Monday, February 26, 2018

A Big Move: Green Daze, Jeans and Docs, Working Weekend, Day 1 Class

Oh, I've missed you guys! Hello! I'm back! Our office move has happened, and while things are completely chaotic still, we have physically moved 200 people from two offices into one new one. I. Am. So. Done.
This is Thursday's outfit. Our phones at work died on Wednesday night, so on Thursday, IT tinkered with my computer, which caused it to completely seize up and insist I was a threat to the company. So, you know, a quiet day.


  • Sweater - Tatyana, thrifted; last seen here in a seasonal look in December 2017
  • Skirt - Hucke, vintage, thrifted; first worn here with burgundy ruffles in October 2917
  • Shoes - Half Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last seen here in January with mustard and plaid
  • Coat (below) - Stop Staring!, thrifted; last worn here in January


This was my view when I stood on the stairs.
 Snowy castle! The snow melted after a few days, but it was lovely while it lasted.

After slogging through my stressful day, I did my WW meeting...where my boss dropped in to do my every 2 years performance review. Except it wasn't my boss, it was my boss' boss.
 She said I was "cute as a button" - ha! We hit it off nicely.

I enjoyed this kicky outfit - it was easy to work in and lug things around and throw away 15 years of accumulated office junk.
 I wasn't feeling this skirt the first time I wore it, but I really liked it with all these greens.

Outerwear - I love this coat so much, but it was WAY too cold.
 But it's so adorable! I always want to wear it!


  • Fur boa - thrifted
  • Leather stitched gloves - thrifted


The stuff:
 These shoes were a wonderful investment - I can always rely on them to look good and not kill my feet.

Black bling:
 Sorry about the blurriness. After I finished my WW meeting, I went back to my office and worked another few hours. It was a 13 hour day, all told.


  • Beaded cuff - thrifted
  • Metal bracelet - thrifted
  • Hematite rings - thrifted
  • Silver/obsidian ring - Mexico, gift from Mom & Dad, c. 1984
  • Earrings - vintage fair, first wearing


I'd forgotten about these earrings! I really like having a cool pair in this shade of green.

More snowy morning sunrise pictures.
 From our deck, looking towards town.

Snow overhanging the deck roof.
 Such a gorgeous peachy colour in the sky!

Friday was the day we packed all the employees up. It was a 10 hour day for me.
 As casual and comfortable as I could get, and still be presentable at work!


  • Cardigan - Jacob, thrifted; last seen here in November 2017 for a casual weekend brunch
  • Shirt - Guess, thrifted; purchased here for $5.95
  • Bike commuter jeans - Levi Strauss, thrifted; last worn here in December 2017 with velvet and rhinestones
  • Doc Martens - worn daily, and I don't track them
  • Coat (below) - T Tahari, thrifted; last seen here a week ago


I look and feel faded there.
 More boxing, hauling, tossing, dragging, taping.

Many of my coworkers were shocked to see me in jeans, but there is always lots of love for my floral Docs. I wear these jeans around the house on a weekly basis, and the Docs are my walk-to-and-from work shoes during cold, wet weather.
 I didn't even pretend to do a hair style - big white roots and a pony tail. Yeah, don't care.

I didn't take the cardigan off all day, but since it was the first wearing of this cute plaid sleeveless shirt, here's how it looks.
 I love the fit on it, and all the bling. I'll wear it in the spring/summer more, I expect.

This is how I really felt about my day.
 I am starting to feel tired from all the long hours.

Outerwear - I smartly loaded on all the warmest stuff for the weather this time!
 I am going to be warm, dammit.


  • Fur toque/scarf - Danier
  • Gloves - Parkhurst


Friday night was the first time I'd seen L in a while, other than an hour here or there. We hung out and played boardgames. Best part of my weekend!

I worked Saturday and Sunday, getting the boxes to the right desks, setting up all 3 kitchens and lunchroom, loading up the office supply rooms, putting up signs, gathering keys, checking access cards...all those million little things that no one else can do.
 Yeah, those are my comfy glasses, no make-up face, straight ponytail, and house bra. And a cat t-shirt, layered over a wool fine sweater for warmth - the t-shirt was a hit with the movers and the janitors.

I worked 8.5 hours on Saturday, came home and slept for 2 hours. L went to our friend Greg's birthday party solo - I couldn't face "making nice" with a bunch of people, so I stayed home, dyed my hair, shaved my legs, ate popcorn and chocolate, and watched wedding dress reality shows until I fell asleep on the couch. That's some good self-care there!

See? I coloured my hair, and it's all dark again. This is what I wore on Sunday.
 More stuff that I wear around the house. That's a Leonard Cohen "Beautiful Losers" t-shirt that I bought when L and I went to see him several years ago (here, in 2009!), layered over a bamboo t-shirt, and my Gap camo pants. This was an 11.5 hour day. I barely remember it. There was always one more thing to do.

Today/Monday, I had to be at the new office for 7am to give out access cards. I started at the old office first to pick up some things, then got to watch the sun rise through our boardroom next to my reception desk. It's the first time I've had natural light at my desk in seven years! What a treat!

Anyway, I was up at 5am, and out of the house by 6:20, so it was dark out still - no stair picture. I planned to take it when I got home, but I ended up working late (my computer finally decided I was not going to destroy the company, and I had a lot of catching up to do), and putting in another 11.5 hour day.
 Outfit for Day 1: Classy, comfy and colourful.


  • Jacket - Kenzo, vintage 90s, thrifted; first worn here in January with cobalt blue
  • Sleeveless blouse - Jacob, thrifted; last worn here in October 2017 with purple and tassels
  • Skirt - Dries van Noten, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in November 2017 for a vintage fair and a film about Dries
  • Shoes - Effortless Bebe, Fluevog; last worn here in January with flared jeans
  • Coat (below) - Apparence, vintage 90s, thrifted; last seen here a couple of weeks ago


I liked all the folds and tucks and pleats in this outfit.
 Two swanky designer names, too! Gotta like that! I had several admirers of the pieces - now that we have all of our employees under one roof, it's a whole new crowd to show off my outfits to!

A special shout-out to one of our very first visitor to the office today, who actually reads my blog - Corinne! Hello! Thank you so much, and I am just tickled that you enjoy it.

Outerwear - more coziness and comfort, even though the snow has now all melted.
 The Unsafe Polar Bear coat!


  • Silk/cashmere pashmina - Portolano, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst


The stuff:
 Comfy shoes for Day 1. Also, shiny and pink!

Gold bling;
Some favourites.


  • Cuff - Trifari, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Bracelet - Lia Sophia, thrifted
  • Earrings - made by Sherri B
  • Ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's


There you go, that's what I've been up to. I'm tired, and I'm going to bed.

24 comments:

  1. Congrats on the big move Sheila! It sounds like you've made yourself pretty indispensible by being so capable and organised within your company, but hey that's a great thing and something to be very proud of.
    Cute as a button is what my American girlfriend used to say about me and is a term I often use myself now. And yes, you do in deed look cute as! I love the long skirt and with the accent of greens - particularly those shoes and the coat is the most feminine of shapes.
    You look whacked after all that hard work and I so hope you get to take it easy now. Chill baby, you've earned it!

    Anna x

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  2. glad that the big move is almost finished, but not so glad that you had to work for so many hours!, I think you deserve a reward! a big one!
    You managed to look cute as a button even when tired and busy! I really love that term! You really look lovely in your green shoes and fabulous coat, and that skirt!. And love your comfy&cool attitude!
    I understand totally that you took your time to eat chocolate, take care of yourself and watch some absurd tv (oh yes, those wedding dresses shows!). That's the kind of things I do when I feel really tired!
    besos & take care of yourself!

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    1. That would be nice, but I don't expect much - it'll be a challenge to take time off, too, but I know I need to do it. Thanks, enjoy the phrase! I loved my "off" night at home alone.

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  3. So glad that you have finished the big move. You have some very cool moving outfits I hope you have slept very, very, well.

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    1. I've slept like a log, thanks, Alli! My body is craving it.

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  4. Well done on a successful move. It sounds like such a lot of hard work!

    It was interesting to see you on all your casual gear. You looked fab and comfortable. I loved your striped skirt and green accessories - oh those green earrings are gorgeous!

    I hope you managed to get some days off in lieu for all that hard work and that you're sitting with your feet up chilling with Vizzini...

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    1. It was SO much work, unbelievable, Vronni. This is as casual as you will ever see me! Vizzini has really missed me, wants to cuddle all the time.

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  5. Oh my goodness Sheila - I hope you have some time off after coordinating the move and doing all that work - I'm glad it all went well, and I hope things settle down to normal and you get to relax a little and enjoy your new desk with sunlight! I've moved places in the office and I'm stuck away in a corner furthest from the windows, and to make it worse the people sitting next to the windows on the other side of the room frequently cover them with blinds. I miss my desk right next to the window enjoying the sunshine!

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    1. I've had a little, but I need more! The light is so nice, such a treat, after all this time.

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  6. Ooh... lovely snow pictures. I also like seeing your facial expressions. They're like a window into your mind.

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  7. U r totally cute as a button!!! Love the green with the chevron striped skirt. But, I rly love u in the sleeveless! Your arms are amazing and the tats are killahhhhhhh!

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    1. Thanks, Becky! Ha, my badassery is on display for all!

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  8. I've missed you too, Sheila! But oh my goodness, what a weekend you've had. I'm exhausted by just reading about it. I really hope you are over the worst now and that you will soon be back to normal working hours! Love the snowy photos, but you can keep it there, don't send it over to Belgium ;-) I'm loving your first outfit, the combination of that black and white skirt with the green is fabulous. Cute as a button indeed! xxx

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    1. It's been a really, really long week, for sure, Ann. Sorry, will keep our snow over here, yes, ma'am! Thank you!

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  9. Wow, did your company NOT get anyone else to help you? That's crazy - sounds as though you moved the entire office yourself! I hope you get to enjoy some much needed time off and/or some type of reward for your incredible efforts!

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    1. It was a team of people, but I looked after all of my stuff, and did all the little things. A lot people just stood around, gr...

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  10. You poor girl, you DO look tired! I hope your company realizes what an asset you are and treats you/pays you well. When I used to work (I'm retired now), I arranged an office move once and it almost killed me! And the little freak that I worked for didn't appreciate my efforts, so I got out of there as soon as I passed probation. Left him high and dry, but he deserved it. Karma you know...

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    1. Thanks, Gerrilyn, and my company is working to get me more coverage so that I can take more breaks and not be so exhausted.

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  11. Yay! So glad that epic move is out of the way and that you've lived to tell the tale.
    Loving your green outfit and how pretty you look with your hair up.
    I think we're sharing the same weather this week, sadly for me there's no castle! xxx

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    1. I never want to do that again. I hope your weather gets warmer soon!

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  12. You had me at that first outfit ! The green and the striped skirt look fabulous ! and I am glad that your office move is over. How stressful!
    That castle is soo endearing, what a great view to have.

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    1. Thank you, Lorena, the skirt is much better this time around, I think. I love the Castle - I don't go up there enough.

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