Friday, September 20, 2013

Seven Seas

Thursday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so I decided I'd also Dress Like a Pirate. 

'Ere's where I plundered me togs -- shirt – JCP; vest – Christopher & Banks; skirt – Wally Mart; boots and belt – thrifted; butterfly pin – from Bella's Etsy shop; bee pendant – made by me
Arrrrr, a lady pirate, mateys.

I could have worn my Saloon Sally skirt (seen here), but I already had it in mind to wear this one, and the lady's not for changing. (Margaret Thatcher quote – she and I share a birthday. I know, we're so much alike.)

The challenge this week at Spy Girl's 52 Pick-me-up is United Nations – mixing clothes made in different countries. This is so timely because just a of couple weeks ago I thrifted this wool blazer made in…

Uruguay! I've never seen anything else made in Uruguay, have you?

fuzzy pic
To go with my South American jacket, I'm wearing Egyptian-made Levi's (thrifted) and a shirt made in India (retail). But that's not all.

The boots, also thrifted, were made in China. And to complete my around-the-world tour, my bra was made in Indonesia and my underpants in Honduras! Crazy!

The micro mosaic brooch was seen a few months ago, and came from my grandmother's cousin. It may have been made in Italy, but it has no markings. The earrings were made in the USA, or at least put together in the USA.

I'm a very busy lady pirate. I'll tell you more about my fancy carrying case in my next post.

I've been throwing around the word thrifted as both a verb and an adjective, even though Microsoft says it's not a real word. But it sounds better than scavenged, don't you think? What word would you use?

Also linking up with Style Sud-Est for Show Me Your Style, and then Visible Monday is just around the corner at Not Dead Yet Style.



Judith said...

You definitely are a traveller of the countries with all these clothes - have never seen any clothing made in Uruguay!!!

ann wood said...

It's crazy isn't it? Our clothing and a guess everything is made all over the world. My studio is near the switching yards for the trains coming through Minneapolis. I see the semi trailers stacked two deep on long trains that must be filled with stuff.

I like the pirate expression! I have seen clothing made in Uruguay, especially blazers made of wool like the cool one you have on.

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Lynn Dylan said...

Oooo, love the pirate outfit! And that carrying case! Yes I want to hear more about it!


Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Wow that is very international.

I love the blazer. Those famous tailors and fashion designers from Uruguay really know what they are doing! : )

I love the vest in the first photo...and the scowl LOL. You're missing your parrot.


pastcaring said...

Very international - clothing from some far-flung places, how amazing! Great pirate look (outfit and expression) and I love the Uruguayan (spelling?) jacket.
Personally, I am not keen on "thrifted". I struggle with the change of usage from noun to verb or adjective. Yep, I am an old fart, and while I know our language has to change and develop, I reserve the right to dislike it! Perhaps we just have to use more than one word, and say "I found/bought it in a thrift/charity shop". Do you think people are in such a hurry that they don't like to use whole phrases, hence shortening them to single words? I reserve the right to verbosity! xxxxxx

Lynn Marsh said...

I see nothing wrong with the word thrifted, scavenged sounds almost like going into a dumpster. You looked like a stylish lady pirate. The scrowl was a nice touch.

Megan Gann said...

I absolutely love both looks! I could easily see that ruched skirt with that pink top and blazer for a pirate-lady look the third!

Melanie said...

I love the word scavenged - reminds me of vultures and buzzards picking away at remains, which is exactly what I do when I shop.
So shiver me timbers (what the heck does that mean?!) I do love your international ensemble, especially that bag. Do tell.
And I dig your pirate face but the butterfly brooch tends to often the effect. Fanny Hackabout Jones perhaps.

Vix said...

Around the world in an outfit, I like it. That case is gorgeous and I'm looking forward to discovering more.
I'm with Curtise, "bought it in a charity shop/at a car boot/from a jumble sale". Thrifted just ain't British! xxx

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

woah! cool suitcase! I have hard feelings about talk like a pirate day. A couple of years ago I was in an Irish band and held practices in my home. All of my band mates came over piss ass drunk, barely able to stand (they drove that way!!) because they "had been looking forward to this day all year". The most important day of their lives. 40 year old men trashed beyond reasoning because talk like a pirate day was a true holiday in their eyes.

Secret Squirrel said...

Aaar! I spent Thursday talking like a pirate too. My colleagues didn't believe me when I told them! Would I lie?!

Looking forward to hearing where the lovely case /bag is from...

Gabriala Brown said...

Crack up, I have one jacket from Uruguay!!!! :-)

Anne M Bray said...

I remember seeing an interesting interactive piece at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA). Museum visitors added their clothing labels to a world map. Later, the artist reconfigured it:

Love your pirate look and pirate expression!

Thanks for linking up with 52 Pick-me-up!

The Style Crone said...

Without a doubt, you are a walking United Nations. I do not possess anything made in Uruguay, at least to my knowledge. Your jacket is a true classic!

I'm at a loss for a substitute for the term thrifted, although sometimes I do refer to myself as a scavenger (a person who searches for and collects discarded items).

Patti said...

So worldly, you are! Love your pirate outfit and expression too. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday. xox

List Addict said...

Ay, no mangy cur could say you don't look better than Jack Silver's best beard on a sunny day at sea ... this is harder than it seems. That is the perfect pirate scowl though. Wow! on your international clothing worldwind trip. And can't wait to hear the backstory on that case.

Tamera Wolfe said...

Ahoy Matey!!
Love your outfit--the blazer is really cute--Urugray-fashion capitol of the world!!

teatimewithtrina said...

The Traveling Women Ensemble and its absolutely wonderful. Love both outfits, I agree with Megan, that pink top and blazer would look great paired with the black skirt. Looking forward to reading about that fancy carrying case.

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

Thrifted is so a word ... it's just specialized jargon. So sez I, matey ... arrrrgh. Pretty pirate lassy, you. Wonderful plunder, ducky!
Love your Uruguayan blazer. It's a great color this year! Of course they have lovely woolens there. I had a woven bag long ago that a friend brought back from his travels for me. Didn't have it long, 'cause my dog ate it. True story.

joyatri said...

I prefer 'gleaned' but use 'thrifted' :)
I hope you take to dressing like a pirate more often. Can't go wrong with puffy sleeves and a vest.
Love your blazer and natural history-print carrying case.

Laurie said...

You're one stylish pirate Val! What a great collection of international plunder.

Dawn Elliott said...

Love the pirate theme...who knew that I missed International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Damn! Speaking of international - what a great 52-Pick-me-up I want to look and see where all my pieces came/come from!
I use the word thrifted all the time, as well...Microsoft ought to keep up and get on board with the new lingo...geez!

Veshoevius said...

There is an international talk like a pirate day? And I missed the chance to dress like a pirate?? Nooooo! Loved that you dressed up as one!