Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Amber Show-Off

After the grey day yesterday, today ended up being much more mellow. It helped that I had this golden light in the morning (even if it was from the stairwell lights!). 
And it helped that I wore a mellow colour! I browsed my closet last night and looked for things I wanted to wear - this blazer jumped right out at me.

  • Blazer - InWear; first worn here in a Hallowe'en-y outfit in October 2019
  • Sweater - Talbots, thrifted; first seen here in November 2019 with dragon scales
  • Skirt - Tribal, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in November 2019 for a shopping expedition
  • Shoes - Matisse; last seen here in December 2019 for a second-hand shop
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here a couple of weeks ago

Orange is one of my favourite colours. Well, ALL colours are my favourite, with my least favourite being oatmeal (oatmeal is for eating, not wearing) or beige, which are so darned blah. This particular orange is not as bright as it looks in the stair picture, but more pumpkin-y.
I like the is-it-still-trendy? shape of this boxy jacket. I felt dressy without feeling too overdressed.

I save a lot of my short skirts for warm weather wear because I always wear tights with them (I have nylons on).
My longer houndstooth skirt (yes, I have two) is in my spring/summer wardrobe, ready for my bare legs. Brrr, can't think about bare legs now!

A plain white sleeveless sweater for more brightness overall and to help tie the shoes in. I go through one of these sweaters every couple of years, and always find them thrifted. After two wears, I'm already down to $3.50 per wear!
It's a nice breathable cotton and the V-neck showed off my necklace well.

I only buttoned my jacket to put my coat on over it for my walks to and from work.
I did shove my sleeves up - I've always liked that look - but it was chilly this morning.

Outerwear - I've managed to dodge the rain for a couple of days without getting wet, but I was in it both ways today.
I love this vintage fedora - it fits my head perfectly, and didn't blow off, even though it was very gusty.

  • Fedora - Edward Mann, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Scarf - gift from Mom, Italy

The stuff:
These may be the most comfortable dressy shoes that I own. After two days of heels, I needed a low shoe. I liked the pattern mixing with the skirt, and how the brown heel went with the orange jacket.

Amber bling:
And there's what I built the entire outfit around: my new amber and sterling silver earrings that L got me for Christmas this past year.

  • Earrings - vintage, gift from L
  • Necklace - vintage, gift from L
  • Ring - Past Times, c. 1995, gift from L

I actually picked these out at Vanity Fair Antique Mall for my Christmas present. I'm very fussy about my jewelry, and L had...not quite gotten it... on a couple of previous years' gifts. So this year, he scouted out 4 or 5 pieces he thought I would like (I didn't - told you I was fussy), and had the lovely lady at the Mall hide the prices from me. While we were waiting for the proprietor to open a case, I spotted these in another case. "I like these! A lot." L knows, when I like something, that's the thing.

Anyway, I do love these, and they were awesome to wear, not too heavy at all - all that openwork keeps them lighter. Here they are on, as they are so swingy that they're blurry in every picture - you can barely see them, but they are a big statement.
Ignore my glassy stare - I hadn't had my coffee yet!

Planning my outfit around my special amber jewelry - L bought me every one of these amber pieces, going back 25 years! - was a fun challenge. They deserve to be shown off!


  1. All match together very well! :)
    Hi, would you like to follow each other?

    1. Thank you.

      No, I do not follow other bloggers without personal interaction first. I hope you take the time to build your blog and get to know your followers. It's not just about the numbers.

  2. Those earrings are beautiful and I really like your orange blazer too! What a fun topper with your outfit :)

  3. those earrings (and necklace) are such stunning pieces and they look so enhanced by the orange color of your jacket!, love this color!. And they look fabulous 'in action' in your last picture!.
    Lovely outfit and lovely houndstooth skirt and fabulous shoes too (elegant and comfy!). Love a matchy ensemble!

    1. Thank you so much - I agree! L has such good taste (ha ha). Much appreciated, Monica.

  4. Black and white with a helping of pumpkin: how delightful. I'm really smitten with that jacket! It's absolutely perfect with your amber jewellery, too. The earrings are gorgeous, they look like tiny chandeliers. Love that last picture of you, offering a peek of your jewellery but also of your beautiful eyes! xxx

    1. Thanks, Ann - I find orange challenging to style without it looking too Hallowe'en-y. I adore the earrings - I felt so elegant in them. Aw, you are too kind, thanks!

  5. Hello
    I love your look, but I'm impressed, am I seeing well or not? Are you without tights? I also think that your jewelery should be seen more often !!

    1. Hi, Marisa - I'm wearing nylons, as I said. :)

      I just got the jewelry for Christmas - I will wear it more, I promise!

      Thank you!

  6. what a gorgeous outfit! I absolutely love that houndstooth skirt on you and it looks great paired with a white sweater and a pumpkin orange jacket. Lovely shoes and accessories. The coat is fabulous as well.

  7. This color, which matches your blog, looks good on you. It really does.

  8. I like your reply to the accounts who asked you to follow them. I used to get those requests too when I posted regularly. I like the orange with the b & W houndstooth, or actually, any bold bright colour with it.

    1. There seems to be a rash of them lately, all young bloggers who seem really keen to get followers quickly! Thanks, Shelley.

      I love houndstooth - it's wonderful with brights.

  9. Thank you for your comment. No, I do not follow other bloggers without personal interaction first. I hope you take the time to build your blog and get to know your followers. It's not just about the numbers.


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