Monday, May 27, 2013

Music Monday: Emotion by Samantha Sang/Destiny's Child

For my last Music Monday post, I wrote about the sad songs I've been listening to as I've been going through my breakup. It's been a while and while things are getting better, I still feel hurt a lot. Here's another couple.
 I first heard "Emotion" as the Destiny's Child cover and I'm not sure which one I like better. Samantha Sang's cheesy video is pretty great, though. Which one's your favorite?


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Ophelia DeVore, the Charm School Lady

I read the AP's Big Story blog a lot for my job and last week, I found a great little bit of history I wanted to share. They ran a feature about Ophelia DeVore, a Georgia model turned businesswoman who wanted to change how black Americans were perceived and groom, often literally, for success.

DeVore's eclectic career spanned more than six decades, beginning as a model at 16 and continuing into her 90s today as the owner of a newspaper in Georgia. Along the way, she opened one of the first modeling agencies for black models, established a charm school for black women to present themselves more effectively and launched a cosmetics line for darker complexions.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Retrofit: Ass-tastic Pants from Bettie Page Clothing

It's not ladylike to talk about your ass, especially on the Internet. So I won't really say anything except to say this: these high-waist capris I bought from Bettie Page Clothing make my ass look fabulous. You'll have to take my word for it, though. I'm not going to show it.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Playing Dress up with Tova

In December, just when I thought no one was reading my blog and I got ready to close up shop, I got a sweet message from Tova, the owner of Etsy shop Flatiron Vintage. A purveyor of gorgeous vintage hats, she told me she liked my whimsy and my blog in general. So I kept blogging and kept in touch with Tova until finally, we were able to meet up.

Here she is, wearing one of her favorite hats, a floppy fedora-ish hat from the 1940s. 

I met up with Tova and she spread a small selection of her hats before me. It was wonderful. Wonderful, and a little insane considering there are something like 100 hats in her one-bedroom apartment. Before arriving at Tova's, I told her I liked pillbox hats, headband hats, tilt hats and little whimsies, which is what she pulled from her insane stash for me.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Music Monday: The Break-up Playlist

It's been very quiet around here lately because I've been having rough time. After five years with the Boy, I've found myself single. Three weeks after the fact, my head is still spinning, as you can imagine, mostly because I didn't see it coming. There weren't any big arguments but it happened anyway. I've been unhappy for months, he said, and it was over.

I'm 25 and this is the first time I've been single in my adult life. The Boy, Nick, was supposed to be someone I made out with while I waited to stop hurting from the breakup with my first serious boyfriend. I soon realized I liked Nick and we got together for five years. There were only a few months between relationships though I was so sure I'd be single for a year. It didn't work out that way but I couldn't have been happier; I was happy until the end.