Thursday, August 10, 2023

Mom-Day Adventure at Finnerty Gardens in Sparkle Jungle Barbie Pink, and a Wee Shop

Hello again, Gentle Readers, and welcome to another Mom-Day Adventure! Mom and I visited Finnerty Gardens at UVic again - the last time was here in early March.

Mom-daughter selfie! 
Mom and I are down to the wire on finishing her Storyworth book (about it here, links 'cause I love) in the next couple of weeks. She's finishing up the writing and adding pictures, and I'm editing and tidying things up. We're both getting thoroughly tired of it and will be happy when it's finished. All that to say, we needed a nice easy walk today! 

But first, the clothes. Can you guess what movie I'm going to see tonight? 
I decided to just wear the same thing all day - a Jammy Dress!

  • Dress - InWear; last worn here in July 2022 for a Mental Health Shop in Oak Bay (I found the Weird Adidas dress!)
  • Shoes - Asos, consignment; last seen here in May with puffy paisley (didn't keep that blouse)
  • Jacket (below) - Adidas, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here in July, layered over a Ted dress

Would Barbie approve? It has pockets! 
I need some sort of flat silver shoes! Sorry, Barbs, my high heel days are nearly over - my feet might stay that way! 

These black shoes are good for walking - I did a lot of walking. 
I like the studs on them. 

The dress is a gloriously bright pink
I bought it three years ago - it's a Dots sample - and this is its 5th wearing. 

Incognito and jungled up. Sparkle Jungle Barbie! 
Jacket on the shoulders like a Proper Lady. 

*snort* I am SO not a Proper Lady. 
I have a streak of badass that I inherited from Mom - always a Rebel in Pink! 

Done up.
More pockets! These ones have zippers - good for things like keys. 

The stuff: 
Good shoes for walking with Mom, and for hoofing it to and from the movie later in the evening. I also indulged in a little shop after lunch, and walked home from that. 

Sparkly bling: 
The new-to-me item in my outfit is this sparkly rhinestone belt - I loved how comfortable it was. I was a bit worried it would snag on fabric (I've had stones that did that and ruined my clothes), but it did not.

  • Purse - Zara, consignment
  • Belt - Zara, consignment; purchased here for $24.00 
  • Heart cuff - Juicy Couture, consignment
  • Silver/amethyst ring - vintage mall
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Bracelet - Coro, vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Earrings - vintage fair

Mom and I  headed left this time when we entered the gardens, just for a different perspective. 
I hope you like paths, trees and flowers! 

The bamboo stand is quite thin - it must have been trimmed pretty recently. 
The stream is covered in green algae.

What a gorgeous mix of greens. 
So pretty. 

A giant redwood. 
We took the right path. Or was it the left?

I am a sucker for this bright pink. 
Such amazing details in flowers. 

Some orange day lilies. 
They're like aliens! Rar! 

I saw a branch shaking madly and figured it must be a squirrel. 
Bingo, there she is! 

Oh, my bad, I do believe that's a MISTER. 
Quality blogging here, folks. Enjoy the squirrel nuts, hee hee. 

Teeny tiny wild strawberries. 
I didn't eat it, really. 

I love them. 

Wait, I also love these. 
The most yellow yellow of all yellows. 

What is this ginormous tee laden with purple flowers? 
"It's another variety of Rose of Sharon," said Mom, who has been talking flowers with her gardener. 

It's related to the hibiscus. 

Twisty branches. 
I could stare at that forever. 

Big swaths of freshly-mown grass beckoned. 
I just want to walk barefoot on that. 

More fuchsias. 
Of a Fancy variety. 

Mom, take my picture! 
I matched this bright pink hydrangea. 

Metal salmon in the pond. 
The algae made a smooth surface. 

I went out on the rocks in the middle. 
I see you, Mom! 

Another grassy swath.
Ah, I needed that. 

A little sunshine, a little walk, a little time with my mom. 
Thank you for the lovely day, Mom, I love you! 

Mom and I had lunch at Christie's Pub, and then I strolled over to House of Savoy and had a look around. I found this cool tie for L. 
I love the mix of patterns and black, white, red and orange. It will go with a lot of his shirts and suits. It's by Vitaliano Pancaldi, an Italian tie-maker who's been in business since 1947. It was $60.00 - his ties sell new for around $190.00.

I tried a few things on, but summer clothes are not as exciting to me - only this dress made the cut.
It's a classic fitted top and A-line skirt portion, in thick 1970s double-knit polyester. I may wear it with just a black bra for casual/weekend or layer a turtleneck under it for fall. 

It's been washed a bunch - the "Lot" tag is threadbare. 
The fact that it has washing instructions dates it to the 70s. 
The writing under the stitches says "Method 4" likely for dry cleaning. 

But the fabric and pattern is a dead giveaway. It's orangey-yellow, caramel brown and white on black. 
I see wood shavings or cheese curls! What do you see? 

And now, my friends, I'm off to the movie and for the weekend! 

[Edited to add a couple of pics - thank you, Yvonne, Cat, Ali and Vero for them!)

We met up for drinks at SuperFlux - Caro couldn't make it, so Justin (our Ken) joined us. 
From left, clockwise: Cat, Vero, Justin, Ali, me, Yvonne. 

Everyone in pink! There were so many people dressed up - I just loved it (and we all loved the movie too!).
Vero in pink shoes and a fab pink purse; Yvonne with a pink scarf and flip-flops; Justin in a pink hat; Ali in her pink wig and pink purse (it used to be mine); Rosanna and her pink, orange and blue (the purse is polka-dotted panties - she designed it!) and her daughter Meika; me; and Cat in her pink cardigan. 

I bought my tickets well in advance, and even then, we were way over on the side, in multiple rows. The theatre was full! 
A woman next to Ali brought Barbie and Ken! All the downtown movie theatres here have pres-selected seating and reclining seats. It's so civilized.

Rock on and enjoy yourselves, and please do stop in on Sunday for the weekend wrap-up. Thank you so much for visiting! 


  1. I'm sure Barbie would approve, although pre-1973 Barbie (my era of collecting) might not have gone for pink, as she had so many other colours in her wardrobe. She might even have gone for silver lamé (lah-MAY) for that matter. Sorry, but the Barbie equals pink thing is one of my bug bears :-)) Nevertheless, I'm loving the dress, particularly with that sparkly rhinestone belt. Vintage Barbie would approve of that, I'm sure!
    I loved accompanying on your walk at Finnerty Gardens and seeing all those gorgeous flowers and the squirrel!
    The wood shavings dress is fabulous, that would have come home with me as well! xxx

    1. My Barbies (the mid- to early 70s ones) didn't wear pink - my first Barbie wore a sheer white organza blouse and black culottes! I get that the proliferation of Barbie Pink bugs you! Glad you approve of the sparkly belt ;-P.

      So happy you enjoyed our walk with us, my friend. That dress was a find!

  2. Ooo lala, Sheila and the Barbiettes! LOVE that you all saw the movie together AND with a kind Ken! It’s on my list of ‘wanna see’ though it will have to wait till it’s available for rent as Fred hasn’t been immunized yet.

    Working backwards…your pink jammy dress is simply perfect and, like Polyester Princess noted, particularly with the rhinestone belt; they make a flattering combo. You and your Mom walked in a lovely pleasing environment. I like how you revisit places in different seasons and appreciate each place in each season. Hi Helen! Super selfie of the two of you!

    Happy Weekend!
    Cheers, Laurie

    1. My gals and I have been planning this for ages, Laurie! It's sooo good, I hope you can stream it soon.

      Thank you! I like the pink and sparkle combo too. I don't always need a different place all the time - I love that we revisit our favourites.

  3. Barbie would absolutely approve of you pink-tastic outfit, Shiela. Glad you loved the movie. I feel I need to watch it a 2nd time to fully appreciate it. X

    1. Thanks so much, Jess! I also want to see it again - my mind's been abuzz with it all week.

  4. I love that pink dress! I wore a very similar pink dress to the Barbie movie here (which I also loved) but I am regretting I did not go for sparkly bling as you did, it looks so good and I love the belt and accessories being so sparkly! :)

    I also really like your dress too - I saw cuff bangles in the print but I could see wood shavings too!

    1. Oh, nice, we were twins, Mica! Next time, add some sparkle! You know you want to. :)

      Thank you! Cuff bangles - I totally get it!

  5. What a beautiful day with your mom in the pretty nature. I love petunias a lot and hydrangea! That's a very pretty dress, both are actually, I see metal rings in the dress!

    1. It's always a good day with Mom, thanks, Nancy! I also love those flowers. Thank you - metal rings - I see it!

  6. My bestie and I saw the Barbie movie the weekend after it opened so it wasn't very crowded. We both wore pink, and really enjoyed the movie. When I think back to when I had my Barbies in the late 60's and early 70's, they really didn't wear any pink - that came later in the 80's.

    1. I was shocked at how busy it was (a full theater on a Thursday early show??). I agree, I didn't have any pink. My Barbie branded stuff was orange and yellow, actually - I had the Dune Buggy and a mini camper!

  7. Finnerty Park looks like a fabulous place to hang out with your lovely mum!
    Love the group photo, Meika is a supermodel. xxx

    1. It's one of my favourite spots that we revisit, Vix. Meika is tall like her dad, and I agree - supermodel!

  8. Finnerty Park looks lovely with those beautiful giant redwood. Mr Squirrel was letting it all hang out wasn't he?
    Love the pink dress. I do like a splash of pink, but I can only wear it if I combine it with tough girl boots! :-)
    Hope you enjoyed the film...I've yet to see it.

    1. I laughed when I uploaded the photo - I didn't realize the squirrel was "balls out" when I took the pic! Thanks so much, Claire! I agree - pink+tough is a solid combo. I loved the film - go see it!

  9. I've been eagerly awaiting your review of "Barbie." A little surprised this post doesn't discuss your thoughts on the film other than a blanket statement ("loved it"). If you're inclined, I'd like to hear more about your reaction to the film in any forum (e-mail, blog-post, etc.). (I read your more recent posts and didn't see anything but, with my bad eyesight, I may have overlooked something.)

    1. I've never done movie reviews on my blog, and I don't intend to start. I've had many discussions with friends and colleagues about the movie, and want to see it again. I just don't have time to write reviews.


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