- T is for taste testing
- H is for hearing
- R is for reading
- I is for interested in
- L is for learning
- L is for loving.
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JULY 21 – JULY 27 (2014)
Taste testing: Birkenstock-style Arizona sandals (or slides) have made a spirited comeback in the fashion world, although they never really went anywhere for comfort enthusiasts. A while ago, I posted a picture on Instagram with slides in this fashion that I got in brand-new condition for $4 at a thrift store. More recently, I jumped at a Stuart Weitzman sale and bought the Freely slip-on shoes, also in this popular style. In the interest of being honest, I bought the shoes thinking they were matte and gray. When they came in the post, they were silver and gold and as glittery as their original price might suggest. I hated them, but they’ve grown on me. I think it’s the comfort factor. After all, comfort rules everything around me.
Hearing: This weekend, while at the Record Room in Scottsdale, I picked up vinyls by Sammy Davis Jr., Petula Clark and Jim Croce. All of these artists I am a fan of but have not listened to in a while. Now playing:
Reading: I’m really stretching on this one, but I recently saw a movie on Netflix called Cutie and the Boxer. I’m listing this under reading because the film has subtitles and one has to do some reading into the subjects to appreciate the story. It’s about loving and loathing, and the fine line we straddle between those actions over time.
“This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.”
Interested in: Phoenix weather during the summer is so unpredictable. One minute it’s dry and 112 degrees, and the next there is a large wall of dust covering the city, strong winds, lightning, thunder, hail and rain. How does one attempt to be fashionable with so much on and off? Who knows. I’ve never quite figured it out, but lately I’ve become more interested in summer accessories — body jewelry, hats and shades. Some time soon I’ll post on my picks for summer accessories, but for now I’ll share a photo I took this week before a storm:
Learning: When did it become so difficult for me to relax? Was I ever really as calm as my facade? Things that help me reach a relaxed state of being include stretching and yoga, deep-breathing exercises, muscle-relaxation techniques, napping (my coping mechanism and favorite hobby since I was a child), warm lemon water, and prayer and meditation. I am hoping to add journaling to this list. I write every day but not for myself. Keeping a sort of personal journal to document my thoughts might be another way to heighten my awareness and settle my spirit.
Loving: StyleLikeU is behind “The What’s Underneath Project,” in which artists are interviewed about their fashion and style as they slowly undress. The interviews always turn out more insightful than one might expect. Storytelling on a very personal level. One of my favorites from the series was posted on Kelsey Lu McJunkins. Her responses are so honest. Their last question to her, “can you respond to the quote: ‘in your body is a good place to be’?” McJunkins didn’t hesistate for a moment and said, “Why would you want to be anywhere else?” So simple, yet so supreme. Watch the full interview here (NSFW).