tops + bottoms
This shirt is insanely royal, I honestly haven’t seen anything else quite like it. There’s two panels on the front with a really beautiful and ornate print, and hidden buttons (other than the shiny black one at the collar).
A Spring-like winter makes for some interesting combinations. I’ve been feeling pretty blessed to be able to don a leather jacket in Toronto in January and February, and a good wool circle scarf can beat any remnants of cold that seep through an outfit. As a transitional piece, I decided to make use of this thrifted floral chiffon jacket I got the other day and layer it under the leather jacket to add some colour to it. Basically, to make it look less boring. February weather can be pretty drab.
Circle scarf — H&M
White lace top — Forever 21
Black leggings — Forever 21
Floral chiffon jacket — thrifted
Leather jacket — Sparkle & Fade
I bought this crochet scarf on a whim a couple weekends ago, when it ended up being slightly too cold at night for just one scarf. So I found this at Salvation Army and it was perfect, and I wore two scarves (you can still see the plaid flannel one underneath) for the rest of the night. The end.
Ever since last Fall, I’ve been pining for yet Another Black Peacoat. It’s a standard in every closet, and it seems that after every year of wearing the same black coat for seven months straight, you’re ready to start again and buy a brand new one.
But sometimes the money in your bank account doesn’t particularly agree with this endeavor, which was my challenge this season…
So on a random day trip to Belleville to drive home a friend who goes to school there for photojournalism, she recommended her favourite vintage boutique in town: Boretski Gallery. There, I bought a vintage fox fur stole for $10, and after re-sewing it onto the lining (it was only slightly damaged, probably why it didn’t cost as much), I pinned it onto my old black (non-thrifted) Gap jacket and it looked good as new!
Other things of note:
- I was surprised at how much warmer I felt with the fur attachment, it really is quite thick and substantial making it a great add-on for winter.
- Ironically enough, Toronto Winter 2011/2012 has been insanely mild compared to other years, but this has been working out great in letting me continue to wear nicer coats like these rather than the old parka standby.
- Since the fur stole has just been pinned on, I’m looking forward to using it into the spring, pairing it with other lighter jackets and cardigans as well….
Aside from clothing and a wide array of hats, there were also many vintage items, antique furniture, and trinkets sold there, including a silver toy gun from the 50’s/60’s that I bought as a Christmas gift for Ian…. honestly I could’ve spent hours at this place, and I definitely wouldn’t mind coming back.