Molly Bloom knows style

March 23rd, 2013

Listen To Your Mother

Penned by molly in Uncategorized

Come hear me tell a tale!

I am honored to be a part of the Listen To Your Mother live storytelling event in San Francisco on Mothers Day 2013: Sunday, May 12. You should come.

If you don’t live in San Francisco but you do live in the United States there may be a show in your area. Northwest Indiana, Kansas City, Austin, D.C. … there are more than 20 shows across the country. All proceeds benefit local charities.

Thank you for your support.

October 9th, 2012

Elsewhere: Mighty Closet

Mighty Girl featured me as part of their Mighty Closet project. It was fun to work with Maggie. In setting aside clothes for the photo shoot I realized how much cute stuff I own. We didn’t even get to coats, jackets or boots!

Maggie is a great photographer so head over to Mighty Girl and check it out. Mabel and Moxie totally stole the show btw.

September 7th, 2012

Style Glossary: Peplum

Penned by molly in Style Glossary

Peplum – Short flounce attached to a snugly fitting waistline. Pictured above, peplum ponte tank.

March 2nd, 2012

Colored Tights

Penned by molly in Accessories

I love colored legwear. A pop of color is a great way to transition a winter outfit into a chilly spring-day. Colored tights pair well with boots or pumps and are a great way to work oxfords with a dress. The Kate Spade dress pictured above is paired with patterned, one-color tights — a great contrast to the dotted pattern of the shift dress.

There are fancy tights and less fancy tights — Wolford makes amazing hosiery but their styles are an investment. I wore a pair of green Wolford fishnets for years, alone or over contrasting tights — I think they’re still in my drag bag (slight rips are OK for costuming but not everyday or cocktail parties, mmmkay?).

We Love Colors is a great resource for legwear. They do amazing solid tights and knee-highs in varying levels of opacity. They also make plus-size tights in the same styles.

January 23rd, 2012

Two Workrooms

Penned by molly in Luxury, San Francisco

In Paris:
The New York Times reports from the Dior workrooms the day before the couture shows. The slide show makes elegant images of unfinished business.

In San Francisco:
Conservationists at the Legion of Honor cleaned a William Morris tapestry that dates back to 1887. It’s for an upcoming show called The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900 and it opens Feb. 18. See you there.

January 20th, 2012

Etta James: Something’s Got A Hold Of Me

Penned by molly in Uncategorized

Etta James died today. I’m one of the millions who danced to “At Last” on my wedding day. A few years later on our anniversary, Ted and I saw her perform at the House of Blues in New Orleans. She was… nasty. Girl definitely had a dirty streak. She was in her late 60s and she was grinding on a bar stool while she sang some of her bawdier numbers. In between songs she called out for her “cup of wine.” Her son played in her band and she seemed especially proud when she introduced him.

As much as I love “At Last,” that song is a tearjerker. Today I’d like to remember Miss James as the sassy, growling R&B performer. Take a listen.

January 18th, 2012

The Great Coconut Incident

Penned by molly in Mother Of The Year

I’ve been receiving accolades for my laid-back parenting style. Last week I was preparing dinner at the sink and Mabel was playing with measuring cups. I turned my back long enough for her to pull down canisters and rip open a 2 lb. bag of coconut. I let her roll around in it and make coconut snow angels. She must have sensed fun-time was coming to an end so she shoveled coconut into her mouth with both hands. I picked her up and sat her in the hallway, where she played with the network cables while I swept the floor.

The childproofer is coming Wednesday.

January 13th, 2012

Cutting Back The Weeds

Penned by molly in Ombudsman

Hi! How’s it going? Long time no see. I know, I totally fell off the face of the interwebs. I saw on [latest social networking] that you went to [faraway place] and started [a company/composting/a cleanse]. And I love what you’re doing with your hair. Me? Let’s catch up over a cup of tea. Oh you’re so sweet — really, I’ve got mine already. I’ll save some of these wheat-free biscuits for you.

{waiting for Dear Readers to get their cuppa}

Since we last spoke I traveled, sewed and proofread. Thanks for the Cambodia tips — the curried water buffalo was delicious. And it was great to see you for that quick drink in New York. But what really happened since we last got together was

I had a baby. Her name is Mabel. Ted is great and Moxie is OK. I haven’t sewn much and just started writing again.

Now that we’re all caught up, let’s make a date to do it again soon. Oh, [groundbreaking band/cabaret/Regency-era costume event] is at the Fillmore? Well… maybe I can get a sitter. Brunch soon? xoxo

September 21st, 2009

Dream Fashion Job: L.L. Bean

Penned by molly in Uncategorized

This weekend I went backpacking in Desolation Wilderness. I love camping and hiking in the wilds of California. I have accepted that cottons and jeans are not the way to pack on these trips — hi-tech fabrics really make a difference. They breath, dry quickly and pack light. The warmer items insulate without being bulky. But, ugh: most of these items are less fashion-forward than I’d like to be. They’re boxy or over-trimmed or available only in sage green.

Stomping around Lake Of The Woods I realized what I would like to wear. And if it’s what I’d like to wear, it’s what I’d like to create. It will be part Miss Rheingold, part L.L. Bean from the 1950s. I’d like classic pieces in updated fabrics and silhouettes. A plaid hunting jacket with patches on the elbows featuring a nipped-in waist and constructed in waterproof/breathable fabric? Yes, please. Jodhpurs in a quick-dry fabric, paired with button-up shirt in SFP50 wicking fabric? Yes!

And then I would like to write the catalog, with wonderful back-story and silliness a la J. Peterman.

So, L.L. Bean: call me. Let’s discuss a capsule collection. It will sell, promise.

August 18th, 2009

My Cover Month

Penned by molly in Vintage

This issue of Vogue was on news stands the month I was born. It was the first cover of the magazine with a black model. Look at that face! There is a piece up at Jezebel about Beverly Johnson’s experience in fashion. The year 1974 seems late in the game for a first-time black cover model, oui?

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