Jessica McConnell

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Closet Picks

In fashion, What I love this week on June 30, 2009 at 6:51 pm

This is an array of things I’m loving right now, sort of a jumbled mess, but I know you’ll understand…

 

1. A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon. I loved the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and so I am now just getting around to reading Haddon’s next book. Good so far.

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2. 50% off sale at French Connection. Love it. Check out the great dresses like the one below at www.frenchconnection.com.

 

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3.  The new way to shop at Urban Outfitters via my Blackberry. You can now purchase items and check the status of your orders on the go. Yay! Visit www.urbanoutfitters.com for more information.

4. The Frye Harness Cuff Boot. I’m loving it now but looking forward to it for fall. Visit www.thefryecompany.com to get your own.

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5. Donatella  Versace is guest blogger for The Moment. “This is the city of Warhol, of Lou Reed, of Iggy Pop, of CBGB’s, of Basquiat, of Pollock and de Kooning, of rock music and passionate artists, of theater and film, of fashion on the street and in the clubs,” Versace says of New York City. (The Moment, June 30, 2009.)

 Check out the entire blog at http://themoment.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/for-the-moment-donatella-versace/.

Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace

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Simon Van Booy’s “Raising a Princess Single-Handedly”

In Diary, Uncategorized on June 28, 2009 at 7:52 pm
Photo taken by Ken Browar. www.kenbrowar.com

Photo taken by Ken Browar. http://www.kenbrowar.com

 

I have just read Simon Van Booy’s article, “Raising a Princess Single-Handedly.” My eyes were brimming with tears as I finished the last paragraph, not because I was disheartened but because the reminder of  how my own father is the polar opposite  made me echo every memory of my plagued childhood.

Mr. Booy, the author of Love Begins in Winter, is a gifted storyteller and reminds us that however dysfunctional for a moment or time your life may be, from a distance laughter will prevail.

So despite my father’s swift disappearances into bars and facades of fatherhood, I will laugh at the moments in between despair rather than acknowledge what isn’t there.

As a child who once received a baby turkey as an Easter present, only for it to die days later because it was left outside and froze to death, I can appreciate a little laughter years later amidst all the sadness.

Please read Simon Van Booy’s “Raising a Princess Single-Handedly” at www.nytimes.com under Fashion & Style. And visit www.simonvanbooy.com for more information on his novels and himself.