Sunday, May 8, 2022

May Songful Style Outfit Inspo Collab: Hello, Goodbye

Songful Style, a fun way to explore your closet, inspired by music.
"Songful Style gives you lyrics, music, video, and album artwork to inspire your fashion creativity. You may even find inspiration in a memory triggered by the selected song. It is all open to your own personal interpretation and just a fun way to discover new music and get a little bit more creative with your wardrobe." [lifted from Shelbee]
This is a monthly link-up every last Monday of the month.
We will announce our song choice for the following month at the end of each Songful Style post.

Marsha's choice this month is "Hello, Goodbye" the Beatles song written by Lennon/McCartney in 1967.


(DO click on the video, the preview photo is not at all what they are wearing!)
Surprise!

Lyrics

You say, "Yes", I say, "No"
You say, "Stop" and I say, "Go, go, go"
Oh no
You say, "Goodbye" and I say, "Hello, hello, hello"
I don't know why you say, "Goodbye", I say, "Hello, hello, hello"
I don't know why you say, "Goodbye", I say, "Hello"
I say, "High", you say, "Low"
You say, "Why?" And I say, "I don't know"
Oh no
You say, "Goodbye" and I say, "Hello, hello, hello"
I don't know why you say, "Goodbye", I say, "Hello, hello, hello"
I don't know why you say, "Goodbye", I say, "Hello"
Why, why, why, why, why, why, do you
Say, "Goodbye, goodbye, bye, bye"?
Oh no
You say, "Goodbye" and I say, "Hello, hello, hello"
I don't know why you say, "Goodbye", I say, "Hello, hello, hello"
I don't know why you say, "Goodbye", I say, "Hello"
You say, "Yes", I say, "No" (I say, "Yes", but I may mean, "No")
You say, "Stop", I say, "Go, go, go" (I can stay still it's time to go)
Oh, oh no
You say, "Goodbye" and I say, "Hello, hello, hello"
I don't know why you say, "Goodbye", I say, "Hello, hello, hello"
I don't know why you say, "Goodbye", I say, "Hello, hello, hello"
I don't know why you say, "Goodbye", I say, "Hello-wow, oh, hello"
Hela, heba, helloa, hela heba, helloa, hela, heba, helloa
Hela, heba, helloa, (hela) hela, heba, helloa, hela, heba, helloa
Hela, heba, helloa, hela, heba, helloa, hela, heba, helloa...
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Lennon John Winston / McCartney Paul James
The Link-up Party starts the last Monday of the month, May 30.
Looking forward to seeing your interpretation!
June's song is Behind the Wall of Sleep, by The Smithereens.

Monday, April 25, 2022

"Hi-Heeled Sneakers" and Songful Style Linkup

To get you in the mood, here's my monthly IG Reel:


Songful Style, a fun way to explore your closet, inspired by music.

Michele's choice this month is "Hi-Heel Sneakers" (often also spelled "High Heel Sneakers") a blues song written and recorded by Tommy Tucker in 1963. 
I thought the lyrics were apropos with what transpired at the Oscars this year. 

Here are the full illustrations, since I had to crop them for the Reel:

May's Songful Style will be "Hello, Goodbye" by the Beatles

Link up party time! No slapping allowed!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Crazy Legs and Torture Clogs

 It started with a call from Shelbee and Nancy for their Good Buy/Goodbye Book with the theme Easter Egg Colors (link).

This is the photo that I submitted, from 2013

original post
Here's what I wrote:

This outfit is a 50/50 split.

The bright 60's shirt and shift are definite keepers. And Great Buys -- the shirt was free, from a friend, and the shift was secondhand for $25.

The pastel tights were a disappointment (in 2013). This is my own artwork, and I used a company that required a printing of 6 pairs. They came out WAY too pastel for me. I managed to resell 4 pairs, and the remaining two I will upcycle into "yarn".

The Mary Jane clogs were a super bad buy (in 2012). I call them torture clogs, they are too small and make my feet numb after about an hour. Why do we do this to ourselves?
The clogs are now for sale on Poshmark:
buy them here [US only, must be Poshmark member]
And the tights?
Let the repurposing begin!

I'm cutting on the length grain.
Cross cutting would give me a longer strand, but it curls with the (paler) inside on the outside.

What will I do with the yarn? TBD!
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Monday, April 11, 2022

April Songful Style Outfit Inspo Collab: Hi-Heel Sneakers

What is Songful Style? 
A fun way to explore your closet, inspired by music.

Songful Style gives you lyrics, music, video, and album artwork to inspire your fashion creativity. You may even find inspiration in a memory triggered by the selected song. It is all open to your own personal interpretation and just a fun way to discover new music and get a little bit more creative with your wardrobe. Brought to you by Suzy - the Grey Brunette, Shelbee On the Edge , Michelle - My Bijou Life, Marsha In the Middle, and me

Michele's choice this month is "Hi-Heel Sneakers" (often also spelled "High Heel Sneakers") a blues song written and recorded by Tommy Tucker in 1963.

Tommy Tucker:

Many other artists have covered it, here is a compilation of albums created by Elvis Songpedia
their links go to Amazon, not YouTube, unfortunately

I was trying to find the cover version that I knew, without success. Not sure if I have the stamina to scour my record collection... What I could hear from my memory bank did not sync with what I found on YouTube. Here are some highlights from my YouTube search:

Stones:

Elvis:

The lyrics:

Put on your red dress, baby
Ya know we're goin' out tonight
Put on your red dress, baby
Lord, we're goin' out tonight
And-a bring along some boxin' gloves
In case some fool might wanna fight
Put on your high-heel sneakers, Lordy
Wear your wig-hat on your head
Put on your hi-heel sneakers, child
Wear your wig-hat on your head
Ya know you're looking mighty fine, baby
I'm pretty sure you're gonna knock 'em dead
Put on your red dress, baby
Lord, we're goin' out tonight
Put on your red dress, baby
Well, we're goin' out tonight
And bring along some boxin' gloves
'Case some fool might wanna fight
Put on your hi-heel sneakers, child
Wear your wig-hat on your head now
Put on your hi-heel sneakers, baby
Wear your wig-hat on your head
Ya know you're looking mighty good, really
I'm pretty sure you're gonna knock 'em dead
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriter: Robert Higgenbotham (aka Tommy Tucker)
Hi-Heel Sneakers lyrics © Lily Pond Music, Arc Music Corp

The Link-up Party starts the last Monday of the month, April 25.
Looking forward to seeing your interpretation!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

"Leather and Lace" and Songful Style Linkup

Songful Style, a fun way to explore your closet, inspired by music.
Brought to you by Suzy - the Grey BrunetteShelbee On the Edge , Michelle - My Bijou LifeMarsha In the Middle, and me, SpyGirl.

For our this month's Songful Style post, we will be sharing outfits inspired by Leather and Lace, by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley.
no leather, no lace
just concrete

 Are you ready for my "Leather and Lace" romantic slide show?

There's a big gap in there but I worked with what I had readily available...

BTW, April's Songful Style will be "Hi-Heeled Sneakers" by Tommy Tucker.

OK, now let's party!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Michele's Potpourri

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Giveaway! Two Brown Patchwork Scarves! [CLOSED]

 It's giveaway time!

A friend gave me these two scarves.
I'm simply NOT a lace person.

They are identical, except the position of the patches is reversed.
Taupe lace, and burnout velvet. Brown crushed velvet. Multicolor brocade.






I will pick two winners randomly.
a Rafflecopter giveaway 

[3.31] We have winners!
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Monday, March 14, 2022

March Songful Style Outfit Inspo Collab: Leather and Lace

Songful Style, a fun way to explore your closet, inspired by music.

"Songful Style gives you lyrics, music, video, and album artwork to inspire your fashion creativity. You may even find inspiration in a memory triggered by the selected song. It is all open to your own personal interpretation and just a fun way to discover new music and get a little bit more creative with your wardrobe." [lifted from Shelbee] 

This is a monthly link-up every last Monday of the month.
We will announce our song choice for the following month at the end of each Songful Style post. 

For our this month's Songful Style post, we will be sharing outfits inspired by Leather and Lace, by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley. See Shelbee's post for lyrics and loads of inspiration.


The Link-up Party will be posted on March 28
April's Songful Style will be "Hi-Heeled Sneakers" by Tommy Tucker.

IN ADDITION,
I'm holding a giveaway of these two brown lace, brocade, and velvet patchwork scarves.
I think they have a Stevie vibe, don't you?
There will be two random winners chosen on March 31.

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

PATRIARCHY R.I.P., a public art exhibition on billboards

 

Billboard in Venice, CA, Lincoln Blvd x Marco Pl.

[text from press release]
SaveArtSpace and Pussy Riot announce their upcoming exhibition PATRIARCHY R.I.P., a public art exhibition of 10 artworks by female and LGBTQ+ artists to be presented on billboard ad spaces across 9 US states. The exhibition is curated by Pussy Riot activist Nadya Tolokonnikova to protest the gender pay gap in the art world.

SaveArtSpace put out an open call for female and LGBTQ+ artists, to submit visual artwork on topics of female and LGBTQ+ empowerment, smashing the patriarchy, and eliminating gender inequality in the distribution of capital. Art by women sells for 50% less than works by men, and female artists accounted for just 5% of all NFT art sales. In the traditional art world, female artists represent just 2% of the market. The market for work by women is still less than the total sales for Picasso alone.
Nadya Tolokonnikova selected 10 artworks to be exhibited on billboard ad spaces in New York, California, Tennessee, Nevada, Missouri, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama.
source


Nadya Tolokonnikova, Curator of PATRIARCHY R.I.P. said: “Pussy Riot and SaveArtSpace curate a public art exhibition “PATRIARCHY R.I.P.”. Artworks of 10 female and LGBTQ+ artists + Pussy Riot will be erected across the US, mostly in the conservative states, where women and LGBTQ+ people need inspiration and solidarity the most. "PATRIARCHY R.I.P." celebrates the end of the domination of men over women, the premature death of the macho power.

For Pussy Riot it's always been a priority to do our statements in a manner that everyone can hear. Bringing our art to the streets and making it available for people who do not have time to go to museums.”

List of artists and their billboard locations:

Holly Silius
  • Forsyth Street & E Broadway, New York, NY
Jess Whittam
  • 15th Ave N & Church St, Nashville, TN
Van Velden Studio
  • TBA, Las Vegas, NV
Fatimazohra Serri
  • N Compton Ave & Olive St, St. Louis, MO
Aminta Paiz
  • N 3rd Ave & W Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ
EllaSuper
  • Marietta St NW & Parker St NW, Atlanta, GA
Autumn Breon & Michele Pred
  • Orleans Ave & N Broad St, New Orleans, LA
Niohuru X
  • TBD, Birmingham, AL
Michele Pred
  • Glendale Blvd & Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sunset Blvd & N Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA
REKA NYARI
  • TBD, Las Vegas, NV
Nadya
  • Forsyth Street & E Broadway, New York, NY
  • Commerce St & Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN
  • N Ewing Ave & Olive St, St. Louis, MO
  • NW Grand Ave & W Taylor St, Phoenix, AZ
  • 11th St NW & Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA
  • St Andrew St & S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA
  • Lincoln Blvd & Marco Pl, Los Angeles [Venice], CA
  • 6th Ave & Rose Ave, Los Angeles [Venice], CA
  • TBD, Birmingham, AL
  • TBD, Las Vegas, NV
  • TBD, Las Vegas, NV
If you live in one of the above locations, capture the billboard(s) and post with
#patriarchyrip and #pussyverse

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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Who Am I? An Exploration in Self Portraits

"Who are you? What is your story? Where does your perception of yourself come from? How do you view yourself versus how do you think others see you?

We are living in an age where we curate our public persona. Whether through our profile pictures, what we post on social media and how we dress in public. How does that impact who we really are? Is it a disguise or are we taking ownership of our identity?" 
-- Kristine Schomaker, from a recent call for art

This blog could be considered a self portrait!

I started SpyGirl in 2010, as part of a Journaling Challenge.
At first, I hid behind my SpyGirl persona:


Gradually, I said screw that, I want to draw fashion sketches again:
2011, for a Sketchbook Project project
(Sketched in Illustrator, painted in Photoshop. Labor intensive. See this

My sketching style evolved, digital, analog... I shifted as the mood struck me.
5/31/16, lunch break selfie sketches of the day's outfit

From the same sketchbook, that time I turned 60:
6/3/16

Not my first selfie nude.
That would be a painting that I no longer have. Still looking for the photo of it...

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Monday, February 28, 2022

These Boots and Songful Style Linkup

Songful Style gives you lyrics, music, video, and album artwork to inspire your fashion creativity. You may even find inspiration in a memory triggered by the selected song. It is all open to your own personal interpretation and just a fun way to discover new music and get a little bit more creative with your wardrobe. 
Join me and my cohosts SuzyShelbeeMichelle, and Marsha in this month's fun linkup party inspired by Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots are Made for Walkin'"

Boots by Fluevog, Tate 8-Eye

POW!

Next month's inspiration is "Leather and Lace" by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

Songful Style Outfit Inspo Collab

What is Songful Style? 

A fun way to explore your closet, inspired by music.

The brainchild of Suzy and Shelbee,  "Songful Style gives you lyrics, music, video, and album artwork to inspire your fashion creativity. You may even find inspiration in a memory triggered by the selected song. It is all open to your own personal interpretation and just a fun way to discover new music and get a little bit more creative with your wardrobe." [lifted from Shelbee] 
Michelle, Marsha, and I are joining in the co-hosting, it will be a Link-up extravaganza!

This will be a monthly link-up every last Monday of the month with our first post coming on Monday, February 28, 2022. We will announce our song choice for the following month at the end of each Songful Style post. 

For our first Songful Style post, we will be sharing outfits inspired by
“These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” by Nancy Sinatra. 


Visit Shelbee's post for loads of inspiration!

Hope to see your interpretation next week!

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Layer Up

 Baby, it's cold outside!
1958
1962
1964

OK, maybe it's not that cold here in Los Angeles.
I'm still wearing layers though! I am a SoCal wimp!
[I wrote this a week ago. Now we're having a heat wave. I'm wearing a tee shirt].

The 2022 uniform.

This is what I wear INSIDE! 
It's usually colder inside the house than outside, especially when the sun is shining.


The layers:

  • Wool Nepalese hat with fleece lining.
  • Alpaca wool scarf Ketzali
  • Colorblock wool cardigan, Gudrun Sjödén
on top of
  • Cotton turtleneck, Lands End, size 3X
on top of
  • Wool tank top
  • CrAzY leggings, Lularoe
  • Chenille cat themed socks
  • Leopard slides, Sam Edelman


See how other bloggers are Layering!
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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Happy Lunar New Year!

 2022 is Year of the Water Tiger

Water Tiger things available on Redbubble

There was a student-sponsored event at Otis, with dumplings and packets of Lucky Money.

This is the outfit I was intending to wear

But it's all an illusion. We had a water heater disaster and couldn't go to Otis. Sigh.

I took a "Make Space for Grace" decluttering course with Katie Rogers in preparation for Chinese New Year, and I'm very proud of my achievements.

The studio/bedroom became especially improved (after on top)
(A lot of those boxes have relocated to the living room. Going slow and steady and one space at a time).

One's entry is an important space to tidy up. Ours looks great at the moment.

Before:
It's been a lot of work, and well worth it.

Mr Lou agrees:

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

At Play in Nomad Style's Showroom in Yorba Linda

What happens when you set four maximalists loose in a treasure trove of Afghani garments and accessories?

The Cast:

Anne, Sheena, Silvana, Louise

Before lunch and our costume changes:

Nooria (our hostess, owner of Nomad Style), Louise (our guide)
Hi!
 Crazy Legs and Fluevog Enthusiasts
Nooria and Silvana
Sheena

The Play

Silvana and me.
I love that tunic, but it's an antique and beyond my budget.
I donned it for our final group photo.
Silvana tried on many tunics! She was SHOPPING!
Her choice for the group photo.
Isn't this tunic amazing?
Louise gradually put something together.
See that skirt on our left?
Perfect!
Sheena tried on many hats.
This one is encrusted with cowrie shells.
And this one is the ultimate Warrior Goddess headdress.
The wondrous Suzani coat.
Wait a second. I just noticed that this is another hat!
Sheena, Silvana, Louise
I think it's obvious that we had a blast!
Nooria is a sweetheart, she even cooked us a fabulous Afghani lunch (link to a Glutton post, soon).
Follow @nomadstyle on Instagram to find out where her next market showing will be held.


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