the williamsburg of latvia

the williamsburg of latvia
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Photo: Magnetic Latvia

Some people call this little place, Cēsis, “the Williamsburg of Latvia.” How so? Hipsters baby, hipsters. Lots of people have a problem with hipsters, those bearded, green juice drinking, artisanal cheese eating, post New Age people.

Me, I like them, because where they go to “nest,” good things happen.

So I’m bound for Cēsis, Latvia this summer.

By now you know that I’m of Latvian heritage, and that I take pride in the fact that Latvians have a cultural history of craftsmanship. Look here to one of my very first posts.

We are artists, and writers, and makers. It probably has a lot to do with those long winter nights, when to sit and do something useful with your hands, is a good way to spend them.

There have always been places all over the world where “pods”

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the rag trade, fabscrap

the rag trade,  fabscrap

“The Rag Trade,” there’s a nostalgic feeling that comes with that term, stereotypes in abundance. Men wheeling racks of garments, wrapped in plastic, down the street, in the garment district in this, my city. 

Leggy models strutting down the same streets for fittings. Dealers of everything from zippers to lace, perhaps with a yarmulke on, bypassing the crowded sidewalks by walking in the street, rushing to their next appointment.

A scene from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel perhaps?

The term “rag trade” simply means the clothing or fashion business. Sometimes you still do see these kinds of things in the garment district, and that’s just one reason I go there. 

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101 ways to style a thrifted blazer

101 ways
remember rana plaza?

way number 34

By now you know I’m being sarcastic when I say “101 ways to style a thrifted blazer,” I’ll never get to 101 ways but I’m going to continue and see how far I do get. To see what I did last, go here.

The point of course is, with just a tiny bit of effort, it can be done.

I’m also having a lot of fun doing this fundamentally good thing. It’s good for my budget, it’s good for the local and charitable organizations I buy from, and it’s good for the earth.

If there is any “secret” to doing this it’s to go wild when looking at the possibilities of styling. If you don’t think it’s going to look good with your jeans, skirt, boots, that’s all the more reason to try it. 

I find that freedom occurs when you’re working with something thrifted. 

For some reason we’re much less likely to go wild with a garment we’ve had for a long time,

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“Long live the queen, kill the queen!”

long live the queen
vision quest

“Long live the queen, kill the queen!” That, I suppose is my “The king is dead, long live the king!”

The king is dead, long live the king!

A traditional proclamation made following the accession of a new monarch in various countries. The seemingly contradictory phrase is used to simultaneously announce the death of the previous monarch and assure the public of continuity by saluting the new monarch.

Kamala was a prosecutor, Elizabeth is bland, Tulsi said…, Kirsten once had a 100% approval rating from the NRA, and what about Her emails? 

We want women to lead, but then when they do we are quick to want them gone, or failed. And fellow women, I’m afraid, are often the worst.

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