Monday, January 14, 2019

Velvet and Burgundy Ruffles

Hello, my friends! Another week upon us, and my mind is in a better state than last week. I spent some time yesterday/Sunday playing around in my closet, putting together outfits and getting inspired to be creative with my closet. 
 I inadvertently managed to create a theme for the week - I'll be wearing a lot of blouses, and every one of them has ruffles down the front. I may need to form a support group, ha ha!

  • Tux blouse - no label, thrifted; last worn here with chevrons in October 2017
  • Dress - Mimi Bizjak, vintage, thrifted; last seen here in February 2018 with greys
  • Boots - Baroque Velasquez, Fluevog; last worn here in October 2017?? 
  • Coat (below) - Hilary Radley, thrifted; last seen here in December 2018

This dress has a solid late 90s/early 00s vibe. I remember so many dresses having this fitted corset-y top then.
 The dress is the softest velvet, in a dark brown, and works great for layering blouses under it.

I love the bubble hem, which dips down slightly at the back.
 I did a pretty simple outfit as I knew I'd be unpacking and moving around office supplies, including big boxes of paper.

Monday face. Game on!
 It was a good day overall, but these 5 day weeks are horrendous. How can I possibly work that many days in a row?

Outerwear - we had gorgeous sunny skies again today, but of course, that translates to very chilly overnight temperatures.
 I'd rather be snuggly warm in the Unsafe Ocelot - it's such a cocoon of a coat!

  • Faux fur scarf - Parkhurst
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff:
 These are lovely boots - I should wear them more. I thought for sure that I'd already worn them this fall/winter season, but darned if I could not find a more recent outfit with them! That's a Crime Against Shoe-manity!

Copper bling:
I pinned the brooch at the top of my blouse - a very late 80s trend.

  • Brooch - thrifted
  • Earrings - vintage fair
  • Cuff - vintage 60s, Renoir, Grandma J's

Wishing you all an awesome week ahead!


  1. Hi Shiela,this is my favourite outfit of yours- I LOVE it! And of course, you must wear the boots more often, they are gorgeous.
    Hope your work week isn't too tiresome. X

  2. I love how you layer blouses and shirts under your dresses, it's something I always want to do more of in winter and always forget to do - hopefully this winter, I do have a fun ruffle blouse but it's short sleeved...

    1. A short-sleeved blouse would look great, Mica, go for it!

  3. What wonderful rich tones! I loved the outfit, boots and accessories - fab!

    Have you ever thought about reducing your hours? Would you be able to, financially? Even if you worked 4 days a week instead of 5 (0.8) it makes such a huge difference to your life. Aged 55 I went down to 3 days a week (0.6) it was the best thing I ever did - apart from retiring at 60!

    The most important thing we have is time and that becomes even truer as we get older...

    1. Thanks, Vronni, and I appreciate the deep question too. I have thought about reducing my hours, but probably not till I'm 55 (3 more years). I have thought about cutting out other things that don't give me joy anymore too - not blogging, though! You are so right - time is fleeting.

  4. Before I forget: my head was all over the place yesterday, so I forgot to mention how much I loved that maxi skirt! Silly me! Now, back to the order of the day! I love absolutely everything about this outfit. The colours, textures and proportions are spot on. Love the frilly blouse with the brooch pinned to it, and those amazing boots which, yes, you do have to wear more! I'm actually longing for the weather to get a tiny bit colder so that I can get out my furs! xxx

    1. I wondered! It wasn't like you to not mention a stellar item like that! ;-P

      Thank you so much! I'm glad I wore this.

  5. This layering is right on and
    Oh i want to reach out and touch that soft velvet...

  6. Yes to ruffles and sumptuous materials in Burgundy!

  7. I love your theme: ruffled blouses are one of my favorite items.

    1. Since I have at least 5 ruffled blouses, I guess I should say, "Me too!" Join my support group, Ally. ;-P

  8. Crime against shoe manity!! ���� You come up with the funniest descriptions!! Butt crack a lackin is right up there too!! You look amazing as always and I want to join your ruffle blouse support group. I especially love ruffles WITH shoulder pads I in ��. Sandi

    1. Hee hee, thanks, Sandi! I'm glad you enjoy my silly turns-of-phrase. You're in our ruffled blouse support group, totally!

  9. Yes, you should wear those boots more often (I am insisting, because I can't wear footwear like this anymore, and it makes me sad). I do like a bubble hem!

  10. Love the late 80's vibe (glamour!, rich colors in velvet!) and totally agree that those boots are so fab that you should wear them more frequently!
    The big brooch and copper accessories are stunning!

    1. Guilty! I will wear them more, but they are so special that I tend to overlook them. Thank you!


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