Sunday, December 10, 2023

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Funky Friday in Fine Folds; Jammy Dress Brunch and Shop; Winesday Mint Stripes

Welcome back, Gentle Readers! It's been a wonderful weekend, full of friends and good times, and I'm excited to share it all with you! 

First up, Friday's work outfit. I couldn't wait to wear the Oska skirt!
One of my rare all-neutral outfits for Funky Friday. I knew I'd be decorating the office tree, so I needed an outfit that wouldn't snag on the branches. 

  • Blazer - Julie Haus, Fall 2011 RTW Collection, thrifted; last worn here in January with snoots
  • Cashmere sweater - Prada, consignment; last worn here in July with green flounces
  • Skirt - Oska, consignment; purchased here for $62.40
  • Shoes - Wonders Ayers, Fluevog; last seen here in October with leopard and orange
  • Coat (below) - Halston, vintage 70s, consignment, Sidney; last worn here in November

I know it's not to everyone's taste, but I love the fine folds (which are perma-folded) and the way the skirt is scrunched up here and there. I just adored wearing it - it's definitely a keeper.
The blazer is one of my all-time favourites - the asymmetry of it is very appealing to my eye. It's tweed, grey wool and caramel accents, and it's lined in 100% silk. 

A zipped split at the back. 
 The skirt billowed and swooshed majestically, by the way. 

Feeling better, hooray! I'm about 85% now, with much of my energy coming back, although I have the dreaded Long Covid Cough (*hack hack*). 
It was cold and cloudy today, and I needed to be snuggly warm. 

Ready for the weekend. 
Gimme coffee! 

I did a bit of holiday shopping on my way home from work. Feeling festive! 

  • Hat - sidewalk find
  • Scarf - vintage, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff: 
These are such comfy shoes - I was on my feet decorating the tree for just over an hour at the end of the day (a nice way to go into the weekend). 

POLY bling: 
I knotted the chain on either side of the necklace clasp to make the pendant hit at the right spot.

  • Bangle with amber glass - vintage 1920s, vintage mall
  • "C" bracelet - POLY, thrifted
  • Earrings - POLY, consignment
  • Gold/steel ring - POLY, thrifted
  • Steel/enamel ring - POLY, Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Necklace - thrifted
  • Brolly brooch - vintage mall, gift from L 

I enjoyed a quiet Friday night to myself, while L was out with old university friends, watching "Bridget Jones' Diary" (a sentimental fave) and some real estate shows. 

We were up early on Saturday morning to rejoin Nick for brunch and reassure the lovely staff at John's Place that we had not disappeared on them - just the Covid putting a cramp in our plans. 
A Jammy Dress for a planned day of holiday shopping. 

  • Dress - Nanette Lepore, thrifted; last worn here in November 2022 with the same boot/belt combo
  • Boots - Matisse, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in October with leopard and red silk on a long weekend hangout with our pals
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here in October

I layered a vintage slip under this thin polyester, but I was freezing all day. 
I have to shift my mind into cold weather dressing - single digits need more layers! 

I love this mullet dress, which I often refer to as the Branch Dress due to the branches (duh) in the pattern. 
After brunch, we grocery shopped and then L and I went to Vanity Fair Antique Mall for a browse. 

Our usual, "I like this...and this...and this..." and then L buys me something. It's a surprise (sort of).
We then split up and I wandered downtown and visited a bunch of thrift, vintage and consignment stores. 

I wore my leather trenchcoat as it was pouring rain. 
A thin scarf plus this - I was not warm enough. 

But I did stay dry! 
The vintage trenchcoat always has many admirers. 

The hat kept my hair mostly dry, although as you'll see, I got rain-waves. 

  • Hat - Delux, Saanich Fair, c. 2009
  • Scarf - vintage 60s, Dad's
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff: 
And my boots got wet...but I'm okay with that - they are meant to be worn in the weather. 

Brassy bling: 
I love this heavy raffia, brass and leather belt - the back of it is heavy brass mesh. 

  • Belt - Sand Castle, thriftged
  • Earrings - LA Express, c. 1994
  • Brass/jade ring - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Brass ring - vintage mall

Of course, when I shop for others, I also look for myself. One for L, one for me. One for Mom, one for me. Hee hee! 

I found a couple of things in Upcycle Vintage - the couple who run it are so lovely and friendly. 
This long knit pencil skirt leapt into my hand. 

Check out the pattern: 
Tan, silver and black honeycombs! It's a nice thick material. 

In case you couldn't see the full waistband, it's white, black and tan. Upon further research, this also came in a red/white/silver combo - and there's a matching sweatshirt! 
I'm not family with GP&J Baker, or their X with H&M, which is 2018 (a promo here, but no sign of my honeycomb pattern).They (GP&J Baker) are printmakers with a Royal Warrant, how cool, from the 19-teens, and specialize in fabrics, wall coverings and trimmings (about them here, links 'cause I love). This was half price, so $15.00. 

I also couldn't resist this gorgeous late 90s/early 00s leather blazer. 
It's a rich, warm cream shade - not quite as yellow as it looked in the dark after a day of shopping. 

It's by Jones New York "Country" - this is a better representation of the colour. 
I do plan to illustrate it! And yes, I am still doing that, although it's been a while since I posted anything - I've been working on L's Blue Oyster Cult jacket, and I'll do an update on it soon, once I finish the sleeves. Back to this gorgeous blazer, it was $22.50, also half off (anything over 30 days old gets marked down 50%). 

I also spent a while in the big WIN store, where I popped this into my shopping basket for myself. 
It's a beautiful woven scarf - note how the patterns look different on each side.

The turquoise/brown/black/olive mix will work well with my outerwear - and it matches my new turquoise wool beret perfectly. 
100% Scottish cashmere for only $12.95? What a score! I think this is a tourist souvenir from Scotland, but it is still real cashmere - so soft! And it's barely worn! A quick poke around online reveals that non-tartan scarves are rare - also, they are a minimum of $50 (even used!) and up to over $200 new. Score! 

I had just over an hour to get dressed and get my stuff together for Winesday at Alison's place! 
I needed to be comfy and be able to play pool (Chris and Ali have a pool table - I love playing, but I'm crap at it, ha ha). 

  • Dress - Zara, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here in June for a Mom-Day at Blenkinsop Lake
  • Sweater - Sonia Rykiel, consignment; last seen here in October, layered under an Adidas tee
  • Booties - Truths Suzie, Fluevog, consignment; last worn here in November with the S Dress
  • Coat (below) - Sarmite, consignment; last seen here in February

These minty stripes felt very seasonal as well. 
I'm like a big green candy cane. 

You can see how my hair went all wavy. 
Eh, there's no judgment with the Winesday Women. They don't care - it's so refreshing. 

Outerwear - in a blur while I wait for the cab to pick me up so I can collect Cat on the way to Ali's. 
I loaded up a ton of food, drinks and other odds and ends in my ginormous bag. 

I had to wear the new-to-me Scottish cashmere scarf and my turquoise beret! 
Love this warm wool and cashmere coat. The back is all patterned and coloured too. 

First use of the giant Ed Hardy bag - I was amazed at how much it held, but it's not an everyday bag.

  • Bag - Ed Hardy, c. 2011, consignment, Powell River; purchased here for $48.00 back in August
  • Beret - FairSet, consignment; purchased here for $20.00 last week
  • Cashmere scarf - Scottish, thrifted; purchased above for $12.00

The stuff:
I only wore the booties for cabbing - I donned my black sheepskin slippers for the evening at Ali's. 

Black bling: 
The resin/plastic necklace rattles like Bob Marley's chains! Oops! I meant JACOB Marley's chains! Ha! 

  • Studded cuff - vintage 90s
  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Silver/onyx ring - Tocara, vintage fair
  • Silver/concrete ring - Raul Caballeros, Oui Jewelry
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Necklace - Club Monaco

I got home very late (around 2am) and crashed on the couch amongst the mess from the MANday group, which L hosted at our house. 
A surprise pic on the camera when I uploaded - looks like they MANday guys had a good time! 

And I hope you all had a lovely weekend as well, my friends! I'm off to spend the rest of my day watching football with L and Vizzini while the fog surrounds us. Stay cozy, merry and bright! 


  1. Hi Sheila. Thanks for all the WONDROUS clothes. You find so much! How do you protect your leather coats from the rain? Thanks. Olivia in the PNW.

    1. You're welcome, Olivia (and neighbour!). I don't do anything to my leather coats. They get wet, then they dry out and I wear them again.

  2. The Julie Haus jacket is very cool.

  3. Glad you're almost back to 100%. I, too, still have a cough nearly 5 weeks later - I wish it would bugger off! You found some lovely things; the pencil skirt was my favourite; you will look fab in this as you really suit pencil skirts; loved the leather jacket and wait with interest to see L's finished jacket and what you do with this one. The scarf is beautiful and a great match with the beret. Brilliant outfits; shame you weren't warm enough in the branch dress; loved the crinkle skirt with the fab jacket and the green striped dress was wonderful - as was the coat.

    Wrap up warm!

  4. Glad you are feeling almost 100%. That pencil skirt is fabulous and I love that black necklace. Winesday sounds fabulous! I have to introduce that to my girlfriends!

  5. So glad to hear you're almost there, energy-wise! Sorry to hear about the persistent cough. I had one of those for about six weeks when I had that nasty flu at the end of last year. I thought it would never go, but then it did, so do hang on in there.
    Friday's skirt is gorgeous, and how fabulous is that brolly brooch! Your holiday shopping jammy dress is a delight too - I love a dark floral!
    The Zara dress never fails to delight me either, and neither does that stunning coat.
    The pencil skirt and cashmere scarf were brilliant finds, and I can't wait to see what you'll do with the leather blazer! xxx

  6. Every one of your outfits is just right! The skirt that holds its shape, the jammy dress, and the colorful candy cane dress (which get me smiling early in the morning as I reread this post :)) all bring a bit of stylish flash to the mix. I especially like the blazer from Friday’s outfit with its rear zipper.

    Mostly am delighted for you to have had a weekend of friends and FEELING BETTER! Yippee!
    Cheers, Laurie

  7. I'm so pleased that you're feeling loads better, Covid is a sod!
    How funny, I've picked clothes which that H&M collab label up in charity shops loads of times and keep meaning to look up who GP & J Baker are - I keep accusing Jon of having a sideline he's not told me about (his name is Jonathan Baker!)
    Loving the shape of the Oska skirt, perfect with the jacket, the print on the Nanette Lepore midi is so pretty and the Zara candy cane is wild.
    That cashmere scarf is fab, I bet that wasn't cheap when it was new! xxx

  8. Yay! The swooshy skirt is as gorgeous on as it looked in your previous blog!
    Also loving the cashmere scarf and the dark floral dress - very on trend I believe! x

  9. The blazer and the skirt work so well together.
    I also like the outfit with the maxi skirt!


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