Tuesday, May 7, 2013

An Orange For All Seasons



Two weeks ago, it was around 5 degrees Celsius...

 We had a retirement reception for a colleague who is much admired and respected by students and   peers alike, and I wanted to wear something fun.

dress - Stella Luna Vintage
Belt - thrifted
Flower brooch - Sarah Misfit
striped tights - Winners
ankle boots - Talize
leopard headpiece - The Style Crone's Studio sale

 A photo from the reception, taken with my friend and colleague, Lili, who has a wardrobe of awesome dresses - the one she's wearing in this photo is one of my favourites.  Thanks to Ella for the photo.

I found these men's Florsheim ankle boots at Talize for $13.  I love the rich caramel colour, and the leather is buttery soft.  I often have better luck with men's shoes for comfort because of the size and shape of my feet, and these are one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes in my closet.


Flash forward to last Friday -  it was 23 degrees


I had to dress for yet another event - orientation for our new group of students.  I'm the first person they meet, so I try to make a good impression...

I had purchased this dress at Jackpot Vintage when they opened their current downtown location, about three months ago, and the weather was finally warm enough for its first outing.  The fabric is some sort of man made stuff - I believe the label says "Tercel" - and I made it through the entire day with no wrinkles.  And I kind of felt like a lady......

......a lady with a much larger rack than usual.  Thumbs up for pleats!

my bracelets came from a clothing swap last summer

22 comments:

  1. That dress is stunning, I'm in love with how gorgeous you look! The funky skirt and tights are fabulous too but honestly, I'm lost for words, you hot minx! xxxx

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  2. I love it all! That first dress is awesome! The colors look great on you, I love the leggings/tights and the boots. You look wonderful!

    xoxo
    Lynn Dylan

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  3. I adore both dreses and theway you've styled them but I must say dress #2's print and style is fantastic--so unusual and flattering!

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  4. the second dress is crazy pretty. What an odd pleated collar/ruffle thingy.

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  5. That second dress is absolutely stunning on you! I'm sure you made a stellar impression. :)

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  6. Ever great looks, Shelley - loving the dresses!

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  7. I nearly jumped on the computer when i saw the thumbnail for this come up in my feed. I LOVE both outfits to bits. The first is so beautifully put together, every detail, every colour, and those boots!! The second dress is gorgeous too, talk about stunning first impressions, you totally nailed it!

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  8. Wow, what spectacular dresses these are! The first one...oh my, the seaming, the colours, with those tights and the boots! Good thing you said you had a leopard headpiece on, because I couldn't take my eyes off that dress.

    But then, the second dress! "Stunning" doesn't even capture it. Absolutely stellar! I love the pleated top detail and it's that perfect "tiki" theme from 1968 in the pattern of the fabric. Love, love love!

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  9. The first dress is great and the second dress is GREAT!!!!
    Becky :)

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  10. Oh, I love both of these outfits, Shelley. The accordion collar is provides a wonderful false front. LOL. The sheath style of the rest of the dress fits you perfectly. In the first look, your tights with those boots and that sassy dress will definitely leave a great impression.

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  11. The pleated dress is such a dream, and you are unique in both ensembles, ahhhhhhh
    XXXXXXXXX

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  12. Hoah and woah! That dress is spectacular! It wiped away all my thoughts on your yummy caramel Florsheins. That dress is a great choice for a fantastic first impression!

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  13. Both of these dresses are pretty bad ass. I honestly don't know which I like better on you, I'm not picking just one:) Orange really looks good on you! I never even thought about trying on men's shoes, hmmmmm.

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  14. love love LOVE that dress! the pleats are the coolest!!

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  15. I love both looks. You look so good in red/orange. That dress is great for those of us "small of chest". :)

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  16. both dresses are awesome, and you look really elegant and gorgeous!, love that geometric patterned dress and also love that spectacularly pleated one, so pretty print!
    besos & orange

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  17. Both these dresses are spectacular, Shelley!
    I love the first one, the funky geometric print and the flirty style... But the second one is completely stunning, the pleated top section and the fitted shape showing off your amazing figure, and the gorgeous colour and print are just wonderful. It's making me a bit breathless! xxxxx

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  18. The leopard headpiece was made for you and it looks fabulous with the artful ensemble that you assembled. Orange is one of my favorite colors, and you did not disappoint. Both dresses are fabulous and your first impression, I'm sure, was a lasting one. Love the pleats!

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  19. That first outfit is so fun and well-coordinated, but that second dress is just amazing! That is unforgettable, and it looks lovely on you!

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  20. Wow! I love that dress! It looks absolutely amazing on. The colour is fantastic on you, in fact all these orange shades suit you. The sap of the dress is something else and you look wonderful! also love those stripey socks!

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  21. Both dresses are brilliant, but you do look like quite the lady in the second one :) Those men's shoes are gorgeous, especially with your stockings and fun dress. You do the striped stocking with a dress so well. Some of us (er, me) would try that and end up looking like Pippi Longstocking :P

    Peace & grace,
    Lynne

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  22. both outfit are brilliant Shelley
    I love the color palette of both outfit!

    Ariane x

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