Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bigass Mid-Week Fun: Conservative Culottes, Authentically Rad Alice, Retro Etro Colours

And I'm back! In case you wondered, we had a major event to attend on Tuesday night, so am catching up today with a mid-week bigass post. Enjoy! 

Tuesday's outfit. Oh, look, I'm so conservative.
Grey wool blazer, a nice buttoned-up blouse, black culottes. Yes, very professional.

  • Blazer - Jaeger, vintage 60s, thrifted; purchased here for $16.95
  • Blouse - CABi, consignment; last seen here in January, layered under a strapless dress
  • Culottes - Jones New York, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in September with lavender and orange
  • Shoes - Queen of Prussia, Louise, Fluevog; last seen here in October 2015 with shiny disco pants

The shoes helped to kick it up a notch.

As did the culottes.
 Really! I'm wearing pants!

The blazer was wonderful to wear - I kept it buttoned up all day.
It was also my only outer wear for the day.

The stuff:
It's a Crime Against Shoe-manity that I haven't worn these fabulous shoes in over a year! For shame, Sheila! They were wonderfully comfy to wear - I know they don't look it, but they are.

  • Brooch - The Bay, early 00s
  • Earrings - Glee

And here...not so conservative! L and I and Elaine went to see Alice Cooper last night! Local review here.
We're standing at the bus stop waiting to go out to the venue. Not as tired as we look!
This is the second time that L and I have seen Alice live; the first time was here in 2008, in Vancouver. He puts on an amazing show!

L and I had to rush home from work, feed Vizzini, quickly eat dinner and then meet Elaine in town to catch the bus to the arena where the show was. We garnered a few looks on the bus, but a lot of people liked our outfits.
Time for one quick picture before we left! L is wearing his tour shirt from 2008, a sweet jacket that I thrifted for him, some zippered jeans, his top hat, a rattlesnake belt buckle (also thrifted by me), and his Swordfish Coopers by Fluevog - yes, they were designed for and named after Alice Cooper!

The three of us at the venue - they served some decent wine!
L has already hit the swag table and is wearing his new Alice button.
Vote for the Wild Party! Vote for Alice for President!

Unlike the last time we saw him in concert, where L and I were the ONLY people dressed up, everyone put on their fun outfits!
Kudos, ladies! These were the most fun looks I saw all night - I had to take their picture.

The spooky "Alice eyes" watched us from the stage.
...and then the curtain dropped! Fireworks! Pyrotechnics!
I'm apologizing in advance for my blurry pictures - my little camera tried very hard. The stage was covered with pumpkins, which are what the orange blobs are.

That's Alice in the striped pants and tux/tails.
He had four guitarists!

Including the blonde lady, Nita Strauss - she was amazing!
Alice changed outfits/pieces of his costume about 15 times during the two-hour solid show. No intermissions! No opening act.

There was a crowd of about 2,200 people (that's a lot for sleepy ol' Victoria).
I can't stand on the floor, though. Too many people in my space, man.

Alice did a lot of deep cuts from his 40+ year career.
And lots of hits too. If you know a song by him, he played it.
He switched to leather pants and a biker jacket.

Then the tux/tails and his classic top-hat.
For "Feed My Frankenstein" he wore some sort of lab coat.
...and then a 12-foot tall Frankenstein monster appeared!
L and I just looked at each other, with our mouths agape.
Never seen that before! It was a completely new show, songlist, everything.

This one's for my friend, Yvonne.
That's Alice doing "Cold Ethyl" and um...nasty things to a (fake) dead body.

All in good fun!
You can't be offended at an Alice Cooper show - he does some outrageous things!

This one I'd seen before - a guillotine!
They chopped off Alice's "head" (for all the atrocities he'd previously committed onstage).

Yup, the nurse is ready to drop the blade!
He also did a tribute to Keith Moon (one of his friends back in the day), David Bowie ("Suffragette City").
The crowd roared when the Lemmy tombstone appeared. The bassist sang a cover of "Ace of Spades" and did an awesome job.

Three pics from when he did "I'm Eighteen".
The whole crows was going nuts, screaming, "and I like it!"
I love seeing female musicians onstage. The dude in the striped shirt is from Victoria!
I don't know why Alice waves a crutch around for this song.

And then there were bubbles.

And giant balloon balls with confetti in them.
When we saw Alice in 2008, the crowd bumped them back to him to pop open with a sword. This crowd didn't seem to get that part - poor Alice only popped one.

A long shot - my view inside this hockey arena.
The encore was "I Wanna Be Elected", a song he always does.
Note the distressed-looking US flag in the background.

Two people in Trump and Hilary outfits duked it out.
(Go, Hilary!).

And here I am at 11:40pm, home on a bus full of drunk concert-goers, looking a little the worse for wear.
All of my outfit is shopped from my closet!

  • Jacket - Le Chateau, thrifted; purchased here for $17.95
  • Blouse - as above, same one I wore to work
  • Pants - Banana Republic, thrifted; first worn here (2nd outfit) in September with fringe
  • Shoes - Half-Truth Veda, Fluevog; last seen here (5th outfit) for my birthday weekend with a red dress

As we were leaving the concert, a woman told us that we were the most "Authentically Rad" people there. Not costumes - these are our real clothes!
I love when I can create magic out of what I've already got.

The stuff:
We had to do some sprinting (for one of the buses), a lot of walking (from the bus stop to the venue), and standing, so comfy shoes were needed. Thank you, John Fluevog, for making such comfortable shoes!

Badass bling:
All the fun, spooky stuff!

  • Hat - Le Chateau, vintage 80s, from L's old boss' wife
  • Scarf - 2006, San Francisco
  • Choker - thrifted
  • Ring - gift from Mom and Dad, around 1986
  • Spider earrings - don't remember

L with his tour shirt.
Classy! I think you still have eyeliner on, L.

We crashed and were both really tired this morning. What to do? Wear a dress! Distract people with colours!
That's a lot of colours.

  • Blouse - Antonella, vintage 80s, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in March with a high waist and leopard
  • Dress - Etro, vintage 90s, thrifted; purchased here for $6.00
  • Shoes - Colour Joanne, Fluevog; last seen here in August with purple and leather

I had tons of compliments on this outfit - the colour really was in your face! I couldn't wait till spring/summer to wear this, so I pulled the orange from the pattern and wore this vintage blouse underneath.
The super-stretchiness of the dress meant that I was constantly having to adjust the blouse (it really wanted to come out of the neckline!), but otherwise it was good.

Matchy outerwear!
Leather coat, wool cap, purple gloves, fur scarf.

The stuff:
Not the most comfortable shoes in the world, but I couldn't ask for a better match to this dress.

Simple bling:
More matchy!

  • Ear-balls - Dior
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

And now...I think I need a nap!


  1. That show looks amazing, such a great setup with all the different events for the different songs. No wonder you had a good time :)

    I really like your bright colours to distract trick - I've done that a few times before too. Your dress reminds me of a piece I used to own, I don't know if I'd have a photo of it but it's long gone now.

    1. It was an awesome show! I love how much effort went into it to make it into such a spectacle.

      Thanks! It works great, doesn't it?

  2. Shame on you for not wearing those shoes in a year- and I love your friend's costume - the one with the knives in it !!!

    1. I didn't even realize! I know, I'm bad, but I will wear them more.

      I didn't know either of those ladies, but I agree, that's the best costume!

  3. I'm loving the first outfit (not so conservative, I think: those culottes!) and your Alice Cooper get-ups! xxx

  4. Rock on Alice Cooper - School's out and all that! Looking scary, and fabulous, Sheila!

  5. The Alice Cooper costumes we fab, and the make up was perfect. I love your conservative ensemble, and think the culottes really ramp it up a bit. My fave part of this post is the wonderful colourful dress and yellow jacket. All those colours are right up my street - I would wear this and be blissfully happy Sheila - hint, hint!
    Have a lovely week x

    1. Thank you! The make-up was done SO fast (literally, 5 minutes), and I had fun pulling things into these outfits. Ha, I thought of you with that last outfit, Anna!


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