Monday, March 14, 2022

Monday Mental Health Shop

L and I always book an extra day's vacation after we travel, just to unwind and not have to go straight back to work. He planned a meet-up with some of the guys, so I decided to clear my head from all of the crowds and have a stroll down Oak Bay Ave and visit my favourite consignment stores there. 
I didn't find too many things for myself in Vancouver, and I've been saving my spending money for a splurge. 

  • Top - Jean-Paul Gaultier, vintage 90s, consignment; last worn here in March 2021 with a grey vest and trousers
  • Skirt - Danier Leather, vintage 00s, thrifted, Powell River; last seen here (2nd outfit) in a brocade brunch look
  • Boots - 1883 Lucchesse, thrifted; last worn here in December 2021, on our failed attempt to travel at Christmas
  • Jacket - Elizabeth & James, consignment; last seen here in February

I'm just as happy giving my money to local businesses. Anyway, onto the clothes. 
This is just a boring shopping outfit, put together for trying on clothes. Everything is easy off/on. 

I'm also dressed for rain and for walking, so no fancy new boots just yet! 
It's leather weather and I needed a nice shot of colour. 
I wore a mask while I shopped - there were quite a few people around - but took it off for trying on clothes. 
Baby steps! 

Outerwear - it started to rain on my way home.
I completely love this blue jacket. 

You can see the droplets of water on my hat. 

  • Scarf - fake Louis (Lewis!) Vuitton, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst
  • Hat - gift from Tammy
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
Comfy walking boots. 

  • Cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Earrings - Glee

I'd planned on a nice leisurely browse in Good Things, House of Savoy and Turnabout, but only Turnabout was open on a Monday.

As usual, they have a bunch of markdowns, but I just look for the good stuff - the things that really appeal to me. 
It doesn't look like much on the hanger, but this crushed velvet jacket is very New Wave romantic. It's really lovely on. 

A close up of the buttons and the texture of the fabric. 
They went very heavy on the branding - the button says "Jeans Gianfranco Ferre". 

Inside there are tags. The jacket is a cotton/viscose blend with some stretch. It's made in Italy.
Look for the hologram! 

There it is! 
ITJ is the name of the factory where it was made. 

Another tag in the lining. 
Yes, we get it, ITJ. 

Made in Italy. 
Yes, yes, we know, we saw it on the other tag. 

Another tag on the side of one of the two button-flap front lower pockets. 
This says JGF on one side...

And FERRE on the other. 
You can see that the lining is also woven with the words "JEANS" and "GIANFRANCO FERRE."

I wonder who it's by?? Tee hee! 
It was $45.00, marked down from $149.99. It's vintage 90s; comparable velvet jackets are listed on chi-chi designer resale sites for around $300-500. 

I always go through every rack, and I look at every size. 
This 100% cotton dress leapt out at me, due to the fabulous print. 

It has big round pockets. 
And they are right at perfect arm-length. 

This is a Marimekko print, one of their collaboration with Uniqlo. 
You might recall I also have this dress (here) from the same collection. 

It was $89.99, which is more than what Uniqlo sold it for ($49.99). 
I think Turnabout mislabeled this as real Marimekko - which would have been $300+. Ah well. I really like the dress and am excited to wear it! 

I modelled this piece for the person helping me - she was so excited to see it on.
"I'm excited to chew on it."

It's a jumpsuit! A very sparkly jumpsuit, with wide swooshy legs. 

And pockets! And look at that sparkly woven blue/red/gold fabric! 
Be still, my heart! I felt like a Disco Goddess in this. 

New with tags - always a bonus! 
The brand is Eva Franco, and it was sold at Anthropologie for $218.00. It was half that at Turnabout, at $109.00.

Fresh from buying new Fluevogs on the weekend, I found...
...more almost-new Fluevogs! 

These are a leather ankle boot, and they are the same family as my new magenta suede shoes (these), as well as my red Pilgrims (here), my Teah boots (here). and my pewter Makenas (here).
These are the Truths Suzie (here are the white ones, from the Fluevog site, link 'cause I love). 

There's the signature on the heel. 
You can see the grommets and holes in the upper softer leather. 

These are barely worn. 
That's an excellent rubber sole; all the shoes in the Truths family have the same heels and sole. 

They are marked a size 10.5, but they fit very small - I usually wear a 9.5 in this family, but these are perfect on me.
I suspect that these were ordered online and didn't fit (and Fluevog doesn't do returns). They originally sold for $369.00 - these were $169.99, which is a bargain. 

When I got home, Vizzini was cruising around for some early dinner. 
"Feed me or this towel gets it!"

He is an odd cat - he likes to grab L's bath-towel and bite the edge of it. When he was a wee kitten, he used to pull the towel down on top of himself. 
"Grrr! Death to this towel!"

And yes, I do have a gargoyle in my bathroom. I've had it since the 90s - it was a gift from L. 

And now, I'm off to enjoy my last few hours before real life descends again. I hope you're all doing well and indulging in things that make you happy. 


  1. Oof, I admire your energy the day after an active trip! I would have relaxed at home. ;)

    The blue outer jacket is fabulous in color, style and fit! Your shopping hauls are most interesting; the sparkly jumpsuit reminds me of my namesake outfit. :)

    I haven’t double checked the weekend post but I *think* your new Fluevog boots match the blue jacket…

    Toasting your energy!

    1. Well, I did sleep in, and this is relaxing for me. :)

      Thank you! I love that jacket - it's not the same shade of blue as the new boots, but it's close enough that they'll be worn together at some point. The sparkly jumpsuit is very much like my Laurie dress (only not vintage).

    2. They will probably go together well, but they are most definitely not the same colour. :)

  2. I love how you wore the cobalt jacket even if you did say it was "just a shopping outfit". It's made me realise that I rescued a coated denim skirt from one of my sister's wardrobe clear outs and I haven't figured out a way to wear it yet - I'll need to try find where I put it and wear it with something cobalt, if not my cobalt leather jacket when it's colder!

    You got some great finds and I really like that dress!

    1. Well, of course I did! My shopping outfits aren't very exciting, but I'm still going to match my outerwear and make sure I look nice for being out and about. You should totally wear that skirt, Mica! Everything goes with cobalt blue!


  3. I can't believe you found those Fluevogs! Hahaha. Excellent. Meant to be, meant to be.

    1. They're a fabulous deal - I'm sure they sold at full price new. The black always sells out first.

  4. The succesful shopping continues! Loving your not-at-all-boring outfit, the Modernist shape of your Marimekko@Uniqlo dress and the swanky new boots.
    Vizzini is one crazy boy wrestling L's towel! xxx

    1. I did well, and this made up for not finding much in Vancouver. I am really happy with my finds.

      He is such a funny thing, biting the towel.

  5. You're right to book an extra day off before going back to work. I always do too. I didn't, once, and it was just horrible going straight back to work.
    And wow, didn't you do well on your mental health shop! Loving the crushed velvet jacket and the dotty dress, which I probably would have fought you for, and oh my, how fabulous is that sparkly jumpsuit! And how amazing that you found a pair of almost new Fluevogs!
    I don't think there's anything odd about having a gargoyle in one's bathroom, by the way!
    Hope your return to work isn't too painful! xxx

    1. We have learned our lesson of needing an extra day to relax, Ann.

      I did! It was nice to just take my time and enjoy myself, having a leisurely browse. I love the dotty dress, and the jumpsuit is beyond fabulous. Can't wait to wear it. I know, what a score for another pair of Fluevogs!

      Haha, thank you! I actually have two in there - we have a gargoyle in nearly every room.

      Thanks, hon!

  6. I have just started scheduling a day to recover from trips. I usually come home with some kind of infection anyway. At least when I go to the grand kids. Dang auto immune drugs. Love that polka dot swing dress, I would wear that with a black sweater and some cute flats.

    1. It is so needed, for me. Thanks! I'll be wearing it with a red sweater and cowboy boots! :)

  7. I love fluevogs! Maybe one day I will have a pair!

    I love Vizzini biting the towel! What a quirky little man!

    1. I'd highly recommend getting to a store in person and trying them on, Laura. Then note your size and stalk them online!

      He's so funny. :)

  8. We also always took a extra day off. Our actually Gerben did add my day off was Monday. That jumpsuit is fascinating!

    1. It is such a good idea, isn't it, Nancy? I'm excited to wear the jumpsuit.

  9. Luv all your purchases especially the green velvet jacket. I am not a green lover but this is so classic with great fabric. Have fun wearing it. Blue jacket is super too. You did well!

  10. Great idea to have an extra day after vacation so you don't have to go back to work so abruptly. It makes a difference!
    And always admiring your purchases!, taking notes on your tip on just looking for the good stuff, I have to remember this!.
    That velvet jacket looks fab, wow to Velvet!!

    1. It really helps to recover and feel like you've had a proper vacation.

      That's always how I shop - I try to only look for the best quality fabric, prints and cuts, regardless of brand.

  11. Smart move giving yourself time to relax after trips. I try to do that, too. I love the dress!

  12. Towels are tasty Sheila, duuh, did you not know that???!😁
    I love your Marimekko dress- it is totally cool!!

    1. I'm well aware of how tasty they are, Kezzie, as Vizzini has been chomping on them for 11 years now!

      Thanks - I'm excited to wear it!

  13. When I used to travel I would always book an extra day or two off on the end just to rest up before heading back to work. I'm looking forward to seeing a photo of you in the sparkly disco-tastique jumpsuit.

    1. It's the best - I always need that extra day. I am excited to wear that jumpsuit! I want to wear a bunch of copper or gold with it.

  14. Extra day after a vacation is a great idea. Beautiful top and skirt combo and the boots are simply wow.

  15. That velvet coat by Jeans Gianfranco Ferre... oh my ... the brands they sell at your island and the prices they ask for it. Unbelievable. The man is a full-blown couturier.
    The jumpsuit is out of this world. I am quickly going to a newer post to see whether you are already showing it on.
    And those Fluevogs.. such easy to wear boots and still they look special.

    1. I know! I'm always boggled when I see a piece by him going so cheap.

      Do you want the jacket? it's yours if you do. :)

      Saving the jumpsuit for a special occasion. But I've worn the boots twice already!

  16. Haaa, your 'boring shopping outfit' would be my 'LOOK AT HOW MUCH EFFORT I'M MAKING' outfit. You can't do boring with your wardrobe!

    I do love a bit of crushed velvet (always a lapsed goth, never an ex-) and that jumpsuit looks so you! I can't wait to see how you style them.

    Nothing wrong with a gargoyle in the bathroom - we have a lawn ghost at the bottom of the stairs. Gotta have a bit of spooky stuff.

    1. I probably could if I really tried, ha ha! Thank you for making me realize that it's only me!

      I do too, but sad that the jacket didn't work out. I love the jumpsuit.

      Nice! I have gargoyles in nearly every room.

  17. Another great example of our two-peas-in-a-podness, as Tony + I always try to take at least one extra day off both before and after a trip (more if possible, though it often is not). That pre-travel prep day and the post-getaway decompression day are borderline musts in my books.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

    1. It's such a smart idea, to help one recover from all that travel stress.


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