Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Got the Blues

Yes, I do. These are blue clothes.
 And black shoes, but let's just pretend.


  • Sweater - Rachel Roy, consignment; last worn here (6th outfit, way down at the bottom) in June during a long staycation
  • Skirt - J. Crew, thrifted; purchased here in July for $19.95
  • Shoes - Miista, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit this time) on that same staycation in June

 I felt good in this outfit, but I need a lift right now. Maybe I should wear yellow tomorrow - that usually helps me when I feel myself slipping to the blue side.
 First wearing of this lovely tie-fabric (silk) skirt. It's a bit big on me, but I'm okay with that. I'm looking forward to wearing it with tights and boots in the fall.

The stuff:
 I think I'm going to put these shoes into the giveaway pile. They gave me blisters last time I wore them (admittedly, I was barefoot and foolish), and I wore them today with little sneaky socklets and they still bit into one of my toes a bit. I don't need shoes that rub or bite (I have Vizzini for that!).

Blue bling:
Round and blue. Yup. Mailing it in.


  • Earrings - local
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Sodalite ring - 1996, Scotland
Better wear yellow tomorrow.

28 comments:

  1. I always love wearing blue and so I love this blue combo! The skirt is so beautiful-especially being silk! Definitely time to say bye bye to your bitey shoes!! XXX Sasha

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    1. I am a more recent convert to blue - it goes so well with my hair! I love the skirt, but yup, bye bye, bad shoes.

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  2. Feel better, Sheila. I'm glad you know your self care methods! Sending prayers and love from Missouri.

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    1. Thank you, Mel-Bee! I wore my yellow today (even though I really just didn't want to get out of bed).

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  3. Ooohh, this skirt is just my style! We're the same size, right? :-)

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    1. I think you are a 10-12? I'm in the 6-10 range, depending on the cut. This is a 10, but hands off! Nice try, Ally! ;-P

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  4. I hate the blues, and the mean reds, too. Hang in there - we've got your back.
    Also, this outfit is purely perfect.

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    1. Thanks, Erin, and nice to see you! Oh yes, the mean reds - I know those well (and appreciate the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" reference).

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  5. I like all the textures of this outfit and the choice of those shoes - sorry to hear that they are bitey. Ba-bye. I hope you got that colour on stat! and that it works its magic, or at least helps. I find that colour can be a tipping point for me too. Can you feel the autumn in the air?

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    1. I love the shoes, but they can't stay if they are bitey. I'm in yellow (lots of it) today, and it's working a bit. We'll see.

      Yes, what is up with all these clouds, and these chilly mornings?? We still have over a month of summer!

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  6. Love the blue outfit Sheila, but I am sorry it came with a blue mood. There is liquid bandaids, that I sometimes used on my outer toes when I know that shoes may rub... this has saved some of my favorite shoes, and I do love these.
    Sit with the blues for a while, we need our moods, to give us perspective.. then... get out your yellow and have a party!
    Xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/blog/

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    1. Thank you, Elle. The shoes crease right across one of my toes, and no amount of bandaids seem to help, unfortunately.

      I totally agree - I think it's important to not deny these feelings, but absorb them and then take steps to take care of ourselves. My yellow today is helping, but it's hard to be sunny, when you don't feel it. I appreciate your understanding, m'dear.

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    2. Don't be sunny unless you feel sunny. You are entitled to your moods.
      Please know that I care, for what that is worth in this cyberspace.
      love, Elle
      http://www.theellediaries.com/blog/

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  7. Great skirt and good for getting rid of the shoes ! We cannot continue holding on to things we are not comfortable in... says the person wearing the dress she won't wear again because its not a comfortable wear.

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    1. Yes, I will miss them - I love the colour and style - but they hurt and I can't have that.

      Get rid of that dress, Lorena! Take your own advice! ;-P

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  8. Hello sweetie! It's so long that I did a catch up with you, but I'm afraid I'll have to let that go now. You know that saying "Misery loves company", well I'm a rather pleased to hear that you're a bit down as I'm struggling currently moodwise. Maybe it's the sense of anticlimax that the summer we had hoped for was so fleeting here or maybe all that planning since last October to get all my summer shows in place and suddenly they're almost over. Sorry to lay that on you after being absent for so long - hope you understand.

    I have to say how much your hair has grown since last I saw you. Are you growing it much longer? The silk skirt looks cute and yes, will be lovely with tights and boots as autumn appears. I agree that pinching shoes must be ditched - they won't improve with wear. I've just dumped a pair that I had hoped would stretch, but honestly they were really just a whole size too small. Ho hum!

    Thanks for the news about the parcel. I look forward to seeing the frock again and do hope that the weather will be kind enough for a day so that I can style it up.

    So good to get back to catch up with you.

    Take care,
    Anna x

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    1. Hello, my dear Anna! No worries, it's totally cool and I completely understand that you have a real life! My moods are okay - I am used to them and can usually just roll with 'em, but sometimes they grab hold of you, don't they?

      Yes, the hair is getting long(er)! I have been growing it for over a year now (gah, it takes so long!), with the goal of a longish shag. I have a haircut this week, which will trim up the ends, but longer is where I'm headed.

      There's a little something extra in the parcel for you (not just the dress). I hope it doesn't take too long! Good to see you, my dear.

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  9. You are what I call an "Advanced Creative" - it's a wide emotional frequency. I'm deeply respectful of your ability to share it here and in your art. xoxo

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    1. Interesting, thanks, Julie. I haven't heard of that term before. I've become more open about my mental health in the last few years - I struggle with depression, anxiety, and emotional "over-feeling". I'm learning how to deal with it, but it's not easy. I appreciate your kind words - thank you.

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  10. All I want to do is get my hair done every time I see you :)

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    1. I do it myself - the brand is Splat! and you can get it in drugstores for about $10-15. Go for it, Becky!

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  11. Precious Sheila, there you go yet again, being open and honest and real about yourself, making US feel all the more normal when we hear that others have struggles just like ourselves. Your sharing of your experiences of depression, anxiety and over-feeling is not only brave, it bolsters the rest of us to know that there are other people out there who DO understand what it's like when we feel down, and who DO have empathy for us; as so many of us do for you at this time.

    I hope some joy can sneak up on you soon

    Fortunately for those of us with a few years under our belts (55 for me), we have been through enough ups and downs on our life journeys to KNOW that the blues won't last forever. Knowing that fact is a blessing of being that little bit older (OK, so it's just about the only blessing of being older). The impermanence of the blues is one truth that we can hang on to, and it comforts me so much when things are very bleak - the firm belief that better days are somewhere ahead. Somewhere.

    That said, as I get down from my soapbox, I send you sunflowers, blue skies (you poor Canadians having lungs full of smoke and rubbish for the last few weeks!), thick, soft socks, marshmallows in mugs of Belgian hot chocolate, cashmere sweaters, the rustle of leaves in a gentle breeze, morning dew, the smell of lavender, night stars, LOTS of sleep, and a whacking great dose of love and light. Take gentlest care, Leanne in Barwon Heads, Australia

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    1. Leanne, thank you for such a kind and caring email. :) Knowing that, in my small way, I can inspire or help others makes it all worthwhile. My mojo will come back eventually - the pendulum swings - and I'll feel better. Sometimes it is hard to remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

      Thank you for your good vibes. The air is clear again! And I love the smell of lavender. Hugs to you, my dear.

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  12. I hope that you feel less blue soon Sheila! It's good you can notice it - I notice my moods showing in my outfits often too although I'm not sure how visible it is to outsiders looking in. When I notice it it's a good way for me to flag with myself that I need to destress more - or do something that makes me happy. I know you have your self care organised and will be able to get out of your slump :)

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    1. Gettin' there, Mica, gettin' there. I have some planned "me"/art time this weekend, which will help immensely, I think. We who dress up (or make an effort to do so) are often the best at hiding our ailments. Thank you so much for your good wishes. Hugs!

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  13. I have struggled with depression for most of my life, and I've learned that it's ok to acknowledge when I'm not coping very well. It helps to remember that it passes, although many times not as quickly as we would like. I hope you're on the lighter side of blue now.

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    1. It is much easier for me in the past couple of years to admit that I struggle mentally sometimes. It passes, yes, but when you're in the depths, it can be hard to remember that. I know I have it better than so many other people who struggle more than me. Thank you, doing much better now.

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