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Wardrobe Architect, Take 2

“Think about all the ways you are different.”

That makes much more sense to me than trying to pull traits from all the questions on the page. Why didn’t I see that question in the first place? (https://blog.colettehq.com/wardrobe-architect/week-1-making-style-more-personal)

This is a scary question to answer, though. I’ve always feared that my identity is something people will reject. :/

I am different because I refuse to wear things just because they are trendy. I have to like them. It has to feel like “me.”
I am different because I want to get everything as cheaply as possible, as quickly as possible.
I am different because I want to look modest and feminine.
I am different because I am conservative in everything.
I am different because I am extra sensitive to the way things feel.
I am different because I want people to think I look cute.
I am different because I never want to dye or damage my hair in any way.
I am different because I have really sensitive ears.
I am different because I have high arches that may have fallen, and wide, veiny feet.
I am different because my skin tone is pretty darn neutral, falling slightly on the “cool” side.
I am different because I have bigger thighs, bigger chest, a slim waist, and a tummy pooch from pregnancy.
I am different because my features do not have much contrast in them.
I am different because I am keenly aware of aesthetics.
I am different because I like the fashion of the 40s and 50s.
I am different because I believe in being authentic and kind.
I am different because I get tired of ruts, but I am slow to embrace change.

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Wardrobe Architect Worksheet #1

Got this from: https://blog.colettehq.com/media/free/wardrobe-architect-worksheet-01.pdf

How has your personal history informed the way you dress? When did your tastes crystallize? Have they changed over the years, and why?
As an awkward teen from a conservative, religious, rural town, I was terrified to dress in anything too immodest. I went the opposite direction and wore very baggy clothes and crewnecks. No one told me to, I just didn’t feel comfortable wearing anything else. And I wore tennis shoes everywhere. My mom actually tried to make me dress cuter. She specifically addressed my tennis shoes and the fact that I never wore spaghetti straps.
As I got older, I went with a bit cuter cuts. It probably had something to do with being given some financial freedom with clothes shopping. Every year, my aunt or my mom would give us a big chunk of money for back-to-school shopping and we’d drive 2 hours to the nearest mall and buy clothes there. Or we’d go to the malls in my aunt’s city, which were more upscale.
I remember falling in love with a pair of off-white/light tan J. Crew pants and the comfort and colors of Gap clothes.
In college, I felt more comfortable in my own skin and started dressing modest-but-cute like all the other girls at my school. I started wearing makeup then, too.
I personally hate change and don’t deal with it well, so when I go shopping, I tend to avoid the trendiest things, because I know in a year or three those things will be “out.” I go for more classic pieces and cuts that will survive many fashion changes. But I like switching things up every once in a while–just not as often as the fashion and advertising companies would like me to.
Being classy is important to me, although at this phase of my life, that’s something I only manage to achieve on Sundays.

How does your philosophy, spirituality, or religion affect your aesthetics and buying
habits? Or, what aspects of those things would you like to see reflected?
Modesty, beauty, color, aesthetic appreciation, femininity, but doesn’t value body over mind. Also, I don’t want to idolize fashion or my appearance or people’s opinions of me. But that’s really hard.

How has your cultural background shaped the way you look? How did the aesthetics
and values you grew up with affect your tastes as you got older?
I grew up in a rural, white, conservative area. So lots of “country” themed things. As a result, I still like plaid, denim, cotton, gingham, and lace–but I don’t like cowboy boots or cowboy hats or bandannas or fringe or overly bedazzled clothing (gag).
My mom likes glitz. I adopted that when I was younger. As I got older, I realized I really didn’t care for the over-the-top sparkles and glitz or giant flowers. Or giant anything. I like subtlety better. But I do still like hints of sparkle or glitter or shimmer or shine. Anything that plays with the light…Subtly.
I learned early on that I hate polyester. In my hometown the summers were 85-100 degrees from May until September. Polyester clothes were the cheapest available clothes and I figured out that polyester is awful for hot weather. Or when you get hot and sweaty just from running around a lot.
I also figured out that I should avoid shirts that fit up into my armpit, unless I want everyone to see how much I sweat. :Z

How are you influenced by the people around you, including friends, family, and other
communities you’re involved in?
The city I lived in for 8 years is young and trendy, but they also put their own spin on things. Now I live in a city that is like a bigger-population version of my hometown.
I go to a conservative church now with a mix of ideas about Biblical mandates on appearance. Some of them don’t wear makeup or dress fashionably, but some of them are very stylish.

How do your day to day activities influence your choices?
I’m a mom of two very young kids.

Does the place you live inform the way you dress? How does climate factor in?
I live in a place with seasons. Fairly warm, dry summer, perfect-weather fall, cold, wet winter and slightly less cold, and still wet spring. It bugs me to no end that fashion is based on a southern California climate! I can’t wear half that stuff in the winter and definitely not the spring.

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Describe Yourself in 3 Fictional Characters

So there is this thing going around Facebook.  It was harder than I thought it would be, because I figured out that the characters I thought of first were actually characters I wish I were like, rather than characters that are really true to me.  So I did some extra thinking and came up with these 3.

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#1. Mandy from Julie Edwards’book by the same name.  It’s a wonderful story about an orphan girl who makes a secret garden out of loneliness.  Later she gets adopted.  But I can so relate to running away to create beauty somewhere in a secret place.

#2. Miss Honey from Matilda.  My husband originally said I should be Matilda, but I am waaaaaay more similar to Miss Honey!  I am quiet.  I don’t give my opinion readily, and if I do, it’s sometimes apologetically.  But I really love people and try to believe the best of them first.

#3. This is Elinor from Sense and Sensibility.  I love this movie.  Elinor holds her feelings so closely to her.  But in the end when she finally gets her dream, she is completely overcome with emotions, and I think she even STILL even tries to hide them.  That is me all over.

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Now on to the girls I thought of that I wish I were more like!

#1. Sara Crewe from A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  She was actually the first person I thought of when thinking of characters I love.  I wish, wish, wish I could dream beauty into everything the way she does.

#2. Danielle from Ever After.  I wish I were as well-spoken and as confident as she is!

#2. Anastasia.  I actually like her for the same reason I like Danielle.  Strength, grace, dignity, and confidence just come naturally to her, even when she’s only Anya the Orphan.

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Bible Baby Names Trend Comparison

Bible names popular in the 1900s (not today):
Ruth, Esther,

Bible names popular in the 1950s and 60s (my parents’ generation):
David (Dave), Stephen (Steve), Mark, Michael (Mike), John

Bible names popular in the 1970s and 80s (my generation):
James, Joshua (Josh), Jacob, Rachel, Matthew (Matt), Elizabeth, Daniel, Michael, Adam, Aaron

Bible names that were popular in the 1990s:
Hannah, Samuel,

Bible names trending today:
Eli, Isaac, Isaiah, Noah, Micah, Judah, Elijah, Levi, Tobias, Ezekiel, Gabriel, Michael, Caleb, Abigail, Abraham

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Fairy Food

Looking for inspiration for what fairies would eat in my story…. This is the “Favorite Fairy Food” list from PixieHollowForums.com… Mostly sweet stuff. 😛

  • Acorn Butter
  • Acorn Pancakes
  • Ambrosia Salad
  • Anything Sweet!
  • Apple Popovers
  • Berry Parfaits
  • Blueberry Pie
  • Blueberry Trifle
  • Bonbons
  • Buttercup Soup
  • Carrot Cupcakes
  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Cinnamon Scones
  • Cinnamon Spice Cake
  • Cranberry Crumble
  • Everfrut
  • Fairy Cake
  • Fairy Macaroons
  • Fairy Toast
  • Fiddlehead Fern
  • Gingerbread
  • Hazelnut Soup
  • Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Lemon Tarts
  • Ollallaberry Pie
  • Petit Fours
  • Poppypuff Rolls
  • Puff Pastries
  • Pumpkin Muffins
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb Pie
  • Roasted Chesnuts
  • Rose Petal Teacakes
  • Strawberries
  • Sunflower Seed Souffle
  • Tea and Cookies
  • Water Chestnut
  • Watermelon Ice

Foods I’ve written into my story:

Dandelion leaf salad with raspberry dressing
Butternut squash soup

Ideas from vegetarian recipes online:

  • Mushroom burgers
  • Bean burgers
  • Bean salads
  • Caprese
  • Dates, peanut butter, etc.
  • Grilled veggie sandwich
  • Pita sandwich
  • Corn on the cob & vegetarian chili
  • Rice dishes
  • Vegetarian curries
  • Stuffed peppers

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Shannon Hale

Just finished Shannon Hale’s Books of Bayern series.  Holy cow–she is a magnificent personality painter!  Someday I hope I paint people as well as she does!

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Social Experiment

That was a fun social experiment.

Pixie Hollow is full of teenagers and preteens that have the most juvenile conversations ever, mostly centering around dating and who hates who and Miley Cyrus and such.  I joined three years ago with the naive hope that there would be some more grown-up people who actually just wanted to have friends to talk to in a fun way.  Three years later, I know better.  But I’ve stayed because I have a (possibly equally naive) hope that if I instigate grown-up, mature conversations, others who are grown up but have been less talkative because of the environment would participate and follow suit.

So today I decided to try an experiment.  I have two Pixie Hollow accounts.  I logged into both of them on different browsers.  For one I was my fairy story character, Cedarbark, and for the other I was my Pixie Hollow character Stormy.  I decided Stormy was Cedar’s friend who tries to draw him out of his introvert bubble and into some socialization.

So Stormy invited Cedar to a fairy holiday feast (which I’m sure Pixie Hollow has).  He hemmed and hawed and she suggested he bring Leatherhead, his lizard friend.  So they were having a conversation about this in full sentences with appropriate punctuation and spelling.  Very different from your usual Pixie Hollow fare.  And, sure enough, it drew some attention.  One fairy boy (I guess Disney calls them sparrow-men) named Michal came up and started chatting with us.  I had Stormy explain to him that Cedar was shy and she was inviting him to the feast.

What was hilarious that unfolded was that Michal privately messaged me (“whispered,” in Pixie Hollow language) and said, “Are you two paired?”

After laughing out loud about it to my real-life husband about it, I had Stormy tell Michal no, they were just friends. 🙂

And then it got funnier.  “I’m sorry for asking,” he said.

?!

And since I truly appreciated his apology, I said so and thanked him.

And he laughed out loud.

?!

Humanity and their ways never, ever ceases to amaze, confound, and fascinate me.  I don’t know how old the person behind Michal was, but people are just. So. Interesting.

So I kind of like this fun social experimenting.  Only thing is, having Pixie Hollow open in two browsers slows my computer WAY down!  Until next time. 🙂

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