Monday, April 20, 2015

Blue and Orange with Gingham

This was a cranky Monday. I'm tired, I'm aching from Ultimate and I did not want to go to work today. Time to fake it!
Orange and bright blue! One of my favourite colour combos, especially when both are so bright and saturated.

  • Blouse - no label, vintage 80s, thrifted; purchased here for $5.50
  • Skirt - Smoking Lily, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in June 2014 with black and green
  • Shoes - Big Presence Desmond; last worn here in March to the Art Gallery with polka dots

I have traded out my silk version (this one) of this "square blouse" for this polyester cobalt blue one - the silk one is stained in the 'pits and I can wash this one. Much as I prefer silk overall, polyester is more practical for me.

I'm iffing on the skirt - I love it, but it doesn't get the wear it deserves.
Might be time to move it along.

The stuff:
Love those shoes - so orange!

Brilliant bling:
I love that Megan made this obi belt out of Ally's ties. 
  • Obi - Megan, via Ally
  • Earrings - vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Death Star ring - Stone Roses
  • Blue/silver ring - Scotland, 1996

You know what Friday is? 
Shoe Shine! Start planning now!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dress Weekend Wrap-Up: Chartreuse and Bugs, Fan of Orange, and Silk with Clogs

What a lovely weekend - and I have yet more to enjoy, as I'm off to play the new Carcassonne with L shortly. I got in a little of everything!
I didn't realize until I was editing my photos that I wore dresses all weekend. I wore this one to the Ultimate field (changed there) and to Floyd's for brunch after with Nick and L.

  • Dress - Cici; last seen here in September 2014 with Friday's yellow shoes
  • Shoes - Born, consignment; last worn here last week with plenty of pink

Chartreuse is such a great colour - I love how gold pops off it.

Linking up to Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style! Are you dead? Not yet? Then get over there! She's looking gorgeous in her long flowing skirt.
The scarf was for hair recovery post-game. This is my first game of the season, and it was a lot of running and sprinting - I get sweaty!

Outerwear for the slightly-overcast morning.
That colour makes my heart sing!

The stuff:
I broke in a new pair of cleats, so needed these ballet flats for comfort after the game. I ripped my socks and clipped one ankle, but no blisters thankfully.

Buggy bling:
It's a bug theme!

  • Scarf - vintage 1997, Smoking Lily
  • Belt - vintage 70s, thrifted
  • Cuff - Catalyst Reaction leather; thrifted
  • Earrings - Erica Wiener

After Ulty and brunch, I set up a little Zentangle station on the deck: 

A big glass of water, my inspirations books, my pens and smudger and an 89 cent fan from Chinatown.

This is what it looked like after 3 hours.
I made this for my friend Alison, who had a birthday last week. I gave it to her last night at Winesday.

I started in the upper left corner, but went from one area to another randomly. I did sketch out the "A" first in pen and coloured it in right away. This helped me balance the whiter areas with some black areas.
These paper fans are cheap paper; sometimes my pen poked through (near the fan's spines), and one of the big filler pens bled a bit, so I had to watch my edges. I was also pressed for time - although this took me 3 hours, I was rushing at the end to get it all shaded.

I like the contrast of the rounded areas with the large filler section of geometric shapes.
That square design was so easy to do - it was one of the last sections I did.

I really liked my Paradox section (the one that looks like a weird triangle). I missed contour shading the bottom section of it, though - that bugs me. I know no one but me would notice that!
The "dangles" section is my favourite - that's the long thin lines and finials and curlicues at the top of the fan. I tried a few dangles in the upper left corner of the fan first, and really liked how it looked - it worked really well as a filler for that top section. A whole fan done in that would be beautiful, wouldn't it? I am excited to try this gain with some different tangles.

Vizzini chilled in the sun with me - it got quite warm out there!
"Must achieve maximum sun saturation."
He was very happy to have us around all afternoon. MANsday was at out house so he enjoyed chillin' with all the guys.
"Leave me be, woman!"
I put my hair up, and dressed comfy.
What's more comfy than a dress? A dress with studded boots.

  • Dress - Land's End, consignment; last seen here in February with Lacroix
  • Top - Majestic, swap from Caro; house attire - no longer tracked
  • Boots - Ash; last worn here (3rd outfit) last weekend to get groceries

No stair pic as my neighbour was out there!

The stuff:
I was running last so cabbed to Yvonne's for Winesday, but I walked home at 2am with 3 other friends. Comfy boots!

  • Orange cuff - thrifted
  • Black cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Earrings - local

I had a nice sleep-in this morning, and woke up to a gorgeous hot and sunny day.
L and I walked to town, got groceries, had lunch and did a little fun shop (Carcassonne game and some t-shirts from the Patch for L, as well as some CDs, a book and some purple hair dye...hee hee).

  • Dress - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here in August 2014 with purple shoes
  • Clogs - Born, consignment; purchased here in November 2014 for $38.95

I'm glad I kept this dress - I love the easy shape of it and the flowy silk - it's so girly to wear.
"I pose too!"
Vizzini was all over me this morning. I sat down and he curled right up in my lap.

I wore a cardigan over the dress for walking around town, and I was warm! What a novelty! Spring is finally really here!
These shoes don't really go with the outfit, I know. I wanted to test-drive them on a small walk for their first wear.

The stuff:
L really hates these. I'll definitely be doing another series of Shoes My Husband Hates this summer. However, they were supremely comfortable. We walked for about an hour and a half total, and not a rubbing anywhere.

  • Earrings - local

I caught Vizzini on the deck early Saturday morning when I first got up.
"Shhh! I'm on undercover duty."
He has the funniest expressions.
"I'm watching you."
I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Funky Friday - The Return of the Spanish Ladies Dress

Not to be a walking cliche but TGIF! What a long day.
This is my first "bare legs" day of the year! It was a little chilly this morning, but fine for the day. Yay! More shaving!

  • Cardigan - Jessica Howard, thrifted; purchased here for $6.00
  • Dress - Lirub; last seen here in August 2014 with weekend hair
  • Shoes - Tsubo; last worn here in September 2014 with chartreuse

I adore this dress, and I know it has its fans out there in the blogosphere - I've had it since 2010, when L, Mom and I went to London here.
Today was the first wear of this little shrug-ish cardi. It did remind me a bit of a boob-holster, but it stayed in place and I was warm without feeling I was overly covered.

I also wore my red frilly vintage slip under it all to make the skirt extra flouncy (and cover the cleavage).
I can see my bare toes!

Outerwear for morning, all bundled up.
No gloves and jacket open on the way home.

The stuff:
Ah, the Kraft Dinner shoes! I love everything about these except that they rub on my toes. But I'm not willing to give them up. Toes must get tougher!

Round bling:
I'm so predictable - I always wear the same accessories with this dress.

  • Belt - Plum
  • Cuff - thrifted
  • Earrings - Bakelite, vintage 60s, vintage fair

Tomorrow's my first day of Ultimate frisbee for the season, followed by brunch and Winesday - a busy day! What are you up to this weekend?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cream is a Colour (as is Aqua)

At least two people today asked me where my colour was. People! Cream is a colour. 
I should probably cut that content tag off the cardi
Also, see this cardigan? Aqua. Yes, it's true.

  • Cardigan - Reitmans, thrifted; purchased here for $3.00
  • Top - Jones New York, vintage 90s, thrifted; purchased here for $2.60
  • Skirt - Chloe, consignment; last seen here in March with cat-bait
  • Shoes - Fugitive, thrifted; last worn here in September 2014 with fruital and leather

"I love leg. Leg...leg..."
I took great delight in the fact that this entire outfit, including shoes cost $27.10. The shoes were thrifted for $10.00 last year, and the skirt was on the clearance rack at My Sister's Closet last year for $11.50 (for a skirt by that Chloe, gettouttatown). Crazy! I think my ring cost more than that.
"Is the Man coming back?"
I wasn't hugely pleased with how all the elements of this outfit worked and played together, even thought all the colours worked. The skirt needs a slimmer top half, and the beaded top was mostly covered by the cardi. The cardi was good - good colour - but I like it better buttoned or partially buttoned. I'd give a C+ for effort.

The stuff:
The shoes are back for spring/summer. I do love the mod look of them. I liked them with the skirt, but not with the overall vibe.

Super bling:
Shiny! Shiny!

  • Bracelet - Coro, vintage 60s, Mom's
  • Ring - Stone Roses
  • Earrings - Jacob

I actually wore my crystal ring with the Uffizi Gallery as well, but forgot to take it off. It's been a long day, and now I'm off to make dinner. Burritos!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Double Flare in Denim and Plaid

I'm so far from pretty in pink today, it isn't funny. And yes, I wanted to be Molly Ringwald in "Pretty in Pink" (choose Duckie, you silly twit!), and in "The Breakfast Club" and I just rewatched "Sixteen Candles" for the umpteenth time the other day (Jake! Swoon!).
I'm all business and militaria in my plaid and denim.

  • Jacket - Boom Boom Jeans, thrifted; purchased here for a whopping $8.50. Boo-yah! 
  • Sleeveless sweater top - Cable & Gauge, thrifted; last seen here in March with an equestrian vibe
  • Skirt - Bianca Nygard, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in February with green bookends
  • Shoes - Prepare Hi Steady, Fluevog; last seen here in August with Fawlty ruffles

This is what happens when I forget to set the timer for the stair picture. 

Boob shot!
Heh. I loved wearing this jacket all day - I've been having temperature issues in the office (not me, I swear!) and liked the arm coverage, although I did shove the sleeves up and wore it that way all day.
I liked the double flare of the skirt's pleated hemline and the peplum of the jacket.
Gracey's my twin-spiration today in her double flares!

The stuff:
Okay, there is no stuff. Only shoes. No stuff for you!

Actually, I just wore a pair of crystal stud earrings, nothing interesting. Bling will return tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Gritty in Pink

Okay, I'm not really gritty (maybe like a fine-grit sandpaper, heh), but I got called "pretty in pink" all day today.
That didn't bother me too much, but after reading both Lorena talking about "little" describing a skirt, and Curtise discussing the word "pretty" and the gender inequity around that word, I find myself thinking about words other people use to describe our clothes and us.

  • Sweater - Harrod's, consignment; purchased here for $14.00
  • Skirt - no label, thrifted; purchased here for $6.00
  • Shoes - Born, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in September 2014 

Pretty = girly, feminine, of course pink. It's like cute, another word I am not fond of. I'm too fecking old for cute. Kittens are cute. Men are never pretty (and if so-described, it's intended as demeaning).

Little, as in this cute little sweater = diminishing in a more metaphorical way. Feels like a pat on the head, while I swing my fists. Men's clothing isn't ever described as little, i.e. "What a charming little suit you have on, Charles!"
Hmm...feeling feisty today. Could be because the dishwasher at work is broken and I've been reduced to washing dishes (a la the "little woman"). No one better mess with me. I better goth it up tomorrow!

In Outfit-land, I liked this outfit. I wore a full vintage slip underneath it, which helped as the sweater is high-waisted and liked to ride up. No showing my belly, which is neither little nor pretty, hee hee. It's just there, performing its function.

The stuff:
Pure comfort mode for the shoes. These will be in heavy rotation until I pack them away in September.

  • Necklace/earrings - Aldo Accessories

How do you feel about women-only adjectives? Do you use them to other women? Your daughters/nieces/children/teens in your life? Will you re-think that?