Welcome back, my friends! I took two hours of vacation on Friday and left work early - L took the day off, so envious! Why? We had an Event to go to!
But first, work outfit.
This outfit was driven by the new shoes...which I planned to wear for my evening outfit as well. It's a Two-Fer, or a Shoe-Fer, if you want to be a bit silly (which I do).
- Blouse - Lady Manhattan, vintage 80s, first worn here in September 2022 with chevrons
- Dress - Hallhuber, consignment; last seen here in December 2021 for a holiday season shop
- Shoes - Yuko Imanishi; purchased here for $88.00
- Coat (below) - Mallia, consignment; last worn here earlier this month
Second wearing of this golden blouse.
It didn't look right in the shoulders, but I did love the colour.
I can't believe I haven't worn this dress in over a year! So many clothes, so little time!
I played with the peachy-gold tones in the woven pattern, which also has bits of brown in it.
You may admire how perfectly that pattern lines up on the front and back.
I adore sheath dresses like this.
Especially when they have pockets!
Those are massive pockets.
I thought it was going to be a lot colder than it was. I still liked the extra length since I was going all "Legs McGee" underneath.
First wearing of this new-to-me scarf purchased yesterday. It is such a fine silk, I could barely feel it, but it kept my neck warm.
- Scarf - vintage, thrifted; purchased here for $1.97
- Gloves - thrifted
- Mask - by Mom
If these shoes had turned out to be horrible for my 3/4 work day, then I would have had the option of swapping to different shoes for the evening. Fortunately, they were awesome, and I happily wore them for another four hours.
I love these bold shapes.
- Necklace - Monet, vintage 80s, vintage fair
- Earrings - vintage fair
- Wooden ring - Dots
- Smoky topaz ring - Anneli Neuman, Sweden, vintage mall
As I was getting ready, I noticed someone lurking.
"Hee hee, she has no idea I'm here!"
Oh, Vizzini, you goofy boy.
"You're smarter than I thought you were."
Out you go, my fuzzy buddy. I don't want you stuck in there while we're out at the Art Gallery!
We - along with pals Greg/Rosanna, Caro/Ronnie, Casey, Linda, Joanne along with more folks we knew and were acquainted with - planned to get our Mad Men era dress-up on for a free Opening Celebration evening of cocktails and shmoozing and wandering the AG, checking out their latest exhibit, Heart of the House: Art & the West Coast Modern Home.
L and I did more late 50s - my outfit is certainly that era, and L wore a dark brown/burgundy suit with a sexy lady tie. Fabulous!
This is why I needed to take two hours off work. Gotta get ready for the 5pm start!
Funnily enough, the last time I wore this dress was 12 years ago, for another mid-century modern exhibit at the AG, an Urbanite event that Elaine and I went to!
- Dress/jacket combo - vintage 60s, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in July 2011 for a mid-century modern exhibit at the Art Gallery
- Shoes - Yuko Imanishi; worn during the day
- Fur stole - Foster's Furriers of Victoria, vintage 60s, vintage fair; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February 2021 for a Zoom Happy Hour
That was a much more interesting exhibit, in my opinion - this one had some good paintings, but I really wanted MORE stuff to look at. I love mid-century modern (L hates it) and enjoy seeing it in my friends' homes.
Anyway, we had a lovely time, and Casey, Caro and Ron, plus L and I went for dinner at Moxie's afterwards.
All glammed up! I wore the above jacket to and from the event, but took it off and just wore the fur stole while I wandered around, checked out the exhibits and chatted.
"You're going out? You just got home!"
We arrived home around 9pm to a very disgruntled little kitty.
Isn't the dress amazing? I was thrilled to see a lot of folks (of all ages) wearing vintage, and I got a lot of love for this dress.
It was not super-comfortable to wear, which is why it's been 12 years since I last wore it! However, it's so beautiful, I can't bear to part with it.
Thank goodness for fur! My mink stole kept me warm outside, as did my long cashmere-lined leather gloves.
I had many comments on the fur - all positive! Mostly folks who had their own vintage furs who were leery of wearing them.
I passed on my assurances that people are not so cranky about vintage furs anymore, as it's all sustainable when you buy them second-hand and vintage. There's no need to buy new fur - when I was in WIN the other day, there were four of these stoles, all $25.00 each.
My little copper purse is a favourite. I bought it ages ago before our local Plum boutique closed.
- Purse - Plum, early 00s
- Fascinator - Tierre Joline, thrifted
- Brooch (on fascinator) - Karen's
- Gloves - Club Monaco, consignment
I was really happy with these shoes - there's no way I would have been able to walk to the Gallery, then to the restaurant, and then home in heels.
My copper was a hit - it had tons of admirers.
- Brooch - thrifted
- Enamel leaf brooch - Matisse by Renoir, vintage 50s, vintage fair
- Shiny copper rings - Glee
- Big copper ring - consignment
- Hinged round cuff - Renoir, vintage 50s, vintage fair
- Cuff - Renoir, vintage 50s, Grandma J's
- Earrings - vintage 50s, Grandma J's
I wore one brooch (the big one) on my dress and the other (the enameled one) on my jacket.
L and I were home early enough to hang out and play some board games (and give a yowly kitty some treats!), but we both crashed fairly early.
Up and at 'em, it's Saturday morning, time for brunch.
I wore my new-to-me Arola skirt right away - it was a crisp cold day.
- Sweater - Nor, thrifted; last worn here in October 2022 with pinks at Elk Lake with Mom
- Skirt - Arola, vintage, thrifted; purchased here for $9.95
- Boots - 1883 Luchesse, thrifted; last seen here in November 2022 with my Bodybag plaid dress
- Leather jacket (below) - Elizabeth and James, consignment; last worn here last week
I was only un-coated while at the Ruby enjoying my omelette (Mexi chicken, mushrooms and avocado), toast and fruit.
Both L and I had the same idea today: let's go check out the Fluevog sale (extra 15% off!), so we popped in after brunch. We both had unspent gift cards from Christmas.
I often find that trying their shoes on is an eye-opener. Styles that I think I will like don't fit or are too high...and other styles fit perfectly and look amazing, but only when I try them on.
This wonderful new-to-me Arola skirt was lovely to wear - very warm and swooshy.
I also popped into Flavour Upstairs briefly but nothing really rang my bell.
And we went to Mango's to buy L a new pair of jeans, his annual pair.
Ready to shop!
We also got groceries on the way home.
All done up and staying warm!
I got a lot of comments on my jacket - it is a spectacular colour.
I think this might be the first time I've worn these gloves - they were thrifted, although I can't remember what I paid for them. Not much, I'm sure!
- Gloves - Echo, thrifted
- Fur scarf - thrifted
- Mask - by Mom
These steel-blue-grey boots fill a hole in my shoe wardrobe.
I like the mix of pieces.
- Bracelet, cuff, necklace - all Robert Larin, vintage 70s, vintage mall, gifts from L
- Earrings - vintage mall
- Volcano ring - vintage 70s, Mom's
- Hematite ring - thrifted (I wear this to keep Mom's ring from sliding around)
- Square ring - thrifted
Are you excited to see what I found at Fluevog? Both of these were "last pairs."
These are the Blaise Poser (link here
- we can be twins! - all links 'cause I love), and their site says they are blue/orange/green, but that's more like a chartreuse yellow.
That blue matches the jacket I had on exactly.
I have a ton of orange and chartreuse in my spring/summer wardrobe, but almost nothing in my winter wardrobe that works with these.
I'll still try to get a wearing of them in before I tuck them away until April.
That's a very doable heel for me - I used to have these fuzzy purple Posers (last seen and Flashbacked here
), but they were too big on me. These fit just right.
"Yes, you are, you're super cute. I said so." These were reduced from the original price of $399.00 to $203.99 - but they were FREE with my gift card! Thanks, Mom!
These black shoes were not a "last pair" - they were a mistake pair. They came in missing the tongues, so they marked them down from $429.00 to $169.99 as a final sale - and again, they were FREE with my gift cards (thanks, work VPs!). They are in the current sale and come in red as well as black (here
), for $359.99.
I love the Swordfish toe bump and I have at least two other pairs of their shoes with that heel, and I know it's a good one for me.
This might come as a shock, but I don't have black heels. Boots, yes, flats, yes, but no black heels.
I can't wait to wear these!
That's a mix of patent leather and suede.
"Classy. Elevate your world."
Don't mind if I do!
L and I took it easy for the rest of the weekend, enjoying music, reading, board games and loads of playoff football.
And how was YOUR weekend? Tell me what's new!