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Picture of the week


Apparently my Instagram followers love hats. This was the picture of the week, and again, I was surprised. I do a lot of these kinds of pictures, the reflections in windows. I love what happens, I love how the busyness of life in the city reflects in the window/picture. Sometimes you can see layer upon layer of reflections and distance. I didn’t know what these kinds of pictures were called until recently: photo collages. Makes sense.

Favorite picture from fashion show


I went to a fashion show this weekend, it was a benefit organized by FAST. Fast stands for Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics. I had never heard of Angelman Syndrome before being invited to the show. I would have attended the fashion show whether or not it was a benefit, but having had a sister in law who suffered with another, similar seeming Syndrome, I felt compelled to attend. If you want to read about what Angelman Syndrome is, go here. And Angelman is pronounced like angel not angle.

Fashion find

I visited a showroom studio this week. The company is called Universal Standard. I know, the name is a bit odd. Universal Standard sounds like maybe they make vacuum cleaners? Nevertheless, I really like their clothes. I’ve been doing some research on plus size fashion for the “swimwear project,” and that’s how I found them. I had first gone to another plus size shop and come away appalled. The clothes were poorly designed, poorly made, cheap things made mostly of artificial fibers.

I actually felt angry at what I was seeing. I felt like I was walking in the moccasins of plus size women who have been complaining for years about how hard it is to find clothes for themselves, clothes that are stylish, high quality, and well made specifically for them. Well that’s what Universal Standard is, and all though I am not plus size, I ordered a very nice dress from them. Check out their Geneva dress, it’s a dress that would look good on almost anyone.

Random quote

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

J.K. Rowling



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