Monday, August 7, 2023

Bigass Long Weekend Wrap-Up: Friday Designer Blues; Betty-Day Walk at Ross Bay in New Linen; Party in Kenzo Denim; Pajamas in Public; So Many Cat Pics

Welcome back, my friends! I hope you had a rockin' weekend - I sure did! I have loads of outfits to share, so let's get started. 

Kicking it off is Friday's outfit. 
I combined two of my new-to-me items with a couple of older things from my closet. 

  • Jacket - Vivienne Westwood, consignment; last worn here in April with a painty skirt and pastels
  • Sleeveless sweater - Marc Cain Sports, consignment; purchased here for $20.00
  • Skirt - Monari, thrifted; purchased here yesterday for $6.95
  • Shoes - Marc Jacobs, vintage, thrifted; last seen here in May 2022 with hosiery-eating sequins (got rid of that skirt!)

As I dashed out to do my Stair Picture, someone else escaped. 
"Heh, heh, heh, I shall expand my empire!"

Vizzini is not allowed in the hall - naughty boy! 

I played around with all the greys and blues in this cute skirt that I picked up yesterday. 
I don't actually own a lot of blue clothing, and though I'd have to do a plain top, and then I spotted this snake print/striped sleeveless sweater. 

I thought the grey blazer - a friend for the past several years and worn at least 9 times. 
I really liked how all these colours went together. 

The skirt's a good fit - it has no slit so I'm glad it's stretchy. 
It rode up to my thighs as I walked to and from work, but that's okay with me. 

Without the jacket. 
We're experiencing temps of 24-27 degrees - woo, that's hot for us! 

After work, I peeled all my sweaty layers off and walked to the hairdresser for a trim. 

The stuff: 
I didn't wear these shoes at all last year - they were fine for a fairly quiet day in the office. No Toe complaints! 

Blue bling: 
  • Necklace/earrings - Sherman, vintage 50s, thrifted
  • Hinged cuff - Swarovski, consignment, gift from L
  • Crystal heart bangle - Juicy Couture, consignment
  • Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Brooch - vintage, vintage fair

I grabbed Vizzini for a quick picture. You can see the racing stripes on the skirt better here. 
"Must you, Woman?"

Yes, I must. I am an 8-year-old at heart when it comes to Cuddles For Kitty! 

After an evening of boardgames and music with L (and Vizzini), I was up early on Saturday morning to meet up with former WW colleague and dear friend Betty for a walk at Ross Bay Cemetery, followed by lunch at the Ross Bay Pub.
The aforementioned hot weather did not manifest on Saturday - it was barely above 15 degrees all day. 

  • Linen dress - Ayrtight, thrifted; purchased here for $15.00
  • Shoes - Seychelles, consignment; last worn here in July with a Ted shift dress

It's a good thing I layered a tank top and a pair of sporty shorts underneath this new-to-me linen dress! 
I wasn't too sure about how well this would work as a dress, but I liked wearing it. 

It was very comfy. That pattern really does all the work for you. 
On the Ayrtight website, they showed this with flowy trousers. That's a little too pajama-adjacent for my tastes.

The print reminds me of licorice allsorts. 
I might end up wearing this around the house - not sure if it's really me. 

Not that Betty and I saw a lick of sun! 

The stuff: 
Comfy shoes for an hour-long amble and catch-up. 

Silvery bling: 
Bold stuff! 

  • Chain cuff - consignment
  • Bangle with glass "stones" - vintage 1920s, vintage mall
  • Silver earrings - Brenda Schoenfeld, 1992, vintage mall
  • Silver/amber ring - consignment
  • Silver/smoky topaz ring - Anneli Neumann, Sweden, vintage mall
  • Chain ring - Mexican, consignment

Betty picked me up and we drove down to Ross Bay Cemetery, parking near the Ross Bay Pub across the street (in a shopping plaza). Mom and I last visited Ross Bay here in January.
Sheila-Betty selfie! 

We walked down this back alley where we could see glimpses of the ocean. 
It was even chillier near the water, but we warmed up as we walked. 

We entered the cemetery at this corner. 
There were quite a few people around, but I managed to crop most of them out of the pics. 

A lovely memorial.
This is a family gravesite - a long list of names on the stone beside this pretty lady. 

There were several deer grazing and lounging about. 
This young buck still has velvet on his antlers. 

This was on our left side as we walked.
Dallas Road, with its berms to keep the seawall from cracking and washing away into the sea. That's Washington State, USA, in the distance. 

And this is on our right. 
Very twisty trees. 

This yellow tree stood out amongst the green. 
Kind of like me in a sea of neutrals, ha! 

More deer. 
They're used to all the people who walk through here. 

We crossed over to Dallas Road and walked towards Clover Point (the spit of land in the middle distance). 
The tide is high. There were loads of people and their dogs here. 

This little bird stomped around and chirped at us. 
Okay, okay, little mama, we're moving along! 

Clover Point. 
We walked the loop to the end. 

Looking back.
The cemetery is the long row of dark green trees in the centre. 

This the most southerly tip of Victoria.
I love living so close to the ocean. 

Zoom in to see if I can see Port Angeles.
A few tankers and barges, and a hazy glimpse of the city. 

Looking at the next bay over along the waterfront. 
Beacon Hill Park is straight ahead, that large clump of trees.

Look at all that driftwood. 
I guess the tide was not as high as I thought, since I can see a substantial amount of sandy beach there. 

Looking back at Ross Bay as we strolled back up the hill to the roadway. 
Even more people were out by this time. 

We decided to cut through a residential neighbourhood to get away from the crowds. 
Moss Rocks - I've been there! 

Look at this gorgeous flower! 
The gardens in Victoria are amazing - it's no wonder we're called the Garden City. 

I love these marigold-yellow daisy-type flowers. 
So vivid! 

The Poet-Tree (without poem). 
The paths leading back into the cemetery from this side look ominous and foreboding with all the leaves overhead. 

I was on the lookout for more deer. 

There they are! 
Wait, this is the same two we saw before. 

Oh, hello!. 
Sorry for disturbing you, madam. Please resume your nap on the Jefferees' family grave.

A new gate. 
And we walked a short block to the pub for lunch. 

I knew this tree on the corner would be full of apples. 
And - lo! - it was! 

L and I had a quiet afternoon, reading in the sun and listening to music - after dinner, we got ready to head over to Greg and Rosanna's place for Nick's birthday party. Someone doesn't want us to go out. 
"Heh heh, the Man can't leave if I sleep on all of his clothes!"

L pulled out his new-to-him tiger robe and was trying to match clothes to it, so had an assortment of shirts strewn across the bed. 
"We'll just all stay home and nap together, just like I planned it."

Of course, this ruse never works. L did get dressed! 
I spent an hour stitching the wide front labels down so that they wouldn't flap open. That robe is cheap, crap fabric...but such a cool print! 

L is wearing a black tee, a 25+ year old lion pendant, my lion belt buckle (Zara, thrifted), consignment Banana Republic chinos, and an old pair of Fluevogs. Dashing! 
Rock on, my love! Folks at the party loved his outfit! 

I also got a lot of love from my friends. 
It remained cloudy and a bit muggy all day - perfect weather to wear double denim! 

  • Denim suit - Kenzo Jeans, vintage 80s, consignment; purchased here - $95.00 for the jacket and $65.00 for the skirt
  • Sleeveless sweater - Jessica, thrifted; last seen here in February with mixed patterns
  • Boots - Original Samedi, Fluevog; last worn here in June for a Mom-Day at Willows Beach

I haven't been able to wear this new-to-me vintage Kenzo jean suit due to the hot weather.
But for a late-night party, where I'll be sitting outside or standing in a kitchen? 

I tried a lot of different tops and shoes with it, just to see what worked. 

I ended up with this sparkly sleeveless sweater. 
The high waist of the skirt demands either a slim-fitting top like this, or something really blouse-y. 

But I loved how well this top worked with the purple boots.
And since I was standing nearly all night, these were just right. 

I had a silk scarf just in case I got a chill. 
I end up tying it to my purse for the evening. 

Although I did wear it done up with the suit jacket buttoned in the cab on the way over. 
Who is that classy lady? I was one of the dressiest women there (L was by far the snazziest guy), closely followed by my stylin' friends. 

The stuff: 
Love these boots - they are getting nicely broken in. 

Minimal bling: 
I didn't need too much - the suit was a lot on its own. 

  • Leather purse - Zara, consignment
  • Silk scarf - Bill Blass, vintage 80s, consignment
  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Studded cuff - vintage 90s
  • Round ring - Nine West
  • Silver chain ring - Mexican, consignment
  • Silver earrings - Israeli, consignment

After a lovely lie-in on Sunday, we went out for lunch and then did our weekly grocery shop. 
"Ahem, you should stay home with me."

He was very demanding, since we'd gotten home at 2am. 
"I'm outraged, and in serious need of a tummy rub!"

He had many brushing sessions (which he loves) and several tummy rubs and cuddles. 
"Behold, my magnificent tum!"

He's not a "Venus Fly-Cat" - the tummy region is fair game - Vizzini is used to being handled. 

I didn't feel much like being in public, but the lure of lunch out/not having to cook was too great. 
So I wore my new-to-me silky pajama pants in public! The horror! 

  • Mullet tunic - Miting, consignment; first worn here in May with silk palazzo pants
  • Pajama pants - Calvin Klein, thrifted; purchased here for $7.95
  • Sandals - Geox, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in July for brunch

To be fair, unless you know they're pajama pants, you wouldn't be able to tell.
I've been wearing them around the house all weekend - they are wonderfully comfy. 

The mullet-tunic is linen. 
Isn't the design of it cool? 

I did copper bits with it. 
Including my purse. 

Take me for lunch, or lose me forever. 

The stuff: 
I like having a copper purse - you never know when you might need it. The red sandals have been one of my best thrifted purchases this summer. 

Copper bling: 
I started with the new-to-me owl pendant, and went from there. 

  • Copper feather cuff - thrifted
  • Shiny copper cuff - Karen's
  • Copper earrings - vintage expo
  • Copper owl necklace - Bell Trading Post, thrifted, Vancouver; purchased here for $19.99
  • Ball ring/enamel copper ring - consignment

When we got home, I couldn't find Vizzini. 
"Tee hee, they will never find me!"

Hiding under my robe on the bed, silly kitty. 

L and I played boardgames all afternoon, and late into the evening - I love a long weekend for our extra gaming night! 
"And for all the extra cuddles I get!"

Vizzini likes to "help" us play.
"If by help you mean swat at the game pieces and try to steal elastics?"

Yes, that's exactly the kind of helping you do, naughty boy. 
"I am outraged at your baseless accusations, Woman."

And that was my weekend! We still have Monday/today to chill and relax, so I'm off to do just that! I hope you all enjoyed a lovely and fun weekend - thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the blog-o-verse! 


  1. Hello, I believe I been to your blog a long time ago. I came over from Vix. I just feel like doing some blog hoping.
    I really like your outfit. Your hair is beautiful. I like the silver look.
    Coffee is on, and stay safe.

    1. Thanks for popping in again, Dora! Welcome! Thank you so much - my hair is actually light purple, but close to silver when it's fading out.

  2. A Bigass Long Weekend Wrap-Up deserves an equivalent comment! Your opening outfit completely fooled me - thought I was looking at a pattern mixed DRESS; says something about my eyes and also how well the sleeveless patterned top goes with the sexy skirt. I appreciate that it would be nice for the skirt to have a slit but otherwise it looks fabulous!

    Saturday morning's linen print dress looks as comfy as you said, though my eye insists on processing it as more of a jacket than a dress. Saturday evening's outfits…L's is fantastic with that colorful robe and pants, and your spiffy suit with purple top and those boots!!

    Finally, Sunday's pajama outfit. I'm swooning - the red asymmetrically hemmed top and red shoes, the comfortable looking, sleek flowing pajama pants. Oh my gosh Sheila, for someone not really wanting to go out you chose a delightfully sophisticated ensemble. Though, come to think of it, maybe it was an easy outfit to put together - not many pieces to have to compile. As is often the case, I enjoy giving your accessory photos a close look, and have come to appreciate the accessories almost as much as the actual outfits.

    Rock on Vizzini, nestle where it feels good and snuggle all you can. :-)
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful long weekend! Here's to enjoying the remainder of today giving yourself some R&R.

    Cheers, Laurie

    1. What a lovely big comment, Laurie, thank you so much! Ha, fooled you on the top and skirt - that's when I know I have a good match.

      Yes, agreed, I will probably open it up as a jacket at some point. L did well putting his outfit together! I loved wearing my new suit.

      Ha ha, yes, the red/black look was easy to put together as it was only 3 pieces (tunic, pajamas and shoes) - I do often put more effort into the accessories with those simple outfits.

      Vizzini loved having us home so much over the weekend! He got lots of love!

  3. What a beautiful place for a cemetery, and I'm loving the roaming deer!
    Both yours and L's outfits for Nick's birthday party are absolutely fabulous. No wonder you were the classiest/snazziest dressed couple!
    Aww look at Vizzini ... Bess's tummy is fair game too, well any part of her body is. I wouldn't have dared to do tummy rubs with Phoebe :-) xxx

    1. It's a lovely place, Ann - great views. Aw, thank you so much - we always have fun dressing up for parties.

      Vizzini enjoyed a lot of attention this weekend - he was the happy recipient of many tummy rubs.

  4. Lots of great outfits…I expect nothing less!!! The pyjama pants look great and your weekend sounds like fun. I particularly like the vintage Sherman jewellery. Hope you have a great week Sheila.

    Hostess of The Humble Bungalow

    1. Thanks, Leslie! I have a small collection of Sherman that I wear pretty frequently.

  5. I think you should wear the "8 year old at heart" label with pride. Love the licorice-print dress/thingie.

    1. I do! I like that tunic too, but I've moved it to my "house wardrobe" for hot weather.

  6. That cemetary is magical, the deer resting on the grave so tranquil and lovely. I'd have been mesmerised!
    The photo of Vizzini's back quarters sneaking off is hilarious. We spotted William crossing the road earlier this week, I rapped on the window and gave him a look and he soon came scuttling back with his tail between his legs!
    Anyhow, onto clothes. The top and skirt in the first outfit is so well-matched I thought it was a dress at first. I love the Flintstone-esque pattern on the oversized dress, the luxe looking asymmetric red tunic and the suit looks wonderful with the killer boots. L looks so rock and roll it hurts! xxx

    1. It's a gorgeous place and one of my favourites to visit any time of year. Vizz is such a little monkey - that's funny that William got caught sneaking off!

      Thank you, dear Vix! it was a good weekend of outfits.

  7. Lots of lovely outfits and so fab accessorizing!. Love that sparkly blue jewellery with the blue&grey ensemble, love your suit with fab boots and love your last outfit (totally my kind of thing, love that cool red blouse-tunic and I'm a huge fan of pyjama pants in public, mwhaha, it's funny that nobody notices actually!). But L stole the show with his robe and yellow trousers!

    1. Thank you, Monica! I love my sparklies. I also enjoy feeling like I've done something forbidden by wearing pajama pants in public. L loves the limelight - his robe was a hit!

  8. What a fabulous cemetery! Deer are such beautiful animals aren't they?
    L looks like a true party animal in that outfit and I love your asymmetrical red top.
    Thanks for all the kitty photos too! x

    1. They are lovely, Claire, but a bit of a pest in my neck of the woods. Thank you!

  9. I think its great the styles youve been creating on a careful budget over the years.
    Dunno why but the blue flowery outfit reminded me of Purdey ( Joanna Lumley) from the Avengers - strappy heels,blonde & blue - where was Steed I his bowler hat ? LOL keep up the great work.

    1. Thanks, Mac! I love the combinations you can find by shopping second-hand (well, aside from the Fluevogs!). Ha, love that comparison - next time I'll have L wear his bowler.

  10. There's something about that silver, multi-media, silver top with your arm all just belongs together. A very pleasing collage.

  11. Your party outfits are SMASHING! L's Tiger Robe may not be great quality but it makes up for it in fabulousness. You look great in the denim suit and chose well with the purple on top and bottom.

    1. Yup, that's the balance - crap fabric vs. amazing print! Thank you so much, Shelley!


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