Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fear of Trousers, and Buh-Bye Black Shoes

Oh, gosh, you guys are so is so nice to know you "get me". It's not always easy to put yourself out there. This is one of the reasons I find blogging so rewarding.
 Add in the fact that I get to wear funky outfits and I'm a happy plaid clam.

  • Blouse - Free People, thrifted; purchased here for $6.95
  • Trousers - Pariscope, vintage 90s, thrifted; last worn here in February with neutrals (note: that picture of the Castle is one that my mom has turned into an amazing painting!)
  • Shoes - Guess; last seen here in December 2016 with Avon and Helmut Lang
  • Vest (below) - 2b Bebe, consignment; last seen here in February for a shopping expedition

 First wearing of this new-to-me blouse. I really loved it - but I sweated in it, sloshed water all over it, and Vizzini drooled on it when I got home. Into the wash it goes!

Can we talk trousers? I hate(d) wearing them. Because I have been fat (go here if you didn't know this), I have always felt horribly exposed in pants. A skirt or dress hides a multitude of thigh! Since I lost weight, I've worn pants here and there, but I've always felt like if I wear pants, it will emphasize my bum, legs, thighs, stomach, you name it.
 I'll never fully get over that. I cringe looking at this picture of my bum, a bit. Of course, I subscribe to the "fake till you feel it" philosophy and lalalalala over that little voice in my head, but it's still there. I am getting better at wearing pants, but it takes practice. I know I have this fear of exposing myself (said the woman with 6,000+ pictures of herself on the internet!), and the best way to confront my fear is to push myself. Baggy pants, bright patterns, tight pants, high-waisted pants, harem pants, leather pants. After many years of only owning 2-3 pairs of trousers I now have nearly a dozen pairs. I feel quite bold.

*ahem*'s my vest, which was far, FAR too warm today, but I just really liked the look of it with the outfit. I only wore it walking to and from work.
 The last time I wore these pants, I hemmed and hawed about them, should I keep them - but I fell in love with them anew today. I embrace them. They are groovy.

The stuff:
 Not groovy? These shoes. Time to go for them! I've had them for a VERY long time - they are one of the oldest shoes I own that I still wear regularly (I have a small archive of old/favourite/must-keep shoes). We'll have a little ol' stroll down memory lane shortly.

They are gone because I have actually worn them out - the inside red is flaking off, the heels are very dented, and the black is wearing off around the heel. The patent leather sticks to itself, and I nearly wiped out a couple of times today when one foot hit the other and I stumbled. They also are a bit too high (sore feet today after an 8 hour day, plus my WW meeting), and they rub my toes. My feet don't like them.

Black and gold bling:
A few pieces I like.
  • Necklace - ElleandEm, thrifted
  • Ring - POLY, vintage fair
  • Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L
* * *

Okay, you ready? Enjoy a little retrospective of all the times I've worn these black Guess pumps!
  • I still have the bustier from this January 2010 outfit here, noting that I bought the shoes just after Christmas for around $40.00. 
  • I saw the dress from this February 2010 outfit here in a thrift store recently.
  • With a cool black dress to the Art Gallery in March 2010 here.
  • My much-loved houndstooth skirt was still around here in April 2010.
  • In June 2010 here with my beloved pajama dress.
  • In August 2010 with polka dots, here.
  • For a job interview here in October 2010 with tweed.
  • In December 2010 here for my last casual Friday at my old job.
  • For my friend Cat's surprise birthday party here in March 2010 (rowr! leopard).
  • In May 2011 here with pink tights and a black dress.
  • With drapey purple in July 2011 here (man, my pictures were small then).
  • Earlier in October 2011 here with stripes and dots.
  • With a sparkly orange and black dress for Hallowe'en 2011 here.
  • Wearing a red dress two ways in December 2011 here (they're in the 2nd way).
  • For New Year's Eve 2012 here (check out my crimped hair!) for the first wear of my stained glass dress!
  • I wore them lots of times in the June 2012 30 For 30 For 12 Wardrobe Capsule Challenge. Recap here, but actual outfits here (classy!), here (leopard and pops of red), here (leopard and brown), here (with pink legs!), here (ooh-la-la!).
  • For Valentine's Day 2013 here with a really red dress.
  • With ginormous plaid and a Mr. T chain necklace, here in June 2013.
  • With magenta and tux pants here in November 2013.
  • Way, way down here in January 2014, with my velvet vintage cheongsam dress (the day I bought it).
  • With lemon and houndstooth in February 2014, here (and some kitty pictures).
  • In April 2014 here, they worked with white, yellow and black.
  • A mod May 2014 outfit in red and black here - gotta do black shoes. 
  • In November 2014 here, I had it goin' on with purple leather and black embroidered velvet.
  • Copper paisley and mustard totally worked with black shoes here in December 2014.
  • I wore an uncommon amount of black for one day in January 2015 here.
  • With polka dots and florals, in April 2015 here, you just need a black shoe to ground that.
  • Did you know I did a link-up series called "Shoe Shine" in 2015? They were featured in it here.
  • For Battle of the Yellow Dresses in April 2015, here (spoiler: the dress I wore yesterday won).
  • In June 2015 here with purple leather and a V leather top.
  • My old lock and key pants (now gone) with a one-and-done blouse here in November 2015
  • With black and red and funky tights in October 2016, here.
  • I last wore them in this outfit in December 2016, here.
Including today's outfit, that is 37 times worn in over 7 years, so just under $1.00 per wear. I definitely got my money's worth!

 I will be back on Sunday with my weekend outfits - including my new jumpsuit! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and thank you again for all your kind comments. You guys rock! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sunshine Dress Needed

Thank you all for your kind and understanding comments from yesterday's post. None of us have perfect lives - it's important to show sometimes that we struggle. We aren't alone in this.
I struggle with insecurity, anxiety, shyness...most of the time I am good at hiding it. Today is a little better, but I don't sleep well (never have), and I just feel all worn out. No energy, even in a sunshine yellow dress like this one.

  • Dress - Calvin Klein, thrifted; last worn here in June with dots and stripes
  • Shrug - Marciano, thrifted; purchased here on the weekend for $13.95
  • Shoes - Asos, consignment; last seen here in July with my funky Italian dress

I had lots of compliments on this dress - it's such a lovely, buttery yellow. I fooled everyone - no one looked at ME, just the clothes. Clothes = Armour.

 All the pastels! Yellow, pink, turquoise, green. I'm like a Disney princess.
 Loved the shrug and varied between having it on and taking it off. Too hot, too cold. But it was soft.

The stuff:
 Pretty pink shoes.

Blue and green bling:
The pink shoes match the pink dragonflies in the obi.

  • Obi - handmade, thrifted
  • Bracelet - vintage 60s, Mom's
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Green crystal ring - consignment

Here's to more sunshine - both literal and metaphorical - tomorrow.

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!