Exciting news, StyleNation! One with IPF peeps corresponded regularly back in the early days of this blog has returned to the interwebz. Check her out here. She is awesome.
In other news, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – or May, in non-academic parlance – is really opening up. The sun is shining, colleagues are emerging from end-of-term isolation looking at least semi-relaxed and less glassy-eyed, and for those of us who’ve only just figured out what we need research assistant-wise, the race in ON to hire the best summer students. Thus far, I’ve won one ridiculously excellent person, and lost another equally excellent and much-in-demand one to a very worthy opponent. (Crap. Dang.)
Also, I wore some things. (But as you are about to discover, the real news for today is in the first two lines of this post.)
#1: Casual On-campus Meeting
To be clear, this linen dress was MUCH less wrinkly when I met my co-chair to begin planning an upcoming speakers series. My co-chair is MUCH more senior than me, however, so she showed up in faded capris, sneakers, and a t-shirt. Academia is funny that way.
There are belt loops on this dress, but I think they’re too high and am planning to cut them off. Also, when it’s not all stretched out like this, the dress is slim enough that a belt is not necessary.
Here’s an entirely unhelpful close-up of the necklace accompanied by the strap of my Nella Bella bag (mine’s cream, but the bag itself is not shown here as I am very, very good at photography):
And finally, to extend today’s Shōnagon-inspired list:
Things that Make Me Fondly Recall the Past
5. To shop for cherry blossom art for one’s bedroom. (Travel to Kyoto now seems so utterly impossible, or at least improbable, given how much there is to do, here. . .)
4.To contemplate the graduation of one’s favourite student.
3. To encounter one’s mother on social media and to know, therefore, that one can never safely bitch about her on FB or Twitter, again.
2. To celebrate one’s Fuzzy Roommate’s 11th birthday. 11 summers ago, he arrived and shortly thereafter became integral to my day-to-day survival.
1. To rediscover a wonderful style maven with whom IPF once shared many hilarious and educational exchanges. Yes, the writer of Beverly Like Hills once educated us like nobody’s business - see the Style Underdog comments. Thank the goddess she’s back!
What inspires nostalgia in you, StyleNation?
Let’s have a glass of vino and reminisce, shall we?