Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Two-Fer Spring Outfits: Dune 2 in Casual Plaid, and Yellow and Zebra Armour

The first outfit of my spring/summer closet season is...TWO outfits! It's a two-fer! We went to see "Dune 2" last night at the last minute, and I had to make an effort to be presentable in public - and that was a LONG movie, so I needed to be ultra-comfortable. We got home late, so rolling my casual outfit into my back-to-work-after-a-long-weekend outfit. 

I was limping around and moaning most of Monday as my hamstrings, lower back and neck all seized up in protest at my 6-hour closet swap-over marathon. 
So a very easy outfit - a stretchy turtleneck, a velvet oversized shirt, and a pair of snake-print shiny leggings. 

  • Velvet shirt - J. Jill, thrifted; first worn here in January half-tucked into tweed
  • Turtleneck - Jacob, thrifted; last seen here in February under a pink layer
  • Leggings - Zara, consignment; purchased here for $12.00
  • Sneakers - L'intervalle, consignment; last worn here in March with orange pleather
  • Coat (below) - L'Atiste, consignment, Vancouver; last worn here in June 2023

This is very much pushing the loungewear envelope for me.
"Hey, don't forget to feed me!"

I as snuggly and in soft textile heaven with the silk velvet shirt. 
The leggings were fine - they're leggings. 

Nice drape on the shirt. 
Only a few fellow diners at Bin 4 Burger Lounge saw me without my coat on. 

Yay, happy to have this "80s Exploded" coat back. 
It has a big glitter cross on one lapel, and some dangly stuff on the opposite chest side. They tend to snag on the coat - there are dozens of little pulls on the arms.

It's woven plaid, lined with a layer of black tulle mesh, which extends past the hems and cuffs. 
Big patch pockets on the sides.

Ready to go! 
This is how most people saw me. I draped my coat over me like a blanket while I reclined in my big padded seat at the theatre. 

I'd forgotten all about my white purse and this classic 80s-patterned scarf. 

  • Purse - Roots, thrifted
  • Scarf - vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Gloves - Danier Leather

The stuff: 
A clerk at the pet treat store admired my sneakers. 

Black and white bling: 
Oh yeah! My black and white bracelets! 

  • Bangle pair - consignment
  • Hexagonal bracelet - vintage 80s, vintage fair
  • Silver/onyx ring - Tocara, vintage fair
  • Silver/obsidian ring - vintage mall, gift from L
  • Silver earrings - gift from Petra
  • Silver chain ring - Mexican, consignment
  • Anneke & Lars silver ring - vintage mall
  • Silver "S" pendant - vintage 90s, gift from Mom & Dad

We met up with Nick, Greg, Rosanna, Katya, Michael and their kids. I always love going to the Capitol 6 - it's classic early 80s architecture. The outside of it looks like a glass cone and the whole building is terra cotta brick. You can see the city outside - a church a couple of office buildings, and an 1890s former hotel. 
I only remember one other carpet before this one! The tree in the centre has been growing since this 6-plex theatre was built in 1981. 

The first movie I ever saw here was "For Your Eyes Only," a Roger Moore James Bond. There was a smaller single-screen theatre on the same spot prior to this - I saw Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie" there when I was a kid. 
This was built as a Famous Players movie theatre, and was hopping all day, every day for decades in downtown. I have probably seen hundreds of movies here! 

The original neon. Aside from paint and carpet, the place has barely changed. During the pandemic, they pivoted to fewer chairs - the aforementioned big cushy adjustable ones - and booked seats. 
They've had several ownership changes, but they keep hanging on. Dune 2 was...good. I missed a proper emotional resolution at the end - it felt too open-ended. Another one? 

The morning came far too soon. I wore lots of colour to distract from my tiredness. Lots of coffee was needed! 
I dove right in and embraced this butterfly and zebra (and roses) blazer. It's zebra armour! 

  • Blazer - Escada by Margaretha Ley, vintage 80s, thrifted, Powell River; last worn here in August 2023 with white jeans
  • Sweater - Studio J, thrifted; first seen here in January with black and red
  • Skirt - Mr. Jax, vintage 80s, thrifted; purchased here for $26.95
  • Shoes - Effortless Bebe, Fluevog; last worn here with black velvet and roses in July 2023
  • Sleeveless coat - Only, thrifted; last seen here in March

I bought it a couple of years ago in Powell River for $15.00 - it was in a dirty, crumpled ball. 
I've coaxed her back to life! Colleague Danya loved seeing it in our Teams call - I waggled my shoulders at her.

I was happy with how well it went with this recently purchased bright yellow wool skirt. 
The colours are perfect. 

The blazer is truly a work of art. Big gold enameled buttons, pockets, that pattern! 
But it's definitely been around the block a few times - hey, haven't we all? 

Without the jacket so you can see how the skirt fits. 
Nice big pockets, although I couldn't access them with the blazer on. 

I wore the teal belt all day and never took the jacket off - secret belt! 
The skirt was clearly shortened - it has terrible finishing inside. I wonder how much longer and fuller it originally was? 

We're not quite in blazer-instead-of-coat weather yet. 
This was just right. My exposed arms kept me from overheating. 

I love this black, white and yellow scarf - depending on how you fold it, it has one colour dominant. 

  • Scarf - vintage, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

The stuff: 
These shoes are getting rather dinged and scratched but I still love them - they're very comfortable. 

Colourful bling: 
I wore both of my new-to-me jewelry finds, and both were excellent. 

  • Belt - Emmanuel, vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Moth pin - vintage fair
  • Bee pin - gift
  • Scarab ring - Heidi Daus, vintage mall, gift from L
  • Flower ring - Sidney
  • Bird eelskin bangle - vintage pop-up; purchased here for $20.00
  • Teal eelskin bangle, vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Earrings - vintage 70s, vintage pop-up; purchased here for $20.00

Did you see the two brooches on my blazer - they were well-camouflaged! 


  1. Thanks for sharing those photos of Capitol 6, Sheila! What a fabulous space. Dune doesn't appeal but Timothee Chalamet does, loved him in The French Dispatch & Wonka!
    Loving the 1980s exploded coat and those trainers look so good on you, chunky but funky (as we say to the cat!) xxx

  2. Your casual outfit looks just perfect for the occasion. Exactly what I would need for being comfortable during such a long movie. I'm notorious for fidgeting in my seat!
    Capitol 6 looks absolutely incredible, by the way!
    Your butterfly and zebra armour outfit is fabulous. I'm loving the zingy yellows in particular, it's wearable sunshine! xxx

  3. The Capitol 6 theatre is one of the most interesting movie theatres I’ve ever seen, thanks for the history and photos. It’s impressive that the owners managed to keep it open and functioning during the pandemic. As for your muscles after the closet swap, just occurred to me that the closet swap is no different from any other “sport;” next time maybe consider a muscle/joint warmup and stretching before, during and after.

    Your back-to-work outfit is spring manifested in clothing! The skirt and top look fabulous on their own, and the blazer is a burst of delightful color and pattern!
    Cheers, Laurie

  4. Capital 6 is an amazing space - that carpet!!
    Dune doesn't really appeal to me. It does sound like a third one is in the offing though from your comment.
    Those trainers are serving you well! x

  5. That's a fab comfy styling.
    I'm convinced that there will be Dune 3. And I think it will tie things up nicely. Everything is leading towards it. For me personally the first part was better then the second, and on overall the TV series is still my favourite adaptation so far.

  6. Love the outfit without the blazer. I know it is a lovely blazer, but you look so good in the skirt with just the black top. The blazer is stealing your moment.


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