Thursday, March 15, 2018

Uber-Floofy and Red Suede

One more day to the weekend, and I'm starting to feel more upbeat. It's been a rough few weeks, I tell ya. 
 Today, a massive supplies order came in and I spent the day unpacking microwave ovens, toasters and office supplies. And I did it in style...

  • Suede jacket - Holt Renfrew, thrifted; purchased here for $64.95
  • Sweater - Tatyana, thrifted; last seen here on Christmas Day 2017 with my Muppet skirt
  • Skirt - All Saints, pass-along from Dominique; first worn here in October 2017 with fabulous boots
  • Boots - BCBG Max Azria; last seen here (3rd outfit) in January with ORANGE LEATHER SHORTS (sorry, they insist on being capitalized)
  • Sleeveles coat (below) - Only, thrifted; last worn here in November 2017

This outfit ticks off a few boxes for me: a new-to-me item, the red suede jacket. Pretty gorgeous, right?
 It also has an item that is quirky and that I love: this pouf-tastic skirt that my awesome coworker Dominique gave me. Although it got quite squished in my closet and was a bit wrinkly (hee, like me) and could have used another steaming to re-pouf it. Eh, whatever.

The jacket is slightly big on me, but with the amount of moving around and physicality at work today, I found it much more comfortable. It will soften up and conform more to my body shape the more I wear it (reason #9 why I love leather and suede).
 This is also probably the last wearing of these OTK boots. But I might keep them out, as they are good "shoulder" season boots. I always keep a few pairs of boots out for spring/summer.

Showing off the pockets in the skirt.
 I really liked how this outfit showcased my necklace - a nice bonus.

Outerwear - it was lovely by the end of the day, and I didn't wear either the scarf or the gloves.
 I did have my cream fedora on from yesterday - I remembered to bring it home from work. Go, me! It's the little victories!

  • Scarf - Louis ("Lewis") Vuitton (fake), thrifted
  • Leather gloves - thrifted

Alternate "I'm looking at my hat collection" pose.
 This sleeveless coat is great for this kind of weather - not too hot, but can be worn open as well as tied closed.

The stuff:
 Knowing that my supplies would come in today, I chose flats for comfort.

Spiky bling:
I love this necklace. L, you have such good taste.

  • Necklace - Robert Larin, gift from L (antique shop)
  • Earrings - Glee
  • Hematite rings - thrifted
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy

I'll be back on Sunday with tales of mild adventure, naps and cat pictures. It's gonna be that kind of weekend. Have a good one, my friends!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Matchy-Matchy, Teal and Copper

I had several favourable comments on my matching colours and accessories today. I'm in the home stretch of my fall/winter closet - two weeks to the Big Seasonal Closet Swap-Out - so I'm eyeing my clothing and accessories with a critical eye, but also making an effort to wear some of my favourite pieces one more time before they're packed away.
 I built the outfit around the skirt, which I bought for a coworker - it was only $6.00, so I didn't mind taking the risk. It didn't fit her, so I tried it on and it fit me. May as well wear it once!

  • Silk blouse - White House|Black Market, thrifted; last seen here in January with a paper-bag waist
  • Wool skirt - Mister Leonard, vintage, thrifted; purchased in the last round of shopping for $6.00
  • Shoes - Channi B; last worn here in February with a swan top
  • Coat (below) - Stop Staring!, thrifted; last seen here in February

It's not that I don't like the skirt. It's lovely material (100% virgin wool) and fully lined, it was made in Canada (probably in the early 60s, making this over 50 years old), and it's a good basic colour. And yeah, SIX BUCKS. A skirt like this in a store now would cost over $100 if you could even find one that matched exactly.
 But it's a little too long on me, and a little too plain. If it had a texture or a different fabric, or even a bit of a tone-on-tone pattern, I might reconsider. For now, it's been worn once, and it's in the giveaway pile for the next person.

I love the top - such a great cut and colour. I might keep this out for spring (good tattoo coverage).
Vizzini also liked it - he drooled all over it when I got home. Good thing it's washable!

Showing off the back of my copper belt.
 Yay for awesome detail!

Outerwear - it was raining a bit this morning, so a hat was in order, but it was sunny by the time my day was done. Of course, I forgot my hat at work.
 It's still cool out, but warmer than it's been, so time to get the lighter coats into rotation. I have a small window of early spring "leather weather" before it's too warm!

  • Scarf - Louis "Lewis" Vuitton (fake), thrifted
  • Leather gloves - consignment
  • Hat - Edward Mann, vintage, thrifted

The stuff:
I could have gone with my copper/rose gold shoes, but chose to go full-on matchy-matchy with these lovely handmade suede shoes. They get stored away for spring/summer, so one more wear!

Copper bling: 
Most of my copper also gets packed away - it feels autumnal to me. The majority of these pieces were my Grandma J's.

  • Belt - Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Swirl cuff and necklace - Renoir, vintage 60s, Grandma J's
  • Copper/enamel cuff - Matisse by Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Copper/enamel earrings - Matisse by Renoir, vintage 60s, Grandma J's
  • Copper/turquoise ring - Grandma J's
  • Swirl copper ring - vintage fair

I've had the cuff/necklace (I also have matching earrings to the set) since 1985/6.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Reader Meet-Her

It's been a long day, starting at 5:30am - I had to be at work for 7:30am as my work was offering some sort of "lite" medical health checks for employees, and Corporate (in its wisdom) decided this should start at 8am. So be there early for the nurse, Ms. Sheila. 
 It's still dark out! I left the house at 7am, and this is a little earlier than that. Too early!

  • Velvet vest - no label, thrifted; last seen here, zipped up, in November 2017
  • Silk shirt - Joe Fresh, thrifted; last worn here with a different vest in January 
  • Skirt - Talbots, thrifted; last seen here in November 2017 with ha! This same shirt.
  • Boots - Ishshoes Chatterbox, Fluevog; last worn here in January with urban camo
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather, thrifted; last seen here in February

I had a bit of an adventure this morning - I thought I left my travel coffee mug at my old office (I have to pop in and pick up the mail for a while), so I dashed back there, only to have the front door knock me in the nose.
 So there I am, standing on a street corner in downtown, gushing blood all over the sidewalk ("not the clothes, not the shoes," I was thinking). The lovely lady at 7-Eleven very kindly grabbed me a wad of paper towels so that I could make it back to the office...where I found my mug in the lunchroom.
 But my most exciting part of my day was dashing out for a quick cup of tea with reader Erin! She dropped me an email a few months ago to say she was coming to town...would I be interested in meeting up to say hello? Well, heck yes! We set the date and had a lovely time - Erin, next time we'll plan for a little shopping trip and lunch!

I had to pick a good outfit to wear - must make a good impression on a valued reader! I'd forgotten that I'd already worn this top and skirt together before, but the addition of the long grey-ish velvet vest made this outfit for me.
 Oh, and the electric blue velvet boots (which GLOW blue in the office lights).

Outerwear - not my most inspired, but it was early, dammit!
 Pink leather gloves for fun.

  • Gloves - consignment

The stuff:
 I gave Erin the pre-blog rundown on all the things I was wearing - she got to check everything out first. The boots were admired.

The stuff:
 Some sparkly things.

  • Necklace - thrifted
  • Earrings - c. 1996

We asked one of the other coffee shop patrons to take our picture - here we are!
So awesome to meet you, Erin! I hope you have a great time while you're here in town this week!

Monday, March 12, 2018

One and a Half Outfits

Everything seems to be taking so much more effort than usual. I just want to sleep. Zzzz...
 But no, must go to work.

  • Lacy top - Express, thrifted; last seen here in January layered under leather
  • Dress - Comrags, thrifted; last worn here in November 2017 with blues
  • Shoes - Star Wars by Poetic Licence; purchased here for $190.00
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather, consignment; last seen here in January

I'm not feeling this dress anymore. It doesn't have pockets and the material means I always have to wear a top under it or the wool is all scratchy on my arms.
As blurry as I feel
 The belt broke and fell off soon after I arrived at work. All my clothes are making a break for it!
 Blah, just a black dress with speckles. Yawn.

I like the orange leather jacket - it also doesn't have pockets, but I can live with it.
 It got very warm out today - didn't need the gloves or the jacket by this afternoon.

The stuff:
 Star Wars shoes! First wear, very comfy.

Space bling:
 Sure, those earrings and ring totally evoke space!

  • Earrings - can't remember
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

I'm a little ragged by the end of the day, my hair's all stringy and needs a brush. I'm off to see "Phantom Thread" with Elaine shortly.
"There is no food in my bowl, Woman."
 Not putting a lot of effort in there...

  • Dress - Joe Fresh, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit, after the VFF stuff) in February
  • Cowboy boots - 1883 Lucchesse, consignment; last worn here...same time as the dress! I'm so original...
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather; last seen here last week

Basically half an outfit. I didn't even put tights on.
"Maybe there's food over here..."
 Bare legs! Alert the media!
"The food is still in the sink! Feed me now!"
Same earrings too. I have no energy for an outfit tonight.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Sick Day and Saturday Two-Fer, Dish-Play, Cat on Deck, and Special Guest Schtar

I started feeling stuffy at work on Thursday, and popped a Reactine (my usual go-to for allergy season), hoping it would make all my symptoms magically go away until all the freaking flowers stop blooming, Here we go, all ready for work on Friday. 
 Guh. I can't breathe. My head is pounding, my chest rattles when I breathe and I'm a snot factory. Also, I'm a klassy gal.

  • Jacket - Dolce & Gabbana, thrifted; first worn here (2nd outfit) over Desigual in January
  • Sleeveless sweater - Dana Buchman, thrifted; last seen here in November 2017 for a weekend brunch
  • Skirt - Serbasar, thrifted; purchased here for $14.95
  • Shoes - Fly London; last seen here (2nd outfit) in November 2017 with all greens
  • Coat (below) - Samuel Dong, thrifted; last worn here in February

I deliberately spent my entire weekend hiding away from the world, and going outside very minimally. Hence, my "Visible Monday" entry this week, over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style, is actually my awesome Superhero outfit from Thursday, here. Enjoy!

 Look how happy I am!

Here's how I really felt.

I lasted just over an hour at work (enough time to get my computer up and running and deal with my 104 emails), then went home and crawled right into bed.
 I slept all day Friday, and roused myself just enough to hang out with L for a couple of hours.

Outerwear - I didn't like how this jacket went over the longer skirt.
 Doesn't quite look right to my eye. Wrong proportions.

The stuff:
 Although I love these shoes, I couldn't bear to have them on. All my joints ached after just a couple of hours.

Holiday bling:
 I like buying jewelry when I go on vacation.

  • Ring - Scotland, 1996
  • Earrings - Stella and Dot, consignment, Vancouver

Because I felt like this new-to-me skirt didn't get a fair shake, I wore it - and the jacket - again on Saturday for brunch with L.
 I found the label "Serbasar" inside it, down one of the seams, but can't find anything about a brand with that name (a lot of porn out there, though!).

  • Jacket - Dolce & Gabanna, thrifted; last seen one whole day ago
  • Sleeveless sweater - August Silk, consignment; last worn here in January, layered under a dress
  • Skirt - Serbasar, thrifted; worn one day prior
  • Boots - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in October 2017 with cream leather

 I preferred this iteration of the skirt more - I think the darker grey looks better than the cream sweater. I also like the wrinkly grey wool boots with the full skirt.

Jacket on.
 Yes, this outfit's the winner.

L and I walked (slowly) to town for brunch, then I did my weekly grocery shop.
 The silk twirled and swirled in the light breeze. It was sunny, but still cold out.

I'm not sure if I 100% love this skirt.
 The cream lining takes away from the photo collage pattern of Italian landmarks on the silk.

It was far too chilly to just wear a wool scarf.
 So, of course, not being in my right mind, that's all I wore.

  • Scarf - Smoking Lily

The stuff:
 I love these boots, although the moths have been getting to them again.

  • Earrings - 10th anniversary gift from L
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

For the rest of Saturday, I read and napped on the couch, exhausted and completely stuffed up. The only useful thing I did was to dust off this two-tiered fancy serving dish.
 You're probably supposed to put macarons on it for high tea or something. I collect amber glass, and this is a piece that (I think) my mother-in-law found for me somewhere.

Instead of food, I wanted to use this dish to bring some order to my cuff/bracelet collection, which has been encroaching on my dresser space.
 My two jewelry boxes, my earring dish, a bag of bigass necklaces, and some tins with things in them. And many cuffs, scattered all around.

I'm a visual person; I need to see what I have.
 My copper cuffs on the top (they'd been hidden in the tall jewelry box 's bottom drawer), and my other cuffs (and my anatomical heart pendant) on the bottom.

That looks so much nicer!
 I love being able to see everything, and I'm happy that this dish is getting some use. I can also move it around as a unit when I need room.

Saturday marked the first day of our deck door being opened a crack for someone to go out there.
"Wait, am I going to be locked out here?"
 The folded up blanket is Vizzini's bed on the deck. When he is very naughty and paws me in the face at 4am (and won't refrain, doing it again and again while I become a raging monster), he gets locked out here until we get up and let him in to feed him at 6am.
"So, I'm not going to get decked? This sun is for me?"
 Yes, you've been a good boy, Vizzini.
"No one says that about me, Woman."
 Once he got used to the door being open, he had to have the best of both worlds.
"I'm out AND I'm in! Take that!"
 He flopped right across the doorway.
"Cat, meet Sun."
 He gets a little overstimulated and writhes around a bit.
"The sun! The deck! The excitement!"
 Vizzini, just settle down.
"What? Who, me? I'm just chillin' here."
 I caught him mid-yawn.
"I am a fierce panther!"
 He does look scary there!

On a totally different track, one of my youngest fans is Kailani, the daughter of one of my coworkers, Trisha. I have Trish's permission and enthusiastic "Yes!" to post these pictures of her budding fashionista.

In Trisha's words:

Your 7-year-old superfan wanted to share with you what she is wearing today – in her words, “Sheila is going to LOVE this outfit.” I also had to make sure to send you all the information just like in your blog post – notice the “famous” stair picture that we also had to take this morning… I think we have a future blogger in the making (I will make sure she credits you and thanks you for your inspiration when she wins her first Academy Award J).
"My stair pose is aces!"
 Today Kailani is wearing:

  • Tiger sparkle ¾ length sleeve cotton so soft shirt – brand unknown; we cut out the tag as it was TOO itchy – these fabulous sparkles are made by sequence.
  • Beautiful grey pleated “swooshy” skirt SO SOFT – note the sparkle waistband – Osh Kosh
  • Purple tights with studs for that edgy look – Children's Place

We totally matched our grey skirts from my outfit here on Tuesday!
Sparkle waistband - check!
 The Stuff:
  • Kailani accessorizes with socks because she can’t wear jewelry to school – it is too much of a distraction for her ;)
  • Today's socks are a stripe/star combo bought at Winners
  • Strawberry hair clip

Wow! What a fabulous outfit! Kudos to Kailani on her awesome styling! We can all say we knew her "when." What a Schtar!!

Leaving you with evidence of both my couch-snoozing, and Vizzini's actually being cuddly.

"Gads, Woman, must you interrupt my nap?"
 That's his little front paw there with the white toes. Aw....
"Go awa...zzzzzz..."
More naps await! I hope you all had a lovely snoozy weekend.