Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cheating in Plaid and Mustard

(Ha, for the 20 of you who read this because I don't know what day it is and published it early, here it is, back again!)

I re-set this post to publish on Thursday night, since I'll be out at Book Club after my WW meeting. 
 I'm taking Friday off and going off-line for the weekend - I'll be back on Monday with tales of adventure!

  • Cardigan - no label, thrifted; purchased here for $6.95 on the weekend
  • Sleeveless sweater - Gap, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in October 2017 for the big Vintage fair
  • Skirt - Nygard, thrifted; last seen here in January 2017 with stars for a hug from Canada
  • Shoes - Half-Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last worn here in November 2017 with metallic flounces
  • Coat (below) - Danier; last seen here last week

I actually wore my hair down on Thursday to work, and did the cardigan up.
 I'm totally cheating - I'm wearing this out for dinner tonight (Wednesday) and then wearing this tomorrow to work. Sneaky!

I should have steamed the cardigan before taking pics, but no time!
 I'm quite fond of this fabulous plaid skirt - it has an excellent Swoosh Factor with all those pleats at the bottom.

Outerwear - my bowler is sitting funny because of the clip in my hair. My head is really not that big.
"You forgot to add Cat to your outfit."
 Sorry, Vizzini, I should always accessorize with Cat.

  • Bowler - Roberta's Hats
  • Scarf - Smoking Lily
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 Easy shoes for walking to town and running around at work on Thursday (and to my WW meeting, and to Book Club!).

Green and gold bling:
Nothing too fancy. Just green.

  • Bracelet - Lia Sofia, thrifted
  • Ring - consignment
  • Earrings - Stella & Dot, consignment, Vancouver

Back on Monday - have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Teal and Paper Bag

Ooh, I'm in a rush - I'm off to have dinner with L and my brother Dave (it was my bro's birthday last Saturday), so I have to get this post done and walk to town.
 I built my outfit around this new-to-me skirt that I bought on the weekend. Most people just liked the silk teal blouse, though. The colour is a winner!

  • Blouse - White House Black Market, thrifted; first worn here (2nd outfit) with metallic leather pants in October 2017
  • Skirt - Talula Babaton, thrifted; purchased here for $18.95
  • Shoes - Truths Makena, Fluevog; last seen here (3rd outfit) for "Chicago" with Mom in December 2017
  • Coat (below) - BCBC Max Azria, thrifted; last seen here in December 2017

 It helps that the colour matches my glasses almost exactly.

I love a paper-bag waist on pants and skirts. It makes ones waist look small.
 Pockets make one very happy!

I liked wearing this skirt - the extreme fullness around the waistal region was fun.
 It's very SHORT, though. I was on Top Vigilant Alert for it while sitting at my desk.

Outerwear - we continue to have mild temperatures. It rained a bunch today, but I've managed to miss it.
 Long gloves for short sleeves!

  • Fur toque - Danier Leather
  • Fur scarf - Danier Leather, thrifted
  • Leather gloves - Club Monaco, consignment

The stuff:
 A mix of heavy metal textures and colours, including these fabulous pewter shoes. So comfy!

Metal bling:
Double cuff action!

  • Belt - BCBG Max Azria, consignment
  • Poe cuff - Jezebel Charms, gift from L
  • Frida cuff - thrifted, first wear, paid $6.95 for it
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage fair
  • Earrings - don't remember

Off to dinner!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Urban Camo, Velvet Boots and a Blue Fedora

Hello! I've added a new page at the top of my blog with "My Favourite Victoria Second-Hand Clothing Stores" - feel free to check it out! If you're traveling to Victoria, and like to shop in thrift or consignment stores, those are the ones I shop in.

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I fell back on an old favourite for today - this "urban camo" dress. I know, it matches my hair! 
 And my velvet boots! You know I had to wear these together.

  • Dress - Dept, thrifted; last seen here in October 2017 with the exact same outfit (except the shoes)
  • Boots - Ishshoes Chatterbox, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) for New Year's Eve
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last seen here in October 2017

It's been getting lighter in the mornings. I had a lovely view of the Castle this morning from my stair perch.

When I'm feeling blah, I wear a dress. This one is an easy formula.
 Dress, navy blue vintage slip, same belt. Super easy.

I was thrilled that my boots went so well with it.
 They were much brighter in office lighting. Many of my coworkers oohed and ahhed over them.

It was mild and windless today - a perfect day to wear a fedora.
 I did not need the scarf and gloves by the time I came home.

  • Scarf - gift from L
  • Wool gloves - Parkhurst
  • Hat - vintage, thrifted - first wear, purchased for $7.00

How very jaunty I am!
 A man hollered "Nice coat!" at me as I left the office this evening. Um, thank you.

The stuff:
 Great glorious blue velvet boots! They were lovely to wear all day.

Forgotten bling:
I wouldn't forget the belt (it's one of my best thrifting treasures), but I did forget about these earrings. I've had them for about 9 years - I bought them on clearance when Plum closed its doors here.

  • Belt - Fendi, thrifted
  • Earrings - Plum

Monday, January 15, 2018

Bye Bye, Burgundies!

I liked the top half of today's outfit. 
 When I put this vest with this shirt, I'd originally envisioned wide-leg pants, but ended up with this skirt. Shoulda gone with the pants. Next time!

  • Blouse - Joe Fresh, thrifted; first worn here in November 2017 with fuzzy lilac
  • Vest - Gap, thrifted; purchased here for $5.95
  • Skirt - Lui Jo, Florence, Italy; last seen here (2nd outfit) in October 2017 with cashmere leopard
  • Shoes - Sofft, thrifted; last worn here in October with an olive jumpsuit
  • Coat (below) - Stop Staring!, thrifted; last seen here in December 2017

One of my coworkers complimented me on this look - he said I looked very formal. Hmmm.
I suspect it's the vest. It's very Business Lady. I love this shape of vest - it's a very feminine look.

Mr. Vizzini was poking around trying to get my attention this morning while I was doing my pictures, so I grabbed him.
"Goodness, Woman, this is so undignified."
 Sorry about the cat butt - I didn't see it until I embiggened my photo!

I did not groove on this skirt today. The love has gone.
I bought it in Florence (Italy!) here in October 2014. It was probably around $120.00 (I didn't record the price).

In addition to today's look, here's how I've worn it:

  • October 2017, here (2nd outfit), with leopard and boots
  • March 2017, here, with leopard and wine
  • November 2015, here, with a lot of tonal colours (I hate that outfit)
  • January 2015, here, with fruital
  • October 2014, here, in the same outfit
  • October 2014 again, here (5th outfit, it's a big post), 

I don't actually love any of those outfits. The skirt is too bulky and long and just doesn't suit my shape. I wore it seven times, so a little over $17.00 per wear. Not great, but I'm sure one of my friends will snatch it up and it'll be worn even more. Time for it to go.

Outerwear - onto another story, since I love how this coat looks on me.
 It's chilly but not cold, so a light coat is fine with my new-to-me cashmere/silk scarf and my soft pink ruffled gloves.

  • Scarf - Portolano, thrifted - purchased for $9.95, first wear
  • Gloves - consignment

The stuff:
 And here's the other burgundy going bye-bye: these shoes. Comfy as heck, but the seams (finished with nylon line thread) poke and scratch, and I don't like the overall chunkiness of them. I have other, better burgundy shoes!

In addition to today, here's how I've worn them since I bought them here last May for $25.15.

  • October 2017, here, with my olive jumpsuit
  • May 2017, here, with greys

Not a great cost-per-wear at a little over $8 per wear, but eh, I'm all right with it. I'm definitely good with letting these go. They can't all be winners!

Old bling:
None of my jewelry is newer than 11 years old.

  • Choker - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Gold/amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Earrings (mismatched) - anniversary gifts from L (8th and 10th, I think)

There's something to be said for homegrown vintage.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Weekend Wrap-Up: Chillin' in Silk, Shopping Finds, Karma Stuff, and 2008 Flashback

The last chill weekend for a while brought a casual Saturday morning - off for brunch with L, followed by a little retail therapy for me. New clothes to sustain me through the next little while. 
 I promised to winterize this 100% silk dress, and here it is! I loved this look, and wore it all day Saturday, well into the wee hours of Sunday!

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

  • Dress - Huanba, thrifted; purchased here for $19.99
  • Sweater (underneath) - August Silk, thrifted; last seen here in September 2017 with striped Dries
  • Boots - Lucky Brand, swap from Cat; last worn here for Christmas Day 2017
  • Coat (below) - Vassali, consignment; last seen here in December 2017

 I wore it like this while at lunch. We had Winesday on Saturday night, so I wore a cream cashmere cardigan over it (this one, from the Edinburgh Tartan Shop, thrifted; first worn in November 2017), but didn't have time to photograph it.
 The dress is a great cut and was a pleasure to wear - I'm sure it's going to be lovely in warmer weather. Now that I've worn it, it's been moved to the spring/summer pile.

Outerwear - it was slightly rainy/heavy misting in the afternoon, and clear in the evening.
 Gloves, an easy hat, and a silk scarf - it's been much warmer this weekend, hurray!

  • Hat - Delux
  • Gloves - Parkhurst
  • Scarf - Smoking Lily, c. 1996

All bundled up and ready for much walking and shopping.
I don't like a lot of fuss in my outfits when I'm going shopping. 

The stuff: 
I bought inserts for these boots, to make them even squishier. Mmmm...squishy boots. 

  • Earrings - Aldo Accessories

 I went to the St. Vincent de Paul, and found another cream cardigan. 
 This is 100% wool, and has little pockets. It has a gathered section at the small of the back so that it's not an overwhelming shape.

Yes, I own two cream cardigans. It's like I'm anticipating spill something on one of them already (I am. I know myself).
 $6.00 for a 100% wool cardigan by Theory. Sure, that sounds like a good deal, since their sweaters start at around $159.00!

I'm always on the lookout for good quality coloured camisoles.
 This one is by Mexx - green tags were half price, so this was $1.00.

Do I really need another leather coat? No (and stop guffawing!), I don't, but I couldn't resist the white leather racing stripes on this one.
I also feel like a total badass in it, so $20.00 well spent. 

Never heard of this brand - A&S Selections. 
 But it's well-made and the leather is nice and soft.

I also really like this tag.
 It says:

This garment is manufactured with the best skins [lol - but leather is skin!] however this is a natural product and default it should only add to the charm this item should be protected from rain and snow.

Nice run-on sentence, but yes, I agree - flaws in leather only add to the charm.

From the St V de P, I walked over to the WIN Resale store. I did well in the accessories, including these pristine leather gloves.
 I love the sweet little cream leather bows, and the stitching.

They fit me perfectly.
 They have never been worn!

See? The thread is still there, holding the pair together.
 And the size is still inside (I'm apparently a size 8 in gloves). These are also lined in wool.
 Seriously, $5.95 is an amazing score!

I paw through the scarves, feeling for silk, wool and cashmere. Ding ding ding! We have a winner!
 Love that baby pink!

The brand is Portolano.
 The black tag says 70% cashmere, 30% silk, made in Nepal! Whoa, a quick glance online reveals their 100% cashmere pashminas retail for $350! This would have easily been around $200 new. I only paid $9.95, though!

I am a big fan of Peggy Carter, aka "Agent Carter" and have been on the lookout for a bright blue fedora since the show was cancelled after 2 excellent seasons (I highly recommend the show* - it's awesome). *linking 'cause Peggy is the best.
 Hurray! This one looks perfect on me (I don't suit all fedora shapes).

And the snowflake punch on the tag meant it was half price, so $7.00.
 Made in the US, totally a vintage piece, likely from the 50s/60s. I like the staff recommendations on how to wear it jauntily "for an ultra Vogue effect!"

I found a Jezebel Charms cuff in the jewelry case for only $6.95.
 Frida Kahlo!

This has a quote too (so many things I bought that have quotes!).
 "I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights I am away from you." Nice.

I spent a couple of hours going through everything really thoroughly, and only came up with one skirt for my efforts.
 I really like the uneven "paper bag" waistline (I'll be removing the ribbon belt), and that it has pockets!

It's by Talula Babaton, is 100% wool, and was $18.95.
 I'm sure it would have started out north of $100, so that works for me.

At Winesday, some of my giveaway karma came back to me. As you know, I don't consign or profit from my old clothes - I give them away.
 Yvonne gave me these fabulous Juicy Couture sunglasses that she bought on Rodeo Drive! They look great - and yes, hon, I know you want them back if they don't work out for me!

My friend Caro also passed along this vintage 60s cape from her mom's best friend, who is also named Sheila! I am friends with Sheila's kids, Mac and Sarah. I play Ulti with Mac and Sarah used to be in Book Club. Small world.
 I love this! It looks amazing on - I'll be wearing this soon!

Look at this fantastic pattern. Not quite a plaid, but close.
 The trim and buttons are navy blue, as is the lining. The colours in it are olive, bright blue, cobalt blue and deep purple. Totally me!

Love the vintage labels. This was made in Wales.
 Lots of proof!
 I look forward to giving this cape a new home! Thank you, Sheila!

Today, I did groceries, then stopped at the WIN Boutique on the way home. I did very well with some inexpensive items.
 This fitted plaid shirt caught my eye, mostly because of all the blingy bits all over it.

On the back too, gotta like that!
 And down both sides!
 That's a nice detail.

It's by Guess.
 And only $5.95? Get outta town!

I used to have a cropped mustard cardi (gave it away a few years ago), and I'm always on the lookout for good pieces in yellow.
 This is an oversize cardi, made of viscose and nylon.
 Someone removed the brand label, so it ended up in the regular thrift area, for only $6.95.

I'm feeling nostalgic for vests. I used to wear them a lot when I first started blogging, in 2008.
 This tweed wool vest with the double pockets and multiple buttons really appealed to me - I like the pinky-burgundy colour of the tweed.
Gap, for only $5.95.

Knowing that Gap (and Banana Republic and J. Crew) put the season and year in most of their clothes...
 I magically know that this vest is from Holiday 2008. Ten years, time for vests to make a comeback!

Speaking of comebacks, high-waisted jeans are making way for low-waisted styles. 
 I've always loved boot-cut pants with a bit of a flare.

Another Gap item, this one from 05/08 (aka May 2008). Hey, 2008, your trends are calling!
 I am on board revisiting a trend for only $6.95.

I need to do some alterations, though, because these are about 4" too long on me.
"I think the distressed look is still in. Shall I sharpen my claws on them?"
 I'll pass on the distressed look, but I don't mind raw edges on the hems. Above, mid-scissors.
 And post-washing machine, trimmed up a bit. These should be fun to play with.

Vizzini played "Where's the Cat?" with me on Saturday.
"Hee hee hee, the Woman will never find me!"
 Hmmm...where could Vizzini be? All I see is a blanket, all messed up.

"Curses, she found me again!"
I hope you all had a lovely weekend!