Hello! Although it was a quiet-ish weekend (no big events), I still managed to pack a lot in.
Friday was the start of the Hindu Festival of Light - Diwali! - my office did "Fancy Friday" instead of our usual Casual Friday.
This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Go!
- Fur bolero- Bebe, consignment; last seen here in June to see "The King and I" on a mom-daughter double-date
- Dress - David Meister, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) for my birthday party in October 2018
- Shoes - Channi B; last seen here a few weeks ago with frilly flamenco and old velvet
- Coat (below) - Auckie Sanft, vintage 50s, thrifted; last worn here in April
As soon as I'd gotten approval to do a Fancy Friday (dress up, wear bright colours, wear traditional Indian outfits), I knew I wanted to wear this dress.
This was my over-the-top look. I mostly had the hat off, as it tends to slide around a bit.
I could easily slip this off when I had to run around - which I did, 'twas a busy day! I also seem to be back to having hot flashes after having the summer off from them, so that was a factor too.
A woman coming towards me on the sidewalk gave me a grin and two big thumbs up.
Bundled up in the morning and evening. I carried the hat home in a bag.
If you have not met the Fuzzy Flamingo, here she is.
- Necklace/bracelet/earrings - Sherman, vintage 60s, Grandma J's
- Bracelet - Butler Fifth Avenue, consignment
- Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
My parure (link) still has its original box:
- Bag - Arcadia, thrifted
- Hat - custom-made Tierre Joline
I just realized that the bag is stamped.
Y'all will indulge me as I share some pictures of my wonderful and fabulous colleagues.
Two of my favourite gents: Avi and Ashwin.
My gorgeous colleague Gurvinder's dress wowed me...
Simar and I have worked together for close to 6 years.
I was so excited about Monika's chartreuse outfit that I forgot to take a picture of the full thing (she's in the group photo below, though).
A group shot of all of us in the lunchroom:
Friday was also the last day for my coworker Bryce, so I made him a Zentangle as a going-away memento.
On Friday morning when I left, Vizzini had taken over the gold chair and my blue wooly cardigan.
|"I thought you were leaving."|
He's starting to feel the colder nights, and is becoming very snuggly with us.
|"You're just a source of heat, Woman, now sit down."|
L and I played boardgames on Friday night, and Vizzini chilled with us.
|"You keep me warm, that's all."|
He's such a liar. I could hear him purring over the music.
|"Okay, I guess I like you."|
We call those "lovey eyes."
I was up early for my Mental Health Walk - all the puddles were frozen as the sun came up. After a shower, L and I headed down to Pluto's Diner for breakfast, and then ran some errands in town.
- Safety pin leather jacket - Gianfranco Ferre, Spring 2003, consignment; first worn here (3rd outfit) a couple of weeks ago with leopard and leather
- Merino wool sweater - Banana Republic, thrifted; last seen here in February with wallpaper pants
- Skirt - Marc O'Polo, thrifted; purchased here for $29.99
- Boots - Matisse, consignment; last worn here in September with dark florals and pigtails
Jacket off - I only wore it like this when I was eating breakfast.
here in January 2010, and this is its 20th wearing - not bad for 60 cents per wear!
I noticed as I was tracking it back that I've mislabeled it a bunch of times as Club Monaco and Lord & Taylor, but it is actually Banana Republic. I'll be on the lookout for a new brown wool sweater, as it's been a very useful base item in my wardrobe. For now, a couple of holes near one cuff, and one under the arm, are not too bad.
It's a bit of a large slit, but with tights I wasn't bothered.
It was such a nice day, I wore my wonderful safety pin jacket again.
- Gloves - Parkhurst
The jacket is getting softer every time I wear it.
- Purse - Roots, thrifted
- Earrings - local, Hamilton, Ontario
- Bracelet - J. Crew, thrifted
Someone was very subtle about us leaving:
|"This is me not caring."|
While L was browsing in the record store for a vinyl record for our friend Chris' birthday, I strolled down to Dots for a poke around.
The regular price is inked out, but I can read the $49.99 original retail price.
As I noted earlier, I'm also really grooving on fall colours, and this gorgeous blazer caught my eye.
It's by InWear and was $29.99.
After a solid nap and dinner, we had Chris and Ali over that evening for boardgames - we were up till 2am! I slept in a little on Sunday morning and then headed to town for groceries and a we shop at the WIN store on Pandora.
- Velvet dress - Betsey Johnson, vintage 90s, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in March with jeans and studded boots
- Boots - BCBG Max Azria; last seen here with my Iron Maiden tour shirt
- Coat (below) - Vassali, consignment; last worn here a week ago
A comfy outfit for trying stuff on: dress, tights and boots.
I'm generally a fan of Betsey Johnson's stuff - this design has scarabs on it.
I'm fine, just a little damage to my pride - I'll probably have a bruise on my knee.
- Velvet gloves - Cejon, thrifted
- Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
- Earrings - local
I had very good luck at WIN, starting with these awesome bangles.
I also found two unusual belts.
And the black one is BCBG Maz Azria.
$6.95 seemed like a good deal for BCBG - it originally retailed for $88.00 new.
The Olsen belt is a soft, slightly stretchy knit.
I've been watching for nice sweaters for L - he wears them around the house.
Since I've started my Mental Health Walks, I've realized I need more workout gear. I found this lovely pink top in the half price section.
I also don't have any weatherproof pants. I loathe the colour of these, but at least they are not black.
They are by Mountain Equipment Co-op, a local company that sells very expensive outdoor gear.
I've been eyeing this lovely vintage jacket for a few months.
It's actually navy blue and the orbs are woven into the fabric.
I've been on the lookout for interesting blouses.
It's by Talbots and was $7.50. I don't know what what the retail would have been - maybe around $49.99? - but Talbots isn't cheap.
My old dark and light grey cardigan has finally worn out - the moths got it.
It's very good quality - look, they lined up the stripes on the pockets and down the front.
And it's by Saint James, made in France (KLASSY).
I fell hard for this lovely dress - the silhouette is very early 2000s to me (that high neckline).
Gold zipper down the back.
Here's a close-up:
When I saw the name, I was all, "Oh, of course." Chetta B makes lovely dresses.
Last, but certainly not least, I found a gorgeous pair of brown leather boots.
They fit well in the calves, and are wide in the ankle, so I'll expect some wrinkling there over time.
Woly to the rescue! This is the neutral shoe cream, good on any colour.
The boots are by Rockport, and were $34.95.
They have Adiprene by Adidas cushioning inside for added support and comfort.
And with that, I've got to go give Vizzini some lovin'.
|"Yes, you are late for nap time, Woman."|
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
You look stunning in that gorgeous orange dress!! Love it with the pink coat! Actually everyone in your office looks amazing-- so fun. That suede died skirt and long silver necklace are so cool. I love Betsey Johnson stuff, too!!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Becky! It was fun to wear it to work. I adore Betsey's stuff.Delete
You look fab dressed up for Diwali Sheila! We had an event on in the office also but I knew I was double booked with meetings so didn't wear anything special, but those who went to the event looked great! I hope you are okay after your fall - I'm sure your good thrifting luck made it hurt less, haha!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Mica! I love getting dressed up - as you well know! I'm fine, thank you!Delete
I love, love your Diwali outfit, and your office mates are charmingly dressed too. And of course, your shopping scores are TDF. Loving that vintage black jacket with circles - it reminds me of something Judy Garland wore in the new movie - very chic 1960's. Kiss the cat, and have a wonderful day, xox.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Patti! They loved reading all these comments! I'm excited about that jacket.Delete
Loving all the Diwali outfits especially yours, adding a pink coat was pure Bollywood glam. There were fireworks going off here into the early hours last night. We celebrated in Bali back in 1999 but have yet to experience it in India!ReplyDelete
The suede and safety pin number is epic, you look phenomenal and dead KLASSY!
Talking of klassy loving the vintage jacket you finally got your paws on.
Vizzini is adorable in all your photos. Ours are getting very snuggly now it's getting colder, Jon keeps lighting the woodburner for them, spoilt boys! xxx
I had to go over the top for my colleagues! I loved the safety pink jacket even more in this outfit. I always think of you when I buy vintage.Delete
Aw, our boys are spoiled with love, aren't they? Thanks so much, Vix!
I love seeing your coworkers participate in Fancy Friday with you! How fun. They all looked wonderful, as did you!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Charlotte!Delete
You want a Fancy Friday every week?? Helloooooo, my link up party?? 😂😂😂😂 What a beautiful bunch of colored people at your work! What a amazing outfits. I bought, and soon will be on the blog, a similar skirt as your Saturday skirt!ReplyDelete
Ha! I know, Nancy! But I mean in the office, of course. Ooh, looking forward to seeing your skirt!Delete
Your Diwali/Fancy Friday outfit is stunning, Sheila! Just wow! The vivid orange combined with teal/blue is outstanding. And, hello Fuzzy Flamingo, so lovely to see you again! It's heartwarming to see so many of your colleagues participating and dressing in true Bollywood style! I've got much love for Saturday's outfit too: your new-to-you skirt and the safety pin jacket were just made for each other. Plus, you found some great things again. I'm loving the long silver necklace, the bracelets and belts and, last but not least, that lovely vintage jacket! xxxReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Ann! I'm glad everyone dressed up - hopefully we'll have even more next year!Delete
I was so pleased with Saturday's outfit - they were meant for each other, for sure.
I typed a lengthy comment and did something wrong. Now it is gone.... Haven't got time to do it again. In one picture: 👍🏻.ReplyDelete
Arg, sorry, Greetje! Damned Google Blogger. Thank you!Delete
woww, such a lot of lovely outfits, starting by Fancy Friday fabulousness!. Love the texture and color of your dress (and sassiness too!) and the teal accessories which créate a fab color combo!. And your coworkers look really fantastic in their colorful clothes, Fancy Friday rocks!ReplyDelete
Loving your wonderful safety pin jacket with the fab boots and skirt, they work together perfectly!, so stylish and cool!
Love your crushed velvet dress and totally agree on adding more velvet. Best texture ever!. Sorry that you bruised your knee!
Great purchases!, I do love particularly the jackets and cardigans, all of them look quality ítems and really gorgeous!
Thanks so much, Monica! I want Fancy Friday every week!Delete
That was my favourite outfit of the weekend - I love that jacket so much.
I loved your Diwali outfit and how lovely all your colleagues looked in theirs. WE heard lots and lots of fireworks....ReplyDelete
Loved your skirt, boots and brown sweater look. What a shame about the moth holes; what little buggers they are!
Loved your buys all of them but my favourite is the jacket with orbs; what a bargain at 8.50 and I know it will look wonderful on you.
Vizzini is so cute and I can read his body language; even though I've never met him. He's a very expressive cat!
Cool, no fireworks here. I loathe moths! I wish Vizzini would eat them all. I like that jacket too - must plan a good outfit for it.Delete
He really is. We love him to bits.
I love that you put Fancy Friday into action. Your orange lah-may(!) dress is gorgeous. XReplyDelete
I had to! Thanks, Jess!Delete
Another brilliant company get together - what lovely team spirit you guys have! The orange dress is totally fabulous on you.ReplyDelete
The safety pin jacket is sooooo cool and looks perfect with the suede skirt. Neutral colours, even beige can't look boring when they look like this!
And another great shopping spree! The dress is cute, but the star of the show has to be those bargain knee high boots. What joy!
Thank you, Anna! It's a lot of energy for me to "rally the troops" but always worth it.Delete
I know, I love that jacket so much! I could even love beige...
I was really happy with the boots. Love!
I love the idea of Fancy Friday - you all look wonderful in your Diwali-themed outfits. Fancy Friday would definitely not go over well at my office.ReplyDelete
Nice score on the cool rock'n roll necklace and striped cardigan. I haven't had a successful thrifting expedition in quite a while, so it's good to see there are still some nice pieces to be found.
I would love to do it more often, but I don't think my office would go for it.Delete
I have been wearing the cardigan a lot around the house. There are still lots of good things out there, but I also notice a lot more crap.