April 28, 2010

Every once in a while one comes across a book that is simply too delightful not to share with the world.

Genevieve Antoine Dariaux wrote such a book.

Specifically, in 1964, Dariaux penned Elegance: A Complete Guide for Every Woman Who wants to Be Well and Properly Dressed on All Occasions. From the front jacket flap:

From A (Accessories) to Z (Zippers) here is a truly comprehensive encyclopedia covering every item a woman wears or carries and describing how each may be selected for quality, attractiveness, and appropriateness. From the proper length of gloves according to length of sleeve, to the correct use of alligator and mink, to complete wardrobes on a minimum–and maximum–budget, to planning for a country weekend or southern cruise, this book is filled with common sense, stimulating suggestions, and reliable advice.

Because I’ve waited 26 long years to learn the correct use of alligator and mink, I’ll be tweeting choice gems from Elegance all day. And possibly longer–I suspect there’s gold in them there hills, and it may take me longer to mine it all. You can follow all this in my Twitter stream or by simply following the #elegance hashtag. (…Which is apparently in use in kind of a spammy way by fashion tweeps, but perhaps you can look past those.)


Hair Trigger

March 20, 2010

I’ve been seeing my therapist now for somewhere in the neighborhood of seven or eight months. This is a record for me, by far, and a little surprising because I feel so much “better” now and I’m still seeing her. (In contrast, every time I’ve needed to do physical therapy, I tend to stop when I stop hurting. Which really isn’t the way that’s supposed to work.)

I think the main reason I’m still going every week is that she keeps coming up with things that totally blow my mind. Case in point: I have a trigger.

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Women. Not Girls.

February 17, 2010

Dear Olympic commentators: adult female athletes are women. Not girls. Yes, even the younger skiers–you know, the ones who are 21–are young women, not young girls.

Out of the Mouths of Boys

January 20, 2010

[Mild trigger warning for language]

Since I started working schools, I feel like I’m constant Language Police duty. At my last school it was “no homo.” Here, it’s “That’s gay,” variations on the f-word (no, not the four letter one), and something I didn’t expect at all: rape analogies.

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Victim Blaming: Starting Young

October 30, 2009

Last week our school was lucky enough to host Kathi Meyer, a local mother whose teenage daughter died last year after drinking with friends before and after homecoming. Because our own homecoming was last Friday, we wanted to use the assembly as a jumping off point for discussing responsible choices with our students, particularly freshman and sophomores in our advisory groups.

For once I was on my own with advisory Friday (I usually have a co-advisor, but she was out), and I did veer a little into some interesting topics–somehow a student came up with the misconception that light beer has less alcohol (which is apparently true in other countries, but not in the US, where “light” primarily refers to low-calorie)–but my kids mostly had great contributions to the discussion.

One contribution I wasn’t expecting? Blaming the mother.

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“I wish she came with more accessories”

October 1, 2009

Earlier today, M clued me in to a new(ish) doll in the American Girl line. If you were to just browse through the online store, Gwen seems like any other doll–she comes with a book, she has a few accessories. Unlike most of the other dolls, though, there aren’t other outfits you can purchase for Gwen. Why not? Because she’s homeless, silly!

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Born of bad-ass women

June 14, 2009

My grandmother died on Wednesday.

This wasn’t unexpected, but expected earthquakes still shake the buildings.

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