Sunday, May 29, 2016

52 Pick-me-up: White / Instinct


White shoes before Memorial Day! Issue me a Fashion Citation!
I call them my stompin' clompin' clogs. They combine flavors of Western, Moto, and I think a whisper of Dutch. Made by Fiorina, obtained in Hong Kong in 2004, I only recently discovered that they stay on my feet if I wear them without socks (much to the chagrin of my co-workers. These babies CLOMP).

Lets move slowly up the outfit, shall we?
My "skirt" and my leg.
Double houndstooth. Score!
The skirt is a tube of horrible 60's nylon jacquard. It's sticky and VERY synthetic feeling. I will not allow it to touch my skin. It plays nicely with my $2.99 polyester leggings obtained last summer at Jack's in NYC. 
I'm a walking symphony syntheticony.

The big picture:
Yes, I'm holding up my stomach. Ho ho ho!
No, I'm not pregnant. I'm way beyond that possibility.
I'm linking this up with Patti's Visible Monday.
Die Laughing was a store in Pasadena, from the time before Pasadena had Old Towne.
This tee saw the light of day strictly for this post. I then changed into a black tee with a message about crying. You'll have to wait until the next edition of VOGOFF to see that.
Unless you saw my #selfiesketch on various social media, that is. No, I'm not going to help you find it. 
Use your Instinct!

White / Instinct -- link and tell!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Chris Francis at the A + D Museum

Chris Francis, my favorite shoe artist, has some very unusual footwear on exhibit at the A + D Museum in downtown LA.
Chris Francis, Cages In the Sky
Inspired by Brutalist architecture, he challenged himself to create impossible shoes.
Chris Francis, Hard Cuts and St. Vincent's Default
Chris Francis, Tower Blocks
Chris Francis, Hardscape
Chris Francis, Invisibleism
I sketched these while Chris was explaining his design process during a curatorial walk-through last month.

The installation is part of the group exhibition Come In! DTLA, up until 6/23/16.
The A + D Museum is located in the Arts District, 900 E. 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (enter on Colyton).

Sunday, May 22, 2016

52 Pick-me-up: Grey / Release / Remission

If there was a word that jumped out at me this week for 52 Pick-me-up, it had to be Remission
That word takes on a huge presence when one has had a brush with cancer.
Cancer patient, doctor, nurse, caregiver, friend -- it is the hope at the end of treatment.
I AM currently in Remission
Where was I six years ago? 

Pages from my journal, 5/25/10: 
I was WAITING! Waiting in lines, waiting for appointments, waiting to hear results -- lots and lots of waiting.
I took a sketchbook along to help pass the time. It was a godsend. 

What triggered this trip down memory lane?
The "grey item of clothing" search that lead me to this Stussy shirt:
It's still a cool print, and the fabric is a soft sanded cotton.
It's missing some buttons though, so onto Repair Mountain it goes.
This shirt became my post-surgery shirt (twice). Roomy, soft, and turned inside out, the pockets can hold drains!

Today, I put it together with some grey lounge pants and my trusty old clogs:
Reenactment of my Harbor/UCLA Hospital appointment look.
And that's my story of Grey / Release / Remission.
What's your's? Link and tell!