Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Catch You Tomorrow -- Day 4/214

Distance: 3 miles and yoga class

Monday, August 31, 2015

It's Cold, Grab Your Coat and Rhinestones --- Day 4/214

Walk: JCC, Trader Joe's
Distance: 2 miles, yoga class, and final try on's for completion of Fall closet caper

Report from Downtown Fall shopping:  Ciwt was struck by a lot of what looked like gimmicks or trying too hard by designers to do something new for Fall.  Winter Wool Items had short sleeves (kind of a contradiction).  Several designers have created Pea Jackets that have no sleeves at all. You slip your arm through the arm hole and then a cape from the shoulders 'covers' them (until the icy winds blow Ciwt surmises).  The gimmick of all gimmicks was designer (ie, terribly expensive) Puffer Coats with jewels dangling from the cuffs (a Total contradiction that actually made Ciwt laugh).  Unfortunately she didn't have her camera so can't illustrate, but for your viewing pleasure, here are some other 'silk purses' that have been made from the originally utilitarian puffer coat sow's ear.

Puffer Jacket with jewel fabric

Grey Red Valentino puffer jacket with black lace overlay, ruffle trim, sash at waist and front zip closure.

Here we go again with bare skin in New York winter.  Unless you decide to close for the full effect.

PS  --  Disclaimer:  Ciwt did not purchase any of these items

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Almost Out --- Day 4/213

Walk: Sacramento Street, Union Square
Distance: 1 mile and more trying on and off

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Ciwt predicts that by tomorrow she will be out of her Fall closet.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Work Hard, Have Fun (?) -- Day 4/212

Walk: Union Square, Sacramento Street
Distance: 2 miles and lots of clothes on and off (tiring)

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Ciwt loves Amazon, the prices on many items, the convenience of having those well-priced things delivered - sometimes the same day! - at her doorstep.  But now she is beginning to worry about how stressed the people who put together and delivered her order are.  That set in after reading a recent New York Times article. (Click link at your own risk if you are an Amazon fan).

Thank you Amazon workers, whoever and wherever you are.  

Friday, August 28, 2015

Mother of a Painting --- Day 4/211

Walk: Union Square, Trader Joe's 
Distance: 3.5 miles

James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Grey and Black #1 (Whistler's Mother), 1871, o/c, 4' 9"x 5' 4"

Whistler's Mother is visiting Massachusetts' Clark Museum from the d'Orsay.  Ciwt should say she's back visiting because she was here in San Francisco a few years ago.  While she's here this arguably most famous work of art by an American artist is getting a lot of publicity including, for you New Yorker readers, an article in that publication this week. Piggy-backing, Ciwt says read it, and she's including in today's CIWT a picture of the full painting.  For some reason, the New Yorker article only pictures the top right quadrant even though it refers to the mother's legs, the curtain, the stool and other elements of the painting outside the quadrant pictured.  (Not showing the whole painting while writing about it seems strange to Ciwt ; maybe there is some copyright issue).

Whistler was a larger than life artist, sort of the (first)  Donald Trump of artists.  (As Oscar Wilde said of him: he spells Art beginning with I).  A writer could spin a bottle and come up with any number of interesting ways to talk about him.  Peter Schjeldahl looks at Whistler and the painting in terms of the meaning of motherhood in his article.  Ciwt chose to write a bit about his infamous Peacock Room controversy on Day 74 and his fascination with Japonisme on Day 2/350 if you care to look back.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

In the Fall it is called Rose Fever (vs Hay Fever) --- Day 4/210

Walk: Driving Day, Union Square
Distance: 1 mile, small home yoga

Temporarily out of commission due to headache. (Fall allergies)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Feet Up --- Day 4/209

Walk: Union Square 
Distance: Around and Around, Trying On, Taking Off

Resting after a hard day of retail therapy....

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Long Shadows And Good --- Day 4/208

Walk: JCC, Laurel Village
Distance: 2.5 miles, lots of stairs and yoga class

Kew Gardens - Camille Pissarro
Camille Pissarro, (French 1830-1903), Kew Gardens, 1892, oil on canvas

Ciwt thinks it must be late summer in London when Pissarro used his brush to capture men and women enjoying the remaining outdoor leisure before winter rain, chills and grey set in.  (He first came to London in 1870 seeking refuge for himself and his family from the Franco-Prussian War.  After that he returned several times).  Ciwt also surmises Pissarro was comfortable with this later time of year as he was with the later years of life. After age 40 he wrote, "I began to understand my sensations, to know what I wanted, at around the age of forty - but only vaguely."  Then during his 60th year he said "At fifty, that is in 1880, I formulated the idea of unity, without being able to render it.  At sixty, I am beginning to see the possibility of rendering it."