Sunday, May 27, 2018

Swooshy Weekend Wrap-Up: Princess Jelly-Deer, Tricks, Green Shopping, Portraits, Silk and Fringe

Happy weekend, my friends! I hope you've had a good one. My weekend started wonderfully with a lovely Friday. 

My interpretation of Casual Friday. Princess Jelly-Deer!
 I wanted to wear this lovely swooshy skirt and I liked how it went with the sparkly necklace (necklace theme alert!). The print on my sweater is a deer/jellyfish hybrid, hence jelly-deer.

I'm linking up to:


Now, details:

  • Sweater - Kersh, screened by Pina, thrifted; last worn here in August 2017 with turquoise suede
  • Skirt - S. Oliver, thrifted; purchased here for $6.95
  • Shoes - Portia, thrifted; last worn here (4th outfit) two weeks ago
  • Fur jacket (below) - Bebe, vintage store; last seen here last weekend

The silly element of the odd print is what makes this outfit for me. I informed all my coworkers, "I am Princess Jelly-Deer. You may call me "Your Highness."
When I was out for lunch, an old lady with a walker hollered at me, "I like the animal with the horns." It took me a second to realize she was talking about the print.

This skirt was lovely to wear - very swooshy! It was a windy day and it swooped and billowed in a very fun way. I did have to be careful of my office chair wheels and not to step on it when climbing stairs (it's quite long), but that's skirt wrangling for ya - we all do it!
 It also shows every mark on it, and was covered by the end of the day - into the wash it goes!

Please admire the swoosh.
 Just begging to be swirled!

I could find no better jacket than my fancy fur one.
 And it was the perfect outfit to break out my new purse.

You might have noticed that my skirt has a big fold in the middle of the front. Or maybe you didn't??
Safety pins = klassy
 The skirt is a size large, and the waist is a little loose on me so I safety-pinned it - I didn't want to risk stepping on it and accidentally pulling it down!  That's a totally "Sheila" thing to do, by the way. I know myself.

The stuff:
 I wore knee high nylons to make these shoes easier on my toes, which are still a tad tender from the last time I wore them.

Princess bling:
 My new-to-me Sherman set. I actually wore this necklace for the Royal Wedding, and found a piece of the string hang-tag still looped through one of the links. I had a ton of compliments on it. Such a pretty set!

  • Necklace/earrings - Sherman, vintage 60s, thrifted; purchased for a total of $24.00
  • Bracelet - Coro, vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

Speaking of Klassy tricks with clothes, here are some bulldog clips.
 And my lovely leather on fabric purse, by BCBG Paris, thrifted (first wearing).

And here are Friday's Alexander McQueen pants. I wore them in the office with heels, which were perfect with the extra-long pants, but I walk to and from work and I wear sneakers.
 Those cuffs are too long, and I don't want the backs getting all frayed. What to do!?

Answer: you fold the cuffs up once (or however many times you need).
 And you clip those clips on either side, near the side seam. I don't recommend clipping on the seams, as it's thicker there and the clip might fall off (I've had it happen).

My work had a social committee event after work, which I stayed at for a few hours (swooshing my skirt for my coworkers), and then I met L for Thai food after.

Vizzini's been very happy to have us around all weekend. We played boardgames all weekend, every night - it's a lovely way to hang out with my fam.
"I'm on patrol, Woman. There are birds to watch."
 He keeps an eye on the sparrows, the crows and the seagulls.
"The seagulls are the enemy!"
 The crows don't like him much, either. They caw at him.
"They taunt me so."
 On Saturday, L and I walked to Floyd's Diner and had breakfast with Nick. Not enough people this weekend for a game of Ultimate Frisbee, but it was kind of a plus since I had to do L's birthday present shopping.
 Easy shopping shoes and clothes. Layers and swoosh. Very important components of any outfit.

  • Wool cardigan - Theory, thrifted; first worn here in February belted over a red dress
  • Blouse - Jacob, thrifted; last seen here under embroidered velvet in November 2017
  • Skirt - See by Chloe, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in September 2017 with this same blouse (I'm so original)
  • Shoes - Karl Lagerfeld; last seen here (2nd outfit) with bright blue for the theatre a couple of weeks ago

Super-casual - I knew I'd be in for a 4+ hour day shopping. I so love to spoil L on his birthday!
 I went all over town, and while I'd love to show you what I found (I shop second-hand and local retail for my guy), L does read these posts!

It was another breezy but sunny day, so I was nicely covered up and also swooshy.
 I love this gorgeous skirt - it is two layered of micro-pleated fabric, with open loops along the hems. It's really a treasure.

My cardi's got pockets.
 I'm talking to L who is on the computer there. "Yes, this is the last picture, let's go!"

The stuff:
Those are good shopping shoes. I walked all over town and schlepped my bags home after, just in time for dinner and more board games. 

  • Ear-balls - Dior, consignment

I found a few things for myself (I usually do...). This was just too fun to leave behind at the WIN warehouse store. 
 It's a chain bra, but I like it worn above the boobs. It's pretty crazy, but I have a fun event coming up and can see this worn over a top.

It was $9.95. It's very nice quality.
 I am sure it's for belly-dancing.

I fell in love with these Biko earrings at Verve consignment. I've never heard of this name, but turns out they are a Canadian company, and these were made in Canada (link here, 'cause I love).
 These were $40.00. They were probably around $75+ new.

I love the swooshy fan shape.
 I'm excited about these.

I also found a dress at Verve, for $45.00 (it was substantially marked down from $129.00).
 It's a slight swing dress cut. I really like the high collar with the bow.

I like the pattern a lot too - especially the turtle shooting fireworks out of his bum.
 That's what I see - any guesses as to what that is on the right?

It's by Birds of North America, and it's made in Canada
 It's a lovely polyester - I thought for sure it was silk, but no - and it's fully lined with the same fabric, which is a nice touch.

It's called the Tattler (and you can match me - it's for sale here! FYI, only). It's on sale new for $129.00
 I'm excited to wear it.

I should not have stopped in Footloose shoes. It is a dangerous store. I tend to stalk shoes there until they go on sale or end up in the "last pairs" section.
 These were the last pair. They are by Sol Sana, and are designed in Australia.

These were marked down to $120 from $240. Yay, half price!
 I am also super excited to wear these - they are incredibly comfy. I love that big blocky heel.

Since my rust-coloured sandals were kicked out of my closet, I had my radar set for a replacement pair. I don't mind paying for good quality shoes when they are just right!
 These are by Chie Mihara, and are amazing to wear. I have owned 2 pairs of her shoes (these, still in my closet, and these, since passed along). They are expensive, but worth it, and I was lucky to find my size at half price: $199.50, from $399.00.

Look at these beauties! They remind me of the 70s and also of the 30s before that.
And see, they are not actually that high - it's all platform. You're going to be seeing these soon. I love them. 

 After I showed off all my goodies to L, we played Arkham Horror. Vizzini helps.
"I'm stealing pieces when you aren't looking."
 He does whack pieces off the table.
"I resemble these accusations, I admit it."
Aw, my two guys!

Today, I got up early and coloured my hair. It fades so fast. And now it's dark, but it'll lighten up until it's time to dye it again. Gah, hair.
 I walked to town to get groceries (they just arrived as I was writing this post), and then strolled home in the sun. Another lovely, breezy day, and another swooshy outfit.

  • Dress - Kate Moss Topshop, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in August 2017 for a casual weekend
  • Shoes - Ecote, thrifted; last seen here (last outfit) in September 2017 at the end of a big vacation break
  • Jean jacket (below) - Ann Taylor Loft, NYC; last worn here a couple of weekends ago

I've decided that this dress is done with me. I love the bottom of it, I mean, look at the volume!
 But I really don't like how the top fits. Too much boobage, and I don't like the waistband that high up. It will look great on...someone else. Caro?

I covered up with my jean jacket and my squishable hat.
 I only wore this outfit for maybe 2 hours. Good enough.

  • Hat - Bianca Nygard, thrifted

The stuff:
I still like these sandals, and they are weird and comfortable, which equals "keeper" in my book. 

  • Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L

Vizzini's ears perfectly express how I feel about going back to work tomorrow. 
"I don't like it."

Yes, exactly!


  1. She! Being called out is totally the best. Looking forward to trying on that beautiful dress <3/balls
    Ps. Love your new Birds is Cda dress. Excited to see how you showcase it.

    1. It was odd, for sure! Yes, the dress is all yours if it works for you, hon. I'm wearing the Birds dress today - hope you like it!

  2. Oh yes, jelly deer is the best! I love tops like that. And your new jewelry is glorious too, can't wait to see you wear those earrings, xox


  3. Looking fab in your swooshy skirt/jelly deer outfit, Your Highness ;-) I'm loving your finds, especially the fan-shaped earrings and that cute pussy bow dress. Those Chie Mihar shoes are stunning although, having found several pairs of shoes for next to nothing lately, I did cringe a bit when I saw their price. I'd love to see what you'll do with the chain bra! xxx

    1. Thank you, Ann! I know - but I find so many things for CHEAP, and shoes are really hard for me to find second-hand, especially when I want a very specific look. These are very good quality and well worth the $$. I hope they last for years!

      I'm nervous/excited about the chain bra!

  4. I want to touch that first long swooshy skirt... it looks like a dream to wear and I like the idea of it being a casual top and more formal skirt, the balance is interesting and gets reactions like those of the lady who passed by.

    1. Isn't it cool? It feels like silk (but isn't). I like to mix dressy and casual - it's fun! (that lady was odd).

  5. Wow! What an amazing skirt! You're the Queen of Swoosh!

  6. I really love that BCBG handbag and that *gorgeous* Sherman necklace! I am so amazed that you got it for $24!!! Check out the prices on Etsy for similar (and not nearly as pretty as this one).

    1. Thanks so much, Chrissy! Oh, I know Sherman is pricey! The necklace was actually only $14.00 and the earrings were $10. Such a score!

  7. I just bought a couple of Birds of North America dresses at their last sale - they're great! Hooray for Canadian companies.

    1. It was superb quality - I was really impressed. I'm going to keep an eye out for more of their clothes. Agreed, yay for Canadian companies!

  8. Loving all these long swishy skirts this time Sheila! And yes, I'm bowing to the princess as I write this. The jelly deer top is a favourite of mine - long may it reign!

    Anna x

    1. I didn't even realize I had so much swoosh going until I wrote this post, Anna! Thanks so much.

  9. mwahaha, 'princess jelly-deer', you're fabulous, and how lovely that the blue deer echoes your glasses color! and all the blue shades in the accessories! and the swooshy skirt is so fabulous! Gorgeous!
    Also lovely swooshy skirt and yellow ballerinas, comfy&cool!
    Sorry that you're not totally happy with the last dress, I love the asymetric shape and all the different patterns!. And the hippie-chic vibe!
    Looking forward to see what you do with the chain-bra thing!

    1. Hee hee, I do like to have fun with my fashion! I like that dress too, but it just doesn't work on my body type. That's okay, I'll just pass it along.

  10. Oh Sheila how kind of you to mention me here!
    I was swooshing in a skirt today ... BUT... I've been well and truly out-swooshed by yours.

    1. I've been really enjoying your posts lately, Samantha! Sorry I'm so late to the party with your link-ups. I'll be a regular going forward. :)

  11. Ya gotta love a post with great shoes and lots of photos of a very handsome cat. I'm looking forward to seeing how you wear the chain bra.

    1. I'm slightly regretting the chain bra...we'll see. Vizzini is a handsome fellow!


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