Sunday, November 17, 2013

Massive Weekend Round-up: Lindi at Lucky, Dinner with Tammy, Shopping, and an Unexpected Award

Whoa, it's all a much has happened in the past 3-4 days! I hope everyone's having a great weekend! 

Thank you to Melanie for the hilarious intro to my addition to the fun that is the Traveling Yellow Skirt Freak Show! Missed my entry? Here it is.

I'm also linking up to "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style! Go visit!

But let's all jump in the Wayback Machine and see what's been going on in my crazy life. On Thursday night, L and I and a bunch of our friends went to see Canadian indie-country artist Lindi Ortega!*
*all links for Lindi because I'm a fan and I love!
L and I walked to town for pizza before the show. It's getting a little chilly these nights now, so I did the chunky sweater for warmth. I last wore it here in October in an unsuccessful outfit. I was much happier with this one!

I liked the contrast of the thick sweater and boots with the floatiness of this silk skirt. I last wore the skirt here (2nd outfit) in August with a matchy top half.
I had to wear red boots (you'll see in a bit) and these beauties are one of my favourite pairs of boots, period. They were last seen just a week ago, with my black leather dress, here. I wore my red coral/silver earrings, my red leather cuff and my red coral/silver ring.
The outerwear was red fingerless gloves, a junky orange scarf that's now in the giveaway bin, and my black leather old-job-swag jacket. Warm but not too bulky for standing around in a club.

Sweater (Wilfred, thrifted), skirt (Corey Lynn Calter, consignment), boots (Adrian Agnes, Fluevog), cuff (Rimanchik), earrings/ring (Oscar & Libby's).

The show was at Lucky Bar.
I'd never actually been there when it was a bar, but I remember it being a restaurant in the 90s and a vintage store called Bazaar in the 80s.

Lucky is a long, narrow venue. There were about 60 people there total, so we were standing only about 15 feet from the stage, with no jostling (this is important to me).

The opening act was Devin Cuddy*, son of Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo* (my favourite band).
*linking 'cause I love
I really liked his style; he has a sound much older than his years.

Lindi Ortega was awesome!
L and I recently discovered her; she is much like Neko Case in sound. We have her most recent 3 CDs and like them all, especially "Cigarettes and Truckstops." You can stream tracks from her website here, from both that and "Little Red Boots" (also a favourite).
It was just her and a drummer and guitarist.

She played on the piano for a couple of songs.
 She's wearing a fascinator!

Afterwards, she mingled with the fans and signed autographs!

And you may have noticed that as well as having an album called "Little Red Boots", she wears her little red boots on all her album covers, and performs in them. Of course, L and I had to wear our little red boots!
L and I are both wearing Fluevogs - his are the Iggys
Yay! Thank you, Lindi for letting us take a picture!

So, then I had to go to work on Friday after a fun night out!
Good thing I pre-plan most of my outfits!

I had after-work dinner plans with my former clothing store boss, Tammy, for her birthday earlier this week, and she is a very fashionable lady, so I always dress up nice for her.
My white ruffly blouse, last seen while I was steampunkin' out at the Castle on Monday.

The denim vest was worn last in another ruffly ensemble here in October.
I haven't worn this skirt for a while! Not since the April 2012 capsule (recap here). It's a favourite although I always waffle about it until I wear it!

Added grey wooly toque and gloves and a navy blue/gold dragon silk scarf with my yellow leather jacket.

The stuff:
Wee! Big crazy yellow shoes (last seen here, during Monochromania! week in August). Disco Dutch!

Simple bling, since the skirt is pretty blingy on its own.
 Blue and starbursts!

Vest (Bisou Bisou, consignment), blouse (Uno Due, thrifted), skirt (Bianca Nygard), shoes (Prepare Hi Steady, Fluevog), ring (Wendy Brandes), earrings (local).

L and I did our usual brunch on Sunday.
I like being dressy for brunch. I see people wearing pajama bottoms and thongs to brunch! Horrifying!

My lovely cream brocade blazer, last seen here with my dark florals during my birthday week in October.
I'm wearing a sleeveless grey cashmere-blend cowl-necked sweater under it, last worn here (2nd outfit) in April to hang with friends and play Arkham Horror.

I love the shape of this skirt. I last wore it here (3rd outfit, beware of Disco pictures!) in October.
I just wore knee-high socks (I also had a half-slip on) and my walking shoes. I last wore them here in late October (3rd outfit). I am getting rid of the shoes, though, as after shopping in them for 4 hours, my feet were seriously killing me. Can't have that, sorry!

My belt is my much-loved Pringle of Scotland one.
Hmmm...someone in the background is Up to No Good.
My concession to chilly temps: fur scarf and long leather gloves (I also had my wooly toque, but didn't need it).

Jacket (Le Chateau, consignment), sweater (August Silk, consignment), skirt (Optionelle, consignment), shoes (Marc, thrifted), belt (Pringle of Scotland), earrings (local).

I had some excellent luck in my shopping after brunch. I popped into Rich Rags, a store I don't often shop in (but I do find things there once in a while). I found this gorgeous wooly blue coat...
...for $20.00! I love the dramatic lapels.

I've never heard of the brand Renuar before, but apparently they have been around for 30 years.
I like that stitching detail on the collar, and the nice lining (with red piping!).

I also found this amazing silk dress:
The colour is a fabulous chartreuse and it's a very disco-y shape on. I am excited to give this a try.

It's 100% silk (and it's washable!).
I wasn't familiar with the brand Mary Jo Bruno but she's a California designer who's been around for over 35 years. She seems to do just do lingerie now, so this must be from earlier in her career. Based on the style, I think it is probably 80s/90s. I guess the $10.00 I paid was a score!

I also paid $10.00 for this sheer striped black blouse:
It's by Lida Baday, a Canadian designer, and this is made in Canada.
The cheapest top by her on Holt Renfrew's is $345.00. *choke* Wow, I got a really good deal!

Vizzini was very happy to see me when I got home. Or maybe he just wanted to be fed.
"Gimme food or the coat gets it!"
He never looks guilty.

I stopped in at the Hospice Thrift Store - they have some amazing stuff in right now! Tons of glittery seasonal clothes (including purses) as well as a giant rack of winter coats.

I circled around this beauty then realized what a fool I would be if someone grabbed it while I was hemming and hawing.
I KNOW, right? It's a slightly textured rich cream faux fur. It has that lovely shawl collar, slim sleeves and slightly rounded cut. I think it is an early 80s PSP (Pre-Shoulder-Pad) era coat, based on the label. Also, I found a couple of eBay links describing similar faux fur coats by Apparence Paris as 80s. I'm getting good at figuring out eras!
Did you notice the gorgeous creamy satin lining? This is not a cheap coat (the outside of it still feels silky smooth, not plasticky). I paid $40.00 for it, and I wore it right away.

I strolled up the street to the WIN Boutique and found a couple of items I had to have, including another black suede top.
I think it maybe a sickness - this is my third one! But it's totally different, I swear! This is a real steampunk-y cut, with a high collar, hooks-and-eyes closure up the front and built-in lace cuffs (yes!). it was $75.00, marked down to half, so $37.50. It was too cool to pass up. Of course, it is by Danier Leather. 

I found this lovely soft aqua scarf for $2.50.
No brand name, but I think that's a good deal.

I fell in love with yet another fur scarf.
It's like a Muppet! It's a deep blue-grey colour and seriously, I am in love. And for $10.50? Score!

I am always on the lookout for good quality leather belts, so the lovely cutout on this one caught my eye. 
I know the name Tony Lama!
I have lots of buckles - I don't need another buckle. But I do like a good belt, and $5.50 is a good deal.

Today, I got up early-ish and got groceries.
Fancy for groceries, eh? I actually had to go to a WW training/intro to new program stuff afternoon session at a local hotel conference.

As part of my employment with WW, I have to maintain my weight (that's part of why I work for them - I want to keep my 50 lbs off!), and at any of our meetings/training sessions we all step on the scales. So I wore light clothing!
The top is my mint green cashmere sweater, last seen here in August with my sailor pants. I have a full slip underneath everything for extra warmth.
"Oh well, I guess I'll photobomb you."
The barnyard skirt was last worn earlier this month here with leather and plaid.
I like how his back leg is poking out so nonchalantly. 
The black boots are starting to wear out - I have to keep my eye out for another basic flat riding boot like these! I last wore them here (2nd outfit) to the Emmylou Harris concert last weekend.

I had to debut my furry scarf:
Instantly 100% more crazyass style! It was lightly raining on my walk to the training session, but I had my toque as well as this lovely coat to protect me.

Sweater (Daniel Bishop, consignment), skirt (Gap, thrifted), boots (Aldo, consignment), coat (Danier), scarf (thrifted).

And what a surprise! I and my two receptionists, Betty and Janet, won an award!
Our little Tuesday night meeting's attendance grew by the highest percentage of any other meeting in BC!

I can't wait to show my members on Tuesday!
Such a cool capper to a fun weekend! 

I hope you had a great one!


  1. You should win a best-dressed award, for the entire planet! I do just love your barnyard skirt, and your red boots. And I can't wait to see you in the creamy dreamy furry coat - it looks lovely and soft.

  2. This is a post for the record books in fabulousness. I choked at your faux fur coat. It's so similar to mine although I call mine pastel nicotine and yours is a far more elegant "slightly textured rich cream." Mine is the yin to your yang I guess. What a fun night out with a photo and autograph from the scthar! And you won another award (I'm just assuming you will get that other one). Congratulations, Sheila. You are a force.

  3. Did I just delete my comment by mistake, sign out instead of publish?

  4. Wow congratulations on the turnout at your WW meeting!
    Every outfit here is so well thought out and you are so creative with your accessories.
    Want to see you wearing that cream faux fur coat sometime soon.

  5. Congrats on the award! So many great purchases too! :) really like the photo of you all in your red boots - lovely idea! :)

  6. Agree with Val - best dressed on the planet! So much gorgeous-ness here. Love the red boots with all my heart, as well as the red leather coat. Your brunch outfit is swoony, and your new silk dress too. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday and stay fabulous. Oh, hey, Vizzini, looking tres casual : >

  7. Congrats on the award!!
    That creamy fur coat is fantastic!! You manage to find the coolest stuff!!!
    Every outfit is just amazing as always!! i can't wait to see how you style the blue jacket with the lapels of awesomeness!!

  8. Wow, congratulations on your award! I'm sure you over deserved it and I second Val up there.

    I'm still in love with your denim flare skirt. You rock the tulip and the flare shape like no one else.

  9. Congrats on the award! And I love the picture of all of you in your red boots - how very cool!

  10. Goodness! I don't remember where I found your blog (a link up) but I LOVE your style!

  11. Two comments: your new silk dress is faaaabbulous. I have a little envy.
    AND the picture with Vizzini's tail in the back cracked me up!! hahah, i can imagine your surprise when you saw it.

  12. Congratulations on the award!

    I love the creamy white coat, the barnyard skirt, but most of all I love, love, love the red boots!

  13. Loving your skirt sweater combinations ... I'm working on that for the weeks to come, and I learn something every time I pop in! You look beautiful as always. And Vizzini, of course. Got some handsome dudes in your house, lucky girl!

  14. Those red boots and that red leather coat: fabulous!

  15. Evetrhing is so fabulous Sheila.
    Those yellow dutch shoes are so coo.


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