Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Yarn: Madelinetosh Pashmina, colorway Chambray, destined to be a hat. Is it possible for yarn to be this soft? Apparently.
Shirt: H&M Spring 2010
New haircut by Lee Anne Ross, who I've been going to since I was 15. She's given me bobs, purple, blue, rocker chick, pixie, and long cuts, and always knows what to do with my hair - I always schedule an appointment when I come back to Seattle. I also finally bit the bullet and bought a salon-grade curling iron - my hair hates to hold things, and drugstore curling irons run in fear. Salon curling irons quietly beat it into submission while making it think it's my hair's idea.
Dear hair, I'm still keeping score here. Cory: 2. Hair: 0. I'm onto you, sucker.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Remember this one? I bought it probably a good three and a half years ago at Stella Vintage (plug plug plug). I repaired the hem at the beginning of the summer after taking down from an epically short length, and then never got around to basting and pleating it. I'm bringing it with me to Japan and finally gave in and took it to the dry cleaner for pleating. I justified the expense with the fact that I've probably saved a good deal on dry cleaning by handwashing all of my woolies and storebought sweaters and silks. $17 and some hand-sewing to take an "eh" skirt to a fabulous one?
Totally worth it.
My darling little emperors - Carrie forgot her Manolos again! These ladies are certainly a handful, and quite spoiled: yogurt drops or shredded wheat in the morning, treats when there's cooking, and French toast on weekends. The two with hair are protective of Carrie and Sam, the two nakeds. They seem docile when they're hanging out in their cage, but love to try to escape once they're out!
I have yet to work with Handmaiden Sea Silk, but I brought some with me in hopes that it will turn into a Swallowtail. This colorway is gorgeous - it's a subtle shaded solid called Ivory, with varying tones of ivory, cream, pale gold and cloudy silver. I can't wait to see how it knits up.
The second Travelers Stocking is coming along, although I'm not sure that I'll have enough yarn. I'm crossing my fingers and knitting as fast as I can.
And lastly: who knew that the key to slightly messy, wavy hair was to sleep on it, throw it in a bun while dinking around in Seattle, and take it down to brush it? (Which, by the way, never happened.) Straight hair: 0, Cory: 1.
Sheath dress: Vintage Liz Claiborne. How do I love sheath dresses? Let me count the ways.
Sweater: Pale blue boatneck back-buttoned cardigan by Kersh...Spring 2009, I think?
Boots: Miz Mooz fall 2009
Hair flower: H&M
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Moooom? What is that thing with all the pointies? Can I eat it?
Oops. Toooo late. You didn't really really want it, ok? For you are easily distracted, like me, with shiny things. See? See?? Seee!!?
Aww. You like Betsey Johnson better than you like meee.
But what's this?? That is the face you make when you want me to come to the door!!!!
I don't know how I feeeeeel about thaaaat!!!
Okaaaay. I guuuuess you can pick me up.
D'aww. I ruvs you.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Well hi! It's been a while. In the last few weeks, my hours at the museum have been upped from two days a week to four days a week plus Tuesday afternoons at a local private conservation association. So I've been packing for Japan and working a lot, and sneaking in a run when I can. I've also started washing my hair at night instead of in the morning, which sounds like it shouldn't be a big deal, but I'm weird about my hygiene habits, and it's taken some getting used to. I'm doing it for two main reasons: first, in Japan, you traditionally bathe at night, and showering in the morning might be a hassle for my homestay family, and second, with my hair as ridiculously long (for me) as it is, it's nice to have dry hair all day instead of leaving the house when it's sopping wet. What it does result in is the hair in the above picture - my hair is naturally super, super straight and the fact that it's even hinting at waviness is pretty impressive.
So why do I have good luck? Well, for two reasons: first, that last week my coworker at the museum mentioned that she had some 25-year-old Chanel and Dior suits that she was looking to offload. Always a sucker for designer stuff that I can actually afford, I asked if I could try them on. The first was a stunning blue silk suit that didn't quite fit, the second a Dior suit with a gorgeous brown/burgundy/mustard print and a matching burgundy military-style jacket that (tragically!) didn't fit at all, and the third was one that I picked up because I saw plaid and had to at least try it.
Turns out that the plaid suit is a linen Rodier suit with high-waisted pants (much in the same style of one of my favorite pairs of pants) and an oversized jacket that has some very kimono-like touches, between the drape, the large sleeves and long vents at the front panels.
And, although I was going to make an offer, my coworker said, "Eh, I've enjoyed working with you. Take it." (So, so nice!!!!) I wore the pants to work today, and they're really comfy, not to mention perfect to pair with this little capelet I found at a vintage shop in Ohio City for $0.50.
Oh, the details! Puff sleeves! Lace trim! Pink! $0.50! How could I say no?
Look out, Japan: you're about to gain a tallish, non-skinny, frilly foreigner, and she's bringing a veritable banquet of vintage frippery along with her.