Sunday, July 25, 2021

Winesday Pool Party!

Welcome back, my friends! No "Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up" as I've split my crazily-busy weekend into two parts this weekend: if you missed our Friday Day of Indolence, here you go. 

Winesday returned on Saturday night! We haven't had a proper "all the gals" Winesday since our Mrs. Roeper Pool Party last July at Marian's (scroll down here), just a few park gatherings here and there, and not with all of our friends. 

Although we didn't put a theme on the pool party this year, I of course went over the top!
Every occasion is a good occasion for dressing up! Like I'm going to hold off wearing this amazing dress! 

  • Marble Gown- no label, vintage 70s, thrifted; purchased here for $22.95
  • Shoes - Chie Mihara; last worn here (2nd outfit) in Sailor Pants Five Ways in June
  • Monster Vest II (below) - Kensie, consignment; last seen here in December 2020 over stripes

In Glamourous Movie Star mode.
This dress was a joy to wear - I felt amazing in it. It's very swooshy and rustles a bit. I admit I swanned about. 
This baby blue colour is not one that I would ever have guessed suits me, but isn't it fabulous? 
As you can see, the elasticated waistband is way too high for my body shape. 
I'm wearing the belt at my natural waist, which is much better. 

I wore them for warmth later in the evening. 

I took Monster Vest with me as well. We were lucky in getting a hot day and a warm evening, and didn't experience the usual cold ocean breezes so far from the water. 
I liked how this worked with the grey in the marbled pattern. I haven't worn Monster Vest much on the blog with outfits, but I did wear it around the house in the winter as a quick source of heat. 

L photobombed me - Vizzini is not the only camera ham I live with! 
He was off to enjoy the first MANday (Musical Appreciation Night) with the guys - I've yet to hear about it, as L got home way later than me, and left to get his second jab today while I was still in bed, sleeping off my aches from Ulti and feeling new ones from swimming/treading water. 

The stuff: 
I knew I'd need to climb a steep walk way to get to Marian's pool, and would also need to navigate it again in the dark at the end of the evening. Nearly flat shoes and very careful steps were essential. 

Bold bling: 
When I bought the dress, this is exactly what I envisioned wearing with it. I'm happy that it all worked! 

  • Belt - Fendi, thrifted; last worn here
  • Copper earrings - vintage expo
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

I didn't take a ton of pictures at Winesday - I wanted to enjoy seeing everyone and be in the moment, but I did a few while we still had light. 

Cat, Yvonne and I shared a cab out to Marian's (she lives way out of town and at a higher elevation). Our cab driver was fantastic, so we booked him to come and pick us up later. 
We were amazed to see how the house has progressed in a year. I love the barn shape of the front, which matches the roofline of their actual barn (which is her husband's "man cave"). The pool party is up at the back where that white fencing is on the left. It's a bit of a hike! 

From the pool area, looking down on the house. Such a nice detail that the side piece of the house also has that barn roof shape. 
The barn is across that path to the right. Look at all the giant lavender bushes! They were everywhere, buzzing with fat honeybees. 

We didn't do a tour of the house because the inside is not finished, but check out the front door! 
WHAT!!! That is the coolest thing ever! And yes, that little door behind the grate opens up! 

We were the first to arrive - that's Yvonne, Cat (in a dress she made, so pretty!) and Marian. The pool-house on the right has a washroom/changing area inside. 
Late at night after the sun went down, the pool lights glowed purple and blue, candles flickered on the tables, and two lights on the pool-house reflected on the water. We bobbed in the water for hours, with our plastic floating wine glasses, cans of bubbly water on the lip. I worked out a bit of my stiffness from Ulti that morning, but my body hasn't swum in a year, so now I'm even more sore! 

This table was groaning with food - cheese, chorizo, dips, chocolate (I think I ate an entire box of Toffifee). 
It was so good to just chill and chat. 

Marian brought Linda and Joanne up (we needed help navigating the gate). 
That's Joanne in the middle, and Linda on the right. 

Joanne brought CAKE. She's a professional chef and works at a patisserie in Victoria. 
This was vanilla with passionfruit curd, and was so good I could have eaten this entire cake myself. Thank you, Jo! 

"Take my picture by the pool!" Oh, fashion bloggers - it's always about a picture! 
Linda loved how my gown's pattern echoed the light in the pool.
It's like I planned it (I didn't). I just wanted to wear a gown that filled me with glee. 

Hooray, more of our dear women have arrived! 
I spy Tracy, Petra, Sarah and Alison! Petra is new to Winesday and she was a great fit, so smart and funny and badass. Also, she had me at striped pirate trousers. Be still, my heart! 

Speaking of badasses, my idol Vero is here! 
Hi, honey! So great to see you! 

Marian's daughter Tiki (prounounced "ticky" - it's a nickname) had to come and see my purple hair. 
She approved! Love the pink horse two-piece romper - very stylin'. 

We hung out and watched the stars come out over our heads, and it was over far too quickly. It was so good to reconnect with some of our women that I haven't seen as frequently over the past 16 months. Winesday is the best. Mental calm is restored.

However, I've been getting the cold shoulder today. 
"I'm withholding tummy rubs from you, Woman."

Uh-oh! I'd better sit on the couch and let him get some cuddle time in! He's missed us over the past few days as our social calendar has begun to fill.

Thank you all so much for stopping by! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. 


  1. Wow, your social life is rocking! Good for you. Love the swooshy dress.

    1. Yup, things are returning to "normal" here, especially socially. Thanks, Ally!

  2. Love that you were able to have a regular social distance free winesday Sheila! :) And that dress is beautiful - you picked such great accessories with it!

    1. It was such a treat, Mica - we didn't have to distance, we didn't have to wear masks, we shared food, even!

      Thanks so much - I love this dress.

  3. Fabulous recap She. Was a wonderful evening. Great pics. How did I miss that door?!

  4. What a wonderful place. Even more wonderful was you being able to be with all your pals. your dress was so pretty.

    1. It's a stunning property, Sam, but yes, the best part was being with my dear friends. Thank you! I love this dress.

  5. Mmm, friends, food, fun, architecture, pool time, and stylish summer finery…truly makes for a perfect summer's evening! I like that you enjoyed every moment (though LOL I was hoping for another Winesday Pool Party Fashion Show video! ;-))

    1. It was such a wonderful evening. And while I kind of wish I had pics of everyone, we don't all (or always) dress up. I do have a video for you, and it will be in the next post!

  6. Oh, that Winesday Pool Party looks absolutely amazing. I'm swooning over your swooshy vintage dress, which looks fantastic with the Fendi belt. Monster vest is perfect with it too.
    L. photobombing made me giggle, Vizzini and L. are as bad as each other :-)
    I'm loving the look of Marian's house, and those swathes of lavender must have smelled heavenly! xxx

    1. It was such fun, Ann! And how often does one get to swim in a private pool? There aren't many folks here who have them! I really loved wearing the dress - it's so much fun.

      L is such a ham - he often is lurking around in the background, just like Vizzini!

      We couldn't actually smell the lavender too much - only when we crushed it up in our fingers.

  7. That sounds like so much fun! And it's great that L had his night too. Its energising to be with friends. The dress is fantastic, perfect for a long summer night.

    1. We are so grateful that our partners are all friends too, Nancy - it makes for a fun time of comparing notes afterward.

      Thank you! I love this dress!

  8. What a wonderful way to reconnect with all your friends! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. I loved your baby blue dress; it just shouts 'swooshiness; and you looked fab in it.

    1. It was a blast, Vronni! A few of those women I had not seen in a YEAR, amazing. Thanks so much - I adore this dress.

  9. A perfect dress for swanning; you look lovely in it. Such an amazing house and property! I now have a definite craving for cake, lol.

    1. Thanks so much, Nana! I know, it's pretty swanky, isn't it? This was the best cake EVER.

  10. You look so good in baby blue, a great choice of frock!
    Marian's house is fantastic and I bet it was wonderful to hang out with your friends (and swim) again.
    Poor Vizzini, he looks proper put out! xxx

    1. I thought so too, thanks, Vix!

      It's so nice to have a friend with such a swanky property! Wonderful to see everyone.

      He's been very clingy with us lately.

  11. This is a gorgeous maxi dress on you. I love the brown shoes and belt. You look spectacular in this.
    The pool party looks like so much fun.

    1. Thanks so much, Ivana - I loved wearing this whole outfit. It was a blast!

  12. Sheila you just look too beautiful for me not to feature you!! So you're featured again! This Friday! xx

  13. Again such happy gathering. You went over the top all right. But I bet they are used to it and that dress did look ever so good on you.
    Droling over the Fendi belt.

    1. Hah, I always go over the top! Yes, my friends are completely used to it, and rarely blink an eye at my ensembles.

      I know, that was such a score! Thanks, Greetje!

  14. Good stars, is that baby blue marble print 70s dress fantastic. It's light, yet substantial thanks to the eye-catching pattern and upbeat colour palette. Such a stylish, awesome piece that looks like nothing less than a million dollars on you.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

  15. This dress is utterly fabulous, my friend! And the baby blue color really is wonderful on you. I like it belted as well. L's photobomb is absolutely priceless! And that house sure is cool!


    1. Thank you so much, Shelbee! It looks odd without a belt, as the elastic comes up too high on me. L is so funny.

  16. woww, what a glamourous pool party with glamourous ladies!, glad that you had a lovely time with friends and food and relax at the pool. And You Rock this dress, totally a fabulous outfit with fabulous accessories, this belt is amazing!

    1. Thank you so much - it was a blast to hang out at the pool and catch up with my dear friends. Thanks, I loved wearing it.


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