Sunday, February 27, 2022

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Brunch and Cat B-Day Poncho; Party Flapper

Ah, that was one fun weekend - I hope y'all had just as much joy, friendship and laughter as I did. 

L and I played board games on Friday night then crashed, both exhausted from our short work-weeks. I was up early on Saturday morning to sneak in my Mini-Mental Health Walk before getting ready to join L for brunch at the Ruby. 
I have been working hard at doing my daily upper body and core/stomach exercises that Vero set up for me, and have been stepping up my walking pace, and I can feel it paying off. To reward myself, I wore this slightly-tight mini skirt. 

  • Top - Danier Leather, thrifted; last worn here in December 2021 with pink pattern
  • Turtleneck - M&S, thrifted; last seen here in January with my brunch Adidas
  • Skirt - Carven, consignment; first worn here in June 2021 with pink and neon green
  • Shoes - Room 402 Entrance, Fluevog; last seen here in October 2021 with spooky purple
  • Leather coat (below) - Jeno de Paris, vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here in January
  • Welsh wool poncho (below) - no label, vintage 70s, thrifted; purchased here for $15.00

I twisted and clipped my hair while I did my make-up to give myself a little curl and crazy volume. I like playing with my hair. 
I only appeared like this while we had lunch. The front of this black top is leather, as is the zipper surround on the back. 

I layered my pink turtleneck under it for extra warmth (it's still freezing and also windy, oh yay) and to pick up the pink in the skirt. 
I wanted to wear these purple shoes again, and I nearly always wear them with the matchy purple tights. 

Masked up. 
More purple. 

Outerwear - I had a vision and plan in mind for my outerwear, as we'd be standing in line for brunch (it's Victoria, that's what you do), then running some errands (picking up my resoled new-to-me cowboy boots!), then grocery shopping. 
L's checking his phone while he gets his coat on. 

I feel so clever now that I've figured out the secret to wearing wool capes and ponchos is to layer leather coats under them. 
I went with a blue/green/purple outerwear plan, including my purple leather purse, which is layered under the poncho. 

And voila! 
I am ready to be seen in public. 

My lovely vintage silk Lanvin scarf peeked out at the neckline. 

  • Scarf - Lanvin, vintage 80s, vintage mall
  • Leather gloves - Danier
  • Mask - by Mom
  • Belt (on trenchcoat) - gift from Ruth
  • Purse (below) - Roots, thrifted

The stuff: 
I adore these shoes, but that heel is my limit these days. I'm kinda/sorta testing these out to see if I might go for Jimi Hendrix Fluevog boots (click here and prepare to gasp! Link 'cause I love, of course!) when L and I purchase our anniversary Fluevogs next month - I'm sitting on a chunk of gift cards and am ready to spend them. Those boots are high, but with the platform (Shoe Math), they might be doable. 

Minimal bling: 
Just a few small things. 

  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Lucite bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment, gift from L
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Gold/amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, c. 1965, Dad's
  • Earrings - Kate Spade, consignment

I wore this same outfit to St. Ann's Academy grounds later on Saturday afternoon to surprise our dear friend Cat for her 51st birthday. Of course, nothing can top that limo ride from last year (enjoy many pics here).

Although we can now gather indoors, we made an exception for Cat (whose mom is 80+ and immune-compromised) and met at the tent at St. Ann's Academy for a wee birthday bash. It was not much of a surprise, though, as Cat was the first person there! Ha! 

Dear Caro rode her bike over, covered in balloons.
She also carried the most delicious homemade almond lemon bars in her bike paniers. What a treat! I ate two of them.

Gathering to watch Justin's punk band serenade Cat with a version of "Happy Birthday" (I think - it was hard to hear off Vero's phone).
From the left, that's me (I added my purple wool beret - consignment), Cat, Vero, Yvonne's long hair, and Nick. 

Me and Caro, having a laugh and a snort.
She is my giggle partner, always. We often end up sniggering together in a corner at any gathering. 

It was freezing cold and starting to rain, so Yvonne donned a pair of ear-muffs. Recognize my old coat? (this one). I love when my friends wear my clothes!
Ross in the background. We all had mugs of hot drinks to ward off the chill. 

This was taken after L and I left. Happy Fifty-Fun, Cat! 
Caro, Cat, Yvonne, and Vero. You can just get a glimpse of Yvonne's extreme badass studded booties there (she bought them with me on a shopping expedition).

The gang.
Caro (in front) took the pic. Middle, from left to right: Cat, Vero, me, Yvonne, Randall. Rear, from left: Ron, Ross, Nick, L, Rosanna and Greg. 

After a much-needed nap and warm-up at home, L and I got ready to go to Greg and Rosanna's to celebrate Greg's 51st birthday (he and Cat are only a couple of days apart).

I had to wear my new-to-me dress! It's a party!
When I bought it, I noted that I preferred it worn backwards, so that's what I did. 

  • Raggedy dress - City, thrifted; purchased here for $18.67
  • Shoes - Amante, vintage, thrifted; last seen here a few weeks ago with orange boss pants
  • Coat (below) - Sarmite Wearable Art, consignment; last worn here last week

I'd checked in with Rosanna earlier - how warm is your house? I need to know these things! 
It's no fun being covered up with a coat at a party because you're shivering! 

Their home was reassuringly very warm, and we had a lovely time partying up with a small group of friends until the wee hours. 
I kept my shoes on for the full party, and my poor tootsies are very tired - they are not used to standing for that long! 

Pockets! I loved the flapper-ish vibe of this dress. 
I layered up with a black tank under this, as the "stripes" in the dress are sheer. 

And I wore my little pantaloons on the bottom over my hosiery.
"Wait, you're leaving?"

Vizzini went ballistic when we got home at 2am, vocally demanding his kitty treats - however, we'd doled them out early at 8pm before we left, so it was a no-go. You can't fool us just because we've been partying, Vizzini! 

I wore my silk velvet wrap, just in case I needed some arm coverage. 
I did not. I just wore it as a scarf with my coat.

Outerwear: bundled up.
We cabbed there with Nick, and our dear friend Arnold drove us home. 
I'm glad I kept this coat out during my recent winter coat transition. The wool and cashmere are so soft and warm.

Oh, I also had a mask for the cab, but forgot to take a picture of it. 

  • Purse - Fairweather, c. 1999
  • Silk velvet scarf - Fairweather, c. 1999
  • Gloves - Cejon, thrifted
  • Hat - M&S, consignment, Powell River

The stuff: 
These shoes have served me well over the years - I've had them since 2016 and this is their 16th wear (Flashback here, four outfits ago). Not bad for $10.00!

Bold bling:
While I napped on Saturday afternoon, I mentally planned out all my accessories for this outfit. I love getting in a wearing of these fabulous designer sets. 

  • Claw cuff and necklace - Ambush, "Holy Mountain" collection, 2012, consignment, Vancouver, gift from L
  • Bangle and earrings - Alexis Bittar, consignment, gift from L
  • Brutalist ring - vintage 70s, vintage mall
  • Brass ring - vintage mall

And now...I'm off to enjoy the rest of my weekend. 
Rock on, my friends! Woo! 


  1. I am glad you are able to get together with friends again! Fabulous outfits! i especially love the black dress, it looks so classy and lovingly designed!

  2. Great fun to party again Shiela.
    Lovely dress, very elegant.
    I really like the style of your shoes also.

    1. Thanks, Phyl, it is. The shoes are probably from the 90s? but they evoke the 1920s to me.

  3. I love the purple and green in the first outfit - happy birthday to Cat! And that is such a great black dress for a party in the second outfit. You definitely don't do boring neutrals at all, every piece you have is so fun and you definitely know how to accessorise! We had all our activities and a party cancelled this weekend with the wild weather - we were flooded in so couldn't have gone anywhere even if it did stop raining!

    1. Me too - those colours make me happy. Thank you, Mica! Nope, a black dress has to be special for me to wear it! Aw, sorry to hear about your party, that sucks.

  4. I took one look at how happy and vibrant you are in the greens and plaids for Caro's outdoor birthday bash, and how elegant for Greg's evening celebration, and - coupled with the BALLOONS on Caro's bike - made myself relocate to another device that will *hopefully* post this comment! (I've been having horrible luck leaving comments via my iPad and have been too [ahem] lazy to relocate.)

    Yay for wearing the miniskirt and even bigger YAYS for nourishing your body with exercise and the sweet side effect of returning to clothing not worn in awhile.

    Here's to the coming of Spring, and staying dry in what (at least over Olympia) is the most recent atmospheric river to rain over the PNW.

    1. Thank you so much, Laurie! I appreciate it - I'm sorry you have issues with posting comments. It was such a wonderful thing to see all my friends.

      Yup, I'm feeling good lately. Funny how taking care of yourself does that. Here's to spring! I am not bothered by the rain, but am watching for the blossoms to really explode.

  5. Purple is my favorite color and this outfit rocks the purple! It looks like you had a great weekend. I am getting a lot of inspiration from your blog. I dressed today in a purple suede skirt with a red top and accessorized with black shoes, cardigan and earrings. I know there could be improvements to the outfit, but it is better than my usual all black. Thanks.

    1. Thank you, Vicki! Aw, I'm so honoured and happy to hear that. Wow, that sounds like a fabulous outfit! Way to go!! Keep doing it - practice and learn!

  6. I need to rave about the coats. So stylish Over your stylish choices.

    1. Thank you, Sam! I will admit that my coat game is stellar. ;-P

  7. Fantastic weekend! We also had a birthday party of a friend on Saturday night. It was so good to be among all of our friends, I enjoyed it so bad. Love that dress, pockets!

  8. What a totally gorgeous coat you wore to the party. I don't recall seeing it before. Fabulous! What an unusual looking dress. And I loved how beautifully co-ordinated you were in your blue, green and purple' especially with the poncho worn over the coat. Very good idea. How fab to go to a party; I think the last party I went to was OH's mum's 95th birthday party; almost 3 years ago....

    1. Isn't it amazing, Vronni? It's a work of art, as is that black dress. I loved all the colours in my daytime outfit - they made me happy. Our last party was at Christmas, but it feels like years.

  9. Oh my that really sounds like a most joyous weekend, Sheila! Not being a social butterfly at the best of times, however, it'll take a while before I'll be going to any parties.
    Well done on keeping up with your daily exercises: you totally deserve wearing that cute mini skirt! And I absolutely LOVE the poncho worn over your leather trench!
    Your party dress is a stunner and I'm loving the overall flapper-vibes of your outfit. Your coat is fabulous too, and well worth keeping out for a bit longer.
    Phoebe would have been demanding another round of treats at 2 am too, but Bess doesn't seem to be very partial to them and would probably only demand extra cuddles! xxx

    1. It really was, Ann, thank you. I get that - I really notice how quickly I tire in social situations. Fortunately, many of our friends are fellow introverts and I can chat with them.

      Thank you - I have too many things that I love that are getting snug on me. I feel so proud of myself for figuring out something as simple as wearing a poncho over a coat!

      I love a flapper vibe - thank you, yes, I was so glad I'd kept that coat out.

      That's so funny! Yes, Vizzini was really aggro!

  10. How wonderful to get together with fun people. I got together with not so fun people, but at least people. Love the clothes, Love your spirit.

    1. It was, Kim - I'm sorry yours wasn't as fun. :(

      Thank you!

  11. The vintage poncho looks great layered over the green leather coat - kudos to the creative layering. How nice you were able to get together to celebrate two friends' birthdays. I haven't done any group socializing in about a year and a half so I'm sure it will feel strange when it starts to happen again.

    1. I loved how well it layered over my coat - thanks, Shelley!

      It was so good to see everyone. Ah...

      I hope it isn't too traumatic for you - take it slow.

  12. That last photo is just wonderful, you rock! xxx

  13. It's so cool that you prefer wearing that fabulous goth-meets-1920s dress backwards. That puts even more of your own sartorial stamp on it and reminds us all to try whipping some of our clothes around from time to time so as to see if perhaps we too prefer a certain garment more that way.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

    1. It looks way better on me that way - the high neck of the 'right' way does me no favours. It's fun to play with clothes! Wee!

  14. So incredibly fashionable!!! I love it!!!


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