Monday, July 4, 2022

"Behind the Wall of Sleep" and Songful Style Linkup

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


My choice for June was "Behind the Wall of Sleep" by The Smithereens.
Due to a surgery that I'm still recovering from, Severo is standing in for me, "dressed as black as coal":

 Action!


 July's song is When Doves Cry, by Prince. 


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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

June Songful Style Outfit Inspo Collab: Behind the Wall of Sleep

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.
"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.

It's my month to choose our inspiration and June's song is
Behind the Wall of Sleep by Pat DiNizio and The Smithereens.

Do you know why? Here's a hint:
That's my boyfriend Severo on bass!

The lyrics:

She had hair like Jeannie Shrimpton back in 1965
She had legs that never ended
I was halfway paralyzed
She was tall and cool and pretty and she dressed as black as coal
If she asked me to I'd murder, I would gladly lose my soul

Now I lie in bed and think of her
Sometimes I even weep
Then I dream of her behind the wall of sleep

Well she held a bass guitar and she was playing in a band
And she stood just like Bill Wyman
Now I am her biggest fan
Now I know I'm one of many who would like to be your friend
And I've got to find a way to to let you know I'm not like them

Now I lie in bed and think of her
Sometimes I even weep
Then I dream of her behind the wall of sleep

Now I lie in bed and think of her
Sometimes I even weep
Then I dream of her behind the wall of sleep

Got your number form a friend of mine who lives in your home town
Called you up to have a drink
Your roommate said you weren't around
Now I know I'm one of many who would like to be your friend
And I've just got to find a way to to let you know I'm not like them

Now I lie in bed and think of her
Sometimes I even weep
Then I dream of her behind the wall of sleep
Behind the wall of sleep
Behind the wall of sleep
Behind the wall of sleep
[I like to change the gender to masculine when I see Severo playing this]

Jean Shrimpton in 1965:

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There is a good backstory to this, and Pat told the tale. 
He saw The Bristols at a gig and on the way home, he wrote this song. 
His muse was Kim Ernst:
[source]

Album Covers:

The Link-up Party will be posted on June 27.
July's Songful Style will be TBA

Monday, May 30, 2022

"Hello, Goodbye" and Songful Style Linkup

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


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

I have one bright satiny garment and I played with some stop motion for the monthly Reel:

June's song is Behind the Wall of Sleep, by The Smithereens. 
It's my selection, and I will fill you in with all the details on Wednesday, June 1st!

Let's get this party started!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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