Sunday, December 24, 2023

Bigass Pre-Xmas Weekend: Funky Friday in Chartreuse and Denim; Black and Red Brunch (and a Wee Shop); Red Lace Punk for Nick's Party

Welcome back, my friends! I'm looking forward to visiting all of your blogs over the holidays and catching up, but for now, life is still a whirlwind on the lead up to Xmas. I worked on Friday, followed by a haircut and dinner out with L, we did brunch on Saturday and picked up a few last-minute things amidst the downtown madness, then chilled in the afternoon until it was time to go to Nick's Christmas party. 

Kicking it off with my Funky Friday outfit, featuring the new-to-me chartreuse skirt I'd picked up the day before. 
As expected, the office was dead - but work itself was busy, so the day flew by. 

  • Jean jacket - Ricochetjackets, upcycled, consignment, gift from L; last worn here (2nd outfit) in September for a mall and thrift shop
  • Turtleneck - Wanko, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in November under a plaid dress
  • Skirt - Oilily, vintage 90s, thrifted; purchased here for $32.99
  • Boots - Aldo, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in November with this denim jacket
  • Sweetums cape (below) - vintage, consignment; last seen here in November

I loved wearing this skirt - it was snuggly warm and the colour made me happy. 
It had many admirers throughout the day, both at work and at my haircut later. 

The slit is the perfect size for walking. 
Isn't the denim jacket cool? No boring jackets in this closet! 

Half-asleep and wishing I'd taken the day off too so I could sleep in with L, who was curled up in bed with Vizzini when I took this pic. 
I took the jacket off at work briefly, and also at the salon. 

Outerwear - Sweetums! 
Possibly the most awesome cape ever. I liked how it looked with the chartreuse skirt. 

Of course I had the perfect scarf! 

  • Cashmere beret - Club Monaco, thrifted
  • Scarf - Missoni X Target, consignment
  • Leather gloves - consignment

The stuff: 
I did a lot of walking in these boots - to and from work, then to the hairdresser, then to the pub, and then home. I wore them from 7:30am until 8pm. 

Green bling: 
Sad news - one of the tassel earrings worked its way free and escaped somewhere in the dark between the hair salon, the pub and home. Fly, be free! 

  • Earrings - consignment, Powell River
  • Jade/brass ring - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Bras ring - vintage 70s, vintage mall
  • Necklace - Plum, c. 2009
  • Leather cuff - thrifted
  • Eelskin bangle - fake Gucci, Italy, gift from Mom & Dad

After a delightful evening chatting with my hair stylist Kaitlyn, followed by dinner at the Fernwood Inn (aka The Winchester), L and I strolled home amid the Xmas lights and hung out for the rest of the evening, playing boardgames and listening to music. Heaven! 

And...we're on vacation! I'm very much looking forward to a nice stretch of Not Doing Much. But first, this weekend! We were up early for brunch on Saturday morning. 
I wanted to be seasonal - plaid just screams "holiday" to me, and this old yet still awesome dress is just so cool. 

  • T-shirt - O-Gen, thrifted; last seen here in November with a burgundy duster
  • Dress - Plum, 2011; last worn here (3rd outfit) nearly a year ago here in December 2022, for a consignment shop with Cat
  • Shoes - Groovy Huysmans, Fluevog; last seen here briefly in November while sick
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather, thrifted; last worn here in October

The folks working at John's Place LOVED my outfit, cooing over all of it.
I bought this dress new on clearance at Plum just before it closed in 2011 - I paid a whopping $25.00 for it and have worn it nearly 20 times. 

It's an awesome Jammy Dress.
And it has pockets! 

I layered a plain white tee underneath. 
I had little sporty shorts on as well, to keep the unlined skirt portion from riding up on my tights. 

We've had lovely weather - not too cloudy, not too windy, not raining. 
I was a bit chilly in this but warmed up after walking for a bit. 

L and I walked to town to avoid all the stoopidity. 
It was still chaotic. 

Small things, easy to tuck away. 

  • Purse - Zara, consignment
  • Scarf - fake Louis (Lewis!) Vuitton, thrifted
  • Gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff: 
These are great booties for walking, although my feet were tired after walking home (all uphill). 

Bold bling: 
The first wearing of my new silver bangle bracelet. 

  • Belt - gift from Ruth
  • Enameled cuff - thrifted
  • Silver bangle - consignment; purchased here for $48.00
  • Silver earrings - Israeli, consignment
  • Silver/glass ring - consignment
  • Silver/onyx ring - Tocara, vintage fair
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower

Nick was busy with party preparations that evening, so I left L to stand in line at John's while I had a quick poke around in the Beacon Avenue Thrift Store next door. They had 50% off on all pink tags and I didn't have time to look at more than the pant and long-sleeved top racks, but I had some luck! 

I can always use a good quality mock-neck thin black sweater. 
These are fantastic for layering, but one must always be on the lookout for good quality! 

There are a lot crappy, well-worn versions of this out there. Beware! Look for fading and balling at the armpits - avoid! 
When I saw "silk", I grabbed it. This is a silk/cotton blend, but still washable, and the black is nice and dark.

Ugh, Nygard is such a terrible person (don't look him up), but the clothes are good quality. Thank goodness my money is going to a local charity instead! 
As it was a yellow tag, $9.00 is what I paid - it would have retailed for around $89.00 new back in the 00s, which is when this is from. 

I spied these thin-wale corduroy pants - they looked about the right size. 
I never try anything on at this store - I don't have time! 

They are the 2016 Denim by Parasuco "modern fit" with a mid-rise and straight leg. Sounds perfect! 
You can see the nice olive green shade there. Ugh, they were sold at Costco. Fast-fashion alert! 

However, only $5.00 for new-with-tags cords is all right in my book. 
They are a little big, but I think they'll work. 

These burgundy tights are going straight into my lounging-at-home wardrobe for winter. 
They aren't fabulous quality...

...but they are fleece-lined! They're by Watson's, a brand sold at Mark's (ye olde Mark's Work Wearhouse, a Canadian chain). 
They retail for $32.00, so my $4.75 was a bargain. 

This scoop-necked sparkly top called to me. 
Another black top! I like the tailored curvy cut. 

I recognized the label from this pink skirt (here) I used to have. Studio J was a small design company based in Vancouver back in the 80s/90s. I think this top is from the 90s.
It was $4.50. You can see a bit of the sparkle in the fabric there. 

While L picked up a record for our pal Spence (whose birthday is Xmas Eve), I did a quick run through Dots and bought sweaters and tights for all my nieces. 
Two pairs of tights for me, which were $1.00 a pair. 

When we got home, Vizzini was still hiding in his "robe sandwich" on the bed. 
"Is it food time?"

Nope, just checking up on you, little bud. Is George (the hot water bottle) keeping you nice and warm?
"George loves me."

Gotta keep our little guy happy. 

We watched football and dozed all afternoon, then got ready for Nick's party. Pal Ciara came over and we all walked down together. 

I'd been digging through my gown archives in the last week, and came across this lovely red lace dress. 
It felt perfectly festive. 

  • Dress - Luisa Spagnoli, thrifted; last worn here in March 2022 with a denim jacket
  • Shoes - Asos, consignment; last seen here in September toughing up teal
  • Coat (below) - Denny Rose, consignment; last worn here last weekend

I dressed for comfort - pockets! 
And for walking - my feet didn't feel like heels after all the morning's busyness. 

The dress is a little big on me, which is good as it has zero stretch. 
We had a delightful time at the party, which was well-attended with our dear ones from far and near. 

We celebrated Spence's birthday at the stroke of midnight with a round of "Happy Birthday to You" sung at top volume. 
L and I walked home through the quiet neighbourhoods at 1am, reflecting on how lucky we are. 

We walked through about a dozen deer, including a two-point buck. 
It was kind of magical. I was filled with joy the whole evening - I love my Chosen Family so much. 

Brooches in situ. 

  • Scarf - Fairweather, c. 1999
  • Large tree brooch - Keyes, gift from Ev
  • Small brooch - Avon
  • Gloves - Echo, consignment

A few extras. 
A fascinator to honour Karen, who often wore one to parties - we last attended her and Nick's annual just-before-Xmas party here, back in 2019. What a bunch of years it's been...

  • Belt - gift from Ruth
  • Fascinator - Heart's Content

The stuff: 
These punky shoes are starting to wear out - they are cheaply made. John Fluevog, please make a better version of these! 

Punk bling: 
I had several admirers of my jewelry, especially the zipper brooch. 

  • C bangle/earrings - Alexis Bittar, consignment, gift from L
  • Fang bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
  • Anneke & Lars ring - vintage mall
  • Silver/onyx ring - consignment
  • Silver/concrete ring - Raul Caballero, Oui Jewelry
  • Brooch - V&A Museum gift shop, London

I accessorized to match L, who decided to be a a bit of a glam punk. 
The perfect blend of festive and pushing the envelope. Rock on, my love! 

Sending all of you the very best wishes for the holiday! 
Merry Christmas! 


  1. Merry Christmas! You guys look so cool. Love all the shoes in this post!! Lise

  2. Merry Christmas!

    I’m 100% with the folks at John’s Place cooing over your entire outfit, including accessories and outer wear. I call your beauty of a plaid a Jammy Jumper because as a child jumpers were dresses with shoulder straps and were meant to be worn over shirts or blouses. Of course, they could also be worn on their own, as well.

    Nice haul from your quick shop. I’m always on the lookout for colorful (non-black) fleece lined leggings (tend to avoid tights) so yay for finding a pair (even if they are tights ;)).

    Vizzini, Merry Christmas to you, too! You look wonderfully content under “your” cozy robe.

    Sheila and L, as always you two rock the vibe of dressing. I quite appreciate Sheila’s red lace dress and like that there is room both to eat and dance. :) May your vacations be filled with whatever you want!
    Cheers, Laurie

  3. Merry Christmas! Happy Vacation! Hope you do a lot of Not Doing Anything. :)

    I thought of you over the holidays because I wore my three pairs of Fluevog shoes. You introduced me to the brand and I'll always associate them with you. Happy New Year, pal.

  4. Merry Christmas, Sheila, L. and Vizzini! I too am on a stretch of Not Doing Much, some of it unfortunately forced by the fact that I've succumbed to a nasty head cold ...
    I've got much love for Friday's outfit: that skirt really is excellent, and your Sweetums cape really is the best ever. Also loving Saturday's festive tartan jammy dress!
    Your lacy Christmas party dress is gorgeous as well, and I love what you did with your hair.
    Enjoy the rest of your Not Doing Much days! xxx

  5. Merry Xmas to the best dressed couple in Blogland (and Vizzini, too!)
    I hope you have a wonderful few days chilling out and spending quality time with the family you chose (like we are!) xxx

  6. Don't you both look fabulous! Happy New Year.

    I loved the cape and the fabulous long green skirt. The denim jacket looked amazing. Loving the plaid dress outfit, too. How did you find so much good stuff in such a short space of time? Sounds like your Christmas was great and I hope you enjoy your Not Doing Much days; I need some of those,

    Vizzini in the robe sandwich on top of George the hot water bottle made me laugh out loud - what a sweetie he is.

  7. Oh, that maxi is stunning.
    Love the red tartan dress as well.

  8. That green skirt must be heaven to wear in winter. Like a little blankie. Very nice.
    Both you and L looked like a million dollars again. I hardly dare saying it, but I think L even stole the show.


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