Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Double Snakes and the Return of the Grape Ape

Classin' it up again, for the second day in a row! I've been digging into the items I bought in the spring/summer, styled once, then packed away. 
 I love the beaded snake on this green satin blouse - and it gave me the opportunity to wear my new-to-me snake belt, finally.


  • Blouse - Topshop, thrifted; first worn here in August (with all the same jewelry, ha!)
  • Suede skirt - Ann Taylor, thrifted; first worn here in April with a bad blouse
  • Shoes - Tod's, thrifted; last seen here in March in an equestrian ensemble
  • Coat (below) - Forever 21, thrifted; last worn here in March


This blouse was much loved by my work colleagues.
 Shiny and snaky!

And look - the snake continues around to the back!
 This blouse is non-stretchy, not even a bit of Lycra to ease in and out of it. It zips at the back, but not very far, and the waistband barely fits over my boobs and shoulders. It's a struggle - if and when this blouse leaves my wardrobe, I bet it will be because I rip it trying to extricate myself from it.

I adored wearing this gorgeous, butter-soft suede skirt again. I let a few people at work pat it.
 I really liked the added "oomph" of the matchy green tights with this outfit. Beige nylons or fishnets would not have worked the same.

Outerwear - it's the return of the Grape Ape coat!
 I am a furry ape who happens to be grape! The colour isn't showing very well there, but trust me, it's a lovely wine/burgundy shade.


  • Gloves - Parkhurst


The stuff:
 I actually prefer wearing these shoes with tights, so they are a fall/winter shoe for me. I like how a bold colour pops off the graphic brown and tan. And they are not as high as they look - lots of hidden platform there.

Gold bling:
The snake belt kept opening up to the loosest it would go. I'm going to have to put an elastic band on there to keep it in place when I'm wearing it. You know I am klassy that way!


  • Snake belt - vintage 80s, vintage expo, purchased here for $20.00 - first wearing
  • Faux Gucci bracelet - c. 1986, gift from Mom & Dad, from Italy
  • Earrings - homegrown vintage, c. 1994, LA Express
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Jade ring - vintage 70s, Mom's

18 comments:

  1. What a fab snake oufit, Shiela. I'm enamoured by snake jewellery and have a similar snake belt, but I mostly wrap it around my neck and wear it as a necklace. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Jess! Ooh, I must try that with my belt.

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  2. That's my kind of outfit! I remember drooling over that Toppers blouse when you bought it - if you ever get fed up with struggling in and out of it send it my way!
    The skirt is fab, I do love a suede skirt, and the tights are the perfect shade with it. xxx

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    1. I definitely will, Vix! I love suede/leather skirts - thank you so much!

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  3. I really like the snake and snake together! It's a shame that blouse is such a pain to get out of - but it does look pretty enough to stay in your wardrobe despite that annoyance! :)

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    1. Thanks, Mica! I know, have they never heard of a side zip? Yes, it's good enough to keep for a while yet.

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  4. Wow, so fun. Your outfits are always a joy to behold.

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  5. I love snake belts and bangles and snaky things. Also, snakes!

    I never buy any because one of my dearest friends growing up has a severe snake phobia. Now we live hundreds of miles from each other and I don't even see her once a year, but I still pass on the snake things out of habit. I enjoy yours vicariously!

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    1. Oh no, Julia, that's so unfortunate, but maybe now you can dabble in snaky things again??

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  6. Wow, classy and edgy rolled into one. That snake blouse is just fabulous, especially with the skirt and matching green tights. And your snake belt, obviously. But that blouse does sound like a pain to put on. I really hope you it doesn't rip and you can keep enjoying it for a bit longer. It would be a shame to have to let it go. xxx

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    1. Aw, thanks, Ann! I really liked this outfit, in spite of the top. I agree, I'd like to keep it for a while yet (and Vix has dibs if and when I get tired of it!).

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    1. Wait till you see my new bracelet! Triple snakes!

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  8. I totally love this blouse Sheila, but no stretch is gonna be interesting... Well done with the colour match of those tights and yes I agree that nude wouldn't have packed the same punch. The suede skirt looks very sleek, in fact the whole look is sleekness on you baby!

    Anna x

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    1. Yes, we'll see how quickly I lose patience with it! Thanks so much, Anna!

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  9. what a fabulous outfit, the blouse is spectacular! and I love the 20's oriental vibe, classic, elegant and really cool!! stunning accessorizing!
    besos

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    1. Thank you, Monica - it does have a very 20s vibe, doesn't it?

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