Friday, October 30, 2015

The Last Word by Karen


In Mesopotamia 300 to 300BC fringe adorned the two most basic garments worn: the skirt and the shawl. Fringe has been used for decoration at other points in human history, notably as a decoration on the leather clothes of Cowboys in the American West and as a brief fashion trend in the 1970's.

And lets not forget the roaring 20's, fringe was flying everywhere and they seemed to be having lots of fun.
I remember watching the western shows that were television staples when I was a little girl in the 60's.  The male characters wore fringe jackets in addition to the native Americans who sported clothing with fringe and moccasins, remember those? For those of you too young to remember they were very popular.

Per an article written by the Gale Group, Inc. Fashion, Costume and Culture, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the ages/2004, Native Americans of the Plains and elsewhere had long created garments with fringe, which served as a type of gutter that repelled rainwater from the wearer. Here's a thought, our eyelashes serve a similar purpose.

Easy Rider, a film in 1969 featured the stars wearing casual fringed suede jackets. The fringed jackets were really popular . Many Indian looks, including occasion boots and beaded belts became fashionable. Designer Giorgio di Sant'Angelo (1933-1989) copied Native American ceremonial dress for his fall 1970 collection. Di Sant'Angelo won the city American Fashion Award but backlash deemed the collection insensitive to native Americans.

Fast forward to spring 2015 where fringe made a strong showing.

Source: The Huffington Post/By Michelle Persad

You can add minimal touches of fringe to your wardrobe by  adding accessories.

Coat:    Rebecca Taylor "Artisan" Tweed fringe coat
Boots:  Giuseppe Zanotti fringed suede boots
Purse:  Silva Isla Fringe Gold
Gloves: Diane Von Furstenberg Fringe Leather Gloves

I now have fringe jewelry and shoes in addition to a skirt and jacket. I would love to buy a purse.  I will never wear them together, that would be too much of a good thing: I would consider that overkill.  Polyvore has contributors who have tastefully coordinated outfits which include fringed items.

Glasses: SEE 
Tee shirt: Target

Necklace: Baublebar

Chain Fringe Bracelet from Rowe Short North Columbus

The 2015 fringe is not much different than the 1970's offerings except for the fact that the designers have utilized more materials than the proverbial leather and seude.

Try it again, or for the first time.  You might find it interesting. Make sure your clear of anything that you might catch the fringe on, oh and be careful sitting, but enjoy!

One day at a time! Karen

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Chris's/Kris's Closet (Kristin) September 26, 2015

Kris's Closet

In this blog post you will get a glimpse of pieces in my closet, learn where I found them and where I wore them. My name is Kristin. Welcome to my closet!

  Saturday my Queen City sister trip continued with a late morning rise to check out the Newport Aquarium. My sister and I looked at all the exhibits and finished the experience with the Penguin Encounter. We got to spend 20 minutes in a small room with a group of the cutest penguins. They were just like children, fighting for the attention of their handler/mommy and pulling people's shoe strings. Then we walked around the Newport on the Levee and took advantage of the food they were offering as part of the Taste of the Levee. This is an annual event where all of the restaurants at Newport on the Levee offer sample sizes of the items from their menus at a low cost of $3 and under and patrons are encouraged to fill out a form to vote for their favorite taste. The next stop was about more food. We tasted our way through the Findlay Market with Cincinnati Food Tours. Foodie friends, look for more information about the food tour on my adventure blog. You can easily access that blog through the Kris's World tab on the ChristinaKristin blog menu. We got back to the house where we were staying in time for me to catch the end of the Ohio State game. O.H! Go Buckeyes!We capped off the night with a little bar hopping in the Over the Rhine area. We checked out The Famous Neons Unplugged and a couple other places. This was my very comfortable Saturday look!

Top: Elie Tahari Kohls (Last Fall)
Pants: Pink by Victoria Secret (old)
Shoes: Adidas Sneaker Wedges (old)
Handbag: Gucci (old)
Traffic Light & Sign Earrings: Vintage Thrift Store Find
Sunglasses: Quay Australia


Until next time!
Be blessed! Be free! Be fashionable!

Bonus Photos by Samsung Galaxy 4 & Leica
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Riptorn the Arapaima at Newport Aquarium

Penguin Palooza Show

A penguin embracing another during the Penguin Encounter experience.
Making music at Newport on the Levee.
Our tags for the Findlay Market Tour with Cincinnati Food Tours
Falafel sandwiches from Dean's Mediterranean Imports on the Findlay Market Cincinnati Food Tour