Last Week, This Week: Cameo Role, February 19-23

Typically, the term “cameo role” (or just cameo) refers to a small character part that stands out from the other minor parts. Often, it’s a brief appearance or voice part of a known person in a work of the performing arts, typically unnamed or appearing as themselves. After logging in so many extra days and hours at work in the past several weeks, it seemed I’d had a cameo last week as I only worked three days.  Knowing (or hoping) that I would only be making a brief appearance in the office, I thought it metaphoric to add a cameo to each of my OOTDs.

There was a time when I adored all things Victorian, from architecture to clothing to jewelry. While my tastes in some areas have changed, I continue to have a fondness for portrait type cameos probably because the curls in the hairstyles of the women depicted. I have several in an assorted combination of brooches, pendants, earrings, and rings. Some I’ve had for close to 40 years and others are newer acquisitions.

Last Week This Week is a look back at what I actually wore last Monday thru Friday as long as it was a workday. I’ve included a brief description of each outfit and if I wore it for a specific event other than a typical workday. Without a specified dress-code in my workplace, casual Friday isn’t really an official thing but I usually adhere to it nonetheless.


I was finally able to enjoy a three-day holiday weekend so no work and no photos. Yay me!



This is the first time that I’m sharing this color-blocked cardigan in a post. I think that the mix of teal and olive with black and white is such a striking combination.


In addition to my own brief appearance, winter weather in SoCal has also made a cameo appearance. So chilly it was that I grabbed one of my fabulous thrifted coats as I headed out the door. Did you see the one in Saturday’s post, Coats: Reclaim-Recycle-Reuse?


Cameo says, “I’m ready for my close up”. This beauty doesn’t quite meet the standard definition of a cameo but it’s similar enough that I consider it one.  The marcasite stones are part of the decorative scrolling encasing the portrait.  I’ve had it for many years and it was a gift from my parents.



Work started to get a little crazy and the day went by with me ready to head home but I’d forgotten to take my office selfie. Hence, the makeup photos that were taken over the weekend. I really want to show the outfits with my office as the backdrop as proof that I actually wore them to work but you’ll just have to trust me on occasion.  I wasn’t too keen on this look but I’d really wanted to wear the pendant and I was too short on time that morning to come up with another option.


This cameo is a recent purchase from a Poshmark seller. I was drawn to the pretty background color but the overall size of the pendant feels a bit too large. I think that need to swap out the chain for one that’s a little thicker and shorter.



Another day that I was too busy to set up for my office selfie.  A cameo at my collar and the eyelet edging on my top play against the more masculine details of my plaid blazer and oxford heels.


I bought this lovely piece about 15 years ago at a holiday time gift show (as a present for myself, of course).



You know all that extra time I’ve been clocking at work? I recouped a bit of it by taking the day off (even if I did have to work until 1am to do just that). Again, no work so no photos.

Does it ever feel like you’re playing a cameo role in your own life? So busy in some areas that you can only make a token appearance in others? I’ve now had the pleasure of enjoying two three-day weekends in a row where my presence at home has not been so fleeting and I need to make this a recurring role.  As I bring this post to a close,  I’d like to share two more cameos and a hint as to my theme for this week. The pin (cameo #1) on my scarf was my Valentine’s Day gift this year from The Husband (cameo #2). I’m glad that he agreed to join me in this photo otherwise I would’ve had to find a stand-in.

And there you have it, a look back at what I wore to work last week.  How do you decide what you will wear to work? Let me clarify … unless you’ve declared yourself to be checked out from any type of routine, anything you do during daylight hours (and sometimes nighttime ones as well) whether or not you get paid for it, I consider that to be your “work” and you should/can be dressed accordingly. And even if you are retired, in whatever manner you’ve enjoyed your day is good enough for me.

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4 thoughts on “Last Week, This Week: Cameo Role, February 19-23”

  1. What a cool post Rena!!
    I went through a Victorian infatuation myself and I still find many of the lacy feminine fashions very lovely! It was probably a time when I was feeling more romantic in my fashion choices as well!
    I love ALL of your looks in this post so I clearly still appreciate a bit of romance. That touch of lace, the cameo at the throat and holding a scarf have a charming, timeless feeling don’t they?l

  2. Oh Rena, I am a huge fan of cameos! I have quite a few in my jewelry collection as well. I have loved cameos since I was a young girl…I think my fascination began somewhere around the age of 10 or 12 when I fell in love with a vintage cameo of my mother’s. Great outfits as always and I love the creative ways you have styled your different cameos. And how in the world is it colder in Southern California than it is in Northern New York? Strange, strange weather! Oh, speaking of Southern California, I am going to try to make it there in the Fall for the next Forever Fierce meet up. I will keep you posted!


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