Saturday, 8 March 2014

And I Quote

Well, if one had to choose any month to skip entirely, February 2014 would do. To quote the incredible Captain Awkward upon re-entry, 

Wendy Brandes posted about puffer coats today and was so awesome as to include my old favourite - I've spent ages and ages encased in this one or that one and I do I love them all but I am so tired of winter right now I can hardly bear to look at them. Oops, didn't take long for the whining to start, see what I have spared you during all this time away. As for words to be emphasized by air quotes, I think WendyB's swear rings would fit just right. 

vintage hat: Steiger's Importers, Netty Vintage
air quote mittens: Kate Spade, ebay
floral-quilted puffer coat with giant pointy collar: Mexx, retail c. 2002
green batwing sweater and necklace with finger-trap dingle-dangles: worn together here

The good news is that I'm in time to participate in Gracey's Literary Stylings at Fashion for Giants! The book my outfit references is The Punctuation Field by my very dear friend Elizabeth Zetlin. Liz - poet, artist, singer, gardener, film-maker, powerful witness / advocate for environment and social justice and arts, innovative thinker and wise woman who lives too far away from me. She was the inaugural Poet Laureate of Owen Sound and, for 9 years, Artistic Director of the annual Words Aloud festival. 

The Punctuation Field captures Liz's brilliance, sly humour, and depth commitment to multi-modal explorations of a concept. It documents her several-year process of transforming the abandoned rocky hayfield outside her writing studio into a living "punctuation field" earthworks with arrangements of symbols and marks initially cut into the grass then grown standing out of the earth using drought-resistant plantings. The physical, emotional, and mindful engagements with nature are followed by poems addressing "The Usual Suspects" and marks "New, Used, and Invented" - playful, emphatic, affectionate, weighty, unexpected, mysterious. Liz's entrance into so many of these works are evocative of dance: 

"& My buxom pretzel, twisted gift / of conjunction & connection, bum ..." 
"* You used to have seven arms, / seven tear drops shooting from the centre ..." 
": O double pinhead / dagger of colonization ..."

Beyond clever, always sure-footed, Liz leads us through and out with exquisite rhythm. Among my favourites are the dingbats, her waltzing tilde, and short prose piece "Grammar Lessons."

I am right down to the last hour to take my accent circonflexe / chapeau like so ô to Style Crone for Hat Attack. It came with a great lovely piece of veil and I must wear it again soon to share other angles and details. I've tucked the rest of the moaning about what's kept me away - so grim! so bleak! - below the jump like a grown-up, but there are also chickens, kitty, and skating to liven things up. Hope to be back to outfits before too long - thanks for reading! See you at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Toughen Up

All this dress needed was for me to roll up its sleeves and find the right stuff to wear under, over, and with it. There!

floral shirtdress: Boden, worn here
twist-front pullover sweater: European Culture Knitwear, Yoox

olive green "snakeskin" elastic belt: Charming Charlie, worn here
proper vintage crinoline, hooray: Netty Vintage, worn here, here, and here
olive green suede wedge sneakers: Gianni Bini, Dillard's 75% off sale (a.k.a. Shoepocalypse), worn here

horseshoe nail necklace: The Occult Shop (Toronto, early '90s), worn here

For my fellow bloggers, I've been reading along faithfully but without brainpower to comment much - various logistics issues rippling out from winter storm / bitter cold reschedulings, a sick hen, and car repairs, together with extreme workload crunch have entirely used it up. Gone! Has equilibrium always been this tenuous? But know I'm sending love and appreciation, as always.

Fortunately, everything is reasonably okay at the moment, and I'm mining my trusty backlog of recent outfit photos so I can see y'all over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday. I'm also hooking up with Spy Girl's 52 Pick-me-up: Pantone Party due to my wee bits of Cerulean and Blue Iris. Plus it's time for Shoe Shine at The Citizen Rosebud

Big Henrietta is hanging in there like the champion she is, poor critter - she's come through egg yolk peritonitis before, and seems to have turned a good corner on her way out of the woods. Here she is being majestically affectionate last fall:

Think we have similar hairdos? You should see our handwriting.

I leave you with some fun chicken facts:
Go here for more of Big Hen and to meet our other ladies (and one gent). Our very best to your furred and feathered and scaled and spined beasties too! 

Saturday, 4 January 2014

A New Leaf

Last post (thanks for your kind condolences on the felling of my tree and Curtise for immortalizing the moment with care and humour) I promised the story of these boots. They'd been on my Amazon wish list forever, as I waited and waited and waited for the price to drop on the last pair as it sometimes will and / or for a great big discount code to come along. Then they sold out, as often happens. And then they reappeared just as I received payment for the publication of two of my poems in The Malahat Review. Hooray!!!

green scarf: Lupita's (Harlingen, TX), worn here
leaf pattern bell-sleeved peplum jacket: I.C. by Connie K., Becky's (South Padre Island, TX), worn here

favourite scoop neck pullover sweater: Esprit (2005), worn here
sheer-layered black skirt: Nygard collection, thrifted, worn here
amazing bottle-green boots: Fluevog Radio Ard, worn here

I have also updated the blog's new-ish Writings And Such page with my pysanky art being chosen for my friend Sean Steel's book and SUNY Press's Spring 2014 catalogue cover - last year, I decorated nine eggs on the theme of wisdom in response to his dissertation. 

necklace of silver leaves: (which I love even more for its resemblance to tobaccoBeleza, won in giveaway from the incredible Ann of Blue Hue Wonderland 

Back to outfits, I adore vintage peplums, but find that this trend-go-round, the definition has morphed into "unfortunate stiff little ruffle sticking out at ribcage-level without reference to proportion of torso or figure." Most of them don't look right to (or on) me, but this ivory and black jacket is a welcome exception. I'm linking with Mis Papelicos for Share-in-Style: Favourite Colours because I've worn this green scarf for three posts in a row.

fuzzy plaid vintage coat with snack bowl buttons: Bromleigh New York, passed along by dear friend, worn here (see the pretty labels!)

Further to vintage and old-timey-informed and traditionally-constructed garments that don't mess around, I've got my woolies on. We're anticipating 15 cm / 6" of snow tomorrow and next week's temps will be dropping down near -20 C / -4 F - which is quite a bit warmer than last week! That "swish-swish" of snow pants you hear in the distance might be me catching up: I'm waddling over to Style Crone in time for Hat Attack

black wool lop-eared cloche: Scala Collezione, Becky's (South Padre Island, TX)
knitted scarf: handmade gift from aunt R., worn here
thrummed mittens (ON A STRING): handmade locally, special order
winter boots: Sorel Cate the Great

Happy New Year, everyone!