Sunday, August 30, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up: Stormy, Hypno-Dress and Art, and Some Shopping

It's been a whirlwind of a weekend, and now it's time to chill. I might need to sneak another nap in. 

On Saturday, I got ready to go play Ultimate Frisbee. It was very windy and sort of stormy. 
After I took this picture, I noticed, "What is that on my chest?" Ack! Moth attack! I hopped around and swatted it off me. Very traumatizing.


  • Sweater - Talbots, thrifted; last seen here in May with chartreuse
  • Skirt - Club Monaco; last worn here (2nd outfit) in May, again for Ulty
  • Loafers - Land's End, thrifted; last seen here a few times for the 40+ Blogger Meet-Up in July

One of our confirmed players cancelled due to sickness, so we ended up not playing, which was fine by me, as then I could meet up with Elaine a little earlier for our afternoon of brunch and shopping.
As mentioned, it was hugely windy - this skirt billowed massively!
I layered up for the intermittent rain and wind, with my mauve leather jacket.

The stuff:
I love wearing a thin scarf wrapped around my neck. I think I'll be moving these loafers along after this summer - they are a little tight and not as comfy as I'd hoped.

Silver bling:
I admit, it's a plain to wear a bracelet when you're trying stuff on.


  • Scarf - Beecher's Brook, thrifted
  • Bracelet - Fossil, gift from L
  • Earrings - Fossil, thrifted


After brunch, we went to the St. Vincent de Paul. We both had some good luck.
Another amber glass for my collection, for $3.00.

I've been perusing the September issues of the big fashion magazines (the only time of year I buy them) and ripping out inspirations. I'm loving mod and Victorian, so I was on the lookout for bold 60s and 70s graphics, as well as romantic tops. I also tossed a bunch of skirts recently, so generally scoping for interesting new ones for fall, particularly in longer lengths.

For only $1.00, this fabulous 70s scarf was mine. Orange...
Cat-approved
 ...and purple to go with my hair!

This slate blue-y/grey colour is a tricky one for me to wear, but as long as it's a skirt, it's way easier.
It's a 50/50 wool and acrylic blend, and is very thick and soft. The slit goes right up to the waist! It's going to look sweet with winter boots.

And only $4.00.
I've never  heard of Theo Miles but this article talks about how it was dissolved after only a year in business back in 1994. I guess that's a pretty good estimate of the age of this skirt.

I've been really grooving on grey lately, and I like seeing the front slit coming back in longer-length pencil skirts.
Voila! Vintage 80s 100% wool pencil skirt with a slight A-line, and an interesting detail on the front slit.

And just $5.00!
I am sure that label said "Bianca".

I fell hard for this awesome orange vintage 80s blouse.
It's polyester, and has big swooshy sleeves and a little tie at the neck.

Never heard of the brand, but it's before the mid-80s and the Great Size Shift.
13/14 is about a size 8 in modern clothing.

After the SVdeP, we dashed through the rain and wind to the WIN Warehouse store. I love their vintage selection, and it was 40% off all red-starred tags today.
Like this fabulous scarf, which was $6.50 plus 40% off, so $3.90. Love all those mod colours! So very 70s.

I always scope out the lingerie section for nice vintage pieces.
$2.50 plus 40% off for this camisole makes it $1.50.

My skirt luck held out - more skirts!
I like the funky 90s plaid vibe about this skirt. It's black, blue and white.

It was $16.50.
Thank you, Tommy Hilfiger, for putting pockets in it!

The patchwork style on this skirt caught my eye.
It's a mix of black and dark chocolate brown.

A very pretty mix of textures.
It's by Strawberry Jill, and was $12.50. Strawberry Jill was a local company; an article from the local paper in 2007 - here - mentions a store in Fan Tan Alley).

Although I am quite happy with my black leather pencil skirt (this one), I found an even nicer one.
I was shocked at how soft it is - turns out it's a Canadian-made Danier Leather (Italian leather too).
Their Canadian-made line starts around $200.00 and goes up. I think I got a deal at $32.50.

After a brief nap, I changed to meet up with some friends for dinner out.
I was so excited to wear this amazing dress!


  • Lillies and berries dress - vintage 70s, thrifted; purchased here for $19.99
  • Shoes - The Fluevog Vizzinis, aka Wonders Ayers, Fluevog, customized by me and Vizzini; last worn here in July with silver

This dress was a show-stopper, everywhere that I wore it. I'm impressed by the exact matching of the fabric/pattern on the sleeves, and how it lines up on the side-seam as well.
A nice little slit for waling and doing a little leg show.

I had oodles of compliments all night.
From dinner, we walked over to the relaunched G++ Gallery at Limbic Studios (FB link) and oohed and ahhed over the cool exhibits and installations.

The stuff:
L and I stumbled home late. These shoes were made for walkin'!

Simple bling:
I went light on the accessories, since the dress stood very well on its own. 

  • Purse: TakeFive 
  • Earrings - Aldo Accessories
  • Death Star ring - Soul Flower
  • Shield ring - Nine West


L's outfit: 
Looking dapper, cool as f**k, and seriously awesome. His shirt is Le Chateau, the pants are by Etro, and the shoes are the Fluevog Iggys.

This morning, I strolled out to get groceries and to have a wee shop afterwards.  
I'm really feeling soft pinks, purples and mauves lately.


  • Sweater - Harrod's, consignment; last seen here way back in April with more pale pink 
  • Skirt - J. Crew, thrifted; first worn here earlier this month with white and orange
  • Shoes - Chie Mihara; last worn here (3rd outfit) in June to an Ulty game

I felt perfectly spring-y - I wore the same mauve leather jacket over this for my outing.
It was a little warm once the sun came out, but no complaints about all this pink and purple. So pretty!

The stuff:
I just wore stud earrings. No stuff, only shoes.

I strolled up to the WIN Boutique for a poke around. I found my fall purse!
It's a lovely taupe colour (and shows a bit of crocking!) that's been overstitched in a rough plaid/croc pattern. The hardware is all copper-coloured, and the lining is pink.
Although it says it's Coach, and the store has "authenticated" it as real (and accordingly priced it at $42.50), I can't find anything online that matches it, certainly not the serial/edition number, which would be my first confirmation. It's made in China, but it feels conflicted. A good rip-off or the real deal? We have a couple of Coach stores in town (one in the Bay department store), so it could be an older model.

Either way, I'm pretty happy with it.

I've resisted the fall fashion siren call of the turtleneck for a year now...
Um, yes, that might be an orange turtleneck sweater! It was $15.50 and is by Ralph Lauren.

I have problems with chunky sweaters, but I really want to do them with skirts for fall. I'm hoping that this one will work for me.
It's by Vero Moda, and was $12.50 and has a nice thin drape. I also like the longer back and the wider cut of it. The colour is heathered grey with a tint of dark green.

And finally, now that I have a proper strapless bra, I can wear this blouse on its own if I want to.
I love the cream satin and the black and grey mod-ish pattern. It's Canadian-made Jacob and was $9.50. A good deal!

And that's my weekend! I hope yours was lovely and full of good times.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Casual Friday: Leather Pant Weather

I had to work late tonight, to supervise a hauling company taking away a bunch of crap from our storage area. 
And my work dishwasher is down! It's a calamity! Nothing else to do but wear leather pants.


  • Shirt - Talbots, consignment; last seen here in July for a shopping trip after work
  • Pants - Gap, thrifted; last worn here in February for Valentine's Day
  • Shoes - Down-to-Earth Hadfield, Fluevog; first worn here earlier this month for another long day
It finally rained last night and was damp and even a bit foggy this morning. 

I deliberately went "flood's over" on the hems; they're too short on me anyway, so I turn them up once. As always, the reactions at work about my leather pants are always interesting, but my work is pretty used to my...um, extravagance, shall we say?
I tried a couple of different tops with this - some would have worked better with a heel, but I wanted flats for the day. I kept the top a simple denim shirt to downplay the pants.

The stuff:
I wore these barefoot for a full day and they were awesome. Not a single rub! The leather is softening up nicely too.

Strong bling:
Purple to match my hair - it's an accessory too!


  • Cuff - Catalyst Reaction Leather, thrifted
  • Earrings - gift from L


Have a fabulous weekend, my friends!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Colour-Blocked and Dotted...and Ted

My scalp is nearly all shed off, and I can finally style my hair the way I like it. I do like it in the "bangs down" style, but it tends to get in my eyes and bugs me. 
And since it's being a little cooler out, I decided to go head-to-toe cashmere. As one does in August.


  • Sweater - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; purchased here for $12.99
  • Skirt - Andres Courreges, thrifted; last seen here in June with dots
  • Shoes - Chie Mihara; last seen here in May with stars and sky

I wanted to wear these dotty shoes again, but they are tricky to wear. Solid colours are the way to go, and since I just bought this dotted scarf recently, that sealed the deal.
I didn't notice Vizzini in the background until I uploaded my pictures
It turned out to be a little warm (just a titch!) for cashmere.

The stuff:
Such lovely dotty shoes! This is the perfect heel height for me (the front has about a 3/4" hidden platform) that's high-ish and still wearable for a full day at work.

Blurry bling:
Nothing caps things off like a bigass necklace.

  • Scarf - consignment
  • Necklace - consignment
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

One more day to the weekend! Woo!

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On a less positive note, I had some sad news tonight at my WW meeting: one of my long-term members from my Tuesday night died last week. Ted was in his late 60s and although he didn't lose much weight (he was big on wine and cheese and living the good life), I know he just enjoyed coming to the meetings over the past 3 years. He was a funny, sweet and dear man. He was always encouraging me to have my own show, or do something in the public eye - he was a fan of me and always sat right up front and asked hilarious questions. I was hugely saddened to hear he was gone, and will raise a glass of wine to his memory.

Here's to ya, Ted.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pattern Mixing for the Squeamish

This outfit elicited a dramatic response from one of my coworkers today. 
A sharp intake of breath, followed by, "I could NEVER do that." She looked like she was going to hurl or something, ha!


  • Top - Old Navy, swap from Patti; first worn here in July with cerulean
  • Skirt - Savvie; last seen here in May with tomato red
  • Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last worn here a couple of weeks ago with Etro

She meant the pattern mixing. Some of the pattern mixing I see on the interwebz is too much for me - I need to have some colours in common. I need a little matchy!

The trick (I told her) is take a busy pattern, like this top, and then put it with a non-busy, two-colour larger pattern, like this skirt.
Make sure you have at least one colour in common, preferably a neutral. In this case, it's white in both the skirt and the top. The green in the skirt doesn't quite match the green in the top's pattern, but it's close enough. It doesn't match, but it goes.

The stuff:
I tied the black of the shirt with the black shoes - I like a top-to-bottom coherent look. Bookended, if you will.

Round bling:
Then I pulled out a few of the colours in the top as accessories. You can see that I also did a red camisole under the top (it has open split sides).


  • Earrings - Plum
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes


And voila! I pointed out to my coworker how she could have swapped out her plain skirt for a patterned one that would go with her floral top and she totally got it. That was cool.