Sunday, December 17, 2023

Bigass Weekend Wrap-Up: Funky Friday in Sparkly Pink Preppy; Merry Orange Brunch (and a 3-Minute Shop); and Double Velvet for Wonderheads' "A Christmas Carol"

Welcome back, Gentle Readers! So good to see you (truly), and I hope you are all taking care of your mental health over the holidays! I'm grateful for all of the readers out there, and I smile when I see your comments. So, thank you.

Onto the clothes! I got my sparkly on for Funky Friday with a rehash of some favourite pieces.
I built the outfit around the sequined and sparkly pink shoes. 

  • Blazer - Adidas, thrifted; last worn here in June for the Day of Indolence
  • Shirt - Denver Hayes, consignment; last seen here layered under sparkles here in August
  • Paillette vest - Nygard, thrifted, Sidney; last worn here in July for Tilt! Part Two in red leopard
  • Skirt - Eliza Faulkner, consignment; last seen here in October for a Mom-Day Adventure
  • Shoes - Converse, consignment; purchased here for $68.00
  • Coat (below) - Donna Karan, consignment; last worn here a couple of weeks ago

More sparkle in the form of this super-duper disco vest. 
I appreciated the contrast with the fleece skirt and the sweatshirt fabric of the jacket. 

A pink shirt, so I can be ultra-preppy. 
I borrowed one of L's ties for some secret pirate action. 

I look so proper from the back. *snort* 
Note for myself - wearing nylons with this fleece-lined skirt minimized balling. Don't wear tights with this! 

Buttoned up - I only did this for putting my coat on. 
Showing off the pockets of the skirt again. 

More pink! 

This coat is snuggly warm - it's stuffed with down. 
I walked home from work and felt good - my energy is back, just in time for a fun weekend. 

A lot of pink. 

  • Cashmere beret - Club Monaco, thrifted
  • Fur boa - Danier, thrifted
  • Leather gloves - consignment

The stuff: 
I loved the shoes - no rubbing, very squishy and the sequins didn't rub or snag at each other or my nylons. Winners! 

Eclectic bling: 
Skulls and crossbones! Yar! 

  • Tie - Old Navy, thrifted, gift from me to L
  • Square brooch - thrifted
  • Round brooch - Eaton's, c. 1998
  • Branch brooch - Trifari, vintage 60s, Gram S. 
  • Necklace - Allain, vintage 50s, gift from Allison
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
  • Silver/onyx ring - Tocara
  • Silver/onyx feather ring - Mexico, c. 1986, gift from Mom and Dad
  • Crystal cuff - Swarovski, consignment, gift from L
  • Heart crystal bracelet - Juicy Couture, consignment
  • Earrings (one pearl missing) - Swarovski, consignment

L and I spent Friday evening hanging out, listening to music and playing board games - those evenings are far and few between at this time of year, so we treasure them. It also gives us chance to chill with Vizzini. 
"Oh, hey."

Sorry these are a bit dark - the lights were low and it was late. 
"I am looking at an empty couch."

He decided to give us some hints as to what he wanted by climbing Pillow Mountain. 
"And you put your head here..."

This is the end goal - cat asleep on one of us! 
"Leave us, Woman."

L and I both have heated throws for watching TV, and Vizzini loves snuggling up on them. 

I enjoyed a bit of a sleep in on Saturday morning, before we met up with Nick for brunch at John's Place. 
It's not an especially festive outfit, but it is merry! 

  • Dress - H&M, consignment; last worn here in March with a jacket I gave to Stef
  • Boots - Coach, consignment, Vancouver; last seen here in October with velvet pirate embroidery
  • Cape (below) - Arola, Finnish, vintage, thrifted; last worn here in November

I love this bright orange sweater dress - so comfy. 
I layered a red vintage slip under this for extra warmth. 

You can see a bit of it peeking out at the top of the slit. 
We had a yummy brunch, then L and I grocery shopped. 

I also had a 3-minute browse in the Beacon Ave Thrift Shop before we were seated.
I may have found a few things - all for me! 

Outerwear - it wasn't too cold out, so I wore a lighter piece.
I will always seize the opportunity to wear one of my capes. 

No hands! 
I felt very classy in this. 

I'm on my second cup of coffee - now I can be nice to people other than L. 

  • Purse - Zara, consignment
  • Scarf - Pierre Balmain, vintage 80s, from Mom via Andrea Z
  • Gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff: 
I didn't do much walking, so I was fine with this heel. Such killer boots - all those studs! 

Silver bling: 
Nick noticed I was wearing Karen's cuff. 

  • Belt - Mudd, vintage 90s, thrifted
  • Silver grape leaves cuff - Karen's
  • Chain cuff - consignment
  • Silver earrings - Brenda Schoenfeld, 1992, vintage mall
  • Silver/onyx ring - Tocara, vintage fair
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower

Here's what I found in my few minutes in the thrift shop. 
"Lace" by Shirley Conran - I haven't read this since 1983 when I spent the summer tanning at the beach (Elk Lake) with my bestie Janet in our bikinis. We used to read the naughty parts to each other - scandalous! 

So very 80s. 
L read this out to our server at John's Place - she was highly amused. I paid 25 cents for this. 

I spotted this Boston Bruins hockey jersey right away. 
It seemed very small for a L/XL - I suspect it's a child's size, as jerseys are usually hugely oversized. 

Looks like it's from 2012, which is the year after the Bruins won the Stanley Cup (remember the Vancouver riots? we watched them live! scary!). 
The previous owner was not much of a fan if they donated it. Part-time supporter!  

I know these jerseys, even a cheaply-made one like this, sell for $89.00+. 
This was only $16.00 - a bargain. And, if I ever attend a Bruins game with L, I'll have my own jersey to wear - it fits me perfectly. 

The quality of this skirt stood out on the racks of dross. 
I love long pencil skirts - they remind me of the 40s movie stars. this is a pretty cream, caramel and black plaid. 

Looks like it's from 2017. 
Not very old at all. 

It's by Liz Claiborne, and was $16.50. The fabric is woven, not printed.
And although it's fully-lined in a lovely green, you can see by the sewing around the zipper that it's not super-great quality. It was $16.50 which seemed okay - and it fits nicely. 

I had a quick peek in the jewelry case while L hurried me - "We've been seated!"
I spotted these silver and turquoise earrings. Must have them! 

I think the stones are real turquoise - I can see inclusions and they feel like stone, not glass, plastic or synthetic.
I like seeing that "Sterling" - they were $15.00. 

After I put away the groceries, I did a test-run for my evening's outfits. Way back in the summer, I cajoled Cat/Ross, Yvonne/Randall and L into going to see the Wonderheads' production of "A Christmas Carol" at the Belfry Theatre (link here 'cause I love - as always - and enjoy a taste of it here, scroll down to see a video). 

We'd planned our evening - including dinner beforehand and a party at our house after the show - for two weekends ago...when both L and I caught Covid. I'm so grateful that the Belfry was able to move our tickets for us to this weekend, and that we were able to secure a new dinner reservation - although we ended up at Christie's Pub instead of the Fernwood Inn. 

Here's what I wore to dinner and the show. 
I had saved this velvet dress for the holiday season (I bought it in July!), and I loved wearing it. 

  • Dress  - Talbots, consignment; purchased here for $70.00
  • Boots - Original Sabado, Fluevog; last worn here (3rd outfit) for Book Club in November
  • Coat (below) - Denny Rose, consignment; last seen here in December 2022 for a Mom-Day at Beacon Hill Park

Knowing we'd be walking to the pub, then through Fernwood to the Belfry Theatre, and then back to our house, I layered to stay warm. 
I have on fishnet tights, plus wee shorts. 

It doesn't look very classy, but this vintage red nylon camisole helped keep me warm. 
That thick silk velvet scarf has been with me for close to 25 years. 

I bought it when I worked at Fairweather in 1999. I think it was around $19.99 then. 
I wore it like this over my shoulders whenever I had my coat off (at dinner, during the show). It covered my arms nicely. 

Outerwear - all done up and ready to roll! 
Oops, a little blurry. I was excited! Let's go! 

Nice and festive. 

  • Leather purse - Bruno Magli, vintage 80s, consignment
  • Silk velvet scarf - Fairweather, vintage 90s 
  • Leather gloves - Roeckl, consignment
  • Beret - Parkhurst, consignment
  • Brooch - Eaton's, c. 1998

The stuff: 
Awesome boots for all that walking. 

  • Spiral brooch - Sarah Coventry, vintage, vintage fair
  • Round brooch (as above)
  • Leather/steel cuff - Rimanchik
  • Fang bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
  • Jet necklace - vintage 50s, Grandma J's
  • Rose earrings - Betsey Johnson, swap from Cat
  • Anneke & Lars ring - vintage mall
  • Silver/onyx ring - consignment
  • Silver/onyx ring - Tocara, vintage fair

Oops, I put it all away and forgot to take a pic of the bling. 

We had a lovely stroll in a light fog to Christie's, then ambled through the Fern-'hood to the theatre, enjoying all the holiday lights. I gifted the Belfry box office staff a box of chocolates to thank them for all their rearranging for this show and during the past season. The show itself was amazing - the puppetry was very cleverly done (the masks were works of art), and the actors/puppeteers were able to convey so much emotion through body language. 

After the show, we meandered back to our house and hung out, dancing and eating till the wee hours.  

I changed into this stretchier black velvet dress when we got home, another one that's been languishing in my closet, waiting for me to wear it. 
Although I posed in my boots, I took them off later in the evening and wore socks. 

  • Dress - 'S Max Mara, thrifted; purchased here in June (!) for $29.99
  • Boots - Original Sabado, Fluevog

The dress has a very deep front V, and requires a layer. 
Hey, I still have that vintage cami on - it'll do! 

I love the big pockets. 
Like the V, sleeve trim and hem, they are a stretch satin. 

It's a super-comfy dress, good for dancing, chilling on the couch and giving my friends tours of my Christmas decorations. 
It was such a good time. Kudos, cheers and thanks to my friends, who went along with my "wacky in August" idea. Building memories is the best. 

L looked very handsome in his velvet tux jacket. 
That's a Guess blazer, I believe, plus a thrifted vest and vintage shirt (with thrifted, vintage cufflinks), consignment plaid trousers, and an awesome pair of Fluevogs. The bow-tie is also thrifted. 

Aren't we a good-looking couple? 
"You don't have enough of ME in this post."

I discovered a photo-bomber when I uploaded these pics! 

I hope you all had a stellar weekend, full of good times, merry and bright. Thank you so much for dropping by! 


  1. I love these outfits Sheila, particularly the one you wore to the theatre - totally my jam. Glad to hear you are feeling yourself again. Uggh, I had covid 3 times and the last one was the worst with long term effects. Lise

  2. What a fabulous weekend! And you sure are a very handsome couple! But I LOVE the first outfit! Actually I love it so much that I'm going to look for pink Converse and a pink shirt too try to copy that look! Fabulous!

  3. So glad to hear you've got your energy back!
    I had to laugh at Vizzini climbing Pillow Mountain to get what he wanted. Bess loves sleeping on one of us, but I don't think I'll tell her about the heated throws :-)
    Saturday's brunch outfit made me swoon: that orange dress is fantastic, and so is that Arola cape. Note to self: must wear my Arola skirt soon!
    And yes, you ARE a good-looking couple! xxx

  4. Hi Sheila,
    Welcome back to your self and energy and enjoying a super weekend! As for Vizzini, just have to note that…ahem…it looks more like L fell asleep on Viz rather than the other way around. ;)

    You and L are definitely a handsome couple and I appreciate how you both enjoy dressing. Reminds me of my Aunt and Uncle, who always coordinated their “going out” outfits. I find it both sweet and romantic. :)

    I love your bright orange sweater dress! Cozy, comfy, colorful and flattering, what more could you ask of a dress! The red and black velvet dress seems surprisingly versatile; I’m imagining it with heels and one of your stunning hats being worn to a night at the art museum. Finally, your black dress, oh yuh, perfect for moving and grooving!

    I am now going to check out the video for “A Christmas Carol.” Our son and his family who live in Brussels attended a live presentation of the same story and the venue was the small, very old church in their commune. He said that it gave them all a positive feeling and felt so different and more satisfying than had they attended a movie. I wonder if it’s about the need for human connection and interaction…

    Here’s to this coming week and the long holiday weekend!
    Cheers, Laurie

    1. PS Wow, the Wonderheads production looks like it was magical! That’s my cup of tea, seeing a live highly creative performance, especially of a classic story.

      PPS The turquoise silver earrings are vibrant and I am looking forward to seeing them worn!

  5. You are a fabulous couple and look amazing in that last photo. Like Ann, I'm loving that brunch outfit (I don't think I've ever used the word "brunch" before!) That orange dress is just so cheerful.
    Vizzini is such a little scamp. William's new trick if I don't get up immediately to feed him is to climb up the headboard and walk across it like he's a tightrope walker, it never fails to get me out of bed!
    Lace made me laugh, I remember flicking through my mum's copy yo get to the naughty bits. Turquoise is my birthstone so obviously I love those earrings! xxx

  6. You certainly are a good looking couple and I loved the matching velvet outfits. 2 velvet dresses in the same day - how very extravagant of you! I was amazed at how much good stuff you found in the 3 minutes you had in the charity shop; such a pro you are. I loved your cape, the Coach boots and the orange sweater dress in particular. I wish I could find a colourful sweater dress; so far they've all been black, navy or grey.

    I would loved to have seen that production of 'A Christmas Carol' - the video looked amazing.

    Vizzini certainly likes his home comforts...

  7. Love all your outfits.. you are a genius when it comes to styling.

  8. You look amazing together!!!! I love L#'s beautiful blazer!
    I have to say though, I had to ignore all the gorgeous outfits in favour of the ADORABLE photo of Vizzini and his living bed!!!xx


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