Monday, July 10, 2023

Bigass Weekend, Part 2: Sunday Tilt! in Red Leopard and Paillettes; and Monday Pink and Grommet Leather

Welcome back, Gentle Readers! Here's Part 2 of our Bigass Weekend, with our Sunday concert series at Tilt! at Phillips Backyard Weekender (Part 1 is here, in case you missed it). I also couldn't face blogging after another late evening getting home, so my Monday work ensemble is here too. 

So, starting us off, on Sunday L and I walked back downtown to the venue, with the goals of seeing Haley Blais, Whitehorse and a bit of Sudan Archives. I was only familiar with Whitehorse, who we saw here back in April 2015. I didn't even dress up for the event back then, or take any pictures (!), but you can read L's review of that show here

Based on the weather - sunny but much cooler, around 16 - I decided to wear a layer or two more than on Friday. 
I've done a couple of versions of this outfit before, and it remains one of my very favourite looks. 

  • Red denim suit - Smashed Lemon; last worn here with this same vest in October 2022 to visit Mom
  • Shirt - Eddie Bauer, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in May to go to the theatre with Yvonne
  • Sweater vest - Bianca Nygard, thrifted; last worn here with this same suit in October 2022
  • Shoes - Marquess Swordfish, Fluevog; last seen here in March for a Mom-Day at Colquitz River Park

I flat-ironed my hair to combat "wind hair" aka birds' nests. Sigh. It's always windy here - you can see the gust in the Stair Pic. 
This pailletted vest is VERY sparkly, especially in bright sunlight! You couldn't miss me! 

I felt very groovy in my red leopard. I had a LOT of enthusiastic responses from people at the venue (apparently L and I are "#couple goals), and had our pictures taken multiple times. 
This a lovely stretch denim, and both the pants and the jacket have pockets. 

It was warmer earlier on, so I forwent the jacket. 
So SPARKLY! I do adore these disco paillettes! 

However, whomp, whomp, such a boring back. 
Let's just pretend this is shiny too. 

I kept the jacket on as much as possible, since I don't like carrying things. 
A gent hollered at me, "That is the best suit here!" 

Yeah, I'm fairly certain I was wearing the ONLY suit there. 
This has been one of my better Dots purchases of the last several years. 

A small purse with room for a merch bag for any tees or CDs we might need. My sunnies are prescription, and I wore them all afternoon, until we got home late that night (it was still light out). 

  • Purse - Rebecca Minkoff, consignment

The stuff: 
My first attempt at a pointy-toe shoe in a while. Toe was cautiously okay with these, although my feet were tired after standing for 4+ hours. 

Badass bling: 
All the armour! 

  • Belt - gift from Ruth
  • Tie - Escada by Margaretha Ley, vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Earrings - vintage fair
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Swear rings - Wendy Brandes

L wore his Iron Maiden tee, and a funky paisley shirt (thrifted). He also had orange pants on! 
Too cool for this crowd. Rock on, baby! 

We arrived in time for Haley Blais, a local act. 
She was angsty and a bit quiet, but roused the crowd near the end of her set. 

Same venue as Friday. 
Big stage...with us near the back. 

You can read L's concert blurb here, as part of his album review for the next act, Whitehorse. 
I left this uncropped so you could see the masses huddling in the shade of the sound tent. 

That's Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, both independent artists, and a husband-wife duo (aka Whitehorse). 
I've known them for years, and they played a bunch of songs we were happy about, but their set was over way too fast. 

Look! A plane! 
We were on the route for Harbour Air - a plane went by every 30 minutes. 

We had dinner from an excellent food truck - I don't remember the name, but it was delicious. We each had a bowl (L had falafel and I had chicken) and sat on the curb to eat it. 
We hadn't planned on staying much longer, but thought we should check out Sudan Archives (link here, 'cause I love). 

She informed us that she'd flown to Victoria from Austria(!) the night before, and her luggage, including her passport, all her stage gear and her outfits had gone missing. 
She bought her rainbow catsuit, pasties and bikini at a local sex shop, and other bands helped her out with equipment - she even had to scrounge up violins! Considering all this, well, colour us impressed! She was electric and a force on the stage. Best show of the entire weekend. 

L bought a tee, and bought me a Whitehorse tote bag. I like the double handles and the magnetic closure on the sturdy denim. 
I'm Not Crying, You're Crying is the name of their album. 

We returned home to a rapturous welcome from our little guy. 
"Put me down and feed me, Woman."

I didn't have any energy once we'd gotten home (a brisk walk), so threw together a quick outfit for Monday. 
Featuring my new-to-me grommet leather skirt. 

  • Sweater - Jonathan Saunders for Escada Sport, Pre-Fall 2012, thrifted; first seen here in January with pink Boss Pants
  • Grommeted leather skirt - Danier Leather, thrifted; purchased here for $32.99
  • Shoes - Sol Sana; last worn here in May with moo Marimekko
  • Jacket - Only, consignment; last seen here in June

Pale pink bookends in the velvet shoes and thin sweater. 
An easy formula! 

It was a busy day in the office. 
Many people around, and an inbox full of things to be done. 

This sweater is very long, so it's tucked into the skirt. 
I adored this skirt, as expected. I'm a sucker for Danier Leather. 

It was too cold in the morning to skip a jacket. 

I even did it up! 
Not on the way home, though. 

The stuff: 
Good shoes after a day in pointy toes. You're welcome, Toe. 

Round bling: 
It all just went together. 

  • Scarf - vintage, thrifted
  • Silver/gold bracelet - JPL, vintage fair
  • Steel cuff - thrifted
  • Silver balls ring - Sidney
  • Silver/smoky topaz ring - Anneli Neumann, Sweden, vintage mall
  • Necklace - Stella & Dot, thrifted
  • Earrings - Glee

...And how was YOUR weekend? 


  1. Your red leopard suit is indeed THE best suit ever, and I love it that you and L. are #couple goals :-) Shame about the non-sparkly back of your vest, though!
    I'm hearing you on your lack of energy when you got home ... I'm having to book a day off after a Sunday event in order to recover! Loving your choice of outfit though. Your grommet leather skirt looks amazing on you, and that sweater is gorgeous! xxx

    1. Thanks so much, Ann! I know, I was hoping to keep the jacket on all day, but it was just too warm. I'm sure the paillettes would be ruined if they were on the back, though.

      It's exhausting just being around people, isn't it? Glad you are taking a personal day! Thank you!

  2. Hazaah, FABULOUS outfits across the board! Yes to your glorious suit followed by blush pinks and Danier leather! The colors, the fit, and the way you styled both outfits - they demand recognition and applause. :)

    Also, snazzy couple, you two. :)

    Weekend was delightful for us despite some heat coupled with humidity, which does me in. Today (Tuesday) is fabulous with clear sky, clean air, and for much of the day manageable temperatures.

    Kudos to you for attending the concert two days in a row! I would have been wiped out from the first outing.

    Cheers, Laurie

    1. Aw, thank you so much, Laurie! I felt awesome both days. I love that L is so on-board with dressing up - he's completely converted to "my" way of dressing, and puts all his own outfits together, with only minor tweaks from me.

      I'm happy to hear you had a nice weekend, although humidity is never fun. Enjoy the clear air while it lasts!

      We actually took Saturday off - neither of us are fans of electronica - and hid from the world, playing boardgames and hanging out with Vizzini.

      Take care - big hugs to you!

  3. You look gorgeous in that suit.
    I also love the combo with the leather skirt!
    I haven't been to a proper concert this summer yet. I've seen some lovely folklore performaces, though.
    P.S. Thanks for the Vizzini photograph, I love that cat.

    1. Thanks, Ivana! We decided to go to all these festivals/concerts, even though I'm crowd-averse - I'm trying to say "yes" to more events!

      Aw, he appreciates that. I'll make sure I include some more for you.

  4. Again a very good outfit for a festival. I see het a lot of people, most, not giving a shit. Such a waist. I always love the food at festivals. Such a variety of everything you want!

    1. People here tend to look like hippies at concerts, especially an outdoor one like this. Some people dress up - the organizers called for "Best 90s outfits" but I saw very little of those.

  5. The red leopard suit and sparkly vest was certainly giving off rock star vibes!
    I can relate to reaching for the straighteners every so often. I have a particularly stubborn kink of hair in my fringe at the moment, which is driving me insane! x

    1. It's murder on my hair to straighten it - it's very fine - but I do like how it looks. Thanks, Claire!

  6. Rock chick chic! I love Sudan Archives, she's a 6Music favourite. xxx

  7. I love that leopard suit on you and I really like how you layered the sequins with it! I also like how you carried on the vibe into your work outfit - stylish and perfectly corporate in silhouette, but fun and so Sheila with the grommets on the skirt and the fun colourful top :)


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