It’s been a year since I’ve posted one of these, and naturally, a lot has changed. I’m no longer blonde, my tits are smaller, and my personal life….well it’s personal. I’ve been going through this quarter life/identity crisis, which is right on schedule as my 23rd birthday looms heavily in the summer air. The thing about crises is that it usually prefaces something good, sorta like wintertime or a tequila shot. But as I play the waiting game, I’m also enjoying these groovy things:
The Rhinestone Cowboy Look: I’m mad this is a trend because now all fashion echelons are going to chew it up and spit it out. From RTW runway shows to fast-fashion houses, Stevie Nicks adjacent silhouettes and cowboy boots are this season’s extended sleeves and sock boots. Ferretti, Coach, Klein, Marant to Topshop, Zara, H&M are heavy-handed with the fringe, embellished yokes, studded belts, bibbed-blouses, and Victorian button-closures. All I need is a bolo tie…
Blue Eyeshadow: What’s with the stigma surrounding blue eyeshadow? A classic 60s look has been polarized by magazines, the magnum opi of the beauty industry, over the past decade; it’s either editorial or tacky. Then I bought the MAKExMNZ Celeste e Verde palette and everything I knew became false. (I admit I purchased this only to collect, as this collab is the most immaculate conception). I didn’t even plan on contaminating it, but the chartreuse shadow was too forbidden a fruit. I digress. The blue shadow is very sheer, and when applied, looks like you rubbed your lid with watercolor. It creates the most gentle contrast. It’s like when you see the sky through the faintest sheet of cloud or as if they sky was translucent.
Jumpsuits: Y’all know I like pants. So attach said garment to a shirt, and naturally, I will love. I wouldn’t call myself a collector, but I’ve got a few hanging in my closet – and a few hanging on my closet door. “Jumpsuit” is commonly used in my sartorial lexicon, so coming across Carolina Ritzler’s designs seemed an inevitable discovery. And I was bound to want it all. Tibi, Valentino, and Isabel Marant also make a few that aren’t included in my personal wardrobe, though they should be. Zara knows hows to make a great pair for us common folk, whether it be dressy or casual. But also, @carolinaritzler sponsor the pod. (L-R: Carolina Ritzler, Valentino)
Richard Mille RM 69 Erotic Tourbillon: I don’t remember being at the board meeting, but I feel like this was my idea. I’d say it was made for me, but I’m gonna say it’s made by me instead. Firstly, it resembles the same structure of this word game we used to play in school (a game i loved!!!). Secondly, it uses all my favorite words (words I love!!!). Definitely going to get this for my baby daddy’s wrist.
The Dead Dog Cafe Comedy Hour: I’ve only been a fan for four years, but Thomas King is one of my favorite authors. Honestly, this man doesn’t write enough books. It all started in ’14, with Green Grass, Running Water. I’ve referenced this book endlessly in academic conversation, but I’ve thought about it often ever since. The Truth About Stories got me in deep. And now, with newly finishing The Back of The Turtle, I googled what part of his anthology I’ve missed. Behold, The Dead Dog Cafe Comedy Hour, a super old CBC Radio One show with a title nodding to the café from Green Grass, Running Water. It lasted from 97-00, but has taken a new form on Youtube. This is probably the nerdiest point of my career, and also the most esoteric: you won’t get it if you don’t get it. The amount of extratextual references that transcend time and explain his works is so hot. If you’re a fan of King’s work, or Native American Lit in general, please listen.
Sewing class: Sunday is the highest point of my week, when I haul ass to Sterling Road, and sew stuff. Half of the time I don’t know what the machine is doing. But after two hours, it gives me something resembling what I intended. Also, my teacher is the sickest guy. She’s the first teacher that lets me swear openly, without contention or judgement. You know that scene in South Park where they’re all in class and almost every word is bleeped? That’s me every time my thread misses the needle, or when I prick myself, or when my spool doesn’t wind properly – and I don’t even get reprimanded.
Bonus Read: Every once and while, ITG posts a top shelf that I have to bookmark. I can now find it jammed between the links for The Rhetoric of Religion and a Monse gown. It’s Danielle Nachmani’s, expert stylist and founder of EDTN. If you know Arielle Charnas, this is her equally fashionable sister. She chooses to hone her influence through dressing celebrity and curating content, as opposed to personal blogging. Whatever you think Something Navy is, Nachmani is the opposite. She’s undone and organic, in both approach and style. She discusses the lifestyle of a New York-past, which conjures a memory that, could it be felt, would feel like a bottle of Kiehl’s ultra facial moisturizer laced with cigarette smoke and Ketel One.