Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Discipline of Dress: Dressing For The Home

It's fair to say I take dressing very seriously. I genuinely leave the house every day with the intention of outdressing the enemy. But until recently I've been more than content to sit around the house in sweats or pjs all day. Until one day I noticed that Amiira never does that. And even when she does wear sweats or pjs they are cool looking and considered. Nothing she wears says "I failed today" And I realized part of the reason I have so much respect for her as a woman and a mother is that she has that much respect for herself. Because of what we do, or don't do, we are home a lot. Having just won a long battle with depression I decided it might behoove to to put the Amiira dressing for the house plan into effect. First I gave away all the clothes I have that are half ass: Shitty sweats, sad pjs and dirty ill fitting t-shirts all gone. Everything I own I love. Seriously. I have far fewer clothes but clothes that make me feel good every time I put them on. Then I decided no matter what I'm doing, even if I'm going to work out or just drive the kids to school I take a shower, shave, use my various skin care items and dress, all before rewarding myself with coffee. It sounds dumb, and fussy, but God damn it makes a difference. And the more days in a row you do it the more it begins to feel like any discipline you partake in that's meant to better your enjoyment of life. There's a certain pride that comes with looking the best you can every day. I can't tell you how much better I feel because of it. Its a way of letting yourself and the world know that you take this life shit seriously and thats why, even when you are home alone, you outdress the enemy!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

No Doubt!

No Doubt is our family band.  It is the one band that my husband, my daughters and I all truly and enthusiastically love.  We love their records, we like what we know of the people in the band (and yes even our daughters know all the names of the band members,) we love their aesthetic and of course the divinity of Lady Gwen.  She's the coolest.  As the mother of two young girls I can only tell you that I am grateful that a person like her exists.  In this time of reality television and tabloids it's a blessing to have a woman who exudes glamour, confidence, ambition and family values.  She doesn't seek tabloid attention and you NEVER see her stumbling out of a limo drunk, creating the opportunity for "up skirt" shots or nipple slips.  She's a class act.  Her beauty and sexuality illustrates her strength in addition to her femininity.  Her attention to her family shows her priorities are in the right order.  The quality of her work - everything from L.A.M.B. to her music - is outstanding.  It all matters greatly to her and she excels in a way that makes her seem accessible not untouchable.  Our family was lucky enough to go to the No Doubt concert this week at The Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles and I'll tell you that they were INCREDIBLE.  This band knows how to put on a great show.  They don't play hide and seek with their hits - they give them to you - along with the best of their new record.    Gwen is generous with her attention to the fans, always reading their signs, inviting people up for photos, acknowledging that the relationship between No Doubt and their fans goes both ways.  It's lovely how much time out of the show she takes to connect with fans.  But it would be a crime to overlook the visual aspect of the show.  Longtime collaborator Sophie Muller creates an incredible visual experience to elevate the live show even more.  Then there's the fashion...

No Doubt in Concert at Gibson Amphitheatre - Night Five                       LOVE IT MORE THAN WORDS EXPLAIN

No Doubt


No Doubt