I found it hard to muster up enough energy for a full-on Holiday Outfit, so just a wee pop of red cheer today, but I do have a big Flashback on my grey woolly boots. I've also got more (yes, more!) Christmas decorations to share off the Big Tree: my Noah's ark collection, some birds and a small assortment of animals made of straw.
Outfit time! My pop of red cheer is this lovely 100% cashmere skirt.
- Sweater - Nor; last seen here (2nd outfit) in March with ORANGE LEATHER SHORTS (sorry, they made me do that)
- Turtleneck - Jacob, thrifted; last worn here in November, layered under a dress
- Skirt - John Laing for N. Peal, vintage, vintage fair; last seen here in December 2019 with pink and denim
- Boots - Prepare Volunteer , Fluevog; last worn here in January on an office snow day
- Coat - Mallia, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) bundled up for outdoors Book Club in November
I needed softness, no sharp edges, all sweater-y things. This grey open-knit sweater is layered over a black sparkly turtleneck top.
The skirt is vintage and is so thick and soft and warm.
Masked up - this is a dark red one, all rose petals.
I only spoke with maybe four people all day, including popping down to give my courier a package for shipment - brrr! I was happy to get back up to my nice warm office.
It was raining this morning when I left home - I'd heard there would be snow at higher elevations (we are at sea level) up-Island, so I geared up appropriately. I'm really happy I wore this baby alpaca/wool coat - it was toasty warm.
- Hat - vintage, thrifted, Vancouver
- Scarf - Elaine Gold, vintage
- Leather/cashmere gloves - Roeckl, consignment
- Necklace - All Saints, gift from Dominique
- Silver/gold cuff - JPL, vintage fair
- Fang bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
- Ear-balls - Swarovski, consignment
- Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
- Silver/lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
My coworker Milo gave me this mug today - aw!
Flashback: Prepare Volunteer Grey Wool Fluevog Boots
I bought these boots on final sale from Fluevog online here in July 2012 for $199.99 (they also came in a reddish leather and black leather). They are the Prepare Volunteer boots, although I've misidentified them as Prepare Steady and Prepare Guides over the years. It's hard remembering all those names!
Although I bought them in July 2012, I didn't wear them until December 2012, as I was in the middle of my 30 For 30 For 12 capsule. I saved them until December (my colours were black, grey, blue, pink, red, purple and shiny!) so they went perfectly.
Are you ready? I've worn these a LOT, so see if you can guess how many times.
I wore them nine times in December 2012, which was the most of any footwear during any of the 12 capsules I did that year.
This was my first wearing of them, along with this groovy half-skull skirt from Smoking Lily.
I gave this wrap coat thing to Vero a few years ago.
I used to try to use my camera's flash for the stair pictures - this is why I don't.
With a glass of wine, ready to go to the theatre with my mom and my family.
Some purple and turquoise.
I'm having deja vu on all these old pieces of clothing. Most of these are looooong gone.
Remember when we all wore waterfall cardigans?
"I do - they look dated now."
I gave that sequined tank top to Yvonne, who looks stunning in it. I do still have that blue skirt, though!
Still in December 2012, and there's that skirt and the waterfall cardi again.
And this is the last outfit from the December 2012 capsule.
And here I am in February 2013, as a blonde!
This was a dinner and board games outfit from April 2013.
I did a Monochromania week in September 2013 - this is the all-grey outfit.
I wore this to the big Vintage Expo at the Crystal Gardens with L, also in September 2013.
I wore the boots with this vintage suede fringed skirt a couple of times, this time in November 2013.
I also miss this skull cardigan from March 2014.
With my studded-shoulder sweatshirt again in April 2014.
A fun look with a men's tie, in October 2014.
Chartreuse and grey is an unusual colour combination. This was in November 2014.
Another outfit where the clothes were mostly obscured by a coat (my teal Desigual one, if you were wondering.
Preparing to go shopping, also in February 2015, but first a cuddle with Vizzini.
"That's as it should be."
I'll be doing a Flashback on that Dolce & Gabbana skirt at some point.
This outfit was from May 2015.
I like this casual outfit from September 2015. I wore that sweater around the house for a couple of years.
Another outfit from September 2015, that was also layered under a funkier coat.
Y'all will recognize my amazing blue fringed vintage coat, here in November 2011.
Wearing my Yeti jacket (Flashback here) to work in January 2016.
My stained glass dress - seen in February 2016 - deserves a Flashback.
Another wearing of the D&G skirt in February 2016.
My little snuggly guy needed some loving here in March 2016.
"I'm actually trying to eat your earrings, Woman."
I still have those tights, but that skirt sadly ripped.
I love this sleek look, also from March 2016. That's another one of my cashmere sweaters - I think it just got tosses, after being worn around the house for years (it was very hole-y).
There's my Buffy leather slip dress (Flashback here).
I wore the Buffy dress with it again here in November 2016, in an all-grey ensemble.
There's that awesome suede skirt again, in February 2017.
I wore this to Vancouver in March 2017 for our annual anniversary trip.
A low-effort look in October 2017 (I'm probably going shopping).
You might recognize this baby blue jean jacket from March 2018.
I love this look from April 2018.
There's today's sweater, worn over my Buffy leather slip dress in October 2018 for Thanksgiving at Mom's.
I still have that purse, but I let go of the dress and belt.
Ah, the Muppet skirt! That will be making an appearance at some point when it's cold enough. This was in February 2019.
There's that black dress again. I wore this out for brunch with my coworker Simona in December 2019.
And here's the last time I wore these boots, on a Snow Day in January.
Mathy stuff: If you guessed 44 times worn, you win accolades and kudos from me! That drops them down to a very respectable $4.54 per wear. When/if these wear out, I'll definitely be investing in another pair of grey boots - these were totally worth it, and such a workhorse in my wardrobe.
Now...ready for some more decorations?
The Big Tree: Noah's Ark, Birds and Straw Animals
I love animal decorations, and I've been saving up the bulk of them to share. First up, my Noah's ark decorations. Did you know that there is this whole subset of Noah's ark collectors? I didn't either.
This is a nice grouping of animals; I like their faces. "All creatures great & small" reminds me of singing in church when I was very young, and also of James Herriot's novels, which I loved (and still have).
I like Noah's sandals. This was $12.95.
We start getting a little more abstract in the Noah designs now...This one's a totem pole? I think Noah should have made the ark bigger. Maybe he got the measurements wrong, like the Stonehenge in Spinal Tap? Heh heh.
We used to sell many of these - this was $14.95 and says "Christmas around the world" on the banner around the hot air balloon.
I like all the animals mashed into the basket. We have a bear and an elephant and a flamingo (you can see them in the above pic).
A giraffe, a hippo, a lion and a tiger. Awesome detail on these - look at that pretty holly border and the holly on top of the balloon.
I also have Noah's airship. As you can see, Batman is supervising it.
The little propellers move up and down. This was $29.95.
And this last one is my favourite - this was $42.95 (these were not cheap!). This is all hand-made - no moulds, all the pieces sculpted by hand. I went through all six of them when I unpacked them and picked out the best one, after I methodically looked at every single one. I did that with all of my ornaments - there are always subtle differences when you start to look.
I also love the two gnus with their wide horns. I don't have any other gnus on my tree!
The penguins also make me laugh. These are also my only penguins, which seems like an oversight.
Onto my birds, specifically, this collection of resin parrots and wild birds. When we saw these in the showroom, we gasped. But they retailed for $14.95 EACH. That's a lot for a bird.
There is a parrot with open wings (the two pics above), and then there is a parrot with wings down.
The blue and yellow one is pretty awesome too.
Doesn't he look like he's going to bite my finger?
I think this might be some kind of bunting.
I'm pretty sure this one is a tit (link).
And now, my straw decorations. These are made from flattened straw (like hay), that is dyed and cut by hand, and then glued, one piece at a time, onto a lightweight form. Again, SO much work in these! They were all from $14.95 for the big ones, to $3.95 for the smallest.
This is another one of my frogs.
I was enchanted by the seahorse. These were so incredibly fragile - all those spines sticking out.
A bigger red one, with touches of gold.
The last one I bought was the dragon.
And there you go! Do you have a favourite? Are there any other animals you're hoping I have on my tree?
Holiday time! I'll continue to post every couple of days over the next two weeks - it's not like we have to travel this year, so I'll be back soon. Thanks so much for dropping by!
Oh, those little fish are great!ReplyDelete
My work-from-home desk is right in the window, so I spent the day suspiciously watching the heavy rain turn into snow - and then it even stuck right at the end of the day! I have to admit I was pretty happy I didn't have to leave the house today.
Aren't they cool, Rachel?Delete
Oh, gosh, that SNOW! What the heck! It was pretty while it lasted, though.
Your decorations are so lovely Shiela!ReplyDelete
I'm also loving your red cashmere(!!) skirt. How cool you have snow where you are, Shiela. I get excited when it hails here on Melbourne! X
Thanks so much, Jess! I know, a cashmere skirt! We don't get hail much either - I'd be excited for that too!Delete
Love the sweater and red skirt look! The straw decorations are so cute, especially the dragon!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lovely! I like the dragon too, good call.Delete
If you ever get tired of those boots (which you won't) I'm first in the queue. I love their funky shape, they're ace! Talking of ace the cashmere skirt is gorgeous, what a lovely colour and much as I loved the flashbacks once I'd seen the Muppet skirt everything else went out of my head, what a wonderful thing.ReplyDelete
I love the Noah's ark but the birds, fish and animal decorations are fab. Forget Xmas, I'd have them up all year round especially the tiger! xxx
Aren't they so fun? They are getting a little worn, sadly. I love the cashmere skirt - it's so soft and warm. Oh, the Muppet skirt is amazing! I can't wait to wear it again, but it's SO HOT I have to wait for the coldest days.Delete
I love all the animals - wait till you see tomorrow's batch!
I love todays outfit, the red and gray together is really good. I really like the dress-wrap thingy that you gave away - so unique and adds so much interest. Happy Holidays! LiseReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Lise! I'd forgotten all about that wrap thing, to be honest! It was too small and hard to wear over other clothes. Happy Holidays to you - thanks so much for reading and commenting!Delete
That's a great skirt; hard to believe it's old (vintage). Noah has an airship?! Very cool.ReplyDelete
I know, right? Vintage is the best - it doesn't have to look old-timey or dated.Delete
I love the airship!
I think your skirt is a great pop of red. How adorable is tat mug from your coworker!. I can't imagine displaying so many interesting things in your home. Thank you for sharing the Noah's Ark Collection, So sweet.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Sam! I know, I was so touched - I am usually showered with gifts from coworkers, but no one was onsite this year.Delete
I've loved having all my decorations out this year, glad you enjoyed them.
Thanks for sharing your tree with us. I love them all! I too used to have a layaway going all the time where I worked. The best part was when things went on sale that were on layaway they were pulled and marked down too.ReplyDelete
Hi, and thank you, Claudia! It's been my pleasure, so fun remembering everything and thinking about my old job. Layaway is awesome...and dangerous! :)Delete
My favourite this time are the parrots. I have a special place in my heart for parrots, I used to be a parrot owner. Those Macaws ornaments are gorgeous. They are so well painted, they look alive. The other bird ornaments are very pretty as well. Many of them look so real. I love it! I might need to get some bird ornaments myself.ReplyDelete
I really like your outfit as well. That red midi skirt is gorgeous. You look fabulous!
The boots are so cool and it was great seeing all the ways you wore them.
I LOVE the parrots so much. That is so cool you used to own them! I know, they are so realistic-looking.Delete
Thank you so much!
I had so many fun adventures with parrots in my childhood. I will perhaps buy one again when I settle in a steady job. They are wonderful pets but as they are extremely social, they require a lot of constant care and attention to be happy, especially if you own a single one.Delete
Just a pop of red is quite an understatement for that magnificent skirt! I love how you let it do the talking by combining it with blacks and greys. And I'm loving the necklace as a "mid-chestal region focus". I really couldn't have put that any better, so I might just steal that from you :-) The boots are a delight, and I'm not surprised you've worn them 44 times already. I wish I could join the queue for them, but I guess my tiny size 4 feet will drown in them!ReplyDelete
I love animal decorations too, so these were a real treat!
Enjoy your holiday, Sheila! Tomorrow's my last day, and then I'll join you! xxx
Heh, I'm good at understatement, Ann, you know that! ;-P Yes, go for it! All phrases are there for borrowing. I know, I was surprised it has been that many wears! I think your feet are far too small, my dear, sorry!Delete
I do too - you'll like the rest tomorrow.
You too, Ann, thank you! Woo, vacation!
I love the ark. Your pop of red skirt is gorgeous, and I love your cat socks :-) Merry Christmas Sheila xReplyDelete
Merry Christmas, Polly! Thank you so much!Delete
So impressed you've got 44 wears from those boots, they are definitely a good piece to have in your wardrobe! :) And the pop of red is a nice Christmas office outfit. I tried dressing in red and green this year and I really enjoyed it, hopefully next year I'll be able to work that into some office outfits!
The ark and animal decoration collection is amazing too! I don't have any ark decorations but I do have a lot of penguins ones and koala ones and I got the kids a paint your own glass decoration kit for Christmas eve craft so once they have done that I'll have Santa hat wearing t-rex decorations on my tree next year haha!
Me too, Mica! It's a lot! I thought you did a fabulous job of wearing seasonal colours - well done! I hope next year is back to the "old normal", though - I have missed so many outfits this year, it feels like.Delete
I love the arks and the animals - ooh, I don't have a koala!! I need one! That is so fun that you're making ornaments with the boys - they will be great memories for years to come.
Morning Sheila, that's funny I wore open weave top and long silver necklace yesterday too, but alas no beautiful vintage red skirt here lol. I love that outfit. Those boots were a sound investment with all those wears. I loved all your ornaments esp. the birds. My what work has gone into the straw ones! I will say the same as I said to Vix thanks and I mean that, for the posts which have been so lovely throughout this weird year. Happy Christmas ShazxxReplyDelete
Shaz! good morning! We were twins - sort of, ha ha! Thank you, my dear! Yes, the boots were so worth it - that's why I'm never hesitant about spending a bit more on good quality and funky design, as they LAST.Delete
I know the work in the straw ornaments is just boggling! Aw, you're so welcome - I'm glad you have enjoyed all my posts, and it's been so awesome getting to know you. Thank you for all the comments! Happy Christmas, dear Shaz!
Wow the colour and sheen of that orange skirt is amazing and so suits you, expecially with the grey sweater.ReplyDelete
I love the Noah Air ship so quirky.
Happy Christmas Sheila X
Isn't it lovely? It's such a vibrant red. Glad you liked the Noah's stuff. :) Thanks, Jane!Delete
A cashmere skirt???? Who actually owns a cashmere skirt? Sheila -- of course. Love those straw decorations -- dragons and tigers and frogs -- oh my!ReplyDelete
I do, I do! Ha ha, thanks so much, Cynthia!Delete
Those boots are far more versatile than I would have thought. Your top outfit, with the red skirt, is my favourite. And the all grey outfit as well.ReplyDelete
And what can I say about the ornaments? My goodness, what beauty and what a lot.
I love them - they are so comfy and funky. Thanks, Greetje!Delete
What a fantastic red skirt. At least one versatile, fairly (or full on) classic red skirt has been a wardrobe must for me since my teens. I wear a fair bit of red and find that it/they get a ton of play in my wardrobe. Honestly, at this point, red is pretty much akin to a neutral for me and there's little I won't experiment partnering this vivacious hue with.ReplyDelete
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Thank you, Autumn! I love red skirts - I've always had one, right from high school onward. It's a neutral for me too!Delete
It is surprising to hear you don't get snow - I'd always imagined the whole of Canada would be covered in it. Is it because where you live is near the coast?ReplyDelete
Yes, we're right on the ocean here at sea level, and we're protected by the US and Canada mountain ranges, so most cold weather passes right over us. It's extremely mild here compared to the rest of the country.Delete
Love this cashmere skirt, so fab texture and colour (Red Rocks!) and love your wooly boots, these are stunning boots and work nicely with lots of colours and enhance any texture!. Lovely outfits!ReplyDelete
And so beautiful ornaments, the Arch animals look so cute (giraffes are always my favourite!), and those toucans!, and straw animals are so Amazing!.
Thank you so much, Monica! I love that it's red and cashmere! Thank you - the boots are so unusual and fun.Delete
I love the arks too - animals are my favourite.
These flashback posts really do give us value for money my dear! I totally love seeing all of the different hair colours and styles you've had over the years too never mind all of the amazing outfits you've created xReplyDelete
Aren't they fun? I love looking back too. Thanks, Anna!Delete