Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Midnight Blue and the Garden Dress

I'm officially on my "weekend" now - my boss told me not to come in tomorrow. Good thing I had a fabulous outfit already lined up for you.
 Bam! What a dress! In your face, pandemic!


  • Dress - Elie Tahari, consignment; purchased here for $59.99
  • Boots - Ishshoes, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) in late February for dinner out with friends
  • Coat (below) - Auckie Sanft, vintage 60s, thrifted; last seen here in February



Holy smokes, I love this dress! There weren't many people at work, but those who were were wowed by it. It's a perfect fit.
I love the garden look of the kaleidoscopically-altered lilies (I think) of the pattern. Thus, it shall be my garden dress.

It wrinkled all around my midsection from sitting today but eh, whatever.
 Love those pops of neon yellow - the lining is also neon yellow.

I even have racing stripes down the sides.
The dress has orange trim around the neckline, and I'm dying to wear it with my orange Fluevog pumps (these ones), but they are in spring/summer storage still.

Instead, I pulled out the midnight blue in the pattern with these luscious blue velvet boots.
 As you can see, it was very bright in the morning - we've had perfect blue skies all day. These boots usually look black in pictures, but you can really see the deep midnight blue colour here.

Outerwear - more colour! The Fuzzy Flamingo makes an appearance!
 I like how the pink popped against that bright yellow and green.


  • Gloves - Danier Leather


It's still freezing in the morning - frost on the ground, even! - but warm enough to walk home with the coat unbuttoned and the gloves stashed in my bag.
I hope I'll get another wear or two out of the Fuzzy Flamingo before it's too warm to wear her.

The stuff:
 Velvet boots of fabulosity! Super-comfy too.

Critter bling:
I loved how the bee brooch went with the snake earrings. Matchy!


  • Brooch - vintage fair
  • Earrings - Betsey Johnson, gift from L
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes


Kudos to my mom for noting that the snake earrings I wore yesterday were symbolic of St. Patrick, who drove the snakes out of Ireland. Way to go, Mom!

The jewelry is barely noticeable in my regular pics, so here's a bathroom selfie.
That's my face before coffee - rather glassy-eyed, aren't I?

I have the day tomorrow all to myself, but I'll be posting what I would have worn to work anyway. Perhaps I will venture out for some outdoors shots, who knows?

If any of you have requests for things you'd like to see (I've had one from Erin (HI!) for my bespoke 50th birthday dress, hope it fits!), you can leave your wish in the comments or drop me an email (it's in my profile). I can't guarantee I will fulfill all of the requests, but will use them as inspiration for sure!

48 comments:

  1. Guess I'll have to stalk your blog for awhile to see your lovely face and fashions :)
    Love the dress.

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  2. That dress is amazing and you look fantastic in it!!! Snake earrings so perfect for St. Patty's Day--- also, the blue velvet boots are gorgeous!

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  3. What an incredible outfit!!!! Stay safe out there!

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    1. Chrissy! Great to see you - you too, and thank you so much for dropping by.

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  4. Holy Smokes Sheila! The dress loves you right back!

    Enjoy your time off and stay well :)

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    1. Woot woot! Thanks, Nana! I have lots of plans and am trying to make the best of it.

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  5. So awesome! The dress is gorgeous, but I especially love those boots. Those are pretty fab!

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    1. Thank you so much! I love these boots, like, ADORE.

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  6. The Fuzzy Flamingo inspired this request, let's go PANK!

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    1. We could definitely see some PANK in the future - thanks so much!

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  7. Aahh, more snake earrings - love them! I actually detest snakes IRL but am so drawn to the ones in your collection. The dress looks great with these fabulous boots - love the navy. And what a great idea to wear the pink coat - this is one of my favourites outfits of yours! Lise

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    1. I've been around snakes a few times in my life, but they are not my favourite critters either, Lise, but I do love them in jewelry. Thank you! The Fuzzy Flamingo just seemed right.

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  8. That's a fabulous dress! Are you off work for the forseeable now, or just having a long weekend? I've decided to make the most of my time at home and wear all the things I don't dare to wear around other people.

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    1. Thanks, Mim! I plan to go back on Tuesday after my vacation is up, but we'll have to see what happens from there.

      I love that idea, and you inspired me to amp my dressing up a bit!

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  9. I love that dress on you Sheila - what a fab find, it looks like it was made for you! Hoe fun you will be doing outdoor shoots! can't wait to see what you come back with :)

    My ability to work in the office next week is all up in the air at the moment - my boss was off sick today (not a good sign!) so I don't know what's happening. It's a new world for sure!

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    1. Thank you, Mica! I know, when you find a dress that fits like this, you have to grab it. I'm excited to play around with L a bit this weekend with photo shoots.

      It's so strange, isn't it? Work at home if you can!

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  10. *sigh* I want to dress like you. Your outfits blow me away.

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    1. Then DO IT, Ally! I want to see more outfit posts from you!

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  11. Hello, fuzzy flamingo I missed you!

    Fab dress - very garden like and those boots are simply gorgeous. Loved all the accessories, too.

    Stay well,
    xxx

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    1. Thank you, Vronni! I missed the FF too - she is so soft and snuggly.

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  12. Everything about your outfit today was GORGEOUS! I love the boots! The dress! The coat! Smashing!

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  13. I wasn't sure about that dress when you first posted it, but it looks soooo cute on you! I'm on my first day of working from home, which is challenging when you don't have a home office set up, or access to everything you need to do your job. I'm wearing an old man vintage sweater and jeans, which no one needs to see.

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    1. I love the pattern, but when I tried it on in Turnabout, I was, "YES."

      My job is not conducive to working at home, so I will have to see what happens. I dress in shabby-chic (i.e. holey cashmere and stretchy jeans) when I'm home most of the time.

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  14. yep! love me some neon! i think i told you before when you were wearing something like a Prabal Gurung....xo eva

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    1. I think you might have! I love neon - it's the 80s chick in me.

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  15. Wow, what a dress indeed, Sheila. I'm sure we'll beat that damn virus with in-your-face neon and the brightest colours. And if that doesn't work, those fierce boots will finish it. If all else fails: Fuzzy Flamingo to the rescue! Will you be working from home after your break? Whatever the case, I hope you will be making the most of your extra time off, and I'm pleased to hear you'll keep posting your outfits, and obviously outdoor shots are always welcome too! xxx

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    1. Thank you, Ann! If we can beat this through sheer willpower and fabulous outfits, we will!

      I don't know what will happen - my job isn't really the kind that can be done remotely, so I will have to see come Tuesday. I'm excited to play around this weekend, though, so I'm going to take it a day at a time.

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  16. What a cheery, Spring-like pattern! That dress is a cracking fit and I love the quirky go-faster stripe down the side.
    Hooray for the boss letting you have the day off - the weekend starts here! xxx

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    1. Thanks, Vix, isn't it lovely? The fit sold me on it. I know, what a great boss I have! Woo, long weekend!

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  17. Love the dress and the Fuzzy Flamingo! Those boots are incredible! Cool snake earrings. My husband ordered me an infinity snake necklace for my birthday. Can't wait 'til it gets here. Enjoy your time off and have fun hanging out with Vizzini!
    Love and light

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    1. Thank you so much, Cheryene! Oh, how cool! Happy birthday to you! I am already having an excellent day. Hugs to you, my dear!

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  18. 100% ditto of Nana's comment that the dress loves you back! This is a fabulous outfit for the color, pattern and fit AND for the uplifting of spirits. :-)
    Curious situation here in NY as it is a possibility that my school (and others) will not reopen for the remainder of the school year. Most schools I know of are already trying out remote learning. But that's not what I'm taking note of here. Rather...
    I think working from home will present the challenge of "which pajama shirt shall I wear today." Do you or any readers have motivations or suggestions for how to not schlump everyday? I believe this is a definite case of clothing coming to the rescue of the spirit, but sometimes schlump wins out anyway!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Laurie!

      We've been hearing about the same sort of situation here, Laurie, kids doing all the rest of the school year remotely. Motivating to get dressed when you don't have to be in public can be really tough, but it's ultimately a question of self-care for me. I need to look good to help make myself feel good. I'm trying to lead by example - let's get dressed up!

      I'll mention this next post - make sure you check back for comments.

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  19. WOW those boots truly are luscious, and the coat and dress, all gorgeous.

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  20. What a fabulous dress! and totally agree about 'Velvet boots of fabulosity', they rock!
    It's a magnificent outfit and also love that you picked your pink coat, so brilliant idea!. Looking Fabulous!
    Love all your snaky jewelery, totally amazing!
    besos
    (Lovely that you keep on blogging, I'm determined to do it too and keep my mind focused in all the lovely people and their creativity and fabulousness)

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    1. Isn't it lovely? I'm really happy with it. Pink added just a little more. Thank you so much!

      I am totally going to keep blogging - it helps me to know that my blog helps others. Hugs to you!

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  21. Indeed a perfect dress. I would have bought it too. Well.. not really as it wouldn't look as good on me as it does on you with your hourglass figure. I have to concentrate on other shapes.
    Greetje

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    1. Yeah, there are shapes that don't look good on me - I have learned to avoid most of those. Thank you, Greetje!

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  22. Yay, a viewing of the dress! When you shared it in your purchase post, I couldn't wait to see it on you. Hopefully next time you wear it there'll be more people to see it. :)

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    1. I hope so too, Rachel! I'm so thankful for the audience here, but I miss the "in person" views in real life.

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  23. What a bright beauty that dress is! The neon yellow on the sides and the zipper are quite the accent.

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    1. I love it - the colours, the pattern, the fit. It's a great dress.

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  24. That dress, those boots - woweeee! I'd wear this in a heartbeat Sheila, but I somehow think that may never happen. Fabulous, baby, totally fabulous x

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    1. It's a fab dress, isn't it? Thanks, my dear! Consider us "style twins" as we are nearly identical in our tastes and clothes! We're two halves of a bigger closet!

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