Sunday, 28 April 2013

Fun With Fun Fur

Thanks for your kind responses to my last post - I'm finally feeling better, but slow to get back up to speed. In addition to kindness, lately I am the grateful recipient of so much patience and good humour. 


vintage grey leather coat: Derbers Voco Leather-Fashions, Netty Vintage, worn here
bag: Kenneth Cole Reaction, shown here
vintage brown fun fur maxi skirt: handmade / no label, Netty Vintage
shoes: Fluevog Pindown Farrah


watch and bracelets: details here
burnout velvet scarf: gift from my best friend, Wales


I initially left this skirt behind in the shop, because how many places can you wear a brown fun fur maxi skirt? Turns out it's entirely practical - my office is cold, this outfit was also excellent on a long day with lots of car travel time (no bunching, yay!), plus it's one of those fantastically funny garments that secretly crack me up the whole time I'm wearing them. Perfect.




I'm glad it waited for me after all. How can the world not be a good place when there has been a person in it who made this skirt? 




I am also very glad to find people going about personal style in similar ways - the hilarious WendyB and her crazy-legs boots, Mrs. D and her new "totally inappropriate looks for the office" series, and Sheila, who just might be as klutzy as me but doesn't let that stop her from being fabulous. 




In my most recent mishap, another highly public episode though fortunately not involving blood or fire, I upset a shelf in the pet store - the one displaying stacked containers of 500 live mealworms. Being a magnet for that kind of thing sometimes has me moving through the world very carefully, which of course makes it worse. For the tightrope-walking days, this get-up works well with these boots too.


rectangular ring: consignment, worn here


Without others' kindness and patience and humour, rather than just cringing a bit, I'd surely be incapacitated by my desperate awkwardness. This week as I've travelled outside my areas of expertise and greatest competence, I have a particular appreciation for the encouragement of highly accomplished people who have retained their generosity toward the still-learning. 


leather and silver teardrops necklace: Gabii's (Progreso, TX), detail here


Sometimes one must simply zip on a fun fur maxi skirt and give'r, eh? I'm off to have a go at linking up with Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, ideally without tripping, spilling, or breaking anything on the way.

P.S. too late - just smashed a glass into the dishwater, lol.
*tiptoes through rest of day*


38 comments:

  1. Oh Amber, I laughed while reading this post, but not at you, just in sympathy. Did the mealworms spill everywhere, because that would have sent me over the edge (I have a worm phobia). The skirt is Amazeballs (I keep stealing words from other bloggers)! Please take me to Netty Vintage sometime, ok?

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    1. YES. At least they weren't the king-sized Super W*rms.

      You are on for a trip to Netty!

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  2. amber, i love your boots. i also love your sentiment 'How can the world not be a good place when there has been a person in it who made this skirt? ' i think i will borrow it some time. i'm glad to hear you are feeling better. love lucy.

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  3. Your shoes just make your outfit sparkle. A fur skirt---now that is happening! Boy I could have use that with the cold winter this year. It does make me smile! Really lovely romantic outfit.

    blue hue wonderland

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    1. I think the skirt-maker was a genius! Yes, some of those frigid days I'd gladly wear a bunting-bag if I had one in my size. Thank you, Ann!

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  4. Amber, you are among fellow clumsy folk here, I don't think you need worry. I knocked over a vintage jigsaw at a fair recently and had to sit on the floor and do the bloody thing, to make sure I had gathered all the pieces from where they had scattered. I decided I could either cringe, or laugh and get on with it. I laughed - and thankfully found all the pieces!
    Your furry skirt is a work of genius, I'm so glad you have breathed life into her again, after some sensible yet sartorially quirky person bothered to create her. And oh my word, those shoes are awesome and look just stunning with the leather coat.
    Well done for doing stuff out of your area of experience, it takes courage to be the novice again, and I'm glad the experts around you were supportive and kind. I think back to when I started blogging and how much I relied on the encouragement, advice and generosity of more established bloggers. People can be soooo brilliant. You are soooo brilliant! xxxxx

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    1. Aww, Curtise! Glad you found all of the bits, sigh.
      And YOU are sooooo brilliant!
      I appreciate your generosity and wisdom, always.
      xo

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  5. Sympathetic laughter here too, Amber! It took me living in my new condo all of three days before I crashed into the floor. I adore your fun faux fur skirt and I am sure it has a wonderful history. Carry it on, my friend! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

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  6. You look totally 'balanced' in this unique and beautiful outfit, and the shoes have me totally over the moon. I have never seen a fur maxi skirt before, and I must say that I'm very impressed with its appeal and practicality. The lovely scarf provides a nice dose of vibrant color.

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  7. Oh the skirt and scarf are gorgeous. I also adore the shoes! Poor Sheila! I'm afraid I have to sign up for the Klutzy Club. I'm terrible with the dropsies and stumbling. I finally gave up on almost all heels because I hit a patch of slightly uneven ground and I'm falling on my face. Nerve damage in my hand(s) means anything I could possibly drop, I might drop someday.

    And some days it's one thing after another of klutz and I just toss my hands up! Ah well, we'll just have to drink out of plastic cups and maybe pad some corners along the way and we'll all figure it out.

    I'm also really loving your watch.

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  8. OHHHHHHHHH! That grey LEATHER coat! I could see myself getting loadsa wear out of that beauty...will watch and enjoy YOU getting loads wear out of it!
    Love those shoes.....and I didn't initially realsie that the skirt is faux fur! How fabularse!
    I am terribly clumsy, but in phases...I'll have weeks on end where I crack my head on every available corner, for example..!
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  9. Amber, that skirt is absolutely brilliant. I'm just sad I can't pet it via the Internetz :(

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    1. Hee! If you could, I would totally let you. :)

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  10. If it's even remotely possible, I think I adore you even more now!! As a fellow klutz YES!!, I know the moving-slowly part. I walk in to walls, bump into columns, trip upstairs, and manage to lose my balance over absolutely nothing. Amazing. People tell me I'm so graceful, but really it's just that I'm very, very careful. I know my propensity and I'm pretty good at faking it. Joey is very kind, and will support me if we're together, lightly taking my elbow so I can balance. It keeps me humble, that's for sure.

    Your coat is enviable, the skirt is divine, and the shoes? I'm madly in love with them. I love the light color as an accent to the rest of the outfit. You are perfect. :-) XXXOOO

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    1. See? We are kindred spirits in so many ways!
      You're the one who's perfect, love, xo

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  11. Amber, thank you for reminding us how fun it can be to laugh at ourselves and then with others. Those boots are a fantastic statement piece and look fabulous with your skirt. I, too, plan on borrowing your wonderful sentiment.

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  12. I was so afraid you were going to say you knocked over the snake tank, and I would have had nightmares imagining that! But like you said about the world being a better place because someone made a faux fur maxi skirt, you make the world a better place by living crazy stories and telling us about them!

    The skirt and the coat are fabulous!

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  13. dear lady, glad you're feeling better!, and looking so fabulous as usual, indeed!
    Love that awesome skirt, and as you've said, love that there're people making that kind of amazing stuff!!
    Your coat and scarf are really Wonderful, and I'm loving your shoes raving beauty!!, you're gorgeous!
    besos

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  14. I just cannot imagine that someone as elegant as yourself could be a 'tripper'. Very funny, totally inspiring post. I was tense in the pet shop part, i had images of the goldfish and turtles going hurly burly.
    I agree. There are good people all over this world doin' crazy cool stuff (such as furry skirts and whatnot). It's life affirming.

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  15. I'm sure you still look tres chic even while tripping, skipping, stumbling, etc. So I'd say that fact alone would cancel out any klutz karma.

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  16. Love those shoes. The Pindown family didn't get a lot of love from shoe buyers but I love the pair I got on my 40th birthday in Vancouver. http://thefashionablebureaucrat.blogspot.ca/2012/08/playing-with-me-like-cat.html

    Fun fur skirt! Amazeballs!

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    1. Woo, stripey Pindown goodness!
      Others' lack of enthusiasm is my clearance score. :)

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  17. It's hard to write my comment as I am lying on the ground, dead from envy of your coat. The skirt is undeniably lovely, but that wonderful, wonderful coat ...
    Not really dead, but in serious appreciation.
    Did the chicks get any of the spilled meal-worms? Hope you and they and all there are well. You certainly LOOK great!

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    1. Seriously, the one time it WOULD have been convenient to have a chicken on hand!
      Thanks, Jan!

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  18. What a dramatic look! The shoes are perfect and the scarf looks veeeery expensive! I'm addicted to scarfs ...

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  19. I am so glad to see you back to health. Sometimes nature meme us realised how lucky we are when we feel ok.
    Much love.
    XXXXXXXXXXXX

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  20. I'm hyperventilating at the sight of your leather coat!! What a great vintage find.. I'm thinking of countless possibilities of pairing that gorgeous piece! Drop by my page and say hi, sometime :)

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

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  21. Amber - I am the current QUEEN of Klutzlvania!! My mishaps are legendary!!
    What's not to love about a comfy warm furry skirt?? I love it!! And those SHOES!!!! Are absolutely amazing!!

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    1. Aw, thanks Tamera - another living legend!!! Good to know we're not alone!

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  22. Oh Amber that faux fur skirt is the stuff of my dreams, and those gorgeous boots! You always have the best shoes! Sounds like it's been an interesting week - the live worm mishap did make me laugh you poor thing! Glad it's been one of learning and adventuring into the unknown, sounds exciting for you.

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    1. Exciting is right! Thank you, Emalina. :)

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  23. Yay! glad to see you're back! I love the long skirt silhouette on you, you're tall and it suits you well. The fabric on that skirt is really cool. It reminded me that I had a similar one in the 90's from Topshop (when Topshop had a shop open in Lisbon for a short while and then gave up). It was the exact same fabric only it was sort of pencil shaped. How funny, I had totally forgotten about it!
    Thank you for linking me up on your page, that was really cool!
    Huggles xx

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  24. Oh my! Sorry about the pet display, LOL! I love your long skirt! It's awesome!!

    xoxo
    Lynn

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  25. I need to bring you along with me on my days like these so you can help me feel human and generous. And bring your fun fur skirt too. It has might healing powers. I'm glad you're feeling better!

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Thank you for your comments!
- Amber