Sunday, September 12, 2021

Weekend Wrap-Up: PANK Brunch and Vote; Snake Jacket Sleeves Part I

Welcome back, my friends! I hope you've had a chill weekend. The grey weather, including rain, has rolled in here, and I welcome the cooler temps. We didn't have enough people for an Ultimate Frisbee game this week, so L and I had brunch together instead. 

Time to break out some boots! 
And I'm also getting in a wearing of this awesome black and cream skirt, first time this season. 

  • Wool jacket - Gap, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here in July over a blue jammy dress
  • Top - INC, thrifted; last seen here in August under my optic cardigan
  • Skirt - All Saints, pass-along from Dominique; last worn here in September 2020 (Flashback there too)
  • Boots - BCBG Max Azria; last seen here (2nd outfit) for brunch in June

I have never worn this moto jacket with it - that feels like an oversight.
Although this is only my 6th wearing of this (free!) pouffy skirt, so I'm not too miffed about it. 

Isn't the jacket a glorious colour? 
En route to food, L and I stopped at the local middle school and voted in the advance polls for our upcoming federal election (if you don't vote, you can't complain about politics!), and I had a nice chat with the volunteer there who admired my ensemble. She was wearing bright pink too, so we had a PANK moment (it's pink so bright, it's PANK, right?). 

We drove out to Floyd's Diner for brunch, for a little nostalgia (yum, the 420 Benny is my fave), and to let Vlad the Jag enjoy the highway. 
I had a hot flash while eating, and took my jacket off. 

Above is my pre-coffee face. 
Yay, I've had coffee now! 

Zipped up - this jacket has always been a titch snug (it's an XS), but I don't mind. 
After brunch, we drove to town for a couple of quick errands, and I had oodles of comments on both my hair ("It's totally natural!") and my outfit ("Every day is a good time to dress up!").

Despite the grey, I went incognito with my shades. 
And road-tested my new-to-me purple purse. 

  • Purse - Danier Leather, thrifted; purchased here for $24.95

The bag was excellent. 
That umbrella, not so much. The handle has gone goopy (gross and sticky) and one of the spines has busted. I've asked the Birthday Gods to bring me a new one. 

  • Mask - by Mom
  • Umbrella - Cheeky

The stuff: 
I love the OTK (over-the-knee) boots + short skirt combination - it makes minis much more wearable, especially with hosiery. I had microfishnet nylons on, plus a mini half-slip under my skirt. These boots are leather on the front and stretchy fabric on the back, so they are a perfect fit over my muscular calves. 

Badass bling:
Tough stuff.

  • Belt - gift from Ruth
  • Brooch - thrifted
  • Silver/onyx ring - Toccara, vintage fair
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Silver earrings - Israel, consignment

After brunch, I sat on the deck as the rain pattered down on the glass roof, with music playing and L reading/being a nap station for Vizzini, and started a new section on my Snake Jacket Art Project (I finished the back section here last weekend, if you missed it). 

Snake Jacket Art Project: Sleeves, Part I

I followed the same process as I did with the back panel - once you have a routine that works, stick to it! I have my inspiration picture ready, and started with the left sleeve, since the sideways skull is facing towards the front of the jacket. I will have to flip that picture and reprint it for the other sleeve. 
I used a non-permanent grey marker to map out the position of both skulls and drew in big circles for where the roses will go. 

I did very thin lines for the basic skull shapes, leaving some lines open, then erased the sketchy grey outlines with a damp paper towel.
Some roses are in front of the skulls, some behind, so I have to take the overlapping sections slowly. All of this is freehand and I can't erase it from here. 

Filling in more lines - you can see on the upper right forehead of the top skull that I made it too big and bulgy, so I just drew the rose over that line. 
"There are no mistakes." That line will not even be noticeable by the time it's coloured. 

This is a much smaller area than the back, so after about four hours, I've gotten all the lines in and done the shading on the skulls. 
No need to reinvent the wheel here - now that I do roses and leaves like this, all of them will look the same. 

And finally, I added dark lines for shading, firmed up the outlines of the skulls, and added the pointy edges to the leaves. 
It's ready to colour! So exciting! Now that NFL Football season has started, I'll be working on this while I watch games. 

L and I played boardgames on Saturday night while Vizzini kept us company.
"Hmm? I'm just sleeping off a catnip bender, Woman."

He was all wired up, attacking his mousie. And then he went floppy.

I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend full of good times, my friends! 


  1. Skull leather jacket would look great with leather pants..

  2. I love the bright jacket with that cute skirt! You do wear bold pinks like this so well - It's a colour I like too so I definitely need to wear it more often - I was wearing a hot pink tank for a BBQ on the weekend, a piece I haven't worn in far too long and I'm not sure why not!

    That jacket sleeve looks so good too! it must have been tricky with the line in the middle but you did such a good job! I love seeing the progress of this jacket :)

    1. So do I, Mica! You do look good in this colour (you're wearing it in your profile pic), and I concur: wear it more!

      Aw, thank you! Yes, the middle line is a bit tricky to deal with, but not overly difficult. I'm glad you are enjoying it.

  3. Sheila, OTK boots FTW. I'm hoping to do my closet switch around in a couple of weeks so that's when I'll start wearing mine. So far though, I have begun to wear my booties and ankle boots. And your jacket looks like it's coming along nicely. I'm so inspired to try my own customizing project, probably on one of the several denim jackets I have.


    1. Ha, thanks, Rena! I totally agree (I love OTK boots). I always keep a few pairs of boots out for cooler spring/fall days.

      Ooh, I hope you decide to get creative with one of your jackets - I would love to see that!

  4. That outfit is STUNNING! I had the royal blue version of that jacket, but it never fit me properly, so eventually I gave it away. I much prefer the pink version!

    1. It came in royal blue?? OMG, I will take one of those too! Thank you so much, Cynthia! I love this PANK jacket.

  5. I love boot season! Yours is a great pair and that pink jacket is fabulous!

    1. Me too, Lovely! I'm excited to get my main collection of boots back in my closet in a couple of weeks. I love the pink jacket - thank you!

  6. That pank jacket is the perfect choice with that pouffy skirt! Yuk to the sticky handled brooly, I've had vintage vinyl coats that do that and it's a horrid feeling!
    That jacket is going to be stupendous.
    I love that little white patch of fluff on Vizzini's tummy, give it a tickle from me if he'll let you! xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Vix! Ugh, I know, I've touched those gross "pleather" or old vinyl pieces, and they are disgusting. I don't even want to use this brolly anymore!

      It's going to be a full work of art, for sure (if I don't f**k it up!).

      Oh, he does let us - he is always up for a tummy rub. Next one's from you!

  7. A very interesting post! I like your blog! <3

  8. Oh that is a good look! That's the best thing for me this coming season, boots!! Floyd's diner?? After Keith?

    1. Thank you so much, Nancy. Who is Keith? I had to look him up - ah, never heard of him (and I'm sure that the restaurant is NOT named after him).

      Floyd's is named after Pink Floyd - the owner is a big fan of that band...and the restaurant is painted bright pink (pink Floyd's, get it?).

  9. After a mini heatwave last week, we're now down to cooler temperatures here as well. I'm happy as long as it doesn't rain ...
    Your outfit is fantastic, I'm loving the pop of bright pink (oh, sorry: PANK) from your jacket. The OTK boots are fabulous, as is the progress you are making on the jacket! xxx

    1. I don't mind the rain - we need it badly right now.

      Thank you so much! Ha ha, you know I love my PANK! I bought these boots retail, and they were such a good investment. Thanks, my dear friend!

  10. That bright pink jacket is fabulous and it looks great paired with that statement skirt and over the knees boots. Perfect combo!
    Your progress on the jacket is impressive. It is a work of art already, but it will be a masterpiece by the time it is finished.

    1. Thank you, Ivana! I love having bright jackets like this to pop off my fun skirts.

      It's a lot of work (my hand/arm is usually cramped after a couple of hours), but I'm really loving it. Thank you!

  11. Those are such good boots. And a great flash of PANK too!

    1. They are simple, but elegant. Gotta have my PANK! Thanks, Mim!

  12. It is such a sensational colour! Fuchsia (and most shades in that range) looks scarily unbecoming on me, so I enjoy them vicariously on those whose colouring jives well with this punchy, feel good hue.

    The temps are rapidly plummeting here in the North Okanagan as well - especially at night. We've not had our first front yet, but I sense it may happen before we hit October.

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

    1. It's actually referred to as Schiaparelli Pink in fashion circles, how about that? Oh dear, how awful to have a colour you love not be a colour that suits you!

      Same, very cold overnight, but no frost yet! Yup, feels like we have a cold one coming, doesn't it?

  13. The moto jacket is a sensational colour - perfect thing for the visible woman that you are! The leather jacket is going to be fantastic when it's done. I'm very impressed with your drawing and painting skills.

    1. I love this shade of pink (so pink it's PANK!) - thank you so much, Shelley!

      I am having so much fun doing this jacket, and it's been amazing for my mental health.

  14. All items works well together, the jacket, the skirt and the awesome boots.


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