Friends, I know I said no more eyeglass photos this month, but I did want to share this shot of me in a dimly lit restaurant earlier this week, using my new reading glasses to read a menu for the very first time (I ordered the duck sausage). Life transitions!
I was so charmed by those cheapie A.J. Morgan "readers" from Ricky's that I treated myself to a pair of their cheapie sunglasses (also from Ricky's) that I actually prefer to my BonLook frames, which I'm shipping back to the company today, alas. (NOTE: I finally realize that close-up photos of a person in sunglasses invariably make the frames appear bigger on one's face than they appear in three dimensions.)
We tried the BonLooks on Michael (who now claims he needs sunglasses -- surprise, surprise), but he says they're too dark for his complexion.
Moving right along, MPB reader and Rowenta iron donor "Babe" is in New York for a few days, and yesterday we engaged in a little fun-on-the-fly fabric shopping. Babe picked up some gorgeous cotton shirting at Beckenstein's (where the customer in front of us was none other than Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand) and we also poked our heads into B&J, where I had been only once before.
Remember the Liberty "Pelagia" shirt I made for Michael in 2010?
The fabric is still available.
In fact, they have a ton of Liberty prints, as spokesmodel Babe is displaying.
But maybe you want something a little snazzier? How about some chain mail?
Better yet, for $710/yard, access your inner Phyllis Diller* with a little ostrich on transparent illusion!
(*This comes easier to some than to others.)
Meanwhile, I poked around Mood for Cathy's New Look ensemble. Here are a few things I picked up, more for texture than color, following a few of the fabric suggestions from the back of the pattern:
Silk faille and silk moire faille (rhymes with smile):
Silk shantung, which is slightly nubby, like Dupioni:
Metallic linen (which would probably be the easiest to work with):
I'm open to other things too -- I could definitely see the jacket in black or navy cotton sateen, for example, though I'd like the dress to be in something lighter weight.
And that's it, readers!
Spring weather has returned to NYC: the flowering trees are in full bloom, the sun is shining once again -- and I have all the sunglasses I need to handle it.
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