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Day 4: Sweltering as I read Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef at the Eagle Creek Earth Discovery Center. Maxi-dress, Kohl's; purse, thrifted from Goodwill; vintage bolero jacket, Hope Reed from the 1950s.

The whole point of the Slow Clothes Movement is to encourage people to be more creative with their wardrobes without spending a fortune. But, gosh, is there anything more self-involved than making pictures of yourself in different outfits and sharing them on the web? I asked that question on Day 3 of the Slow Clothes Challenge. Well, yes. Cropping the head off your pictures to avoid looking like you’re self-absorbed–now that has to be the epitome of self-consciousness.

I know there are lots of people with fabulous wardrobe journals in the blogosphere. That’s okay for them. Somehow, it just seems awkward and pretentious when I do it. I thought it might seem a little less so if we showed only the clothes. But a steady dose of  pictures of me with my head cropped off? That’s bound to be dull after a few days, let alone 365 of them.

How I could I pepper these posts with something a little more interesting to readers like you? Since most of our readers are readers indeed, why not share what I’m reading and learning in my daily life? So from now on, I won’t crop my head off in my Slow Clothes and I’ll add three sections to round out the Slow Clothes features: 1) what I’m reading 2) what I’m learning 3)  notes about fashion, especially when it occurs in fiction. Nothing would make me happier than having you share your own reading and your own Slow Clothes ensembles featuring vintage or thrifted clothing!

Slow Clothes Update: A couple of expected assaults on the Slow Clothes Challenge arrived before the end of the first week: 1) a $10 off any $10 minimum purchase at J.C. Penney. Wouldn’t that count as I gift? Remember, we said gifts were legal in the challenge. 2) Chico’s is having an extra 15 percent off their already on-sale merchandise. Oh, dear!


Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef is a memoir by the owner of New York's Prune restaurant. Gabrielle Hamilton is more than a great chef; she's also a graduate of an MFA fiction-writing program at University of Michigan. I can't wait to sink into my chair with this book tonight.

Read It

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, by Gabrielle Hamilton. It’s a memoir by a chef  and her journeys through the many kitchens she’s visited over the years. I’ll let you know what I think.

Wear It

I found this great maxi dress at Kohl’s. I wore it to church today with this Hope Reed cotton bolero from the 1950s. Tiny tuck pleats and lace trim make the bolero a really beautiful cover-up for a bare sundress.

Know It

Our Sunday lesson was about being a loyal servant to God while we’re at work. There are lots of scriptures about being obedient to earthly authorities, even the unreasonable, demanding ones. (I’m lucky in that way: both my bosses are complete gems who make it easy to serve.) Ephesians 6:5 makes this concept more palatable for earthlings. If we submit to authorities as if we’re doing it for God, there’s no need for us to feel robbed of dignity. I suppose God figures if we can’t be obedient here on earth, how will we ever learn to follow his rules? Whether you follow the Christian faith or not, it’s hard to deny one of mankind’s best examples of personal strength: learning to yield when you’d rather not.

 Fashion in Fiction Quote

“Though I had no sense for such things, my tastes ran to the chic and up-to-date, and I imitated the Western style in everything.”—Joji in Naomi, by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki