Monday, March 1, 2021

Happy Birthday, Kezzie! Ode to the 11th Doctor

Hello, my friends! Today's post is a special one, as I'm joining in another fun Birthday Celebration...

Kezzie is 40! 

If you don't know this lovely blogger, you should go visit her (here) and wish her a Happy 40th Birthday! She is celebrating by asking her fellow bloggers to join her in a TYPE 40 TARDIS TUESDAY (info here), by dressing up/cosplaying as a Dr. Who character (a Doctor, a companion, other character, even a villain!). The only criteria was to use things you already had in your closet. 

Heck, you know I can do that! 
I did some frantic Interwebz searching last night and since I already owned a main component or two, I chose the 11th Doctor as my look. We'll get to my complete outfit in a second - I did a "normal" outfit picture on the stairs this morning. 


  • Tweed coat - McQ by Alexander McQueen, consignment; first worn here in March 2020 with pink leather
  • Vest - Maison Scotch, Bohemian Chique, 2010, thrifted; purchased here for $3.50
  • Shirt - J. Crew, thrifted; last seen here in November 2020 with this same bow tie
  • Skirt - Le Chateau, thrifted; last worn here in March 2020 for a grocery shop with more velvet
  • Boots - Aldo, consignment; just worn a week ago in February here with a leather dress
  • Sleeveless coat (below) - Only, thrifted; last seen here in February


While I'm not a Dr. Who fan (I have never seen a single episode), I also don't live under a rock, so I'm well aware of the various Doctors, Tardises (Tardisi??), Daleks, and some of the other characters on the show through friends (both blogger and real-life). 

Here's my full outfit - of course I was going to wear the fez! 
And my red spotty bow tie. "Bowties are cool!" - 11th Doctor.

Here's the 11th Doctor (played by Matt Smith) for comparison. 
It's uncanny, I can barely tell us apart (hee hee)! 

Red fez + bow tie = easy outfit, but I also tried to do nods to other parts of the above outfit, as well as some other looks I saw him sporting. 
I did a spotted shirt (because me!), and this long tweed jacket, plus a black bottom (skirt instead of skinny trousers). 

I bought the fez for L as a Christmas gift probably 25 years ago? It was in a long-gone novelty store, and was around $20 - I wish I'd bought the leopard-print one too! L does wear it! He has quite the collection of hats. 
Lace-up boots were also a requirement, and these are the closest ones I have. The studs reminded me of Daleks! 

I don't own suspenders, but I do have this black pinstriped vest that I recently thrifted. I found pics of the 11th Doctor in a vest, so I knew this would work. The vest doesn't close, so when the jacket's on, only the edges are visible, and if you squint, they kinda look like suspenders. 
I wore my tweed jacket off and on during my work-day, so I looked like this for part of it, sans fez - I didn't wear it to work. 

Masked up - this was my "real" work look the rest of the time. 
I'm happy to get another wearing of this wool McQ jacket in, and this lovely velvet skirt with the crocheted connections. 

Outerwear: the temps are finally warming up slightly - we may even make it into double digits! 
Time to break out the sleeveless coat! This is a great less-bulky alternative to a full jacket, when I'm basically already wearing a wool coat. 

Outerwear stuff; 
I liked the jauntiness of the fringed scarf. 

  • Silk burnout velvet scarf - thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst
  • Mask - Lazy Susan's

The stuff: 
As it's a pain to lace/unlace these boots, I wore them all day, including walking to and from work in them. 

Red bling: 
The fez is just velvet over some stiff material (possibly cardboard) and Vizzini likes the tassel on it very much. 

  • Bow tie - John Comfort for Harry Rosen, vintage, thrifted
  • Enameled copper cuff/earrings - vintage 60s, vintage shop, Portland, OR
  • Fez - c. 1996, gift to L

Speaking of villains, here's my little monster, going after my laces when I got home. 
"I can't resist the kitty spaghetti!"


He lunges and bites and then re-sets. 
"I think I can get them this time."


No such luck - I'm very careful with my laces. 

Kezzie, all the best to you for a wonderful day! The 40s are the best! 
I'll leave you with the immortal words of the 11th Doctor (source):

"The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don’t always spoil the good things, or make them unimportant. And we definitely added to his pile of good things."


I hope this outfit added to your pile of good things on your birthday, Kezzie!

34 comments:

  1. I declare you the best of sports! I apparently do live under a rock and know zero about Dr. Who, but I certainly admire your spirit and sense of birthday fun adventure! Happy Birthday to Kezzie - you will love your 40's!!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Nana! I had fun searching online and thinking of things I could add to my outfit!

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  2. That is so much fun, i already saw the theme on Ann s blog. How funny. Your coat is gorgeous, of course it is, it's Alexander McQueen! And tweed! Happy Birthday Kezzie!

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    1. It's technically McQ, which is a more mass-produced version of McQueen, but hey, I'll take it, thanks, Nancy!

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  3. Fabulous. And I love the detail on the back. Of that gorgeous coat

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    1. Thank you so much, Angela! I love the coat - embroidery? Be still my heart!

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  4. I knew you'd rise to the occasion of Kezzie's 40th with aplomb! Such a brilliant interpretation and of course you had to have a fez at hand to complete the look.
    My grandma always said that the perfect wardrobe had an outfit for any occasion, failure was having to go out and buy something especially.
    When Matt Smith was Dr Who was always sold out of bow ties at vintage fairs.
    Vizzini's look of intent concentration watching your shoe laces is hilarious! xxx

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    1. I love a wardrobe challenge, game or celebration, Vix! Doesn't everyone have a fez?? Ha!

      I rarely have to buy something new for a costume-y outfit, which is a good thing, I guess!

      Bowties are fantastic, and I wish men (and women) would wear them more.

      Vizzini is a very focused cat, especially when it comes to shoelaces!

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  5. Great answer to the challenge! Kezzie is the best. :)

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  6. Love the outfit and the tardis interpretation.

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    1. Thanks, Anca! I was pleased over the boots/Tardis studs.

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  7. Awwww, thank you SO much for joining in with this! I LOVE it! I knew you would be an absolute cert for an amazing interpretation! You make an EXCELLENT Doctor!!!!
    Of COURSE you have a Fez!!!!
    I want to see a whole Sheila set of Doctor interpretations now- I know you'd do it amazingly with your wardrobe- hahaha!!xxx

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    1. Thank YOU for having this challenge, Kezzie! How fun to dress up for your birthday with you!

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  8. What a fun outfit - I love how you made it something you could easily wear through the day and you did such a great job with your own take on the inspiration outfit. What a nice way to celebrate your friend's birthday!

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    1. I thought of Kezzie all day while I was wearing it too, Mica, which made it extra-special. Thank you!

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  9. Bow ties are cool. A fez is cool. Famous 11th doctor words.

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  10. You make a very credible 11th Doctor! My middle grandson's favourite Doctor Who of all..

    Of course you had a fez in your closet and a bow tie; I wouldn't expect anything less from you Sheila! Fabulous outfit and the embroidery on the back of the tweed coat was such a surprise...

    Take care
    xxx

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    1. Having never seen an episode, I don't have a favourite, but this was an easy one to put together, Vronni.

      The fez is L's, but otherwise, yup, it's all from my closet! I love that embroidery on the coat - it's on the front too.

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  11. Very uncanny indeed, I really had to look twice :-)
    Joking aside, your outfit is brilliant. If anyone's got a fez up their sleeve, it just got to be you, and that bow tie is so cute. So clever to turn the vest into suspenders, too. That long tweed jacket is gorgeous and I'm swooning over the enameled copper cuff and earrings.
    Not surprised Vizzini is partial to that tassel :-) xxx

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    1. Hee hee, I love being silly, don't you, Ann? Thanks so much - and yeah, of course we have a fez! I should really own suspenders, but they don't work very well with my boobs. I love the jacket and I was glad of the opportunity to wear my Portland copper set.

      Nope, he always goes after it! What a little devil.

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  12. You did brilliantly! I love how you cosplayed the doctor. The fez fits you so well. The bow tie is adorable and I love the shirt and the coat. Such a great look altogether! I also love the quote you selected.

    Vizzini is so cute going after those ' cat spaghetti.'

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    1. Thank you so much, Ivana! The fez is actually way too big on me (it's barely hooked on my ear). I wear the bowtie regularly, but had fun putting all of this together.

      Isn't he funny? Such a cute cat.

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  13. Absolutely brilliant ! I love your style Sheila and it was great to meet you through Kezzie's party - what a fun challenge. Great quote at the end too ... my hubby is a fervent Dr Who fan and I half watch so like you I'm aware of the characters but got great inspiration from Kezzie.

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    1. Thank you so much, Fil, nice to meet you too! It was a great challenge! Aw, that's very cool. Kezzie is an inspiring person!

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  14. Never has Dr. Who been interpreted more stylishly.

    You are such a sweet, awesome soul, Sheila. Thank you for helping to make the b-days of both your online and offline friends extra special.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

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    1. I do enjoy a challenge, Autumn! Aw, that is really sweet of you, hon, thank you.

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  15. I've seen several episodes of Dr. Who, and even watched an entire season recently when they had Jodie Whittaker as a female Doctor. An excellent theme for a 40th Birthday celebration. Good on you for getting into the spirit, even though you're not fan.

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    1. I haven't been inclined to watch it, although it's pervasive in our pop culture. It was a great idea - I do love a theme!

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  16. woww, it's being so lovely to see Kezzie's birthday celebrations trough your blogs!, so creative and joyful outfits!. You look fab, love your embroidered jacket, the details and cute bowtie and earrings and necklace, everything is so fab!.
    Love your outfit, as it's very You and it's also into the spirit of the series. I've watched only three seasons, but now I feel that I should watch more!
    besos

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    1. It was a such a great idea she had, Monica! I loved checking out all the homages to Dr. Who as well. Thank you so much!

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  17. Hoorah for the Fez! It was the perfect finishing touch.

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    1. Yup, I agree - the right accessories really make it happen. Thanks, Mim!

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