Monday, July 21, 2014

Bold as Heck Monday

And let's jump into the deep end with both feet - after all, it's Monday!
This might have been a little bright for work - yes, I wore this to work! - but my company's quarterly meeting was this evening and it was beachy-themed, so I though, "What the heck!"

It's quite the dress, isn't it?
I last wore it here in September 2013 for a Winesday weekend.
I played some Frisbee in this at the event - my coworkers were amused that I was hopping around on the grass in my "heels" and a long dress!

The stuff:
I really don't count these shoes as heels! I last wore them here in June with lame and roses.

Blue bling:
I like how you can see the depth in the glass beads of the earrings there.

Dress (Tori Richard of Honolulu for Andrade of Honolulu), shoes (Enzo Angiolini, consignment), earrings (local), lapis lazuli ring (Wendy Brandes).

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up: Winesday, Vintage-ing and Pink Sparkle

Hello! I hope everyone's been having a fun weekend! I sure have! And I feel like I've barely seen L all weekend, so forgive me but here we go.

Saturday! This is my pre- and post-Ultimate Frisbee game outfit. I take all of this off at the field and get dressed in my workout pants, t-shirt, soccer cleats and a Carolina Panthers ball cap. I even change my classes, and of course, all the jewelry is off.
I do play with make-up on, though. I wear much lighter make-up: cover-up, powder, eyeliner, mascara, a bit of eyeshadow, blush and lip gloss - ha, I guess that is actually quite a bit, but I do it very quickly! I like to put my best foot forward, even during the game!

No stair shot that morning, as the ratty carpeting in the stairwell is getting replaced. How exciting!

This pink top was last seen here with bark in June. I love the cowl neckline - and it actually managed to look good with my sports bra on under it (not always a given).
My parachute skirt is so comfy. I've had it for ages, and I keep stepping on the edges, which cause some of the little seams that gather it to rip, so it's getting even longer. It's only worn on weekends - in fact, the last time I wore it was here in May, when I wore it to Ultimate and to Winesday.

After Ulty, I did a small grocery shop, cleaned the house, showered had a nap and got ready to host Winesday - L headed off for a night with the menfolk. I made white wine sangria, and put on a massive spread of cheeses, and my awesome girlfriends also brought food and wine. We hung out until the wee hours. It was wonderful!

The stuff:
Simple shiny pieces. I quite like these Born shoes. They are like wearing slippers. I last wore them here (2nd outfit) earlier this month with clamdiggers.

Top (Liz Claiborne, thrifted), skirt (Cute Options), shoes (Born, thrifted), necklace (consignment), earrings (real gold, gift from L).

I was good and interspersed water with my wine, so even after a 2am bedtime I was able to drag my butt out of bed and get ready to meet up with Cat and Elaine for a Vintage Fair at Point Ellice House.
Boo-yah! None more orange than that dress.

You can see the sections of the stairs still waiting for carpet. I might have to wait until after work to do a stair shot tomorrow, if the workers are there early.
I would have had a better hairdo, but I ran out of hairspray.

I last wore this crazy dress here in April with silver and turquoise.
I belted it this time, which made it slightly more flattering, but it may be time to pass this craziness on to someone else. It's a novelty dress, and it doesn't do wonderful things for my figure, I know. 

The stuff: 
Another pair of shoes that I don't 100% love but perform a useful function (that of the white walkable shoe) in my wardrobe. The silver insides are starting to come off on my feet when I wear them, but I'll see if I can stretch them until the summer is over. They were last seen here (2nd outfit), in yet another outfit I wore to the Ulty field. Ha, I sense a theme!

Vintage bling: 
I love wearing my mom's belt. 

I actually wore a white cardigan over all of this business, but I was rushing for the bus and forgot to take an outfit shot of it. Fear not, there's another shot of me coming.

Dress (Berkertex, thrifted), belt (vintage 60s, Mom's), shoes (Aerosoles, thrifted), earrings (thrifted). 

Cat, Elaine and I all met up on the bus to go to the Vintage Market on the grounds of Point Ellice House*. 
 *links 'cause I love, of course!
It's an old heritage house filled with the family's Victorian-era belongings. I've done an audio tour in the past, and you can have English tea on the lawns. It's a cool location but it's right in the middle of one of the biggest industrial areas on Victoria's Inner Harbour waterway.

The house:
Many of the roses and the collection in the hollyhock garden are the original plants from the late 19th century.

Overall, it was warm but overcast, so many of the vendors had white tents up in case of rain. We lucked out and it even got sunny for a bit.
 There was a LOT of this repurposed non-vintage housewares stuff. Not really my cup of tea.

I admire the attempt, but yeah...
Really not my taste.

We got there quite early, before it got really crowded.
 The grounds are very pretty, and vendors were set  up all over.
There were huge fava beans growing in this garden.

Around the other side of the house were more booths and tents.
We stayed for about an hour and checked everything out.
It started to get busy and we were getting hungry.

I loved these masses of colourful bouquets.
I made Elaine and Cat pose. We all had orange our outfits!

They insisted I sit next to this bed of nasturtiums.
See? White cardigan.

I really liked the label on this old steamer trunk.
Dr. Troup traveled First Class, and left this trunk in the cargo hold - "Not Wanted on the Voyage".

I meandered away from the crowds to look at the waterfront.
That twisty tree is an arbutus - they are native to this area. That waterway is the Gorge, where I did dragonboating a few years ago (check it out, 2009, yo).

Looking south, to the Bay Street Bridge.
There's a lot of new development, particularly condos going up in this area.

And looking north:
Little "pickle-boats" ferry people around from dock to dock for about the same cost as a cab. Point Ellice House has a dock.

However, caught the bus back to town. Looking towards town.
The Point Hope Shipyards and some very unattractive gravel pits.

Cat is an adventurous woman!
We were having so much fun clowning around that we nearly missed the bus.

We had caesars and mimosas with our delicious breakfast. I am obsessed with this painting in the restaurant.
I am convinced that this painting - and it is a paint-by-numbers, by the way - is the one that hung in our house when I was a kid. Mom, I need to know about this! The painting fascinated me as a kid, and I love seeing it again. The whole restaurant is decorated with a collection of paint-by-numbers pieces.

I did buy one awesome thing at the Vintage Market:
Well, I also bought a 50 cent amber glass but it's not very exciting. This? Exciting!

Let's look at it again:
SO. SPARKLY. I think my heart is going to explode from pink sparkly crystals! I have a clear crystal necklace that belonged to my mother-in-law (rarely worn, last time here, in 2011), but this is The Empress of Crystal Necklaces. And with earrings! I spotted it in a box with some other items, but no price on it. I inquired, and was told...$22.00. That's a bargain! The necklaces sell for around $100.00 - 250.00!

And to have the earrings...
Hurray! They're stamped "Sherman"! I didn't even realize this until we were having lunch! I got a great deal on this set. I can't wait to wear it.

Phew! Well, there you go. My exciting weekend.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sheila's Shoe Shine #6

Shoe Shine is on!
Get your kicks by showing your kicks!
After doing a full week of "Shoes My Husband Hates", it's only appropriate that I feature a pair of shoes that my husband loves - my leopard pony-hair Steve Madden pumps.
Sexy. Leopard. Classic.

These are the perfect leopard pump, and I can see why L likes them. They are a typical "guy" shoe (if I may stereotype, noting that plenty of women love this shape too - me included!) with that stiletto, pointed toe and lovely scooped vamp and sides.

These are one of my few pairs of shoes that are pre-blog. If not the first, they are close to being the first-ever pair of "good" shoes I'd ever owned, meaning they cost more than $40.00. I bought them in October 2006, in the DSW in downtown San Francisco. L and I flew down for a short birthday weekend for me (my 39th); I was midway through losing my 50 lbs. I didn't want to buy any clothes, so I bought these.
I've had the leopard Dr. Scholl's in them since I got them!
I think they were around $70 - okay for Steve Madden. I first wore them here in April 2008 on the blog. They are too high for me to be a regularly-worn shoe (they were last seen here in February), but I do wear them a couple of times a year.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Shoes My Husband Hates: Fringed, Feathers and Fruital

And here we are: Friday, my sweet friend. I've had a couple of pints of cider to send off a now-former coworker (hi, Jessica!), and I'm feeling the happy buzz of the weekend. 

We wrap up this week's fun theme, "Shoes My Husband Hates" and hasn't it been a blast? 
Item of note: L does have his own blog, and he's been doing it as long as I have! He writes random music album reviews, and they are awesome. He's done over 600 CDs, and whether you want to see what he has to say about artists you like, read all of his 5-star reviews, or you want to see him trashing one of my beloved musicals (I will defend my "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat" soundtrack featuring Donny Osmond - I saw him live with my mom! - until I am old and decrepit!). Check him out here!

Ahem. To the outfit! This is my "fruital" (as opposed to floral) blouse, which had the appropriate boho vibe to go with the shoes. I last wore it here in April under a blue dress.
I love an uber-high-waisted skirt! This is a vintage 80s Nicole Miller dark denim pencil skirt that I bought in June 2013 (here) for $28.00.
I like the exposed zipper in the back.

The stuff:
And here we are, the last pair of shoes that L hates. I last wore them here in June with orange and purple. What does L have to say about them?
“A return to form to round out the week, with a pair of shoes I seriously don’t like. These have the full cork heels I disliked on Thursday’s pair, minus the attractive pink colour. Instead we are treated to Saddle Bag Brown (this is an actual paint colour I use to paint saddle bags on miniatures). The fringe is particularly…ugh. I just don’t think footwear should remind you of the flap on a leather case where you keep your extra six-gun ammo and chaw. Love the dress though, as well as the woman wearing it.”
Well, first of all, those shoes were red, not pink, and secondly, that was an old picture I sent him - I'm not wearing a dress today - and finally, thirdly, he's totally right. I actually don't wear these shoes very much, and I have so many other pairs of shoes that I love more that would look great with this outfit. So I'm giving them up. Into the donate pile.

And there was much celebrating! Thank you, L, for being a good sport and for writing such funny review of the shoes you love to hate. You rock, love.

Cat-bait bling:
That belt is really small, but it's weighty.

Those feather earring always cause a stir - they match my hair really well (heh, right down to my newly-exposed white temples!). They are also much desired by Vizzini. He would like to hug them and love them and call them George, and of course that would include eating them. He tried to climb me this morning to get to them.

Blouse (no label, thrifted), skirt (Nicole Miller, vintage 80s, consignment), shoes (Kenneth Cole Reaction, consignment), belt (thrifted), earrings (consignment), lapis lazuli/Fulvia Ring (Wendy Brandes).

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Shoes My Husband Hates: Roses and Checkerboards

It's Thursday, and you know what that means? Friday is one day away! 
I love that some of you 'fessed up to not being fans of the yellow shoes of yesterday's "Shoes My Husband Hates" rant. Hey, if we all liked the same thing, wouldn't that be dull?

I was surprised that L picked these shoes - I didn't realize they fell into the "hate" versus the "meh, they're okay" category for him. We'll see what L has to say about them shortly.
First up, this random vintage dress. I say random because it's got checkerboards and roses, all on this Christmas green background. "It's very math," said one of my coworkers. I last wore it here (2nd outfit) in February with punk-y accessories.
I thought I had worn it with these shoes before (roses and roses! of course!), but no, I have not. I'm on my 4th wear of this dress, though, so its cost-per-wear is now just over $2.00.
"I don't want to be in your picture."
I wore a vivid red vintage slip under this for coverage, and because well, look at that sweet ruffled hem!

The stuff:
I bought these shoes a few years ago for $25.00 at a consignment shop downtown on a dash out during work one day. I've gotten good wear out of them, and they're still going strong. I last wore them here in May with plaid and yellow.

And what does L have to say about them?
“Truth is, these aren't too bad (despite the skewed samples necessary for this week’s theme, I actually love most of Sheila’s shoes). I picked this pair because of the solid heel (it may be fashionable of late, but I don’t like it) and for the big flower plunked down on front (also fashionable, also not for me). I like the colour just fine, although the texture and finish reminds me a bit too much those oversized key chains used by boat owners so that their keys will float if they fall overboard. I wouldn't miss these shoes if they went overboard, but sadly I don’t own a boat. Even if I did, I expect they’d float.”
Well, they do have cork in the wedge! I guess I should watch out if I'm ever on a boat with them.

Red and floral bling:
I pinned the orange fabric rose to the waistline, just above where the belt sits, so that it wouldn't wobble around.

Dress (handmade, vintage 70s, thrifted), shoes (Miz Mooz, consignment), belt/earrings (Plum), cuff (Rimanchik), flower (Le Chateau).

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Shoes My Husband Hates: Mustard Disco Dutch and Cracked Glass

Oh, what an exhausting day! But now it's over...and on to another day of Shoes My Husband Hates.
I have to say, I am really having fun with it. As many of you have cleverly deduced, yes, L likes the classic pointy-toe pumps. I do as well, but I'm an equal opportunity shoe lover. If it's cool, if it rings my bell, I just might give it a shot.

Today's outfit is comfy casual - I just didn't feel like wearing anything fussy, plus we're having a bit of a heat wave here on the west coast of Canada, so unfussy = good.
I just wore this cheapass Forever 21 t-shirt top here (last outfit) on the weekend but I wanted to wear it with this skirt, so here it is again. It is not wearing well, but it's good for a summer's worth of outfits before it moves onto its next home.
The fabulous skirt reminds me of cracked glass or ice, with all the prismatic striations of colour. I last wore it here in June with another top that I got rid of. Hmmm...coincidence?

The stuff:
Oh, great Disco Dutch shoes! How I love thee! I last wore these ultra-comfy shoes here in April with plaid and leather, but I know you're dying to hear what L has to say about them.
I call these bad boys “Dutch Elf Disease” – you know, like the tree blight only more horrifying. When I accepted this challenge, these jaundiced clogs were the first pair of shoes I thought of. They have the same ugly, blocky heel as the turquoise pair from Monday, and like them, feature a gorgeous colour which has been horribly misused. They look like something a demented elf stitched together by hand in some secret faerie land where the worst parts of the seventies never died.
Ha! And just to reassure you all, L really has no say in my footwear (or my clothing, or my hair, for that matter). I like his opinion, but I dress for myself. After all, this is a man who wears an aqua blue satin Miami Dolphins bomber jacket in public. Hee!

Purpley bling:
I quite liked how my Myka jewelry set went with the cracked glass skirt.

Top (Forever 21, consignment), skirt (Club Monaco, thrifted), shoes (Prepare Hi Steady, Fluevog), necklace/bracelet/earrings (Myka, gift from L), cuff (thrifted), lapis lazuli ring (Wendy Brandes).