I don’t have the winter blues, thank goodness. Rather, I love the color Blue, and have come to love Winter in the north (it took me about 3 winters to be able to say so). I imagine January as a blue month: I see blue shadows on the snow, the pale blue of a cold dawn, or glimpses of brilliant blue sky between bare brown trees and racing clouds. Not surprisingly, I have a remarkable number of blue clothing and accessories. Here are my faves that are keeping me warm this winter:
- My most recently acquired accessory: this Nepalese handmade wool blanket scarf was given to me by a sweet friend who is so encouraging of my clothing design ambitions. I first wore this to the airport in December. It is so soft and cozy, and I noticed the vibrant blues turned a lot of heads my way.
2. Before I moved to NYC, I picked this plaid flannel shirt out of a crowded swap meet pile back in Florida. I had a lovely group of herbalist/permaculturist friends at the time who did things like swap clothes, and share food and music on the front porch. I was able to find my path and begin my journey on it, thanks to their influence. This shirt is one I like to wear to draw in; a studio shirt, if you will. I did have it on once when helping a short-term boyfriend paint his apartment. There are still paint smudges on the front pocket to mark that event. I need to do more drawings and make more memories in this shirt.
3. For my birthday in 1995 (yeah, 21 birthdays ago), I bought myself these Kickers in Cordoba, Argentina. They were worn by every adolescent on the street there, and I fell in love with them. I have worn them off and on throughout the years, and I’m happy to note they are still kicking. I recently dusted them off and began to wear them again. On the first outing, the subway car I got onto was full of Argentine men on vacation. I watched them look at my shoes and whisper to each other. I tried not to grin, but I felt coy and very cool. I love these shoes, and find that other people do, too.