Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Shiny Thursday - Wearing My Heart

And here we are, the eve of my extra-long weekend! I'm so excited I'm shining!
Yes, that is a very shiny dress! It's not quite as shiny in person - the overall effect is shiny, yes, but the turquoise and purple of the pattern are more obvious.

  • Dress - Max & Co.; purchased here in Florence last month
  • Shoes - Pearl Hart Bellevues, Fluevog; last seen here in July with watercolours and bark

I liked how the blue tights pulled the shoes and the dress together, and the cabling pattern of the tights echoed the pattern of the dress' fabric.
Wah! Contrast-y back! People were constantly ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the dress. Wearing shiny is fun!

The stuff:
Lovely shoes - I walked several blocks in them, and worked late (again). No foot pain.

Gold bling:
I can see myself in my heart (that sounds more profound than it is). I had fun showing people my "boyfriends" inside it, hee hee (click here if you don't know what I'm talking about).

  • Belt - vintage; gift from mother-in-law
  • Heart necklace - local; gift from L
  • Lapis lazuli ring and Fulvia ring - the awesome Wendy Brandes
  • Earrings - local

And now...I'm getting my long weekend on! It's our big company Christmas party on Saturday night and I have an awesome outfit planned! Enjoy your Thanksgiving (my US friends) and have a lovely week and weekend, my other global comrades.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Green and Gold, and Grey Lace

Today was grey and rainy - a typical West Coast day, and I don't mind the rain (I was born here, after all).
And rain means it's always green here, and isn't that just a little ray of sunshine, when you think about it?

I tell myself these things and it makes me feel better. The rain is my grey dress, the green is the grass buried under all the leaves, and the gold is like the leaves themselves.

  • Dress - Banana Republic, thrifted; last seen here in July with weekend hair
  • Shoes - Half-Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last worn here (6th outfit) earlier this month with green velvet
One of my coworkers said to me near the end of the day, "Every time I look at you, I feel happy. This [he waved at my outfit] makes me happy. I don't know why."

I like that I can inspire this reaction in people. Personally, I think it was the scarf in the hair (referred to variously as my headband, my head-thing, and "that thing in your hair"). There just aren't that many people who wear scarves in their hair these days.
I was exceedingly pleased with my gold and grey combination. It was like the first time I mixed metals in my jewelry. I've worn gold jewelry with grey before, but with more neutrals. Green - not a neutral!

The stuff:
I had all of the outfit put together (it was built around the scarf and the necklace, believe it or not), and couldn't figure out which shoes to wear! I have 3 pairs of green shoes, but these kitten heels were the closest to that rich 80s emerald.

Bold gold bling:

  • Scarf - Vera, thrifted
  • Belt - thrifted
  • Necklace - consignment (one of many items in a $10.95 grab bag)
  • Bracelet/earrings - vintage 60s? Mom's, liberated from her jewelry box in the early 1980s

I liked how the square shapes on the necklace, the rectangular "tiles" in the bracelet and the earrings, the squared buckle of the belt (yes, that's an elastic on the belt - I am klassy all the way), and even the squared heel on the shoes (and the buckles) all went so well together. So many parallelograms! And it contrasted nicely with the organic shapes of the not-really lace of the dress.

I like when all those details come together, even if I'm the only one who notices them.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Dark Florals Redux

Woo! This is a short week for me! Although I am a 3rd generation Canadian, L and I sort of do the US Thanksgiving (as we are NFL football fans) and we both always take the Thursday/Friday off.

I decided to do a minor Dress Week of sorts this week to celebrate. Sure, turkey, football, dresses...why not?
I totally cheated and nearly completely copied an outfit from this time last year. Check it out: October 2013.

  • Jacket - Le Chateau, consignment; last seen here in September with chrysanthemums
  • Dress - Laura Ashley, vintage 80s, consignment; last seen right up there last October
  • Shoes - Sencha Teapot, Fluevog; last seen here with pink plaid in August

Things I did differently: no brooch (necklace instead), lacy tights and different red shoes swapped for the red boots.
I've had this dress for a very long time (in my closet that means over 10 years) and I really liked how this outfit turned out last year. So why not repeat it, with minor variations? I still like how this looks!

The stuff:
Gawd, I love these shoes - they are so comfortable.

Red bling:
And an octopus, because octopus?

  • Belt - local, gift from L
  • Necklace - Raven's Roost Studio
  • Spinner ring - local
  • Red ring - Oscar & Libby's
  • Black ring - homegrown vintage 1985, gift from Mom & Dad

I don't know that I would wear this outfit again, but even if I did, would it be a fashion crime?

Off to watch more football, make dinner and rest my sort biceps/triceps from the gym!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SmallAss Weekend Wrap-Up: Pleather and Houndstooth, and Snaky Dots

We made it! Weekend! There are probably things I should have done this weekend (grocery shopping, going to my niece's soccer game, Christmas shopping).
I didn't do them.

I'm tired. Not of blogging! No worries there - this (*waves vaguely*) is my main creative outlet. Putting outfits together with mindfulness of what I'm doing; looking at the colours and textures, wearing the clothes, seeing how people react to them and me. It's a big social experiment, and I am the mad scientist!

I enjoy the writing aspect, although I've streamlined the "when I last wore it" portion of our program (it's faster for me to look things and do the links all in one go). Sometimes I'm more verbose than other times. As with most of you, I only talk about the surface of my life on my blog. This is no more 100% the real me than the idea you might have about the life of that slightly odd, fashionable lady walking down the street. It's a good facsimile of me, though, at least of my public persona.

My job requires me to be "up" and "on" constantly. I'm very good at turning it on and off, but it's emotionally exhausting (seeing as I'm not an extrovert by nature), and I require a lot of downtime to get my mojo going again. My work has been dominating my life over the past few weeks, since I got back from vacation, but things are easing up...for now. The clothes help me put on a bright and cheery face. "Fake it till you feel it" is one of my mantras.

But enough rambling! The clothes, woman!

  • Top - Jeanne Bekker, consignment; purchased here last weekend
  • Skirt - Nygard, consignment; last seen here back in February with lemon
  • Boots - Miz Mooz; last seen here in February for a blogger tea-time meet-up

I seem to have an affinity for this oxblood/burgundy red lately. It's a good colour on me, and works well as a neutral for popping off jewelry or other vivid textures, like this houndstooth skirt. This is also my second burgundy item that I've purchased that has been made of PVC/pleather. I still don't like the feel of it, but at least it means this sweater is washable.
The skirt is what I think of as one of my "butt" skirts - hee, it does good things for my bum.

My current favourite autumn coat:
I love a long slim coat! The drama of the longer back hem and the velvet mixed with the wool just makes me want to stride down the sidewalk with a devil-may-care attitude.

The stuff:
One of my many pairs of red boots - I have a thing for red boots (and shoes!). These are a fabulously girly shape with the folds! and the buttons! and the curvy heel! I also love a narrow ankle on a boot - it's very Victorian.

Big bling:
I got lots of compliments on this necklace (my secret d20s!). Will statement necklaces every stop being a statement?

  • Cuff - Midzo, vintage fair
  • Necklace - Nygard, consignment
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
  • Pinky ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s
  • Quartz ring - Uffizzi Gallery gift shop, Florence

I probably should have gone to bed earlier on Friday night, but L and I were having so much fun playing games, that we stayed up till the wee hours. As a result, I slept in on Saturday.
Gack! Much glariness!

This is my link-up to Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style! Go! Go!

Shade my eyes?
I want to loll in the sun like a cat. Bring me coffee.

  • Dress - I'M Isola Marras; last seen here last month in its inaugural wear
  • Boots - Ash; last seen here last weekend, with orange

I didn't think I'd be wearing this dress in the fall/winter too much, but it lends itself well as a light daytime piece, as long as I wear appropriate layers underneath.
In this case, it's tights, a black vintage half-slip on the bottom, and a beige vintage camisole on the top.

I wore this for brunch, watching a movie at home and for going to Winesday with the girls.
It's an easy shape to wear, a lovely fabric to touch, and I like mix of dots and vines and abstract patterns with the starkness of the black leather and studs. This is basically a repeat of my first wear of the dress (linked above), but as always, I've changed up a few details here and there.

Same coat, and my burgundy fingerless gloves.
I heart these boots so much. I wish I'd had them for the past 10, 20, 30 years!

The stuff:
These are excellent leaf-kicking boots, by the way. Don't even think about leaving a pile of leaves out there - they're just asking to be strewn about!

Snaky bling:
I wore all my Italy stuff: the ring, the glass snake necklace and the dress. I always have to balance my snake ring on something to photograph it (in this case, the necklace) as it doesn't sit properly.

  • Purple cuff - thrifted
  • Stud cuff - homegrown vintage 80s
  • Necklace - gift from Mom, Venice
  • Ring - as above
  • Ear cuff/chain - Claire's
  • Turquoise stud - local
  • Snake ring - homegrown vintage, 1985

And you? Are you in energy mode or recharge mode? I know that US Thanksgiving is around the corner (I'm taking those days off next week). As we head into holiday season, do you do it with excitement or dread, or a bit of both? I'm a bit of both, to be honest.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Shoe Shine #15

Shoe Shine is on!
Get your kicks by showing your kicks!

This time I'm putting on my red shoes:
I always think of David Bowie's "Let's Dance" when I wear red shoes: "Put on your red shoes and dance the blues."

These are by Marc and they are heaven to wear.
I like the chunky design and the sturdy strap over the vamp. And who doesn't love red shoes? I have a kazillion pairs of red shoes and boots! I think I'm addicted.

What about you? Do you have a shoe addiction? Black shoes? Shoes with buckles? Show us!

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  1. Link to a post featuring a fabulous pair of footwear!
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  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinks "Add Your Link" button to open a new page.
  4. In the "Next Step," you crop the picture you want to display, and voila!
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tweed Two-Fer! And a Cat in a Tunnel

I'm not going to apologize for not posting yesterday, nor will I say I'm sorry for not visiting your blogs - I am just exhausted from working so many extra hours this and last week. Danged newsletter! 
But I will get right to the point and get my last two outfits up, so that I can move on. Here we go.

I sort of have an unintentional tweed theme going over the past few days. It wasn't planned; I just wanted to wear some of the things in my closet that I like.

  • Jacket - Findlay, thrifted; last seen here in September on a wee shopping expedition
  • Sweater (underneath) - Main Fung, thrifted; last seen here way back in March as part of my Vancouver mini-wardrobe
  • Skirt - Tobias, thrifted; last worn here in July with a side of Kermit
  • Boots - Gold Button; last seen here in March for breakfast at the diner

I didn't take the jacket off at all, except for my brief foray out to get my hair cut after work. I had to go back to work after my haircut, boo.
That's an exceptionally swooshy skirt!

The stuff:
I liked these boots quite a bit, more than I did earlier this year when I first bought them.

I forgot to do a solo picture of the copper bling, but this is what I wore:

  • Necklace/earrings - Renoir, vintage 60s
  • Rings - vintage fairs and consignment
  • Belt - Club Monaco

I totally crashed last night - I was barely able to stay awake for an hour.

I did manage to take some pictures of Vizzini and his new hiding spot:
"I am totally invisible!"
I love how he seems to think he can't be found.
"Just chillin' here in my round furry hidey-hole."
The tunnel has crackly paper sewn into one side.
"You can't see me"
He loves to race through it and attack us!

Today is another day. Indeed it is.
And another tweed jacket! This outfit elicited oohs and aaahs from one of the classiest dressers at work. She just loved it. Another one of my coworkers, who likes that I push the envelope, agreed that it was fairly conservative. I guess yellow shoes are very businesslike these days!

  • Jacket - Pink Tartan, consignment; last worn here with the matching skirt in November 2013
  • Skirt - Boss Orange, Hugo Boss, consignment; last seen here in July with shoes my husband hates
  • Top - Cable & Gauge, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) earlier this month with Etro
  • Shoes - Poetic Licence; last seen here in November 2013 (ooh, I like that outfit a lot)

The jacket is even more stunning in person - it used to belong to Kim Cattrall!
The wide swooshiness and the upper-calf length of the silk skirt (I have a full-length vintage slip on under everything too) helped to balance the strong lines and shoulders of the jacket.

The stuff:
Amazing shoes! I love Poetic Licence's designs.

Vintage bling:
I bought myself this necklace (and a matching jangly bracelet) years ago to celebrate getting a new job. I made the earrings from two pieces off the necklace.

  • Necklace/earrings - vintage Bakelite
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
  • Stone ring - 90s
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage fair

Phew! I'm outta here until Sunday, but don't forget about Shoe Shine, starting midnight Friday!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holey Tights, Catted Shoes and a Leather Shirt

Hello, Tuesday!
Why, yes, that is a leather shirt, why do you ask?
  • Shirt - Danier, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit), over a year ago in October 2013 for a surprise birthday party
  • Top - Rachel Roy, thrifted; last seen here in March with yellow and dragons
  • Skirt - Precis Petites; last seen here (2nd outfit) in January with loads of purple
  • Shoes - Bata, thrifted; last seen here in January with yellow and power lines
I actually wore this outfit with the shirt done up, so in case you are dying to know what top this is...
 That's it.
Yowza! I do love my leather shirt - so cool.

This skirt is the match to the jacket that I wore on the weekend, with the fake fur collar.
The suit is one of my oldest items, purchased just after I lost 50 lbs.

Sadly, these tights popped a hole - right on the calf - at some point during my day, so goodbye, holey tights, you were well-loved.

The stuff:
As you can see from the mawed strap on the top shoe, "someone" had a little chew on these (Vizzini got at them several months ago, but now the strap is getting iffy). I'm also just not feeling them anymore, so they are going into the donate pile. Aw. Two "buh-byes" in one outfit. So sad.

  • Earrings - local

Monday, November 17, 2014

Positively Pink

Monday already? Man, how does that happen?
I am feeling in the pink! Ha, get it? Ha, I kill myself. Seriously, that's a whole lotta pink going on.

"Under the word "brocade" in the dictionary, there's a picture of that coat," said one of my coworkers.  Yup, this jacket exemplifies brocade.

  • Dress - Jacob, consignment; just purchased yesterday here
  • Coat - Aldo, thrifted; last seen here in April with cream and pink
  • Shoes - Two Lips, thrifted; last seen here in August with my chambray dress

I tallied up all my clothing items for one of my coworkers:

  • Coat: $24.95
  • Dress: $10.00
  • Shoes: $2.00 (that's not a typo)

The dress did well on its first wear. It's pretty light and summery, though, so I think I will store it away for now. I wish it had pockets. Other than that, it's a great dress, and I'm sure I'll wear it a lot in the summer.

The stuff:
Monday shoes - they've got to be comfy.

Red and pink bling:
Even though I keep saying I'm tired of this necklace, it keeps hanging around!

  • Earrings - local
  • Necklace - Plum
Woo hoo! Shoe Shine is on this Friday! 
See you there!