[ 1: obsessions ]

I love this picture of Isabella Rossellini and David Lynch.

In 2004, my writing professor let us pick our first topic: I wrote a paper about how much I loved a book series. We had to read it out loud to the class. I was nervous, but naively thought I would be surrounded by similar people - we were in art school after all.  The professor told us to write suggestions for each classmate. To my shock, the first suggestion I received was "get a new topic." I was crushed - admitting my fandom was a critical error.

To outsiders obsessions can seem superficial - they are things that will fade as you mature into an adult.  Some do fade, many you will find embarrassing and cringe at within five years time. But a few stick with you and are, as cliche as it sounds, building blocks.

Hieronymus Bosch - my all time favorite artist.

I keep getting into obsession ruts.  Sometimes it's healthy.  It sparks your creativity and you can connect with other people who like the same things you do.  Obsession can also make you a passionate person and a hard worker.  But it's a double edged sword - the things that we obsess over are frequently out of our reach and that can be discouraging.

"It’s not the unrealized potential of the fan that makes his or her passion problematic — it’s that their pursuits offer no chance of rewards. Fandom is reasonably unsatisfying,” he says. “It doesn’t return something specific to the individual.”   Not the best article or source, but I like the excerpt and it mentions some of the things I had been thinking about when I say discouraging.  I like the phrase "reasonably unsatisfying".  On the other hand, I disagree with the writer about there being a difference between hobbies like cooking vs. being a fan of Harry Potter.  I'm not into Harry Potter*, but I think that it is as valid a hobby as cooking.  Being a fan has derogatory connotations, where as having a hobby is supposed to be an exercise in self improvement. 

Where it becomes problematic is when we start expecting our lives to mimic people or objects we see.  Or in some cases, we expect to be able to connect with them on a personal level.  Take Instagram - the most voyeuristic and confusing platform for being a fan.  If someone has a Back to the Future shirt on I automatically presume I could be friends with that person (whoever they are regardless of social status) - and I shouldn't presume that, even if we are both obsessed with Back to the Future.  Common passions don't always indicate kindred spirits, but it gives us a sense of hope that it does.  And maybe hope isn't a bad thing to have.

As long as people continue to be amazing, creative, and offer their unique point of view, it's impossible to stop being a fan.  And I don't think there is anything bad about it.

*Well, not a big fan.


new in the shop - bastille dress

bastille dress
bastille dress + gretel tote bastille dress - rennes bastille dress

In between trying to put together material requirement spreadsheets and working on wholesale things I finally had a chance to make something new - it was nice to be able to do that.

I have a lot of the thick striped linen/cotton from a few falls ago, and wanted to make something different with it instead of the Enkidu Dress.  My initial plan was to sew them big and then put them through the wash (which I can still do if anyone is interested) but I ended up liking the slightly oversized look so I kept them this way.  Anyways, it is now available in the shop!  

I love Tuesdays

because I can come home and watch I Kveld Med Ylvis! I know this is going to be stuck in my head all day long in the best of ways.

I saw someone who looked EXACTLY like Vegard walking around downtown on my birthday back in August. I couldn't help but wonder if it was him because they seem to have some connection to good old Massachusetts (or Massacheichei). I guess I'll never know!


primoeza - new collection

Elizabeth just updated her website with her new collection.  Beautiful pieces and love all the fabrics!  I have one of the bags made out of the peach check linen and it's perfect!

To Kill a King - On repeat all weekend - hope you had a good one :)


pillows / coats / pre-order gretel totes AND coupon

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 Capote coats and boucle neck pillows are here!
Neck Pillow in White Boucle

Also, if you are interested, you can now pre-order the new and improved Gretel Totes in Tan, Tobacco, and Black.  They will ship around 12/1-12/15.  Order a tote or duffle in the next few weeks and save 20% - after that I will need to start using pricing that allows me to have my line carried in shops.  (New stockists coming soon, I'm so excited!)  Use code "ALLONSY" when checking out.  Thank you so much for all my wonderful customers over the years!