Allie’s Rules of Tattoo Etiquette (possibly NSFW)

May 22, 2013 in Fashion, Style by alliemcc

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Image via The New YorkerElizabeth Weinzirl, 1961. A doctor’s wife who began getting tattooed at forty-seven, she was one of the first women to collect and show her tattoos recreationally.

 

  1. Do not ask me what my tattoo means, unless A.) you've known me for at least 6 months, and B.) we've had a conversation longer than "'Morning, how are ya?" Even when these 2 conditions have been met, I am still not obligated to tell you.
  2. DO NOT FUCKING TOUCH MY TATTOO.
  3. Do not assume you know what my tattoo means, because I guarantee you don't.
  4. If you ask me what my tattoo means and I say "it's private" or "it's symbolic", that is the end of the discussion. Next question.
     

Do you have a tat? Or more than one? What are your deal breakers?

Playing hookey at the Modavanti Kickstarter launch

May 20, 2013 in Fashion by alliemcc

Far as I'm concerned, Modavanti is doing it right. They are the first e-commerce site I have seen that is doing all ethical fashion, all the time, and not selling fucking yoga pants. They had their soft launch in November '12, and have been growing ever since, adding brands and racking up sales.

The Kickstarter launch party was held at the West Village space of the Textile Arts Center this past Saturday.

Sadly, on our way there, we passed a street corner memorial to the young gay man who was shot in the face in a hate crime on Friday night.

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Cofounder David Dietz testifying.

 

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The crowd gets ready to view the Kickstarter Indiegogo video.

 

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My Parsons friends, best looking people in the room.

 

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Andean Collection designer Anna.

Find: Vintage replacement collars

May 15, 2013 in DIY, Fashion, Style, Sustainability by alliemcc

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Found a package containing 2 of its 3 original Sears private label replacement collars from the '40s or '50s (based on a couple of web listings I found, and the style of illustration– I would put it more in the '40s?). People (i.e. womenfolk) used to extend the life of men's button-down shirts by replacing the collars and cuffs when they got worn or stained from use– that means unstitching the original collar, and either making a new set, or buying ready-made ones like these.

I found it interesting that only 1 of the 3 of this set appear to have been used– that was also the case with the 2 web listings I found for the same product. Admittedly it's a lot of work to replace a collar, and with mass production of clothing taking off and becoming much cheaper after WWII, along with rising incomes, that would be just about the time that people may have just started replacing entire garments, rathering than mending. Or at the very least, giving them to the cleaners to do the work instead of doing it at home.

I love the graphic design of the package. And I may try to find a way to clean up the raw edges of the collar stand, put on a cool vintage button, perhaps try dying one of them? or attaching studs? and wearing it as a detachable collar accessory…

This would also be a cool way to upcycle a dingy old button down, or one from a thrift store.

 

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New and improved!

May 12, 2013 in Fashion, Style by alliemcc

Shiny new things on the blog today!

I found a wonderful piece of HTML short code that let's me share my style inspiration with you, whether you have a Pinterest account or not. So no need to spread yourself thin on social media, or get sucked into the pit of distractions which is Pinterest.

Get an eyeful over on the new Inspiration tab.

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Conclusion: The Galliano Hubbub

May 8, 2013 in Social Responsibility by alliemcc

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Photo of a young Galliano via xoJane, accompanying an article in favor of forgiving him. Worth a read.

Here's context to this picture, his Design of the Year Award in 1987.

 

John Galliano's masterclass at Parsons has been cancelled.

You can read my updated post here.

Love your mom, and garment workers too

May 1, 2013 in Fashion, Social Responsibility, Style, Sustainability by alliemcc

Happy May Day! This post is in honor of our moms, and International Labor Day

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Image from Elle Vietnam, January 2013, via Jess Loves Fred. Interestingly, Vietnam is becoming the hot new place to produce cheaply, since Chinese workers are becoming too expensive…

Ugh. How many more people have to die so we can get jeans for $9.99?

Remember back in the 80s and 90s when there was a lot of media attention on sweatshops? They didn't go away just because we stopped hearing about them.

My guess is the situation is worse– since the mid 90s the majority of the clothes we buy in the U.S. have been produced abroad, in places with much more loosey-goosey workplace protections. And back then we weren't all shopping at Walmart, Forever 21, H&M et al., whose pricing policies keep putting pressure on factories to lower the floor on wages and safety.

If your heart, and your conscience, are aching after last week's awful news from Bangladesh (on top of the awful news from Bangladesh a few months ago, and before that…), I have some suggestions.

  • Support micro finance: The Grameen Foundation was started in Bangladesh by Dr. Mohammad Yunus, providing highly impactful micro loans to people around the world to lift them out of poverty.
  • Fight against human trafficking and support trafficking survivors.
  • Buy fair trade or ethical trade.
  • Buy secondhand.
  • Shop less often and more wisely.
  • Spend a little more and take care of it to make it last a long time.
  • Experiment with styling and learn some stitching so you can stay up to date without buying more stuff "for less".
  • If the price is fabulously right in dollars and cents, it's probably very expensive in human terms.
  • STOP. BUYING. DESIGNER. FAKES. You're not fooling anyone, you'll appreciate it more when you save up for the real thing, and you'll feel even more proud when you hand it down to your kids. Also, they're all made in sweatshops.

For some mom-specific gift ideas that also support workers of the world, here are some products I actually own and companies I've purchased from that are eco- and health-friendly, and/or employ fair trade principles:

  • True Beauty Box subscription – the alternative to Birch Box
  • Organic Bouquet – say it with organic flowers
  • Equal Exchange – Fair Trade certified chocolates, coffee, and gifts
  • People Tree – fairly traded apparel and accessories, classic and retro with modern prints, including Orla Kiely
  • Ethical Ocean – the Amazon of organic, fair trade, and other sustainable products and gifts of all kinds (p.s. that's my referral link, it earns me store credit only.)

And for more context on worker exploitation and sweatshops in the garment industry, Green America has put out a great backgrounder.

The Galliano Hubbub This Week

April 27, 2013 in Fashion, Social Responsibility by alliemcc

UPDATE 5/8/13: The masterclass with John Galliano at Parsons has been cancelled.

It was a condition of our agreeing to host Mr. Galliano that we also hold a larger forum, which would include a frank discussion of his career. Ultimately, an agreement could not be reached with Mr. Galliano regarding the details of that forum, and so the program will not move forward.

Quote from a statement sent by the New School President, and Provost, and the Dean of Parsons.

I think it's really a shame that, for whatever reason, John Galliano decided that the topic of his hate speech was off limits. I think it was a fairly low risk proposition, given the tone of most of the student comments that were in favor of the workshop and, to my mind, therefore, the students most likely to sign up and attend. And if it did come up, and he's made amends and progress as his PR handlers and defenders claim, then it could have been addressed directly, quickly, and maturely. With this conclusion, I think everyone loses out. — Allie

 

We take a break from our regular style news to address a serious matter that touches on my life, and perhaps yours as well.

Fashion media, and the New York City hometown news, have been atwitter this week with the announcement that John Galliano, former designer at Christian Dior, will be teaching a masterclass at Parsons– my school.

You recall John Galliano from the last time he was in the mainstream news in 2011, for making horrifying anti-semitic comments in a drunken rage at a Paris bar. 

You may also recall some of the gobsmackingly beautiful, technically infallible couture he has designed for Dior:

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Not to mention his own line, and his own inspiring, entertaining, eclectic personal style.

When I first heard about it, I didn't have a strong feeling either way, although it definitely sent out a yellow flag in my mind as a questionable decision.

But when I heard all the adoring, non-critical, and actually flippant, gushing and defensive remarks from other students, my red flag definitely went up.

I posted publicly about my thoughts on Facebook and on the Change.org petition.

Here's what I think:

Almost since the beginning of my studies at Parsons, I have been shocked at the close-mindedness, insensitivity, and general lack of intellectual integrity, ethics, and just plain old-fashioned friendliness among the students. The behavior and attitudes I witnessed, the casual racism, the competitiveness and rudeness, seemed to be very much at odds with the impression I had of The New School University, of which Parsons has been a part since the 70s.

Parsons needs to come into the fold as part of The New School, and begin educating design students about the social justice principles that are integral to the University.

If I recall correctly, The New School was established by cutting edge, progressive academics, and welcomed Jewish academics at a time when they were in danger. The School of Fashion cannot continue operating in LaLa Land, as though the fashion industry exists in a vacuum of pure art, beauty, and cash.

Even if there were not a single Jewish student at the school, it is still questionable judgment to invite Mr. Galliano to teach, without a related component to his master class that would address drug abuse, anti Semitism, other forms of racism, and healthy work habits.

There is no doubt he has a lot to share in terms of creativity and technical skill, but he should demonstrate that he has learned a lesson about being a healthy, compassionate human being first. 

In response to those who say we have no right to judge him, as we are all fallible human beings, or those who think it's "just a fashion class" and his personal life or issues of verbal violence and bigotry are off-topic, here's what I have been saying:

I think we have certain ethics and morals that all human beings generally agree on, and comparing people to these standards is not at all the same as wishing violence on people for their beliefs.

I'm not saying he doesn't deserve a second chance at having a profession in the public eye. I'm saying as a public figure he has a responsibility to teach others what he has learned by (hopefully) examining his own demons. Especially to young impressionable students.

My problem here is mainly with the fact that this gig was set up with no mention of his bad behavior, just pretending no one would notice or remember. I think it has to be addressed. Directly and openly.

What the administration says:

The President and Provost of The New School University–

We repudiate the hateful, deeply offensive remarks made in the past by Mr. Galliano. The New School is a university founded on principles of tolerance and social justice. Today, these values remain important to every member of this academic community.

We also believe that individuals must take responsibility for their behavior, that learning comes from even the most disgraceful mistakes, and that change is possible.

As a result of Mr. Galliano’s actions, he was fired from his position as head designer for Christian Dior; he was convicted and penalized by a French court of law; and he was censured by his colleagues in the fashion industry. He has since been counseled by the Anti-Defamation League, and has been working with mentors to re-build his career. He has also made efforts to address his drug and alcohol addiction.

As challenging as it is, even now, to host a workshop with Mr. Galliano at The New School, we believe our students can learn from his talents and achievements as a designer and from his personal failures. It is a condition of our agreement to host the workshop that it include frank discussion of Mr. Galliano’s career. New School doors are open to this kind of exchange and New School students are empowered to make their own decisions. We hope our students will take away not only a rich perspective on design, but also an understanding of how to safeguard their personal integrity and remain accountable for their actions amid the considerable pressures and temptations they may face in the world at large.

We understand that there are disparate views of our decision to host the workshop with John Galliano, but we believe the decision is in the best interests of the university.

The Dean of Parsons The New School for Design–

I have sought a wide range of counsel in trying to resolve the challenges Mr. Galliano’s workshop presents to Parsons and the wider New School community. In the end, I believe the workshop is appropriate for our design students, and I would like to explain why.

To begin, let me be perfectly clear: There is no place for anti-Semitism or any other form of hate on our campus. Two years ago, when video of Mr. Galliano’s tirade circulated, I found his behavior and his beliefs to be repugnant, personally offensive, and professionally unacceptable. Dior fired him and a French court convicted him of hate-speech. Since then he has sought to make amends for his actions, to rebuild his career, and to address his personal challenges with drugs and alcohol.  

Why should the School of Fashion go forward with this workshop? I have discussed this question with students, faculty, deans of the other schools within Parsons, members of the Parsons Board of Governors, and individuals outside the school. My answer is that we must learn to learn from positive and negative examples. To confront hate we must challenge it in the light of day and with reason and education. Universities must be places where we can engage these issues so that they don’t reside underground, where they fester and ultimately become far more dangerous. I believe our students can learn from Mr. Galliano’s successes as well as his failures. He has a soaring talent for fashion design that has been praised around the world. Yet because of abhorrent behavior he lost the position he held at the top of the industry. There is much to learn from each of these realities, including the lesson that the designer and his actions cannot be separated. Finally, I believe this workshop has value for our students because I believe education is, at its core, about the possibility of change, of engaged learning, and of personal growth.

Having Mr. Galliano on our campus will be difficult. But what is difficult is often right. No doubt this decision will be debated; I fully support that open debate. I enter the discussion with a firm belief that we are stronger than hate speech and that education is possible in even the most unlikely of places.

 

Even the Anti-Defamation League is taking a soft stance on the matter.

Conclusion:

While the school's administration leaves it an open topic of discussion– "It is a condition of our agreement to host the workshop that it include frank discussion of Mr. Galliano’s career."— I don't think that's enough. 

Young students, who regularly think nothing of mocking their fellow students for speaking Korean together, or actually asking Spanish-speaking students to speak English (both actual things I have witnessed), might need to have their hand held on this lesson. Especially when they give their full name to a reporter after stating "We all say stupid shit while drunk. We've all made Jew jokes." As though it were no more harmful than forgetting an acquaintance's name, or saying two plus three equals seven, in a sleep-deprived stupor.

I think the appropriate solution here would be to include a session in the master class, required for all the participating students, for a guided discussion on bigotry, substance abuse, and human rights.

Treehugger Style: Create It.

April 18, 2013 in DIY, Fashion, Social Responsibility, Style, Sustainability by alliemcc

I started off this series with a rant about Earth Day marketing and how we need to ramp up our commitments to the planet.

Now I'll bring it back to the topic of style, and how to stop killing the planet with your wardrobe habits.

I have 5 ways for you to make your wardrobe more amenable to a healthy planet, based on a talk I gave last year at Womanologie in Bethel, CT, that was, in turn, inspired by this Ecouterre article.

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My original street style photo, West 39th Street, NYC, April, 2012. The scarf and shades just make it.

Step 1: CREATE

Extend your wardrobe through creative styling, getting crafty, and doing your own alterations or custom designs.

  • I'm sure I don't need to tell you: accessories are an easy, affordable way to change your look. Use what you've got!
  • Flip it and/or turn it inside out— can you wear pieces you already own in a completely different way? Skirts, sweaters, scarves, and oversized pieces are ideal for this.
  • Layer it up— try wearing a sweater or top over a dress, or a short dress over pants to create the look of separates.
  • Play around with unexpected combinations to get more use out of your basics and your special pieces that don't get into rotation very often.
  • Pair something formal with something casual for a surprisingly chic outfit.
  • Wear it off-season! Jackets and cardigans can extend the life of your spring and summer pieces. Fall and winter garments are more challenging to switch seasons, but see what you can do!
  • Cover up stains or holes with patches or appliques from the craft store– or make your own from scrap fabric.
  • Transform garments that don't fit, are out of style, have stains or holes, into something else.
  • Fabric dye is a (messy, water intensive) way to revive dingy whites, brighten faded colors, or even cover stains.
  • We all have pieces that are a little too tight/big/long/short— make an appointment with yourself to finally do those alterations, or with a friend. Or take them to a tailor. The time and the cash are less expensive than what you spent on it in the first place, and you can eliminate the guilt you might have about buying, or keeping, something that no longer fits.
  • Want to learn to sew, or brush up your rusty skills? Start stitching up some commercial patterns, or experiment with your own designs. Skirts are a great starter project– easy peasy– and when you find a style and size that works for you, it's easy to alter the design or add embellishments.

See below for links to stylish DIY projects and styling inspiration.

Styling Inspiration

Accessorize, layer, reconsider, wear it off-season…

Advanced Style – an ode to older babes and their fearless style

Joe Zee – Elle Magazine's creative director and a nice guy

Justina Blakeney – zany and zaftig, as she says; rather West-Coast; more of her ideas here

Lucky Magazine – young-ish, modern, practical, all sizes and shapes

Pinterest – possible side effects include pinning-addiction

Refinery 29 – young-ish, trendy, modern

Treehugger – Discover Channel's sustainable lifestyle site; eco fashion and design

Uniform Project – flat out great styling, for a good cause

 

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photo via Wartime Fashion

DIY Style

Embellish, alter, mend, repurpose…

BooksCompaiGeneration T, many, many more – check the library!

Analogue Chic – Have you tried my capelet-from-a-sweatshirt project?

Craftster – lots and lots of inspiring clothing projects, and a handy list of how-tos from other crafters

Ecouterre – very eco-minded

Honestly WTF – modern trendy how-tos, heavy on accessories and jewelry

JayNSarah's Good Life – very resourceful alterations and upcycled DIYs, inspired by J. Crew and Anthropologie

Refinery 29 – "younger", on-trend ideas

Threadbanger – fun video tutorials for just about anything you can wear

WobiSobi – many crazy-awesome upcycling and DIY projects, modern, fun, and classy

Google it: Do a search with the garment you want to remake + the words "upcycle", "repurpose", "recycle", "diy", "how to", "tutorial", for example "tank top repurpose diy". If you don't know how to sew, or don't want to, add the words "no sew".

Earth Day is so twentieth-century.

April 17, 2013 in Fashion, Style, Sustainability by alliemcc

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Fantastic mash-up illustration by SpicyStewedDemon

Earth Day is now more than 40 years old, and yet most of our Earth Day events seem to be using the same strategies and actions that it started with.

Sure, the protest rallies, mass tree plantings, and community clean-ups are now organized via the web, and recorded in thousands of digital photos and videos that get uploaded in the days following April 22. 

And yet, I would venture to guess that the vast majority of people, particularly in the U.S., still don't recycle, still take their groceries home in plastic bags and get their takeout in styrofoam containers. They still drive themselves to and from work Monday through Friday, clear cut new housing lots and build new homes and offices next to delicate wetlands.

So, if the public's behavior hasn't changed in 40 years, can we assume that Earth Day events aren't actually effective in changing the relationship of most modern Americans with the environment?

In my humble opinion: Duh.

An article I read recently basically said that we will not be able to improve environmental conditions on this planet until we change the way people view their relationship to the environment.

People need to shift their thinking from viewing human beings as separate from the ecological system, to seeing the reality which is that we are very much part of the environment. It's not just dreamy, idealistic word play. We simply could not have evolved on any other planet. And just as much as we are impacted by the environment (weather, droughts, volcanoes, mosquitoes), the rest of the planet is impacted by us and our collective behaviors.

It's not just the bad stuff either: everyone has their favorite foods– guess where they come from? Think about how everyone seems to be happier on a warm sunny day. Our outdoor activities make us feel better. Our relationship to animals– not just pets, but even the most common birds and small animals in our yards, and awe-inspiring big animals in the wild– make us happier, calmer, inspired, awestruck.

The reason these things make us feel so strongly is because somewhere inside, past all the stressed-out-monkey-chatter in our brains, our bodies and our hearts/spirits/souls/whatever you want to call it, our very molecules know that we are actually part of the same web, the same delicately balanced ecology of trees, mountains, winds, rivers, oceans, bugs, and animals.

So, the question is not, how do we save the planet. The question is, how do we save ourselves.

Marketers try to make you believe that they are acting on the idea that "Earth Day is every day". They're probably lying– but not about the every day part.

Every single day on Earth is a day that we need to be thougtful, active, and committed in our relationship with our beautiful little planet. We need to think about, and probably research, the impact of the supply chain of the things we buy and the activities we do every day. We need to take action to lessen the negative impacts, increase the positive impacts, and sadly correct the negative impacts of our ancestors (and the less-enlightened around us). And we need to commit to doing these things every day, and doing more of them, forever and ever.

It seems like a lot. We've all already got too much on our plates. But if you were waiting for shit to hit the fan to do something impactful, guess what? We are in the middle of the shitstorm, and there's more on its way. 

If you've been recycling for a while, what's the next step you can do to take your environmentalism up a notch?

Here are some ideas:

  • Instead of gifts, plant trees or other plants in honor of your friends and family.
  • Commit to a shopping fast for longer than you think you can do it– and journal or blog or post to Facebook about it. Get your family involved.
  • STOP. BUYING. BOTTLED. WATER. Get yourself a snazzy water bottle (or a couple) and a faucet filter– better yet, a whole-house filter. Trust me, it's cheaper in the long run. And you can recycle faucet filters at Whole Foods or mail them in to Preserve Gimme 5.
  • Start taking public transportation or walking, as much as possible. It might seem inconvenient at first, but if you live in an urban area of any size, and you know you're going to do your errands on a certain day anyway, I bet you can do it. Take a look at the bus and train routes, pack up your reusable bags and your "granny cart", and see how many you can accomplish without your car. This could be a great activity for your kids to work out for you.
  • Stop mowing your lawn. At least stop watering it, weed-killing it, or fertilizing it. Turn it into a garden, or plant native grasses, shrubs, and wildflowers, and enjoy the view from your deck or patio (or a much smaller, maintained lawn.)
  • Stop eating beef.
  • Donate as much and as often as possible to reputable, impactful environmental groups. And support your elected officials who are environmental heroes.
  • Be that "weirdo" who brings their own silverware and food containers to the restaurant, to avoid using disposable utensils and plastic or–horrors!–styrofoam takeout containers.

Environmental Badasses That Inspire Me:

Mary Beth Terry of My Plastic Free Life

Winona LaDuke

Ed Abbey

Rachel Carson

Henry David Thoreau

 

Back to our regularly scheduled style news!

Stay tuned through Just Another Monday in America, April 22nd, for my advice on not killing the planet and your fellow humans with your wardrobe.

XX XY Y Y — Why?!

March 27, 2013 in Fashion, Self-Health, Social Responsibility, Style by alliemcc

(Reposted from my Facebook page.)

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Handknit baby jumper by JMackCrafts on Etsy. (I think she also made this baby. Talented!–Update: Confirmed!)

Just heard 2 (two!) appalling cases of gender-stereotype-conditioning at the yarn shop (of all places):

1. A mom is with her little boy, shopping for yarn to make him a new sweater.

"What color sweater do you want for next year?"

"Purple!"

"You silly boy!"

"Pink!"

"You want a sweater like so-and-so (presumably a girl)?!" etc.

2. I am checking out with several skeins of bright contrasting yarns, some for myself and some for a class project. The class project, as I describe it to the clerk, is "a sample garment, basically a baby sweater." Clerk: "That looks like a girl sweater. Are you going to make a boy sweater too?"

I just started reading A New Earth by Eckart Tolle, who (so far) describes our identification and attachment with material objects and concepts as an obstacle to "a truly fulfilling existence":

Identification with gender is encouraged at an early age, and it forces you into a role, into conditioned patterns of behavior that affect all aspects of your life, not just sexuality. It is a role many people become completely trapped in […] Life's fulfillment is perceived to be fulfillment of one's gender identity.

If you've graduated from 6th grade, you've probably concluded, as I have, that there is MUCH more to life than what chromosomes you were born with or what color your sweater is.

Guest Article: The Power of a Silly Hat

March 21, 2013 in Fashion, Self-Health, Style by alliemcc

I am so honored to republish this article from blogger, spiritual coach, and tea priestess, Dionne Ruff-Sloane. I've been following Dionne's gentle blog for a little while now, and her meditations and tea ceremony suggestions hit the spot. She wrote this essay about the courage to seem ridiculous in public, yet be completely fearless, joyful, and radiant within, and she graciously allowed me to share it with you. – Allie

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"Did you lose a bet?" you asked.
"No," I responded.  
"Then why on earth would you want to wear something so ridiculous?"  

Yesterday I was having a bad day and couldn't answer you. But today I will.  

Why would a grown woman wear a Kermit the Frog hat?

Because it's a magical hat.  

 

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When I wear this hat, it has the ability to take me back in time to see the little girl I was when I watched and smiled as Kermit flailed his arms excited about the next guess or nervous about trying to hold the show together.

It makes me smile and brightens my day, reminding me of some important lessons I learned from Kermit as a kid about finding the rainbow connection and remembering that one person– okay, one frog– believed in me.  He also taught me that life is like a movie, and if I keep believeing and pretending, I could do exactly what I set out to do.  

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Somewhere along the way to growing up, I forgot these things.

Now I wear a Kermit hat so I'll remember to pass these important lessons to my son and never forget for myself again.

This hat has the ability to make other people smile.  In those smiles I get to see the little boys and little girls hiding in those smiles along with hopes and dreams of what life would be like for them when they grew up.  For a few minutes, they remember too.  

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Jacket by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, 2009

This hat spreads its magic to others as they start to do their own impression of the Kermit the Frog voice.  They begin sharing how much they loved the show as a child and which character was their favorite. And in some small way, maybe I've brightened their day and made a difference to them, if only for a moment.  

So I'll continue to wear this ridiculous hat even though I haven't lost a bet.  And although it's warmer out today, I'll put my hat back on and go out into the world again because some one needs to be lifted up, if only for a moment.

So thank you for asking.  Now I know exactly why I love this hat so much.

(You can read the original post here. Photographs of Dionne are copyright to Dionne.)

 

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Dionne Ruff-Sloan is the Tea Priestess of Goddess Tea House.  She serves up Goddess wisdom through tea parties, e-courses and empowerment sessions to help women remember their beauty and light.  You can find her weekly Goddess Whispers on Facebook and Twitter and for deeper insights check out her blog.
 
 
(Disclaimer: For some godforsaken reason, Kermit and all the other Muppets characters are owned by Disney. Neither Dionne nor I make any claim to any intellectual property associated with the Muppets, as we hold them too dearly in our childhood memories to infringe on their sovereign, inalienable muppet rights.)

What I’m Up To: PureThread internship

March 16, 2013 in Design, Fashion, Sustainability by alliemcc

If you've been browsing around this site for a while, you probably know that 2 years ago I went back to school for Fashion Design at Parsons. Hard to believe that I'm graduating this semester! And yet, not soon enough…

This semester, one of my internships is with sustainable stylist Jill Heller at PureThread.

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When I started working with her, we had a conversation, which became this article on her blog.

Give it a read to learn about Jill, her company, my design perspective, and fashion education.

So what are you up to these days?