Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Bringing PANK to the Gloom

Back to work today after five whole days off (including my pre-planned stay-cation in there), and wow, was my office dead. For a few hours, there were only 4 of us there, on 3 floors. 
My boss gave me a quizzical eyebrow when he saw me. "I'm bringing PANK to the gloom," I said.


  • Dress - Essentiel Antwerp, consignment; last worn here (3rd outfit) in December 2019 with trout shoes
  • Shoes - Enneagram Individualist, Fluevog; last seen here in February for my last haircut (it's going to be a while before I get another one!)
  • Coat (below) - Vassali, consignment; last worn here a week ago


I had a reader/commenter request for PANK, so PANK ye shall have!
Why PANK? It's so pink...it's PANK!

It's a lovely loose swing dress.
To which I added very busy floral tights.

It has pockets! Yes!
I loved how my shoes went with this full look.

Outerwear - it was chilly in the morning (and oh, did it ever feel early!).
I am done with this coat - it's got a rip in the back now, and I just don't love it. Off it goes to the giveaway pile.

If stores ever reopen, if the world ever returns to semi-normal, I'll look for a new long black coat.
It'll be hard to top the pizzazz of this one, but I have faith that an even better black coat is out there. Thank you, coat!

I first wore it here in December 2012, and bought it here in November 2012 for $72.00. I've probably worn it at least 5-10 times per year in just over 9 years, so I'm definitely under $2.00 per wear and probably closer to $1.00 per wear. I'm completely good with that.


  • Gloves - consignment


The stuff:
I love these shoes, and although they aren't quite PANK, they are still a pretty close match to the dress and tights.


  • Necklace - thrifted
  • Earrings - Kate Spade, consignment; purchased here for $13.50
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes


I totally forgot to take a "bling" picture. D'oh! My brain was all scrambled from the stress of restocking "someone's" kitty treats after work. Mental note: go to stores mid-day!
"But did you get me more treats, Woman??"

I had to wait outside Bosley's Pet Food, distanced 6' apart from the other shoppers, as they were only letting in 2 people at a time. The wonderful staff got what I needed, and then I paid for it...except that all the debit machines were down!
"Answer the question, Woman! This is important business!"

I did, little loaf-cat. After running to the drug store to see if their ATM was working (no), or to ask if I could buy some cash (no, they said it was nation-wide, that the system was overwhelmed), I ran back to town and took some cash out at the bank (that worked). Phew! I feel frazzled!

It's a frazzly time, isn't it? I also realized that I forgot to include this close-up of me and Vizzini in my Vampire Anniversary post.
"Woman, you need some serious purr-therapy."

I really do! And I'll have lots of time for it, since my boss told me to stay home tomorrow and Thursday - I'll be back at work on Friday to check in on the office (I had 75 emails today to slog through).

A quick thank you to all of you who are out there reading and commenting! I really appreciate it. Stay safe, my friends.

42 comments:

  1. Love the pank dress so much, especially with those tights!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia! Tights this heavily patterned and coloured can be really challenging to style without falling back on black, so I was really happy with how this worked.

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  2. Thank pank for brightening up my day and I must say those shoes rule!

    Vizzini has a "what the hell just happened" expression. Priceless :)

    Stay well!

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    1. Thanks, Nana! They are so comfy too! Vizzini is a very expressive cat! Take care!

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  3. Loving the PANK, Sheila! Those shoes look fabulous with it. Thank you for your ongoing posts, They are a very bright spot in my mostly isolated day!

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    1. Thank you, Alli! I'm happy to provide a little brightness for you!

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  4. Bright colors are therapeutic. When folks are blue, we need to wear pink!

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    1. Pink and PANK, for sure, Ally! I feel good in colour.

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  5. Pank! that's what my eyes needed this morning!
    It sounds like your office is definitely a safe place to be working with all that space - phew!
    What a nightmare with getting the cash to pay for Vizzini's treat, thank goodness you managed in the end. I hope he appreciated the efforts his mum made!
    xxx

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    1. It's amazing how much colour can do for the mood, isn't it, Vix? This one's a wake-me-up for sure.

      Yes, the office feels pretty safe - they have someone cleaning all the door handles constantly for us too.

      Arg, it was rough, but seriously, not that bad compared to others, I'm sure. He will be very happy to have more treats!

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  6. Well, you've certainly done your part!!!! 💗🌸🏩

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  7. Thank you for honoring my PANK request! You look amazing & the styling is great!
    I was crying a few moments ago over my husband working an essential job and wanting him home with us.
    This made me smile and resolve to "get my Lilly (Pulitzer) on" and shine in pink & green. Thanks I needed this post!

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    1. Yay! Thank you for suggesting it! I'm glad you approve of the outfit. ;-)

      Aw, honey, I'm so sorry - that must be so hard on you. Good for you - getting dressed is self-care, and we need that right now. Hugs to you, my dear.

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  8. You look great in your PANK. You look great in everything! Love the post and the blog. I really appreciate your lovely, positive, sunny attitude!

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    1. Thank you! Oh, gawd, I wish, but I appreciate the thought! Glad to help.

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  9. What a pinktabulous outfit, Sheila. I love the swingy-ness of that dress and the shoes are beyond beautiful. Are they walkable? Keep positive.... It's difficult. Thank you for the colour burst.

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    1. Thank you so much, Juliana! I love "pinktabulous"! The dress has great movement when I'm walking too. Yes, the shoes are fantastic, very comfy.

      I know, hang in there. *hug*

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  10. Is there a heart-eyes in PANK? There should be.
    Thank you, Sheila!

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  11. Yes to PANK! Especially when the main component is a dress from Essentiel Antwerp. Jos is picking me up from work and our pick-up point is right opposite the new Essentiel Antwerp store and then I automatically think of you! Next time I'm early, I'll cross the street and take a picture. There's a pink (not sure if it qualifies as PANK) in their window. Your whole outfit makes my heart sing, Sheila. The floral tights and necklace, those wonderful shoes: a true sight for sore eyes. "If the world ever returns to semi-normal" ... Sigh. I had another moment this morning, but going for a walk in the sunshine made it a lot better. Plus, seeing all the PANK in your post. The things we do for our kitties, eh? What a nightmare! xxx

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    1. Hear, hear, Ann! Oh, that's awesome - that would be so dangerous if they were open! I love that we have that connection across the world. :) I would love to see a picture.

      Hang in there, hon, nothing lasts forever! I'm glad you got some sunshine. Sigh, I know, thank goodness the little bugger's worth it.

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  12. HA! I love Vizzini's expression in the last photo of you holding him! That is definitely some HOT PANK! I have been working from home since last Thursday, and I confess I've been wearing jeans or loose "comfy pants" and a sweatshirt. No one sees me except Sylvester, and I haven't felt motivated to dress up. I'm lucky our little pet food store in my neighbourhood is deemed an essential service so I can walk over and get whatever his royal highness needs. She is restricting it to one customer at a time too. Thank god for the sun the last couple of days.

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    1. Isn't he awesome? Such an expressive little guy.

      Yeah, I've been defaulting to my house clothes too, and I'm resolving to not do it. I feel much better when I'm dressed. I'm glad to hear you have pet options! I know, bring on the sun!

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  13. Thank you for your (almost) daily postings and positive attitude. Keep up the good work. So many bloggers are not posting with their usual frequency as they are not dressing up or going out. You are a beacon of hope in my in box!

    My son just moved out with his Vizzini twin and I really miss the little devil but very happy they are together as they settle into their new home (my son is off work for two weeks with a cold) but with the construction site changes this could be much longer.....

    Enjoy your extra long weekend.

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    1. You are so welcome, Robyn! It's helping to keep me sane, and if it helps others, then all the better. I'm grateful for you and your comments, so thank you!

      Aw, that's good that your son has a companion. I hope his cold is better soon! Yes, the construction sites here are still open too.

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  14. what a gorgeous dress! love the floral tights....and the pink heels are divine....you look so pretty in pink.

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  15. The PANK dress is perfect for times like these.

    Your trip out to get cat treats sounds like a nightmare. I hope the rest of your week isn’t too hectic. X


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    1. Thanks so much, Jess! It was a bit stressful, but I survived! The week is getting better.

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  16. Yes to PANK!, love a fabulous color which cheers everybody up and love this dress particularly! and love your brilliantly matchy ensemble!. Those shoes and tights and the cool necklace!, everything Rocks!
    Lovely to read your blog!
    besos

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    1. I totally agree, Monica! Thank you - this entire outfit made me feel awesome. Glad to have you here - we're supporting each other!

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  17. i keep thinking the image i am seeing is my 'favorite', but everyday i have a new 'favorite'....this one is DARLING!
    xo eva

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  18. LOVING the PANK! The dress is fantastic...loved it in each post too!

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    1. It's one of my favourites, Sue! So good to see you, my dear!

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  19. Thanks a million for this PANK sensation! This is colour therapy at its best. Hurrah x

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    1. It really is! My world is better with PANK in it. Thanks, honey!

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  20. What a Pankiful awesome look, the tights were the cherry on top for me! I am certain this look made a lot of by standers at the line smile in these times.

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    1. Thanks, Lorena! I love a busy tight with a bright solid. I hope so! I really didn't see too many folks out and about.

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  21. I fotgot to comment on this outfit. It is one of my favourite dresses of you. Together with the floral tights and those funky shoes.... A+.
    Greetje

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    1. I know you love this dress - thanks so much, Greetje!

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Sheila