Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Meme: Five Things in My Wardrobe That I Wouldn't Be Without

So I was doing some reviews of my blogroll (which I haven't read in weeks), and discovered that Rebecca tagged me in a Meme. I've never even heard of such a thing much less done one, but apparently I have to list 5 things in my wardrobe that I wouldn't be without... Strange. Nevertheless, here we go:

1) Scarves: Scarves are one of the most obvious differentiations between North American and European fashion. Everyone wears them here, and not just for warmth. In fact, they even have "summer scarves" made from light material so that they aren't too hot.

Some Winter Scarf Styles

And Some Summer Scarf Styles

And feel free to click through this gallery if you aren't yet convinced of the wonder of men's scarves. They just add a certain class that, well, isn't there without them. The super-interesting thing about the recent trend in scarf fashion is that they seem to be replacing the tie (not in very formal settings, but in casual-formal settings), which itself replaced the cravatte, which was itself a scarf tied fancily. Interesting, eh?

Another ulterior reason for loving scarves is that they almost necessarily increase modest. Oh, did I mention that they are just as popular for women over here?

2) Squared-Toed Shoes - European shoes always look more sleek and sophisticated that North American shoes. The current trend is a slight variation of the traditional European style: sharply pointed toes ending in a square and a heal about equivalent to cowboy boots. I have to admit that they aren't the most comfortable when doing too much walking or wearing them for hours at a time, but they certainly aren't uncomfortable and the sheer sexiness of them makes up for the discomfort. Yes, I did just use the term "sexy". On my blog. To refer to shoes. Scandelous. But no other way to describe them.

Unfortunately, I can't find any online pics that really do them justice. They look 10x better on a person's foot than they do in a window. Nevertheless, here's few photos to give you an idea.

Keep in mind that I'm not talking about the material of the above two shoes. They're a little sketchy in my book. Instead, I prefer the smooth black/brown leather shoes, but I couldn't find any good pics of those.

3) Fleece - They aren't particularly fashionable, but a good fleece keeps you nice and snug throughout early spring, autumn, and winter. The one advantage they have over sweaters is that they just don't feel as formal as a sweater. One can lounge around the house in a fleece, jump in a pile of leaves, or give the dog a bath without feeling like one is risking an expensive garment. I'd never go for too long without one.

4) Jeans - Nothing special here either. One needs a good pair of trousers to get around, doesn't one? ;)

5) Colored Eye Contacts - Don't leave home without them. I never do. For years people have thought my eyes are either green or brown, depending on which color I decide to wear. My secret? They're actually a sick violet color. Like this:

(That picture reminds me that babies are also a nice fashion touch, especially if they aren't your own)

Most babies born with violet eyes eventually grow out of them. 1 in one million adults have naturally violet eyes, Elizabeth Taylor being the most famous example. They might look pretty chic on a lady, but a guy with violet eyes wouldn't pass, so I keep no less than 5 sets of green and 2 sets of brown colored eye contacts with me at all times. I mean, I can't think of anything worse than being caught without them and having people notice that I have purple eyes. Honestly, what would you say if you saw me with purple eyes?

6) Long Over Coats - Okay, most of you won't need #5, so I decided to throw a sixth as an extra. Everyone has one here in Europe. Not everyone, I guess, but all social classes. About 70% of my students own a longer over coat. I fell in love with them about 30 seconds after seeing them and found a nicely priced one during the after Christmas sales.

Pretty darn nice, eh?

And now I'm supposed to tag people.

Miss N... because she always has the best fashion stories.

Olivia who has some of the cutest kids I'm not related to.

Caleb and Sashanna just to see if they actually read my blog.

And Spiff... because there's no way he'll do it. ;)

The rest of you can breath a bit easier, eh?

Here are the rules.

Title your post- Meme: Five things in my wardrobe that I wouldn't be without. [Edit: Since this is a blog title, please use proper capitalization. Thank you.]
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List your 5 wardrobe items.
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Tag 2 or 3 others to join in the fun!

Nothing Much New

Howdy friends and family out there in the virtual world!

I know it has been a terribly crazy time since I've posted here. I do apologize. Let me give you a brief run down on all that has happened since my last post:

February - I had (another) two weeks of holiday but was taking intensive online courses at the same time. February ended up being too busy to do any traveling or, to be honest, anything interesting at all.

March - After my online courses ended, I re-arranged my work schedule to allow me to head to l'Abri in Switzerland for a week. I also visited Geneva on my way through both ways. Switzerland is so beautiful. I could live there. But then again, I could live just about anywhere I've visited in Europe!

I had such a good and relaxing time in l'Abri. Nothing that I want terribly to write about here, but it was definitely a good time. In Geneva, I visited the Reformation Museum, St. Peter's Cathedral, and a few other historical places. I learned all sorts of interesting stuff about Calving and the French/Swiss Reformation (most of it was really just review).

Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures because I had a bad water-related accident with my iPhone while in Switzerland. It fried something on the mother board and I've spent the last 3 weeks trying to get it worked out. I'm really, really starting to get frustrated but I think it may all work out soon.... The whole story requires another post, but it does make for a funny story. In that tragic, painful sort of way.

April - Another two weeks of holiday that just ended last week! For the first week, one of my oldest friends (in length of friendship, not age) came all the way from Turkey with two of her colleagues just to visit me here in lovely France. We had a stupendous time. I didn't take any pictures for two reasons: 1) I still did have my iPhone (though I do have a camera) and 2) they took so many I didn't figure I would need any. They promised me that I would get copies of some of them. Maybe I'll post some in a few months... ;)

Meanwhile, if you want to see how our time went, head over to Miss N's blog and check out her last few posts (April 2010). She's got several good photos and descriptions of holidaying in France.

And that brings us to now! You see, nothing much going on over here... ;)