Friday, November 17, 2017

A Helmut and Dragons

The work-week is over and I am glad. Tonight, Friday, we are going out, and I've just gotten up from a quick nap to clear my head of work-stuff.
 This outfit already feels so long ago, now that I'm gearing up to go out and be glamourous!

  • Top - Helmut Lang, vintage fair; purchased here for $30.00
  • Skirt - Gianfranco Ferre for Giorgio Beverly Hills, thrifted; last seen here in January with bright red and dots
  • Shoes - Channi B; last worn here in January for mojo-building with teal and velvet
  • Coat (below) - Zara, gift from Dominique; first worn here in October

You'll have to wait for Sunday to see my glam outfit, though.
 First wearing of this Helmut Lang top - so fabulous. I'm still not 100% sold on the colour, and being sleeveless (sort of) wasn't such a smart idea (cold arms!), so it's going into the pile of stuff to pull out again in the spring.

I do love all the draping and swooshing of it. The sleeve caught on the bathroom stall door every single time!
 But sometimes it's nice to be a little more toned down. The skirt is an old favourite, had it for many years. The moths got to it over the last year, and there's a tiny hole in the front now. Ah, well, we all have our issues, don't we?

I didn't quite have the right coat for the outfit, and made do with this cocoon coat for outerwear.
My fur scarf is bundled at my neck, and my long wool gloves were so fine and warm. 

  • Scarf - Danier Leather, thrifted
  • Gloves - vintage, thrifted

The stuff: 
These shoes are wonderful to wear - I must make an effort to wear them more! The platform inside the front means the heels are less than 1.5". 

Dragon bling:  
 Teal shoes means I can wear my dragon jewelry, a set L bought for me a few years ago at the Vintage Expo for my birthday.

  • Necklace/bracelet - vintage 1930s? gift from L
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Feather ring - Fossil
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage fair
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl

Here's a close-up of the dragons, guarding their stones.
May your weekend be filled with good times! Mine will!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Dotty for Emerald and Metallic Flounces

Ugh, what an exhausting day - it was eternal, yet flew by. It's late and I have yet to have dinner, so let's get this outfit started. 
 Bam! That's a whole lot of metallic ruffles in your face.

  • Sweater - Tatyana, thrifted; last seen here (6th outfit, way down) in September with these same shoes for shopping
  • Skirt - Mondi, thrifted, vintage fair; purchased here last weekend for $7.98
  • Shoes - Half Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last seen here at the same time as the green sweater
  • Coat (below) - Stop Staring!, thrifted; last worn here on the weekend

I had a lot of positive comments on the outfit - it's very shiny! But the bright green and the silver skirt really made people happy.
 I wish I'd steamed the wrinkles out of the sweater!
 The skirt is very swooshy (about a Swoosh Factor 8 for those keeping score), and had great movement. I danced around, moved a desk and flounced all over the office, then worked my WW meeting in it.

I was all matchy with the outerwear.
 I remembered that I had this green wool scarf (the pattern is safety pins), and the studded gloves go with the dots on my hosiery. I do like a theme. I also love this coat.

  • Scarf - Smoking Lily
  • Gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 The shoes are one of my favourite pairs of Fluevogs ever. So. Comfy. I love that heel. Bring this one back, John! I want it in purple!

Dotty bling:
 First wearing of this seed-bead bracelet and the molecule earrings.

  • Bracelet - thrifted, first wearing
  • Earrings - vintage fair, first wearing
  • Hematite ring - thrifted
  • Silver/onyx ring - gift from Mom and Dad, c.1986

Aren't the earrings funky? Here's a better look at them on me.
 My dead-eyed pre-coffee face.

Wait, better pose.
Fake it till you make it, baby!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jammy Dress and Some Names

I did not practice my self-care last night by planning an outfit. I just picked a dress and wore clothes that felt like something I've worn before and felt good in. 
And I felt better today. A bit less stressed. I can be a bit of a spazz-monster at times, and get bogged down in the details, and forget to chill out. My outfit looks complicated, but it's not.

  • Dress - Desigual by Christian Lacroix, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in November 2016(!) with these same tights
  • Boots - Clarks; last worn here (4th outfit) way back in January
  • Coat (below) - Vassali, consignment; last seen here in April

See? Only three items, including my coat!

This actually isn't an exact match of a previous outfit, but it certainly has repetitive elements. I've worn this dress with these tights three times (go back and look, I dare ya!), and with these boots once. The boots and the belt have been worn together a few times too.
 I'm surprised I haven't worn this belt with this dress yet, but no time like the present! I felt very leggy and long-limbed (it's short!) and got a bunch of compliments on the overall outfit from my coworkers.

The dress was really comfy to wear - it is t-shirt-y material, lined, with lines of gold shimmer thread running through it, and it's stretchy. Despite being super-fancy, it's like wearing jammies!
 The pattern of it is pretty spectacular (it is Christian Lacroix) but there's a safeness in wearing a really distinctive, detailed print like this: people see the dress and not you, even though I'm very bright and visible in it.

Outerwear! Because my hair is clipped up, my hat's sitting way back on my head.
 I was really surprised that I haven't worn this coat since April. Same with the boots - January? Really? And a year for the dress? WTF? It feels like yesterday!

  • Scarf/gloves - Parkhurst
  • Hat - Dex

The stuff:
 I don't buy a lot of stuff retail, but these boots were worth it. I walked back and forth to our other downtown office in these and my feet feel great. They're getting nicely scuffed up. Perfect leather bugs me - I prefer it to get distressed over time, to get worn in. I've had these for at least 3 years and they just get better.

Branded bling:
I pulled out all the big gun brand names today: Lacroix, Fendi and Dior. There's a lot of crap out there that's sold for a lot of money that isn't worth it - I try not to buy something just for a name. I like to buy the best quality I can find, but it's fun when the name and the quality intersect - especially if you find them in a thrift store!

  • Belt - Fendi, thrifted
  • Ear-balls - Dior
  • Amber ring - c. 1997
  • Feather ring - Fossil, thrifted

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Velvet Pants, Butterfly Top and My Coat Collection

The worst thing about long weekends is going back to work. 
 Better bust out the velvet!

  • Top - no label, thrifted; last seen here in February with purple velvet
  • Trousers - Tan Jay, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in December 2016 with much shiny stuff
  • Shoes - Queen Transcendent, Fluevog; last worn here in October 2016 with shades of wine and roses
  • Coat (below) - Denny Rose, consignment; first worn here in May with funky menswear

 It was a busy day today, getting caught up on the extra weekend day. I wasn't super feeling this outfit, but I made do.
 Outerwear - one of my favourite coats that I found last year.
 Such a great piece - I love the colour-blocking.

  • Toque/scarf/gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 I'm shocked that I haven't worn these shoes in over a year! They are a smidge big on me.

Black bling:
 The new-to-me hematite necklace got worn as a 3-strand bracelet.

  • Necklace (worn as a bracelet) - vintage fair, first wear
  • Bracelet - thrifted
  • Chain cuff - thrifted
  • Earrings - gift from Mom
  • Ring - thrifted
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

I've had a few questions lately about my outerwear and how it's coordinated to my regular clothes. I do think one needs a coat wardrobe in order to not have clashing outerwear. Nothing like putting on a pink rubber rainslicker over a cocktail dress!
 I have...about 22 coats there, jammed into my hall closet. They range from going-out coats (a fur bolero, a long satin "vampire" coat, my retro-inspired tweed dressy coat, and fitted leathers), to rain coats and trenches (the aqua zipper trench, the black sleeveless trench, the caramel leather trench), to fun pieces (my pink "tentacle" suede coat, the yeti coat, my new Rodarte coat), to extremely practical coats (my pink rainslicker, the Unsafe Polar Bear and the Unsafe Ocelot, both "unsafe" coats are only worn in really cold weather). Oh, and all my leather coats, and a pea coat (for grocery shopping, when I want to hide), a green velvet cloak, a vintage coat of my mom's, and my crop-sleeved coats (must be worn with long gloves).

I like to coordinate not just the style of the coat but the colour, so that my outerwear look is as cohesive with the coat on as it is off - like I did with today's outfit.

I have about 6 practical hats, that hang on our hall organizer.
Yes, my fridge is covered in ephemeral crap - concert tickets, pictures and magnets. I like it.
 I spy my orange fuzzy toque, my purple beret, my black billed cap, my navy faux fur headband, my pink rainhat (not yet worn) and my taupe toque. I also have a black bowler, a grey felt brimmed hat, and a red felt brimmed hat. I like to coordinate my hats and scarves and gloves, to have "sets" of all of them to go with whatever coat I'm wearing.

My scarves and gloves are stored in the seat of the hall organizer, like so:
A cloth bag of scarves and a cloth bag of gloves (rolled together). If I have to, I can dump the whole bag out (where are my red gloves??) on the floor to find things. L gets the left side of the organizer for his few things, but he has a good scarf and hat collection too.

Do you collect coats for different looks? Do you do sets of outerwear accessories too?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Bigass Long Weekend Wrap-Up: Pank Dress, All Greens, Vintage and Dries, Leather and Lace

Oh, my friends, what a weekend! We in Canada have today/Monday off for Remembrance Day, and this has been just what I needed. It's been a wonderful mix of friends and being out and about, and staying home and getting "me" time.

Are you ready? We have a lot of ground to cover, starting with Thursday. I wore pink. No, we need a new name, as this dress' colour is not adequately described by "pink". 
 It's PANK. So pink, it's pank. New word - you heard it here first!

Linking up to "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. I was VERY visible in my pank dress!

  • Dress - Essentiel Antwerp, consignment; purchased here last weekend for $60.98
  • Boots - BCBG Max Azria; last seen here in October with a leather dress
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) for shopping last weekend

I wore this all day for work, then to my WW meeting, and then to a local pub for Book Club (our host had to cancel).
 You can tell by the look on my face that I loved this piece! It was so much fun to wear! Swoosh Factor 10!

I added a polka dot scarf to the elastic holding my hair in a little ponytail. Voila! The look of a bigger ponytail without the hair.
 I like how the back of this dress dips down.

Pockets! And a peek at my pink dotted tights!
 Glimpses of them showed every so often, causing "oohs" of appreciation from my coworkers, WW members and my Book Club babes.

Bundled up for spitty rain and chill.
 One of my sets of fur/leather by Danier. Gosh, I miss that store!

  • Hat/scarf/gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 I still need to get new grippers for the soles of these boots. I walked very carefully, since they are slippy! I don't need a broken hip!

Circular bling:
 I forgot to put the scarf in the photo, oops!

  • Earrings - 10th anniversary gift from L
  • Hematite ring - thrifted
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop
  • Scarf - thrifted

On Friday, I just wanted to be green!
 I tried both of these pieces on together when I bought them, and really liked how they looked. Why not build my first outfit with them together?

  • Sweater - Smart Set, consignment; purchased here for $20.98
  • Skirt - Benetton, consignment; purchased here for $20.98
  • Shoes - Fly London; last seen here in August with pink pants and parachute
  • Leather trench - vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here in March

This is one of those outfits that I loved wearing, but did not like how it looked in the pictures.
What if I just called in sick and went back to bed?
 That's my favourite pictures of it, and I like how you can see all my hand bling.

I wore the sweater with the neckline high in the front, and with a vintage cami under it to help take care of the sheerness, but I think a darker cami next time.
 I love this skirt length, but the long sweater over it made me feel droopy. It didn't look right tucked in, even though the skirt has a nice banded waist.

I did show a substantial portion of my ink! One of my coworkers thought for a second that I had a pattern on the back of my sweater.
 Nope, that's me.

Outerwear - I realized too late that I'd popped a button right at the top of the coat, but didn't have time to switch coats before I left for work.
I love this butter-soft piece - first wearing of it this fall, and I wore it again later this weekend!

  • Scarf/gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 Comfy shoes - good for clomping around in the office.

Brassy bling:
 Many sparkly things!

  • Faux tortoiseshell bracelet - J. Crew, thrifted
  • Brass bracelet - Club Monaco
  • Earrings - Weiss, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Amber ring - c. 1997
  • Floral ring - Sarah Coventry, antique store, Powell River

L and I chilled out and played board games until the wee hours, then were up early to meet up with some friends for brunch at Floyd's Diner. I was a little overdressed for a diner!
Doesn't everyone dress up for breakfast? Ha!

This is my entry for November's "Hat Attack!" over at Judith's Style Crone - go see what wondrous creations we're wearing on our heads this month!

  • Sweater - Dalkeith, vintage early 60s, thrifted; last seen here in May with a flowy Chloe skirt
  • Skirt - Dries van Noten, thrifted; first worn here in September with a statement floral
  • Shoes - Truths Makena, Fluevog; first worn here a week ago with a Dries circus skirt
  • Coat (below) - Stop Staring!, thrifted; first worn here just a few days ago

In addition to breakfast in a diner, I was also dressed for shopping at the Christmas Vintage Fair with Elaine, followed by a movie ("Dries", a documentary about the designer Dries van Noten, link here for those of you interested), followed by dinner out.
 I had to wear a piece from my Dries van Noten collection, and went with this lovely black satin pirate skirt (named by me because of the sash on the hip). I've collected five pieces by Dries over the past several years, all thrifted/second-hand. I admire his aesthetic and attention to detail - he is also one of the only designers left who hasn't sold his licence and/or name to a huge conglomerate. I can't afford new pieces, but I am always thrilled to find a piece in a thrift store!

I went with my simple green vintage sweater, to show off the hat and my grandmother's necklace.
 I found these seamed stockings in the clearance bin at the Bay recently - they're by Calvin Klein. Unfortunately, my ring snagged them and they laddered down the front of one thigh. Sigh, into the garbage.

Most of my day was spent in my outerwear, so my outfit was built around the coat. Of course, I wore this fabulous vintage-inspired coat again!
 I had many compliments on it, especially at the Vintage Fair.

I happily swooshed it for people.
 Such an elegant piece!

  • Gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 I was thrilled to finally wear this lovely polka-dotted straw and feather hat for the first time. I bought it from my friend Tammy's store about a year ago.

The shoes were perfect for a full day of walking around. I even walked home in them from town after dinner!

Vintage bling:
 Only the necklace is vintage, actually. It's jet and rhinestone.

  • Hat - Catawumpus, first wear
  • Necklace - Grandma J's, vintage 50s
  • Brooch - c. 2000, The Bay
  • Hematite ring - thrifted
  • Snake ring - c. 1986, BC Museum gift shop
  • Earrings - thrifted

I wandered around the mall before I met up with Elaine. Aldo always has some fun accessories.
 I limited myself to the blush and black (a pair of each) sheer socks, and the sparkle tights, both $5.00 on sale.

Elaine and I bused to the Vintage Fair, where I immediately snatched up these two pairs of earrings.
 I appreciate the little piece of sheer fabric used to jazz up the card that the earrings are stuck to. The rhinestone/pearl earrings were $10, and the funky green ones were $12.00.

I seem to be amassing a bit of a hematite collection! I only like the round beads - they remind me of black pearls.
 This lovely necklace will look great with my other, longer one. This one has large and small beads alternating. It was $18.00.

I was tickled by the vintage tag on this set of three plastic bangles.
 Never worn, likely from the 60s or 70s. Coro - only a dollar! I used to have similar bangles of Mom's, which have been long gone...somewhere? I think I got rid of them decades ago. Silly me.

I found this amazing Helmut Lang top. Sorry for the blur, but it's all about the drape anyway, right?
 It's a camel-y/taupe-y colour, and feels like silk, but it's a very fine polyester.

Made in the USA, and only $30. It is from 2012 and is called the "Helios" top - it sold for $275 Canadian, so I got a good deal!
 I had a struggle trying this on! I had not planned on buying any clothes! Elaine guarded my purse, bag, coat and helped me manage my hat, thank you! There was a bright blue dress by Helmut Lang as well in the same booth (also for $30), but I couldn't get it over my hips. Aw.

I consoled myself with this bit of craziness.
 Oh, yes, please! Silver lame (lah-MAY, darlings!), ruffles and a whole lotta WOW. I steamed out all the ruffles and this is one very fluffy skirt!

It's by Mondi, made in West Germany, and is a size 40.
 Only $7.95? Yes, yes, yes! Women in Need (WIN) had a full section of their curated vintage items in a giant display at the fair. I'm always happy to give them my money!
 Adding to my collection of partially metal clothing - this skirt is 18% metal.

I also found this amazing blazer, and bought it for L.
 Sorry for the blur, but it was incredibly wrinkled, like it had been in a ball in the bottom of someone's closet for the past 30 years.

It's by Lane Crest of California, and was only $9.95. If it hadn't fit L (which it did), I would have kept if for myself. I might still borrow it. Look at that rich brocade!
 Probably from the early 60s. It has very narrow lapels and is cut quite full in the body.

It had two splits in the back, both of which still were still stitched shut.
"This post is sadly lacking in cat pictures. Let me remedy that."
 I cut those open - much better! The pockets were also still stitched shut, so I opened those too, and found two extra little buttons inside.

Vizzini helped me document my purchases.
"This is my good side."
 He has been very good lately. Makes me wonder what he's up to...

I turned the jacket inside out and steamed the lining, then turned it back right-side-out and did the outside.
 Much better!

The sleeves were about an inch too short for L...and then I noticed that they'd been taken up. So I picked the stitches out, and sewed the extra button on each cuff (which is probably where they were from in the first place). I also sewed the button back on my leather trench coat and another jacket that had loose buttons.
 I steamed out the creased seams - and there you have it. Perfect sleeves.

I had a quiet evening in on Saturday, all to myself (and Mr. Kitty). After a bit of a sleep-in on Sunday morning, L and I headed out to meet up with a bunch of friends for an afternoon of socializing at the Commons pub.
 Easy clothes for sitting, rainy weather, and walking to and from town.

  • Top - Express, consignment; first worn here in October with soft cream and pink
  • Skirt - Danier, thrifted; last seen here in February with greys
  • Boots - Adrian Agnes, Fluevog; last worn here in April with other pops of red
  • Leather trench (below) - last worn on Friday, above

I wore a red cami under the top for coverage and to emphasize the pattern of the lace top.

I'm not feeling this skirt so much. I have a lot of brown skirts, and this one doesn't ring my bell anymore.
 I paid $10 for it two years ago, and wore it 5 times. I am good with $2.00 per wear. 

I deliberately planned this outfit so that I could wear this snuggly silk and wooly scarf over it. I vaguely remembered that the Commons is cold - which it was!
 I wore the scarf for nearly the whole afternoon like this.

Draped with my coat and gloves.
 But make no mistake, I bundled up to be out in the weather.

  • Scarf - Song of Shanghai, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

 I also carried my umbrella, but the rain held off.

The stuff:
 These boots are a commitment. They're very tight in the calves - I have to elevate my legs to zip them up! - so I tend to wear them when I don't have to put them on or take them off. The harness pieces around the foot have to be removed to get the boots off and on too.

Copper bling:
 Pretty pieces.

  • Copper cuff w/red enamel - Matisse Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Cuff - Grandma J's, Renoir, vintage 60s
  • Earrings - vintage fair

And now, it's stormy out and the couch calls to me.
"We should take advantage of this time to cuddle."
Agreed, Vizzini! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!