Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Green and Gold, and Grey Lace

Today was grey and rainy - a typical West Coast day, and I don't mind the rain (I was born here, after all).
And rain means it's always green here, and isn't that just a little ray of sunshine, when you think about it?

I tell myself these things and it makes me feel better. The rain is my grey dress, the green is the grass buried under all the leaves, and the gold is like the leaves themselves.

  • Dress - Banana Republic, thrifted; last seen here in July with weekend hair
  • Shoes - Half-Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last worn here (6th outfit) earlier this month with green velvet
One of my coworkers said to me near the end of the day, "Every time I look at you, I feel happy. This [he waved at my outfit] makes me happy. I don't know why."

I like that I can inspire this reaction in people. Personally, I think it was the scarf in the hair (referred to variously as my headband, my head-thing, and "that thing in your hair"). There just aren't that many people who wear scarves in their hair these days.
I was exceedingly pleased with my gold and grey combination. It was like the first time I mixed metals in my jewelry. I've worn gold jewelry with grey before, but with more neutrals. Green - not a neutral!

The stuff:
I had all of the outfit put together (it was built around the scarf and the necklace, believe it or not), and couldn't figure out which shoes to wear! I have 3 pairs of green shoes, but these kitten heels were the closest to that rich 80s emerald.

Bold gold bling:

  • Scarf - Vera, thrifted
  • Belt - thrifted
  • Necklace - consignment (one of many items in a $10.95 grab bag)
  • Bracelet/earrings - vintage 60s? Mom's, liberated from her jewelry box in the early 1980s

I liked how the square shapes on the necklace, the rectangular "tiles" in the bracelet and the earrings, the squared buckle of the belt (yes, that's an elastic on the belt - I am klassy all the way), and even the squared heel on the shoes (and the buckles) all went so well together. So many parallelograms! And it contrasted nicely with the organic shapes of the not-really lace of the dress.

I like when all those details come together, even if I'm the only one who notices them.


  1. I was cruising around a new-to-me blog this evening (Culture Serf) and found a couple of posts featuring YOU! What fun! So I thought I'd come over and pay you a visit since I haven't been by in awhile. Love those shoes and that dress. I can see why it made your co-worker happy.

  2. I love your headscarf! I was just chatting to my bestie about headscarves actually..it's made me want to start wearing mine again! Sadly, I donated all those cute lightweight perfect for hair scarves a while back and overindulged on big blanket type scarves....I'm keeping an eye out for some cute head appropriate ones, but not having much luck on a budget!

  3. What an interesting colour combination! I agree, not enough scarves in the hair these days. I just did a post on scarf tying! How wonderful to make someone happy with your dress, other than yourself of course. xo JJ

  4. I like it when the details come together too - I love the thought and care you put into your outfits. Raining here today too. xo

  5. The outfit's great, but I'll bet you use that smile of yours at work, too. You made him feel happy!

  6. What an excellent compliment for an excellent source of inspiration.

  7. I think i'd be inspired and happy by a coworker like you too :)
    This outfit reminds me of Mad Men, you could easily be an extra there.

  8. I adore grey ad I adore green--partly because I long for more of both of them here in the SW desert! But I am not sure I have worn the two together so much--now that I see this beautiful ensemble, I mean to change that. Thanks for the inspiration, Sheila!

    And congratulations on being a source of happiness for those around you, because of your creative play with clothing. I often play that role where I work too--I dress mostly to please myself but if it makes a little bright spot for others, that is also a great thing!

  9. I'm loving those shoes! And the lace! I quite fancy lace at the moment! The grey lace with green is a revelation, darling! Such a great colour combination I would not have thought of!
    Details are SO important, even if they are only to give you a teensy little bit of private pleasure!

  10. I'm in love with those green shoes! I am definitely wanting some emerald green in my wardrobe as well as teal. I'm crossing my fingers that I find the right pieces for me!


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