Sunday, December 4, 2022

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Barbie Pink and Blue Part Two; Brunch Brown and Gold; Holiday Gala in Red and Gold

Welcome back, my friends! I've got three outfits to share with you from this past weekend, including my entry for this month's Good Buy/Good-Bye Book, hosted by Nancy and Shelbee (links in the right-hand sidebar). Grab a mug of something warm (or frosty, if you're in the southern hemisphere) and settle in.

Let's start it off with Friday's work outfit. No stair picture, as it's gloomy as heck in the mornings.
Barbie-Core is the theme of the Good Buy/Good-Bye link-party, and my PANK wool moto jacket fits it perfectly.

  • Jacket - Gap, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) for a rainbow brunch in October
  • Gold shell - J. Crew, thrifted; first worn here in June with orange and flounces
  • Skirt - Ports, vintage 80s, consignment; first seen here on Thursday for lunch with Mom
  • Boots - Jubilee Gladstone, Fluevog; last worn here (2rd outfit) with Greetje's dress for Winesday in October
  • Coat (below) - Donna Karan, consignment; last seen here in November

This shade of hot pink has been all over the runways for the past couple of seasons (especially in the shows by Valentino), but it's been around for over 100 years! 
It used to be known as Schiaparelli (pronounced Skap-uh-relly) pink, after the designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who popularized it in the early 1900s. 

I picked up this jacket on consignment in Vancouver a few years ago, and it's been a very versatile piece in my wardrobe all year round. 
This shade of pink makes me happy, and feel powerful! Rar, I am Woman, hear me roar! 

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that I'm wearing the same cobalt blue Ports wool skirt as I did the day before when Mom and I had brunch. 
I was going to wear the same outfit twice and save myself the blogging time, but then I reconsidered. I have so many clothes, and I also wanted to support Nancy and Shelbee, my blog-pals! 

Masked up - I'm so matchy. 
I liked the look of the gold lame (lah-MAY, darling!) top, but the top itself doesn't work for me (too cleavage-y), so it's gone to the Great Giveaway Pile, but I'll be on the lookout for a gold top to replace it, as it's a very useful item in my closet. 

Outerwear. More pink! 
It was FUH-REEZING out all day Friday, and very windy. I needed all these layers. This coat is down-filled and very snuggly, and the skirt (without a slip this time) helped keep my legs warm. I also had fleece-lined tights on. 

Yawn, just some more hot pink.

  • Fur boa - thrifted
  • Cashmere beret - Club Monaco, thrifted
  • Leather gloves - consignment
  • Mask - by Mom

The stuff: 
These are stunners, aren't they? The pink here is thick velvet and the gold/purple brocade is woven. The bronze leather is soft, and that's a very comfy heel. 

Brutalist bling: 
My small selection of gold-coloured Brutalist accessories is growing - I also have a pendant-style necklace but it didn't go with the outfit.

  • Belt - Sangiorgio, consignment
  • Earrings - vintage 70s, vintage mall
  • Brass Brutalist rings - both vintage 70s, vintage mall

L and I spent Friday night playing boardgames and listening to music, while Vizzini prowled around hoping for extra kitty treats. We all enjoyed a sleep-in on Saturday before getting up for brunch with Nick at the Ruby. 
Another chilly day, but that's no reason to whiff on a weekend outfit. I brunched, grocery-shopped and did some pre-Christmas shopping for myself with L in this. 

  • Dress - Desigual by Christian Lacroix, thrifted; last worn here in March with my magnificent Phool velvet vest
  • Boots - Clarks; last seen here in October in another brunch outfit
  • Eclipse coat (below) - Welsh wool, consignment; last worn here in November

This is a very short dress, so I keep it out for tights season to help it feel less Here's My Thighs. 
It's a quality Desigual piece, in a t-shirt fabric shot through with Lurex gold threads. The floral bit on my desk is embroidered in thick wool and beaded. 

I know you're all shocked. 
Desigual carrying a pattern around to the back? Outrageous. Ah, their old stuff is so much nicer than the newer pieces, which cheaped out on details like that. 

Masked up: 
Autumnal and warm in my browns. 

Showing off the barely visible fur rose pinned to my collar.
Every time I wear this coat, I'm so glad I bought it. The quality is outstanding. 

I discovered one of the wool gloves has popped a hole in the thumb - off to the repair pile. 

  • Purse - Ted Lapidus, vintage 90s, vintage fair
  • Scarf/gloves - Parkhurst
  • Mask - by Mom (it's pinecones)

The stuff: 
These are good boots for not a lot of standing/walking. 

Bronzy bling: 
Lots of rings! 

  • Belt - thrifted
  • Fur rose - thrifted
  • Amber/silver thumb ring - antique store, Sidney
  • Silver/smoky topaz ring - Anneli Neumann, Sweden, vintage mall
  • Brass ring - vintage 70s, vintage mall
  • Earrings - LA Express, 1994

Spoiler alert: I'm getting a bunch of exciting accessories for Christmas from L. We spent about an hour going through Vanity Fair Antique Mall while I pointed out/tried on things that I liked. "Now, look away," said L as "Santa" paid for my presents. Whee!! I love getting things that I know I already like, plus I've already forgotten what they were, heh heh. 

We barely had time to get ready in the late afternoon before we had to leave to get to my company Holiday Gala at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort. I worked the front door with my boss, greeting everyone and handing out drink tickets. 
I've been wanting to wear this dress to this event since I bought it! 

  • Dress - Miss Elliette, vintage 60s, thrifted; first worn here (2nd outfit) in October 2021 for my birthday party
  • Sneakers - Converse, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in November to take Vizzini to the vet
  • Coat (below) - Mallia, consignment; last worn here a week ago

I danced and swooshed all night. 
I may have done a twirl (or four!) for my colleagues. 

The pleated chiffon is a full circle.
It has a slimmer lining under it. 

The ruffled edges have thick fishing line run through the hem. 
That's what gives the top ruffle and the bottom that curvy swoosh shape. 

Masked up. 
I spoke and interacted with every one of the 120+ people there. I kept my mask on most of the time. 

L and I walked both to and from the party (about 30 minutes each way), and since I knew I'd be standing around a lot, I decided to wear my gold glitter-leopard Converse. 
My coworkers absolutely loved them. 

Especially Zeudy, whose daughter Bella wore sparkly Converse to her grad, at my encouragement. 
Remember this? I took Bella shopping and introduced her to the wonders of second-hand. I'll have another pic tomorrow that Zeudy took of me at the gala. 

My baby alpaca/wool coat, and my thickest gloves, along with a rabbit-fur scarf. You can just see the Christmas tree pins on my lapel there. 

My warmest pieces. I had to steal L's toque on the way home, as it was even colder (-6!!).

  • Purse - Rebecca Minkoff, consignment
  • Gloves - vintage, thrifted
  • Fur scarf - thrifted
  • Mask - Couvered Up

That is the very first mask I ever bought during the pandemic! My colleagues loved that I had a sparkly gold sequined mask. 

The stuff: 
I had thick socks on. I was so glad I'd worn these, as opposed to sky-high heels - my feet were very happy with me. 

Gold bling: 

  • Belt - vintage, consignment, Powell River, gift from Louise
  • Gold chain - vintage 80s, Grandma J's
  • Earrings - vintage fair
  • Brass Brutalist ring - vintage 70s, vintage mall
  • Silver/crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy
  • Bracelet - Metropolitan Museum of Art gift shop, New York, 2002

Oops, missed the tree pins. 
The big brooch is a fond reminder of my time working in a year-round Christmas store from 1986-1997.

  • Big tree - Keyes, gift from Ev
  • Small tree - Avon, can't remember

L and I matched so many people at the party, who also wore red/burgundy/velvet/gold! 
He's wearing: suit pants, rattlesnake belt buckle (thrifted), floral shirt (thrifted, Vancouver), velvet/satin jacket (Guess), pin (Las Vegas, 2002), and Fluevogs. 

Well, my friends, I'm now going to go chill out for the afternoon with my two guys, and watch some football. Go, Dolphins! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


  1. Wow -- so many great outfits. Those Fluevog boots are to die for!!!!! Love the fact you wore glittery Converse shoes to the gala.

  2. Wow! You are such a perfect host for your company! What a fabulous dress. And I really want those Converse! The pink jacket is fabulous, what a vibrant colour. Thank you for joining this month with us!

  3. My favorite is the brown coat from Saturday. It is incredible!

  4. Fabulous outfits ESPECIALLY for your office holiday party! Simply comfortable, elegant, festive, flattering and fun, what more is needed for an outfit! As always, you and L make a striking couple with your classy outfits. I had a vicariously enjoyable time thinking of you dancing and swirling the night away. And kudos for all those conversations.

    Hello and cheers from NY,

  5. That's an absolutely fabulous Christmas party dress. What more is there to say?

  6. Three fabulous outfits, Sheila, but obviously your stellar office party outfit is my favourite here. What a dress!!! And aww, don't you make a perfect pair! L.'s velvet jacket and Fluevogs are stellar as well!
    Loving your Barbie-core (who invents these things, I wonder) outfit too, and I prefer Schiaparelli pink (or PANK!) over Barbie pink which, as a collector of vintage Barbies and their outfits, is a bit of an insult. Pink only became associated with Barbie when they became a little girl's toy rather than a fashion doll. Ok, I'll quit my moaning :-)
    Swooning as usual over your Welsh wool coat and yes, I'm totally shocked at Desigual carrying the pattern of that dress around the back! xxx

  7. Great wears! Lots of brides wear converse for comfort!

  8. You and L look fabulous in your party outfits. That is such a swooshy, twirly dress...

    I loved your other two outfits. The Desigual dress is fantastic - so much better being decorated all round and not just the front. And the Fluevog boots worn with the blue maxi skirt were simply beautiful and looked incredibly comfortable.

    OK, that's one party out of the way - when's the next?

  9. WOW, some really fab outfits!, I love that fuchsia jacket with the brocade boots, they make a fantastic combo and perfectly accessorized!. Love that Desigual dress with those boots, another fab ensemble with the brown coat (such a magnificent piece!).
    And obviously, you look gorgeous in your floaty fabulousness in red dress with the sequined converse, rocking it!

  10. You looked a million dollar. And so did L. Gosh, he nearly outstaged you. The shoes!!!

  11. I really like that pink jacket and blue skirt combination in the first outfit, but have to say that red dress with all the gold is just stunning on you and my favourite of the post. Perfect for your company Christmas party, you look super stylish as always!


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