Sunday, 1 December 2013

Emotional Baggage

 Well, sometimes I just have to have things.


brown wool hat: Parkhurst Basque beret, Netty Vintage
long green-gold velveteen jacket: Della Spiga, Winners (~2005), previously worn belted with two of my favourite outfits here and here
suitcase, sticker, and key print dress: Myrtlewood of California, ModCloth
crinoline underneath: 
Netty Vintage, worn here and here
brown wrap belt: Netty Vintage, worn here
olive green ankle boots:
Fluevog Swordfish Surrealist Pizza


wrist doo-dads, from top: rubber O-ring
yellow vegetable turquoise bracelet (Gabii's, Progreso, TX, worn here)
leather and silver hands bracelet (AGO, precious gift 1994, replaced 2005)
silver OM (Lollapalooza vendor, early '90s)
Swiss Army Cavalry watch (beloved gift, 1994)




Given my line of work (look here too) and sense of humour, how in the world could I resist a dress printed all over with baggage? And with my love of Fluevog Swordfish shoes abiding 20+ years (you've seen two of my three "homegrown vintage" pairs: Tara T-straps and oxblood Chelsea boots), what was I to do when Fluevog brought the Swordfish family back


glasses: Oakley
silver earrings: Lollapalooza vendor, early '90s
brown, silver, and hematite bead necklace: jewelry booth ~20 years ago, worn here




Despite the altered state of shopping known semi-affectionately around here as the "Aw, DAMMIT" I remain completely allergic to paying full price. Being that "Aw, DAMMIT" is very different from "I actually need it" plus I am blissfully immune to giving a hoot about trends, I lie in wait for substantial coupon codes, and / or sometimes let several seasons pass while prices come down (see red clogs, Tom Ford sunglasses). 




In the case of these boots, as the stock in my size dwindled alarmingly, I used a chunk of store credit I'd been hoarding for half a year. And it was my birthday.  For many years now, I have been celebrating milestones, events, and goal accomplishments with shoes. :) 




I'm marching on over to Style Crone for the amazing Judith's Hat Attack #5, and wonderful Patti's Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style. Do come with, and see all the fabulous headwear and outfits!


52 comments:

  1. Mary Poppins should look so good.

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  2. gorgeous dress, gorgeous coat, gorgeous shoes,.... lovely

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  3. Okay, so the boots are perfect. Absolute perfection. The color (!!!), shape, and that perfect heel. Everything else serves as a lovely foil to the boots. :-) I adore the colors of the outfit especially. Most of all, I'm so happy to see your beautiful face. Xxoo

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    1. Dear Jean, my kindred spirit! Much love to you, xo

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  4. Hahaha! I relate very well to your "Aw, dammit!" shopping reaction. I must say, yours are in response to wonderful things. You have impeccable taste! These suit(case?) your style so well.

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  5. I have been musing on your "hunter / gatherer instinct" theory of shopping with great appreciation. :)
    Thanks, Aya!

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  6. You look fantastic! Love those boots.

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    1. I think "love" is the exact right word. Thank you, Paula!

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  7. A shopping catagory called "I actually need it"? Sorry, I've missed that one. As I always say when I see what I like: WHAT'S NEED GOT TO DO WITH IT? Yes, I have all the restrictive self control of a four year old! I'm afraid I'm all " see it, want it, got it"!

    Glad that Fluvog has brought back the line of shoes you like so much. He has probably heard rumors that he'd better do that!!

    Cheers from England,
    Rosemary from www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

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    1. LOL! That category's all boring and functional stuff, like groceries. Though we can talk ourselves into quite a lot, can't we. ;)

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  8. A great look for you Amber!! You look amazing in this...and the dress full of luggage works great! Have a wonderful week!

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  9. What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday: shoes, shoes and more shoes! These are fun & funky and the color would go with everything!! I adore shoes (what woman doesn't) because I mostly stay the same size from year to year, which is not true of any other piece of clothing I own. And, trends may come and go, but they always come back around when it comes to shoes!
    xo ~kim

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    1. Oh Kim, you have miraculously found the rationale for having lots of shoes AND lots of clothes - simply the fault of our fluctuations. And our not-fluctuations! Genius!

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  10. yes, celebrate with shoes - as gorgeous as these. They are so "you" and your whole look makes me happy. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday. xox

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    1. Thanks for having us over Patti - always a wonderful gathering!

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  11. Awww, dammit, Amber - you look fabulous! Wonderful print, colours, hat, and awesome boots. Look at your teeny tiny waist, you suit the 50s shape of the dress so well, but the boots make it thoroughly here-and-now. These soft autumnal shades are glorious, as are you! xxxx

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    1. Aww beautiful Curtise - likewise! I'm just grateful that these clothing-related paroxysms of desire aren't over-frequent! Whew! xoxoxo

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  12. How much do I love this?? Amazing, Amber, and those 'Vogs are stunning! My hubby has a pair of the Swordfish Coopers and they are fabulous. Love that dress' pattern so much.

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    1. Means an awful lot coming from you, Sheila! Ooo, those Coopers would be awesome on L! And I've got even more excellent pattern coming up next post. :)

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  13. Your beret is pure chocolate perfection and very flattering! Having said that, it's the dress that steals my heart. Maybe it's the sewer in me, but I can't get enough of that fabric! I'm all for a bit of whimsy in the dress code, always!!

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    1. I had an inking you'd understand! If we must cover ourselves and go out and greet the world t might as well be fun, right?

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  14. This is such an amazing look. I love the print on the dress and it's just beyond perfect with your wonderful shoes. You look fabulous!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Gracey! I am already gearing up for Literary Stylings, eee!

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  15. Of course you have to have this amazing outfit! The shoes are so cool and the colors here are some of my favorites. What a good print on this classic dress.

    blue hue wonderland

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    1. See? You totally get the "have to have it" effect, as evidenced by your incredible style. ;) Thanks, Ann!

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  16. OOooh those shoes are gorgeous. Green shoes are so dreamy.

    I also lovelovelove the dress, and your hat. Trends are fun, but I've definitely learned that stepping outside the trend world means you can be just as thrilled and excited, and even more unique than the mass production of things everyone else is wearing.

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    1. Thank you, dear Megan - it's peoples' uniqueness that grabs me, and I love the ways you let yours show!

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  17. Every piece of this outfit comes together to form such a wonderful artistic statement. Your glasses are fabulous too.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne! Having stuck with the same eyewear for 10 years, I'm on my 3rd pair of lenses and 2nd exact same frames, lol. I recently heard that partial-frame glasses are 'out' but we all know just how I feel about that. I do envy folks who have an easy time picking frames and wish I could find more that I like as well as these!

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  18. Pretty dress, nicely presented. You have a distinctive flair. Even if your head was removed, I'd recognize your outfits. Just sayin'... I'm not recommending we remove your head. :-)

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    1. You're both awesomely kind and fabulously silly, Ally - a favourite combo! Glad I can hold on to my head - otherwise I'd have to talk out a different body part, eh? xo

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  19. I'm so happy that you celebrate with shoes! I can't think of anything more festive, and these Fluevogs are irresistible. As is the 'baggage' print dress enhanced by the crinoline. My favorite photo in your amazing series is the close-up with your beret framing your face to perfection. Thank you for linking up with Hat Attack!

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    1. Hats are suitably joyful too! I need a bit more time and practise to know what hats will fit and work - it's this exact reason I'm ever so grateful for your Hat Attack challenge. Thank you, dear Judith!

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  20. That outfit makes perfect sense! Maybe that sounds weird, but I work with bridge engineers, and in some reports they describe the geometry as being visually logical. I think that works here with this outfit. -I'm not boring you, am I?- The shapes, the colors, the styles make a perfect package. Not predictable, but with each piece I just think, Of course! That coat and those boots and that dress were made to be worn by you with that hat and that lovely smile!

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    1. Val, that's got to be the coolest outfit metaphor bestowed on me yet!!! The combination did lock right into place, with underpinnings of crinoline for structural integrity. :)

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  21. WOW - you're looking absolutely gorgeous. The outfit is definitely a "must have".

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  22. Can I just say...you have a fabulous wardrobe.You always look so lovely.

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  23. Amber, these colours look so gorgeous on you! I love the print and cut of the dress, and your waist does look super tiny. I wish I could wear Fluevogs, but I have to get my shoe thrills vicariously through you and other "Vog" wearing bloggers.

    Are you a November baby too? Celebrating with shoes is the perfect treat - I went for a dress and a sweater. Pretty much all my clothing purchases are about "WANT!", or "Aw, Dammit"! (soooo true) - need went out the window years ago. Happy Belated Birthday (unless it was months ago, and then I'm really late...)

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  24. Absolutely love the print on that dress! Those shoes are great too :)

    Tiffany Ima
    Style Honestly

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  25. What a wonderful dress - I have seen on Modcloth - Those boots are spectacular - I have visited the Fluevog shop in Montreal - Never got myself to buy a pair but God they have some pretty awesome shoes there!

    Tks for your comment on my engagement

    Hugs

    Arianexo

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  26. Sooooooo Cute! I'm in love with this look. The pattern for the dress is simply adorable and the coat is major. Reminds me of Anthropologie!
    http://sowhattotwenty.blogspot.com/

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  27. Those boots are a most excellent gift to yourself!! Gorgeous!! I adore the dress-the print is just so cool and all of the goodies you've accessorized it with are just perfection!!

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  28. Yesterday I visited your blog and looked at several posts - I wish I could speak better English! I am an absolute beginner ... Slavic languages ​​know better. Unfortunately still do not understand everything, but I am still learning.
    This is a very personal and special outfit, it's wonderful combination - I also have personal reference to my clothes often and keep them long, combine always new.
    I love these bracelets and the color of the jacket.
    Only these very special shoes I could never wear - I may be defective with an orthopedic never have fashionable shoes, so my outfits are always floor-length to hide ugly shoes -
    I could look for hours and try to read.
    Have a great an quiet week :-)

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  29. Full price?! What the hell is that?! Ha!
    I am rather besotted with this outfit, the colours are beautiful and unusual!! Celebrating milestones with shoes is a brilliant idea! XXX

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  30. That dress is to die for! Love the whole outfit <3

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  31. The are less boots/booties than art! Inspired. Wonderful, too-infrequently-seen colors and fabrics, textures and prints so INTERESTING. Fun, too. All pretty and ready to celebrate.
    I identify with "Aw, damn it ! " Waiting, where I live, means *never* so often, but it keeps me from loveless purchases. "Love it or leave it" is my current operational mantra!
    Have a wonderful week, Amber.

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  32. Orgulous. (I had to look it up - haughty) I love that skirt. I want to read you.
    I like to reward myself with thrifting. I'm not an Aw Dammit gal, I make a chirping sound, eep, eep, like a little bird. In my head.
    Olive footwear with such an awesome name. Of course Dammit! You look spectacular. Every piece invites inspection and awe. Your hat is lovely.

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  33. I'm so glad you celebrate with magnificent shoes, because we get to look at them :) And you are Mistress of the Print. Wow!

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Thank you for your comments!
- Amber