Thursday, 8 November 2012

Leaks and Labyrinths

Hope everyone is well, and that things are going as smoothly as possible in the aftermath of the most recent storm. Our barn roof sprung a leak (during Hurricane Sandy's rains), which is seeping into my outfit photos. These were taken on a weary, blurgh-and-grotty-feeling day and I wasn't the boss of my face, but I threw on some giant pants anyway and pretended I was off to fake Paris with Melanie. As one does. 


scarf: gift from The Divine Aunt M, worn here
cropped jean jacket: Smart Set, last worn here (includes close-up of pins)
leather and silver teardrops necklace: Gabii, last worn here
leather and silver assorted-dangly-bits necklace: Tradewinds (local shop), last worn here (second outfit, with green sweater)
striped 3/4 sleeve T: Joe Fresh, $5 clearance
Thai fisherman pants: Om Grown, The Circle Game (local shop)
cowboy booties: Taxi, worn here







Sometimes I don't know what I'd do without some manner of dingle-dangles to keep my hands busy, but I really have to pay attention to avoid getting a finger stuck in these. 




I'd feel totally ridiculous, but it wouldn't be quite as bad a fashion-related mishap as falling off giant platform shoes. Right? 




Leaks aside, just getting through so many days without a disaster of the personal bodily self (or anything going on fire) is a wondrous achievement, and for all of those I thank my lucky stars. 




raincoat: Jones New York, Winners (2002)

I leave you with more bits of excellence from my time away last weekend - I got to stay in an EcoNest (another article here), which had a labyrinth right outside in the woods:




More on labyrinths here. All best, and safe journeying wishes, for whatever path you're on!



32 comments:

  1. Giant pants save the day. I'm seriously going to embrace that philosophy; you illustrate it to perfection and look amazing. I had to scroll back up to admire the necklace, which is elegant and funky, making it the perfect everyday-chase away the blues-piece. The red scarf adds just the right note with the jacket. I love all the proportions together, too.

    The labyrinth looked like it was out of a movie, and you were there!!

    Thank you for the post. It's been a busy week and your outfit was just what I needed to see. I really, really love it. It's real panache in the midst of real life, Butane Anvil style.



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    1. Thank you, Jean, your comment means so much to me. It was an amazing place! I am moved that you find my blog such a welcome place to visit. xoxoxo

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  2. The giant pants are super cool!!! What a bummer about the leaky roof, although the remaining stain adds a bit of edge to your background. I'm glad you've had no other serious mishaps.

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    1. Ha! You'll see the stain grow in future posts. Yes, I recall from your posts how the storm affected people in your part of the continent as well - it was a doozy. Thanks, Susan.

      Despite gentle care, I wish the fabric was holding up a bit better - but sometimes giant pants are all that will do!

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  3. I'm sure I saw you at the Place de la Dome-such Thingy in fake Paris! I wanted to chat but you were surrounded by a group of fashionable people hanging on your every spoken word. I think you were giving autographs...? Your giant pants are a happy wonder of invention - and you look inspired in this outfit. The raincoat is one of the best I have seen. Beautiful post. I like a path that goes in circles in a quiet forest.

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    1. Merci, ma Melanie, for making this trip possible!

      I was so glad to discover that such a garment as Thai fisherman pants exists in the world, with all of their billowy one-size-ness of joy.

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  4. Oh, wow, I could spend hours in that labyrinth!

    The giant pants are a commanding presence! So fabulous!

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    1. Thanks, Sheila! I wish I'd had just a little longer for contemplation, but a bit of longing can be encouragement to action!

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  5. i've never seen pants like that before but am shopping online as we speak. thx :)

    we have a labyrinth here, but it's in concrete. this woods setting is beautiful.

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    1. Hi and thanks for commenting! Etsy has lots and lots of Thai fisherman pants - good luck!

      It's cool to see different ways labyrinths are constructed. I loved how this one incorporated plenty of existing trees of different ages, some in the middle of the path which required interacting with them to continue.

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  6. Loving the phrase, 'I'm not the boss of my face,' and hope to use it soon, with footnotes, of course. Your entire ensemble is perfection, as always. The giant pants are inspiring me and your shoes never disappoint.

    Hoping that your weather has calmed and I love the peaceful labyrinth photo.

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    1. Thank you, Judith! I've been thinking of Terri (Rags Against the Machine). Life has a way of showing up there - I feel that even if there are times we can't bear to show the world, it's important not to hide from ourselves, and to greet our faces kindly.

      The setting was wonderfully peaceful, and such a re/treat.

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  7. Hey little French girl. You know if it gets too floody there you can always tie up the bottom of your tres belle trousers and use them to float away. The woods are beautiful.
    Connie*

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    1. Ah! Yet another excellent and functional feature of Giant Pants, thanks Connie!

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  8. This look reminded me of Jean Paul Gaultier with the breton stripes and wide trousers and the flash of red. That labyrinth looks amazing!

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    1. Cool, Veshoevius! I've long been an admirer. :) Thanks!

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  9. When I wear jewellery I'm always futzing with the dingly danglies. Maybe that's why I'm frequently unadorned.

    Love the outfit with the splash of red scarf.

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    1. Thanks Megan - it can be double-edged for sure!

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  10. I too loved the phrase "I am not the boss of my face". I have many days like that, and it's very frustrating trying to get a good blog photo when that happens. Those giant pants are just scrumptious - I love a great pair of wide leg pants, and you've made a great outfit pairing them with the fitted denim jacket and your trademark funky neck adornments.

    Looks like you stayed in a very cool environment - I would love to step out in the morning and see the labyrinth. If Melanie isn't available to hang out in fake Paris, you and I could always visit virtual NY.

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    1. Awesome, Shelley - I'm glad people know what I mean - though not glad others have those kinds of days too. Thanks for the invite to the virtual Big Apple - I have been so admiring all the fabulous adventure chronicles of the past month!

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  11. I have a hunch that looking "cool" is not at the top of your style priority list, but you achieve cool so frequently. Here, too. I'm so impressed with the little brown watch-strap referring to your red scarf. A little thing, and just right. Thanks too, for the labyrinth links. Hope you enjoy your week!

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  12. I'm inviting myself on your trip to fake Paris with Melanie :)

    I love that word, "dingle-dangles". I usually have on some accessory that jingles or can be fiddled with constantly, much to the annoyance of anyone around me I'm sure.

    You have on a striped shirt. I love striped shirts the BEST. I dunno why :P What is this Joe Fresh of which everyone speaks?

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    1. Welcome aboard, Lynne, hooray! There IS something about striped shirts, isn't there?

      Joe Fresh is sold in the grocery store, and its proximity as a retail opportunity alone accounts for a bunch of the stuff I have, especially from the time I was really limited in how much I could leave the house. Like everywhere else, prices have gone up and quality has sometimes dipped too far, but some I really, really like - and "clearance" is a good friend!

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Fresh

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  13. Lovely classic look that's been revamped for your style. "big pants" are always my favorite go-to when I want to be comfortable but still make a statement.

    What an amazing get away. The pictures look amazing, and I can only imagine how magical it must have been. Hope you got to enjoy your time there.

    I'm glad you're joining us for our challenge week!

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    1. Thanks so much, Megan! It was awesome.

      I am excited about your Fall Colours Fashion Challenge Week!

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  14. Veshoevius said what I was thinking - it's a very Jean Paul Gaultier look, sexy androgynous fisher-person chic. That's a good thing, by the way!
    Love the blast of red and the dingle dangles.
    I have many a day, and MANY a photo, where I am not the boss of my face. I'm quite smiley in real, animated life, but a chronic bitch in photos.
    Love your forest maze collage, how beautiful it looks there.
    Have a smashing weekend, love! xxxx

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    1. Thanks, Curtise - works for me as high praise! I so admire Gracey and kaffesoester for their lovely big grins, but the camera doesn't inspire that in me either, alas. You too on the superior weekend - perhaps once all those party-boys clear out! xoxoxo

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  15. Gorgeous Amber, and sorry if I always start my comments out this way but it's so true. I can just hear you swish through the labyrinths in those luscious loose fit pants. This whole collection of photos come straight from a foreign movie.

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    1. Thanks so much, Joni - it's mutual! I do so love a bit of "from away" flavour.

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  16. I LOVE that jacket! And the scarf is a great detail!


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

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    1. Thanks, Daisy! Been hoping things are well with you & yours, xo

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- Amber