Woo! I'm back! Did ya miss me? I took a 5-day weekend this week. L and I traveled to Powell River again - 3rd time this year! - for his 25th high school reunion, and then he and I had yesterday off together. Today is my day: nice and quiet and doing a little shopping and some chores, before I go do my WW meeting tonight. Thank goodness for another long weekend coming up!
Here we go! This is my travel outfit - I wore the same thing driving up-Island and down-Island, so I only took one set of pictures. I wore two different black camisoles underneath it.here (scroll down a bit, it's another long weekend post!) with these same shoes, in early August.
here a couple of weeks ago, along with the sequined tank seen below.
|Don't move, there's a peacock beside you!|
My accessories were my black and stud leather cuffs, and my bird skull earrings.
Shirt (Mexx, consignment), camis (InWear and Esprit), skirt (Le Chateau, consignment), shoes (La Canadienne, consignment), cuff (Guess, thrifted), studded cuff (homegrown vintage), earrings (local).
For L's reunion, I wanted to dress up and look sexy and nice for L, but also not trying too hard.
here). It's a lovely colour and I wanted something with sleeves to cover up a massive bruise I've had on my arm for two weeks (I slipped on the tile at work).
I tried a couple of spots in our hotel room for pictures. We stayed at the resort that the reunion was hosted at, and left from there on Sunday morning to catch the ferry home.
here with mostly reds.
Here's my "Visible Monday" look over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. I'm a little late to the party - I blame the cider!
here as blue bookends in July. I had a blast dancing all night. I worked up a good sweat!
My accessories are my black leather obi, the amazing chain-link purse from Megan Mae, a steel cuff, my black leather cuff, gifted circle earrings, and my Wendy Brandes ring.
Top (Oxmo), skirt (Ocean West, vintage 80s, consignment), obi (consignment), shoes (Garden of Enjoyment, Rita, Fluevog), bag (thrifted, gift from Megan), earrings (gift from Lise), cuffs (both thrifted), lapis lazuli ring (Wendy Brandes).
L and I got home early Sunday afternoon and chilled, napping and then playing games that night. On Monday, which L also took off, we went out for lunch, then watched some shows and a movie.
here (with the same shoes!) for L's birthday weekend in early June.
here with my pink linen dress in mid-July.
here, for walking to the grocery store.
Cardigan (Kersh, consignment), dress (Smoking Lily), shoes (Chie Mihara), belt (Plum), beetle pin (Le Chateau), skull earrings (local).
Today I got up early, got caught up on blogs, then headed to town for some other chores and a wee bit of shopping. A "me" day!
here as part of "My Forbidden Dress Week!"
here in February.
|Lovey cat sold separately.|
Dress (Love Dress O, Bodybag by Jude, consignment), shoes (Coffee, Kope Tiam, Fluevog), belt (Pringle of Scotland, thrifted), bracelet (About Tine), spinner ring (Twang & Pearl), bag (Letizia, consignment).
In case you hadn't noticed, this post is not linear in nature. I did all the outfits first, and now cat pictures with vacation pictures (feel free to skip, I won't mind, but you might miss the Big Hand Gnome). Shopping pictures after that.
I took some pictures of Vizzini before we left on Friday morning. He was watching the squirrels that are now populating our oak and maple trees.
|"On the job! Keeping the neighbourhood safe!"|
|"You better not be going away!"|
|"I do hear sounds of packing!"|
|"What's this I hear about my English twin?"|
We had gorgeous weather going up the Malahat, and had the top down on the convertible the whole way. My hair was a bird's nest!
All that construction they were doing last time we went up in June (here) is done! Hurray!
Looking in the side windows, you can see the slant of the incline as we climb higher.
There's the summit (nice for tourists).
Just managed to get a picture of across the inlet - that's the Saanich Peninsula.
Near Nanaimo, we started to see more traffic. There were a lot of logging trucks on the highway.
Thank goodness this one's going the other way.
Hello, here is your photographer.
As we got to the big open stretch (110 kmph speed limit!), the clouds rolled in.
I started looking for interesting signs.
Approaching the Courtenay/Comox area.
I got out and stretched my legs at the ferry terminal, and saw this hilarious sign.
As always, we rode on the majestic Queen of Burnaby. I'm not sure what the Coast Guard was up to with that crane.
I didn't have time for a walk on the beach. It was quite warm, although the water was choppy.
I had several "whoops!" moments where my skirt tried to go over my head.
Peeks of blue sky as we pull out into the strait.
On Saturday night, we did the traditional tour of my mother-in-law's garden. She was especially excited a about her anti-deer and bear (yes, BEAR) tricks for protecting her plum tree.
|L is stunning in his football jersey and matching sneakers, and his brother V is wearing coordinating camo fleece pants and hat. Louise is pouring caps of bleach around the tree.|
I consoled myself with some wild blackberries.
This lovely bloom is off a cutting of a 100+ year old rose bush.
I love greenhouses.
One of the last of the dahlias.
And the sunset across the backyard, with the Canadian flag unfurling.
We met our friend Kelly on Saturday morning for brunch at the cafe in The Old Courthouse Inn, Edie Rae's Cafe.
After brunch, we walked over to the Townsite Brewery.
After picking up our gear from L's mom's place, we met up with our friends Tony and Laura (L and Tony went to high school together) for the best Latin food I've ever had, at the Costa del Sol Cafe. Highly recommended if you're in Powell River!
We had a great view from our room:
Looking north up the straight.
I didn't take too many pictures of the reunion.
Bright and early, we were off on the 8am ferry back to the Island.
And there are the docks at Comox!
We kept the top up so that we wouldn't get sunburnt.
And nearly home...ah...
We hung out on Sunday night (after much napping with a very needy Vizzini).
|"Oh, were you gone? I didn't notice."|
As mentioned, I did do a little bit of shopping over the weekend. We hit a couple of thrift stores with L's mom. She insisted on buying me a couple of things, including this stretch metal gold belt.
I found this incredible ensemble at a charity thrift store:
But check this out:
On Monday, L dropped me off at the plaza where My Sister's Closet is. I browsed while he had his hair cut. I didn't have time to go through the whole store, but I did find this amazing bag.
I stopped in at one of the fair-trade/local stores in the mall and found these wonderful modern copper pieces.
link). I got the cuff and earrings for $40 each.
I stopped in at Verve, a consignment store near the edge of town. It carries very high-end brands, mixed with a few lower-end. I have been perusing the September Vogue and InStyle and like the tough edge on sweatshirts mixed with girly skirts.
I hope everyone is doing well and having a good week! It's good to be back.