Sunday, September 13, 2015

That Ol' Black ( And Red & Gray) Magic Has Me In Its Spell

There's a nip in the air, the kids are back in school, and when you work at an university this time of year is a killer.  I have been sooooo tired,  which mean this week's post is short and sweet.

As the weather gets cooler, I start reaching for the black, grey and red items in my wardrobe more often.  It's a colour combination that I like and feel good wearing - the red pops against the other two colours and relieves the potential gloom and doom vibe of an all black or gray outfit.  I found this skirt at Silk Road, the thrift store in my neighbourhood that I mentioned in my previous post.  I think it was $4, and I have got more than my money's worth out of it.  

It's made of cotton and has silver sequins sewn onto the pattern.  I love the fullness of a circle skirt, and I wore a crinoline underneath to add extra floof.   I have the Fly London shoes in black and red and they are soooo comfortable, and I love the 1940's style ankle strap and peep toe.

The skirt has a super-high twirlability factor (very important)

It was grey and chilly on Saturday so I dug out some of my cozy stuff, including the marvelous shirt that Melanie made for me last year.  These super comfy pants I got at From Mars are the closest I come to wearing sweatpants.

I may have been trying some sort of Charlie Chaplin-esque move here, and fortunately, Heather snapped the photo before I fell into the wall.

I have been trying to be very, very good and not do any thrift shopping until I finish a serious wardrobe purge, but this little shawl-collared incorporated my three fave fall/winter colours, fit really well and was under $10, so it came home with me from Value Village where I went only to look for a couple of books....really I did.

13 comments:

  1. I love all this black and white and red all over - such fab looks. That skirt especially rings my bells - is it vintage, do you think?

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  2. I love that circle skirt and the way you've styled it. I wish I could see the sequins but I trust how beautiful they look. And the monster super-model shirt. I looove that shirt and I'm so glad you like it. Such fun to make too, knowing how much fun it would be to wear. Thanks for the shout-out!
    I hope that you are not getting too burned out from work. But soon you will Escape to NY! hahaha! It somehow puts all the sweat into perspective, at least from here. Hugs.
    Finally, I am so happy that you are getting big recognition on Instagram!! You absolutely deserve it!!!

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  3. I like the first outfit, but looove the second! Love the little hat, those pants, that vest and that shiiiirt!! Xo Jazzy Jack

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  4. I used to have that skirt in green, I'm sad I passed it on now, it rocks on you! xxx

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  5. How do you do it? Look so fabulous, absolutely. From one ensemble to the complete opposite of the other one. And of course you had to get the red, black and gray book, I mean, jacket. Your name was all over it. ooo, wait a minute, my eye just traveled over to 'fuck you, netflix.' Must investigate now.

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  6. It may be a short post, but it's packed with quality!

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  7. Of course you had to snap up that little jacket, it's the perfect fit for your autumn/winter colour palette! You always look so cool in red, black and grey, Shelley, it's clearly a combination that makes you feel great. That skirt is beautifully dramatic, and. I love the t-shirt from Mel. xxx

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  8. Short, sweet but with impact. Your color combination is a favorite of mine too, and I love the twirling skirt.

    I adore the shirt from Melanie, and I too am thrilled that you are getting well deserved recognition on Instagram. Your gallery is amazing!

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  9. I love both outfits. And I love black and white with red. Or blue and white with red. My savings have gone down so drastically that I foresee a disaster. The trip to Vancouver unexpectedly cost me more than calculated as I lost my reading glasses (perscription) in the plane. And there was another thing which cost me a lot of money but I surpressed it. Anyway.... with red and bottle or moss green finally in the stores my bank account is going to suffer even more. I love those two colours and they were never available. Now that they are, I will and I shall have them.
    Gosh I can go on about myself. Sorry Shelley.
    Back to your outfits. The skirt is terrific. And even with sequins sewn onto it? You should have a look at the Etsy shop of Madame Hall. She does lovely wide skirts. Pricewise you are better off thrifting. Ydou knew that already.
    The relaxed trouser outfit is just right. You nailed the look. I was surprised to read the shirt was made by Melanie. But why did it surprise me? I have a lovely one by her hand as well. Perhaps because I have never seen the drawing before. But it is terrific.
    Greetje

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  10. Did you see the interview with Dayle on 40+Style? She is wearing your favourite shoes in all colours.
    Greetje

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