Twirlers and dreamers

My conversation with my twirlers and dreamers – Gracie, Olivia, Maggie, Charlie, Zosia, and Natalie … Magic!

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Twirlers and dreamers

Me with my new best friends - from the left: Gracie, Olivia, Maggie, Charlie, Zosia and Natalie

Me with my new best friends – from the left: Gracie, Olivia, Maggie, Charlie, Zosia and Natalie

You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who had more fun on a rainy Saturday afternoon than I did yesterday! I had the terrific pleasure of hanging out with six enchanting 6 and 7 year-old girls: Charlie, Gracie, Maggie, Zosia, Natalie and Olivia. We all wore our favorite outfits and we talked about fashion, of course: how they feel when they wear their fancy clothes, accessorizing, our mutual love of sparkles, boys’ fashion, and other things like tonight’s Oscars and evening wear and shopping at Target. And when we had exhausted our conversation, we twirled. Heaven!

More of this fantastic conversation is coming …

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Fancy Friday

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Fancy Friday dressing for an original thinker

I know a thirteen year-old young man who marches to his own beat. At a time when many are trying desperately to look and dress like everyone else, he is more interested in standing out and dressing originally. And so spurred his decision to create Fancy Fridays; a celebration of the end of the week with formal attire (dress shirt, tie, slacks, etc.). He has been dressing for Fancy Fridays a few weeks now, and likes the confidence he feels when he dresses up.

It is inspiring. Maybe we can all shift our dress-down Fridays to Fancy Fridays.

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Sweet feet or sour?

Nike’s LeBron X Basketball Shoe

Okay, so Nike is about to release LeBron X, the newest basketball shoe named after pro star LeBron James. Are you sitting down? It is said to retail for $315 as quoted by The Wall Street Journal. Nike has yet to verify the actual price; $315 may be the cost for the super-version with built-in motion sensors, while a more standard version may retail for $180. But hey. Are you still sitting? They are saying people will buy it. I asked a 16-year old guy I consider to be an expert on all things basketball – shoes and otherwise – what he thinks about this news. In a word? Ridiculous! His comments: “Why would anyone want to spend that much on basketball shoes when you could get a great pair for $125?” (I’m thinking what’s wrong with this picture when $125 is the low-end figure, but I didn’t let on …). And then he thought a moment, and reasoned, “I guess you might pay for it if you were really into basketball.” And there you go … really into basketball … maybe like LeBron James himself. I think he and Nike just created a shoe that only he and other pros like him can afford!

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“I’m not into fashion!”

Mr. Anonymous

Mr. Anonymous

Said the young man,13, who wished to be anonymous. Yes, it is his point of view and he owns it. However, when I pressed him with a few directed questions, his answers were interesting. For instance, when asked, “Do you care about what you put on everyday?” his answer: “Well, I don’t want to wear the same thing that I wore yesterday.” And then more: I want to wear something new every day until the week is over.” Finally, I asked him if there was anything he noticed about his clothing choices since becoming a teenager. His answer: “No, not really.”

… Really? Maybe he’s into fashion just a little.

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Sweet 16

 

Reading with my baby

My son turned 16 yesterday, and although it is not customary to refer to a young man’s birthday as “sweet,” it is to me. Because he is sweet and I can’t believe that little baby with the big, red cheeks is now 16 years old, and a dashing young man.

In our 16 years together, we have never shared fashion tips or shopping sprees or hung out at the mall in search of an outfit. (Although I will tell you that he is the first to compliment me on my outfits! See? … Sweet!). He dislikes shopping so much that it is more about trial and error as I travel to stores on his behalf or purchase on-line, and cross my fingers, hoping that: 1) he likes the clothes I bought, and 2) they fit him. In his world of fashion it is more about function than anything else. … You can see where I am going with this; we have very little in common when it comes to our expectations of fashion and our fashion choices.

Or do we? There is one thing we have in common. Shoes!! Boys covet their shoes! …

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