L and I both took Friday and Monday off, giving our busy weekend bookends of blissful quiet and sanity. We slept in a bit on Friday and went for brunch at Shine.
- Cardigan - Joseph A, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in August with silk palazzo pants
- Sleeveless cashmere sweater - J. Crew; first worn here in September for a Visible day
- Skirt - Linea Domani, thrifted; first worn here in April with olives and orange
- Shoes - Eject; last seen here with many greens in June
Look at that lovely blue sky!
Mister Vizzini was bugging me while I took my pictures. He likes it when we're home.
|"I do? I'm barely tolerating this cuddling, Woman."|
It was a lovely afternoon, hanging out with my sweetie, L.
|"The Man is adequate, I suppose."|
I'm keeping this cardigan and sweater out in my fall/winter wardrobe. I love the light olive colour of the cardigan.
|"Aren't you done yet?"|
And you never know when you'll need a pop of yellow with some dark wintery outfit!
- Green stone ring - consignment
- Amber ring - c. 1996
- Ear-balls - Dior, consignment
We stopped in at Good Things Vintage, where I found this cool ring.
It was on sale in the shop for $14.00, but you can see the original price of $55.00 there.
I also popped into a little consignment shop (I can never remember the name, gah), where I found a jammie dress on the half price rack.
It's by Michael Kors and was $39.55.
On Friday night, we went out for dinner with Cat and Ross and Yvonne and Randall, then we all strolled over to Urbanite at the Art Gallery for a three-hour party!
- Dress - Club Monaco, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in May 2016 for Yvonne's 50th birthday party (I have short purple hair in a swoosh, and no arm tattoos!)
- Shoes - Sol Sana; purchased here last week for $125.00
- Coat (below) - Kimchi Blue; last worn here a couple of weeks ago
I love shopping my closet for one of my many seldom-worn party dresses - I have several that I just rotate every 3-4 years. I've had this green satin dress for a long time, through a few hair colors and cuts!
I'd planned to wear another outfit entirely, and then changed my mind at the last minute to wear this deep forest green.
Did you spot my secret technology?
Ready with the yeti!
I didn't even realize until I lined them up that the suede is cut to be exactly matching on each foot.
- Steel cuff - thrifted
- Silver earring - Brenda Schoenfeld, 1992, vintage mall
- Stud earring - don't remember
- Crystal ring - Soul Flower
- F#@! rings - Wendy Brandes
- Star Trek pin - MoPop gift shop, Seattle
- Wood grain button - Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
- Purse (above) - vintage, gift from Megan Mae
We had an awesome time hanging out with our friends, checking out the exhibits, and enjoying the DJ, and people-watching.
We crashed into bed late, and spent a lazy morning around the house. As I was getting ready, Vizzini was lurking.
|"I suspect something is up."|
He was right - time to get our travel gear on!
- Dress - Michael Kors, consignment; purchased the day before for $39.55.
- Shoes - Clarks, consignment; last seen here (4th outfit) in April for Easter with my family
- Coat (below) - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here in August
He was so right.
|"I know this backpack! You're leaving me!"|
Yup! L and I did a 24-hour vacation to Vancouver to attend our friends Andrew and Theresa's wedding.
We also haven't really had a travel holiday this year, so when we got the invite we thought, "Why not!? Let's do it!"
My only issue was that due to the fishnet tights I have on, it clung to them a bit and rode up. I resolved this by wearing a short half-slip but still had to be vigilant on my hemlines.
- Cuff - Lia Sophia, thrifted
- Amber ring - c. 1996
- Gold hoop earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L
Our afternoon flight was at 1:30pm, but the weather was looking a little dubious. It was so nice on Friday - what happened?
I wore this outfit, but I took my pose-y pictures today (Monday) because I barely took any pictures at the wedding. We focused on enjoying ourselves and being in the moment.
This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style - go, run, quickly!
- Dress - David Meister, thrifted; purchased here in July for $29.25
- Shoes - Big Presence Desmond, Fluevog; last seen here in June with chartreuse
- Coat - Club Monaco, thrifted; worn all during our travel
I took one picture of L and I before we left the hotel, but the momentary blast of sun leached all the colour out.
As I was going out to do my stair shot, Vizzini barged in, trying to get to the hall.
|"Well, open the door, Woman!"|
No, not allowed!
I had tons of compliments on my outfit all night.
It was quite comfortable to wear - no "hoiking" the top up.
I love the little swooshy "fin."
We had some wonderful pork for dinner, cooked by this gentleman.
I have never seen a wedding cake made of...
In the hopes of having Sunday and all of Monday to be idle, we'd booked an early floatplane flight home.
And that looks like some very low-lying clouds. I can't even see the far shore. There are mountains there!
We sped to the ferry docks, about a 40 minute drive from town.
The view from the ferry.
And my guy, looking suave.
The ferry takes an hour and 45 minutes, dock to dock.
This only looks like aliens are attacking that ferry.
Finally, we got home around 2pm (four hours later than if we'd flown!), to a glad greeting from the resident feline.
|"Oh, decided to grace me with your presence?"|
I immediately traumatized him by hauling out the vacuum cleaner and emptying my closet. He hates the chaos and hid under the covers of the bed for most of it.
More shoes and boots. I didn't count this time.
here's the last time I swapped out my closet, at the end of March/early April.
First, I took all my shoes out, and put the ones I'm putting back for the new season into the hallway. The ones getting packed away are on the right.
What it looked like from the closet door.
The closet emptied.
There are four longer shelves on the left side, above my shirts, long skirts and trousers. My dresses are at the far left end, on a long-hang bar.
I dust the chandelier every so often. This was not one of those times.
These are the spring/summer shoes, minus the ones I culled.
The giveaway pile grew steadily (I didn't take any pictures of it) as I folded up each piece.
I won't buy more - my closet is a limited size, and more hangers just won't fit.
I moved a few things around this time. I like a bit of variety.
I made the top two shelves of my shoe towers dedicated to my party shoes.
My wedding shoes are in the white box.
I also wanted to make my purses and handbags easier to see - I don't have many, but I still forget what I've got.
The next-door shelf gets some more purses.
The top shelf above my blouses/long skirts/trousers, up near the ceiling, got my five pairs of vintage/archiving/keeper shoes that I don't really wear any more, but want to keep.
This shelf is on the left, above my dresses. The boxes have some older items (purses, Dad's sweaters), that I need to weed through.
I then hauled out all of the storage bins. One big one is stored under my dresses and three flat ones live under the bed.
All my shoes get loaded back onto the shelves. This year, I put them highest heels to lowest heels on the floor.
All my fall/winter skirts are ready! I have a lot of brown skirts.
My jacket collection has grown.
Two of three shelves of sweaters. The shelf above has odds and ends of soft tops (big fluffy ones) and special-occasion pieces.
And below those, here are the blouses, long skirts and trousers.
And lastly, my dresses!
I went through my belts, from small/chain/metal, to thin leather, to wide, to my soft belts and obis.
It took me four hours to do my main closet swapover. Phew! After that, L and I chilled out and watched some football and played board games. It was just what we needed.
We were up early today/Monday to stroll to town for brunch at Floyd's.
- Sweater - Banana Republic, thrifted; purchased here in July for $11.95
- Trousers - Talbots, thrifted; last seen here in one of my last outfits of fall/winter in March
- Shoes - Aldo, thrifted; first worn here in August
- Sleeveless coat - Only, thrifted; last seen here in April
This lovely merino wool and nylon-blend sweater was light and snuggly, and not itchy. I like this marled light grey shade. It has a very pretty lacy-like pattern on it, and the back is about 4 inches longer than the front.
I love the plaid pants.
Layered up with my sleeveless coat.
Red and silver bling:
- Cuff - Rimanchik
- White gold earrings - 10th anniversary gift from L
- Ring - Nine West
We hauled a few groceries home and then, back to work, let's get this jewelry swapped over!
This is my Bombay Company jewelry box. It's a monster and it holds a lot. There are five drawers down the centre front, including a double-deep one on the bottom.
I leave the sides of the big box open so that my necklaces can spill out. The crystal dish was picked up a year or two ago at a thrift store.
Vizzini, what do you think of all this?
|"I say it's time to get back to cuddling."|
I absolutely love all of these outfits you wore over the weekend. Your collection is enviable - such good taste. LiseReplyDelete
Aw, thanks, Lise! I love playing with my clothes, and it shows!Delete
woww, love your wardrobe swap posts, so many interesting ideas about how to store things and keep everything visible but tidy! I think that I need more shelves! And love to have a look at your fabulous shoe collection, it looks like Heaven!ReplyDelete
And lots of fantastic outfits too!. Love the olive cardi and the fab color combo with matching shoes in the first one, your skirt is so cute!. Love the Green dress with stunning shoes, you totally rock in this one!. And obviously, I love the orange&gold dress, so elegant, so absolutely You (and L. looks really elegant too, he rocks those mixed prints and cool shoes!, you look fabulous indeed!)
And so lovely cozy sweater with plaid pants!, and those shoes enhance the whole outfit!, Red Shoes rock!
I've gotten pretty good at them over the years, thank you, Monica! I was really happy with all my outfits this weekend. Happy week to you!Delete
You will not believe this Sheila, but guess what I saw in the opshop today? A leopard print Michael Kors dress! I laughed when I saw yours - I wonder if it would still be there if I went back for it? I do doubt it though, it's a busy (and quite expensive) opshop.ReplyDelete
Loved your wedding dress outfit, although what a pain getting home! Glad you made it there in the end, even if it was later than you hoped! Always fun to see your wardrobe changeover too.
NO! Ha, you have to go back for it! That is too funny, Mica! Thank you, my dear, for reading!Delete
I love hangin out with my sweetie too - you guys look blissful together, and very fabulous in your dressy stuff! Love the lime strappy shoes too. And of course your magical organizing powers. xoxReplyDelete
Thanks, Patti, it's always better with your best friend, isn't it? Hmmm, I wish that was magic - it's a lot of work!Delete
A definite one shoulder weekend then! Lovely outfits and shoes as always; you looked beautiful in your off the shoulder dresses.ReplyDelete
So envious of your huge and incredibly well organised closet. I spied a corridor I shall rename - 'Sheila's Shoe Heaven'! What a chore it is to swap it all over, but it is exciting to see things you'd forgotten you had and sometimes things you haven't even worn yet...
I loved your trousers and sweater combo - those red shoes are amazing!
Poor Vizzini; it sounds like his weekend was a bit traumatic being abandoned and then the closet chaos! I bet he got lots and lots of compensatory cuddles.
Hope your week goes well.
Ha, I guess it was! I didn't fully intend for it to be that way, Vronni. Thank you so much! My shoe heaven is getting rather large. Yes, poor mister V has been very sulky with us. Much hugging is in order. Happy week to you!Delete
Lovely outfits. I always admire your shoes. Also impressed by your organization. With this many clothes & shoes, that's important. Finally, you really seem to be living a great life!ReplyDelete
Yes, you are so right, Ally! I have to be organized if I want this many clothes - it's part of the deal. Aw, thank you - I'm working hard to just be present and mindful and kind, and I'm making sure I do lots of fun things!Delete
Oh, your wedding outfits (both yours and L.'s) are so marvelous. Truly festive.ReplyDelete
I love when you share your closet swaps. I am in the midst of seasonal swap myself, and your organization is inspiring.
I am Team Ferry myself, but mostly because my husband hates floatplanes (all planes smaller than a commuter jet, actually) but I am sorry the skies did not cooperate with your plane plan!
Thank you, Julia! We were the dressiest there, for sure.Delete
Oh, these swaps! So much work! But totally worth it.
Ugh, I hate the time that the ferry takes, but it is beautiful most of the time. I'm also spoiled by not having to be in that huge crowd of people too. I get your husband's thing.
Fabulous outfits - I love the orange number, it's almost sari-like and the green satin dress with those killer new shoes is stupendous.ReplyDelete
Thank goodness for those ferries!
That's a humongous wardrobe you've got there, what a task that must have been and how good it must have felt rediscovering the winter stuff. I did my changeover last Sunday but it just involved a couple of suitcases and some boots! xxx
Thank you, Vix! Yes, I think the fabric must be from India and intended for saris.Delete
There's always a way to get home, even if I don't like the method!
It is rather large, although manageable. I love getting all my clothes back - it's the most fun part.
Love this mammoth blog post. Yes to long weekends and lemon lime outfits . That one shoulder number is off the charts fabulous in orange and metallic. The emerald green dress is stunning too.ReplyDelete
Uh oh. Extra room in the closet. Lol.
Glad you enjoyed it, thanks, Elle! I know...now I'm going to have purses on my mind!Delete
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A quick question - how do you Store your off-season clothes? Are they all in plastic bins? I have, in the past, put traded out my seasonal clothing to a hanging rack in a climate-controlled storage unit we keep close-by but, I have a TON of maxi dresses, etc. that could be folded. I'm just trying to figure out if they will be "safe" (i.e. mold, mildrew, bugs). You post definitely inspired me to get more organized!ReplyDelete
Hi, Maumi, thank you for reading and for commenting! I store them in that one big Glad tub, and 3 flat ones, that you see up there in the post - the flat ones live under my bed, and the big one goes into the closet. Shoes and boots are stored in cloth bags and stuffed under the low bars in my closet. They get quite a bit of air (the tubs are not air-tight), and I do get a few moths in them, but I like that they can breathe. Good luck with yours!Delete
Phew, what a weekend you've had, Sheila! No wonder you needed those bookends. I often do that too when I'm having a full-on weekend. Love the yellows and olives in your first outfit, and your first October outfit gets my full approval too. Grey and red are just made for each other. You and L. are a very stylish couple. Love that photo of you both in your wedding outfits. Your man certainly has oodles of style! You must be glad to have your wardrobe swap out of the way. I've got mine planned for Friday, I've taken the day of especially! Have a great week! xxxReplyDelete
I know, Ann - I'm exhausted already! I wish I had another day off. Thank you so much - it was a fun weekend for getting dressed up. Yeah, you bet - I'm happy to have the swap done. It's a lot of work, but worth it. Ooh, I want to see yours!Delete
Fantastic outfits, I love them all! Your closet looks as full as mine! Such a gorgeous cat, mine is a tuxedo cat too :-)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Emma!Delete
Thank you - oh, good to hear, makes me feel better about all my clothes, ha! Aw, tuxies are the best.
You two are fabulous looking! What a fantastic feel for style. And what a lovely cat. We have two Mainecoons, one is as black as yours.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Nancy! Vizzini always features heavily!Delete
Such a labor of love swapping your closet. LOVE your first outfit of October, and that dress you wore to the wedding is stellar!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Gerrilyn! It is always so exciting to get all my cold-weather clothes back. I wore the dress again already!Delete
Congratulations on your closet swap, Sheila! I just completed mine this week and it is a similar process to yours. I put my off-season clothes in a guest room closet and chest of drawers and put my best wool pieces in a cedar chest. It feels so good to have it done! I also cull pieces as I swap and that always feels good too. I enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
So you know exactly how much work it is, hey, Susan?? It feels amazing to be done and to have all these fun pieces to play with again. Culling does feel good, and it makes room for more! Thanks so much for your comment!Delete
Look at you rocking the fancy party dresses! I like the citrus colours of your first outfit too. Whenever you post about your closet changeover I am always so envious of your walk in closet and storage space.ReplyDelete
I do like a party dress or two! I guess I do have a fair bit of storage space! I'm very lucky.Delete
Oh I see it was closet swap time ! YOU know i love these posts. Yesterday I had organized my tops, blouse and bottoms. Just organisation. I kept putting things back, in order, thinking I need to edit more.ReplyDelete
Now, I have to say that you look AMAZINGGGGGGG in all those party dresses. If lived near you, you SHEILA would be the one I would go to to borrow dresses when I had a party. You have such a marvellous selection !
The off shoulder, the one shoulder orange, they only keep getting better and better.
I know you do! You've seen a lot of them!Delete
Thank you, hon! I have a big collection and I always offer to loan them out to friends.