Monday, February 5, 2024

Two-Fer: Saturday Dinner Mini and Monday Slytherin Greens, and a Dots Shop

Bonus content! You get two (2) outfits in one post, Gentle Reader! I actually did wear an outfit over the weekend, but I thought I'd keep the VFF Gala Piratry (here, in case you missed it) separate. 

L and I went out to the Fernwood Inn for dinner on Saturday night - he's feeling much better, thank you all for your good wishes - and I always dress for our dates. 
A couple of things I haven't worn for a while. I feel like I should wear this sweater more than I do! 

  • Sweater - J. Crew, thrifted; last seen here in November 2022 for a Mom-Day in Sidney
  • Skirt - Ann Taylor, thrifted; last worn here in February 2023 with these same boots
  • Boots - Prepare 2.0 Map, Fluevog; last seen here in April 2023 with a mod cocoon
  • Coat (below) - Halston, vintage 70s, consignment, Sidney; last worn here in December 2023

I was photobombed by my entire household as I did my pics. 
"I am feeling rather peckish."

L's in a gorgeous vintage suede jacket I thrifted for him. Vizzini's in his tux. 

I'm done with this skirt - it's tricky to style. 
"Unlike my tuxedo."

I'm feeling like a drastic overhaul of my closet is in order - I've been culling a lot of things lately and thinking about how I really want to dress at this point in my life. 
"Whereas a tux never goes out of style."

He's got a point! I'm not about to go to a limited colour palette but I do want to reduce the clothes I have and only have a closet full of exciting things that all go together and feel like me. 

This coat is going nowhere. I am both hasty and slow when I "un-closet" things. 
They go into the giveaway/consignment pile, but that only gets dispersed every 6-8 months or so. No regrets! 

I was snuggly warm on our brief stroll to the pub and back. 
We hung out and played board games all evening, and then fell asleep on the couch. 

Love these colours. 

  • Gloves - Parkhurst
  • Silk scarf - Jay Sutton, vintage, vintage shop

The stuff: 
I adore these boots (and my feet still like them), but all that lacing is a commitment - and I have to be careful with the soft leather laces or they might snap. 

Orange bling: 
I also cull my jewelry and accessories on a regular basis. 

  • Eelskin bangle - fake Gucci, c. 1987, gift from Mom and Dad, Italy
  • Necklace - Plum
  • Amber/silver bracelet - consignment
  • Spinner ring - Twang & Pearl
  • Amber ring - c. 1996
  • Silver/amber thumb ring - consignment
  • Earrings - Plum

No point in keeping things I don't wear. 

I spent the rest of the weekend in my loungewear, nothing exciting to see there! Monday's office outfit was based around two new-to-me accessories. 
It was a good opportunity to feature one of the stars of my closet - this gorgeous Desigual coat from 2011. 

  • Coat - Desigual; last worn here in November 2022 for a Mom-Day along Westsong Walkway
  • Blouse - Nygard Black Label, consignment; last seen here in December 2023 with an orange pleather suit
  • Skirt - Danier, thrifted; last worn here in November 2023 with mustard murmurations
  • Shoes - Chanii B; last seen here in November 2023 in a Boss Lady mix

I bought it to celebrate getting the job I currently still have. 
I always get tons of comments on it and today was no exception. 

A surprise on the back! 
Aliens? Spores? Weird plants? I don't know. 

And a peacock on my chest! 

Without the coat, which I took off when I arrived at my desk, after storming up the stairs. Good cardio! 
A boring underlayer, but it lets the coat shine. 

I like this green shirt - a floofy bow is always welcome. 
The black fabric and leather skirt is Peak Black Pencil Skirt. 

All done up - ta-dah! 
My former colleague, Su, dropped by to return her access card, and exclaimed, "You're Slytherin green!"

I do like snake jewelry, does that count? 
I added one brooch to the lapel of the coat (not a snake). 

I loved how well this new-to-me scarf worked with my copper jewelry - it's like it was made for it!

  • Silk scarf - Banana Republic, consignment; purchased here for $20.00
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff: 
These poor shoes are getting battered but my feet still like them too.

Copper bling: 
And one glittery scarab.

  • Copper/turquoise cuff - Bell Trading Post, vintage 50s, consignment, Powell River
  • Mesh copper bracelet - Renoir, vintage 50s, vintage fair
  • Brooch - thrifted
  • Scarab ring - Heidi Daus, vintage mall, gift from L
  • Large copper ring - consignment
  • Small copper/turquoise ring - vintage 50s, Grandma J's
  • Earrings - WM Wheeler & Co., vintage 60s, thrifted; purchased here for $7.95

I popped into Dots on the way home to look for a late Christmas gift for my mother-in-law. Of course, I ended up finding something for myself. 
I love the colour of this pink sweater-dress. There's such a sea of synthetics that a nice soft knit like this stuck out. 

I probably won't wear the belt, but it's cute - I could find a use for that. 
It's by B. Young. 
And it's made from recycled fibres. 
It was marked down to $29.99 from $49.99, and you can see the regular retail price would have been around $125.00. 

I also grabbed some gold dotted tights. 
They were $1.95 a pair.
Regular price $12.95. 

I found this lounge set for Louise. 
It's a very soft velour, with a simple pullover top, and elastic waist/cuff pants - with pockets! 

They're by Catherine Malandrino.
Each piece was $9.99 on clearance. I know Louise will enjoy wearing this. 


  1. Love your scarfe Shiela! And it's always nice to do a wardrobe cleanup/edit. X

  2. I'm very pleased to hear that L is feeling better! Loving the photo with you and the two photobombers and I'm always excited to see our pendant pop up when you wear your copper jewellery.
    That Desigual coat was a great reward for landing your new job, anything with a peacock gets the thumbs up from me.
    Your wardrobe reassessment sounds very wise. It's great that you keep your giveaway pile for a while so you can rescue stuff if needs be. xxx

  3. Three cheers for L feeling well enough to go out to dinner! You have the BEST photo bombers. :) Pruning a closet and refining a wardrobe is soooo satisfying! For me I’ve noticed when there is less in the closet it becomes much easier to discern which pieces tend to be worn a lot and which are barely worn.

    As usual, I love your copper jewelry and the Desigual coat! I like your perfect black pencil skirt more and more with each wearing and am going to scroll back in time through your posts and then then see if there is a pre-loved one available somewhere on the web. The pink dress looks like it will be a jammy dress of delight, the tights fun to wear, and Louise will soon have a perfect lounge set coming her way.

    Here’s to a wonderful week!
    Cheers, Laurie

  4. Good to hear L. is feeling better!
    I had to giggle at you being photobombed by your entire household ...
    I'm loving the skirt's pattern but I'm hearing you on it not being easy to style. I'm also hearing you on the wardrobe purge, and should really do the same, but unfortunately getting rid of things is not my forte. Too many things tend to worm their way back into my wardrobe, and if I take them to the charity shop right away, I often have regrets ...
    Your Desigual coat is a true work of art, and your new-to-you scarf is absolutely perfect with it.
    And I can't wait to see you styling that pink dress! xxx

  5. What a lovely weekend outfit. The boots and tights make it for me.

  6. I'm with you on the wardrobe reassessment. I have too many items that just aren't seeing the light of day or as you say, are tricky to style.
    The peacock coat and that pretty sweater dress will hopefully be keepers though! x

  7. The orange and cream skirt as such is nice but I agree, it is tricky to style. The green ensemble with the coat appeals more to me.


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