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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Proust Questionnaire

What is your current state of mind?
Relaxed, as I am in Florida.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Anywhere further south than Virginia. Virginia is becoming more and more northeast-busy-hectic every year, and even the traffic patterns along I-95 are getting crazier. The Deep South immediately puts my mind at ease, and I feel better, work out more, the climate soothes a lot of my ailments, and I eat better (seafood: baked/boiled/steamed/raw.

What is your most marked characteristic?
My loyalty to honor, trust, family and heritage. I used to say passion, but settling down with someone changes that a bit.

What do you most value in your friends?
I value honesty, communication, and support - especially if I give it out, and have it returned to me.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Purchasing things. However, I buy them carefully and deliberately, with investment and long-term wear being the goal.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I most overuse the phrase, "OMFG"

When and where were you happiest?
When I lived in Baltimore from 2006-2007 - just a nice/diverse city (okay I know that there is lots of crime but I never had to deal with it). The whole area is so pretty and I enjoyed sailing on occasion and working at Nordstrom was an incredible experience.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Constant health, not enough to make me live forever, but enough to make me enjoy my life fully.

What is it that you most dislike?
Liars, selfish people, and men who try to hurt/assault/damage women.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My Mother, all four of my aunts, and women who have made advances in breaking the glass ceiling.

Who are your favorite writers?
Tom Wolfe, Hemingway, Louisa May Alcott

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Selfishness, Greed, and most especially, SLOTH.

Where would you like to live?
Somewhere warm. As in, above 50 degrees year-round.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement is going back to school to finish my degree.

What is your motto?
Romance lives by repetition, converts an appetite into an art. Besides, each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it. We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.
-Oscar Wilde from The Picture of Dorian Gray

Questions taken from the February 2010 issue of Vanity Fair.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Vacation Forecast

Here is my vacation forecast...:

Clearly, I am ecstatic.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Keds Love

Keds have been around for ages (1916, so almost a century!!!). My grandmother wears them gardening in her cropped pants and Brooks Brothers blouses (like the navy ones above, which are called Champion, one of their classic styles). They are a great wardrobe staple for all kinds of reasons, but mostly because they aren't overpriced and are comfortable.

Even though I can't figure out why she is wearing a pink bib, this look is better, although these Keds look like a ripoff of Vans. However, this may have been when she was dating her nasty mess of an ex-BF "rocker" Cisco Adler?? I like the mossy green color. I think it's fun to match clothes with shoes, its entertaining with sneakers!! :

However, these are ugly:

I don't know what Mischa was thinking but those shoes she "designed" are a disaster.

Here is another pair I like called the Meadow Blue Moc, cute huh?:

All photos property of Keds.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Brogue Shoes in Spring 2010 fashion

In Gaelic, "brog" means shoe, so brogues have been around for a loooong time!

Bloch London Women's Brogue Flats for less than $200. This line is popular with dancers, but I know I don't dance anymore and appreciate the comfort these shoes provide...

Brogue shoes... some of you may say, "ew" while others say, "shoes men wear?"

Well, in fact, brogues are not a new style for women to wear. While in the past few decades they have been worn by men who work in funeral homes, ruined by Doc Martens, etc, the brogue was a huge fashion statement in the 1930s - post-WWII United States. They are often confused with oxfords, but they are very similar!

Even Queen Elizabeth II wore brogues, especially around Balmoral, as you can see here in this Getty Images photograph from the field:

The word brogue is defined by Webster's Dictionary as, "an Irish accent in the pronunciation of English" or "any strong regional accent". However, it is also defined as, "a coarse, usually untanned leather shoe once worn in Ireland and Scotland" and "a durable, comfortable, low-heeled shoe, often having decorative perforations and a wing tip".

Norma Shearer is working it with the brogues. Love the look, I'd wear this outfit to watch a golf tournament on a cool early Spring or Fall day (from Seraphic Press):

Katharine Hepburn made them very popular as well, and this look is how I am most familiar with brogues
(from: Disconaplondon):

However, we have modern-day celebrities who worked the brogue look last summer, here we have Olivia Palermo and Emma Watson (from Eonline):

If I were to wear brogues to school or work, this may be how I would do it. Isn't she pretty and comfortable, without looking like a slob? Note the jewelry, the relaxed hairstyle, the warm-weather scarf, and the rolled up relaxed shorts... this is from last October. (from the Sartorialist):

I am a big believer in wearing what you find comfortable from the inside out- then again, I have a lot of interesting lingerie I have accrued over the years... ANYWAY, shoes I think are most important to be comfortable in. Who wants to look like a hot mess going down the street in shoes you don't feel good in? A lot of people will not like brogues because they are soooo menswear-ish, but a lot of other readers may find they put a new spin on the same outfits you have worn all along!

High end - Fratelli Rossetti for $490.00 on

Medium-end - Boutique 9 for $150.00 on I like these because they are Hepburn-esque and toned down.

Low-end - Franco Sarto for $78.95 on I like these because they come in black or ocean. The ocean shade is just sooo pretty!

Some people even used to wear them for tennis or golf, as they went better with their longer skirts rather than the more popular short skirt/skort-sneaker look that we are familiar with today...

So, what do you all think of brogues