Sunday, May 9, 2021

Weekend Wrap-Up: Princess Jelly-Deer in a Tutu, Plus Bebe Flashback

Hello, my friends! I trust you've all had a wonderful weekend! We celebrated my mom's birthday plus Mother's Day on Saturday, and saw most of my family, plus I played Frisbee and we had our Zoom Happy Hour. 

And I did it all in a tutu! Yes, I did! 
It is I, Princess Jelly-Deer. You may remember me from this outfit in May 2018.

  • Fur bolero - Bebe, consignment; last worn here in October 2019 with an orange sari-fabric dress for Diwali
  • Sweater - Kersh, w/print by Pena, thrifted; last seen here (and Flashbacked) in May 2020 with a white skirt and a key-patterned bomber
  • Tutu - Hamilton's Theatrical Supply, thrifted; purchased here for $12.95
  • Shoes - Modern Living Slant, Fluevog; last seen here in September 2020 with blue and floral

I always have to explain "jelly-deer"...see, the print is a deer with jellyfish legs. But it's not a jelly-FISH, it's a jelly-deer
The princess part is self-explanatory. 
I have a short black slip on under this, as in certain lights, this tutu is "legs ahoy!"
I tucked my sweater into the waistband. There is no room for any kind of belt action. 

I added my little rabbit fur bolero for extra warmth, and to help balance all that tulle. 
I added my Chinese take-out purse, recently pulled out of my archives on my last closet swap-over. It's too cool to hide away. 
I forgot to take a picture of the mask, but it's a teal snakeskin one by Mom. 
This was a ginormously delightful skirt to wear! I had fun trying to cram it all into Vlad the Jag and not have it overflow into L's driver-seat. 

The stuff: 
I kept my shoes on, as the buckles are a pain. The heels are half wood, and half blue Perspex. 

And they have toe windows. 
Mom hadn't seen these before - I haven't worn them a ton since I got them, with this only being their 4th wearing. Two-tone blue is kinda tricky. 

Glittery bling: 
Fit for a princess! I even wore my tiara. That's real bamboo for the handle of my purse.

  • Purse - can't remember, c. 1999?
  • Tiara - Icing
  • Cuff - St. Paul's Cathedral gift shop, London
  • Necklace/earrings - Sherman, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Bracelet - Coro, vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Silver/sodalite ring - Scotland, c. 1996
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

We drove out to Mom's and spent about an hour and half hanging out on her back deck. It was cloudy and a bit cold out, although we had flashes of sunshine. 

Here's our birthday girl, although her actual birthday is on Tuesday. Looking fabulous in her blue jacket (we matched!), white top with black trim, striped pants (partly sheer!) and black shoes.
Mom also full accessorized with a brooch on the jacket and a necklace. So classy! How did you end up with such a goofy daughter? 

My eldest niece Zoe was there with her friend Mark. 
She's on the island for the summer, and will be back on the mainland to resume university classes  at UBC in the fall. 

My second-oldest niece, Hannah. 
Love the linen trousers. 

My brother Dave showed up - I haven't seen him in a year! 
I was shocked that his hair has gone fully silver! 

He brought my youngest niece, Sidney, with him. She's 12 and is over 6' tall. How did I end up with the short genes?
It was great to catch up with everyone. I got Mom a dark red satin jacket (the one she's wearing is a previous gift from me), a William Morris tapestry jigsaw puzzle, and an extension of her StoryWorth subscription. 

We raced home to meet up with some friends to toss around the Frisbee. Did I change into something sportier? No way! Princess Jelly-Deer can throw and catch a Frisbee in heels, a tutu and a tiara! Modern princesses are tough.
That's Casey in the background. 

There's Greg in the pink, L in the aqua Miami Dolphins gear. 
I played Frisbee for about 50 minutes, but then strolled home in the spitty rain, swooshing my tutu about. 

Action shot from Nick! 
He and Casey have had their first shot; Greg, L and I are all booked. Soon! 

As I did my pictures, Vizzini lurked around. 
"I see you are wearing your delicious tutu again, Woman."

He was very aggressive with trying to bite it. 
"It vexes me."

I absolutely LOVED wearing my tutu. A neighbour in our parking lot, and a lady on the street, both commented on my outfit: "You look amazing!"

"I'm a princess!" I said back. As one does.

Flashback: Bebe Fur Bolero

I bought this rabbit fur bolero jacket in May 2014 at Sam's Sideshow Vintage, a store that I never shopped at. They were closing (she does an Etsy shop, link here 'cause I love), and everything was half price, so this was $27.00.
It's by Bebe, and at the time, Sam told me that the lady who brought it in (she did a trade) actually wore it to the House of Lords in England, with a beige sheath dress (and I imagine a hat and pearls!).

Me? Not so much. I first wore it in August 2014 for dinner out and at an art opening at Justin's old studio. 
I felt very artsy! Boots Flashback here

As you might expect with a blue rabbit fur bolero, I mostly wear it as a dressy cover-up with my gowns and long dresses. 
I wore this amazing dress and long silver gloves to my company's gala holiday party in November 2014. It's just about time for me to rotate that lace dress back into circulation for a re-wear, don't you think? 

I took the bolero to Vancouver for the 40+ Blogger Meet-Up in July 2015, and wore it twice. 
This is the first time - all I have left from this outfit are the shoes and the belt! 

I was glad of it, as it was cold and raining (ah, July in Vancouver!). I was heavily into my purple hair/blonde streak up-do at the time. 
Dress Flashback here; shoes Flashbacked here

We went to a 1930s-themed Urbanite at the Art Gallery in October 2016. I did my research and wore all period-appropriate clothes and make-up - I was a bit freaked out by how much I look like Mom's mother here. 
That burnt orange dress is a very fancy high-end Ralph Lauren Blue Label that I thrifted for under $10 - I want to wear it again too! Shoes Flashbacked here

I liked the bolero and this dress together so much, I paired them again for my company Christmas party in December 2017. 
That outfit is fabulous. I still have those sparkly shoes, but they are not very comfortable (but so sparkly!!). 

This was my first outing as Princess Jelly-Deer, much to the amusement of my coworkers. Yup, I wore this to work for Fancy Friday in May 2018. 
Same top half as today's outfit. Jelly-deer sweater Flashback here.

Worn as a topper with my amazing lily vintage dress, here also in May 2018. 
I wore this for our friend Andrew's 50th birthday celebration. I was the dressiest person in the pub. 

Theatre outfit - Mom and I went to see "The King and I" in June 2019. 
Shoe Flashback here; dress Flashback here

And here's the last time I wore this little fur bolero, in October 2019 for Diwali celebrations in my office. 
I love that fantastic sari-fabric silk dress! So many party dresses - now, we need to all get our jabs and we can have parties again! 

Mathy stuff: Today's outfit brings us to twelve wearings of this jacket, which is not bad for a specialty item. That works out to $2.25 per wear. I'm very happy with that! 

Are you jonesing to wear your party clothes? I am trying not to look at my gowns - I kept most of them packed away, with a few "just in case" options. Hope springs eternal. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, my friends! 


  1. Good morning Princess Sheila! wow! that is all I can say! Love that you told your admirers I am a princess ha ha . Would I be brave enough to wear an outfit like that? Hell no. Can I admire how clever and fab it is hell YEAH! Your Mum is a classy lady and you all look so happy. I love my dresses and we will all party again one day. Congrats on getting your jabs booked!! have a princess perfect day! Shazxx

    1. Good morning, Shaz! Aw, thank you so much! I enjoy being silly, and why not pretend I am a princess? You are braver than you think, my dear! Wear something that feels brave!

      It was a lovely afternoon, and so good to see my family. We will indeed party again one day. Thank you, my friend!

  2. What a fabulous bolero to have graced so many beautiful dresses. I do think you should bring the black lace dress back into rotation - it totally deserves another evening out to shine.

    1. Thanks, Nana! It's a very useful (and warm) piece to have. That lace dress is actually navy blue over cream - sorry, that pic is really dark. I just need an occasion to wear it!

  3. You must indeed have felt like a princess. What a great outfit. And the shoes... ah you know how much I adore your shoes.
    Your mum looks lovely. Congratulations on her birthday tomorrow.
    It must have been so nice, seeing your family again. And the weather was co-operating.
    What I do not get, is playing frisbee on those gorgeous shoes. A) they are too high to be comfortable to run around in, B) they have an unusual heel which probably cannot be repaired if you step into a hole and C) they are expensive! I bet your mum taught you not to go out playing in your sunday dress and stuff like that.

    1. I did feel like a princess! It was so fun to swan about in this, and was awesome to spend some time with Mom and my family.

      You'll be happy to know I did not run around, and demanded that the guys throw directly to me while I stood there, mostly unmoving. Fortunately, that field is maintained and groomed, so it's almost perfectly even, with no potholes or hazards. The heels are quite sturdy and wide, so it's not like being in stilettoes. My mom would probably encourage me to play in my good clothes and shoes - she is mischievous that way! ;-P

  4. Your outfit certainly has the wow factor several times over. A ginormous tutu AND a tiara: you are the jelly-deer princess indeed. I've always admired that top, by the way, and of course it's NOT a jellyfish! The Chinese take-out purse, the toe-window shoes and of course, that delightful rabbit fur bolero: all utterly delightful!
    Wishing a belated happy birthday to your Mum, and how gorgeous is the the birthday girl's outfit. It must have been wonderful seeing your family! xxx

    1. I did pull out all the stops on this outfit, didn't I, Ann? :)

      Thank you - her birthday is actually tomorrow/Tuesday. Doesn't she look awesome? She reads all the comments, so hi, Mom! It was great to see my family again.

  5. Princess Jelly-Deer is a stunner from head to toe! The flashback outfits also fit into the stunning category or at least the casual stunner category for those that aren’t gowns. Smiling at the mechanizations involved in (a) keeping tulle out of L’s lap in Vllad and (b) frisbee in those shoes! How on earth??

    A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your Mom! Yippee for your family gathering to celebrate her BD and Mother’s Day. 👏🏻

    And another yippee for having first jabs soon to come. Am I recalling correctly that it is tomorrow May 11?

    Yay for your weekend!

    1. Thanks so much, Laurie! I had so much fun wearing this, and was glad to bring a smile to those who saw me. I am very practiced at skirt-wrangling (going to the bathroom in it was rather onerous!), and as I noted to Greetje, I didn't run around on the field - I made the guys throw right to me, and the field is also very well-groomed and free of hazards.

      Yup, tomorrow/Tuesday is my first shot, as well as being Mom's actual birthday, so I'll have another fancy outfit for both occasions. :)

  6. Gosh what a wonderful weekend you had! And my goodness what a stunning outfit! That tee is so cool. And that bag!! Wow, never seen such one. And the skirt!!! I would feel like a Princess to in that stunner!

    1. It was a lot of fun, Nancy! Than you so much - that's actually a thin sweater (I really don't wear tees much). Isn't the bag cool? They were everywhere in the late 90s. I totally felt like a princess!

  7. I love this outfit so much - but also that you were able to have such a social weekend! You really will get to wear all those pretty gowns again soon I hope! things seem to be improving and it's great news you have your vaccine booked in.

    You just look magnificent in your outfit and I like that it brought smiles to everyone and you got a compliment from a couple people you saw outside too!

    1. I will wear them all again, Mica, you're right. But it was so fun to be dressed up in my tutu. Things are taking time, but we do see improvement.

      Thank you so much, my dear friend! I'm just spreading my own sunshine.

  8. Wow. You're livin' the dream. MY dream, that is.

  9. What a fantastic outfit, Princess Sheila, even those who didn't comment on how fabulous you looked must have smiled about seeing you all day!
    Sending lots of love to your beautiful mum on her birthday.
    Step away from the tutu, Vizzini! xxx

    1. Thanks so much, Vix! I felt so good in this - it was a lot of fun to wear. I hope I inspired others to just stop caring what others think and wear what you want.

      Thanks, she will appreciate that! Vizzini and the Tutu: sounds like a children's book, ha ha!

  10. OMG YES YES YES you look FREAKING GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE everything about this look. In fact, I think I need it in my life lol!!!
    Suzy xx

    1. Wow, thank you so much, Suzy! I loved wearing it. I think you need a tutu, girl.

  11. Oh yes, a totally Princess look! But i have to say I absolutely adored the orange(?) frock with the rabbit bolero - what a totally glamorous and elegant look! It's difficult to think a blue fur bolero could be such a wonderful accessory and go with almost everything in your wardrobe!

    Hope you have a great week,

    1. Thank you, Vronni! I love blue and orange together, and the bolero worked well both with the orange sari dress and the long burnt orange dress. Who knew it would be so useful? I did, ha ha!

      Happy week to you!

  12. wow, that tulle skirt is so fabulous. I love how you paired it with the deer jelly top. Your evening dress is also amazing. Happy birthday to your mother!

    1. Thank you so much, Ivana! I loved wearing this for Mom's birthday.

  13. Sheila. I. Am. Dying. Over. Here. This tulle skirt and your jelly deer tee and your shoes and your rabbit bolero and your Chinese take out purse....All. So. Freaking. Good. You get my emphasis here, right?! And what a lovely celebration for Mother's Day and your mom's birthday! It looks like a lovely time was had by all and this outfit is perfection for any kind of celebration!


    1. Lol, I'm glad you like it, Shelbee! It was an awfully fun outfit to wear and prance about in!

  14. So much Fabulousness!, love you in your princess attire, looking so gorgeous and Matchy!, love your tulle skirt, love these shoes (WooWWW)and love your cute bolero jacket in all its furry elegance!. So lovely to see this bolero rocking over so many beautiful gowns!, missing some partying too!

    1. Thanks so much, Monica! I felt amazing in this outfit all day!

  15. Sensationally awesome ensemble! Now this is how one dresses for a birthday celebration!!! :)

    Happiest wishes to your wonderful mama! May she have a beautiful, super safe, and wholly enjoyable year ahead!

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

    1. Thank you so much, Autumn! I felt very celebratory! Mom will appreciate that, thank you!

  16. LOVE you as Princess Jelly-Deer! That is such an awesome tutu - it needs to be worn by royalty ;) Your Mom looks so stylish in her Birthday/Mother's day celebration outfit.

    I'm impressed that the blue furry bolero has got so much wear. I have a black maribou feather one that I can't bring myself to wear, or get rid of!


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