Friday, December 28, 2018

Bigass Holiday Wrap-Up: Blue Christmas; Rainy Shop

Hello! What a whirlwind the time off is - the days are flying by! 

This is what I wore to have Christmas Part 2 at Mom's house. 
 Mom keeps her house cold, so I wore a lot of layers.


  • Velvet mock-neck - Mantles, consignment; last seen here in my Hallowe'en costume in October
  • Sweater - Banana Republic, thrifted; first worn here (5th outfit, past my closet pics) in October with plaid pants
  • Long cardigan - vintage 80s, Ports, consignment; last seen here (4th outfit) for Winesday at Marian's in September
  • Shoes - Room 502 Entrance, Fluevog; last worn here a couple of weeks ago with my PANK dress
  • Sleeveless coat - Only, thrifted; last seen here for our trip to Powell River for Christmas



Our three nieces were there, and we all hung out and exchanged gifts.
 We also had a nice light lunch.

Followed by a game to win chocolates.
 I did not win, even though I wanted more chocolate (ha!).

I did let my niece Sidney try on my shoes, though.
 Not quite yet, but maybe one day!

Outerwear - it was a sunny day, so not much needed.
 L and I cabbed there, and then Mom drove us home.


  • Wool beret - consignment
  • Leather gloves - Danier Leather


The stuff:
 Love these shoes. I clomped around like the crazy Auntie Sheila that I am.

Silver and blue bling:
 A few favourite things.


  • Earrings - Brenda Schoenfeld, 1992; vintage mall
  • Crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Sodalite ring - Scotland, 1996
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes


Gifts from Mom:
 Tights and jewelry - she knows me well.

A pretty leaf necklace.
 I like how the leaves link together.

And this cool shell/tentacle cameo pendant.
 Made locally! Thanks, Mom!

Today, I walked down Oak Bay Avenue to House of Savoy.
 An easy shopping outfit.


  • Dress - Desigual by Christian Lacroix, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) for a shop in October
  • Boots - Matisse, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in October with amazing pants (they went to one of Yvonne's coworkers)
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather; last worn here last week



It's a grey and rainy day, so dressed warmly, but this is all stuff that's easy to get off and back on.
 Shopping requires a certain type of clothing.

I'm rather fond of this dress.
 Wore a pair of my new tights. The colour is more burgundy in person.

Do these tights go with this dress?
 Hmmm....close enough.

Outerwear - I clipped my hair up under the stretchy toque for my walk.
 Bundled up for the wind. I also carried an umbrella.


  • Toque/scarf - Danier Leather
  • Gloves - Cejon, thrifted


The stuff:
 Good boots for walking.

Special guest bling:
 My mother-in-law gave me some money for Christmas, so this tiger "creeper" brooch is what I bought with it.


  • Ear-balls - Dior, consignment


He's gold-tone with green eyes.
 Lots of clear crystals.

Black long crystals for his stripes.
 This was $65.00 at Good Things Vintage.

It's fully articulated, from the tip of the tail to the tip of his paw.
 No marks on him, but he does have two separate pins: a mark of quality.

I did well at House of Savoy. I try on everything that looks interesting, although I do find the higher "designer consignment" prices intimidating. Fortunately, they do have a sale rack!

I found these stunning silver stretch jeans for only $12.00!
 They fit perfectly, and are high-waisted, which I like. No crack-a-lackin'!

They are by H&M. The two zip front pockets are real, although ow! Why would you put zippers there?
 There are two fake pockets in back. I like the double-snap front. They are sold out on the H&M site (here, linking 'cause I love) but were originally $34.99.

I fell for the gorgeous pattern on this blouse.
 So pretty! I love the swirls of blue with the splashes of burgundy and moss-green.

The background is cream with black accents.
 It fit really well.

It's by Sylvia Lee for Barcelino per Donna.
 I found nothing for this label, but I did discover that Barcelino is a clothing store in California (here). Same font on their labels as on this blouse.

The size is noted as 12, but it's not a modern size 12, so I'm guessing that this is a vintage-ish piece. Yup, they expanded to include "Per Donna" in 1995 for career women.
 I knew it was silk by feel, but I was glad to have confirmation. This was $35.00.

I just loved how this jacket fit. Also, PLAID!
 Great waistband details, and I adore the raw fringed edges.

It's by Nanette Lepore, and is called the Espionage jacket.
 Look at that nice fringe!

I love the horn button (there is also a hook and eye) at the waist closure.
 This was $75.00, but the original price was $398.00, so I don't feel too bad about that.

It's made in the USA, like all Nanette Lepore.
 I'll always pay a little extra for something made in a first world country!

As I wrap up this post, Vizzini is circling - he knows I'm going out (again).
"First the Man leaves, then you again?"

Sorry, buddy! Off to hang out with some friends.

I hope you are all having a lovely quiet week!

18 comments:

  1. Oh I love the silver jeans - can't wait to see how you wear them! I did a big denim clearout a while back and got rid of my gold jeans and I miss them - shouldn't have let them go! I like your second Christmas outfit too :)

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    1. Aren't they amazing? I feel like I've been looking for these for years.

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  2. Days off fly by so fast. Like the new tights. Happy New Year!

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  3. Fab jewellery and tights! Loved your outfits and your finds - you do so well!
    Enjoy your break. I'm enjoying the deviation in the routine...

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    1. Thanks so much, Vronni! I can't believe it's over so fast!

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  4. Love the blue outfit. I like short skirts and longer jackets of cardigans over it! That s a beautiful cameo! Have a fabulous New Years Eve!

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    1. Me too, Nancy - I love the mix of hems. I really love the cameo - such a cool piece.

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  5. You're right, time does fly very fast, especially when one is on holiday! Love the burgundy tights and that amazing shell/tentacle cameo pendant your Mum gave you. I'm also seriously swooning over your tiger brooch. You chose well! And I would have pounced on that gorgeous pink blouse too! Do enjoy the rest of your holiday. I'm sure you'll celebrate New Year's Eve in style, and have your chosen outfit ready. I'm still debating what to wear, and have whittled it down to two choices now :-) xxx

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    1. Where does it go?? Thank you so much, Ann - I am in raptures over the tiger brooch. Does the blouse look pink to you? It's really not. Thank you - hope you've had a great New Year as well!

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  6. Tell me about it, I am still living in December. I cannot believe holidays are over.
    You looked like THE favourite aunt in that bright blue cardi - and that cameo your mom got is superb.
    I was just reading about Lepore still being made in the US. That espionage blazer is a true gem.

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    1. I need more NOW! Aw, thanks, Lorena. I love the cameo the most.

      I know, very few companies are still making clothing in North America.

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  7. I adore your blue skirt and matching coat. What a beautiful ensemble for a holiday excursion . The pretty leaf necklace does suit you and I also love the organic cameo . How stunning is that Desigual dress, so like ETRO and the tights are a great color.
    WOW, those metallic jean! Fabulous all.
    You look beautiful, festive, amd like you are inviting a truly wonderful year to spring to life!
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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    1. Thanks, Elle! I have an eye for eye-catching pieces, I think!

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  8. The tiger brooch is so gorgeous, Shiela! Looking to seeing it and the silver jeans in your upcoming blog posts. X

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    1. Thanks, Jess! I've worn both items already, so I hope you approved. ;-P

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