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Patti Smith in 1977 sporting a Giorgio Armani jacket. Image: Lynn Goldsmith

Even as a kid, what I was wearing was always very important to me. I very much identified with my clothing. 

Patti Smith, American musician.

I never thought of Patti Smith as someone who would be interested in fashion. But in this article (Harper’s Bazaar, April 2020) Smith discusses just how much she liked fashion and once she got to NYC she even tried to get onto the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

With a taste for high fashion, but not the budget, she shopped Philadelphia thrift stores where she found treasures by Dior and Balenciaga and donned them in her own way.

I love everything about Smith’s style in this photo. In particular the scarf around her wrist, which is something I do with ribbon, and her rings. She’s wearing one big one with a black stone that might be antique and several bands in front. Stunning in its uniqueness.

Click here and check out her outfit in a live performance of Because the Night. 

 

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Image from Lingerie Parisienne by Juliette Morel (Academy Editions, London, 1976).

Remember those scenes in old films where the movie-star lead actress sits in their bedroom in front of mirrored vanity in a fur-lined, floor-length, semi-sheer chiffon gown? … Those are house gowns. Can we bring those back, dahhhling? Seriously, why not? Why shouldn’t I butter my sprouted-grain breakfast toast in a bell-sleeved satin robe? Or pour myself a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch while wearing the vintage kimono I bought for my wedding? Because let me tell you, it’s pretty **** splendid. 

Jessica De Jesus, creative director for Bitch magazine.

I recently found this quote in the Glamour issue of Bitch magazine, Issue #84, Fall 2019.

Splendid indeed! Let’s bring back the elegant house gown. Doesn’t breakfast taste just a tad better sitting at the table in more festive attire? While we’re at it, let’s enjoy that morning coffee in a pretty mug and place in our laps a cloth napkin. Like Ms. De Jesus says, why not?

I don’t want to “save” my pretty, expensive things for special occasions. Every day is a special occasion and a little attention to seemingly frivolous detail just might lift the spirits.

While we’re lifting our spirits remember: Keep Calm and Keep Your Distance … it’s working!

 

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Keep Calm and Keep Your Distance. 

 

It seems that keeping your distance cannot be said often enough. Along with:

Stay home if you’re sick. 

Wash your hands.

Observe the shelter-in-place command and go out only for groceries, prescriptions, and medical appointments, or to take care of a family member. (Walks are ok and important for us as long as we keep at least six feet away from others.)

 

Right now this is what individuals can do to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Keeping calm is also important. Take deep breaths. Slow down. Turn off the news when it gets to be too much.

We can do this!

Covid-19 questions? Go to the CDC website.

 

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IMG_20200319_104650919Here in the Bay Area we are under a shelter-in-place command. To help slow the spread of Covid-19 we have been told to stay home except for essential errands such as grocery shopping, medical appointments, and anyone who is working an essential job.

Others across the country are also doing their part by staying home. Here we are at a distance from friends and family, maybe miles and miles away, maybe just a few blocks.

I have an idea to lift our spirits! Write a letter. Who doesn’t like to get mail? We all do and yet it’s a rarity these days to receive a handwritten note or even a card. Earlier this year Papyrus closed all their stores across the country because of low sales. Hallmark stores also closed many of their locations. It’s sad to say that thank you notes, party invitations, holiday cards have all given way to social media.

I know several people in my life who would enjoy a letter. Something handwritten to say “I’m thinking of you.” It doesn’t have to be long. Even just a postcard with Hello on it could brighten someone’s day.

And here’s another idea – how about a letter writing lesson for kids, who are now studying at home because of school closures. Pull out some paper and colored pencils and have them make a card with a brief note to grandma and grandpa, auntie, cousin, godparent. Better yet, is there an elderly person in the neighborhood? Make a card for them and then on a walk (walking is good too) pop it in their mailbox. What a nice surprise that would be. Who knows, maybe they’ll write back.

Taking the time to sit and write a letter is a calming exercise. It forces us to stop and to think – what am I going to say? How should I say it? (Quiet reflection right now is a good thing.) It can be creative as well. Many letter writers draw on the paper or decorate with stamps and stickers.

Have I convinced you?

 

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