Miscellany

A Win-Win Proposition

  Like many of you, I vowed at the start of the pandemic to ruthlessly clean my closets, cabinets, and drawers, top-to-bottom, and rid myself of the greater of (25% of possessions OR anything that I have not been loving or using in recent years). Fourteen months later, I got down to business.   This … Read moreA Win-Win Proposition

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An Expert at Work

Fatima came to visit a few weeks ago and for once, we took photos of a few garments before they were altered so that you could see how they were altered and what a difference alterations make.   What follows is a true story.   * I had two denim tops: this one from 2016 … Read moreAn Expert at Work

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Who Wore It Better: Directrice-Style

  This is a micro-post — to get you through the weekend to Monday’s post, which will be a full-length publication. I sensed you might need a little boost.   In the excitement of SpaceX’s recent launch, The Photographer put these two photos in front of me, side-by-side and asked, “Who wore it better?”   … Read moreWho Wore It Better: Directrice-Style

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The Getaway

  After five months without leaving Northwest Washington, D.C. — and scarcely leaving our apartment — The Photographer and I decided we needed to get away.+ The arboretum staff are fighting a constant battle to maintain native grasses, plants, and wildlife. Part of those efforts involving controlled burning (which we could not do) and brush … Read moreThe Getaway

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I’ll Be Back

  Dear Readers:   Thank for your thoughtful messages! It’s so good of you to write. Hearing from you always lifts my spirits.   I’ll be back. Perhaps next week. The Photographer and I are fine, holed up in our apartment trying to minimize the spread of coronavirus and avoid the oppressive heat of July. … Read moreI’ll Be Back

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The Last Trip, Part II

  Sooooooooooooooooo.   It’s been an extraordinary 10 days. A moment and a movement that I hope we will look back on in a few years as a watershed.   In keeping with the general tenor of this lighthearted blog, I am not going to soapbox. (I’ll hold that until we’re a little closer to … Read moreThe Last Trip, Part II

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Let’s Zoom!

  To those of you who responded to my last post, thank you for answering my question. We have a deal! I’ll keep posting, you’ll keep reading, and all of us understand that this blog is just a harmless way of connecting and amusing one another for a few minutes each day. We all deserve … Read moreLet’s Zoom!

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My Valiant Little Kitty

  Sharp-eyed readers and Directrice scholars may have noticed that Posy was not included among the staff of Directrice Global Industries in our end-of-year roundup post. My valiant little kitty has joined Harper in Cat Heaven where, in all likelihood, Harper is probably ignoring her as she did on Earth. But I’d like to think … Read moreMy Valiant Little Kitty

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Consolidating Our Gains: The Best of 2019

  We at Directrice Global Industries Limited* are all about scientific improvement and growth. But how to improve and grow if you can’t remember where you started?   That’s not a trick question. You can’t! And thus, our annual look-back is not simply a content-stretching maneuver designed to temporarily satiate content-gobblers. Nay, it is a … Read moreConsolidating Our Gains: The Best of 2019

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Visit to an Atelier, and Suitcase Post-Mortem

  On our last day in Argentina, Luján — knowing my interest in clothes — arranged for me to meet a designer whose atelier was close to our hotel: Francisco Rojas of Design Maker Lab. This is the scene.   Here, I am clearly rhapsodizing about seaming, darting, and exterior scaffolding. Francisco told me the … Read moreVisit to an Atelier, and Suitcase Post-Mortem

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