Sunday, July 17, 2022

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Funky Friday in Adidas; Double Fit & Flare 50th; Chill Red Leopard

Welcome back, my friends! A quick shout-out to both Shelbee (here) and Nancy (here) for featuring my copper jewelry collection in their "Jewelry With a Story" Good-Bye/Good Buy Book! 

Now, let's get on with the outfit-sharing! I know some of you looked askance at this Adidas dress when I bought it. I do have a penchant for odd pieces!
Fridays are pretty quiet in the office, so I thought it was a good contender for a Funky Friday.

  • Dress - Adidas, consignment; purchased here for $69.99
  • Shoes - Steve Madden, thrifted; last seen here in June for a Mom-Day Adventure

The dress doesn't need much and I chose not to over-style it by adding many gewgaws.
But next time I will be wearing tights, a longer skirt or leggings with it.

While the dress looks fine in these pics... was a very windy day, and the dress did NOT want to stay in position. 

It stays down below my bum when I'm standing.
But when I added my backpack and started walking? 

It wanted to go up to my waist! 
I was very glad I'd decided to wear my little black shorts under it! 

Masked up.
I had my hair cut after work, and Kaitlyn was agog at my outfit. 

Being 100% nylon the dress held body heat in, and was quite warm. 


  • Silk scarf - fake Louis (Lewis!) Vuitton, thrifted
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
I considered wearing white or black and white shoes, but the addition of the copper from these shoes led me to more of my vintage jewelry collection. 

Copper bling:
I found this set many years ago at one of the Vintage Expos they used to hold at the Crystal Gardens. 

  • Copper necklace/earrings - Matisse by Renoir, vintage 50s, vintage expo
  • Rings - Glee, local

On Friday evening, I coloured my freshly-cut hair, and then L and I hung out and played boardgames. Were were up early for an abbreviated game of Ultimate Frisbee on Saturday morning. After that, we showered and headed out to get groceries. 
Gotta dress up! I have a lot of summer dresses I haven't worn yet! 

  • Dress - Anne Elisabeth, thrifted; first seen here in May 2021 for a Mad Hatter Tea Party
  • Shoes - Half Truth Tanya, Fluevog; last worn here in June for a Mom-Day Adventure in dots

It was warm enough not to have to wear a jacket, but the sun still eluded us all day.
But as I was only outside briefly, this was fine. 

As mentioned, I'm moving away from a more "twee" or precious look. 
Nothing at all wrong with "girly" looks (I am a girl! girls are awesome!) but they don't feel like me at this point in my life. 

But a classic simple fit & flare silhouette is one that always appeals to me.
And as you can see, I "toughen" the look up through my accessories. 

And showing off the sexy tops of my fishnet nylons. 

Masked up.
Ready to get my groceries.

We put Vlad's top up, so I did the Movie Star Wrap with my scarf.
It was too chilly on the way home, though. 

Just a few basics. 

  • Purse - illustrated by me
  • Silk scarf - Yves Saint Laurent, vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
My feet were very tired from Ulti that morning - I wear tight-fitting soccer cleats - so I needed a good pair of flats.

Bold bling: 

  • Belt - gift from Ruth
  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Studded cuff - vintage 90s
  • Earrings - consignment
  • Malachite/silver ring - consignment; purchased here for $20.00
  • Silver/aventurine ring - consignment

I really could have used a nap, but there was not enough time before we had to get ready to go to Petra's 50th birthday party. Duh, of course, I wore the dress I bought two days earlier!
It has "50th Birthday Party" written all over it! 

  • Dress - Evan-Picone, thrifted; purchased here for $15.45
  • Shoes - Summertime Moonbeams, Fluevog; last seen here in June with nineties neutrals
  • Leather jacket (below) - Baez Leather, consignment; last worn here in May for a Mom-Day Adventure

I'm a big fan of painty florals - this looks like pansies to me. 
I also like the tough contrast of the fishnets, studded shoes and grommet belt. This is an easy formula to make a "girly" look more badass.

And I certainly felt badass! 
"I'm feeling hungry, Woman."

We fed him a bit early, before we headed over to Mac and Petra's for the party. 

I loved this full skirt - the pockets were awesome. 
"You know what would be really awesome? Dinner."

I stashed my camera and a napkin (for wiping my fingers after scarfing down a hot spanikopita!) in them. 

We drove over, but had to park a few blocks away. 
Coat required. What month is this again? 

July? Really? 
Yeah, better wear a scarf! 

The party was mostly outside, and although I hung out in the kitchen (lots of folks I don't know = Awkward Sheila), I did not wear a mask. 

  • Purse - illustrated by me
  • Scarf - Alexander McQueen, consignment

The stuff: 
Can you tell I armoured up? Clothing as Armour in full deployment! 

Assertive bling:
Right down to my F#@! rings. 

  • Belt - gift from Ruth
  • Silver swear rings - Wendy Brandes
  • Gold/amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, Dad's, c. 1965
  • Open bangle/earrings - Alexis Bittar, consignment, gift from L
  • Black bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
  • Silver studded bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Vancouver

A quick family shot before we left. 
"Wait, are you leaving?"

L is wearing a thrifted Desigual shirt, a consignment blazer, consignment Gap pants (woo, yellow!) and two-tone blue and brocade Fluevogs from the spring sample sale. 

Here's the birthday babe, Petra.
Fabulous fascinator! She was excited to tell me that her whole outfit was second-hand. Well done! 

Her lovely mom, Carole took these shots. 
Petra thrifted the Zara heels at Salvation Army! Score! 

"GET THE SHOES, MOM!" she is hollering here. 
Ha ha ha! I'm just in Pose Mode. 

My dear friends Vero and Caro were there! Our circles of friends are spider-webbed together. 
I love that we're all "toe in!" Also note that Vero is wearing a pair of my pass-along jeans, and Caro is wearing a decade-old Smoking Lily dress of mine that I bought new and passed along to her at a swap years ago (she's also wearing Fluevogs). 

Aw, love you beauties. 
I was fading a bit after a couple of hours. The physical exertion of Ulti (1.5 hours of sprinting up and down a field) plus the mental stress of a crowd of semi-strangers, their kids (ack!) and dogs...I'm so glad my women were there. 

Justin and Vero brought Django. 
"Kids are welcome, and he's our kid," joked Vero. 

He wanted Justin's attention.
What a little cutie. 

This was quite hilarious - how could you possibly have two men in yellow pants, blue tops and blue shoes at the same party? 
Only Mac and L! "Yours are mustard," L noted. 

We headed out soon after and I got some much-needed home time. 
Deer in the hood! 

We had a quiet morning on Sunday and then walked to town to see "Thor: Love and Thunder" (which I was a bit disappointed in). 
This is only the second movie we've been to in 2.5 years (the last was "Dune" in November 2021 here). 

  • Denim suit - Smashed Lemon; last seen here together in April for a quick trip 
  • Concert tee - Iron Maiden, 2019, Portland; not tracked
  • Boots - Truths Suzie, Fluevog; consignment; last worn here in May for a Mom-Day Adventure

I'm completely dressed for comfort. My red leopard suit is a thin denim and has stretch.
All of the downtown movie theatres have converted to bookable reclining seats. 

I could have napped easily. 
L met up with Spence and Nick afterwards. 

I walked home. Gotta blog as well as feed the ravenous beast.
More chill time was needed - it's been a busy weekend! 

The stuff: 
Not much effort. 

  • Belt - gift from Ruth
  • White gold hoops - Frances Jeweler, 10th anniversary gift from L
  • Mask - by Mom (not shown)

And now, off to give our little furry monster some love. 
"Hello to my fans."

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


  1. I LOVE that Evan-Picone dress on you, Sheila. Just gorgeous!

  2. While sitting on a patio in downtown Victoria yesterday I said without thinking, "wow, this would be a really nice patio in the summer". :D Love your watercolour flowers dress, it's beautiful!

    1. I know, right?? When will it be warm? Thanks, Rachel!

  3. I love the grommet belt with the dresses - it's such a nice accessory! And your party outfit is my favourite, that dress looks so good on you and you can't beat a dress with pockets!
    I'm a dog person through and through so think Django is absolutely adorable. Of course Vizzini wins title of cutest though - love that last pic! :)

    1. I've had it for over 15 years, such a useful belt. Thank you, Mica! I did think of Cooper when I took those pics!

  4. My daughter would love the Evan Piccone dress. It's perfect for a party. You give everyone a treat when you dress so creatively. Ideas galore. I was curious how the Addidas dress would be worn.

  5. I'm not going to lie: I'm still looking askance at the Adidas dress, Sheila, so I'll wait until you've worn it with tights, leggings or a longer skirt underneath to give you my final verdict :-)
    Both of Saturday's dresses are fabulous though and definitely not too girly worn with that belt and those fishnets. Not to mention your badass bag, obviously!
    And you are looking truly badass in that leopard suit, although just looking at it is making me break out in a sweat! It's 34°C and I'm melting - and it will be even hotter tomorrow! xxx

    1. Ha ha, no worries, Ann - the Adidas dress is definitely not to everyone's taste. :) I know the fit-and-flares are more popular.

      Sigh, we have barely hit 24 this year, much less 34! Sending you cool ocean breezes!

  6. The Adidas dress is unique though not sure it's thing! You make everything look stylish though!
    I love both your fit and flare dresses. You look beautiful in them and make them work for you! I don't like how fishnets feel so I don't wear them but yours are v pretty!
    Love L's outfit!! I'd fight him for his two-tone Fluevogs- what size are his? Bet they'd fit me!😁
    Your friends look gorgeous in their outfits!
    Kezzie xx

    1. I like it, and I enjoyed wearing it, which is really all that matters. :) I'll try it again with more layers next time.

      Thanks so much, Kezzie! These fishnets have a toe in them (that's the off-putting part for me, my toes poking through it, ugh).

      L wears a size 9.5 men's, which is around an 11+ in women's sizing.

  7. I totally love that Adidas dress! I think you rock that look! I can't wait to see what you do with it next! The two fit and flare dresses are amazing, too! And, now I want some sexy as all get out fishnets!!! How I wish I could get Nigel to dress half as snazzy as L does! He used to (well, not to the degree L does), but now he's content to just photograph me! Our son bought him a pair of yellow pants once...I think he did it because he knew his dad would not want them and he ended up with them! I am guessing everyone in your neighborhood and vicinity just loves to see you walking (or should I say sashaying) down the street! I know I would! What a fabulous weekend...almost like the before times, right?

    1. Thanks, Marsha! It's not to everyone's taste, lol.

      I got L on board with lots of encouragement and positive reinforcement - but it's taken YEARS (like, decades!) to get him here. That's so funny about the yellow pants.

      I do get recognized in my 'hood, but most people don't say anything.

  8. Love, Love Love both of your fit & flare outfits! I am a HUGE fan of this style of dress, and these two are sumptuous in their colors and patterns. Can you see me swooning? :)

    Am also quite appreciative of L’s outfit. Spiffy, colorful and classically cool! And finally, for the outfits, your pantsuit. Yay!

    Your weekend looks and sounds lovely. And you know how to take care of yourself, which makes it possible to be out and about.

    Here’s to summer outings and outfits!
    Cheers, Laurie

    1. Thanks so much, Laurie! I love a good fit & flare too, as you know. I see you swooning, lol.

      I've gotten so much better at taking care of my mental health in the past few years - I know when it's time to go.

  9. WOWW, this is Weekend Fabulousness, lots of outfits and lots of fun!
    Looking fab in the adidas dress with those shoes-sneakers, great styling with the copper jewellery!. Love that you badassed those girly dresses with fishnets, belt and accessories, totally bringing them into your Fabulousness!. Totally admiring your brilliant styling! (and shoes!). And that jacket rocks!
    Glad to see you meeting friends again!
    Your leopard suit is such an amazing piece, and it's even more fab as it's so comfy!

    1. Thank you, Monica! I had so much fun with my outfits last weekend!

  10. You took the sweetness out of that wonderful jammy dress brilliantly. The black indeed makes the outfit tougher.

  11. Hi Vizzini!

    That was a full on weekend, Sheila!

    I really, really love the leopard print trouser suit - I would be so happy if I found something similar on my rummages! Loved the pansy print dress and all the fab accessories,too.

    My daughter and her son saw 'Thor' last week and loved it.

    Hope you've managed to recuperate from the weekend.

    1. It was just right, Vronni - not too much social, just enough home time. I know, the trouser suit is amazing. I'm so glad I snapped it up.

  12. The way you style the dresses with the edgier accessories is great! How interesting that so many people in your friend group have had birthdays in the last couple of months!

    1. It really helps "un-fussy" a feminine piece, Laura. Has there been a lot? It feels like normal - and I do have a lot of friends!

  13. Seriously Sheila...if I were at that party, I'd be hanging out in the kitchen too and hoping I'd get to know you. If I had anything to SAY about it, it wouldn't be pseudo-polite small talk! You and L make a striking, colorful duo. Brava to you for getting him to come over to the colorful side. He's a natural.


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