Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Linen Firecracker

Another day, another wildly-patterned dress! 
I call this one my Firecracker dress, as that's what the print reminds me of. I think it's supposed to be abstract flowers.


  • Dress - JG Hook, thrifted; last worn here for my day trip to Vancouver in June 2019 to meet Melanie and Shelley
  • Shoes - Effortless Bebe, Fluevog; last seen here in April with sunny chartreuse and tweed
  • Coat (below) - Stop Staring!, thrifted; last worn here in April


This seagull was watching me as I did my stair picture.
"Eh? Who goes there?"

He's standing on one leg!

This sumptuously heavy frock is 100% linen, really thick and lovely to wear.
When L gave me a hug goodbye this morning, he noted how nice it felt. Quality fabric, darlin'!

It has a big full skirt, good for swooshing.
It wraps at the top (no pin needed), and has ties at the waist - it only looks like a full wrap-around dress, but it really has a side zip-up.
Because it has so many colours in it - two shades of pink, blue, red, green and black - it goes with a lot, same as yesterday's dress. The busy pattern hides any wrinkles (linen=wrinkles).

Outerwear - I didn't need the coat on the way home, but I definitely did in the morning.
I guess wishing for the weather to be stable is a fool's game!

The stuff:
I love these shoes - this is 21st wearing of them! They've proven to be very versatile.

Bold bling:
Just your standard Wonder Woman cuffs.


  • Blue cuff - thrifted
  • Steel cuff - thrifted
  • Glass/silver earrings - local
  • Onyx/silver ring - Tocarra, vintage fair
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes


And now...a day off.

32 comments:

  1. I love that dress, it's got a real 1940s vibe going on. I can see that the quality is fabulous even without hugging you! The coat s very klassy, too.
    21 wears is brilliant for those shoes, they still look like new.
    Is the seagull pretending to be a flamingo? Silly boy! xxx

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    1. Thanks so much, Vix! I love the classic 40s silhouette. I know, I was so pleased when I counted up my wearings.

      Seagulls are weird birds.

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  2. This is such a great dress on you Sheila, such a fun print and mix of colours and such a classic style! Enjoy your day off!

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  3. Linen! As you know, my study of flax/fashion-history led me to a deep appreciation of this fabric. I'm looking to add new linen pieces to my wardobe.

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    1. It's one of the nicest linen pieces I've ever owned - so thick!

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  4. If Monet had painted pinwheel fireworks onto fabric he would have created your dress!

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  5. Whether they are firecrackers or abstract flowers, the print on that dress is absolutely fabulous. It's gorgeous on you too, and I agree with Vix that it's got a certain 40s vibe. Such a wonderfully flattering shape. Same goes for that marvellous coat. What a silly seagull, though. Well, they are silly creatures at the best of times! Hope you've having a lovely day off! xxx

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    1. Thanks, Ann - I love the pattern, the entire dress, really. Seagulls are very silly, indeed! I am, thanks!

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  6. What an incredible dress! Love the print and the nice, big, swooshy skirt. I think the seagull likes it too. Funny how he's standing on one leg. Awesome Wonder Woman cuffs too! Enjoy your day off!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Cheryene! I love a swooshy skirt. I laughed at his "flamingo" pose. Wonder Woman cuffs say, "Don't mess with me!"

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  7. That s the kind of dress I can fall in love with! Fabulous print and colors!

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    1. Agreed, Nancy - I felt great wearing it. Thank you!

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  8. Such a fabulous dress, love its colorful print, its shape and delightful fabric!, it ticks all the right boxes!. Lovely to see you rocking it!
    And love your shoes too!
    besos

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    1. Thanks so much, Monica! Same here - it ticks all my boxes...except for pockets. If it had pockets, it would be an A+! Thanks, I love these shoes.

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  9. Great dress. Love the pattern but somehow... I don't know? Shorter (knee high)? Higher heels? I don't know. Just something that pops up in my head but I cannot support the feeling with arguments as it is a great dress. Strange.

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    1. Yeah, I get where you're coming from, Greetje. The proportions are slightly off, probably because I'm 5'4" instead of 5'8"! The length is a bit long on me, which could be fixed with a higher heel. It would look amazing on YOU, you tall person!

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  10. I love the whole look. That dress is beautiful.
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  11. That is one gorgeous dress. I love the abstract flower design, so pretty. The colours on this pattern are beautiful. I like how you call this dress your firecracker dress. From afar, it does look a bit like firecrackers. The red heels you paired with this dress are lovely. I also love your grey coat that looks just like a dress. I need one of those dress coats, they're so feminine and chic. Have a great weekend ahead!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ivana! I was drawn to this pattern right away - of course, it's flowers, but my eye likes to play with patterns, so firecrackers! The shoes are actually a deep metallic pink. I have a bit of a pink shoe thing, ha ha!

      I love a feminine dress coat - they are hard to find!

      Thank you, you too!

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  12. That dress is definitely one of your go-to's - flattering fit, quality fabric and a print with POW! I think L is one of the few men I know that would actually notice if a fabric feels good.

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    1. It's a fabulous dress, all 'round, and it gives me good memories of our meetup last year! You are totally right - he's gotten very good at clothing over the years.

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  13. Ooohh, that really is a sumptuous, seriously smashing frock! I adore a head-to-toe print dress with a full skirt - and all the more so when they're giving off a gorgeous mid-century vibe like this absolute stunner!

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

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    1. Thanks so much, Autumn, it's one of my favourites, for sure. Very much the "Dior New Look."

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  14. Aaah, can't beat some good fabric. It lasts better, looks better... that dress is fantastic.

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    1. Totally true! When I shop, I feel for quality fabric. There's not always much out there, but I'll always take a second look at any natural fibre, whether that's linen, silk, cotton, cashmere, wool or even viscose.

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    2. What a marvelous dress.
      I do love a good fabric, in fact running my fingers through the clothes racks and suddenly touching the ONE makes me stop and pull out the garment and take a second look.

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    3. Isn't it lovely, Lorena? I also love good fabrics, and I do the same thing! I can pick out the silk and cashmere in seconds.

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Sheila