Saturday, December 23, 2017

Bigass Three-Day Catch-Up: Holiday Plaid, The Tree Skirt Skirt, Chicago Class, Purple Brunch, Monster Vest Returns! (and Some Cat Pictures)

This will be my last post before Christmas - I'll be back mid-week with my usual wrap-up of what I wore for my shenanigans. 

Thursday's outfit was chosen for my dear WW group. Such a wonderful group of inspiring people - thank you to all for keeping me on track. Yeah, I look pretty good for a fifty-year-old gal. 
 Super-duper traditional holiday look here, with the bookends of red and green and this fabulous plaid skirt. This look got a lot of love from everyone at both jobs.

  • Sweater - Tatyana, thrifted; last seen here in November with silver flounces
  • Skirt - Roland Kerry, vintage 80s, consignment; last worn here in December 2017 with these same shoes (shocking)
  • Shoes - Marc; last seen here in October with acid yellow and floral 
  • Coat - Stop Staring!, thrifted; last worn here over the same outfit as the sweater in November

I love this gorgeous vintage 80s taffeta skirt - it has a net crinoline built in, as well as a lining. I discovered two tiny holes in it this year - it's not silk (it's polyester), aka "moth-bait", so not sure where those came from. I'm okay with a hole or two, though.

I knew I had to wear this bright emerald green sweater with this.
 I forgot to steam the skirt the night before, so it had more of a pleated look to it for the day.

Outerwear. This was highly impractical and not warm enough for the day!
 L and I went for dinner after my meeting and walked home in the brisk winter air.

The stuff:
 Love these shoes. They are one of my very favourite pairs.

Seasonal bling:
 I wore the two pins offset - it's a forest on my chest!

  • Pins - gift from Evelyn
  • Earrings - Metropolitan Museum of Art gift shop

On Friday, I'd anticipated my boss' usual bottles of Bailey's circulated around the office all morning, followed by a gentle suggestion to go home early. I wore my office jammies.
 A fluffy-as-heck sweater/top and my Christmas tree-skirt skirt - there is none more Christmassier!

  • Top - Hommage, consignment, Vancouver; last seen here in November with a circus skirt by Dries
  • Skirt - no label, handmade, vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here in December 2016 with a different cream top
  • Boots - Matisse, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in October for a Saturday brunch
  • Coat (below) - Apparence, vintage 80s thrifted; last worn here a couple of days ago

 Alas! There was NO Bailey's, and NO nudge to leave early! Not cool, Boss. Disappointed! However, listen me, what an entitled, privileged whiny baby I am. I don't need the Bailey's, and I reminded myself that I'm thankful to have a job, awesome coworkers, live in a gorgeous city, have a wonderful husband (and a cute cat), have great family and friends, and a roof over my head and plenty to eat. STFU, Sheila, and count your blessings.

After my stern talking to myself, I spent the quiet afternoon going around and giving awkward sideways coworker hugs, fist-bumps and waves to my colleagues, and wishing them a Happy Holidays, and telling those that matter to me...that they matter to me, I felt much better, and in the spirit of the season.
 My wonderful skirt was admired, while I was snuggly and warm.

I caught the bus home at my usual time, and got ready for my evening out with Mom.
 I only wear this lovely skirt once a year, but it's still forever-keeper.

Outerwear - I was still chilly in this. We're getting to full-on Unsafe Ocelot season if this cold weather keeps up.
 The ever-klassy Unsafe Polar bear!

  • Toque/scarf - Danier Leather
  • Wool gloves - vintage, thrifted

The stuff:
 I thought I'd worn these boots more recently, but I guess time just flies by so fast. Carpe Diem!

  • Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L
  • Amber ring - c. 1996

Mom and I went to a Broadway production of "Chicago" (local paper review here) on Friday night. I had to get dressed up, but be comfortable, and be warm.
 I managed two out of three. I was FREEZING all night!

  • Jacket - Danier Leather Couture, consignment; last worn here in October with chevrons
  • Sleeveless sweater - no label, thrifted; no idea when I last wore it and I don't feel like searching for an hour for it
  • Skirt - Kensie; last seen here in December 2015 with green top and toes
  • Shoes - Truths Makena, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) a few weeks ago for a weekend brunch

Jacket off - no one saw this. I kept my leather jacket on all night, even in the sold-out theatre.
 The skirt is a show-stopper all on its own, so I went with neutrals and metallics to complement it. This top is black with copper thread lame (lah-MAY, darlings) - it reads as brown in photos.

Jacket on - my indoor look.
"There, these pictures needed more cat."
 I wore black fishnets, but should have worn an extra layer under the sweater for warmth.
"The Woman is always getting in the way. My fans demand more pictures of me."
 Mom and I drove to town early to snag a close parking spot then walked to a local pub for a quick dinner before the show.
"Okay, bored now."
 It was clear, cold and windy. Brrr! Wind-chill of -7.

Bundled up. NOT ENOUGH.
 I wrapped my hands in my fur scarf throughout the excellent show - the crowd was hooting and hollering, and the performances, dancing, singing and musicians were uniforming top-notch. I believe the entire run has sold out, and it's entirely justified. Thank you, Mom, for the wonderful Christmas gift! I treasure our dates.

  • Fur scarf - thrifted
  • Wool gloves - vintage, thrifted

The stuff:
 I decided partway through taking my (very few) photos, that I should pin the feather fascinated into my hair.

Black bling:
 Carrying on the metallic neutral theme. I had to wear Mom's hematite necklace and the earrings she gave me.

  • Graduated necklace - gift from Mom, Alaska, bought in 1997
  • Hematite necklace/both bracelets/both rings - thrifted
  • Earrings - gift from Mo
  • Chain cuff - thrifted
  • Amber ring - c. 1996

I got home late (L was out at another event), watched a movie and went to bed. Up bright and early today/Saturday for brunch with L.
 I'm shocked that I haven't worn this dress yet this year - it's a strong favourite, but so many clothes, so little time. That's why I get dressed for every occasion - when else am I going to wear these lovely garments?

  • Dress - Max & Co., Florence, Italy; last seen here on my last day of work in December 2016
  • Shoes - Miista; last worn here (2nd outfit) with vintage brights in November
  • Coat (below) - Apparence, vintage 80s, thrifted; last seen on Friday, above

 I love the shimmer of this dress, and I nearly always accentuate it with golds (and these purple tights).
 I also usually wear a belt with it, because the waist is set too high for my natural waist and tends to ruck up under the boobs. I hate that, but I only showed it off briefly while having breakfast at Floyd's Diner.

Outerwear - better! I was warmer on our walk downtown (it was sunny!).
 After brunch, we shopped for lunch things to take for Christmas Day, and Vizzini's stocking presents (spoiler: he's getting new mousies).

  • Toque/scarf/gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff:
 Easy shoes, simple bling.

  • Necklace - Nygard, consignment
  • Random earrings

Vizzini's been very lonely, since both L and I have been out so much lately.
"No, I'm not, stop telling lies, Woman."
 He snuggles at every opportunity, including intermittently on my lap while I've been writing this post.
"Merely trying to stay warm. Affection is not involved." 
 He's a cuddly cat when he wants to be, including being a total purr-meister and drooler.
"How dare you tell my fans I drool! This post is your leg! I scratch it in fury!" 
 He pretends not to want to be with us, but he's always lingering near us.
"Are you still here? Don't you have somewhere to be?"
 As a matter of fact, yes! I'm off to meet up with a few friends visiting from out of town. I know it'll be dark by the time L and I get home, so I'm going to be warm, dammit.
 Monster Vest meets Sleeping Bag Skirt! It's a match made in heaven!

  • Monster Vest - Zara Woman, consignment; last seen here in December with bigass pants
  • Sweater - Jean Paul Gaultier, consignment; last worn here (3rd outfit)...with Monster Vest! in November for a party
  • Skirt - Wei Peng Padding Down, thrifted; first worn here in November with teal velvet
  • Boots - Clarks; last seen here in November with classic cowgirl
  • Coat (below) - Hilary Radley, thrifted; last worn here earlier this week

 Some of our friends saw me in this top/vest combo before. Gads, whatever will they say, ha ha.

I am going to be warm! I anticipate that this skirt will be even better in this cold than the first time I wore it. It's been lovely and toasty as I've worn it while typing this post.
 I'm headed off shortly, and plan on doing nothing exciting for the rest of my weekend. Chillin' with my dear L (boardgames! football!) and Vizzini (cuddling! naps! drool!). I hope you all can enjoy your own version.

I love this funky vibe. It's very "me" feeling.
 I never thought I'd groove on neutrals so much. This year has been good for me in terms of a style evolution, from growing my hair out, changing the colour and really paying attention to classics (but also enjoying my klassics, you know what I mean!).

It's important to pay attention to how we present ourselves - it's part of my self-care.
 When I look good, I feel good.

Outerwear - looking warm, this is good.
 I'm about to put all this stuff back on and walk to town (I'm running a bit late).

The stuff:
 Caramel boots - love these.

Bronze and brass bling (say that three times fast).
 Wearing my anatomical heart locket over the ribcage print of the sweater, and wearing a feather ring with my Poe/raven cuff - those things make me happy.

  • Cuffs - Jezebel Charms, gift from L
  • Locket - gift from L
  • Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
  • Feather ring - Fossil, thrifted
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage fair

I will leave you with my good wishes for the holiday season, and a little game of "Spot the Cat."
"Hee hee hee, no one will ever find me."
 He's that lump in the centre, curled up under my TV blanket. Wish your fans a Merry Christmas, Vizzini!
"Love to all my fans. You complete me."
Enjoy your holidays, my friends.


  1. The first skirt is so beautiful. Merry Christmas!

  2. you look fabulous in every outfit - how festive. I have bought a sequin camouflage frock for Christmas (off ebay) because it made me laugh. Happy Christmas to you and L, and Vizzini - his remarks are so funny. Cathy

    1. Thank you, Cathy! Ooh, I love that you bought something like that - I hope you wear that dress! Happy Christmas to you! (Don't tell Vizzini that, he's already full of himself).

  3. That fabulous plaid skirt caught my attention the minute I saw your post op up in my reading list! It's absolutely gorgeous and looking very festive with the green jumper. In fact, all your outfits are spot on for the season! Other favourites are that amazing maxi skirt with the fluffy sweater and the shimmery frock. Aw, Vizzini! Like Phoebe, he seems to be a master in finding the snuggliest of places for a nap! Happy holidays to you, L, and Vizzini! xxx

    1. Isn't it amazing? I love it so much. Thank you so much, Ann! Happy holidays to you and your family!

  4. Some fab outfits here, Sheila and I can see why those delicious platforms are a favourite.
    The tartan midi and the golden rose maxi are wonderful.
    Yes, dressing up every day is all about self care. I quite agree.
    Sending much love to you, your man and Vizzini for Xmas. xxx

    1. Thank you, Vix - it really is a form of self-care. I always feel better when I'm putting my best (shod) foot forward. Love to you and your fam right back, my dear.

  5. The sleeping bag skirt is the BEST! Always amazing, Merry Christmas!

  6. Looking very fabulous as always Sheila. Wishing you, L, and my very favorite feline Vizzini the merriest of Christmases and a happy New year.

    1. Thanks so much, Donna! Happy holidays right back to you! Thank you for reading and commenting!

  7. These are FIRE party looks!!!!!!!!! Love from me to u & fam for the holidays!!!!!

  8. ❤️ each and every outfit featured here,
    The Christmas tree skirt is a stunner, as is the dotted dress. That last outfit with the quilted skirt and furry die for. Wish you lived closer, I think we would have a ball shopping together.. our closets are much alike, as I think we are too, in our creative expression and eclectic wardrobes!
    Much love,

    1. Thank you, Elle! I love busting out the fun pieces this time of year. I think we would have a hoot shopping together - I'll let you know next time I'm in NYC! We'd be fighting over who gets what, I think!

  9. You suit a skirt and top so well, Sheila! You look fabulous in all your outfits. What wonderful floral skirts and the dress is lovely especially with that necklace. I love the hairy type vest and the wonderful sleeping bag skirt. F A B U L O U S!

    A drooley cat - now there's a thought...

    1. Aw, thank you, Veronica! He's very drooly when he's happy, which is good (I guess). I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. All the best from me to you. Hugs!

  10. You have such great clothes, Sheila. My daughter has just lost a lot of weight and I've recommended your blog to her as she is having so much fun with "gently worn" clothing. I really like the taffeta skirt.

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, and for pointing your daughter to me for inspiration - I hope she has fun shopping for her "new" self. Good for her! Happy Holidays!

  11. I love your Christmas maxi skirt, and I'm glad you made the most of your longer than expected day. We had one year where we were all waiting to be sent home...and waiting...eventually our immediate manager sensed the revolt (and noticed the people sneaking off for 'lunch' with all of their things) and told us to go home. Not sure what happened when the big boss came through later to reward everyone by telling us to go home early...haha!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and you continue to have a stylish time in the new year! :)

    1. Thank you, Mica! That was frustrating, but ah well, let it go - I did get some stuff done, and it didn't really matter in the end. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  12. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, thanks for sharing all your adventures, and more importantly your fashions...:) I do believe I have been reading your blog for 10? years. Always a delight darrrrrrrrrlin. As time travels, it is important to feel the most "authentic" you that you can, always evolving. ( lord know I have time and time again!) Best of wishes to you and L and of course your furry Vizzie.

    1. Erin, you have been here from nearly the beginning! I can't believe it, but thank you so much for hanging in there all these years! Much love to you and your family for the holiday season!

  13. What a wonderfully festive post Sheila. I love, love, love all the sparkly skirts (the gold and black one most of all). I also love that you gave yourself a pep talk. We all suffer these moments when expectations and reality don't meet, but these are the times when personal growth has the opportunity to present itself. Good for you that you turned it all around and showed some love to those that matter. I hope you've enjoyed some downtime over the holidays and wish you a very Happy New Year.
    Lots of love
    Anna xxx

    1. I love getting into the season through my clothes, Anna! We have to wear our sparkles some time, don't we? Yeah, I have to put things in perspective every so often and chill out over things. I've had some awesome downtime and enjoyed myself thoroughly, and I wish the same right back to you! Hugs to you, my dear!

  14. Wow, you have certainly been rocking brocades and other marvellous textiles.
    And you can always get yourself some Bailey's ;) and yes, YES we have so much to be grateful for.
    A big hug and wishing you only the best for 2018-

    1. Hugs to you, darlin'! Thanks - I guess I did have a bit of a brocade theme going there - totally not on purpose, just happened that way! Yes, the attitude of gratitude is a good thing to practice!


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