Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Sweet Home

Hi everybody! As I wrote to my fabulous friend, I am home safe, "... with all my new treasures for the soul, in word and of the wearing." My time at Words Aloud 9 was simultaneously deeply humbling and wonderfully encouraging. 


scarf: local discount / overstock store 
sleeveless trench coat dress: Cynthia Rowley, Marshall's, last worn here with same scarf
long-sleeved T: Tristan and Iseult, outlet store (9+ years old)
sweater: Nurture, last worn here
skirt: Triangle, Winners (7+ years old)
boots: Gianni Bini, Dillard's, last worn here (that other scarf might have worked better with this outfit)



Since I don't have anyone's permission to post their picture on the internet, I present the Festival Footwear Report for your viewing pleasure: 


Pop quiz: who do you think made those amazing pointy brown boots? 




The workshops were galvanizing, the performances open-hearted, transcendent, and viscerally moving. It was a gathering of gifted, highly experienced performers and outrageously generous teachers, plus tons of other smarty-pants book addicts / Canadian poets at various stages of evolution, including pre-emerging (larval): my people! 





I can't even describe how cool it was to be among those invited to perform a poem written in the workshops on the main stage. The fantastic feedback even makes how much more I have to learn feel exciting. 




Best of all, I had time with a very dear friend, and got to see my Fine Art Studio prof who introduced us 20 years ago. We visited some of her favourite places, and besides picking up a twirly 1950's embellished felt skirt in perfect condition which fits me exactly (and is also good for jumping), we both scored big at the sale rack out front of the thrift store. These are our priceless $1 blazers: 


Hers is vintage rayon / metal and has the most amazing drape and flared sleeves. I look forward to figuring out what to wear with my yellow / blue iridescence. 

I'm headed over to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday to show us off. Hope y'all had an excellent weekend too - I can't wait to get caught up!


30 comments:

  1. Love the footwear-montage, Amber! And your outfit too - such wonderful layering and mixing to make a beautiful whole. I have similar Gianni Bini boots that I adore. Thanks for sharing your recent adventures and awesome look with Visible Monday.

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    1. Thank you Patti for another fabulous - and fabulously huge - Visible Monday, always a highlight! I have a few other Gianni Bini items I quite like as well.

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  2. Me too, I was admiring your footwear fetish, I mean footwear collaging from the workshops you attended. Offering us a unique perspective on the event! Sounds like good vibrations throughout. Welcome back home with your priceless goodies.

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    1. Hee, I think you've got my number! ;)
      It was really wonderful, and I appreciate the welcome back!

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  3. It sounds like you had a stimulating get-a-way, one of those much needed creative re-charging experiences. I hope we get to hear you perform sometime. I love the few spoken word performances I been to in our area.

    $1 blazers - what a find! Your montage reminds me I want red shoes so badly. I missed a great pair of eBay. Stoopid bidding.

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    1. Thanks, Lynne, it was awesome. It might be a bit yet before video is available, but I won't forget - I'm thrilled that people are interested!

      Yes, super-score - those prices are unheard-of locally - til now I've only ever found one $2 shirt!

      All the red gear had me wishing I'd brought my trusty red shoes too, but I didn't know how much hauling I'd need to do as a festival helper-monkey, so played it safe with my shorty cowboy boots (upper right corner). I'm sure the perfect pair will find their way to you as well!

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  4. How cool! It sounds like an amazing time. I went to the Granville Island Writers' Festival a few years back, but was too shy to participate to your extent.

    Love all the shoes! Are those Fluevog boots (the pointy ones)?

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    1. I'm not surprised that you are also a writer, Sheila - I find your blog so brilliant, articulate, and engaging.

      The lady-of-amazing-boots wouldn't tell me! The only clue she gave was "an Italian name" - but she didn't give it up.

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  5. So do all writer/performers wear cool boots? It must come with the territory!
    I am so pleased you had a great time at your festival of words, writing and performing and chatting and being inspired, with a bit of thrift shopping thrown in the mix too!
    Welcome home, Amber, good to have you back rocking your trademark layers with typical panache! xxxxx

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    1. Thanks Curtise! My friend was in a much better position to capture all the performers' shoes, she got some great photos. Excellent footwear did seem to be the order of the days, which I'm glad for, being desperately awkward socially as I am. :)

      Your kind comments are so nice to come back to! xoxoxo

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  6. Can't help thinking of Refined but High Adventure when I see you in your outfit today. You look wonderful. And thank you for telling us about "Words Aloud 9".

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  7. One of my surprise favourite live acts was a live poetry performance given by a woman in a bar in London - sounds like you had a wonderful time.
    I love your monochrome, baroque print skirt. I would not have thought of the combination myself but the sleeveless trench over it works really well!

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    1. I sure did! Thanks for your feedback - I'm wearing the sleeveless trench coat dress more than I thought I would, and I blame the blog for pushing me to find a variety of combinations. :)

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  8. Such a gorgeous shoe party! My vote goes to Fluevogs? They are very Vog-ish if they're not. Speaking of gorgeous boots, yours are fabulous. Hope you had a good getaway.

    Looking forward to seeing that jacket in action. The print is incredible, and unbeatable price!

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    1. You're right, they are suggestive of Fluevog (and a little bit Cydwoq) but I don't think they are either! I'm looking forward to figuring out the jacket, which may push me to break the seal on my aversion to cobalt blue. It also makes me want some snakeskin boots, so.

      :)

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  9. Awesome score on the jackets, and I can't wait to see the twirly skirt in action! So glad you got your creative batteries charged and got to spend time with "your people". I love events like that where you feel encouraged, supported and inspired and then come home ready to make art (whatever that means to you).

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    1. Thanks, Shelley! The skirt is indeed quite something. If only I had the physically-energetic batteries to match my creative spark!

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  10. I so admire people who have a gift of words. You have that and the gift of the visual art of dressing. Love your outfit and your new jacket!

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    1. Thanks so much, Debbi! I include you in those categories, always fabulous and interesting, and your writing touches my heart.

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  11. You got those blazers for $1??? Holey smokes! Whatta great buy. I think I would have bought up the whole rack, just on principle. I mean, with such great bargains, you more or less HAVE to buy something, don cha?

    Congrats on reading out your poem on stage. Are we going to get to read it? (She said hopefully.)

    Much love from England,
    Rosemary from www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

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    1. They were indeed wondrous discoveries! Actually, that poem might be particularly apropos for the blog. Thanks, Rosemary!

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  12. Welcome home!!! It sounds like a perfect week. Creativity, community, and thrifting! Also ogling footwear. Are the boots Cydwoqs? Whatever they are, they're fabulous. I love the jacket you found, too.

    I have a sleeveless trench from Zara that I miraculously thrifted. Haven't worn it yet but I'm getting fired up after seeing your iterations. Have a lovely time settling in back home with your loved one(s).

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    1. Thanks, Jean! Those fab kicks do have a bit of that feel, but I wonder if they're more along the lines of a Donna Piu (like your superstars!) or other Italian maker?

      Congrats on the thrift find, and glad you're full of ideas! I'm finding mine more versatile (and cross-seasonal) than I'd imagined, which is awesome.

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  13. Oh man, I just have to get out of downtown to find myself some $1 blazers. Those are awesome! I usually reserve the noun larva to describe babies, but I like your use of the word here. How exciting!!! - art, poetry, footwear, fun, nostalgia. What a perfect thing. All ways you are divine.

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    1. Thank you, Melanie!!! I only wish they had $1 blazers where I come from, though if they did, my closet space issues would be even more pronounced. I feel I have achieved a state of divine pupation!

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  14. I'm really digging the mixed prints of your scarf, sweater and skirt and how they all connect, then you throw in a little light brown with your boots and vest. Incredible.
    Post one of your poems some day. I'd love to read one.

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    1. Thank you, Sheila! Upon seeing the photos, I wasn't sure about the scarf, but was a bit "meh" about the pale sandy / silver alternate one, and whoever want that?

      I surely will post a couple of poems, it's so cool that people are interested.

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  15. Sounds like you had a ball! Good times, yay!
    Those blazer were massive scores, not only because they're pretty but also at a ridiculous price!

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    1. Thank you, Sara, it was truly an all-around joy!

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Thank you for your comments!
- Amber