Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fogged Up, and a Wee Break

And...deep breath. I know many of you are from the USA, and are rolling into your Thanksgiving holiday - and I'm totally in! Yes, I'm Canadian through and through, but L and I are hosting a US Thanksgiving day of football, and I made a swack of chili. I'm taking two days off work (WW too!). Good times await!
I really need a break. I can just feel all the tension waiting to melt away. I basically wore an "armour outfit" and worked solid all day, just to clear the decks. 

  • Top - Edit by Jeanne Bekker, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in January with leopard pants
  • Skirt - Kay Unger, thrifted; last worn here in November 2016 with spectacular legs
  • Boots - Mini Babycakes, Fleuvog; last seen here in March with double leopard and sequins
  • Jacket (below) - Precis Petite; last worn here in November 2016 with olive trousers

I managed to take a ghostly close-up of my hip and arm while trying to take my stair-shot this morning. 
I hold absolutely still for about 5-6 seconds while I wait for the camera timer - when it's dark in the morning, I sometimes "ghost".

The reason my camera was on zoom was that I tried to take a picture of the Castle this morning from the stairs. 
I don't see no stinkin' Castle. 
Nope, me neither! Too foggy! The fog lasted most of the day, barely burning off in the afternoon before it started getting dark again. 

But to the clothes. Armour! I have many items that could be literally armour. I'm wearing pieces that are leather, one pleather/PVC, silk and wool tweed, silk and faux fur - I'm practically a walking "Game of Thrones"! 
 This outfit started with the tweed silk and wool jacket below, and then transformed as I put things together. This faux leather/pleather/PVC top has been with me for 3 years now, and is holding up well (aside from having to trim the unraveling neck once) and still in my favour. I like that the back and sleeves are sweater knit.

The skirt came next. Looking back at how I last wore it, I wish I'd worn those burgundy and gold tights again - I couldn't remember how high up the pattern went and wasn't sure if it would show with these boots. Of course, now I can see that they would have been...spectacular. Next time!
 The skirt is brown metallic leather - don't you just love that little ruffle hem? Pam at work squealed over it - "I want that skirt when you're tired of it!" Back off, Pam! This skirt is going nowhere. I've had it since July 2015.

And here's our original inspiration, the tweed jacket (worn with the detachable faux fur collar on). It was so warm today, it worked as my outerwear!
 I never wore it like this, though - we were having some HVAC issues at work and it was rather warm, so no need for an extra layer. This jacket is part of a suit that I've had for over 10 years (I got rid of the pants many years ago). It's one of the few pieces I have that is pre-blog, and was part of my wardrobe replacement when I first lost all my weight (for more about that, go here, but get some Kleenex first).

I wore it done up with my scarf and gloves on the way to work this morning:
Too hot! Too hot! I carried the scarf and gloves home in my bag. 

  • Scarf/gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff: 
 I have such good memories of these boots. I ordered them online from Fluevog (a rare online purchase for me!) for the Steampunk Expo in 2012, and first wore them in this extravagant outfit here. I like that I still have older items in my closet - although I do cycle through my clothes, the good stuff stays. There's no expiration date on style!

Gold bling:
The scarf was the last piece of the outfit - the golds, wine and dark green helped tie the green, wine and brown of the clothes/boots together. Bonus! It's a Pierre Balmain - super klassy! 

  • Scarf - Pierre Balmain, thrifted
  • Bracelet - Lia Sophia, thrifted
  • Bangle - thrifted
  • Earrings - thrifted

Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends, and a happy break to me. I will be back on Sunday with tales of adventure, including a new tattoo!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Velvet, Textures and Soft Greys

My brain is in a tired place right now. I wanted to wear colour to lift my moods (hey, it worked yesterday!), but I was drawn to soft grey instead. 
 Soft textures, soft drapes, soft ruffles, soft fur. Clothing as cocoon.

  • Vest - no label, thrifted; first worn here in October as a goth ballerina
  • Blouse - H&M, thrifted; first worn here in October under Dries
  • Skirt - Dolce & Gabana, vintage 90s, thrifted; last seen here in February for a weekend shop
  • Shoes - Hispanitas; last worn here in October with Space Pants
  • Coat (below) - Thermal-Slicks, consignment; last seen here in October

I felt hugged by this soft silk vest all day, and walked around with my hands in my pockets. This was a snuggly outfit.

 I think the blouse is done - it doesn't really work on me. Nope.

I have been culling my wardrobe ruthlessly, and the empty hangers are adding up. A shop, you say? Why yes, I am feeling in the mood for a wee shop! I just may indulge in a little retail therapy this weekend...
A rare sighting of L in his work suit and tie
 My soft grey plaid Dolce & Gabana skirt is trimmed with Persian lamb - I pretended Vizzini was with me. Pet therapy!

It was rainy today so put on this PINK coat. See, I wasn't ALL grey.
I needed a scarf, and warmer gloves today. Brr.

  • Fingerless gloves - Parkhurst

 And rest assured, I don't wear my good shoes outside.
 Heavens, no! I wear my Docs (these guys).

The stuff:
 I love these shoes. My feet love these shoes.

Grey bling:
Comfort jewelry.

  • Hematite ring - thrifted
  • Silver/onyx ring - gift from Mom & Dad, c. 1986
  • Earrings - Glee

Monday, November 20, 2017

Super-Girly: Lace, Flowers, Ruffles and Brooches

I don't know if it's possible for me to be dressed any more overtly girly than I was today. 
 Maybe a bow in my hair?

  • Jacket - Fake Gucci (Gookey!), thrifted; first worn here in October with purple plaid
  • Blouse - Spense, consignment; last seen here for New Year's Eve last year
  • Skirt - Maeve, thrifted; last worn here (4th outfit) in September with a whale of a sweater
  • Shoes - Feet First; last seen here in August with bigass wide pants
  • Coat (below) - Samuel Dong, thrifted; last worn here early this month

I very much enjoyed my outfit today - I liked all the colours and textures together, and the toughness of the lace bomber jacket contrasted with the ruffles and floral embroidery of the skirt.
 I loved wearing this bright green jacket again, although it and the galaxy brooch fought all day for dominion over my armpit. I did like the jacket open this time, with the cascades of bright blue ruffles.

Any excuse to wear this pouf-tastic skirt again! It makes me happy.
 No black or white or tan here. My neutrals are navy blue and bright blue.

No neutrals in my outerwear either. Bright turquoise for a Monday is a good mood-booster.
 I popped on my purple wool beret right before I left the house - it was chilly out there!

  • Beret (not shown) - consignment
  • Scarf - Smoking Lily
  • Gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 The fact that my shoes and my blouse matched made me happy. These are one of my oldest pairs of shoes, going on 8-9 years, I think. Still comfy and in really good shape (I hope that doesn't curse them!). I've never found a pair of perfect blue shoes better than these.

Broochy bling:
And then we add a mess of brooches to it! More brooches! The spiral galaxy brooch was just too heavy, but I liked the look of all three together.

  • Spiral galaxy brooch - Sarah Coventry, vintage fair
  • Sparkle brooch - The Bay, c. 2000
  • Bug brooch - Le Chateau, c. 2007
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery, Florence
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Glamazon Tiger, Vintage Melange, and a Kitty

Gah, such a short weekend! It only feels like a few minutes ago that I was getting ready to unleash the tiger dress on the Art Gallery for Urbanite!
 Rar! That is quite the dress!

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

  • Dress - The 1300 Collection, Holt Renfrew, vintage 70s, thrifted; first worn here (3rd outfit) in September 2016 for Vero's birthday
  • Booties - London; last seen here in October with baby blue and sheer dots
  • Sleeveless coat (below) - Only, thrifted; last worn here in October

Urbanite (link here, 'cause I love!) was not quite ready for this much RAR - I got a lot of side-eye from the jean-and-tunic set. It's the Art Gallery, people - step up your game and put something fun on! There were not that many people who dressed up compared to previous iterations of Urbanite, which was disappointing. Half of my reason for going is to check out what people wear!
 While I love the whole concept of this amazing tiger-print - and it is a Swoosh Factor 10, by the way - this dress is done for me.

I have better dresses, to be honest.
 It's also in really rough shape, condition-wise. I spent 10 minutes stapling up the hem, which has several rips in it, and holes where I stepped on it last time I wore it. There is also a hole at the waist, which my belt is covering up.

However, I felt like a Glamazon in it, and considering I only paid $22.95 for it (a cost-per-wear of $11.50 is great!), I'm totally fine with letting it go.
 It's good to let these pieces go - more room for new-to-me things in my closet! And I'll always have the pictures.

The dress is 100% acetate and is quite warm on its own, so I did my sleeveless wrap coat over it for the brief walk to and from the Art Gallery.
 L, me, Nick and Elaine enjoyed people-watching, a few bevvies and the DJ's tunes, and Elaine and I explored the new exhibits in the Gallery. Always a fun time out with friends.

  • Studded leather gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 The dress was quite long (even after I stapled it up some more), so I needed a fairly high heel that I could actually walk in. My feet were pretty sore after 4+ hours of standing/walking in these booties, though.

I was not alone in wearing black booties; I swear I have never seen so many in one place at one time! I spotted a few pairs of interesting shoes (including some fabulous red Fluevog boots), and dispensed kudos to anyone who dressed outside the norm. *sigh* Sometimes I despair at the bland fashion in this town.

Gold bling:
 Shiny gold is such a statement. I wore this same belt and earrings last time I wore the dress.

  • Purse - Reiss, thrifted
  • Belt - thrifted, Powell River, gift from Louise
  • Earrings - Aldo Accessories
  • Amber ring - c. 1997
  • Floral ring - Sarah Coventry, vintage store, Powell River
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage fair

L and I were up early to meet Chris and Alison for brunch at Floyd's on Saturday morning.
 We also went to see "Thor: Ragnarok" with them afterwards, so I needed a comfy outfit for sitting in a big reclining chair for two hours.

  • Dress - A Dress Town Original, vintage 60s, thrifted; last seen here in February (same necklace!)
  • Shoes - Miista; last worn here in October with an evil dress
  • Grape Ape coat (below) - Forever 21, thrifted; last seen here this month over plaid

And...not feeling this dress anymore either. It's joined the tiger dress in the giveaway pile.
 However, I wore it at least 8 times in the past 2+ years, and only paid $15.95 for it, so I'm good with under $2 a wear. It just didn't ring my bell and isn't spurring me to be creative, and so...goodbye!
 We loved "Thor: Ragnarok" by the way - if you're into the whole superhero movie thing, it was hilarious. Well worth seeing!

My outerwear functioned as a blanket in the chilly theatre.
 Yeah, I'm just not feeling this whole outfit. Blah.

The stuff:
 Love the shoes - they were fabulous for walking to and from town.

More gold bling:
 A couple of mismatched earrings.

  • Necklace - Nygard, consignment
  • Stud - don't remember
  • Other earring - c. 1996

L and I stayed home on Saturday night and played board games. Good times, spent with our fuzzy little guy, who has missed us being at home with him.
"No, I'm totally not watching you in the reflection..."
 He chills near us, waiting for us to get up so that he can meow for kitty treats.
"Since you're going to the kitchen anyway..."
I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Helmut and Dragons

The work-week is over and I am glad. Tonight, Friday, we are going out, and I've just gotten up from a quick nap to clear my head of work-stuff.
 This outfit already feels so long ago, now that I'm gearing up to go out and be glamourous!

  • Top - Helmut Lang, vintage fair; purchased here for $30.00
  • Skirt - Gianfranco Ferre for Giorgio Beverly Hills, thrifted; last seen here in January with bright red and dots
  • Shoes - Channi B; last worn here in January for mojo-building with teal and velvet
  • Coat (below) - Zara, gift from Dominique; first worn here in October

You'll have to wait for Sunday to see my glam outfit, though.
 First wearing of this Helmut Lang top - so fabulous. I'm still not 100% sold on the colour, and being sleeveless (sort of) wasn't such a smart idea (cold arms!), so it's going into the pile of stuff to pull out again in the spring.

I do love all the draping and swooshing of it. The sleeve caught on the bathroom stall door every single time!
 But sometimes it's nice to be a little more toned down. The skirt is an old favourite, had it for many years. The moths got to it over the last year, and there's a tiny hole in the front now. Ah, well, we all have our issues, don't we?

I didn't quite have the right coat for the outfit, and made do with this cocoon coat for outerwear.
My fur scarf is bundled at my neck, and my long wool gloves were so fine and warm. 

  • Scarf - Danier Leather, thrifted
  • Gloves - vintage, thrifted

The stuff: 
These shoes are wonderful to wear - I must make an effort to wear them more! The platform inside the front means the heels are less than 1.5". 

Dragon bling:  
 Teal shoes means I can wear my dragon jewelry, a set L bought for me a few years ago at the Vintage Expo for my birthday.

  • Necklace/bracelet - vintage 1930s? gift from L
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Feather ring - Fossil
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage fair
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl

Here's a close-up of the dragons, guarding their stones.
May your weekend be filled with good times! Mine will!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Dotty for Emerald and Metallic Flounces

Ugh, what an exhausting day - it was eternal, yet flew by. It's late and I have yet to have dinner, so let's get this outfit started. 
 Bam! That's a whole lot of metallic ruffles in your face.

  • Sweater - Tatyana, thrifted; last seen here (6th outfit, way down) in September with these same shoes for shopping
  • Skirt - Mondi, thrifted, vintage fair; purchased here last weekend for $7.98
  • Shoes - Half Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last seen here at the same time as the green sweater
  • Coat (below) - Stop Staring!, thrifted; last worn here on the weekend

I had a lot of positive comments on the outfit - it's very shiny! But the bright green and the silver skirt really made people happy.
 I wish I'd steamed the wrinkles out of the sweater!
 The skirt is very swooshy (about a Swoosh Factor 8 for those keeping score), and had great movement. I danced around, moved a desk and flounced all over the office, then worked my WW meeting in it.

I was all matchy with the outerwear.
 I remembered that I had this green wool scarf (the pattern is safety pins), and the studded gloves go with the dots on my hosiery. I do like a theme. I also love this coat.

  • Scarf - Smoking Lily
  • Gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 The shoes are one of my favourite pairs of Fluevogs ever. So. Comfy. I love that heel. Bring this one back, John! I want it in purple!

Dotty bling:
 First wearing of this seed-bead bracelet and the molecule earrings.

  • Bracelet - thrifted, first wearing
  • Earrings - vintage fair, first wearing
  • Hematite ring - thrifted
  • Silver/onyx ring - gift from Mom and Dad, c.1986

Aren't the earrings funky? Here's a better look at them on me.
 My dead-eyed pre-coffee face.

Wait, better pose.
Fake it till you make it, baby!