History of High Heels

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Hi Everyone, My husband has jokingly called me “Imelda” on occasion but I told him I have only 1,190 pairs of shoes to go to reach her staggering collection. I confess that I have a weakness for shoes especially high-heeled shoes so I’m dedicating this post to a brief overview of its history. Thank you, Imelda.
You may think of high heels as a relatively modern concept associated with only women but they were actually first worn by MEN. High heels reportedly go back to the 10th century and served a very practical purpose for the Persian cavalry who wore heels while on horseback so their feet would fit better in the stirrups. Also, did you know that Louis XIV wore them?

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According to Lisa Small, who helped to create an exhibit devoted specifically to high heels at the Brooklyn Museum in New York: “Height and elevation has always had something to do with indicating class, privilege, power” and even the color of the heel. France’s King Louis XIV declared that only aristocracies could wear heels that were colored red and could only be worn at court, a law which existed only in France.
The French heel was of mid-height, curvaceous with an outward taper and later became known as the Louis heel after King Louis XIV.

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During the mid 18th century and what was known as the Rococo time period, heels became longer and more slender which contributed to the concept of eroticism or foot fetishism. As French gowns got longer hitting the ankle, there suddenly seemed to be an erotic interest in the high-heeled shoe, as it made the foot appear smaller and narrower, and gave the ankle a feminine delicate shape. Men were now wearing heels of less than an inch so that they could walk on cobbled streets that required a low-heeled shoe or boot. A refined lady, however, did not walk the streets but traveled by coach or other means so a high heel was appropriate for most occasions.
Below is a collection of footwear that would have been worn during the Rococo time frame. What do you think of the pastel colors and elongated pointed toe?

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The footwear of the Rococo period ended with the French Revolution but its ideas strongly affected future fashions for decades.
It’s been noted that the height of heels can be an economic BMI indicator and in an economic downturn, the heels get higher as consumers turn to a more glamorous fashion statement as a means of escape and fantasy. At the peak of the economic crisis in 2009, the average height of women’s heels was at an incredible seven inches. In 2011, it reportedly dropped to just two inches.
I could not finish this post without mentioning Judy Garland’s ruby slippers in the Wizard of Oz.  The Wizard of Oz, produced in 1939, is considered to be the greatest film in cinema history. The ruby slippers were actually stolen in 2005 from a museum in Grand Rapids, Minn. But they were recovered  by the FBI in September of 2018. They are estimated to be worth at least 1 million dollars.

Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland

Here they are–the most iconic shoes in human history. The shoes were originally silver according to the first script. But the color of the shoes was changed to red in order to take advantage of the new Technicolor film process being used in that era. A number of pairs were made for the movie and five pairs are known to have survived.
Here is my modern version of the ruby slipper.
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Gotta run and check out the latest shoe sales–thanks for stopping by.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/stepping-out-a-history-of-high-heels/
to http://www.shoeshistoryfacts.com/history-of-footwear/high-heeled-shoes-timeline/
https://historyofeuropeanfashion.wordpress.com/tag/rococo/

The Age of the Flapper

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Today’s post is a little different from previous ones and I have taken a momentary reprieve from the “vortex of winter.” In the spirit of dressing up, the roaring 20’s is one of the most intriguing decades to me leading to the subject of the flapper.
Flappers were considered a new style of Western woman, and the term “flapper” was conceived to describe this new independent breed. No one really knows how the word flapper entered American slang, but its usage first appeared just after World War I.
After the passing of the 19th Amendment that finally gave women the right to vote, the age of the flapper emerged depicting young women brazenly displaying their contempt for socially acceptable behavior of their day. Urban, sinful and self indulgent, they were rebels in their own right and symbolized freedom from stuffy and straight-laced society.  Flappers smoked in public, drank alcohol (something previously reserved only for men), danced at jazz clubs and embraced a sexual freedom that shocked the prevailing Victorian attitude. It was the age of the Prohibition and they hung out in speakeasies where they danced the Tango and the Charleston and had the same carefree attitude as their male counterpart.
They cut their long hair short that became known as the bob, something that was so highly controversial at the time that some hairdressers flat out refused to perform the shocking task. Makeup was heavy and bold with an emphasis on creating the perfect scarlet cupid lips. Eye shadow was dark, soft and smoky with color applied to the eyelids and crease, and also underneath the eyes. Eyebrows were long and thin.

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Clara Bow was the most famous flapper and considered a role model for young women of the era by creating a personality new to the screen – independent, confident, and aggressive. She didn’t play by the rules and was her own person. Scolding and finger wagging only enhanced her appeal.

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Clara’s many roles as a flapper girl soon led to her becoming the ultimate flapper girl. Her biggest role was when she starred in the silent movie It; this skyrocketed her career and she became known as the “It” girl.

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The photo above seems rather risqué to me even in my time period, much less that era. What are your thoughts? (Disclaimer: my blog is not advocating this pose but wants to demonstrate the suggestive tone of that generation.)

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The rise of the automobile was another factor in the increase of the flapper culture. Cars meant a woman could come and go as she pleased.

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And look great doing it.
I personally love the Flapper era and believe that it allowed women to express themselves and voice their opinion, something that had previously been frowned upon. It’s interesting, however, that in spite of their seeming freedom, it did have certain limits and marriage always remained their ultimate goal. The fear of one’s reputation still worried flappers to some extent which contained some of their “wildness.” But only by a small measure.
Overall, I believe the 20’s helped to change the traditional role of women in a way that enabled them to think for themselves, take chances and make decisions. Womanhood was redefined. In the decades to come, more and more women would pursue higher education and enter political life as activists, lobbyists or lawmakers.
Here are more pictures of my flapper outfit. What are your thoughts on the Flapper era? Do you think you would have enjoyed living back then?

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Nor am I advocating smoking–this is a completely fictional pose and do not smoke. Thank you for checking out my post. Have a great day.  –yours truly, Sarah “Bow”
Resources:

https://www.history.com/topics/roaring-twenties/flappers

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-history-of-the-flapper-part-1-a-call-for-freedom-11957978/

https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2013/03/25/guest-post-the-rise-of-the-flapper/

http://mentalfloss.com/article/22604/rise-flapper

https://www.littlethings.com/flappers-and-their-cars/7

A special thanks to my wonderful photographer

 

 

 

 

 

Sliding into the Vortex

Sunday blog BaileyYou may wonder what the title of this post means. According to Abraham-Hicks, being in the vortex means “you’re at one with who you really are, you’re feeling great, and in vibrational alignment to your desires. It’s represented by feelings like enthusiasm, inspiration, passion, joy, and appreciation.” I am not specifically referring to that kind of vortex but rather I am talking about sliding into the vortex of winter and transitioning in a way that enables us to look at the positive elements of the cold months. And achieving that can be a challenge! What do you think of when you think of winter?  Perhaps you think of the cold, the ice, the darkness and maybe even sadness? Or do you think of cuddling by a warm fireplace, drinking hot chocolate, the smell of balsam, and cozy winter fashion. There is so much more fashion variety in the winter and this post will be the first in a series of posts on cozy winter fashion.  So which vortex will it be?  Cold and bleak; or cozy and chic.  Speaking of the cold, I tried to take some pictures outside today, but the wind was overwhelming and my eyes were streaming with tears.
This is a warm, cozy poncho style sweater and is perfect for this time of year and has autumn colors. In the winter, it can be worn as a sweater and would look cute layered over a dress with tall boots which I will explore later this season. I am wearing a burgundy camisole underneath and beige leggings.

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The poncho style sweater

My kitty, Aubrey, is the perfect photobomb. Here is an unabashed picture of her.

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Bailey thinks it’s time to go for a walk, so let’s go for a walkabout round the neighborhood.

Rural Farm Oct 2018

I live in a rural area and here is a small farm at the end of my road. There is a yellow lab who lives here that my dog has a crush on. I will leave it at that.

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Charming old farmhouse. I really love the barn and the porch.

The River Oct 2018

The Contoocook River. There is actually a golf course on the other side of the river.

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I love these colorful bushes. Does anyone know what they are?

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I was just sitting on this bench last Sunday and feeling the warmth of the sun and wearing my pencil skirt and light jacket. Who is ready for snow? Anyone?
What I wore:
Poncho sweater, CB Established 1962, TJ Maxx
Beige leggings, SoundStyle, TJ Maxx
Beige booties, Franco Sarto, thrifted
Some of my favorite blogs:
https://fashionschlub.com/
http://stylingrannymama.com/
https://www.jtouchofstyle.com/
https://50isnotold.com/
https://www.chicatanyage.com/
https://southernhospitalityblog.com/

 

The Pencil Skirt

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Hi Everyone, today’s post features the classic pencil skirt which is a slim fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut. It can fall at the knee or slightly below and be considered as business casual. Also, it can provide a slimming silhouette as well as an elegant elongated look depending on the length. The first pencil skirt was designed by Christian Dior as part of his “H-Line” collection of 1954. Since the mid 50’s, the pencil skirt has become an essential element of the working wardrobe with the hemline rising and lowering depending on the prevailing fashion. http://blog.everlasting-star.net/2018/01/fashion-and-beauty/marilyn-brings-back-the-pencil-skirt/  It usually has a vent at the back since its slim shape can restrict movement. The classic shoes to wear with a pencil skirt is the pump with sheer stockings. Back-seamed hosiery recalls the classic pencil skirt era of the 1950’s, and I do have back-seamed hosiery in my wardrobe but have not ventured out with them yet. Maybe that will be a future post if I’m adventurous. https://www.viennemilano.com/blog/back-seam  My dog, Bailey, has been my faithful companion for many years and loves posing for the camera. She rarely leaves my side when I’m home and redefines the term “faithful companion.”

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I am going to show three different pencil skirts and they all fall at the knee and have a  pattern which include paisley, herringbone and plaid. I am wearing them with jackets and blouses I have worn before and posted on my blog. The long denim jacket has literally been my go-to jacket this fall. I must thank Stylin’ Granny Mama http://stylingrannymama.com/fashionblog/2018/9/12/fall-collaboration-with-ethyl-clothing for the inspiration.Resized_20181014_151304_6420resized_20181014_140019_988-e1539563528957.jpegDo you like the long denim jacket or the shorter denim jacket better with this skirt?Resized_20181014_141404_9251
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I wore this burgundy jacket in my previous post–it is very versatile and the perfect weight and warmth for this time of year.resized_20181014_145718_7388.jpeg

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I am not a big jewelry person but really like this statement necklace. It adds some visual interest to the cream colored blouseResized_20181014_143353_7261I couldn’t resist and had to include one more picture of my beloved Bailey. She is literally smiling here.resized_20181014_151841_5535-e1539565063976.jpegBailey is hamming it up for the camera

What I wore:
Colorful paisley skirt:  Merona, thrifted
Herringbone skirt:  Talbots, thrifted
Brown plaid skirt:  LL Bean, thrifted
Cream silk blouse:  Anna and Frank, eBay
Black pointed toe leather pumps:  Sofft Shoes, Macy’s
Pearl statement necklace:  eBay
I also thank Bettye of Fashion Schlub for inspiring and encouraging me to continue with my blog. I highly recommend her blog at https://fashionschlub.com/
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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

20181006_145708This is one of my favorite times of year and invokes thoughts of apples, pumpkins, cinnamon (and nutmeg, too). Have you ever had your color analysis done? I am a cross between a warm autumn and a deep autumn. But anyone can incorporate fall colors into their wardrobe by wearing just a splash of it through accessories, statement jewelry and even makeup (okay, hair color, too). Just to mix things up a bit, I am wearing autumn colors with plaid pants. My colors are yellow gold, cinnamon and burgundy red. Which colors look best with my plaid pants? I am inclined to liking my burgundy colored leather jacket best of all. I think that jacket is quite versatile and will explore its potential later in another post. The long warm cinnamon red sweater is so cozy, comfortable and warm.20181006_134808

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My husband and I were invited to spend the weekend at this beautiful house on Squam Lake by my amazing sister and brother-in-law.  It was in honor of my sister-in-law’s birthday and she finds the most incredible places to stay.
The water is so clean, clear and refreshing, and the loons have not flown south yet.  Look at the low lying clouds in the mountains.
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There was some fall color emerging in places and it definitely was not peak season this weekend here although peak foliage happens in the blink of an eye and it’s over.Resized_20181006_120208_9598-1.jpeg
We went for an invigorating walk on Saturday morning.  I use the word invigorating as the sun was not out and it was chilly enough to wear fleece. But it was so tranquil and remote–my two favorite descriptors any time of year and in any location. Where do you think this road might lead to? I am not telling…squam4
What I wore:
Long burgundy duster by Tahari Women’s clothing (TJ Maxx)
Leather jacket by Leather Limited (Found at consignment shop)
Caramel jacket by Sanctuary Clothing (TJ Maxx)
Plaid pants by Carolina Belle (TJ Maxx)
Booties are by Franco Sarto (and are so comfortable)

 

The Moto Jacket

20180929_1254511-e1538262077685.jpgThe moto jacket–it’s not only timeless but stylish and versatile. The jacket I am wearing was purchased a couple of years ago but I have noticed it’s rebounded recently especially in a wide variety of colors. There is something about this classic style that calls to me and I admiringly appreciate the choices out there right now for this enduring fashion statement. My jacket is the original definitive black and it’s the perfect weight for this time of year. I am wearing it with both a dress and then with jeans and my jeans are the skinny distressed kind.  It’s a fun look for every occasion including dressy and casual. The dress is by Anne Klein and the jacket is by Max Studio. What do you think of the moto jacket?  Would you wear one and how would you wear it?

Here I am wearing it with jeans and a keyhole top which provides some much needed length to the skinny jeans. The jeans are labeled “Royalty for Me; WannaBettaButt?” And who doesn’t want that (ha!). And the top is “Roz & Ali.” The booties are Coconuts by Matisse and the style is called Winston. They booties are both extremely comfortable and stylish and the color of these is called saddle which is a classic color. I am also wearing the keyhole top with my long denim jacket that I posted about previously that I am having so much fun with.

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