So just because I like dirt doesn't mean I can't also be interested in fashion. As long as I can remember I've been interested in fashion, not from a trendy, consumptive point of view, but from an artistic standpoint. I used to dream of being a designer--one of my favorite toys was "Fashion Plates" and my sister and I used to hand draw our own catalogs as if we were destined to work for J. Peterman. Now I have fun clipping designs from catalogs or magazines that accidently end up in my mailbox (like Anthropologie) and saving them in a binder of sewing ideas. A lot times I get ideas from things I think I see. And I love finding thrifted pieces and putting together outfits just like what I see in the fashion mags. So does anyone remember Units, the clothing retailer in the 1980s that sold solid colored individual pieces that could all be mixed and matched? I'm thinking of bringing back that idea. Seems like it would be economical these days to have a handful of classic pieces that could all be interchanged. So the piece that I would reinvent is the simple tube that could be worn as a skirt, tube top, dress, cowl neck, hood, etc. I found a few pieces of continuous ribbing in my last fabric thrifting trip and have been experimenting with how to wear them. Humor me here with my funny pictures (this may have been the highlight of my day at home as a mom.) I'm "modeling" a cowl scarf, a hip hugger (for wearing with leggings under a too short top--good for those of us moms with a little belly bump left), a headband, and a scarf/hood for the days you want to go incognito or look like Kate Hepburn. Have fun!
This week has been busy with food and environment related events. Tuesday night I attended a Raw Food and Digestion class at Future Green, Wednesday night I attended the monthly Friends of Real food potluck and program at the Urban Ecology Center where we heard Venice Williams speak about the new plans for Alice's Garden, tonight I'm going to see No Impact Man at our church, and tomorrow night I'm going back to the Urban Ecology Center to hear Bill McKibben speak about his new book, Eaarth. It has felt great to get out this week and see a lot of like-minded friends and colleagues. In a way, it feels like I'm finally crawling out of the isolation I've been in since giving birth last year. This summer will be good for a lot more of that.