I wrote (started writing) this post a couple of weeks ago. Life intervened. It seems I'm busy but not in a connected, world-wide-web kind of way. I'll work out the details in time.
In the meantime there's this:
A couple of recent acquisitions that have become wardrobe staples that I wear again and again and can no longer imagine not having them in my wardrobe.
Wendy Brandes Black Swan Ring. Wendy was wearing this design when I met her in February 2011. I knew I would order it someday. I finally contacted Wendy this past spring, although I didn't actually finalize the purchase until this summer.
I've had the ring now for slightly over a month, which I suppose, is a relatively short period of time in which to know something is essential. And yet the ring just seems like it was meant to be on my hand. I love everything about it: the detail, the workmanship, the size, the weight, the color of the gold. It makes a statement and yet it doesn't shout. I love it even more wearing it than I did when I saw it on Wendy's hand. It is not quite what I imagined; it is more perfect.
When I was young (in my 20's lets say) I would have told you that I would NEVER wear Varinas. Well, in the intervening decades I've learned to never say never.
I love this particular color as it is very soft and feminine, and completely neutral with my pale pale legs, a perfect summer color. But it is not the color that is so important here; I have another pair, a darker caramel, which I will probably wear far more often come fall. I just love the shoes. They are comfortable. They go with everything from jeans and a tee to a skirt, although this summer I have been more inclined to wear them with jeans. I can move quickly and decisively in them. They make me feel simultaneously firmly in control and softly feminine. Quite a feat that.
Anyway, I haven't really worn heels since my back went bad early last spring. So far, these are my heels. I haven't addressed the shoe problem yet, or decided what to do with my collection of heels, but I have grown accustomed to speed and comfort and the Varinas are here to stay.
Added: Decisive is a good word. I like that idea of moving quickly and decisively through life, when I'm not moving slowly and thoughtfully. I don't need power shoes, or power anything really, just things that make it easier to bridge the divide and integrate the contradictions.