Friday, 17 August 2012

Grey Lady Grey



Work had me out in the community today - I got to see the sun! - and I needed to be super-comfy for lots of driving. I popped out to the barn for outfit photos before I left. 


sunglasses: Ray Ban
scarf: Becky's, South Padre Island TX
pleather jacket: Coffee Shop, My Habit
dress: En Focus, Marshall's
bag: Charming Charlie (it fits my daytimer, yay!)
boots: Fluevog Presence Intuit

(all new since February)

It's taken years of searching to find prescription-friendly sunglasses which suit me - the homogenization of mainstream fashion, so much sameness, "it gives me the irrits" (a charming Lilli figure-of-speech). 

Of course, as soon as I found workable sunglasses, I had to go and fall madly in love with these, in white.

When I finally started craving more colour and less black in my wardrobe (not that long ago), it was hilarious to find that grey and sandy and very muted tones suit me best.
ring: carnelian, El Disco Super Centre, Progreso, Mexico

Do you remember "having your colours done"? At about age 13, I was diagnosed a "summer" and have a visceral memory of seething with incoherent rage while my "winter" sister sat there smugly flipping through her little folder of pinked-edge swatches, all jam-packed with bright reds and white, solid black, vivid blues and yellows, where I was stuck with ... dusty rose and crap. Man, that sucked!

The amplitude of that sulk must have been quite something to behold.

Happy weekend, everyone!

23 comments:

  1. I love the grey printed dress and those fabulous sunnies. Especially loving your bag and Fluevogs.

    I must be too young for the season based colors. I know what works for me and what doesn't, but I would never be confined by a palette! Color is too much fun.

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    1. See! I totally experienced it as confining, though was able to reject the limitations absolutely. While the general intention was to be helpful by suggesting peoples' most flattering palettes, I maintain that it is just mean to tell an already-miserable 13-year-old girl that she doesn't look good in black - and never will.

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  2. Ha, I remember that "doing colours" thing. I think it's still going on... I never had mine done but I was sure I'd end up with all sorts of colours I loathed. Since then I've embraced all colours. Grey and sandy and muteds may suit you but you certainly know how to kick them up with bold, wild accents. Loving it!! Your barn is cool.

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! I adore your orientation of embracing all colours. Something as wonderful as colour shouldn't ever be used as a weapon.

      Yes, the barn is seriously cool!

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  3. LOL, Amber, we must be close to the same age (45?). I was also 13 when I had my colours done. "Colour Me Beautiful"!!! I was "diagnosed" a Spring, but I so desperately wanted to be an Autumn. As soon as I was able, I cheated nature and started dyeing my hair red.

    I have the Presence flats in red! They are going to be in September's capsule.

    I totally love your style. This is such a sweet neutral look that's jazzed with all those bright circles of colour. Rock on!

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    1. Yep, close!! (I turn 41 next weekend) There are all kinds of ways to incorporate colours which may not technically "flatter," something you are amazing at - I'm always impressed at the range of things you look fantastic in.

      I look forward to see how you style your flats! Having to wait would darn near kill me.

      Thanks so much for your comment!

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  4. Although I was older when that whole colors thing came out (I'm 59), I do remember being about 13 when I had a melt down with my mother in the middle of Marshall's, insisting I would not wear nude panythose with my royal blue dress but rather I had to have hot pink tights. I still feel that way. Fortunately, I can buy my own hosiery now.

    I'm so envious, not only that you own those amazing boots, but that it's cool enough to wear them!! I also love inky, greyish/greenish/bluish colors to wear with my adored black. I have only started to try to use color very recently.

    Hope your weekend is going well. Your barn looks beautiful and makes a superb backdrop.

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    1. I love that hot-pink-tights story!!! Thanks for your whole wonderful comment, Jean. The barn is very much "as-is," down to the un-swept floor - I'm glad you see the beauty in it too!

      P.S. I have added you to my blogroll.

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  5. Hi Amber. I just learned of your stunning blog from Jean of Dross Into Gold. This post has enticed me to go back to the very beginning of Butane Anvil for a great read!

    I remember the 'color thing' well, but I was about your age now when I had mine done (I'm 69). At this point I wear whatever I want!

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    1. Oh Judith, wow, hello!!! I have been following your journey for some time, and I'm so honoured by your stopping by and leaving this comment. When "I wear whatever I want!" is informed by deep self-knowledge and wisdom, and practised with absolute authenticity as you do, the effect is amazing. Thank you!

      The incredibly lovely Jean is new to me, and I'm treating myself to her past posts!

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  6. grea tpost and dress honey, i really love ittt

    xx

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  7. Love your look, and your barn, Amber! Seems we all have some memory of "having our colors done." I too was deemed a Summer and told to Never Wear Black near my face, but I do nearly every day, so hah! You look marvelous. xoxoxoxo

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    1. I knew it!!! A fellow rebel against the tyranny of those seasonal decrees - good for you!
      Thanks, Patti, xo

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  8. Amber, I love everything about these photos, you, the outfit, and the locale. I'm only gonna whine just a little. I want BIGGER pics. I'm old and I wear reading glasses dontcha know :P

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    1. Thanks for the compliments, Lynne! Yes, that is good feedback about photo size - Sheila and Ally spoke up as well. From my next post onwards, they're all XL.

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  9. The dots on the scarf are great with the circles on the dress. And pockets!

    I have those boots too. They really are the perfect flat boot.

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    1. Ha! Hooray for pockets!

      I think we have several excellent items in common - these boots are unbelievably soft, I do love them so.

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  10. Amber, it looks like you are meeting every fab over-forty blogger - Yay! I too want larger photos so I can see the details in your outfits - my bifocals are crap. The dress and boots is an outfit I would wear in an instant. Black and grey are favourites of mine, especially in the winter. I had my colours done way back when and I can't remember what season I was supposed to be, but when I discovered that black was a colour I wasn't supposed to be wearing, that put me off the whole thing. I realize that some colours flatter certain skin tones and hair colours more than others, but I'm of the same mind as Judith and wear whatever I want.

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    1. Fab over-forty bloggers have got it going on!

      I appreciate peoples' feedback on the photos and have shifted to XL starting with my next post. I'm as yet desperately new at Blogger, and at some point when it becomes less of a wrestling match to get the text & photos where I want them (and I'm less worried about wrecking the whole thing), I may go back and adjust my initial post photos.

      Interesting that you had a similar put off feeling! Funny how it lingers, and how amazing freedom looks and feels.

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  11. I too had my colors done and was told I was a Summer. I didn't like summer colors so I just went with Fall because I love the colors of Fall. I think your style is unique and cool and love your blog. Keep up the good work. I loving reading your point of view. You are correct that its people's differences that make blogging so much fun. Here you can be a rebel or a conformist who cares.

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    1. Thanks, WendyB! They feel really great on.

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- Amber