Sunday, March 19, 2023

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Reader Requests for St. Paddy's Green; Tsarina in Ruffles; Kitty Update

Welcome back, my friends! Doesn't it feel like spring is just around the corner? We've had sunshine and double-digit temps (our deck is up to 20 in the sun!), which almost feels like a shock. I'd better get wearings in of my winter stuff before it's too warm

Happy St. Patrick's Day, if you have any Irish blood. I have a great-grandmother on my dad's side who was Irish - and I have green eyes.
I liked the added nod to the history (#2 listed at the link here, 'cause I love), with some snakes in my outfit. 

  • Blouse - Topshop, thrifted; last worn here in October 2022 with this same skirt
  • Skirt - Ralph Lauren, consignment; last seen here in November 2022 with a passed-along coat
  • Shoes - Banana Republic, consignment; last worn here in February with Halston and corduroy
  • Cape (below) - Welsh, Dafydd Snowden, vintage 70s; last seen here in October 2022

I have a Vizzini health update - we finally got the results from his bloodwork. Quick version: he's fine! Stable. 
"You forgot handsome and regal."

He was very active on Friday morning, photo-bombing me and wanting to go out in the hall. I'm on the way out to do my stair pic here. 

I basically repeated the outfit from the last time I wore this blouse, although I wore different shoes this time. 
I adore this skirt and it seems to be one of the only bottoms that works well with this blouse. I'm not complaining! I love a quick formula.

Isn't the blouse amazing? The hand-beaded snake on the front carries over to the back. 
And it's so much easier to wear it now that adored sewist friend Linda put a side zip in for me. 

Outerwear - this lovely crisp clear weather is perfect for capes. 
"No one wants to hear about your clothes, Woman."

L and I met up with friends Missie and Dave after work and played boardgames (and had beverages, grilled cheese, chips and candy) at the Interactivity Board Game Café (about them here) We've been fans of them for decades, before they had the Stay-and-Play model. It's an awesome group, date or family hangout activity! 
We taught them how to play Ark Nova (the store also has game teachers, so you can learn to play a game before you buy it), and 5 hours later(!) we finished. The time just flew by. 

L and I walked home. 
"Where have you been??"

Someone wanted his kitty treats! 

"This is more like it."

I was glad of the scarf - it's lovely quality.

  • Purse - Ted Lapidus, vintage 90s, vintage fair
  • Scarf - Daniel LaForet, vintage mall, gift from L
  • Gloves - vintage, thrifted

The stuff: 
Good office shoes. I switched to walking shoes for the jaunt home.

Snaky bling:
Two more snakes! 

  • Snake bracelet - Whiting & Davis, vintage 70s, vintage fair
  • Big links bracelet - J. Crew, consignment
  • Snake double ring - consignment
  • Jade/brass ring - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Earrings - thrifted

L and I slept in a bit (Nick is away) then got ready to go to Tapas on Oak for brunch. Vizzini's vet called with the results of his bloodwork. 
"I'm sleeping, do you mind?"

His kidney function is stable (good), he's mildly anemic (normal for him), his blood pressure is normal, and he has low potassium (will be going on a supplement). The vet agreed that he should go off one of his current meds (good). So all good for now - we'll have him checked out again in few months. 

Life is short! Wear the clothes! And keep the requests coming - I welcome them. Saturday's brunch and grocery shop outfit is by request from the lovely Vix (link here), for my "vest/waistcoat/gilet with the fake fur and the clasp fasteners," aka my Tsarina vest.
I'm so glad you asked for this, Vix - it's a very snuggly piece. 

  • Sweater - Ralph Lauren, consignment; last worn here in January with wine suede at Elk Lake with Mom
  • Plush Tsarina vest - Buffalo by David Bitton, consignment, Powell River; last seen here (3rd outfit) a couple of weeks ago
  • Flamenco skirt - handmade, no label, consignment; last worn here (2nd outfit) in November 2022 for Winesday at Yvonne's
  • Boots - Baroque Velasquez, Fluevog; last seen here (3rd outfit) with this same vest! 

Without the vest, which I took off while sitting in the sun at the restaurant. 
One last wearing of this mohair sweater. 

It's far too warm to keep out for spring. 
But I really liked it with this outfit. So, a keeper. 

In-vested (har har).
The Flamenco skirt is immensely swooshy. I'm sure it was made for someone who actually danced in it. 

You know I love back detail. 
The skirt is almost maxi-length in the back. 

This how most people saw me. 
I always get smiles in the grocery store. 

Today was the inaugural Top Down for Vlad the Jaguar convertible today! 
The Movie-Star Wrap returns! It keeps my hair from sticking to my lipstick and snarling into knots. 

This silk scarf is one of the first Important Designer scarves I ever purchased. I bought it here in January 2015 for $16.50 at WIN. Wow, I've had it for 8 years! 

  • Purse - Ted Lapidus, vintage 90s, vintage fair
  • Silk scarf - Pierre Balmain, vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst
The stuff: 
This is likely the last appearance of these ruffled suede/leather boots, as the colour and style are more fall/winter. I'm pleased that I wore them 3 times this season. 

Orange bling: 
These warm tones just seemed to work with the ensemble. I bought this necklace and earrings together - I miss the BC-owned Plum, which closed in 2011ish. 

  • Copper/brass cuff - Karen's
  • Copper/enamel cuff - Matisse by Renoir, vintage 50s, vintage expo
  • Klimt ring - consignment
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
  • Bronze ring (not shown) - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage expo
  • Earrings/necklace - Plum, c. 2010

I always forget to remove my bronze ring for the picture. 

L and I hung out together on Saturday night, playing "Arkham Horror" and listening to music. 
"I prefer lap-time."

Vizzini is always lurking around, hinting that we should sit back so that he can sleep on us. 

Thanks so much for popping into my wee corner of the interwebz! 


  1. Yay! Thank you so much for wearing that tremendous gilet again, I love it with the flamenco style skirt and the glorious boots, you look fabulous. Funnily enough I nearly requested another view of that Welsh wool cape, too.
    I think most of us anti-Brex**it Brits started looking at their family trees to find an Irish Grandparent so we could get a European passport!
    That's brilliant news about Vizzini, what a relief.
    Finally, Kathryn & The Ancients, your loyal fans from St Louis asked me to pass on this message: none of us can post a comment for SHEILA (Ephemera). I can type it in, it shows up for about a minute in her comments section, and then POOF! it disappears! They saw in her comments to other bloggers that she could tell we follow her, but hadn't heard from now they want me to tell her via this comment section (since "EVERYONE reads Vix's bog") that they do indeed enjoy her...but we just can't get a comment posted. [Now they are yelling at me not to take up too much room here, and to just say "HI, SHEILA! LOVE FROM K and the ANCIENTS!" ] (They figured out all on their own that you two read each other's blogs and comments!)

    1. Glad you liked the outfit, Vix! I'll be wearing all of my capes well into spring.

      We're very relieved about Vizzini, thank you.

      Oh my, thank you for passing along the comment! :)

  2. Ah, that first outfit is simply magnificent, Sheila! I'm swooning over both the skirt and the blouse - what a clever friend you've got to put in the side zipper - and obviously I'm a big fan of your Welsh wool cape!
    Saturday's outfit is fab too. The Tsarina vest, Flamenco skirt and those amazing boots: fantastic.
    Great news about the results of Vizzini's bloodworks, that must be such a relief!
    We had the most wonderful Springlike weather on Friday. Sadly enough, it all went pear-shaped again the rest of the weekend. I think I'm ready for my Spring/Summer wardrobe, though. xxx

    1. Thank you, Ann! I'm indebted to Linda for her sewing skills - I'm not too bad, but zippers are tricky.

      Yes, we are very relieved about Vizzini's results.

      I think Spring is mostly pear-shaped, ha ha!

  3. Love, love, love the first outfit. Didn't realise the top had a snake on it and then I spotted it! Wow! Loved the cape, too. I have a similar one but find it a bit itchy under my chin so I don't wear it often enough - reminder to self - wear Welsh cape before it gets too warm...

    The Tsarina vest is amazing and looks so snuggly! I also loved that fabulous green jumper you wore with the flouncy skirt. Loved all your bling; you have some wonderful pieces.

    So pleased to hear the good news about Vizzini's blood test results. Phew!

    Have a great week.

    PS .Was going to pass on Miss K and the Ancients comments about not being able to comment on your blog but I see Vix has done it. Aren't they lovely? I can just imagine them...

    1. Thank you, Vronni! I use my silk scarves to keep the wool from touching my neck - they work beautifully.

      Thanks - it's a very warm vest, so it'll now be packed away till fall.

      Phew is right! We are happy for our little fuzzy guy.

      Lol, they are so funny and sweet. They've been commenting here since I started blogging!

  4. Three cheers for positive progress for Vizzini!!! I like the colors of the necklace and matching earrings and chuckled to see them in your description because I didn’t notice them on the clothing pictures!

    Thanks, as always, for these longer weekend wrap ups!
    Cheers, Laurie

    1. Hip hip hooray! Thanks, Laurie. Yes, sometimes the bling...blends.

  5. So happy to hear about a certain beloved, regal and proud cat doing well.😀
    Your St. Patrick Day outfit is charming. I always assumed Sheila was an Irish name but haven't actually checked it. Is it?

    1. He's such a sweet boy - we're really happy with his results. Thanks, Ivana! Sheila is an Irish name, comes from Celia, and is variously spelled Shelagh. My mom picked the name as she had good associations with it (from being a teacher), nothing to do with heritage.

  6. Hoorah for the St. Paddy's Day look, and the snake is perfection! Chef's kiss, as the kids say. I do love a well-informed outfit!

  7. I'm glad you got another wearing of that cosy vest before the weather warmed up too much! I really like that first outfit, I think if you have a combo that works like that skirt and blouse, it makes sense to repeat it!

    I absolutely love the good news about Vizzini too! Glad he's doing so well :)

    1. Thanks so much, Mica - we are really relieved about Vizzini.

      Me too - I love this combo, and I loved getting another wear in of this vest.


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