Monday, December 3, 2018

Armour, Moths and the Unsafe Polar Bear

I had a few things to do at work today that I wasn't looking forward to - this calls for armour! 
 My armour in this case is a few classic business pieces (with the usual Sheila twist).


  • Blazer - Emporio Armani, 90s vintage, thrifted; last seen here in June with green and beads
  • Top - Beechers Brook, c. 1999, thrifted; last worn here in March (with these same shoes) with pleats and a shrug
  • Skirt - Gianfranco Ferre for Giorgio Beverly Hills Boutique, vintage 80s, vintage store in Vancouver; last seen here in November 2017 with Helmut and dragons
  • Shoes - Queen Transcendent, Fluevog; last worn here in March with this same top!
  • Unsafe Polar Bear coat (below) - Apparence, vintage, thrifted; last seen here in February


A blazer is always appropriate and says, "I am pretending to be a professional." Very much in my "fake it till you make it" wheelhouse.
 The top underneath is a rich burgundy velvet with wee embroidered flowers. Velvet + anything = clingy clingy. It was a little annoying, as the neckline wouldn't stay in place. The buttons up the back also kept popping undone.

This magnificent skirt is getting a few moth-holes over the years, sadly. Vizzini is doing a poor job of eating the moths!
 Although I'm saddened when clothing wears out, or starts to fall apart, it doesn't stop me from wearing a piece. The sweater from last week for example - the beads are already starting to fall off and come loose. But these are THINGS...they are meant to be worn and loved.

Monday game-face. I am ready for whatever the world can throw at me! Bring it on!
 My day went better than expected, so there was much rejoicing.

Outerwear - it's December and there was frost on the ground. This calls for...the Unsafe Polar Bear!
 I like to name my clothes, but this coat was named for me. I was crossing a roadway late at night many years ago, just after I first bought this, and encouraging my friends to follow me ("Follow meeeee!"), and (I think it was) Cat said, "Don't listen to the Unsafe Polar Bear!" And since then, when I wear this, I am the Unsafe Polar Bear.

The stuff:
 These aren't the most comfortable shoes to wear, but I love them. Oops, forgot to take a "bling" picture, but you get the idea.


  • Belt - thrifted
  • Cuff - St. Paul's Cathedral gift shop, London
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Ring - Soul Flower


Look at that heel!
Ball and claw. Most of Fluevog's cool heels are now 3D printed (like, on a 3D printer), but this one was moulded. So danged cool!

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  1. Lovely! I love the richness of burgundy, this is such a pretty outfit and the tights give it a pop.

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    1. Thanks, Dar! I nearly went with plain tights, so I'm glad I shook it up a bit.

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  2. I've wondered about the origination of the Unsafe Polar Bear's name for ages! Thanks for cluing us in! Ha ha ha ha so fun!

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    1. Ha, I feel like I mention it all the time - I'll remind myself to repeat it every so often. Thanks, Mel-Bee!

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  3. 3D printer? The thought of a 3d printer making shoes (with fab heels like that) is out of this world to me! X

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    1. It's amazing, isn't it, Jess? The heels I was wearing last week are also 3D printed. Note that the shoes themselves are NOT 3D printed, just the heels.

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  4. I love Victorian furniture with ball and claw legs - those shoes are amazing.
    Hooray for the return of the Unsafe Polar Bear! xxx

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    1. Too fun, hey, Vix? I know, I was inordinately happy to break that coat out yesterday!

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  5. Loving your power outfit Sheila - perfectly professional and perfectly you! :)

    Thank you always for your such thoughtful suggestions and encouragement on my blog. I really appreciate it, I feel I am still learning with fashion in so many different ways and you are always so inspiring and motivating! :)

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    1. Armour! I needed it! :) Nice to know that clothing can help us out psychologically!

      Aw, thank you, Mica - I love watching you grow and experiment!

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  6. Your Unsafe Polar Bear is worth having Winter for, isn't it? I know I love seeing it again. It's perfect with the pink(ish) scarf and gloves. As for your shoes: those heels really are the most extraordinary heels I've ever seen. Just wow! xxx

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    1. Almost! I definitely look forward to wearing it - it's so soft! I know, Fluevog makes the most insane heels. Thank you!

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  7. Oh you look very classy and executive like - like a top lawyer in a snooty law firm...the tights are rather fab and funky and of course the shoes, too!

    I love the story of the 'unsafe polar bear' coat!

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    1. Thank you so much, Veronica! Ha ha, that's awesome, I will tell my coworkers that.

      It's a great name for a coat! Get used to seeing it - I wear it a lot.

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  8. I love that "Don't mess with me face" ready for the day ahead. No surprise then, that everything went well - who would dare make your life difficult?
    Wet weather and gale force winds are impeding me getting my fur coats out as yet, so I'm having fur envy with you.

    Anna x

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    1. Ha, am I that scary, Anna? Yes, I am! Yikes, good luck with the cursed weather!

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  9. I love the names of your coats! Vizzini needs to improve his moth-catching game; it's too bad when those little critters chew up lovely pieces like that skirt.

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