Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Pajama Versace, Denim and Bronze, Birthday Shopping for L (and Me)

Hello, my friends! Welcome back - how's your weekend going? I'm enjoying a lovely, lazy Sunday. Let's get caught up!

Jeans Week ends with casual Friday, so obviously, my 80s Versace mom jeans are required. 
 These are the closest thing I have to actual jeans.

  • Blouse - Tabi, consignment; last seen here in February with green lace
  • Jeans - Versace, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in April for spectacle shopping
  • Shoes - Aldo, thrifted; purchased here for $20.65

 I'm done with this blouse. I love the fabric and the drape of it, but it's not the greatest shape on me - I always feel droopy!

Let's say farewell with a flashback of our time with the pajama top:

  • As above, here with green lame (lah-MAY!) lace in Feb 2017
  • August 2016 here with the same skirt
  • With another green skirt here in May 2016
  • Over a very long weekend (here, 5th outfit) with my outlaws, also May 2016
  • With purple leather, here (2nd outfit) in April 2016

It was purchased here in April 2016 for $18.98, and I've worn it 6 times, so $3.16 per wear. Pretty good - and I'm fine with letting it go, regardless.
 Still happy with these jeans (and what they do for my butt), although their non-Lycra content is always a challenge. I stood a lot at work on Friday!

The stuff:
 First wearing of these thin turquoise suede loafers - they were great for a day at work, and I even walked home in them with minimal discomfort. I might throw some inserts in these to comfy them up.

Minimal bling:
 I am glad that Jeans Week is over! It's a good challenge for me to step outside my comfort zone, but aside from my leopard outfit, the rest didn't feel like me, at least not for work outfits.

  • Earrings - Stella & Dot, consignment, Vancouver
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

And yeah, you'll be seeing some skirts and dresses this coming week!

I'd had plans to go shopping with a girlfriend after work, but they fell through. What's a girl to do? Go shopping anyway! My excuse is that L's birthday is coming up, and I needed to look for stuff for him. Not that I need an excuse.

I found this lovely feather ring at the WIN Warehouse.
 It's very nice quality, and only $2.95.

I spotted the stamp inside:
 I have several Fossil pieces, and really like them. A quick peek on the Interwebz and looks like it sold for $38.00 new. Score!

I also strolled over to the Patch for a peek around. I found another pair of sunglasses that I needed.
 Bigassed drama - yes! These were $16.98.

L and I hung out and played boardgames for the evening, then got up and walked to town for brunch. Not enough people for an Ulti game this weekend, unfortuately. It's probably just as well - I dyed my hair on Thursday night and I don't like sweating pink!
 Ha, I am doing a jeans DRESS, instead of jeans! Get it? Get it?

I'm linking up with "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. I had so many comments on my hair all weekend - I was very visible!

  • Dress - Armani Exchange, thrifted; last seen here in September 2016 with pearls
  • Shoes - Miista; last worn here in March with paisley and lavender (now, that's an awesome version of a pajama shirt)

 This full weekend has been lovely and hot! Blue skies, light breeze, just wonderful. I am fully sunblocked up, and reapplied all afternoon while I was out shopping.
 This was my big chance to get all of L's birthday shopping done, so after brunch the 5+ hour marathon started. I went to about a dozen stores and spent much calming time going through things and thinking happy thoughts about my wonderful husband. Now all I have to do is wrap it all!

I love being able to wear contacts and sunglasses on sunny days. These glamourous shades feel very me.
 I knew I'd be shopping for myself as well as for L, and this was a great one-zipper dress for that. It's a little short to wear for work, but it was awesome for just walking around.

The stuff:
These shoes were great for such a prolonged wear (I walked home afterwards with my giant bag of loot too!), but my feet were tired all evening.

Bronze bling:
 Bigass pieces of bronze-y goodness. I feel like bronze is going to have a 90s renaissance soon.

  • Brass cuff - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Earrings - Aldo Accessories
  • Ring - Fossil, thrifted, first wear

I always shop second-hand first for birthdays and Christmas - you can find some amazing things. My first stop was the St. Vincent de Paul. No luck for L, but I found a couple of things for me.

These are small sherry glasses in a pattern called King's Crown.
 I'd seen this set before at the StVdeP but at $4.00 a glass it was a little high for me. I mostly collect amber glass, all from the 70s, in a few specific patterns, with only a few pieces of this olive colour. Still, I like having a set of them.
 They were on sale half price, so for $8.00 total, they were mine.

I also found a plain black Club Monaco stretch cami for only $3.00, so I got that too.
Shopping while wearing contact lenses is a challenge, because I can't see anything close up, and I need to be able to look at patterns, seams and labels, so my next stop was to check out the collection of reading glasses at Oscar & Libby's (link here 'cause I love), a wonderful local giftware boutique.

I may have purchased that pair of "Bad Ass" underwear up there for $11.00.

And I found a pair of reading glasses.
 They were $21.95 and I used them all afternoon with great success! I can see!

I can't resist a sale section in any store. I usually love the stuff that other people don't.
 Like this wonderful singed fabric and bead and feather clip-on accessory. It looks awesome on a couple of my hats! It's by Singed Exquisite and was marked down to $6.99.

I had a browse in Flavour Upstairs - they have a good men's department, but of course, I had a look around for me.
 These earrings are really sparkly and look like good quality, although there are no marks on them. They were $8.00.

This skirt has been put into the Fall/Winter pile - I shop for all seasons, all year round.
 I love the mid-calf length and the chevron pattern. Hypno-skirt!

Little grey bricks!
 There are three pleats at the front and three in the back.

It's by Hucke, and was made in West Germany, so it can't be later than 1990, when West Germany ceased to be. It's probably from the late 80s, I'd guess.
 It's 100% wool with an acetate lining, and was $17.99. The wool is in excellent shape with no holes, but the lining is in really rough condition, with several holes, thin spots and a few repairs to it. I'll probably remove it altogether and just wear this with a slip. Won't it look great with one of my pairs of red boots?

I've seen this shirt a few times at Flavour. Today, it was marked down enough for me to buy it.
 It's another pajama blouse! This is a soft drapey acrylic, and is probably from the early 00s.
 It's by Lucky Brand, and was only $9.99.

I've also seen this kimono a few times. I was feeling it this time (it was also on sale).
 It's a lovely loose cocoon of a jacket, with sequins and beads on ever bit of pattern on the front.
 Super sparkly!

Part of the label's been hacked off, but I'm sure this is Diane Gilman, who sells clothing on the Home Shopping Network (my purple velvet stretch jeans are by her DG2 line, also thrifted).
 $17.99 feels fine. I steamed it and then wore it around the house on Saturday night when I felt chilled from the fan and it was lovely. I felt positively luxurious, gaming in my silk beaded kimono!

I spotted this cool brass clutch as I was leaving. I've been on the lookout for a gold fancy purse.
 The chain was tucked inside it, so it can be used either way. The shell is a little bit dented, but not too noticeable.

It was only $9.99. Whoever owned it didn't even take the plastic protector off the label inside.
 The name Reiss rings a bell. Looks like a UK brand - similar clutches are around $100 new, so yay! Good deal.

I wandered farther afield, and slightly out of town to Verve, a high-end consignment shop that has an okay men's section. I didn't find anything for L, but I found this awesome skirt for me.
 It's neoprene aka "scuba suit" material, but quite thin. It's a snug, almost wiggle skirt, but still good for walking. I hope.

I've never heard of Clover Canyon, but the salesladies squeed over it. It was $40.95, and  I see it listed online as $50-240, so a good deal for me!
I really like the green, purple and orange in the pattern.

And that it's made in the US.
 I'm looking forward to wearing this.

Today, Vizzini is enjoying the sun.
"Quiet, Woman, I'm spying on the seagulls."
 He's a blur of action and then just flops.
"You've blown my cover! Off to nap."
I hope you've all had a lovely weekend!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jeans Week: Avon Calling, Leopard and Leather Peplum

L took one look at me this morning and said, "That's...some outfit." Yes, I wore this to work all day, and my WW meeting after too! 
 And unlike yesterday's outfit, this felt like me. Don't get me wrong, that outfit was fine but this pushes all my buttons.

  • Leather top - H&M, consignment; first seen here in March with tweed and copper
  • Jeans - Mark. by Avon, thrifted; last worn here (4th outfit) in March with boots and orange sweater
  • Sandals - Dr. Scholls, consignment; last worn here in September 2016 with camo pants
  • Leather jacket (below) - Danier Couture, consignment; last seen here in March with lots of dots

 It's maybe a little much for a Thursday, but I don't really care. I got a lot of love for my look today, and baby, I had swagger.

This leather top is such a good cut on me. It's like it was made for me. And I don't care that peplums are "so 2012".
Some people see black lace, some think they are velvet, but they are actually a stretchy denim with a slub texture, and it's just a crappy, blurry print up close. But aren't they cool? And they're by Avon! That Avon! That blows my mind.

Outerwear. I went with more leather. As one does.
 It was too hot to wear it done up - I wore it open for my walk to/from work.

The stuff
 My trusty Docs...Dr. Scholl's, that is. Until I found these, I did not know they made anything other than those weird wooden shoes I remember in the drug store when I was a kid. These are super-comfy and easy to wear all day.

Bronze bling:
One of the things that I overlooked in yesterday's outfit is that I didn't really put much effort into accessorizing it. That might have made me happier with it overall. Things to ponder.

  • Abstract cuff - Midzo, vintage expo
  • Etched cuff - 70s vintage, Mom's
  • Earrings - Plum
Accessories do make a difference. I like how my pieces make a statement. Delicate but tough. Strong.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jeans Week: Purple Velvet and Birds - and 2,500 Posts

This Jeans Week thing is weird. I don't feel like me in these outfits very much, and it's odd to be dressing so ultra-casual for a workday for me. I supposed that's why most people like Jeans Weeks! But for me, I'm really looking forward to putting a dress or skirt on again.
 Today, I'm showing off my super-stretchy purple velvet jeans. These are mostly "wear around the house" pants (I'm still wearing them now as I write this, only now they are covered in cat hair due to someone needing some cuddle time when I got home).

  • Blouse - Tory Burch, consignment; last worn here in September 2016 with pink and yellow
  • Jeans - DG2, thrifted; last seen here (4th outfit) with a rocker tee after a long, busy weekend this month
  • Shoes - Miista; last worn here in April (3rd outfit) for a stroll to town for groceries
  • Bomber jacket (below) - Lazy Susan's; last seen here (2nd outfit) to take Mom out for her birthday this month

 I love this blouse - it's a wonderfully soft silk. The jeans are super-comfy (better than yesterday's pants).
 There's just...nothing to this outfit. It bores me.

Outerwear. Still chilly in the mornings.
 I'm a fan of the bomber. Not boring!

The stuff:
The shoes got the most compliments of anything I wore. I love my "trout" shoes!

  • Earrings - don't remember, some time in the 90s

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So. There is a large NUMBER in the title of today's post, and round numbers are always nice. This marks my 2,500th post since I started blogging back in March 2008 (so long ago!). I am also less than 100 comments away from 30,000 comments (yes, you read that right), but many of those are mine, since I usually reply to all comments, so that's not so much of a milestone. Still, another nice round number.

So hurray, congrats to me, but really, I just want to say THANK YOU.

Thank you for visiting Ephemera
Thank you for your comments. 
Thank you for giving your opinions (good and bad). 
Thank you for the time that you take from your lives to read about mine. 
Thank you for seeing me, as I forge my visible, pushing 50, tattooed, purple-haired way through my life. 
Thank you to L for not grumbling about the time I spend on the computer, or the fact that I have to "do my pictures!" before we go anywhere. 
Thank you to my mom, my auntie Lois, and all my real-life friends who read this little slice that I share. 
Thank you to my virtual blogger friends (some that I've met, some that I never will). You know who you are. 

Thank YOU.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Jeans Week: Blue Tips and Jungle Toes

My company is doing Jeans Week this week for fundraising and elevating awareness of mental health issues. I usually don't participate, since wearing jeans is a step down for me, sartorially; alternately, I do a "Sparkle Week" version, like I did last December. 

This time, I decided to play along (since it's a short week). Although I do not own a pair of traditional denim jeans, I do own a few pairs of non-traditional jeans-like pants. 
 First up, these "boyfriend" cut baby blue heavy cotton pants.

  • Sweater - Lord & Taylor, consignment; last seen here in September 2016 with dots and these same shoes
  • Pants - Talbots, thrifted; purchased here for $6.25
  • Shoes - Joe Fresh, thrifted; last worn here in September 2016, the same time as this sweater
  • Jacket (below) - Allison Wonderland, consignment; last seen here in April 2016 with plaid pants

 These pants are very stretchy. I am not used to wearing pants - period - and the amount of Lyrca in these is...a lot. Over the course of the day, the waistline bagged out (probably didn't help that I hooked my key/access card on a belt loop), and I kept having to hike them up.

The sweater is a very thin, fine cashmere - I'm wearing a vintage camisole under it for coverage (and to hide my blue bra). You can see a bit of my back tattoos through it.
 I love the t-shirt cut of the sweater - it makes it very luxuriously slouchy.

Outerwear. Today was hugely windy, and I had to stash my hat after work.
 I haven't worn this jacket in over a year...but it's a handmade (local) chartreuse green velvet. When am I going to find another one like it? This is why I end up with things...but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The jacket has clean lines, it fits well, it's got pockets. It just doesn't get worn a lot. And I'm okay with that.

The stuff:
 I love the jungle print on these flats - there is a bit of blue in it, a bit of green, a bit of orange and red...they go with a lot.

Blue bling:
 All the blue! The "stones" in the vintage pieces are all thermoset, which is a synthetic that hardens as it cures. These shapes would all be formed hot (the "therm" part) in moulds, most likely, then glued into the settings. A very trendy thing in the late 50s/early 60s.

  • Necklace - vintage fair
  • Bracelet - Coro, vintage fair
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

I did my toes and my nails last night.
This is Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri in "Set Sail" - I quite like this lovely blue.