Sunday, June 26, 2022

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Fancy Friday Flounces; Sunny Brunch and Betty Walk; Cat Pics

Welcome back, my friends! We've been enjoying our mini-heatwave over here, with temps nudging 30 (that's the low 90s, for you US folks). 

Friday's work outfit features a bunch of favourites and one new-to-me item. 
I was very warm walking home after work, lugging heavy groceries, but it was chilly in the morning. 

  • Blazer - InWear; last worn here (2nd outfit) in March over a sparkly jumpsuit
  • Top - J. Crew, thrifted; purchased here for $6.50
  • Skirt - See By Chloe, consignment; last seen and Flashbacked here in May 2021 with neon 
  • Shoes - Super Fine Cardinal, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) in June for L's "I'm Fifty-Too" birthday party

This is one of those outfits that I liked, but it looked better in my head than in actuality.
My favourite orange blazer. 

This super-shiny new-to-me J. Crew camisole was fine, although felt a little low in that front V for work. 
The skirt is so flouncy and flowy - it's been a favourite for a few years. 

So what don't I like? 
It feels like too much long-over-long. 

Masked up. 
But I'm really nitpicking. I'm a fussy kind of person. 

The shoes also didn't vibe quite the way I wanted them too. Ah well, there'll be another outfit tomorrow! 

The scarf protected my décolletage from the sun on the way home. Silk is an excellent sunscreen. 

  • Scarf - Forele, vintage
  • Mask - Lazy Susan's

The stuff: 
I do love these shoes, just not (quite) with this outfit. 

Sparkly bling: 
It's also the first time I've worn this lovely brooch, on the blazer lapel. 

  • Wide bracelet - thrifted, Sidney
  • Thinner leaf bracelet - Trifari, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Green cocktail ring - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Peacock brooch - vintage 80s, consignment; purchased here for $24.00
  • Earrings - thrifted

I popped into Rich Rags on my way home for a quick poke around. I found L a magenta pink shirt for $29.00, and this lovely mini purse for myself.
I love the metal feather - so rock & roll. 

The body of the purse is a pewter-y silver, a good neutral. 

The feather is attached through the leather, and has a hinge so that you can open the purse.
The straps are half leather, half "steel" chain. 

There's a small pocket inside. 
The brand is Zara Woman. 

I was surprised that the price was so low. 
Not sure they realized it's real leather! It was made in India and feels like really good quality. It was $19.00. Score! 

After a quiet evening of relaxing board games and music, L and I were up early for brunch. As expected, it was a hot day! 
Hooray! I finally get the chance to wear these amazing sunshine-y Hawaiian printed trousers! 

  • Jacket - Animale, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in April over a mash of bolds
  • Top - Tatum & Olivia, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in April for a garden party
  • Pants - handmade, consignment; purchased here for $59.99
  • Shoes - Karl Lagerfeld; last worn here in September for a Mom-Day Adventure in orange

Temps were up to 28 degrees, and while I'm sunblocked, I prefer physical sunblock.
Enter - the Completely Impractical Raincoat. 
I like the shoulder coverage. 

Without the jacket.
I took it off in the Ruby for brunch.

My bra straps are showing. 
Don't care! 

Masked up. 
Worn in the grocery store for our weekly shop. 

The Incognito Movie Star, ready to be driven in Vlad the Jaguar convertible. 
I liked the coppery purse with this look. I tied the scarf to my bag later. 

I love this pretty silk butterfly scarf. 

  • Purse - Arcadia, consignment
  • Scarf - consignment
  • Mask - Lazy Susan's

The stuff: 
First wearing of these shoes this season - they are holding up well. I wear little puffy sole inserts that cover the toes with these so that I don't have any toe rubbing. 

Citrus bling: 
I adore sunny citrus colours, can you tell? 

  • Belt - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Orange cuff/ring - Italian, vintage 60s, vintage mall
  • Steel/acrylic ring - Calvin Klein, thrifted
  • Wooden earrings - vintage expo

After a brief rest at home, I met up with ex-WW colleague Betty for a walk along Dallas Road. 
 I also wore the jacket, but I like the additional coverage that the parasol provides. 

  • Paper parasol - Chinatown

I took a bunch of pictures as it was such a gloriously hot and beautiful day.
I sat on our front lawn while I waited for Betty to pick me up - one of our neighbours owns this funky vintage car - it's been converted to a truck-bed in back. 

We drove down to Fairfield and parked across from Ross Bay Cemetery and walked along the back-road to Dallas Road, which runs along the waterfront. 
Houses on the left, graveyard on the right, ocean right ahead.

I hoped to spot some deer when I peeked over the hedge into the cemetery, but no luck. 
There were tons of people out, both in the dappled shade of the trees and at the beach. 

Such a clear blue sky! 
This is one of our meeting-up places (where we've celebrated and remembered Karen) from the past two pandemic years. 

The tide was high, and there was a cool breeze coming off the water (which is ice cold - that's the Pacific Ocean).
Looking across Ross Bay to Clover Point, our destination. 

We strolled along, looking at all the people, chatting and catching up. 
This is typical of many of the ocean-side beaches in BC (my province). Lots of pebbles and driftwood. 

The Olympic Mountain range in Washington state (USA) was clearly visible.
Sailboats on the water, lots of paddlers. 

I spy a Seadoo! 
You don't see too many of those around here. 

As we walked past this rockery wall of California poppies, a woman commented to me, "You match the flowers!"
I did! 

We meandered around Clover Point. This guy on his guitar was playing "Wicked Game".
Most of the year, it's far too windy and cold to sit on these permanent benches. 

Looking across the next bay towards Beacon Hill Park. 
This is a gorgeous area for walking and enjoying the waterfront.

We crossed the road here and turned back. 
How blue that sky is! 

We ambled through a residential neighbourhood, enjoying the lack of traffic (Dallas Road is a constant parade of cars sightseeing). 

I also like seeing the flowers.
These are the same flowers Mom and I just saw at Heritage Acres! 

Check out this massive rose tree growing up the side of this house. 
Giant peach-coloured blossoms. 

And now we're at Ross Bay Cemetery.
Since I haven't been doing my big Mental Health Walks, I've neglected going here for several months. 

I was disappointed to see that someone removed the poem from inside the Poet-Tree (pic here). 

A glimpse of the water through the trees.
You can see the edge of the rocky beach below us. The graveyard is higher than the road. 

Finally! A deer! 
She was chillin' in the shade. Smart deer. 

Suddenly, as we were about to head back to the car...
Two fauns! Do you see them both? Their coats make them blend into the dappled light.

This one grazed on the hill leading down to the road.
Don't worry, I didn't get that close - I used the zoom on my camera. 

There's mama deer, giving me The Look. 
"Keep away, human!"

I like seeing deer.
They're all over the city right now. L saw one on the road on his way to work this week. 

Selfie with Betty! 
Thanks so much, Betty! That was a lovely walk - great catching up with you! 

L and I spent a quiet evening, barely moving in the heat (it was 40 on our deck!), and playing boardgames. We had some company.
"Time to cool off."

Vizzini flops on the hot tile, then snoozes on the cooler cotton-upholstered benches on the deck, then falls over on the cool carpet inside. 
"Oh, what a tough life...streeeeetch!"

You can see his black skin colouring inside the top of his mouth there. 

Of course, he gets pats and lovin' from me. 
"I submit to your scritches, Woman."

He lay like this in this spot watching us play games for a while. 
"No. Energy. Must. Flop."

This is late at night - L and Vizzini were both asleep on the couch. I woke L up to go to bed.
"But we're so happy here..."

I hope you all had a wonderful, peaceful weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by! 


  1. Hi Sheila, I've been having great difficulty accessing any of my accounts so commenting regularly has been difficult. We've had a very hot and humid week here with the humidex reaching 36 yesterday. Temperatures are supposed to drop tonight but we'll see if that happens. I makes dressing to leave the house a challenge. The citrus combo pants are perfect hot weather wear. The photos of the deer are wonderful!

    1. So sorry to hear that, Shelley! I do accept anonymous comments, which might be easier for you? Yikes, those are HOT temps! It's supposed to go back to the low-mid 20s here, which is more what we're used to.

      Thank you! I love the Hawaiian pants!

  2. Oh what a lovely walk! Anything near water is good enough for me anyway. So relaxing. Love the ruffled blouse, very dramatic.

  3. I think the outfit is really good. The skirt is a winner, never to be given away. But I really like the jacket on it, only open. If you close it, it feels too long over long, but if you wear it open it is a knock-out outfit. The silver mini bag is very good as is the copper bag.

    1. I think if the top underneath was more fitted instead of blouse-y, it would have worked better. Whenever you have a baggy/full piece, it needs that snug/slim piece to help contrast it. Thanks, Greetje!

    2. I get what you mean, but the gold of the top was a very good match.

  4. The Hawaiian pants are so much fun. What a gorgeous place to walk.

  5. We have different opinions about the deer ;-) as they are considered invasive species here due to their voracious appetites for local gardens.

    I'm with you on the proportions of the orange jacket and skirt, long over long, but the individual pieces are delightful. And I quite like your colorful Hawaiian pants! Quite the spirit uplifter! Also, just realized they match the background color/pattern for your blog. :-)

    Yay for your blended weekend of activity, and here's to this week!
    Cheers, Laurie

    1. They're considered invasive here too, Laurie, and many people hate them. Me, I don't have a garden (our condo lawn is pretty safe from their chewing!), so I don't really care that much.

      Thank you so much, my dear friend!

  6. Oh, I absolutely love the Hawaiian trousers! And I also love how you name your jackets and coats. The totally impractical raincoat was a fab match for those fab pants. I'm glad your weather warmed up but that was a bit extreme. It's quite a shock to the system.

    Your walk looked lovely and I so enjoyed the views of the ocean and the gorgeous deer. Unfortunately, I mostly see deer (Muntjacs) as road kill but have occasionally seen them out and alive, when on my walks.

    Vizzini is so very long....

    Have a great week and stay cool,

  7. Those Hawaii pants are so cute. everything about you is cute or glamorous depending... Love the cat.

  8. Two of my faves: the skirt and white ruffly blouse. The ruffly blouse is definitely something I would snap up and I love that the skirt is scallopy at the bottom! Such an unusual detail! Those fawns are lovely!

    1. The skirt is a cheaper line by high-end designer Chloe - I love that intricate detail on the hem too, Laura.

  9. I'm so glad you've got some heat. Loving the Hawaiian trousers and the ruffle-tastic top.
    The deer are magical - Liz gets a bit annoyed with them as they keep eating her crops but I love to see them, there's something quite tranquil about the way they move.
    I read somewhere that if you don't say "big stretch" to a stretching cat then you don't deserve to own one! xxx

    1. Ha, I always say, "Who's that stretchy boy? Whose tum needs a rub?"

  10. I am jealous of your warm weather, it's a rainy day here and I'm missing summer, haha! I really like that first outfit, sometimes I like long pieces together, it just feels more relaxed! Although I do sometimes find that it doesn't work quite like I wanted it too as well. It depends on my mood! your second outfit is my favourite, I love those pants! :)

  11. Totally understand you about outfits that 'looked better in my head' mwhaha. But I love your orange jacket and the golden shoes and brooch (so beautiful!) and love the colour combo. Probably this is a too long jacket over that skirt, but you'll build a better outfit for sure!
    Love those hawaiian trousers with the completely impractical raincoat , both pieces are Fabulous and You Rock these citron colours!, so vitaminic!
    Looking Gorgeous and matching the flowers!, love it!

  12. Those Hawaiian printed trousers remind me of one of my vintage Barbie outfits (don't laugh!) and your Completely Impractical Raincoat never fails to put a smile on my face. Totally loving this outfit! xxx


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