Today was better than yesterday, and I'm feeling better too. I even felt great in my outfit today. So many wins!
- Jacket - Julie Haus, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) for a shopping expedition in October 2018
- Sweater (underneath) - Eileen Fisher, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in April 2018 for brunch and shopping
- Trousers - Lady Dutch, thrifted; purchased here for $6.95
- Shoes - Tod's, thrifted; last worn here in November 2018 with double greens and snakes
- Coat (below) - Zara, gift from Dominique; last seen here in February
I have a thing for blazers with asymmetrical lapels - this is now my third one!
Emily said it reminded her of the Downton Abbey silhouette, very up-and-down, no waist.
Here's the olive sweater I had underneath. I had not expected to take my blazer off at all, but an office supply order came in (lots of heavy lifting and unpacking of boxes), and I got quite glowy.
"Is this week over?" face. I'm tired. I want a weekend.
|"And I want to go in the hall. We both have dreams."|
Outerwear - it's still frigid out there, but we had a bit of rain today! Never thought I'd be excited about rain, but this dry cold is doing a number on my skin. I need damp!
- Fur scarf - thrifted
- Leather/cashmere gloves - Club Monaco, consignment
- Necklace - c. 1920s, vintage, gift from L
- Bracelet - thrifted
- Ring - c. 1996
- Earrings - Plum
So, my Aunt Ann. My workplace is celebrating International Women's Day on Friday, and we invited people to send in little stories about women who've inspired them. Well, we haven't had any submissions so far, so I volunteered to write up a blurb and send it out to everyone to get them to participate. I wrote this in about half an hour, took a deep breath and sent it out to our 300+ employees in town. Yikes, putting some personal stuff out there...
I called my mom when I got home to a) explain that while she is also inspiring, I wrote this about Aunt Ann because I have never written anything about Aunt Ann before, and b) to not tell me all the nitpicky things I got wrong. I took some poetic licence, so, Mom and Aunt Lois (I know you're out there), I know some of this is not 100% accurate. It was more about getting the "feel" right.
And yes, now that I think of it, my Aunt Ann looked very much like Vix, if Vix had been from Florida and had a penchant for miniskirts and cigarettes.
My Dad’s family is from Saskatchewan, and his father had five brothers and one sister: Ann. Dad would tell my brother and I stories about his uncles, but all I ever heard about Ann was, “She was a little different. Not a Prairie girl. She was something.” Dad could never quite articulate what “something” meant, but when I met Ann at a family reunion in Tisdale, SK, in 1982, I understood.
Ann had married and moved to Florida, pretty much leaving the rest of the family in Canada. She and her husband rarely visited, so for her to come to rinky-dink Tisdale to see and meet our clan, it was a Big Deal. Aunts and uncles whispered, “Ann’s coming!” with great excitement. Finally, she arrived…and our mouths dropped open.
She must have been in her 60s, but to my 14-year-old eyes, she was ageless. She was tanned, her sleek black hair drawn back in a tight bun, with perfectly done make-up and matching candy-pink lipstick and nail polish. She wore a mini-dress and tall platform sandals, and giant sunglasses. In rural Saskatchewan, she was a towering vibrant flamingo among brown ducks. I was hugely intimidated, but she fascinated me – who was this creature? Finally, my Mom pushed me up to her, and she took my hand.
”DARLING!” she drawled, “I’m your Aunt Ann!”
I was far too shy to talk to her, but I watched her throughout the reunion, this glamourous woman who confidently stood out from the rest of the family. Whenever she saw me she would raise one eyebrow, then give me a wink. One day I was wearing a ruffled shirt, and she complimented me. “What a FABULOUS blouse, Sheila! I’m so glad someone in this family has some style!” I blushed bright red, but I was so pleased that she had noticed. She made me feel so special, and her words stayed with me.
I never saw her again. She went back to her life in Florida, and died many years later, never knowing how much she inspired me to be myself, to develop my style, and not be afraid to stand out. Now, I take great delight in showing up at family events in a flamboyant outfit for my nieces and nephew to admire. “DARLING! It’s Auntie Sheila!”