Monday, March 28, 2016

Bigass Sick Long Weekend: Brunching and Cat Pictures

I'm back again, back to my regular work schedule, and so, back to my regular life schedule. But here are some outfits from the past several days when I was able to drag my sad butt out of bed/off the couch and be in public.

Oh, and there are a lot of cat pictures. You have been warned. 

On Friday, I met up with my bestie Janet for brunch. 
It was a gorgeous sunny day, so I walked (slowly) to town.

  • Jacket - Vero Moda in Blue, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February for the Vintage Fair
  • Top - Abercrombie & Fitch, thrifted; last worn here layered under a leather slip dress
  • Skirt - Oui Set, thrifted; last seen here with matchy arms and legs
  • Boots - BCBG Max Azria; last worn here with my Kenzo tiger dress

I layered a turquoise cami under the lace top.
This jacket sufficed as outerwear - how nice!

The stuff:
I don't make a lot of effort on accessories when I'm sick. Bleh.

  • Turquoise ring/earrings - local
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

 I wandered down to The Patch to see if they had anything interesting. What a shocker! They did!
I am a fan of the colour of this skirt,the high-low hemline, the pleats and the sheerness of it - it has a little fitted stretchy skirt under it to cover all that business (waves airily). It was $12.95 and is by Lauren Conrad, which is a Kohl's brand. We don't have a Kohl's here that I'm aware of, so goodness knows where it came from. It's washable, so I'm happy.

Yes, another white lace top! But this one has longer sleeves, and no pocket and a stripey sporty neckline. It's totally different!
It's by La Vie 89 and was $12.95 also.

I saw this awesome shirt at The Patch months ago, but it was too tight.
I couldn't believe it was still there - and now it fits me! My lucky day!

Also, it's by Ben Sherman, which I know is rather pricey new.
$14.95 for a very gorgeously-made fitted shirt? A teal and purple striped shirt? Yes, please!

Flush with my shopping treasures, I arrived home to find Vizzini anxiously awaiting me.
"La la la...I'm rolling around on the deck."
Not so anxious, but all warm and louche from the sun.
And back to resting pose.
"Is this about the hole in the couch? I don't know anything about that."
My roots were atrocious so no styling for me on Saturday morning.
Brunch, then dyeing. Easy clothes for a brief sojourn to town.

  • Top - Lord & Taylor; last seen here with red leather pants
  • Trousers - Banana Republic, thrifted; first worn here (2nd outfit) for my WW meeting  
  • Shoes - Hispanitas; last worn here with that black leather slip dress again

Not much to it.
Of course, I spilled some oily vegetables on my pants. Gah. I covered it with corn starch when I got home (to draw out the oil). All fine now!

I like this coat at this time of year. It's warm without being heavy.

The stuff:
These shoes are breaking in nicely.

  • Earrings - local

Vizzini was dozing on his post when we got home.
"Are you going to poke at me?"
The post is on the deck permanently now.
"As it should be. Get that camera out of my face, woman!"
Dosed up on medication, I decided to start working on Fiona's fan. I set up my area on the deck table.
My plan is all mapped out - I'll show the full process of the fan once it's done. Here, the blank fan is going to get some layers of watercolour before I start Zentangling on it.

Vizzini likes to hang out with me while I work.
"Lies. I just like to be where the sun is."
He rolls around a lot, looking for attention. He also meows, but I have my mp3 player on and can't hear him.
"I've got all this soft tum, just waiting for you to rub it."
Seconds later, he's spotted the saucer I'm using as my paint palette, and settles into "loaf position."
"I'm getting tuna, I know it!"
When we have tuna, he gets a tiny amount, served on that saucer.

He insisted on investigating further.
"Am I in your way? Not that I care."
He was very purry for about 5 minutes, then hopped down and started harassing me for his dinner.
"You have 4 more minutes, woman. Use them well."
L and I took it easy and played "Arkham Horror" all night. Vizzini assists.
"I sit here now. Games later."
 He chills for a few minutes, then moves along.
"What? Says who?"
He's spotted the camera cord.
"That looks tasty."
Later in the evening, I noticed him out on the deck ledge.
"Intruder alert!"
Probably a moth, not that he catches them. I'd save a lot of my cashmere if he did!
"I'm going to kill that moth----Is that a bird?"
Cats. So easily distracted.

My mom had us and my family over to her place for Easter brunch on Sunday. I made an effort.
And I have purple hair again! Really purple!

  • Top - Hommage, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in February for a theatre outing with Mom
  • Skirt - Lauren Conrad, thrifted; purchase right up there for $12.95
  • Shoes - Eject; purchased here in Vancouver for $149.00

I went to town on the accessories (like I said, I made an effort!). I really liked all the vintage pins clustered along the neckline and the combination of the aqua with the chartreuse shoes. I did my make-up to match - all aqua eyeshadow, oh yeah.
The skirt is quite sheer, although it's not too much so in these pictures. I am grooving on this sheer thing lately; it's a nice way to have coverage, but still show a little somethin', you know?

The stuff:
I did very little walking in these at Mom's, but after we hung out with my brother and his family, L and I went to the pub to meet up with some friends for a long weekend connect. I did walk to and from the pub and these were great shoes. They are actually not that high - subtract the platform from the rather low heel (that piece that comes up at the back makes them look much higher), and you're left with less than a 2" rise. I can totally handle that. Also, because they are leather, all those straps were very comfy (they have elastic hidden on the insides too).

A whole lotta bling goin' on.
A mix of old, new, thrifted and family stuff.

  • Bug brooch - Le Chateau, about 12 years ago
  • Circle lemon-lime brooch and single earring - Grandma J's, vintage 60s
  • Blue brooch and single earring - vintage fair, vintage 60s
  • Gold sparkly ring - consignment
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Blue bracelet - Coro, vintage fair, vintage 60s
  • Green bracelet - vintage 60s, Mom's

We got home as the light was starting to fade.
"Yes, yes, you're home, rah rah."
Vizzini was busy patrolling on the deck.

I crashed early last night, which was a good thing. 6:30am came along awfully fast.
An easy outfit for a quiet Easter Monday (only Friday is a stat here) in the office.

  • Shirt - Ben Sherman, thrifted; purchased above for $14.95
  • Skirt - Mario Serrano, thrifted; last seen here with Visible blues
  • Shoes - Aldo, thrifted; last worn here with leopard and leather

The shirt has a stiff collar that stands up well. Although it has wonderful fitting (and a nice long hem), of course, it pops open at the boobs.
The colours don't really match, but I think they go together sufficiently. I didn't really care too much. Gimme more cold medication!

The stuff:
Nice low shoes. Very low.

No-thinking bling:
I will aim for more effort for tomorrow. 

  • Cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Earrings - 10th anniversary gift from L

I'm linking up with:
On another note, I'm taking a leaf out of some of my blogging friends' books and am working to connect more with y'all through the comments. I've changed the format of the comment view so that you (and I) can reply to a specific comment that will then appear right after that comment in a thread. You can also select to be notified of a response (via email) on any of your comments by ticking the "Notify me" box directly under the comment field. I hope you enjoy these changes! know you want it - another Vizzini picture! 

"I'll bask in the sun and the adoration of my fans."
A very Happy Easter to you all! 


  1. There can NEVER be too much Vizzini!! Glad you are feeling better!

    1. I didn't think so! Thank you, Tamera - great to see you again!

  2. Glad to hear that you are on the mend! That mint color is everywhere in Michigan right now. very pretty.

    1. I'm sure I swore at one point I would never wear this colour...

  3. Hmmmmm. Will your hair go Royal Purple next week?
    LOVE all the cat pix. Never too many!
    Thanks for linking. xxox

    1. Nope, I promise I will incorporate lots of purple into my month - not just my hair!

  4. Hope you are feeling much better Sheila!

    I really like your Easter brunch outfit - the colours and accessories are all wonderful!

  5. Ooh, that new high-low skirt is so great! Hope you're all better by the time you're reading this - and I agree with all the above: never too much Vizzini. His own blog is coming, I can feel it. Love the fresh hair color, thanks for linking, xox


  6. I hope you soon feel less like a wet dish rag! I DO like those chartreuse shoes...the leather wrapped heel really appeals to me. I've been seeing some of those hi/lo hem-lined skirts and dresses in the thrift shops, but wonder if this 68 year old person could really pull it off. Hmmm

  7. Hi Sheila, I'm so pleased to hear that you're well again. New comments format is looking great too. I was a bit worried for a moment when you said about the stain on my, oops, your burnt orange trousers, but you did wonderfully in saving them. (When did you say you'd be returning them?) That entire outfit is my favourite from the mammoth post. I adore that coat, especially paired with those fab shoes. My goodness, I could claim ownership of that whole kaboodle!
    Anna x
    Anna's Island Style

  8. Your Easter Sunday for brunch at your mom's looks so nice. Colors are cute and tener but the garments have an edge to it.

  9. I've been following you for sometime now. Really like the way you show front and back plus the accessories in a separate pic of their own. Your comments below the pics of Vizzini are, ahem, the cat's meow! Great job and Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks, CJ! I really feel like the outfit is more than just the front - it's 360 degrees, right? And I'm sure if Vizzini talked, he would say exactly those words!

  10. Marvelous outfits one and all! I especially like the floral jacket one - and the reminder it gives me to look for more floral jackets myself.

    Fingers crossed that you feel right as rain again really soon.

    ♥ Jessica


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