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Paper dolls

I know how this must look—a middle-aged woman, playing with paper dolls. I can only hope that it doesn’t seem as strange as the woman in my neighborhood who tucks her cat in a baby stroller when she goes for a walk. Oh well. One man’s normal is another’s strange.

paper doll book

It may be a sign of growing eccentricity, but I couldn’t resist this book of paper dolls and a wardrobe of vintage clothes, designed by French fashion designers from 1900 through 1950. I discovered Tom Tierney’s book on a maiden voyage to PRINTtEXT with two of my best friends. My immediate thought: when I finally buy my tiny house, there won’t be much space for clothes. Perhaps I could be content with dressing paper dolls. (Wink, wink.)

I’m blown away by the vast selection of periodicals in this very cool space in Indy’s SoBro neighborhood. It’s a heady place for readers, especially if you’re fond of magazines. As a bonus, you’ll meet man’s best friend, Huckleberry—the owners’ family dog and official greeter. I would happily adopt that dog if only his family would allow it.

Riposte Address

Along with my paper doll book, I bought Cereal, a travel periodical. I also brought home the second issues of Riposte and Address.

Don’t you love the Riposte subtitle?: A Smart Magazine for Women. Heaven only knows there are a TON of consumer publications that aren’t anywhere close to smart. In my own mind, I transposed the meaning—a magazine for smart women, a bit of self-flattery that partially sold me. It’s a personal favorite to JaneAnne, one of the owners.

Address is a fashion criticism journal. The issue I bought riffs on shoes from cover to cover. I plan to gift it to a shoe-blogger friend after I’ve had my way with it.

An invitation for you

I hope to make a return visit soon. Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to September 10, when PRINTtEXT hosts the second annual IMA Fashion Arts Society book discussion. FAS leaders Murph Damron and Kimann Schultz tapped me to facilitate the discussion months ago. Now, it’s just around the corner. I’m giving you a heads up just in time to read the book, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman, by Karen Karbo.

I’m a confessed Chanel nerd, and this is a crazy-fun read that brings Coco to life like no other biography I know of, so please come! I promise, we’re going to have so much fun. PRINTtEXT owners Ben and JaneAnne plus Kimann and Murph are plotting a great event.

All you have to do is read the book, register and show up at 52nd and College, Wednesday, September 10. I’ll keep you posted on the time. Meanwhile you can register by emailing Kimann. FASprez@gmail.com.

I follow a lot of fashion blogs, but the tactile part of me still loves holding a book or a magazine in my hands. Did you know that Chanel was an incredible bookworm? Aren’t you thankful that there are still people who recognize the value of print? Have you visited PRINTtEXT yet? What’s your favorite fashion periodical?

Life is short. Wear the good stuff.