Friday, March 29, 2024

Mom-Day Lunch, a Wee Shop, and We Made the Cover!

Welcome back, my friends! 

We had some very exciting news - Tweed Magazine has hit the street! And the big reveal...WE MADE THE COVER!!
You can read the e-edition here (safe link, no account needed - flip through and enjoy!). L and I both did an interview and have another full-page picture leading into the article - the other folks featured are fantastically fashionable as well, so do read the whole thing. We found out about the cover a couple of weeks ago, but haven't been able to share that until the magazine came out. So exciting! More pictures in a bit...but I forgive you if you scroll down!

So...L and I were both off on Thursday, so we met up with Mom at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel for a scrumptious "Happy 27th Anniversary" lunch while the surf pounded the seashore outside. 
I'd hoped that Tweed magazine would have been delivered to businesses by that day, so that I could give Mom a copy, but had heard that the print edition had been delayed a few days. 

  • Turtleneck - Betty Barclay, thrifted; purchased here for $11.95
  • Dress - Kenzo X H&M, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in August 2023 for brunch
  • Boots - Original Sabado, Fluevog; last seen here in February for a Mom-Day Adventure
  • Leather jacket (below) - Michael Kors, consignment; last worn here in February over purple velvet

We were able to share the picture of the cover with her finally, though! "I mentioned you!" I crowed. 
This dress was kept out for fall/winter - it's a year-round dress - but I hadn't managed to get an outfit in with it until now. 

It's a firm favourite - I just love the red tiger print, with the blue/pink print on top. 
I layered this dark red turtleneck (new-to-me) underneath for warmth. The promised blue skies and high temps did not materialize, booo! 

So swooshy! 
Also very see-through/sheer! I layered fleece-lined tights under it, plus my tall boots. 

A cropped and studded leather coat over it all. 
Handy for extra pockets! 

Done up. 
I was glad of the ginormous Greek head scarf. It also matched this outfit really well, a pleasant surprise.

I tossed it nonchalantly around my shoulders and felt very swanky. 
I was Incognito (wearing sunglasses) off and on all day, but forgot to take a pic with them. 

This scarf was very snuggly and warm - I'm sure it's a fine wool or wool-blend. 

  • Purse - Rebecca Minkoff, consignment
  • Gloves - Parkhurst
  • Scarf - thrifted; purchased here for $9.95

The stuff: 
I bought a set of Dr. Scholl's inserts at the drug store earlier in the week, and put them in these boots for extra walkability and comfort, with arch support and heel cushioning. Ahhhh...much better. As comfy as Fluevogs can be off the shelf, it doesn't hurt to have a little extra. 

Gold bling: 
The dress is oversized and massively voluminous without a belt - I love this vintage wide elastic one. 

  • Belt - thrifted
  • Lucite/gold bangle/earrings - Alexis Bittar, consignment, gift from L
  • Black snakeskin bangle - vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Silver/crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy
  • Double snake ring - consignment
  • Tiger articulated brooch - consignment

I pinned the tiger onto my shoulder. 
See? There she is.

L and I arrived at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and settled in at our table in The Snug. 
The aforementioned waves. It was very blustery out! By this point, the e-edition of Tweed was available, so I could to show it to Mom, and share the cover with her FINALLY.

"Show me the cuffs," I demanded. Doesn't she look lovely? What a great blouse! 
The necklace is made from 1920s (possibly earlier) beads that belonged to her great-grandmother. 

Mom-daughter selfie! 
Love that pink leather jacket! Some awesome daughter must have bought that for you (heh). 

Our friends Spence and Kim were in town for Easter weekend, and L had plans to meet up with the guys for a loll about town, followed by a gathering at the Garrick's Head Pub. I decided to have a browse in a few shops and then meet up later. 

To my sadness and surprise, Vanity Fair Antique Mall was closing! It was their last day, and the place was crammed with people - I couldn't bear the crush, so I left empty-handed, but oh, I am sad about them leaving - L has bought me so many beautiful things from there over the years, not to mention all the things I've gotten for myself. Nearly all of my Brutalist jewelry is from there, and it's been a regular gift shopping destination - I also got my 20th anniversary ring there. 

I soothed my sadness with a poke through Botched (new favourite curated vintage shop), where I found this crinkly orange and pink top. 
The pinky shade matches my hair. 

It was $38.00. 
I'm excited to mix it with some of my spring and summery clothes.

I popped into MONA to share the news about Tweed with owner Deanna - all of the consignment store owners in town know each other, such a great group of folks. 
I spied these wonderful fuchsia pink wide-legged trousers there. 

Pockets! And they are washable!  
My shiny pink Boss Lady Pants have reached an end with me, so I was thrilled to find a new pair. 

Someone's hemmed them (to my perfect length) with iron-on interfacing. 
I hope that stays put while I wear them or I'm going to have to sew them by hand (arg). 

They're by Joie, and retail for around $189.00.
For me? Only $42.00. 

I also popped into the Vend Collective, where I found this pebble-grey (sorry, Vix!) cropped Adidas hoodie. 
I love the black stripes and it's a thick plush inside. 

Don't worry, no belly will be exposed on me! Cropped styles suit my short frame (I'm 5'4"). 
I'm excited to style this. 

Adidas "Primegreen" - that collection is made from sustainable materials. 
This is from 2020.
It was $30.00 - it retailed for $89.00, so I was happy with that. 

I spied a sign as I was walking down Fort Street for Fickle Flea Studio (link here 'cause I love!) advertising a vintage pop-up. Duh, of course I had to check it out! 
The lovely Laura assisted me - so nice to meet you! - and I found a couple of treasures for $20 each. 

This bracelet has to be the same era as my other snakeskin hinged bangles, which are all from the 80s - all tourist souvenirs from Italy. 
I have never seen one with a clasp being two birds before! My deep dives on the interwebz revealed zero hits for anything like this. I was really happy to find it in red, a hard-to-find jewelry colour I'm always looking for. 

The earrings are Brutalist, but unmarked. 
The little balls are 3D. They are likely silver with gold plating. These are very similar to a belt I have, which is also vintage. 

I joined the gents, who were chowing down on a plate of nachos at the Garrick's Head when I arrived. 
From left: Spence, Casey, Nick and L. Kim, Chris, Ali, and Yvonne and Randall arrived later on.

I got a text from the editor - the hard copies of Tweed magazine have arrived!!
"Can I get a dozen copies?" I asked. I'll coordinate a pick-up early next week when I'm back at work. Friends and family, please keep/pick up copies for me! I need approximately one million copies, hee hee! I think I should frame one, right?

But look what dear friends Randall and Yvonne did! They actually went to the publisher's office and picked up copies for L and I (they also snagged one for themselves). 
You guys!! I love you so much - thank you! Mwah!

OMG, I had not seen the inside picture! It's Mom's favourite, of us posing near the green door in the alley (go here for our exciting photo-shoot),
Hey, L, they matched the header font colour to your pink trousers! Such a fashion icon you are! It was thrilling to see ourselves in an actual print magazine. Bucket list item...TICK. Cover of a magazine...TICK! 

Picture looking into Bastion Square while I waited outside for Kim, Spence, Nick, Casey and L to join me at the end of our evening. 
Such a pretty part of downtown - the Garrick's Head expanded into this corner space on the right in 2012. It was an Esprit store for many years prior to that, with a tiny pub parked in the rear (it's the oldest pub in Victoria, from 1867, and it's haunted, about it here). I used to work just off Bastion Square (when I was an elf at the Christmas store in the 80s/90s) and know this area really well. 

Off to enjoy more weekend! How are you doing? Please know that I read every comment and am nodding along with you. Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Buffalo Safety Pins, Orange and Leopard

Sunshine is here, and my 5-day long weekend is upon me! Let the celebrations commence! 

Kicking off my mini-vacay is a long-overdue appearance of my buffalo safety pin jacket. 
Orange is one of my favourite colours, and of course, leopard is a neutral. What a winning combination! 

  • Jacket - Gianfranco Ferre, Spring 2003, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February 2023 
  • Sweater - Pierre Cardin, consignment; purchased here for $25.00
  • Skirt - Ganni, consignment; last worn here earlier this month for shopping with Ariana
  • Shoes - Groovy Aubrey, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February with sneaky Adidas

This is my 7th wearing of it after purchasing for $185.00 from the Velvet Crease here in July 2019. There are some good details pics of it there, plus a picture of how it went down the runway 21 years ago. 
At the time, that was the 2nd most expensive piece I'd ever bought secondhand. Ha, how far I've come.

So many safety pins! Those are custom and they hold the back seams together. 
The jacket weighs a ton because of them all. There must be hundreds on there. 

I d liked how the Creamsicle shade of this new-to-me sweater looked with darker shades of orange.
First wearing of it, and I liked it, although it stretched out over the day. 

I do love the colour, though. 
A good quality cotton sweater in a pretty colour. I have always liked peach as a colour. 

This is how I looked for most of the day. 
Being my last before my time off, I had to cram three days' work into one, so I barely took a break. 

Outerwear - I needed a hat in the morning, as the grey clouds threatened rain. 
The orange gloves made my heart happy. 

The jacket is very snug - it's always been that way - so I wore it open on the way home. 
Thumbs in the ginormous skirt pockets. 

I love this lily-pad Lanvin scarf. 

  • Hat - roadside find
  • Scarf - Lanvin, vintage 70s, consignment
  • Gloves - consignment

The stuff: 
These shoes have been an excellent buy - I wear them a lot. 

Orange bling: 
I'd forgotten about this orange snakeskin belt - Yves Saint Laurent! 

  • Belt - Yves Saint Laurent, vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Amber/silver bracelet - consignment, Powell River
  • Snakeskin bangle - fake Gucci, Italy, gift from Mom
  • Crystal earrings - Plum
  • Amber/silver thumb ring - consignment
  • Silver/amber ring - Past Times, gift from L, c. 1995
  • Necklace - Plum

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Turquoise and Brown Rhinestone Cowgirl

One of my colleagues sang, "She's a Rhinestone Cowgirl" to me at work today.
I cackled with glee - I've missed people in the office. Their reactions to my outfits are often the best part of my day. 

  • Leather jacket - Eileen Fisher, thrifted; purchased here for $62.95
  • Dress - Betsey Johnson, thrifted; purchased here for $44.99
  • Boots - Donald J. Pliner, consignment, Sidney; last worn here in October 2023 with vintage suede and leopard

I wanted to sneak in wearings of both this dress and the leather waterfall jacket before I do my closet swap-over. 
With new items, I like do a try-on the night before, to make sure I get my proportions right. 

Which is how I ended up belting the leather jacket. 
Much better than...

...this, which looks droopy with the dress. I'd wear this in a more casual outfit in a heartbeat, though. 
The jacket was lovely to wear all day - I did roll the cuffs in the afternoon so that the sleeves would stay scrunched up my arm. I'm a fan of the scrunched sleeve - how else can you see my bracelets?

Here's the dress on its own (I have a vintage camisole on under it). It's a little poufy in the front boobular section. 
And no pockets! Grrrr.

I'm afraid we have yet to achieve Peak Turquoise Dress. 
Good from the back, though. 

I might just layer stuff with it and wear it on its own in the summer. 
I'm going to move the brown jacket in to my coat closet - it's cut more like an outerwear piece. 

Incognito. Voila! 
It was a bit chilly, but at least the sun was out. 

I'll take it! 
It does feel like spring is here (famous last words). 

I was very happy with how well this scarf went with the ensemble. 

  • Scarf - Banana Republic, consignment
  • Gloves - Principles, thrifted

The stuff: 
I was happy to have zero toe issues with these skinny boots. They're so fun - look at those heels! 

Blue and gold bling: 
I knotted the long crystal strand to make it shorter. 

  • Belt - Emmanuel, vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Crystal necklace/bracelet - Swarovski, CAB's mom
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Bangle - thrifted
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Scarab ring - Heidi Daus, vintage mall, gift from L

The little turquoise bead fell out of the top of the scarab ring at some point today, which was fine as it was scratched anyway. I'll have to stick a crystal in there.