Sunday, May 2, 2010


Some details from last night:
--my mother's black evening bag, circa 1940-something,
on its chain handle around my wrist
--black silk Farragamo stiletto heels (ouch!)
--a silver brooch in a Book of Kells pattern
--a fringed silk-burnout shawl with Celtic knots
--shimmery stockings

And that was on the modest side.
I did not, unlike some other women, wear:
--a gown with a train
--cleavage that bubbled-up like a boiling-over pan of cream
--ruffles! ruffles! ruffles!
--rustles and rustles of satin/taffeta
--27 yards of lace.

Oh you men, you have it so easy.


  1. No, we don't: We're married to the train and the 27 yard of lace.

  2. I bet you looked fabulous, T! Photo?

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  4. K., you should count your lucky stars that you're married to a modest LBD!

  5. I was just thinking how fun it would be to attend one of these events in a dress with a string of vintage wooden trains attached to the back...

  6. T, may I call you T?, that sounds great. It would've been interesting to see you. I like the celtic touches.

    The party I was at recently was also attended by a lot of early 20-somethings in short balloon skirts and hugely high and clunky shoes. Ouch indeed.

  7. Oh, but you must have looked fabulous. Someone did take a photo of you, right?

  8. Melinda: HAHAHAHAHAHAH!

    Hazel -- please do call me T.!

    No photos! Nope!

  9. These generations of shoes, I'm convinced, tell us more clearly than anything else that at least we in the U.S. have gone mad -- only insane people would design such atrocities and only those more insane than they would wear them -- and the wearers are multitudes. I nearly fell off the sidewalk myself last night at the sight of a pair of open toed work boots that had heels 6 inches high and 3 inches wide, and soles 4 inches thick -- and about 20 buckles. Every time I think things in this area can't get more insane and finally something resembling pretty and, you know, actually wearable? will return, it gets crazier.

    And the fuffles and puffles -- holy smokes!

    Your appearance sounds lovely and romantic though.

    Love, C.

  10. oh my goodness. i would love to see how you looked. what fun to dress up like that.