Monday, November 4, 2013

Photo-Shoot in Plaid, and the New Tattoo

Another week - but I don't think I've ever had one that started with such a bang! Today was the drop-in for the photo-shoot for the Unlimited Woman awards* so I had to make sure I wore something suitably outrageous. 
*linking 'cause I love
Positively plaid!

I had to factor in washing my tattoo a couple of times today. Which is on my back. Which is hard to reach by oneself in a work bathroom. I also wanted something very light touching my back, so nothing rough.

The skirt is my fabulous 80s taffeta number, last worn here in August with red and purple.
It's so swooshy!

The silky red top underneath is such a vibrant colour - it was really a great find at the WIN Boutique. I last wore it here (2nd outfit) a couple of weeks ago under my leather shirt for Chris' surprise birthday.
I adore this jacket - seriously, it's just awesome and was perfect for dashing around my office. It was featured in my Art Gallery ensemble (here, second outfit) a couple of weeks ago.

The stuff:
Big red shoes! I actually walked 5 blocks each way to/from the photo-shoot in these - so freakin' comfy! I last wore them here in that same birthday outfit as the red top above. Not very creative of me, but at least I changed up the rest of the outfit, right?

Bigass bling.
I need some mondo big earrings to go with this necklace. Those bitty ones just don't cut it!

Jacket (Danier Couture, consignment), blouse (Spense, thrifted), skirt (Roland Kerry, vintage 80s, consignment), belt (consignment), shoes (Marc), necklace (vintage fair), ring (local, Oscar & Libby's).

So, the photo-shoot was awesome, although I couldn't stick around for long. I met Carolyne Taylor, the woman who's organizing this event, and some other lovely ladies whose names have already slipped my mind (gah, brain like sieve!). I ran out of my blog cards - must stock up my cardholder!

But I know you are all waiting to see what my new ink is. Here ya go:
It's a big dandelion plant! I really like dandelions: they are hardy, strong, tenacious and persistent. Things I would like to think I could be one day when I grow up. I also have a huge soft spot for Ray Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine" and this reminded me of it.

When L took this picture, he said, "Your mom is going to flip her can." Heh, sorry, Mom. Here's what my full back looks like now.
I am much happier with how it's all balanced out - I felt that the ivy on the right was too dense compared with the ribbons on the left. This helps fill it in a bit, and I love that there's more colour! I have a second session booked in a month or so, to do a bit of fill-in in the ribbons to help balance it some more.

Anyway, it's a little achy now, and I worked an extra 2.5 hours tonight on the newsletter, so I'm going to go lie down on the couch. Have a great night!


  1. The skirt is gorgeous, but I admit I scrolled immediately down to see the new ink!! I LOVE IT.

    I've already got my next one planned, but I'm also thinking about getting a bit more done to my cat/skeleton on my back. Ah well, I'll see! Tattoos are so exciting. I love how full of color yours are! So beautiful.

  2. Wow! That's a serious tat! Thanks for sharing the pic!

  3. Piękny tatuaż:)))oglądam wszystkie Twoje posty i bardzo mi się pobają:))))Pozdrawiam serdecznie

  4. Oh awesome!!! Love L's comment. :)
    Beautiful outfit & silhouette too.

  5. Love your bright outfit - hope the photoshoot went well!

    Your new tattoo is beautiful, your back looks great, so colourful!

  6. Wow, Sheila, I am blown away by the beauty of that dandelion. I love the symbolism of it, and also Dandelion Wine became a favorite book of mine more than 40 years ago. Your whole assemblage of tattoos is stunning--I am not personally a tattoo person (guess my age is a factor there) but I appreciate good art wherever I see it, including ink.

    And I appreciate a great outfit--this was certainly one.

  7. Love the taffeta! And the new art is gorgeous, great choice.

  8. WOW. Your new tat is amazing. Actually, I think this is the first time I've seen your entire back - it's amazing. I am hoping to save money for a tattoo after baby comes. I've been wanting one for a while and I think it'll be a nice reward for myself!

    And of course I love that plaid skirt!! Love love LOVE!

  9. Love that skirt, and I LOVE the new addition to your glorious back!!! Lovely lines! XXX

  10. Well, of course you looked awseome for your photo shoot, great choices, and wow, your tattoos are fabulous! I like all the colour, and especially the dandelion clocks. Hope you feel less achey soon. xxx

  11. That skirt is gorgeous. Well, the whole outfit, but I love plaid. Anything plaid.

    I think your tattoo is beautiful. I actually considered a dandelion or a thistle for a while as my first tattoo. Yours is so gorgeous and it looks beautiful on you.

  12. I just love that skirt, like everyone else. It's a winner! And the tattoo(s) are amazing! Don't you wish you could see them?

  13. The new ink is gorgeous!!
    I LOVE this outfit!1 How can you go wrong with bright swooshy taffeta plaid?? I'm sure your photo will be fantastic!

  14. I've always liked that skirt. Also now that "plaid is back" I am sure you'll be wearing it a lot more.
    Ouch. Just looking at your back hurts. I have to admit that I am not a fan of tattoos but I also have to admit that yours are pure art.

  15. Sheila, your new ink is so lovely! I personally think you are brave to get it in the winter when you have to wear layers of clothes every day - ouch. Everything is so well-spaced and integrated. You will have to buy some more backless dresses for sure! I would be hard-pressed to get a tattoo where I couldn't easily see and admire it. Ten years on I still like seeing the bumblebee on my calf. :-)

  16. Love that skirt - I have a similar one and I love how swooshy it is too...

    And HOLY GUACAMOLE I LOVE YOUR BACK ARTWORK! The colours are beautiful and I love love love the dandelion. Stunning!

    Sarah xxx

  17. Wow, I am so late to the tattoo party. Your back looks beautiful - it is so delicately done, and colourful. Hope it has all healed nicely - certainly looks good here xx


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