Thursday, December 6, 2018

With Bells On

Ah, deep breath - the weekend is nearly upon us. Am I ready for it? 
 Do you know the phrase, "With bells on"?


  • Sweater - Boohoo, thrifted; first worn here for my birthday in October
  • Trousers - Alexander McQueen, Fall 2003 collection, thrifted; last seen here in July with red checkers
  • Booties - Maleika Conquer, Fluevog; last worn here in October with the only wearing of that jacket
  • Coat (below) - Forever 21, thrifted; last worn last night here


It means "with extra enthusiasm", as in, "Will you be at the party on Saturday?"

"Oh yes! I'll be there with bells on!"*

Today, I wore all the bells. Bell sleeves, bell bottoms, and abstract bell shapes. Not literal bells.
 My company holiday party is this Saturday, so I've been asking and answering that question all week. The next most frequent inquiry is, "What are you wearing??" I'm wearing this (spoiler alert!) here. I'm also loaning this dress here to my coworker, Samantha - she'll be my 3rd coworker to wear it!

Someone (it might have been me, but my day's a blur in the rearview mirror) said, "With bells on!" and I realized that I am actually wearing a lot of bell-like things. I love the ginormous bell sleeves on this pink sweater, for example.
And these bell-bottom-ish ALEXANDER MCQUEEN trousers! Aren't they fabulous?

This outfit had loads of admirers. Many of my coworkers noted how my hair and the sweater complemented each other so well.
That's my "get through this day" face. Game on! One more day! And Friday's are easy!

Outerwear - it was danged cold this morning, but I skipped the toque, scarf and gloves by the end of the day.
 Grape Ape, twice in two days!


  • Fur toque, scarf (hidden), leather gloves - Danier Leather


The stuff:
 Because the trousers are hugely long, I have to wear quite a high heel with them. These platform booties were perfect, even though you can only see the toes peeking out. Comfy, too!

Bell bling:
I actually built the outfit around the necklace. The pendant pieces look like bells, kind of.


  • Necklace - vintage fair; purchased here for $22.00 - first wearing
  • Crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Crystal/gold ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy
  • Earrings - Lazy Susan's


Well, my friends, the weekend calls - I have oodles of plans, including said party, so I will be back on Sunday with my and L's swanky outfits to show you. Peace out!

*If you're a word nerd like me, here's the origin of this English idiom.

25 comments:

  1. lovely outfit with bells on! (mwhaha, I enjoyed reading about it, probably I'm a Word nerd too!), love a bell sleeve and bell bottoms! and love your luxurious pants and fabulous boots!
    Looking forward to see you rocking that fab party attire (and your coworker's too!)
    besos

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  2. Looking good with bells on. And I am LOVING those boots!

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    1. Thank you so much, Krysten! Yay! Not many people like them. :)

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  3. I'm a word nerd too, so thanks for this! Fabulous outfit, Sheila, and those Alexander McQueen trousers look awesome on you! They make you look very tall! I love bell sleeves. And bell bottoms for that matter. But I'm in loooove with the pendant! Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the party! xxx

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    1. Yay! We are such kindred spirits! Thank you, Ann! I love feeling so tall those trousers.

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  4. I'm totally loving you with bells on Sheila! The sweater to match your hair is pretty neat and I wonder how many rich ol' birds go to their hairdressers with this exact request ... Also loving the rear view of you in those fancy pants oooooo!
    Anna x

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    1. Ha, you're probably right, Anna! Thank you - oh, shush! ha ha!

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  5. Hi Shiela, I love your bell themed outfit. Have a fab weekend! X

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  6. Bell themed outfit! Brilliant, I love it! Bell sleeves are so nice, I really do like that pink sweater. Am off for a peek at your Christmas party outfit. My work one was today but I didn't want to go!!!

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    1. Thank you, Kezzie! Pop back in soon for a look at my outfit.

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  7. I love this so so so much----and I love that you lend out dresses for parties!!! Borrowing/sharing clothes is sooooooo fun and practical!!!

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    1. Oh, totally - my closet is always open to my girlfriends.

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  8. Great choice to wear that dress! It s gorgeous! I ll bet you will be the .......,,Bell,,, of the party!

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  9. Fabulous styling, yes with bells on!! I love the combination of white, pink and black. That gray gown is absolutely stunning, that you are going to wear to your next event. Head turning beautiful! I hope you are enjoying the holiday season so far.
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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    1. Thank you, Elle! I'm getting there - it's always a little of a shock to the system for me.

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  10. Love love love this outfit! The pants are superb. And the style evokes the Seventies, my era!

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    1. Thank you, sweetie! Yes, it's a very 70s outfit - it reminds me of something my mom would wear.

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  11. That necklace is amazing!
    What a find.
    I'd love to have serious rummage around your thrift shops with you.
    Imagine the fun we'd have and the treasures we'd find?!
    Those trousers are SERIOUSLY COOL.
    Fabulous.
    XXX

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    1. Thanks, Samantha! I would love to shop with you - any time! These were one of my best finds ever.

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  12. You have certainly got ALL the bells on! I was going to mention about your hair and sweater coordinating very nicely. Those are great trousers.

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