Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weekend Wrap-Up: Mom Stuff - Brunch, Theatre and Movie

Not much left in this weekend, but here's a quick post before I run off and enjoy the rest of it. And has it been fun so far? You bet it has! 
Let's kick it off with Friday's brunch outfit, featuring my DIY harem pants.


  • Jacket - Helmut Lang, thrifted; last worn here in March for Women's Day with leather pants
  • Sweater - Ralph Lauren, thrifted; last seen here in December 2016 with glitter and shine
  • Pants - Design Lab by Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last worn and DIY'ed here (2nd outfit) in August 2016
  • Shoes - Modern Vintage, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in September 2016 with Spanish ladies 

A bit of cover, a bit of bare ankles. These pants are gloriously billowy when I walk.
L and I strolled to town and met Nick for lunch, grabbed a few things on the way home, and then had a nice long nap.
Outerwear - surprise! I just did my jacket up!
However, it did rain, especially on the way home. I was dripping purple from my hair.

The stuff:
I noted last time I wore these those that it was time to get them re-heeled, and lo and behold! I actually did it!

Boho bling:
This triple chain necklace tangles a lot.


  • Necklace/earrings - Mango's
  • Ring - local
  • Cuff - vintage 60s, Mom's


Mom found this in her jewelry box and thought I would like it - I do! It's a bronze cuff lined with leather that she bought when she and Dad (possibly me, but she can't remember) went to a craft/artisan fair at the Bay Street Armoury in the late 60s. She said she paid about $10 for it then.
I think it's a look out a window at the sun, moon and stars, mountains in the background, and waves on the ocean in the middle, with stairs leading down. No idea what it's actually supposed to be, though - any other guesses?

It's signed.
That's the alchemical symbol for Jupiter, bit in the late 60s, that could have meant anything! Anyway, a very cool piece. Thanks, Mom!

After our nap, L went to the memorial for our neighbour Murray, and I got dressed to go to the final play of the Belfry Theatre season, "Alice Munro Stories " (about it here).
Theatre always means dress-up for me.

This is my entry for Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style. Go, go, go!


  • Blouse - no label, vintage, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in March for a weekend with the inlaws
  • Dress - Tangerine Jill, consignment; last worn here in December 2016 with this same blouse
  • Shoes - Effortless Vivian, Fluevog; last seen here in April with rainy pleats
  • Coat (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here in February with plaid pants and leopard

"My paw is so much more interesting than you."
We both enjoyed the play (actually, two short stories performed, so more like two plays), and then went for dinner at the local pub afterwards.
"I express my disdain for this by standing on three legs."
I have "nap hair" - that's what you get for sleeping on wet hair.
I love how the ruffled cuffs of the baby blue blouse poke out of the big bell sleeves of this thin coat.

Obligatory Wonder Woman pose!
Take that!

The stuff:
A comfy low shoe for walking to and from the theatre.

Silver bling:
I wore the pin at the throat of the blouse.


  • Pin - thrifted
  • Earrings - Brighton, furniture store
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes


L and I stayed up late playing boardgames and drinking wine! After a nice long sleep-in, I headed off to town to get groceries.
Hard to tell what the weather's going to do, so my clothes are all over the place with warmth.


  • Sweater - Gap, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in March with my tulle ballet skirt
  • Skirt - Mario Serrani, thrifted; last worn here in September 2016 with green sleeves
  • Shoes - Miista; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February with that rainy floral pleated skirt again
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather, consignment 

I met up with Mom again in the afternoon and we went to see "Beauty and the Beast" - it was such a treat to have fancy reclining seats in the theatre!
We both enjoyed the movie (seriously, what is all the fuss about Lefou? it's NOTHING), especially the spectacular visuals (the costumes were amazing).

Outerwear was called for.
It was rainy, cloudy and sunny. Make up your mind, weather!

The stuff:
Simple earrings, easy shoes.


  • Earrings - Stella and Dot, consignment


 I had an hour to kill between getting the groceries and meeting Mom, so I popped into the WIN Warehouse store.

Success! Check it out, Wolford!
I don't wear knee-highs that often, but I still do sometimes.

My cheapie drug store ones will be replaced with these uber-high-quality ones.
Regular price $34.00 at Holt Renfrew, but for me, only $1.95. Seriously, that's less than 6% of the original price.

I also found this wonderful silk and viscose dark grey velvet blazer in the thrift section.
It is so soft!

I can only conclude that they've never heard of Boden...
Or this would have been more than $8.95! A little Interwebz digging reveals this is from 2011-2012, and probably would have been around $250.00 new. Score!

I was drawn to the pattern on this dress.
"I am drawn to this loose thread."
This is a dress, by H&M, and it's a dark green with pale pink and chartreuse yellow flowers on it. The side are slit about 12" and it has a deep slit in the back of the neck (you can see a bit of this below).
It was only $9.95. It's also labeled a size 12, but fit me perfectly in the shoulders, so I just ignored that. Should be fun to wear! 

...And how was your weekend? Up to any shenanigans?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Psychedelic Friday - Purple, Orange and Yellow

Today was an exhausting day, mentally, with a huge task assigned to me by my boss, requested by corporate. I spent the day with my head down, trying to get as much of it done as I could. I'm used to quick, multiple tasks over my day, so changing to a deep-focus, large task was tough. I did a big chunk of it, though, and now, time to relax! It's the weekend!
Kicking some colour into gear - we had a glorious, sunny and warm day (15 degrees!), and my colours felt perfectly right.


  • Cardigan - Gap, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in September 2016 with the Spanish ladies dress
  • Dress - Etro, thrifted; first worn here (3rd outfit, past the concert pictures) in October 2016 with orange under it
  • Shoes - Nine West, thrifted; purchased here for $18.95
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather

Freshly re-purpled hair as of last night. Thank goodness with my hair longer, I can hide the splatty edges!

I loved wearing this gorgeous dress again - the colours and the giant paisley patterns are so fun. There's even tiny little "Etro" signatures all over it. Yes, it's really Etro Milano, made in Italy, and is probably from the 90s. Can you believe I paid $6.00 for it in the St. Vincent de Paul?? Check out their current line of dresses here* - they certainly love pattern! Etro was founded in 1968 and is still a family business (Etro is their last name) - they are known for their use of paisley.
*linking 'cause I love! 

We visited an Etro store in Florence a few years ago, and had a wonderful experience there (bought L an awesome pair of trousers), and this is the second Etro piece I've found second-hand in Victoria, along with this blazer.

I wore a mustard cami underneath it - it's a bit boobtastic otherwise.
I covered up with this cheery citrus orange cardigan - the perfect weight. I wore it outside to grab my lunch on its own - the first non-coat outing of the year! Woo!

Outerwear. It was too chilly this morning not to have a coat on.
I do love my yellow leather.

The stuff:
First wearing of these shoes, and they were...a B+. I love the look of them, and while they didn't rub anywhere (I had nylons on), they do cause the toes to pinch on one foot. The curse of the 80s pointy-toe shoes comes back to haunt me. I now regret walking miles in stilettos after dancing for hours when I was younger! No, wait, I don't, ha! But my feet pay the price. I will probably hang onto these shoes for another wear or two, but I might have to pass them along.

Colourful bling:
I love this necklace and earring set - I really liked how they worked with the outfit.


  • Earrings/necklace - Murano glass from Venice, gift from L
  • Lapis lazuli/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes


I have a few fun events planned for this weekend - see you Sunday for the wrap-up!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tunic and Polka Dotted Pants

Today was a busy day! Tons of clients at work, much running around, and general "ah! must get this done now!" moments. 
Maybe not the best day to wear some of my higher heels, but hey, if you're going to run around, do it in style, I say!


  • Tunic - Allison Wonderland, thrifted; purchased here for $5.00
  • Trousers - Tara Jarmon, consignment; last worn here in September 2016 with jungle cashmere
  • Shoes - Celestial Communication Andromeda, Fluevog; purchased and first worn here on our anniversary trip to Vancouver in March 
  • Coat (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted

First wearing of this tunic, and I really liked it, although it wrinkled like mad. It must contain metal! Ha!

I really built this outfit around the shoes, which I wanted to wear for my WW group (I always save the good shoes for them), and didn't really consider how much of my ink would be showing at work.

So when the clients just kept coming...and coming...I thought, "Maybe I shouldn't have so much of this exposed?" but my company supports my look, so I shrugged and moved on from that negative thought.
I like my look - purple hair, aqua glasses, loads of ink, and polka dotted pants, oh my! - and no one said boo. Our clients get a kick out of it.

Outerwear. Where I look more respectable, as befits a lady who's going on 50.
Hee! It's strange how we can second-guess ourselves, isn't it? I don't usually have these crises of appearance - I am pretty well-settled in my skin.

The stuff:
Oh, sweet beautiful shoes! My feet are tired now, especially after two hours of standing for WW. Flats tomorrow, feet, I promise!

Delicate bling:
I liked how the pearls and lace contrasted with the space-age shoes and the bold lines of the tunic and the dotty pants.

Cuff - Nashville, made locally
Ring - vintage fair
Earrings - thrifted

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

All the Colours: Pink, Black and Turquoise

A little late, but better than never...I'm just awakened from a nap, followed by some heated-up chili (thank you, L), following my tri-annual visit to the periodontist for deep cleaning. Being a wuss about the dentist (another story), I get a happy pill and my entire mouth frozen in order to do this as painlessly and stress-free as possible. 
Clothing as armour - my clothes will protect me from pain!


  • Jacket - Adore, thrifted; purchased here for $24.95
  • Pants - Ralph Lauren, consignment; last worn here in August 2016 with blue blah
  • Shoes - Miista, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit, way down) for brunch and shopping with Elaine in late March
  • Coat (below) - I.N. Studio, thrifted

I had some strong reactions to all this colour today, mostly of the "Whoa!" variety.

A few people noticed my new glasses - all reactions positive! The observant among you will have noticed that I don't wear them every day - correct! I bought a different colour so that I could switch it up and match my glasses to my outfits. My prescription didn't change much over the last 5 years, so I can go back and forth with them, no problem.
This jacket is all the crazy. All that mesh...it was a little cold on my arms (I wore a red cami underneath to hide my back). Not sure that I'm really feeling it, but I'll give it another chance in a different outfit.

Outerwear. No need for gloves!
I'm quite fond of this jacket. It feels like wool (but isn't) and it's light enough to wear when it's a little warmer out. It wasn't all that warm today, but at least it didn't rain.

The stuff:
I bused to work and to the periodontist. Mom picked me up (as I am woozy and loopy from being frozen and from the happy pill), so minimal walking. 

  • Necklace - Elleandem, thrifted
  • Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L


And now...a nap.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mostly Matching Magenta

Well, after a day when you don't like most of your outfit, it's always good to bounce back by wearing things you DO love. 
Pink/purple and yellow is one of my favourite colour combinations, ever!


  • Jacket - Jacob, thrifted; purchased here for $10.00
  • Sleeveless sweater - Gap, consignment; last seen here in September 2016 with lavender and dots
  • Skirt - Vivienne Tam, consignment; last worn here in July 2016 as a glamourous 80s secretary
  • Shoes - Coclico; last seen here in February when I had the plague (and wore stripes)
  • Jacket (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last worn here earlier this month after a day of swapping out my closet

I built this outfit around this sweet chartreuse jacket that I scored for $10 at the Patch a couple of weeks ago. Of course, I went with this gorgeous chrysanthemum skirt. 

I've had the skirt going on six years - it's one of those pieces that always makes the cut. Yellow jackets come and go (I have 3 of them); magenta flowered skirts stay.

Jacket done up.
I ended up rolling the cuffs a couple of times and shoving the sleeves up.

I would wallpaper an entire room in that skirt fabric.
Okay, maybe that's a little much. But look how perfect it goes with the magenta heels!

Outerwear, because that thin jacket was not enough this morning.
I can see myself wearing this jacket for many years.

The stuff:
The afternoon light is messing with the colours. Those shoes really do match the earrings - they aren't purple! My feet are a little sore after wearing two pairs of rather high heels two days in a row. Expect something more comfy tomorrow.

Magenta bling:
My ears are a little tired from wearing those ginormous earrings, but fashion calls, darlings!


  • Earrings - gift from Simar


Speaking of fashion, check me out, circa 1969, when I'm around two years old.
Fancy barrettes in my hair, a little frilly dress, and I haven't yet learned what to do with my hands, heh heh.