Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Swan and Bark, and a Stylish Encounter

Only a smidge under 9 hours today - I actually got home and it was still sort of light out. Today, things got a bit better. I'll be taking Friday afternoon off work and enjoying a long weekend full of restorative down-time and activities with my best friends. There might even be some shopping in there.
 Speaking of shopping, I just did my delicates laundry last night (L does the bulk of it, but I wash my "good" clothes), and am just getting around to wearing some of my most recent purchases.

  • Top - Divided by H&M, thrifted; purchased here for $5.95
  • Skirt - Gunex, thrifted; last seen here in October 2017 with mixed plaid
  • Shoes - Channi B; last worn here (2nd & 3rd outfits) in December 2017 with vintage sparkle and then mint
  • Coat (below) - Rodarte for Opening Ceremony, consignment; last seen here over my last outfit of 2017

 Like most of the tops that I bought on my last trip, this is short sleeved and more spring/summer-appropriate. This one is now shelved for the seasonal closet changeover in a month, as are the other tops. It'll be like Christmas when I clean out the stash.

I liked the swan image on this top - my city has swans (check out this strange history of swans in Victoria!), and I have many memories of going to the park to feed the ducks and swans when I was a child. Shame about the boring back. I'll probably wear this a couple of times and then pass it along. I wore a cami under it for warmth.
I have bruises all over my legs from the move still
My lovely "bark" skirt (it's perma-crinkled with a bark-like texture) perked me up, as I discovered it billows when I go down the stairs in our new building.

Outerwear - one of my favourite finds of the year, this coat is a star.
 I was standing at a crosswalk on the way home with a wee young lady and her dad. She was in glitter gold boots, a faux fur jacket and polka dot skirt - with matching polka dot sunglasses.

Of course, I had to congratulate her on her A+ styling! She was so excited ("She picked it all out herself," said dad), and we admired all the parts of each other's outfits. I petted her brown furry coat; she touched my faux-Persian lamb sleeves and faux fur glove cuffs.
 "Rock on, little stylish chick," I said as we crossed. It was the best part of my day.

  • Fur scarf - thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 I've always liked brown and tealy-blues together. These shoes were heavenly. They always are.

Brassy and blue bling:
Did you notice the fur brooch on my top? I liked how it picked out the soft blue in the top.

  • Fur brooch - Catawumpus Fudge & Funk
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Chain bracelet - Club Monaco
  • Tortoiseshell bracelet - J. Crew
  • Feather ring - Fossil, thrifted
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Thank you all for your supportive comments - it means so much to me, and I've teared up more than once reading them.


  1. So glad you are feeling better and you have some time off on Friday - I hope you have a wonderful weekend and don't think about work at all! I can just imagine you nd the little girl admiring each other's outfits: how lovely! I think you rock!

    1. Thank you so much, Alli! It was such a nice little moment with the girl.

  2. I can see why you love this coat Sheila - what a fabulous shape! Your fashion encounter story is lovely and would have given that girl such a boost.

    Not long til you get some me-time!

    Anna x

    1. It's an amazing piece, Anna - a lifetimer, for sure.

  3. Aww that encounter with the stylish little girl is so sweet! While still a long day for you, I'm glad it was an improvement and that things are looking up - your planned day of relaxation sounds well deserved and much needed!

  4. I really like your blog. it is nautical and you have great stylizations. I am sorry for my English, I prefer to speak rather than write. I know I should learn a long time, but in England I do not permanently live, I have lived here for many years, but I want to return to my homeland of Poland. I love your ideas and are inspiration. London is a place where there are many interesting SH's, I like such clothes because they are unique.

    1. Thanks, Jolanta! Your English is much better than my Polish. :)

  5. I bet you made the little girls' day too. Love your skirt, and your shoes are divine. Hope you have a relaxing fun weekend.

  6. I love a billowing skirt! Shame about the plain black back of that lovely swan top. But with the Victoria connection, of course you had to have it. That little girl must have been so thrilled, what a lovely thing to do! xxx

    1. Me too! The back of the top is a dark brown, actually. Maybe with a lighter top, it won't be as stark. It was a delightful encounter.

  7. Your hubby helps with laundry? And he looks stylish?! You really won the Husband Lottery. :-)

    1. Helps? He does all of it, except for my little load of delicates. My ex did all the laundry too. We split the chores evenly.

  8. How fabulous that you had the time to stop and compliment someone !
    Oh and that H&M top looks like it was made for that skirt. For a moment i thought it was a dress.

    1. It was just one of those moments - I had to! She was so cute. Thanks, Lorena!

  9. I noticed the fur brooch straight away but thought it was a pom pom!
    A lovely outfit and the shoes look so comfy but stylish.

    I like the sound of the wee fasionishta!

    1. I love my mink brooch. Thanks, Veronica! She was adorable.

  10. Skirts that billow, tees with swans, and a fabulous coat to boot! The fur brooch, sweeeet!
    I’m glad you did some laundry because I love this outfit! I’m sorry I’ve been a bit absent, I was on vacation. Very happy to be home and reading your posts once again .

    1. All the good things! No worries, I've been absent as well, Elle. It's life.


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