Wednesday, April 25, 2018

White Bookends, and Too Hot for Floral

I had one of my monstrous periodontal appointments this afternoon, so I had to wear an outfit that wouldn't be too fussy for being zonked in a dentist chair for 2+ hours while they knock me and out and scrape my teeth. Totally sounds like fun, right? My chin is still frozen, 3 hours later.
 Pants are good. Anything that's not too fussy. My lovely tech always likes to see a funky pair of shoe too.

  • Shirt - Cartise, consignment; last seen here in November 2017 in a plaid ringmaster outfit
  • Pants - Ralph Lauren, consignment; last worn here in September with birds and yellow shoes
  • Shoes - Zoomies Ishshoes, Fluevog; first worn here a few weeks ago with a whale and white
  • Coat (below) - Paparazzi, thrifted, Vancouver; last seen here in October 2017 with yellow leather and red shoes

Service announcement: This is not a jacket or a coat or a blazer. It's a shirt.
 It's actually a sheer black mesh shirt, completely covered with strips of white fabric, sewn into these shapes. It's a work of art.
 Hot pink pants! Nothing says, "Clean my teeth" like hot pink pants.

I didn't really need a coat, but I'm a delicate flower and get chilled in the mornings.
 So I'm covered in these embroidered delicate flowers! This coat is made of black denim - it's just gorgeous. I would have liked pockets...but at least I had them in my pants.
 This is my "I don't want to go to the periodontist" face.

The stuff:
 My glorious shoes! Yes, the soles/heels are rubber and are ribboned with black/grey for a marbled effect.

Crystal bling:
One of our clients liked how my earrings and hair matched my pants. That doesn't happen by accident.

  • Earrings - gift from Sherri
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Amethyst/gold ring - c. 1965, Frances Jewelers, Dad's

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Stripey, Floral and Aqua

Today's outfit was based around the top - what to wear with a striped top?
 Wear my favourite skirt, that's what.

  • Shrug - Marciano, thrifted; first worn here in August 2017 over butter yellow
  • Top - Bellessa, thrifted; purchased here for $7.00
  • Skirt - Maeve, thrifted; last seen here in February with a white shirt (it's not a dress!)
  • Shoes - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last worn here in June 2017 with the lark dress
  • Leather coat (below) - Danier Leather, consignment; last seen here a few days ago

I don't get a lot of compliments on my outfits in real life (most of my coworkers are all used to how I dress). Does that surprise you?
 I really liked this combination of stripes and this fabulous embroidered orange and navy skirt.

The striped top is sleeveless, and I still like a bit of coverage in the office. I've popped aqua off the skirt before (here), so that made picking this greeny-aqua silk/cashmere shrug easy. And then we do matchy shoes!
 But not a single compliment! I was second-guessing myself all day - is this really a terrible outfit?

Outerwear - not needed on the way home! It's warm and wonderfully sunny out there.
 That looks pretty good to me. Maybe the stripes were too challenging for people?

The stuff:
 These shoes are love 'em or hate 'em - I happen to be on the love side of the equation. They are fabulously comfy to wear - all that hidden platform means they are basically flats.

Eclectic bling:
Not even a word about the necklace, except from L this morning.

  • Necklace - thrifted
  • Turquoise/silver ring - local
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy
  • Copper/enamel earrings - Matisse, vintage 60s, vintage expo

I do trust myself that when I feel good in an outfit, I look good in it too - and I really enjoyed this look today. Just so you know.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Two-Fer: The Beaches and Monday Jumpsuit, and Cat Pictures

Woo, I need another weekend, stat! I'm pretty tired from going to see The Beaches last night! After a fairly quiet day, L and I had to drag ourselves out of the house and be ready to get loud - it's a rock and roll show! 
 I always get my inner Rock Goddess on for shows. Studs, leather, ink, badassery. Ready to rock!

  • Dress worn as a top - Helmut Lang, thrifted; purchased here for $12.50
  • Jeans - Levi Strauss, thrifted; last worn here for Ally's visit
  • Boots - Ash; last seen here (2nd outfit) in November 2017 with red plaid
  • Jacket (below) - Dolce & Gabbana, thrifted; last worn here in March (I did get rid of that skirt)

I'm still going through the new-to-me and not yet worn items in my closet - only a few left! - and building outfits around them. This dress is a challenge.
 It's tight and it's pretty skimpy - that would be a short dress! What to do? Jeans!

The thin fabric was great when the balcony started getting warm later in the show.
 The venue was a nightclub, so I'm never going to wear my best shoes - ugh, sticky floors.

I wore my baby blue denim studded jacket as my outerwear - it was really warm early in the evening, and not too chilly for the walk home at 10:30pm.
 L and I walked to town early and had Thai food before the show, then met up with Casey, Nick and Karen. It was a fabulous show - The Beaches are doing a tour across Canada, heading east, and if you like the Gogos with a punk edge, go see them!

The stuff:
 I love these boots. They are the most kickass boots I've ever owned.

Silver bling:
 I hate dealing with a large purse in a nightclub.

  • Leather purse - Club Monaco, thrifted
  • Rigid steel cuff - thrifted
  • Soft silver cuff - Fossil, gift from L
  • Earrings - Fossil, thrifted
  • Crystal/silver ring - Soul Flower
  • Shield steel ring - Nine West

Today, I knew I had two ginormous rolling whiteboards to assemble, so I planned an easy, comfy outfit. Jumpsuit!
 It was perfect for a Monday. Whiteboards, I am the boss of you.

  • Lace top - Express, thrifted; last worn here in March under a velvet dress
  • Jumpsuit - Gina Tricot, thrifted; last seen here in October 2017 with burgundies
  • Shoes - Nanette Lepore, thrifted; purchased here for $9.95
  • Coat (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last worn here in August 2017 (I would repeat that whole outfit)

I think this is my least favourite look of my 3 wearings so far of this jumpsuit.
I was tired last night from the show, and didn't make a ton of effort. Top, jumpsuit, shoes. Done.

The gold belt is elastic-backed, which meant nothing too tight.
 It felt like jammies! That is always a bonus.

Outerwear - get used to this jacket, I'll probably wear it a lot this year (as I have over the last two years).
 Faking it till I'm making it.

How I really feel...
 Ready for a nap!

The stuff:
 First wearing of these lovely lace espadrilles that I picked up brand new for $9.95 several months ago (shopping out of season!). They were lovely to wear - a few tight areas that loosened up over the day. They're good for a day when I don't have to lace them off and on (so, not for shopping!).

Gold bling:
Shiny stuff! Pay no attention to the tired-looking woman!

  • Belt - thrifted, Powell River
  • Solid cuff - thrifted
  • Link bracelet - Lia Sophia, thrifted
  • Earrings - vintage fair

On Sunday when I was on the computer, Vizzini was being very demanding. 
"You don't need to reach the keyboard, Woman." 
Look at that face! I have to give him some attention.
"Oh yeah, right there, that's the spot."
 He's a semi-affectionate cat, so my heart always melts when he does something really lovey.
"Just rub my ears forever..."

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Friday Stripes, Windy Ultimate, Firecracker Dress, and Gaming Blues

What a lovely weekend, and it's not even over yet! 

Kicking it off with Friday's outfit - it was still gloomy and chilly out, so last chance to wear my striped sweater dress before it's too warm for it.
 I also debuted these new-to-me shoes. I like the contrast of open toes (and bare legs) with a long sweater.

  • Dress - Karen Millen, consignment; first worn here in March on our Vancouver anniversary weekend
  • Shoes - Michael Kors, thrifted; purchased here for $24.95
  • Leather coat (below) - Danier Leather, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit)

I had a lot of appreciative comments on this dress, mostly about how great I look. I'm very careful in educating my coworkers on how to talk to me (and others) about appearances. "Don't be creepy," is my number one rule.
 I wore a vintage slip under this for the magical smoothing properties, but I don't wear any kind of shaping garments (some of my tights and nylons are control-top) with my clothes. That's all me!

I work hard to maintain my weight (why is it so easy to gain??), and I'm proud of my body.  I look good for a 50-year-old!
This outfit was wonderfully comfortable all day, although my bare legs felt...bare, and my toes got wet in the rain on the way home.

Outerwear - with an assist from the best accessory: a mischievous cat.
 I love this bright orange leather coat.

Vizzini was far more interested in my earrings.
"Mmm, smells tasty."
 He pulled the earring right off, little monster!

I went shopping briefly after work with a colleague.
 Then hopped the bus and came home and hung out with L and Vizzini all evening. It was lovely!

The stuff:
 These shoes were great for the office - easy to run around in, very soft, and comfy.

Mixed bling:
 These earrings are clip-ons, and are made of light wood, so they are very light.

  • Leather/steel cuff - Rimanchik
  • Wood earrings - vintage expo
  • Lapis lazuli/silver ring - Wendy Brandes

Our Ultimate Frisbee season started on Saturday morning! L and I and a bunch of our friends have been playing for close to 20 years, from April to September at the local high school - our games are friendly and not as competitive as league play. About Ulti here.
 As you can see from my pouffed out 70s, feathered hair, it was really windy out! Our game did not benefit from the wind, and it was a lopsided game. However, it felt so good to run around and get a great workout!

  • Cashmere sweater - Hawick of Scotland, consignment; last worn here in March under shiny brocade
  • Faux batik skirt - no label, vintage, thrifted; last seen here in August 2017
  • Boots - Matisse, consignment; last worn here last weekend while out with Ally
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - no label, vintage 70s, thrifted; last seen here in the same outfit as the boots

If you're wondering why I look odd, I have contact lenses in. I play with sunglasses on.
 I also have my black and pink sports bra on under this (proof here!). I wear a proper outfit to the field, change into my pants, tee shirt, hat and soccer cleats (see here), and then change back after the game, so that I look presentable in public.

My skirt is a true circle skirt - it's huge!
 At one point, the wind caught it and it billowed up around my neck! Good thing I had a full vintage slip on under it!

I worried that it might rain, so I wore my leather trenchcoat - it was also over all my good clothes while we played so that they didn't get wet.
Ulti stuff ready to go!
 All my fears were for naught - it stayed windy and sunny!

The stuff:
 Easy boots for walking to the field, then to town after for brunch, then home again.

  • Silver/turquoise ring - local
  • Turquoise earrings - Mango's

No time to nap (I really wanted a nap!), as Mom and I had a date for the last play of our Belfry Theatre season. It was "Salt Baby" (Monday Magazine review here), and it was a good one. A fitting end to a good season overall.
 Of course I had to wear this stand-out dress! It was a smash hit!

This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. I could not have been more visible!

  • Dress - Tangerine Jill, consignment; purchased here for $44.95
  • Shoes - Effortless Bebe, Fluevog; last seen here (5th outfit) in February for Day 1 in my new office
  • Jacket (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in March

The bright colours, the movement (this dress is ALIVE), and the reactions to this dress were so strong, I'm going to call this my firecracker dress. Must be deployed with caution at all times!
 From compliments in the lobby of the theatre, to people gasping about it in the pub as I walked by, to a guy on the sidewalk outside the pub who mimed to me through the window how much he was a was overwhelming. I'm used to standing out in a crowd, but this dress was really quite explosive.

I didn't have time to wash my hair after Ulti, so I put my hair up into a fuzzy ponytail.
 Mom and I walked to and from the theatre (and pub for dinner after) and it was still very windy.

I was a mass of wisps by the time we got home!
 With my little purse.

Outerwear is starting to verge into wearing one of my jackets or blazers instead. These items are not as heavy as coats and can be worn as part of an ensemble. They live in my closet as opposed to my outerwear closet (shown here).
 I love the pretty shape of this jacket, the single front hook/eye closure, the pockets, and the belled, bubble sleeves.

Why, yes, I am a little teapot.
 Even with all this black, the dress was still in your face.

The stuff:
 In addition to these bright pink metallic shoes, my orange shoes also worked with the dress, as did a few pairs of black shoes. It was hard to choose, but these were the easiest for walking (I was starting to feel stiff from Ulti).

Simple bling:
 My purse is over 20 years old. It was my only "going out" purse for a few years.

  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Silver/amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's
  • Earrings - Le Chateau

Mom and I dropped L and I off at our friends' place on her way home, for an evening of board games with them and Cat/Ross. Thanks so much for hosting, Chris and Ali!
 This is the change of clothes I brought - I did show up in my firecracker dress (to much admiration), but it wasn't warm enough to hang out in all night, plus I know I'd spill something on it. I'd rather be comfy!

  • Sweater - J. Crew, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) to see the Wailin' Jennys in concert in February
  • Jeans - Gap, thrifted; last seen here with this same sweater, as above (but I wear them around the house a lot)
  • Sneakers - Sex Pistols Converse, thrifted; purchased here for $34.95 (but I walk to and from work in these every day)

I actually wasn't able to photograph myself last night (because I changed once I got there, and we got home at 2am!), so I wore the same outfit today to walk to town and get groceries with L. 

 Today/Sunday, it's glorious and sunny and warm, with only a light breeze. I didn't even wear a coat!
We are going to see The Beaches (it's a band, awesome great song here, give it a listen!) tonight with some friends, so tomorrow's outfit post will be a two-fer (2 for 1). I'd better sneak a nap in before we go!