The name-drop issue

The shirt says it all.

I guess I was feeling kind of badass today, and this is what I came up with.  I love this band, the Boids. I’ve toured with them a couple of times, while they were on tour with my husband’s band The Real McKenzies. They were kind enough to give me this awesome t-shirt. I have stacks and stacks of  band T-shirts in black, so I just had to get my hands on a red one. This song “Fuck your Macho Bullshit” is from their album Superbafrango. I just love the message, because, hey, who doesn’t love cussing? And as a woman, yeah, I can do without anyone’s macho bullshit. This is my interpretation of a #metoo shirt; yes, I’ve had plenty of unpleasant things happen to me, as I’m sure every woman out there has. I can make myself heard too, in my own, cussing, bright red shirt-wearing way.

Red socks with sock monkeys and scuffed Doc Martens. Because.

The red socks and Doc Martens combo I have to admit are inspired by the lovely Rad Baztard, one of my favourite bartenders at my favourite local watering hole, What’s Up? Hot Dog. Rad is in a really fun punk rock band called the Isotopes. Him and his partner Jill are always wearing the funnest outfits whenever I pop in to see them. For decades, I never, ever, wore anything but black socks. But these days I have no problem injecting some additional colour into my wardrobe, especially red. Now if only I could find one of these belts with rivets in red. I’ve been searching for months!

In a way, punk rock, or rock and roll looks, are pretty classic in their own way. Denim and  motorcycle jackets, Doc Martens or motorcycle boots will always be part of the “uniform”. (The subject of “The Uniform” is going to be whole ‘nother post!) But it is nice to see the uniform evolve and change over time, even for an old, stalwart, black-socks-only wearing person like myself. One cannot deny the practicality of everything in this outfit. Jeans, the original working man’s trousers. T-shirts, have been a part of the dictionary since the 1920s. The black leather biker jacket, has also been around at least since the 1950s. Think Marlon Brando, or James Dean. Yes, I often wear my jacket while riding my motorcycle, so it is not just for show. Doc Martens have been around since 1947. Why do I wear mine all the time? Because not only do they look cool, but they go with practically everything, and are the most comfortable walking shoes that I have. Of course I also had 8-holes “back in the day” like any good punk rock kid! So we take all these classic pieces, and put them together, and viola! Instant subversive uniform. Yes folks, that was sarcasm.

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Baby, it’s cold outside!

IMG_8623The last few days, the thermometer has been hovering between 0 degrees and minus 7. That’s Celsius, folks! That’s really cold for Vancouver, where we’re more used to rain in winter, not cold. So the trick is, how to look sharp, and stay warm? The answer may be- BORG! No, not a creature from Star Trek. Yes, the fun, fluffy, 70’s, so-faux fur. It doesn’t weigh a thing, and they are really warm. This particular so-tacky-it’s-good number is my latest acquisition from my local neighbourhood haunt, Value Village. I was recently there for a big 50% off event. This wonderful coat was ticketed at $9.99. First I saw some young raver guy walking around with it on, testing it out. I thought it was gone to a good home. Then later I saw it back on the rack. For 5 bucks, I couldn’t resist. Even if I only wear it once, it’s worth every penny! And I love me some spots; leopard, Dalmatian, polka dots. Black and white prints I’m always drawn to, because of course they are so easy to wear with black or with white, but also they are the perfect backdrop for brights. I’m partial to red, myself.

It was staring at me for a couple of weeks before I decided what to do with it, and of course it needed to be cold enough. Today was the day. The shoulders are huge! The sleeves are a bit too short! But I don’t care, because I love this hilarious coat. I wore it out to lunch with my husband, and it was just the ticket. I couldn’t be bothered to do my hair, so topping it with my Greek fisherman’s hat seemed ideal, and warm. Being a beautiful, bright day, off I went to sushi with my (prescription) Raybans. (Hey, I’m old. They were an investment, and they are great for driving!) Dark skinny jeans, cream fisherman’s sweater, black scarf, and Doc Martens tied it all together. Warm, stylish, cheap. What else could be better? Until I got home, and saw that the darn thing has belt loops! I’ll have to try out that option at a later date.

For those dry-cleaning addicts out there, another thing I love about Borg is that you don’t need to be afraid to wash it. Gentle wash in your machine, just the coat, and fill the tub with water. Tumble dry for maybe 10 minutes to get the wrinkles out, then hang to dry on a coat hanger. Make it all pretty with a steamer, if you have one. And voila, a freshly washed coat; you saved money, saved the life of your garment, and the environment.

As per usual, every item I’m wearing is second-hand, except for the Raybans. Cheers!

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