Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Shiny Dress Redux and Trout Shoes

As soon as I realized I was about to wear the same dress to my WW staff dinner two years in a row, I changed, but I promised to wear it again soon! Here it is! 
 I did lazy styling, though. I knew I would literally be running all over the office today, since I had to leave at 1:30pm to get to my appointment.

  • Dress - Adrian, vintage 60s, last seen here (2nd outfit) last week, but really last worn here with these same shoes a year ago to go to the dentist! Ha! (you will see why that's so funny in a second).
  • Shoes - Miista; last worn here (5th outfit, all the way down) with a whale and a puffy skirt in September
  • Coat - Apparence, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here last week

 The last time I wore this dress was to the dentist (actually, my periodondist). Guess where my appointment was today? The periodontist. Apparently, this is the dress for discriminating women who care about their oral hygiene.

It really is a lovely dress, though and fits me so well, without a single alteration. The pattern is bumpy green satin chevrons outlined in aqua lame (lah-MAY) - here's a close-up of the fabric.
 At least I didn't wear the same green tights as last year (I think they popped a hole in them).

Outerwear! The Unsafe Polar Bear was the best blanket over me while I tried not to fall asleep having my mouth invaded with sharp poky things by my hygienist. I get my happy pill 30 minutes before I go in, then we freeze up my whole face so that I can't feel a thing.

  •  Cotton scarf - Smoking Lily
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst

Mom picks me up, we have a cup of tea at home, and then I start to get loopy. A quick blog and then I'm off to snooze for a while. 

The stuff: 

 I adore these trout shoes. They get a lot of love from my coworkers and clients alike.

Meaningful bling:
The earrings from when I met so many wonderful blogger, the ring bought by my girlfriends, my Dad's ring. I felt protected. Nah, probably just the happy pill.

  • Earrings - Stella & Dot, consignment, Vancouver
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence
  • Amethyst ring - Frances Jewellers, c. 1964, Dad's

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Winter Blues and Spring Florals

Oh, what a day. It was just stoopid. Thank goodness for a swooshy skirt! Some days that makes all the different to one's mood, doesn't it?
 This delicious skirt worked its magic on me and by the end of the day, I was back to my usual spazz-tastically cheerful self.

  • Sweater - Badgley Mischka, thrifted; first worn here in October in a sheer dotty outfit
  • Skirt - VanessaVirginia, thrifted; purchased here for $22.95
  • Boots - Sopranos Angelina, Fluevog; last worn here (4th outfit, way down past the Gala pics) in February with more blues
  • Coat (below) - Pioneer Wear, vintage 80s, thrifted; last seen here in November 2016

This sweater photographs poorly - the wide slits on the side make the bottom front hem look very wide. But it's really a lovely, amazing quality sweater to wear. I have come a long way from hating pastels!
 I was complimented on how well the soft blue went with this colour-ific skirt. However, I am putting the skirt into the spring/summer stash. I have too many fall/winter skirts to wear still!

Now, let's talk swooshiness - this is a Swoosh Factor 8, for sure. Much billowing and swish swish about when walking, although it has a tendency to make "ABBA pants" on me.
 It's not super-wide, but the flounces give it good movement. There's a peek of the blue lining with the orange trim. I didn't wear an extra slip under it (this time) - it's been only slightly cold this week.

I am wearing a cotton tank under the sweater, but maybe a less bulky cami next time.
 The skirt was very long, so I rolled the wide elastic waistband a few times to ensure I didn't step on it while walking too and from work. I did roll my chair wheels into the hem 2-3 times, so had to be really careful not to get entangled with the wheel mechanisms. The key is not to panic.

Outerwear. I felt in the mood for fringe this morning.
 My headwrap is handy for keeping my ears warm when I have my hair clipped up.

  • Wrap thing - thrifted
  • Fur boa - thrifted
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst

But really, it's all about this fabulous coat.
 The fringe along the sleeves has random pony-beads on it. So awesome.

The stuff:
 I liked the bright reddy-coral-orange-pink boots with the skirt pattern, and the blue tights underneath. These are really comfy to wear.

Copper bling:
I think copper jewelry works well as an "orange" in an outfit.

  • Necklace/earrings - vintage 60s, Renoir, vintage fair
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Monday, December 11, 2017

Space Pants, Star Wars, and Poky Bits

Hello, and happy Monday! I've had this outfit planned for a while, but today seemed like the perfect day for it. 
 Flats, a loose sweater and comfy pants. Comfy GOLD LEATHER PANTS, y'all.

  • Sweater - J. Crew, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in April on a shopping weekend
  • Leather pants - Free People, Portland; first worn here (2nd outfit) in October with teal silk
  • Shoes - "I Know" Star Wars Collection, Irregular Choice; last seen here for Star Wars Day in May
  • Coat (below) - Hilary Radley, thrifted; last worn here on the weekend

This outfit felt utterly "me".
I love this bright blue wool sweater - it's a mullet hem, longer in the back. I have a long camisole under it, both for warmth and to quell butt crackalackin' from the elastic back of the pants pulling down when I bend over.

Space Pants! The pants are indeed leather, fully lined - and they have nice easy pockets. They are stretching out a bit now - leather does that, conforms to your body shape and becomes even more comfy to wear.
Shiny gold and comfortable? Oh yeah, baby!

Outerwear. I look odd because I'm talking to Vizzini. Do you see him?

Look below my hand...

  • Fur toque/scarf - Danier
  • Wool gloves - vintage, thrifted

There he is! Vizzini, what are you doing there?
"I know you carry your shoes in this bag."
He's trying to keep me from leaving. He hates Mondays, after having us all weekend.

The stuff:
I am so excited about the new Star Wars movie coming out this week! I'm going to wait a bit until I see it, but it will be soon! I won't wear these "I Know" shoes to a theatre, though - it might wreck the soles (pic here). I never wear them outdoors.

Poky bling:
I always think of this bracelet and earring set as Christmassy, but it's actually different stars, a compass point and a snowflake, all from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. I bought them in NYC ten years ago, in the Met gift shop - I first showed them on the blog here in June 2009. The bracelet is actually somewhat painful to wear - those points are sharp!

  • Bracelet/earrings - Metropolitan Museum of Art gift shop, 2007
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Monster Vest, Tentacles and Sequinned Shopping, Cat Interlude, and a Glittery Party

We are well and truly into the holiday season now - let's break out our most fun, sparkly and seasonal items, shall we? Oh, yes, we shall. 

Starting with Monster Vest, which I have discovered has a mind of its own. Swear alert! 
"Monster Vest gives no fucks!" 

In other words, a perfect vest for a foggy Friday. I'm linking this very much "I wear what I want" outfit to Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style. In your face! 

  • Vest - Zara Woman, consignment; first worn here in November with leather pants
  • Top - Jean Paul Gaultier, vintage 90s, consignment; purchased here (with the vest) that same weekend, for $68.00
  • Trousers - Linda Lundstrom, swap from Caro; first worn here in August with blue and teals
  • Shoes - Poetic Licence; last seen here in March with now-turfed grey wool and burgundy velvet
  • Coat (below) - Borgeoiis, vintage 80s menswear, thrifted; last seen here in November

Here was my view when sitting on the stairs. 
Craigdarroch Castle (link, 'cause I love)

I had originally not planned to wear the vest - this was my outfit, which was built around the trousers and this new-to-me top.
 A thank you to Emily at work for encouraging me to wear these ultra-wide leg trousers again and give them another shot. They're very high-waisted (hidden zip at the front), with a rounded knee and tapered leg. I kind of liked my outfit the first time I wore them, but since then, I'd pulled them out of my closet and put them in the "giveaway holding area" (where I put stuff I'm thinking about). I had it in my head that they were too far out of my comfort zone. What was I thinking? I love them!

I made the choice easier on myself by wearing this top (that I love) over the waistband, with the pleather navy blue obi over that - this kept the high waistband from getting annoying.
I adore the fun hypno-vibe of this top (clearly from the late 90s, it has that look). I wore a bright blue cami under it to enhance the blue in the sheer pattern.

 Once I had this outfit on, I realized I was going to be too cold all day. Hmm, whatever could I wear over it? Monster Vest, you say?
 I agree!

"Monster Vest doesn't care about your ridiculous requests!" I rarred this to my colleagues several times throughout the day.
 Yes, of course, I made "monster hands" at them when I said that. I had the vest off and on all day. I'm hot. Now I'm cold. Now I'm hot.

Outerwear. It was sunny and clear all weekend, getting very chilly when it was dark in the mornings and evenings. Bundle up!
Full menswear with my wide trousers and my actual menswear wool/cashmere overcoat. I'm in a fog of grey.

  • Fur boa - thrifted
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
I usually make outfits to show off these shoes, but I deliberately let them hide under the pants all day, with just the toes peeking out - I like how the rounded white parts echoed the pattern of the JPG top.

Round bling: 
 I'm all about being thematically cohesive in my outfits.

  • Obi - Benetton, thrifted
  • Earrings - Lazy Susan's
  • Hematite ring - thrifted
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

I had my coworker Dana over for dinner after work on Friday, and we steamed out the wonderful wool/cashmere coat we found on our thrift shop last weekend for her, so that she could wear it to the company Christmas party Saturday night. Party time!

L and I played boardgames that night, then were up early for breakfast at Floyd's Diner. I had to do the bulk of my Christmas shopping, so we needed to beat the crowds.
An easy shopping outfit, with shoes for lots of walking. We walked to town, then I shopped for about 3 hours, then walked home.

  • Dress - no label, consignment; last seen here on Christmas Day 2016
  • Shoes - Truths Makena, Fluevog; last worn here (3rd outfit) in November for a vintage and movie afternoon
  • Coat (below) - Prosper and Devine, antique store; last worn here in December 2015(!!) for Christmas shopping 

It was even foggier Saturday morning. 

 The Castle goes from cool to spooky!

This dress is a fine wool-blend knit, and fairly sheer, so I wore a full vintage slip under it.
 I love that the bottom half of it is solid sequins. Bling me!

I walked all over town, loading myself up with presents, and humming Christmas carols under my breath. It was crisp and sunny by noon.
 I felt very cheery, and in the holiday spirit.

Outerwear, because everyone needs more pink tentacles in their life!
 I'm shocked that I didn't wear this pink suede uber-fringed coat all of last year! I will have to make up for it by wearing it more this year. It doesn't have pockets (arg), and it's a couple of sizes big on me, so I have to bundle up to stay warm when I wear it.

It's also a bit of an attention-grabber, so I also have to be prepared for the comments (positive) and stares (fine, whatever) I get when I wear it.
Action shot!
 This coat has no middle ground. You love it or you go "Oh my god what is that thing don't look at the crazy lady."

  • Silk scarf - thrifted
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
These shoes have rubber soles, and were wonderful for a day of shopping. 

Simple bling: 
I don't like too many distractions when I'm shopping with purpose!

  • Earrings - thrifted

 Vizzini has generally been a nuisance all weekend. He is a very demanding cat, needs lots of attention.
"Yes, look how needy I am."
 Well, he does vacillate between being needy and completely ignoring us, I admit.
"Did you need something, Woman? Leave me to my bird-watching, please."
He never leaves us alone for long, though.

I may have found a couple of things for myself while I was out shopping...
"Nom, I approve, these pants are delicious."
 These are satin grey short harem pants. Sorry the shots are blurry. I was hollering at the cat while taking them.
"And this side is just as tasty! How thoughtful of you to buy me these."
 They just really appealed to me. They're by Rongsheng, a Chinese wholesale clothing factory (I found their website, but not linking 'cause it's fast fashion).
 And although these are fast fashion and not the usual high quality item I buy, I was happy to give Flavour upstairs my $19.99. I'll support my local downtown stores! Oh, I also bought another hematite bracelet there for $4.00, but forgot to photograph it (it was hidden from Vizzini).

On the way home, I quickly stopped in at the Patch and finally bought this maxi skirt that I've had my eye on for a few months. I've been telling myself, "next time, next time, if it's still there" and this time I tried it on and bought it.
"This is inadequate. Where are the chewing parts?"
 It has lovely tiered flounces, and is a very nice quality polyester. The lining is blue with an orange scalloped trim. Very swooshy!
 It's by VanessaVirginia, and the tags inside note that it was manufactured for Anthropologie. A bit of digging reveals it originally sold for $138.00, so my $22.95 isn't so bad. I was going to stash this away for spring summer, but I think I'll give it a shot for a winter styling, just as a wee challenge to myself.

Having shooed Vizzini away from my new purchases, he vigorously attacked my shopping bag.
"No one tells me what I can chew on!"
 He rakes it with his back claws.
"This bag will suffer my wrath!"
 We had to rescue the bag from him before he got the handles wrapped around himself. He did that once before, and tore through the house trying to get it off, destroying one of our lamps in the process. It is funny now, but not amusing at the time.
"I am a seething ball of fury!"
 At this point, we usually throw a blanket over him to calm him down.

I quickly dyed my hair that afternoon, then got dressed up. We had a party to go to on Saturday night, my work's "Casino Royale" shindig at a local hotel, complete with gambling tables, a photobooth, dancing and an Elvis MC. I pulled out all the glitter and glam for it.
 I felt very glamourous, like a movie star, all night!

  • Dress - Ralph Lauren Blue Label Caralinda dress, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) for a 30s-themed Urbanite in October 2016
  • Fur jacket - Bebe, consignment; last seen here that same night
  • Shoes - Shellys London; last worn here (5th outfit) in March with copper leather and culottes
  • Coat (below) - Hilary Radley, thrifted; last seen here last week

Because wearing a fur jacket can be very warm, I varied between having it on and draping it off one wrist all night.
"There aren't really people out there, are there? I don't see anyone."
 Due to the dim/holiday lighting most of the guests at the party thought I had a red dress on, but it's actually a deep burnt orange colour. It is viscose, lined with silk, and is a swooshy pleasure to wear.
 Isn't it lovely? I am down to less than $3.00 per wear on it (I only paid $8.00 for it!). I would never have paid the original $598!

The look with the jacket on.
 It was perfectly festive, and so fun to see all my coworkers and their guests all glammed up!

Outerwear. L and I actually walked to the event (I wore a pair of my Doc Martens and socks, and held the hem of my gown).
 By the time we left (11:15ish), there were no cabs to be found, so we walked home too. I was happy I'd worn the Unsafe Ocelot. Brr! It was cold out!

  • Gloves - vintage, thrifted
  • Fur scarf - Danier, thrifted

The stuff:
 Although these shoes are delightfully glittery, I stood in them all night, for over 5 hours (it wasn't a sit-down dinner), and my feet are feeling very sore today. I promise, flats tomorrow, feet!

Vintage bling:
 This set of iridescent rhinestone jewelry belonged to my Grandma J. It's the Aurora Borealis finish on the stones, with a gold-plated setting.

They are by Sherman, a very famous rhinestone jewelry-maker from the 50s and 60s. My bracelet is the only marked piece in the set. 
 Many of these sets (which are called parures, by the way) originally had little paper/string hang-tags, so many Sherman pieces are not marked.

Mine still has the original purple velvet case from the Hudson's Bay Company.
 I also store this iridescent stretch vintage cuff in that box, but it's not the same maker. It has an "Empire Made" stamp inside it, and it snags on delicate fabric, so not wearing it with my dress.

Oh, and here's my lovely purse.
It's by Spencer & Rutherford, and was a gift from L many years ago.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and are getting into the holiday spirit!