April Showers and Turquoise Powers…

Dressing Your Truth, DYT Type One, DYT Type 1, Turquoise Raincoat

Dressing Your Truth, DYT Type One, DYT Type 1, Turquoise Raincoat
Dressing Your Truth, DYT Type One, DYT Type 1, Turquoise Raincoat
Dressing Your Truth, DYT Type One, DYT Type 1, Turquoise Raincoat
Dressing Your Truth, DYT Type One, DYT Type 1, Turquoise Raincoat

{My DYT Type One Style   Turquoise Raincoat  Jessica, thrifted   
Blue Navy Skirt, Olive & Oak, via Winners, and last seen here
Winter White Knit Top  Jones New York, Signature via Winners 
Shiny Gold Shoes and Clutch, thrifted and last seen here
Pretty Turquoise and Gold Scarf  thrifted}

Hi everyone!  Happy Monday.  It was a soggy week here in Vancouver.  I live in a rain forest minus the forest.  Despite all the rain, we managed to snap these outfit photos with nary a raindrop.  And to put a positive spin on things, April showers will bring May flowers.The highlight of my weekend was seeing the musical production of Billy Elliott.   It was an endearing show, and the young talent was really to be commended.  The mister and I went to an afternoon matinee, and I observed that the standard of dress was, for the most part, pretty casual.  I would love to see more people dressing up for the theater.    I almost wore my pretty sequin skirt, but decided it might be unsuitable for sitting in for a long period of time. I didn’t want to leave a trail of sequins behind.  The knit top and skirt I chose was extremely comfortable, yet I still felt it was at least a little special.  Tell me please, do you like to dress up for the theater or for dinner?  After the show, we had a very nice dinner out at a local restaurant, Chambar, Belgian, and known for their mussels, pomme frites, and large selection of beers.  Oh yum!  Between Belgian waffles, french fries and beer…well let’s just say I could very happily immerse myself in all things Belgian.  While at dinner, I found myself taking a little trip down memory lane.  There were a number of children at Billy Elliott, and I distinctly remember the very first live play that I saw. It was Jesus Christ Superstar.  My Nana took me and my brother to a matinee at The Stanley Theatre in Vancouver.  Prior to the play, we stopped at a local bakery for still warm gingerbread men, and from the moment the play began, I was mesmerized.  The second play I remember seeing was Anne of Green Gables.  It was at the Queen Elizabeth Theater, where we were today.  It was a school trip, and we were in the very last row of seats in the upper balcony.  You could barely make out Anne on the stage, but it was magical just the same.  Oh yes, those two experiences are etched in my memory bank, and I remember participating in many a school play with great enthusiasm, probably a result of that early exposure to the arts.  By high school, my attentions were elsewhere…acting as a profession did not seem a possibility.  Had someone told me back in the seventies, that Vancouver would be the successful Hollywood North that it is now, I may have reconsidered my path.  Vancouver has a very active film and television industry today.

Okay, enough chat…in these photos I am wearing the outfit that I wore to see Billy Elliott.  As I mentioned, we get more than our fair share of rain around here, and this turquoise raincoat has the power to brighten up the gloomiest of days.  I  did take a larger handbag with me to the city; this little clutch is fine for kleenex and a tube of lippie, but when I’m heading downtown for the day, I go prepared.  A bottle of water, an umbrella, a snack, not to mention the usual necessities, make a larger handbag a necessity.

Thank you to everyone that took the time to read my interview with Franziska, at Franish: Behind the Blog.  It was really touching to read your very kind comments!  Thank you!

Linking up with:

Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday.
Shana of Colorblind for Thrifters Anonymous


  • Reply Flo April 8, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Love the outfit, you definitely look prepared for rainy spring weather! One of my all time favorite TV shows (Wiseguy) was filmed in Vancouver.

  • Reply Mrs C April 8, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Sounds like a nice outing! The color of the trench is stunning with a surprising contrast when unbutton!


  • Reply sabine April 8, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Turquoise actually is the right color to defend grey, rainy days. The color is perfect for you, it makes your eyes shining. Or was it the enchanted performance that make you look so happy. I see you had a perfect day.
    When I go to the theatre (not so often) I like to dress me up and I also like Mr. U doing the same. At least wearing a skirt instead of a tee.
    When we go out for dinner it depends on the location, when we go to a pizzeria no, when we go to a restaurant mostly yes.
    I hope you are right and May will come with tons of flowers.

  • Reply Grunge Queen April 8, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Sue, turquoise is definitely a lovely colour on you! I love the trench, and the gold accessories are perfect (though I am with you: small purses or clutches are pretty hard to work with, for me at least). Sounds like you had a fun outing. I saw Anne of Green Gables when I was young too and shall never forget it. (Then I became addicted to the min-series with Meagan Follows). Your photos are pure magic – is that the sun or the moon, or just a light, in the background? xoxo

  • Reply Carley Lee April 8, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Sue, you look stunning!
    I'm all about dressing up for theatre (and dinner!) – it's part of the experience, if you ask me 🙂
    I'm glad you were able to escape the rain to snap a few photos to share with us!
    I love your writing, and the memories you shared today – there's something so special about live theatre.
    Have a beautiful day! (It's sunny over here on the Island – I hope the sun is shining over you, too!)

  • Reply Style Sud-Est April 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Sue!

    I dress up all the time!
    I will say like you, too bad people don't dress up at all, it's a shame with the so many options we have!
    You look lovely in your blue coat such pretty colors for you


  • Reply A Matchy Matchy Midlife April 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Great theater outfit Sue. I agree that the trend toward casual dress has even gone to the theatre and am sad to see it happen. I went to the ballet over the holidays and was stunned to see both men and women in jeans…JEANS to the ballet, really?? I say make an effort, theatre is an event and should be treated as such. Just MHO!!


  • Reply Anonymous April 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    this apple fell a long way from the tree and I am so proud it did!!!!

  • Reply Val Sparkle April 8, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Such a pretty bright coat! I bet just wearing that puts you in a good mood. I like to dress up a bit when we go out – we don't go out much, so it's really special when we do. Glad you enjoyed such a fun show. With all the dancing, I'm sure it was great to see!

  • Reply trina April 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Of course you would find a bright and fun trench coat, I do believe it was made just for Sue in mind. You look wonderful, as usual. I'm really loving those pointy gold flats. I have to laugh because I too love a cute clutch but I always stick a larger one in the trunk as well (mainly for my water and snacks). What a fun afternoon you had, this brought back lots of memories.

  • Reply Lisa April 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Such a gorgeous scarf!

  • Reply Jessica April 9, 2013 at 3:20 am

    A turquoise coat is the perfect way to beat rainy day blues. I love it!

  • Reply Emalina April 9, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Looking so beautiful in that gorgeous blue trench, against that dreamy landscape my dear! A lovely outfit tp brighten up the gloomiest of days.

  • Reply Annie April 9, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Warm gingerbread men? That sounds amazing! That blue coat looks so pretty on you Sue 🙂

    The Other Side of Gray

  • Reply shopwithpippa.com April 9, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I wanna STEAL that coat right off you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE it! Fabulous color and sooooo perfect for the NW this time of the dreary year (I lived in Oregon 33 years!)
    Be bright … Be happy!!!!!!!!!!! pippa

  • Reply Giovanna April 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Cute look! Loving that raincoat! The color is great!


  • Reply Renae at simple sequins April 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    hey Sue! Nice ensemble and great color on you.

  • Reply The Style Crone April 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I love the blue! I'm sure that you turned heads at the theatre and everywhere you went in your stylish trench. I get dressed up to go to the grocery store, so I'm with you on that page. It's fun and we can always have more of that. Off to read your interview!

  • Reply Crystal Hammon April 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Love the blue trench… and your photos are just awesoome. Yes, yes, yes, I love dressing up for concerts! It's like the only we excuse we have anymore. We went through this terrible phase in the 1990s and early 2000s where people didn't dress up for ANYthing. And there I was, fit enough to wear my clothes well, and wanting to—but I always had to worry about being overdressed. As a result, I often didn't dress up as often as I wanted. At this point in life, I'm in the “Who Cares” mode. If that's what I want to wear, I wear it. I'm not trying to impress anyone. If I could say one thing to younger women, it would be, “Wear it while you can rock it.” My only regrets in life are the things I could have worn and didn't. Life is so doggone short that we have to make the most of everything! You keep me inspired with every post. Thank you!

  • Reply Jean at www.drossintogold.com April 9, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    As I scrolled down the pictures thinking how great you looked, I got to the shot where your coat is off and you're holding the lovely bag in front of you. That picture is GORGEOUS!! The lighting is perfect and I love how the horizon is almost turquoise like your coat.

    Dressing up is sadly underrated these days, but someone has to do it, right? Glad to see you shining!!!

  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen April 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Lest you ever doubt how really beautiful you are, keep these pictures and look at them as needed. Jean is right (as usual.)
    Turquoise and gold are among my very favorite colors together, and you wear them so well … such clean combos. Lovely.

    I saw a lot of live theater growing up in San Diego. But saw “Sunday in the Park with George” (Sondheim, about Seurat!) and Sally Struthers and Rita Moreno as the female “Odd Couple” when we were in New York, years ago. Mostly live music and opera in Seattle, but nothing since we moved here. Everything is only on Friday or Saturday, and we can't get away from the restaurant. Sadly, there are no Sunday afternoon events from our closest symphony. Might interfere with church … or, God forbid, football or basketball. Same thing, here. Urk.
    And yes, people should dress up for the theater. Always.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I remember Wiseguy, sheesh that's going back in time. Some of the scenes were filmed in my neighbourhood. The food truck would park out front of my apartment building. I would come home from work, and wonder if I could sneak up and get a free meal.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks Mrs C. I appreciate your visit.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    You're right, when it comes to restaurants it does depend on the place as to what I choose to wear.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I remember the mini-series also. Meagan was a good fit for Anne. Funny about that light. It is in many of the photos, even though I am standing facing different directions. I was hoping it was some sort of angel, but I'm pretty sure it's a streetlamp.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Hey Carley, thanks for popping by. You do dress-up so well. Take advantage and dress up to the nines as much as you please.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Hopefully Montreal is still carrying the dress with style motto. I'm sure it's the best dressed city in Canada.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Sheesh! I totally agree with you. Jeans to the ballet, sad but true. What's next, pyjamas?

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    It was indeed a lot of fun Val. The dancing and the singing both.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    The very low kitten heel makes for easy walking Trina. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Lisa, when I saw this scarf at Value Village, I grabbed it and quick. Felt like wearing it all around the store.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    It is for sure a great way to beat rainy day blues.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Thank you Emalina.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Oh yeah…delish!!!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    33 years…you understand the grey! Thanks Pippa.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks Giovanna!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks Renae. You rock this colour too my friend.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks Judith. You do dress up so very well. An inspiration for me always!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Yes, yes and yes! Great comment, thanks Crystal! I remember that time, and going along with the crowd. Next show I go to, matinee or not…I'm dressing up!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Aw, thank you Jean. You are such a lovely person, and it's always nice to have you stop by and comment!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Oh, what a dream…to see a show on Broadway. It's funny, we have direct flights to New York, yet I have never considered going there. And what a shame that you can't take that handsome man out to the theatre locally. Perhaps one day you might be consider hosting a theater event in your restaurant?

  • Reply dan April 10, 2013 at 2:30 am

    The colour of your raincoat is very beautiful and gives a bright light on your face. Me too have noticed that people nowadays wear casual in every occasion: what a pity!

  • Reply Wendy April 10, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Very pretty!!! It sounds like you had so much fun! A live show, good food, beautiful clothes… The rain wouldn't have bothered me. 🙂

  • Reply Megan April 10, 2013 at 5:17 am

    We saw Billy Elliot – the musical – in Tampa 2 years ago and I absolutely loved it. I'm a huge fan of the movie so I knew the musical would be amazing! I'm glad you liked it 🙂 And I love this color of blue on you!

  • Reply amy mayen April 10, 2013 at 5:54 am

    If we were neighbors, I'd break into your house & steal that jacket!!! & wow, look at those legs!

  • Reply Silhouette de Femme April 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    It is a shame that no one dresses for the theater or for a trip abroad. I always dress up for going out & I so remember the Stanley Theater for movies! You just look fabulous in blue…love the coat!
    thanks we will check out Pippa's blog!

  • Reply Lisa April 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    The color of your jacket and scarf is beautiful. I had to look twice at the first picture; I thought it looked like there was a snake on the ground behind you!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 10, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    We should all go to the same venue and show 'em how it's done.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 10, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    We have to accept that rainy days are a given around here.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 10, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    It's such a great story. And I loved the movie too.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    And, you'd find me raiding your fabric stash, LOL.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Oh, you're so right about travel too. It's not that difficult to look put together even if you're living out of a suitcase for a few weeks!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Oh, that horrid little bit of seaweed. I should have shopped it out. I did move it out of the way after I noticed it.

  • Reply Spashionista (Alicia) April 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Love, love, love those shoes! Your coat and scarf are divine, too, and such a beautiful color palette. You look radiant!

    Spashionista (Alicia)

  • Reply Shirl April 11, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I saw you looking marvelous here, and I thought I sure hope you are going to go someplace looking like that. Then I read your post and saw your play and dinner plans. Interesting to hear about the restaurant as well.

    You gotta love those Belgians! I sure do.


  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    We were thinking about you and hubby when we were at the restaurant. We'll have to go there together.

  • Reply shopwithpippa.com April 12, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Love, Love, Love the color of the jacket with your hair …. it all seems quite cheery … just like you! pippa

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Aw, thanks Pippa. So nice to have you stop by.

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