Sunday, January 18, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up: Fruital, Leather and Zentangling

What a lovely weekend, following such an exhausting week! I feel recharged and ready to face another crazy week ahead.
Friday's armour, and a repeat combo of this outfit from October 2014.

I'm one of the organizers of the Stair Challenge in my office, and we extended it out to all of our BC offices this year. It's a lot of work behind the scenes - and in front of them! This was what I chose to do our breakfast launch on Friday morning. We announced the teams and the stair climbing starts on Monday.

  • Blouse - no label, thrifted; last seen here in October 2014 with this same skirt
  • Skirt -  Lui Jo; last seen per links above
  • Shoes - Half Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last worn here with grey lace in November 2014

"Not up to anything, nope, nothing to see here."
Until I looked up this skirt and blouse, I'd actually forgotten that I'd already worn this blouse and skirt together! I know no one noticed, though. I'm sure most of my clothes are just a big blur to my coworkers.
I layered a vintage half-slip (a pink one!) under the skirt for extra warmth, and a camisole (a blue one!) under the blouse for coverage.

I like my toque pulled down right over my hair and ears. It keeps my head warm and doesn't mess with my hair. That's a glorious vintage leather coat, thrifted about a year ago.

The stuff:
I'm kicking myself now for not buying these shoes in the purple as well as the green. The only size left is a 6, boo.

Bold bling:
Grommet belt, and the first wearing of these green vintage teardrop earrings.

  • Belt - gift from Ruth
  • Jade ring - 70s, liberated from Mom's jewelry box sometime in the mid-80s
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
  • Earrings - vintage 60s, vintage fair

On Saturday, L and I went for brunch at the diner, and then I walked over to work-friend K's house to hang out for the afternoon.
Yup, that's a leather dress. Pretty groovy, isn't it? It even has pockets!

  • Dress - Truly, Part Two; last seen here with the above fruital blouse in September 2014
  • Sweater - Max Studio; last seen here (2nd outfit) for a weekend hang-out with friends in March 2014
  • Boots - Doc Martens, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in November 2014

It's been a blustery weekend, full of wind and rain. Leather is awesome for blocking the wind.
And my boots were very practical for walking 30 minutes each way to K's house.

The stuff:
Rockin' Docs! I love these so much. The gals in the diner cooed over them (and my hair).

Odd bling:
That salamander earring is one of a pair; they were a gift (birthday?) from Mom and Dad back around 1986 or so (I was in University, I recall). I used to have the matching brooch, which was about 5 inches long; unfortunately, it was made of soft metal and the tail broke off after a couple of years. I'd forgotten all about the earrings until I found them recently when I was going through one of my jewelry boxes.

  • Belt - Plum
  • Choker - vintage 60s, Mom's
  • Salamander earring - gift from Mom & Dad, homegrown mid-80s vintage
  • Stud earring - local

K is into Zentangle drawing (comprehensive info about Zentangle here, linking 'cause I love); I didn't follow the formal process, but I do love the idea of purposefully building up an image stroke by stroke. I chose to play with felt pens.
The white blip in the bottom right is my name whited-out for privacy.
I drew a long swirl with curlicues off it in pencil (which I erased as I went), but other than that, I didn't plan out any of the drawing. I just went with what felt right and played with colour, creating the different elements on the spur of the moment.
When I finished all the curly pieces I wanted to tie it all in together so I did black swirls around every element and filled in some of the while with those.

A close-up of a couple of the swirls:
We listened to music and drank tea, chatted and sat in peaceful silence as we both worked on our drawings. I found it hugely relaxing and pleasurable; I might have to get myself a sketchbook and some felt pens to do this myself. It felt really good to be creative in a semi-structured way. Nearly 3 hours passed and it felt like no time. Thank you, K! Please invite me over again!

What's have you been creating lately? What's your art?


  1. Nice outfits. The green shoes are a beautiful hue. Like the drawings: very pretty and probably contemplative to create. Do you remember back in the old days they used to sell plastic things to make spirals and shapes similar to these? I forget what they were called but I enjoyed playing with them.

  2. THAT top picture has gorgeous colors for you Shelia!

  3. Your art looks so mindful and peaceful. And your leather dress is awesome as all heck. Have a great week ahead. xo

  4. Love your Friday outfit! :)

    I'll often wear things the same way and not notice until I'm looking up the blog either - it does make me wonder if I'm wearing my wardrobe to the best of my abilities though as I have so many pieces I shouldn't have to repeat. It's good to know even the most stylish of us (like yourself!) can repeat a combination now and then :)

    Your artwork is really pretty too - I like that idea, nice way like you said to be a little creative :)

  5. Love the blouse! and the leather jacket. It is a good thing you and I don't shop together...we'd be fighting over the same items.


  6. I don't think it's a problem to wear the same combinations - some tings just look good together (like you and L!) Love the leather dress, and you know I always appreciate a floral print.
    PS I wonder if Ally means a Spirograph? We had a set when I was a kid for creating spiral/circle patterns. xxx

  7. I hope your Stair Challenge is a hit. I can only guess how much work went into it already.
    I love your leather dress look. What really interests me is Zentangling. I didn't know there was a word for it. I'm heading out for my walk and I think might do some detangling of my thoughts. I love your drawing.

  8. Yes, thank you, Curtise! Ally, the brand name is Spirograph, and you can buy a deluxe kit through Toys R Us: - linking 'cause it's cool.

  9. Zentangles are fun and I play around with them sometimes too. There are some very impressive ones to be found online which usually make me feel exceedingly unaccomplished. I have serious footwear envy right now, coveting the shoes and the boots! But then that salamander is so adorable too! Your sartorial collection is always so delightful and I do love it when you wear fruital. xo

  10. Love the leather jacket!!! The floral Docs, too!! Your picture is really cool---you should def get a sketch pad!

  11. That looks like so much fun, and yours turned out so cool!!! Did you use Sharpies and white china???

  12. Rosie, yes, Sharpies! I don't know what "white china" is??

  13. Creating is so much fun, and doing it together is off the scale!
    I adore your swirls and love the sort of glow effect with the colouring in.
    Your artistry isn't restricted to clothing choices.
    Best of luck for the red stair challenge! Sounds intriguing! xo Jazzy Jack

  14. I was the captain of our office Stairclimb team for United Way for a couple of years, and I think it was 26 flights of stairs. Not in good enough shape to do it now without collapsing!

    Lusting after the leather dress! Haven't found any good leather pieces lately.

    Intriguing by the spiral art (I think Shybiker was referring to a Spirograph, which I used to own as a child). I love your finished piece, and it sounds like a very zen thing to do.

  15. Oh I really like how you refer to clothing as armour… I've never thought of it that way but you are so very right, very thought provoking.


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