Thursday, December 19, 2019

Colour-Blocked and Rainy Florals

I find it interesting to see how colours look when I make one of my pictures black and white. What colours do you think I'm wearing based on this picture, for instance?
 Grey? Cream?

  • Denim vest - Only, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in April with a PANK jacket
  • Turtleneck sweater - M&S Collection, consignment; purchased here for $16.98
  • Skirt - John Laing for N. Peal, vintage, vintage fair; last worn here in March for brunch and a shop
  • Shoes - Down to Earth Hadfield, Fluevog; last seen here (3rd outfit) in June to see a movie
  • Coat (below) - L'Atiste, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here in November

How about bright pink and red with a blue vest? I was bright!
 I've had this skirt pulled aside to remind myself to wear it, and today was the day.

I really liked how the bright pink went with the bright orange-y red. Unexpected blocks of colour, aren't they?
Sometimes I wear this vest-y thing as a vest, sometimes as a dress. I've worn it with pants too. Pockets!

The back detail is nice - it accentuates the waist.
I only tied it like this for the picture - I left the ties hanging when I wore it open during the day.

I wore it done up sometimes too.
 The two bright colours together are less noticeably contrasted.

Outerwear - this was not sufficient for a very windy, rainy and cold afternoon. I was fine in the morning.
I went out for lunch with one of the groups at work, and it was lovely, although a bit chilly. By the end of the day, however, when I was standing at the bus stop in the cold after my haircut, dripping with water, I was a grumpy camper.

  • Hat - thrifted, Vancouver
  • Cashmere scarf - Portolano, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

But I looked good!

The stuff:
My hat blew off at one point, rolled down the sidewalk and landed in a puddle. It seems to have survived, and it did well at keeping my hair dry. The floral shoes are also soaked through, but they'll be fine.

Gold bling:
Including my-pin (the larger tree) from when I worked in a year-round Christmas store (check out a speech I wrote about it, here, from 2009). Aw...that was a fun job.

  • Bracelet - Butler Fifth Avenue Collection, consigment
  • Amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's
  • Earrings - Plum
  • Small pin - Avon
  • Large pin - Keyes, gift from Ev

And now, my friends, it is time for me to snuggle up with some tea and this little monster.
"Your brain is clearly addled, Woman. I am not a monster!"

Says the cat who pulled down the curtains in the bedroom!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends, and enjoy the magic of the season! I will be back on Sunday with tales of adventure (and party outfits).


  1. I like the brights together and the vest is a great topper = sorry you were a bit cold and wet with the weather though! I hope you warmed up and dried off when you got back home :)

    1. Thanks, Mica! Being wet and cold is a fact of west coast life, unfortunately! I warmed up once I was home.

  2. Love those lovely opulent jewel-like colours on you.
    We've got that incessant rain, too - you could have wrung me out after a morning in town yesterday.
    Have a fab weekend and give Vizzini a big cuddle from me. xxx

    1. I love brights like this, Vix. Gah, the rain - we need it, but still, so rainy! Happy weekend to you, and snuggles back to Frank and Stephen Squirrel.

  3. I'm loving your black and white pictures, but - unless I recognize the garment(s) in question - it's impossible to guess the colorus. Here, I certainly didn't guess pink, red and blue. I'm always surprised at how well red and pink can go together, and in this outfit they are a - literally - brilliant pairing. Both that skirt and the turtleneck are gorgeous on their own, but they really lift each other to a higher level. Oh, your poor hat and shoes! And isn't Vizzini an absolute monster? Pulling down curtains, no less! Phoebe's sitting next to me as I type. Must make sure she's not getting any ideas ;-) Wishing you a most wonderful weekend, Sheila! xxx

    1. I know, it's so hard, isn't it, Ann? Black and white totally fools me. I love pink and red, have since the 80s, when I first "discovered" the combo. Getting stuff wet is just a fact of life on the we(s)t coast. Vizzini is such a little monkey-cat! This is not the first time he's gone after the curtains. Better tell Phoebe to behave! Hope you had a happy weekend too, my dear!

  4. That's a very attractive outfit. Love that color combination. Enjoy your weekend!

  5. I can never tell what colours you’re wearing from your first black and white photo.

    I thought your skirt might have been camel coloured but it’s wonderfully bright!
    Your shoes are soaked – oh goodness! Are you sure they’ll be alright? I’ve had boots ruined due to rain.

    Happy Christmas. X

    1. It's tricky, isn't it, Jess? Pah, me in camel? Not likely! Oh yes, the shoes will be fine. I have never had shoes ruined from rain.

  6. I actually guessed the blue of the long vest correctly but I was wrong about the skirt, I thought it was dark yellow or light orange but it turns out it is orange red....well, one out of two isn't bad. It is hard to guess colour correctly with a bw photo reference but it is a fun challenge.

    You look fantastic in this the coat as well.

    1. I know, it's so tricky, Ivana! Black and white is so interesting that way. Thank you so much!

  7. Wishing you all the best for the festive season, Sheila. I'll be disappearing into the bosom of my family tomorrow so I hope you have some wonderful celebrations xx

    1. Thank you so much for dropping by, Fay! A very happy holidays, and a Merry Christmas to you and your family! See you next year!

  8. Dear She, hope you had an amazing holiday !!
    The b&W pic made me think..
    Interesting, I thought you were wearing black and pink.

    1. Thanks, honey, it was good.

      Funny how colours distort in black and white, isn't it?


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