shoe be do be do

shoe be do be do,
freda salvador
diversity in fashion
more edges
letter from the editor
quoting

Ah, shoe be do be do, the search, the search for the perfect shoe, sandal, boot. If there’s anything you actually search for, even research, it should be footwear. Our feet are our base, if our feet hurt, can we ever feel good? If our shoes are shabby, can we ever look good? 

Cheap shoes, one of the the first posts I wrote was about cheap shoes.

I like the clunky, “edgy,” slightly orthopedic look of these sandal/shoes. 

They look like good shoes to travel in, and since I’m doing a bit of traveling this summer, I thought I would try them on. I can see them with jeans as well as a summery dress. They’re by a small, California company, Freda Salvador.

Orthopedic or not, I’m going to try them on tomorrow. 

diversity in fashion

Photo: Getty Images

This striking person is, Ezra Miller, actor, singer, and model. Just posting this picture here because of all the talk about diversity in fashion and on the runway. I like the models you can’t readily identify as “black,” “hispanic,” “gay,” “male” or “female.”

I like the blurring of lines that’s happening in societies all over the world.

Fashion is more and more closely resembling the people we see on the streets, but I’m sure that Mike Pence is not the only one positively throwing fits over these changes. I get that, it’s a big change for a lot of people. “What, someday we may all be indistinguishable from one another?”

No more readily identifiable, dreamy, pure, long-legged, long-haired Norwegian blonds? 

No more dark-haired, thick eye-browed, big-bosomed Sophia Loren look alikes? People might all be androgynous? How would we jump to judgement, how would we stereotype?

Wouldn’t we be lucky if we got to that place, that world, just a milk chocolate-colored mass of humanity? Thoughts about this?

more edges

Thought I would bring you more of what I’m calling “edges.” This is one from the famous/infamous Olsen twins, and God forgive me, but I don’t know which. No matter, I’ve always admired their style, a lot. 

Even though one of my friends says, “they dress like old women,” (ageist!), those girls were born with taste.

I don’t know if this look is just a big scarf, shawl, or blanket? I like that easy drape and knot on the side, and I’m wondering if one could sew a dress that looked exactly like that?  

Photo: Getty Images

This dress by Jonathan Cohen! For someone who’s not into pattern, how crazy that I would be attracted to this crazy quilt of a dress. Really though, more than the pattern, I’m nuts about the concept, the handkerchief size pieces of fabric, seemingly tied together. 

Maybe one could actually use thrifted scarves to make this dress? I recently made another trip to Fab Scrap, and with this dress in mind I found similar sized swatches of cotton fabric I’m going to play with. 

quoting

Dangerous Coats

Someone clever once said
Women were not allowed pockets
In case they carried leaflets
To spread sedition
Which means unrest 
To you and me
A grandiose word
For commonsense
Fairness
Equality
So ladies start Sewing
Dangerous coats
Made of pockets & sedition

—Sharon Owens

Anita

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details and edges

details and edges
never look away, *spoiler
the gut punch

quoting

Winterstone

cheap thrills

I’m always in search of details and edges, otherwise known as something “different,” or as the French say, “autre chose,” which, by the way is the name of a restaurant I used to work for in Boston.

Is this a search for novelty, a cheap thrill, or just a sign of my inability to focus? 

Probably all three, but no matter, “make your crazy work for you.” While intense and prolonged focus may not be my thing, I’m a freak for detail. Attention to detail is my “super power.” 

In fashion, of course, the notion of detail is hugely important. Real fashion, fashion with a capital F, is about details. A dress, after all, is a dress: a “bag” with an opening for your head, arms, and legs. 

It’s in the details that a dress becomes fashion.

define edgy

I know “fashion” in some circles has become a filthy, dirty word. Too bad, I say, for those circles. For what it’s worth, I’m using the word fashion to Continue Reading

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weighted blankets and sleeping frenchies

weighted blankets and sleeping frenchies, q&a
silk scarves
melting candle neck

quoting

*Weighted blankets and sleeping French Bulldogs. Pick one. Weighted blankets have become increasingly popular recently, and “people” are blaming it on the stress freely swirling about in society at this time. I can’t argue with that, but my way of decompressing and bringing my blood pressure down these days is puppy videos.

It’s remarkable what thirty seconds of three “Frenchies,” huddled together, bellies up, can do for me. 

*Captured those glorious, warm colored, juicy snapdragons in my local florists/plant/and coffee shop. They’re part of my collection for palette assemblage.

*What’s your take on the Amy Klobuchar bitchy boss story? Mine is, I don’t like bitchy bosses, men or women. I believe that the way one leads and “bosses” is indicative

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assembling a palette

assembling a palette
alabama chanin

quoting

Do artists “make up” a palette, “create” a palette, choose a palette deliberately and with great forethought, or do they perhaps conjure one up? I’m not sure what the proper term is, but I am sure someone will tell me soon, and in the meantime, I’m assembling a palette, a moodboard focused on color.

Art, of course, is a great place to start if one wants to assemble a palette. The Rothko painting above, like a collection of swatches, started things for me.

Then, right around St. Valentine’s day, I became crazy for the color chocolate, chocolate-brown was everywhere, from the magazines Continue Reading

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