Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Blue Language


Hey everyone! Among other non-fashionable activities, I finally got the bathroom ceiling mended and re-painted. Hooray! Teeny-tiny white polka dots weren't quite enough to post about - although I did assemble a whole coordinated outfit which included matching socks. 


earrings: Lollapalooza vendor, early '90's
scarf: Cynthia Rowley, Winners (clearance)
antique moonstone necklace: gift from my parents, worn here
gear-print top: Snazzie, now-defunct local shop
usual wrist wear: rubber O-ring, Swiss Army Cavalry watch (beloved gift, 1994), silver OM bracelet (Lollapalooza vendor, early '90's), leather and silver "hands" bracelet (AGO, precious gift, early '90's, replaced 2005)


trench coat dress: Cynthia Rowley, Marshall's, worn here
dress worn as skirt: Trendyland, Winners, worn here
shoes: Fluevog Prepare Guide, worn here





Today's post is dedicated to the brilliant innovators of things which make the lives of countless people less sweary, such as how a paint can opener is also a bottle opener. I really, really hope the person who thought of that got a raise. 





Another superior thinker well-deserving of extra compensation is the inventor of exterior Xmas lights on giant nets to drape or wrap the bushes. That is a lot of Xmases un-ruined right there. I bet they too would have a high-five for the designer of my blender, who looked at the lid and said, "You know, we should make this knob into a shot glass." 





It was probably an awesome problem-solving nurse who suggested perforating the wax paper backing Steri Strips near the little ends so you can just pull that off and flag the whole bunch of them for easy removal afterwards. Before that, I bet a whole lot of new swears were invented because those things are used for major owies and they stick hard to skin. Not that it's a bad thing to have plenty of shades of blue language to choose from, just that if you've got a reason for Steri Strips, you've likely already put forth your fair share. Potty mouth. 




This is perhaps less an outcome of genius vision than a particularly happy synchronicity of the universe, but the way an open empty pizza box makes an exactly perfect absorbent splatter-container for your paint roller tray is something which never gets old. (Neither does the word "spackling," although it is definitely more fun to say than to do.)

I may yet be high on paint fumes, but man, all those smart, smart, smart people deserve giant hugs as well as promotions. Which are your favourite happiness-bringing, cuss-banishing, functional design features or advancements? 


37 comments:

  1. Oh, that necklace is heavenly. So amazingly gorgeous. And I love that trench too. I'm a sucker for a coat with a pleated skirt.

    Mascara. I know it's a silly thing to be happy about the invention of, but I think it's just fab!

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    1. Thank you Gracey - the necklace was my 40th birthday present! Totally bring on the 'silly' - thumbs up for mascara!

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  2. Lovely outfit, Amber. The taupes and blues are so pretty together. Love your necklace.

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    1. Thanks, Sheila! They are relatively "new" colours in my wardrobe. I love that the shoes are a blue richer than navy.

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  3. I love the effect of the striped skirt under the trench dress. The taupe makes the black and white so bold.

    I admit I'm one of those young adults who takes advantage of all the modern conveniences. I love automatic doors, motion-sensing flushing, and bathrooms where the only thing you have to touch is the door handle. I adore my smartphone and computer. I like the little things like the plastic bits you put in a coffee to keep the foam from spewing out, hangers with the extra bit to hang a pants hanger on it, and I love that my desk cubby is the perfect height to fit 3 pairs of tall boots in it for storage. I like efficiency and multitasking.

    Also spackling is an AWESOME word.

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    1. Thanks, Megan Mae! I don't consider myself much of a germophobe, but after living in the boonies for 12 years, going into the city with all the touchable surfaces - doors, transit, railings, washrooms - freaks me out a bit, eee! Your boot-fitting desk cubby is exactly the kind of things which makes me very happy.

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  4. Amber, I always savor your posts, because there is so much to see in each photo, and you have the coolest accessories, not to mention clothes and shoes. Because of Jean at Dross into Gold, I've been eyeing vintage silver bangles, so I know what those babies are worth, both in terms of sentiment and bucks :o

    Magic Erasers. I bow down before thee, Oh Mighty Magic Eraser King.

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    1. Thanks, Lynne! I treasure the times with my parents which so many of my favourite things remind me of - we found the necklace in an antique store in Texas. I fell in love with it, but put it back because of the cost. My mom sent my dad back for it, and they gave it to me for my 40th birthday.

      P.S. Hooray for Magic Erasers!

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  5. oh this outfit is such a success on all levels. I love the mix of prints!!! I personally think the person who invented the heating pad should be given a national holiday! It's been a challenging year health wise and this little device has made my pain bearable.

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    1. Thank you, Jeane! Aw yeah, heeeeeeaaaating paaaaaad!

      Sorry to hear of your health challenges this year, but thank goodness for any and every little thing which helps us get through the day. Hope things have eased and are as well as possible.

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  6. Yet another cosmic synchronicity of fabric, colour, cut, and human! Congratulations on your bathroom! I hope you used your paint can opener for drinks and the cardboard box holder for pizza prior to repurposing. Yes, repurposing of things is a favourite, like how they use Dremel tools for manicures - although I've never had the pleasure of experiencing them in that capacity. And pipe insulation material for poolside wet noodle toys - genius. And packing material for yoga mats - someone made a FORTUNE on that marketing coup. I can't think of more off the top of my head... Your repurposing is genius. I like the Roll-up-the-Rim tool sold at Lee Valley Tools too (for Tim Horton's game cups - it's a Canadian thing), but I don't have one.

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    1. Thanks for the awesome feedback and fantastic repurposing highlights, Melanie! OMG I had no idea that there was a dedicated Lee Valley Roll Up The Rim tool - people do take their Tim's veeery seriously!

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  7. Chevrons and gears and stripes and layers - there is all sorts of fabulousness going on in this outfit, Amber! That necklace is such a beauty, it makes me sigh a little just to gaze at it...
    Well done for painting the ceiling and inventing the term spackling, which is a perfect neologism and now firmly embedded in my vocabulary. xxxx

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    1. Thanks, Curtise! It's another one which feels good to wear. I appreciate the congrats, and sorely wish I'd invented the word "spackling" but alas cannot take credit for its utter fabulousness! xo

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  8. Gorgeous combination of colors and shapes and textures -- that trench dress is spectacular! The inventor of shoe inserts has my lifelong gratitude. And am I allowed to say tampons, although those years are long passed by : o

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    1. Oh my goodness Patti, please do say tampons! :) Whatever would be do without them to absorb our production of Windex ... or is it windshield washer fluid they use in those stupid commercials? This calls for some Sarah Haskins in Target Women: Birth Control right here!

      http://current.com/shows/infomania/89157733_sarah-haskins-in-target-women-birth-control.htm

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  9. Hey, I am all about plastic clothes hangers -- all alike in my closet (ahhhh order) over the old wire hangers that used to tangle up and make me scream! Love those shoes!

    xoxo
    Lynn

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  10. Today's outfit is gorgeous! The colours are lovely, and the combination of dress worn as skirt and trench is quite surprising, and very charming! The top is my favorite though - I love the print! Well, there's the necklace too - it's so beautiful! It looks like silver with amber?

    Using old pizza boxes underneath the paint roller tray i genius, I'll certainly keep that in mind!

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    1. Thank you ever so much! The very-dear-to-me necklace is moonstone.

      Yes, one must always start a painting job by ordering pizza!

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  11. Cool post Amber! Excellent layering - check, awesome jewellery - check, delightful sense of humour - check, check, and double check!

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  12. I'm desperately coveting that necklace....
    I love the Thai's for their inventive food,actually.Ecerytime I eat Thai, I bless the little buggers! Other than that,elastic pretty much rocks for me! X

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    1. Ooh, Helga, nice picks in Thai food AND elastic, lol - they do work ever so nicely as a team!!!

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  13. you have the best shoes and accessories, EVER.
    UM. I would like to thank bacteria. specifically human commercial use of bacteria. bacteria produces so much useful things for humankind. not only their involvement in delicious dairy products and rennetless cheese but how they can be manipulated to produce medicines, produce better crops, made into vectors for gene therapy. YEAH TECHNOLOGY AND BACTERIA! haha

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    1. Fantastic, Audrey! Thanks for reminding us of the good stuff about bacteria, although I think I will forever give spirochetes the side-eye.

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  14. You have such wonderful outfits. I so enjoy seeing what creative outfit you have put together for our viewing pleasure. Your necklace is spectacular!
    One of my favorite inventions was the dishwasher.

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    1. Aw thanks, Debbi! Dishwashers are pret-ty cool. At my house tonight, its name was Beary, hooray!

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  15. My favorite invention is the bagel slicer ( the kind that kind of looks like a guillotine) no more unevenly sliced bagels or accidentally slashed wrists!
    What can I say about your outfit that hasn't already been said here? It's just plain ol' fabulous Amber.

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    1. Thank you, Sheila! And that does sound like an awesome gadget - whenever I slice any food item it's usually about a foot wide at one end and wafer thin at the other. :)

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  16. Just saw your blog for the first time. Love your style and your shoes! swoon :) I'm subscribed now and look forward to seeing more great looks.

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    1. I so appreciate your visit, awesome comment, and subscribing - thanks ever so much!

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  17. The garage door opener, coffee grinder, microwave oven, cell phone/nav system, these are all things that impact my daily life. I love the fab layering and exquisite accessorizing of your ensemble. The shoes are extraordinary.

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    1. Dear Jean, thank you! A friend and I were just giving thanks to whoever figured out how to include a timer function on coffee makers, which does wonders for shortening that painful episode of time between consciousness and caffeine. :)

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  18. Just discovered your blog today, courtesy of Sal over at Already Pretty, and I love it. You are awesome!

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  19. Thank you so much! I love Sal, and think that YOU are awesome for stopping by and commenting. :)

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  20. I adore the pleats on the back of that topper, beautiful!

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Thank you for your comments!
- Amber