Is it possible that the TV show Murphy Brown might be due for a rebirth in the cultural awareness? Three times in the last month I've seen the same young guy on the bus watching episodes of it on his phone, and I wonder if there's a new generation that might appreciate it in a nostalgia/kitsch way, like Golden Girls or Three's Company. I watched it pretty often and it was good, in my memory. Kind of captured that zeitgeist of the powerful working woman trying to have it all, big hair, big shoulder pads, unconventional personal life. I guess it was a ground-breaking concept on TV.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Not jeans, not leggings, not unflattering thrift-store man-pants. Maybe just a nice new pair of trousers? The Zara website makes me think that it's not too much to ask, but I have my doubts. In my dreams, that perfect new pair of pants would allow me to buy some chunky sweaters at Value Village and instead of looking schlumpy I'd look, well, like a model from the Zara website.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
I feel like it's time to start thinking about what to wear this fall. The weather is still going back and forth between hot and cooler, and I need to do a big closet clean out once I'm sure I don't need easy access to my shorts, but it would be nice to have some inspiration when the time comes. These are a few pretty pictures I gathered up during my browsing.
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Monday, August 19, 2013
New fall Exhibit B bowties will be hitting the shelves soon, right around the time our new online shop launches! We've been busy sourcing fabrics and doing tech-y online things (obviously I'm not the one doing those things..) and getting excited about the coming season. Summer is great, but fall is when stuff gets done!
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Aww, I'm a bad blogger. Oh well, there are just so many things I'd rather do in the evenings than turn my computer on. The weather has been so amazing and there's so much dog walking to be done!
I've been making an effort to cut more flowers this summer, though by this point everything is pretty dried up. These hydrangeas make such a fantastic, easy bouquet, and I picked the little yellow bits from the side of the road on a walk last weekend. I should remember to plant more flowers with cutting in mind. I have been snagging poppy seed pods from neighbourhood gardens to distribute in the front garden.
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Sunday, June 30, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
We love this little monster! He's doing a great job getting adjusted and only has minor little tantrums, mostly when he's being ignored. He has so much energy but he's a big suck when he's sleepy and wants to snuggle and watch Mad Men with us.
I've decided that having a dog makes you a better person, not in some benevolent, higher plane woo-woo way, but in very specific and concrete ways. More walks - constant walks - , keeping the house cleaner so he doesn't find stuff to chew, eating at the dining table like civilized adults because eating on the couch is too much temptation for him. Doing the dishes promptly so there isn't food smell lingering. Talking to neighbours, introducing yourself to fellow dog-owners and being very conscientious of good etiquette. Basically losing some of my lazy habits!
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I've been distracted; we got a dog! I can't be bothered to even turn on the computer in the evenings when there are walks to take and snuggles to occupy my lap. His name is LeRoi, he's a 1.5 year old boxer, and I'll post pictures when I have some good ones. I guess that's one thing about not having a cell phone - I can't take dozens of spontaneous pictures of my pets! We'll do a photoshoot when the sun comes out this weekend. In the meantime, here's me. New haircut, favourite newly thrifted shirt...
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Sunday, May 12, 2013
There can't be many photographers who wouldn't swoon at the chance to work with Tilda Swinton, but she and Tim Walker do kind of seem like a dream team. Weird and whimsical, spooky but beautiful; what a creative vision. She's one of those actors to whom I feel such a connection because of their on-screen roles and their personal style, yet her real life is totally out of the public eye. I'm content with the image I have of her and I have no interest in seeing her in the "celebs are just like us" section of the tabloids, pumping gas or taking out the garbage!
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Thursday, May 9, 2013
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
By my advanced age, having a new thought is an exciting thing. My latest internet obsession sparked a new thought the other day: I've been browsing hundreds of images on a menswear street-style blog called Mister Mort, and I was so excited by the stuff I was seeing that I was actually jealous of guys' style options! That's a first!
The blog celebrates real style, not just off duty models and gorgeous hipsters in designer gear. He's got an eye for great vintage and Americana work-wear, and he often shoots tradesmen, old dudes, and the homeless-esque: anyone can have cool gear. Looking at all these pictures inspired me to force Karl to try on a bunch of stuff at the thrift store; some of it he liked, but very little of it fit. Usual story: too small, too short for him. But he was a good sport.
There is always a focus on shoes, which has made me pretty critical of the footwear situation on men here in Vancouver. It was something that my boss always complained about, and I didn't really understand. Now I do. Yuck, all of these dumpy, boring cheap black "dress shoes"; looks like they were purchased as a last resort. Men should have a little more fun, celebrate getting dressed!
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