I have the best in-laws in the world. Not only do they love me (and I them), they are exemplars for all of us, practicing what they preach with so much love and integrity, it’s humbling. In addition, they have a sense of humor!
When Ma tells a story, you want to put everything aside and go along for the ride. She’s told me about her childhood in Kentucky when she and her friends would play “Miss Lady”. It was their favorite game; they’d meet up at the bleachers in the baseball field (Black only, she’ll remind me, to better illustrate the place and time) and pretend to be “ladies”, having tea and conversing about this and that. She told me that she tried to get her friends to raid their mothers’ closets for “high spikers” (high heel shoes) to enhance the fun.
My “lady-like” skirt was upcycled from thrifted materials. I combined a Banana Republic navy straight skirt (way too small) with a triangular piece of silk cut from a frumpy tank dress. I then added a waistband salvaged from a skirt I had in a previous lifetime, and finally added a little embroidered medallion cut from the bottom of another thrifted skirt. I love this skirt because I can wear it with the medallion to the front, side or back, depending on the top.
For this iteration I chose a backwards cardigan sewn up the back, vintage gloves, jewelry from Forever 21, shoes outlet sale, and a patterned coat from Goodwill.
On another note, my brother the photographer is going to send me one of his spare cameras this week!!! Can’t wait.
Lastly, please note my “high spikers”. While it’s too cold to wear these right now, I just had to pull them out. Hope you approve, Ma!