Monday, July 10, 2006
I'm a little slow today because I've just come back from spending the weekend at the beach. Of course, in Singapore, "the beach" means a tiny island in Malaysia, where (fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) there are no vinegar-drenched french fries anywhere. The only fashion you have to think about is what bathing suit you want to wear, and that's kind of the simple fashion state-of-mind I'm still in at the moment.
I'm just catching back up with life, and The Internet, and I thought today that instead of musing about John Galliano in a ridiculous but kind of amazing space suit, I'd muse a bit on the other stuff that's keeping me occupied when I'm not shopping. Or thinking about shopping. Or, specifically, thinking about how I'd really really like a pair of Rupert Sanderson shoes (discovered via Lola). Really, any of them would do.
Currently inspired by: The gorgeous fashions of Marie Marie (both photos above), who displays her collections on her site in beautiful fashion spreads by photographer Nikos Vardakastanis. (Finally! A fashion website where the clothes aren't ruined by hideous plastic dummies. Not that I'm -- cough cough -- pointing fingers or anything. But seriously, that french terry tunic is amazing in person, and on the site it looks so… meh.) Even the clothes in the *background* of Marie Marie are lovely – that blue striped dress caught my eye immediately. Yes, please!
Currently reading: Comfort Me With Apples, by Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl. For, like, the 11th time. (But I finally just received my own copy – yay! -- so I can stop checking it out of the library every few months and give someone else a chance.) All three volumes of Reichl's memoirs are great, but this one – when she transitions from Berkeley hippie-chef to serious food writer -- is my favorite. Every time I read anything by Reichl, I have an intense urge to accompany it with a big glass of red wine and a slice of delicious, stinky cheese. Which is an urge I often oblige. Which is always just perfect until Mike gets home and I'm already little giggly from the wine and I worry that he might take my Reichl away from me. Until then: Amazing!
[I'm on a food-writing binge these days: Bill Buford's Heat and some M.F.K. Fisher (a Reichl favorite) are up next on my list. I wish I knew of fashion writers who wrote books the way food writers do – with such intense love for what they write about, that you can practically taste it, that you immediately want to go out and buy something incredibly delicous, like brie or olives or sourdough bread. I've found that intensity lacking from the fashion writing I generally read, but maybe I'm reading the wrong stuff. Suggestions?]
Currently sewing: Have I mentioned that my sewing class finally got around to learning how to use a sewing machine last week? Now that I actually know how to change the bobbin without having to get out the manual and puzzling over it for twenty minutes, I am all about sewing. My first personal project was to make new handles for this tote bag I bought on one of my trips to India. I love the bold graphic, but the original handles were too short and kind of dingy. I think this bright woven ribbon works so much better, no?
Currently watching: Tonight, I'm highly anticipating my first viewing of Seamless. (And: Have you seen the amazing film suggestions in the comments from Friday's post? I barely know where to start!) I've also got a private Bollywood marathon lined up for Wednesday night, when Mike has a work dinner. He's not so much into overwrought weeping and the rampant singing and dancing (occasionally punctuated by an appearance by the Swiss Alps and/or Egyptian pyramids), but I totally heart all that stuff.
Currently disappointed by: Remember when I got all excited about that cute-looking Target garden-party dress? And then it arrived. And it is really not cute – weirdly sized, way too short, sort of crappy fabric. And I cannot get the bow to get perky like in the picture. Anyway, it's getting returned, and I've demoted it from a Dress of the Day to just a Dress. Grrrr… it had such promise in the photo. I *hate* when that happens!
Currently impressed by: Style Bubble has developed an ingenious way of sprucing up your ballet flats, which I love. (Those are some tantalizing snippets of her work above -- click the link for the full spread.) Of course, I'm still looking for the cute ballet flat aspect of the project – you just don't realize how important the right cut and fit is to a ballet flat until you try on about 30 crappy pairs.
Currently eating: In order to counter all that wine and cheese, I'm about to go concoct a Superfoods Rx Salad for dinner. Mike is totally obsessed this month by Superfoods -- 14 foods that will change your life, or so they say – and we're on a quest to add more spinach and soy and pumpkin into our diet. I got all excited until I realized they didn't really mean the pie version.