Sunday, May 8, 2022

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Triple Rykiel Brunch, a Wee Shop; Chillin' with Chris and Ali; and Mom's Day Floral

Welcome back, my friends! I hope y'all had a fun weekend - ours was a lovely mix of seeing people and hanging out at home. 

After a quiet evening of board games and music on Friday, L and I met up with Randall for brunch at the Ruby. It was a purple kind of day. 
I was excited about this new-to-me purple popcorn sweater - isn't that what we called these back in the day? Popcorn tops/sweaters? Anyway, that's what I'll be calling this! 

  • Top - Zara, consignment; purchased here for $10.00
  • Sweater (underneath) - Sonia Rykiel, consignment; last worn here in January, layered under my Roadkill top
  • Skirt - Sonia Rykiel, thrifted; last seen here in August 2021 for a Mental Health Shop
  • Boots - Effortless Sophia, Fluevog; last worn here in June 2021 for a bold brunch look
  • Cape (below) - Coracle Clothes, vintage 60s, pass-along from Sheila; last seen here in February for a Mom-Day Adventure

The hallway was a mess, so I cut my hand off! Not really. No blood was shed. 
I wanted to show the cut of the top properly, though. I like this shape. 

It was bulky without feeling heavy. 
I knew I wanted to keep the bottom slim to avoid looking even bulkier. 

This velour (klassy!) skirt is by a classy designer, Sonia Rykiel. 
I also layered a thin black sweater under the popcorn top to keep me warm - as you might have noticed from the stair pic, it was a windy day! 

See? Another sweater! This one is very fine/thin...and it's also by Sonia Rykiel! 
What are the odds of a double Rykiel? 

Masked up - more purple. 
I even did purple tights and you know my purple boots had to come out and play too. 

Forget a "double Rykiel" - how about a triple? My purse is also by Sonia Rykiel! About her here (from Vogue - all links 'cause I love).
The full ensemble. I grocery-shopped in this! 

There's the purple leather purse - it's nice and roomy. 

  • Purse - Sonia Rykiel, thrifted
  • Beret - consignment
  • Gloves - Danier Leather
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
These boots are difficult to wear due to the colours (tricky purple and pink shades), but they're wonderfully comfy. 

Silver bling: 
Some big bold pieces. 

  • Steel cuff - thrifted
  • Enameled bangles - thrifted
  • Silver earrings - consignment
  • Brooch - vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Silver/amethyst ring - vintage mall
  • Gold/amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's
  • Silver/gold/amethyst ring - gift from Mom & Dad, c. 1986

After brunch, L browsed in Ditch Records, while I went to pick up a few things for Mom's birthday and Mother's Day. I popped into Dots - they had 50% off on all sale prices! 
I snagged these straight-leg white denim pants. 

This is the tie-belt. 
Yeah, I don't need that. It'll never be worn with the pants. 

I didn't mind this little note on the lower pant cuff. That's a pretty good password, although it could use more numbers and symbols. 
I like the ragged hem. 

These are by Cambio, and the original retail would have been $75.00. 
These were $4.99. They're marked a size 16, but they fit more like a size 10 - they're only slightly large on me in the waist. No wonder they were still on the racks. 

These pants spoke to me. 
Yes, please, I would like wine and pink plaid pants! 

A better look at the woven plaid. These are by Karen for Simonsen, and were $7.49. 
Regular $210.00! 
I like that the colour is called "winetasting." Heh. Note that these are from 2020 - I guess no one was interested in pants that year. 

We also popped into Russell Books, a very dangerous place. I am a book junkie! 
A Stephen King that I'd missed, "If It Bleeds," which is four novellas. 

I found three fashion-related books that looked interesting. 
The "madcap history of the skirt" looks fun, the Chanel book is about her involvement with the Nazis, and the Betty Halbreich is a biography. 

I also found a bonanza of Jeff Vandermeer books - he's one of my favourite writers of the last few years. 
He tends to write in the "eco-horror" genre - very good stuff. 

On Saturday night, we had Chris and Ali over for a game of "Arkham Horror." Hey, Vizzini, wake up! 
"And give up my sunbeam?"

He's so happy to have the deck back - the temps have increased to the point we can have a door open a bit so that he can go claim "his" chair again. 
"Clearly, you put this here for me."

He was happy to see Chris and Ali - he's a friendly boy and came out and rubbed up against everyone. 

We played Arkham, ate junk food, and generally got silly until the wee hours. 
So good to have you over, guys! 

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there! We got ready to head over to Mom's on Sunday to drop off Mother's Day presents and early birthday gifts (her b-day is next week).
Woo, it's still very windy! I dressed in pastels and this fabulous floral skirt. 

  • Jacket - Dolce & Gabbana, vintage, thrifted; last worn here in August 2021 with Boss Lady Shorts
  • Shirt - Denver Hayes, consignment; last see here in April under dark florals
  • Skirt - BCBG Max Azria, consignment; last worn here in April 2021 for Easter
  • Shoes - Gadea, consignment; last seen here in March with a groovy look

I haven't worn this skirt in over a year, but that's just how a season rolls sometimes. 
It was in my first outfit of the 2021 season, and then I never got around to wearing it again before the end of September. 

So many clothes, so little time! 
Isn't it amazing? It's a full circle and it's pleated. 

Without the jacket, although I never took it off.
Spring is really refusing to...spring!...over here. 

Incognito - time to hop in the car.
I like the pops of neon green - they match the skirt. 

All ready to go! 
It's too cold still to have the top down on the car. 

I had to heat my seat in the car! 

  • Purse - Club Monaco, thrifted
  • Scarf - Smoking Lily, vintage 90s, thrifted

The stuff: 
Easy shoes for walking on the lawn, admiring Mom's garden.

Sparkly bling: 
A good mix of colours. 

  • Necklace/earrings - Sherman, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Crystal brooch - vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Green crystal bracelet - vintage 60s, Mom's
  • Crystal cuff - Swarovski, consignment, gift from L
  • Silver/sodalite ring - Scotland, 1996
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

We drove over to Mom's to give her her Mother's Day and birthday gifts. L dressed up too.
A nice tropical print shirt and the first wearing of his new Fluevogs. 

Aren't they fab?
Such a great shade of purple. 

Mom, opening her presents. 
I got her a top, a jacket, two books (plus L gave her a book), a case of gourmet sodas, a renewal of her StoryWorth subscription and a mug. 

She really liked the jacket. 
Such a great cut! It's a perfect fit. 

Unzipped - I am my mother's daughter, ha ha! 
Unfortunately, those aren't real pockets, but at least Mom liked it. 

Mom and L on the deck, in one of the brief moments of sun. 
Admiring her garden, which goes all the way around her house. 

The rear section is a bit marshier, so she has some native plants, plus this ginormous rhubarb. 
That same plant has lived at three-plus houses - Mom's always moved it with her. I think this might have started off her dad's plant. 

This is a salmonberry plant (about it here, link 'cause I love), a member of the rose family. 
The berries are very fragile, so you'll never find a tub of these in the supermarket. 

The berries are a delicate flavour, similar to raspberries. 
This shrub had a few fat honeybees gathering nectar. 

Caught in the act! 
I could almost pet his fuzzy body.

Below the salmonberry plant is some camas, another native plant (about it here).
She also has wild blueberry bushes in this area - I've eaten them before, yum! 

While we were chatting, we had a visitor - Rodney! 
"Who are these people disturbing my woman?"

Mom likes to brush him (you can see he needs some attention), and he comes and checks in on her regularly. 

One final glamour shot! 
Mom with the glass/metal/enamel butterfly mug I gave her. A perfect match for her butterfly top! Happy Mother's Day, Mom - I love you! 

We arrived home to find our own furry beast ensconced on the deck, catching the intermittent sun's rays. 
"Oh, you were out?"

His fur was so warm from the sun. 
"Now, leave me be, Woman. I have napping to do."

Ah, that sounds like an excellent idea! 

I hope you all had a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by! 


  1. What a great post! I always love seeing your mom, and your outfits are so chic.

  2. A fab weekend was had by all! Love the colours in your Zara jumper outfit and the spring-like tones in the other, L's shirt and boots are amazing and your mum looks super stylish in her black and white jacket. Vizzini looks are awesome as always.
    Rodney's Mr Trousers's Canadian cousin, he loves being groomed, too!
    We've got an abundance of rhubarb, too, I love how Jurrasic it looks. xxxx

  3. Oh I love the textures in that first purple outfit - that top is not what I thought it would look like on and it looks even better than I imagined! It's such a you piece, has lots of interest just from that great texture!

    And I love the spring colours in the second outfit too - I've not worn my maxi skirts as much as usual lately and I really need to give them a go - as you've proved here they look so good with denim jackets! I'm all rugged up today though - cold and wet and feels like winter! My boos in Melbourne was laughing at me as we had a video call and I was wearing my dressing gown on top of my outfit, haha! The temperatures sounded wonderful to her, being in Melbourne, haha! Just too cold for autumn in Brisbane!

  4. Your outfits are like our weather - one day requiring bundling up and another *almost* warm enough for fewer layers. Well, we are still waiting for those days BUT the forecast says this week will be it!
    I quite like the purple popcorn sweater - it looks cozy and comfy, and the color and popcorn are smile provoking regardless of the weather! And I absolutely enjoy your Mothers Day outfit - so spring like and swooshy :-)
    Yea for spending Mothers Day with your Mom, L and a purrfect visitor. The jacket you gifted her looks quite stylish (no surprise!)
    Am wondering about the rhubarb - does your Mom bake with it? Fred has tried to grow rhubarb BUT there is a niggly four-legged critter who has taken to eating it every year, so he has resolved to forego this year. Still, I think it is a perennial so perhaps stalks will spout and we could be surprised. (Hope springs eternal, because Fred likes to bake strawberry-rhubarb pie.)

    1. It's typical spring here, Laurie, and we like to complain about it!

      Mom used to stew the rhubarb - we ate it with a custard on top. I don't know if she bothers now, but I'd guess not.

    2. Fred says the stewed rhubarb with custard on top sounds delicious. Three cheers for (what to us is) giant Pacific NW rhubarb. :)

  5. Your triple Sonia Rykiel outfit is very classy indeed, and I'm loving the texture of that purple "popcorn" jumper, which I'd call bubble wrap rather than popcorn :-) And it's always lovely to see that gorgeous Welsh wool cape!
    Sunday's outfit is an utter delight. That skirt is gorgeous, I can't believe you only wore it once last Spring/Summer. I'm loving the pops of neon green!
    L.'s shoes are fabulous, and how lovely to have a peek into your Mum's garden. I do hope you're getting proper Spring weather soon. It's been gorgeous here these last couple of days! xxx

  6. Did Vinzinni get jealous of time by another cat? That's wonderful rhubarb. Will some one use it for pie or jam? No date on the office return but I am going to channel my inner Sheila and dress for success on that one day per week!

    1. Rodney's too skittish for us to pat, unfortunately, so Vizzini was none the wiser! :)

      No, I don't think anyone's using the rhubarb! I think Mom should cut some and put it out as "free" for her neighbours.

  7. Oh my goodness - that rhubarb! I have rhubarb envy. I love rhubarb.

    Lovely outfits. The purple/pink Fluevog boots are marvellous as were L's beauties. I do love that circular skirt on you; the denim jacket went so well with it, too. Such swooshiness!

    Loved the pants you found and what a great book haul.

    Your mum looked lovely in her jacket and her mug was exceptionally pretty - fab presents.

    Did Vizzini detect any scent of Rodney on you I wonder?

    Have a great week,

    1. No, we didn't get close enough to Rodney to pat, so no scent of him for Vizzini to be jealous of!

  8. Of course love the clothes, but also love the pictures, so lucky to have a mom.

  9. I wish my rhubarb was that huge!
    Intrigued by the Salmonberries. I'd like to try! The flowers are lovely. My Mum has a Juneberry which is also a bit lile raspberry which I'm intrigued by!
    Loving the popcorn jumper- it's so different and big sleeves always win for me! Triple Rykiel indeed- excellent! The boots ooze comfort from the way they look! I quite fancy purple boots.
    The second outfit is beautiful and delicate. Thw denim jacket is such a flattering shape! Nice to see Mr Vizzini!
    Glad you got to spend time with mum and friends.xx

  10. Love that purple sweater, its colour and interesting texture!, and love how you styled it with more texture and more purple!, and a cape!. Such a beautiful outfit!
    Also lovely to see your floral maxi skirt, it's a fab piece and love it with those matchy colours!, You Rock Matchiness!
    Glad to see your mom looking fab and enjoying her presents!

  11. Great butterfly mug. And fantastic boots L had on. What a man. My man used to be like that as well (with the emphasis on used to).
    Your top outfit is so Parisian, so oh la la.
    For me the long floral skirt is the star of the post. I adore that skirt.

  12. Happiest birthday (and Mother's Day) wishes to your sweet mama! It is as awesome as awesome can be that you two were able to celebrate these wonderful events together in person with her. Epic cheers for that!

    Yeppers, "popcorn sweater" all the way. Though, I do recall in high school that we sometimes referred to that style of garment as a "bathmat sweater" (or top, etc), too, because they somewhat resemble that popular style of nubby looped fabric bathmat.

    What a deeply beautiful salmon berry plant. I was probably about seven or eight years old (we were still living on the Coast at the time, if memory serves me right) the last time I ate a fresh (as opposed to in a jam, syrup, etc) one of these somewhat tart, enchantingly lovely berries. It's a shame that they are not more widely available - let alone at grocery stores or farmer's markets. I think a lot of people would enjoy them - especially if they like raspberries and blackberries.

    Okay, I know what I will be craving all day now! :D

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life


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