Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Got the Blues

Yes, I do. These are blue clothes.
 And black shoes, but let's just pretend.

  • Sweater - Rachel Roy, consignment; last worn here (6th outfit, way down at the bottom) in June during a long staycation
  • Skirt - J. Crew, thrifted; purchased here in July for $19.95
  • Shoes - Miista, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit this time) on that same staycation in June

 I felt good in this outfit, but I need a lift right now. Maybe I should wear yellow tomorrow - that usually helps me when I feel myself slipping to the blue side.
 First wearing of this lovely tie-fabric (silk) skirt. It's a bit big on me, but I'm okay with that. I'm looking forward to wearing it with tights and boots in the fall.

The stuff:
 I think I'm going to put these shoes into the giveaway pile. They gave me blisters last time I wore them (admittedly, I was barefoot and foolish), and I wore them today with little sneaky socklets and they still bit into one of my toes a bit. I don't need shoes that rub or bite (I have Vizzini for that!).

Blue bling:
Round and blue. Yup. Mailing it in.

  • Earrings - local
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Sodalite ring - 1996, Scotland
Better wear yellow tomorrow.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday Means a Patterned Dress

After much fun at Dave's BBQ last night, getting up this morning was a chore. I had missed my usual ritual of putting together 5 outfits before bed on Sunday night. Nothing planned, zoiks!
 Of course I wore a dress! It's the perfect solution. Look at all that pattern - no one's looking at my tired eyes!

  • Dress - Desigual, Vintage Expo; last worn here in May with turquoise pops
  • Shoes - Half Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in June for the Fluevog store opening
  • Jacket (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here in July over my orange tennis dress

 It really is a dress - the patterns are all mismatched - on purpose! One arm matches the placket, the rest of the top part is the same pattern, and then there are two more patterns on the skirt portion.

Dresses with allover patterns and classic cuts are the easiest things ever to wear. Dress + Belt + Shoes = Done!
 I wore a vintage half-slip under this for an extra layer (it was breezy and chilly this morning).

But that wore off by afternoon, and I roasted on the way home.
 I'm happy that the temperatures have cooled somewhat. I'm a delicate f**king flower!

The stuff:
 Happy green shoes! So comfy.

Red and silver bling:
Easy pieces.

  • Belt - Gap, thrifted
  • Leather cuff - Rimanchik
  • Cage cuff - Bauxo
  • Earrings - gift from Megan Mae

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Weekend Wrap-Up: Lark Dress, Shopping, and BBQ Stripes

It's been a lovely weekend! The smoke haze has lifted and we can see real sky again, although it's been windy. Still, the air is clear! We can breathe again.
 We didn't have enough players for Ultimate Frisbee this weekend, so L and I strolled to town on Saturday and had brunch at Floyd's Diner. From there, we parted ways - I got groceries (for delivery) and went on a wee thrift expedition.

This is my entry for Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style. What are you waiting for? Go!

  • Dress - Rachel Roy, thrifted; first worn here in June with turquoise
  • Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in June with a vintage maxi skirt

 I wore a short half-slip under this lovely dress, and was glad I did! The wind was determined to pouf the dress up and expose my nether-regions. I had my hands in my pockets while outside to help hold the skirt down.

The pattern of the dress is little horned larks (birds) - the ties at the wrist got in the way while I was shopping, but otherwise this was perfect for trying stuff on.
 I did some errands, including finally mailing a package to a blog-friend (only 4 months late, Anna!), buying myself an NFL football magazine (I'm in the pool this year, first time in a few years), and getting some hair accessories. I bought various clips and clawlike things to deal with my growing tresses. I was boggled by the amount of hair "tools" and gewgaws that are available. Hair is such a...thing!

The stuff:
 After shopping and running errands for about 4 hours, I walked home - these lovely, simple kitten heels are one of my most trusted pairs of walking shoes. I've worn them on vacation several times, as they always look classy (and are easy to slip off at airports).

Turquoise bling:
 Customers in the WIN Warehouse store responded very strongly to my outfit, hair and jewelry. It was quiet for a Saturday, oddly, and all of my fellow customers were stylish, funky ladies.

  • Ring - local
  • Earrings - furniture resale store

I wasn't shopping for anything in particular, but I did well with tops this time around. I also always seem to do well with sweaters at this time of the year (into the fall pile you go!).

I am ever on the lookout for nice quality camisoles and layering tanks for sheer tops.
 This is a lovely soft cotton tank in a marled blue.
 By the Gap and only $5.95.

I amuse myself by seeing what year it is.
 Spring 2004! Wow, this tank is 13 years old. It's in really good condition, so I'm guessing its previous owner didn't wear it much. You can see a fold line down the front of it in the first picture.

I loved both the colour (olive green) and the style of this sheer blouse.
 Since I lost my last fluffy sheer blouse when I pulled the cuffs off by accident (here), I've been keeping my eye out for a replacement. I love the tux front detailing, and the shredded edges of the cuffs and the ruffles.

Gah, blurry, sorry. This blouse is by Free People, and was $6.95.
 That's a bargain - their blouses/tops start at $48 and go to $190! The buttons are metal too - a nice detail. It is 100% polyester and was made in India.

Remember shrugs? Basically, they are cardigans that are connected sleeves, very short in the body.
 This seems like a handy colour in my wardrobe (I wear a lot of turquoise), and it's also really nice quality.
 It's by Marciano, and is 85% silk and 15% cashmere, and was $13.95. It was probably over $80 new.

I leave labels in my clothes whenever possible, but I have been known to remove them (especially itchy labels). I would like to send out a "thank you" to whoever removed all the tags on this bright pink sweater.
 Why? Because I can tell by feeling it that it's 100% cashmere, and a really nice, thick cashmere to boot!
 But without a label, the thrift store marks it as a "Regular" sweater. I paid $5.95 for a cashmere sweater! Yay! Won't this be nice with my Kate Spade skirt?

I go through a "wine cardigan" or sweater about once a year, which I wear around the house (i.e. not in public). These are also known as "homeless lady" sweaters by L, who generally doesn't like them at all.
 However, this wonderful "lumber sock*" sweater might be nice enough to wear with skinny jeans or a black leather maxi skirt in the chilly months. It it long (past the bum) and very snuggly with that nice wide turtleneck.

*For those of you who are not Canadian, these are lumber socks (linking to Home Hardware, ha ha! because I love). I grew up with these socks - they're what lumberjacks wear!

The sweater is by Roots, another Canadian institution, from their "Cabin Collection," and it's a mix of polyester and wool - and it's new with tags!
 Only $24.95?? Wow, this was probably close to $100 new. I bet it was an unworn Christmas present (the price has been removed from the sales tag) that got donated to WIN.

This cardigan was mixed in with the vintage stuff...but it's not vintage, it's new.
 It does have a bit of that "grampa cardi" look to it, and the Edinburgh Tartan Shop (a local gift shop) has been around for decades, selling Scottish-themed things and cashmere and wool sweaters to tourists.

However, the cardigan (which is 100% cashmere) is made in China, not Scotland, like a real vintage cardi would be, and the label is very new-looking. It also doesn't have any wear on it (eg. balling under the arms, fuzziness on the edges).
Totally a modern piece. As you can see on the tag, it "just needs a wash" - someone spilled something down the front of it. I hit it with a squirt of Folex, and it's as good as new, a $100+ cardigan for $19.95. You can't go wrong with that!

I love that WIN's dresses are now hung higher and are all on one wall, instead of being in different spots for Regular, Boutique and Vintage. It's so much easier to go through them all. I found...not a dress!
 Yes, I have joined the rest of the blogging world and have bought a jumpsuit. Those who've been reading for a few years may actually recall that this is NOT my first jumpsuit on the blog - I first wore one here (2nd outfit) in August 2011 (there's my lettuce dress too!). I only wore that jumpsuit once, as it had an elastic waist and rode up on me.

Oh, I've also posted a very old picture of me in a jumpsuit (here, from this post here about my style growing up) from around 1988.

This jumpsuit is a nice warm olive green (again with the olive green!), and is by Gina Tricot. It has a deep slip down the back, with a single button closure at the back of the neck.
 I know that I can fit a size 40 in Euro sizing - this is how you figure it out if you don't have a phone for looking things up: subtract 30 from the Euro size 40 to get 10, which would be the size if we'd never had the Great Size Shift of the late 80s, also known as a modern size 6. Math! It's applicable in fashion!

This jumpsuit was also new with tags! Never worn, and only $28.95. That Euro cost of $49.95 is roughly $75.00 in Canadian dollars.
You can see the side zipper in that picture, which has a lovely wide piece of fabric backing it. And although the jumpsuit comes with a tie belt, it's a loose waist otherwise, so one zip, one button and I can go to the bathroom. Yes, we have to make sure we can do that in a jumpsuit!

Tonight, L and I are going to my brother Dave's house for a family BBQ. My cousin Darrell is in town and I haven't seen him in over 30 years!
 I may have changed a bit in 3 decades, bwah ha!

  • Top - Zara Trafaluc, consignment; first worn here in May with skinny red pants
  • Culottes - Jones New York, vintage early 80s, thrifted; last seen here in July in a formal outfit
  • Shoes - Effortless Vivian, Fluevog; last worn here in July with a renegade scuba skirt
  • Coat (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last seen here in July with leather and brocade

I bet he won't recognize me - I looked like this in 1986:
I have always liked that picture. Oh, 1980s and your "exploded bomb" hair! At least I don't have "claw" bangs/fringe!

I want to look funky tonight but not completely whackadoo - most of my immediate family (Mom, nieces) will be there as well as Dave and Shelley.
Sorry, Mom, ink's out! 

Looking at these pictures, I'm done with this top. It's not a great cut on me and doesn't sit right.
I have a black cami layered under it for armhole and back slit coverage. 

The "proof I'm wearing culottes" shot. 
"What do you think? Toss the top?"
 It's quite windy out and I expect it will be chilly in the evening.
 That's a suitably whacky topper, and it will keep me warm.

The stuff:
 Easy shoes in case I have to walk anywhere (like home from town, if buses don't connect).

Nautical bling:
Appropriately matchy.

  • Leather cuff - Rimanchik
  • Shield ring - Nine West
  • Death Star ring - Soul Flower
  • Earrings - Plum

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Kimono Dress, and the Chairman of the Board

Today was far too busy for a Friday! However, I made it, and now it's the weekend.
 And there was much rejoicing.

  • Dress - Hale Bob; last worn here (3rd outfit) in June 2015 for a Zentangle date in the park with Mom
  • Top (underneath) - Violet & Claire, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit, way down) with loose layers for a grocery shop
  • Floofy underskirt - no label, consignment; last worn here (that I could find) in June 2014 under a long-gone chambray dress
  • Shoes - Wonders; last seen here with the pagoda jacket in July (which I did give away to a good home)

I don't wear the floofy underskirt much, but it's a handy piece to have. I need a white floofy underskirt for an outfit?? Yeah, I've got that!

 Because this 100% silk dress is also 100% sheer, I have to wear basically another full outfit under it for coverage, hence the top and floofy underskirt. I'm surprised that I haven't worn this dress in over 2 years - I am very fond of it, as I bought it in NYC at Century 21 in 2007 (pre-blog!) with Mom. I first wore it here in 2009, nearly 2 years after I bought it, when I discovered it was totally sheer (note that you can see my granny panties through the dress in that picture!).

My colleague Lesley (hello, honey!) said this is her "hands-down favourite dress" I have worn to work.
 She loves the boho style, the kimono, drapey style, and really, this dress is incredibly gorgeous in person. The floral design is all burnout velvet, and it's beaded with tiny seed beads, front and back, all sewn by hand.

The tie that I used to belt it is original to the dress, but it cuts right across my boobs, so I pulled it out - I last wore it with the tie in its proper place here in 2013, when L and I first met Melanie in Vancouver (and I'm blonde!).

The stuff:
 Wonderful shoes! They worked well with the pinks in the velvet roses.

Victorian bling:
Just like my dress is a souvenir purchase of a trip, so is my lacy cuff.

  • Cuff - handmade, Nashville
  • Necklace - 2028, The Bay around 2009
  • Rosy ear-balls - Mangos

And since it is now the weekend, the Chairman of the Board is lounging on the deck. All he needs is a fedora and a martini.
"This is my best side."
 Mr. Vizzini, is that your white back foot I see poking out there?
"Don't disturb my lounging, Woman!"
 It's supposed to rain this weekend - if it is dry at midnight, we'll have broken a record for no rain in Victoria, with 54 days. We could use some rain.
 What gorgeous sunsets the smoke haze gives us, though.

Vizzini doesn't stay put for long.
"I'm going to have to take my leisure elsewhere."
Wishing you all a lovely weekend. I'll be back on Sunday.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

It's the Lady Garden of Delight

I'm talking about the skirt, get your minds out of the gutter! 

Oh, this felt like a long day, not helped by putting out metaphorical fires at work all day. I guess I should be grateful that they aren't literal fires!
 However, I did feel smokin' (ha!) in this awesome skirt and my "oil slick" shirt.

  • Top - Plum, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in September 2016 with fringe
  • Skirt - no label, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in January with red boots
  • Shoes - Ralph Lauren, thrifted; last seen here in June with houndstooth and orange
  • Capelet (below) - Floating Gold Iceberg, consignment; last worn here for my trip to the dentist last week

 I store my "soft tops" and t-shirts in my lingerie chest, so I often forget about them, and they don't get as much wear as actual pieces in my closet. I can always use a black t-shirt, though and the shininess of this one appeals to me. It's a nice cut. Why have a plain black tee, when you can have one that looks like (but doesn't feel like) leather?

The skirt is the schtar, though!
 It's pretty spectacular. All those bits at the bottom wave "HELLO!" when I walk. It's leather, and was a smidge warm for a hot day like today, but I wanted to wear it.

A capelet for ink coverage.
 Always a bonus when it matches, too.

The stuff:
 Comfy and cool shoes!

Gold bling:
How did that piece of turquoise sneak in there?

  • Necklace - thrifted
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Cuff - thrifted
  • Ring - local