Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Abstract With Turquoise and Red

I'm tired. Is it Friday yet? This week is dragging.
Another new top to make an outfit with. Turquoise is one of my favourite colours, and this top has all of the other good colours in it too.


  • Top - Rumors, thrifted; purchased here for $14.95 with a 50% discount (so $7.50)
  • Skirt - Leifsdottir; last worn here in January with mojo velvet
  • Boots - Adrian Agnes, Fluevog; last seen here in January with the LGoD skirt
  • Coat (below) - Samuel Dong, thrifted 

First wearing of this top, and SLEEVES! I am having a love affair with big puffy sleeves. Anne Shirley would be proud. It's quite short in the body, however, so I had to keep tucking it back into the top of the skirt (which sits low on my hips). I really love the splashy, painty pattern of the blouse - I think it's supposed to be flowers.

I have both a camisole layered under the top and a red vintage half-slip layered under the skirt (you can see a bit of it in the stair picture) for extra warmth. I woke up cold - brrr! They are predicting a bit of snow over the next couple of days. NO!
I've decided - after owning it for nearly a year - that I like this skirt. Sometimes clothes take time to grow on you.

Outerwear:
No waffling on this coat - love! Red wool Parkhurst gloves and my fur thrifted boa to keep me warm. I'm being vain about my hair and not wearing a hat, although I need to get over that because my purpleness will turn pink in the sun.

The stuff:
I actually walked to and from work today in these boots. They are a pain to get on and off (you have to undo the chains to unzip them all the way), and they are heavy and bulky to carry. They're comfy enough to walk in, but boy, was I happy to get them off when I got home. They are tight in the shaft, along my legs.

Ring bling:
A couple of my spinner rings. I'm done with the top one - into the giveaway pile of jewelry it goes!


  • Top ring - consignment
  • Bottom ring - Twang & Pearl
  • Earrings - second hand furniture store


Off for some dinner and couch time.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Moss Green, Shades of Wine and Velvet

Gads, what a busy day! I am so glad to be home to be having someone else clean my home. A quick blog post and then drag my sicky husband to Subway for dinner. We are classy that way.
I had many raves over this outfit today. People liked the flowiness and floweriness of the top, as well as all the different shades of wine, red, purple and pink.


  • Blouse - no label, thrifted; purchased and first worn here (4th outfit) in January
  • Skirt - Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, vintage 80s, thrifted; purchased here for $34.95
  • Shoes - Sencha Teapot, Fluevog; last worn here in September for the vintage expo
  • Grape Ape coat (below) - Forever 21, thrifted

I wore this blouse tucked in this time, and liked it much better without all that floofy business below the drawstring waist. Fussy stuff. I can't read the content tags (they are in Chinese) but it's 100% something. I thought it was polyester, but after wearing it all day, and noting how it wrinkled where it was tucked into my tights (the trick to keeping blouses from bunching around the middle), I do believe it is silk. Anyway, still very happy with it, and for $12.99, even happier.

The skirt was the star, though. Yves Saint Laurent! I wish you could reach through the screen (well, no, that's creepy, let's not wish for that), but it is the softest velvet ever.
It was quite wrinkled when I bought it, like someone had stuffed it in a bag for 30 years (certainly possible), and gave it a good steaming last night which restored it to full glory. It did wrinkle like mad again across my lap and my butt during the day, but at least now I know I can get 'em out.

Outerwear:
Bwah! Behold the Grape Ape coat! My burgundy wool Parkhurst fingerless gloves for the win.

The stuff:
I love the rich pinky red of these shoes. I've been browsing the new arrivals online at Fluevog in preparation for our annual pilgrimage (coming soon!). Whatever shall I do? Which ones to buy?

Pink bling:
So much sparkle, my heart can hardly stand it! So rare to find a set of Sherman crystal earrings and necklace. I still cackle that I only paid $22.00 for the set.


  • Earrings and necklace - Sherman, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes


Thank you all for your good vibes and wishes for me to get better. Today was my first drug-free day and it was not too bad...amazing what kind of substances one's body produces!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Deconstructed Poppies and How I Transport My Shoes

Happy Family Day to all my Canadian friends! For some reason, my province (BC) celebrates it a week before the other provinces. I would have liked a day off today! 
A simple outfit for a busy day. My plague is abating, but I'm still really tired. And of course, I passed it on to L. Sorry, love!


  • Blazer - Jacob, thrifted; last worn here in December 2016 with purple plaid
  • Dress - Desigual, thrifted; purchased here for $5.00
  • Shoes - Calvin Klein; last seen here in November 2016 with my Wonder Woman ensemble
  • Coat (below) - Samuel Dong, thrifted 

 As this dress has a halter-style neckline, I need to wear something over the shoulders or all my bra straps and sides are exposed. I thought this nice teal blazer worked well.

I adore the square floral pattern on the front of the dress - it reminded me of deconstructed poppies, you know, like Duchamp or Picasso would paint.
Shame about the back. Why would you leave that all so boringly beige? *shudder* I just pretended that wasn't there.

Outerwear:
I could have worn a hat and scarf (and regretted not doing so), but my hair was going nicely sideways swooshy and I didn't want to mess it up. Parkhurst gloves.

The stuff:
Shiny red shoes...

Silver bling:
Simple pieces that don't fight with those square poppies.


  • Cuff - Glee
  • Earrings - Tania Gleave


A few readers, including Mel-Bee (hello! thanks for the comment!) have asked me how my shoes stay so pristine. Answer: I don't wear them outside! If I do, it's never more than a couple of blocks at the very most.

I carry my shoes to work in a plastic bag. This one:
It rains a lot here, so I don't want them to get wet. Plastic it is. I reuse the same bag until it starts to fall apart, and then I find another one.

Then my shoes go into this reusable cloth bag that my mother-in-law gave me about 15 years ago. I use this bag when I go shopping (it rolls up into a little fist-sized package), and I also carry my lunch bag in it on the way to and from work.
Loaded with shoes and lunch there. A pair of boots also fits in this bag, in case that's what I'm wearing. It holds a lot.

And this is what I REALLY look like when I'm just about to leave for work. I have my walkin' shoes on - right now, these lovely thrifted white leather floral Doc Martens are my shoe of choice - my shoe/lunch bag on one shoulder, and my cross-body gold leather snakeskin print purse holding the shoe bag in place.
Getting my ear-buds ready for my tunes while I walk. Just gotta grab my coffee and off I go!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Weekend Wrap-Up: Grey Daze, A Wee Shop, and Orange Leather Shorts

Despite being in plague recovery, the world continues to rotate (news at 11), and things keep happening just as we scheduled them. I'm a planner - our social calendar is always jam-packed with fun things. You can never count on weather or cold/flu, though. 
Saturday morning, L and I were up bright and early to walk to town, have brunch, do the grocery shopping (me) and then meet up with one of my transplanted coworkers for a shop.


  • Vest - 2b Bebe, consignment; first worn here in January with a lot of purples
  • Sweater - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; not tracked, as it has a hole and it's one of my "wear around the house" pieces
  • Skirt - Dolce & Gabanna, thrifted; last seen here serving breakfast to the needy in October 2016
  • Boots - Lucky Brand, swap from Cat; first worn here a couple of weeks ago with spring stripes
  • Coat (below) - Danier, consignment 

I was snuggly warm, and this was a pretty good outfit for shopping in. Mai is a transfer from our Ottawa office, and I offered to show her a couple of my favourite thrift stores in town. We had a great time! She got two big bags of stuff for just over $100, including a killer pair of green and black real snakeskin vintage booties. I wish they'd been in my size!

Second wear of this vest, and I really loved it.
I have a little half-slip under this skirt so that I'm not flashing my hoo-ha to all and sundry.

Outerwear shot, embiggened to show my silly and awesome husband in all his pimpin' finery.
He's my rock & roll cowboy! Yes, that is real wolf fur on that vintage 70s leather jacket.

Me? I'm just rollin' along in my purple Danier leather gloves, and my purple wool beret (consignment). Easy things to jam into my purse while I shop.

The stuff:
I hit the zippers on these boots with a little bit of WD-40 to make them slide easier. It totally worked!


  • Earrings - Glee


After my grocery shop (the groceries were delivered later on in the evening), I had some time to kill, so I browsed through the St. Vincent de Paul. I wasn't terribly enamoured of my old black leather jacket that I wore on Thursday (this one), and although I wasn't looking for a new one, I just so happened to find the perfect replacement.
"My butthole is more interesting than this coat."
It's butter-soft, Danier Leather, and made in Canada. It's very similar to my long red leather coat, which I paid $300 for new (it was half price, too). So imagine my excitement to get this for...
Yes, only $15.00. Take my money!

I also spotted this unusual plaid. C'mon, like I'm going to leave a purple wool-blend plaid skirt behind!
There aren't that many purple plaids out there!
That's a better shot of it in natural light.

I never, ever shop at Eddie Bauer, but $5.00 seems like a good deal.
It was a great fit too, so into my shopping bag it went.

From there, I met with Mai at the WIN Warehouse store. I didn't find anything for me (I was just there a couple of weeks ago, so didn't see too much new stuff that interested me), so I focused on helping her shop.

After that, we strolled down to Flavour Upstairs, where we both had some good luck. Mai found an awesome pair of cowboy boots!

I liked this swooshy ring.
It sort of makes a double "S" shape.
I noticed that it was silver (.925), and for $9.00, it was mine.

I also spotted these awesome loafers:
So wonderfully spotty!

They're by Michael Kors.
Real leather (with hair!).
A teeny bit of wear, but not much.

Looks like these are around $200 new.
$34.99 for me, and that's not a lot of wear on the soles. Happy Sheila!

Last night we had 2 couples over for a rousing and raucous game of Arkham Horror, and today, we're headed out to Glo Pub to celebrate Cat's birthday with 5 other couples. I'm feeling like my flu has turned the corner. Yay, the plague is ending.
This calls for ORANGE LEATHER SHORTS. Heh, they must always be in caps.

I'm linking this outfit up to "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Get over there!
  • Top - Cartise, consignment; last seen here in December 2016 with greys
  • Shorts - Danier Leather, vintage 80s, thrifted; purchased here for $27.95
  • Shoes - Miista, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) a couple of weeks ago with a very pouffy skirt
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather, thrifted


 As noted when I bought these shorts, I won't be wearing them bare-legged.
 Top tucked up to show you the upper, pleated part of the shorts. Yowza! That's a long zipper.
Rear view.

With coat, all casual-like.
Yes, I am ready to go have some mid-afternoon drinks!

All bundled, because *sigh* it is still winter, and goodness knows what the weather will be like later.
Fluffy fur boa (thrifted) and my black studded Danier gloves. Isn't this a lovely leather coat? I'm so glad I got it!

The stuff:
Comfy shoes for being louche and laid-back.

The stuff:
I have two sparkly barettes in my hair, but they're anchored in there good, so not taking them out for this shot.


  • Silver ring - thrifted
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop
  • Wee ring - Bauxo
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Barettes (not shown) - Le Chateau


Vizzini enjoyed having people over last night, but he's more comfy in L's tie box.
"Just go out already and let me nap, Woman."
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Finally Friday...70s Flashback

Gads, it's Friday...I am a phlegm factory, hacking up hairballs right and left. Today was a super-busy day, prepping for 6 desk moves, 2 new people on Monday, and carpet cleaning of our entire office starting tonight. I am just bagged.
Bagged = exhausted. I'm putting on a good face - "Fake it till you make it" is one of my mottos - but I'm just wiped by this plague. I'd love some downtime over the weekend, but I have double social events tomorrow and another on Sunday. Golly, life is tough. *cough*firstworldproblems*cough*


  • Sweater - Prova, vintage 70s, thrifted; purchased here for $5.00
  • Trousers - Banana Republic, thrifted; last seen here in January with floral shoes
  • Shoes - Go Fresh, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) for a Sunday theatre matinee with Mom
  • Coat (below) - last company corporate swag, purchased in an online auction


First wearing of this "whoa, flashback" sweater from the 1970s. I washed it, which brought out a bunch of white dog hair (!). Strange. Anyways, it was nice to wear, although when I was moving things around in the office, I got suddenly flushed and then it was unbearably warm.
The "orange" stripe in the sweater is actually pink, but I figured that the pants pulled the same-ish colour. Of course, back in the day, I would have been wearing bell bottoms!

Outerwear:
This is a very thick leather jacket. It's good when I don't want a lot of bulk. Just my red Parkhurst gloves - it's quite mild out now. Hard to believe that just over a week ago, we were in a snowstorm!

The stuff:
I have decided that the shoes are gone. I don't like the look of them, comfortable as they are. Wedges are not really me.

In addition to this wear, and the "last worn" noted above, I wore them 6-7 times in a year, and paid $16.95 for them. I'm totally good with letting them go.

Blue bling:
Good ol' blue.


  • Earrings - local
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes


Here's a little real 70s flashback for you.
This is around 1976, the same era as the sweater I wore today. I'm standing on our back deck (nice open sides, safety first, kids!), looking at our neighbour's backyards. I'm wearing a floppy cotton hat with Mickey Mouse on it (my name is embroidered on the front brim - I got it in Disneyland), a polyester rainbow top, and awesome high-waisted white cotton shorts.

Happy weekends, my friends!