Thursday, October 5, 2017

Two-Fer: Totally Tubular; and Space Pants!

Woo, I'm back! Let the whirlwind begin! It is my 50th birthday on Monday, and the party starts NOW. 
 Another outfit I felt was "da bomb(shell)" in. I worked in this all day, then went to my company's annual dinner, long speeches (on video), followed by drinks. Many drinks.


  • Blouse - Violet + Claire, thrifted; last seen here in May for Fluevog Day
  • Dress - Dolce & Gabbana, vintage 90s, thrifted; purchased here for $27.95
  • Shoes - Mia, consignment; purchased here for $38.00
  • Grape Ape coat (below) - H&M, thrifted; last worn here in March with shades of wine


I cringe at some of the 90s fashion coming around again, but I do love a good tube dress. This one is contoured (you can see it when it's on the hanger in the purchase link above) to the body, so it doesn't pull tight anywhere.
 I felt great in this dress - it's sexy, but because it's a thick stretchy wool knit, it's not inappropriate for work with a blouse worn under it. I did find that I was constantly having to pull the little bra straps back onto my shoulders, as they are set very wide. Otherwise, it was a dream to wear.

You can't really see it, but I wore a black floral clip in my hair.
 I dyed my hair using a new colour (I usually use Splat!), by Garnier Nutrisse and it is a little less vibrant, but I'm okay with that. My grey/white roots don't get covered very well with Splat! so it was nice to use a regular dye to get full coverage without a lot of staining on my scalp (which takes a week to flake off; you're welcome for the visual).

However, I prefer the brighter colour of Splat! so I put Vaseline on the layers and tips of my hair to preserve the magenta - and it worked! Perfectly streaked hair with no roots showing. All ready for my party this weekend.

Yay! I love wearing the Grape Ape coat. Just right for the chilly morning and the cooler evenings.
 My tights and booties were the exact same colour, but the tights went in the trash as soon as I got home - they got all bally under the dress from rubbing on it (seriously? from a knit dress??), and they had a bad case of Drop-Crotch. No way I am putting up with that from my tights. Gonzo!
 Coat done up. Now that I'm nearly 50 I have to look like a lady (*guffaws*). Yeah, no, screw that.

The stuff:
 These velvet booties are high, and my feet are still tired a day later, but they were lovely otherwise. As my feet got warm/sweaty during the day, my foot "farted" on the bottom of them, so I think I'll put an insole in to prevent that. I don't need foot-farts, thank you.

Black bling:
 There's that flower clip - I bought it at the drugstore a while back (I think it's by Goody).


  • Chain bracelet - thrifted
  • Hematite bracelet and ring - thrifted
  • Earrings - Jacob
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes


Today was my last full day - I'm taking tomorrow afternoon off to have lunch with L (he has a flex day), nap and then get ready for my party! I'm hosting a 2-hour cocktail party for friends, family and colleagues - wine, beer, finger food and good times. Nearly 60 people are coming! And yes, I will be wearing THE DRESS, in its Full Monty glory (sleeves AND peplum). I'm so ready.

I've been saving these spectacular leather pants for a Thursday to wow my WW group.
 They wow'ed my coworkers too, who dubbed them "Space Pants".

  • Blouse - White House, Black Market, thrifted; purchased here for free (marked at $14.95 but "one" in a buy one/get one deal)
  • Pants - Free People; purchased here in Portland for $129.00 US
  • Shoes - Hispanitas; last seen here in August with green and trousers
  • Sleeveless coat - Only, thrifted; last worn here (6th outfit) on the weekend for Winesday


 The top is a gloriously rich teal and is stretch silk - it was fabulous to wear all day. I'm wearing a black tank top under it (not tracked) to minimize butt-crack-a-lackin' from the elasticized back of the pull-on pants, and to give a layer for me not to sweat on (since I don't like washing silk very frequently).

"Ground control to Major Sheila" was a comment I got today about my Space Pants. I also noted that if they are Space Pants, then they come from Space Cows. Of course they do!
Aren't they marvelous? They were very comfy, and SHINY, although every time I sat down or bent over, it was butt-cracks ahoy! This is why I chose a long top worn untucked! However, I loved them, and I'm excited to wear them again.

Outerwear. I can't believe it's October and I'm still not wearing a "real" coat most days.
 My WW group loved this outfit. One of the women in the group gave me a lovely plant (which I gave to my receptionist, as I kill plants) - she and I share a birthday, so we all sang "Happy Birthday" and it was just wonderful.

The stuff:
 I love these shoes. I ran around all day in them. My feet were happy not to have heels on.

Gold and black bling:
Bold pieces for a bold outfit. 

  • Necklace - Fossil, consignment
  • Bracelet - Lia Sophia, thrifted
  • Earrings - thrifted


A bunch of my coworkers came to my desk today with balloons and a present. 
"You are our sunshine" - AWWWW
The card says "fancytastic" and over a dozen of my coworkers signed it and pooled and bought me a gift card from Fluevog.  
The bottom of the box says "Nice bottom" and the card insert says "You look great". There's over $200 on the card! Wow! Thank you so much, my dear colleagues! I can't wait to spend some time in the local Fluevog store with this!

My friends, I will be back on Saturday with another two-fer for you - this is also a long weekend, being Thanksgiving in Canada. I definitely have a lot to be thankful for.

26 comments:

  1. Love both your outfits -- the space pants are amazing. You've inspired me with your hair colour -- I've decided to let my hair go grey, as I can't put up with having to dye it every 4 or 5 weeks. Once the grey grows out I'm going with an accent colour, perhaps a pinky purple on the ends. Or maybe turquoise.

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia! Ha, I've inspired you to NOT colour your hair? Ha ha! I love the idea of going pastel tips once you've gone grey - I plan for something like that too, when I'm sick of dyeing my hair.

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  2. Bday!!!!!!!!!!! I have a grape ape coat, as well!!!!!!! For real! Massive 80s thing---wonderful! Loving the Mia shoes and I have a small weakness for tube dresses...

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    1. Thanks, Becky!! Totes, we are Grape Ape twins, woo!

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  3. Happy Birthday, Sheila! From my perspective a decade down the road, you're a kid! Glad to see you acting like one. :-)

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    1. Thank you, sweet Ally! I know, I'll always be a kid to some, and an old fart to other, hee hee!

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  4. I love your silky teal top and leather pants! Very cool! I can't wait to see the photos from your party and your dress in all its glory! XXX

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    1. Thanks, Sasha! I was really happy with how that outfit turned out! I will try to get pictures at the party, but there will definitely be proper posed pics of The Dress.

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  5. What a sweet birthday gift! I look forward to seeing what you get with the gift card :) I love the colours in that first outfit, but it's your second outfit that has me thinking! I have those gold skinny jeans I've been considering letting go and now I'm thinking I should maybe keep them a little longer, I have a teal top they would work perfectly with! I'll have to rethink and pull them out the sell/donate bag maybe!

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    1. I work with some really awesome people, Mica. I'm very lucky in that. Thank you - what?! Haul those gold skinnies out and let me see you go disco!

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  6. I wanted to sneak in a quick Happy Birthday before the festivities begin! You are going to rock your 50's, like you rocked your 40's. I also wanted to say thank you for being such an inspiration to me. Not just in fashion, but in relationship goals, self-care, proper (sane) fitness, and being true to oneself. Thank you for your awesomeness!!!

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    1. Erin, so nice to see you! Thank you for the birthday wishes, and hell yes, I will be rocking the heck out of my 50s. Aw, that is so sweet of you. *hug*

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  7. You are so READY to tear into your 50s. Heh. Space cows and butt-crack ahoy? Hahaha! LMAO. Of course. Best pants!
    Balled tights after a wear AND falling down? UNACCEPTABLE. But both great outfits of course. And what lovely coworkers/colleagues! I raise a glass to your birthday and the big cocktail party coming up with THEE dress. Can't wait to see the photos - if you are able to manage any!

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    1. Right? I am going to rip that bow off and roar into my 50s. Hee hee, I was channeling you while writing. Cheers back at you, m'dear! I will have photos, but maybe not at the party - we'll see...

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  8. Happy birthday!

    Fab outfits! I particularly loved your dress.

    Between drop crotch and foot farts you've had a few clothing issues this week but you still managed to look gorgeous. I hope your party goes with a bang and I can't wait to see the dress in its full glory...

    Brilliant birthday present!

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    1. Thank you, Veronica! I loved the dress too. Clothing issues drive me nuts - I will totally bail on pieces if they bother me to wear them. Thanks!

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  9. Happy Birthday Monday!!!!!!!! Here’s to Fabulous Fifty, and Sheila who is superbly nifty!
    Cheers from an appreciative blog and fashion fan, Laurie

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    1. Thank you, Laurie! I really appreciate you reading my blog!

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  10. Happy Birthday Shelia you always look amazing.The party will be a bang up success and you will be glorious my friend.

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  11. Hey birthday girl, didn't you do well? All those lovely dollars to spend on shoes, wow! I've been waiting to see those gold trousers and my they didn't disappoint. I already dodged sideways to eBay to see if I can find some too. Yes, I copy your best buys and these are the best of late.

    Anna x

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    1. I'm very honoured to have such generous people around me! Glad you liked the trousers - stalk them!

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  12. It is definitely not a requirement to become more ladylike when you turn 50!! I just saw that your birthday was not until today, so I can actually wish you a MANY HAPPY RETURNS on the actual day. Looks like you did very well from your co-workers.

    I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE that purple and black outfit on you!! From head to toe, you look fantastic.

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    1. I totally agree - I fully intend to be only "klassy"! Thank you so much - I am awed by my coworkers' generosity. Thanks! That is my favourite of the two outfits as well.

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  13. Oh Sheila !! happy, happy, super happy birthday to you my dear friend. I hope you have a blast in your cocktail party and dance that gorgeous new dress away ; )
    BTW I love both of these looks, that first dress is a classic you want to hold on to and the second combo is futuristic and marvellous at the same time.

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    1. Thank you, dear Lorena! It was awesome, hope you enjoy the post. I love the first look, myself.

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