Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Excessively Brooched and Silver Ruffles

Another one of my annual holiday pieces makes an appearance today. Guess what it is! 
If you guessed this 6-layer silver lame (lah-MAY, darlings!) vintage skirt, you are correct. It's a stunning piece and although I'm really not into ruffles so much these days, I will happily make an exception for this beautiful skirt. 

  • Jacket - Simon Chang, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in May with polka dots and patchwork
  • Black tee - Plum, early 00s, thrifted; last seen here in September for a Mental Health Shop
  • Skirt - Mondi, vintage 80s, vintage fair; last worn here with the pre-Peacock Jacket in December 2020
  • Shoes - Amante, vintage, thrifted; last seen here in March with boss pants and a long vest
  • Coat (below) - Mallia, consignment; last worn here earlier this month

The dark green jacket is ruffled as well - it's got a double peplum. 
That's a lot of ruffles. 

My colleague Sheila (I know, I work with another Sheila!) exclaimed with glee when she saw me. "Get up and let me see this!" She loved all the brooches I wore - why wear one when you can wear three? Nothing exceeds like excess! 
I also had an enthusiastic reception from two gents in the elevator who said I looked like a Christmas tree. 

Masked up. 
I felt very cheery all day. 

It was so cold and windy out today. I found myself wishing I were home, cuddling with Vizzini under a warm blanket. 

I borrowed L's thick grey striped scarf, which was thrifted by me - it might have been a birthday or Christmas present.

  • Scarf - thrifted, L's, gift from me
  • Hat - M&S, consignment, Powell River
  • Gloves - Cejon, thrifted
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
I love these shoes - they are insanely comfortable and that's an easy heel. 

Silver and black bling: 
Just as I was leaving our office building after work, I unslung my mask, and felt something hit my boot. It was the back of one of my earrings - a grey pearl. Andy the Security Guard and I looked and looked but it's the exact colour of concrete and could have bounced anywhere. Sigh. I was crushed - I love those earrings! But at least I can still wear the front with just a regular earring back. 

  • Belt - vintage, thrifted
  • Necklace - vintage, Grandma J's
  • Crystal bracelet - Swarovski, consignment, gift from L
  • Bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
  • Star brooch - c. 1999, Eatons
  • Swirl brooch - Sarah Coventry, vintage, vintage fair
  • Square brooch - thrifted
  • Crystal/pearl ear-balls - Swarovski, consignment

I remind myself, "They are just THINGS," and I (try to) move on. I grabbed Vizzini for some Purr Therapy when I got home, and felt better. 


  1. I think this is one of my favourite combinations so far! Definitely inspired by the multi-brooch approach. And what a fantastic skirt. I love to see your marvellous finds!

  2. I love this outfit - and yes the brooch grouping is just perfect! the skirt is stunning too. So sorry to hear about your earring though! :( I like your way of looking at it - I'd be pretty upset if I lost one of my earrings still though! Cuddles do make everything better :)

  3. You are like a fabulously sparkly Xmas tree in that stupendous skirt!
    What a shame about the earring. I know it's only stuff but it's still so annoying, isn't it? I'll offer up a prayer to the secondhand shopping gods to send you an ever more fabulous pair of earrings very soon! xxx

  4. Whoa! I was going to say the same thing as the elevator gents -- you definitely look like a Christmas tree. (Must be the ruffled skirt.) Perfect choice for the holidays!

  5. The brooch groupig is the bomb. I particularly admire the pinwheel. You look festive and lovely.

  6. I didn't guess correctly, but it just had to the lah-MAY ruffled skirt, obviously! And yay for double ruffles! Love the triple brooches too. Not sure if I'd like it if I was likened to a Christmas tree, though :-)
    Sorry to hear about the earring, and hey, it might be stuff, but it's allowed to be sad about losing stuff, surely. xxx

  7. Maybe the earing will show up. You are a stunning vision in silver.

  8. You look delightful as always. I've fallen terribly behind in my reading/viewing of your posts but I'm determined to get caught up even though I've started with today's. And IMHO, you can never wear too many brooches. One year, I pinned all of my snowflake ones onto a denim vest and wore it for a holiday party.


  9. Vizzini might be jealous of that hat as it resembles a small British Blue kittie all curled up!
    That skirt is aaaa-maa-zing! You reallly do look like a Christmas tree and I love the excess of brooches! It's so nice to wear multiples!x

  10. So Fabulously Sparkly, love this skirt and love your brilliant accessorizing (in every possible meaning!), totally agree that three brooches are Better!
    sorry that you lost an earring, so disgusting!

  11. Not only is that majestic silver skirt stunning, but so is the entire chicer-than-chic ensemble.

    This my kind of colour palette to no end - be it during December or at any other point in the year.

    Big hugs & the happiest of 4 x Christmas Eve wishes!

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

    PS: IMO, one can pretty much never have or wear too many brooches. :)

  12. Oh, how annoying to lose an earring! Is it worth keeping a lookout on Ebay for a replacement? I know Vix says everything turns up on there eventually.

    That skirt is so festive, it's lovely.


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