Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Biohazard

Greetings from the sodden slopes of Kleenex Mountain! You'll want to stay well outside the ring of orange traffic cones. And hand-sanitize frequently. I do get to stay home tomorrow!

scarf: Charming Charlie
blazer: Bizz Girl, Giant Tiger, clearance - $7
obi belt: goodtimesbarcelona, etsy
wide-leg pants: Max Studio
ankle booties: Taxi

necklace: Tradewinds (local shop)
tank top: Smart Set


In this post (the same one that lit the fire under me to get started with this blog already, never mind that when I look at my schedule for the next three weeks I want to lie on the floor and weep), Lynne of Practical Paralegalism asked: "When your life gets a little crazy, what are your go-to clothes for every day living? (Or working?)" This outfit is a particular one that came to mind for me. 

It's structured enough to feel like it's holding me up when I can't hold myself up, but everything is soft, light, flowing or stretchy, and these pants rival jammies for comfort. Stop looking at my sick sad-face, I'm just feeling a little sorry for myself!
This is the 3rd pair of these booties from Taxi I've owned,
though the others had a different pattern of stitching and studs.

Once, when I was sick in late winter, through a miserable brain-haze I suddenly remembered a tin of Kahlua chocolates left over from Christmas in the top cupboard. I congratulated myself profusely on my brilliance, and then proceeded to eat the whole thing.

Turns out, it was not the genius idea I had anticipated. 


Ever since, despite the decidedly unhappy end to that episode, whenever I approach the self-pity stage of a cold, there is this little voice inside me, wailing, "I'm sick! Bring me Kahlua chocolates!"

usual wrist wear (details in this post)
watch: a gift from my mother

I look forward to seeing you again in a couple of days! xoxo (waves from beyond protective safety glass)

36 comments:

  1. When I worked at Swiss Chalet, there was a little bus boy who always wanted me to sneak him a shot of "Ka-hula". I never did but now I can't not call it "Ka-hula". =)

    I hope you're feeling better soon. You're looking pretty darn fabulous and it's is better to look good than to feel good.

    I tried to email you the other day but you don't include your email when you comment on my blog. =(

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    1. I love the "Ka-hula" story! I would also have to do a hip-wiggle every time I said it.

      50% of the look good-feel good equation is a massive achievement - thanks!

      I've added email to my Blogger profile; look forward to hearing from you.

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  2. I would never know you are sick; you look amazing. Wonderful silhouette and layering.

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  3. I'm going to use this go-to to create one of my own! I have similar just about everything, and love the way you've hooked it up. I'll be sure to give you a shout-out if I post about it. If you look this good when you're not feeling well, I'm scared of you when you're better!! But please, feel better! (Ginger tea perhaps?)

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    1. Jean, it would be so great to see your version!

      I wonder if it's like when people think their hair looks just dreadful - and eek, 85% of the time I can't really tell the difference.

      Fresh lemon and ginger in my tea is a little something nice I do for myself every day - it is so good!

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  4. I suppose you had to hire a coning specialist to set up your perimeter. Such professions do exist for real... You are looking spectacular up there, Queen of Kleenex Mountain! Bad case of SICK Sexy. I hope you will remain horizontal on your day off, surrounded by chocolates and puddings and soothing teas brought to you by serfs.

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    1. Thanks, Melanie - a really, REALLY bad case!

      Much as I loathe not getting anything accomplished, nothing else will do. There hasn't been quite as much serfdom as would befit a true Queen, but there is only one Beary-Pie, and he is very kind.

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  5. You look smashing! Do you hear me? SMASHING!! If only I looked that good when I'm ill. I love the trousers, but I ran into a mishap when I wore mine. I tripped myself up. (I did a post on my blog about it.)

    Anyway, I haven't had a cold for over 2 years. Let me know if you want to know my secret.

    Tootle-loo from England,
    Rosemary foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary! I read your post - isn't it just the way whenever we tell ourselves we'll just be careful, pay extra attention - our brains do not like to do that! I very rarely get sick anymore, but if there are more ways to avoid it, bring on the info!

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  6. I love everything about this outfit, the shape, the color, the belt. Sorry you're feeling under the weather. Tea, sleep, and a healthy dose of cold meds is my usual remedy for getting over being sick. I tend to crave Chinese food from my favorite restaurant. Hot wonton soup, beef and broccoli stir fry with a ton of garlic, and general tso's chicken - mmm, almost makes me feel human again. At the very least it breaks up congestion.

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    1. Thanks, Megan! It is a favourite for sure.

      Most of the problem is that sleep's been hard to come by. Your comfort foods sound delicious! I'm loading up on garlic, spices, and hot liquids - if it can penetrate the can't-smell-or-taste, I know it's working!

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  7. Hope you are feeling better soon--someone once told me to zap colds by drinking a quart of tomatoe juice, though admittedly the chocolates sound better.

    Why have I never belted a jacket like this? I have a nice wide leather obi that would do the trick...Thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. Hi Terri - thank you so much for coming by and commenting!

    The tomato juice cure - oh dear! :(

    I'm thrilled to be inspiring others' outfits, and would love to see what you come up with.

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  9. Awww, feel better soon!

    I love your outfit and I love the background… so cool!
     
    oxo,
     
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  10. Hi Amber, I have found you via Megan (Fashionable Bureaucrat) but I see various other blog buddies are here too, so I feel right at home already!
    I love this outfit, and I can't believe you feel like death warmed up but look so good. This does NOT happen to me!
    Beautiful flowy trousers, I really must investigate these obi belts, I think they would suit my shape, and wow! kick ass boots!
    I hope you feel MUCh better very soon.
    Love Curtise x

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    1. Hi Curtise, and welcome!!! I was thrilled to discover obi belts myself - if you get one, you must let us see it!

      Thank you for coming over and your ever-sweet comment!

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  11. Oooh, Swishy Pants! You certainly don't look sick, but I do hope you rest up on your day off and are feeling back to your sassy self soon. Adore the scarf and belt - I will have to check the etsy shop as I've been looking for an obi belt for a while now.

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    1. Thanks, Shelley! On etsy I would highly recommend checking out http://www.etsy.com/shop/elizabethkelly?ref=search_shop_redirect in particular. I appreciate your well-wishings!

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  12. Major fan of swishy pants, right here! Love that obi - the wideness of it is so wonderful. I would love a big leather one...

    Hope you are feeling better soon. And bring on the Kahlua chocolates! They sound delicious!

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    1. Giant pants are the best! For a big leather obi (this one is faux but very soft & a little stretchy), do check out Elizabeth Kelly London (elizabethkelly on etsy, see my reply to Shelley right above your comment) - she is a total doll and makes beautiful leather obi belts.

      Yes, delicious!!! Sadly, not so happy in the tummy. Although it probably had more to do with quantity consumed. ;)

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  13. Hi Amber, I found you via Citizen Rosebud: so glad to find another great 40+ blogger!!! I love your unique style and your style of writing too... very entertaining and really well written.

    Am now following you, if you get a chance to pop over to my blog please do come and say hello!

    Catherine x
    http://notdressedaslamb.com e your uniu

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    1. Hi Catherine!!!

      Thank you for dropping by and commenting - the super-glad-to-find-you and following is now mutual!

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  14. FAB FAB FAB! LOVE the scarf, but the belt - SWOON!

    http://psbananas.com/2012/08/18/minty-python-skinny-jeans/

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  15. Hope that you are feeling better soon! Your scarf and jewelry adorn you beautiful black silhouette and the obi completes the ensemble with perfection.

    I remembered the post that you referred to by Lynne; it inspired me too.

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    1. Thank you for the well-wishings and compliments, Judith!

      I am especially glad for all of these circles of connection and inspiration.

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  16. Hi Amber, me again. I just nominated you for a Liebster Award.

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  17. What a beautiful artistic blog! I'm so happy you stopped by my blog today so I could in turn find yours. It's wonderful in here even if there are traffic cones surrounding it. I can see through all that orange.

    Can't wait to follow you Amber!

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    1. Thank you so much for this lovely comment and returning the following, Joni!

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  18. As the old Billy Crystal line goes, it's better to look good than feel good -- and you look marvelous!

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    1. Thank you, WendyB - I shall hear that echoing in my head, in Billy's voice, as accompaniment to my rise from the Kleenex ashes!

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  19. OMG, have you discovered the cure for the common cold? I adore kahlua :P

    Amber, are you tall? Because you look so tall and elegant with the wide leg pants, the wide obi, and the super long scarf. If I wore this outfit, I would look like an especially squatty Hobbit. I am insanely jealous of tall willowy style bloggers, or those that manage to look like they are. I am dying to learn the secret!

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    1. Oh man, the Kahlua chocolates helped very briefly but the bad tummy ache lasted a really long time. :( Probably because I ate all of them at once, which suggests to me that the experiment may be worth repeating with adjusted quantities. :)

      I am 5'6" and feel like I'm just getting the hang of managing my proportions - something I think you do marvellously (FWIW I'm insanely jealous of how awesomely you rock the ankle pants!) - this outfit and the photos of it turned out well. I'm using a lot of strategies at once: the obi belt highlights a narrow area of my body and shortens / brings up the waist of my long torso, the fitted jacket balances the volume of the pants, and the pants create a dramatic uninterrupted line which is elongated further by the pointy-toed boots. As for the photos, when I started blogging, I knew I didn't want to fuss with finding a consistent tripod setting every day, so I've been using one of its standard heights which puts the camera at about 34" from the ground. HTH!

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- Amber