Okay, so in truth, I'm not giving away any damn dresses. But I got your attention!
I didn't think I would really mark the passing of a year on my blog- it was something I started for myself to keep track of my obsessions and passing fancies, and to sort-of ensure I actually wore more of the things in my wardrobe. But you can't help feeling like you're in a conversation with a community, and it's so fun to share. I'm happy so many of you have come along for the ride, and the highlight of my day is coming home (or sometimes peeking on my phone at work...shhhhh), curling up with a cup of tea, and seeing what you are thinking about, and desiring, and wearing- all the fabulous colour/pattern mixing that just makes getting dressed fun!
So in thanks for being there, and for future readers, I have a little present for y'all. Since this all began with the reference to that one intangible green dress, the one that really embodies all those unattainable material loves that pass through our frame of vision, the first item is a DVD of the film Desk Set.
Wherein a crew of fabulous reference librarians, led by Katharine Hepburn, wear delightful dresses and bemoan the arrival of the first computer in the workplace. The witty and wise Katharine is well-matched with the bumbling and infallible Spencer Tracy.
My favourite reads these days come from the folks at New York Review of Books Classics- they've been bringing back into print novels and non-fiction with unique stories and viewpoints, mostly from the mid-twentieth century. I'm afraid I have accumulated quite a collection over the past several years, but every one has been an enjoyable revelation.
Wish Her Safe at Home was one of my favourite books last year- what downtrodden office worker hasn't dreamed of coming into a guilt-free inheritance and living the perfect life in a cozy old house- drinking tea in the afternoons and shopping for the genteel dresses that embody the ideal British countryside lifestyle? Apparently that too can lead to madness and ruin, and I enjoyed every minute of it- the jacket blurb compares it to the Beales of Grey Gardens and rightly so.
And because one of my goals this spring is to get back into the jewellery studio and make stuff, there will also be a little surprise gift made from some wearable combination of silver and vintage materials...
So, if you would like to be part of the giveaway:
- you should be a follower and leave a comment about a longed-for item that escaped you (or perhaps one you've actually found!) with your contact email.
- I have always enjoyed finding new blogs through hearing about giveaways, so an added entry for posting the giveaway on your blog. Just mention it in your comments!!
Random.org and I will pick a winner after Saturday, February 5th and contact you for your address.
On the topic, Lisa at Respect the Shoes is also celebrating a year in blogging with a beautiful Etsy necklace and a sweet gift card. Be sure to check her site if you haven't already- she's got great style and a fabulous sense for colour/pattern mixing.