Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What I'm Wearing to Teach Today: Quick! Before Someone Walks In

 Dress:  Junya Watanabe for Comme des Garcons
Hat:  Simmons
Tights:  Wolford
Boots:  La Canadienne

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dedicated to the One I Love

MichFest bracelet fell off today.  I wore it as a talisman for fest.

Fashion Blows

I went into Toronto today to see the Fashion Blows exhibit at The Bay, and I'm really glad I went.  The exhibit was intermixed with racks of clothing on the sales floor, making it feel more like clothes worn than clothes presented.  To underscore the fact that these were the clothes that were actually worn by Isabella Blow, they left all stains, cigarette burns, and tears as they were.  I really enjoyed being able to walk around the mannequins and see the clothing from all angles.  I did, however, have to restrain myself from reaching out and touching the material.

Junya Watanabe jacket; Alexander McQueen skirt; Philip Treacy hat

Alexander McQueen suit & top; Philip Treacy hat

Authenticity in action

There were a few text panels but not too many or too academic.

Deborah Milner dress; 1930's monkey fur jacket; hat unattributed

Hussein Chalayan dress

Monday, October 27, 2014

On My Mind Mondays: Toward a Common Goal

Mulberry is fascinated by the pressure canner
  • Independent bookstores:  I listened to a Fresh Air interview with Ann Patchett who was compelling in her argument for buying books at actual bookstores and not online.  More often than not, I buy online because it's often less expensive and conducive to off-hour (aka impulse) purchasing; however, I do value bookstores, and frankly, I can afford to pay full price to support local economies so that's what I'm planning on doing whenever possible from here on out.
  • Wabi Sabi (continued):  I'm reading Simply Imperfect:  Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House by Robyn Griggs Lawrence, and her explanation of the concepts and how to make them part of one's life resonates with me.  I cannot claim to be a minimalist by any stretch of the imagination, but my life seems to be a constant work-in-progress where I continue to try to whittle things down and get everything closer to what I value.  I'll be working on slowly decluttering spaces around me.
  • My upcoming trip to Oakland:  I'm off for a visit with the boy and will have a lot of time on my own (the boy's got to work).  I've signed up for a sashiko workshop already, and a friend has recommended I check out the Ai Weiwei installation on Alcatraz.  While I'll be seeing the boy daily, part of this trip feels as though I'm on my own, which is quite interesting.  What will I do with my time?
  • Fashion Blows:  My friend, Abi Slone, curated this exhibit showcasing some of the late, great Isabella Blow's clothing.  It's got a short run, and I'm going to Toronto to see it tomorrow. 
  • Interrogation of the Closet:  I've been trying to "curate" my closet/wardrobe for the last couple of years, slowly.  I'm working with the theme "Making my closet work better, not bigger."  Now it's time for the inquisition, as it were.  I'm going to take each rail of clothing (yes, there are more than one), divide it based on how often or the last time I wore an item, and then figure out what stays and what goes.  In conjunction with that, I've conceived of a creative nonfiction piece that deals with the process.
  • Apples:  Today I've got to utilize the last of our apples.  Applesauce & hard cider are on the schedule.
I've never seen Gwendolyn so fully sacked out on the DVR before.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What I'm Wearing to Teach Today: You Wanna Talk About Purple Prose?

Dress:  Woolen Moss (etsy!)
Vest:  Noro pattern, Noro yarn, knit by me
Tights:  Hue
Boots:  212

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another Way to Travel

I have to admit, I am one of those people who find adults riding Razor scooters kind of lame.  Yes, I said, "lame," but I just followed a link to this Kickstarter campaign.

I have to admit, kinda cool.

What I'm Wearing to Teach Today: Time to Demonstrate

Dress:  Alabama Chanin design sewn by yours truly
T-Shirt:  Mossimo
Jacket:  Noblu
Boots:  212
Tights:  Wolford