Thursday, May 5, 2016

Letting Go in Copper Leather and Teal Lace

I have a very busy weekend of family stuff going on, so I'll be back on Monday. That's about 6 years in the blogging world - what if everyone forgets about me? Maybe I should wear something shiny?
That's pretty shiny.

  • Leather top - Asos, thrifted; purchased here last month for $16.95
  • Skirt - L'Wren Scott for Banana Republic, thrifted; purchased here for $4.00 
  • Shoes - Down to Earth Hadfields, Fluevog; last worn here in January with origami

I adore this top, although I realize it might be a little much for most people. I felt like I had soft, warm leather armour on all day. Such a great feeling, like I was protected from the world. 

I have been working on doing things for my mental health over the past several months, like letting go of things I can't control. Not being "the fixer" all the time. Going to bed earlier and reading more. And it's paying off, I feel calmer and more serene (I'm sure that will last, ha). Today, I was calm in chaos. And in a way, this top helped. Clothing as armour.

I was a little warm at times in the top (the lining is a very soft satin, but doesn't breathe), but overall, it was just awesome to wear. Won't this look fabulous with my magenta pants? And you know I have matching shoes...

Don't forget my racing stripe.
First wear of the skirt as well - it's a bit big on me and spun when I walked, which always drives me a little insane. I did wear nylons today, though, so it may be better bare-legged. We shall see - I've got my eye on you, lace skirt, despite your gorgeous colour.

The stuff:
I walk miles in my men's shoes. My WW group was shocked that I wasn't in heels.

Black and gold bling:
I'd forgotten about that leather and chain wrap.

  • Wrap - local
  • Bracelet - Trifari, vintage 70s, thrifted
  • Earrings - vintage fair

 Vizzini was glaring at me last night as I made dinner.
His tail wasn't moving.

And this morning, there he was, glaring at me again.
"I'm in the mood to destroy something of yours."
He probably just wants some cuddles.

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Yesterday, May the Fourth be With You. Today, Revenge of the Fifth!

    What a fun top. Very visible armour.

    1. I've never heard of Revenge of the Fifth, Cindy - I love it! Thank you!

  2. I know exactly what you mean about "blogging world time", but promise you that I for one could never forget you, my stylish friend. Your blog is one of the highlights of my online week and a ceaseless source of fashion inspiration.

    Many hugs & happy weekend wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

    1. Aw, thank you, Jessica. I really appreciate your kind words.

  3. You are braver than me by a mile. Or, to put it in terms you might understand, several kilometers. I could never wear anything this eye-catching... but I envy you doing so. Secretly, many of us live vicariously through you.

    1. Lol, I grew up with miles, so I know both. You COULD wear this - it's just a piece of clothing. Remember, "fake it till you feel it" goes for confidence!

  4. Hey Sheila,
    I thought this might be the perfect time to introduce myself and tell you just how fabU you are! I've been a HUGE fan of your blog for years now. You send me to the moon with your ensembles and life stories. I will would never forget to check in and see what you are up to. I know blogging is takes tons of time and thought, etc. So thank you, from the moon (smile). Cheers.

    1. Wow, thank you so much for commenting, Leslie - you really made my day! So nice to meet you after all these years - you have seen a lot! I really appreciate your visits. Rock on!

  5. Lovely to see this top on you, it looks so awesome and shiny! :)

    It's good your taking time for yourself too Sheila. It's not always easy or convenient to focus on ourselves, but it is often sorely needed and can make a world of difference. Even the little things can add up to make a big difference.

  6. I almost never comment, but follow and love always. Those shoes are among my favorites!

  7. woooweee thats one funky top!! So funky alright.. and I love the zipper detail on the back. You pull this off perfectly!! Have a super weekend! J

  8. I'm glad your self attention is paying off. It's so hard to pull back from stuff.
    I am having a hard time letting go of the things I should be able to control, like my closet. And that makes me feel a little outta control. I'm making progress but I hope I feel more calm (typed clam by mistake, heh) soon.
    Clothes as armour, this is a mighty shield of a top!! WOW. Love it, Sheila. I bet you can fly in that too.

  9. You look shiny like a bright new star in that awesome top Sheila. But that ol' spinning skirt doesn't bode well.. I'm working on that personal stuff too. Reading lots to help find my way forward, and will be writing about it on my blog soon as it all kicks in. Hope you have a brilliant weekend off x

  10. I love, love your mental health practices - esp giving up being the "fixer." "It's not my circus" I often have to say to myself, and not my monkey. Love this stand-out look and those fab floral shoes. xox


  11. That is a something else top! Wonderful! I love the skirt and shoes. A smashing outfit, Sheila - as always!

    Have a lovely week


  12. Mental health is sometimes forgotten about - its great to know you're making efforts on letting go and staying calm. I have been too. It's not as easy as it sounds but it does pay off. Hugs.

  13. Self care is so important. I learned to be a "fixer" very early in my life, and I've worked hard to let that go (at least for the most part). I have found that I'm a much better at it the older I get. I have a copy of the Polish proverb "Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys" that Patti references by my desk at work.


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