Monday, December 20, 2021

Festive Orange, Blue and Sunset Sequins

Happy Monday, my friends! I'm completely envious of those of you who are already on vacation (including L, who got to sleep in today). I have three more work outfits to go, so I'll be pulling out all the stops for shine and sparkle this week. 
I'd nearly forgotten about this beautiful sequined skirt that I picked up several weeks ago. 

  • Sweater - J. Crew, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in January with a grey floral skirt (in the giveaway pile)
  • Skirt - Culture; purchased here for $26.99
  • Boots - Chatterbox Ishshoes, Fluevog; last seen here in November with orange plaid
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - no label, vintage 1970s, thrifted; last worn here in October

I opted to wear a more casual top as a contrast with the dressy feel of the sequined skirt. This cableknit sweater is 100% cotton (I have a camisole underneath) and picks up the orangey shades in the skirt. 
I am always entranced by sequins - these ones are actually paillettes, which are sequins where the hole is punched near the top, as opposed to the centre. 

The skirt itself is chenille, and the paillettes are sewn on so that they "stand up" - this allows them to show both sides. 
One side is a dark blue metallic, and the other is iridescent orange that shades from gold to green. It is a very lovely "sunset" range of colours, as you can kind of see above. 

Masked up - more sparkle. 
My office was dead today, with only 2 other people here. 

Outerwear - we had a beautiful sunny day. 
But I wished I'd worn a slightly warmer coat. This one is best for rainy days, but I liked how it went with all my blues and oranges. 

Blue and browns. 

  • Scarf - Pierre Cardin Jeunesse, vintage, Lazy Susan's
  • Headband - thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst
  • Mask - by Mom

The furry strip is a velcro headband. Good for keeping my ears warm without messing up my hair too much. 

The stuff: 
I love these blue velvet boots - they are so elegant. 

Blue bling: 
Of course, I had to wear my new-to-me vintage glass bead necklace and bracelet! 

  • Glass necklace/bracelet - vintage 1950s, Lazy Susan's, purchased here for $45.00 for the set
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

I did a gentle slip knot in the necklace to make a long strand with some visual interest. I can also loop the necklace around my neck two or even three times. I love a versatile necklace! 


  1. I love how your jumper picks up the orange-y glow of your skirt!
    That must be very annoying witL languishing in bed while you have to get up and go to work. I hope the next few days whizz by for you! xxx

  2. The sequined skirt is super, and reminds me of our grandchildren (who have sequined tops) - they "paint" the sequins up and down. I always get a kick out of that; it's like having clothing that can morph while you wear it.

    Here's to holiday cheer and you *almost* being on vacation! Fred worked from home and then eventually retired before I did. For 10 years I still left the house in the mornings while he could luxuriate with a hot cup of tea. The unfairness of it all! ;-)

  3. You probably don't realize it but you influence and inspire us with your amazing outfits. One look at this one and I thought, "I need to re-arrange my life to create the opportunity to do what Sheila's doing." Thank you for that. If you have a business card, you should stamp "Role Model" on it. :)

  4. I can't believe you almost forgot about that sequinned skirt, as it's absolutely perfect for this month of sparkle! In fact, it's the epitome of sparkliness! Its sunset colours are stunning, and the orange jumper couldn't have been more perfect with it. I love how you did a slip knot in your necklace, which is something I've doing as well with my longer necklaces.
    I too am looking forward to my vacation, which will start on Friday. Seriously, it cannot come too soon! Let the countdown begin! xxx

  5. Gorgeous outfit! That skirt is as shimmery and festive as a whole Christmas tree's worth of twinkling lights. I adore how you paired with orange. That's a colour that so often all but vanishes from our radar during the winter - and yet, it is one that serves the coldest chapter of the year terrifically. Reminding us of the warmth, sunshine, and even orange blooms that await us when spring returns.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

  6. I really like that sequinsed skirt and the orange knit is so nice iwth it! I'm sure your outfit got some compliments even if there was just 2 people in the office! :)

    I'm on leave this week, I try take this week off to do all the Christmas things with the kids who are also on holiday. Our office official shut down doesn't start until the end of the week though so I snuck in a little extra leave, haha!

  7. What a cool skirt. Festive definitely, but you could wear that year round. How cool would it look as a swimsuit coverup?
    I hope your last few work days fly by quickly.

  8. Beautiful skirt.
    I love that you gave such a lovely description of the detail.

  9. Oh, I do want to be you when I grow up! Love this skirt, but how do you sit in it if the sequins stand up? Inquiring minds want to know! Those boots are gorgeous!

  10. What a shiny nice skirt that is. Clever to combine it with orange.


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