An acquaintance recently said of my blog, “All you do is post pictures of yourself, right?” I laughed because that comment was a perfect counterbalance to the time that I was rejected from a fashion-blogging network — not the wonderful Independent Fashion Bloggers, obvs — because I’d recently posted about the 7th century’s Empress Wu instead of doing an outfit post or writing about the latest collections. What can I say? It’s true that I’ve stepped up my What Wendy Wore outfit posts due to popular demand (in other words, gorgeous independent fashion blogger Jennine said, “Do more outfit posts. People like them.”) But I still think I’m fairly eclectic in my blogging. I’m just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.
I’m accustomed to feeling betwixt and between. My favorite business example is the time a store buyer waved her hand at my Venus designs and said, “Don’t do anything like that.” When I saw the same buyer the following week, I wore my rose quartz Venus earrings and she said, “Do more like that.”
I want to read your stories about feeling betwixt and between. Leave ’em in the comments. And remember, if you do happen to be stuck in the middle with me, that means there are clowns to the left of you and jokers to the right. Look out! You could get a pie in the face.
I’m about to segue into outfit posting so if you want to skip that, you can re-read some of my blog’s wordier hits (confession: some of them have pictures of me along with historical facts).
- Thursday Book Club: Caroline Mathilde
- A Distant Mirror, Parts I, II, III and IV
- Sexism and the City
- Why Does Buyer’s Guilt Focus on Fashion
- Get Smart (About Manufacturing)
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Meanwhile, here are pictures from the July 4th weekend. On July 3, I had a wonderful dinner (all appetizers and shared dishes) at Plein Sud with gorgeous blogger Tina and gorgeous friend Melissa. It was nice and peaceful because everyone else was in the Hamptons. I wore the same outfit I did on July 21, 2008. Outfits posts are useful for tracking trivia like that.
What Wendy Wore
Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana
On July 4, I was a patriotism outfit fail for dinner at Bice with MrB’s out-of-town relatives, but this look is remarkable in others ways. It’s the first time in years I’ve worn separates in which one of the pieces wasn’t solid black and it’s probably the first time in adulthood that I’ve worn shorts in a non-pool/beach environment.
Henry the dog was the only one sporting the full red, white and blue. Here is a view of the back of his head as he romps with Gigi the dog.
Gigi had matching ribbons but she took them off. Damn Commie Pinko dog!
If you look very closely at my photos, you see some red toenails peeping out. That polish is from a gift bag I got at the opening party for the gigantic Forever 21 in Times Square on June 24. (There were no color names on the sample bottles. Sorry!) I do love the bright red and it’s held up very well. The mushroom color is great for fingers. I enjoyed schmoozing gorgeous blogger Rumi from fashiontoast (and her lovely boyfriend Colin) at the event, and stood on my tippy-toes to take a picture with her.
You can’t see my full outfit post from that night because I’m saving it for another post on vintage designers. I’m hard at work on that and my next book club post, which will be about the 15th century’s Elizabeth Woodville. It’s like a variety show around here, isn’t it? Stay tuned!