Showing posts from March, 2013

Style is Attitude: Cass Elliot

I've been meaning to repost this tribute to Cass Elliot that I made on my Polyvore site. Long before Mother Monster, there was Mama Cass. She was unconventional, stood for the outcasts and the upstarts hungry to buck the system, and she refused to do what so many overweight women are expected to do: be quiet and disappear into the wallpaper. I mean, look at her sprawled on those pillows like the Queen of Sheba! Fierce. Courageous. Loud and proud. Even at my highest weight I was much smaller than her --but my self-esteem was much smaller too. That is some fierce for thought.

"When Cass was a sophomore, planned to go to Swarthmore, but she changed her mind one day..." ~from the song Creeque Alley by The Mamas and the Papas

Shoestring Swoon: My Favorite Klimt Women

I have been avoiding this blog. Because there are topics I should be writing about that are singularly unpleasant for me at the mome: my weight, my finances and how these two dystopic worlds collide. Ugh, I'm just not ready! But I can't leave you hanging (by a shoestring, ho ho ho) any longer. So humor me, my budget buddies, while I indulge in a lil creative procrastination. Today I wish to rhapsodize on the "Gustav Klimt aesthetic". My love of the painter's work has been well-documented on this blog and, indeed, one of my most popular posts of all time is about Klimt's influence on fashion. His riveting depictions of women in their shabby-sumptuous attire (or in no attire at all) are so baroque, so melancholy and mysterious. I find I often take a page from Klimt's look book: a wild smoky eye here, a glittering vintage choker there. And since I first posed for the little black & white pic showcased in this blog's logo I've grown out my hair to…