Friday, February 11, 2011

The Dude(ette) Abides

 Well, i'm taking a little break from the blog. Now that i've received a comment from Wendy B. herself, what else is left to strive for?

hee hee, well, as thrilling as that moment indeed was, it's more down to my leg bothering the living mm mmm  hmmmm out of me the last month, and the amount of time i've spent fighting colds this winter. Plus, there's some new information that i'd like to present on this blog, and i need to put some hard thinkin' into the best way to format it. As became oh-too-apparent with my notorious camping series, i can literally write a respectably long book about any topic which catches my interest. However, reading books on a blog? I just don't think it 'scans'.

From the time i started blogging, i've intended to present the ideas, systems, etc. which have been the most help to me in terms of finding and honing my personal style and in creating a wardrobe that works for me. The more time i've spent reading various style blogs and interacting with members of this community, the more i've become committed to this enterprise - the bulk of the information which has been the most help to me is just not available on the internet. And my philosophy is 'the more the merrier'! You never know which particular viewpoint or tidbit will unlock the door to your perfect wardrobe.....

But as i said, i need to put some time and thought into how to get this info onto a blog in a way that works for most readers.  On the whole i've never spent huge gulps of time on posting, though the extra time will be nice for this project. I more want to free up the space in my head that day-to-day posting takes up. And as fate would have it, certain family matters will likely require my attention soon as well.

That said, what's with the pictures? A while back Terri showed us all the glory of her new necklace rack, along with the spectacle of all her wonderful necklaces. She asked if anyone had any good ideas for organizing other jewelry items. This got me motivated to organize my pierced-ear earrings. I've always like to keep them on cards, but so many of the ones they come on are just tacky and gross. In the past i've gotten energized and pasted magazine pictures onto cardboard and used those. But happily, these days so many artists and craftspeople have wonderful, vibrant business cards. I collected quite a few at the KPFA Holiday Crafts Fair, and after cutting them to size and piercing them with a darning needle or safety pin they make perfect earring cards.

So, what to do with all your time spent not reading The Dashing Eccentric?  For starters, Elsita's popped up again (it seems she responds to pressure via e-mail, so go to it, gals!)  The Beckerman sisters are always up to something fun. Sara at Orchids in Buttonholes has completed an excellent series on making her shopping experience and decisions more conscious - be sure to read the excellent comments as well! Here's a resource which will help you to renew your conviction to avoid any concealers containing 'light reflecting properties'. Check out the blogs on my blog list, & drop me a line if i'm missing someone fabulous (especially 40+ers!)

Believe it or not, there is an internet beyond fashion......if you think you're up on 'the UFO gossip' because you know about Area 51, you're just deluding yourself. The real deal is buried in  - Area 52. You can practice the Lost Sport of Olympia (so inflammatory it was banned in ancient Greece) when you're offline. George Hansen spins a web of liminality, anti-structure and Tricksterism over at this classic Paratopia podcast. Brush up on your on and off line networking skills. Dig into the Secret History of Rock 'n Roll, Aleister Crowley, Sirius, Isis, Agent Mulder and (obviously) more. Send me an e-mail (i'll gab about anything - as should be apparent by now!). Follow Dr. Beachcombing as he sifts through ancient archivesKeep your eyes on the skies. Take notes on how to argue with anyone and win.  Set up a new home page for your web browser. Wallow in pootie-fest!

I do reserve the right to pop in at anytime to post any noteworthy looks. I'll leave you with this one for now, which broke no new ground and was a little dressy for grocery shopping. But i received excellent, very attentive service from the butchers at Lunardi's.

(Mom - if you click on only one link, make it the last one!)

Take care all! i never thought anyone would read what i wrote, and *wow* have you proved me wrong! You'll always have a primo place in my heart. See you soon! steph


  1. I did as instructed and am still laughing - which is tickling the pooches. I feel like Sally Field: 'You read what I send you! You really read those links!' I'm looking forward to reading what you write in your new incarnation. (Sorry I broke your formatting/font).

  2. Wow, Steph, on the one hand I am disappointed~but on the other--good luck in your new pursuits! You really are a great writer and I really enjoyed your blog. Keep us posted and keep posting~love Paula

  3. You had me at "the Dude(tte) abides"! How much do I love that movie??

    I adore the pink jacket and seeing all your earrings. Keep on keepin' on with your blog, make it however you like and whatever works for you.

    Oh, and that Wendy is wonderful. :) She always comments.

  4. Dang it! I appreciate the earring idea. And this pink jacket is wonderful. But who is gonna catch my botany errors and advise me against getting even with hawks? And how I am supposed to know about the latest conspiracies? I'm gonna miss you.

  5. Hi Mom! i planned to make that crack about the butcher's anyway, and when i saw the link i knew the gods' were smilin' on me! of COURSE i read your links - & your letters to the ed. (you need to start a blog for your LTEs - i can't get onto facebook!) and it's not you - it's the demon of blogger!

    oh Thank You Paula! i didn't realize i'd enjoy writing until i got going here - don't worry, i'll be back and back here. It's nice you're back online, too - i esp. love the pix with your non, and the tennis skirt outfit/illustration!

    Sheila, can you believe it, i never saw the Big Lebowski until last weekend (big eyes) i called mom right away to rave about it and she starts quoting it to me verbatim...when i was about jr. high age, my dad got obsessed with the use of the word 'dude' and then started including the distaff half of things with the term 'dudette'. so it's a fun way to salute both sides of the gene pool, as it were.....Wendy is great! she comments all over, and all the comments are unique - nothing formulaic. and VERY funny!

    Terri, you're a sweetheart! i'll still read & comment and actually write for the blog (just on paper, with many 'edits'). i've been curious for an update on the hawk situation (poor pigeons) - i'll send you an e-mail and you can fill me in when you have time. then we don't have to miss each other so much :)

    happy saturday everyone! steph

  6. Paul -'the pix with your MOM' oops!

  7. 'Paul - A'.

    i better stop while i'm ahead. !

  8. As long as you come back, we're good.

    I keep meaning to take a break from blogging too. Keep putting it off one more month, but mine is in the future!

    Enjoy the mind stew and when you're ready to hit us with a few posts, we'll be here.

    With pitchforks.

    Still adding you to a certain blogroll being published tomorrow. Hope that's ok.

    xo. Bella Q
    the Citizen Rosebud

  9. Bwah ha ha ha...what?! You're cute but I'm sure you'll have many more exciting commenters than me! I am admiring those hand earrings in the top picture. I saved a pair of hand earrings from high school and have been pondering how I might add some hands to my collection. For your blog plan, how about regularly scheduled features about different aspects of your thought process? Maybe a couple of weekly features on particular topics and a monthly feature on another topic? Just a thought.

  10. I checked today only to find out you are taking some time off!You probably need this for many good reasons from what I read!Take care and be back soon.I'll be missing your great comments!

  11. oh Bella, your style comes across like blazes even in a comment! 'with pitchforks' - ha! you know that here in the food-0obsessed bay area, the first thing 'pitchforks' brings to mind is turning the compost ;)

    and i just LOVE seeing my blog on blogrolls!!! i may be a bit of a bumpkin, but that thrill never fades....thank you!!

    Hi Wendy! hee hee, you're purty cute yerself ;) if you click on the pic, you'll see i saved a tag from a pair of gloves - i love the 'double hands' effect! those earrings came from Tail of the Yak in Berkeley - they're from a manufacturer in Mexico who's been making colonial-Spanish style jewelry for centuries and used to sell to Frida Kahlo (!) the top pair in the second photo are from the same provider. i have some other hand earrings from Thomas Mann - i'll try to get some decent photos of those to post for you. plus, there are other archaeological/art sources for great hands...(feel a post coming on already!) stay tuned!

    & thank you for the idea on 'reg. sched. features' - i think that could be a good strategy for part of what i'm working on.

    hee hee Angie - now you know how i felt when you were moving :) ah well, i like to way that real life is vitally important to web-writers. without it we'd have nothing to blog about!

    take care all and thank you! steph

  12. But I just found you! And I'm already wondering: how will I do it without you? lol

  13. Welcome Cynthia! oh, you gave me a great laugh there! well, i have every intention of returning, but until them 'we'll always have the archives' ;)

    wow-i checked out your site and it looks delicious - i'm going to notify mom, the best cook in the family, right now! take care and i'll 'see' you soon, steph

  14. Good luck — this reader will miss you!

  15. I visit, but now I realize I have been a lurker all this time! I will miss you, and look forward to you popping in once and a while with your words of entertaining and unique wisdom and style!

  16. oh no! Sara, i see now that i left your comment hanging without a response! please accept my apologies - i don't know what i was thinking. Thank you for your good wishes! and your new shopping piece is just a fantastic piece of writing - very raw and honest, and the strength to look at yourself cuts right through.

    here's the link for anyone wanting to read it - i recommend it wholeheartedly:

    Hello Allie!!! well, my plan is to do more than pop in - your site has the best info in one place that i've found on the web for building a wardrobe. i really admire the work you've done on this, and it's inspired me to take a shot at presenting ideas that've worked for me.

    not everyone obsesses over clothes, but they still want to get dressed in a way that works with the goals and activities important to them. and even clothes-lovers have room for improvement or areas where things are working....anyway i appreciate the 'howdy', especially as you have plenty else to keep you busy ;) take care and give little E a smooch, steph

  17. Hi my love!
    Enjoy your time off amd i will miss you.
    thanks for your support this past month ;)
    love always

  18. Tiny Junco, you are chill-axing from bloglife, but you're still in my heart. Just thought I'd swing by and see if there were in new news in this Dashing neck of the woods. Hope all is well! -Bella Q
    Enter to Win My Shabby Apple Dress Give-Away- the Citizen Rosebud

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