Wow. There is probably no school of creative writing that teaches students to begin with the word 'wow' but it's where I am going to begin. I have been wandering around the internet for several years, and I've looked at many blogs. Lately I have blundered into a community of wonderful, kind, compassionate, supportive and stylish women. Every day I am adding new blogs to the list I follow. I don't even know which one I started with, but one leads to another eventually. I have always thought of myself as rather sartorially middle of the road. I am beginning to think I might be dull. Horrors! Please, style blogging introverts don't disappear from the internet because I need to stand among you. I am surrounded by brightly coloured clothing and tattoos, vibrant red hair, funky bold glasses frames, shoes that are art and personalities just as colourful. I feel like a sparrow in a flock of parrots.
Perspective is everything. I am always saying that and I then I cringe. I'd rather say 'compassion is everything' or 'pie is everything' as both of those are much more interesting, but perspective comes up a lot because I am always analysing things and trying to describe things. Once my mother said to me, "You really like to decorate yourself." What she really meant was, "you decorate yourself differently from me and in a way I did not expect." I would imagine this observation was triggered by my having a small stud in my nose and more than one piercing in my ears and a penchant for embroidered maxi skirts. But don't we all decorate ourselves? We groom and dress and choose even the most minimal of clothing and footwear based on what appeals to us and what we are comfortable being seen in. Most of us are saying something with what we wear, even if what we are saying is "I really don't care much about what I wear." Or "I favour comfort." What others hear us saying may not be what we think we are saying.
Today I am going to say, "Hey look at this amazing pink sweater I found at the thrift shop!" And I am going to let the sweater be the star of the show.It doesn't show up well in the photo but there are small beads hand sewn onto it and velvet trim along the cuffs and the front opening. It fastens with little hooks that are set just inside . Beads, velvet and embroidery! Three of my favourite things all in one sweater!
For some people this would be just part of a bold ensemble. For me it is a stand alone piece, something to elevate the jeans and tee shirt and let me pretend I am a spring flower. The little girls I used to teach would have loved this sweater. It's very soft and I can imagine how they would have stroked my arm and told me it was pretty. Remembering that keeps me warm even if the spring weather isn't quite doing that yet.