Monday, 27 August 2012

Rainy Days and Mondays

This rainy Monday, I needed comfy-cozy and practical. I took outfit photos immediately upon arriving home, and included all the stuff I haul to work every day. I was feeling a bit utilitarian, yet still reasonably visible - and therefore, I will see you all over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday

jacket: bluepower, Cranberrie Lane (local shop)
travel mug: door prize / peeling-paint water vessel: Superstore
much-mended lunch bag:
Giant Tiger - and how I wish I could find another which would work nearly as well
cross-body bag:
Kenneth Cole Reaction 
skirt: kiora, Winners
shoes:
Hush Puppies


I've carried a similar messenger-type bag since at least the mid-'90's (again with that time period!). It fits my daytimer, plus it's hands-free. This is about my 5th one - I wear them to bits and it takes me ages to find a replacement.


These shoes bring back so many memories of dance lessons. Whether it's the scent of the rubber soles or the glue holding them together, when I first opened the box, I also vividly recalled getting Buster Brown shoes for back-to-school as a child. Then they stained my heels blue, just like old times. In your mind's eye, can you picture all the girls with their tights so marked? 

antique teardrop necklace: a gift from my mother, close-up here
cardigan: Majora, Colours
surplice-front shirt: Denver Hayes, Mark's Work Wearhouse


Thanks for stopping by! Hope everyone's week is off to a good start.

*** EDITED TO ADD: I'm excited to be included in Manolo's Monday Miscellany over at the Manolo's Shoe Blog - so pleased to be an Internet Friend of the Manolo - and of you! ***

38 comments:

  1. What is it with all the cute girls from Canada??? You look adorable. The shoes are PERFECT. Yes, I remember the heels of the tights all stained. That's how you could tell if you had them on correctly!

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    1. Aww, thanks, Connie! Nice of you to include me with my countrywomen, who I agree are particularly super-cute!

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  2. Love the striped maxi skirt. I recently just switched to a cross-body bag as my main bag. It's still not my favorite, but having both arms free is rather nice. So is not carrying around everything I own. I have yet to find a purse I actually like everything about.

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    1. I am all about the hands-free. I find that shoulder bags slip off my shoulder, handbags just irritate me hanging off my arm, or I'm T-rex-ing it with a clutch. Though I love this bag and it is excellent for my every-day hauling needs, I'd prefer a different interior configuration and an outside pocket on the back - I'm with you on the picky!

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  3. Very hip! And check out those Hush Puppies. I know for a fact they're comfy. They're getting very stylish in their offerings now too.

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    1. Thanks, Joni! Yes, the company recently collaborated with Anna Sui with some nice results.

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  4. I wish it was raining hare, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Gorgeousssssssssssssssssss
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  5. I've come from Manolo and I love that outfit!

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  6. So great, love that the coffee cup made the photo : > Hope I don't sound toooooo vain, but this looks just like me and I love it. The long comfortable knit skirt, neutral colors and easy shoes -- we could be twins, except you have cooler hair by far! Thanks for linking up to VM!

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    1. Oh Patti, not vain at all, on the contrary, thank you for the great compliment! :)
      VM is just about my favourite internet thing ever, thank YOU!

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  7. I love all the different lines-the skirt stripes, the seams in the jacket, the stitching on the shoes. I love the different textures- the shine of the leather, the matte ribbon on the shoes. I went back and looked at the closeup of your necklace too-beautiful!!

    I am addicted to cross body bags, for their hands-free ease and also because they help my jackets/shirts etc. stay closed. I'm prone to gap-osis, as my mother calls it. Your bag is a beauty. Thanks for introducing me to Manolo, too.

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    1. Jean, thank you for noticing all of that! Your eye for detail is amazing, meditative.

      "Gap-osis," lol - I too like how the bag keeps things in place!

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  8. That is so an outfit I would wear when the weather is cooler. You have awesome shoes, between you and Meagan at the Fashionable Bureaucrat, I am stricken with a severe case of shoe envy.

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    1. You're just 0.5 a climate zone south of me, but it does make a difference. I'm with you on ESPECIALLY admiring TFB Megan's collection!

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  9. Love those shoes. Those aren't the Hush Puppies from our childhood, that's for sure. I also used to get shoes from Buster Brown. Takes me back...

    I'm not a purse person, so I also carry messenger type bags slung across my body like you. It's really the best way to carry my junk!

    Great outfit - Funky and fun and classic and casual.

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    1. Thanks, Megan! More parallel experiences! :) I have a few great purses, but find that I don't use them more than about once a week - and often way less than that - because of the practicality issues I mentioned to Megan Mae above.

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  10. Amber--I don't know what kind of work you do, I just started following you, but you look like me headed to campus with my books, etc. And those shoes are my favorite part of an outfit I like very much. I do lots of huffing across campus.

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    1. Thank you, Terri! So glad we're mutual followers!

      I work as an expressive arts therapist and these days am so fortunate to be based out of just one office rather than hauling art materials and musical instruments (along with dayplanner, paperwork, forms, resources and such) to satellite locations or various group programs etc. I love my job, but the paperwork and at some times the hauling stuff around are not my favourites!

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  11. I love that long black striped skirt!

    Just wanted to say sorry for not commenting as much - I can't view your blog at my work (where I do a lot of catch-up in my downtime), so I have to wait till I'm at home in the evening.

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    1. Oh, Sheila, no worries! When I'm at work myself, it's a total no-blog zone, and I'm stoked that you take the time to read and comment at all ever!

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  12. I absolutely love the shoes! My daughter was a dancer for many years, and your mention of dance class and the bows on your shoes brought back many wonderful memories. But then your entire ensemble is worthy of the shoes.

    Congratulations on the mention on Manolo's Shoe Blog! New to me and quite fabulous.

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    1. Dance was definitely a formative experience, and has so many specific associations, memories, sensations, and feelings. Thanks for the compliment on my ensemble!

      "The Manolo" is indeed fabulous - and hilarious!

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  13. I do so love your style..it's chic artistic vibe, today melded with functionality! I must go now...there are more posts of yours I must see!!

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    1. Thank you, Tamera! Function is definitely important, and I'm happiest when it doesn't need to mean plain / ordinary / blah. The admiration is mutual - I am dying for downtime to mine your blog archive!

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  14. Love the maxi skirt. I don't think I have any with stripes... Hmm, might have to look at that!
    Your necklace is beautiful, and I am rather envious of your shoes. Again!
    You have proved it's perfectly possible to be utilitarian AND funky! xxxx

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    1. Thanks, Curtise - I appreciate funk as utilitarian in and of itself! xo

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  15. LOVE the shoes. Hush Puppies? Well, I never! We certainly don't have that style in England that I'm aware of. However, I don't have my finger on the pulse of every single thing in the whole of the country, so who knows? Maybe we do.

    Hope you are feeling better. I didn't see the Mountain of Kleenex in the background, so presumably, you are well again.

    Much love from Rosemary of www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

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    1. Ah, but the UK is home to Clark's, right? Of which my impression is similar - for years quite stodgy, but making some changes toward stylish while retaining comfort / reasonable orthopedic appropriateness.

      Thanks for your caring comment - bit of lingering tiredness, but feeling entirely better!

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  16. I've wanted a striped maxi for so long, so I'm jealous of yours.

    Gawd you brought back grade school memories of my own Buster Brown shoes! I sort of wish I still could wear them :P

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    1. Ah, if only ankle pants worked a smidgen as well on me as they do so spectacularly on you!

      Memory shoes! Can't wait for revivals of Coca-Cola shoes - they had spongy caramel-coloured rubber soles - and Cougar boots - they were caramel-coloured, and "the big kids" wore them with their red flannel tongues hanging out!

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    2. P.S. I just Pinned you. Right next to Audi's striped maxi skirt. I'm going to go away and die of envy right now :P

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    3. I'm honoured to be Pinned - not sure if I ever have been before! - and by the placement next to Audi, who I so admire. :) Thanks!

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  17. I love this look. In spite of the fact that I generally go for fluff and impracticality, I am really drawn to strong, utilitarian looks.

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  18. Thanks, Gracey - my own relationship with practicality is often pretty shaky! I've so admired how you make your outfits work for your cycling commute.

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  19. Great outfit! Love every bit of it. Buster Brown memories, such a crack up. Found you at Patti's. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much! I love how Patti has helped so many of us to connect. :)

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Thank you for your comments!
- Amber