Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Vestigial

It's been an altogether detail-oriented kind of day. So many details that they will bleed over into and occupy all of tomorrow as well, as is the way of things, but it will be all right. 
It will. 

scarf: from among my grandmother's belongings
silk top: Alchemy, The Circle Game (local shop) clearance, $7
on wrist: the usual, details here
belt: BRAVE Beltworks
jeans: UB Jeans, thrifted

t-shirt: Reitman's
boots: Fly London
necklace: Tradewinds (local shop) worn here and here too


My grandma, who lived until age 92, loved her home and her garden completely. She could work over a field with a hoe faster than anyone. This remained true well into her '70's, and we stopped farming before we ever caught up. 

Back detail of top, which ties at mid-back and neck and seems
simultaneously apron- and vest-like.

Later on, when hospitalized with a skull fracture from a fall down stairs, my grandma complained of a headache and a nurse offered Tylenol. Grandma's response? 

"It's not that bad." 



I was ever glad to be carrying something of hers along with me today. Speaking of details, I imagine it's this one you want to see: 


Thought so. :)

Hope things are well with y'all - in your details, and in your big pictures too.

38 comments:

  1. I LOVE the look and feel of your blog and your unique style.

    And this outfit - lovely as always, and you're right - I am DEFINITELY drawn to those FAB shoes!
    XOXO
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:
    http://psbananas.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Daisy! In addition to your great style, I always appreciate your genuine enthusiasm. xo

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  2. You are so right...it's the shoes :) and the rest of course.
    Connie*

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    1. Thanks, Connie, hope you're having a good day!

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  3. GAsp! Those boots!! Yummy!
    Love this look especially. Very classy yet very hipster. Fantastic!

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    1. Thank you, Joni - means a lot coming from Ms. Totally Rockin' It!

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  4. I love your story about your grandma. My grandma drinks the juice out of the jar of hot peppers and thinks it keeps you healthy. She just turned 97 and lives by herself. Maybe it's true.
    Your outfits always feel filled with such richness. A sensory richness. I like that feeling very much.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment and your grandma story, Lisa! Awesome!

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  5. I loved your dressed up jeans and the story about your grandmother - and then I scrolled down to the shoes! Hotdamn those are gorgeous.

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  6. your grandma sounds like a badass. <3

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  7. How did you know? I'm obsessed with boots so this was right up my alley. Lovely story and lovely details, too.

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    1. Thank you, Jean! Hope your busy time and travels are going as smoothly as possible. xo

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  8. Love and must try oriental.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  9. Hey Amber,
    Great post. This is my first visit to your blog. Gonna have a look around.
    Yeah, I did want to get a closer look at those boots. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Sheila - just went for a visit over by your great blog! Thanks so much for visiting and your comment!

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  10. Oh the devil is in the details...
    Love yours though, Amber! What a pretty top, and it works so well over a t-shirt. I tend to dismiss little strappy things with a "what will I do with my bra straps?" but I clearly just need to get creative with some layering! Fabulous boots, love the stitching. And if it isn't an inappropriate thing to say to someone I haven't known very long - your arse looks amazing in those jeans! As my friend Helga Von Trollop would say - fabularse! xxxxxx

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    1. Curtise, I hear you on the strappy tops - I can just imagine an adorable wee hippie girl (who is NOT ME) running around in this one un-layered over a broomstick skirt with lots of jingly bangles.

      And fabularse! Love it! Thanks!!! I was so pleased to recently make the acquaintance of the lovely Helga myself. :)

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  11. HOLY SHITBALLS those boots are the awesomest! WANNNNTTTTTTTT! Please tell me you got them recently and not 5 years ago. =)

    Sounds like you come from hearty stock. My sole surviving grandparent, my granny, is 95 and was tough old bird until she had a stroke. I hope I take after her.

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    1. Thanks, awesomest shoes lady! Sorry to confirm these are about 7 years old - I feel your pain.

      Wow, your granny sounds amazing! I'm sure you take after her. :) My grandma's fall impacted her similarly, though afterwards she still did stuff like her physio exercises 6 times a day instead of the prescribed 3 because she was bored. We are full up with grand examples to live up to!

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  12. Whoa -- dems some fancy boots, partna! And I like how you're wearing your scarf.

    Seems like you have a Tough Farm Girl look going on here. :)

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    1. Thank you, Ally! You pick up on so much. :)

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  13. Such sweet boots! Love them! I have only one pair of Fly London, but those...oooh, I'm with Megan (WANT).

    Love that scarf, so pretty. The vest thing is interesting - reminds me of late 90s backless stuff. And may I say...those jeans make your butt look awesome. :0

    The women in my family are very hardy - the men die off in their 50s (for the most part - my grandad lived into his 80s). However, most of the women get a little batty.

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    1. Yes, this outfit to me is reminiscent of the late '90's / early '00's when low-rise flared jeans with heels were also emergingly ubiquitous. Once we were deep into the skinny-jean era and I felt this cut was sufficiently "out," I deliberately spent a whole day in my favourite thrift store's half-basement of jeans in search of them, and this pair was among the 4 I scored.

      As recently discussed, we know how we feel about !@#$ pants, so extra-big thanks for the compliment!!! And I look forward to becoming a little (more) batty myself! :)

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  14. Holy Crap, those are some fracking spectacular boots!!!! Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my mouth. Great story about your grandmother; she definitely sounds like a no-nonsense dame and it's nice you have her scarf. I have to agree with Curtise, your butt does look awesome in those jeans. I can never find any that fit me well or that make me look like I have a butt...

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    1. Thanks so much, Shelley! Following on my response to Sheila's comment just above, flattering pants are brutally hard to find, jeans being no exception, so your compliments are much appreciated!

      "Dame" is one of my favourite lady-words too. :)

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  15. Love the little quote from your gran and the tylenol. Lucky you to have known her. I have NO recollection of my Mother's mom who died when I was about 4. And my Dad's mom, although she lived 10 minutes from us, I hardly saw...long story of dysfunction. But I do have fond memories of her sweet soul. Now those BOOTS! I certainly hope they are a size 9 1/2 - 10 because I need to borrow them really soon. Thnx.

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    1. Thanks, Susan - I was lucky indeed. I'm glad for that lovely felt memory of yours.

      Eyeing these up, are you? ;) Thanks!

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  16. I totally get what you are saying about the way you feel by carrying something that belonged to your grandma. I too carry things that belonged to my mother, grandmother and even dresses made my my great aunt and it does feel special. Like a little bit of them is there with me, I don't know.

    Lovely photos too!

    PS: did you know that Fly London is actually a Portuguese brand? :D

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    1. Thank you, Mrs. D.! I'm not surprised you also feel the connection between the person and their belongings, as your posts are heartfelt.

      Yes on Fly London being Portuguese! Some of my favourite Fluevogs are manufactured there as well. :)

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  17. "It's not that bad" -- LOVE IT!

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    1. Me too - it's among my absolute favourite quotable quotes of hers!

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  18. I have a ring that my Grandfather had made for my Grandmother for their 50th anniversary. I love wearing it. I especially like wearing it to family occasions, it lets me have a bit of them with all of us.
    I really like your silk top and the really cool Fly London boots!

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    1. Debbie, thank you for this beautiful story of your treasured family memento <3 and kind compliment!

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  19. OMG OMG those booties are to die for!!! Your grandmother sounds like an amazing lady. :)

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    1. Thanks, Izzy, and yep, she was certainly awesome!

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- Amber