Sunday, February 25, 2024

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Friday Dries Leopard and Bellbottom Cords; Shopping Plaids, Roses and Brights; and Party Copper and Tiger

Welcome back, Gentle Readers! It's been a lovely - although far too short - weekend, and I'm eager to get back to it. I have three outfits to share with y'all - Friday's work 'fit, a shopping ensemble for an afternoon spent with a friend, and what I wore to Greg and Cat's joint birthday party. 

Kicking us off is my last work outfit of the week, Funky Friday! 
I was excited to style my new-to-me Dries Van Noten (Dreez van KNOW-tun) tunic.

  • Tunic - Dries Van Noten, NWT, consignment; purchased here for $97.00 in gift money
  • Tank (not visible) - Caroline Grace, thrifted; purchased here for $8.95
  • Cords - Diane Von Furstenberg, vintage 90s, thrifted, Seattle; first worn here in November 2023 with giant sleeves
  • Shoes - Amante, vintage, thrifted; last seen here in November 2023 with all blue
  • Coat (below) - Mallia, consignment; last worn here in January

I played around with it in my closet the night before, testing it with various bottoms to see how the proportions worked. As the tunic goes past my hips, I had to make sure that I kept the look long and lean. 
"Well, I'm waiting for your brilliant revelation?"

Pipe down, Vizzini! I found that the best complement was my long thin-wale cords with the bellbottom hems.

They balanced the fullness of the top without the outfit overall looking droopy or making me appear shorter than I am (5'4"). 
"Still not seeing anything. Will there be food?"

Silly kitty. Many cuddles and chases down the hallway ensued after I took my morning pictures. 

I enjoyed wearing this outfit - the sheer, thin top was warmer than I expected, and I often shoved my sleeves up, as in the pics above. 
"Shoelaces? No, but those straps look tasty."

The pockets were welcome. 

I realized after I took my outerwear photos, that I should have pulled the tunic's hood out to hang down the back collar of the jacket.
I actually wore it like that, in real life, and it added a sport look to my classy long coat.

Cozy and warm in my cashmere, wool and baby alpaca.
They are predicting there will be one more cold snap...then I can put my heaviest winter coats away for the season. 

No rain, no hat.

  • Scarf - Elaine Gold, consignment
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff: 
I considered ousting these shoes from my wardrobe (they've been on the fence for a couple of years), but they're so darned comfy - plus a handy height for long pants/skirts - that they keep making the cut. Colleague Viz liked how the snake pattern echoed the shiny grey leopard in the tunic.

Brutalist bling:
I never need an excuse to wear some of my Brutalist collection. 

  • Bracelets, necklace - Robert Larin, vintage 70s, vintage mall, gifts from L
  • Volcano ring - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Hematite ring - thrifted (used to keep the volcano ring on)
  • Square ring - thrifted
  • Earrings - vintage mall

After a fun evening of board games and music, L and I said our farewells on Saturday morning and went our separate ways. I had a shopping date with former colleague and friend, Monica. 
She's one of those folks who doesn't like shopping, but was feeling so bored with her wardrobe. I took her to the Velvet Crease, plus all the other second hand/consignment/curated vintage shops in the same block of Fort Street. It's such a great little shopping district! 

  • Jacket - Frank Lyman; last worn here in November 2023 with mismatched greens
  • Sweater - Banana Republic, thrifted; last seen here in December 2023 for the last shop of the year
  • Frankenskirt - thrifted; purchased here for $9.95
  • Boots - Bond Girl, Fluevog x Anna Sui; last worn here in December 2023, in non-traditional colours

I styled my outfit around the new-to-me Frankenskirt picked up last weekend, plus my comfy suede boots. 
When I first got these boots in the fall, I thought they'd only be useful for spring, but they go with a surprising amount of my winter clothes. The skirt has an emerald green stripe. Matchy! 

I added the floral-embroidered jacket to go with the roses on the skirt. 
These bright colours make me happy. 

Without the jacket - I took it off while we had brunch at Bear & Joey before we hit the shops. 
Matchy tights too!

Geared up. 
This is how most people saw me. 

I have to wear my hair up with this faux leather jacket, as the silver studs are actually metal balls and snag the heck out of my hair. 
It was also really windy, hence the beret. 

Rock and roll! 
Let's go shopping! 

More brights. 

  • Wool beret - Parkhurst, consignment
  • Silk scarf - Elaine gold, consignment
  • Purse - Danier Leather, thrifted
  • Gloves - Picabo, Powell River

The stuff: 
I scrutinized the weather report carefully, ensuring there would be no rain to ruin my boots. I walked to and from our shopping date, and we shopped for about 2.5 hours. Poor Monica was exhausted - shopping requires stamina! 

Colourful bling: 
I wore the bug pendant on the spur of the moment - it went with the roses! 

  • Silver/malachite ring - consignment
  • Silver/aventurine ring - consignment
  • Bug pendant (glows in the dark!) - Heart's Content
  • Steel/leather cuff - Rimanchik
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Silver/kyanite ring - consignment
  • Rose earrings - Betsey Johnson, swap from Cat

I gave Monica a long, ongoing lesson in how to shop second-hand: what to look for, how to feel for good fabric, proportion guidelines, sizing advice (ignore it!) and colour wisdom - but I did most of the work, picking out things for her to try on. She ended up with a jumpsuit, a Jammy Dress, a skirt and a fingertip-length coat. She was thrilled with our date and excited to wear her new-to-her purchases, bought at a fraction of retail.

After the Velvet Crease (which took a little over an hour), we poked into MONA and a few of the other vintage, consignment and curated second-hand shops on the block, including Rodega, where I'd found the Dries Van Noten tunic last week. To our excitement, they were hosting a vintage pop-up, and I spotted a pink suede jacket that I insisted Monica get - she looked so badass in it and it was only $35! 

I found these unlined thin leather gloves for myself, my only purchase of the day.
They are noted as a tight fit, but they're barely worn and I knew they would stretch. At $25.00, that's an absolute bargain for leather gloves. 

I was feeling pretty tired myself by the time I got home, and enjoyed a long afternoon nap with L and Vizzini. We got dressed for a small house party at Greg and Rosanna's to celebrate Greg's and Cat's birthdays, which are both this week. Happy Birthday, you two cool kids! 
I couldn't resist wearing the new gloves right away! Why not? Keeps me out of the chip bowl, ha ha! 

  • Top - Sun Kim, consignment; purchased here for $39.00
  • Suede skirt - Guillaume, consignment; purchased here, but totally whiffed on the pictures!, in Powell River for $42.00
  • Boots - Babycakes Minis, Fluevog; last worn here in October 2023 for a stroll through Beacon Hill Park with Mom
  • Coat (below) - Marciano for Guess, consignment; Powell River; last seen here a week ago

I also wore two new-to-me items that are recent/and or waiting to be styled post-purchase, this cropped olive structured top, and this suede skirt that I bought in Powell River. 
"What suede skirt you bought in Powell River?" you may well be asking! I didn't realize I totally forgot to photograph it and post pictures! It's an early 00s semi-tulip shape with a slit in front. It was $42.00, but it's such a good fit I was willing to pay a bit more, and it's a good cause (local shops!). 

The gloves stretched out (as predicted) and puddled along my forearms in a very haute couture way as the party went on. I did indeed stay out of the chip bowl, but I did eat a bunch of chocolate-covered almonds! 
My friends all loved my copper jewelry - I always forget that they don't see the stuff I usually wear just to work. 

A matching purse. 
I had a black camisole on under the top. The weight of the necklace's chain dragged the top around a bit - I had to readjust it frequently, pulling the back down. 

The Unsafe Tiger was hugely popular amongst the party-goers - everyone tried it on! 
Hands off my tiger, you people! 

It was cold and windy, but I was snuggly warm. 
We cabbed there and back with Cat and Ross, arriving home at 1:30am. Yawn!

The stuff: 
Loved the gloves, would wear them again! My feet were tired after standing for close to 6 hours. 

  • Leather purse - vintage, thrifted
  • Gloves - consignment; purchased above for $25.00

Copper bling: 
It's always a good time to wear copper! 

  • Earrings - vintage expo
  • Ring - consignment
  • Necklace - consignment
  • Cuff - Renoir, vintage 50s, Grandma J's
  • Cuff - Renoir vintage 50s, consignment

And now, my friends, I'm off to enjoy a day of good times with my guys (furry and human) while stormy winds rage outside. Stay warm and cozy yourselves, and thank you so much for swinging by. 


  1. I love the penultimate outfit with those cool Fluevog boots. And feeling pangs of jealousy of Monica for getting "the Sheila shopping treatment." :)

  2. I love that you took out Monica for the shopping lessons! Your side hack !!

  3. Well done you initiating a friend into the joys of 2nd hand shopping! Smashing outfits but I loved, loved your green and blue outfit - oh those green boots...fabulous copper jewellery and it was great to see the Unsafe Tiger again. I also loved the bug necklace - what a lovely piece. Happy birthday to Greg and Cate.
    Wrap up warm!

  4. Fabulous as always. Gorgeous leather jacket and green boots!

  5. All of the outfits were special in their own right. I was pleasantly surprised by how nice the tunic looked, and the red cords are simply wow for color and shape. Your shopping out is delightfully whimsical for my taste and looks so comfortable! If we ever make it out to Victoria for a second visit please may I sign up for a Shelia-Laurie shopping day. :) (I like day dreaming about doing that!)
    Your party outfit is glamorous! Simply glamorous.
    Delightful weekend!
    May this week prove just as nice,
    Cheers, Laurie

  6. Excellent phonetic description of Dries Van Noten's name :-) and I'm loving the "silhouette" you created by pairing the tunic with those wide leg cords!
    Your shopping outfit put a big smile on my face, although those fabulous boots make me go slightly green with envy. Isn't it wonderful to introduce a friend to the joys of second hand shopping?
    You're looking very glam in your birthday party outfit, and I'm not surprised everyone wanted to try on the Unsafe Tiger! xxx


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