Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Spring and a Tiger on My Shoulder

Woo, I'd forgotten how unpleasant it is to be up at 6am. Grit your teeth and do it, Sheila!
It's still dark out! Hmmm...was I expecting it to be spring already? Apparently, since I wore a very spring-y outfit for my debut of 2019.


  • Jacket - Brooks Brothers, thrifted; last worn here in November 2018 with red lace
  • Blouse - Ralph Lauren, thrifted; last seen here in October 2018 under a leather dress (same shoes!)
  • Skirt - Pink Tartan, thrifted; last worn here under a snakeskin tunic/dress in October 2018
  • Shoes - Big Presence Earhart, Fluevog; last seen here with this same blouse, in October 2018
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here in November 2018



I had planned to take down the Christmas decorations and tree at work today, but it got...busy. It's all still up.
 Eh, whatever. I'm not going to get in a tizzy about it.

I had many admirers of my shoes and my shoulder-tiger (we'll get to him shortly) today, and a few people happily noted that my hair matches my jacket.
 Yup, sure does.

Outerwear - it was clear and cold this morning, but by the time I walked home, freezing rain was on the menu.
 I stayed dry without an umbrella. Gotta love a good hat!


  • Hat - Edward Mann, vintage, thrifted
  • Scarf - Story of Shanghai, thrifted
  • Leather gloves - consignment


The stuff:
 I adore these shoes - such a great colourway. Who doesn't love lilac and mango?

Tiger bling:
 I really built my outfit around the tiger brooch.


  • Tiger brooch - consignment; first wearing - purchased here for $65.00
  • Ear-balls - consignment
  • Pearl ring - Erth, consignment
  • Amethyst/gold ring - Frances Jewelers, Dad's, c 1965


Look at his little face.
 My coworkers were entranced by him.

Here's how nicely he drapes over my shoulder.
 You can see where I've pinned him at his shoulders and hips.

I did some poking around on the interwebz to see if I could find out anything about him. Answer: not much. Some sellers are calling him 1970s vintage, some are saying he's 1980s - there are a lot of him out there! However, I think he's actually a mass-produced item and is more modern. He is definitely vintage-inspired, but not actual vintage. There is no age at all on him - the gold-tone is very smooth - and he's very well-made. The crystals are very sparkly, so he's good quality, regardless of where he came from.
He's like a little mascot sitting there. It's a tiger kind of day.

32 comments:

  1. I spy some intriguingly detailed earballs! The "back" (green? part) reminds me of a crown. Are they reversible?

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    1. Aren't they cool? No, the backs are much heavier than the fronts, so they don't hand right the other way 'round.

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  2. A delightfully Spring-like outfit even if the weather wasn't playing along. I love how your pink jacket tones with your hair and the shoes are such fun.
    I love the shoulder tiger. I reckon that was a piece inspired by the amazing Wallis Simpson collection that was auctioned off in 2010 - it's definitely something she'd have worn! xxx

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    1. Thank you, Vix! Ooh, I must research that sale - thanks for the tip!

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  3. woww, so fabulous to see you ready for the daily fight wearing your tiger with attitude and some spring colors!. Joyful, matchy and absolutely gorgeous!
    I'm loving your shoes (lilac and mango!, delightful!) and how nicely they go with the color of your jacket! and your frilly shirt!
    But the tiger steals the show totally! He's such an statement piece, beautiful, luxurious and shiny!
    Next week usual timetable will be back (we have reduced hours during Christmas) and it means going to work (and working) when it's still dark. You're inspiring me to wear something extra-shiny!
    besos

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    1. Aw, thank you, Monica! Yes, the tiger does steal the outfit, doesn't he? Ugh, working in the dark is the worst!

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  4. So cool! I've never seen any jewelry worn on a shoulder. Clever idea.

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    1. They've been around for decades, but you don't see them outside of vintage fairs, typically.

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  5. The green and yellow always bring me into a vintage mode, its a combo i rarely sport but actually love.
    That brooch, vintage or not - is such an amazing piece.

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  6. Oh I do love your outfit ! The colours and the shoes are fabulous and the brooch is divine happy new year Sheila .

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  7. What a lovely brooch. I love how he drapes over your shoulder. Is Vizzini jealous?

    Those shoes are a work of art and how fab they match your jacket and hair. I nearly bought a pink suede blazer for 1.00 the other day but although it looked great on, it was too tight on the arms so I left it behind. Regretting it now. having seen your jacket...

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    1. Vizzini is not allowed anywhere near it! He would bite it!

      I love them too - ooh, hard to resist a pink suede blazer for that price!

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  8. That brooch is unbelievable! Stunning! The best brooch I've ever seen. I want it! I need it! No but seriously, I'm in love with it!

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    1. Ha! There seem to be a few of them around online, Nancy - I bet you could find one. :)

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  9. It was my first day back at work today, and getting up early again was hard. But then you cheered me up with your gorgeous spring-like outfit. I love how you're wearing that fab tiger brooch draped over your shoulder, allowing us a close-up of your jacket's colour and fabric, which is divine. And those lilac and mango beauties must be one of my favourite pairs of yours. xxx

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    1. Isn't it the worst, Ann? Ugh. Glad I could help! The jacket is a linen blend.

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  10. The brooch is amazing! I love its poise! Urgh, 6am! I was going to get up at 7 with my husband today (he had school) but I failed and instead got up at 9.40! Oops, how am I going to maange on Monday!??!

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    1. Kezzie, thank you! I would have loved a sleep in till 9:40am. Heaven!!

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  11. What a fantastic tiger brooch! Love that face! Awesome shoes and a great outfit to start 2019.
    I had to get up at 6am now that my husband has to go back to work after the holidays. No fun! I used to have to get up and 4:30 am to catch the bus to work before I retired. I can't believe I used to do that. Now I can barely handle 6am.

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    1. Thanks, Cheryene! Yikes, I could never handle 4:30am.

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  12. The brooch on your shoulder is such a fun touch! I really like the spring like colours, even if the weather wasn't cooperating! Hope the rest of your work week flies by and the day was the good kind of busy! I go back to work next week, sad my holidays are nearly over!

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    1. Thanks, Mica! Oh, we are right in the thick of rainy season now. Enjoy your vacay!

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  13. Stellar outfit, Sheila! Perfect for the inaugural office new year debut. And the leather trench and detective hat are very good for the weather. I dislike carrying an umbrella and should bring on my hat game for that reason, although I'd need to pair it with a water-repellant coat. I'll need to look. And very cool tiger brooch. I love how you've pinned it on your shoulder. Clever!

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    1. Thank you, hon. I love the "rain detective" look, hee hee. The brooch is everything!

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  14. The tiger on the shoulder is everything---but I also love the pink leather gloves. I'm so into colored leather gloves.

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    1. I so agree, Becky! I also am enamoured of leather gloves, all colours.

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  15. Oh my God Sheela! It is Saturday morning, I am eating breakfast and watch ,,Bargain Hunt,, on the BBC and what do I spot! That same brooche! Hahaha, Just had to let you know! Its £65!

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  16. Starting the year off with a tiger on your shoulder is so much better than having,say, a monkey on your back ;) That is an awesome statement piece.

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