WIW: To Eat Barbecue (ETA pics of hubby, MIL and projects)

Sorry I've been kind of absent the last few days. I'm off work this week and have been doing some home projects and enjoying the beautiful (but hot) weather outside.

Today is a big day in our household - it's my husband's 50th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary! We're not doing anything super big as we are planning on a big trip next June to coincide with our son's high school graduation.

However, MIL wanted to take us to a new barbecue place as my hubby absolutely LOVES ribs. This is a very casual restaurant, in fact many of the people there were in jeans or cutoff jeans and t-shirts. But that's not quite my style for dinner out so I wore my green silk casual dress (great in the heat), mixed metals with gold metallic flats but silver metallic laser-cut belt, and the new clutch that I did not use for Kristin's wedding. I like how this outfit is a dressier version of casual and still extremely comfortable. I also took my denim jacket in case the A/C was blasting but I didn't need it.

So what do you think? How are the colours and proportions together? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Dress: Tommy Hilfiger (thrifted)
Belt: thrifted
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini
Handbag: Sterling Shoes

ETA: Here's a picture of my hubby and mother-in-law sitting in our yard after we got back from dinner, just relaxing. The blue tete-a-tete seat hubby is sitting on was one my father-in-law made about 30 years ago. It fell into some disrepair but my son wanted it from the family home when my MIL came to live with us. So on Monday and Tuesday, my MIL and I scraped the old brick red paint off (what was left of it), sanded it all down, repaired the slats that were loose and gave it one huge cleaning. Then we painted it this vivid blue colour to give it a new life. It's pretty comfy and it's full of memories.

The other project my MIL and I worked on this week was the stained glass window. This window came from a 100+ year old farmhouse that was being demolished that my husband and I came across on a vacation out of Province a few years ago. We were sad to see this old home being torn down and were horrified when we saw the demolition crew throwing these beautiful old windows into a dumpster. We asked the crew if we could have the last one and we drove home 3000 km with it on my knee. DH built the frame for it earlier this year and my MIL and I painted it, mounted the window and installed a small solar powered LED light above it so that it will be softly lit at night. We just have the finials to mount on the top of the posts tomorrow and it's done.

I've added a picture of my red lily which is finally blooming and the Welcome to My Garden sign that was in my MIL's garden and which she brought to our house.

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  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    KILLER look on a beautiful lady on her special day :)

    Happy Birthday Mr. Shannon!! Congrats to you both!

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Happy Birthday to your lovely DH! And Happy Anniversary:) You look gorgeous. Simple, elegant.. just lovely.

  • Gaylene replied 6 years ago

    You look so cool and lovely in that dress, Shannon. And I'm admiring your bravery in wearing a silk dress to eat barbequed ribs. I'd have to wear a bib, which would definitely take the dressiness down a notch or two!

  • JR replied 6 years ago

    LOL @ Gaylene. You and me both, sister! I am the Queen of Spillers.

    Lovely all around, Shannon. And you are obviously the Queen of Handbags.

  • MsMary replied 6 years ago

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Shannon! Happy Anniversary to both of you! Great job on the projects! MIL looks fab!! The projects are amazing!

    And your outfit gets its own paragraph because you look super fantastically just drop-dead gorgeous! Love everything about it!!!

    *fanning myself*

  • Zapotee replied 6 years ago

    Happy Birthday to Mr. TS and wow, I love your dress!

    ETA: I do love repurposing items, I am amazed at the two projects. What a beautiful color you chose for the chairs and I love the window story.

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    Happy anniversary and bday to hubs! I love that blue seat, and job well done on the paint color. We just lost one of our old adirondack chairs to the derecho that tore through here last month. My husband was sitting in it, and went inside when the wind kicked up and rain started. Ten minutes later it was in splinters, crushed by a falling tree limb. :-(

    I can't believe those beautiful windows were being trashed. Glad you gave one a lovely home!

    Your outfits always make me smile, and I am going to come steal your bag collection.

  • annagybe replied 6 years ago

    You look great! Love the chair!

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    Shannon, your thrifted finds never cease to amaze me! I would need to wear a dress made out of napkins to eat barbeque and look that good.

    Love that you preserved that stunning window. How could those be chucked out?!?!

  • Reneeb replied 6 years ago

    Lovely outfit you look beautiful. Happy anniversary to both of you. Great job on the window.

  • kellygirl replied 6 years ago

    Happy Anniversary and happy birthday to Mr. TS! You look gorgeous in that green dress! I love your simple styling and fab clutch!

  • replied 6 years ago

    Happy anniversary, and happy birthday to your husband! Your projects all look great, I love the stained glass.

  • Vicki replied 6 years ago

    You look perfect for a day of celebration and happy birthday to Mr. Shannon and happy anniversary to both of you! You do barbecue a lot nicer than I do! ETA: Beautiful photos of your family, the precious family bench with new DIY memories, and the lovely stained glass project. What a fantastic Transcona Shannon family album! I loved it!

  • Scarlet replied 6 years ago

    Pretty outfit--love the clutch! Congratulations on your anniversary! Sounds like a lovely day.

  • Krista replied 6 years ago

    My jaw dropped when I saw your outfit. Hellllllllllooooooooooo! I need to get on your style bus, girlfriend, because you are going places!

    Happy celebrations to you and your hubby!

  • replied 6 years ago

    Happy Anniversary, & Happy Birthday to your husband! You are wonderfully creative in your wardrobe & home projects! I love the mixed metals & it's great that you thrifted the belt. I have a similar wide laser-cut belt, but I'd only seen them worn slung very low on the hips with the buckle to one side & worn with flowing skirts--thanks for showing another way to wear them!


  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Shannon you inspire me so much! First of all, you look terrific in your green dress and clutch. Your garden projects are fabulous! And your wonderful relationship with your MIL is amazing. Thank you for sharing, and Happy Birthday Mr. S!

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    What a crafty family! You look wonderful in that dress and cool belt.

    I hope your anniversary and DH's birthday were wonderful - a very special moment in time for sure!

  • pil replied 6 years ago

    Congrats all around! Love the outfit and I would love to have a chair like that.

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Lovely dress, stunning bag, and terrific yard (oh, and hubby, too). Glad you've been getting some time to yourself!

  • sarah replied 6 years ago

    You look beautiful! And how nice to see Mr. Shannon, and MIL.

    I just hope you didn't get BBQ sauce on that gorgeous dress...

  • MNsara replied 6 years ago

    You look wonderful - so summery and chic! Happy Anniversary!!

    Happy birthday to Mr. Shannon AND to dear MIL (as she did all the work that day ;-)

    Love the glimpses into your backyard with the fab blue chair and stained glass!

  • KathyL replied 6 years ago

    You look gorgeous in that dress! Happy birthday to your hubby. I love seeing your backyard and the great stories behind the chair and stained glass. What a great save from that farmhouse.

  • Mona replied 6 years ago

    Happy anniversary to you both and happy 50th birthday to your hubby! You are all so adorable. Thanks for sharing the projects.

  • ramya replied 6 years ago

    Happy birthday Mr. Shannon and happy anniversary:)....

    Shannon you look gorgeous :)

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments and for your congratulations (to both me and hubby)!

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