Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Floral and Blue Bookends

Everything is still wreathed in smoke haze here - I haven't seen the sun in over a week (aside from that glowing disc which is sometimes an eerie orange). 
Cheering myself up with some of my lesser-worn items from the spring/summer collection. 

  • Blouse - Bird by Juicy Couture, thrifted; last worn here in February, layered under pink
  • Skirt - Baraschi, consignment; last seen here in April in a clash of patterns
  • Shoes - Modern Living Slant, Fluevog; last worn here in April with lemon leather and birds
  • Coat (below) - Tangerine Jill, thrifted; last seen here in May

This blue silk blouse was languishing unworn so far this season (blouses seem to have been overlooked, as I have a couple yet to wear).
I wanted to style this cool floral/dotted skirt again - it goes with so much, with all those colours. 
I didn't realize the blouse was quite this sheer! Oops. It didn't seem like it when I was in the office.
We had a film crew (of two people, with the director on laptop conference) in the office today, shooting a little blurb for corporate. It was quite exciting to watch/listen to.

I did my boss a favour and ran out and bought him a shirt and tie at the mall, so that he'd be looking snazzy onscreen. I got him a lovely Calvin Klein blue-striped on white shirt, with white stars in the weave, and a lattice-plaid tie. He was thrilled (he hates shopping).
While I was out (looking like this, with my mask on), a lady hollered at me, "You look great! All of it!"

And while I was picking up some shampoo at the drugstore after work, an older gent remarked at how nice my hair looked with my pink coat. 
I think people are happy to see some colour. I don't see many dressed-up folks out "in the wild" these days.

The stuff: 
I love these shoes - they are so fun. My feet are a little tired from my 3-block expedition but not too bad. 

Silver bling: 
I pinned my grandmother's brooch at the neck of my blouse. 

  • Brooch - Trifari, vintage 60s, Grandma S
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Silver/sodalite ring - Scotland, 1996
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

Sending positive vibes for rain to put out all the forest fires, and wind, to blow all the smoke away! I know it's now traveling east. Stay safe out there! 

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  1. Near Detroit, Michigan, the sunlight today had an unmistakable pink tint all morning and most of the afternoon, and the sky is hazy--not from weather, but from atmospheric smoke particles. Completely clear, sunny day, but air quality warnings. It's definitely moving east! But what I really wanted to say is ... I think that in your amazing, kaleidoscopic wardrobe, this skirt is the item that sparks the most joy every time I see it. :-)

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    1. Wow, that's amazing that the smoke/particulate matter has reached all the way to Michigan, Pam.

      Thank you so much! I can't pick a favourite skirt - I have far too many!

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  2. Morning Sheila, you are a vision today! Love how everything "flows". This is one of my favourites I have seen - so clever the shoes, picking up the blue from the skirt and the brooch. You are an artist of clothes as I keep saying. I love the silver bling of course. I did have a pair of earrings just like those unfortunately broke. I am not surprised you got complimented today! Hope the smoke clears up real soon. Shazxx

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    1. Hello, Shaz! Thank you so much - I go with the flow, ha ha! Aw, thank you - I like that, an "artist of clothes".

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  3. Your earrings look like ones that I have. My cousins brought them back from Dubrovnik, Croatia. They are said to be styled after the buttons on military uniforms.

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  4. G’morning from New York! My heart goes out to you and all the west coasters...may the rains come and wash away the smoke. In any case, take care!
    And meanwhile, your outfits provide the sunshine for those you see in person and we who enjoy online. :)
    My sister-in-law recently sent me some colorful and vibrant yoga pants. (I teach online & she joked these would make it easier for people to see me ;)) Anyway, they remind me of some of your tights and I have been pairing them with dresses. At least it’s a step up from shorts and jeans!
    Am quite liking your shoes and the cut of the skirt is fabulous on your frame.
    Cheers, Laurie

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    1. Hello, Laurie! It's cleared up since - not from rain, just from the weather system pushing everything east. Glad you are getting some metaphorical sunshine from my posts. :) Oh, how fun! Bright clothes are the best, and way to go, pairing your tights with dresses! I am proud of you! Thank so much, my friend!

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  5. so this blue is one of my favorite blue colors....how do you describe it?....i am adding this color to a dress i am making right now..and i can't describe it... is it peri-winkle? ps i had some bad photo sessions because of the horrific fires here in California...where in canada are you? xo eva

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    1. Thank you, Eva! I would call it Wedgewood blue, as it's very similar to their famous pottery colour. Periwinkle has more purple in it.

      I'm on the west coast of Canada, near Vancouver/Seattle.

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  6. I'd gladly send you some rain, if we had any, but it's been cinder dry here the last couple of weeks! I don't like the sound of that eerie orange sun. What I do like - nay, love! - is your outfit, which is making my heart sing. Frilly blouse and black floral skirt: that is so up my street. The shoes are fabulous too, and your mask definitely compliments your outfit. And how gorgeous is your grandma S's Trifari brooch? Very! Take care and keep safe, my dear! xxx

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    1. We've had rain, but it doesn't clear the air, unfortunately. I'm so glad it's all passed.

      Thank you! Heart singing is my goal, always. :) Thank you, my dear Ann!

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  7. How lovely to say that to you from those 2 people! Your boss is lucky that you work for him. I love that blouse, love ruffles, something so dramatic about them. And that skirt looks gorgeous on you!!

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    1. I love getting comments on my outfits, but most people don't say anything. Yes, my boss knows how lucky he is to have me (I remind him, ha ha!). Thank you, Nancy!

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  8. Love this blouse. Your blog is an international treasure.

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    1. That is possibly my favourite comment of all time. :)

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  9. Love the bright colors. I'm glad you had some excitement. y daughter is a videographer/producer, and my son (when they ar enot in a pandemic) works in TV and film in LA. People around her thinks they are exotic!

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    1. Thank you, SAM! It was very exciting to have people in the office! We have quite a bit of movie/TV filming here in town (they call us "Hollywood North", along with Vancouver).

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  10. Oh Shiela, I am all too familiar with the eerie orange sun caused by smoke - very scary. I hope it rains for you too.

    In regards to your outfit, I love your silk blue blouse. So gorgeous! X

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    1. It was so scary, Jess! I'm thankful it's cleared up finally.

      Thank you, my dear!

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  11. Love this outfit and I can see why it got you so many compliments on the day! :) I have been noticing my blouses and "fancier" clothes I usually wear for work are so unloved with not having been in the office since early this year. I think they are a bit overdressed for mum life but maybe I have to make an effort to wear them more - I'm thinking about it a lot but I also have some delicate blouses that wouldn't hold up to a day with the kids, haha!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mica! I think we have to just go ahead and use them/wear them anyway. They are just things, and are meant to be used! Be overdressed! Okay, maybe not the really delicate blouses, but other stuff, surely? :)

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  12. You're dashing ! how nice of the lady to say that to you.
    I think the sheer of the blouse is soo cool with the tattoos showing.

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    1. Thank you! I know, so few people bother to say anything when they see someone dressed up. It's like they think we are all super-confident.

      Thanks - it wasn't this sheer in person at all!

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  13. A terrific combination. I can imagine that people give you compliments even in the street. I still cannot see how a Fluevog shoe is going to go with my outfits. Yet, I always love yours. So strange.
    Your boss being so happy you shopped so well for him... new career? Personal shopper.
    Greetje

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    1. Thank you, Greetje! No, not very many, even though I'm easily the dressiest person I ever see out in "the wild."

      Once I have a pair of Fluevogs, I start seeing all kinds of outfits I can make with them! They push my creativity.

      He really was thrilled. I would love to do that, but I don't want to do it as a job - that would take all the fun out of it for me. I'd rather just do it for free here and there, for people I know and like.

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    2. Then do it for free. You would make many people very happy.

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    3. That's what I do! It's a bit harder to shop with people in these times, but I do love shopping for friends, and am always scouting for them. :)

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  14. woww, looking really cool and elegant!. Love these shoes too, totally agree that they are Fab!
    And love when our outfits bring some joy to random people!, color therapy!
    besos

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    1. Thank you! I love the shoes too. I know - colour therapy is real!

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