Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fruital and Leather

What a scrambled day! Halfway through, my brain decided it was Wednesday - time to go to the other office. D'oh! Oh well, a little surprise visit never hurt anyone, right?
Also - surprise! I'm wearing a leather dress for work. I have 3 leather dresses and I've worn all of them for work. The key to this one is to layer something underneath.

I'm wearing my fruital (as opposed to floral) blouse, last seen here (way down at the bottom) in August with green culottes.
I last wore this dress here in February, with layers of cream - was that the last Dress Week? I can't even remember.
The dress is a Dots special from about 4 years ago, here in December 2010 - all dresses were on sale for $20, regardless of the original price. This one was $139 Dots' price, $400 regular price. Crazy!

The stuff:
Mod is in (was it ever out?). So are these rockin' shoes! I love that you can still see the $10.00 price written on the inner part of the chunky heel. I last wore these here in August with a bad outfit (Ally, not all my outfits are good!).

Vintage-y bling:
 Mom's belt goes so well with the shoes. I love the metal pom-pom earrings.

Dress (Truly, Part Two), blouse (no label, thrifted), shoes (Fugitive, thrifted), belt (vintage 60s, Mom's), ring (90s), earrings (vintage 70s?).

Monday, September 15, 2014

I've Got My Eye On You

We're still in the middle of a heat wave - heck, our whole summer has been a heatwave! We're usually well into autumn weather, but hey, I am not going to complain about too much sunshine!
And it means it's way easier to keep wearing some of my "back of the closet" stuff - things I just don't wear as often, like this fabulous dress.

Such a favourite! And yet, I just don't wear it that much. Part of it is washing - and it does need a wash. I don't like to wash fancy stuff that often, and dry cleaners won't touch anything with embellishment on it. So there's always that risk, that an item will be ruined. And I love this way too much to lose it. Hence, fewer wears.
I last wore it here in June with cowboy boots. It will be packed away for the chilly season - I like showing my arms in it.
Boo-yah! Leg muscles!
I liked the extra length of the puffy underskirt with it. This is just a sheer, unhemmed skirt with a single flounce, but it is awesome for extending the length of some of my otherwise-too-short dresses and skirts. I wish I had one in every colours!

The stuff:
Yes, I am going to pack away my wondrous orange Fluevogs for the fall/winter. They've gotten more and more comfy the more I've worn them. I might need them in snakeskin...I last wore them here earlier this month with sequins.

Bitchin' bling:
I did uneven earrings again - I am grooving on this look.

Dress (Desigual), underskirt (Noa Noa), shoes (Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog), cuff/small earring (local), other earring (Oscar & Libby's), lapis lazuli/Fulvia Ring (Wendy Brandes). 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up: Casual Friday, Lounging Saturday, a Bit of Shopping

Another fabulous sunny and warm weekend, kicked off by a quiet Friday. Here's what I wore:
I had lots of compliments on my "skirt", as well as my funky denim jacket. I felt very swooshy!

The jacket is my lovely Smoking Lily one - a longtime favourite. I last wore it here in May over my Spanish Ladies dress.
And in fact, I'm layering it over a dress again - this is not a skirt. I last wore this lovely summer plaid dress here (3rd outfit) in July for a casual brunch out.
I'm always sad to pack this dress away (and the jacket too) for fall/winter, but I love going, "Oh, yeah!" when I unpack them again. This is probably the last wear for both of them for this year.

The stuff:
My second wear of the Fluevog Vizzinis, last seen here in August with purple lace.

Blue bling!
Doing the uneven earring thing so that I can wear my single vintage clip-on.

Jacket (Smoking Lily, consignment), dress (Coldwater Creek, thrifted), shoes (Wonders Ayers/Vizzinis, Fluevog, dyed by me), belt (Nygard), brooch/earring (vintage), earring (local), lapis lazuli/Fulvia Ring (Wendy Brandes).

I popped out during Friday to get myself a Subway sandwich; the Subway happens to be next door to a crappy consignment store. I found this on the $5.00 rack.
It's a great iridescent black and red. I love the dark floral pattern. The slit has come undone at the back, so it'll need a little handstitching to fix it, but heck, I got my sewing badge in Brownies. I can do that, easy. The skirt has no label, and even if I only get 1 or 2 wears out of it, I like it.

Friday night, L and I hung out and played games, and just had some chill time. Vizzini was up for the challenge.
"Mmph, must you always be in my face, woman?"
What a lump. He didn't budge all night.

On Saturday, we played Ultimate - it was really hot and bright, but with a weird wind. I didn't feel like being too fancy on the field.
Simple dress, jean jacket, comfy shoes and my coffee!

I'm feeling good about going to the gym. I like that my arms have some definition.
Bring on the gunshow!

I need to dye my hair, but I have a haircut next week, and I want to wait until after that.
I love this swirly pink and green/yellow (that's the colour of the dots that make the pattern) dress. I had considered letting it go, but I have reconsidered after wearing it this weekend. It's super easy, and looks great on. I last wore it here (2nd outfit) in June again for Ulty.
The jean jacket was purchased in NYC several years ago. I wear it nearly every day to walk to and from work - it's held up really well over the years.

The stuff:
Very plain accessories. My cleats are nearly wrecked - they are over 6 years old! These sandals felt wonderful after all that running around. I last wore these just a week ago, here, last outfit.

Jacket (Ann Taylor Loft), dress (Planet, thrifted), shoes (Born, consignment), earrings (local).

After brunch at the diner, L and I came home and prepared for MANsday and Winesday. MANsday is Musical Appreciation Night, when all the menfolk gather and listen to each others' musical theme lists. Winesday is when all the womenfolk bring wine and food and hang out all night.
I baked a Wacky cake (from scratch!), made banana/chocolate glaze and a raspberry coulis, with caramel drizzle (it was so good!), for Vero and Tracy's birthdays.

I also dyed my blond streak purple, which didn't work well, and now it's a pale pink. I don't mind it, but now I'm thinking about all-over purple-over-grey hair like Kelly Osborne.  Why the heck not?
Maybe I just had grey and purple on the brain?

This is my Periodic Table of Awesome cardigan (you'll see why in the next picture). I don't wear this as a "good" piece any more. I feel like t-shirt materials are not part of my style any more; I prefer more structured items. I wear this cardi around the house. I last wore it here (3rd outfit) over a year ago, in August 2013.
I have a purple cami on under it.

MANsday was hosted by L at our place, so I walked the four blocks to Karen's place. My skirt fluttered delightfully.
I last wore it here (2nd outfit) out for an afternoon painting session at Beacon Hill park in August with Mom and Elaine.

The stuff:
My most comfy slides. I last wore them here (3rd outfit) in August with cream and stripes.

Homegrown vintage bling:
Everything except for the "death star" ring is from the 80s.

Cardigan (Smoking Lily), skirt (Le Chateau, consignment), shoes (La Canadienne, consignment), rings (all from the 80s), death star ring (Oscar & Libby's).

I slept in a little today, then headed to town to get groceries.
And after wearing this outfit, I decided that this is a style I'm pretty much over. This little puffed sleeve doesn't feel like me any more, and it's a little dated.

The vest is still okay - good vests are hard to find - and will work with the somewhat androgynous look that I'm liking for fall. I last wore it here over a year ago with these same shoes (and a bunch of clothing I've since given away). Hmmm...considering that, I think I may be done with the vest as well.
The blouse is my formerly adored "Queen of the Faeries" one, last seen here in May with mushroom.

The skirt on the other hand, is still one that I like. It'll be packed away until next March.
I last wore it here (ulp!) in July 2013! Again, I have to reconsider, based on the fact that I have not worn it in over a year! I am going to ponder it over the next couple of weeks before I decide if it stays or goes.

The stuff:
I just wore a pair of crystal stud earrings, so just shoes today. I do adore these Chie Mihara flats. So comfy! I haven't worn them too much this summer as it's been so hot - I've wanted my toes out in the air! They were featured in June in Shoe Shine #4 here, and last worn here earlier that month here with flowers and yellow.

Vest (InWear, consignment), blouse (no label, consignment), skirt (Y Petites, consignment), shoes (Chie Mihara). 

I popped into a consignment shop after groceries to see if anything caught my eye. I found my Christmas dress!
This is a snug and sexy navy blue lace over mushroom mermaid-cut gown. It is amazing on! I am so excited to wear it.

It's by Eliza J, and was marked down to $54 from $69.
Looks like this brand is sold at Nordstrom in the US and is a "special occasion" line (eg. wedding rehearsals, grads, Christmas parties). And they run over $200 so I got a good deal!

I also found these sweet black leather and grey suede shoes.
They are by Libby Edelman and were $45.00 marked down to $35.00.

I love the squared heel, and again, the menswear vibe of them.
They are a bit higher than I prefer, but I'm hoping they will work for short, less run-around days!

How was your weekend? Have any big scores?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sheila's Shoe Shine #10

Shoe Shine is on!
Get your kicks by showing your kicks!
Woot woot! It's Shoe Shine time!

I'm sharing one of my favourite designer finds. I'm not all about the name, but it's a handy shortcut oftentimes for quality. I adore Vivienne Westwood and will likely never own the "real thing", like a studio item, but these are close, right?

They are plastic and they smell. Seriously, like candy. I think it's on purpose.
I found these at Verve consignment store downtown a few years ago for $43.00; here's where I first wore them, and here's the last time.

I really love how the back of the shoe cups the heel, and the sexy shape of them. I've worn them for work and for parties. For me, these are the perfect example of loving everything in your wardrobe.
And they're way more comfortable than they look.

Okay, your turn! Show us a pair of shoes that you love!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Red and Splattered

Although it's colder in the mornings, it's still lovely and warm summer temperatures here. Compared to poor Alberta and Saskatchewan, which have already had snow (zoiks!), I am pretty grateful for this nice sunshine. 
It also gives me a chance to get some more wear out of my summery clothes before packing them away in 2 weeks. I'll tell you right now: all of these items are keepers!

I love this bright tomato-y red blouse. I usually wear it tucked in at the waist (mostly so that I can clip my access card and keys to my waistline), but wore it out this time. The bottom is finished nicely with a band, so it doesn't look sloppy. I last wore it here in June with bright yellow - and these same shoes!
Surrendering the waist is a leap for me, especially because I am always afraid that if I do it too much it means I've given myself "permission" to gain back all the weight I lost 6-7 years ago. But I still work out, still watch what I eat and I'm still in my healthy weight range. Still, that fear is there. I was so unhappy then, when I was heavy.
But on to brighter and happier thoughts, like this fabulous "splatter" skirt! It's been a favourite for a few years, and was last worn here (last outfit) in July.

The stuff:
These shoes were a good purchase - super-comfortable, and that heel height is just right. They don't rub anywhere and the mod vibe about them appeals to me. I last wore them here in July with a festive skirt.

Plain ol' bling:
I wish this bracelet was jade, but it's just glass. I still like it.

Blouse (Planet, thrifted), skirt (handmade, thrifted), shoes (Liz Claiborne, antique store), bangle (thrifted), earrings (don't remember).

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Leaf Me Alone

Wee! I went out for drinks after work with some coworkers, so I am mildly sauced and apt to say crazy things. That's just how I roll.
As I near the end of my spring/summer season, I'm testing out items I haven't worn much to see if I still want to keep them. This outfit is an amalgam of said items. It's also full of flowers and leafs, hence my terrible title pun.

The top is handmade, thrifted and vintage, however, I feel I've gotten enough out of it at this point. Time to let it go into the giveaway pile. I last wore it here in April in a rather "meh" outfit with pink.
The green lame (lah-MAY!) skirt is a keeper. I adore it. When do you ever see a green shiny lace skirt like this? Answer: never. I last wore it here again in April with daffodil yellow.
I did wear a vintage full slip that peeked out at the hem all day. I don't mind that when the hem is pretty. You can see a bit of it in the top picture.

The stuff:
Although one of my coworkers and I had a good time riffing off "Ramon" and rolling our Rs, these shoes are gonzo. Too stiff, they rub and well, while they are cool, they just aren't comfy enough for me. So buh-bye. Won't miss you. I last wore them here with my emerald culottes (and they didn't look that good there either) in May.

6:30 PM bling:
The light is coming in at an odd angle in the den and brushing across the tops of all my stuff. Yes, same belt two days in a row! The jewelry is all vintage, including the fairly new-to-me leafy earrings.

Top (handmade, vintage 60s, thrifted), skirt (Alfred Sung, vintage 80s, consignment), shoes (Ramon Tenza, thrifted), belt (Kudos, thrifted), green bracelet (Mom's, vintage 60s), other bracelet (Trifari, vintage 60s, Grandma J), earrings (vintage 60s, thrifted).

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ruffled Orange Leopard

Today's outfit features a blast from the past.
This leopard cardigan! How much different could it be from yesterday's?

I've had this for a few years (here's the first time I wore it in 2011) - picked it up at the Patch for cheap, wore it a few times and then not much lately. However, I really liked wearing it today...so maybe it will last one more spring/summer. I last wore it here in July 2013.
"If I'm not the subject of your pictures, I'm leaving."
I've layered it over this dark orange dress - I quite liked the effect of having a swingy full skirt, but having the overall coverage of a dress.
Don't recognize the dress? I last wore it here on its own with magenta, pink and purple (and red!) in August.

The stuff:
It's a long day today - a full day of work, and then I'm off to my WW meeting in a few minutes, home about 8pm. I need comfy shoes for that. I last wore these here in August with pink leather.

Gold bling:
My new-to-me leather belt was awesome. My earrings are mismatched, did you notice? I lost the mate of the first pair (a gift from L), then he bought me a replacement pair...and I promptly lost one of them. So they sort of match...right?

Cardigan (Twelve Layers, thrifted), dress (Land's End, consignment), shoes (Town Shoes, thrifted), belt (Kudos, thrifted), wrist-wrap (local), earrings (gifts from L).