Wednesday, August 30, 2023

A Sparkly Day

Today's outfit is based around this new-to-me sparkly sweater that I picked up last week. 
As I put the clothing, shoes and the accessories together, I started leaning into the sparkle. It's going to be a sparkly day! 

  • Sweater - Luisa Cerano, thrifted; purchased here for $14.95
  • Sleeveless shirt - Denver Hayes, consignment; last seen here in June for the Day of Indolence
  • Skirt - Ted Baker, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here in March with some velvets
  • Shoes - Sol Sana; last seen here (2nd outfit) in July with grommeted leather

I walked around the office, checking in on my colleagues, saying hello, touching base, and of course, showing off my outfit. 
My coworker Chris helpfully informed me that my sweater was tucked into my skirt on one side. 

"It's on purpose!" It keeps the proportions right - if I'd worn the sweater untucked, I would have looked unbalanced. 
This gives me some shape and keeps things interesting. 

I layered a sleeveless pink shirt under the loose-knit sweater for extra pizzazz. 
The dull putty colour was offset by all the soft pinks and blues. 

No one will ever know it's me. 

The stuff: 
We're nearing September, which is the last month of my spring/summer wardrobe, most of which is packed away for 6 months of the year. These velvet shoes are no good in wet weather, even though I rarely venture outside in them. 

Blue bling: 
Even my jewelry is seasonal - I put away most of the pastels. 

  • Scarf - thrifted
  • Necklace - thrifted
  • Brooch - vintage, vintage fair
  • Earrings - Sherman, vintage 1950s, thrifted
  • Crystal cuff - Swarovski, consignment, gift from L
  • Bracelet - Coro, vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Vizzini threw himself to the floor in my closet last night while I was picking my outfit. 
"You should rub my tummy, Woman."

I cannot resist such cuteness! 

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Bronze Pleats, New Denim, and Leopard Spots

Phew, back to work after five days off! I'm exhausted - bring on the weekend! 
I'm all armoured up in my new-to-me denim jacket with a good dose of metallic and colour. 

  • Denim jacket - G-Star Raw, consignment, Powell River; purchased here for $49.00
  • Top - Garcia, consignment; first worn here (2nd outfit) in May with a leopard skirt
  • Skirt - Ralph Lauren, consignment; last worn here in March with a green snake blouse
  • Shoes - Groovy Aubrey, Fluevog; last seen here in early August with digital irises

I've been wanting to wear this bronze pleated skirt for ages - this is its first wearing of the spring/summer closet season, shockingly. 
I keep it out all year round, as it's far too gorgeous to not have out 100% of the time. 

I loved the new denim - it's got loads of stretch.
I took it off periodically when I overheated from exertion or a hot flash (dammit, still getting those). 

The orange top has bits of bronzy gold in it. 
I showed my coworker Stefanie how I fixed the "A Leopard Doesn't Change It's Spots" gold printing on the front (I scraped off the apostrophe). 

Bad grammar makes me twitchy. 
Orange bookends. 

All done up, showing how the bottom splits open. 
So nice! I did not colour over the white bits on the jacket. 

I picked this leopard scarf to match the spots in the top's image, and it has an orange stripe too. It was meant to be! 

The stuff: 
Comfy shoes! Dear friend Elaine is in town this week, so a bunch of us gathered after work at Swan's Pub for some drinks, food and laughs. I walked from the office and met up with her there - comfy shoes were needed. 

Amber bling: 
Finally, a good set of amber and amber-coloured stuff. 

  • Silk scarf - Janie Besner, thrifted
  • Amber/silver bracelet - consignment, Powell River; purchased here for $29.00
  • Bangle - vintage 1920s, vintage mall
  • Silver/amber ring - consignment
  • Small silver/amber ring - Past Times, gift from L, c. 1996
  • Silver poison ring - Mexican, Karen's
  • Silver/smoky topaz ring - Anneli Neumann, Sweden, vintage mall
  • Amber/silver earrings - thrifted; purchased here for $15.00
  • Necklace - vintage 1920s, vintage mall, gift from L

We arrived home close to 8pm. Vizzini, you've been fed, stop hounding me for more food. 
"If you're home, I should be fed."

He's filled with food fury! 

Monday, August 28, 2023

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Powell River Road Trip; Family and Fun (and Some Shopping)

Welcome back, my friends! L and I did our annual August road trip to the tiny town on the Sunshine Coast, Powell River. We last visited L's mom and brother there last December (here), and were there this time in late August 2022 (here), if you wish to compare the pictures/weather.
L and I getting gas before we head up-Island. I have oodles of pics and goodies to share with you (PR has excellent second-hand shops), so grab a drink and a snuggly blanket and settle in, Gentle Readers. 

Powell River is so much more casual than Victoria, so I wore very simple outfits while I was there. I traveled both ways in this outfit, with a different t-shirt on the trip home (no pic of that). 

  • Cardigan - Halogen, thrifted; first seen here in April with a matchy blue dress
  • T-shirt - Mountain Goats tour, Portland, Oregon, 2019, not tracked 
  • Jeans - Wilfred, consignment; last worn here (3rd outfit) for a Winesday back in March
  • Sneakers - Adidas Superstars, thrifted; purchased here for $24.95

The weather was up in the high-20s all weekend, with wildfire haze the entire time. 
This outfit is for being comfy sitting in the car for 3+ hours, followed by sitting on a ferry for 1.5 hours. 

I also wore it out for dinner that night, with our pal Kelly.
L getting ready. We're light packers - we each had one knapsack. 

Light layers in case it was hot. 
It was. I sweated in everything, and it's all in the wash. 

The cardigan is linen and was both good sunblock and the right level of warm in our chilly AC'd hotel room. 

A functional purse and a scarf I barely wore.

  • Purse - Danier, thrifted
  • Scarf - Fluevog

I'd planned on using the scarf to keep my hair tidy when the top was down on the convertible, but we only drove around briefly in PR. I tied it to the purse for extra snazziness.

The stuff: 
I knew I was taking a risk by wearing these for an entire weekend right away, but I put insoles in and carried Band-Aids, just in case. I walked and shopped for hours in these, and they were excellent. Hooray! 

  • Belt - B-Low, thrifted
  • Steel/stone cuff - Maltese, vintage 70s, vintage mall
  • Big cuff - consignment
  • Silver/amber ring - consignment
  • Smoky topaz/silver ring - Anneli Neumann, Sweden, vintage mall
  • Silver/amethyst ring - vintage mall
  • Silver earrings - consignment, Israeli

Someone not shouting "Hooray" - he is not happy about us leaving. 
"What about MEEEEEEEEEE...."

Cat and Ross took care of him while we were away - we did Mabel-care earlier last week for them while they did a day-trip. 

Off we go! If you're not aware, I love on Vancouver Island off the west coast of Canada - it's a massive island, with more cities than just Victoria (where I'm from/we live), and it takes a long time to get anywhere. L is from Powell River on the mainland of BC, an area called the Sunshine Coast. 
It's August, peak tourist season on the Island for both locals and visitors. That means line-ups going up the Malahat - simply due to volume, not from any construction delay (they are always working on the road). This is the main way to drive up-Island. 

We're at the top of the Malahat Drive here, which is a narrow, twisty, winding route alongside mountains and water. 
No, we never stop at the lookouts. A totem pole, with the hazy silhouettes of the hills of south Vancouver Island behind. Yup, seen it a million times. 

It took us nearly an hour to reach Duncan. 
I enjoy this bridge, but otherwise, Duncan is unmemorable for me. We haven't stopped there in decades.

Over an hour later, we're on the open stretch where we can let Vlad the Jaguar open up. 
Vroom! We go fast here. Very fast. 

I always take a picture of this blasted tree. 
It was a bright sunny day, even though it looks cloudy in all the pictures. 

It's the smoke. There should be more mountains in the distance. Very disconcerting not to see them.
Oh, hey! We're nearly at Courtney/Comox, where my brother lives, and where we catch the ferry to the mainland. 

Shelley and Dave. 
And their dog, Tate, vying for attention. 

We were shocked at the line-up when we got to the ferry - I've never seen it so busy. No time to park and go for a walk along the water. 
We sat in the line for close to half an hour, just waiting to get to the ticket booth. Workers came along the massive line-up and pulled out people with reservations (we always book a reservation). 

It was a full ferry - not everyone made it on! 
The Salish Orca is our vessel - see me in the mirror? 

I saw all kinds of cool classic cars during our trip. 
What a beauty! I don't even have a drivers license, but I appreciate how stylish these old cars are. 

Me and L on the ferry. My true blue traveling companion. 
We are always each other's rock. There was only one incidence of snarkiness, and that was before I had coffee (sorry, L). 

Looking at the mainland. PR is on the right and Townsite and the old paper mill are on the left. 
It doesn't look like mid-afternoon, does it? 

Looking down at the cars. 
There is a deck below this as well (the floor lifts up and cars drive down into the bowels). This ferry holds 138 cars and up to 600 passengers. Many people parked their cars and walked on, just to catch the ferry. 

I climbed up to the 4th deck. 
Hoping for a repeat of the orcas I saw last time! No luck.

It was VERY windy. 
I was worried I was going to lose an earring (see how the right one is pulling?). 

We went back down to the car-deck as we approached the PR dock - L spotted this sign. 
I like the lightning bolt zapping the person. ZAP! I shock you! 

And we're here! The bustling little town of Powell River. 
A lot of walk-ons on the left - we zoomed up the hill to the hotel. It's a very hilly place. 

After we checked in, we popped over to L's mom's to say hi. 
Hi, Louise! She has been diagnosed with dementia, and doesn't remember day-to-day things, but she knows us and is still able to live alone (we have care workers come in, and she has other help from friends). 

L and I then met up with longtime friend Kelly for dinner - I didn't take any pictures - at the new Forest Bistro & Lounge (menu link here, 'cause we loved the food - all links in this post 'cause I love, BTW). It used to be the Westview, a very scary biker bar, which I last went to back here in 2018. I was pleased to see that the washroom had a door (and soap) this time!

L and I hung out in our room in the evening, and were up early on Saturday for breakfast at the hotel. 
My Saturday outfit - a dress and same everything else. 

  • Dress - See By Chloe, thrifted; first seen here in April with this same cardigan

I fully sunblocked up but I still got a bit of a pink nose.
We met up with Louise and Virgil (L's older brother) and played a round of mini-golf, and then I went up and down Marine Avenue and had a long leisurely shop on my own (you can always view my favourite second-hand shops here - Powell River is down at the bottom, along with Sidney, BC's). 

Another cool car was just outside our hotel.
It's for sale - don't you just love that baby blue shade?

Look at that light-up hood ornament! So very Art Deco.
I left the Old Dutch Potato Chip company van in the pic because that's the best brand of chips ever! Every kid growing up in the 70s remembers their boxes of chips (3 bags in one box). Yum! 

Another cool car right outside the Tim Horton's. 
Gorgeous! Love the fuzzy dice! 

Pictures at the mini-golf. 
Me and Virgil - he suffers through my picture-taking, heh heh. 

I liked this bumper sticker on his truck. 
Guess who is a hunter? 

Me and Louise. 
Loved her cute top. 

Mom and her two boys. 
Ready to golf? 

Sasquatch says "yes!"
This is the coolest mini-golf I've ever been to - they have a scavenger hunt/find the X on the back of your score card. 

There are all kinds of interesting things here. 
Including a waterwheel/mill, fountains, a lighthouse.

We're on the green. 
Louise moves in for a putt. 

They dye the water a vivid aqua blue. 
It's rather disconcerting in person. Note the crocodile. 

A giant wooden spider! 
It's about 6 feet across! Zoiks! That wasn't here the last time we came. 

A bear catching a couple of salmon off this waterfall. 
Tick those off the list, Virgil! 

More putting. 
Virgil won, L came in second, I was third and Louise was last. 

The lighthouse. 
When we started playing there was only one group ahead of us, but by the time we wrapped up 18 holes, the place was packed. 

Louise got a mint chocolate chip ice cream cone and we sat in the shade for a bit. 
From here, the boys and Louise headed off to drive around and hang out. 

I went shopping up and down Marine Avenue, knowing there would be some good finds. I'll share them with you at the end of the post. 
"Hey, stay off my lawn, Lady."

This kitty was cooling off in the shade. I shopped for about 3.5 hours then walked back to the hotel (all uphill, a good workout!). We walked to dinner and back both nights (about 20 minutes each way). 

We all met up, plus Louise's boyfriend Dave, for dinner at the Coastal Cookery (menu here), which was just okay, but it did have a gorgeous view of the water. 
A big fiery ball of sun - the wildfire smoke does give us beautiful sunsets. 

L and I were up early on Sunday morning for the first ferry home. We had our traditional breakfast on the boat, then read in the lounge for the rest of the crossing. We did see an orca spuming near the boat, but I didn't get a picture of it. 
I always breathe a sigh of relief when I'm back on the Island. Home! 

We've arrived in Courtenay! 
Oh, my, the Comox Valley is full of smoke - there should be mountains straight ahead. 

More missing mountains. 
I have never seen an elk on the highway, despite the signs! We made good time and got home in the early afternoon. 

Ready to see what I bought? My first successful stop was in Madrona (link here), which is your jam-packed not-fancy AT ALL thrift shop, where I found my butterfly Escada jacket last year. I found a bunch of CDs for L (only $2 each), as well as a silk scarf and bracelet for myself. 
The scarf was thrown in for free - I paid $30 for everything I got. It's vintage silk, and the edges are hand-rolled. It's had some love, but for free, I'm not complaining. 

I recognized this bracelet - I have the same (only more worn) one in cobalt blue eelskin and gold-tone. 
It's from the 80s - it was $8.00. I love the teal-coloured eelskin.

I gasped when I saw this pillowcase. L has one from his childhood with "The Empire Strikes Back" on it. 
So I had to get him the "Star Wars" matching pillowcase. You don't see these every day! 

Han Solo has a weird-looking face - he looks like he's been sucking on a lemon. 
No one actually knew the actors' faces back then - this would have been based on the art/painting used for the original poster. 

Poor Princess Leia is a little cross-eyed and her mouth is wonky. 
And Luke is way more ripped than Mark Hamill ever was! 

It's an original, from 1977. 
Copyright 1977 20th Century Fox Film Corp. 

These were sold through Sears, the department store. 
This was also thrown in for free with the rest of the stuff, bundled at $30.00. I spotted a pair of vintage pillowcases on eBay for $50.00. 

I spent a couple of hours in the Willow Rose Boutique (link here), which is hit or miss, but tends to have decent prices for good quality things. I bought a whole bunch of stuff from the same consigner, who apparently collected Ed Hardy. A good article here about Ed, the licensing agreement with Christian Audigier (who ripped off Hardy) and the renaissance of the early 00s designs. 
This is a ginormous faux leather satchel, with a tiger on the front. 

I love the satin tiger lining! There's a zip pocket, plus the usual other open pockets. 
The cord threads through the grommets along the edge. 

Embossed "EH" initials. 
This is a post-Audigier bag - Ed Hardy bought back the rights to his own name in 2011, so this is from some time after that. 

I found a silver version of this bag on eBay for $55.00 USD (plus $45 for shipping!). Mine is new-with-tags, so never even used! 
I'd guess this would have been around $125-150 new. I paid $48.00 for mine, and carried all my purchases in it. 

I always check out the displays and jewelry for odds and ends, and lucked out with this pretty amber bracelet. 
It's regular amber amber plus two green amber stones, set in sterling silver (stamped on the clasp). It was $29.00. 

There were two of these shirts on the clearance rack. 
It's by Christian Audigier - but NOT Ed Hardy, which is odd. I've never seen Audigier on its own before. 

It's a long fitted tee, with belled sleeves, and that's quite the exciting design. 
"CA Bar Los Angeles", a disco ball, sparkly red stars and 60s-inspired motifs. 

Why, yes, that is FRINGE hanging from grommets along the sleeves!
They say "Love In" on one sleeve.

...and "Peace Out" on the other. 
I might have to wear this to a music festival (one's coming up!). I will also need to keep it away from Vizzini! 

And glittery! 

New with tags again! Did the previous owner not want to wear any of this cool stuff? 
That's actually sticker you can peel off. I won't be doing that. 

It's 100% cotton and was made in the USA. 
I think this is from around 2006ish. 

I'm pretty sure it would have cost more than $10.00, which is what it was on sale for. 
Blah, blah, corporate stuff. He was still a jerk for ripping off Ed Hardy, but I like this top, and Audigier is long-dead and I'm not giving him any of my money! 

There were TONS of these tops and other early 00s "going out" tops and mini dresses. 
I will not be wearing this mini dress as a dress, no fear! 

I really liked the design printed on the sequins. 
"Love Kills Slowly" - this is an Ed Hardy design. There is also a grey-on-grey skull below that, which was impossible to photograph. 

"Ed Hardy 7829 Melrose" is what that says. 
I think that was the address of the store back in 2009-ish (it has a lot of hilariously bad reviews on Yelp). 

The back. 
Gee, I wonder who it's by?? 

New with tags - again! 
Seriously, this stuff is meant to be worn. 

Maybe she just stuffed it all in the back of her closet when the backlash to all these designs happened around 2009. 
$99.00 - this might have been the original retail price? I found this dress listed at $240.00 online! I paid $29.00 for it. 

I also bought this similar top (not a dress!) because I love this design. 
The cheesier the design, the better! A scull with crossed swords against flames and black roses? 

Take my money! 
This was new-with-tags as well. 

It was $22.00. 
I found this same top listed online for $250.00. This is also from the early 00s. 

Thus ends my Ed Hardy reign of terror - I won't be wearing any of that to work (unless it's with a blazer on a very casual Friday). It'll be exclusively weekend/party wear. 

I am a fan of these mesh tops for layering - imagine my delight at finding one in leopard! 
It's a very soft mesh, with nice trim around the neckline. 

I spy Dolce & Gabbana! It's from their "underwear" line, was made in Italy, and there's the lovely hologram to assure me of its authenticity. 
This top doesn't have any wear - I'm sure it's also been sitting in a closet for a couple of decades. This is the same D&G fabric as in the lining of my 90s studded jacket (flashing the lining here). It was $29.00 - I couldn't find this exact one online (it's likely from the late 90s), but short-sleeved versions run between $70 and $169.00 second-hand.

I actually left this indigo denim jacket on a rack while shopping, realized 40 minutes later, and ran back for it (it was still hanging there).  
There are two high pockets and it has a stand-up collar (no lapels). 

It's a very fitted, almost corset-like cut. The front section is longer than the back. 
I love that waist seaming. 

A little patch on the side seam. 
Nice stitching. 

I spy a name on the cuff button. 
"G-Star Raw" - I like that the buttons are sewn on with copper thread. 

A little copper "RAW" above one pocket. 
I'm not a fan of the white stitching on the front of the jacket. I'll probably colour over that. 

And there we are, as suspected - it's by G-Star Raw. 
I found a picture of it here in an article about G-Star creating more sustainable clothing, noting it's Fall 2019. A basic denim jacket on their site is $160, and fancier versions go up to $300+. I paid $49.00. 

Phew, I did well on my treasures! I know they aren't to everyone's taste, but I'm excited to wear this stuff. Tell me what your favourites are! 

And now, L and I are going to enjoy the rest of our extra-long weekend off, chilling with our little guy, who is hiding behind L's clothes from the thunder and rain (yay! we need rain!). 
"I do not like the loud rumbles, Woman, make it stop."

Sorry, bud! We'll do our best to comfort you, but for now, you'd better stay hiding in the closet. 

And there you go, my friends! I hope you enjoyed traveling along with us - thank you so much for dropping by!