Gratitude is the sign of noble souls ~ Aesop

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving ~ Kahlil Gabran

Joy delights in joy ~ William Shakespeare

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Everyday Art

I love fashion. I know many people think it's superficial -- but I think it's accessible art. Art that everyone gets to participate in. I love that it's a feast for the eyes, but also, one of the nicest treats for the most overlooked sense, the sense of touch. Crisp clean cotton against my skin can give me an instant pick me up, just as a sumptuous cozy cashmere can make me feel relaxed and comfortable. I can still remember the first outfit I bought -- I saved up my allowance money (I was 8 or 9) and went to Sears (my first department store) -- and I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it: a felt yellow three quarter sleeve shirt with large black checks and the matching felt pants in reverse, black with yellow checks. It was soft and vibrant and made me feel on top of the world. I paired it with my favorite pair of shoes -- laminated black and white striped keds, that were classic casual but with the shine to make them really sing. And I still feel that same joy when I get to buy a well thought out new outfit. Orange and yellow dresses make me happy, grey sweaters and cropped jackets make me feel cool, and wearing navy stripes make me feel chic -- pair it with red lips and I'm positively Parisian:)
I'm thankful for all the style icons I look up to -- for Kate Hepburn's fearlessness in trousers, Diane Keaton's quirky confident penchant for menswear, Grace Kelly's glamorous blonde bob and satin dresses -- and most of all for Audrey's simple, honest elegance. I like to think I carry them all with me when I walk into a meeting or dress up for a party. Truth be told, I usually have more fun getting ready for an event than the actual event! And so as I settle into bed tonight to read (re:look at pretty pictures) though my Vogue, I bid you all chiffon wishes and cashmere dreams;)

1 comment:

  1. Those chicks got nothing on you! I wish we had an event every night so I could see you shine in all your pretty things. Then again, you rock a pair of PJ's pretty well too :)


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