Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Blanket Statement

Thank you all so much for visiting, reading, and following! I've got a logjam of outfits I've worn and photographed, so the next few posts may be brief. Or just as likely not, but one can hope. 




This was a snowy day, and I put on some more really old things and layered outerwear. It's all stuff I've had for ages, but haven't combined before. 


wool hat: The Snow Lion / Tibet Shop, late '80s, last worn here
black fun fur jacket: MBasics, Mariposa, early 2000s
olive wool cape: Dem Hats by Lou, a gift from my mother (~15 years ago)
striped wool wrap skirt: Daniel Hechter, Fairweather, mid 90s
thermal leggings: Elita, Sears

shorty cowboy boots: Rudy2, WalM*rt, last worn here




Just about everything I'm wearing has been on the "donation" chopping block at some point 
- but I find myself glad to still have them. 




The green cape which I've lately been keeping at work for when my desk-drawer-stashed merino wool wrap isn't enough (and which goes perfectly with the dress Beary got me for Christmas), light wool sweater with sweet button closure, and the skirt I remember from my undergrad studies. 


black collared shirt: Fred David, Giant Tiger, last worn here
wool pullover with shoulder buttons: Tristan and Iseult, outlet store, early 2000s
ancient camel bell necklace: last worn here




Oddly, a lady at my current workplace has the exact same skirt. The fun fur jacket takes up a lot of space for how infrequently I wear it, but it appeals to my sense of humour.




The problem with developing my outfit-creation skills is that it becomes even more difficult to let go of things as I keep discovering new ways to wear them. 




I have few regrets but no closet space. 


26 comments:

  1. I adore your skirt Amber, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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  2. I remember those skirts from when I worked at Fairweather! I get a kick out of finding old Daniel Hechter from back then in the thrift stores.

    A lovely, warm and snuggly outfit, Amber!

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    1. I thought of you! This one has a pretty apple-green satiny lining. The quality available in the average mall store is just not like this anymore.

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  3. "The problem with developing my outfit-creation skills is that it becomes even more difficult to let go of things as I keep discovering new ways to wear them." = goddess's truth for me too. Love this vintage skirt and of course, the fabulous camel bell.

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  4. Gorgeous skirt!! Love the whole outfit!!
    I guess one of the "pluses" of a weight gain and then losing is you HAVE to purge the old stuff!!

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  5. I love your striped skirt. How lovely!

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  6. Ooh, love that skirt! At one point my mom, sister and I all had the same skirt bought during the same month while all of us were living in different states. Isn't that weird??

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  7. Fabulous skirt. I'm a sucker for stripes and dots and buttons so I also love the sweater. Lovely!

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  8. There's that wonderful bell pendant again....
    I often put take things on and off the donation chopping block.....and then I'll get ruthless and take it to the donation bin before I can do it again!
    That skirt is totally awesome, and you just can't go wrong with a fun faux fur coat!
    XXX

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  9. Oh you HAVE to keep the faux fur jacket, Amber. It might take up some space but Helga is right, everyone needs a little fun fur action in their lives!
    Love the colours on that skirt, and all your well-used, well-loved layers. You are so right - when you rediscover old favourites and find new ways to wear them, it breathes such wonderful fresh life into them that you just can't let go!
    And please NEVER let the camel bell go! xxxxx

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  10. Oooh lala that is an amazing skirt! I love the colors. I find myself hanging onto things that I intend for donation for a long time, or quickly turn things over. I finally gave up my fur coats because it's never cold enough where I live for one. They are really fun though!

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  11. Love the woolly cape, the furry jacket and the stripey skirt - can't believe you were thinking of giving them away! I love the way you style your hair under a hat!

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  12. I love your last sentence about having few regrets but no closet space - amen, sister! Everyone needs a fun furry jacket in their closet. I remember those blanket skirts from Fairweather. Shopping your closet is the best!

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  13. I tremble every time I take a bag to the thrift store. I always have donator's regret. Now I give things to people who understand that if I want it back, I can have it. I'll confess I've never asked for anything back. It just enables me to let things go.

    The stripey skirt pops with the black pieces and I loved the closeup because I was really able to see the cool texture of the jacket. Plus your hat is so, so good.

    Maybe you need a hanging rack in the barn? You've got a lot of great stuff and you create wonderful outfits!!! Think of it as storing art supplies.

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    1. There ARE art supplies in the bins in the barn! There may yet be a way, though the un-joys of country living storage conditions involve a constant battle against vermin and dirt, plus consideration of temperature tolerance. I have some great ideas for making better use of our interior closet space as well. I am hesitating to sprawl further - this tension of space vs. proportion of particular stuff challenges me to assess areas of balance / imbalance in my life. xoxoxo

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  14. hello iloveyour blog. I love the titles of your posts. I also love your house. do you mind me asking what country you are from? I am from Ireland.

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for your kind comment! I take my outfit photos in the barn behind my house, and the background image (behind the blog posts) is the Blogger template I liked the best. I am in Canada.

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  15. Amen, sister! My last post has me wearing a dress I fished out of my consign pile. I love it how you say you just throw stuff together, and you always look as if everything was intentional and artistic. In plain English, you always look beautiful. Too funny that a co-worker has the same cool skirt.

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    1. Oh Lynne, that dress you mention is definitely a keeper!

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  16. Hello, I enjoy your blog! The styling is so beautiful and unique. Thanks for sharing your talents.

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    1. Hi Ann! I immediately followed your blog - shoes, jewelry, clothes, backgrounds, photography - and art! - all amazing. (Go see, everybody!) Thanks so much for this generous comment.

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  17. Thankfully you saved these beauties from the donation chopping block. Beautiful skirt to add color to the mix! I have the same issue with letting go of pieces that have potential for new combinations. Sometimes I consider four pairs gloves to find the perfect color for an ensemble. Than doesn't lend itself to downsizing!

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    1. I have so many black sweaters, skirts, sleeveless layering tops, etc., but they are all great in "exactly right" combinations with other things - not so much minimalists, are we!

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  18. Hear hear on the closet space! ARGH!
    It's so hard to let go of certain things sometimes... I still regret giving away a few things here and there but it's for the best. I can't complain of having an empty closet!

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  19. My goodness, where have I been? Another cool outfit almost down the tubes? Well, I hope you've changed your mind and kept it for good - for now anyway. It has an adult school girl charm about it. I guess it's the striped skirt and sweater top with tights that does it. Lovely.

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Thank you for your comments!
- Amber