Saturday, 16 February 2013

Vested Interest

I'm taking a break from packing to get this posted - I'll be away visiting family for the rest of the month, and will be missing my Beary and the hens, home, and y'all just madly. 

In theory, this outfit was going to have wide-leg dress pants on the bottom, which didn't work so well in practise. By the time I figured that out, it was too late to change into something else altogether - though this felt great on, it seemed a little form-fitting for my role at work. Luckily I got over it, and everyone survived.

scarf: Charming Charlie, last worn here
shirt: Fred David, Giant Tiger, last worn here
grey striped vest: Dynamite, thrifted, last worn here
crud quality but otherwise heartbreakingly perfect pencil skirt:
Smart Set,
last worn here
plaid tights: Joe Fresh
shoes: Fluevog Mini Gorgeous, last worn here

I've had these shoes for about eight years, they are holding up beautifully. 
Thank you, John Fluevog! 

In stark contrast, this skirt makes me grouchy. It has been pilling brutally since the first wear, but because everything else about it is exactly right, it's a giant pain to replace. 

I've been blogging for six months (whoo!) and have come up with two ways to create a significant backlog: 
  • managing to take outfit photos as I go but not having time to post, or 
  • lately being even more in a hurry during the week and having to put outfits back on for photos over the weekend when time and daylight seem a bit easier to come by. 
I haven't yet figured out which is less efficient! Are you a re-dresser, or an as-you-go-er? Tell me your secrets!

It didn't occur to me until just now - right while I'm packing even more last-minute-like than usual after the traditional working-myself-into-the-ground-in-preparation - that travelling would have been an opportunity to blog about a capsule wardrobe and such. I didn't use to be any good at packing light, but now I do fine with just a carry-on for two weeks. Except for last year when I shopped too much and had to check a bag on the way home. Oops!

antique silver and mother-of-pearl teardrop necklace:
a gift from my mother,
last worn here
usual wrist wear: rubber o-ring, silver and leather "hands" bracelet (AGO, precious gift, early '90s, replaced 2005), silver OM bracelet (Lollapalooza vendor, early '90s), Swiss Army Cavalry watch (beloved gift, 1994)

Okay, must dash! I leave early in the morning, but hope to be able to join up with the amazing folks gathering at Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday from the road, fingers crossed. Wishing safe journeys to you as well!


  1. Your outfits always amaze me and inspire me. But now I'm even more amazed that you can pack so lightly (only one or two carry ons?)to go away for two weeks. What amazes me more is that I know you'll be wearing some spectacular outfit each day you're away...not just jeans and a t-shirt! How oh how do you pull THAT off? Please...take a quick shot each day and post a collage when you get back. I love those shoes and plaid tights. I haven't put anything on my blog page forever, in fact I've purged it. But am I a re-dresser or a as-I-goer? 'pends on the day. Now it 'pends on my weight...nothing fits because I've gained a there isn't much choice but the fat clothes. :-( Bon voyage!

    1. Thank you Susan! For travelling light, changed my life. I'm opening up my suitcase (one carry-on) right now to take stuff out to leave behind, lol.

  2. What a stunning necklace! And I also love the shoes and tights. You and Sheila and Meghan have made me desirous of Fluevogs, so maybe one day I'll get some, too.

    I usually take pictures at the weekend because there is no way I'm going to get up any earlier than I already do on workdays (even 6:45 is too early for me). Although since I come home for lunch I can take some then if I'm quick. I'm not bothered if people take outfit pictures of what they really wore - I just like the ideas of what they COULD wear.

    1. Ah! I find myself most interested in the actually-worn, and with the single exception of my tutu-and-rubber-boots Halloween costume / e-party outfit, that's all I've blogged. It's the time to document it that I struggle with - recently caught myself asking, "What have I worn on the blog before that I could wear again so I don't have to take its picture?" :)

      Thanks for your perspective and you how-to!

  3. Very work chic! Love the vest, and of course the fluevogs. Sorry about the bum skirt though. I hate finding cute things in a good cut but bad material.

    As for photos, I have a crap point-n-shoot, but it makes it super easy to grab on the way out the door in the mornings, take 6-8 shots and hope in the car. Takes 5 minutes tops and I'm off.

    That's my secret to posting almost everyday. I imagine more difficulty if you use a tripod or more complicated camera.

    Safe travels! We will miss you while you're gone!

  4. You look very smart here - that vest really is the business and the shoes are fab! I can't pack light for the life of me and checking in a bag after shopping too much on holiday? Been there done that! I don't redress for an outfit photo - I grab a photo when I can of what I'm wearing which is not too often anymore as I'm usually too busy. So as a result it's been mostly my holiday photos!

  5. I like the tights and shoes, plus the whole outfit fits beautifully. Congratulations on blogging for 6 months! I'm new at blogging, so this is what I've been doing. I take an afternoon and photograph 3-4 outfits. Since I'm post about once a week, at least for now, it seems efficient.

    Have a fun trip!

  6. I've always loved vests and yours is a beauty.

  7. You look very professional, but also very elegant and kinda sexy in this outfit. Fie on clothing that is a great fit but crappy fabric! Are those Joe Fresh tights from this year? I would have snapped those up in a minute.

    I'm an as you go outfit shooter. I've never re-dressed for a photo even if I missed a good outfit. The only outfit I've put together specifically for a photo was my Pippi Longstocking outfit.

    I admire your packing skills - I always take way too much. Have a great visit with family and I'm sure you'll find at least one fab bargain to bring back. Talk to you when you get back and hopefully see you soon!

  8. The shoes (love you, J Fluevog) are so terrific, Amber, as is the rest of this great look - but sorry about the grabby skirt. I do not like that, um, feeling all day either.

    I often *plan* to re-dress but seldom do - I know my pics would be better if I did. Like most bloggers I have a leaning, i.e. photos vs. writing. And mine is writing, so my pics are just OK. But now I think of it, you are very gifted in both areas!

  9. 100 % re-dresser ... therefore I don't like to stay away unless it concerns a holiday in Italy or similar. Your plaid tights is probably a succes whereever you go.

  10. Love the tights.

    On pics and blogging, I take pics as I go. I used to take them before work in the morning, but I was too rushed. Now I take them after work--course I am wrinkled and haggard but I find I take more pics. Then I can catagorize them over the weekend. I've been blogging on and off for 2 years. This works for me now but could change at any time~

    bon voyage!

  11. I love the sharp-dressed tailored look on you, Amber. It's a shame about the quality of the skirt, because it does all sorts of good things for your bum!
    Marvellous tights and shoes too, of course.
    Have a great trip, I'll miss your posts and your always-thoughtful comments. xxxx

  12. OMG, that waistcoat is to DIE for perfect! Great fit and superior style, I could do with somehting like that myself! The tights and shoes totally rock.
    Pilling drives me nuts. What a shame it's the only bad thing about that skirt. Grrrr.
    I am not too bad at packing light when I have to. I'd just rather not! I do get stressed about it, though.
    I mostly take pix over the weekend, but do randomly take them during the week. I like to have a backlog, but sometimes it takes me a while to post them. I am by nature fairly organised, but occasionally not.........!

  13. I still love that barn. can I love there if you could send it to me in Ireland. he he. !! . your outfits are great. lucyxx

  14. This outfit IS smart, as Veshoevious says!! The trim vest, the pencil skirt, the long scarf etc. I LOVE the tights especially. I'm a horrible packer. I find it nearly impossible to travel light, although I have gotten a little better recently. As far as suggestions for photo efficiency? None. Nada. Zip. I'll be coming back here to see what other people say.

    Travel safely and enjoy your family, dear one. See you when you get back!

  15. It's great to buy a shoe that lasts and lasts.

  16. There's a regal nature to your pose and I love the silhouette of this ensemble. And of course I adore your shoes.

    Your packing skills are admirable, as I have difficulty getting everything into one bag. The hats present a problem, and usually I travel with fabric hats that don't need much space. Regarding outfit photos, I put something together organically, and then I wear a rendition of my creation during the week. But my life had changed in this regard because I no longer have a structured job, which gives me a new freedom.

    Safe travels and have a wonderful time visiting family. And congratulations on six months of blogging!

  17. What a great outfit Amber! I love how it shows off your lovely figure, in such an elegant way. The pencil skirt is fantastic on you no matter the quality. The layering on top suits you so well too, and leaves plenty of space for your lovely necklace.

    The best however, are your shoes! Some day I will get a pair (that I may have to return if they're not roomy enough) of Fluevog shoes! These are beautiful, and hard to believe they're so old!

    Every day when I get home from work I take my photos. It's the very first thing I do, if I haven't taken them in the morning - which only happened once or twice!

    Now, I'm going to have a look at - and dream of vacationing in warm places!

  18. Safe travels, enjoy your trip!!


  19. Safe travels, Amber! I'll miss you like crazy. You always embolden me :) I am wearing a black pencil skirt today, but it doesn't look nearly as ooo-la-la on me as that one does on you.

    It's been so hard to get pics with lots of rain and gusts and chill and doctors' appointments and life stuff, that I started working out my outfits for the week on the weekend, and then trying to get pictures of several. It makes getting dressed so much easier on work days. I don't worry about posting daily (I don't think I'm that interesting), so that makes things easier, too. I do have a small backlog of pics.

  20. You have the most amazing style. I am constantly in awe of the outfits you create. This one is no exception. Very frosty cool with the pinstripes and plaid.

    I wish you a safe journey.

  21. You always manage to pull off eclectic and edgy with no effort at all. Really a great and enviable look. Speaking of envy; as it was your mother's I can't bring myself to actually covet your necklace, but must tell you how beautiful it is on you. Really a piece to build a closet around!

  22. Amber, we'll miss you! That first picture of you is just lovely!! Beautiful! As far as getting behind in the task of blogging, I have been so far behind lately, I cannot tell if I am coming or going, so I will be no help there! Will see you when you return!!


  23. Looking so glamorous, sleek and graceful in that lovely outfit! Have a wonderful break with your family Amber, warm wishes for a really happy time.

  24. Isn't it great how we generally survive outfit issues? LOL!

  25. I'm a re-dresser - sometimes I have to wear an outfit 2 or 3 times in a week before I finally manage to take photos of it! I'm okay with that, though, because I always like an excuse to wear my favorite outfits over and over again :)

    I love those tights! I've never seen plaid tights before. They're so fun.

  26. Your ensemble is divine, so down to business with a sexy edge. You could always use the skirt as a pattern and have it remade in better fabric. Well, you know what I do, shoot a picture of myself in the mirror - real high tech! So it's always a bit distorted and slightly out of focus. I just don't want to make any bigger of a production out of it with a tripod, lights and timer (even though I have those things from photographing my artwork.) I certainly don't re-dress my outfits and that's also why I don't blog that often. I sometimes wear made up things for Styling Imitates Art, but otherwise it's what I really wear out and about and usually what I've made. I see the blogging as a manifestation of my Project Minima commitment, so it's out of that and not outfit posts per se, or a backlog being a possibility.

    Have a great trip, time with family, and packing success.

  27. "poses a question I'd never even considered as a question - there are seriously people who question this?" you took the thought right out of my head!

  28. Love that vegetable turquoise bracelet. I've never even heard of that stone -- where have I been?? I'm definitely going to do some research on it! On another note, middle-aged women can certainly wear biker jackets. I wear them all the time; however, I do ride my own Harley. I'm over 60 now and have been riding the "big" bikes for eleven years. I say that all women, whether or not they ride, can wear the gear. But if you get a chance, try riding your own bike. It's incredible fun!
    Heather from Friendship, Life and Style


Thank you for your comments!
- Amber