Saturday, January 12, 2013

Steampunk, Annie Hall,1990s Grunge, Anne of Green Gables look


Hubby swears he'll never go out with me if I wear this emerald green chenille hat I thrifted for 3 Euros at the dingiest and most depressing of thrift shops in Annecy, a first-time (and last-time) visit on my part (and definitely on his). But I loved the hat; the chenille, and the way I turned it up, reminds me so much of the 1990s and how we used to dress 'way back' then.


Anyone having a (bad?) flashback? I can also wear the bring down for a floppy 1970s crossed with a Great Gatsby look.


I'm channeling my inner Holly Hobby/Pippi Longstocking/Anne of Green Gables/Annie Hall look with today's outfit, but the look is comprised of mostly all 1990s pieces, like the thrifted lace-up boots that have made an appearance many times before on this blog. The dress, a recent Etsy acquisition, is the exact label (All That Jazz) and style I used to wear in the early-to-mid 1990s - in fact I had two dresses in this style, with short sleeves, that I loved and wore the hell out of (why, why did I get rid of them?). You can't see the wooly brown and black mottled stripe-like tights I'm wearing, but they're Pippi to a tee.


It's the perfect preggo dress, what with its tent-like shape and clippy-thing at the back (remember those? Love!), which will also transition seamlessly into a post-pregnancy and eventually an 'I have my body back' frock. I loved this simple style then, and I love it now. The vibrant colours are right up my alley too (whereas the ones I had in the past would be a little too water-coloury for my current taste).


I can even steampunk it out a bit with a cashmere cardi and a vintage carpet and embroidery purse. Thanks to my darling and oh-so-patient hubby for taking these pics.


I accessorized with a fave thrift find, a gold-filled Edwardian-style chain pendant with a pretty piece of fuchsia cut glass. I found it at good 'ole Value Village in Toronto at a 50 percent off sale, for under $10 CAD. I think it kinda adds to the Steampunk look.


Speaking of bling, I actually managed to drag hubbie into several thrift shops this week (and he actually bought a few things!! But that's another post), and in one, I found these brownish-maroon beads for a few Euros. I'm not normally a bead type person - I think they look rather old-fashioned around the neck; either that or just plain cheap, if the beads are cheap, that is - but I loved the colour and the (what appears to be brass) details, and also the way the light hits and reflects off the beads. I can't tell if they're wooden or plastic, or another substance like bakelite, but they struck me as unusual.


I also dug up this this Modernist-Space Age steel pendant with amazing orange centre for 2.50 Euros at the same shop, an even more incredible find considering the costume bling at French thrift shops is generally crap. It doesn't have a stamp but I know a lot of these pieces come from Sheffield in the UK, a steel town.


I became obsessed with pieces such as this after finding this baby in a UK charity shop for a pound. They're all over Etsy and aren't horribly priced at all, but nothing beats a thrift shop find!

Linking to all the stylish chicas at Patti's Visible Monday.

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  1. You sure are looking good these days! These colors on you first are so flattering. Secondly you described the fusion so well. I love the whole steam-punk thing and those boots really set it off. What a gorgeous collection of necklaces. My favorite is the Edwardian style one. What a beautiful color in that stone.

    Just one word of advice during your pregnancy. Don't wear your favorite things cause you'll be so sick of them by the end of 9 months! In fact, the clothing I wore during my pregnancy made me nauseous when I thought about them later. But of course, I had morning sickness too. ;)

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    1. I love the Edwardian one too but it's not easy integrating it into my wardrobe!
      I remember my sis dating that, near the end of her pregnancy, she was wearing the same red sweater as it was the only thing that fit! I can relate to the nausea association, though mine isn't with clothing - every time I go into the grocery store close by where I shopped for what little scrap of food I could choke down when I was experiencing morning sickness, I truly do feel a little sick inside! You are very optimistic, though, Joni, if you think the dresses I'm wearing now will fit me nea the end!

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    2. Oops, that would be saying, not dating - damn auto correct it driving me nuts!

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  2. You can add funky chic to that list of styles - how cool! I also love the Edwardian necklace. And that clippy thing! I wanted one the other day to add more definition to a loose blouse.

    You look gorgeous, and I think the hubby should get used to the hat because it looks lovely!

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    1. I have often wanted one of those clippy things too - seems to me they'd make a great and useful accessory! I will make hubby walk down the street with me when I next wear that hat, teehee.

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  3. Yes, you are DEFINITELY channelling all of those things... And I love it! The colours, the hat, boots, everything. I have one of those back clasp thingies, shaped like hands! I watched the movie Working Girl last night with Melanie Griffith. It was like peeking back into my '80s wardrobe and seeing my old hair again. Yikes!

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    1. Ah, Working Girl, what a classic. The big hair, and the eye makeup! I used to load on the brown eyeshadow like it was going out of style. Funny, as repulsive as so many of those styles seem now, I'm still really attracted to 80s influences. And where, oh we're did you get a clippy thing with hands? So cool!

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  4. Fabulous dress, boots, and hat, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
    You look like so wonderful.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  5. I love that frock, Kelly! I have one a similar shape but more muted in colour, I much prefer the brightness of yours. And the hat looks lovely, what is your man's problem with it?! You look amazing!
    Your beads and pendants are gorgeous, I am always on the lookout for a stainless steel one like yours but so far, no luck - and I live in Sheffield!
    PS. Will get your parcel together and post tomorrow, hopefully. Sorry for the delay. xxx

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    1. No, I can't believe you haven't found a necklace like that! I was stalking one for 10 Euros on Etsy before I found this one - don't you just love it when you thrift something you actually want, or maybe even need? I am now making it my mission to find you a carpet bag at the thrift stores here, but I have a feeling that is a tall order here I. dance - still, if one can find a stainless steel Modernist pendant, there's hope for that car pet bag! Thank you, Curtise, for thinking of me, I am so excited to get your package! Xoxo

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  6. Oh the dress is fabulous and yes I remember the wee clippy things too!!!! I had ones on each sleeve, crazy.
    The pendants were a wonderful find, I too just love the last one, yay to op-shopping!!!!!
    Happiness to you
    Love V

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    1. On each sleeve? Now I'm intrigued! I can't say I ever saw them used in that capacity - did I miss out on a whole 90s trend? :) xo

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  7. You look really beautiful in that gorgeous 90s dress, and the whole outfit is a dream, love those boots and I won't have anything said against that cute hat!

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    1. Thanks, Emalina. Those boots truly go with everything and anything. When I was still able to wear skinny jeans, they totally rocked with them. :)

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  8. I like the hat i think it's a nice color and very flattering on you. Mr D would hate the hat as wel LOL
    Somehow and very funny, it seems men dislike the same things in women's wear, oh well, wear the hat when he's not around!
    Love that dress, pretty colors, love that you paired the the dress with the boots, very funky and stylish, perfect preggy wear!
    I adore the first necklace and last necklace, the last one looks a bit like art nouveau, very pretty
    You look lovely, nice smile, you seem relax, happy...

    Take care of yourself

    Ps i went on Sarah's blog, Misfits, thank god she 's ok

    Ariane xxxx

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    1. Ariane, maybe your guy lives in jeans and Abercrombie & Fitch, like mine does! Enough said. Thank you, I am feeling great, and am relieved also that Sarah and her shack ad ok. Xoxo

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  9. I must be horribly out of step (well, yes, I am, I'll admit it) because I think that hat is amazin. The entire outfit is!

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    1. Hi Patricia, thanks for dropping in! Well. It simply must be the case that we have better style than some of the men in our (um, my) lives! I had fun with this outfit; it really came together for me. :)

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  10. You look gorgeous, Kelly and I wore that dress too in the 90's -- so feminine and flowy. It deserves to be seen and you *own* it with your boots and hat. Thanks for sharing your fab look with Visible Monday.

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    1. Thanks, Patti, I love participating in Visible Monday. It's great to see others' looks, creativity and confidence, and I always meet some new style peeps to hang with in cyber space. Thanks for starting and continuing this wonderful thing!

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  11. You know I love all things 90s too, so I adore this outfit!! I really love the hat! but the dress and boots are gorgeous too. I love all the jewellery, it's all fantastic and such great bargains too - those beads look gorgeous!

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    1. Funny, after the 90s ended I wanted to chuck (and did chuck) all my flowys "granny Annie" dresses as tighter clothing was coming in. I still like wearing body-conscious pieces, but I too have been so drawn to the shapes of the 90s. They seem funky and practical at the same time - oh God, Clare, do I sound mumsy already??

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  12. This dress really suits you! Love the clip at the back. As you say, so useful in pregnancy! You were the hat well as well :) Thank you for visiting my blog! X

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    1. Thanks, Alex, for the compliment and for visiting me in return! You looked so adorable in the last post I commented on; I plan to come back soon to see where your style journey is taking you!

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  13. Whoa...there was a whole lot of channeling going on! But you look adorable. The dress will be great through your pregnancy.

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    1. Merci, mon ami - I sure hope this dress will last until the end!

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  14. I think you look absolutely adorable - fie on your hubby for not appreciating that hat's fabulousness! I'm impressed with your thrift-shop jewellery scores. I haven't found any cool jewellery at a thrift store in ages.

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    1. Thanks, Shelley - I gotta tell you, I miss TO, well, certain thrift shops there, for their fab costume jewellery. I picked up most of my collection in my hood, and it seems that I can never really have enough of the stuff. But I agree it's getting harder and harder to find thrifting- people hang onto good stuff or sell it online these days, way.

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  15. Hi Kelly, so glad to find pregnant fellow blogger!!! You look super adorable and glowing!
    Kisses
    Elena
    http://dcinstyle.com/blog/

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    1. Elena, so am I, and thanks for popping in! I will def be coming back to check in on your exciting journey!

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  16. I love everything about your outfit (the boots....drooling). As for the jewelry - wonderful finds!!! I notice my boyfriend grumbles about the thrift store but once we get there he spends more time hunting than I do, lol. Men! :)

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    1. My guy never used to linger - he'd always stay by the door and I'd shop super fast. Which is why I was astounded when he actually started browsing and shopping the aisles! Could I have reformed him? Teehee....

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  17. Hey Kelly, your smile is your best accessory today. You look adorable. I, for one, love the hat. I have a similar one in blue. Love your boots too.

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    1. Aw, thanks, Sue, that is super sweet. Great accessories just add so much oomph to a wardrobe, don't they?

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  18. Yup, I'm having flashbacks alright. I would have had my long permed hair held back on the sides with combs to complete the Holly Hobbie look. But, those dresses have a flattering and comfortable style and I wouldn't mind having one again. I do like all the earthy tones you've got there.
    Ha! Your hubby sounds like my boyfriend who didn't like my green 'mad leprechaun' hat. What's with these guys?? At least your's goes into a thrift shop. I take mine in and the first thing I hear is "It smells in here." Jeez.
    Love that carpet bag and ALL of the jewelry, especially the modernist pendant.
    I'll email you re: skype. I'm in the U.S., so 6 hours behind you.

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    1. I had the long permed hair too, but that was back in the 80s, when even guys permed their hair (disturbing). Ok, now I must insist on seeing your mad green leprechaun hat, Jo! Let me tell you, it took a while to get guy past the inside of the door frame, and he still comments on the smell, which, I admit, can be offensive to virgin thrift shop nostrils, but which you eventually get used to! (My fave shop in Toronto, in my hood, used to have an automatic air fresher dispenser to alleviate the smell - still, after 30-40 minutes shopping, I'd always start to sneeze ... my sign from the Thrift Gods to call it a day :)

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  19. The hat is adorable and is perfect with this little dress and booties. Your husband might wish to rethink his edict. He's wrong ... please tell him that's the consensus.

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    1. Jan, I so have already told him! Thank you so much for stopping in - I love your blog and plan to drop in often. :)

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  20. I think you look adorable in this outfit from the hat on your head to your pretty boots.

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    1. Thank you, Debbi, so nice to see you here, I haven't popped into your blog for a while so expect a visit soon!

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  21. The steel pendant with the orange center is amazing! Love the lace up boots and steam punk necklace, too :)

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    1. Thank you, I am really looking forward to wearing the orange one, my latest acquisition! Thanks for finding me - I love your blog and all your thrifty finds!

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  22. I totally had those dresses in the 90s! I loved the clippy thing in the back to give it a waist that could be modified. That Edwardian-style pendant is stunning, you are so lucky to have found! I HAVE to ask--what H scarf did you get? A 70? A 90? What pattern? You are so lucky to have your husband give you an Hermes gift. Wow. He needs to give my husband a pep talk, ha ha! XO, Jill

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    1. Jill, I was so pleased to find that dress on Etsy (I was specifically looking for it). I am hoping to integrate the necklace into more looks as it's really not a style I often "do", but I loved it so much that I had to bring it home. I will send you a link to my post with the scarf. It's a 70, methinks, and I love the instructions cards that came with it! Well, the guy was shopping in Paris - how could he not go to the new Hermes flagship? Xo

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  23. Great outfit, I love the rich colours and print on your dress...x

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