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Fashion History Told Through Dance (in 100 seconds)



Cynthia:  In honor of #ThrowbackThursday, I thought I would post this amazing and fun dance video about fashion over the past 100 years.

Marcy:  That video is two years old already.

Cynthia:  I know, but it’s #ThrowbackThursday. So it’s like a #ThrowbackThursday throwing back to a #ThrowbackThursday.

Marcy:  Today’s Friday.

Cynthia looks at the calendar.

Cynthia:  Oops. You’re right.  Hmmmm…

Cynthia thinks for a moment.

Cynthia:  Ah ha. Got it. So this video is in honor of  #FashionFriday. Or #FinallyFriday throwing back to a #ThrowbackThursday. Or a –

Marcy:  Would you stop talking in hashtags already? You sound stupid.

Cynthia (chuckling):  #Sorry.

Marcy:  I said it before and I’ll say it again. You are all going to the birds.

Cynthia: You said it on Tuesday. (bursting into giggles) #TweetTweetTuesday.

Marcy walks away shaking her head with her tail high in the air as Cynthia doubles over from laughing hysterically at her own joke.



The Mystery Of The Double Skirts: SOLVED

Awesome Nancy Drew Inspired Photo Photography By Hannah Betts

Cynthia:  So I put my Nancy Drew sleuthing skills to work and solved The Mystery of the Double Skirts.

Marcy:  So basically you put Freddy to work while you went shopping for shoes.

Cynthia:  Marcy! Shhhhh… I’m supposed to be Nancy Drew in this story. And anyway, husbands like figuring stuff out. It makes them feel heroic. Plus, when they are on a Superman high they don’t get cross-eyed when more shoes enter the house.

Marcy:  Ah ha! Interior motives. I love it.

Cynthia:  Ulterior.

Marcy:  Interior. I’m a house cat.

Cynthia:  Okay so here’s The Mystery of the Double Skirts … solved.

First Clue:  Ryu Collection is a clothing wholesaler.

Ryu Collection Spring/Summer 2014

Second Clue: They design clothes and sell them to retailers such as Anthropologie and ModCloth.

Third Clue: They’ve got the same quirky, feminine, and vintage aesthetic.


Ryu Collection

Fourth Clue: Consumers cannot buy directly from Ryu. They only sell in large batches. They promote them at retailer trade shows, on their website, and at their Los Angeles showroom.


Ryu Collection trade show advertisement

Guesstimate: My guess is that Anthropologie probably signed an exclusive contract for the skirts that lasted one season. They put the black striped skirt under their “house” brand, Maeve. When the contract was up, the design on the skirt was fair game and then ModCloth purchased the design. The same with the green striped skirt.

Final Deduction:  They ARE the same skirt – made by the same manufacturer and NOT a knock off.

Left: ModCloth, spring 2014  Right: Anthropologie, summer 2013

Cynthia:  Mystery solved. Now I want to run down to Ryu’s Los Angeles showroom and scoop up all of their pretty clothes.

Marcy:  Don’t do it, Cindy. Nancy Drew would never run screaming into an exclusive showroom to steal pretty clothes.



*Previous Post About The Doppelganger Skirts:

Last Summer’s Anthropologie Skirts … At ModCloth?!


Gaucho Girl

Cynthia in her gauchos, circa 2001

Cynthia enters purposefully and determinedly and ready to make a Fashion Declamation.

Cynthia:  Okay, Marcy. We won the war for bell bottoms. I have been wearing bells since 1992, risking ridicule, disdain, mockery, and family members who refuse to walk down the street with me. But now, bells are back. And they are cool. Success. I will now do the same for … gaucho pants.

Cynthia takes a bow in her gaucho pants.

Cynthia in her Anthropologie gauchos, circa 2007

Marcy:  I’ll go alert Vogue.

Cynthia:  Please do!

Marcy:  I’m sure they will want to do a fashion spread with a delusional forty something non celebrity cat lady.

Cynthia (continuing with her declamation):  I will wear my gauchos every single day until I see them mass marketed by every single retailer from Old Navy to Nordstrom.

Marcy:  I’m sure you’ll be famous.

Cynthia:  But first I want you to pose for a picture with me in my gaucho pants.

Marcy and Cynthia

Marcy:  No.

Cynthia:  C’mon. I need a picture with my Marcy. Look at the camera.

Marcy:  I refuse.

Marcy and Cynthia


Cynthia:  Then I’m going to give you a big slurpy kiss.


Marcy and Cynthia

Marcy:  Yuck. Now I have to take another bath.




Dear Creatures And Their Darling (Rescue) Cat, Mouse

Mouse the Cat of Dear Creatures

Cynthia:  So, I realize that this picture is well over a year old. It’s from the Dear Creatures Autumn 2012 Lookbook. But, it is new to me and I just love it.

Besides the super fab 1960’s airline stewardess mod vibe (with cat ears!), the cat in the photo was gallantly rescued by the Dear Creatures team when it showed up at their offices in Los Angeles. They named the lucky guy Mouse and now look at him – he’s a  fashion muse AND super model!


Dear Creatures Cat Sweater 2012

Marcy:  Mouse! What kind of a name is Mouse for a cat? For his sake, I hope it’s short for Mouse Killer.

Cynthia:  I think it’s cute. Gosh, I wish I would have got my grubby little hands on that sweater last year. It’s darling.

Dear Creatures clothing is delightfully quirky, wonderfully whimsical, and eternally optimistic. Zooey Deschanel is practically their spokesperson since she wears their clothes all the time on TV. Think smock tops, peter pan collars, short sleeved secretary blouses, pleated skirts, and mod mini dresses.

Marcy:  It sounds like cat lady couture.

Cynthia:  But what really won me over is that an abandoned cat in Los Angeles is off the mean and desperate streets and now has a warm home and lots of love. Shall we?

Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to Dear Creatures for living up to their name and proving just how dear our dear creatures can be.