Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sheila's a nice name

Mr Ed and I managed to escape for an afternoon over the Easter long weekend, lunch and a spot of shopping.

This is very exciting to us as we don't have any family in Melbourne so Little Miss A comes with us everywhere. But as her Grandparents are visiting we are taking advantage of the free time this gives us.

I saw this dress outside a second hand shop called Sheila's Vintage (A rack with sale items is something I don't pass by without checking out). I thought if by the end of the afternoon it is still on the rack I would buy it and luckily for me it was still there.

My mum's name is Sheila, she hates her name and always has since she moved to Australia in the 70's from the UK. You see for those people not living in Australia: Sheila is a slang term used for female/woman, not many people use it these days unless they are from the country or 'very Australian' (I don't know what I mean by that exactly, there is a lot of ambivalence about what it means to be Australian, our identity - how we perceive ourselves and how we want the world to perceive us).

Anyway I mentioned to the girl behind the till in 'Sheila's Vintage' that my mum's name is Sheila (I wasn't haggling for a discount, the dress was already only $25) and she said she loved the name and that is why she called it 'Sheila's Vintage'.

So mum, if only you could see some people love your name even if you no longer do.

Dress: Sheila's Vintage
Cardigan: Savers
Belt: ?
Shoes: Oh dear I wasn't wearing any as I just popped out before the sun went down.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter break...work tomorrow boo hoo.


  1. Gorgeous print and colours - great find! :)

  2. Amazing dress! Glad the clothing gods were smiling on you!

    My gran's name is also Sheila, but everyone calls her Betty. I asked her recently how Betty is short for Sheila and she said that her mum named her sheila at the hospital when she was born, but by the time she got her home she hated the name and decided Betty was better! But yes, Sheila is a bit unfortunate for a lady born in country NSW!

  3. What a great story Rebeccak. I prefer Betty as well ^U^