Hey! Check this out! I have been immortalized in another one of Anne M. Bray's (of SpyGirl!) fabulous sketches! This one is for "Emerald" and she's featured me in my glorious green dress that I wore for my work Christmas party last month. We might be seeing this dress again soon!
|Thank you so much, Anne! I am so honoured to have a sketch!|
Okay, are you ready for lots of pictures? It's been a busy extended weekend of holiday and travel and shopping!
First, a very Merry Christmas from me and Vizzini.
|"This is so undignified, woman!"|
|"I told you, no more pictures!"|
This is my travel outfit - I wore the same thing each way, all day on Christmas Eve and most of the day on Boxing Day for the return trip.
- Dress - Kensie, consignment; last seen here in November for our shopping trip to Sidney
- T-shirt underneath - Calvin Klein, not tracked (I only wear it around the house at home)
- Boots - Indigo by Clarks; last worn here in November with a leopard 70s vibe
Vizzini watched me getting ready.
|"Wait, is that your backpack? Are you going somewhere?"|
I always take a bunch of pictures of Vizzini before we leave so that I can look at them when/if I miss the cat.
|"Maybe Santa will bring me a new mousie."|
|"A live bird would be nice too."|
I swapped out my teal dress for this striped one for Christmas day.
- Dress - Jacob, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in October for my birthday week
- Belt - Aldo, thrifted
- Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L
At home I'm a maximalist. I'm not sure how that happened.
Road trip! I always like to share pictures of where I live, for the readers who aren't familiar with Canada's west coast. I live on an island! A really big one, Vancouver Island (here, for a visual) - not to be confused with Vancouver the city, which is on the mainland. We live in Victoria, on the southern tip of the island. It takes us about 3 hours to drive to the ferry at Comox.
We started out in Victoria with sunny skies.
The Malahat is a narrow stretch of highway cut out of solid rock, with cliff faces on one side, and a drop-off of hundreds of feet to the ocean inlet on the other side.
The moss-laden trees as we passed Goldstream Provincial Park.
Streaky clouds as we zoom past the summit.
Now we're past Duncan, a small-ish town.
My favourite big-handed gnome! I caught this shot on the way up.
More trees, more highway, past Nanaimo now...
Yup, we have snow on the ground here.
We stopped for gas in Comox and I took a picture of a classic local scene.
We made it to the ferry docks in plenty of time.
No tree up on the top deck this year.
This was a very full run, but we got there early, so we loaded early.
Now, leave the car and go above-decks to chill for an hour and a half while we cross to PR.
Now I'm here, in the forward lounge, where we both read and listened to our headphones.
|We also recycle on the ferry|
Sailing over, it's getting dark - nearly 4pm.
We checked into the hotel and went to L's mom's place.
Louise's little table-top tree.
We had dinner with Louise, then met up with our friend Kelly for drinks. In the morning, L and I did our stockings. This is what I got!
- A new coffee mug
- A bunch of fancy mini vodkas
- Lots of chocolates
- Adele's new album
- Graphic novels and books
- A new Zentangle book
My big gifts were under the tree, opened at his Mom's place.
L had a necklace picked out for me in a vintage/consignment store we both like to visit, but didn't want to spend money on a piece I wouldn't like. I checked it out with him, disliked his selection, but spotted both of these awesome necklaces and fell in love.
I have been looking for a bigass turquoise necklace for forever! The largest bead is about 2 inches long, and this weighs a ton. This was $195.00.
I also got this fabulous rock crystal necklace.
This one was $95.00. These were in the same case (so consigned by the same person), and are likely handmade (they have the same clasp). They are both really heavy/chunky and not to everyone's taste, I know. Good thing I like gaudy, oversized, "look at me!" pieces, heh heh.
Christmas day was fine - the usual. We were up early to catch the first ferry home on Boxing Day.
Yikes! It's not looking good in Courtenay!
Thank goodness, it cleared up north of Nanaimo, and aside from a few rain pockets, it was smooth and clear (although cloudy) all the way home.
Hey, did you figure out what they say about a gnome with large hands?
I like this bridge just outside of Duncan.
These mountains with the snow on them are actually in Washington State, to the south of us.
L and I hung out on Saturday night and spent time with Vizzini. On Sunday, I headed to town to get groceries, have lunch with Elaine and do a little thrifty shopping.
- Sweater - Le Chateau, thrifted; last worn here for Valentine's Day in February
- Dress - Danier, thrifted; last seen here in November with ruffles and brocade
- Booties - Dirty Laundry, thrifted; last worn here a week ago to finish up my holiday shopping
|"Peace out, yo!"|
I have had good luck with jackets in the past few days! Elaine and I checked out Flavour Upstairs.
I really love this black sparkly coat.
It had a thread hanging down when I was taking the picture.
|"What ho! What is this little tasty tidbit?"|
We also stopped in at Heart's Content in Fan Tan Alley, where I found these black lace anklets.
Today, L and I went for brunch, then braved a few stores. His mom gave us each some money to buy ourselves "something nice".
- Lurex top - no label, thrifted; first seen here in November when our trees fell down
- Skirt - Strawberry Jill, thrifted; first worn here in September with ruffles and lace (and these same boots)
- Boots - Mini Babycakes, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in November with plaid
I went to Dots while L shopped for CDs. Although I don't shop there anymore (I prefer second-hand), since the money wasn't mine, I figure Louise (or her money) can shop wherever she likes.
I scoped out the super-cheap clearance section. What! Another faux-fur crazy jacket?
I also really liked this kimono-style jacket in a soft grey-lavender shade.
Check out the groovy fabric.
L needed some new clothes, so we went to the Guess store (they are funky enough for him). I spotted this cool floral draped blazer in the extra-50%-off clearance section.
And you, my friends and readers? How was your Christmas? Did you get anything cool?
I will be back later on this week! I have a few adventures planned for my week off, as well as a fab New Year's party.
Great post, Sheila. Anne's sketch is beautiful. Your stocking looks like Robin's -- I also bought her Adele and a coffee mug.ReplyDelete
Oh, I feel like I was on the road trip with you. How many times have I done the highway between here and Toronto?... It's almost the same view. Looks like a satisfying Christmas. So many goodies. And I love your new faux fur!! I got a camera remote, not necessarily a Christmas gift, but a much-loved gift just the same. The sketch by Anne is AWESOME!!ReplyDelete
What a fun post to read. I live in the states, in Nebraska (the prairie) and I love to see your travel adventures. I am also a maximalist when in comes to clothing and I love your taste! Cheers!ReplyDelete
So many awesome pressies and outfits and purchases to comment on I don't know where to begin! Glad you had such a fantastic Christmas and weekend!ReplyDelete
I liked getting to see how you wore that belt too - gave me some ideas for how to wear my similar one, once the baby bump is gone of course!
Hope you have a wonderful new year.
Another memorable road trip - the gnome with huge hands! Vizzini's shocked face when he realizes you're leaving : <ReplyDelete
Wonderful shopping as per always - love the kimono jacket and your new roses jacket too. Enjoy the rest of your vacation! xox
What a jam packed, incredibly cool holiday season post - by far one of the most enjoyable, detailed and engaging of the season for me (not the least of which is because I recognized so many places on your travels from my own trips through those areas). Thank you for taking us along on your great Christmas road trip. I had a blast!ReplyDelete
Huge hugs & joyful New Year's countdown wishes!
Gosh, that was a lot to read and enjoy. And enjoying I did. I love your cat and cat remarks. I have a cat too and can totally understand your love for it. Outfits: what can I say? I love all of them. Really I do. I think you are a marvellous stylist. You know how to mix and match, what will work on you and what not. I am still learning (fortunately getting a lot of help haha). The necklaces you got for Christmas are beautiful. I love chuncky necklaces too. I must have at least 25 of them. Or 50. Don't know.ReplyDelete
Thank you for showing your road photos. Living in a very crowded country this vastness is all strange and new to me.
Having a drawing by Anne the Spygirl... terrific (I am hoping for years, but our connection is too fragile I presume). I am going to check out that emerald dress.
Have a fantastic 2016 Sheila.
Thanks for taking us all along on your road trip - it was so illuminating. I loved the dress/Christmas tree on the boat. Also love your fancy Fluevog boots, but most of all your fluffy jacket. The drawing looks wonderful - what an amazing reminder of this elegant gown. (I've recently bought an emerald green gown to wear next month when we go on our cruise. Thought I might wow everyone at the Captain's party. Will post about it in due course.) Vancouver island is mighty big compared to Tresco island (one mile wide by two miles long). Looks like you had a great Christmas xReplyDelete
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I look forward to seeing you wear the Club Monaco dress - and what a trip you had !ReplyDelete
Lorena, that's not a dress, it's a coat. I wore it yesterday!ReplyDelete