Thursday, December 20, 2018

Teddy Sweater and the Christmas Tree Skirt

This is it, my friends! One more easy day tomorrow, and then I am off. 

Today's outfit was a hit. Of course it was! 
 Who wouldn't love a teddy bear sweater, and a skirt that looks like I nicked it from under my Christmas tree?


  • Top - H&M, consignment; last worn here in October with my October skirt (how appropriate)
  • Skirt - handmade, vintage 60s, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) right around this holiday time in December 2017
  • Shoes - Aldo, thrifted; last worn here (5th outfit, past the closet pictures) in October with plaid pants
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather; last seen here a week ago


Today was busy, getting ready to shut things down in the office for nearly two weeks, so I opted for pure comfort.
 It was like being hugged by a teddy bear all day. I let my coworkers pet my arms. So soft!

This is actually not a sweater; it's woven plush/faux fur, fully lined with a stretch polyester. It's WARM.
The skirt is such a crazy thing. I imagine a woman in the early 60s seeing a bunch of yards of this and thinking, "I know! I'll make a skirt for Christmas!" And then she wore it every year. Just like I do!

The fabric is woven of lurex and some sort of synthetic (nylon or polyester), and it's much softer and drapier than it looks. Here's a close-up.
The red roses feel fuzzy.

It is in good condition, although some of the lurex is fraying at the hem (Vizzini likes to lick it, weird cat).
 Although the skirt is cut somewhat slim, I have plenty of room in it for walking.

Outerwear - I actually clipped up my hair and pinned it under my toque, almost as soon as I got outside. We are having major storms!
 I can hear the wind howling outside now!


  • Fur toque/scarf/leather gloves - Danier Leather


The stuff:
 Totally the perfect shoes, right? Gold heels! My feet were very happy in these after my recent bout of higher heels.

Spiky bling:
 I wear this jewelry set once a year too.


  • Ring - Sarah Coventry, vintage shop, Powell River
  • Bracelet/earrings - Metropolitan Museum Gift Shop, NYC


Here's a better look.
As I noted last year (here) when I wore them:

I always think of this bracelet and earring set as Christmassy, but it's actually different stars, a compass point and a snowflake, all from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. I bought them in NYC ten years ago, in the Met gift shop - I first showed them on the blog here in June 2009. The bracelet is actually somewhat painful to wear - those points are sharp!

My friends, I will be back on Sunday with my weekend wrap-up. I know all of you will be busy over the holidays, doing your thing, but I just want to thank you all so much for reading, for visiting my world. I have met some amazing people here over the 10+ years I've been doing this, and have made some great friends. I appreciate every comment that you take the time to leave. I wish all of you peace, joy and good times, always.

33 comments:

  1. Wow, what a fabulous, Christmas-y skirt you've found, Shiela. Enjoy your time off. X

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  2. Glorious outfit! Have a great holiday and Merry Christmas!

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  3. love your festive and elegant outfit!, so fabulous! and also love your starry bijouterie (sorry it's so spiky and not comfy). You totally rock!
    Have a great holiday, enjoy and have fun! Merry Christmas!
    It's always lovely to read you and feel close even if we're separated by long miles!
    besos & Feliz Navidad

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    1. Yeah, I wish the jewelry wasn't so pokey, but I love the skirt. Feliz Navidad to you too, Monica. I know - I feel like we are practically neighbours.

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  4. What an amazing skirt!

    Have a great Christmas!

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  5. It really is a festive skirt! I like the texture mix with that soft top! Enjoy your last day of work tomorrow and have a wonderful Christmas !It's been a pleasure reading your blog again this year, as always :)

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    1. It was a supremely comfy outfit, Mica. Thanks so much - right back at you!

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  6. What a skirt! Perfect for the holidays. And your closing words are so sweet. I'm grateful we became friends and that you showed me your life up close. Happy holidays!

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    1. P.S., I had a dream last night. I dreamt I flew back and returned to Victoria to visit you and had a really good time. What made it special was you allowed me to wear my fancy new custom-made dress during our socializing and that freedom thrilled me to pieces. Thanks for the nice dream!

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    2. You're one of the highlights of my blogging career, Ally. :) What a year this was! You could totally make that dream come true! I wish you could do that for real!

      Happy Holidays to you!

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  7. What a fab skirt Sheila! I would like to steal it from you to wear with my lemon sweater with feather trimmed sleeves! I love your bracelet, I had one that was a little similar which I bought on holiday in Turkey many years ago and sadly it got stolen. It's lovely to wear jewelry at special times.

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    1. Thank you so much, Gail! Ooh, I like the idea of it with lemon and feathers! Yes, I love getting those once-a-year pieces out.

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  8. Oh I do love that skirt! The sweater is fabulous and I bet no one could resist a little stroke...

    I thought your bling was very Christmassy.

    Have a fab break!

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  9. Wow, Sheila, what a fabulously festive outfit. That skirt is simply amazing! It's lovely that you're wearing it each Christmas, maybe continuing a tradition started by its original owner. Love the shoes and your outerwear too. The fur toque and scarf are a wonderful contrast with the red. Have a great vacation, Sheila. Mine has just started and it feels slightly unreal ... xxx

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    1. Thanks, Ann! It makes me happy to think I am carrying on her tradition. Only one hour to go!

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  10. The damask pattern skirt is absolutely stunning Sheila. Yes to red and warm faux fur, or even the real thing if rescued from vintage,
    Enjoy some wonderful days ahead of where you will not be observing your very busy work schedule.
    Happy holidays!
    Smashing outfit!
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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    1. I full intend on relaxing and not thinking about work, Elle. Thank you so much - our friendship has been another of this year's highlights.

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  11. Looks like you wrapped yourself as a present! What a joy! Have a fabulous Christmas Sheila!

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  12. That's an epic skirt - the top is wonderful with it as is the bling!
    Sending Xmas love to you, L and Vizzini. xxx

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    1. Epic is a good word for it, Vix! Thank you - much love you to and Jon and your furry boys.

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  13. I so love that skirt! I have a week and a half off from work this year and am very much looking forward to it.

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    1. It's such a great piece, even for once a year. The time off has been awesome!

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  14. I really like these two garments together, that skirt looks so luxe...
    I am still living in November...

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    1. Aw, hope you are all caught up! I'm looking forward to checking your posts out.

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  15. Skirt skirt skirt me want. Heh. And the top, like a plush toy, sounds perfect. Looks perfect!

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    1. I was *this close* to bringing this over for you on the weekend! Maybe next year. :)

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