Sunday, October 29, 2017

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Friday Flounces, Spooky Neutrals, Shiny Party Dress

Well, it has been a weekend! I have three fun outfits to show you - and I spent my Fluevog gift cards finally, bought a crazy skirt, and had a fun time at my second birthday party! You ready? Let's go!

Friday's outfit would be my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style, but she is taking the week off while she visits NYC. I was certainly visible! 
 Yes, a repeat of this top already!

  • Top - Beechers Brook, thrifted; first worn here a week ago with casual denim
  • Skirt - All Saints, gift from Dominique
  • Boots - Baroque Velasquez, Fluevog; last seen here in March with one of my favourite outfits of the year
  • Jacket (below) - Le Chateau, consignment; last worn here in April over a peasant look

After work on Friday - where I really pushed the envelope for Casual Friday, ha ha - I met up with my former boss and dear friend Tammy for dinner. We both owned this top back when we worked together, in 1999-2000, and Tammy even still has the matching long straight skirt (with a slit up the side)!
 But really, the schtar of this look is the skirt, am I right? My colleague Dominique gave this to me a couple of weeks ago - what a sweetheart! It was just too puffy for her, and she thought I might like it. Like it? More like LOVE IT!

I steamed it the night before, which helped me understand the ins and outs of the puffery. I discovered that two rather large pouffs, might be...pockets? I tried turning them inside out and yesssss, pockets!
 I'm wearing a vintage black half-slip under this thin, fine cotton skirt, both for coverage and to extend the visual length. The skirt is quite short in areas, and the skirt has a good 5" edging of lace. I liked the extra "oomph" that it adds.

I wore the jacket most of the day at work, buttoned up like so.
 A few times when I got warm, I took it off, but it was mostly on.
 I like how it exaggerates the pouf.

Check out the pockets!
 I am too cool for school.

All bundled up with my fall outerwear components.
 I love having sets of scarf/gloves/hats for fall and winter, to go with different looks. These extra pieces are actually dark brown.

  • Fur scarf - Danier, thrifted (first wearing), purchased for $6.95
  • Leather gloves - Club Monaco, consignment

The stuff:
 The boots are also good, if you like floral, embossed leather, ruffles and a lace-up. I do!

Brass bling:
 A bit of Edgar Allen Poe with my cuffs, perfect for this time of year.

  • Cuffs - Jezebel Charms, gifts from L
  • Earrings - Plu
  • Feather ring - Fossil
  • Pinky ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage expo

Tammy and I went to Il Terrazzo, one of Victoria's best restaurants. We had a fabulous dinner, and she surprised me with a birthday card and gift.
 Three mini Mac lipsticks, a sequined bag and a $50 Fluevog gift certificate! Thank you, Tammy!

Saturday morning - another bright sunny day. We've been having wonderful clear autumn weather, warm during the day and chilly at night. The leaves are all turning golden and red. It's so pretty! I love this time of year.
 So neutral, but I built the outfit around this first-time worn tee, and I wanted to show it off. My hair is freshly dark purple, but it'll lighten up soon.

  • T-shirt - Guess, consignment; purchased here for $14.98
  • Long-sleeved tee - Jacob, thrifted; not tracked
  • Skirt - Mackage, thrifted; last worn here in January with spotty leopard
  • Boots - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) for our trip to Vancouver back in March
  • Coat (below) - Vassalli, consignment; last worn here in November 2016

 Because this t-shirt is very thin and totally sheer, I chose a dark top underneath it to show the pattern - see the skulls around the hem and across the shoulders? Spooky!

L and I walked to town and met up with Nick for breakfast at Floyd's. Ultimate Frisbee is officially over for the season - another year of good games. This does give us a bit more free time on Saturdays, though.
 Since I had that gift card for Fluevog, bringing my total to five (wow, I have generous friends and coworkers), I went for a wee shop after we ate.

Outerwear - it was so warm, by the end of the afternoon, I was just sweating in this, and it's not a really heavy coat!
 The plaid part is a sheer wool over cream satin (same as the lining of the coat), and the dark black parts are velvet.
 It goes down to a point at the bottom back hem. Very cool! Definitely no gloves or scarf needed - I didn't even do my coat up.

The stuff:
These boots are nearing their end, I feel. The moths have been at them again for the second year in a row (the outer grey is wool), and the heels/soles are wearing thin. I do wear them a lot! However, they are still good enough. 

Deco bling: 
Another set of jewelry that I have collected (all at separate times). 

  • Leather stud cuff - Kipling, thrifted
  • Necklace - POLY, thrifted
  • Cuff - POLY, thrifted
  • Ring - POLY, vintage fair

 I went to Flavour Upstairs, but only found one item that really rang my bell, and it is a weird, strange piece. But I love it!
 It's a down-filled skirt! I think it will be my Sleeping Bag Skirt. This is going to be amazing when it's really cold this winter. You can pull up the drawstrings at the bottom, but it bunches funny, so I'll probably never wear it like that.

It was only $14.99.
 The buttons have little "WP" initials on them. The outer fabric is nylon and it's really quilted with down feathers inside (I found puffs of them when I played with the drawstrings).

I'm guessing it's Chinese in origin.

...ENG, Padding Down. Let's see what we can find out about them.
And...not much, a couple of padded down jackets, but that's it. Still, I am filled with glee at the thought of wearing it!

And then I went to Fluevog. Here's what I got:
 I tried on a bunch of different shoes (including one shoe that I used to size another pair that I bought online today), and I just fell hard for these booties. I know they won't be everyone's cup of tea (L doesn't like them), but they work for me! the studs go around both sides of the heel.

Turns out I had $460 on all of my gift cards, so aside from the tax, these Maleika Conquer booties were free!
 These are so new, they're not even on the website yet! They also came with a red front, and a full-height boot (I was tempted) with red as well. I'll bide my time and wait for those to go on clearance in a year!
 I love the "Frankenstein" vibe of them with the stitches across the top of the foot.

They are supremely comfortable (there's a thick hidden platform).
 And nice grippy rubber soles! Gotta like that. No slipping in these.

Flush with my shopping fun, I came home and had a nap with L and Vizzini. Saturday night was our "Almost Sesquicentennial 149th Birthday Spectacular"! My dear friend Randall turned 50 a few days before me, and Saturday was our friend Chris' 49th birthday, and of course, me!

I didn't want to wear my Prusa dress again so soon. I wanted to wear this one!
 Glamour girl!

  • Dress - no label, thrifted; first worn here (4th outfit) last November 2016 for my company Christmas party
  • Shoes - Jessica Simpson; last seen here (4th outfit) that same night
  • Fur coat (below) - Bebe, vintage store; last worn here (2nd outfit) in October 2016 with a full-on vintage 1930s look for Urbanite

 We had about 28 people show up at our party at Limbic Media's studio. We had tons of food, prosecco, a spectacular light show, and custom playlists for each of us birthday kids.
We danced till the wee hours! It was so wonderful to be able to properly celebrate with my wonderful friends, the family that I choose.

It was a cool but crisp evening, but my fur bolero was all I needed.
L and I walked to and from the party. I switched out my shoes for these silver booties (not shown, but last worn here, 3rd outfit), and used a bulldog clip to hike up the hem of my dress so that I didn't trip on it.

The stuff:
My 10-year-old party shoes! Oh, my dogs are howlin' today. I lasted in these from 8pm to midnight, when I had to take them off and dance in my boots! But so pretty! I will be wearing flats tomorrow!

Blue bling:
Just simple accessories.

  • Earrings - Jacob
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

I got a few more cards and lovely things like chocolates from my friends. I'll leave you with this perfect card that Karen found. It's not Vizzini, but doesn't it look like him?
Darth Vizzini! He's gone to the Dark Side!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!


  1. That outfit with the frothy skirt is totally you, Sheila. Love it -- and especially love those Baroque Velasquez boots :)

    1. I know, I felt like a million in that one, Cynthia! Thanks!

  2. Cute outfits. I had brunch with Patti today! When are you coming to NY?!

    1. Thank you - aw, I'm jealous! I don't know when I'll be back in NY. One day??

  3. So much to love in this post, Sheila! I love the skirt and boots from the first outfit! Gorgeous! I also love your beautiful Cheongsam/Qipao dress. Stunning! That sooo looks like Vizzini-maybe he's leading a double life!! Haha XXX

    1. Thank you so much, Sasha! Vizzini got a cool gig as a model, I see.

  4. OH I am looking forward to seeing those bots on - what a great use of your gift cards! I also really like that poofy skirt, you wear it brilliantly, as you do so many of your pieces! :)

    1. Thanks, Mica! I'll have to plan a really good outfit for them.

  5. woaaa, this puffy skirt is amazing (and it has pockets!!) and it looks so fabulous with your boots and top!, I love how your jacket enhances its puffyness!, and love those gorgeous textures!! You Rock Totally!!
    And glad that you purchased those 'Frankenstein look' boots, mwhaha, another pair for your collection of 'shoes my husband hates' (some of them are my favorites!!)
    You're a Glamour Queen!, love your dress, love your style, and love that you walked to and from the party!, that's Real Life (and thanks for sharing that you used a bulldog clip, I'll take notes on this for my next night out wearing a maxidress!)

    1. Thank you so much! That's my favourite outfit in a while, I think. I know, the boots - they are not for everyone, but I love their ugliness.

      We walk most places! You have to get creative with keeping your clothes out of the way! Bulldog clips are awesome.

  6. Pretty sure my last comment did not post. My google account is giving me trouble, so I will rinse and repeat.
    I love your asymmetrical skirt and your skeleton tee— very cool and spooky thing to wear.
    I also adore those red boots and that flouncy skirt is way too much fun. I also love that beautiful gown that you wore to the birthday party. It fits you like a dream and I love the deep blue with your freshly purple hair!
    How cool to have a down skirt! That will keep you warm and cozy.
    Happy belated. Please continue to celebrate!

    1. I got this one, Elle! Thank you! I'm glad you like the spooky stuff! It's so fun to wear. I am pretty much done with Birthday Month now, ha ha!

  7. You look amazing in that long Chinese dress like gown ! and I am sooo looking forward to seeing you in the puffy skirt.

    1. Thank you, Lorena! I'm excited to wear it! What to do...?

  8. OMG that pouffy skirt, those burgundy(?) boots, that sweet little top - it's all outrageously awesome. I know you've posted more than that, but I'm smitten. The skirt, the skirt, the skirt, just keep me in mind if you ever fall out of love with it. You look totally adorable in this and therefore why on earth would you ever get rid? Ho hum.

    Anna x

    1. Aw, thank you, Anna! I loved this outfit too - I'll remember you if I ever decide to pass the skirt on!


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