Friends, our cabaret show, Noah's Very Unusual Insight, is finally over! It was fun to do but also a lot of work, and I am WAY glad to be able to move on to other things. I feel like the new year hasn't really gotten underway yet!
Readers, think about it: when's the last time somebody really unattractive became famous? Newt Gingrich? He's been around awhile. John Belushi? He's been dead for decades.
It may be hard to believe, but in the early Nineteen-Thirties, comic actress Marie Dressler, already over sixty and with the face of an English Bulldog, was THE number one Hollywood box office attraction, which she remained until her death at sixty-five. Watch an old movie of hers like Min and Bill or Dinner at Eight and you'll immediately understand why. She was a powerhouse.
Readers, I was stunned -- stunned -- to discover how many MPB readers are simply nuts about pie!
And speaking of pie, many of you are probably wondering what kind of pie I like. I'll be brief(ish): While I enjoy a savory shepherd's pie from time to time (I am fortunate to live near the extraordinary Myers of Keswick grocery store, which offers a vast selection of fresh, savory English pies daily), pie to me remains primarily a sweet dessert.
Readers, as you know, I am always trying to organize myself better. In the last six months, I have discarded many unnecessary household items. I dust my Ken dolls regularly. I even started sorting my wigs! Today I decided it was time to revisit my pattern stash, starting with my women's patterns.
Readers, imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon the book Fashion Trends: Analysis and Forecasting by Eundeok Kim, Ann Marie Fiore, and Hyejeong Kim at my local library yesterday. Talk about synchronicity!
Before I get started, why does current fashion illustration make women look like Bratz dolls? I don't like it one bit.
Moving right along...
Friends, how much do you know about color forecasting? I don't know much, but you'd have to live on Mars not to have heard that Pantone's official Color of the Year for 2012 is Tangerine Tango, aka orange. (You can read more about it here.) I hate to sound grumpy -- I am still recovering from my weekend cold -- but I was "over" that color ten seconds after seeing it; to me it screams Guantanamo Bay prisoner jumpsuits.
Friends, I'm happy to report that I'm feeling much better and was able to make it to the library yesterday, where I happened upon a copy of the new sewing book Famous Frocks by Sara Alm and Hannah McDevitt. Are you familiar with it?
Friends, I am back from a very intense, thankfully short, bout with something I'm guessing was Influenza. It came on rapidly Saturday evening and within 3-4 hours I could hardly lift my head off the pillow. I'm a big believer in letting fever do its thing (unless you have other medical problems or are a small child or elder) and now, roughly 36 hours later, I'm 85% of the way back. Was this a cold, a flu, something else entirely? Who knows. Suffice it to say I'm glad to be vertical once again and not shivering under three blankets, a ski cap, and a heavy fleece.
Readers, occasionally I have random thoughts about various topics, none of which warrant a blog post all their own, or which I might flesh out sometime in the future -- or maybe one of you would like to develop one of them on your own blog; feel free. So here goes:
At the library yesterday, I passed a display of Suzanne Somers' latest diet/health book, Sexy Forever. And I found myself wondering: sexy....forever? Is that the new benchmark for health and happiness in the Twenty-First Century? I'm exhausted and I haven't even read the preface!
We are starting the new year right here at MPB, digging through the detritus anddumping, dumping, DUMPING. As you know, my energy for these kinds of purges isn't always there, so when it is, the best bet is to ride if for all it's worth.
Happy 2012, everybody, and welcome to my first entry of the new year!
I am not a fan of making New Year's resolutions, readers, because, with rapidly accumulating life experience behind me, I now recognize that most of us (all of us?) fail at making ourselves do things we don't like to do. The trick to changing behavior is truly to want to do it (and not just want to want), and if you already want to do it, you shouldn't have any difficulty doing so.
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!