Hello, my friends! The long weekend is dwindling, and I have so much fun stuff to share, so let's get right to it.
First up: the Royal Wedding! I'm not going to go heavy into all the fashion or spectacle - I enjoyed it and liked the fashion. For a excellent round-up of the fashion, I recommend Go Fug Yourself's coverage (link here, because I love - I have been a fan of them for close to 10 years).
I stayed up all night for Charles' and Diana's wedding, and I watched Kate and Wills get married, so of course, I stayed up with two of my besties for it!
I stocked up on my British sodas. IRN BRU has been a favourite of mine since L and I went to Scotland in 1996. The Barr limeade and the Royalty Ginger Beer were delicious (I watered them down half and half with fizzy water to help cut the sweetness).
I made L move the microwave so I could get at my small colletion of good china and pieces from my childhood. I put out glasses for all of our beverages: crystal sherry glasses, vintage 70s green glass (used for the IRN BRU), champagne flutes for the prosecco, and china tea cups and saucers for the tea.
The violet set is one I used as a little girl at my Grandma J's house. I had another iridescent-finished tea cup set prior to this one, also with violets, but the cup broke (I still have the saucer, though). I think the other pieces are also Grandma J's.
I put out a bunch of fruit: fresh organic strawberries, green grapes, cubed watermelon.
Cat bought tiny tea cakes from Murchies, caramels, and Yvonne made crustless cucumber sandwiches.
Yvonne also brought an assortment of Walkers crisps.
Vizzini was very confused by us being up all night.
|"When is breakfast?"|
I managed to nap for an hour and a half in the early evening on Friday, but I never actually sleep when I nap - I just lie there and let my brain wander. I went to bed at 6:30am and got a whopping two hours of sleep before I got up and got ready for a game of Ultimate Frisbee. Woo, let's run around in the hot sun on two hours of sleep!
- Dress - Rachel Roy, thrifted; last seen here in August 2017 in the exact same outfit, right down to the accessories
- Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last worn here (4th outfit) for a shopping expedition in January
The pattern on the dress is little horned larks.
Got my contact in so that I can wear sunglasses to play.
Hands in pockets!
- Earrings - vintage furniture store
- Ring - local
I went to both the downtown WIN store and the WIN Boutique, looking for presents for L for his upcoming birthday, but didn't find much. I did find a few things for myself, though. Shocking!
I found another hematite necklace for my collection - this one is a shorter style, and was $3.95.
At the WIN Boutique, I found this cool double-wrap leather belt. I like the "hypno-buckle".
Sisley belts run up to $100+ for fancier designs.
I also found a really nice quality 100% merino wool sweater in a rich burgundy shade of red.
|"Colour me not impressed."|
Shopping out of season right now with this lovely jacket!
I think this is probably from the late 90s/early 00s.
|"I think I'm softer.You should give me a cuddle."|
I've had my eyes peeled for a sun hat for summer. All this hair I have now - I have to cover it up or it fades like crazy.
I was enamoured with this lovely blue sun hat too. It's malleable, so you can play with the shape and the brim.
This one's by Bianca Nygard, and was only $7.95.
Especially since it has an added bonus feature!
I came home and napped (lay there with my brain humming away still, thinking about my new-to-me purchases) for two hours, then I dressed for Winesday!
- Sweater - C. Wonder, thrifted; last seen here in April with whites
- Skirt - VanessaVirginia, thrifted; first worn here fully winterized in December 2017
- Shoes - Tsubo, thrifted; first seen here (3rd outfit, past all the closet swap-over stuff) in April with JPG sailor jeans
- Jacket - Dolce & Gabbana, thrifted; last worn here in April over Helmut Lang for The Beaches concert
Yup, that's a tired face!
- Dragon bangle - Lazy Susan's
- Earrings - local
- Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
On Sunday, L was a dear and let me sleep until I naturally woke up - it was 2pm by the time I blinked awake (Vizzini was snuggled up with me). We lolled around the house for a few hours, then strolled to town to join friends for Andrew's 50th birthday celebration.
Here is one of my very first party outfits ever featured on the blog, from May 2008. I don't have anything left in my wardrobe from that outfit.
- Berries and lilies dress - no label, vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in March 2016 to Urbanite at the Art Gallery
- Sandals - Dr. Scholls, thrifted; last seen here in April with black and red leather
- Fur jacket (below) - Bebe, vintage store; last worn here (3rd outfit) in December 2017 for my company Christmas party
This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. I was slightly visible in this outfit, as we walked to town and back.
The cut is impeccable. I feel like million bucks when I wear this dress.
Oh, yeah, I am.
Such gorgeous and unexpected colours.
It was windy out, and I was really glad I'd decided to wear both long sleeves and this little furry jacket.
We walked to town and back and I was snuggly warm.
And L dressed up too, of course. We arrived early, so grabbed a quick drink - the bartender commented on how we were dressed. Why not dress up?
- Earrings - vintage furniture store
- Turquoise ring - local
- Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
Oops, forgot my purse.
We got home at a respectable hour, so stayed up and played boardgames. This morning, we were up early for a walk to town for breakfast at Floyd's, followed by a quick grocery shop.
- Dress - H&M, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in September 2017 with these same boots
- Boots - Matisse, consignment; last seen here (2nd) outfit with a vintage circle skirt in April
It's slightly overcast but warm enough not to need a jacket.
- Belt - thrifted
- Green crystal ring - consignment
- Amber ring - c. 1996
- Earrings - vintage fair
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I need another one to recover!
Oh you women know how to celebrate a royal wedding! (I adored the bride's dress and the groom's uniform, and the Big Kiss). And you look splendid, natch, and wow! to that leather jacket. xoxReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Patti! Some scores this weekend!Delete
Ahhhhhhhh, there is just TOO. MUCH. TO. COMMENT. ON! I love that you had a royal party. Excellent choice of edibles there! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, Walkers crisps are NICE though you did seem to have those weird Lamb flavoured ones and Worcester Sauce ones- I prefer Prawn and Cocktail, Smoky Bacon etc!ReplyDelete
An excellent series of outfits- i particularly love the maxi skirt and the lovely floral maxi dress with the slits!
The charity shop items you got were excellent- that jacket loooks like one Martha wore in Dr Who too!x
Ha, welcome to my Bigass posts, Kezzie! I pack a lot in. :)Delete
Thanks - I think Yvonne picked weird flavours of crisps on purpose. Thank you so much! I love that leather jacket.
Absolutely love how beautifully you rocked this weekend She!!!!!ReplyDelete
Hey, hon! I missed you at Winesday! Thank you. Mwah!!Delete
Love your wedding party! I wish I could pull an all nighter. I start feeling sick if I stay up too late. I have also been a fan of Go Fug Yourself, but I don't always have time to keep up. I did read their book The Royal We and really loved it.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Charlotte! I haven't done an all-nighter in YEARS and by Sat night I was a wreck. Ooh, I haven't read their book, must check it out.Delete
Oh my, wonderful post, I'm going to need a few revisits here to absorb it all! I love the berries and lilies dress. You look spectacular! I love that feeling of confidence a great dress can give.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed the Royal wedding immensely, even shed a few tears. We were away from home visiting my in laws who live in a very rural area and their TV service was not connected, my cell phone and iPad service was not covered their internet is sketchy but that was working at 6am just in time for the wedding coverage on Utube. Whew, that was close. So I brewed a cup of coffee and sat at their computer and watched by my self.
Thank you, Amie! Yup, the berries and lilies dress always gets a lot of love - it's a stunning piece. We also shed tears at the wedding - happy tears!Delete
Wow! There is so much to love in this post, Sheila! I really like all of your outfits in this post! If I had to choose a fave though, it would have to be the berries and lilies dress! It's fab and you look absolutely amazing in it! Also, the food you had at your wedding party looks delicious! ;) XXXReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Sasha! I love that dress too.Delete
Oh woooww it seems like you had an event out of the wedding ! The glimpses I've gotten of it was off social media. I ran errands all Saturday long!ReplyDelete
You are rocking those floral print beauties... the long dark floral gown is GRANDIOSE ! you look like a queen in it.
We really made it special! It was a lot of fun, though, and worth staying up so late. Thank you - I love that dress. It's one of my number one favourites.Delete
I didn't watch the wedding, just snippets on social media, as I had a flea market to go to that day. Priorities ;-) Maybe I would have watched it if it were at night. I love it that you stocked up on British nibbles and drinks for the occasion. The vintage maxi dress you wore for the birthday party is glorious, and you and L. certainly make a fabulously stylish couple. No wonder you were complimented! Isn't it wonderful to dress up? xxxReplyDelete
Hee, totally - I also had priorities and shopped and did other stuff this weekend. It IS wonderful to dress up!Delete
The Berries and Lillies dress looks like it was made just for you. Fit perfectly and is my all time favorite so far. The rabbit fur on your shoulders finished it so nicely. You and L look like a power couple. You are blessed that your man values looking good too. So many prefer tee shirts and jeans for every occasion. I taped the wedding and watched it later when I woke up. My husband questioned why I would even want to watch, but then he proceeded to watch the whole thing with me. haha! I can't wait to see your new gray swooshy skirt. Glad you enjoyed your long weekend!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Robyn! That's one of my all-time favourite dresses. Yes, L is awesome for getting dressed up - I've trained him well. ;-PDelete
You are a trooper to stay up all might to watch the wedding. I still haven't seen it...I love your china so much. The dark floral cups and saucers are exquisite. I love a cup of tea in a fancy cup and saucer; it seems to taste so much better! I also loved your banquet - what a lovely array of snacks with a strong British theme..ReplyDelete
As for the clothes - brilliant. Wonderful florals and I've fallen in love with your floral maxi dress; you looked gorgeous and so did L. Your finds were excellent; that leather jacket looks lovely and I love the shape. I bought a hat, too, at a car boot sale this weekend for 1.00!
Hope you're having a good week.
There's something special about watching it live, to me. Using the old china did make it really fun.Delete
Thanks so much, Vronni! The floral dress is gasp-worthy! Happy week to you!
What a remarkable array a beautiful dresses. The prints that you are wearing are just fabulous. I am so glad that you enjoyed watching the wedding with your friends. That sounds very special and I know that many people really enjoy the romance and fairytale quality to it. I have not followed it much but think that it is healthy to see something good and hopeful for a change.ReplyDelete
What a remarkable array of beautiful dresses. The prints that you are wearing are just fabulous. The Maxi with that fur capelet is just stunning. I am so glad that you enjoyed watching the wedding with your friends. That sounds very special and I know that many people really enjoy the romance and fairytale quality to it. I have not followed it much but think that it is healthy to see something good and hopeful for a change.
I adore your beautiful assortment of bone china. That’s a lovely tribute to the British tradition. I have a thing for dishes and beautiful porcelain makes me very happy.
Your finds are excellent and I especially love your floppy hat and textured bag,
Thanks, Elle! I love the romance, the fashion, the pageantry of it all. And getting to do that with my besties really was awesome.Delete
Yes, that's a Sheila Hall of Fame dress, for sure. I love using my special pieces too.
I so wish I could have attended your wedding party! You and your friends are such fun people.ReplyDelete
It was a hoot! I hope you enjoyed the wedding!Delete
That's so funny that you and your mates get together for Royal Wedding parties. I think the last one I watched was Princess Anne's (best dress ever!) I've never heard of Royalty Ginger Beer but how very apt!ReplyDelete
I've sold a dress almost identical to your berries and lilies maxi recently - if it had been my size I'd have kept it, it looks fab on you!
Love that H&M dress on you, if you hadn't mentioned the make I'd have assumed it was vintage. xxx
This is the first time, actually, Vix! The local grocery store here carries all kinds of UK brands of food and drinks - I quite liked that ginger beer!Delete
Oh, how cool! I love this dress. I know, every so often H&M surprises me.
Such a busy weekend - but also such a colourful one! I'm loving the colour combos with that stunning dress at the end, and the knit and maxi skirt together. I am not really interested int eh royal wedding, but watching it with friends does sound like it would be fun - especially as you went to the effort of getting such appropriate snacks and drinks!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Mica! It was more about the company and the event than the actual wedding, but so fun!Delete
Love this mega post sweetie! You really know how to party don't you - you did the Royals proud! I had to work all day so only saw the highlights on the news, but she did look ever so regal I thought. Dressing up together is what you guys excel at - you both look fab!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Anna! It was such a fun time! I like to celebrate at every opportunity.Delete
As a Brit I love that you stayed up with your friends for a Royal wedding viewing party; it was British pageantry at its best, and very refreshing to see the public in Windsor so involved so that it wasn't just the elite on show as usual. I also had to giggle at your selection of wedding party nibbles (I agree that the Walkers crisps flavours are pretty awful and often leave a horrible aftertaste).ReplyDelete
I have to also say that that 70s dress is outstanding and you look amazing in it - please don't ever part with it!
We're very British over here, ha ha, thanks, Helen! I will never give up this gorgeous dress, no fear!Delete
First off, that maxi dress fits you like a dream - NEVER get rid of that dress!! I love how L's blue jacket coordinates with the blue in the dress.ReplyDelete
I didn't watch the wedding, but if I would have had a "watching party" like yours to go to, I would have been happy to!
I won't! I love it too - I've never seen anything like it.Delete