Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Perfectly Pink Professional, and a Flop-Cat

We're in for a glorious week of nice warm temps (low 20s, high 70s). This is the kind of summer weather I can handle and not swelter in regular clothes.
 Blazer time! I had to wear this lovely pink jacket immediately. Stat!

  • Jacket - Brooks Brothers, thrifted; purchased here for $32.95
  • Cami - thrifted, not tracked
  • Skirt - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here in April with two-toned boots
  • Shoes - Miista; last seen here with purple velvet and birds in May

 L and I had an appointment after work and I wanted to look professional and not too wacky. Well, aside from the purple hair thing going on, which is strongly verging into magenta pink as it's overdue for a colouring. I love the classic style of this lovely jacket. I know it's not terribly exciting, but hey, it's that perfect shade of pink that I've been wanting to find in a blazer forever, and this one fits me better than the last one (maybe you remember this one?)
 I really liked how well it went with this crackle-patterned skirt. I probably could have done a heel and REALLY looked professional.

But I think you know what I say to that...
Forget that stuff! Only not "forget" and not "stuff." Heh.

The [real] stuff:
 Lovely comfy shoes! That is where my heart lies. I did briefly consider heels, to be honest, but I had some walking to do today, and nah...

Pink and blue bling:
 All my most expensive jewels - I'm such a hoity-toity lady!

  • Pink crystal set - Sherman, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Lapis lazuli ring and Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Last night, Vizzini disappeared on us. We keep our deck curtains closed until the sun is down to try to keep our place from overheating. I peeked behind the curtain and who did I see?
"That's a stupid question, Woman. Obviously, it's me."
Flop-Cat! Caught him mid-meow there!

I got in for a closer look.
"Unless you have treats, you can get off my deck now."
Yup, it's way too hot out there!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Scooching Scuba Skirt

Ah, Monday. I did not want to talk to anyone or deal with anything today. Instead, my day started with me scooping hot coffee grounds out of the backed-up coffee machine. Then I had to put my "game face" on and show around our new hire. 
 And right at the end of the day, I had to deal with an eruption of liquefied powdered chocolate that had gummed up inside that same (possessed!) coffee monster of a machine. I reek of burnt coffee and chocolate.

  • Cashmere sweater - Lord & Taylor, consignment; last seen here in May with jungle toes
  • Neoprene skirt - Clover Canyon, consignment; first worn here in June with grey ruffles
  • Shoes - Effortless Vivian, Fluevog; last seen here a couple of weeks ago with floral and dots

 And this freaking skirt continued to drive me crazy. It scootches up my torso as I wear it! You can see where the waistband is in the above picture (because my cashmere sweater is very thin and sheer). After walking around the office, that waistband was creeping up. And up. And up.

Me: Jeez! Stay put, skirt! I want you to sit at my waist, so that the hem falls just below my knee.

Skirt: Nuh-uh, I'm making a break for Underboob City! [cue "Jaws" theme]

Me: NO, don't go there. I want you back down here in Waist Territory.

Skirt: I'm going, and you can't stop me!
 On the walk home, I just let it go there and pretended it was a short skirt.

My trusty straw hat.
 And yeah, it was a little too warm to wear cashmere, even thin cashmere. I don't care.

The stuff:
 Love these shoes. They are so funky.

Blue bling:
There is something about orange and blue together that I really adore, especially this rich baby blue.

  • Bracelet - Coro, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Bangle - local
  • Earrings - vintage fair
  • Silver/sodalite ring - 1998, Scotland
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Weekend Wrap-Up: Funky Friday, Lettuce Dress, Winesday Clothing Madness, Sack for Shopping

Phew, what a lovely weekend it's been! Just the right amount of social and quiet time, party and naps, and even a bit of shopping. Ready? Here we go!

Friday's outfit was simple, just a dress. 
 But what a dress! This is one of two that I bought in Italy a few years ago. It's a favourite, so let's make this my outfit for Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style. Get there!

  • Dress - I'M by Isola Marras; last seen here (4th outfit) in September 2016 with beige boots
  • Shoes - Asos, consignment; last worn here in June with shiny grey ruffles
  • Coat (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last seen here on Wednesday and Thursday

 I love the mish-mash of patterns, which are on silk. The solid burgundy colour is satin.
 Very cool back detail! I wore a vintage half-slip under this for coverage - it's short!

It rained overnight and was still a bit gloomy during the day.
 Just enough cover.

The stuff:
 I love these pretty shoes!

Green bling:
 The necklace flopped around a bit, but I liked how it looked with the dress.

  • Necklace - J. Crew, thrifted
  • Glass bangle - thrifted
  • Earrings - Stella & Dot, consignment, Vancouver
  • Sparkly ring - consignment
  • Jade ring - Mom's, vintage 70s

L and I played boardgames on Friday night - we were up bright and early for Ultimate Frisbee on Saturday morning!
 Time to wear my "lettuce" dress again! A shout-out and kudos to Kasmira over at WhatIWore2Day for the mention and for her fabulous idea about rotating clothes in one's wardrobe! I know I haven't worn this dress for a while because the hanger was backwards.

  • Dress - Simply Taylor, consignment; last seen here (4th outfit) in June 2016
  • Shoes - Fugitive, thrifted; last worn here in a mullet outfit in September 2016

 This was the last wearing of the shoes. They rubbed one foot after a while, and I'm just not feeling this look anymore. Off to a new home, they are, but let's have a little retrospective and see how I've done with my cost-per-wear.

  • Last seen here, with blue and cream in September 2016, as noted above.
  • Here in June 2016 with fluffy leopard.
  • With a leather dress here in September 2015.
  • In August 2015 here with my bark skirt.
  • With cream and aqua in April 2015, here
  • In September 2014  here with that same leather dress and fruital.
  • In a blah outfit here in August 2014.
  • Here (3rd outfit) with blush lace and a fur hat in April 2014.
  • In April 2014 again here with pink and lace.
  • April 2014 was a strong month for these - how about sheer and more cream here?
  • That leather dress is back again here in February 2014. 

They were purchased here in February 2014 for $10.00, so including Friday's outfit, that is 12 outfits for 83 cents per wear. Thanks for the memories, shoes!

Green and pearl bling:
 I like wearing Mom's necklace. Easy stuff for changing back into after the Ulti game!

  • Necklace - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Earrings - thrifted

After Ulti, we had brunch followed by a quick grocery shop (and a long-ish nap), and a tidy of the house for the evening arrival of the Winesday women!

I went through all of my giveaway stuff (it's been taking over the library for a long time!) and sorted it. This is the accessories:
 Some vintage slips and half-slips, a hat, loads of belts, buckles, jewelry, some nail polish.

The benches were just a mount of clothes, roughly sorted into dresses, tops, jackets, sweaters, skirts and my plaid raincoat.
 It was fun to go through it all! Some good memories here. I did pull out one skirt that I wanted to keep (this grey one). We'll see how it fares once I go back to my fall/winter wardrobe.

The shoes were in the library - not too many of my friends wear my size, although I do pick up smaller and larger sizes sometimes.
 That's 24 pairs gone!

Since I wanted to chill with my gals, I wore a casual outfit.
 I went through my workout and t-shirt collection and cleaned out a ton of stuff there for donation. I was happy to find this tee!

  • T-shirt - SuperFischal, purchased in London; last seen here (2nd outfit) on the blog in June 2010!
  • Jeans - Levi Strauss, thrifted; last worn here last week with loads of fringe

 The tee says "His Dudeness" - it's The Dude from "The Big Lebowski".

Some very blurry pictures of some of the Winesday gals trying stuff on! I blame the photographer and wine!
 Grace is rockin' these killer shoes - too high for me now!

Tracy, Linda, Yvonne and Vero holding stuff up.
 A very blurry shot of Yvonne's "muah!" top.
 Karen and Grace in the background - Grace got a couple of pairs of shoes.

Grace and Vero.
 Neither of them took these pieces! Aw!

But look how happy Karen is to find this beautiful dress!
 It looks amazing on her! She did take this home.

After a very late night, a sleep-in and much coffee this morning, I dragged myself to town to get groceries.
 It's back to being hot and sunny! Love it!

  • Dress - Joe Fresh, thrifted; last seen here in May with blue suede shoes
  • Shoes - Franco Sarto, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in July with my silk All Saints dress

 All sunblocked up, of course.
 It's a sack dress - it's not meant to flatter! It was lovely for trying stuff on, though (easy to take off and put back on!), as I did go for a little shop after I was done at the grocery store.

I got annoyed at the hat on the way to town.
 The wire in the brim popped out and the hat's bit big anyway. I left it on top of a mailbox, and it was gone by the time I came home. Goodbye, bad hat!

The stuff.
 These shoes were so comfy to walk in. I'm quite stiff today from all the running around on the field yesterday.

  • Earrings - Plum

I went to the WIN Warehouse store to find they've done a re-org of the clothing department - a huge improvement for browsing! All the dresses are hung higher and the tops are all on lower racks. So much easier to look at them! I also like that they've put vintage items next to the thrift and boutique sections. No need to segregate the vintage!
 This pretty pink, gold and burgundy scarf looks awesome in my hair. It's by Echo and was $6.95.

You are going to laugh at me - I have a penchant for crazy pants!
 These are magnificent shiny brocade! Probably from the late 90s/early oughts - the rise is quite low.

They were in the "Special Items" rack, where they put all the designer stuff. They were $59.95 with 25% off , so $44.95.
 Look at that fabric! Worth every penny!

I even love the button.
 They're by Piazza Sempione, and were made in Italy.
 The fabric is also Italian-made. Cool.

I really like this beautiful pink blazer.
 It's a blend of linen, silk and wool, and is gorgeously made.
 The fabric is woven in Italy. It's by Brooks Brothers and was $32.95.

I loved the soft blue of this sweater.
It is 100% merino wool and is by Badgley Mischka
It is noted "as is" and shrunken, but other than being a teeny bit puckery on the seams, it's in really nice condition. For $9.95? Mine.

And how was your weekend?