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Sunday Steals (4/2/2011)

Stephen Fry

Happy Sunday Steal, it's Stephen Fry! --Image via Wikipedia

As I was writing this post I found myself rambling on and on about me. Maybe it’s my subconscious needing to express itself or maybe it’s the unusual amount of coffee and chocolate and refined sugar I’ve consumed today. Either way, get ready for a lot of me time.

Reconsidering the Bible and Homosexuality

I have some conflicting feelings regarding this video. On the one hand I’m all WHOO! Evangelical Christian Showing That Commonly Cited Biblical Passages Used To Bash Homosexuality Are Actually Not About Homosexuality! but on the other hand this woman doesn’t seem to be an “expert” (no “formal” training in biblical history, that sort of thing) and I regularly dismiss those who use the Bible to say that homosexuality is wrong because they’re not experts. My plan is to watch this video with someone more knowledge about this subject and discuss it with them. (I’m kinda tired right now and am not really sure how much those sentences preceding this one make sense, sorry.)

 

Donald Trump Gets Weirder & Let There Be Light Bulbs

Here are two of Gail Collins’ most recent op-eds, they’re hilarious and right on the money (if your money is a bit on the liberal side of things). Quick confession: It’s only lately that I’ve discovered Gail Collins. I know, crazy right? Alright that might only be crazy if you understand my family. To do that think back to the second (first?) season of Brothers and Sisters where Kitty, the Republican, says to her mother, the Democrat, something along the lines of, “You didn’t read us bedtime stories. You read us New York Times op-eds.” While I did get nighttime stories like The Wind in the Willows and Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins my grandma has made it her mission to pass along to me every op-ed the Grey Lady publishes that she thinks I’ll enjoy. So I grew up around Maureen Dowd, Paul Krugman and David Brooks but somehow I completely missed Ms. Collins. (When I told my grandma this she gave me the same look you’re giving me right now.) Anyways, these two pieces are, respectively, about Donald Trump’s recent presidential run antics and how good certain Republicans are at turning the smallest debate into political grandstanding.

 

The Twitter Account of Mrs. Stephen Fry

Apparently Stephen Fry wrote the diary of his “wife” Edna Fry and she has a blog and she has a Twitter account and I never knew this and I am really angry at myself for not knowing this. First of all, if you don’t know Stephen Fry I don’t know that I want you to come back to my blog ever (scratch that: Go look up Stephen Fry, read some of his writing and watch some of his videos and love him and then come back. I already miss you.). Second, this is bloody hilarious. Mrs. Fry is like those middle-class British housewives that Monty Python was so good at portraying only on Twitter so she’s always in your life. Which is fantastic and not irritating.

 

Chanel

Tim Blank’s review of a Chanel collection shown in Paris over January is well written. His adjectives are precise and his sentences never go on for longer then they should, in many ways his review is like Chanel herself. Now my love for Coco Chanel may blind me so that I take an immediate like to anything that’s favorable to her or her brand but take a look at this review and tell me it’s not a joy to read. Also look at the photos, they’re great.  (One of my favorite lines was actually a quote from designer Karl Lagerfield: I was sick of all those Eiffel Towers, sick of all those violent colors. Amen.)

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What Was That?

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I expected more from you, Grey Lady. --Image via CrunchBase

I like looking at the pictures that result from fashion shoots. Does this make me an expert on fashion shoots or photography? No. I do have a blog though and so I’m qualified to spill my opinion and pretend I know what I’m talking about.

What I’m talking about now is a post on The New York Times’ fashion blog. While I’ve enjoyed much of what I’ve seen on the site their “Leapin’ Labels” post from March 11th is something that I really didn’t enjoy. The premise of this alliterated post is something that excited me.  A slideshow showing how “this season’s double-breasted jackets are crazy good”? Count me in.

The four photos in this “interactive slideshow” (I’m not quite sure what was so “interactive” about it. Maybe the fact that you could click the links below to take you to the stores’ websites? Maybe it was the little buttons on the side that allowed you to toggle between pictures? If someone can inform me what was interactive I’d truly love to know.) were disappointing. Basically they violated every rule I have about clothes, photography and life in general (Trust me, I know how pretentious I sound).

Well, they violated my one rule: It should not be busy. These photos featured five models wearing quite bright clothes jumping (thrashing? moshing?) around in front of really colorful city scenes. The effect was similar to what I imagine LSD being like. Often times I could barely pick out individual pieces of clothing as they were obscured by the other clothes and other body parts of the people around them. If the point was to highlight how great double-breasted jackets are it was lost on me as more often then not I couldn’t even see the jackets.

I would like to give the shoot some kudos for including gender-flexibility when it came to clothing: on the second photo I could pick out a cute skull themed skirt on a cute bearded fellow. Overall though I felt like the photos were similar to the photos taken by high schoolers hyped up on Red Bull and enjoying a sunny day out. You could tell that they were having fun but it seems to have been an event that you needed to be there to enjoy.

And thus concludes my rant.

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I’m Embracing, WSJ, I’m Embracing!

This weekend’s edition of the WSJ ordered us to “Embrace Lace” and the accompanying pictures (most of which were snipped out and put into my manila fashion file) more then inspired me to (original article here). I’ve always enjoyed the look of this airy fabric (one thing I learned from the article was that the Italian phrase for lace translates to “stitch in the air”) but now I’m absolutely obsessed with it. Here’s a collection of  some of my favorite lace pieces.

The WSJ’s Lace Slideshow

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Black lace over cream.

Metal lace, surprisingly pretty.

Maybe you can't buy this blouse any more but don't you still want it?

You don't even have to wear lace, you can carry it!

 

The picture might be creepy & stalkerish but the dress is fantastic!

Lace can even be red.

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My Current Favorite…Jacket!

http://svpply.com/item/250203/Prince_of_Wales_Jacket__Barbour

Technology can bite me. I can’t insert an image but just click on the link and drool at the wonderfulness of this jacket.

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Nice Sweater

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These trousers fit, they are not my trousers. Image via Wikipedia

If my grandfather taught me one thing- ok, there’s also the lesson he taught me about working hard, the joys of gardening, the importance of frugality and many other nuggets of life lessons- it’s to always dress your best while travelling. I have distinct memories of my grandfather’s pressed pants and jacket and polished shoes as we stood in airport security for our trip to Italy six or so years ago, he was the best dressed non-European on the flight. Honestly my grandfather never sat me down to tell me: Grandchild, if there’s one thing I’m going to teach you it’s to dress your best while travelling. It’s just one of those things that I absorbed from being with him- I also absorbed that Rumsfeld was a jackass and that cutting pot roast with an electric blade is scary.

The question is why is it so important to dress snappily while driving, boating, planeing or training around the globe? I can think of a few reasons.

The first is the image that you are trying to convey. When you dress sharp you convey to those around you that you are a serious traveler and not some putz who is going to complain that the steward won’t make him a ninth martini. You should (depending on your idea of dressing nicely) convey a certain calmness that is much needed in these current travel times. Now I’m not saying that you’re going to get through customs easier or that you’ll get a free drink at the Amtrack cafe car but you just might get a cute security guard to give you a friendly fondle instead of a painful prod.

My other reason for dressing up is simply the fact that we don’t have enough time to dress up. Maybe it’s simply northern Vermont speaking but shouldn’t we take advantage of every opportunity to break out the pearls and green polyester pants? (Everyone has their own ideas of dressing nicely, alright?)

Which begs the question as to why I was wearing a slightly torn sweater and far too short tweed pants on the southbound Amtrak today.

Yesterday in class I was planning my outfit. Brown slip on shoes. Socks (rather dressy for me). Tweed pants. Belt to keep said pants up. Tight yellow Shakespeare shirt. Purple cardigan. Owl necklace from Belize. Kinda-tartan-or-maybe-plaid scarf. As I started packing last night the first fatal flaw reared its ugly head: Where the Hell was my purple cardigan? I searched high and low, bathroom to sleeping room, it was no where to be found. And while this did remind me that piling my clothes around the room based off of when they were last washed is not the most efficient method of storing clothes I never found that damn cardigan. With a sigh I consigned myself to the soft green knit sweater and no necklace (the colors would be all weird with the green).

This morning the second fatal flaw struck. My tweed pants come down to an inch or two above my ankles. They may be lovely pants but they look like I’m wearing short pants and I feel ridiculous wearing them. What does that leave me with?

Brown suede shoes, kinda matching brownish socks, too short tweed pants, Ben and Jerry’s vintage tee, fuzzy green sweater with faux crest on it,  kinda-not-really-tartan scarf worn loose,  and my adorable face. All in all not my worst outfit. Unless I stand up. If I stand up I look like Urkel.

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