Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Birthday Week Twofer: Grey-ny and Rainy, and Dinner Dress

What a change from yesterday! It's rainy and gloomy today. I dressed appropriately.
All favourite things!

  • Leather shirt - Danier Leather, thrifted; last seen here in November 2014
  • Skirt - Dolce & Gabbana, thrifted; last worn here in February for a brunch and shopping trip
  • Boots - Marc; last worn here in March with turquoise and a lacy top

I will not lie - I was roasting in this for most of the day! Despite the rain, it was actually really warm out; far too warm to have worn a raincoat on top of this.

I love this leather shirt, but didn't get much wear out of it last year. I am much happier with the fit of it since I lost a few pounds.
I might have invited my coworkers to gawk at this magnificent skirt. I still giggle with glee that I found Dolce & Gabbana (trimmed with Persian lamb, no less) for $6.00 in a thrift store!

The stuff:
I freakin' love these boots. I walked to and from the other office in them today. Fab.

Shiny silver bling:
I love clean lines in my jewelry.

  • Necklace - thrifted
  • Death Star ring - Soul Flower
  • Shield ring - Nine West

I'm actually writing this post in this outfit.
L and I are going out for dinner in a little over an hour. I'm blogging then doing some WW training while I wait for the cleaning lady to do her thing.

  • Dress - Elie Tahari, consignment; first worn here in August with pops of aqua
  • Shoes - Diesel, consignment; last seen here (2nd version of the same outfit) in June for an Urbanite in purple leopard
  • Accessories - as above (rings)

 This is what happens when you set the timer and the camera is in close-up mode.
Um, yup.

It's actually lighter out now than it was this morning!
"Is that lady coming over again?"
I totally love this dress. This gets me down to $7.25 per wear. Bargain!
"Is that her at the door? I better skedaddle!"
Having someone clean my house has been a lifelong dream. I feel like I've made the big-time, baby! Vizzini doesn't like her (she vacuums). He hides under the covers on the bed. What a chicken-cat!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Birthday Week: Madly, Plaidly, Gladly

Today just flew by - how does that happen?
I'm doing a fill-in tonight at my old WW meeting. Feels like old times!

  • Blouse - LL Bean, consignment; last seen here as a prepster in September
  • Dress - Naughty; last worn here (4th outfit) in November 2014 to see the Smalls
  • Shoes - Sencha Teapot, Fluevog; last worn here in March for "Literary Stylings"

I have never worn this dress to work before! Of course, until last night, I'd never thought of wearing a shirt under it. Duh!

I've only worn this dress 5 times total, including today, which brings my cost-per-wear to $6.00. Not bad. However, it's an awesome dress and I do intend to wear it at least one more time before the end of March 2016. Can I do it? Oh, most certainly! But we shall see if time makes a liar of me...
I very much enjoyed swooshing about, although I was disappointed at the lack of reactions to this outfit. Huh.

The stuff:
I'm happy to have my Teapots back in rotation. They have been tried and true workhorses for me for a long time.

Stone bling:
Obsidian, quartzes and coral (I know that's not a stone). I forgot I owned this cuff - I bought it at Fairweather when I worked there in the very early 00s.

  • Leather obi - local, gift from L
  • Cuff - Fairwearther, c. 2000
  • Obsidian ring - gift from Mom and Dad, c. 1986
  • Coral ring - Oscar & Libby's
  • Earrings - local

Off to grab a bite to eat, then heading to my meeting!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Birthday Week: Copper and Paisley

I have a week of favourite fall items lined up to wear. 

This skirt is definitely a fave. Shiny!

  • Jacket - Le Chateau, thrifted; last seen here in July for a "Literary Stylings"
  • Skirt - Club Monaco, consignment; last worn here in December 2014 with mustard (and a cat)
  • Shoes - Ralph Lauren, thrifted; last seen here in September with velvet and silks

This was a super comfy outfit all day - the jacket was just right for the warm days we've been having.
I swooshed about happily in the skirt.

The stuff:
This was my first time wearing these shoes with nylons - they are a little large that way, but not too bad. No shoe incidents to report.

Copper bling:
Must wear all the copper!

  • Pin - thrifted
  • Cuff/earrings - Renoir, vintage 60s, Grandma J's
  • Rings - vintage fair

I hope your Monday was sunny!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up: Casual Yellow, Retro Navy and Visible Cowgirl Gone Shopping

I have a very busy week ahead, so it was essential that this weekend be quiet and mellow. Gotta recharge those batteries!
I had a lot of running around to do on Friday.

  • Sweater - Cotton Ginny, thrifted; purchased here for $5.00
  • Skirt - BB Dakota, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in February for a shopping trip
  • Shoes - Down-to-Earth Hadfield, Fluevog; last seen here with red leather pants

Fist pump!
 How happy that it's Friday?
This sweater got baggier and baggier as the day went on! I loved it, though - totally like wearing pajamas to work.

After work, I went to my coworker's house and pawed through her closet and jewelry box. I reorganized her stuff, put some outfits together, and set up her jewelry so that she could see everything.
I am ready for all weather
Her husband made us a lovely dinner - what a nice thank you! I'd planned to go home after that and dye my hair (my roots are atrocious!), but decided to go downtown and cavort with my friends. I'm so glad I did!

The stuff:
I walked many miles in my men's shoes.

  • Earrings - Stella and Dot, consignment

After maybe a little too much fun the night before, L and I slept in and then went for brunch at the diner.
I have never worn this dress in the 7.5 years that I've been blogging.

  • Dress - no label, handmade, vintage 60s?; seen once here in my "Never Seen" series (link) done in 2010
  • Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) in September with sequins

I mentioned when I featured this dress back in 2010 that I might have to put it into my active wardrobe; well, that's what I'm doing. It's not a bad dress, although a bit snagged in parts - more than I remember it being snagged, so Vizzini probably got at it at some point. I'm not sure I'm going to keep it.
After brunch, L went birthday shopping for me (my birthday is coming! so excited!), and I wandered home.

Outerwear? Outer there!
I love this light coat, although it was too warm for it.

The stuff:
These are my go-to walking shoes.

Snaggy bling:
The ring and bracelet were a poor choice for trying clothes on. No connection with the existing snags on the dress, though.

  • Cuff - consignment
  • Ring - consignment
  • Earrings - thrifted

I had a long browse in my favourite little antique store - it's full of cases with jewelry and knick-knacks and has a clothing section tucked away in back.
I found a pair of brand-new Hue leggings in brown for $9.50 (regular $35.00), and this cute half-slip for $12.00.

L and I hung out and played Arkham Horror on Saturday night after I dyed my hair.
This is my link-up for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - new website, shiny! - even though I'm sort of invisible here. How to pose when your location is half sun and shade...

  • Dress - Love Dress O, Bodybag by Jude, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in February for a shopping trip with Yvonne
  • Boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) last weekend to see CR Avery

Fresh deep purple hair is mine again! It's much easier to dye when it's longer - I just wear my bangs forward.
I'm rather fond of this dress - it fits me so well. It was a pain for shopping in, though. Hard to get on and off (side zip and snap at the neck, and I have to pull it over my head).

I thought I was done with my jean jacket for the season, but it was even too warm for today. By the time I got home from town, lugging my two big bags of groceries, I was sweating purple down my neck!

The stuff:
The world's most comfortable boots.

Cowgirl bling:
I love that belt buckle!

  • Buckle - Shi Studio
  • Belt - Tony Lama, thrifted
  • Earrings - Plum

I went to the Patch first and had a wee browse around the new Fall arrivals. I found a few good things!
I nearly giggled when I found this white Danier Leather jacket.

The overall leather is perforated.
All those zippers! And the neckline works done up, all gathered, or worn open.

And the cuffs and back waistband are stretchy with shiny silver!
It was $44.00. Very happy with that.

This blouse is more mustard than it looks here.
It's got wonderful drape and reminds me of 70s blouses. This would be fab with the shiny disco pants!

Banana Republic for $14.95.
And it's 100% silk - but washable. It's from Fall 2012.

The gold buttons have a cool detail.
They are actually stamped "Banana Republic".

My coworker Emily is looking for a neutral-coloured full skirt with a sheer overlay for her Christmas outfit. I found this no-label tulle skirt for $12.95.
I'm keeping it if she doesn't like it. I can see it with a chunky sweater and boots, or flats and a fitted cardigan.

The last thing I found was this belt. I recognized the leather immediately.
It's a leather belt, but not marked. I know that Fluevog uses/used this leather for a lot of different styles of shoes and they do make belts, but this belt doesn't feel like the same quality as their stuff usually is.
A quick search reveals no hits for this belt, so I have to conclude that it's a faux-Vog! Ah well, I only paid $9.99 for it, and now I have a belt that matches two pairs of floral real-Vogs. Still a win in my book!

Hope y'all had a great weekend!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Debut of the Disco Pants

Ah, Thursday is over, Friday is nearly here! I'm feeling good! 
I forgot about the cardi label - I cut it off at work
And how could I not be? These are possibly the most awesome disco pants ever!

  • Cardigan - Jacob, thrifted; last seen here in March with this same blouse
  • Blouse - Le Chateau, thrifted; last worn here in July with an overall equestrian vibe
  • Trousers - Peter Nygard, vintage 70s, thrifted; purchased here last weekend for $7.50
  • Shoes - Queen of Prussia, Louise, Fluevog; last worn here in August while being Gaga-esque

Super shiny, and look at the drape. I drool. I also cut the pockets open this morning.

Not so much with the butt shot - really, they don't ride up my butt that much! It's just the style!
The cardigan: been there, worn it. Same with the blouse. The pants were the star (or the schtar, if I'm chatting with Melanie) of the outfit. I showed them off to everyone at work, and they were just a dream to wear. You can feel the quality in them. It would cost me $200+ to find pants this nice new nowadays.

The stuff:
The shoes were enthusiastically received at work and at WW. They're wonderfully comfortable. Many of my coworkers look dubious when I say that, but they're so well-made and so well-balanced that I don't have any pain from wearing them for about 9 hours today.

Shiny gold disco bling!
Um, and it's blurry.

  • Belt - thrifted
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Chain cuff - thrifted
  • Bangle - "Gucci", gift from Mom & Dad from Italy in 1986?

I am totally grooving on the 70s looks lately. Bring on the shiny gold!

Vizzini is stubbornly refusing to believe that it's getting colder in the mornings:
"Ground level is for chumps. Cool cats sit on the third level in October."
Buddy, your post is coming indoors soon, and we're going to have to close the deck within a few week. I'll need to hide everything he can destroy once that happens. He's not going to be pleased.