Monday, May 29, 2017

I Should Know This...About Poppies

Being a highly visible person, complete strangers often feel moved to share odds and ends of things with me. Today, I was in an office supply store, ordering a fan for our party this weekend, when a woman (another customer) informed me that, "Poppies are the national flower of Bhutan."
 "You should know that if you're going to be wearing poppies," she said. I felt like saying I was wearing poppies for the US Memorial Day (happy holiday, US peeps!) since the Canadian military holiday (Remembrance Day) uses poppies as its symbol, but sometimes you just don't want to engage that far with strangers. They can get...stranger.

  • Cardigan - Gap, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) a week or so ago over Spanish ladies
  • Sweater tank - INC, consignment; last worn here in September 2016 under my grey/purple kimono for a tattoo session
  • Skirt - Premise, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in September 2016 for a Saturday brunch
  • Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last worn here (4th outfit) in March with my velvet cheongsam for our anniversary dinner

Also, Bhutan's national flower is the BLUE poppy, and my skirt is red poppies. So there, strange lady!
 Aside from that startling exchange, it was just another Monday. Busy, then quiet, busy, then quiet.
 I just swooshed serenely about the office in my Swoosh Factor 9 skirt, twirling and whooshing (yes, I also make sound effects).

The skirt is a little big in the waist, so I fixed it.
 There is very little a safety pin won't fix.

The stuff:
 Hooray for comfy shoes! These are one of my favourite pairs, but they are starting to get worn out (especially around the toes). I had to touch up the point with a felt pen this morning (I'm so classy).

Silver bling:
Things I like.

  • Necklace - thrifted
  • Bangle - Glee
  • Earrings - Tanya Gleave

Do you ever get "helpful" comments from strangers? Or is it just me?


  1. You are not the only one Shelia! I have no idea why some people feel the need to tell a complete stranger certain things! I am a preschool teacher and was out for a walk with the kiddos the other day, and this lady pulled over, rolled her window down and proceeded to inform me how I should be using a rope for them to all hold on to! Even the kids were like what is this lady doing and why is she talking to us haha! Loved your denim dress by the way! I can't believe you made it all week in pants! I bet you are so happy flowing in your red poppy skirt!

    1. Maybe it's their way of testing the waters before they tell their loved ones this stuff?? See how a stranger reacts? Thank you so much, sp! I am so happy to be back in skirts, for sure!

  2. Hooray for the safety pin! And skirts with sound effects. I love poppies, whether they're real flowers or printed on a garment. I wore a poppy dress only last week! xxx

  3. Glad to know another classy gal-I use markers on my shoes, too! Great outfit, as always. And yes, strangers do share information-I had a lady tell me about her cheating first husband, her current husband, her kids ... and this was in the checkout line at Sam's. I'd never seen her before or since...

    1. LOL, what a classy pair we are, Betty! Thank you! Strangers can be so...strange!

  4. Ok I could have been that stranger. Sometimes I am compelled to speak to total strangers that seem nice and welcoming :)
    Fab skirt She !

    1. I do that to, but I don't think my comments are odd, hee hee. Thank you!

  5. That is a beautiful skirt and I have been both the random stranger and someone who's been approached by a random stranger, haha! I've tried to compliments strangers on their outfit or a piece in their outfit then suddenly get awkward and feel like I've imposed so maybe sharing a fact was her way to feel less weird? Maybe she wanted to tell you how nice your skirt was :)

    I have perfected the 'uh-huh' smile and nod for unsolicited advice from strangers which seems to happen a lot with little ones - I use the same face for 'weird' comments from strangers haha!

    1. Thanks! I love the idea of the "uh huh" smile. I get more comments on my hair than anything else I wear. It was odd.

  6. Sometimes strangers are weird.

    I like how you paired the poppy skirt with an orange cardi - it looks really good together.


  7. I am amazed at some of the stuff people are comfortable telling a stranger, especially when it's related to something they're wearing. I love the swishy-ness of the skirt and the colour of the cardigan is perfect with the floral print.

  8. Safety pins and marker pens - such are the essentials of the modern day fashionista! The skirt is truly lovely and what could be nicer than swooshing about all day in this?

    Strangers can indeed be quite strange...

    Anna x

    1. Yup, there's not much you can't fix with a safety pin! Thank you, Anna!


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