Sunday, November 19, 2023

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Friday Mismatched Greens; Striped Lunch in Red and Orange (and a Wee Shop); Cashmere and Cerulean Cocoon for Book Club

Welcome back, my friends! It was a most needed weekend after a busy work-week, with a nice mix of downtime with L, brunch with Nick, and Book Club with my lovely literary ladies.

Let's start with Friday, shall we? I wore green, and lots of it, not all of it matching. 
I confessed to colleague Ray that it makes me twitch slightly to have three mismatched greens in one outfit. I like it better when there's more contrast. 

  • Jacket - Frank Lyman; last worn here in March for work followed by a concert
  • Sweater - Tatyana, thrifted; last seen here for brunch in May 2022
  • Skirt - Ralph Lauren, thrifted; purchased here NWT for $34.95
  • Boots - Bond Girl, Fluevog x Anna Sui; first worn here a couple of weeks ago with houndstooth
  • Poncho - vintage, Welsh, thrifted; last seen here in that same outfit! 

There's always a lot experimentation with a new statement piece, like these mint green boots. Speaking of statements...
Pink sunrise on the Castle. 

Tweaking this outfit in my mind...I think I'm done with this sweater. 
I haven't worn it in a year and a half, even though it used to be a wardrobe staple for me. It's getting worn out. 

The skirt wants to be the star but it's fighting with this amazing studded and embroidered jacket. 
I liked the skirt, however - it was warm and comfy. 

See? Amazing jacket. Oodles of embroidery and studs (for catching my hair, which is why it's clipped up).
I also think the skirt needs black boots (or white?!) or leg + dressier shoe. These boots are too close in colour and it throws off the proportions of my bottom half. Or maybe I'm just overthinking the whole thing.

I got a new laptop at work and spent most of the day transferring data, followed by ranting about all the stuff I had to restore to The Way I Like It. I got all overheated, in more ways than one! 
But deep breaths, this too shall pass. In the grand scheme of things, neither new laptop woes or a not-quite outfit are worth getting wrought up over.

With the jacket done up. 
"This is my face!" Yes, Blurry Sheila. Have some more coffee. 

I ran some errands on the way home - at one store I was greeted by, "Nice fit!" which startled me until I remembered, fit = outfit

Showing my purse. 
Once I had my sunnies on, I didn't want to take them off. 

Comforting things. 

  • Purse - Rebecca Minkoff, consignment
  • Silk scarf - Elaine Gold, consignment
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff: 
I still have another outfit lined up for these boots. I'm hoping the rain holds off so I can wear them again soon! 

Matchy bling: 
All silver. 

  • Silver/malachite bangle - Mexican, thrifted, Sidney
  • Silver/aventurine ring - consignment
  • Silver/malachite ring - consignment
  • Enameled cuff - thrifted
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Silver/kyanite ring - consignment
  • Earrings - Israeli, consignment

L and I had a fun evening of music and board games and crashed into bed in the wee hours. We overslept, so joined Nick for lunch at John's Place. I didn't feel like making much of an effort. 
Jammy dress, ahoy! We had sunshine in the morning. 

  • Dress - InWear; last seen here in October with these same boots
  • Boots - F-Trip Warhol, Fluevog; last worn here in that same outfit (shocking)
  • Jacket (below) - Banana Republic, consignment; last seen here in November

After lunch, we did some errands, and I ducked into Dots for a spot of early Christmas shopping. 
I have a full slip layered under this, plus fleece-lined tights. 

It's just your basic Jammy dress. 
Nothing to it. One and done.

I picked it up at Dots, which sells sales samples, a few years ago. 
The staff there admired my boots, as did the servers in John's Place. They are rather stunning boots. 

I love red and orange together, such a cheery combination. 

Downtown was busy, full of people. 

Mismatched oranges, but that doesn't bother me as much in accessories. 

The stuff: 
So glad I got these. 

  • Silver bangle - thrifted, Powell River
  • Leather/steel cuff - Rimanchik
  • Anneke & Lars ring - vintage mall
  • Silver/onyx ring - Tocara, vintage fair
  • Silver earrings - Brenda Schoenfeld, 1992, vintage mall

Vizzini distracted me and I forgot to take a pic of just the jewelry. 

Dots just got in a load of sample coats so I had a good poke through them. I have little love for boring coat colours like black, tan, cream, brown or navy, but a lovely cerulean blue? YES. 
"It looks very snuggly, good for sleeping on."

It is a bit sleeping-bag-ish! There are two-way zips, so you can unzip the bottom to stride about (as I am wont to do). The hem is also elasticized. 

It has a hood, and yes, it's sleeveless. 
So it's a sleeveless coat...or a vest. Or maybe just a cocoon? 

Fully working deep pockets. 
Lined with the softest plush fleece. 

It's by B. Young, same as my blue velour lounge suit I last picked up at Dots in the summer (this one). 
All coats were 25% off, so this ended up being $59.99. 

I had to model. 
Super cute! Can't wait to wear this! 

L napped and I read during Saturday afternoon, and then we enjoyed another evening of board games, music, and a kitty poking at game tokens and elastics, then were up early for a day of football. 

But wait! 
I have plans today! It's Book Club! 

It was our first time meeting at Ciara's house - she joined our group during the pandemic and hasn't seen many of our homes still. 
It was sunny...but still cold. 

  • Dress - Claudia Nichole cashmere, consignment; last worn here in November 2022 for a Mental Health Shop
  • Boots - Original Sabado, Fluevog; last seen here (3rd outfit) last week to see the Beaches in concert
  • Cocoon coat (below) - B. Young; purchased above for $59.99

Of course, I couldn't wait to wear my new cerulean cocoon, so I built the outfit around it. 
A plain back dress? Not so fast! 

It's 100% cashmere, and so amazingly soft. 
Plus it has double ruffles at the bracelet-length sleeves, and a very flattering neckline. 

I have a tank on underneath, and a pair of leggings I wear around the house with big socks over them. 
I took my boots off at Ciara's, so everyone got a gander at my Klassy socks, ha ha. 

I walked over to Cat's and met her and Yvonne. 

Cat drove us all there and back - thank you! 
I loved this cocoon, and am so glad I bought it. I also love that it's Carolina Panthers blue - my poor NFL team is now 1-9, having a very bad season. 

I found I didn't need to unzip the hem this much at all - once I started walking I wore it fully zipped up.
The hem hit right at my knees and was the perfect width, and kept my legs nice and snuggly warm. 

I only needed the hem unzipped when I got into the car.
I wore the hood done up on my walk to Cat's - that was a brisk wind! 

It was my turn to pick our book for Book Club - I selected a sci fi classic, "Hyperion" by Dan Simmons. I haven't read it since the mid-90s, and they had copies for a good price at Russell Books. My original edition is on the left - Caro, I've got your copy! - and I'm looking forward to re-reading the full 4-book "Hyperion Cantos", which I recall loving back when I first met L. 

  • Silk scarf - fake Louis (Lewis!) Vuitton, thrifted
  • Gloves - Echo, consignment

The stuff: 
Easy walking boots. 

Black and blue bling: 
Lots of hand-candy! 

  • Chain cuff - consignment
  • Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Silver/kyanite ring - consignment
  • Silver/onyx ring - Tocara, vintage fair
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Silver/obsidian ring - vintage mall, gift from L
  • Porcelain cat earrings - Winnie Tam

It's laundry day, Vizzini, you'd better get off the bed. 
"No way, George and I are napping, Woman." 

Okay, fine, I'll let the Man deal with you. I'm glad to see you've gotten used to the height of the new mattress. 
"I'll take any surface covered in warm laundry."

That does sound appealing! 

I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend, my friends, and I thank you again for visiting! 


  1. I’m loving every part of the first green outfit (fit) but you’re right just not all together. The boots and skirt are fighting each other. I’ve recently bought burgundy knee high stompy lace-up boots after admiring your black and your blue ones, I’ve made one outfit from them so far and thinking about them for Brian Jonestown Massacre concert this week. Maybe something like you wore to Riflandia with pink fishnets over another colour tights and a shortish dress.
    Anyhoo just so you know you do inspire a lot of us to try new things. Julie in Melbourne

  2. Good choice on the books. I loved that series!

  3. What a great weekend you had, Sheila, filled with fun and fabulous outfits.
    Love all three pairs of boots. I agree about the green ones not sitting quite right with the skirt but a girl's gotta try these things. The striped dress outfit is bang-on and the cashmere dress has the perfect sleeves underneath the gloriously blue quilted maxi gilet.
    One of our charity shops had a rail of B.Young clothes still with the tags attached earlier this year - I bought the lot and sold them on eBay, really stylish and well made clothes.
    Vizzini is enjoying that new mattress. weren't you good cat parents treating him like that? xxx

  4. I rather like your mismatching greens outfit, although I do agree with you that the skirt might have worked better with black (or perhaps white) boots.
    Saturday's drop-waist jammy dress and groovy boots outfits is right up my street as well, and the cerulean blue sleeveless cocoon coat was a brilliant find: in fact, I could have done with it during last weekend's rainy getaway!
    Always lovely to see the Vizzini earrings, by the way. xxx

  5. The 'Vizzini' earrings were gorgeous!

    Yes, I agree those fab green boots are too much green with the skirt. But both the boots and the skirt were amazing. I loved your jammy dress with the extraordinary boots and the whole outfit or 'fit' - (who knew) - with the red leather jacket and orange bag and scarf looked so good. Your new sleeveless coat is also pretty fab and looked great over the black cashmere dress and gorgeous boots. I think that it's going to be a 'very useful' item in your winter wardrobe!

    I hate switching over to a new laptop or phone and don't you find you always lose something when you do it?

    Have a great week,

  6. I adore the green outfit, particularly with that cape and always appreciate a glimpse of the castle and your cute kitty! x

  7. Whoa, so many beautiful outfits here! I love the Cerulean blue sleeping bag gilet and it looks amazing with the cashmere dress (I got a blue cashmere dress in the charity shop last week but it didn't have amazing sleeves! I love the boots in the first two outfits, esp the green.
    Nice to see His Majesty Vizzini presiding over events!x

  8. Sorry that you are on round two of the Blerg. Wishes for a speedy recovery.

  9. I loved all your outfits in this post, but especially the first one. I agree that an other colour pair of boots might give the skirt (what a beauty) extra attention, but I really like this combination as well. And what a jacket. Wow. The jumper (sweater) looks like quality too.
    And then he black and white dress with those awsome boots. Another wow.


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