Friday, 7 September 2012

Nobody Home

I left my car's lights on while I was out last night. So unlike me; can't recall ever doing that where it wasn't caught in time. I'm not one to lock the keys inside either, and it's rare that I lose anything, so it's a bit unsettling when these things happen. Fortunately, I had an amazingly kind (and hilarious) friend come to my rescue. Whatever would we do without each others' help? 

linen dress: Nygard Collection, thrifted
obi belt: Elizabeth Kelly London, etsy
slip: Linda, can't recall where from
shoes: Ann Tayor Loft, ebay

I considered hiking up and pinning my slip, but decided I liked it showing. Plus, lazy! I said in response to my friend Catherine's recent post, "I have great affection for the Lady Diana backlit skirt - I was so outraged by the condemnation heaped on her that, for many years, I eschewed slips altogether in solidarity." I still don't much care if people can see the outline of my legs, but do appreciate the added floofy-swirly and sometimes warmth, and the subtracted between-legs-bunching, riding up, and / or cling. 


necklace: random jewelry booth ~20 yrs. ago
camisole: Smart Set
 awesome buttonflowers: Megan Mae Designs

Fortunately, this dress doesn't tend to get nearly as grotty-wrinkled as most other linen things. It's also very unlike me to ever buy anything linen due to my intense aversion to ironing as described in my 11 Liebster facts. Hey! Who is this person?



Well, I am double shoe twins with the lovely Stacey of Gray Skies, though mine haven't received such compliments as hers! I took these photos between work and going out, for which I changed my shoes. That one thing made a big difference. 


shoes: Fluevog Faith Rahab

I was really comfortable in these other Fluevogs from the Faiths family, so I ordered the Rahabs when they went on super-clearance, only to find that - oops! - the Rahabs are significantly higher and definitely too bondage-licious and impractical for work. 



They are quite stable though, and return shipping would have been 1/3 the cost of the shoes, so I kept 'em. (None of this free-shipping-free-returns business of which you speak in other countries such as the Land of the Free.) 


scarf: Gabii's, TX near border to Progreso
purse: Brown's 


I loved what another Amber (a.k.a. the gorgeous and amazing Shoeperwoman) had to say in her post In Praise of the Midi Dress about pairing longer hemlines with outrageous shoes, and, being a big fan of both, I agree wholeheartedly.

May all kinds of good things - favourite hemlines, functional undergarments, wacky shoes, and excellent friends - come through for you today, whether or not you're at your best.

42 comments:

  1. Very, very cute. You certainly are a fashion-blogger now!

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  2. Fabulous shoes. I was very tempted by them in orange but didn't think I'd be able to handle the height. I love the blue of the scarf. It reminds me of Smoking Lily stuff.

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    1. Thanks, Megan! They are highest ones I've got - because my feet are strapped so securely to that giant square-edged block of wood they are just manageable. I tried on the Attention Paris (love the ostrich and devilfish versions) but wouldn't be able to manage the height of a skinnier heel though they are a net .5" lower.

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  3. Fantastic ensemble. Love how the belt enhances the whole outfit. wanting your shoes.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Thank you, dear Sacramento! I really get a lot of wear out of these belts.
      Hope you too are having a great weekend!

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  4. Those are pretty sweet shoes! I tried them on in the Gastown store, but they were too high and too hard (that wood sole) for me.

    I love the shirtdress - so lovely on you. I'm a fan of the slip hanging out, so go for it!

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  5. Another gorgeous ensemble. You have me wanting to try obi belts. And those Rahabs are so fabulous; I lusted after the orange ones terribly but I didn't think I could handle the heel.

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    1. Thanks, Ericka! I'm not sure I would have got them if I'd tried them on in store myself. The first time I wore them was to a family celebration at a nursing home - where I knew the terrain wouldn't pose too many challenges, lol.

      I highly recommend the obi!

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  6. I think the dress looks great with the slip showing - I'm a fan of dress-layering. Just how many awesome obi belts do you own? I think you should share ;)
    Those shoes are so very sexy, and I would love to be able to wear ones like that.
    Another stellar outfit Amber - have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Shelley! In less than a month of blogging, I have worn them all except for my new Megan Mae Designs obi and a thrifted one I would say is more of a wrap belt. Some, like this one, I've already worn several times - I love them them an awful lot!

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  7. As usual I have a smile on my face after looking at your blog today! Your creativity ALWAYS inspires me! Killer shoes; love 'em!

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  8. It is QUITE amazing the difference a change in shoes makes! Wow. Love those second ones. And I am a fan of midis and outrageous shoes as well. Sorry about the lights left on. I don't like to do things like that either. Not like me, and worries me when something like that happens. Have a great weekend!!

    xoxo
    Lynn

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    1. You too, eh? Yes, that bit of questioning!

      I'm glad to be seeing your gorgeous dresses too!

      xoxo

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  9. I can't be doing with linen either, I always hope I might look chic and Italian and cool, but just look rumpled and crumpled instead... You are managing the linen look very well, Amber, so well that if you hadn't said it was, I would never have known the dress was linen at all, so uncrumpled does it look!
    I like the peek of petticoat showing, and Megan Mae's button flowers make a gorgeous posy of decoration.
    And the shoes! From sweet ballerina to kick-ass dominatrix, just through a change of shoes, that's a neat trick! I so wish I was better at heels, they look amazing.
    Have a great weekend. xxxxx

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    1. Thanks, Curtise! I'm pretty sure this is the only linen item I own anymore - but it had so many good points, and the price was such that I wasn't going to be broken up if it did The Crumpling immediately upon my putting it on. Also, because it actually looked ok at this particular thrift store, where I suspect they pre-wrinke everything on purpose (or source mostly from bins / mounds at large centres), I gave it a go. :)

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  10. Those Fluevogs are awesome! I think it's so funny that we have two pairs of matching shoes - so far. I wonder if we have any other closet twins?!

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    1. Thank you, Stacey - I've been a reader of yours for several months, and it's all I've caught - so far! I am also double-shoe-and-one-blouse twins with The Fashionable Bureaucrat Megan! :)

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  11. I probably break my neck in those shoes! They're terrific on you. I think I could swing the nail polish though.

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    1. Thank you, Sheila - whenever I wear ridiculous shoes, I always, always hope I don't hurt myself, because I would feel like such a jerk! I think turquoise or any blue would be gorgeous on you, I remember your vivid blue pleated skirt. :)

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  12. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Amber - and I think this outfit is the perfect example of the midi length/outrageous shoes combination: love it!

    (I also sympathise with the car situation - I once left my lights on twice in the same week: I'd like to say I learned my lesson after that, but, well...)

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    1. Hi Amber!!! I am such an admirer of yours, thank you so much for coming over to check out my post and leaving an awesome comment.

      Though the events may not feel this way to you, your misadventure stories are so funny and dear. :)

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  13. Oh wow! The buttonflowers look amazing. I'd love to snag the close up photo if you don't mind. It's such a good shot. The Fluevogs are a gorgeous pair of sandals. They do look really tall. I'd call those 'power shoes'. Totally rock'n'roll.

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    1. I'm so glad you think you can use it, of course!
      Doing the math, I'm apparently about 5'11" and a half in these.
      Kind of a clompy, dinosaur-ish rock'n'roll. RAAAAR. :)

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  14. Those shoes are AMAZING!!! I haven't had a Fluevog experience yet. I'm not sure where to find them here although I'm guessing it won't be hard. The proportions of this outfit look great on you and the cluster of button flowers is a charming touch. (I'll be getting mine shortly.)

    Have a wonderful weekend!!

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    1. Thanks, Jean! The Fluevog site lists retailers other than their own stores which carry some. I appreciate your compliment on proportion, as I struggle with it sometimes.

      I look forward to seeing how you style your buttonflowers!

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  15. I have shoe envy! These are spectacular and though very different, work perfectly with your outfit. I'm a fan of the 'slip reveal' and love the black under brown detail, plus you threw in the turquoise toe polish and scarf.

    I agree - what would we do without generous and kind friends. Hilarious is always a bonus!

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    1. Oh, Judith, thank you for the lovely feedback!

      Life would be ever so drab without our dear compadres.

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  16. Smashing! I love your shoes, as usual (especially the Fluevogs. They are SMOKING HOT). You have inspired me to dig out my one and only obi (I got it from Built By Wendy almost ten years ago) and see what I can do with it. <3

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    1. Hey, thanks, Audrey! Hope we get to see what obi-outfit(s) you come up with - your style is totally terrific.

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  17. I am admiring this sleek fabulous outfit,and those Fluevogs(unusual name!) are incredible!Lust worthy,in fact!
    I am fortunate that my car turns off its own lights! I haven't locked my keys in yet,I expect it's a matter of time......I've only been driving for about 3 years now!
    :)

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    1. Thank you, fabulous Helga! Lucky you to have such a smart car! I thought mine had (or used to have, it's 15 yrs. old) a battery-saving feature if the interior or trunk lights were on too long, but plenty has rusted away over the years.

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  18. These shoes have a very similar heel to my green shag Fluevog boot/sandal thingies, and the fact that they are comfortable was a shock. I'm glad you kept these. The buttonflowers Megan Mae made are spectacular in this cluster. I am also a fan of the slip-sliding away and black/brown combos. You look fantastic!

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    1. Yes, they come from the same shoe "family!" Your green Jericho sandaloots / bootandals are listed as 5" heels but my Nazareth wedges (4") and these Rahabs (OMG 5.5") aren't specified though I wish they had been. I think they all share the same 1" platform and the solid feet-strapped-to-giant-blocks-of-good-smelling-wood-with-good-smelling-leather/suede wonderfully clompy quality.

      You are beyond fabulous in your green fringe, and thanks for the kind words, pardner!

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  19. LOVE that dress and the bondage shoes. If you wear them while reading "Forty Shades of Grey" be prepared for some serious eyebrow lifting around you! I think it's great the way you've worn all the button brooches together too. I wouldn't have thought of that!

    Love from England,
    Rosemary from www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks, Rosemary! That would have been the reason I didn't didn't use a certain title for one post in which I wore mostly grey. Although no matter what I am reading, raised eyebrows can often seem a universal greeting. ;)

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  20. Those wood shoes are killer! LOVE it!

    XOXO
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:
    http://psbananas.com

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    1. Thank you, dear Daisy!
      With the height, I have to concentrate on them not being literally killer, lol. xo

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  21. I love your black dress with the button flowers. I also adore the slip showing. I'm hoping an awesome petticoat will come my way some day soon so I can let it can fluff out my skirts and be a cool underskirt. I do love my slips, tho'. I'm not appalled if I can see backlit legs myself, but things seem to hang better on me with a cami and/or slip.

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    1. Oh, I have been seeking a floofier petticoat myself! They aren't easily found in my area.
      I love the buttonflowers too. :)

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- Amber