Monday, May 14, 2018

Belated Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Coat-Dress; Blue and Yellow Birthday; Ulti Gingham; Pink and Grey Ballet; Faintly Red; Jeans Week Dress, Pants

And...I'm back! This is going to be a big post, so grab a cuppa and settle in. You ready? 

Here's Friday. I finally put an outfit together to wear this Marni dress. 
 Or is it a coat? After wearing it for a day...well, I'll tell you what I think in a bit.

  • Coat/dress - Marni, consignment; purchased here for $19.50
  • Top (underneath) - Jean Paul Gaultier, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in April for brunch
  • Boots - Prepare Guides, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in April with the same top (as above)

I like a challenging piece! And it's Marni (never heard of Marni? Vogue has been covering them since 2007 here, linking 'cause I love), so I'm willing to give it a little more leeway because my little fashionable heart loves finding high-end designer pieces for under $20.00.
 I enjoyed this casual look for a Friday. It started getting sunny, and these tights and wool boots felt far too warm by the end of the day.

Yeah, who am I kidding - this isn't a dress!
 But I wore it as one! I layered a sheer top under it, and did wear a short thrifted half-slip on the bottom for modesty.

But I think I'll save this for wearing overtop of a full outfit next time.
 Oh well, live and learn, right?

I do look cute with the hood up!
 I popped it up for a couple of my coworkers. Aw!

The stuff:
 Probably the last wearing of these boots until it gets cooler out.

Silver bling:
When the weather gets hot, I wear more bracelets and fewer rings (my fingers get puffy).

  • Cuff - thrifted
  • Bangle - local
  • White gold earrings - Frances Jewelers, 10th anniversary gift from L
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

I raced home from work on Friday, and got changed.
 Blue and yellow! L and I walked to town and met up with Mom for her birthday dinner at Zambri's. Yum!

This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Go, go, go!

  • Dress - Nanette Lepore, thrifted; first worn here in March with white and gold
  • Shoes - Karl Lagerfeld; last seen here in September 2017 with pink and birds
  • Capelet (below) - Danier, thrifted

It was a warm evening - after dinner, Mom and I strolled to the theatre.
 We both "tsk-tsk"ed about how people don't dress up for the theatre anymore.

Why wouldn't you dress up? It's an occasion!
"What? I'm wearing my tux all the time!"
 I wore my little chartreuse green faux fur and satin cape - the theatre ended up being a bit chilly, so I was glad to have this.
"Wait, this is a better profile of me."
 I even did a fancy bag for the evening!
"Doesn't look like it will hold me..."
 We went to see the local production of "9 to 5", the musical.
 It was fluffy, amusing and I loved all the 80s outfits.

The stuff:
 Wearing my sunshine! I would have preferred to wear my yellow heels, but not for walking to town.

Colourful bling:
 I had fun playing with all the colours in the purse fabric.

  • Purse - Aldo
  • Leather belt - Liz Claiborne, vintage, thrifted
  • Bangle - local
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Turquoise ring - local
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

On Saturday, we had enough people to play Ultimate Frisbee, so off to the field L and I went!
 It was gloriously sunny and bright, with only a light wind.

  • Dress - CoVelo Clothing Inc., thrifted; purchased here for $6.00
  • Shoes - BCBGeneration, consignment; purchased here for $13.50
  • Coat (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here last week

This is the first wearing of this thrifted silk dress - I bought it back in October 2017 and have been patiently waiting for warm weather and the start of Ulti season.
 I tend to collect dresses that are easy off/easy on, as I change into workout wear when I get to the field. After the game, I peel off my gross sweaty clothes and put on my light dress. One zip, and I'm done.
 I like to put my best foot forward when I'm out in public, even if I'm a little sweaty. I love the oversized gingham print and the bubbled hem. Lots of room in my booty!

This dress has pockets, which is always a win!
 I'm all sunblocked up too.

Outerwear - I wear contacts to play Ulti so that I can wear sunglasses on the field.
 Not these sunglasses (they are my "cool for wearing in public" ones), but a sporty pair that gives me good coverage.

The stuff:
 These shoes were good, but probably would have rubbed a wee bit less if I'd had a socklet on.

  • Cuff - Rimanchik
  • Earrings - gift from Megan Mae

Mr. Stretchy greeted us when we got home.
"I'm just reminding you that I'm here..."
 He's a funny thing.
"...and I have at tum that's not going to rub itself, Woman."
 Tummy rubs ensued.

L and I went to see the new Avengers movie on Sunday. There were maybe 10 people in the theatre, ah...
 First wearing of this pretty pink velvet top.

  • Top - Maccs, consignment; purchased here for $22.00
  • Skirt - Li's, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in March for brunch
  • Shoes - Portia, thrifted; last worn here in September 2017 with the eyeball dress
  • Jean jacket (below) - Ann Taylor Loft, NYC; last seen here the same weekend as the shoes in September 2017 to see the New Pornographers in concert

The problem with velvet: it clings to everything. You basically can't wear any other fabric near it.
 I loved how this looked, though.

I felt like a velvety princess in my ballet skirt.
 Tulle is so pretty and swooshy! Walking to town and back, this skirt swirled and billowed around me.

Covered up in my jean jacket, the ultimate sunblocker. It really caught on the velvet - most annoying.
 Enjoyed the movie!

The stuff:
 These shoes really should not have been worn without little footlets in them. I got blisters in a few areas. However, I love them, so they are not going anywhere, although I usually have little patience for shoes that hurt. I need to toughen up my feet for going bare in shoes again!

Silvery bling:
 Simple pieces.

  • Dragon bangle - Lazy Susan's
  • Bangle - local
  • Shield ring - Nine West
  • Death Star ring - Soul Flower
  • Earrings - Lazy Susan's

Vizzini was sneetching on the benches later.
"Too hot for the deck."
 Later on Sunday night, we headed back to town to go see a folk band, Pharis and Jason, playing at the Upstairs Lounge.
 Knowing it would be hot and crowded, I went with a very comfy dress and shoes.

  • Dress - Talbots, consignment; last seen here in February with tan
  • Shoes - Born, consignment; last worn here (3rd outfit) a week ago with the Spanish ladies

We arrived to a line-up...waiting...
 Then managed to get a standing area (no seats). More waiting...
 And then they finally started...

But by then, it was roasting hot, very crowded...and my anxiety kicked in.
 I had a panic attack and momentarily blacked out! L and a couple of security guards gently guided me outside to a bench and gave me some water and ice in a towel. It was scary!

We take our mental health for granted - I manage my anxiety pretty well by managing my surroundings (I don't go to big crowded festivals, and I like to have my own seat). This was unfortunately just a "perfect storm" of too much standing, not being able to sit, not being able to have my own secure space, and it being too hot and crowded. I fainted.
 I am fine, please don't be concerned! This has happened to me before, but not for a long time. It reminded me to not be nonchalant about making sure my needs are met. L and I rested for a bit, and then cabbed home. We missed the concert, but I felt so much better away from that tiny space and the crowds!

The stuff:
 Not that I wore any of it for very long! The shoes helped my sore feet.

  • Purse - Accessorize, thrifted
  • Belt - thrifted
  • Gold earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L

This happy boy gave me lots of purr-therapy.
"All the cool cats hang out on the deck."
 I couldn't face sitting and blogging for hours (these bigass posts take time!), so I skipped last night and you get the start of my work's Jeans Week for Monday.
 I only own two pairs of jeans, so be assured you will be seeing those this week! I also own two denim dresses and a denim skirt, so all five outfits for the week are planned out.

Linking back to Elle at The Elle Diaries, who linked to me as a "second-hand first/thrift shopper". You bet I am! This whole outfit is thrifted! She mentions some serious food for thought about our fashionable shopping and consumption habits. Go read her post!

  • Dress - Only, thrifted; last seen here in January with layers of blue and grey
  • T-shirt (underneath) - Plum, thrifted; last worn here in April with lace and houndstooth
  • Pants - Topshop, thrifted; last seen here in June 2017 with orange
  • Sandals - Van Eli, thrifted; last worn here (last outfit, way down at the bottom) in September 2017 with velvet for theatre with Mom

I really liked the change-up of wearing this dress layered like a long vest.
 It's a little different, but change is good.

I took the self-belt out of the loops and threaded my grommet belt on.
 A cropped pant underneath, and a shiny black t-shirt for coverage.
 Gotta love the pockets!

The stuff:
 These shoes are starting to disintegrate. The insides are falling apart. They're still wearable, but I'll be on the lookout for another heeled black sandal.

Black bling:
 Round things and square things.

  • Belt - gift from Ruth
  • Zipper rose - Victoria & Albert Museum gift shop, London
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Death Star ring - Soul Flower
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

And leaving you with another picture of stretchy ol' Vizzini.
"I'm *this* long!"
And how was your weekend?


  1. Lots of outfit goodness here.... glad you survived the concert.... I am getting more and more into the dress over pants thing—changes things up!

    1. Thanks, Linda! This is my second go-round with dresses over pants - I like it, but in a limited way (not all the time). I appreciate your good vibes re: the concert, thank you.

  2. I'm sorry about the bad concert experience. I have similar needs so I know how important it is to take care of ourselves. The outfits are great; my favorite is the blue-yellow combination.

    1. It's up there with one of the worst experiences, for sure! Thank you, Ally.

  3. Ooh it's fab to see how you styled the Marni dress/top - love, love the hood! And so sorry about your panic attack, they are scary. Know that you are not alone with the big crowd, no place to sit triggers, and a big hug. The hug is for you and a belly rub for V! xox


    1. Thank you, Patti! I know I'm not alone, which is why I shared it here. Thank you, hugs back to you and your furry babies.

  4. Apart from seeing Vizzini, seeing your blue and yellow outfit, with the cute chartreuse capelet and that fab little bag, made me happy! If there's any occasion you should definitely dress up for, I think it's the theatre. I can't get my head around people being all casual for an evening at the theatre! Love your red maxi too! Sorry to hear your anxiety problems made you faint. I don't do small spaces and/or big crowds either!xxx

    1. Thank you, Ann! I know, it should be a rule - turn people away who aren't dressed up! Well, I guess that wouldn't happen, but jeez, people!

      I am usually able to do a small venue like this (I've been here before) but this particular time just didn't work for me. Thank you.

  5. Check you out ! A post full of amazing dresses and combinations. That Marni dress is such a challenging piece, I am not sure how I would wear it. The blue dress, the red dress, the gingham dress... they all look so good. But my fave is the velvet top with the princess like skirt ! Total winner.

    1. Yes, the Marni piece is a tricky one. I have a feeling I'll be wearing it as a light piece of outerwear. Thanks, Lorena!

  6. Loving the blue and red dresses and how good that denim wonder looks worn over the trousers also loving Mr V and his coy poses. I despair of the lack of dressing up for the theatre, WTF is the matter with people?
    Not loving your panic attack and glad you were looked after. xxx

    1. Thanks so much, Vix! Tsk, I just shake my head at the casual people at the theatre. Thank you for the good vibes - it was a scary thing!

  7. I am loving this divine smorgasbord of outfits. There are way too many presented here for me to comment cogently on them all. Such is the state of my mind. However I do love your first look, and agree that you look adorable with the hood on. The blue tights in that outfit is a fabulous color and texture.
    Check to the checked pants and denim dress worn as a test. Very beautiful and your signature style which is so fresh.
    Thank you for the shout out. I do mean what I say and I truly admire your gifts and your sense of individual responsibility.
    That Aldo bag bag is fabulous !

    1. Thank you so much, Elle! So many outfits, sorry to overwhelm! You are too kind, thank you so much!

  8. Gosh, a panic attack. Never would have thought you suffer from them. You seem so cool and collected. Luckily you seem to have ot well under control.
    Your outfits are, as always, daring and well styled. I love the daring that you put in an outfit. Nothing dreary. As for the Marni coat/ dress.. how is the fastening at the front? I cannot see a zip or buttons. If there aren’t, surely it cannot be a coat?

    1. It's all "fake it till you feel it", Greetje! I debated whether to even mention it on my blog (it will scare my mom), but I felt it was important to let people see that side of me.

      Aw, thank you! "Daring" is a great adjective for my style! The Marni dress/coat thing pulls on over your head - no fasteners at all. I may have to spend some time on Vogue's site, crawling through the old collections, to figure out what the heck it is.

  9. Love the outfits especially the last one and the gingham dress with the white jacket and red shoes - classy!

    Vizzini looks like he should belong to 'The Incredibles' family; it was the mother who was so stretchy and bendy I recall; it's a kid's film but I loved it!

    Glad to hear the panic attack was over quickly but a shame you missed the concert.

    Have a fab week.

    1. Thank you so much, Vronni! Hee, yes, Vizzini is very much an "Incredibles" cat - I love that movie! He's Elasticat!

      I don't regret missing the concert - we bought two CDs!

  10. As always, I love all your outfits. There's no need to be boring when it's just as easy to put on a dress as it is a tee shirt and jeans (and way more comfy!) I think the blue dress is my favorite and also the denim dress over the pants. Your kitty is so sweet, I just love him.

    1. Thank you, Robyn! I know, right? It's easier to wear a dress than almost anything else! Vizzini thanks you for your kind compliment!

  11. Houndstooth + Denim + PUNK RAWK belt is AWESOME! Love your art!

  12. This post was just packed with great outfits!!! Glad you were ok from the feint---you know to take care!

    1. Thank you, Becky! I know, and I'm usually really good at taking care of myself, but I pushed it, and paid the price.

  13. So many gorgeous outfits in this awesome post, Sheila! They all look so fab! I especially love the blue and yellow combo and the denim dress as a vest with cropped pants. I'm sorry to hear about your panic attack. They are very scary, that's for sure. I so want to give Vizzini a cuddle! XXX

    1. Thank you so much, Sasha! It was scary, but I feel a lot better now, thank you. I will give the Vizz-meister a cuddle for you. :)

  14. Elle is a great blogger and it's so sweet she mentioned you, and well deserved too! I really can't pick which dress outfit I like more! I'm partial to blue and yellow but the red and gold is gorgeous too. So sorry to hear you missed the concert. I once went to a concert with my sister, where someone crowd surfed and kicked her in the head. After fighting to get to the bar they gave us ice, we declined the ambulance (at the time I wasn't sure if the $300 ambulance fee was still valid, they have changed it now!) and instead I called up my boyfriend and he and his dad picked us up, drove us to the hospital! My parents were in another state and we were freaking out and I was scared my sister had concussion, it was not a fun memory of the concert. We enjoyed the bits we could see though, glad that you are recovered from your fainting and hope you enjoyed a little of it before you had to leave.

    1. I know, what a sweet thing of her to do! I agree, the bright bold colours are so fun.

      Whoa, what a freaky thing to happen at a concert! You wouldn't catch me in a crowd on the floor (ever). I hope your sister was okay! Sorry for bringing that trauma back for you, Mica!

  15. lots of fab outfits!, the Marni dress/coat/whatever looks really cool with your grey boots and textured tights, lovely!, it rocks as a dress!
    Love you in the blue dress with yellow accessorizing!, love particularly your yellow bag, it's so stunning!, and your earrings match it! brilliant!
    Also love your gingham dress (it looks so comfy!) and those red sneakers!, and so lovely velvet and tulle ensemble, you look gorgeous in it!
    Sorry that you couldn't enjoy the concert, but anyway you looked fabulous and your comfort and welfare are first!. Lovely red dress, I'm looking forward to see it once more!
    And I love particularly your dress over pants ensemble, what a fabulous layering, fabulous accessories and fabulous attitude!

    1. Thanks so much, Monica! Glad you enjoyed the outfits this past weekend. I was really pleased with the dress-over-pants look.

  16. Wow, what a huge post! Surprisingly my favourite is the simple blue dress with yellow accessories. And the denim dress over trousers, now there's another piece of styling inspiration for me!
    I'm a bit like you Sheila, in that I get a bit panicky in big crowds and feel a bit claustrophobic in these types of situations. You did the right thing by just retreating - mental well being is the most important thing - without it we are nothing.

    Anna x

    1. Thanks, Anna, I like those too.

      It's so good that we can talk about these things and know that we are not alone. Thank you.


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