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...

Fitting(s) In, Sensuality and Identity

Fitting(s) In, Sensuality and Identity

It's been quite a week. I now have the time and inclination to attend many more of the events I'm invited to, now that I'm no longer teaching. I've been coming home late which is unusual for me. I've also been tongue-tied and stammering when I'm asked how I came to be...

Narrative Devices

Narrative Devices

So as is my usual course of action, once I get my anger off my chest, usually through the vehicle of a rant (poor Calvin), I generally figure out a pragmatic or creative way to respond. What came to me is that we need to articulate and find ways to represent the inner...

Clothing Relationship Stories: Telling Secrets and a Rant

Clothing Relationship Stories: Telling Secrets and a Rant

I love clever designers, those who can keep secrets that you’ll discover later. Designers who don’t make me think about clothes as if they’re just something else to consume. Designers who when I look at their garments make me feel like I just walked into an art supply...

Clothes and Relationship: What’s Yours?

Clothes and Relationship: What’s Yours?

During the middle of New York Fashion Week, I happened to get a book I had pre-ordered downloaded to my Kindle. Ironically, it was a book about fast fashion. More than just a presentation of statistics which quite frankly after a while you stop paying attention to, it...

Ambivalently Yours

Ambivalently Yours

A very smart and creative person has an account on Instagram that I follow called Ambivalently Yours, @ambivalentlyyours. Anonymously this person explores the notion of ambivalence through various means including drawings, writing, video, notes left in public spaces,...

A Tale of Two Innovations

A Tale of Two Innovations

I know it's been a while but I've been deeply engaged in my "Whatnowness". Setting up a healthy routine, constructing a gentle work life and doing research and reading to help me understand what happened to me so it does not happen again.  If I look back at photos...

Summer Hours

Summer Hours

I know my posts have been sporadic lately and for those who like consistency, my apologies. I've actually been trying to figure out what to do with my summer and how that relates to the work I produce. I'm not sure if you know of a magazine called, Monocle, but if you...

Opening an Eye

Opening an Eye

I've been luxuriating in the delicious world of "What Nowness?". At times short bursts of anxiety come into my head like little meteor showers but I've been managing to let them pass and not get caught up in them. They are merely debris from the past I remind myself...

What I’m Reading and What I Think About It: Rules

What I’m Reading and What I Think About It: Rules

I read a very interesting article the other day on The Cut, A Guide to Intuitive Eating. I suppose I should state upfront what constitutes "an interesting article" for me. It's simply something written in a way that it makes me think of something I think I know in a...

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

There are still some things keeping me in the city, but I must say I am enjoying myself because of the simple gift of time. I/'ve been photographing, writing and otherwise documenting my process of "What Nowness?" Things that bothered me before have become merely a...

What’s In-Between

What’s In-Between

Part of my living in the state of "whatnowness?" is getting back into the world and moving through it at a slower pace. These days I will often have my phone or camera in hand taking photos of what inspires me or moves me in some way. When I look through Instagram now...

What Nowness?

What Nowness?

My new life after academia is beginning slowly. I am first doing some self-care using the occasion of receiving a new Apple Watch as a structure to do so. Capitalizing on my propensity to be competitive with myself I have now met my meditation, exercise and sleep...

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...

Headed Out: Destination Unknown

Headed Out: Destination Unknown

As you know I have not been engaging as much as I was. Some of that is due to the end of the semester and closing one chapter for another. Some of it has been spending a great deal of time on something that has just proved to be frustrating and stressful. Perhaps that...

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...

Two Looks, Two Budgets, One Style

Two Looks, Two Budgets, One Style

I have been thinking lately of what we might mean by the word style. I sometimes get comments on all my platforms saying that anyone can be stylish if they wear expensive clothes. In a comment like that style and monetary value is conflated and I suppose it might come...

The Language of Clothes

The Language of Clothes

Maybe as a reaction to last week's excursion into a strange, new and unfamiliar world, this week I wanted to wear something that had a more historic feel and find a building that has some vestiges of its age. All week I experienced a lingering melancholy. Sometimes...