Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekend Wrap-Up: Spotted in Lilac; Bronze Shoes and Inked In Tattoo; Theatre With Mom; and Camo and Florals (and Cat Pictures)

I wouldn't describe this weekend as a whirlwind, as everything has been rather mellow; however, many things happened! 

First up, I missed what may have been our last Ulti game of the year to get my tattoo coloured in (line-work done here back in August). I've been so excited to get this done! 
I wore clothes that were loose, comfortable (lots of stretch) and good for lying on a table.

  • Kimono top - Urban Renewal; last seen here in June with Shoes My Husband Hates
  • Sleeveless sweater - INC, consignment; first worn here in August with a "flame on" outfit
  • Skirt - Un Deux Trois, thrifted; last worn here in July with orange
  • Shoes - Chi Mihara; last seen here (4th outfit, after all the travel pics) with yellow and the last of a silk dress

This lilac kimono top/jacket thing doubled as a blanket for me while Mason worked on my arm - I'm always cold when I'm just lying there.
I just can't go for a tattoo in yoga pants and a tank top (as most people do, I've observed). I still have to dress nice! And good thing I did, as you'll see shortly!

The stuff:
Comfy shoes for walking to and from my session. A stretchy belt for easy removal (I admit, I forgot about this, and discovered it while rooting around in a hatbox).

  • Belt - thrifted
  • Necklace - thrifted
  • Earrings - thrifted

While I was getting ready in the morning, Vizzini was proclaiming dominion over my closet.
"This is my space, full of good things to eat."
He is not allowed in there unsupervised.

As mentioned, good thing I dressed up! Sharon - a lovely long-time reader of Ephemera - spotted me in Floyd's dinner, having my pre-tattoo breakfast fuel-up!
Her husband, Paul, took our picture. They are visiting Victoria all the way from Canberra, Australia! What great timing and awesome that they went to Floyd's (because they read about it here)! Thank you so much for saying hello, Sharon, and so nice to meet you both! I felt like a celebrity, and had a glow all day.

I was a few minutes early for my appointment with my tattooist, Mason LaRose at Painted Lotus, so I quickly popped into Footloose Shoes to see if any of their "last pairs" called to me - would there be anything? Um, silly question!
These wonderful bronze leather beauties were regular $228.00 marked down half price to $114.00 - the toe on one of them had a scuff where the bronze patina had worn off. I knew L and I had some antique gold model paint, so I daubed a bit on and you can't even tell there was a scuff.

These are by Miista, and they are incredibly comfortable.
I can't wait to wear these! L was jealous, as these are right up his alley, too.

Almost 3 hours later, here we go, right arm coloured.
The brightness of the colours will tone down a bit over the next couple of weeks as it heals up, but I am thrilled with it. I love how the blue pops the yellow, and the soft terra cotta colour on the banner.

While I was being worked on, I took my glasses off (ah, fuzzy world, so nice) and watched the clouds scuttle by through the skylight in the roof. I saw a helicopter go right over us - I realized later that it was probably the Royals (Kate and Wills, news link) flying right over me! They flew from the downtown helijet pad to Government House's private pad to avoid clogging up residential neighbourhoods (like mine - thank you!).
It's looking pretty good, healing-wise, already, not a lot of plasma weeping, although my arm is quite swollen.
I'll be wearing clothes that cover it up all week while it heals, until it's in a state for public viewing. I have my next session booked for the left arm's line-work!

Saturday was a rush. After that trauma (I say trauma because tattoos DO hurt, and it takes a toll on your body), I had 30 minutes to get changed to go to the theatre with Mom.
I had trouble getting the jacket on, but the tight sleeves helped me keep my arm rigid during the play.

  • Jacket - Comrags, thrifted; last worn here for Canada Day in July
  • Sleeveless sweater - INC, consignment; same as above
  • Skirt - Alex Coleman, vintage 70s, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in July with lace for brunch 
  • Shoes - Wonders Ayers, Fluevog aka "the Fluevog Vizzinis", customized by Vizzini and me; last seen here in June with pink paisley

The play was the Belfry Theatre's production of "The Last Wife" (local paper's review here), based on Catherine Parr's marriage to King Henry VII, but modernized in setting, costume and dialogue (noted as very colloquial in the reveiw). Both Mom and I really enjoyed it. But it was 3 hours, and that is a long time - every so often I was distracted by a wave of pain.

I had to get another wear out of this fabulous vintage cotton skirt. It's just so gorgeous.
Slits on either side make it great for walking to and from the theatre and pub, where we went afterwards for dinner. I very much deserved a big glass of wine by then!

The stuff:
I'll probably do something else with these shoes at some point (you can find out why I painted a pair of Fluevogs here;why Vizzini's not allowed unsupervised in my closet). I still really like them, so they're keepers and will go in to storage next weekend.

Pink bling:
Matchy! Tassle-y!

  • Belt - thrifted
  • Earrings - consignment

I was very excited to recognize one of the actors in the play from TV! Sean Baek (IMDB link here) plays Fancy Lee in Killjoys (link), one of my favourite sci-fi shows.
And woo, he is a very handsome man! There was a brief nudity scene near the end of the play, so we got to see his bum, tee hee. *fans self*

By the time I got home it was dark, and apparently, Vizzini had wasted without me at home, and only L for company (I suspect some cudding went on).
"You should give me kitty treats."
Lies! L already gave them to you, Vizzini!

L and I spent a chill evening playing board games, but I was up early Sunday/today to remove all the bandages and start maintenance of my tattoo. I made about a 10% effort with my outfit, but thought I would show you all anyway, as I really liked the pant/boot combo.
I have to wash my arm every couple of hours today, so a sleeveless top was required. I actually sleep in this t-shirt, ha ha.

  • T-shirt - Smoking Lily, not longer tracked, had it since January 2013 (here, ha, me with blonde hair)
  • Camo pants - Gap, consignment; just worn here on Friday
  • Boots - Doc Martens, consignment; last seen here in December 2015 for Christmas shopping in my tentacle coat (seriously, it's awesome)
  • Coat (below) - Smoking Lily, not tracked; had it since February 2012 (here, me with dark red hair)

Completely no frills - and no make-up! - but I'm feeling powerful, can you tell? I love how the floral combat boots go with the camo pants. I think I'll have to wear this sweater with this combo, agreed?

It ended up being too warm, but the soft inside fleece of this heavy cotton coat was welcome.
This is called the "octo-coat" because those are printed octopi (or octopusses?) on it.

It's been too warm to wear these for months, but I love them and keep them out year-round. I didn't wear any accessories at all - not even earrings!

Vizzini was excited about something on the deck this morning.
"Acorns! They're falling everywhere!"
He seems to think that thumping his tail on the glass will keep the acorns from dropping.
"You get back on that tree right now!'
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  1. OMG, your newly colored-in art is exquisite! Love the kimono too, and of course those floral boots. A garden of delights from you as always. Oh hey, V! xox


  2. Heal quickly, my dear! And enjoy your new art. And those fabulous new loafers.

  3. OMG! So much colour! And beautiful long skirt, boots, photos...great post! Have a beautiful week, Sheila. xx

  4. Your color is gorgeous! The autumn colors are original and beautiful.

    I'm amazed that you can maintain decorum (read: wear real clothes) during your tattoo.

    I am an utter slob for sessions on my chest-to-hip tattoo--a tank top because a bra leaves ridges and yoga pants so the artist can get to my hip. And then one of my husband's ratty t-shirts when I'm slinking out of the shop. Sigh.

    1. Thanks, Velma! The colours will fade out a bit - I was actually hoping for a bit brighter, but this more subtle look is growing on me. Hee, I try to wear something sleeveless but other than that, I'm out and about and people see (and recognize!) me. I can't imagine having the rib/hip area done. Yowtch, that is some soft skin there. You are braver than I.

    2. I should try to do a little better with my tattoo attire--maybe especially for the "walk of shame" back to the car. This time I had a bulky bandage over one boob. Not a great fashion moment! :-)

      I love your colors, particularly the moss green and the sienna in the banner. The color scheme is a bit antiquarian, in keeping with the poem. Yes, the ink will settle a bit and mellow. Does your artist do a free touch-up at the end? You could ask for a few brighter touches then if you're still wishing for more vivid tones.

    3. I don't drive, so it's walk or bus everywhere - and because I often get recognized, I now try to put my best foot forward, even for a tattoo!

      Thanks! You know, I may eventually go back to red hair (it's kind of my default), and these colours will work really well with that. I'll wait and see how the red rose on the other arm looks before I consider touching up with brights. No, I've never had an artist do anything for free! Wow, that would be sweet. You will have send me some pics of your tattoos, Velma (if you wish, of course) - my email is in my Blogger profile. :)

    4. I'll send you a photo of my sketch later. It's fun to have someone to chat with who is on a similar schedule with multiple sessions.

      Mine is about the same size as a full sleeve (estimating about 20 hours to complete), and I've only done two sessions (8 hours)--so not much to share in a photo just yet. Black. Lots of black. :-)

    5. Deal! Wow, that's a lot of work. The whole concept of multiple sessions for a single piece is fairly new to me - my previous tattoos were all done in single sessions (up to 6 hours, yikes, how did I do it??). Looking forward to seeing it, Velma!

  5. That is a rather marvellous tattoo - and I do admire the bravery involved!

    I loved your pink maxi skirt, pink shoes and those wonderful floral boots. It's good to go without make up now and then and you look just as good without it.

    Hope you heal quickly and have a great week


    1. Aw, thanks, Veronica! Wow, you are too kind - but I also like my face without make-up. It's a good reminder that I don't really NEED it.

  6. Your weekend sounds even more of a whirlwind than mine. I didn't go and have a tattoo done, for one. Of course, you had to dress up for it. I really cannot think of many occasions where you don't have to dress up. Dressing up is fun! I'm loving the colours of your tattoo, although I'm not much of a tattoo person myself. Oh, and my Phoebe is never allowed in my closet, especially not with the shoes. She's known to do some nasty business on them! xxx

    1. I dress up for everything, or at least I dress for everything. I don't like being sloppy when I'm in public - you never know who you will see! Yes, I learned the hard way with Vizzini. He doesn't pee/poop on our stuff, just chews everything!

      Thanks so much!

  7. Catching up... THANKS for the shopping trip... they LOVED my new dress at the wedding!! LOVE IT TOO!!
    So many awesome outfits on here... You have such awesome taste and ideas. GREAT camo outfit.. so fun. Looks like you've been busy my friend and your arm is looking colorful and beautiful... it turned out fantastic!! I love my new loafers by the way... soooo comfy I could wear them every single day. Photos to come soon hah hah

    1. You're so welcome, Jodi! Glad the dress was a hit, and I'm sure you looked stunning. Glad your purchases worked out!

  8. I really need to wear my kimonos belted for something different, I really like the look of it in your first outfit!

    It's so nice that you met someone from Australia too, yey!

    Your maxi skirt outfit for the play is probably my favourite as you know I love maxi skirts. Your tattoo looks great too, worth the pain and trauma!

    1. I find it's too much fabric on me if I don't belt it - it overwhelms my frame. I know, I thought of you! Woo, fans from Australia! Yup, I'm a fan too - happy to wear a nice long skirt! Thanks so much - tattoos are always worth it to me.

  9. We are off to see the play at The Belfry this week...hope your tattoo heals quickly...lots of lovely colours and a great message. You are so much braver than I could ever be!

    1. I hope you enjoy it - it has quite an overt feminist message, but that's the point. Thank you, L!

  10. That first look to go get your tattoo worked on is fabulous and I have to say that you are probably the best dressed person at the tattoo parlour :) I loved the greys and the textures.
    Your outfit to go to the theatre is also beautiful - the bright colors and those tassel earrings are A+

    1. I 100% was the best dressed, and I'm so glad I dressed up, since I ran into a fan! Thank you so much!

  11. Nice ink, and I like the sentiment behind it. I think you look both adorable and badass in your camo pants and docs. Love the vintage maxi skirt; I still get dressed up to go to the theatre too, but it seems that only us "old folks" do that anymore.

    1. Thanks, so much, Shelley! Well, us oldsters will just have to lead the charge to dress up for events.

  12. And the camo boots/doc martin combo works perfectly....totally up my alley. along with this new tattoo, the whole ensemble moves perfectly between comfy, sexy and edgy. YES!

  13. Sorry, one more comment:)

    To think that you ran into PAUL AND SHARON FROM AUSTRALIA as well! Talk about bringing the world together!

    1. Hey, I love comments, no complaints here. :) I know, isn't that amazing! So cool to run into a fan halfway across the world.

  14. OK Sheila, we're friends and I know I can be honest with you. I'm not a fan of tattoos on anyone, BUT I can really see the attraction when I look at this work of art. The colours are so vivid and skillfully applied with all of those highlights and shadows. It does look fab on you, so congrats for changing my very black and white view of this.
    And it'll be no surprise to you when I say my favourite outfit of the weekend is the camo/boots combi. Those boots are the perfect ploy here. I'd wear this whole outfit in a shot. Hope all's going well with the healing. (Will find out in a minute, now that I've got a whole week to catch up on!)
    Anna x

    1. That's totally cool, Anna - I know tattoos are not everyone's cup of tea. It took me 20 years to get my first! Glad you enjoyed the camo + floral - it was surprisingly fun!

  15. Hi Sheila, We are back in Australia but I just wanted to say it was so nice to meet you and that we really enjoyed our time in Victoria it is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for putting my photo up. Now I feel like a celebrity. Sharon xx

    1. Hi, Sharon! So happy to hear from you again - and so awesome to meet you both! Glad you enjoyed your stay, and bask in the glow, darlin' - you ARE a celebrity! Thank you so much for saying hello!


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