We ARE currently crafting a FASHION and MAKEOVER challenge that will happen starting in October, which is, NOT COINCIDENTALLY, the date I stop traveling. This week I am going fatly to SIBA and even more fatly to New York City. Lordy, how I love Travel Bloat! (Perky exclamation point aside, I say these words with the same enthusiastic love I might show for lice, or cat doots, or a hamburger sandwich from McDonalds.)
I got a jump start by purchasing a BOYFRIEND JACKET, see it there? Because my fashion challenge is going to involve wearing ACCESSORIES and ACTUAL COLORS.
My friend Julie says my favorite color is DRAB as all my clothes are gray or black or navy, or, for daring days when I really want to kick things up a notch, dark olive green. The Boyfriend Jacket is “on trend” which seemed to be important to the Ann Taylor LOFT stylist who was helping me, but to be frank? I was more wowed to see that it was “on sale.” I thought I would be MORE likely to wear a color if I could put a black jacket over most of the color.
And it is true: Black Jacket over pink makes me not feel like I am an enormous Strawberry Shortcake doll. Interesting. (Mir, follow that link and see what I paid for the jacket. You will be SO proud of me! Although in the store I think it was TWICE that price. But still! I got the last one at my LOFT, so call first, if you want one.)
As for accessories: My ears are not pierced, and I own almost NO jewelry. I wear the same rings every day, the same silver cross, and my idea of getting crazy-fashionable is slipping on one of the lovely antique beaded bracelets my friend Anna from writing group makes for me.These pics were taken in Seattle —you can tell by the SEATTLE HAIR—good lord it puffed into billowy humps in all that mist. I am reading from Backseat Saints while publicly wearing a color. And a bright one at that. One of the colors from the palette that I am always being told will help “brighten” my pasty complexion. Oh, we Irish, we are a BOG people, and stylists always want us to wear pink…
Also? I have on MANY accessories. And by many, I mean two. But that is a LOT for me. That’s a necklace I borrowed from our classy and sassy jewelry covered plate (Gray) when I was in San Francisco on tour. She was quite excited to see me in an accessory, so much so that she slipped the necklace into my purse for me to discover on the plane. It was a hopeful present, indicating that she thought I should MAYYYYBE accessorize again. And in the top picture (where the unfortunate LEAN I took makes appear that I am trying to make snuggle-bears with Jane Smiley) you can see I ALSO have an Anna bracelet on. So. I am learning. And come October, I am going to be a whole new lady. I may even buy… A COLORFUL SCARF.
Stop laughing! It could happen.