Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fashion prodigy: leggings, repurposed


She's at it again!

As of late, Fashion Prodigy is enjoying the art of repurposing. The most recent example is a pair of black leggings with zipper details which she cut up and turned into footless socks, boy shorts and elbow "pads."

Notice the gloves, too. She repurposed an old pair of toddler-sized socks by cutting slits and transforming them into fingerless gloves. The resulting look has got this fierce, 80s power aerobics vibe (plus the upcycling is great for the environment).

#MyHero.
  

She has mastered the pose.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A megastar on the verge (Madonna in '83)


"In June 1983, Madonna was an ambitious 24-year-old getting some heat on the club charts," writes Rory Satran for i-D. "When photographer Richard Corman met the young singer, she served him bubblegum and espresso on a silver try at her beyond-bohemian walkup on East Fourth Street between A and B. It was, as he puts it, 'literally right before she stepped out and ran into the stratosphere.'"

After three decades, almost forgotten forever in a warehouse, the casual Polaroids of Madonna-on-the-verge are documented in Corman's limited-edition book, Madonna 66.

I love the raw intimacy captured in these photos. They are images of Madonna we so rarely get to see today: innocent, unmanufactured, unguarded. Over the span of her 30-year career, our eyes have been trained to see a Madonna meticulously cultivated and commercialized. 

In these photos you can feel her fire and young ambition. "I felt like a warrior plunging my way through the crowds to survive," she has said about those early days in New York.

I remember, as a young girl growing up in the 80s, how much I looked up to her. I related to that "I wanna conquer the world" attitude. As a grown up, I still do.


Madonna's not too happy about a planned biopic of her life. (NYT) 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Life accordian to Trump



I couldn't help myself. 


Life accordian to Trump, the original.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Radio silence (forgive me, Dear Reader)


Oh my, Dear Reader!

How did two months just whiz by without my notice? Well, I suppose this happens when you jump start your career and re-enter the work force full time.

Forgive me for the lack of fun and interesting stories. Sometimes life pulls you in another direction for a season. But know that I miss you and I will make an effort to post a good yarn every now and then, because I want to keep in touch.

love, -j. 


Friday, January 20, 2017

Women's March (the kit)


Tonight, I'm getting on a midnight bus headed to Washington, DC.

After being completely devastated after the election -- after weeping and fretting and succumbing to anger -- I climbed out of the abyss and looked for a way to transform my grief into positive action.

The Women's March on Washington is the beginning of that journey. 

I have found my strength again and I look forward to marching with my fellow sisters (all 200,000 of them!). In addition to the main event at the nation's capital, there will be some 673 sister marches across the US totaling 2.2 MILLION people!!

Tomorrow we march for women's rights, human rights, the environment, immigrants, Muslims, LGBT, people with disabilities, for global civil rights... for FREEDOM.

Tomorrow we begin the good fight.


Planes packed with women head to DC. (The Week)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Women's March (signs of protest)


Spent the evening at Zygote Press with over a hundred other Cleveland-area sisters-in-arms making screen and letterpress posters for the upcoming Women's March on Washington.

The electricity and excitement is brewing. The march is just eight days away. You can feel something is going to shift. Something wonderful and powerful and moving is going to change the course of history. Maybe I'm reaching. Maybe I'm just hoping for something, anything to ease my fears. 

Last night's event was such a meaningful and collective experience -- standing shoulder to shoulder with all these beautiful souls. All of us preparing for the fight -- our peaceful protest against a pitiful wanna-be dictator and his authoritarian regime.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a love affair with words. I also appreciate their power. Which is why making these posters meant so much to me. 


Here are a few snapshots from last night:





In eight days, the good fight begins.


Shepard Fairey's protest art.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Retrolicious (Golden Globes 2017)


My favorite look from last night's Golden Globes: Natalie Portman in Prada with Tiffany jewelry. I love the 60s throwback and the lovely homage to Jackie Kennedy, whom Portman played with stunning gravitas in Jackie.

Radiant.


Click here to see full Globes fashion. (New York Times)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Word of the day


Pretty much every day, starting January 20, for the next four years. 


Don't agonize, organize!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hooray for cellulite


Can cellulite sell magazines? 

It's what taste makers and influencers are wondering about Glamour magazine's January cover -- featuring Girls creator Lena Dunham, baring her wonderfully fleshy legs, "cottage cheese" and all.

In signature Dunham style, Lena courageously and proudly waves her middle finger to our skinny-obsessed, fat-shaming culture. She disowns Photoshop ("Done with allowing images that retouch and reconfigure my face and body to be released into the world," she wrote in Lenny Letter last year) and is known to post shameless half-naked bathroom selfies on Instagram.

Good for her.

And bravo to Glamour for representing and empowering the 90 percent of us who have cellulite. It's another step forward in normalizing real women and real women's bodies in the media. 


Read the full Glamour interview here.