Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Speechless and Green

Hi everyone! I want to say how greatly I appreciate your expressions of kindness and understanding about the passing of our Mrs. Guidolin. Thanks also in advance for your patience with this here post, which is part technical interlude [adding Bloglovin' script and such]: <a href="http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3976840/?claim=rrh3979xppd">Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> 


shirtdress: Smart Set, thrifted
obi belt: Elizabeth Kelly London, etsy, it's something I wear quite often
skirt: Triangle, Winners
shoes: Arche Gayal




I still intend to get around to my (as yet non-existent) About page, and to celebrate the Sunshine Award given me by the glorious Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb. There may yet come a time when I'm not flattened under the crushing weight of looming deadlines! 




That said, I invite comments and constructive feedback if there are other small adjustments or widgets / features / factors I might add to help my blog be a more enjoyable, functionally reader-friendly place. I am wicked glad that people are reading and commenting here at all, and for your bearing with me in my lack of technical know-how and time-limited learning. 


antique teardrop necklace: a gift from my mother, worn here, and close-up here

I'm impressed by bloggers who have unrelated full time jobs and even busier lives yet also manage engagement across so many platforms - Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, Flickr, and facebook are just a few that I don't actively use related to my blog. My own time-management abilities remain on the rocks, despite my saying no to way more things than I would prefer.




Returning to regularly-scheduled style content, I enjoy that this kind of layered look generates compliments, and I do it a lot (I see that nearly every outfit in my "Popular Posts" sidebar section is an example) - but the truth is more functional. I like to add length and freedom of movement, as I find that so many otherwise well-fitting dresses are too short and / or don't have enough fabric in the skirt and I can't abide the strangly feeling. 




I really admire the shapes of Lynne's (layered!) and Lilli's full-skirted black shirt dresses. Are there any strategic things you have done which then turned into fashion statements?


45 comments:

  1. I love this look, and your green-soled Arche shoes too. I'm not nearly as active or proficient on all of those other platforms either. If I get in a couple of tweets a day that's a lot. Perhaps if there were another 8 hours in the day...

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  2. Oh good grief, I can't be doing with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc, I have no idea how people have the time for it all. My blog, reading the blogs I like, discovering new ones, communicating with the people I meet through blogging - that is quite enough for me. But then I am a poor time manager. And terribly lazy...
    Anyway - I am always intrigued by your layered creations, it's something I rarely do myself so I like to see how imaginative and effective your outfits can be. And I like the fact that they are born out of practicality - more length, more room, more movement, more comfort - rather than purely aesthetic decisions. Though they are aesthetically delightful too, of course! There's serendipity for ya! Love the floof of pattern under the plain black, and the green heeled/soled shoes are a joy. Xxxxx

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  3. Love the perfect layering, but die for your shoes and that gorgeous belt.
    Take your time with the gadgets, no hurry.
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  4. I love, love, love the green soles of your shoes. So perfect. And don't worry that you don't do Twitter and all the rest. I have Twitter and rarely tweet. I have bouts of Pinning, but that has lapsed as well. Instagram continues to confuse me, even though I use it sometimes. Basically, it's a lot and can certainly be too much.

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    1. Instagram!!! Another thing I have no time to learn! :)

      Yes, the green soles are what did it for me.

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  5. As of late I am unable to wear shoes due to a temporary injury so I am vicariously living my shoe dreams through you. This whole outfit is perfection!
    Connie*

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  6. I love your layered looks. It's definitely been inspiring me to consider more layers lately. I'm usually a pretty one-piece type person. The green and black shoes are so cool!

    The biggest strategic thing I've had to do is find really cool flat/low heeled shoes. It's led to a lot of ankle boot purchases. Silly bad joints.

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    1. You are doing awesomely well - some spectacular low / no heeled finds, lady!

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  7. Every time I hear of yet another social media I have to shudder, it is all too much! I am due a phone upgrade next month and the only reason I am debating an Iphone is because I keep being told how much I need Instagram. Surely it is unnecessary all this SM because all it does is take away my precious blog writing and reading time. Ah well back to the important topic of clothes eh, fabulous look as always the obi belt is such a great piece x

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    1. Thanks, Pearl - I appreciate your weighing in and all-round supportive comment. Good luck with your upgrade-related decisions!

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  8. Ah the shoes, I faint! I do appreciate the way you layer and the end result is always fabulous - you always seem to retain your lovely shape with a chic belt.

    I am just learning some of the social media, and really don't have time to master them! Do you ever wonder about the "old days" when all one did of an evening was read a book or watch a movie on TV? By candlelight?

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    1. Hey, I had many of those "old days" myself! Grew up TV-less until my mid-teens. :)

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    2. I tell my parents that is why I turned out so weird. Too much reading!

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  9. You really are the master of layering! Today's outfit looks relaxed, and elegant at the same time. The length is just right, and there's some correspondence between the obi belt and the fantastic shoes. Lovely!

    Blogging is the only social media I have time for (or take an interest in) which leaves me more time to focus properly on just this.

    With limited English skills it just takes a little longer to get the posts and the comments right. If I had to do Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest as well I'd have to cut some corners, and the quality would drop. It's like clothes - fewer and better pieces rather than lots of ill-fitting cheap stuff...

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    1. I have deep respect for your ability to articulate your process so well - and in a second language!

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  10. You look very striking. The green soled black shoes are a kick!
    Hey, less is way more as far as anti-social media is concerned, in my opinion. No mephone, no twits, no pinterupt, no instagroan, no myface, no spacebook, no lockedIn, nogoogle-, whatevah for moi. Blogging and email is just fine, thank you very much.

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  11. I can't pretty this comment up, so I'm gonna come straight out with it. I want your shoes. I want your waistline.

    I was a li'l floored to see the link to my black shirt dress, 'cause I don't think I got it quite right, but want to. Looking at my pics, I acknowledge that my thrifted black shirt dress (a 10P) is too wide for me, and needs to be taken in. I'd also like to find a more interesting bottom layer. I have a black and white sun dress that would be great, but unfortunately, it's not longer than the shirt dress.

    But I'm layering a look tomorrow that I would never have thought of without you and Sheila of Ephemera to inspire me and get me out of my very literal view of clothes.

    I'm a fan of Lilli's too. You - and so many of the other commenters here - are so va-va-voom with the curves, and I'm the 12-year old boy in the bunch.

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    1. Lynne, I am so looking forward to your layering combinations as they evolve. I can absolutely relate to your "literal view of clothes" comment - together with Sheila, I'm inspired by Jean of Dross into Gold, TFB Megan and MMD Megan, all of the Advanced Style women, but also by a whole range of bloggers who are incredibly skilled at getting fit and proportion right - from them I learn the positives of how clothes are "supposed to" look, which is a gap for me.

      With the body stuff, I do not see what you see!!! I see a svelte and incredibly beautiful woman inside and out - nothing of the endearing, rather goat-like factors I associate with 12-year-old-boy-ness. Trade ya! :) Please.

      Such deeply-ingrained habits of self-judgement we all have.

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  12. Those are some very rich looking shoes. Beautiful!

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  13. Ooohh... I love these shoes. I'm gonna steal them from your closet if Lynne doesn't get there first. And the obi belt always looks good.

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    1. The safety of my shoe-collection is the ONLY good thing about living at a reasonable distance from my fellow big-foot ladies! xo

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  14. Patiently waiting for your about page :)

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    1. Yes you have! I have your interview questions set aside for safekeeping. :)

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  15. Tweet, what? Twitter, flutter, whatever. What I like is seeing the soles of your shoes, the twist of your hair, the thoughtfulness of your commentary. I like seeing the jewelry your mom gave you and the glimpse of your "Beary". I like your style. That's why I'm here. That, plus the fact that you've got a heart. You shine.

    Especially in an obi belt.

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    1. Thank you for such incredibly kind feedback, Jean!

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  16. wonderful styling but those shoes OMG!!! the best :)

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    1. Thanks - I was so glad to find a low-heeled pair not lacking in the funky-department!

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  17. Your blog has quickly risen to the top of my favorites. I adore your quirky style, and it inspires my own ideas as an "ensemble artist". I find it interesting that most of those who commented above also share your your ambivalence about all the other social media things--those are total sinkholes of time, as far as I can tell. Don't get sucked in--I bet you have lots of other things you want to spend your creative time on.

    I have personally been experimenting with the skirt under a dress thing for a few months. I bought a great, inexpensive cotton dress on Etsy that was wonderfully light and airy for summer break just as it was made, but too short for wearing to school--my 7th grade students don't need any opportunities to get too much information, after all. . . But the dress works perfectly with a skirt underneath. (I hadn't come across your blog yet at the point I started this experiment, but had some inspiration from Susie Lau of Style Bubble--she is always layering things in a creative way too!)

    Last but not least--still thinking about your loss of the dear hen. . . I loved that you named her for a beloved teacher!

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    1. Hi Linda, thank you so much for visiting, reading, and this awesome comment. I am relieved to know that so many of us feel the same way about multiple-social-media involvements! Thanks for reminding me to check out Susie of Style Bubble.

      I appreciate your kind thoughts about our Mrs. Guidolin - we miss her ferociously.

      P.S. One of our white hens, Gloria, is named for Beary's 6th grade music teacher, Mrs. Carscadden. :)

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  18. You are a layering Genius, and your outfits are always inspiring me to try piling things on top of one another (clothing, I mean...). I LOVE those shoes - everyone's shoes are creating such longing in me now that I can't wear my fave ones til someone figures out what's wrong with my foot.

    There are days where I can't imagine accomplishing anything else except for getting to work on time, and other days where I am a time-management goddess, but those are few and far between. I'm happy I can do both, pretty successfully...most of the time.

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  19. I have such admiration for your creativity. Your layering is poetry in fabric. Those green soled shoes are making me green with envy!

    Even though I am retired, I cannot find the time to do all the social media. It is just too overwhelming. I retired so I could do what I want when I want, and I don't want to do that.

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  20. I'm so into an obi-style belt!

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    1. I wear them so much that I think my other belts are feeling jealous and left out!

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  21. I need a proper shirtdress to replace my blah oatmeal one! I love the skirt layered under it (one of my personal favourite techniques!). Those shoes are fab - green soles! Eee!

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    1. Oh, Sheila, I am always in search of proper shirtdresses! It's really hard to find ones which fit all of my criteria - cut, colour, condition / quality AND cost. That was too bad about the colour of the oatmeal one, which was otherwise so good.

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  22. those shoes are amazing! I think it's a lot easier to update all those social media platforms if you're one of those people glued to their smartphones all the time. otherwise, I agree, I don't know how they keep up!

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  23. I hear you on the time management thing. I tried to do Twitter recently but I just forget to write stuff on it and I really don't have time to follow people on there consistently... It's proving very hard to follow everyone's blogs properly! ACK. If only I didn't have to work...

    Love the shoes on this outfit, they are really good!

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    1. Knowing how busy I am, I'm so grateful that people take the time to comment. I wish I could keep up more consistently with everyone's blogs. It's true that there is more than enough to do in life without ever working or going to school!

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  24. Fabulous outfit, love those shoes Amber!

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  25. I havent looked into FB, twitter and such for my blog, just posting on my blog do take alot of time since my english skills are not topnotch, english being my second language, so Im with Kaffesoester on this one. :) Privately Im using FB and pinterest. Later I might add FB, Twitter and desslikes for my blog, but not until I have decent number of followers. :)

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    1. As I said to Keffesoester, deepest respect for how beautifully you do in your second language - so impressive!!! It surely won't be long for your followers # to climb. I am immensely relieved that my followers and commenters aren't begging for these things just yet myself!

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- Amber