Thursday, October 16, 2014

What I Like: Fall Looks, Part 2 - The Accents

I'm taking a little break - it's been over 6 years since I started this blog and I need a rest. However, I wouldn't leave y'all in the lurch, so I've lined up a few little posts (including a Shoe Shine and my birthday link-up party) to keep you amused until I'm back. 

And I will be back, I promise!
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For the second year in a row (first time here, past Officer Vizzini), I bought the big fat September fashion magazines, and tore out all the pages that inspired me. I shuffled them all together, laid them out on the carpet and analyzed what I liked. 

Badass Attitude
I like the bigass and I like the badass, mostly because for most of my life I was too scared to be either. I would love to stroll about like an Edwardian pirate (but I'd settle for those McQueen boots) - lace, velvet and drama.

I love the crazy hats and trains in the middle picture, but I love the badass vintage babe in the centre more - more ladies with lines, please!

On the right, gotta love the plaid, the little booties and the red lippy. I love the punk attitude.

It's Easy Being Green
Everything green, all the things. Big wide belts, curvy jackets, a long sweeping olive skirt (I do believe I have one of those).

Animalistic
Snakeskin skirt, leopard toppers, python boots (and I'll take the leather dress, thanks).

Boots!
Check, I've had my OTK (remember when we called them OTK?) boots for years - they're even in green! I would be thrilled to find a girly floral boot, but am just as happy with my Doc Martens.

Embrace the Cray-Cray
A furry bag - will springbok do? An impossible heel? How about these? Those shoes on the right are so 80s I could die. Shoe clips!

The Scarf Thing and the One Earring Thing
I like the long skinny scarf hanging down, and the scarf-instead-of-necklace. I love the single earring look, and have been working it for a few weeks. It works with my uneven hair!

And what about you, dear readers? Could you get on board the trendy train with any of these accents? What will you try?


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What I Like: Fall Looks, Part 1 - The Looks

I'm taking a little break - it's been over 6 years since I started this blog and I need a rest. However, I wouldn't leave y'all in the lurch, so I've lined up a few little posts (including a Shoe Shine and my birthday link-up party) to keep you amused until I'm back. 

And I will be back, I promise!
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For the second year in a row (first time here, past Officer Vizzini), I bought the big fat September fashion magazines, and tore out all the pages that inspired me. I shuffled them all together, laid them out on the carpet and analyzed what I liked. 

Soft Goth Cowgirl!
I adore both of these Chanel looks. The funky boots, the leather, the contrasting ruffles, all those gobs of jewelry. And of course, cowboy boots. Mine are red, thank you! I'm on the lookout for a replacement pair of riding boots, as mine are getting worn out.

The Femme Menswear Look 
Keep one detail feminine: a softer version of a tie, sandals, a pencil skirt, brogues. I think I need a pair of brogues.

The Midi Skirt 
What? This hasn't always been in style? I've been wearing midis (and whatever the hell length I feel like) for years. I love the mod-inspired patterns on the bookended looks, and the higher waists on the pencil skirts. You can thrift this look easily - it's very 80s. Mermaid skirts like the one on the bottom right are a style from the early aughts that can be found secondhand too.

Bigass Drama 
I'm all about the bigass, and I'm all about the drama! Simple clean shapes, in gorgeous want-to-touch textures, accessorized with vintage pieces like the wrap on the left, the statement necklace (you can find wonderful ones at vintage swaps for cheap), and the bigass combination of red and pink. I want that Dior dress.

Dark Florals 
Back for the second year, florals and embroidered designs on lush black textures. Still a fan. I have a lot of velvets, florals and embroidery in my wardrobe.

 More Menswear
It's the year of the jacket! I like seeing the longer-line jackets coming back - this has always been a favourite look of mine. It's very 90s. Another easy thrift find. Love the fuzzy topper over the suit.

Equestrian 
Mostly the boots, but also the leather. Yes, please, I would that green leather shirt very much.

Do any of these turn your crank? What looks are you actually going to try, or are you sticking with the same ol', same ol'?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Autumn Winter Closet Swap

I'm taking a little break - it's been over 6 years since I started this blog and I need a rest. However, I wouldn't leave y'all in the lurch, so I've lined up a few little posts (including a Shoe Shine and my birthday link-up party) to keep you amused until I'm back. 

And I will be back, I promise!

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Every 6 months, at the end of September and at the end of March, I clean out my custom-built walk-in closet, and I pack away my past seasonal clothes and bring out my next seasonal items. I love rediscovering wardrobe items, although some of them don't make the cut. 

I recently did my autumn/winter reset, and packed away my spring/summer goodies. Here's what it all looked like. Really, it's barely managed chaos! 

I used to work in a gift shop that had to be dusted constantly. I loath dusting, but I did learn a good trick for it: start on one wall and just work your way around, bit by bit. If you look at the entire task, it's far too daunting, but one small piece at a time is okay.

So, starting on the left, I went through all of my blouses, longer/full-length skirts and trousers and pulled out those that are too light-weight for cool weather. 
And I cleaned off all of the 3 shelves above those, and dusted them with a little lemon Pledge, which reminds me of doing chores when I was a kid.

Next, I pull out all of my summery dresses. I have a LOT of them, so this area got very thin - count the hangers!
I deliberately kept a few of my light-coloured dresses out for possibly fun-time outfits.

This is all of the items I packed away, not including belts, scarves and purses.
I pulled out 18 pairs of shoes.

My small bag collection.
I try not to keep purses that I don't actually use, no matter how pretty they are!

The chaos of hangers on the left, and my 3 tubs of fall/winter clothes that have been living under the bed for 6 months. I also have at least 6 bags of shoes, boots and more clothes there, ready to be unpacked.
I still have a few hangers. Heh, I guess I need to go shopping!

I needed the space for my purses in the closet, and I'm starting to get a bit of a hat collection (I did week out two that I haven't worn very much over the past 6 months).
I cleared off the top of a bookcase in the den (where my closet is), and gently stacked my fun hats. I need to be able to see them, or I forget I have 'em.

There's one shelf above this that has my very fancy purses (you can see the black bead fringe hanging on the left). These are my more frequently used bags, and a couple  more hats and a fascinator.
I'm feeling very jacket-y this cold season. I don't do sweaters that well, and I got rid of nearly all of my cardigans.

My lowest shelf of sleeveless and short-sleeved sweaters for wearing under jackets.
And my filled-up blouse section and crammed long/full-length skirt section.

I had to actually move my very small trouser assortment to the "long hang" area where I keep my dresses.
I don't have a ton of winter dresses. I tend to do more tops/skirts.

Speaking of skirts...
All my shorter ones. After I took this photo, I found more in the hall closet! Yikes!

And my jackets. I've been doing well lately with finding some good ones.
The "not yet worn" items are on the right side. Once the weather is cooler, those will go into rotation.

I tried to be ruthless with my shoes. I did get rid of 2 pairs of sky-high ones that I just can't wear any more. Why was I keeping them? They were taking up valuable real estate!
The top shelf are my seldom-worn Fluevogs and my party shoes.

There they are again...
Then the shoes I'll be reaching for daily.

I was so happy to unpack my bootie collection!
I rediscovered some old friends, like the Best Shoes Ever there on the right.

I always rearrange my shoes so that my eyes don't get used to seeing them the same way. It helps me rotate them in my wardrobe.
More daily wear shoes. I think there are about 55 pairs there, and on the floor, including my boots, which live down there as well.

I see empty space!
I think I need some new shoes... 

I hope you enjoyed my little closet tour!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Shoe Shine #12

Shoe Shine is on!
Get your kicks by showing your kicks!
Let yourself shine!

I chose my beautiful green "elf" shoes for this edition of Shoe Shine.
They are called the Half-Truth Tanya, and yes, they are by Fluevog.

They're a good example of the erratic sizing in shoes (not just Fluevogs, although they are crazy erratic). I usually wear a size 9 or 9.5 (Euro 40), but these are size 10 and are perfect.

I have pretty narrow feet and long toes, with a narrow heel, and these just work beautifully on me. I like that the top straps are adjustable over the foot.
These have gotten softer and more comfortable since I got them in March. They've also gone on sale at Fluevog (I really want the purple ones!). Go on... I know you want to go look at them here - my review is there. (Seriously, no kickbacks. I link 'cause I love).

Have you ever bought a duplicate shoe in another colour? I don't think I ever have. 
Would you?

Want to play? It's super-easy. Anyone can join.

  1. Link to a post featuring a fabulous pair of footwear!
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  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinks "Add Your Link" button to open a new page.
  4. In the "Next Step," you crop the picture you want to display, and voila!
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Birthday Party Dress Link-Up!

I'm taking a little break - it's been over 6 years since I started this blog and I need a rest. However, I wouldn't leave y'all in the lurch, so I've lined up a few little posts (including a Shoe Shine and my birthday link-up party) to keep you amused until I'm back. 

And I will be back, I promise!
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Today is my birthday! I would love to share my party outfit with you...but no birthday party for me this year. Why? Well, I'm doing something else instead, which will be revealed in time. 

However, I will share all of my previous birthday outfits that I've shown on my blog, first going way way back to 2008:
I still have that suit! But not the belt or the shoes.

In 2009, L and I went to Seattle for the weekend.
"Oh, go on!" In the hotel room just before we went out for dinner.

In 2010, I didn't do a birthday day outfit, but we had a party that weekend, and I wore my vintage disco dress.
Still have that one, and I think this may have been its last wear. Dare I wear it again?

In 2011, I spent my birthday out with my niece Hannah, then went for dinner at the pub with L.
We probably had a party too, but that gorgeous dress is what I wore on my day. Still have it (just unpacked it) and still have those fab boots.

2012 was in the middle of my year-long 30 x 30 x 12 Challenge. Hey, that's the same suit skirt as in the the 2008 picture.
The shoes are gone, but the rest remains.

And last year, in 2014:
Gotta wear leather on one's birthday! 

And you? What will you wear for my birthday? Break out the party clothes! 




  • Link to a post featuring YOU in some party clothes!
  • Include a link to Ephemera somewhere in your post (it's only polite). Leave a comment here if you like.
  • Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinks "Add Your Link" button to open a new page.
  • In the "Next Step," you crop the picture you want to display, and voila!




  • This will be active for a week, so lots of time to plan! 

    Don't feel like partying? Then just show your shoes! Shoe Shine is on for Saturday!

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    Sunday, October 5, 2014

    Busy Weekend: Fringe Green, Ribbon Red, Mod Flowers, Early Birthday and Couch Cat

    Woo, what a crazy weekend! Where does the time go? L's mom is in town, so we've spent some time with her and my mom as well. 

    But first: Friday!
    Work has been rather nutty lately. I'm hoping for a battery re-charge soon! October is usually a good month for that for me.

    Linking up to "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - get yourself over there!

    First wearing of my new-to-me sweater, purchased here (way down) in September for $16.00.
    It's by Coldwater Creek - I like the nice neckline and the fringe on the sleeves.

    My skirt is a year-round item, but gets worn more in the cooler months. I last wore it here (2nd outfit) in June.
    Note the awesome heels on my boots.

    We still haven't gotten much cold weather, so all I needed in the morning was a thin wool scarf and my long brown leather gloves.
    I'm checking a bunch of trends here: midi-length skirt, boots, green and fringe.

    The stuff:
    L and I went out for dinner after work, having a little early birthday celebration for me. My actual birthday is on Wednesday, but we have other plans and won't be able to celebrate it just the two of us.

    The light was waning by the time we got home, so I blew the contrast out on these pictures so that you can see the wonderful embossed pattern on the boots.
    Yeah, I know. To die for, aren't they? I last wore them here in March with vintage yellow.

    Simple bling.
    My two-sided green obi: silk on one side, cotton on the other. Doing the one-earring trend again.

    Sweater (Coldwater Creek, thrifted), skirt (OptionElle, consignment), boots (Babycakes Minis, Fluevog), obi (thrifted), earrings (both local), Fulvia Ring (Wendy Brandes). 

    I busted my coworkers on Friday morning, who were balloon-bombing my desk:
    Voila! I had to pop most of them so that i could actually work. What a lovely thing to do! Thank you so much to Eryn, Emily and Nicole.

    This is something I do to most of my colleagues:
    "My eyes, watching you!"
    I see all. 

    L gave me his presents when we got home from dinner:
    The final Rachel Morgan book, a $200 gift certificate to She She Shoes (woo!), and a giant anatomical heart necklace.

    Check that out:
    Mmmm...veiny.

    The back says "Defy." Don't mind if I do.
    I love the heft of it.

    It's a locket!
    Aw, L knows me so well - it's my boyfriends, Hugh Jackman an Vin Diesel. Hee hee!

    We had probably our last game of Ultimate on Saturday morning. I have fewer loose dresses for wearing to the field, so have to go with separates.
    It started out a bit rainy, but ended up a really nice day - definitely a good day for Ulty, weather-wise. We had a really hard game - a lot of running.

    A simple thin red sweater (last seen here in June with the same necklace) works over my sports bra.
    My ribbon skirt is a favourite. It has wonderful swoosh.
    I dig an uneven hem. I last wore this here almost exactly a year ago, in October 2013 for my birthday week.

    The stuff:
    My black riding boots have gotten a good couple of years of hard wear (I wear them a lot in the cold weather), as they are great walking boots. I need to look for a replacement pair. I last wore them here in March, just before they were packed away.

    Copper bling:
    I love my vintage pieces.

    Sweater (Talbots, thrifted), skirt (MNG, consignment), boots (Aldo, consignment), necklace/earrings (Renoir, vintage 60s). 

    After brunch, we ran some errands, then L collected his mom from her hotel and we went out for dinner. I did a slight variation on my outfit.
    The sweater had gotten a bit stinky from wearing it after the game in the morning, so I swapped it out for a red cami and this brown fitted jacket, last seen here in September. I also changed up my earrings and put on two of my copper cuffs.

    Jacket (Elie Tahari by Arthur C. Levine, thrifted), earrings/cuff (Renoir, vintage 60s, Grandma J's), bracelet (vintage 60s).

    Vizzini decided to perch on the caramel couch for a change.
    "What? I can't change my routine?"
    By the time we were back from dinner, he'd gone back to his usual spot on the blue couch.
    "Yawn, I was sleeping fine before you got home."
    I love how he must have all of his feet together.
    "Officers have to be flexible."
    His tail is in there somewhere too.
    "Enough of your papparazzi!"
    This morning, we went for brunch with L's mom and my mom. It's a lovely sunny day, so this is all I wore.
    I love still having bare legs in October! Such a treat.

    This is my second wear of this navy blue floral blouse, first worn here in August.
    Pocketses, precious!
    I am thrilled to have this lovely red wool jumper dress back. The mod shape really appeals to me. I last wore it here in March layered under an olive jacket.
    We had a lovely brunch, and are now doing chores again. The goal: a chilling evening.

    The stuff:
    I kept these bronze-y shoes out for fall/winter, even though they aren't really a tights shoe (they snagged my nylons a couple of weeks ago), but I kept them out because they work well in the "shoulder" months of October and March, when the weather is nicer and I have bare legs. I last wore them here in September with my other red dress.

    Blouse (Liz Claiborne, thrifted), dress (The Limited, thrifted), shoes (Modern Vintage, thrifted), necklace (local, gift from L).

    I hope you had a fun and sunny weekend!