Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Jerkin, Fruital and a Zodiac

This was a fun outfit to wear.
Many of my coworkers commented on it - everyone loved the purple suede vest. I think of this as my jerkin, a term that Curtise uses (being British and all). Go visit her here - she's awesome!

  • Blouse - no label, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in February for a shopping expedition
  • Vest - no label, vintage 70s, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in November 2013
  • Skirt - Jones New York, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in January with sparkly blue
  • Booties - Prepare Maps, Fluevog; last seen here in December 2014 with sparkly sequins

I wasn't really feeling the vest today until I'd worn it for a while. It hugged me like an old friend.

My fruital blouse is always popular.
All the colours! And flowers and fruit! What is not to like?

The stuff:
Happy purple boots. I walked several blocks today in these. Totally comfy shoes.

Zodiacal bling:
One of my Chinese coworkers said this necklace reminded him of a zodiac necklace. Is there an elephant in the Chinese zodiac? I don't think so. But we have cows, goats, horses, a snake and a dragon!

  • Necklace - consignment

Games Night, so I'm off to make spaghetti! Have a lovely evening!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Literary Stylings - Upper-Class Castle-Wear

I'm linking up to Gracey's "Literary Stylings" again over at Fashion for Giants.
The intent with this outfit is to look snooty.

  • Jacket - Talbots, consignment; last seen here for the last "Literary Stylings" in February 
  • Sweater - Cable & Gauge, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in November 2014 peeking out from Kim's jacket
  • Skirt - Edging, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in December 2014 with a leather shirt
  • Shoes - Sencha Teapot, Fluevog; last worn here in November 2014 with dark florals

Do I look upper-crusty high society?

Okay, maybe not. Maybe with the scarf.
I did really like the "I'm going riding shortly" vibe of this, though.

The stuff:
Fab shoes, although getting a little worn.

Gold bling:
 You can see the colour of my jacket there much better - a real forest green.

  • Scarf - vintage 80s, Pierre Balmain, Paris, thrifted
  • Pin - Grandma W
  • Earrings - vintage fair

I was glad of the scarf today, as I was very chilly in my office. Apparently the boilers weren't working. No kidding!

Okay, this is what I read in February!
This was Elaine's pick for Book Club, Haruki Murakami's "Norwegian Wood". It was okay - the characters felt a bit flat and emotionless, and despite being set in Japan of the 1960s, it did not evoke the feeling of any particular time, despite references to songs (like the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood").

Next up: Iain Banks' "A Song of Stone" - this the book I based my outfit on. The main character lives in a castle for most of the story, and I imagine that some of the lush fabrics and tapestries are echoed in my outfit for today.
I'm working my way through both his regular fiction and science fiction (as Iain M. Banks). This was a crazy book; I'm not sure if it's set in our world or an alternate world, and the narrator is quite a despicable person. However, it's brilliantly written and the characters are vivid. There isn't much of a plot except for "everything goes downhill rapidly" (as you might guess from the cover), but I really enjoyed this.

Just finished this last night: Joe Hill's "20th Century Ghosts":
There aren't actually many ghosts in these short stories, but there sure are some great characters. Hill's writing is tight and sharp as a knife (kudos to his dad, Stephen King, for not passing along his long-windedness). Some of the stories in here are heart-breaking, some are super-creepy, and some are downright weird, but I liked every one. I can't wait to read more of his work.

I also read some graphic novels, 'cause that's how I roll.
"Can I eat these?"
 This is all of the Saga series so far, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.
It heavily borrows from "Star Wars" and other Romeo-and-Juliet tropes, but wonderful characters and an engaging plot-line. I'll read more as they come out.

I also mentioned earlier this month that I'd found this graphic novel in the thrift store:
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez' "Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft" - this was an awesome story, with very sympathetic characters, and interesting twists and turns. I hope they have written more of them, because I want to read more! What happens next?

And you? What have you read this month?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Kitty-Bait Outfit

Well, aren't I the classy dame today?
 Yeah, not really, but I'm faking it well!

  • Jacket - Ron Leal, thrifted; last seen here nearly a year ago in March 2014 with a red dress
  • Skirt - Chloe, consignment; last worn here in January with all cream, all the time
  • Shoes - Wonders Ayers, Fluevog; last worn here in December 2014 with sequins and weekend hair

Again, looking at everything in the closet verrrry carefully. I haven't worn this jacket in nearly a year! That's atrocious closet management (noting that it was packed away for 6 months). It's nice, it's green, it's wool, it's made in Vancouver, it was thrifted for about $15.00, it's got a cool collar, it's got a cool hem...and yet, do I love it?

I should love everything I own!
Like this skirt. Love the skirt. Swoosh-a-rama in the skirt, with the pockets and the big bum pleat and the freakin' made in France from 100% silk by THAT Chloe, and $11.50 on the clearance rack. It feels amazing to wear.

The stuff:
Much fondness for these shoes. Great height, love the double ankle-strap. Vizzini eyed them hungrily as I flipped the straps about to put them on for the morning photos.

Furry bling:
He was also highly enamoured of the three vintage fur pins I was wearing. He gave the grey one a lick and tried to bite the big mink rose. Bad kitty...but that's what I get for wearing kitty-bait!

  • Belt - Kudo, thrifted
  • Assorted mink fur pins - thrifted
  • Floral ring - Sarah Coventry, antique store
  • Amber ring - junky store in the 90s
  • Leaf earrings - vintage 50s/60s, vintage fair

And now, I'm home from the gym and am making beef stew! So good.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up: Shoed, Lewd and Art-itude

Ah, what a fantastic weekend! I've had so much fun, I need an extra day just to soak it all in.

Back to Friday we go!
Yes, here is the outfit featuring in the current Shoe Shine (here). I chose to go matchy.

  • Dress - Max & Co., made in Italy; last seen here in November 2014
  • Shoes - Miista; purchased here

So, how to wear these menswear shoes - contrast them with something really girly, like a shiny, poufy-skirted dress!
I juked and jived all over the office in this outfit - I felt marvelous and full of shiny-shoed goodness! As you may have noticed from the original "fresh purchased" pictures, these softened up considerably over the day. I walked about 12 blocks total in these (to/from the bus stop, to/from our other office, to Noodle Box for dinner) and they just got better and better. I had some rubbing on the heels, but that also loosened up over the day.

I also loved wearing this glorious dress again - it was so fun!
"Stay home and cuddle with me..."
Vizzini and I always get some cuddle time in before I leave home in the mornings.

The stuff:
Gads, it's ridiculous how much I love these shoes. There is even a dark green stripe in the soles!

Big bling:
One of my favourite giant necklaces.

  • Belt - Plum
  • Cuff - thrifted
  • Necklace - Nygard, consignment
  • Amber ring - 90s junky shop
  • Dad's ring - Frances Jewelers, 1960s
  • Earrings - local
Friday night was Urbanite at the Art Gallery! The newest exhibit is on Marimekko prints, so I just had to wear my new-to-me patterned 60s maxi.

A few people at the event thought this was a full dress.

  • Top - Cleo, thrifted; last seen here in January with burgundy and granny shoes
  • Skirt - Alex Coleman of California, consignment; purchased here for $40.00
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog; last worn here  last week in February with peach

L wore his plaid suit and socks with roosters on them (aka the cock socks), and I had my furry balls. Tee hee! I was "Belle of the Balls" and he was "Cock of the Walk."

This is a long scarf made of balls of black rabbit fur - I bought it at a vintage market last summer (here) for $10.00 and this is its first wear...because, how do you wear this kind of thing? It works poorly as an actual scarf (the balls are fairly rigid, hee hee).

The stuff:
I walked to the Art Gallery and home after in these shoes - they are getting more comfy every time I wear them. I love that about good quality leather shoes.

Copper bling:
Ooh, I see myself in the copper ball!

  • Leather obi - consignment
  • Ball cuff - vintage 70s, vintage fair
  • Moon cuff - vintage 60s, Matisse, vintage fair
  • Solid cuff - vintage 60s, Renoir, Grandma J's
  • Link cuff/earring - vintage 60s, Renoir, vintage fair
  • Swirly earring - vintage 60s, Renoir, vintage fair
I wore all the copper. 

They had a photobooth set up in the Gallery where you could take props and do pictures. L and I:

Doesn't L look awesome? Many of the attendees were checking him out.

Me and my Zentangle friend, K:

Everyone played with my balls, I quoted AC/DC extensively (the song "Big Balls"), and was generally lewd and somewhat drunk. Good times!

On Saturday morning, L and I went to Floyd' for breakfast, then did some shopping for Winesday and MANsday that night.
Bright and cheery! I love this colour!

  • Sweater - Spense, consignment; last seen here a year ago(!) in March 2014
  • Skirt - La Fleur de Mon Secret, consignment; last worn here in December 2013 (yikes!) with peach and green
  • Boots - Mini Babycakes, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in my steampunk Victorian tea outfit

To be honest, I'm a little shocked that it's been so long since I wore both the sweater and the skirt! Although I love the colour of the sweater, that is just too long between wears. It's hereby on probation until the end of March, and then I'll be deciding if it stays in my wardrobe.
I wore a full vintage slip under this - you can see peep of the hem showing.
The skirt has always been troublesome for me. I love the style. I mean, really:
That's completely insane. But it's poorly made: not lined, not well-sewn and the teeny 3-inch zipper at the waist just doesn't give enough room to get the damned thing ON. Those have probably contributed to my love/hate relationship with this skirt. But I made my decision on it this weekend: gone.

The stuff:
Belt for interest, and repeat jewelry because it was still sitting out the next morning.

  • Belt - Talbot's, thrifted
  • Copper jewelry - as above

I spent a lovely leisurely Saturday afternoon reading, watching some PVRed shows and prepping my food for Winesday. I took a make-your-own nacho bar, complete with red/white chips, spiced ground turkey breast, and all the veggies and cheeses and dips. It was soooo good!

Vizzini disappeared for a while.
"You can't see me!"
He's been getting limited amounts of deck time if it's sunny, but mostly he likes laying in the sun.
"Really? You're going to poke at the monster?"
I can't resist rubbing his warm fur!
"I hear there's a big patch of sun on the bed."
The three of us had a nap before we headed out for our weekend fun times. It was Cat's birthday, so her friend was in town visiting - we had eleven women at Winesday!

This morning was nice and slow. Sleep in and have a couple of strong coffees.
Yes, I shop for groceries in lavender ultrasuede. Doesn't everyone?

  • Dress - Casuals Unlimited, vintage 70s, thrifted; last seen here in November 2014 with caramel
  • Boots - Aldo, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in January with stripes

This dress is also on probation. It felt very stiff - unlike real suede, ultrasuede does not form to your body over time. I'll probably keep it out for my spring/summer wardrobe, just because of the colour, but still...dress, looking at you!
My happy walking boots for the trip to town and back.

Of course, since most people will only see my outerwear, who cares what that dress looks like?
This is nearly a bare face with no-product hair - lazy Sunday!
Bam! Coat in your face!

  • Coat - Desigual; last seen here (2nd outfit) in December 2014 for brunching

How nicely all the purples go!

I had a lovely little shop after groceries, and spent the rest of the money my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas (I used it to buy my last two expensive pairs of those as well).

At Leka, I fell in love with this cage cuff:
It's by Bauxo and was $55.00. The ring is tiny, also Bauxo, and was $35.00.

Another mid-finger ring - it's rare for me to find one for my pinky!
Seriously cool cuff.

I sometimes take the time to wander through Vanity Fair Antique Mall and look at all the vintage jewelry and antiques. They have a clothing section in back.
I KNOW. There was no way I was leaving the shop without it. And it was only $24.00!!

Not familiar with the name Prosper and Devine, although they've been around since 2008.
It's a small XL, but still a bit big on me. However, I love all that fringe! and pink! and fringe!

And get this:
Yes, machine wash, tumble dry.

My last present from my mother-in-law was some drawing gear:
A marker drawing pad, a book of Zentangle designs and loads of lovely markers! I'm excited to start drawing!

And how was your weekend? Were you up to any mischief, like me?