Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Soiled Rotten

Oh man, it has been a while. I have so appreciated the messages and kind comments checking in and staying in touch. I haven't forgotten about you either! One of the most frustrating things about chronic health crud is impact on consistency, the times of being unable to plan ahead, commit, sustain - drives this Virgo right around the bend. But enough seriousness, I also want to say hi to new visitors from Ravelry, hi! Thanks for the really nice things you say about Sheila and Megan too! 



faux coral necklace: a gift from my mother, Lupita's (Harlingen, TX), worn here
cropped cardigan: Old Navy
red belt: Brave Beltworks + DIY, now-defunct local shop ~2004
floral dress: Ellen Tracy, My Habit
red clogs: Swedish Hasbeens Strong Lady, worn here

blue glass bead bracelet: Gaabi's (Progreso, TX), worn here
also with antique amber ring, a gift from my mother
watch, usual black & silver bracelets: details here




I loved everything about this belt (by an excellent Canadian maker, even) except how it said "SPOILED ROTTEN" on it. That was mitigated by the sale price, then I took away the letter "P"and now it's good. There's still plenty of scope for mysterious messages before it goes silent: it could say SOIL or OIL or SLED or OLD or OI and ROT, TEN, RON, or ROE, or ON. What would you do?




Because it's been so long (and the pics above are from May), here's more of the same dress, worn yesterday with different accessories. 


red plastic earrings and bracelet: Zenzii, Stein Mart
blue scarf: Netty Vintageworn here
black wrap belt: thrifted at the Kitty Cat Store, worn here
green shoes: Chocolate negro (made in Portugal)




This dress has many happy factors that aren't always a such nice surprise when ordering online: pattern placement, comfy stretchy fabric, full lining, gathered neckline, waist in the right place, and good pockets. 




It also did well to help keep me awake while recovering from an updated sleep study, which was mostly fun.




Except the very first thing that happens in the morning is a tech comes in and rips all the tape off. Ow! Welts! I won't get to go over the results for a bit yet, but my favourite is the sleep staging print-out with its outlines of sleep architecture in cityscapes, complete with dreams. 


mary-jane-ballet-flat-mule-sneaker-thingys: Fornarina, a shop on the Danforth ~2003


The green heels were fine for a day at the office, but running around afterwards called for being low to the ground. I hope everyone is resting well! Thanks for dropping by. 


35 comments:

  1. How nice to see you again, Amber! And it's nice to know your fabulous clothes and amazing accessories are still there, glowing brightly and accenting your beautiful self. It's funny, Ariane just posted after a long absence, and she also talked about sleep problems. Too bad about the tape being pulled off first thing in the morning (rude awakening!), but it would be fun to know more about dreams.

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    1. You too, Val! You're right - sleep is a tantalizingly mysterious and unfortunately often elusive entity.

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  2. Ooh, a Brave belt - I love their things. It's always nice to find a cheap one. That dress is adorable and so vibrant! Great to see you again, Amber, but I'm confused by the link with Ravelry, me and Megan? Someone saying things about me? I don't feel like creating a login for Ravelry, but I trust you!

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    1. Thanks, Sheila! It's a Ravelry community discussion thread called "Vog Fashionistas We Love." :)

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  3. Amber, it is so great to see a fresh post! I have missed you so much, and I hope your health is strengthening. Sleep issues (which can be a primary or secondary condition) are such a b**ch.

    I am a longtime Ravelry member so went straight over there to see the thread that mentions you, Sheila and Megan. There are so many interest groups on there--I don't think I knew about the "Cult of Fluevog" group! I should join them, except I only own two pairs. Just got the second one--inspired by YOU, actually. The first post of yours that I ever read, in fact; you were wearing the blue Prepare Guides and I fell in love with them. Took me a long time to save up for them though.

    I love these outfits you posted today, as usual. Great summer dress!

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    1. Thanks for being so kind, Linda. "Sorry" to have had a role in your induction into the save-up-and-celebrate-with-Fluevogs types! And I hope you are enjoying those Guides!

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  4. Great to see you Amber! How I've missed your wonderful posts. Sorry about the tape-pulling but I hope you get useful info from the study. Sleep is so awesomely important to our health.
    Love the dress, the shoes and of course, the belt. "SO ROTE' would apply to most classroom learning, but I really like "POLE NET" for no good reason. Take good care, xox

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    1. POLE NET!!! I wish I still had the "P"! Thanks, Patti. :)

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  5. So glad you are back! I follow along quietly and really missed your posts. Hope you are feeling better ��

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    1. Jennifer, thank you so much. These comments make my day!

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  6. Hi Amber!
    Nice to see again and tks for taking the time to comment on my blog
    Hope you find a solution to your sleep problems - I sleep a little better i think with the meds but I still awake during the night but overall it's a little better - I will double the meds in a few days maybe it will be even better
    Loving your fabulous self, you always have such nice style!

    Take care

    Hugs

    Arianexo

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    1. Likewise, Ariane! Take good care of you.

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  7. Hi There,

    I am to be held responsibe for the Ravelry traffic:). I confess. I discovered your blog Saturday morning and was pleasantly surprised to see all your gorgeous outfits and Vogs!
    I am a huge Vog collector, knitter, and also love to plan my outfits around my shoes:). I was so delighted I shared your blog with the Cult of Fluevog group on Ravelry:). Our social knitting site.

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    1. Dear Marisol, you are so awesome. :) I'd taken some outfit photos but the goings-on at Ravelry sparked the necessary fire - thanks again!

      Re: huge Vog collections and extremely fabulous outfits, in case you haven't discovered her yet, an even "worse" influence than me is Jackie of ShowTellShare, go see!

      http://showtellshare.com/

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  8. Wow, you are back, with such nice dress and great jewelry!
    I know sleep problems too good, 3 full monthsnot for one night more than 2h, then drugs, but only side effects ... was even worse (menopause problem, hope it goes over - )
    Have a great an easy summertime :-)

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    1. Oh Mascha, sorry to hear that you too have struggled with sleep - so many of us do! All the best for better rest. Thanks for visiting during your blogging break too.

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  9. Oh you're back you're back! How lovely to see you!!
    You look like a walking flower garden, the colours, shapes, textures. I love the blobule necklace. And the belt, I thought you bought it like that. So much the better that you improved it. I'd go for oiled otter, putting the R on the end of rotten if such a thing can be done.
    I love the photo of the wires - it's an art piece more than an experiment. But I hope that this art has real lasting effects that are measurable, unlike so much of that non-sciency non-measurable art out there,
    And the famous Amber leg shot is back. How I have missed it.
    Hugs and hugs. I'm glad to see you hitting the dirt, low to the ground, making tracks in Vogs.

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    1. OILED OTTER, super-slick and buoyant. The bits of broken letters will fly like shrapnel from my waist! I especially love the word "blobule." This art is already having action-effects, yes! Great big hugs right back to you, Melanie

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  10. What a beautiful dress; it compliments your beautiful face perfectly! So happy to see you looking wonderful!

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  11. Amber! There you are! I've missed you, although it's been sweet of you to pop in with the occasional comment. How are you doing? Looking floral and beautiful (LOVE that print) and showing us some of your wonderful jewellery collection. Yay for happy returns! xxx

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    1. Thank you, dear Curtise! Things are looking up right this moment. I'm very touched that so many people hold a little space for me when I fall off-grid. Big love, xoxo

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  12. I'm glad to see you are blogging again. It seems I found you just around the time you stopped but I've kept you in my feed. Your dress is gorgeous and I love the bright colours and the big florals on it. I usually have problems with dresses fitting, especially with the waist being in the right spot so I don't dare buy any online. I love the green shoes and your blue glass bead bracelet too!

    I'm sorry you live with a chronic illness. I do too. So far it hasn't slowed down my blogging but then I only started my blog in February and I'm currently coming out of a relapse so I'll see how it goes over time.

    I'm looking forward to seeing more of you on your blog.

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    1. Hi Shawna! Thank you for commenting, which allowed me to find your blog, and for not being hasty about cleaning out your feed. :) Ugh, chronic illness! I wish you all the good days!

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  13. We missed you, Amber! Hope they can figure out something useful from all the wiring. Obviously even your antennae lost their happy cohesion during the testing. Poor you. Feel better!

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    1. Aww, thank you, Louisa! Yes, for sure messy antennae disrupt my ability to tune in to the frequencies - fortunately this night was more about broadcasting, and that was hard-wired. :)

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  14. How nice to see you pop up in my blog feed again! I'm sorry it's been such a rough go for you over the past few months - when you're just trying to get through the day, blogging is dropped to the bottom of the list of things to do. You have obviously not lost your outfit mojo, and I love the wordplay with your belt.
    Hope things stay on the up and up with you and we get to see you more frequently.

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  15. Hi Amber, I thought I commented yesterday, but maybe not. Its really good to see you ! I imagine the sleep study is really interesting and I hope that your health is improving. The belt made me laugh, I thought it was a deliberate miss-spelling, and then I realised that its those letters that you can remove etc. Great colours and pattern on the dress and wonderful accessories and shoes. take care :-)

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  16. You are so rad <3 Welcome back! The dress is fantastic. Beautiful colors. I love all of your shoes, too!

    - Anna

    www.melodicthriftychic.com

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    1. Oh Anna, YOU are so rad!!! (Anyone who is reading this, go see Anna's blog right now!)

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  17. So happy to see you back, Amber. Your kindness always warms my heart and the tales of your family of chickens reminds me of my roots. Sorry for your loss. I am enchanted by your colorful shoes, floral patterned dress and your unique accessories.

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  18. Hello dear one!! Sending so much love!! Seeing you in your pretty dress with your Amber-pose just made my heart sing. XXXOOO

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- Amber