Easy breezy style

 

Welcome back to East Van Kiitten! Isn’t crazy how sometimes life gets totally in the way of doing fun things you love?! Here I am once again with an item that I have owned for a year or two, that I have worn perhaps once-this lovely, flowy cardigan, picked up at, you guessed it, a local thrift store.

I’ll often come across random pieces that for some reason or other I just love, even though they don’t really seem to be “me”. These things I guess take longer for me to figure out what to do with.

I ended up wearing this lovely cardigan with my favourite comfy, stretchy black pants. The seemingly dull t-shirt is made of linen, from J. Crew. Now I would not normally wear a t-shirt in taupe, but it is made of the most lovely linen, sheer and soft. It makes for a cool, sexy, summer top. And I love the look of a v-neck as opposed to a crew neck- I find it slimming.

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Buddha and owl necklaces

The long owl necklace I also find slimming, as does anything that draws the eye down. And because more is always better, I threw in the Buddha necklace on a leather thong. Buddha and the owl, together at last! I don’t generally wear much brown, but in the warmer months I find I gravitate to more natural, and earthy materials. Hence all the brown leather.

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Tooled leather and huaraches

This beautiful tooled leather bag I was lucky enough to acquire in Catalonia.  A few summers ago I got to join my husband and his band on tour in Europe. Once we got into Spain, I was pretty determined to get myself a leather bag. I really lucked out on this one, only 20 euros in a kiosk! I use this more than any other bag I own, and that’s saying something! Last winter I had the pleasure of going to Melaque, Mexico. Again, I was determined to purchase myself a local, quality product. I’d been wanting to get some traditional huaraches ever since I first learned about them, from a friend, probably 20 years ago. These are the most comfortable sandals, even from the very first wearing. I had wondered if all the straps would chafe, especially on a hot day, before being broken in. Not at all! These are just like walking barefoot, except the soles of your feet are protected. No wonder these shoes have been around since pre-Columbian times! The craftsmanship is amazing, and the price is right too- I think I paid around $20 CAD.

Now that I’ve finally gotten my head around this flowy cardigan, I’ve worn it many times. I think it will also do double-duty as a beach cover-up! Happy thrifting y’all! And never be afraid to try new things.

A few of my favourite things

We all have some old favourites, things that we refuse to part with, things that make us feel good, make us feel cool. Here are a few of my favourite things. Most of these things I have had for about 20 years, pieces so unique, or so cool, that I keep going back to them.

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These slingback spectator shoes from the 60s are just way too much fun. I like to wear them with a simple black dress, or something in a 60’s A-line. Cigarette pants also do the trick.

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The necklace, also from the 60s, is massive! I found this wonderful piece when I was living and working in Helsinki in the early ’90s. It is so huge, so heavy, so tacky, and so unique, that it is absolutely one of my favourite necklaces. Go big or go home! It is such a statement piece, that it really makes the outfit; whatever you are wearing is merely a backdrop for this stunning necklace.

 

 

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This cardigan, which woefully has seen better days, is dyed camel hair, the sleeves are wool with leather trim.  This is so fun and funky. Awesome with just a t-shirt and jeans. It is the grandpa sweater gone bad, not for the timid. I think I got this at the long-gone Vancouver vintage store, Cool Stuff, also probably 20+years ago. Great store; the owner relocated to Edmonton many years ago.

 

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I love this jacket so much, but this photo really doesn’t do it justice. To me, it just screams Rock ‘n Roll! And it probably literally does- I have worn this jacket to countless punk and rock shows, ever since I picked it up when I was working at True Value Vintage in the mid ’90s. (God, I’m old) It’s tight and sexy and it’s red leather! What else do you want? Or need, for that matter. Every girl should have a red leather jacket! I’m just waiting until I can get the zipper on it done up again. Either that, or my daughter will inherit it one day. But honestly, I’d rather wear it myself.

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Wonderful vintage tooled leather from C’est La Vie in Vancouver.

This gorgeous vintage tooled leather bag is one of my new favourite things. I recently acquired it at a great vintage store on Main Street in Vancouver called C’est la Vie. I was ecstatic when I found it, because I had been looking for a nice black tooled bag for quite some time. It’s the perfect size for everyday use; not just for going out to shows. I’m sure I will use this for years, until it falls apart.

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Lastly, my trusty Dayton boots. I bought these in the mid-90’s when I returned from living in Finland. God, they were expensive, but obviously worth it. This is a fine example of investing in a quality item. These boots have been to countless gigs, twice as many as the red jacket! They were so stiff when I got them, they took a good 6 months to break in. But hey, you need good footwear in the mosh pit! When I got them, I never dreamt I would actually get to use them as motorcycle boots, but now I am. For a solid 10 years, I wore nothing but these boots. I took a few years off after babies, because I didn’t have time to do all the laces, and they were snug from my enlarged feet. But I am wearing them again, along with my 4 other pairs. My husband has a few pairs that he has also been wearing for many years; they are the most bad-ass motorcycle boots out there. Jeez, I should be a spokesperson for Daytons.

Looking back through all these pieces, they would actually make a pretty great outfit, just throw on some jeans!

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Baby, it’s still cold outside!

It’s still freezing out. and you want to be warm, stylish, and not wipe out on the ice. Where do you start to build your outfit? Sometimes it starts with the dress. Sometimes the coat, sometimes the accessories. In  this case, it started with my brand new $10 dress, purchased at a great little discount store in Victoria, B.C., called Dots.

A wrap dress is flattering on most body types, especially if you overdid it during the holidays. Not naming any names here. This knit dress is so great for what I paid for it (original price $80), and a great starting point for a winter outfit. The aubergine is perfect to pair with these bright, cold weather accessories, some of which I hadn’t had much opportunity to use. Pink angora gloves that were given to me several years ago, a closely matching beret, found in some thrift store, also long ago. But the real score here is the like-new Missoni scarf I found 2 winters ago, for which I paid only a few dollars! A real treasure.

I really have a thing for matching; it’s almost like a sickness, I just can’t help it. I recall one of my instructors in design school laughing at me every morning, when I would come stumbling into class at 8 a.m. The socks would match my T-shirt. My belt would match my shoes, or whatever it was that I was matching that day. Which brings me to another point- some “style experts” say that if you have’t worn something in a year, get rid of it. Well I call bullsh*t on that concept! Sometimes you love a particular piece, but for whatever reason, don’t use it. Sometimes it takes awhile to figure out how you’re going to wear it, or you’re waiting for inspiration. Other times, you just need to be in the mood; I find I go through phases. I’m so glad I didn’t get rid of those cute pink gloves, because I’ve been wearing them every day this week with the beret and scarf.

Lastly, the coat. This I found recently at Value Village. It was a bit more than I would normally spend there, but it is such a beautiful, classic coat, in perfect condition, that I would say that it qualifies as an investment piece. I’m fairly certain it is vintage- the label reads “Forecaster of Boston”; it is 100% wool, full length, menswear inspired with a black velvet collar. I will enjoy this coat for years to come.  And it’s so long, it hardly even matters what you’re wearing underneath!IMG_8654IMG_8628

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Beautiful Missoni scarf
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Purchased 10 (!!) years ago in Whistler while stranded there in a snow storm. Wedge heel, and great traction.
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50 cents at a yard sale
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Vintage panther brooch with pink rhinestones! Oh my!

Stay warm and safe out there folks! No wiping out on the ice allowed!

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