Thursday, December 21, 2023

Non-Mom, So I Went Shopping

Sadly, no Mom-Day today - she pulled the plug at the last minute (we were both dressed!) due to some stomach upset, nothing serious. After a nice chat, Mom stayed home and decorated her tree, and I headed to town to finish up my Christmas shopping. 
L also tasked me to "find something for Nick" (don't worry, he doesn't read my blog), so I also had that mission. 

  • Jacket - Simon Chang, thrifted; last seen here in October 2022 (I was totally not a vampire)
  • Sweater - Tatyana, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) back in May to celebrate Casey's retirement
  • Cashmere skirt - John Laing for  N. Peal, vintage, vintage fair; last seen here in February with wings and embroidered florals
  • Boots - Original Sabado, Fluevog; last worn here (3rd and 4th outfits) last weekend for our theatre/party night
  • Poncho (below) - Bodybag by Jude, consignment, gift from L; last seen here in November

This was the main outfit, but I only looked like this later in the evening, when I met up with my longest-friend-bestie Janet at Zambri's (AGAIN) for dinner. 
I'm lamenting the lack of jewelry/brooches - I put them all on my outerwear. 

This woven plaid jacket is made of wool - it's warm and festive. 
The skirt is 100% cashmere knit - the softest thing you ever felt. 

I repaired it last year - it had a hole from a Moth Attack. 
I bet you can't see where the hole was - it's somewhere on the front. 

Showing my layers - it was chilly and foggy still.
I have on a vintage cami, a half-slip and fleece-lined tights. 

Look! My purse is under here! I also have a giant pouch-pocket as part of the poncho. 

I'm ready to go shopping! 
I was full of good cheer and made a point to be extra-nice to every salesclerk I dealt with, and wished them all the same sentiment, "May all your customers be kind."

Dang, I got overly warm.
I don't need this stuff! I tossed it in one of my shopping bags midway through the day. 

Bits of gold - the tree brooches were on the collar of the poncho. 

  • Purse - Rebecca Minkoff, consignment
  • Silk scarf - Elaine Gold, consignment
  • Toque - gift from Tammy
  • Brooch - Monet, vintage 80s, vintage fair
  • Leather gloves - Lord & Taylor
  • Large tree brooch - Keyes, gift from Ev
  • Small tree brooch - Avon, can't remember

The stuff: 
Good walking boots! I bussed home with all my full tote-bags, then bussed back to town to meet Janet. 

Minimal bling:
I did not plan on trying anything on. 

  • Belt - consignment
  • Earrings - Bermuda, Mom's
  • Silver/crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy
  • Gold/amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's

My shopping was mostly for L and Nick. I got Nick a pair of James Brown socks, a blue/black/white printed shirt and a double-breasted blue window-pane plaid blazer - and all of it together was under $100. I did well for L, picking up some stocking stuffers. Everything was found at brick-and-mortar shops in downtown - shop local! 

I had to take this lovely silver bangle. 
It was $48.00, but it's nice and small, and I like the stones it's set with. I'll wear it a lot. 

Anyone else have any idea? I think it's from India. 

I also found this glorious turquoise blue raincoat - it and the bracelet were both at local shop Vintage After Death. 
It looks better on! It has two front pockets, and a lot of hand-stitching. 

The gathers at the waist give it a nice pouffy shape at the back. 
The top flap thing (technical term, hee hee) is lined in the same fabric as the inside of the coat.

It's a lovely darker teal shade. 
All those raw edges, some very uneven sewing lines inside, and lots of hand stitching - someone made this coat for herself. 

And henceforth, she shall be the Executive of Bottled Water Coat. 
She was marked down to $39 from the original $68.00. Bargain! I'll wear this in the spring - it's way too cold for it now. 

I popped into Flavour Upstairs and bought this for myself. 
A chartreuse maxi skirt with shiny floral sprigs all over it. 

So pretty and shiny. 
I actually thought these embroidered parts were grey - it looks very grey in person, not the sparkly olive as it appears here. 

A lovely satin lining. 
With some pretty hand-crocheted lace trimming it at the bottom. That's a nice big slit for large strides (as I am wont to do). 

You can see the texture of the fabric better here. 
Oilily Women's Wear - a very pretty label. 

Made in India. 
The lining is viscose.
The rest is mohair, virgin wool and that's a misspelling of Polyamide (not Polymaide) - another name for nylon - and that would be the sparkly bits. 

It was $32.99 which felt reasonable. 
The colour made me happy - I'm excited to wear this! 

And now, finally home after a long day, and a lovely dinner catching up with Janet. I'll leave you (for a few days) with this picture of Mom at her art group's Christmas luncheon. Guess which one is Mom? 
If you guessed the one in the green top - correct! You look gorgeous, Mom! I missed you today, but will see on you Christmas Day. 

And now, my friends, I'm going to take a small break - I'll be back on Sunday with tales of adventure, and will be popping in here and there over the next couple of weeks to catch you up on all the shenanigans I'll be up to.

I wish you all a peaceful, joyous and loving holiday season - thank you all for visiting my little corner of the blogosphere. Here's to us all! Cheers!


  1. That photo of your mum and her pals made me smile, I love how she stands out from the crowd in her vibrant green top, go Helen! I hope she feels better soon.
    Not a fan of tartan on me (school uniform!) but love it on you, the cape and top are fabulously festive and I adore those boots.
    Great finds, yes that garnet (?) bangle does look Indian. I remember Oilily from the 1980s, I think they were Dutch, their stuff was always very colourful & great quality.
    Well done on getting the presents sorted. If I don't see you online before Xmas, have a fabulous festive time, big love to you, L and Vizzini! xxx

  2. Helen, wishing you a speedy recovery, and a merry and warm Christmas! How perfect that you are wearing a vibrant green in a gathering of reds and muted colors. An artist’s eye at work! Special that your art group gathers to celebrate the season; it’s all about community. ❤️

    Sheila, your outfit is wonderful with its color, plaid and implied warmth! Of course you would wear a red plaid poncho as the outerwear. All the red brings joy and I hope the moths never return to this fabulous form fitting skirt.

    Wishing you, L and Vizzini a happy slate of days off and a merry, healthy, Christmas!
    All the best from Fred, Robin and me, with cheers, Laurie

  3. Unlike Vix, I am a fan of plaid/tartan, and I love absolutely everything about this outfit!
    And yes, Oilily is Dutch! I've got two crossbody bags by them, and would've definitely gone for that fabulous skirt as well. Swoon!
    Wishing your Mum speedy recovery and of course I instantly spotted her in that photo. I love how she stands out from the rest in her green top!
    Wishing you, L. and Vizzini a most wonderful Christmas! xxx

  4. Wonderful elegance clothes, very good for wear this Next Christmas.

  5. The perfect festive outfit! I like tartan on other people, but like Vix, I'm not sure I pull it off. Saying that I have spotted a funky pair of relaxed fit yellow tartan trousers online, so who knows what the future holds..?
    Lovely bracelet. Could the stones be garnets?
    Hope your Mom feels better soon. Merry Christmas all! x

  6. Mum is, of course, the one in green! I recognise that joyful smile!
    I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE your tartan outfit! So beautiful Esp that wrap and jacket.
    I am swwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwoooooonning over a cashmere skirt! Mmmmm.
    The Chartreuse skirt is beautiful- I bet I know which shoes you might wear it with!
    The coat is really nice too- my colour!
    Ah, dear Sheila, wishing you and L much love and joy this Christmas and I hope that the upcoming year is full of contentment for you! xxx

  7. Oh, the green skirt is Oilily! A very well-known brand in the Netherlands. Know for their vibrant colours.
    The cashmere red skirt is a treasure too. Another blankie quality.
    Your mum look radiant sitting right in the middle, front row.


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