Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Truth is Stranger

Okay, THIS is my favourite outfit! Well, one of many. I've participated in a lot of conversations lately about shoes which are totally lust-worthy and completely excellent - but also have a reasonable heel height. Why are they so rare? Besides my green-soled Arche babies, I think this here pair is my best example: 


vintage scarf: Glentex, thrifted, $1.50
shirt: Typhany, thrifted, $2
long velveteen jacket: Della Spiga, Winners (2005 or so)
belt: thrifted, $3
jean capris: Garage
shoes:
Fluevog Truth Britta





Right? Thank you, John Fluevog, for knowing just what we mean! 
More, please. 


vegetable turquoise bracelet: Gabii (TX near border to Progreso), worn here and here


whorls which soon turn into brutal cowlicks: DIY
earrings: Lollapalooza vendor (early '90's)




See, I am still hopeless at scarf-tying, despite all of the excellent diagrams, tutorials and step-by-step how-to's I have been over. There are probably about a million fancy foulard-cravat-neckerchief-thingamajigs I could have done to totally elevate this outfit. 




What happens is I always leave the how-to's all warm and glowy and confident, but in the morning somehow only have less than 30 seconds to get it right and my mind goes completely blank and my hands turn into baseball mitts and there starts to be sweating and swearing and everything. So I ended up with the, um, double knot. 




Yeah, that was a hair elastic securing the flappy end of my belt too. I am starting to suspect that -maybe- my only actual deficit is in really, really caring! 

Hope everyone is getting through the week all right. Tell me about your favourite super-stylin' low-heeled shoes! And / or what are you really, really persistently bad at?  


25 comments:

  1. I used to be a Pan Am flight attendant and we actually had an entire day of training devoted to TYING SCARVES. I kid you (k)not! Still the best scarf is one that is just flopped on. As for shoes. I used to have a green suede pointy toed pair that I bought at a store in New York called Tootsie Plohound and I am sad that I was not smart like you and I never took a picture of them and they are long long gone. Love your shoes.

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    1. My goodness - that is taking scarf-tying incredibly seriously!

      Your favourite-shoes-of-memory sound amazing! I had a white pair of flat shoes when I was 16-17 which had a silver buckle, cowboy-boot-style stitching across the toe, and finished with a silver metal toecap adorned with a horned bull's head. They were so awesome! Also no pics tho. :(

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  2. I was just looking at those yellow shows on the FlueMarket! There's a pair in my size out there for sale second-hand. *sigh* I can dream...

    I adore this chartreuse jacket - great texture.

    Eh, I just use the old double-knot or reef knot (thank you, Brownies). I can't be bothered to get that fancy-schmancy.

    What am I consistently really bad at? Hmmm...grilled cheese sandwiches. I always, ALWAYS burn them.

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    1. I lucked into mine via the clearance section at $99 - saw that listing, so sad about the heels! That would be my only frustration with both these and the Arche shoes both, their fragility and having to be so careful - I put a towel down when I drive.

      I think I've come to the can't be-bothered-withscarf-ties place! I am also constantly temperature-adjusting my layers and if I'd put effort into some fancy arrangement, I would just be irritated when I had to take it off and put it back on at least three times.

      Mmm, burnt grilled cheese - delicious!

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  3. I am lost to shoe lust after seeing your shoes! And oh how it makes me cry that I resold my yellow ankle boots - exactly like the black ones I have, only in yellow. Lesson learned, you can totally grow into a piece, sometimes it takes time.

    Your scarf looks great to me. I'm terrible at tying them. It usually involves me flipping it around and occasionally doing a knot.

    Gosh, you've been on the receiving end of my shoe ramblings.. I guess I'm terrible about finding cute stuff I can't afford... I am impossibly bad at feeling worthy of my clothes. I have to convince myself to wear them most of the time.

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    1. Aww, I remember those yellow boots! I know your grief - I have a very hard time getting rid of anything because I've gone back to wearing / being able to wear so many things over the years, but there is a small handful of things I bitterly regret letting go!

      I think you do wonderfully well styling a range of interesting / unusual and really special things - please keep up that convincing, if only for the sake of your adoring audience!

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  4. I do that hair elastic belt thing too. Question: Do the whorls on your hair suddenly go the other direction as soon as you enter a different hemisphere? You look fantastic. Those shoes!!!!...

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  5. A scarf as beautiful as yours doesn't need more than a double knot! I love those fantastic Fluevog shoes, and the gorgeous jacket! Are Fluevog shoes narrow, wide or medium? I'm dying to get a pair!

    Until a year ago I always tied my scarves with a double knot too. Then I found Imogen Lamport's post (Inside Out Style Blog) on tying scarves. There's a video showing a dozen different ways to tie a scarf. I learned one of them, trained half an hour, and use it all the time! I'm planning on expanding my repertoire though, on Monday!

    Great shoes have always been an obsession of mine. Having really difficult feet makes it quite challenging to get a decent collection together. However, since I discovered UK brand Irregular Choice things have improved. Some of their more roomy styles will fit me (if I go up one size!), and they do fulfill my taste for shoes with personality. The quality is not quite up there with the Fluevogs though. So you see, I really NEED a pair of Fluevog shoes!

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    1. There is a lot of variation in fit - and sizing - across Fluevog shoe families, so you will need to research any individual shoe you like. Their staff are very helpful, as are the customer reviews. I have my struggles with size and width too. Glad you are finding shoes which work for you!

      I think I lack the patience for practise and a real commitment to learning scarf ties, probably what is needed to overcome my issue!

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  6. Oh my God, I love this so much!!!! It put a smile on my face the instant I clicked to your blog. Firstly, this is one of my most all time favorite accent colors. I was so lucky one day to find a huge scarf in this color someone had left behind in a bathroom and never returned for. You're making me want to style it up today.

    I'm a huge fan of the rolled up jeans too and the color of these go just perfect with the greens. Don't get me started on how awesome those shoes are! I live just about 4 miles from the flagship store here in Seattle and I can't stop staring at the shoes in the window whenever I pass by. I've just never let myself buy a pair yet. A tiny bit too expensive but visually gorgeous.

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  7. Your belt and gorgeous shoes, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  8. I have some INTENSE cowlicks myself.

    And the word "cowlick" makes me laugh :-D

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  9. How many words do we get for the persistently bad thang confessions? :P

    I am still horrible at layering. I just don't get it :( And at presentation of food and home decor :( :(

    I think you tied your scarf perfectly and uniquely Amber. It's like your style signature, sweetie! I also think the hair tie on the belt is inspired, and will be swiping that idea. Every time I see a new post from you, I always crow, "That's my fave outfit!" so all of your clothes must be my fave, too.

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    1. Horrible? No way!!! I beg to differ!

      Food presentation, though - me too! :( People actually do that for fun!

      Thanks for your enthusiasm - it's my favourite!

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  10. Ha ha I do that with hair bands and too long belts too! You are so right about the shoe thing, why the lack of reasonable height heels? Also the lack of room widths. That why I own a crazy amount of Vivienne Westwood shoes as they just fit me perfectly, 1" heels, roomy width, perfectly padded cant go wrong! xx

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    1. Pearl, I am madly in love with your VW shoe collection!!! I wish they were easier to come by 'round these parts, they are amazing.

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  11. i know exactly what you mean about tutorials. your mention of the worls in your hair made me wonder what your hair is like when it is longer. Is it curly? wavy? straight?

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    1. It is wavy! Was blonde as a child, mousy / dishwater / ash brown most of my life, and in recent years since it fell out has grown back significantly darker where it's not frosted grey. It does grow straight up in front.

      I have an idea to do a hair post - through the ages of Mohawk, giant '80's bush, spiral perm, then waist-length for many, many years of braid / bun - but despair of ever having time to do more than keep up with daily outfits / musings!

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  12. Your velvet jacket is making me feel a little swoon-y, velvet is such a romantic fabric with just the right amount of drama! And what a gorgeous colour. I can see why this is a favourite outfit. I do the hair band trick with belts too, and I am another who wants interesting shoes with a smallish heel, and who isn't by creative with scarf-tying... Oh well. They're only SCARVES!
    I am bad at LOTS of stuff. Maths. Map reading. Baking (though this varies, I suspect hormones have a role...) Hand-eye co-ordination (can't catch). Applying eyeliner. I could go on. xxxxx

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    1. Thanks, Curtise! We have so much in common. :) xo

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  13. I have to confess I was lurking around your blog for another Butane Anvil fix and discovered that I had somehow missed this post!! You're wearing one of my favorite colors (pea green!!), my favorite guilty-fashion-pleasure (rolled jeans) which I figure no one is interested in seeing on me, and I'm ecstatic to see your take on them!!!! The pointy toe shoes in that divine color, and of course the scarf. I live to see your scarves and jewelry!! What do you mean you're bad at tying them? Bah humbug!!

    You have single handedly inspired me to wear all my pointy toe boots again (which actually fit my narrow feet better than the clunkier ones) and to always throw a long scarf around my neck. I also have to say that after reading one of your comments (I think on Bag and a Beret) about fashion vs costume, and socio-economic privilege etc., I want to take your class. So very well said.

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    1. Aww, Jean! I JUST NOW hit "publish" on a new post - there you go! It means so much to me that you are finding such joyful inspiration here. I love to see anything you wear!

      I'm of the thought that I wear what I wear, and what's interesting to me may or may not interest another soul, but here it is. I'm thrilled that a bunch of people - wondrously elegant and brilliant and dear ones like yourself among them - are enjoying my blog.

      I've collected a just few of the comments I've made on others' blogs perhaps to include on my About page (although I'm starting to despair of ever having time to construct it) - thanks for the reminder to go back and nab that one - our Melanie's blog is incredibly stimulating!

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- Amber