I love International Women's Day - it's like the whole world is giving each other a hug for the day. And who doesn't like hugs, really? If you reckon you don't, I'll introduce you to a mate that gives the.best.bear.hugs.ever. I defy anyone not to like them.
A little while ago, I went on a virtual shopping trip to Harvey Nic's one lunch time. Virtual in so many senses - online and as if I can ever imagining parting with these amounts of cash for something I could make.
Did you know that the Edinburgh store tried to stop someone selling the Big Issue outside, although one of their marketing campaigns suggested buying a pair of shoes on the first of the month and then eating beans on toast for the remainder (for the record, I think the first anecdote is woeful and the second is not to be taken seriously, and therefore funny). I did once get asked out by a dude selling the Big Issue.... I remember it making my day (who am I kidding - I'm still chuffed!)
That aside, the store stocks some great designers that I admire – not least of which is Vivienne Westwood. I love that Dame. (She cycles to work, in heels, and suggests that the way to do it is to cycle at a pace that does not result in a sweat being broken. This attention to detail inspires me. However not to the point that I would cycle to work in anything other than lycra or at a pace that wouldn't result in a sweat. I've got a number of stonking hills to get up though…).
I digress. In my virtual shopping trip, I found this suuped up tshirt – by D&G, £195. Cotton and silk mix. Gothic and interesting with black stovepipes? I think so.
However, in my version I made it with a bateau neckline and made the sleeves a bit different, as I didn't like the obvious seams (read couldn't be bothered setting a lace sleeve into a flimsy lace top).
What has this to do with International Women's Day? Yeah, not a great deal! Although, I did learn to sew by copying my mother as a little girl. I still covet her ability - Mum is so patient and precise, with a great attention to detail. And she never over presses her sewing. Me on the other hand, I am great at starting a project (any project - I am the party starter at work), but I get bored easily and often strugggggle to see things through to completion whilst maintaining high levels of interest. I have to be really careful not to rush through things at the end and ruin all the previous hard work.
Also, I'm going to wear this out tonight when I go for dinner with a bunch of lovely ladies, and after going to the opening of Materialise in Edinburgh. (ha ha, weak linkage, I know - you wouldn't believe I write reports for a living huh!).
Ohh, how about the aforementioned gal-crush on Dame Vivienne Westwood. I mean, look at this killer coat (ignore the dorky hat). The fabric looks so lush, but I *think* that the collar is my favourite part of this coat – traditional and yet not. It has just the right amount of subversion for my liking.
Whatever you're doing today, I hope you feel the love and embrace International Women's Day.
After all, we're awesome.