May Rêveuses in Bloom

Here are today’s 13th-of-the-month pictures, taken (as always) on my phone, so you know the photo quality is awesome.  (It occurs to me that I should perhaps carry around my actual camera on the 13th of every month, but then I wouldn’t have the excuse of a pitiful device to blame for my inept photography skills.)

Enjoy! Continue reading “May Rêveuses in Bloom”

Fashion Friday 5/10/13

This week’s Fashion Friday post comes to us from guest blog contributor Dana.  Thank you, Dana!

I’ll be posting more content myself next week — as well as more on the Book Spine Poetry Contest — as soon as I finish catching up from DFWCon, the writers’ conference I went to a week ago.  (Oh yeah, and as soon as I get a handle on this insane stack of papers to grade.  Ah, the end of the semester is upon us…  Or, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, SUMMER IS COMING.  Thank you, dear readers, for your patience during this trying time each year.)

Another reminder:  Monday is the 13th of the month, so all you rêveurs and rêveuses, reveal yourselves!

Now on to Dana’s wonderful post…

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Hi, everybody. When Angélique asked if I would do a Fashion Friday guest post, I thought, Sure, I can do that. I’ve been pondering what to write, and it’s changed several times. What I’ve finally settled on is this: I love fashion and I love girly stuff, especially jewelry. I always check all of the red carpet photo galleries and rarely miss a “What Were They Thinking?” fashion post.  But for me, on a day-to-day basis, being a girl is more fun in theory than in practice.

The subject came up regarding Angélique’s fashionable and fabulous hats. When she mentioned the first hat making party, it brought back some fun memories. I still have the hat I made at that party. I still think it’s rather lovely.

There are flowers and lace and more flowers and pearls and silk and a lovely long scarf hanging down the back. This is the first hat I ever made.
There are flowers and lace and more flowers and pearls and silk and a lovely long scarf hanging down the back. This is the first hat I ever made.

I’ve also never worn it. Partially because it’s too big and partially because, well, it’s a lot of work to get dressed up fancy enough for it. (And I’ve yet to go to Tea in a season for which it’s appropriate.) I think it’s a lovely hat but when it comes down to it, it’s just a little too frou-frou for me now. At the time, probably not so much. Back then I wore make-up regularly and bought more stylish clothes and worked hard to keep up a certain appearance.

These days comfort is more important. This was true even before my darling daughter was born.

This will end up being the most girly thing I ever make in my life. Cute, isn't she?
This will end up being the most girly thing I ever make in my life. Cute, isn’t she?

On a day-to-day basis, I’d rather wear Birkenstocks than Blahniks, jeans or shorts instead of fancy skirts or trousers, and cotton over linen and silk. And you know what? That’s totally okay. At 41 I can admit that I love fashion and fancy, girly stuff but feel no need to wear it. I’m finally comfortable enough in my own skin to wear what feels good and not worry what people think.

And I think confidence is the best accessory of all.

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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”

Guess What Today Is? The 13th of the Month!

Calling all rêveurs and rêveuses to show yourselves when you make your wardrobe choices today.  Below I’ve posted my rêveuse picture for March.  Feel free to post yours as well, or link to it in the comments section.

(No idea what I’m talking about?  Click here.)

Someone asked me if she could include gray in her outfit.  I don't see why not!  Today I wore a shirt striped with black, white, and two grays and a dark charcoal skirt and black shoes.  But I'm highlighting this ladybug bracelet my son gave me one day on a whim, because it "matched my outfit."  That was a 13th-of-the-month day, too.
Someone asked me if she could include gray in her outfit. I don’t see why not! Today I wore a shirt striped with black, white, and two grays and a dark charcoal skirt and black shoes. But I’m highlighting this ladybug bracelet my son gave me one day on a whim, because it “matched my outfit.” That was a 13th-of-the-month day, too.

Cheers!

Introducing Fashion Fridays on Sappho’s Torque…

So you know I’m a writer and a mom and that I teach, but you may not know of my abiding interest in fashion.  I admit I’m an amateur when it comes to being a style maven, but in another life I think if I had played my cards right, I could have been Stacy London.  (Or at least tried to be.)

A few years ago, my good friend Margo and I decided that it was high time hats came back into fashion.  And not just the undersized fedoras in music videos or  Continue reading “Introducing Fashion Fridays on Sappho’s Torque…”