Fashion Friday 7/5/13

First of all, I hope everyone who was observing it had a Happy 4th of July!  I’m spending the long weekend with my sister and some friends at a fancy masquerade ball in Los Angeles, so Tui Snider over at Mental Mosaic is guest contributing our Fashion Friday post this week.  (Thanks, Tui!)  I’ll be returning to my somewhat regular Fashion Fridays duties next week with a longer piece than usual.

I met the bubbly, fun, smart, and creative Tui at the DFWCon (Dallas/Fort Worth Writers’ Conference) back in May.  She graciously posed in her cute black-white-red outfit for May’s rêveurs/rêveuses day and was rocking the most wonderful manicure, which she happily agreed to write up for a Fashion Friday post.  Click here to go to her Unexpected Texas blog, where you can see the full post.  There are lots of other interesting things to see and read on there, too, so browse around in the archives.

Here’s a photo to whet your appetite for Tui’s post on the “literary manicure.”

Literary Nails by Tui Snider
Literary Nails by Tui Snider

 

Now go on over to Tui’s blog and check out the instructions for how to recreate this conversation starter yourself.  Happy weekend!

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Fashion Friday 6/28/13

This week’s Fashion Friday post comes to us from guest blogger Casey Fleming. Casey is a friend and colleague of mine and an excellent writer. She also routinely comes to work wearing some of the most adorable and benign-envy-prompting outfits I’ve ever seen. Her post is also available on her blog, (Non)Secular Girl. Check it out; you’ll be glad you did.

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from the 1948 film "The Red Shoes"
from the 1948 film “The Red Shoes”

When I was in seventh grade, Charlie Chavez asked me to be his date to the homecoming dance.  We attended T.H. Rogers, a public school in Houston for “gifted and talented” kids, all bused in from neighborhoods as diverse and far away from each other geographically and culturally as Denver Harbor, Bellaire, and Third Ward.  Charlie lived in Sharpstown.  His single mother arrived with him to pick me up from my aunt’s townhouse on the Southwest side the night of the dance. Continue reading “Fashion Friday 6/28/13”

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 6/7/13

This week we have a post from guest blogger Laine over at you do doodle too.

It’s prom season, and she’s posted about making her adolescent daughter a TARDIS DRESS.  Yes, you read that correctly, Dr. Who fans, it’s a sneaky-just-for-those-of-us-in-the-know dress perfect for dancing.

Here are some of the raw ingredients.  More pictures can be found on Laine's post.
Here are some of the raw ingredients. More pictures can be found on Laine’s post.

Here’s the link to her post.  And while you’re there, of course, check out the rest of her blog.  She’s also a dedicated rêveuse and generally creative fabulosa.

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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?