Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dress Weekend Wrap-Up: Chartreuse and Bugs, Fan of Orange, and Silk with Clogs

What a lovely weekend - and I have yet more to enjoy, as I'm off to play the new Carcassonne with L shortly. I got in a little of everything!
I didn't realize until I was editing my photos that I wore dresses all weekend. I wore this one to the Ultimate field (changed there) and to Floyd's for brunch after with Nick and L.

  • Dress - Cici; last seen here in September 2014 with Friday's yellow shoes
  • Shoes - Born, consignment; last worn here last week with plenty of pink

Chartreuse is such a great colour - I love how gold pops off it.

Linking up to Patti's "Visible Monday" over at Not Dead Yet Style! Are you dead? Not yet? Then get over there! She's looking gorgeous in her long flowing skirt.
The scarf was for hair recovery post-game. This is my first game of the season, and it was a lot of running and sprinting - I get sweaty!

Outerwear for the slightly-overcast morning.
That colour makes my heart sing!

The stuff:
I broke in a new pair of cleats, so needed these ballet flats for comfort after the game. I ripped my socks and clipped one ankle, but no blisters thankfully.

Buggy bling:
It's a bug theme!

  • Scarf - vintage 1997, Smoking Lily
  • Belt - vintage 70s, thrifted
  • Cuff - Catalyst Reaction leather; thrifted
  • Earrings - Erica Wiener

After Ulty and brunch, I set up a little Zentangle station on the deck: 

A big glass of water, my inspirations books, my pens and smudger and an 89 cent fan from Chinatown.

This is what it looked like after 3 hours.
I made this for my friend Alison, who had a birthday last week. I gave it to her last night at Winesday.

I started in the upper left corner, but went from one area to another randomly. I did sketch out the "A" first in pen and coloured it in right away. This helped me balance the whiter areas with some black areas.
These paper fans are cheap paper; sometimes my pen poked through (near the fan's spines), and one of the big filler pens bled a bit, so I had to watch my edges. I was also pressed for time - although this took me 3 hours, I was rushing at the end to get it all shaded.

I like the contrast of the rounded areas with the large filler section of geometric shapes.
That square design was so easy to do - it was one of the last sections I did.

I really liked my Paradox section (the one that looks like a weird triangle). I missed contour shading the bottom section of it, though - that bugs me. I know no one but me would notice that!
The "dangles" section is my favourite - that's the long thin lines and finials and curlicues at the top of the fan. I tried a few dangles in the upper left corner of the fan first, and really liked how it looked - it worked really well as a filler for that top section. A whole fan done in that would be beautiful, wouldn't it? I am excited to try this gain with some different tangles.

Vizzini chilled in the sun with me - it got quite warm out there!
"Must achieve maximum sun saturation."
He was very happy to have us around all afternoon. MANsday was at out house so he enjoyed chillin' with all the guys.
"Leave me be, woman!"
I put my hair up, and dressed comfy.
What's more comfy than a dress? A dress with studded boots.

  • Dress - Land's End, consignment; last seen here in February with Lacroix
  • Top - Majestic, swap from Caro; house attire - no longer tracked
  • Boots - Ash; last worn here (3rd outfit) last weekend to get groceries

No stair pic as my neighbour was out there!

The stuff:
I was running last so cabbed to Yvonne's for Winesday, but I walked home at 2am with 3 other friends. Comfy boots!

  • Orange cuff - thrifted
  • Black cuff - Guess, thrifted
  • Earrings - local


I had a nice sleep-in this morning, and woke up to a gorgeous hot and sunny day.
L and I walked to town, got groceries, had lunch and did a little fun shop (Carcassonne game and some t-shirts from the Patch for L, as well as some CDs, a book and some purple hair dye...hee hee).


  • Dress - Club Monaco, thrifted; last worn here in August 2014 with purple shoes
  • Clogs - Born, consignment; purchased here in November 2014 for $38.95

I'm glad I kept this dress - I love the easy shape of it and the flowy silk - it's so girly to wear.
"I pose too!"
Vizzini was all over me this morning. I sat down and he curled right up in my lap.

I wore a cardigan over the dress for walking around town, and I was warm! What a novelty! Spring is finally really here!
These shoes don't really go with the outfit, I know. I wanted to test-drive them on a small walk for their first wear.

The stuff:
L really hates these. I'll definitely be doing another series of Shoes My Husband Hates this summer. However, they were supremely comfortable. We walked for about an hour and a half total, and not a rubbing anywhere.

  • Earrings - local


I caught Vizzini on the deck early Saturday morning when I first got up.
"Shhh! I'm on undercover duty."
He has the funniest expressions.
"I'm watching you."
I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

13 comments:

  1. I love that you do dresses for the weekend! And these are some wonderful ones. I am awed by your Zentangling - the fan is truly splendid. Thanks for sharing the beauty, and the gorgeous cat, with Visible Monday. xo

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  2. Hi there Sheila! Love the fan you made with all the detail. I bet your friend loved it.
    Your chartreuse dress is stunning and a perfect fit.

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  3. That fan turned out marvellous! Plus so much fun to create a unique gift for someone special.

    I love hat Club Monaco dress! The pattern, colours and fit on you are gorgeous.

    My husband and I also play Carcassonne. I went to the real Carcassonne in France as well.

    Have a great week!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  4. That fan is beautiful Sheila, what a lovely gift! I bet Alison loved it :)

    I think my favourite outfit has to be the one you wore today - I really like the print on that dress and it's very nice with the purple cardigan.

    I was op-shopping again but I didn't have any luck finding nice silk tops - I wonder if I'm not looking in the right opshops. Any tips for that? Or just persistence? I got some nice cotton ones but I really wanted to branch out into silk.

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  5. The fan is beautiful and a very thoughtful gift. I also love the negative-space "A" that emerged. You are so talented, Sheila.
    And I'm in love with the Club Monaco dress, not only for the colour and design but how it must feel absolutely luxurious.
    I do test walks too. I'd love to find some CLOGS!
    You are hardier than I am - I'm still reaching for my tights.

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  6. What pretty dresses. In my next life, I want to come back as your closet.

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  7. Wish I could find more chartreuse - what a great color!

    http://thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com/2015/04/ollie-ollie-in-come-free.html

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  8. Chartreuse is NOT an easy color to wear - but I've come to see that YOU can wear ANY color and make it ROCK!

    What I can't figure out is how you walk in most of the shoes you wear...

    You. Are. Amazing. (Oh....and I ♥ the fan.)

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  9. Beautiful dresses indeed - your green dress is my favourite, specially how you wore it, simple and monochromatic yet you totally pulled it off. It's quite a difficult colour.
    And there is that artistic you again in that fan ! I would never ever have the patience to do this.
    I wonder if you ever tried your art at sewing ?

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  10. A weekend of fabulous frockage - love the chartreuse and the silky print ones the most. The fan looks great, and Vizzini is just an adorably handsome boy! xxx

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  11. The simple chic dresses! love the way you accessorized them!

    Alena & http://garmentsspeech.blogspot.com/

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  12. Marvelous as ever! In envy of your amazing bug jewelry, and your artistic ability. Re: "shoes my husband hates" - I saw a pair of fabulous disco clogs up for sale (not my size, sadly), and was afraid you were letting yours go!

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  13. What a beautiful fan and what a great gift that will make for your friend. I love that last dress on you, the colors and pattern is so pretty on you.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

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