Saturday, 7 June 2014

I Went Out and I Wore Stuff

It was a busy week.  Busier than I should probably take on so I am quite tired today, had a lousy sleep last night and am sitting on the sofa feeling like I have a hang over but I didn't even get to enjoy the booze.  I did have fun though and there was a little bit of red wine involved in my week.  As most of you know I had a birthday and I survived that trauma.  It was rather delightfully extended because I had a family birthday dinner the night before, went to a poetry night on my actual birthday and then had a lunch out and a bit of shopping with a friend the day after.  Then the day after that I needed to do some running around town to get gift items for a friend I am hoping to see soon.   I asked my mum to take me as it was getting a bit questionable as to whether or not I was pushing my limits.  Today, I'm not questioning it.  I did push.  Oh and did I mention that earlier in the week, Monday I think it was, I was standing and chatting with my ex's girlfriend in a shop downtown and suddenly I had some sort of drop in blood sugar and got all dizzy and could not longer stand up?  Yes, that was loads of fun.  So, I was out every day of the week, three times it involved running around town shopping for things, there was an embarrassing fainting spell, a dinner and a lunch and a few glasses of wine and poetry. Yes that about sums up my week.  So what did I wear?  I'm so glad you asked.

Lately I'm having a bit of a fling with black and white.  It used to be a combination I didn't go near.  It didn't feel like me.  It didn't excite me.  Now I can't leave it alone.  I wore it twice this week, both looks were a bit experimental for me-works in progress perhaps.

You saw this one when I tested it out recently, deciding that although the vest needs to be tailored to fit better, I could still get away with it for a poetry slam in a bistro.  More on the poetry night coming soon.

Yes, I have rather lost my waist here, but it isn't too bad and I quite like this outfit. The vest has a very fine white thread on black fabric which makes it look more charcoal grey from a distance and up close makes it a third pattern added to my mix.

Later in the week I played with black and white again.  I wanted a very casual look so what I actually went out in and what I decided was possibly the best overall look were not the same.


I went out to do some errands dressed like this, including very comfortable shoes.  The skirt probably looks better styled something like this, below, but that was too predictable for my liking.


Colour made an appearance on Tuesday night when I had a birthday dinner at my parents' house.  My hair is still wet in this photo.  I take photos and then remember to add the jewelry or to dry my hair.
 

I also added a little crocheted cardi.  I'm quite crazy about them even though I suspect they are passe.  This whole outfit is thrifted  so I'm quite proud of it. Yes that is a wound on my foot.  No, I have no clue how it got there.


I went casual and mostly second hand (but not cross eyed) for lunch with my dear friend, Sheila.  The textures in this one don't show up well in the photo but the capris are a brown and white pinstripe and I have a crocheted top with a tank layered underneath.   I chickened out of the shoes-heels are about 3" -and put on some flat sandals.  I can't make too many changes at once; I'm already doing stripes, mixed prints and black and white.  

Today, it's jeans and a tee shirt and flopping on the sofa.  I hope your weekend is lovely.  I'm hoping mine is exceedingly uneventful.

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  1. I'm delighted to hear that you have had plenty of pleasant out-and-about activitities to enjoy, Shawna, although it's such a shame that you pay a price for them... Hope balance or restored soon.
    The outfits are great - the layers and textures add funkiness to the monochrome, and I love the navy skirt and print top, beautiful colours. Cool crochet top too. What strikes me about all the outfits is how long and lean you look, you dress your proportions brilliantly well.
    Hope the remainder of your weekend is restful and relaxing. xxx

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  2. Thanks, Curtise. I'm sofa surfing today, reading blogs, and other sedentary things. My brain is not on full power. What a lovely compliment. I never think of myself as long and lean, more like big and clunky so I will try harder to see myself through your eyes. Mostly when I look at those pictures I see the dents in my knees. I must have been kneeling on something prior to those photos. The shorter and fuller skirts is a bit of a new thing for me, or at least something I have not worn since I was about six years old. Now, I would like to place an order to the 24 hour cake delivery place. Oh darn, there isn't one, I forgot.
    xoxo

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  3. Well you have had a busy week ... I personally give you permission to do absolutely nothing for the next couple of days ;0)
    xx

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    1. Thanks Jo! I will make sure I tell anyone who tries to make me do something. "No, Jo says I don't have to!"
      xoxo

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  4. You already know I'm loving the second look, with the tassels of the shirt showing and the asymmetric look! Also the first one is up there, with the boots (yes please!)
    I love the colours in the greeny one with the crocheted jacket. Not at all passé! You are leading the trend. It adds a personal touch. But I've discovered I have a bit of a lean towards knitted and crocheted things!
    Wishing you a fabulously sunny relaxing read on your sofa, with your cat on your lap, and your views gently changing.
    I've been in bed for the last couple of days due to a heart racing/fainting spell at school. That was embarrassing!
    Will think of you lying down with a book or the computer, while I do the same...actually that's exactly what I'm doing now!
    Hello fellow sofa mate, I see you :-)

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  5. I am so in love with the first one I want to wear it every day. LOL The assymmetrical top thing is just a scarf tied around my hips to jazz things up.
    It is just dusk now, but it was a lovely sunny day and I spent most of it on the sofa with the computer and will soon take a book to bed. I had a fainting spell recently too only mine was in a store. Fortunately my mum was with me. I hope you recover soon and are feeling fabulous again. :-)

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  6. Happy Birthday for the other day!! Was it a biggish number? Never be afraid of them, I add them together and move the numbers about until I get a number I like. I was 25 this year remember!! Love all the outfits. I agree with Curtise, you do dress your proportions fabulously well. I am short, or shall I say height challenged, I blame it on my mother.

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    1. Thanks, Sue! It was biggish enough that I won't be reversing it-47. Though I suppose if I say I am 74 people will be quite impressed. I do remember that you turned 25. I think I am 25 in my head.
      I guess I have to blame being tall on my mother. I would like to be three inches shorter.
      xoxo

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  7. I rather like looks 1 and 3, but 3 the most. I like the simplicity of it. Happy birthday again. I'm not sure if you got my greeting on Google+ so I'll offer it again. I fainted two weeks ago while waiting for a ride at Disneyland. I felt fine and then suddenly a drop in pressure, then dizzy and yadda yadda yadda. Woke up in their health center. Started crying because I didn't want to ruin my sons fun. So I rested and they went on more rides.

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    1. For outfit number three I said to myself, What would Glenda wear?
      I'm sorry you had a fainting spell at Disneyland. There can be an awful lot of standing around at Disney and I have difficulties standing for long periods. I'm glad you are better now!
      xoxo

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  8. Sounds like you enjoyed every bit of your time out, except for the fainting spell. Hope you feel a lot better soon. Love the second and Tuesday night's outfits, you look great in them.

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    1. Thanks, Elsie. I felt good in them too.

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  9. what a week you had!
    but it sounds fun with all the socializing going on. i must say that this would exhausting me too.
    your poetry slam outfit don´t need a waist! it´s more cool with the straight lines contrasting the fluffy skirt. b&w #2 is a little bit top heavy in the proportions, but nobody except me will see this ;-)
    the blue dinner number is gorgeous - but you killed its sparkly glamour with the cardi a bit - and the cardi should NOT have the same length like the top, half the skirt down would be perfect. i can be so picky ;-)
    capri look is perfect - fresh yet elegant. did´t need heels, flats add to the coastal chic.....
    enjoy your sofa and the weather my friend!
    xxxxx

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    1. If I actually tried to follow all your rules I would either never be able to leave home or I would have to go about naked. ;-) Number 2 was definitely not quite right and I gave up fiddling with it and just went out. Sometimes I just have to kill the sparkly glamour because that's the kind of woman I am. I can only work with the clothes that exist, Beate, dear. I don't have the skills to crochet extensions onto my cardis-lol. What I really want is a magic wand because I do know in my head exactly what clothing items I want/need but they rarely exist and I do not make clothes. I am too busy painting and getting pastels all over my clothes.
      I am on my second sofa day. I like looking out at my balcony garden with the ocean in the background.
      xoxoxoxo

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    2. not rules - i see pictures of clothes on women like you see paintings - there is a feeling whats great and what needs some work..........
      ....envy your ocean view :-)

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    3. Yes, I do know what you mean and I am teasing. If only I could just take a paintbrush and improve all of my clothes-lol.
      xoxo

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  10. Shawna, I hope you are having plenty of rest!

    I really like the first one - it's fun all by itself, and I think it is you - I can tell you are feeling great in this one! Can't wait your story of the poetry night. That's a nice gift for your birthday!

    I think of a little crochet cardigan for Summer as well. I think they are lovely and timeless, romantic and sexy in a very subtle way.

    Much love and hugses xxx

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    1. I am being just as lazy today as yesterday. I have sat and read and written and had online chats with friends and I pressed the on button on the dishwasher.

      I like the idea of looking lovely and timeless and romantic and sexy in a subtle way!
      xoxoxo

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  11. Hi Shawna, I especially love the colourful top, crochet cardi and the skirt which looks like it has great swooshiness about it.

    Hope you are feeling rested and don't have any more fainting fits. I sometimes suffer from them myself and like to use the old fashioned expression, 'I was having one of my turns', as it then makes me laugh - have you come across that expression? Take care xx

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    1. Yes, I am familiar with that expression both because I am widely read in early and mid-century English novels, and because my grandparents came from 1940s England. LOL They didn't quite leave it behind as they lived out a few more decades in Canada. In fact I am so indoctrinated with old fashioned English books I grew up reading Little Grey Rabbit and have never met anyone who knows what I am talking about when I mention it. I am guessing you will.
      Thank you, I am doing better now.
      xoxoxo

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  12. Glad to hear that the birthday meant lots of socialising opportunities and chances to dress up. The monochrome is dramatic and fabulous and the blue tones work brilliantly.
    Hope you're getting plenty of rest now! xxx

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    1. Thanks, Vix. I am now a sofa surfing expert!
      xoxo

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  13. Eeek on the fainting spell! I'm glad you're not hurt. I knew someone that broke their nose like that.

    I love the second last outfit with all the colour the best. I am a colour junkie though.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I knew it was coming on so I was able to bend my knees and drop to the floor but if I had pitched forewards I would have hit my head on a wheel chair (not going to bother to explain that one) LOL okay that sounds odd.

      I am a colour junkie too but I am having these weird aberrations where I suddenly love black and white. Maybe I actually did hit my head. ;-)
      xoxo

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