Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Ready Steady

Hope everyone's week is off to a great start. I needed a boost up into mine, so I wore some favourite things. 


scarf: Becky's (South Padre Island, TX), worn here
skirt: Odille, thrifted
shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction, Winners clearance $14, story here, also worn here



blouse: Reitmans
obi belt: Elizabeth Kelly London, etsy, worn here and here and here too 


necklace: Tradewinds (local shop), worn here and here and here
carnelian ring: El Disco Super Centre (Progreso, Mexico) worn here with the scarf as well



It seems I am always saying, "This is my favourite!" and "This is super-comfy!" but of this I would also say it's one of the outfits I feel most 'myself' in.


cropped jean jacket: Smart Set, worn here




I don't know if I can say exactly what that means or why that is, only that it's true and good. What makes an outfit feel like 'you'? 


buttons: accumulated over time, oldest being "mellow" (25 yrs. ago) and newest my French-speaking John Fluevog robot. 

Though the particular types of clothing I associate with this 'myself' feeling have definitely shifted over time, my best guesses as to contributing factors might include colour(s), comfort, proportion / flattery, function, meaning / symbolism / memory, and degree of dressy vs. casual best fitting one's activities - yet there's still something hard to articulate, qualities which are perhaps more abstract or intangible.

Wishing you all the feeling of being grounded and centred in yourselves, regardless of the source!

36 comments:

  1. I love those shoes!! And the pins on the jacket! That looks amazing. I am a sucker for red shoes. They just make an outfit pop!

    xoxo
    Lynn

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! These particular red shoes are in heavy rotation. :)

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  2. It seems a though you've hit every note here perfectly. A beautiful color, perfect proportions, a personal touch, and a great balance of dressed up/down etc. Sometimes I try new things, which is good I suppose, but often I don't feel like myself. I always return to black/dk navy as a base, my silver jewelry, long skirts/dresses, and loose fitting clothes, for the most part.

    Enjoy your day!!!

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    1. Jean, the "home base" you return to is lovely. Experimentation can be a good way to confirm what we know / feel, and a way to be sure we're not needlessly rigid or stuck. Thanks for your thoughtful response!

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  3. Oooh, I love your button collection! I think a collection of buttons on a jacket or vest says a lot style-wise. I think it's one of my favorite expressions with accessories, even on guys. That and a beret really feels like me. Speaking of hats, I feel that way if I put one on with just about anything. There's something about a hat that makes me feel more me.
    I also love the photo here of you showing that gorgeous necklace, scarf, and ring. Stunning photography!

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    1. Thankfully, I seem to have grown past the feeling that it was too "young" / casual / worry about affecting credibility. Whew! I appreciate your feedback about the detail photo, as I debated leaving it out. Thanks, Joni!

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  4. I can see why those are your favourites and you look so confident in this outfit. I love the flouncy skirt and all your flair!

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    1. Thanks, Megan! I always like your flair too. This skirt has an especially nice balance of crispness / weight / volume and feels really good on.

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  5. I like your analysis of your style - I am still trying to figure my own out!

    Great skirt and I love the grounding black and pops of colour. Your button collection inspires me to dig mine out and decorate my jean jacket!

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    1. Thank you Sheila - you are another of those amazing people I admire who totally rock a great deep range of looks. Over the years I've had times of my style being incredibly narrowly defined and lately really enjoy finding ways to expand.

      I often think of taking all the buttons off this jacket (especially after a run-in with the TSA), but when I come down to it, something in me resists! Plus, lazy and always short on time. :)

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  6. Interesting question, and difficult to answer! I'd have to say that an outfit feels most like me if I feel confident and comfortable, and also a bit edgey and fierce at the same time. I would say most of my outfits fit the first two criteria, but only a few fit all four and those are the ones I need to wear more often. I love major accessories like big scarves and bold rings (as I see that you do as well). I had a "GASP" moment when I saw your carnelian ring - there would have been a throw down over that one ;)

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    1. Really interesting response, Shelley! I think you do edgy and fierce particularly well. But oh man, it could be dangerous to ever meet - we'd escalate to accessories cage match in about a minute!

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  7. I love Mr. Cicada! This is so much wonderful colour and the denim jacket is wow. My "me" look is all over the map, part role-playing, part reflective of my history, or it's purely emotional when I'm looking for interaction with the world or wanting to curl up inside myself. Comfort can also mean discomfort with weird fabrics, heavy layering. You seem to be really in tune to your many facets. I think it's like poetry, difficult to articulate with syntax and all that.

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    1. Mr. Cicada is another favourite. I appreciate your thoughts on the matter, Melanie - facets is a great word - especially when an amazing person such as yourself has so many aspects to choose from, and it is fantastic that we get to see!

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  8. An outfit makes me feel the most like me if it has a bit of a Tomboy element to it...jeans and boots often do it, heavy jewelry, the color BLACK. Although, you'd never know that from some of my pastel posts.
    I'm in love with this whole outfit of your's, Amber...the black denim jacket playing off the girlie red skirt. It's good!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! I too am finding some surprises with the perspective / reflective surface blogging provides.

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  9. lol. I'm always calling different things my favorite too. But, I think it's a positive that you can say "I love this" about so many things. It means you've done a great job of curating your wardrobe and that you dress for joy. At least that's what I think it means. ;-)

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    1. Fantastic feedback, Gracey - it feels exactly right!

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  10. I love all the details in this outfit. The floofy red skirt, the fabulous scarf, the great button collection, especially the little red star! I keep my pins on a tote bag, but I should try them out on a coat or cardigan sometime.

    I definitely feel like I'm getting my closet more towards what feels like "me" - I feel better when everything I'm pulling individually and collectively feel like they define who I am in an outward way. I think my favorite outfits make me feel badass, feminine, and powerful.

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    1. Badass, feminine, and powerful - definitely "you"! And stars of course. :)

      I just had a thought about the very high proportion communication which is non-verbal. It makes perfect sense that it feels better to be clearly seen and heard, that we are sending a message which feels accurate. Cool! Thanks, Megan Mae!

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  11. I think if you say many of your pieces are your faves, it means you have a great wardrobe that works well for you. You definitely gave my day a boost with that perfect red skirt and carnelian ring!

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    1. Thanks, Lynne! It certainly feels like a happy thing to be saying all the time - neat to think of it as also a very functional happiness.

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  12. I love the color; a beautiful shade of red and your outfit feels balanced to me. You look radiant.

    It's difficult for me to answer the question, 'What makes an outfit feel like me?' The hat, but from there it's a whatever appears that speaks to me. I like to experiment, but I maybe I have a pattern. I'll have to think about it because it's not always conscious. Great question!

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    1. Thank you, Judith - the skirt's red is more tomato than I would normally be drawn to, but speaks to me even so. Could be the exact colour of undiluted block tempera.

      When I think of your outfits, it's the hats, yes, but also incredible silhouettes, texture, colour, quality, and combination - always some aspect or aspects particularly outstanding. It is a good kind of challenging question!

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  13. I can see why you feel so good in this outfit. It is so natural and easy and those shoes look so soft, I love that crazy toe. That Mr. Cicada button is a crack up too. There are a ton of them in the creek down the street and they are so loud I couldn't sleep when I first moved to Atlanta. :-)

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    1. Thank you, Rachel! You picked up on the ease, which is definitely important, I notice I am also often mentioning comfort. I associate cicadas with my birthday in deep summer, though there's no comparison to their din in the South!

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  14. I miss my 1980s denim jacket with all the buttons and badges on it! I had a huge collection and used to carefully select a different arrangement for the jacket every day. LOL.

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    1. WendyB, yes!!! I even decorated the back of my jackets this way!

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  15. Hello Amber, I found you via Bella's recent 40+ post and I'm so GLAD to be here!! I absolutely must follow you because I ADORE your look and attitude to life:)). Your red ring and scarf are simply drool-worthy and I love your jacket with all the badges so, so much:))). What makes an outfit feel like me? Honestly, I wake up and decide on the day... yesterday was circus-gal with stripes, shiny frilly knickers, pin-striped dandy jacket and Docs. That felt RIGHT yesterday. Today, I'm wearing an enormous green batik kaftan with yellow embroidery. It just feels right for today. Can't wait to see more of you here:)). Desiree xo

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    1. Hi Desiree! Warm welcome and thank you ever so much for commenting - it was also great to "meet" you via both Curtise and Bella recently - I completely adore your being guided by "rightness" in response to the day, and your stupendously brilliant and creative soul. xo

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  16. LOVE this entire outfit, but those red shoes are the MOST fun!

    I find myself reaching for more comfort as I get older!

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

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    1. Thank you, Daisy! There have been a couple of times in my life when my needs for comfort grew exponentially, such as a job early on which required a lot of motion, physical effort, getting down on the floor, and post-illness when I'd had beyond my limit of physical discomfort over years - yes, the tolerance is lowered!

      xo

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  17. This is another great outfit! I love the dramatic colours, and your XL ring immediately caught my eye! I've been looking for one like that - and realized that I'll have to have someone make me one.

    One of my biggest problems is that I never seem to feel that "this outfit feels like me". I still consider myself a "style mess"!

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    1. Thanks so much - and may you be visited soon my the big-ring fairy! I really prefer dramatic jewelry too!

      You use colour, pattern, and shape in such interesting and creative ways - I'd say you've evolved light-years from a "style mess" if that was ever even true! I think I've said it before, but I'm also really enjoying how you are articulating your process.

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  18. I love your accessories!!
    and great question! as much as I like to experiment with color from time to time I guess I'm just a goth girl at heart and I tend to default to dark colors more often than not. the outfit that I posted last on my blog probably feels the most like me, to me.

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    1. Thanks, Audrey! I find all of your outfits so interesting, and notice the unusual construction and textures, great proportions and silhouettes, though when you do dive into colour, it's outstanding as well.

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Thank you for your comments!
- Amber