Saturday, 19 January 2013

Darts and Dingle-Dangles

Having a lot of black clothing means that most everything goes together well enough when you throw it on in the morning. This outfit is one of those. I was warm and comfortable. Except for my face, which was frozen shut. As often happens in January. 


boiled wool hooded jacket: Linea Domani, Winners, early 2000s
perfect length cruddy quality pencil skirt: Smart Set, last worn here
shorty cowboy boots: Rudy2, WalM*rt (men's, clearance, $15)last worn here

A dark palette also frees me somewhat from the spectacular klutziness to which I am prone - not only because spills and mishaps are less likely to show, but because "trying to be careful" actually makes it worse. 




I find too that there is a de-cluttered spaciousness, a restfulness, allowing my focus to be elsewhere. Though I am increasingly drawn to adding colour to my wardrobe (and this day was bundled up in my bright blue scarf the whole time except for photos), the all-black remains an old friend. 


in which I surrender to the painful yet sculptural qualities of static cling
and show you some darts and dingle-dangles

Speaking of friends, the big event of the week was a special gathering in honour of Megan's 23rd Birthday. It was enormous and awesome, there was mayhem, check it out!
Here's what I wore:


... rubber boots to dancey-dance, rubber boots and party pants! (link nsfw)

This was taken back in October. I tried to give some of my other hen pals opportunity to be in outfit photos, but it turns out that chickens aren't such fans of poufy tulle ballerina skirts. I spent a good part of the day chasing them around the yard while Beary laughed at us. Maryjane Frystack alone was as ever happy and content, minding neither giant fluttery layers nor the glint of madness around the edges of my expression.


31 comments:

  1. party frock (with chicken) = awesome. the fact it's part of the Bag and Beret tea cup meme makes it awesomeer. Speaking of awesome (happy Bday Megan Mae!) you look hot in your sleek, black as my heart ensemble. Face frozen shut- get out of town! You stay warm would ya!

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  2. Buttons, boiled wool and some very fine darts at the bust make for a very beautiful jacket. I likey a lot. I am relieved not to see dingle dangles in your post this morning Amber. Have a lovely day, and try and stay warm.

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    1. "Dingle-dangles" - the weighty metal aglets and drawstring-stoppers on the hoodie strings, lol!

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  3. I love the detailing on that jacket/hoodie thing! The key to wearing black, I think, is to choose pieces with some texture or interesting details. My dogs don't care about being in pictures; they'll go with any excuse to get outside on a leash!

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  4. "Having a lot of black clothing means that most everything goes together well enough when you throw it on in the morning"
    As one with oodles of black clothing I totally agree! It does tend to simplify my morning routine. I love the shape of that boiled wool jacket. And your tulle tutu is divine!

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  5. Love the big bold buttons in the jacket, and I just adore the pic with the tulle skirt and chicken, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    You are so fabulous.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  6. I love the way you describe your relationship with black here Amber. I love all black too but am always looking for color to add here and there. Not too much though. Even my pajamas are all black for the most part. It's just sleek and smart in my opinion and looks rich. I sure love the shape of your jacket here and the length of your skirt with the boots.
    That photo of you in the barn doorway definitely needs to be framed! Or even painted in oils.

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  7. Ohhhh, I love the ease of so much black in a wardrobe. I have that too. Makes it smoothe, doesn't it!! Love your party outfit for Megan! I am so way out of the loop on my blogs right now. Been painting rooms, working on pieces for an art show, blah blah blah. But fashion calls and I am trying to play catch-up!!

    xoxo
    Lynn Dylan

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  8. You look so graceful in your all black, simple and classical but sexy too. And I adore the picture of you with the hen and the tulle, such a wonderful image absolutely fairytale fantastic!

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  9. You work an all black outfit with style and aplomb, Amber, and the little details of darts and dingle-dangly bits and giant buttons makeme smile! I used to wear black a lot, and I do love the chic smart ease of it, but I do crave some colour.
    How lovely to see much-missed darling Maryjane again, and your glorious tulle skirt! xxxx

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  10. Yes, the jacket! The big buttons AND a hood - how great is that! All black does feel almost Zen-like, very clean and clear. A good choice for the end of the week.

    I watched the German Sparkle Party video. I'm ... speechless. It reminded me of a British TV program, Eurotrash. It was a magazine program about crazy, sexy European silliness. The Germans featured heavily! You can find some clips on YouTube. Viewer discretion is advised.

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    1. Bit of an earworm, isn't it! You're welcome. :)

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  11. Love, love the big buttons on the jacket. I so love the look of boiled wool.

    Maryjane is the perfect accessory for the tulle outfit. She is a pretty lady.

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  12. Black is smashing, but can it top a tutu in the barn with rubber boots and MJ - no way!

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  13. LOVE that jacket. The shape and buttons are fantastic! I'm so glad you 'brought' your hens for my party. The e-party is going on three days long! Very exciting to have everyone so fabulous and wonderful together!

    I was thinking the other day, I don't know that I could even do all black outfits anymore. I've replaced most of my black boots with grey and filled my closet to the brim with color, grey, and non-normal neutrals.

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  14. Black rocks. You look great. We bikers wear black 'cause it doesn't show the dirt and grease we inevitably get on our clothes.

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  15. I ever find myself retreating to my black-full-ness, after some over-the-top experiments in color that didn't quite succeed. I feel rather more like you now that I know we've bought from the same label: cruddy quality...lol.

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    1. Yes, black functions well as a retreat too - for me like carrying around a little cave on my back, or covering my eyes and pretending no one can see me. :)

      I had higher hopes for this skirt, I've had a few ok things from that shop over the years - didn't expect it to be fantastic, but didn't expect it to pill on the first wear either, dammit. Though I'm not super-tall (5'6") I have a hard time finding skirts and dresses which are long enough, and cruddy-skirt fits the bill in that regard.

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  16. Triple dart madness and danglies! Lovely. Also lovely to see the beautiful Ms Frystack with you in your cloud of tulle. She must be smiling somewhere. Black is wonderful and the funny thing is that even a single colourful dash makes the whole outfit colourful.

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  17. Just when I thought I couldn't be more enraptured with you and your style, you confess to being a klutz!! Now I adore you even more. YOU TOO?!!! People tell me I'm so graceful, but really? I'm just really careful, gliding about because any minute I'm likely to trip on something, or collide with a door or person. Joey just smiles when people tell me I'm graceful. Ha ha.

    Black is ALWAYS fabulous, and I love this. Your party outfit is particularly charming and I know Ms. Mary Jane was happy to attend the party. XXOO

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    1. My best friend's DH uses me as a yardstick: at a restaurant when a server had a loud and messy incident he remarked, "That waitress is as klutzy as Amber!" I also get mistaken as 'graceful' by those who don't know me well. Klutzes unite! (but at a safe distance, lol!) xoxo

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  18. Absolutely love the picture from october! Regarding black ... I have often thought that I "got tired of black", but always when I notice it I end up in a period where I use black again.

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  19. I also have a closet full of black clothing and I love it. I just love black. Your jacket is gorgeous. I love those giant black buttons.

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  20. All-black has become my bestest friend this season too! That jacket is wonderful - love the gigantic buttons. I think you should print and frame that photo of you in the tulle with Miss Maryjane.

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  21. I should try an all-black challenge for myself sometime - it's not something I've done much of! You make it look so easy, which must mean that it's secretly hard to get right!

    Love the pic of you with Ms. Frystack!

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  22. Love the jacket AND the tulle skirt. the pic with the hen is adorable~

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  23. I'm so with you on the love affair with black for all of the reasons you state and the fact that it serves as the perfect canvas/background for embellishment. Your large buttons add the perfect amount of detail.

    Great birthday celebration ensemble! Tulle rules!

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  24. Ooo, I love this coat! The buttons and darts are so pretty. And, of course, the photo of the chicken and tulle! So fun!

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  25. Love your outfit--the darts and buttons MAKE it!!
    I adore the picture of you in tulle with a chicken!!

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  26. I am fancying black recently, after many years of being "over" it.
    It's so practical in accessories, and I frequently wear black shoes and use a black bag for work so I don't have to think too hard in the small hours. But I am getting an urge to do some all black looks...
    Love the big buttons on this jacket, they're like jewellery!
    The tulle in the chicken coop look ROCKS!
    XXX

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- Amber