Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Yes, My Darling Dotter

I was losing light by the time I got home from work for outfit photos. I loved wearing a couple of my favourite serendipitous scores, and this particular red-belt-and-shoes combination works with so many dresses that it's eerie.

dress: Dana Buchman, thrifted, $8
obi belt:
Elizabeth Kelly London, etsy
shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction, Winners, $14, story here


This silk dress did fit a bit oddly at the store, but at half-price, I couldn't leave it behind - not with those flower-shaped buttons. At home, I discovered the little interior snaps which create the gathers at the shoulders. A perfect fit after all. Hooray! 

wood bangle: random mall store, can't recall
watch: Swiss Army Cavalry, beloved gift (1994)
usual wrist wear: silver Om bracelet (Lollapalooza vendor, early '90's)silver & leather "hands" bracelet (AGO, precious gift, early '90s, replaced 2005), rubber O-ring

The respite from sub-Arctic office chill was brief, so I am back to layering up. Do you have any garments which absolutely have their own fantastic smell? This sweater is one. Besides being amazingly soft, it smells delicious. It also goes over top of this outfit and this one too

scarf: Charming Charlie
sweater: nurture, Dillard's


Now when you run into me wearing it, you might ask if you can smell it. I might let you. 

antique moonstone necklace: a (40th birthday) gift from my mother (and father)
Like many of y'all, I've got some brutally long days happening, and will be catching up on responding to your awesome comments and emails and leaving comments on your fabulous blogs as I'm able. Off to do good self-care: sleep. I highly recommend you get some too, if you can! 

34 comments:

  1. The dress is beautiful and classic. It's made very 'you' with the shoes and the wrap belt, which are a great match.

    Many of my clothing items have different smells because I use clear-n-free detergents. So some of my clothes still have that store-smell. I've been pretty successful at getting out thrift-smells though. Also I've noticed my wool garments have that wooly smell to them.

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    1. Thanks, Megan! There is a whole industry around that store / "new" smell, aimed at generating profits in a Vegas-style manufactured experience - creepy! Unsettling! And "thrift-smell" can be pretty intense, and sometimes particular - any secrets?

      It's scents like "wooly" or of the particular inks on graphic tees - of the materials making up the garment itself that I think some people are more sensitive to than others.

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  2. Your belt and shoes do work beautifully together, Amber, and the silk dress was a bargain, especially once you worked out the shoulder situation!
    I don't think I have any clothes which have a special smell... Not a nice smell anyway! I have a couple of vintage dresses which, no matter how I wash and air them, retain that characteristic musty whiff. I just spray myself liberally with my favourite perfume and wear them anyway, and people are polite enough not to comment!
    Take care of yourself during your busy time. xxxxx

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    1. Thank you, Curtise, for the compliments and your kindness!

      Scent of vintage is an acquired "taste," like the vanilla tones of old books which are unfortunately inseparable from the musty!

      I find too that certain garments of synthetic materials, often cheaper or vintage items, get near-immediately "stinky" on the body, must be a chemical reaction. True, thank goodness for polite folks!

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  3. Self care is certainly important care!
    Those are some great shoes, love the color! Someone once told me that that particular color was a neutral but I didn't really believe it for a long time. I'm converted now.

    I can't say I have a sweater or clothing that has a particular smell, but if I do ever meet you and you're wearing that I'm going to do a nose dive. ;)
    Have a good week's end!

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    1. Thanks, dear Joni!

      Interesting the shifting definitions of "neutral" - it seems to be happening currently with that electric cobalt blue. Over at WendyB's post on Converse shoes, I commented that they have become so ubiquitous as to approach a certain kind of "neutral" status, which is quite a change from the cultural meanings / associations previously bestowed on them.

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  4. Really cute outfit. Can't believe how well the belt goes with the shoes.

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    1. Thanks, Ally! Though the shoes are more a tomato shade and the belt more burgundy (sorry, "oxblood"), they have enough in common to the eye. I wish more combos lit up a dress the way this one does - blogging will challenge me to use the less-favourite but still awesome belt-shoes pairings but I know I won't be able to help showing this one repeatedly!

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  5. Classic feminine with a serious Butane Anvil twist-love it. When I saw the sweater on top, I was delirious. I have a few alpaca pieces that have that alpaca smell (there's a shocker) and some raw silks that smell just a little fishy, and of course Joey's shirts which are utterly delicious. To remove thrift store smells I have great success with a liquid soap (Zum) that I buy at Whole Foods. Otherwise I use a fragrance-free eco detergent by Seventh Generation. Since I love to wear fragrance, I'm told my clothes always smell like me, but I can't really tell.

    Have a good week!! Just breathe, right?

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    1. Thank you, Jean! Breathing is way important.

      I had forgotten that raw silk smell, I don't currently have any, but certainly do recall it! Sometimes it seemed to smell of grains or dry beans too. A fabric I totally love the scent of is flax - I had a few items (I think the label is even called "Flax") made in Lithuania which were scrumptious and I wore them to pieces.

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  6. love your blog and your style!

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    1. Thank you for coming by and commenting, Jeane! As I said over by you, I love when people do, it gives me a chance to discover their sites as well.

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  7. Yeah, it's crazy time over here too, and a challenge to get enough rest and keep the game face on all day. I am in love with all of your obi belts, and was doing a search on Etsy the other day to find one as you have inspired me!

    I don't wear perfume so I don't find my clothes have any particular smell but if I were to run into you, I would ask nicely if I can smell your sweater ;)

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    1. Aw, you too, Shelley? Hope it eases up soon, and I'm honoured to be an inspiration!

      I no longer wear perfume either, though I used to be one of the worst offenders - after undergoing over 2 years of toxic treatments, I've developed chemical sensitivity and now find that most perfumes and heavily-scented products make me feel horribly ill, with symptoms lasting well beyond the time of actually smelling it. I am sorry I was ever so stinky!

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  8. I'm a total sucker for good buttons I can't resist!

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    1. YES! I love special buttons, they can totally make a garment!

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  9. Hi Amber,
    I just have to say your blog looks so beautiful, post after post. As do you of course, in your ensembles. It looks like you've been at it (blogging) for years, and here it's only been a few months! Have you mentioned how you came up with the blog name yet? It's quite distinctive and intriguing.

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    1. Thank you ever so much for the compliment on my blog - I must tell you I appreciate it mightily, as I've actually only been blogging for a couple of weeks - since August 14!

      I haven't got around to my "About" page yet, which will surely talk about my title. :)

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  10. I *lurve* Nurture brand clothing - it's so soft and yummy. Love those shoes too, and the bangle collection. Well, just everything, I reckon. You look wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, Patti - it's an outfit that feels particularly good on! I wasn't familiar with Nurture, but I do adore this sweater.

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    1. Thanks, WendyB! They're a relatively recent addition to my style, but when I discovered how amazingly well they work, a wee monster was created. :)

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  12. I'm a great fan of Elizabeth Kelly's obi belts and it looks wonderful with this dress. The outfit has a retro vibe that I like. Wondering what gives the sweater its delightful smell...

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    1. Thank you, Terri!

      I personally admire how Megan of The Fashionable Bureaucrat mixes retro with contemporary, and wow, was a full-on retro look over at Dylan's Dress http://dylansdress.blogspot.ca/2012/08/fave-vintage-dresses-belle-france.html ever a stunner!

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  13. Super cuterino. What is it about red shoes that just MAKE and outfit?
    Connie*

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    1. Thanks, Connie - I personally suspect that red shoes are subconsciously related to endings of wartime austerity as well as to what used to be termed "fancy" women!

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  14. LOVE all your red accessories - and the moonstone necklace is GORG!
    XOXO
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:
    http://psbananas.com

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    1. Thank you, Daisy! The necklace also carries so much special meaning to me. :)

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  15. Red is a neutral colour in my mind. It goes with everything! Gorgeous necklace too.

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    1. Thanks, Megan - I'm very drawn to both the colour red and teardrop shapes!

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  16. I'm crazy about obi belts and this red one is especially lovely. I thrifted a black shirt dress yesterday that doesn't fit perfectly but I'm hoping wide belts will make it a wardrobe staple.

    I've been meaning to tell you I'm so jealous of your door in your photos.

    I buy laundry detergent that smells like lavender, even though dear hubby uses plain old Tide :p

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    1. Thank you, Lynne! As the weather cools, I'll be wearing a lot of shirt dresses, often with a wide belt and the bottom left open over a skirt.

      This area of the barn is the old "striproom" (where tobacco was graded), and the door has wonderful pencilled grades and calculations as well as scribbles at child height - all of which I'd preserve should we eventually fix it up for studio space as has been the dream.

      Lavender is a good smell. My standbys are Tide Cold Water (original scent), Zero Dark Laundry, and Forever New - I just haven't yet been happy with the less-toxic alternatives I've tried so far. My sister recently recommended Method detergent, but I've forgotten where she gets it.

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  17. Ooh, I'm in love with your red obi! I spotted some at a shop here in town - dropped a major hint with the hubby for my b-day, heh heh.

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    1. Crossing my fingers for your Birthday wishes!!! :)

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Thank you for your comments!
- Amber