living in interesting times
“tit” for tat
Coral, “living coral,” the color of the year for 2019. Ironic, of course, because the coral isn’t lasting.
Nevertheless, I’m stalking the stores and internet for coral! In general, I’ve been on a sort of color kick lately. “Hot” colors, muted colors, and colors of nature are all drawing me. This suede, that I found at Mood Fabrics, is pretty truly coral.
This ensemble from my friend, Kal Rieman, isn’t really coral, it’s more like another one of my favorites, persimmon. It’s both hot and muted at the same time, or would you call it a “jewel tone?”
i made a thing
i made a thing
“I made a thing,” that’s what my friend, an inveterate “maker” says when, well, she’s made a thing. I have not yet made a thing, but I’m well on my way, and I’m so excited that I just have to show you the “makings” of the thing.
I sat down at my brand new Singer sewing machine, for the first time, the other day, and I was instantly “bonded” to it and to the process of sewing.
At first, I approached the whole undertaking very warily, like a cat approaching a mouse she wasn’t sure was still alive. I tentatively stretched out my paw, and poked the machine to check and see if it had any life in it. I sat down, started, and bam, I sewed my first seam! I’m hooked.
I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt such satisfaction.
Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised, I come from a line of tailors and sewers, but who ever knows what we might like to do 30 years later? And that’s about how long it’s been since I last touched a sewing machine.
I will of course show you the finished thing when it’s done, but for now, can anyone guess what I might have planned for this pile of stuff?
blazer look #2
I’m continuing with my project to style a thrifted blazer 101 ways. The first way was au naturel. Here, all I did was add leggings and a wide belt. This Rachel Comey belt was a gift to myself for Christmas.
It cost more than I care to mention, Continue Reading
how to do classic style
the color coral
This is classic style! Whenever the person looks elegant and comfortable, not fussy and out-of-place, when it’s truly timeless, that’s classic. And this is Diana from Elegance Now, a new Instagram friend, who’s consistently elegant.
When I see dressing like this, I wonder why I ever stray from the classics.
Classic doesn’t bore me, it doesn’t get old, and it always looks good.
Audrey Hepburn exemplified the style in the movie Sabrina, Continue Reading
I mentioned in my last post that I would be telling you more about the small and ethical companies I’ve recently found. Another one of those is Naadam.
One thing this blog/magazine allows me to do is nose around, ask questions, and find kindred spirits. And that, in and of itself is rewarding. If I’ll never actually sleep in a yurt and run around with cashmere goats in Mongolia, I can be glad I found Naadam cashmere and these two guys who did.
This fall I went to the Naadam store on Bleecker Street to buy a cardigan. First I bought this “grandpa” cardigan because I had been wanting one like it forever. It’s %100 cashmere and soft as a cloud.
I don’t think this picture does the cardigan justice, but pictures seldom do. But I love the feel, the classic look, and the versatility of something simple and just plain good.
While I was at the store, I was able to stand in a cloud (see, it says “cloud”), and take myself to Mongolia virtually. Yes, this is part of the “customer experience,” that I’ve mentioned in the past. And yes, it did make me a bit dizzy, but it was fun.