Sunday, March 27, 2022

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Request Rainbow Brunch; Sneaky Cat; and Glitter Anniversary Brunch

Hello, my friends! It's been a lovely, relaxing weekend, full of good times. I've got a reader request fulfilled, plus my family joined L and I for our 25th anniversary brunch. There might even be a sneaky cat picture (or three) in here. 

Settle in and grab a cup of your preferred libation - here we go! 

Kicking it off is our usual Saturday brunch with Nick. Fellow blogger and long-time friend Mica requested a repeat of this rainbow skirt (go check out her awesome blog here immediately!), so I took the opportunity to get another wearing in, along with of a pair of grey bookends. 
It was a gloomy and overcast day, threatening rain, and this blast of rainbow colour is just what the doctor ordered.

  • Sweater - Iris Setlakwe, thrifted; first worn here in October 2021 with a Ferre pencil skirt
  • Skirt - J. Crew, consignment; first seen here a couple of weeks ago
  • Boots - Prepare Volunteer, Fluevog; last worn here (3rd outfit) in November 2021 for Book Club
  • Coat (below) - Danier Leather; last seen here in February for shopping

With the goal of not wearing this skirt with white or black, I split the difference. 
Grey it is! 

I don't have a ton of grey in my wardrobe, but I love this warm grey merino wool sweater, and the sheer silk sleeves. I will probably keep this out for spring/summer, as it's a good solo top and the arms are excellent sunblock.
The neckline is unusual - no plain grey sweaters for me (says the woman with two other grey sweaters). 

I hugely enjoyed wearing this skirt again. 
It just made me feel happy. Thank you, Mica, for suggesting this! I'll likely be keeping this out in my spring/summer wardrobe as well, but I'm happy to get another cooler weather outfit with it. 

Masked up - we have maybe only one more week where we'll be required to show our vaccine cards. 
It feels odd. I still wear my mask when I feel uncomfortable around people. You do you, I'm doin' me. 

Outerwear - I'm ready for standing in line for brunch. 
Yes, there are places where you don't have to stand in line, but with all the best restaurants and diners, it's just a given. I don't mind - more chat time with Nick, sometimes folks in line, and I enjoy people-watching.

I was ready for rain with my beret. 
But happily I didn't need it, and left it stuffed in my purse the whole time.

I did take this chance to wear my newly-decorated-by-me Badass Bag for the first time. 
I was astounded at how much it held. 

This is how most of the world saw me. I had oodles of comments on my colourful outfit. 

Nick admired my bag, and I ran into my friend Jenn and showed it off to her. "I did this!"

  • Bag - Pelle, thrifted; purchased here for $9.95 and decorated here
  • Scarf - Alexander McQueen, consignment
  • Beret - Club Monaco, thrifted
  • Gloves - consignment

The stuff: 
I've worn these boots close to 50 times in 10 years - they are getting a little worn out (the surface is wool over leather) from moth attacks. 

Minimal bling: 
Just a few bold pieces. 

  • Earrings - Brenda Schoenfeld, 1992, vintage mall
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes

I worked on my next art project in the afternoon - it's going to be a fall-themed leather jacket - out on the deck, since the sun was trying to come out. 
I spread my supplies out on the benches in the corner, and sat under the grey blanket while I worked. Got my mug of tea all ready, too.

I was joined by Vizzini, who was cautious about the deck doors being open after so many months of cold. 
"I am dubious."

A sneak peek at the upper back of the jacket - I'm doing the "Charlotte's Web" trick of spelling out something in spider webs. Can you read it? 

The young crows chattered and cawed and hopped around in the maple tree above us.
It's just starting to unfurl its flower clusters and leaves. Another couple of weeks of warmer weather and we'll have a canopy of green.

Vizzini ensconced himself on a cushion. 
"I see you made space for me."

At one point, he got curious about my pens. 
"I smell rubber band."

Oops, better move that - he's a fiend for elastic bands, but they are bad for him to eat. 

A funny pic of L later on Saturday night as we played boardgames. 
"I'm helping."

L is mock-frowning because we are losing the game. 

On Sunday, we had a leisurely sleep-in before getting ready to head to Moxie's for our 25th anniversary family brunch. I have a reputation as "Wacky Auntie Sheila", so I had to wear something appropriate.
This new-to-me jumpsuit is perfect! Glitter! 

  • Jacket - InWear; last seen here earlier this month with plaid and a statement scarf
  • Jumpsuit - Eva Franco, consignment; purchased here new-with-tags for $109.00
  • Shoes - Summertime Moonbeams, Fluevog 2007, consignment; last worn here in January with plaid

I wore this orange blazer again - what a useful piece it's been. 
It's outerwear, plus badassitude. 

Here's jumpsuit without the jacket. I took the matching self-belt off and removed the belt loops - no one tells me where my waist is!
I dislike wearing strapless brass (too much hoiking), so I just layered a rust-coloured cami over my black bra. 

Screw it, I don't care about the straps. 
Seriously, who makes clothes that don't go with real underwear? It would have been so easy to make this jumpsuit so that it covers bra straps. 

I like the look of the blazer over it. 
I felt very glittery and snazzy. 

We drove down - no walking in these shoes.
Don't you love the ginormous legs? So swooshy! 

Masked up. 
Not for long, though! 

I love it when it's warm enough to wear a blazer as outerwear. 

Another wearing of my new-to-me McQueen scarf. 

  • Purse - Fairweather, c. 1999
  • Scarf - Alexander McQueen, consignment, Vancouver
  • Gloves - Roeckl, consignment
  • Mask - by Mom - a new one, with copper specks

The stuff: 
Badass shoes. 

Coppery bling: 
The jumpsuit fabric goes so well with my copper collection. 

  • Belt - Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Copper/turquoise cuff - Bell Trading Post, vintage 60s, consignment, Powell River
  • Copper/enamel cuff - Matisse by Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage expo
  • Earrings - vintage expo
  • Brooch - thrifted
  • Brutalist ring - vintage 70s, vintage mall
  • Wooden ring - Dots

We enjoyed a lovely late brunch with my fam, including a delicious chocolate cake, courtesy of my aunt Lois. 
I may have gotten a bit stabby with the knife...

And last, but not least, here's L and I: 
Here's to many more years of good times, my love!

Thanks so much for joining me, my friends! 


  1. Happy anniversary! I love the yellow jacket with your rainbow skirt, and your brunch outfit is just gorgeous, Sheila.

  2. Awww. You and L make such a lovely couple. Both then and now.
    Thank you for allowing us in such special,pivotal, moments on your life.
    Happy anniversary, Sheila and L.

    1. Thank you so much, red poppy! Aw, I'm glad you like seeing them. My blog helps me record so many things.

  3. One word for how you styled that rainbow skirt - sensational! Like you, I'm no fan of grey but that jumper bis so Klassy and worn with the yellow jacket it works beautifully. That bag? I have no words.
    Cats! Stephen's been in and out six times in the last eight minutes. Him and Vizzini must have the spring fever.
    So good that you continued with your anniversary celebrations, you both looked fabulous. It's our Never Had A Wedding anniversary on Friday and it's a big one - 30 years! I'd have got less for murder. xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Vix! I'm glad I did grey with it, as I really loved how it went with the skirt.

      Ha, Stephen, make up your mind, dammit! Yes, Vizzini wants out on the deck, but wants it to be warm.

      Woo, congrats on your non-married anniversary, Vix and Jon!! LOL, nice.

  4. What a brilliant skirt! Just what was needed on a rainy day - a rainbow! I loved your yellow jacket with it and the decorated by you bag looked wonderful. I bet you'll be glad not to have to wear masks; I know I was but I will still wear them when I travel on public transport.

    The jumpsuit and orange blazer ensemble was gorgeous together.

    Hope you have a great week.

    1. Thank you, Vronni! I felt so nice and bright - it just make me happy, wearing all this colour. It is weird not wearing a mask. I have been wearing them when going into a business, and then gradually taking it off.

      Thank you! Happy week to you as well!

  5. I'm so glad Mica requested the rainbow skirt, and I think it looks very fetching with grey. Perfect rainy weather outfit, especially when joined by your yellow jacket.
    We no longer have to wear masks, nor show our vaccination cards, but I still carry a mask in case it gets busy. I'm not comfortable around people either, not sure how it'll be once we are in Bruges ...
    Your sparkle jumpsuit is a real stunner and just perfect for joyous 25th wedding anniversary celebrations. And look at that cake! Aunt Lois definitely has a talent! xxx

    1. I agree! Although I have so much more in my spring/summer collection that I think will work with it, it's been fun styling it with my fall/winter things.

      Yes, we'll have to just wait and see - I am doing what feels comfortable to me right now, and of course, obeying any requests/requirements.

      Thank you! I loved the jumpsuit. She ordered the cake. :) It was yummy!

  6. Wow! That glittery jumpsuit is fabulous! I do agree about weird strap placement though!

    1. Thanks, Laura! It's a thoughtless detail, the strap placement, and assumes that all women can wear strapless bras (for all sizes that this jumpsuit was made).

  7. The multicolor skirt is fabulous with the yellow jacket! I'm imagining the skirt in warmer weather with any combination of solid color tops that harmonize with one of the color stripes.

    Then there's the new-to-you jumpsuit, which masterfully disguises itself as a dress ;-) and in either case, simply shines on you and on its own! Such a perfect outfit for celebrating your's and L's silver anniversary. :-)

    I agree with you wholeheartedly about the styling of the shoulder straps. I understand that designers are continually looking for ways to make their designs stand apart from others, but from a practical standpoint it would be nice to have them consider the people who wear the clothes. Yuh, I probably set myself up here for a discussion about the practicality of clothing design, but for clothing that isn't couture it seems that "practical" should carry equal weight to design.

    While we are on the subject of practical and uncomfortable bras, seriously, has anyone ever found a bra that truly supports AND is comfortable, requiring no mid-day adjustments? If so, please share the brand name.

    Continuing my "game," I would absolutely wear this outfit with a tendency would be to wear a top in the color of a stripe, especially given how vibrantly the yellow jacket and skirt play off one another.

    1. Thanks, Laurie! I'm looking forward to seeing what lurks in my spring/summer collection to go with that rainbow skirt.

      The jumpsuit does have really wide legs! It was fabulous to wear, lots of swooshing action!

      Yes, and I get that - but it's very difficult to wear something like this, especially as you get into larger sizes/breasts. Those have to be wrangled!

      I have "good" bras that I wear with my real clothes, but I change into a "house" bra as soon as I get home, for the comfort.

      Yay! Yes, that's an easy way to style the skirt - and I'll probably do that at one point.

  8. I was only able to make up Autumn in the Charlotte web in the making on the jacket but not the inscription above it.
    You look so gorgeous in that maxi dress!!!!!!!

    1. Hee hee, good work, Ivana! I've darkened that up a bit, and it'll be legible when the jacket is done.

      That's a jumpsuit, not a dress! :) Thank you!

  9. Glad you could celebrate your anniversary again, and yey for wearing that rainbow skirt! It's great you were able to work it into a cold weather outfit and with grey is totally how I would have seen myself wear it too, although I loved when you wore it with green before! :) The bag was the perfect accessory with your outfit too of course, and your second outfit was just stunning, what a fantastic jumpsuit!

    1. It was awesome to see my family again - it had been far too long! I love that rainbow skirt, and will probably wear it a ton in the spring/summer (especially for Pride Week!). Thanks so much, Mica!

  10. Ooooh, I really do adore the wide, swishy legs of this marvellous jumpsuit - just as I do the gorgeous pumpkin-y orange blazer you teamed it with. Tres inspired!

    And, of course, to say that I adore the gorgeous creation that you are currently working on would be an epic understatement. It is already taking my breath away. XOXO

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

  11. My dear Sheila ! Happy 25th anniversary to you and L :)
    I see you've been rocking some outstanding McQueen scarves and the jumpsuit is fab.


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