Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Two-Fer: Oh, the Floral Coat! and Pink and Grey Dinner Outfit

Today's post is a "two-fer" as in you get two for one. First, what I wore to my regular work. 
 Three fun things and one boring thing. Guess which is which!

  • Coat - Paparazzi, thrifted, Vancouver; last worn here in April with pink and white
  • Sweater - Judith & Charles, consignment; last seen here in November with all the necklaces
  • Skirt - Oui Set, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in October for a weekend shopping expedition
  • Boots - Ishshoes Chatterbox, Fluevog; last seen here (4th outfit) for Winesday in September
  • Unsafe Polar Bear coat (below) - Apparence, thrifted; last worn here on Monday

This fully-embroidered jacket always elicits gasps of admiration. Note how the pattern is lined up to mirror each side.
 Such quality! I matched it with this fuzzy boucle (boo-CLAY, darlings!) mini skirt for extra colour and texture.

Womp womp, the sweater is the boring item.
 I have a collection of plain-coloured tops and sweaters just for this sort of outfit, when you want to let the other stuff shine.

Oh, that coat!
 The embroidery is done on a stretch black denim. The only thing that would make it better would be if it had pockets. Seriously, you don't see men's jackets without pockets! Why do they get them and we don't?

Outerwear - the Unsafe Polar Bear!
 The fur scarf worn in my hair lasted about half a block before it undid itself and slid off. Sigh.

  • Fur scarf - Danier Leather, thrifted
  • Fur scarf - thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 Deep blue velvet boots! How I love you...

Simple bling:
 Just a few nice pieces that I love.

  • Earrings - Tania Gleave, Vancouver
  • Sodalite/silver ring - Scotland, 1996
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

The second outfit in your two-fer! I'm being picked up at 6pm to go to my WW annual Christmas dinner, hence my brevity. I am a woman of few words, when I'm in a hurry.
"And I am cat with few foods!" 

His bowl and food were soaking in the sink while I did my pictures. Cranky kitty.

  • Dress - Ichi; last worn here in August with cream accessories
  • Boots - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last seen here (4th outfit) in October for Thanksgiving at my mom's
  • Coat (below) - Forever 21, thrifted; last worn here in November

This lovely pink velvet dress is stretchy, comfy and the perfect easy piece for a dinner with a bunch of my coworkers that I seldom see.
"How about you feed me now, Woman?"

I opted for grey accessories this time. In addition to the cream pieces I wore with it in the summer, I've done copper and burgundy with this dress. Ah, the versatility of a simple dress!
"If we could stop blathering about YOU, and talk about ME..."

My tights have a geometric pattern on them, and blend right into my wooly boots.

Outerwear - I won't be outside much, just in Betty's car and walking to/from the restaurant, so I don't need a heavy or super-warm coat.
"I'm just going to lick my bum until you feed me."
 [That worked, by the way - he's been fed]

The Grape Ape coat makes an appearance! Faux fur is snuggly warm.

The stuff:
 I am a fan of these wooly boots, as are the moths. But they are not going anywhere.

Grey bling:
All my hematite jewelry!

  • Purse - Accessorize
  • Belt - BCBG Max Azria, thrifted
  • Chain bracelet - thrifted
  • All beaded items are hematite and were thrifted or found at vintage fairs, except for...
  • Earrings - gift from Mom
  • Graduated necklace - Mom's, bought in Alaska in 1997

In case you wondered how long it takes me to write a post - the actual writing of this one took 15 minutes. Pictures take about 10 minutes in the morning (the "stuff" pics are done when I get home at night), although of course, I took the pink dress and stuff pics tonight (10 minutes). I don't take a lot of pictures, so what you see is usually all I took! 

The longest part of my posts is looking up the "last seen/worn here", especially if it's a common brand or I haven't worn it for a while. Generally, it'll be 20 minutes or more to do that, because I like to leisurely browse through those posts sometimes. 

Bigass Weekend posts take longer...because they have more outfits, and I have to do my shopping finds' research. They are often 2+ hours to do.'s 5:53pm, and time to go! 


  1. I love all the velvet and fur---plush and pretty!!

  2. I love that first outfit! The floral Paparazzi coat, bone white Judith+Charles sweater, orangey-red Boucle miniskirt and blue tights all look fabulous being worn together!
    I also love the look of the velvet dress in the second outfit - its beautiful.
    I also enjoyed seeing all the poses struck by your photo-bombing kitty cat. :D

    1. Thank you so much! I liked it too. My cat is the star of the blog - you've been warned! :)

  3. Much, much love for your first outfit, Sheila! That embroidered jacket is a work of art, and I love the boo-CLAY skirt and those fabulous boots! No chance of feeling low when wearing an outfit like this. The pink velvet dress is lovely too, and yay, here's the wonderful Grape Ape! Love the sequinned purse. Cats can be quite bossy, can't they? xxx

    1. Aw, thank you, Ann! The coat is really amazing, even better in person. My cat is definitely a bossy one!

  4. I love the embroidered jacket, while the 'boring' top wouldn't be your first choice it's a great basic to let other pieces shine like you said - definitely room for a bit of everything in a wardrobe! :) I really like your velvet dress, hope you have a fun night! :)

    1. Exactly, Mica! You need those pieces in your wardrobe to let more "showy" pieces shine. Thank you!

  5. I'm loving your embroidered jacket, such an stunning piece! and love it with the bouclé skirt and fab boots and tights(textures!) Gorgeous!
    And your velvet dress is fabulous too and the hematite jewelry totally rocks! coolness!!

    1. Thanks, it really is! Aw, you're so sweet, much appreciated!

  6. Oh that is a glorious coat! Please, please donate it to me when you've grown tired of it - I know you will never get tired of that absolute beauty! Loved it with the velvet boots. Your velvet evening dress was beautiful and the boots and thick tights were essential but glam additions.

    Hope you have a great weekend.

    1. Ha ha, will do, hon! Thanks so much for your kind words - they were both fun to wear!

  7. The velvet boots are totally dreamy but surely the star of the show today has to be that embroidered coat. I just ducked out for a moment to search the internet and can see what an amazing bargain find this was - you're the champion of preloved fashion Sheila!

    Anna x

    1. It's just an amazing piece, Anna - I know it was a bargain!

  8. Shiela, I love the jacket and boots! You are Superwoman when it comes to blogging in a time efficient way. I usually take an hour to publish a post and that's me trying to keep the writing short and sharp! Haha, hopefully I'll get more effecient with time. X

    1. Thank you so much, Jess! I've got this down to a streamlined routine, and it's part of my life after 11 years.

  9. Your coats are glorious! Embroidered AND polar bear! Both are wonderful!!!! The embroidery is so eye-catching. WHAAT? NO POCKETS? That is shocking in this day and age!!!

    1. Thank you, Kezzie! I know, I was flabbergasted when I discovered it originally. Unacceptable!

  10. Stunning velvet boots and this high-quality jacket is truly amazing. The embroidery looks so high end !
    I also love the beautiful combination of burgundy and russets that you combined also. Turquoise glasses are also a fun choice.

    1. Thanks, Elle! The coat is incredible in person, as you can imagine. Thank you! I always wear the same glasses.

  11. Sheila, these are two absolute stellar outfits! That embroidered coat is a stunning piece and could be worn with so many other outfits, and the blue velvet boots are squee-worthy.

  12. I have learned from you to pay attention to detail, i love the mirroring on that outstanding jacket.
    For me, I take pictures in my office parking lot before getting into the car to go home. I should take them in the mornings as I am not wrinkled, hair usually looks better and i have make up on.. but its too crowded then.

    1. Such a hallmark of quality - aw, I'm so happy that you learned that from me, thanks, Lorena. We work with the limitations we have! I think your pics look great!

  13. Catching up on reading blogs and had to stop 1. to admire that beautiful jacket AND 2. Damn the Patriarchy for the lack of pockets!

    1. Ooh, I will read that, thank you, Maumi! I know! This must have been an expensive jacket new - why the F**K does it not have pockets??


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