Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Plaid: Purple, Yellow, Red and Turquoise

My blogging is creeping into nighttime - work has been crazy, life has been crazy. I need to go to bed earlier, but then I want to read, and I still need to catch up on the lives of you awesome readers/fellow bloggers.
What's a girl to do? Wear plaid!

I fussed around in my closet yesterday, putting together all kinds of outfits - I think I have about 2 weeks' worth all ready to go. I grabbed this one because we had a new person start today at work and I like to give 'em a little shock. Heh.
The yellow cropped cardi makes another appearance (last seen here over my purple cosmic dress a couple of weeks ago). I have a bit of thing for yellow cardis - I have three of them. But they're all different!

The new-to-me thrifted aqua cowl-necked top makes its first appearance (purchased here on the weekend for $7.50). I liked that it worked with the emerald green stripe in the skirt. No other aqua in the whole outfit. But why not?
The skirt itself is so fabulous: stiff, swooshy, crinolined, rustle-y. All the best adjectives! I last wore it here - what? in January? That's a crying shame. I'll try and get another wear out of it this summer, but it's a year-round item, so no biggie if I don't.

The stuff:
Bigass red shoes! And they really are comfortable. I last wore them here in May with purple and white.

Simple bling.
A belt for my keys, a pretty cuff and plain studs.

Cardigan (Peter Nygard, consignment), top (Cleo, thrifted), skirt (Roland Kerry, vintage 80s, consignment), shoes (Marc), belt (Plum), cuff (St. Paul's Cathedral gift shop), earrings (don't recall).

Reminder! The August long weekend edition 
(for those Canadian provinces that get a holiday) 
of Shoe Shine is coming this Saturday!
Join us on Saturday morning - Shoe Shine goes for a full week! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up: Visible Hair, Pink Boxing Gloves, Shopping and Brunch

Oh, lovelies, I need another weekend! Such a fun, but exhausting weekend it was. 

This is how I do Casual Friday:
Which is to say: I don't! Fancy Friday, more like it. I had two social engagements on Friday after work, and ended up at four different venues over the course of the weekend. No time to change, so I rocked my Weekend Hair for the first time at work. Everyone was very positive and enjoyed my "swoosh."

This is my entry for Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style - I felt hugely visible during this very long day! And that's a great thing. Thanks for helping us all celebrate that, Patti!

Another thank you and shout out to Sal over at Already Pretty, who listed my "Shoes My Husband Hates" series in her "Lovely Links". I've been reading Sally for as long as I've been blogging (since 2008).

I've been very slack in doing my Pink Boxing Gloves assignment, so I accented Friday's dress with all pink and purple accessories, including some very special additions.
My classic "laser beam" stare.
Fierce and feminine! Ally over at Shybiker has been sending the gloves around the world - they are next going to Shawna!
After work, some coworkers gathered at a waterfront pub for a couple of pints to send of one the guys (bye, Richard!). From there, I met up with L and our friends Cat and Ross for a pre-dinner cocktail for Ross' birthday.

Little did Ross know that 8 more of our friends were awaiting us at the restaurant to surprise him!
This dress was perfect for a day of work, and looked classy all night. I last wore it here in June with stripes and yellow.

The stuff:
I walked to a pub from work, to a cocktail lounge across town, to a restaurant several blocks away, then to Cat and Ross' place afterwards. And then L and I staggered home from there and crashed into bed at 2am. Good times! And these mauve shoes were so wonderful on my feet! I last wore them here in June with cracked glass.

SPARKLE bling:
Oh, I loved wearing this amazing Sherman pink crystal necklace and earrings set. They had good weight, you know? I am still goggled that it was only $22.00.

Dress (Banana Republic, thrifted), shoes (Camper), belt (Plum), necklace/earrings (vintage 60s, Sherman), bracelet (vintage 60s, Coro).

We didn't have enough people for Ultimate on Saturday morning, so L and our friend Casey and I went for brunch at the diner. Not unexpectedly, I was a titch hungover.
Totally worth it! It's back to being super-hot out, so the loose flowy clothes are my to-go. And of course, Weekend Hair!

The silk kimono top was last seen here with chartreuse earlier this month. I hate wearing sunblock, but have to stay out of the sun, so this was perfect for a little thrift shop after brunch.
Just a little orange t-shirty tank under it - I don't track wears for it. It's got a wide neck, so good for pulling over my hair while trying things on.
The return of the mushroom skirt! Another awesome physical sunblock - I last wore it here (way down at the bottom) on another fun weekend in June.

It was pretty windy on Saturday - my outfit billowed majestically, but my hair stayed put (the magic of hairspray!).

The stuff:
These Born flats are amazing. I shopped for around four hours, and although my feet were tired, they weren't in any pain. I last wore them here a weekend ago.

Non-snagging bling:
The hypno-earrings are looking at you.

Overblouse (CAbi, thrifted), skirt (Club Monaco), shoes (Born, consignment), cuff (About Tine), ring (Twang & Pearl), earrings (Oscar & Libby's).

I had a good shopping trip - I've been thinking about my personal style, and the changes I'm seeing in it lately. I don't wear cardigans much any more, my colour palette of preference is changing to brighter, clearer colours, and I'm incorporating more vintage into my daily outfits. I still have classic shapes that I like - hourglass, full skirt/slim top, but I'm also wearing looser tops, and less t-shirt fabrics. Some of the items that I don't really love are going, and I'm questioning a lot of things I haven't worn in  long time.

So. I still always look for good construction, good lines, and above all, a good fit!
This is a denim bustier! I have a fondness for bustiers over blouses, and how cool to find one in denim.
This one was found at the St. Vincent de Paul. And for only $4.00! Smart Set is a Canadian mall brand.

The Patch was actually my first stop, and I spent close to two hours there, going through everything. It was quite fun. They have a sale on now: buy 1 dress and get the second at 40% off. They had about a dozen racks of dresses, plus 4 more racks of vintage dresses. I tried on about 10 but only one rang my bell: this gorgeous pale lilac 1960s dress.
Isn't it gorgeous? I love the pattern and the silver lame (lah-MAY!) thread woven through it.

D'Allaird's was a Canadian company that was acquired by Marks & Spencer's in the 70s - it was a store for rich older ladies. I remember my grandmother wearing clothing from D'Allaird's.
Bizarrely, in the exact same location that the Patch is now in Victoria...was a D'Allairds store when I was in my early teens.

I chatted with the cashier about clothes and she gave me the 40% off on the $22.95 price so it ended up at $13.97.

I can never resist a cool leather skirt, and they have a huge selection at the Patch.
A grass-green suede one with gold zipper pockets - $24.95. This is not 80s vintage - more like late 90s, with that waist shape.

And woo!
 Hot pink! I am all over this killer high-waisted lambskin skirt. This was also $24.95.
With that waistline, it's got to be 80s - I don't know the brand Evan Davies, but it's really good quality leather.

I totally lucked out in the belt section!
Turquoise leather with those silver accents? Oh gosh, yes, please. This was $7.99!

And who doesn't need an orange belt?
$9.99 for this vibrant leather belt - dig that buckle!

I strolled up to the Hospice Society - their prices have gone up, but they still have a few good things. I liked the colours in this sheer navy blue blouse. The sleeves are nice and full.
It'll look great with a pencil skirt. It was $8.00.

I continue on my mission to weed out my casual tops and replace them with more flattering blouses.
This lovely turquoise top is by Cleo and was $7.50. I love the neckline.

I love the fabric on this one - it's 100% silk.
This has a fitted bottom with a long tie - whoever owned it before me made some modifications to it. It's supposed to be a wrap, but she put in two buttons/holes and a snap fastener at the top. It just fit so nicely, even though the draping is a bit weird because of the alternations. It was $10.00 and is by Sandra Angelozzi.

I had an hour's nap, then propped my drooping hair up with more hairspray! On to our next date: L's friend from high school, Susan, was in town. We had dinner and drinks out, then hung out at our place for several hours. 
I love a bright summery plaid!

I couldn't resist wearing the new belt right away.
I used to have a few of these drop-waisted belts back in 1985-6.

The dress is a favourite - I last wore it here in May with denim.
I did wear my jean jacket over this for walking to and from town - no sun on my ink or my arms!

The stuff: 
The official "Husband-Hated" aqua shoe returns! I last wore them a couple of weeks ago here.

Aqua bling:
How did I live without that awesome belt?

Dress (Coldwater Creek, thrifted), shoes (Prepare Guide, Fluevog), belt (vintage 80s, thrifted), earrings (Oscar & Libby's), Fulvia ring (Wendy Brandes).

Today, Mom came over in the morning (oooh, need coffee). We are planning some holidays, so needed to get things going.
It was a slow start to the morning. She and I went grocery shopping while L got ready. We all went out for lunch, then spent the afternoon planning, booking and spending horrendous amounts of money. I can't give too many details, but you'll hear all about it at some point.

Hot today! I wore my trusty denim jacket for walking to the pub and back, but this is what I wore all day.
The yellow sweater tank was last worn in the same outfit as the above mushroom skirt (down at the bottom here in June).
Vintage slip peeking out.
My blood splatter skirt, last seen here in June with burgundy and lime. A strange man exclaimed over the pattern. "That would make a great tablecloth!" Ha!

The stuff:
Ah, my red boots! It was a little too hot for these, but they are so nice on my feet. I last wore them here in June with emerald.

Red bling:
I love this leather cuff.

Top (Cable & Gauge, thrifted), skirt (handmade, thrifted), boots (1883 Lucchesse, consignment), cuff (Rimanchik), earrings (local).

And to bed!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christmas in July, and Cat-Bombed

Merry Christmas! Five months from today - coincidentally - is Christmas Eve, and here I am in my festive skirt.
I can't help counting down Christmas - after all, I did work in a Christmas store for 11 years.

Many of my coworkers scoped out my skirt today - it is quite amazingly shiny in person.One just saw my white top when I was sitting at my desk, and had to check to see if "something crazy" was going on below the waist, because the top half was plain.

Heh, if you call a stand-up ruffled collar plain. I had to reduce my number of white tops - I have a thing about them, although not as much as Lorena! - and this one made the cut. I last wore this ruffly wonder here in March with loads of brown.
"Officer Vizzini, checking out this suspicious amount of skirt, ma'am."
You can see the nice drape of the skirt there, actually - it's not stiff at all.
"Must check out this side."
I last wore this gorgeous brocade velvet roses and gold lame (lah-MAY!) skirt here in June with a denim shirt.

The stuff:
The second wear for my 70s-inspired red sandals - last seen here in June with red and marigold. They were very comfy.

Golden bling:
Such a cool belt! It's quite heavy.

Top (Uno Due, thrifted), skirt (handmade, vintage 70s, thrifted), belt (thrifted), shoes (Liz Claiborne, antique store), ring (90s), earrings (gold, gift from L). 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Frozen Leopard with Leather

This week is just dragging - and I have such fun things planned for the weekend that's it's just torture. Why is it not Friday yet?
Meow! Leopard is probably my favourite pattern of all time. And I'm pretty sure y'all know I have a thing for leather, especially skirts.

This is the second wear of this leopard top, which was first seen here in May, layered under a jacket.
I belted it so that I'd have something to hang my access cards and keys from for work (always a factor in my outfits - I loathe wearing a fricking lanyard), but now you can see it in all its glory.

Full confession: I wore a jean jacket over this for half the day. I was freezing (we've gone from roasty-toasty weather to rain and chilly temps), and I did feel a little too "boobalicious" in it without a jacket or cover. Don't get my wrong, I like my boobs, but I sit at a desk where people stand over me - here, would you like a better view of my cleavage?
I'm never self-conscious about my ink, though!

My glorious black leather skirt has had multiple wears, last time here in April in an outfit I ended up hating.

The stuff:
I decided against the extra va-va-voom factor of heels, and went with flats. I am glad I did, as I ended up working an hour of overtime tonight. I last wore these studded flats here a couple of Fridays ago with a long dress.

Dragon bling!
My awesome dragon necklace and bracelet, and some simple aqua studs. Oh, and a belt.

Top (Express, thrifted), skirt (Hemingway, vintage 80s, consignment), shoes (Modern Vintage, thrifted), belt (Plum), necklace/earrings (gift from L, vintage 30s?), earrings (local).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Postively Dotty

I'm practically neutral after yesterday's whackadoo dress.
Dots, here, get your dots here!

I realized today that I'm over this dress.
I love the shape, but I'm just tired of it. I've layered it lots of ways, and I still like it, but it's time for it to go to a new home. I've had it since 2012, and I've worn it four times since then, the last time a full year ago here in July 2013 with these same shoes.
I have a blue camisole and a sheer blue underskirt (you can see a bit peeking out at the hem) as my layers underneath. A definite must with a wraparound dress!

I feel a bit of a shift in my style over the past few months - many of my summer clothes will be purged at the end of September ("Woo hoo!" say all my friends and coworkers). Of course, that means more shopping for new-to-me things!

The stuff:
Beautiful classic pumps. I see that snakeskin pattern and texture are big for fall. Look at me, surfing the trend wave out in front, ha ha. I last wore these here in June with punk-y blue.

Sparkly bling:
I am a fan of mixed metals.

Dress (Banana Republic, thrifted), shoes (Ralph Lauren, thrifted), rhinestone cuff (vintage 60s, Mom's), brooch (vintage 60s), earrings (Renoir, vintage 60s), Fulvia Ring (Wendy Brandes).