour shirt - Portland, OR, 2019 Tour, not tracked
- Jeans - Smashed Lemon (part of a suit); last worn here with the matching jacket in November 2021
- Boots - Ash; last seen here (2nd outfit) in December 2021 for another shop
- Coat (below) - Danier Leather, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) last weekend
- Poncho - Ralph Lauren, thrifted; last seen here in December 2021 on the previous attempt to visit PR
We attempted to go up-Island/to Powell River on Christmas Eve (here - we had to turn around due to finding out we'd been exposed to Covid). This time, we had the weather in our favour (no snow, no rain), and both L and I have been isolating from any close contact with people.
You can see all our stuff piled up in the hall, ready to be loaded into the SUV.
I carried/wore my "computer poncho" and used it as a blanket, shawl and generally as an extra piece to keep me warm, as needed.
Poncho over top.
I also wore gloves as needed.
- Scarf - Elaine Gold, vintage, Lazy Susan's
- Gloves - Danier Leather
- Mask - by Mom
Same boots and accessories the whole weekend.
- Belt - gift from Ruth
- Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
- Earrings - Glee
- Silver/onyx ring - Toccara, vintage fair
- Silver ring - Mexico, Charmaine's; purchased here for $18.00
L and I picked five albums apiece to listen to on our drives, alternately picking from each other's selection:
- The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free
- Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years
- Wooden Sky - When Lost at Sea
- Jason Isbell - The Nashville Sound
- Leonard Cohen - Various Positions
- Joe Jackson - Look Sharp!
- Eric B & Rakim - Don't Sweat the Technique
- Shaggy - Hotshot
- Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
- London Grammar - Californian Soil
I enjoy singing with music as we cruise along the highway. It's a 3-hour drive each way, and we made it through 8 of the albums (missed Springsteen and Tom Waits).
Here we are at the start of the Malahat Drive, just north of Victoria.
There was a fair bit of traffic for a Friday morning.
As we climb - the Malahat goes to ~1100+ feet above sea level - the highway goes down to one lane.
At the summit, looking back to Victoria.
We never do the lookout stop (we only pause in Courtenay briefly to pick up lunch), but it's a great view.
My trusty driver, L, as we pass a dairy farm just past Cobble Hill.
This is nearing Nanaimo.
More mountains as we come into the Comox Valley.
A close-up of our ferry route back to the mainland.
We ate our Subway sandwiches in the car, and then I went for a walk along the shore while L had a nap.
The ferry arrived while I was poking around.
Looking across the water.
The levels of beach.
The inside of the Salish Orca.
We're right near the front, so we'll be off quick.
Looking back at Vancouver Island as the sun starts to go down.
Oh, I can almost see PR as we get closer to the mainland (on the far left).
Wow, what a gorgeous sunset.
I spotted an Escape Hatch as we went down the stairs to the car deck.
The front "guard" section lifts pneumatically, revealing the setting sun on PR.
I spy the docks - the big square with the rusty marks on it is one side of the ferry slip.
On Friday night, we had dinner and hung out with L's mom, Louise, his brother Virgil and Louise's beau Dave. I worked on my Peacock Jacket (getting close to finishing!), then we walked back to the hotel and collapsed. Travel (and family) is exhausting.
On Saturday, I changed into my alternate outfit - this is one of my "at home" dresses.
- Wool dress - Club Monaco, thrifted; not tracked
- Vest - as above
- Leggings - Chloe Angus; purchased here for $31.60
- Boots - as above
- Coat - as above
Along with my mask, this is what I looked like for most of the day, and with various stages of being done up/undone, masked/unmasked.
As I want to support businesses I shop in - and with $120 Christmas cash from Louise burning a hole in my pocket - I spent lavishly, putting money back into local businesses. L came along and bought a couple of hoodies at Taws Cycle and Sports (which used to be Taws Guns back in the day), and Louise joined us, and shopped with me a bit longer.
Our first stop was Willow Rose Boutique (link here), down the stairs off Willingdon Avenue. I've found things here before and was not disappointed.
I spotted these boots right away and gasped! Oh yes!
Three of the four sides of the boots match exactly...
I'm not totally enamoured of the cream laces, but they have metal aglets, which is a nice detail.
A tiny bit of wear on the soles. I am not a size 41 (close to a US size 10.5 or 11).
When I plonked the boots down on the counter, Karen said, "Oh, that's the same consignee as this vest," and hauled this out for me to swoon over.
It's covered in embroidery, front and back.
Those are fake pockets, grrr...insert my rant about Why-bother-sewing-that-and-not-making-a-real-pocket-if-you're-going-to-go-to-that-trouble!
Toggle switches for the clasps down the front.
The inside is all a lovely amber plush.
It's by Buffalo David Bitton
And that took care of my Christmas money - thanks, Louise! She was happy to see me spending it right away ("It's like I bought it for you!" she chortled. "You did!" I grinned).
I also bought this skirt, but am having purchase regrets, as it's not great quality, and I know I have similar skirts that are nicer.
It was new with tags, by Mia Joy of Joy Folie.
I know it's from 2017 because it's right there on the tag.
Because it's made in Hong Kong,
I used to have a nearly identical sweater in 100% cashmere, but the moths got it.
The moths will probably still get it, but for $20.00, I was happy. Their merino wool sweaters are $89.00 and up!
I knew this long jacket was a gem just from looking at it on the hanger. It has Major Shoulders which are very Gaga-esque when it's on.
The button is marked.
Someone cut the content tag out, so although I think this is wool or a wool blend, I don't know for sure.
And although this is Zara, it's incredible quality - it's even fully-lined. I couldn't find this jacket online at all so I think it's an early Zara (likely from the late 90s/early 00s).
The last thing I bought was this pair of earrings for $10.00.
From there, L headed off to hang out with his brother Virgil for the day, and Louise and I continued along Willingdon. Fits To A Tee (link here) is a retail store that carries good quality simple garments. It's a popular boutique but not really my bag, although much of their stock was made in Canada, yay!
here, but our laundry loads are small, so we don't need that many. No more dryer sheets going into landfill!
Louise bought a beautiful made in Canada black dress there and was thrilled with it, modeling it for us later that evening. I didn't take any pictures of all of us the entire trip - I was tired and frankly, forgot.
I'm a marathon shopper, and by this time, Louise was worn out and headed off home, so I continued on my own, enjoying a bit of quiet time to myself. My next stop was Blue Sky Consignment (FB link here)
The cuff is gorgeous, and was $20.00, which felt like a good deal.
The sides are decorated with stamps.
here). They marketed "Native" designs along Route 66 to tourists, so it's likely that this was picked up in the 1950s-60s.
here). They marketed "Native" designs along Route 66 to tourists, so it's likely that this was picked up in the 1950s-60s.
Even more digging, and I discovered, that this is the same company that made my/Vix's matching necklace/pendant (this one), my unknown brooch (this one) and even my Grandma J's ring (this one). Wow, mysteries solved!
The blue ring was $15.00.
I spotted these camo beauties on a display (I always scope out displays, thoroughly).
This is a classic lace-up.
I did find a blogger post from 2014 here featuring these shoes, and they looked like better quality than the current ones.
Cabi is one of those brands I'll always take a second look at - their clothes are good quality and well-made.
Check out the sleeves. The shoulder has some extra structure for maximum pouffage.
I found this blouse on a blog noting it's from 2019 (here).
I briefly popped into another thrift shop that hadn't been open when we arrived in the morning, but it was gross and some creepy guy kept lingering near me, so I left and went over to The Knack, a retail boutique. I've bought a few things here over the years (this Miami blouse was from there), but as I rarely shop retail, it has to be a good deal for me to bite.
I really liked the colour and the nice crochet texture of this one.
We spent the rest of Saturday watching NFL playoffs (some crazy-exciting games), and hanging out with Louise and Dave, but we were back to the hotel to crash and head to bed. We were up early to check out and make the 8am ferry sailing back to Vancouver Island.
The sun was just coming up as we drove onto the ferry .
We headed straight for the café for our traditional breakfast (aka the Sunshine Breakfast) of eggs, ham (for me, bacon for L), toast and potatoes, and enough coffee to make me civil.
We had hardly any traffic until we hit Nanaimo.
I've never seen an elk.
This sign bothers me. Just a little bit of punctuation is needed to make it clear! One period!
Thank goodness we were back on the Malahat shortly afterwards.
Finally, a bit of blue sky.
All safe and sound, our little guy had abandoned all hope of our return.
"Uncle Ross is my new friend now."
He did miss us, and has been alternating laps for the past day/evening. L got his 3rd shot/booster today, so we are laying low and enjoying our extra day off before work tomorrow.
I hope you enjoyed our journey - I'm glad to be home and I'm excited to wear all my new-to-me goodies - so many new things to play with! Do you have a favourite? What do you want to see in an outfit right away?
I wholeheartedly approve of your playlist - The Streets (local lad), Joe Jackson and Eric B & Rakim especially!ReplyDelete
I'm so glad you were able to get away safely this time. The travel outfit is fabulous, practical and fun and I loved joining L and you for the ride. The logging truck, so what I'd expect to see if I was on a Canadian road trip! Loving the snow capped mountains and the golden vista of that lovely town, too.
Fabulous finds especially that copper bracelet - that will look fabulous with "our" pendant, won't it? I had a fake suede waistcoat just like that in the early naughties and still kick myself for passing it on. I'm loving my wool dryer balls, I throw coats that need freshening up in the tumble drier with them and they smell much better after a bit of a tumble with them.
Can't wait to see you rocking the rest of the finds!
Poor little Vizzini, he looks so dejected in that photo - I bet he's had loads of treats and cuddles to make up for his parents going AWOL. Hope L is fine after his booster. xxx
We always pick albums both of us like. It's a good mix.Delete
I am so relieved to have it done and over. I was thinking of you with the bracelet! How cool to find out more about our necklace! Thanks for the tip on the dryer balls.
Oh, he is happy with us again. We give him lots of love, play and cuddle time. L is tired, but will be fine, thank you!
I'm glad you were able to take your trip after it was delayed the first time! It looks like you had an amazing time shopping up a storm too - that red coat was such a good find, you got some really lovely pieces! :) I can't wait to see how you wear the coat :) It's nice you made it home despite all the fog too!ReplyDelete
It was a nice bonus to go shopping - I hadn't planned on it, but L suggested it. I love the red coat - wait till you see it on. The fog was scary!Delete
How exciting! Travel! Shells! I agree with you about fake pockets: why?ReplyDelete
I know! It boggles me - and this is not an isolated incident!Delete
I did enjoy your journey and your shopping. What a beautiful area you liv eon and the ferry seems such an adventure to me. I apologize if I didn't completely follow-did you buy the fur vest or leave it for someone else? I love your jean and stud vest-so rocker chic!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Sam! It's a lovely part of the world - I think of folks like you who've never been on a ferry when I take my pics.Delete
I did buy the vest! I totally bought it. Thank you.
I always enjoy your road trips.ReplyDelete
Not entirely convinced by the music selection, a bloody long journey without any Ramones;)
It's always pleasure to have a little time out foraging on beaches and foreshores, childlike rather than childish.
Thanks, Paul. Ha - we only have the Ramones Anthology, and we listen to our tunes as albums...and that would be WAY too much Ramones!Delete
I like the chance to connect with nature. I don't make it to the shore as often as I'd like.
I'm glad to hear you were finally able to travel and visit L.'s family.ReplyDelete
I loved joining you on your trip up. Those views are magnificent. What an amazing place you live in, Sheila, it does make dull little Belgium pale in comparison. Your foggy journey back does sound quite scary. And I'm with you on - lack of - punctuation!
And wow, you did some serious shopping there! My favourites are the brocade and lame (la-MAY) ankle boots, the faux fur trimmed vest and the amazing copper jewellery!
Aww, look at Vizzini, I bet he was pleased to have you back. I hope L.'s booster went well! xxx
Finally! I'm glad it's done though. Glad you enjoyed it! It's a big beautiful place. Heh, that sign has bugged me for years.Delete
I did very well! Those are some of my faves too.
He was so happy - we got lots of hugs and bumps and wanting to sleep on us. Thank you - he's a little sore.
"Look away" made me LOL, for real.ReplyDelete
Love all the purchases, can't wait to see them all Styled by Sheila!
It's one of our little phrases, lol. Thanks, Cha Cha!Delete
Good playlist! I have the 'California Soil' album too. Unfortunately, my 'new' car doesn't have a CD player so now I have to rely on Blue Toothing tracks via my phone. I enjoyed travelling along with you to Powell River and seeing the ferry made me feel very homesick for Ireland...it seems like you had a great time in Powell River.ReplyDelete
What fabulous finds! I loved the boots and the brogues particularly and what about that cuff? Amazing. The furry vest was brilliant and just what you need in such cold weather.
I find those blow up thingies hilarious but I can see why you find them creepy!
Enjoy the rest of your week.
We also had to use Bluetooth, Vronni. L uploaded the full albums and I looked them up (we listen to them as albums). We used to carry CDs!Delete
I'm glad you enjoyed it, thank you. Ah yes, you would be used to this kind of ferry.
I had a great shop, very successful. I'm excited about all of it.
They creep me out, ugh. Can't even look at those pictures.
Thanks for letting us travel with you. The scenery was gorgeous and the weather changes were beautiful while exciting. Your shopping trip was fun as well. Enjoyed the trip.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Claire1 Thank you!Delete
So great you were able to visit L's mother and brother. I love those red leopard jeans, great match with the Iron Maiden shirt. Your rock chic travelling outfit is awesome...I love to see your hauls, you always find the best things. Have a great day.ReplyDelete
It was good to see them - it's been two years for me. Thank you - I love my rock & roll armour. Thanks!Delete
Lovely to travel your journey.ReplyDelete
Great charity shop finds. I’m guessing there will be some more fab outfits on show soon. x
Glad you enjoyed it, Phyl. Oh yes, I spent some time making outfits on Monday.Delete
Hi Sheila!!! It was so great to get to know you the other day. I finally got a chance to sit down & find your blog. It is fantastic & I love all the photos & descriptions. I am really glad that you enjoyed shopping at Willow Rose, but had a few issues with the boots & that the skirt might not work for you. Perhaps we can give you a wee bit of a discount when you are in next, as we like our customers to be happy. I do have that same skirt & am ok with it, but doesn't mean it is right for you :) I really appreciate how much fun you have with fashion & how you are able to put everything together & just make it your own! I love fashion to & perhaps when I come to Victoria, as my daughter lives in East Sooke, we could go to a few of your favorite spots.ReplyDelete
Hi, Karen! Great to meet you as well. Oh, gosh, no worries about the skirt and boots - I always know what I'm getting into, and I am very happy with my purchases, even if mine is not their "forever" home. :)Delete
I would love to take you shopping in Victoria! Drop me a line (you have my email - it's on my card) when you're going to be in town.
Awesome... :) I will let you know when I am over next.... probably in the spring. Do you shop in Sydney? I had a shopper in today who is from Sydney & she waid there are some great thrift stores thereDelete
I have done Sydney many times - they have some very good thrift stores and a couple of solid consignment stores - I did a trip in the summer with my mom there. My preference would be downtown or Oak Bay Ave (fabulous consignment), as I don't drive and those are closer for me to get to.
Oh I do love road trips! Even when I'm not actually taking part of it. Why didn't you take Vlad?? But what a lovely photos!ReplyDelete
The road trip is always the best part for me, Nancy. Vlad is not allowed on the Island Highway (in particular, the Malahat) in winter months, as he doesn't have winter tires. Plus, he's very low, and even a tiny bit of snow is too much for him.Delete
Wow, what a trip! I find driving in fog to be terrifying so kudos to L for getting through it and keeping his stuff together. You sure (as always) found some fabulous and very interesting items on your shopping spree!ReplyDelete
It's pretty terrifying when you're driving 120 km/hr (about 75 mph) and there is almost no visibility, Nana! Thanks!Delete
Wow what a marathon! I loved following along on your travels and am embarrassed to admit that I did not realize that Powell River was on the mainland. I do admit that I had not really thought about it. I loved your shopping finds and liked that your tassle earrings and the camo shoes could be a bit of a bookend for you in an outfit! The fog lately has been terrible - I find it changes my perspective and I feel discombobulated while driving in well known areas. Can't wait to see how you style the vest!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Robyn! Oh, gosh, no worries - lots of people don't know the local geography that well (I admit to being really fuzzy on where places are on the mainland, lol!).Delete
I did notice that the tassels and camo shoes matched well! I'll likely wear them together at some point!
I know, the fog persists here! I hope you enjoyed the vest look in yesterday's post!
Glad that you finally could visit L's family!. Thanks for sharing your trip with us, particularly those interesting details like your outfit (great idea wearing that poncho/blanket) and musical selection!. I always wear a massive shawl when we travel by car, really useful.ReplyDelete
Love that you spent your money locally and had that massive shopping adventure!, lots of fabulous pieces. The brocade boots and faux-fur vest are amazing, and I'm in love with your copper bracelet!.
I'm so relieved we made it there and back in one piece! Glad you enjoyed the views and our music picks.Delete
Absolutely - I got some great stuff.
What amazing finds! I see two of the things I admired in one of your later posts! And that swooshy skirt!ReplyDelete
I didn't know starfish made holes in shells and sucked the snail out so I learned something new!
Yup, I like to wear my new things right away, Laura.Delete
They do! So cool you learned that!
Nice you were able to finally visit L's family after the aborted attempt over the holidays. I'm a big fan of your badass rocker dame travel outfit. You did very well with the shopping - I would have gone for those boots and vest too (although the boots wouldn't have fit) and the camo print shoes. Some great finds!ReplyDelete
Heh, I was fully armoured for the "out-laws". I love the shopping in PR!Delete
You nailed rocker chic style to an absolute tee here! What a fantastic look to accompany a successful trip. It warms my heart to know that, albeit about a month later, you two were finally able to celebrate with some of your family members. Three gigantic cheers for that!ReplyDelete
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PS: I am more than a wee bit smitten with your gorgeously atmospheric fog photos - especially the one with the ravens. What an awesome capture!
Thank you, Autumn! I'm glad we were able to finally make it up to visit the "out-laws".Delete
I like taking pics as we zoom along the highway - most of them don't turn out, so it's cool when I get a good one like that. Thanks!
So you finally made it to L's parents. Seems that the trip (back) was nearly as dangerous as your previous trip when you had to turn back home.ReplyDelete
I half and half expected photos of L's parents, but no...lots of incredible vintage finds. You did so well. And to find a replacement for that flower jumper. How wonderful.
Yup, finally! I'd rather drive through fog than snow, any day.Delete
It's just L's mom and brother (who hates having his picture taken), and there wasn't really any opportune moments to take family pics. I had fun shopping and putting some of my money towards the shops I like. Thanks, Greetje!
How delightful to solve four mysteries at once! I've always loved that turquoise brooch. Congratulations on all your finds, can't wait to see them in outfits!ReplyDelete
Isn't that the coolest thing, Julia? I love that now I have a maker for all of those pieces!Delete