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Soft Surroundings black skirt

My routine has been ruffled.

Garrison Keillor’s voice keeps me company a few minutes out of every morning while I get dressed. But this Monday morning, listeners like me got a jolt when the lead-in music for The Writer’s Almanac was followed by a different voice––former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins. I panicked a little. “Where’s Garrison?” I wondered. Taking some time off for his summer tour of The Prairie Home Companion, according to his web site. Collins will be guest hosting for Keillor through August. No offense to Billy Collins, but I miss Garrison already. You?

Secondhand First news

I’m trying to discipline myself to shop my closet and buy second hand more. (Have you taken Citizen Rosebud’s Secondhand First Pledge?) That’s why Walk In My Closet sounds so intriguing. It’s a new iTunes app that lets you create a boutique of virtually everything you own. You can make packing lists and sell things you don’t wear. Hmmm. I smell a download coming on.

Something old, something new

I shopped my closet this week with something old (this nubby, white tunic, which I’ve had for years) and something new, a Soft Surroundings maxi-skirt I bought on sale. I’m sort of into this whole long-skirt thing this summer. Could it be the way it hides a multitude of sins without looking dowdy? I added this $3 St. John belt. See the little St. John charm that dangles from the underneath side? I’ve probably said this before, but this is probably the only St. John item I’ll ever own.

Hillary Clinton can be funny.

At the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards this week, Clinton deadpanned her idea for a potential new TV show: Project Pantsuit. Clinton was there to introduce Oscar de la Renta, one of the designers she patronized as First Lady.

Indy’s fashion scene heats up

One of the local fashion groups I frequent is on track to outnumber New York’s group of fashion entrepreneurs. Pattern Indy ranks as the fourth largest fashion entrepreneur group on Meetup. At this writing, the New York group had 806 members. Indy has 763. Look out!

It’s all about choices

Unless you were born with a trust fund, you’re probably like me: you continually make choices between what you’d like to do and what makes a living. I’d love nothing more than to spent whole days on this blog, but here’s the reality: so far, my blogging hasn’t made enough money to pay for a year’s supply of lipstick. Could it surpass that? Maybe. But I’d have to quit doing things that already ARE making money. How much sense does that make?

Some things (like blogging your passion) are worth doing for their own sake. As soon as you start doing them for money, they are suddenly less fun. Let’s just say that I’m not confused about what real entrepreneurs do to make money. I consider myself blessed to earn a living doing things I love to do. This blog? Pure fun for me.

Next week, I’m guest posting about success habits I learned from watching my husband grow his business. The post will appear in a blog published by K. Taylor and Associates, LLC, an Indiana-based leadership development company. If you like following content about personal and organizational development, you might want to add this blog to your feed.

Even famous people have to choose sometimes

Miuccia Prada, mother of all thoughtful designers, has her own set of dilemmas. A New York Times reporter asked her why she doesn’t use her considerable clout to change our culture’s view of aging by using older models on the runway. She answers thusly: “Mine is not an artistic world, it is a commercial world. I cannot change the rules.”

As the designer who is credited with making it cool to mix prints, Prada knows where to draw the line on making a statement. She knows what side her bread is buttered on and, so far, the conditions aren’t right for that kind of boldness. There’s a very cool profile on her in last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, where she talks about the prison our culture makes of aging. (Really? Because I find it sort of liberating.) She also acknowledges the snob factor in the fashion world, where designers often refuse to involve themselves with real life. Two words: uh huh!

Since this is the closer to a weekly digest, here’s a random question for you: The Chicago Sun Times eliminated its entire staff of photographers this week. What’s your reaction to that?

Life is short. Wear the good stuff.