Quarantine Time

Depending on with whom you are isolating, you may find yourself feeling lonely, jumping out of your skin, busy getting stuff done or content to be hunkered down despite the horror, grief and fear. Here is how I am spending my Q time.

Long walks in the neighborhood.
Peloton Bike and Concept2 D Rowing Machine.
Cooking constantly.
Hanging with my favorite girl.
Socially distanced visiting with loved ones.
Reading a lot.
Polishing silver and cleaning.

Sitting outside.
Scanning photos from the pre-digital age.

Denim Skirts

I am almost panic-attack free and have come to accept that I cannot control anything outside my own brain. I am still not leaving the house but I have started to be interested in clothing again: not to preach or suggest but to mull and consider. At the risk of being a bit sister wifey, a well shaped denim skirt has the casual nature of jeans with a bit of polish. That’s why when you wear one you have to be scrupulous about proportion and how you wear it. A midi one has to be fitted enough to show some curves and a A line one is best served with a little bootie or strappy sandal so it looks chic and not cultish. I think the below Target pic illustrates that the slide she is wearing isn’t the best choice. I would have paired it with a white canvas sneaker, a low heeled strappy sandal or a bootie. She looks like she got home from work, took off the shoes that did look cute, but slid these on to go outside to get her mail. What do you think?

Lauren Ralph Lauren
Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini
J Crew
J Crew
Gucci
Target

What Is Old Is New, Again

Yes, fashion is cyclical. These velcro sandals were popular over 20 years ago and they may be perfect Coronavirus footwear. They are easy to put on and to take off . Because, like, where are you going? At least they aren’t slippers. While they aren’t flattering but on the most attractive feet–who but your self isolating loved ones will see you wearing them? I would add socks if you live where it is still a bit chilly or you want some cozy comfort. The Chanel ones below were the exact ones I had back on the first go ’round. They never looked good on me but they were damn fashionable.

Vince
The Row
J Crew
Teva

Empty Street Style

NYC 2020

As I mentioned in my last post, I am having panic attacks of late but I must be feeling better if I am cleaning my shower grout with a toothbrush and micro needling and then applying vitamin C serum to my skin. But that’s a whole other diagnosis.

I wonder what we will want to be wearing when this pandemic is over? Will the trends we saw prior to the shelter in place orders be long gone? Will we have a great desire for structured clothing when all we have been wearing at home are casual comfy things–on our bottom halves at least– for Zoom calls? Will the gravity of this event make fashion seem frivolous?

While style never goes away–it reflects the wearer not the trends, I do think of fashion as a reflection of a hope providing an expression of identity, creativity and freedom. Our concerns for health and stability are more dire now, but I bet they will inform, in some way, what we will be wanting to wear when we get through these trying times.

Fashion in the Time of Anxiety and Uncertainty

Many bloggers and social media members are still posting outfits, beauty hacks etc. Good for them, no judgments. I can’t do it right now. Maybe next week.

Me? I am not so interested in fashion at the moment. I can’t wear my clothes. And honestly, I have been plagued with panic attacks that make any clothing other than lose fitting cotton, very uncomfortable.

Here are things that have helped between panic attacks.

Puppy and baby videos.

Reading pulp and ink magazines.

Tik Tok videos curated by my daughter.

Unsubscribing from almost every email I receive.

Long walks outside.

Not reading ANY news. NONE.

Checking in and reaching out to friends and family.

Not reading Facebook. (I had my daughter unsubscribe from news outlets that I receive on my feed so I can probably look now but I’d rather not.)

Meditation. If I can get through 5 minutes straight I consider it a win.

Showering.

Videos of Italians singing and playing bingo with each other from their quarantined apartment balconies.

Reading a fluffy novel about Hollywood.

Letting my incredible husband and phenomenal daughter comfort me and knowing my sons are smart and resilient.

Limiting phone calls to 5 minutes or under.

Holding love in my heart for humanity. We are, in fact, all in this together. I believe in all of us. I may be anxious, but I am not depressed. I have hope that, this too shall pass.