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The Secret Garden Diorama

The Secret Garden Diorama

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden.             My mother has descended another level down the steep staircase that is dementia. These days it is uncertain she knows who I am, yet as...

Ethic of Care

Ethic of Care

Entering the cavernous industrial space situated a block from the Brooklyn waterfront, unlike other fashions shows I’ve attended, I’m greeted by tables groaning with woven baskets filled generously with bread, fresh vegetables, empanadas and a sweet cookie. There are...

Seven Year Itch

Seven Year Itch

Last week the Accidental Icon Project turned seven. I can’t help but think of the term “seven-year itch” because I have one. The term, introduced in 1955 when I was two, came from a film based on a play starring Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell. In keeping with my...

LOVING
Mixed Methods: Me and My Hair

Mixed Methods: Me and My Hair

It starts to feel like an obsession. It gets stronger every day. I search for images for just the right look. In the past, I'd scour hair magazines. More recently the internet. I chose a photo to bring to my stylist. The photo represents some new fantasy I've conjured...

Shedding

Shedding

Like everyone else I’m tired of winter, being bundled up and dressing in layers. It’s time to take some of them off. Whether it is those one or two pounds that you need to keep you warm or heavier makeup because you’re so pale; extra highlighter you need to make your...

Tourist Mode

Tourist Mode

Last week the big event in New York City was the opening of Hudson Yards. Called a "dystopian playground" for the rich by some observers, it opened to mixed reviews. It is a 25 billion dollar proposition and the largest urban real estate complex built since...

WORKING
My Coat(s) and Being Me

My Coat(s) and Being Me

I receive countless comments from my followers across all my social media about how much they admire me just being myself. Somehow this seems very courageous to people. I find that shocking and not shocking. Being yourself and finding ways to express that in how you...

Weekend Fashion Bibliography

Weekend Fashion Bibliography

2019 Fashion and Sustainability Watershed Year How to Cleanse Your Wardrobe for The Year Ahead Editorial: Ode to an Intern Turning A Myth Into A Space Future of The Workplace: What Does It Mean to Work How To Know When You Are Truly Happy

Iconic NYC: Holiday Shopping at Rockefeller Center

Iconic NYC: Holiday Shopping at Rockefeller Center

Whenever I want to get into the holiday spirit the first place I go in NYC, even before the store windows, is Rockefeller Center  I love walking into the space and seeing people ice-skating and of course the famous tree. There is always music and bells and it just...

LIVING
Elements of Inspiration: Matthildur

Elements of Inspiration: Matthildur

I was so moved by all of the responses to last week's post and feel inspired to continue our reinvention journey together. Of course, for me, every journey needs a wardrobe. One of the most inspiring and life-giving experiences I had over the last year was going to...

Werking With Gurls

Werking With Gurls

I've written before about the experience of having my two worlds collide: being someone who has worked in the service of social welfare and now interested in fashion, representation and the productive use of technology. My definition of social welfare is an...

The Importance of Your Signature: Earrings

The Importance of Your Signature: Earrings

Some of you may have noticed I have been changing my color palette this autumn and winter. As I wrote in a previous post, the earthy brown and rust tones somehow are making me feel more grounded. The pinks are softening my hard edges left over from last...

“For me, a woman who is absorbed in her work, who does not care about gaining one’s favor, strong yet subtle at the same time, is essentially more seductive. The more she hides and abandons her femininity, the more it emerges from the very heart of her existence. A pair of brilliantly cut cotton trousers can be more beautiful than a gorgeous silk gown.”


—YOHJI YAMAMOTO—
Accidental Icon

Lyn Slater

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