Monday, September 7, 2015

Bigass Party Weekend Wrap-Up: Boots, Casual Blue and Empress Dots

Hello, my friends! I'm back - and it was a long and very fun weekend I've had, starting with...

Friday night! I hope I'm in time for "Hat Attack!" over at Judith's Style Crone - check it out! 
"Ooh, stocking-print tights!"
Our dear friend Vero's birthday was on Friday, so we got dolled up after work (and after a nap; let's be reasonable here) and headed to her place for some partying till the wee hours.

By the time we left, it was dark out, so no stair picture.
New party dress alert!

  • Dress - handmade, thrifted; purchased here in August for $9.99
  • Boots - LA Malibu, Fluevog; last seen here (3rd outfit) in March with pink suede fringe and black leather
Everyone loved this dress. It showed off my shoulders and my ink perfectly. 

It fits like it was made for me. I love the fans on the fabric too.

I added my little fuzzy rabbit jacket for warmth, even though we cabbed both ways.
I was probably the most overdressed person there, but what the heck!

Life is short.
And I'm thankful for this awesome guy. He is wearing a black satin jacket, a thrifted funky shirt, consignment Versace trousers, and a killer pair of Fluevogs with shiny gold heels.

The stuff:
I lasted until about 1 AM in these boots before I had to take them off.  I do like being really tall in them, though!

Shiny bling:
I let the dress and the boots be the focus.


  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop
  • Death Star ring - Soul Flower
  • Earrings - local


More accessories:
Not quite a hat, but such a cute fascinator.


  • Fascinator - Funk Shui
  • Purse - thrifted, vintage 80s


After a lovely time, we were up bright and early on Saturday. L had another tattoo appointment - he finished his left arm sleeve (very exciting).
We did brunch, and then I had a little stroll around town.


  • Dress - Karina, via Patti from the 40+ Blogger Meet-Up swap; first worn here in July with red and while
  • Shoes - Born, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) with pink plaid

I think I'm good with this dress now - it can go. It's not a great cut on me - too much expanse between the neckline and the boobular region.
I wandered town, looking for new walking to work shoes (no luck), slippers (no luck) and anything else of interest (no luck).

I did run into my lovely hatmaker friend, Tierre (formerly Tierre Joline, now Tierre Taylor, link*), at Heart & Sole Shoes. You may remember her as the creator of 3 of my hats (this red one, this turquoise one, and this neutral one). She recently was featured (here) on Humans of New York (article about it here), since she moved, and it's helped really launch her into fame and fortune. We exchanged hugs and chit-chatted. So cool to see someone I know have well-deserved success!

The stuff:
Simple things work the best sometimes.


  • Belt - vintage 60s, Mom's
  • Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L


L and I chilled Saturday night - he had to take it easy with his new ink. After a nice sleep-in, I spent much of Sunday working on my next Zentangle fan, for my dear friend Karen. I got a big chunk of it done, but I'll post the pics once I'm finished.

Vizzini hung out on the deck with me.
"I'm not ready for pictures, woman! Look at this rumpled fur!"
L had been petting him.
"I'm ready for my close-up."
He was very rolly in the sun.

On Sunday night, L and I, and Cat and Ross, met up with Elaine for dinner.
It's been too long between wears for this dress!


  • Dress - Stop Staring; first worn here in March to the Art Gallery, with one of Tierre's hats
  • Shoes - Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa, consignment; last worn here (3rd outfit) in February with pink beads

We went to the Empress Room at the Fairmont Empress Hotel - it was very chi-chi and upscale.
I felt very classy.

It was chilly enough to wear some red leather.
I had a semi-creepy guy come up to me in the bar later on that night, complimenting me on my red leather.

The stuff:
We walked to and from town - these fabulous shoes were stashed in my purse.

Sparkly bling:
I had to go all-out!


  • Necklace - Banana Republic, consignment
  • Bracelet - Birk's, vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop
  • Death Star ring - Soul Flower
  • Earrings - local 


Look at all this dark wood! 
Immense rooms and all that wood is hand-carved.

This chandelier was right above us.
It was really dark, but lovely for dining.

Afterwards, we strolled up the street to the Garrick's Head (scene of the creepy red leather incident).
Hmmm...the Unsafe Polar Bear must be taking these pictures
It was such a fun evening. Elaine was celebrating her 60th birthday. Happy Birthday, my dear!
The tourists have all gone home - phew, we have our town back.

I laughed at this guy, sound asleep on the couch in this hotel lobby.
Too funny.

I felt very reassured about this handy sign.
We'll be safe inside!

Today is another quiet day. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

11 comments:

  1. Love everything about the outfit you wore to the party. The cutout shoulders of the dress are soooo flattering on you! You and L are such a superbly stylish couple - it is wonderful that L will wear bright colours, as so many men are afraid to.

    I remember seeing the photo of Tierre on Human's of New York - she couldn't have asked for better publicity and I was happy to see she got so much positive feedback.

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  2. What a great party outfit--well, actually, two great party outfits! What a fun weekend you had. Yay!

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  3. Hm, I can't decide whether I like your first party outfit or the final chi-chi party outfit. Both are lovely. I especially love how the shoes and dress and jewelry are all perfectly paired in your final outfit.

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  4. A great party outfit Sheila! And the boots! With the fascinator! You and L must have turned heads all night long.

    Thank you so much for linking up with Hat Attack. I was so happy to see your face pop up on my screen!

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  5. Wow, your party outfit is stellar! You and L must have been the best-dressed couple in the place. Stunning, both of you.
    I've been to the Empress for high tea a couple of times and really enjoyed myself but not to the dining room in the evening. It looks very schwanky but you were certainly dressed for it.

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  6. Love your party outfit! :)

    And I really like that polka dot dress on you too - it's wonderful. You have a great talent for finding dresses that just work perfectly on you, no easy feat when you're thrifting!

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  7. You two are spectacular party-goers! Both outfits make me happy all over - and I really, really, love L's shoes. xox

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  8. Those three dresses are keepers !
    Not only do they fit you beautifully but, they also showcase your back art.
    My fave is the first one, it's glorious.

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  9. What a sublimely stylish post and bevy of outfits. Each one is great, inspiring, and so marvelously composed, but - no surprise here, I'm sure :) - my very favourite is the beautiful, curve hugging Stop Staring dress. Tres glamorous!!!

    ♥ Jessica

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  10. Ooh, the Japanese fan dress is glorious on you! I was waiting to see how that one turned out. :D

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  11. I love how your dresses have little tattoo windows! I need a few of those.

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Sheila