Fashion Friday 6/21/13

This week’s Fashion Friday comes to us from my friend Cecelia. Yay! It’s a bit different from the usual fare but something excellent.
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Side note: I’ve been so grateful to our guest bloggers who have been stepping in while I’m traveling and finishing novel revisions. You’ll hear more Fashion Friday stuff from me next month, and I’ll get back to posting other writings very soon, too.  Lots of publication-type irons in the fire at the moment. Everyone’s patience is SO appreciated.
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Now, without further ado…

Fashion Friday 6/14/13

A lot of teachers I know and work with — okay, pretty much all of them — often admit they need a week or two to decompress from the school year once summer break starts.  Of course, summer is short, and most teachers have a lot of work to do over the summer (even if they aren’t teaching classes).  I know this shatters a myth many people like to believe, that we spend a couple of months just doing nothing but draw a paycheck.  (Trust me, in seventeen years of teaching, I’ve never encountered any teacher for whom that was actually true.)

Anyway, a week or two out of ten is an awful big chunk of time to spend decompressing.  So sometimes, the first weekend of summer, you have to make a grand statement, metaphorically, to shock your system into understanding you really are on summer break.

right hand watermelon

And the other hand…

left hand watermelon

This gets the point across nicely.

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Fashion Friday 5/17/13

Okay, so it’s not a hat this time, but it is something delightful to wear on your head.

This adornment was made by Saorsa Studio of Beads.
This adornment was made by Saorsa Studio of Beads.

Or more specifically, in your hair.

green glass hair beads (close-up)
It works best, I think, if you have a coarse or curly texture to your locks, to put this ornament in when your hair is still a bit damp, as mine is in these pictures. The stick holds the hair pretty well this way; most of mine is piled up here, twisted only slightly, and still feels secure.

The beads are green and a very pale amber-orange.

green glass hair beads with roses
I love this rose bush. It grows roses in three different colors – white, pink, and fuschia — even though it came from one single bareroot plant. It also thrives better than any of our other rose bushes or climbing rose vines. Now that the rains have stopped for a while, maybe I can tend to the garden a bit more. You know, in my copious amounts of free time.

An ornament like this also looks very lovely with a full up-do for a daytime/work look.  (Wearing it with one’s hair down is a bit more romantic.)  Even a severe chignon can look very feminine with beads dripping from it.

What interesting things have you worn in your hair before?

Fashion Friday 4/19/13

This week we have a grand guest post from fellow blogger and author Marie Marshall.  (Visit her excellent site here.)  Enjoy!

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Wearing boys’ castoffs

I remember the first time I made the conscious choice to wear a boy’s garment. Strangely, it was during what must have been my most ‘femme’ fashion stage. I was thirteen, and along with my best friend I was hooked on the urban fashion of Continue reading “Fashion Friday 4/19/13”

What I Can Learn from the Beauty of Tiny Beowulf

My son just started kindergarten last month. He’s a likable kid, on the tall side for his age, slightly moody — because, you know, he’s five — and he has lots of friends. He also has a litany of vision problems and wears the tiniest bifocals you’ve ever seen, but he likes them because he thinks they make him look like Harry Potter. He has silky-straight blonde hair, Continue reading “What I Can Learn from the Beauty of Tiny Beowulf”