Thursday, March 7, 2019

LB&WD and Happy IDW

Unlike some people who adore little black dresses, or LBDs as we so jauntily call them, I have a penchant for little black & white dresses. 
 So, LB&WDs. Totally a thing!


  • Dress - Banana Republic, thrifted; purchased here new with tags, for $29.95
  • Shoes - Coclico, Seattle; last seen here in September 2018 with a blue dress and F#@! rings
  • Coat (below) - Apparence, vintage, thrifted; last worn here in February


I spent today being full of emotion, as I prepped a "mood board" of one wall of my office with inspiration for International Women's Day, which is tomorrow. I printed and posted my "Aunt Ann" story (here), and others that my coworkers had sent me. We're having an IDW potluck tomorrow!
 I was very happy all day, bouncing around in my LB&WD, taking pictures of the women in my office. I made the pictures into collages and posted them up as well. The act of editing the pictures and focusing on each of my colleagues in turn made me feel very honoured to work with such a wonderful group of intelligent, strong and amazing women.

I had many compliments on my dress - it was lovely to wear. It's definitely a "jammy" dress - one and done! I love the ragged edges on the seams and hem, and how the woven fabric lines up on my body.
Men really are missing out; dresses are the way to go. Why bother with a shirt, pants, belt, jacket, when you could wear just one garment? Clothing options is certainly one area where women have the advantage, but of course, in an ideal world, we could all wear what we want, whether it's dressy or not.

I prefer the dressy look at this stage in my life. I tend to think that's permanent.
I am happy to see some small changes, and to see women gaining some ground and equality. I'm trying to focus on the positive and I know that there are men out there that want it too.

Outerwear - the Unsafe Polar Bear, very late in the season. She will be going into hibernation soon, I suspect.
 All pink accoutrements, because pink!


  • Cashmere beret - Club Monaco, thrifted
  • Fur boa - thrifted
  • Leather gloves - consignment


The stuff:
 These shoes killed my feet - it was a long day at both jobs. I know, they are so BEAUTIFUL. But oh, my feet are very sore. Flats tomorrow, feet, I promise!

Bejeweled bling:
Double tassels! I always wear these earrings with these shoes.


  • Earrings - consignment, Vancouver
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
  • Amethyst/gold ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's
  • Bracelet - thrifted


I will be back on the weekend with tales of adventure! Wishing all of you a very Happy International Women's Day! Thank you so much for visiting, and taking the time to comment - it means the world to me and I am very grateful for all of you readers.

28 comments:

  1. Congrats on the IWD post. You must be an inspiration to many and I do hope you get lots of feedback to confirm that. My visits to you are erratic, but I savour my time with you as if we're having special time together. I look forward to your thoughts as much as your outfits and consider you a close friend. Such is the power of blogging and this surely must be the essence of International Women's Day. Have a super day, my dearest xxx

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    1. Thank you, Anna! If we make a difference in one life, then it's worth it, isn't it? I love your visits - it's like we're having a lovely chat together. :) Aw, I consider you the same - kindred spirits!

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  2. I love this outfit with the flash of pink accessories. IWD is one celebration in the year for me the 1st saturday in May on Is the motorcycle equivalent, it's International Female Ride Day where women across the world ride on the same day. We celebrate being women riders with growing numbers, confidence, sisterhood, empowerment and equality. It is pretty awesome. I bet you inspirational mood board is wonderful and will spire others. I love that you have written about your Aunt and how she inspires you! Happy IWD!

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    1. Thank you, Dar! I love that there's a Female Ride Day! How cool to join your sisters, and I love that the numbers are growing.

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  3. Hello, Sheila. I live in europe. These days, I check your posts as soon as I hop from bed. Most often than not, there is no comment yet. Odly, I very seldom write anything, although I always leave with food for thought. Here it's already friday. Have a wonderful international women day, you amazing person.Hugs.

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    1. Hello, red poppy, and welcome! Aw, thank you so much for taking the time to comment - it means a lot to me to know you are out there reading. It's very comforting. Hugs right back!

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  4. Love the flippy shape of that dress, Sheila! The pink accessories are a brilliant touch, too. Much as I love the Unsafe Polar Bear I'll be happy when she's packed away for the season. Come on, Spring!
    How wonderful to take photos of your female colleagues and turn them into an empowering collage. You're such a supportive and wonderful woman.
    Have a fab weekend! xxx

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    1. Isn't it fun, Vix? I know, spring, where are you??

      It was a pleasure to do, and I have to remind myself: I get paid to do this!

      Happy weekend to you, my dear!

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  5. From direct experience, I agree with your point that men miss out on the diversity and fun of fashion. Male clothing is too limited. Hope you're feeling okay: read your comment on Elle's blog about being in an emotional bubble. We all go through that some days. After my recent surgery, I was a hot mess!

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    1. I wish men would get over it and wear skirts and dresses! They are far more comfy than men's regular clothing.

      Aw, thank you, hon. I bet you were. Hugs!

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  6. You look perfect. What a great dress. I am a black and white (cream) lover as well. And you were so right to wear those shoes and earrings with it. Mwah.
    Greetje

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  7. Don't you look absolutely gorgeous in that bouncy dress! That's such a good shape on you, and so much better than a plain old LBD! Love all the pink accessories and those shoes are utterly fabulous but indeed look quite lethal. Have a fantastic weekend full of adventures, Sheila! xxx

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    1. I love a classic "fit and flare" dress. Thanks, Ann, you too!

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  8. Happy International Women’s Day!

    Finding Her Here by Jayne Relaford Brown

    I am becoming the woman I’ve wanted,
    grey at the temples,
    soft body, delighted,
    cracked up by life
    with a laugh that’s known bitter
    but, past it, got better,
    knows she’s a survivor–
    that whatever comes,
    she can outlast it.
    I am becoming a deep
    weathered basket.

    I am becoming the woman I’ve longed for,
    the motherly lover
    with arms strong and tender,
    the growing up daughter
    who blushes surprises.
    I am becoming full moons
    and sunrises.

    I find her becoming,
    this woman I’ve wanted,
    who knows she’ll encompass,
    who knows she’s sufficient,
    knows where she’s going
    and travels with passion.
    Who remembers she’s precious,
    but knows she’s not scarce–
    who knows she is plenty,
    plenty to share

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    1. Laurie, this poem is a gift. THANK YOU. Thank you so much.

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  9. I have written many comments over the past two weeks only to see them disappear when I press the publish button. I am likely doing something to cause this (it’s never the technology ;)) but in any case am delighted that the poem was posted! To you, Sheila, amd to all your friends :)
    With continuing thanks for your sharing; a blog post from you in my inbox always gets me smiling. :)

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    1. Oh, gosh, sorry! I have the comments pretty open, with nothing too onerous (like a word check). I'm glad that you posted that poem, thank you.

      Aw, thanks, Laurie! Happy IWD to you!

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  10. Happy International Women's Day! So sweet of you to make a board of everyone's stories and pictures of inspiring women! Your outfit is fab too. X

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    1. Thank you, Jess! It was really inspiring to do it.

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  11. I also really like the white and black print of this dress. The pink suede shoes are beautiful and reminds me a little bit of the ones I wore recently with my cobalt blue dress. I completely agree in that wearing a dress is so much easier than putting together a complex outfit. A real time saver, when time really is of the essence. And I do love the elegance of dressing up. As I am sure you have discovered. .. lol.
    Happy international women’s day. Although I am getting a little bit tired of these pseudo-holidays — but I do like the spirit of this one!
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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    1. Thank you, Elle! Ha, yes, you are a "dress up lady" after my own heart! I know, but this one is better than Valentine's Day, I think you will agree!

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  12. Yes ! this is a great dress and perfectly worn with the bright fuchsia.
    What a superb idea to make a mural creating awareness on the day, hope you had a good one.

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    1. Thank you, Lorena! I felt awesome in it. It was a really fun IWD!

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  13. Love this dress shape and how fabulously it fits you!, I'm also a huge fan of black&white dresses with some color accents!, you rock in this one and those shoes (and matching earrings) are fab too!
    Love to read your Aunt story and love to see that you're becoming Auntie Sheila! such a wonderful Aunt!
    besos

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    1. Thank you, Monica! It was a fun outfit. Thanks - it was a good experience to write it down.

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  14. Love the flirty shape of that dress - such a simple piece to wear but with a big impact.

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    1. Agreed, I just love a simple but effective dress like this!

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