Sunday, June 21, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up: Purple Leopard Two Ways; Flowers and Doir; and Tangling in the Park with Mom

This afternoon, as I sit in front of the computer while L watches TV and does the laundry and my lazy cat lolls in the sun, I look at my life and I'm grateful. Things are good. I'm lucky.
But enough of this mushy stuff, what about purple leopard?

  • Cardigan - Conrad C, thrifted; last seen here in February while defeating a Monday
  • Dress - Zac Posen for Lord & Taylor, thrifted; purchased here for $15.99
  • Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last worn here for my Punk Princess party outfit

"Open the door, woman!"
I love the funny details in the backgrounds of my pictures.

L and I cross paths briefly in the morning. We almost always have matching or complementary outfits on - we don't plan it, but we both love to wear colour. L was in a lavender shirt with navy pants and purple and lavender tie. Doesn't he look dashing with his cap and his pointy Fluevogs? He dresses like that every day - I'm so proud that he does that. I love seeing men dressed up!
"Just turn this shiny knob and let me out!"
My dress was a hit with my coworkers, especially the women. I twirled a few times (I have a slim back slip on underneath), and the skirt billowed quite a bit in the wind.

The stuff:
The most comfy shoes ever.

Spiky bling:
It's hard not to go overboard on the accessories sometimes, but I do love all my spiky things.

  • Grommet belt - gift from Ruth
  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Studded cuff - homegrown vintage 80s
  • Earrings - local

The purple leopard in its natural environment:
At my desk at work - my coworker sent this picture to her young daughter who also wore leopard that day. We were twins! Thanks for the picture, Zeudy!

I have a roving wireless headset that I wear at work now, so that I don't miss the intercom when I'm somewhere else in the office (I move around a lot at work. I was told a couple of times that I looked like someone from "The Jetsons" with my weekend hair, ha!

I had Weekend Hair going because - of course - I was going out on Friday night!
I redid my makeup, changed the accessories and shoes, and voila! Ready for Urbanite at the Art Gallery.

  • Dress - as above
  • Shoes - Diesel, consignment; last worn here in April with a high-low skirt 

I ended up working an hour late on Friday night, so I had to rush to get ready in time. This Urbanite was for Jock Macdonald's exhibit "Evolving Form" (AG link). 

"I love you, don't go!"
Someone has been feeling very neglected by L and I not being home all week. He even allowed Elaine to give him a cuddle!

He was also on high alert to bite my fascinator.
 This was a fun and comfy outfit to wear. I had many artsy people cooing over my purple hair.
It was a smaller crowd than normal, but it was a gorgeous evening, and I got to hang out with Elaine and meet fun people. Plus, amazing art!

I put on the same cardi to walk there, and carried my little round purse.
"Wait, are those more hats? With feathers?"
The stuff, part 2:
I adore that these shoes are so funky, but have a 2-inch heel! Yes! Why aren't more shoes made like this? Why do they all have to be 4-inch spikes? I'll settle for a 2-inch spike or even a one-inch kitten heel, thank you. My feet are happy!

Cat-bait bling:
I had to move the fascinator to the right side, because Vizzini kept pulling it off the table.

  • Belt - BCBG Max Azria, consignment
  • Fascinator - Heart's Content
  • Ring - Stone Roses
  • Cuffs and earrings - as above

I was a little headache-y in the morning, but there's nothing like two cups of coffee and running around in the hot sun for two hours to cure what ails ya.
Ulty was back! It was a beautiful sunny morning, and the neighbourhood where we play was swamped with some sort of bike ride, Fern Fest - there were hordes of people. It's usually very quiet. We were invited to play "dodgeball, but with bows and [padded] arrows". Um,  no thanks, I'll stick to Frisbee!

  • Dress - H&M, consignment; last worn here (4th outfit) for Ulty again
  • Shoes - Chie Mihara; last seen here in April with lock & key pants

I love the loose cut of this dress. It's minimal effort with maximum results.
Our bags of Ulty gear: traffic cones to delineate the field, practice discs, cleats, hats, shirts and water
Life is in the background.
After Ulty, we had brunch, then I headed to the Vic Theatre to meet up with Cat and Elaine for "Dior and I" (movie website link here), a fascinating look at Raf Simon's first collection as the director of the iconic fashion house. It was amazing to watch how these incredible dresses come to be, through the vision of the designer and the team of sewers - you see how very much the people who physically MAKE the dresses are so much a part of the creative process. Recommended!

The movie features a house where the walls have been covered with real flowers - my dress totally reminded me of it. What a happy coincidence.

The stuff:
No stuff except for the most comfy shoes. I was sweaty and maybe a bit stinky by the time we finished the movie, grabbed a drink and headed our separate ways.

After a shower and dinner, L and I finally got to hang out together - it's been ages!

This morning, I was up early - Mom and I had a date!
Since I bought her a bunch of Zentangling stuff for her birthday, we've had a day planned where we head outdoors to a park, and sit and draw and just hang out. It's my favourite kind of day.

  • Dress - Hale Bob; last seen here back in August 2014 for a trip to the Ulty field (I'm sensing a theme)
  • Cami - not tracked
  • Cropped jeans - Contrast; last worn here in September 2014 with zigzags 
  • Clogs - Born, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in April for a stroll to town

I love this dress, but it's extremely see-through and kind of shapeless. However, it's all 100% silk, and is very thin and drapey. Why not belt it and make it into a tunic? I'm a freakin' genius!

I also forget that I own a few pairs of these things they call "pants".
Oh yeah! I have white clamdiggers/pedal pushers, etc.

The stuff:
Shoes L hates, but I not-so-secretly love.

Cat-bait bling:
Vizzini was mawing all over these. No cuddling for him until I took them off.

  • Earrings - consignment, local
  • Ring - late 90s

We were going to 'tangle downtown, but it was Car Free day, so we ended up at Beacon Hill Park.
Park selfie!

We sat in the shade of the Gary Oak meadow, with other picnickers and kids playing on the swings.
It was perfect.

I'm starting a new fan for my friend Cat - she loves tulips, so I searched for some inspiring images online. I thought this photo of real tulips was proportioned well for a fan.
I've done more than just an outline, but I'll save those pictures until I'm done, so you can the progress. Plus, I don't want to spoil it for Cat!

Mom added shading to her first tile - that's the trickiest part.
Then she created the multi-coloured one on the right. We sat and drew for 2 hours - what a fabulous way to spend the morning. Afterwards, we went for lunch. Thanks, Mom!

When I got home, Vizzini was rolling around in the sun.
"Rub my tummy!"
Of course, I did!
"Now sit down so I can sleep on you."
Very soon, buddy!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!


  1. Fun post. Purple leopard? Yumm. And you can twirl at work? I'm jealous. :-)

  2. Love how you've worn the dress as a tunic at the end there - really nice way to get some more wear out of something you own.You are so good at remixing your wardrobe, it's very inspiring! :) I love your leopard outfits for work and for your night out too - great use of accessories!

  3. I can see why that dress would be a hit - and I too have to laugh at Vizzini in the back!
    You know, what you mention about men dressing up is so true, whenever we go out it seems like very few men make an effort to look dressed up. I love seeing them in trousers and ties and even suspenders !

  4. The purple leopard print works beautifully with your weekend hair. Cats and feathers... no, they can't resist! And I have to say I love the clogs that L hates! xxx

  5. Love, Love, Love you in the purple leopard and weekend hair!! Are you not able to wear "weekend hair" to work, or would it be a bit much in your office? The up-swoop looks so good on you!

    I wish I could get my mother interested in something like Zentangle. She needs something to focus on other than who is sick or has died in the small town she lives in!

    L is such a dapper dresser - a man who has interesting personal style, and likes to dress up is a keeper.

  6. Shelley, thank you! I wear my "weekend hair" on a Friday if I'm going out that night, but I prefer to save it for special occasions. If I'm wearing it like that every day, it's not special to me anymore. Maybe one day! It's not a rule at work or anything, though.

  7. I dare say you look amazing in anything, but that leopard look is winner of the year. No doubt about it.


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