I wrote in a previous post that the phrase “self-fashioning,” as it applies to the practice of creating, or styling, one’s inner (and, to a degree, outer) self, came into my mind rather innocently as I was reading a biography of Chanel (which proved to be a most beneficial read). My intuition informed me instantly … Continue reading Self-Fashioning and the Art of Sexy
I am currently making my way through, among other pertinent reads, Otto Rank’s, Beyond Psychology. (Additionally, I have decided to include an up-to-date list of books I am reading under the main menu/sidebar for anyone who is interested in doing their own reading on the topics discussed here. I was inspired to do so by … Continue reading On Wanting to Be Wanted
A reader recently requested that I write a post on unwanted, or unwelcome, male attention, including sexual advances, and to position that issue in relation to my understanding of femininity. A challenge. I thought about it for a few days. Maybe a little too hard, actually, because I almost scrapped the idea and wrote an … Continue reading Sex, Conflict, and the Self-Fashioned Woman
I think of myself as a maker of experiences. The most satisfying of all creative enterprises for me, acts of writing and design included, are those tailored toward giving. Those that represent a fecundity of mind and spirit and that are crafted for the express purpose of giving others a unique and memorable experience. You … Continue reading On the Art of Entertaining
In On the Art of Femininity, I talk at length about my vision of femininity and what it means to me, as a woman, to apply the essence of the feminine in everyday life. As that post is, at present, overwhelmingly the most liked and viewed post on this (still very new) blog, I thought it would … Continue reading Darling, Forget What You’re Wearing. On Elegance.
I did not learn to cook until I was in my early twenties. Although I grew up in an Italian family that encouraged me, from an early age, to develop a proficiency in the culinary arts (or at the very least learn how to roll a proper meatball to accompany my grandmother’s marinara sauce), I … Continue reading What Cooking Taught Me about Relationships